Tuesday’s Have Been Reclaimed!

I started my new job today!  I gave myself 45 minutes to get to work because I needed to drop D off at day care.  Yeah…so, I got to work 30 minutes early!  How flippin’ awesome is it that I can get to work in 15 minutes, even with a day care pit stop!?!?  Before my lay off, my commute was 40+ minutes one way!

First day on the new job went fine.  I did the typical “first day” stuff since all my computer access hasn’t been completed.  I read the processing manual, opened the mail, and did some filing.  I actually like filing, I find it to be very therapeutic – and it beat the hell out of sitting on my couch, waiting for the phone to ring!

Trust me when I tell you that I resisted all temptation to randomly tell people around the office, “You may not know it now…but you’re going to love me. I am an awesome co-worker. I have some co-workers I could refer you to if you don’t believe me!”  Do you think that would have been too much?  I wasn’t so sure so I postponed my campaign!

I’m glad I had the presence of mind this morning to get dinner in the crock pot!  I wasn’t off until 5 this afternoon (my hours use to be 6:30 – 3:30) and after my super-short 5 minute commute home..K, D and I still needed to go out for a 5k training run!

The run went well.  D cried less than she did during our run on Sunday.  Her constant crying and whining is driving me crazy.  I told her I’m never going to sign her up for another 5k again, to which she cried more.  I don’t get it!

Despite the tears, we managed to accomplish 2.31 miles in about 34 minutes.

Fortunately for me, D actually loved the dinner I made tonight, so no tears or battles there.  She has been super picky lately but she gobbled this up and asked for more!

Doesn’t look that exciting, huh?  It’s called Slow Cooker Taco Pasta.  You top it with cheese and sour cream and it’s fabulous.  It’s definitely a recipe that will go in to our “rotation”.

How long is your commute to work?

Do you often search online for new recipes to try?

Do you like to file?

 

M.I.A.

Last night, D, K and I went out for another training run.  K said his legs were super sore from Sunday’s run and I realized we failed to do what you really should do after a run – stretch!  Whoops.  We’ll chalk that up as a “fail” for this impostor “Running Coach”.

Our run went very well.  The weather was nice..for Phoenix in July.  We did Week 2 Day 2 of the Ease Into 5k, the routine consisted of a 5 minute warm up walk and then:

  • Run 45 seconds
  • Walk 60 seconds
  • Run 60 seconds
  • Walk 90 seconds
  • Run 90 seconds
  • Walk 2 minutes

We repeated that 3 times and finished with a 5 minute cool down walk.  We completed 2.21 miles in 33:54 minutes, a 15:20 pace. D did much better this run – no crying or whining.  She actually seemed pretty happy!  K was very quiet but he’s a trooper, running nonstop for 90 seconds is no joke and he did excellent.  Very proud of both of them.

For the Disneyland Family Fun Run 5k we must maintain a 16 minute per mile pace or we risk being swept.  I think we’ll be fine but I may have to sit down with D and determine which characters along the route she will insist on posing for pictures with and which ones we can skip.  I think I know her pretty well and can guess that Buzz Lightyear and Woody will be a  “must do”!

These were taken in 2008 and she’s still a huge, huge fan.  In fact, when I ran the Tinker Bell half marathon with M in January, Buzz and Woody were the only characters I said I would stop for!

After we were home from our run, I lead the team in some stretching moves.  It cracked me up to stand in front of them and lead them like we were in a class or something.

I’ve been absent from blog writing and reading mostly because I suck and have become so consumed in my stress.  I know that sounds awful but it’s the truth.  I don’t want this blog to turn in to my whining about being unemployed, that’s boring and unproductive!  I haven’t kept to my personal running schedule but I have managed to stick to the 1 mile per day challenge.

After I dropped D off at school this morning I dreaded going home to sit and be alone with my thoughts for hours on end.  I decided to swing by Starbucks.  I ordered a coffee and just sat in the shop for an hour listening to the hustle and bustle of people.

I bet people thought I was crazy for taking a picture of these flowers but daisies are my favorite and I thought they were pretty!

Even if they are fake!

Starbucks was a great distraction from being alone in my head – which is absolutely dangerous at this junction.  I’ve determined that’s also probably why I’m not motivated to do my longer runs – I don’t want to be alone with my thoughts right now.  I do need to force myself to get back out there and run my longer distances because my next half marathon is in 1 month.  *Gulp!*

Who is your favorite Disney character?

Are you running the Disneyland half marathon this year?

Are you drinking your recommended daily water?  (I’m not…need to get back on that!)

A Family That Trains Together…

With less than 5 weeks until our next 5k, K decided today was the day  he would join D and I in our training.  The last time we ran a 5k as  a family was October 2011.  We are registered to run the  Disneyland Family Fun Run 5k on Saturday, September 1st!

It is hot as H.E.Double Hockey Sticks here in Phoenix.  No question about that.

It’s monsoon season…which makes it H.E.Double Hockey Sticks and HUMID here in Phoenix.  Ugh.

So at 2 pm this afternoon, we headed out for a training run!

I would have expected all the whining and crying to come from K today but nope, it was D.  She was very vocal about her displeasure.  “The sun is turning my skin orange.  It’s so hot out here.  Why are you pushing me?  I hate Phoenix!”  I continued to hand her water bottles, pour water on her head and neck but when she saw that the sprinklers were not on at the park…she was furious!  I reassured her we did not need to go fast, we did not need to push it, and we just needed to get it done.  K and I bribed her with promises of a splash in the pool when we were finished with our training session.

Multiple times during our training I had to distract D with conversations about how wonderful and refreshing it will feel to run in California.  I had to tell her to think of places that were cooler, like the beach.  That did seem to help!

Finally, on the cool down walk home, the whining and complaining ceased–a little!

Hey, K, I thought I was the one supposed to be running in the bike lane?!

D was in no mood to pose for my photos!

 

Once home, I insisted we pose for a family photo.  D refused but K convinced her to humor me!

 

A family that trains together…finishes races together…right?!

Have you had a good weekend?

When was the last time you ran a 5k?

How is the weather where you are?