Fall Happenings

November 7, 2016

It’s been a bit quiet around the blog lately – we’ve been super busy and I just haven’t been making a great effort to get new posts up. Hopefully that will change super soon! Here’s a quick update on the past few weeks!

Vacation in Kentucky

If you saw my Urban Bourbon half marathon post, you know we spent some time up in Kentucky for a nice long weekend. We stayed out on my uncles farm and had so much fun. It was such a treat to see family, relax a bit, and enjoy some fall weather.

Louisville Fall

My sister drove over from Cleveland as well, so it was an extra special treat for the kids to see their aunt and have so much fun on the farm!

Grant leaves

The weather couldn’t have been better. Just a few days before it was in the 80’s! luckily for our trip, the lows dipped into the 40’s and 50’s, which was amazing. Not having seasons can be a bummer sometimes in Florida, so travelling to get a dose of the colors changing is wonderful.

Grant and the boys Louisville

Grant fall Kentucky

Halloween

We dressed up as a family on Halloween and everyone’s costumes turned out so well. Grant has a huge obsession with Bob the Builder and all things construction, so we took it a step further – introducing Baum the Builders!

Halloween - Baum the Builders

Grant digger costume

We made Grant his very own digger costume and Davis was the cutest little construction cone I’ve ever seen! Grant loved dressing up but wasn’t a huge fan of trick or treating this year. He really didn’t get why he was supposed to go knock on strangers’ doors. I guess I really can’t blame him.

Davis Construction Cone Costume

NYC Marathon

I’m pretty sure the New York Marathon is the most amazing race around, and tracking friends running it is no different! I spent most of my late morning and early afternoon on Sunday cheering on my friends from afar, as well as watching Molly Huddle make a ridiculous marathon debut. 3rd place in one of the biggest (and toughest) marathons around – it was seriously something to watch in awe. Both the online tracking and the app itself were amazing. I wish every runner tracking was as reliable as the one for NYC.

NYC Marathon tracking

Daylight Savings Time

Falling back used to be the absolute best. We got an extra hour of sleep and were able to really relax. Now, 2.5 years later, daylight savings is kinda the worst. The kids were awake between 4:30-5am – yikes! Needless to say, yesterday was most definitely a long day filled with earlier than usual naps and lots and lots and coffee! The nice and bright mornings are welcomed, but I think I will be complaining when it is getting dark on the way home tonight. It was pretty amazing to be able to take Grant with me on Sunday morning for my long run though! We jsut chatted the whole time and had way too much fun! I just love bringing the kids along when I exercise. Setting a good example in regard to health is such a priority of mine, and I’m thrilled Grant likes to “go fast mommy!” as much as I do!

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News Channel 8 Fitness Spot

I’m working a little bit with a local news station here in town to partner for some fitness spots. It’s all housed on their website and Facebook page, which is super exciting! Take a peak at the video and keep your eye out for a very special 5 month old guest!

I think that about sums it up! Hope you are having a great Monday and I hope to be back around this week to share what I’ve got going on for the rest of the running year :)

Davis: 5 Months

October 31, 2016

Dear little Davis,

5 whole months – whoa! How did that happen? You are my sweet little guy, that’s for sure. It’s hard to believe you’ve only been here for 5 months, because it seems like you’ve been in our family forever!

This past month brought a lot of  fun with you! You are rolling like a champ and never stay in one spot for long. You’ve also found your pterodactyl voice, just like your big brother did around this time. Oh, and those toes. You love your little toes!

Davis 5 months_1 You’ve been grabbing them and shoving them in your mouth any chance you get! Your photos this month were definitely a little tough to capture – you were moving all over the place! The next big milestone you are working on is sitting up. You are almost there, and get so excited when you hold it for just a couple seconds.

Davis 5 months_2

You still don’t love naps, but you do love sleeping at night for 12-13 hours at a time, so I’ll take it. Whether you sleep for 45 minutes or 2.5 hours during nap time, you always wake up happy. I can’t complain!

You don’t love riding in the car or the jogging stroller, so hopefully that will change in the coming months. We spend a bit of time in both, so we will continue to work on that.Davis 5 months - 3

Food is becoming more and more interesting to you. You follow anything I’m eating like crazy. I have a feeling we will let you try some food in the coming weeks here. If you’re ready, I’m ready too! Otherwise, you are still fed completely from breast milk. You haven’t slowed down at all, so if you don’t eat from the breast first thing in the morning, I pretty much have to give you expressed milk so you get enough to eat. Whatever works for you, little man!

Davis 5 months_4

We had a super fun trip to Kentucky this past month for your very first plane ride. Both you and your brother did incredibly well on both the flight and the entire trip. I can’t wait to go on more fun adventures with you!

Davis and Grant Kentucky

Today is Halloween, and I’m beyond excited for your costume. We are all dressing up as a family and I can’t wait for everyone to see how cute you will be for your first big holiday! You are going to be a construction cone while your brother is a digger. He is pretty much obsessed, so I figured we would all humor him 😉 You’ve been laughing so much these days at Grant. The two of you together is something else and I’m excited to see your relationship blossom even more throughout the years!

Love you so much little guy! Thanks for being so wonderful!

The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon 2016 Race Recap

October 25, 2016

Running on vacation is always a treat. However, running a race on vacation is even better!  A few weeks ago, my uncle mentioned he was running The Urban Bourbon Half Marathon the weekend we would be visiting in Louisville, KY. All that stood between me and signing up was a few long runs. I took a peek at my calendar, realized it would be no issue at all to get the distance in, and signed up!

Packet pickup was Friday afternoon downtown, but since we were staying about 35 minutes outside of the city, my uncle grabbed mine so we didn’t have to trek into town! Such a nice treat! Fast forward a few hours, and my alarm was going off for my pre-race ritual. Breakfast, coffee, pump, and use the restroom. I didn’t have to wake up until 6:15 since it was a nice late start of 8:30 – that was amazing! Most races in Florida don’t start past 6:30 or 7 because of the heat, so an 8:30 start gave me plenty of time to relax and take my time before heading out the door.

I met up with my uncle and headed down to the race start with him. Parking was a breeze and there was no issue with traffic or anything.  We headed right over to the start line, said our goodbyes, and I grabbed a place in the corral right around the 1:50 pace group. I had zero expectations for the race since I’ve really just been running the bare minimum and getting back into the routine after having Davis. 1:50 to 2 hours seemed attainable enough, so I went with it. The weather was extremely nice, so I knew heat and humidity wasn’t going to be an issue.

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon weather

Before the gun went off, they played My Old Kentucky Home, the national anthem, and of course, horse race trumpet call. Only in Kentucky! I found the race to be the perfect size. There were a couple of thousand people who toed the start line, so it was big enough to have great support, but small enough to not deal with big race headaches.

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon start line

Once the race started, we all headed on our way. I had no clue where I was going since I was in an unfamiliar city, so that was pretty nice. Feeling somewhat lost during a race always makes a race fly by, and this race was no exception. The first few miles came and went, with rolling hills here and there. I’m sure the locals didn’t even notice it, but I sure did. I’ve run over some bridges in the past few months, but nothing at all to prepare me for a hilly course. Even though it was super chilly out, I grabbed a cup of water at each water station to be sure to stay hydrated. A few sips every few miles was just what I needed to keep feeling strong.

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It wasn’t long until we made it into the park, which was the most beautiful part of the course. The fall leaves were so pretty and made for an amazing run. I was just looking around and taking everything in pretty much the whole time. It was just gorgeous! Apparently the leaves are changing a little later this year than normal since its been so warm up there, but I’ll take any color. We just don’t have a true fall in Tampa, so even a little yellow in the leaves makes me happy.

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Cherokee Park

I made a very conscious effort to use the downhills to my advantage. The uphills in the park were really tough for me and I noticed my pace dropping a bit into the 9’s as I was trucking up, so really letting my legs carry my downhill kept my pace right in the low 8 mile range that I had settled into for the race. Before long, I was coming up on mile 10, which was where Marcus told me he and the rest of the family would be just a few minutes before. They were a bit turned around earlier on, so I only saw them one time on the course. That one time was the absolute best though! There is nothing like getting a hug from one of your biggest fans mid race!

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As soon as I left them, I was honestly just ready to be done. I could tell my legs were starting to feel the faster than usual pace and I was ready to see a finish line. I just kept my focus on each mile, instead of the 3 I had left so that I didn’t get too ahead of myself.  Each mile got tougher and tougher, and I really had to work to keep my pace in that low 8 minute range. Once we turned a corner into downtown, we all headed for the finish line. I tried my best to sprint it in, but I just had nothing left. I definitely left it all out on the course! I clocked a 1:46 finish, which really did surprise me. I haven’t ran a single 8 minute mile postpartum, so doing that for 13.1 miles was pretty amazing.

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Medal

The medal was, without a doubt, amazing! It was hand dipped into white wax, which just gave it that much more of a unique flair.

Urban Bourbon Half Marathon Medal

I met up with my family at the finish and unfortunately, both kids were kind of done with the whole race experience, which meant I wasn’t able to check out the Urban Bourbon Bash on the Belvedere. This was the post race party with food, lots of samples of bourbon, and live music. It’s probably not a bad thing I had to skip it, as I don’t think my body would have done exceptionally well taking in liquor at 10:30am. I heard it was a lot of fun though!

I’m so glad I was able to fit the Urban Bourbon Half Marathon into our little fall getaway. It was a great race and I would love to figure out a way to run it again!

 

Cutting Runs Short

October 17, 2016

I tend to stick to training schedules extremely well. If I have certain mileage I need to get done, I set out and get it done, regardless of the circumstances – unless I am super sick or something like that. You have to put in the work to reap the rewards.

This past weekend, that definitely changed. I had 12 miles on my schedule for Saturday morning. We were out the evening before and I had a couple glasses of wine and some nachos for happy hour. Strike one. Then, I didn’t have full dinner after that since I really wasn’t hungry. Strike 2. Davis has been going through a bit of a sleep regression and has been waking up a few times a night for the past 4 days or so. Strike 3. Waking up at 4:45 on Saturday morning was nothing short of a huge effort. I actually got out the door for my run, but 2 miles in, I knew the run wasn’t going to be one for the record books .

My shoulders started cramping up, which for me, is my first sign of dehydration. It happens like clock work if I don’t get in enough water leading up to a run. My pace was really lacking – I was struggling to hit 9:20’s. That is definitely not a normal occurrence. Marcus texted me at 5:30 with a few simple words “Grant is up”. Yikes! That is way too early for him to be up and at ’em! Once I made it to 3 miles and I was still riding the struggle bus, I decided it would be best for me to just turn around at the 3.5 mile mark and just hoof it back to the car. If I stretched it out to complete the full 12 miles, I was concerned I was going to injure myself, as my stride was drastically shorter than the norm and that much more pounding was not going to do my body any good.

I finished my 7 miles, packed up, and headed home. I grabbed a nice venti latte from Starbucks, and threw in the running towel for the day. In the past, I would have been upset about this – not reaching my long run mileage goal just wasn’t an option. (I also wouldn’t have drank 2 glasses of wine the night before a long run. But hey, life looks a little different right now.) Maybe I would have tried to get in the mileage in the afternoon so I could call it a 12 mile day. This time around, its no big deal. I have my half marathon coming up this weekend and I know I will cross the finish line. It won’t be fast or furious, but I’ll get there. I’ll get there without injury since I listened to what my body was telling me. For once, I actually listened to my body.

What can I say, I’m learning. I guess these little people are having a positive effect on my judgment.

Davis 4.5 months Grant 2.5 yers

Getting into Gardening

October 10, 2016

We really lucked out over the weekend. We didn’t have anything to do, but we did so much! We’ve been toying with the idea of starting a garden ever since we moved into our house almost 2 years ago. Needless to say, life got in the way and it just wasn’t a priority – until now! Marcus is the mastermind behind the important stuff – what to grow where, when, etc. and Grant, Davis and I are really just here for support. It takes a village, right?

Grant Gardening

We started with our little seed pods for the plants to germinate, and Grant took his task very seriously. He loved playing in the dirt and talking about the veggies we are going to be growing.

Grant and daddy gardening

He perfected digging the little hole and then placing the seeds inside. He is going to have to give me a lesson or two!

Grant gardening_1

Marcus is going with the square foot gardening approach – pretty much just divide the beds into square foot sections to help plan a very intentional garden. We opted to start out with brussel sprouts, green beans, lettuce, and broccoli. I’m so excited to see how everything turns out over the next handful of months. Yielding food we are going to eat will be so much fun!

Grant Gardening lettuce

Grant and Daddy gardening_1

With planting the plants, we had to get some planter boxes going as well. Our soil is super sandy and less than ideal to actually produce anything, so we opted to bring in some high quality soil to not even worry about the awful soil around the yard. Grant loved helping with that too!

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grant drill planter beds_2

Yes, grant is sporting the undie only look – we are potty training in full force right now! Ya gotta do what ya gotta do! 😉 He’s all about doing whatever daddy is doing these days, especially if it has anything to do with a machine or being outside. Put both of those things together, and he is first in line!

Grant and daddy mowing

It was a super productive and amazing weekend! Lots of family time, snuggles, and smiles! It doesn’t get much better!

Daivs 4 months kicking

Oh and I don’t think I’d be a very good Floridian if I left this out. We finally have a little bit of relief from the oppressive heat! Given my 5am run Saturday morning started in 79 degree temps, we are thrilled around here to drop into the 60’s! Do a happy dance with me! 😉

Florida fall