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Running this winter

Until the last month or so, running this winter actually hasn’t been too bad. It was nice enough that I was able to run outside on the weekend afternoons because the temps were between 30 and 40 degrees. February has been a different story though! I remember the last day I ran outside was Jan. 31. The only reason I remember that is because it was the day before the Super Bowl and the day before a predicted huge snow storm. We got that big snow storm, but luckily not much snow otherwise. What we have gotten though is cold! I won’t run outside when there is still a lot of snow and possibility it is on the sidewalks. I’ve sprained too many ankles to try that. But I don’t run outside below about 25ish degrees. I read on the local news station’s Facebook page that yesterday was the first time the temperature had gotten above freezing for the first time since 9 a.m. Feb. 11. And before Feb. 11… it had been a while as well. I’ve done well getting myself to the gym on work out days even when the temperature was far below zero.

What has been more difficult for running this winter has been my health! For about the last six months, every time I’ve gotten myself back into a good workout routine, I’ve gotten sick or otherwise had some reason to stop working out. That’s included three sinus infections, a couple colds, and sprained ankle and Christmas. I’m in the midst of another cold right now. So far I’ve continued working out. My attitude is that I will keep working out when I’m only slightly sick because when I get really sick I’ll miss a week! Its pretty frustrating. My workout log gets so barren. The main page has a graph of my daily mileage for the past month. When I lose a week, the graph gets very empty.

Running on the treadmill has been hard for me. Its been hard since Peyton was born for some reason. I still haven’t figured out why. I’ve been cross training more and I think that has helped. Lately I think the gym treadmills are to blame. Many times I’ll start running and its like the treadmill will start shaking. I’m not really sure how to describe it. I’m not sure if its the belt or the mechanism the belts runs on (yes, I know the technical terms). The best description I can think of is it feels like I’m trying to run on a boat in the water. While I have certainly had equilibrium issues with recent sinus infections, I do think this is a problem with¬†individual treadmills as there are a few where this doesn’t happen. The gym’s equipment in general is having a rough time right now. Many pieces have out of order signs. In general I know my tendency for shin splints is worse in the winter because of running on treadmills that may not be maintained well. I don’t have much choice though because buying a treadmill is so not in the budget and neither is running outside in sub-zero temps and dark when there’s snow on the ground. So I deal with it and count down to spring!

Luckily most of the time I can get one of the treadmills that works for me or switch to one that works for me. And when I do get on a good one, I have felt like I’ve been improving. I am just doing run/walk intervals right now. When I was getting outside on the weekends I was running well without many walk breaks and with better speed. My intervals are usually 6 minutes running and 2 minutes walking. I’ve been able to increase that to 8 or 10 minutes running more recently and I have increased my distance as well… from 3 to 4 miles more often. Not much, but its a lot for me!

As happens every winter I have the dilemma of whether I should register for a spring half or not. I realized a while ago the Green Bay half wouldn’t work this year because of other commitments in May. I would like to register for the Madison spring half in spite of the humongous hill (affectionately known as Observatory Hill) near the beginning of the course. The prices increase each month and I wanted to make a decision before the end of February. But with being sick and the weather and uncertainty about our budget… the decision may need to wait another month.

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Celebration day

Today was Peyton’s birthday celebration and it was so much fun! We were going to do the children’s museum first and then lunch, but as we tend to do, we got out of the house later than planned. So we went to lunch first. Ella’s Deli has been around forever… I remember going there when I was a kid. Its become a sort of tradition for us to go there on special occasions. We love riding the carousel when the weather is nice.
Peyton was mesmerized with all the stuff.
Allie told the waitress it was Peyton’s birthday and she brought him a balloon with a piece of candy and a coupon for a free carousel ride. He loved the balloon!
And since it was a special occasion, we got a hot fudge sundae for dessert for all four of us to share. Peyton didn’t seem to like it at first, but he caught on!

Then it was on to the children’s museum. We hadn’t been there in a couple years. We had a membership once upon a time and its pretty expensive to go without the membership. But this was a special occasion. We do plan on getting a membership so we can go all the time. The kids really loved it.¬†Sadly we had to leave when Peyton needed to go home and get to napping.

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Happy birthday baby boy

… and now.
Happy birthday Mr. Peyts!

What a fun crazy fast two years its been with you, my beautiful baby boy! You’ve grown so fast. You’re such a fun happy adventurous boy.
Today we just got some take and bake pizza and cupcakes on the way home from work. Peyton has become a big fan of sausage pizza! I think the highlight was the cupcakes though.
That anticipation!
And that face.

And these two. We have amazing kids. Allie was very excited to pick out Peyton’s cupcakes. She wanted to get him a balloon, but I didn’t think that was such a good idea. So she got him a card instead. It was so sweet.
Its his second birthday and we still haven’t had a real birthday party yet. I feel kind of bad but I know he doesn’t know the difference. He had a good day. We’re having our real celebration tomorrow. We’re going to the children’s museum and then out to lunch at Ella’s Deli. Its been a few years since we’ve been to the children’s museum and Peyton has never been there. We’re looking forward to just letting the kids run around and play!

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Two weeks in

Well it is obvious that of all the goals I had for the new year, regular blogging is one I have not made much progress on!

But I have more exciting things to report today.

After two weeks tracking almost every bite that has gone into my mouth (admittedly, last Sunday I ate so poorly I decided not to log that day! And I know I have missed a little something here and there), I have lost nearly 3 pounds! I’ve lost 2.8 pounds to be exact. Updated weight as of this morning is 198.2. My current small weight loss goal is 195. That has been my lowest weight in the last few months. Everything now is progress, but I will feel like I’m really on my way once I get below 195.

I am learning that I was correct, my base eating habits are good. In logging my food each day, I’ve been a lot more conscious of the candy I eat at work or the food I choose for breakfast. I pay attention to the calories I drink. Don’t get me wrong… I definitely don’t stay under my calorie goal every day. But most days even if I go over, its still under the amount that would result in a calorie deficit. Doug is tracking his food too and we are starting to make different decisions as far as the groceries we buy each week. A pair of jeans that has been problematic in how they fit are already fitting better. I can’t wait until I can finally pull smaller jeans out of the box in my closet and have some of them fit! Its going to happen. I’m actually pretty surprised at how quickly I snapped back into the smarter eating habit.