Surf City Marathon weekend

This past weekend was my third year running the half at the Surf City Marathon . I hadn’t really put in the training that I needed to so I knew I was going to struggle and my legs were going to be screaming when I finished, but I made the decision to run the half anyways. I mean, running along the beach coast with 15000 people, why not!?

I’ve been having a little knee pain so I decided to keep at a slow steady pace. I was doing good for the first almost 6 miles. The hills from mile 3-5 were rough on my knee. While I usually love the downhill during a run, this time it wasn’t as fun. So from that point on I did run/walk intervals to the finish. Aside from the knee discomfort I was feeling good, until about mile 11 when one of my “runners issue” kicked in. If you are a runner, you have probably experienced poor timing of “bathroom issues” during a run. Now since becoming a runner I have learned to use porta potty’s, you just take a deep breath, hold it and make sure to just not look down 😬. I have really become quite comfortable with the porta potty’s, except the last few miles of a race. I have found they are usually out of toilet paper and completely disgusting by the time you get to the end of the race and it definitely not a time I want to sit down. So, I’ve learned to just keep pushing it to the finishline.

The race itself is a lot of fun. You are never alone on course as it attracts so many runners/walkers of all abilities since it allows for a 5-5.5 hour half time. There is plenty of aid stations on course that carry water and one of my personal hydration favorites Nuun Hydration . The course is mostly a straight out and back along the coastal line, which I like because it’s not a lot of turns, (if you are trained properly) an easy PR course. There is a lot of crowd support and some on course entertainment, which definitely helps keep me moving forward.

Doing the races for me is more about being in the atmosphere. I don’t do the races expecting to win, but I go to get out there and challenge myself. I get to see people I mostly only get to interact with online and meet new people. The Running world is made up of so many amazing people of all abilities.

From friends who run together to people who share a common interest, we all come together to encourage each other. We get to be each other’s online support and on course cheerleaders.

Surf City is definitely one of those races that attracts a lot of supportive runners.

Creating individuals

When you have a busy schedule and 5 little kids we have found it is important that each one gets their own one on one time. Just some individual time each child gets to spend with either their dad or I doing something they enjoy. We feel it is important for them to each have their own interests and chance to bond without feeling like they need to compete for attention.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to take just our daughter to Vegas for her cheer competition, while the hubby stayed home with the other 4. Although one on one time with each one of them will not always be so extravagant, I am so glad I got the opportunity spend the time with just her.

The trip itself was short, just an overnight trip for her cheer competition, but we made the most of it. We took in a show, enjoyed dessert before dinner, stayed up way past bedtime and ate a late dinner. Total blast!!!

The next day at her cheer competition her team kicked butt and placed 4th, which I couldn’t be more proud. These girls in their first year of cheer learned how to work together as a team, learned routines and dances and got on a stage in front of a crowd of people. Awesome job πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰

Although because the trip was so quick we were both pretty much exhausted at the end of it.

I had an awesome time with my daughter during our one on one time. It’s neat to see what a cool kid she is all on her own.

SF Hot Chocolate 15K

Just finished my third year running this race, which for this race means I am a legacy runner. They offer extra perks for their legacy runners like beanies, pins and an extra medal, but that isn’t why I keep running this race. I love the atmosphere and course itself. They do an amazing job with on course support and the finishline goodies are awesome (who doesn’t like a bowl full of chocolate)!!

There are a few cons to this race for example most of the course is ran through Golden Gate Park, which means the roads are narrow. It definitely makes for a crowded race and you will experience some gridlock in areas. Another con is the weather you never know what you will get on race day.My husband and I ran this race in 2016 and froze. Our daughter joined us last year and it was flooded. They actually had to shorten the course because of the rain.

This year the weather was just about perfect. I was able to actually enjoy running along the coast.

This is definitely a fun race to do and I will probably be returning again next year.

If you are looking for a fun race to run in San Francisco this is definitely one.

My own triathlon

One of those things I always hoped would never happen, happened to me today. Locked myself (and our 5 kids) out of our house and of course my husband didn’t take his new house keys with him so, that was no help.

I had all the kids loaded in the car to drop our daughter off a cheer practice then realized I didn’t have my keys (that’s what I get for rushing out the door).

Of course all the windows and doors were locked and not budging. I had to climb our 8 foot fence (something I haven’t done since school days 😳), kick in our outside garage door (it’s okay we have a replacement door for it already), then my 6 year old and I had to climb up to the attic access in the garage and navigate through to the access panel in the house, which if you know about attics they are dark and you can only put weight in the 2x4s which is super fun with a 6 year old.

Anyways, we made it into the house and I was able to get her to cheer (only a half hour late😬) and I am sure our new neighbors think we are totally nutsπŸ€ͺ.

Momlife

It’s definitely a challenge to be an active runner and a full time mom. Between the hubby working all day and having to be with the kids, being their Uber driver and daily planner I found myself struggling to find time to get out and hit the pavement, so the treadmill is my best option to keep up my active running. It’s definitely been amazing being able to get in my daily runs, however I still have the overlap between momlife and runner.

This mornings run was a struggle. I planned to run 5 miles since I am running Hot Chocolate in San Francisco this weekend. As we all know things don’t always work out the way we plan. First I got my day started late, I like to try to get my runs on the treadmill in either before the kids wake up or during their naps (less distractions).

So I started this morning running, my legs were feeling heavy so I knew it was going to be a battle to get all my planned miles in. I get to about 1.5 miles and this is my view

Kids are up!!! I’m not real good about doing half a run in the morning and then finishing in the afternoon so I figured I would quickly feed them, get them dressed and put on a movie so I could finish my last 4 miles.

So I didn’t get in my full 5 miles as momlife took over, but 4.5 is better than nothing 😜

Happy New year πŸŽŠπŸŽŠπŸŽŠ

Well the time has come to ring in a New year. Time to reflect on the year that has come to pass and anxiously wonder what will come of the year ahead of us.

I for one have had an absolutely amazing year. 2017 rocked!!! Our second daughter turned 18 and graduated high school. No more cheer, cow or pigs. It’s all about adulting now.

We finalized the adoption of our our son and daughter. Just knowing we will forever have front row seats to their future is an amazing feeling.

We bought a new house just in time to ring in the new year. It’s slowly becoming a home I know we will have many memories in.

We’ve rocked our races, made new friends, made memories with existing friends and forever grateful to our family.

I have no idea how 2018 will top this past year, but here is it. Here’s to the Year ahead of us πŸ₯‚ I would like to wish you all the most amazing year from our family to yours

Treadmill

With my husband leaving for work in the dark and returning home in the dark I needed to come up with a way to still get my runs in and still take care of our five little kids. So I have resorted to the treadmill (aka dreadmill 😝) my husband purchased for me for Christmas. Aside from the scenery never changing, still having to hear the kids argue and not really going anywhere, it’s not too bad.

I haven’t had it long enough to log some serious miles yet, but I actually enjoy being able to get back to my runs.

While I still plan on doing my long runs outside on his days off, I am happy to have an alternative. Just being able to get in a quick run while the kids are sleeping, playing or watching a movie has been awesome.

I am curious to see how it will change the way I run in actual races. We are surrounded by flat lands where we live and we both enjoy running in San Francisco, but those hills are torture for someone who hasn’t been able to run regularly on hills. While I know road running is harder than treadmill run I am hoping the incline option on my treadmill will help with the hills of San Francisco.

Anyone else use a treadmill to train for hills?

Christmas

This holiday season was a little chaotic with us moving, but we managed. We managed to move one weekend and host Christmas the next. We feel so blessed to be surrounded by so many amazing people, not only during the holidays, but throughout the year.

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and wish you all an amazing New Year.

All about the timing

So we had known for a while that our family had outgrown our house and that it was time to buy a bigger one. About a month ago we came up with the great idea to start house hunting and while we were at it, why not place ours on the market at the same time. Sounds like a great plan at Christmas time, Right!?!? Yeah it’s not. Between all the showings, paper signings, having to print stuff off and run them into the lender and still trying to maintain our regularly scheduled life with five little kids, lots of fun!!(Total sarcasm)

We were lucky enough to find a house we both love and it had all the things on our list of “wants”, which is a total bonus!! Of course our list of wants wasn’t extravagant; low traffic street, large yard, four bedrooms, etc. You know all the things that you should want in a house with five little kids. So we made an offer immediately.

With our offer in on a house we of course needed to get our house on the market ASAP. So we hired contractors to come in and make a few minor repairs, which was five days of having to keep the kids out of their way, easy peasyπŸ€ͺ. Finally all the work was done and it was time to put the “For Sale” sign up. While we were hoping everything would go smoothly, we kept thinking something is going to go wrong and it’s going to end up being a long road to sell. Then bam just like that in less than a day we had several offers on our house and before we knew it we were packing all our stuff, taking one final walk through in our old house and are now busy trying to make the new house our home. Woo hoo πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰πŸŽ‰ Happy dance ( #sparkleshimmy )

We have a long way to go before our new house feels like home, but we survived!!! Now time to focus on getting through Christmas.

Mom life continues

Well we got the keys for our new house last week, but with all life’s chaos we didn’t actually start moving in until Friday night.

My husband found out the Thursday before that he had training in the Bay Area, which meant super long days for him. He left the house at 530am and didn’t return until 730pm, which for me meant I was on my own to handle the kids, Christmas and the house stuff all week. Woo hoo, fun (not!).

The kids had their usual extra curricular stuff in the evenings cheer and gymnastics, which I have just gotten use to. This week though I had the home inspection and appraisal on the old house, different days (of course). Then of course our lender needed different pages that somehow were missing from our bank statements (helps to copy the front and back of each page 😜).

Then of course the girls were making gingerbread houses in school Friday morning. They are in separate classes it was extra fun running back and forth.

I managed to make it through the week and helped build 2 gingerbread houses, go me!

Then with all the amazing help we got this weekend we managed to move all our stuff from the old house to our new one. Now time to unpack!!