Thursday, February 25, 2010

Midweek review

I was glad to read earlier this week on some blogs of people who run at lunch time and don't shower. I ran Tuesday and today (2 miles Tuesday (had some issues) and 4 miles today). I can only do this when it's pretty cold outside. Today it was 39 degrees when I was running. Much warmer, and I will sweat too much to do it.

I have shower wipes (yes, they make those) and deodorant, so I am pretty sure I don't smell. I am thinking I will only be able to do this for a few more weeks, if that, before it gets too warm. But at least then it will be lighter outside in the evenings, and I can get some more of my shorter runs done then.

What motivated me today to run? We are going to The Pit in Raleigh for dinner. Ray's parents are in town, and Ray's Mom actually saw a thing about The Pit on The Price is Right last week. They were giving away a BBQ-tour type trip in the showcase showdown, and the trip ended at this restaurant. It has also been on the Throwdown with Bobby Flay. For my efforts today, I am getting dessert - deep fried vanilla cheesecake. I totally deserve it....

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


Audrey does not have the best sleep habits, and yes, it is completely my fault. So I am not here to complain, just inform so that when she crawls into bed with you at 4:00am when you are staying at my house (this is noted to all the Grandparents), you won't be surprised.

She is in this vicious cycle of napping at school, then not being tired until 10pm, then calling for me any time between 4 and 5am. At that point I pull her into bed with me. I do this because I only have so many more years (actually probably months) before she is too big to actually fall back asleep on me, as she does every single night. And I am lazy. I want to go back to my bed since at this point in the night, Ray's alarm is going off within minutes sometimes and mine is close behind at 5:55am.

On the weekends, she goes to bed much easier without a nap, but she still will wake up and call for me. Saturday morning, I noticed when I went into her room at 4am, that her door was open. It was not open when I went to bed. So that morning when we were all coherent, I asked her why her door was open.

She explained that she came down to our room to see if we were asleep, then went back to bed to call for me.

Yea, seems pretty crazy to me, so I asked her why she didn't just come to our bed and climb in and wake us up.

Her answer?

"Because crap would come out of you."

Seriously, I can't make this up.

I guess one night she did do that and I told her she scared the crap out of me, hence why she is afraid of doing that again.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Ashley's words, not mine

Sunday, on the way to church:

"Mommy, do these sunglasses make my butt look big?"

I think she has watched a few too many episodes of Jonas...

Thursday, February 18, 2010


Well, I know I said in my last post that I couldn't do any of the races in Raleigh (and I actually had the date wrong for one of them).

I am now signed up for Raleigh Rocks on March 27 as my friend can run that one now.

So my plan is to do both that one and the one in Virginia. Just don't tell Ray.

I think this planning (I love putting together spreadsheets) and getting excited about actually having some time to train for these races is getting me a little out of the winter funk. My run at lunch the other day had the following splits:

Mile 1 - 9:54
Mile 2 - 9:54
Mile 3 - 9:57
Mile .62 - 9:44

Not bad and I was pain free the whole time. That was a first since last November. Let's see if I can run pain free on the treadmill tonight. And I need to workout tonight as this weekend is going to be slightly c-r-a-z-y. It wasn't originally like this as my parents were going to come visit, but now it seems everything is landing on this weekend. Tomorrow night Ashley and Audrey have friends spending the night (Audrey's friend is a boy). To clarify, we swap with friends of ours (the friend I am running with currently) to watch our kids. One night with us, the next time with them. This is the second round of this, and it has worked out great so far.

Saturday? Ashley and I have a World Thinking Day event for Girl Scouts at 9:00am, then we leave that to get to her basketball game at 11:00am. I leave that at 11:30 to take Audrey to a birthday party (it was rescheduled from the snow a few weekends ago) at the third circle of hell, I mean Chuck E Cheese. Ray and Ashley have a polar bear swim at 1:45pm with Y Princesses (Ashley thinks she has to swim outside, they are actually going to be at a pool). Then at 6:00pm Ray is taking the girls to a Daddy/Daughter dance at the gym.

Confused yet? I think I need to make a spreadsheet of our events....

Oh, and if it wasn't enough that the Myrtle Beach Marathon was cancelled, the founder of the race passed away this morning. I am thinking that the 13th Annual Myrtle Beach Marathon should have skipped right over 13....

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


I have over the last few weeks run over my lunch hour at a trail close to my office. I only do it on days where the temps are in the low 40s (or colder) so I don't sweat too much since I don't have the ability to shower before returning to work (I do have these cool Nathan Power Shower wipes though). This has worked well until today.

I have this weird sweaty thing that happens to me sometimes. I workout (run or whatever) and about 30-45 minutes after my workout, I break out in a huge sweat. As in clothes drenching sweat. As in I am sitting at my desk, back in my Mizuno long sleeve shirt I ran in (awesome, awesome shirt by the way) because the shirt I changed back into when I got back to my office is soaked. Luckily my boss isn't here today. And luckily my Mizuno shirt wicks away the sweat because I am still sweating.


But I think my friend and I have found a new half marathon to run - the Marine Corp Historic Half on May 16th in Fredericksburg, VA. There are actually three half marathons in March in Raleigh, but one is sold out, one my friend is busy that weekend, and the other is a trail race with only about 400 participants (meaning I would surely come in last). So Fredericksburg it is! And why am I excited about this? Ray and I were born there, and our parents live there or close by. That means a big cheering section!

So yes, Dad and Diane, I will be coming that weekend....

This also gives me time to actually do a 12 week training program unlike the random 5 week training program I did for the Myrtle Beach 1/2 Marathon. I actually get to build my miles back up and get an aerobic base again. And hopefully add a little bit of speed.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Myrtle Beach 1/2 Marathon Race Recap

Um, yea. No recap.

The race was cancelled by city officials. At 10:30pm on Friday night.

Yea, not fun. But we still got a shirt! And a medal! And a hat!

So it snowed in Myrtle Beach, something that never happens. Or hasn't happened in a decade. It was probably 2-3 inches on the grass, but it didn't stick to the road. The concerns from city officials was that since the course wasn't on a completely closed course that the runners would be in danger of the cars in the lanes next to the race course. This is completely understandable. I just wish they had made the decision in the morning, not the night before.

And honestly, I don't feel sorry for me. I feel bad for all those running the marathon that were going to use this as a Boston qualifier race. The course for this race is completely flat, and I am sure fast times would have been posted.

I haven't decided what to do next. There is a race in Raleigh the end of March, but it's a hilly course. The same for a 1/2 Marathon in Fredericksburg, VA in May. I am actually back home now as I drove back when I got up this morning. Because the other drama was that the heat at my parents' house didn't work, so I had to crash at my friend's in-laws house. Yea, it was that good of a trip.

Friday, February 12, 2010

This has not started how I had planned....

Audrey had been complaining that her leg hurt on and off for the past few days. She was really only complaining about it in the morning, so I chalked it up to growing pains. Then Wednesday she was complaining about it in the evening, but that was it, just saying her leg hurt. No signs of pain, no limping, nothing.

Thursday was a different story. Ray picked her up from school, and she had been fine but by the time I got home, she was no longer walking and if you tried to pick her up, she wouldn't wrap her legs around you and she cried. Like she was in a lot of pain cry.

I was taking the girls to the talent show at Ashley's school while Ray was meeting his brother for dinner. I had already decided that as soon as Ray got home, I would take Audrey to the ER. I got to the talent show and ran into some neighbors, the one who is a physician's assistant at the ER. He checked Audrey out and made the call to the hospital to tell them I was coming. He thought it was best if I went ahead up there sooner than later. Ray was already on his way home, and the neighbors watched Ashley until Ray got there.

I got there around 7:00pm, and got right in (and probably made the people in the waiting room pissed as they took me right back...). After x-rays, blood work, ultrasound, an iv, and an orthopaedic consult, it was determined she had transient synovitis. Doctors don’t know the exact cause of transient synovitis of the hip, but they think it is caused by a virus (the stomach bug she had) or an allergic reaction to an infection somewhere else in the body. Transient synovitis of the hip is an inflammation and swelling of the tissues around the hip joint. Usually only one hip is affected, in Audrey's case, her right hip. Transient synovitis of the hip is the most common cause of sudden hip pain in children.

She was given an anti-inflammatory through her iv, and was able to walk out of the ER at 2:00am. Neither she nor I had slept any, so when the alarm went off this morning to get Ashley ready for school, I was tired.

She is limping today, but doing much better. Who knew having a virus could cause inflammation of your hip.

I am also supposed to leave this afternoon for Myrtle Beach for the 1/2 Marathon tomorrow morning. SNOW IS IN THE FORECAST BOTH HERE AND AT MYRTLE. If only I were kidding. The race start time has been pushed back by 30 minutes, and they will make the call by 5:00pm tonight whether to cancel it or not.

Have I mentioned before how much I hate snow???

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

What I will be doing on Saturday morning...

I had my last physical therapy session yesterday. I am actually very sad about this as my PT was extremely helpful and it was like I had a personal trainer that also did deep tissue massages and stretched for me. Everyone wished me good luck at my race and sent me on my way.
So Saturday morning at 6:30am, I will be running 13.1 in Myrtle Beach.
I am not nearly as prepared for this one as I was OBX 1/2 Marathon. I have only trained for 5 weeks which is really not good. I think I can do it (at least that's what I keep telling myself) as the course is flat, I have someone to run with, and being in the race atmosphere will get me moving.

After this race, I am going to force myself to not run for the rest of the month and focus on strengthening my legs. I am not 100% pain free (almost, but not quite), and before I start training for anything else, I want to be pain free again. It is so much easier to run without knee pain!

If anyone is going to be in Myrtle this weekend, let me know. I need some words of encouragement!!

Monday, February 08, 2010


There is a little bit of drama surrounding the neighborhood adjacent to ours, and one that has a park we often walk to.

You can read the story here.

So basically there is a group home in this adjacent neighborhood that had a stabbing this weekend. Residents of our neighborhood and that neighborhood are pretty pissed about the group home as multiple complaints have been filed with the police. And even just yesterday, one of my neighbors drove down this street to check the house out, and there was a guy standing on a street peeing. I am assuming this was one of the residents of this group home as both our neighborhood and the adjacent neighborhood are unbelievably family friendly.

I would say in the past six months or so, we have let Ashley go ahead of us on her scooter or bike to the park in this neighborhood. We are always right behind her, but she is often out of sight. Other neighbors let their kids walk around the pond that is between our two neighborhoods.

Now that one of these residents stabbed another resident in this group home with a screwdriver, I think I will be a little more cautious until the group home is closed.

I also had a chat with Ashley this weekend about "stranger danger" and what to do in certain situations. I gave her a bunch of whatifs, and she understood, but she also said she didn't want to talk about it anymore as it scared her.

As if having a group home with stabbings wasn't enough for this weekend, something else happened that brings me to tears every time I think about it.

One of our neighbors, a Mom of two girls the same ages as Ashley and Audrey, died Saturday after a long battle with cancer. I did not know her well, just well enough to say hi when I saw her. But that doesn't matter. She fought an unbelievable fight, and from what I have read and heard her close friends say of her, she was amazing.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Is it spring yet??

Yes, Ashley went to school today. AN HOUR DELAY.

And yes, I feel better writing that in all caps.

And what do we have in the forecast for tonight/tomorrow/Saturday?

More crap. Possible freezing rain tonight. More rain, possible snow flurries Saturday.

So instead of going to school for her makeup day on Saturday, Ashley is supposed to have her basketball breakfast/pictures/game. I am thinking that none of that will happen if the forecast stays the same.

We moved to North Carolina to get away from the most of the snow (which we did considering where we are from in Virginia is supposed to get "paralyzing" amounts of snow this weekend). I really don't want to move further south.

On another sort of school related note, the school board for our county is holding 4 meetings over the next few weeks about the school calendars. Wake County, NC has traditional, year-round and modified calendars for its schools. Confused yet? Anyway, Ashley is in a year-round school and we love it. So I registered to speak at the meeting next week and I am speaker number 11. I am not sure what I will say, but I am sure speakers 1-10 will give me enough to speak about because I am sure someone will get up and say year-round sucks because we go to school longer (WE ALL GO TO SCHOOL 184 DAYS REGARDLESS OF THE CALENDAR) or we miss our summers (vacationing in Disney World in December was AWESOME). Look for a riveting post about that next week.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

No School

Temperature check: 50 degrees

Snow check: Not much left at all on the ground, can see mostly grass

School check: Ashley is on her third day of no school

Great job Wake County, NC for cancelling school today when the sun is shining, all the private schools/daycares/preschools all have school (except for the ones who stupidly follow Wake County...).

Audrey is at school today. She was at school yesterday in fact.

So what does this mean in terms of makeup days? Since Ashley goes to a year round school, this means 3 Saturday classes. One this Saturday, one May 1st and another May 8th. They are half days of classes each.

And call me a horrible parent, I really don't care, but I am not sending Ashley to school this Saturday. She has a basketball game that morning, and I gave her the choice of school or basketball. She chose basketball. I am not worried about makeup work as Ashley missed an entire week of school for the flu in the fall, and had no trouble catching back up.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Audrey's Birthday Party

Audrey's birthday party was a few weeks ago. This was probably the cheapest party we have had for either of the girls.

Audrey loves dance. I mean really, really loves dance. So it was a no-brainer to have her party at the dance school where she goes for class.

And for $80, we had a High School Musical Dance party for 90 minutes for 10 kids.

My friend Patty took amazing pictures that I can wait to print out and hang and scrapbook with.
A few days before her birthday, I still couldn't figure out what to get her as Christmas was just a few weeks ago. Then I was on Old Navy's website and saw the cute dance stuff they had like this grey wrap shirt.

To say she was excited about the party was an understatement.
She would take dance every day if she could.

The party favors my friend made and were chocolate covered marshmallows on a stick. I made red velvet cupcakes with a sugar cookie in the shape of an "A" on top for the cake. More savings on cost. And I think this was my favorite party either girl has had.

The Weekend That Wasn't

So the snow for Raleigh was supposed to start around midnight on Friday night. Instead, it started snowing about 7:30pm while Ray and I were out to dinner with friends. It snowed I guess through the night, but on Saturday it was all sleet, all day.

We got probably 3-4 inches of snow, but with the sleet on top of that, it is one icy mess here in Raleigh.

Saturday was supposed to be a haircut for me; basketball breakfast/pictures/game for Ashley; dinner out with friends for me. None of these events happened.

Instead Ashley decided to catch the stomach bug everyone else on our street has and threw up all over our bed on Saturday night. And now I feel like its a ticking time bomb waiting for Audrey to get it.

Sunday was more of the same. Church was closed and a birthday party Audrey was supposed to go was cancelled. Ashley didn't throw up anymore, but pretty much stayed on the couch all day. I was supposed to host a few friends over for scrapbooking, but considering two of them are pregnant and one has an infant, I thought it was best that they didn't come over to puke-fest house.

And today? Schools are closed, my office is closed. We have to leave our house though because WE HAVE NO FOOD. Seriously, we don't even have milk anymore. The main roads are fine, just the neighborhood streets are icy. Hopefully most will melt away today and we can get back on schedule tomorrow.