October Love

October is my favorite month of the year (and none of our birthdays happen to be this particular month — though Sebastian was supposed to be born on 10/02/13).  From fall running/racing to endless hayrides and pumpkin patches, October is by far the best month ever.  And because you all know I’m a big planner,  I made sure to plan for some great fall activities.

diy-october

Recap of what we’ve done so far:

1. Okay, this doesn’t count for October because it was 9/29, but we attended Lili’s paint monthly paint night with her school.  We love going.

Too much fun with the little folks.

2. B came with  me to the office one day and he was totally good.

3. We had a 4-day weekend for the Jewish holidays and Lili started the day off with yoga at the library. (10/01/16).

While she did yoga, P and Sebastian hung out on the story-time rug.

boys-at-library

4. Monday (10/3), I took the kids to a pumpkin patch right down the street.

And when we came home, I made dinner while they painted said pumpkins.

B went down for a nap and then we started baking Halloween cookies.  He woke up in the middle of our bake-off.

cookies

And then we went to the library (yes, all the same day).

Lili read a book to Connor and she did fantastic.

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and then we came home.

5.The kids had another day off but I didn’t so I needed to take off (10/4).  Of course Lili wanted to know what our plans were for the day. So we went to another pumpkin patch down the street.

And we are trying to practice B’s smile.

smiles

After we picked more pumpkins, we stopped at Target to pick up a few things and then we headed home to paint the pumpkins. HA.

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Told you, we are trying to get this smile down.

We also finished up our bats and hung them up.

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6.  On Friday, I picked up Mimi’s brother and we headed into the city to pick our bibs for Brooklyn Rock N Roll Half Marathon.  We took the train from my office and it went pretty smooth.

After we picked up our bibs, we had time to stop over Time Square. Every single time he visits, he has to take an obligatory Time Square photo.

time-square

We had to catch the 12:46 train back in order for me to get the kids from school so we were pretty pressed for time but he was happy to get his pic in.

After I picked the kids up, we dropped off Ralph and came home to eat a quick dinner before heading to Pump it Up with some friends.

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pump-it-up-gang

Kids had a ton of fun.  After pump it up, we had to run over to the super market and then we were home by 8PM. Ugh. I still had to give a kids a bath, put them down and then lay out race clothes.

race-day-layout

I was in bed by 11 PM, later than I like to be before a race.

6. 10/08/16 RACE DAY!  I woke up quarter to 5 and ate breakfast.  My brother scooped me up by 5:50 AM and he drove us into Brooklyn.  Quick sidenote: as we are getting dropped off, Ralph realizes he left his BIB at HOME!!! Oh my GOD. I thought he was going to have a hard time getting in but it all worked out.

start-line

I pretty much paced him. He wanted to come in around 2:25-2:20.

finish-line

It was a good time. I know he was hurting towards the end but we pushed through and came in at 2:22 AND not only was he thrilled but he had a PR.

race-day-finish-sign

Our siblings had awesome signs for us.

post-race

Then we had to walk 2-miles back to the car. HA! But it wasn’t bad. We were home before noon and I showered and put B down for a nap.  Then I made an early dinner and we carved pumpkins in the evening.

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Isn’t it pretty? The kids got a little bored of cleaning out of pumpkins part, so I had them make construction paper pumpkins on the side.

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7.  Columbus Day I had to work but kids had off (10/10/16) but I promised them that once I picked up kids I would take them to Kidz Village.

They had a blast and didn’t give me hard time when it was time to leave.  Probably because they were about to close their doors.

8.  I was swamped at the office on Tuesday so my sister in law was able to pick up Lili from school and take her out before dropping her off at my office.

tia-and-lili

They had fun together.

9.  I was OFF yesterday (10/12/16) for the Jewish holiday and so were the kids so guess what we did??? We met up with my soley, Cici, for a track workout (tomorrow happens to be our 4 year runniversary).  Did I tell you she’s 22-weeks pregnant???

cici-and-me

We were dripping post workout.  I didn’t have a sitter, so I made sure to pack their bag and was praying that the field wouldn’t be packed and lucky us… hardly anyone at the track!!! I love when that happens.

track-workout

They would occasionally join me for half a lap.

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I can’t take their cuteness.  And can I tell you how stinkin’ cute Lili would be when I was doing a recovery lap?

track-workout-2

She would bring water for me on the side. I swear I felt like I was an elite runner. HA! When we said our goodbyes to Cici, we headed over to look for Halloween costumes for Lili.  We already ordered Sebastian’s.

We were there for awhile trying on costumes and then she finally picked up. I’ll have the winner posted soon.

When we came home I had to cook lunch, prep dinner, put B down for a nap, do laundry and then we did more Halloween arts/crafts.

halloween-puppets

What a great time we had, especially making these puppets.

10.  Saying goodbye.  While in the midst of cooking lunch, prepping dinner, doing laundry, feeding kids, etc. Mimi and her brother stopped by to say bye to the kids.

bye-ralphie

Next time we’ll see him is when we head out to San Francisco for my brother and his sister’s wedding.

Do you dress up for Halloween? Do you do Halloween races? I signed up for a 5k and a half marathon this Spring. I am thinking of a Spring marathon but haven’t really been looking around.

Did you ever run a Rock N Roll series? Brooklyn was my first. It was nice.Not too overcrowded.  The medals are actually REALLY nice.

I’m not in tomorrow so hope you all have a wonderful weekend!!!

 

First Week of School & DIY

6-Mile Run

The kids started school a week ago and it went pretty well.  It’s difficult when the kids are in two different schools.  It means having to miss one of their first days but P and I worked it out.  I went with Sebastian and P went with Lili. Unfortunately, Lili was not happy with this arrangement (and she even cried) so I promised her I would go the next day.

I was apprehensive about Sebastian even though we did a few weeks of camp.  He seemed excited but then he would cling onto my leg.  He kept saying that he wanted me.  So I moved around the classroom until I found something to keep him busy.

prek-3

I left him as happy as could be. And when I picked him up, he was even happier.

pick-up

It was a successful first day of school. Of course P has to drop off Lili and he doesn’t take pics like I do… She also had a successful first day of Kindergarten, so I took these two the last times I did drop off.

The teacher was fully aware that it was Sebastian’s birthday on Sunday so she told me if I wanted to bring something in for the kids, I could do so that Friday.  Sebastian’s face lit up when he saw me bring him balloons.

I brought some munchkins in for him. He was happy.

Lili has been happy with school too, especially since I walk her some morning.

She happens to be the only girl on our block with four boys her age.  It’s kind of cute.

Since our biggest daycare supports (my in-laws are in Spain and my dad will be hospitalized) aren’t around, P and I are all over the place with drop offs and pick ups.  Our deal right now we alternate drops off in the AM and scramble for pick-ups in the PM.  I ended up making an nifty calendar that I absolutely LOVE.

diy-calendar

You could use paint chips from Home Depot or Loews, but if you recall I’m an arts/crafts hoarder. Anyhow, all you need are 2×2 colorful cards, 16×20 frame, double-sided tape, and washable thin expo markers.

bins

Yeah, I go a little crazy.

calendar-diy

A LOT OF PLANNING!! And, I absolutely love my new planner.

new-planner

It’s like a scrapbook/planner.  I purchased this one at Michael’s.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE!!!

Big thing about pick-ups for the next few weeks is I HAVE TO WORKOUT IN THE MORNING!!! I mean, I always do workout in the AM, but sometimes if I miss it, I am able to squeeze something in at lunch.

Do you plan your day out? Week? Month? Do you use a planner or outlook calendar? I am a planner whore, for lack of a better word, HA. I’m always looking for something new, but I think I’ll stick to this one for as long as I can.

Mid-September

The days/weeks just seem to fly by. I can’t believe it’s already mid-September.  It’s also hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since my dad was first diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma.

august 29 pop pop

Poppop with the grandkids

It seems like a bad nightmare we all had to go through. There were a lot of ER visits, hospital visits, etc.  He had his stem cell transplant that March and stayed in the hospital longer than expected because there were complications.  Finally he was home in April and gaining back strength (and his hair was growing back in as seen above).  The last four months he had follow-up visits and blood works.

Unfortunately, things aren’t heading in the direction we had hoped for.  After monitoring his blood works from the last few months, we learned that it looks like he will need yet another transplant.  This transplant will give him a year and half life span; maybe more. So we seem to be back at square one.

Next week, he will have a PICC line placed followed by a strong dose of chemo and then the transplant phase will begin.

We are all keeping positive thoughts.

On another note, the kids have started school.

first-day-of-school

09-08-2016

I can’t believe we have a Kindergarten gal and a Pre-K 3 boy.  Time is zipping on by.

My in-laws (a/k/a the biggest support with the kids these days) left for Spain, so as you can imagine, I have so much on my plate between working F/T, dropping/picking kids up to/from school, getting dinner together, etc.

Unfortunately, with everything going on, I will have defer MCM this November.  My training has been inconsistent (sorry Chelsea… I thought this was the year we’d meet in person). I do have a half marathon next month and even though my training has been sub-par, I intend to run this race.  I would also love to get some shorter races in to get my speed back on the grid. Lots of speed training/tempo runs, etc.  I am getting a lot of strength training in.

So much more to update on (how kids did in school, some DIY projects I completed, etc.) but too much to put into one post. Just one more thing to add onto here.

Last Sunday, 9/11/16, was Sebastian’s 3rd Birthday.  I cherish that day 3 years ago.

sept-11-2013

Sometimes I wish I could go back to that day.  They’re so precious. And now, they’re so big.

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Raise your hand if you’re THREE!

3-years later…

I think this is all I could handle for today.

What do you think I should do for MCM? Defer or just reapply for lottery in 2017?  My issue is I have a good chance of getting into NYCM so do I run back-to-back marathons in 2017? HA.

 

Weekly Update: IT’S MY FRIDAY

Is it me or did this week drag on or what?  Marathon training’s going and I also managed to get in weights 3x a week.  I know I’ve said this before but I’ll say it again, the humidity kills.

Anyhow, this past weekend (I know, days and days ago) was pretty much laid back.

My brother’s fiance watched the kids on Thursday, which worked out perfect for me.. The kids were thrilled to see her.

lili painting

b painting

On Friday we visited my parents.  I hadn’t seen them in weeks.  My mom and I took a few trips to Costco and then when B took a nap, Lili and I went to the park to hang out.

girls date

We had a mini-picnic, just her and I. While she played on the playground, I caught up on some reading materials.

runners world

By 1:30 PM, I ordered lunch for my parents and I then headed back home.  We stayed for a bit and then headed home.

The weekend we just kinda hung out. The weather was crap so we did a lot of imagination play.

dinner date with b

Lili was the owner of the restaurant.  We ordered food and had a nice meal.

dinner date with b 2

The kids found my running headlamp.

running light

Pedro said they looked like they were digging for gold.

Tuesday night we headed to movies in the park. It’s the last movie for the summer. I can’t believe summer’s coming to an end.

ej and mimi

They were showing Inside, Out. we love that movie.  I caught up on some reading.

national book lovers day

I started a new book.

girl on the train

It’s pretty good so far. I can’t put it down, but unfortunately I have two little ones that are demanding.

movie in the park

Such a good time.

Anyway, this weekend we have no major plans except my long run and back to school shopping. I can’t be school starts in less than a month.

What books are you reading? Book or Kindle?  I bought Me Before You also.  I prefer books rather than the kindle.

 

Summer Fun (and Hot Runs)…

I feel like I’m in my senior year of high school and have been absent for 3-weeks because I had the chicken pox (yes, it’s true, I was 17 years old when I got the chicken pox!).  I haven’t posted in a few weeks. Juggling the kids, work, marathon training and life has been quite the struggle, but I am getting through it.

Quick update (is it ever really quick?).  Kids started summer camp 3-weeks ago.  The first few days were okay, and then there were tears others, but now, they’re pros.

One of the days I picked the kids up, the teacher told me Sebastian had a (girl)friend that follows him and sits next to him at lunch. They supposedly feed each other lunch.

girlfriend at camp

Favorite part of the day is when I pick them up. But overall, they’re having a blast.

Their last week is next week but I am thinking of doing one more week after and then they’ll have two weeks before school starts (and for me to get Sebastian fully potty trained. We’re working on it!).

scientist day

We have spent some time with family when we can.  P’s nephew came to my office two Fridays ago and then he slept over.

jules

We had dinner with my in-laws and then Jules, Lili and I hit up our favorite cafe, Van Goh’s Ear.

van goh

Then Sundays we go to mass.

church

We made it to the movies in the park again.  This time we watched Hotel Transylvania 2. Next week is the last movie in the park, Inside Out. I’m looking forward to that one.

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And last Friday after work, I picked up my niece from her summer camp so that the kids had some time to play.

scarlett friday 7-30

When I’m not able to make it outdoors for a run, I turn to my trusty tread.

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And I just started binge watching Pretty Little Liars (and I’m obsessed.  Almost on season 4 so still so much to catch up on!).

We tried out a new hole in the wall Mexican place, Freppe’s.

mexican

And we loved it!!!!!!

Last weekend it RAINED and RAINED… so we made sure to do some indoors arts/crafts projects.

We read for the millionth time, Where the Wild Things Are and then made monsters and boats.  Then we did a paint night.

It was fun.

We try to get to the pool when we can.

swimming

And on Tuesday we went to National Night Out in town.

national night out

Sebastian was STAR-STRUCK when he saw Spiderman.

spiderman 2

And when Spiderman gave him a high-5, well, that just made his day.

spiderman

AND Pedro’s birthday gift to me…

bday gifts

New shoes, fuel, compression socks, etc…. I’m in heaven. (and yes, my birthday was nearly two months ago… I just used his certificate yesterday!).

Do you watch PLL? What’s your favorite TV show(s)? I have a few. Breaking Bad, Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, Empire (which I still need to catch up on).

Plans for the weekend? I have a long run and nothing else on schedule really. I like those kinds of weekends…

 

 

FRIDAYYYYY

6-miles (TREADMILL WORKOUT) – COMPLETED

I am actually in the office today.  I have a few days where I have to leave early and come in late, so I figured I would work a few hours to make up some time.  They really don’t mind if I have to leave early or come in late, but personally for myself, I would rather not take advantage. ALSO, since it’s raining, I figured I wasn’t really wasting a beautiful day.

friday

Workweek’s been busy, but I’ve managed to get a lot of running in (Mon. 3-mi; Tues. 4-mi; Wed. 10 miles, Thurs. Weights and 6 miles today).  I started a new treadmill program (5-weeks) before marathon training starts. It’s pretty good so far.

Workout 1; Day 1 (Wed. 6/1/16)

1-mile Warm-up

Segment #1

30 seconds @ 6.2 + 4% incline (1-min recovery 0% incline)

60 seconds @ 6.2 + 4% incline (1-min recovery 0% incline)

90 seconds @ 6.2 + 4% incline (90-second recovery 0% incline)

30 seconds @ 6.2 + 6% incline (1-min recovery 0% incline)

60 seconds @ 6.2 + 6% incline (1-min recovery 0% incline)

90 seconds @ 6.2 + 6% incline (1-min recovery 0% incline)

Segment #2

30 seconds @ 7.2 + 0% incline (1-min recovery)

60 seconds @ 7.2 + 0% incline (1-min recovery)

90 seconds @ 7.2 + 0% incline (90 second recovery)

30 seconds @ 7.7 + 0% incline (1-min recovery)

60 seconds @ 7.7 + 0% incline (1-min recovery)

90 seconds @ 7.7 + 0% incline (1-min recovery)

Segment #3

30 seconds @ 8.3 + 3% incline (1-min recovery 0% incline)

60 seconds @ 8.3 + 3% incline (1-min recovery 0% incline)

90 seconds @ 8.3 + 3% incline (1-min recovery 0% incline)

1-mile cool down.

I also ran at lunch time this same day.  I figured I had to take advantage since (1) it was nice outside; (2) I didn’t have to pick up Lili; and (3) it was Global Running Day!

Yesterday I did arms and abs.  I was interrupted a few times by my love bug.

workout

workout 2

He was either sitting on my back while I was holding planks or doing push-up, or laying on my belly while I did crunches. You can’t get mad at his cute face though.

Today I ran the second treadmill workout.

Week 1; Day 2 The Pyramid (6/3/16)

Warm-up 1-mile

Segment #1:

90-seconds @ 7.2 + 3% incline (Recovery 1 min)

90-seconds @ 7.4 + 2% incline (Recovery 1 min)

90-seconds @ 7.6 + 1% incline (Recovery 1 min)

90-seconds @ 7.6 + 2% incline (Recovery 1 min)

90-seconds @ 7.6 + 3% incline (Recovery 2 min)

Segment #2

60-seconds @ 7.8 + 4% incline (Recovery 1 min)

60-seconds @ 8.0 + 3% incline (Recovery 1 min)

60-seconds @ 8.2 + 2% incline (Recovery 1 min)

60-seconds @ 8.4 + 1% incline (Recovery 1 min)

60-seconds @ 8.4 + 2% incline (Recovery 1 min)

60-seconds @ 8.4 + 3% incline (Recovery 1 min)

60-seconds @ 8.4 + 4% incline (Recovery 2 min)

Segment #3

30-seconds @ 8.6 + 5% incline (Recovery 1 min)

30-seconds @ 8.8 + 4% incline (Recovery 1 min)

30-seconds @ 9.0 + 3% incline (Recovery 1 min)

30-seconds @ 9.2 + 2% incline (Recovery 1 min)

30-seconds @ 9.2 + 3% incline (Recovery 1 min)

30-seconds @ 9.2 + 4% incline (Recovery 1 min)

30-seconds @ 9.2 + 5% incline

Cool-Down 1-mile

Such a great workout. I have a longish run tomorrow and then my 3rd treadmill workout on Sunday.

On another note, Pedro bought me wireless earbuds and I LOVE THEM.  First of all, I should mention that earbuds don’t work well with me. They constantly fall out and it just becomes such a nuisance.  I need the ones that clip onto your ears.

AMAZING!!!! The features are:

Wireless connection

6-hours rechargeable battery

Built-in Microphone

SWEAT RESISTANT (this is my favorite part because I sweat a lot)

Carrying EVA Case

I usually have the big bulky wireless headphones, but these are so great. Light, easy and they don’t fall out of my ears!!! Now, I don’t normally run with music, but since I’ve been doing a lot of solo runs these days, I’m glad to have the option to run with music.

Do you run with music? Have you tried wireless headphones/earbuds? 

HAPPY FRIDAY!!! I have about an hour left before I scoot out of here. 

Hey Spring

Workout: Strength  + Track Workout

Happy days are here when you open up the weather app and see that the next few days are filled with sunshine!!!

weather

This really is the most perfect weather for running. First, I did a kettlebell workout.

kettlebell

Sebastian placed his Incredible Hulk action figure next to my mat. HA! It was a good workout and I burned 234 calories.

Cici met up at 11AM and we ran to the high school track (1-mile) and did some 400s.  So glad that I got to see her again.

soley

Except my expression is just really weird looking.

Tonight P has a friend coming over so I had to pick up a few things at Trader Joe’s.  We’re watching the last game of the season Nets v. Knicks.

Do you use a heart rate monitor? Which one? Do you love it?

I had one with my first Garmin but you had to strap it onto your chest and I would chafe with that so I stopped wearing it.  Celeste was trying to keep her heart rate low but she doesn’t wear a monitor. She goes by the “talk test”.  If you can carry a conversation while running, then you’re not really pushing it too hard.

 

 

First Trip to the ER + A MARATHON

Speed Work – PENDING

Well, we’ve made it 2 years and 7 months (unless we are including Lili, then it would be 4 years and 10 months) without making a trip to the ER.  They say boys are more rough, and boy oh boy is it true.  I left the office at 5 and got to my in-laws by 5:25.  As soon as I walked in, Sebastian was in good spirits, but he wasn’t using his left arm at all.  He was on the couch trying to grab the iPad on the floor but instead of getting up, he went arms first and I’m not sure if he just didn’t have enough strength or balance in his left hand that he somehow twisted it and fell on it weird?!? Needless to say, he was not using that arm/hand at all and he said it hurt.  He didn’t want anyone touching it and he couldn’t even put his jacket on.  I had to take them to gymnastics but for obvious reasons, I dropped Sebastian off at home.  P and I were texting each other the entire time and he was keeping me posted on his arm.  It didn’t seem right.  He couldn’t even unlock the magic with his oreo cookie.  And that is how we knew it was an EMERGENCY.  (I kid, but really, we knew it was pretty serious).  So, I left Lili at gymnastics and my BIL was going to take him home.  I got home, packed a bag of goodies and the iPad.  I ate a quick dinner and B and I were in the car by 7:15.

It’s a Tuesday night and the ER is packed. An hour later, we are in a room.

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04.05.16 ER Visit

The nurses came in to take a look and he would cry when they tried to even move his arm. There was no bruising on the arm and she didn’t feel any swelling. They came back in and gave him some ibuprofen before the doctor came in to take a look.

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And hour later, the doctor came in and examined him.  He was still not moving his arm without crying. He would hold onto his hand delicately if it was being moved.  She didn’t feel any swelling but still ordered films because sometimes there could be a broken bone or fracture. So it was the waiting game some more.  We had to wait for someone from admissions to come and I had to sign consent forms for them to do an x-ray.  Then we had to wait for someone from radiology to come over.  It was about 10PM and B had fallen asleep.

When the radiologist was taking the pics of his arm, he had to manipulate it several ways. Of course this caused him to cry and scream.  But, when we got back to the room, he was using his left arm freely and normal. Of course, we still had to wait for the films to develop and for the doctor….

By 11:40, the doctor came back and she said that the films looked good: no broken bones and no fractures.  However, because he was not able to move his arm they wanted to put him in a splint.  Before she could do that, I told her that after the radiologist manipulated his arm, we got back to room and he has been using the arm just fine. So she tested it and it was pretty much perfect.  She said a ligament was out of its place and he most likely put it back into place when he was taking the films.  So, we were GOOD and just had to wait for discharge papers.  While we waited for discharge papers, B was allowed to draw on their walls.

 

By the time we were done with signing off on papers and driving home, we were in bed by 1:15 AM. WHAT.A.NIGHT!!!!! But thankfully he is OK and hopefully we won’t need to be in the ER ever again.

Needless to say, I’m working on 4 hours of sleep.  I had to drop off B at my girlfriend’s house as I didn’t have someone to watch him. I’m glad he’s doing okay.

babysitting

And in other news… I forgot to mention that I got into MCM for this October 30th.  Hooray.  I get to meet Chelsea in person.

MCM2016

Link of image.

I am looking forward to this marathon! Honestly, it was the only one I had on my list for this year.  I’m not quite sure if I’ll run anything else before or after.  I am thinking of more middle distance races in between. We’ll see.

Have you ever been to the ER? Broken bones? 

Back to Work

Burn Intervals (cardio + weights)

I had a weird work-week last week.  I worked Monday and Tuesday, took off Wednesday and Thursday and last minute I had to switch my Friday to a Monday.  It was so hard working on a Friday, but I was actually pretty busy.

friday work

Working on a Friday = Iced Coffee

I had to drop off the kids at my sister’s on Friday morning. She lives about a half hour away and then is half hour away from my office.  The commute was basically crap but I was grateful to have someone babysit the kiddos while I worked.

needs boy friends

hey Mom… I need some guy friends.

Well, this is what happens when my son is stuck with two girls and a dog.  He ends up wearing a pink tutu with a magic heart wand. Anyhow, I was non-stop busy but we did leave the office at 3:30.  I went straight to my sister’s and we hung out for about and hour and a half before heading home.

The rest of the night, I gave the kids a bath, we ate dinner and then I laid out race clothes.  My alarm was set for 5:00 AM.  Unfortunately, B didn’t have a great night of sleep.  I also woke up from 12-1:30 AM. I couldn’t go back to sleep.  I was exhausted and woke up to a text message from Cici that she had an awful night and took a Tylenol PM at 3:00 AM.  I don’t know how she was functioning.  She was trying to get over a nasty cold that she got earlier that week.  BUT, we sucked it up and I literally was ready by the time she pulled up.

soley

Race Day Selfie.  Yeah, well we were a bit under-dressed but we were smart and packed another shirt on top of our dry clothes.  It was going to be a wet race.  Heavy rain between 9:30-12:30 (pretty much the entire time we would be racing. We were really early and ended up having to wait an hour and a half before the race started. Better early than late.  I had to pee at least 3x before start time.  At 9:09, we decided to do a short jog and then put on our other shirts.

before

Then went back out for dynamic stretches.

stretching

This picture makes me laugh. HA. Anyway, we had plans to drop the hammer on this race but with Cici being sick and my training being a tad off (I literally ran ONCE that week) with my crazy schedule and my dad being sick, we decided to just change the plan a bit.

besties

For most of the, Cici and I stuck together. I love running with her.  She’s an amazing runner and friend.  Around mile 8, we lost each other but she wasn’t too far behind.

second loop

I love that you could see the Verrazano Bridge behind.  It pretty much rained the entire race.  It was hard rain most of the time.  The boardwalk area sucked and did I mention, it’s 3 loops of an out and back.  Just straight up boring, but not awful.

finish line

I finished in 1:55 and was drenched.  Cici came up behind me at 1:59 and poor thing lost her voice.  She has another half in St. Louis this coming weekend. Hopefully she will feel 100% for that race.

cici finish

AMAZING considering she took a Tylenol PM at 3AM.  I would have been dying.

finishers

I placed 2nd in my age group.

2nd place

2nd Place

Overall a great race.  The rest of the day I had to clean and pack as we were spending the night at my mom’s.  Well just the kids and I.

sleepover

I am in love with this aero-bed. It’s from Costco and is amazing.

Sunday, we woke up and I ran over to pick up some bagels and flowers for my in-law’s 44th anniversary.  Then I came back,  ate, got the kids dressed, cleaned up the basement and showered.  We stopped at my in-laws, then I dropped the kids off at my sister’s and then P and I attended my SIL’s grandmother’s wake.  It was a pretty long drive and after, P and I had dinner ALONE.  It was nice. Then it was time to go home and that’s where I relaxed and used the stick and foam rolled out my IT Band.

relaxing

I caught up on this month’s issue of Runner’s World.

runners world

I’ve actually stopped my subscription because I have too many of them.  So once in awhile, I’ll buy an issue.

Do you subscribe to Runner’s World? What do you do with the old magazines?

 

 

 

Two Week Review

Hill Workout

It’s been a very busy month since I last posted.  Basically, my dad has been in the hospital for over three weeks now.  His stem cell transplant went accordingly and as expected, his numbers all dropped. He got sick, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, weight loss, etc.  And then he started picking up. I visited him a few times.  All visitors must wear a mask at all times.

hospital

I kept him company, sometimes forced him to walk, we FaceTimed the kids so he could see them.

facetime

He was scheduled to come home on Palm Sunday (the 20th) but he took a turn for the worse and had an infection (c-diff).  He had to be treated and was now in isolation.  Visitors not only had to put a mask on but also had to put a gown and gloves on the entire visit.  After a few days of antibiotics, he tested negative for c-diff but still has some underlying symptoms that he is being tested for today.  Hopefully they’ll figure things out and he can be released as soon as they feel is healthy enough.

In other news, (and in no particular order really) running has been going okay. I am tapering this week.  I did get to run a two-hour trail with my solemate a few weeks ago (03/13/16).

soley

She is the best.  It was a pretty AMAZING run.  And we always have a great time together.

 

Our niece and nephew spent the weekend at my in-law’s house so we took them out to Dave & Busters (03/12/16).

girls dinner

Sanchez Girls

It was a lot of fun.  We had the kids back home by 9:45 PM.

We celebrated our nephew’s birthday twice (once on his real birthday (03/15/16) and the other with all of the family (3/19/16).

Then with family that Saturday.

jules bday

My non-Irish kids on St. Paddy’s Day.

st. paddy

Happy St. Paddy’s Day

We also spent some time outdoors with the kids when the weather was nice out (03/09-03/10).

Lili’s school hosted another paint night (03/16/16).  This time P was going to take her but there was SO much traffic so I took her there and he met up with us.

paint night

She was so happy to spend time with him.

paint night 2

Paint Night 03/16/16

That week was really rough for me and I couldn’t make running plans with Cici.  So I had to figure out my last long run and met up with some Union County runners that Sunday at 9AM (2/20/16) for 10-miles.  I ran the first 5 miles with this girl, Helen.  The the last 5 miles with this girl, Dina. She just had baby #3 who is just a few weeks old.

Last week, we celebrated my brother’s 27th birthday.

ej birthday

We ended up ordering a bunch of food. It was totally last minute.

Good Friday Pedro was off, so we took the kids to the movies.

zootopia 2

Zootopia 03/25/16

It was B’s first time at the movies and he was pretty well behaved.

zootopia

I really liked the movie a lot. Can’t wait for it to come out!!!

Saturday (03/26/16) we still didn’t know what was going on with my father and if he would be released. So my brother and I went that morning to visit with him.  It was a good visit.  I ordered his lunch, took him for a walk and then my brother and I left to eat.  I had scheduled plans to go visit for Easter Sunday.

P ended up food shopping for me when I got home from the hospital.  I was so exhausted.  I didn’t pick up a second wind until 9:00PM and had to run out to pick up Easter stuff for the kids.  So last minute this year… I also had to start prepping for Easter dinner.   I prepped the ham, mac and cheese and potatoes before calling it quits at 1:30 AM.  I finally went to bed at 3AM only to wake up at 6AM to run 6-miles.

Kids woke up late but then we had our day planned out. First it was 11:00 AM brunch at my in-laws.

brunch easter

We had to leave at 1pm to head over to the hospital.

easter at hospital

easter at hospital 2

My niece was sick earlier that week and I didn’t think it would be a good idea to come to the hospital.

It was a nice short visit and I am glad that we got to him.

family easter photo

We were home by 4pm and I had a bit of downtime before I had to put dinner into the oven.  My brother and his girlfriend decided to come over for dinner last minute so it worked out great.

easter dinner

So as you can see, it was a crazy two weeks leading up to Easter.I apologize for this very long update!

How was your Easter celebration?