Early Birthday, Kara’s Awesome and of course Running!
Happy Monday folks! Kara’s daycare was close last Monday, so I had the privilege of staying home with her <3 I still got up extra early so I could get a run in (a not too shabby run if you ask me!) and enjoy every second with her. We had pumpkin zoatmeal for breakfast, went to the park and split an ice cream bar to cool down. Look at those red cheeks!!!
In case you’re wondering, my morning routine is typically: wake up between 4-5AM, foam roll/drink Nuun, run, drink more Nuun/BCAA’s and give myself a Lupron shot. Thankfully, the morning shot is super small and painless!
One day last week, my work team took me out for an early birthday lunch. Hopefully I won’t be able to have sushi for a while, so that’s what I chose! I decided to try “light rice” and don’t think I’ll be making that mistake again, unless I just want a really light meal. Not sure what I was expecting, but I think they jipped me on the filling portion, too… So tiny!
I’ve actually been getting up early enough to do a 25ish minute weight session before I run. I’ll drink my Nuun while I lift and use my rest time between sets to foam roll, so I’m not adding that much more time in the AM. Efficiency baby! I am lucky enough to have a home gym with a squat rack and all the goodies. Having everything accessible obviously makes it easier and gives me less excuses. Like every Friday, Kara and I had a froyo date. My mom was able to meet us up for this one and Kara was ecstatic. She LOVES her Nana. We had a few samples while we waited for Nana to get there. Kara only likes to use the sample spoon to eat her froyo. It’s adorable.
On Saturday, we also celebrated my birthday early with my family. I requested a Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Frosting. Seems like a weird combo, but it’s delicious! I asked for this cake last year as well. It’s alwadys a toss up between chocolate and cream cheese frosting, but I was just feeling the chocolate. Kara loved it, too… obviously. She’s definitely my child!
Sunday morning I went for a nice and easy long run. I ran 6 miles alone, then met up with a girlfriend for 8 and did the last 2 solo. My first 4ish miles were around a 8:45 pace. Took me a while to get warmed up but once I did, I was golden. Ended up finishing in the 8:00 pace range. I knew what I wanted for breakfast and it was CAKE and COFFEE!!! Hit. The. Spot. #breakfastofchampions
The girl I ran with, Kristin, is someone I’ve trained with for a while. She’s an amazing running buddy and friend in general! She’s been with my through all this crazy Baby #2 stuff and has listened to me complain/bitch/ramble for months. Running with her is a great distraction and I cherish the miles with her. When she gave me this card after our run, I didn’t know what to say. It’s really the little things that mean so much <3
After cake for me and pancakes for Todd and Kara, we headed to the pool so Kara could use her new floaty with a fisss on it! She was all smiles!
Hopefully that was my last long run for a while, as I’m getting close to egg retrieval and implantation. We celebrated my bday last week, because we weren’t sure what this week/end will hold. Fingers crossed everything goes smoothly and I report back with good news next week! Random but fun… I’m featured on Caitlyn @ CMomRunFast’s blog today! Linking up with The Weekly Wrap, Mommy Moments, MCM MamaRuns, Blog Hop and Inspire Me Monday!