Monthly Archives: June 2012

Deep, Cleansing Breath….

Wednesday.  4 kids at summer camp this week so only 4 at home.  I know you might not get that, but it’s SO much easier and I enjoy the more one on one time I get with the kids.  Chris took the day off (since it’s one of my days off) and we went to the lake.  No super early departure, no stress, no hassle.  Just a nice, fun trip to the lake.

Me chillin’!

Nicolas peeking





Kids tubing

Chris. You can see me in the mirror taking the pic

Kezia wake boarding

Yesterday (Thursday if I have my days in order) I decided to have the 4 kiddos bike while I ran.  I wanted 10 miles but decided to do a part of the bike path I haven’t done before.  Maybe a mistake but this is how we learn…. Some things just don’t go as planned.  I like to plan.  It makes me happy.  Over time, however, I think I’ve learned to let some things go.  Just breathe….  I’ll also readily admit that things NOT going as planned are sometimes even better.

The best four member crew team EVER!!!

We drove the path to get a feel for where we wanted to park.  Done.  I know the bike path goes about 9 miles from this point so ten with an out and back shouldn’t be an issue.  Right??  Just 5 miles.  Wrong.  We started.  Kezia’s chain fell off.  No biggie.  After 20 minutes of fighting it and wishing I had a sledge hammer a very nice man stopped to help.  In about 30 seconds it was done.  Really??  Yes, I’m thankful.  Yes, I was frustrated.  We were off again.  One of the water bottles was too small and kept falling out.  So I carried it.  I don’t like carrying things but oh well.  Right??  We were having a pretty good time even in 90* heat.

Best kids ever!! Stopping for a photo op

The biggest issue is that the bike path didn’t allow bikes on it.  I don’t understand either.  So we were on the path, down to the road back and forth.  That meant I was running with traffic so the kids could follow the bike rules, watching them and figuring out where they could be on the path….  It was just a little distracting.  The point for me to use the bike path is to NOT think.  NOT to be distracted and NOT to worry about vehicles.  The path winds with the river and goes through downtown which is fun – lots of energy, lots going on.  But for me it was just more to watch out for.

I had to pee at the start of the run and usually there are open buildings.  Couldn’t find anything.  Even detoured to see if we could find one.  Running is more fun when the bladder is empty….  When I ran I averaged 8:30 minute miles, but my overall time was 10:14 so that gives you an idea how much we had to reroute, stop, figure things out, etc…  Taylor was lead bike and main crew for me.  The great thing is how much we talked.  He runs quite a bit now and if anything happens to throw him off his groove, if he has to stop for any reason, the run is over for him.  So talking about how there are naturally going to be distractions, how your mileage and time isn’t always what you want, how much of running is a mental game, how great it is just to be out there doing something even if it doesn’t go as planned – it was a fantastic opportunity to hopefully teach them those lessons.  Just breathe.  Just roll with it.  Just be happy for everything you do have.  At 2 miles the path ended to pick up again after utilizing some downtown streets.  But we stopped.  It was hot, taking a long time and I didn’t know what the kids would be able to bike on.  So we turned around.

We went a slightly different way back because I thought we’d avoid more traffic and found this:

Every runner/bikers dream!!

I have to say I don’t usually have big expectations for porta-potties.   But this one was one of the most disgusting I’ve seen yet.  And still, this is how I felt:

YES!! Prayers really do get answered!!!

We got back to the van with just over 4 miles on the books.  Sure it wasn’t what I’d hoped for but we certainly did have a wonderful time.  Life is good….


My daughter is trying to kill me!!

My kids have grown up with exercise being paramount. I’ve run all of their lives (although there were “slower” times), had exercise equipment in my house, dvds, races, personal trainer, fitness competitions, etc… It doesn’t matter to me if running becomes their thing – I want them to have a healthy, active lifestyle.

Brianna (Bri) is 20, goes to college and works full time at Reno Running Company.  She’s an amazing young woman and has participated in several sports in her lifetime.  She’s running more seriously due to her job, training for a triathlon and hitting the gym regularly.  Working out alone isn’t always fun due to the lack of accountability so she and I get together sometimes so she can torture workout with me.  Yesterday she had it typed out and we went to the local track.  Typed out should have been a warning for me but NOOOOO……  I think she’s enjoying being the one in charge bossing me around…  Actually she did a fantastic job.  We cut it a little short due to 30+ mph winds but got most of the page done. We were planning on timing a mile and a cool down run that we scrapped.

Here’s what we did:  2 slow laps around track to warm up, 5 200 meter sprints with 2 minute break in between, 3 sets of 10 each:  Burpees, box squats, one-legged lunges. 3 sets of 20 toe taps on bleachers and 3 sets of 25 mountain climbers.  Then lots of stretching on the grass.  Bri is a great coach and we had a blast.  Laughed a lot, worked out hard, got buffeted by wind….  Thanks Bri!!  Having children who are adults and working out is new and I love it!!

This morning my legs and butt are feeling that workout, thank you very much!!  Here’s to next time (and maybe a picture that I’m in…??)

Reno 5000 5K and Fun Run

I so adore doing races with my kids. In the past if they run, I become the spectator and keep track of everyone – necessary with 8-12 kids participating, especially when they were younger.   We’ve done several races however Reno 5000 was immediately our favorite. Will – our fearless race director – does such an amazing job. I appreciate so many qualities about him- his organization, his drive, his foresight, his ability to listen to what the racers want, his enthusiasm to name just a few. I’m the runner who wants more local races but doesn’t want to actually manage one and I realize it’s an opportunity for the kids and me to volunteer for the races we’re not actually participating in.

My enthusiasm for packet pickup has worn off on the kids to the point that our day before the race revolves around going to collect our race bibs, chips, shirts and goodie bags.  This time around Chris and I decided to race at the same time as the kids instead of being spectators.  With our youngest at 9 years old and an event where we know several people we felt completely comfortable being able to do this which is so fantastic.

Nicolas and Samuel ran the 1 mile fun run first and the rest of us – Chris, myself and 7 kids ran the 5K.  We had a spot for the two boys to wait for us and they had a “job” to do for the race while they waited.  Nicolas finished in ten minutes and Samuel in eleven.  Regardless of their times what I liked most is that they both really enjoyed themselves.  I certainly can’t say thank you enough for that!!

The course was all trail, not super difficult but challenging.  The weather was perfect in temperature but the winds were pretty bad.  It didn’t stop the race from being a blast!  It’s so well organized that regardless of the wind everything went off without a hitch.  We all start together, but I think it’s important for the kids to learn to run their own race.  Some of them do stay together, but since it’s well marked with many participants I don’t worry about them being “alone”.  They’re very confident in their ability to finish the distance, the rest is just about what their time is compared to other 5K races they’ve completed.  This time around, Kezia ran her first 5K and her excitement was contagious.

Chris, Nicolas and Samuel didn’t place in the top three but all of them had a good run and loved the event.  Brianna stayed with three of the girls so her time was slower than normal but she still placed 4th as did Taylor.  It’s hard when you’re so close to the podium!!!  Olivia and I placed 3rd in our age divisions and Kezia placed 2nd in hers.  The other 3 girls are in the same age division, all 3 crossed the finish line together and all 3 placed!!  By the time my age division was announced, the announcer said our family had dominated the race!  How awesome!!!  I’ve always tried to express to the kids that it’s not about winning – it’s about running your own race and feeling good about what you’ve accomplished, but I’ll admit it is fun to win.

For me, being able to afford to do a couple family races a year, to train together and participate together is a blessing.  It’s time well spent with each other and teaches my kids a healthy lifestyle that will hopefully last throughout their lives.  The memories though, are priceless.

Uh, Define “Normal”

One of my besties – Kelly Dooley – whom I love and adore, respect and admire also happens to be the owner of BodyRock Sport a company that I also love, adore, respect, admire, etc… She lives and works out of New York City and my alter ego (which happens to be a huge part of me) actually wants to pack up and move there so I can beg a job off her and live in her world. Since that seems to not be on my agenda (Seriously??  I think my alter ego is smarter than I am!), I’m resigned to live over 3000 miles away but support her in any way I can.  Like shopping on her website as often as possible and wearing all of her designs.  Tough job.  I can handle it.  You’re welcome.

BodyRock is just phenomenal.  I hope everyone in my little blog circle goes to the site and, when you do, read Kelly’s Closet as well as how she names her sports bras and how some are approved for mastectomy and breast augmentation recovery.  Kelly gives back well even though her company is still technically young.

I found a recent comment on BodyRock’s Facebook interesting.  BodyRock posted a picture of a beautiful model in fantastic shape showing a new yoga bra and booty shorts.  Nothing unusual.  The comment was that she’d like to see “normal” women modeling the clothing.  What the heck is “normal”??  I commented that nearly every picture I’ve sent wearing BodyRock has been posted and BodyRock commented back that I was also BodyRocker of the Month in April.  True story and quite an honor and a privilege.

So again, define normal.  For those of you who haven’t read every detail about me, I’m 41 years young, I’ve been pregnant 7 times and for (and because of) those pregnancies I’ve endured 10 surgeries.  7 to become pregnant and 3 at the end of my baby making career including a hysterectomy at 33.  I breastfed for 11 years cumulatively and had 3 children in diapers for several years.  All that time I did foster care and adopted children as well making a big, fun family with 13 children.  So,no, I”m obviously not normal but what I’m trying to say is that if I can get in and stay in shape through all of that anyone can.  Not only do I firmly believe that but I also believe that as women and moms we may no longer (or ever) be cover model material but we’re no less beautiful.  So today on a 3 mile walk/run with my kids I asked them to take some pictures of me in BodyRock.  No makeup artist.  No hair dresser.  No special lighting.  No back drops.  No touch ups or airbrushing.  No trimming my thighs and enhancing my boobs.  Just me sporting shorts and a bra from BodyRock in my driveway.  Yes I deleted the ones where I look like I’m about to sneeze and I’m my own worst critic so I’ll let you know I didn’t like the lighting but I didn’t have time to move the sun and didn’t take the time to change location because honestly, it’s just me…. (Kelly I’m ready to be flown out for my photo shoot.  Just send the plane ticket and the limo!!)

Here’s to being normal!!

Bricks on Hump Day!!

My 20 year old daughter, Bri is training for a triathlon. I told her I would crew her for it since she’s always been my cheering crew as I dragged her to so many of my races. Plus it’s so exciting to watch her grow as a beautiful young woman and push herself athletically. Today we did a brick workout. 10 miles on bikes followed immediately by a 3 mile run. Utilizing my van and the bike path made this easy logistically however….. I’ve never done a brick workout. It was fascinating to jump off a bike and attempt to take off on a run!  Legs feel like lead, blood is pumping through all the wrong muscles…  The first 1/4 mile was weird feeling and we giggled a lot but it was fun and at the end we both felt like we got a great workout.  Thank you, Bri!  I think I’ll have another!!  Maybe once a week…