Sunday, April 13, 2014

Santa Anita derby 5K race

Last weekend I ran the Santa Anita Derby 5K with my kids.
It is my new favorite 5K!
I loved this course!  Beautiful views and we got to run on the actual race track, in the sand.  Very cool!
Race was super organized, free parking and right on time.
We had great weather this time.
The kids are still on a 2:1 ratio so I did that with them.  They got a PR! Not huge but still their best time!

Here they are before the race sipping some Watermelon NUUN.



At the start we went through the real derby race gate


This is an easy and really fun course.  We saw the house from "fantasy island" if you are old like me you"ll remember that show:)



Here running on the race track


Getting to the end


This is my new favorite race picture


We had a blast.
I think the kids can do better than this.
Run faster the running parts.

This was the 20th year that the race was held. The medal is really nice, medal/bottle opener/key chain




Kids if front of Seabiscuit statue


They had a really impressive quantity and quality of snacks for the runners after the race, all this for each of us plus fruit and water oh and 2 beers!


So we will be back for this one for sure.

Training this past week has been awful
I got up early just once. Major fail on this plan.
Allergies kicked my behind..we had some really hot days and that made things worst.  My husband's work schedule is once again out of control so I am on my own for everyhting and by Thursday I ran out of gas. :( Ran a 6 miler and a short 3 miles over the weekend, both on the treadmill because I was alone with the kids.  So my training for the OC half marathon is not going well at all.  Here's to hoping for better numbers this week!












Friday, April 4, 2014

Need days of 28 hrs

4 extra hours per day
That is not too much to ask right
I need them

I have zero time to run 
I am so frustrated these days it's not even funny
Yes yes I am complaining like a 1st grade girl ( in my experience the ones who complains and whine the most)

I am single parent mode again.  
I am still working every day.
The amount of work in 4th class keeps pilling
One night this week homework was to write a 5 paragraph text, answers 6-7 development questions on a chapter from Charlotte's web book, write a summary  of Charlotte's web chapter, geography, study vocabulary test, finish math, reading log and oh yes we still have the mission project to complete in the middle of this.

Plus well there is this little one in the middle

She needs to be walked 2-3 times a day
She is cute and we love her but right now she is taking my running time away
I could run after 9 PM... Maybe....but I am afraid Ruby would bark and wake the kids up
Nobody is home to keep her quiet at that time.
So I have ran a big 6 miles so far this week.
I could get up at 5
I should get up at 5
I stay up late to prevent Ruby needing to go outside in the middle of the night 
Right now I take her put at 11 pm and she goes until 6:45 am
I could get up at 5.....
I should get up at 5
Next week same thing again
I will need to get up at 5
Ok.
That is the goal.

Tomorrow race day
5k with the kids.
Have a good weekend everybody 
Thanks for reading

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Updates on stuff


I have not been the best blogger once again.
I am chasing time.
So updates on life in my corner of the globe...

Let's start with a big one.
We now have one puppy.
If you are my Facebook friend you know about all of this already.
We made the difficult decision to find a good home for Duke and keep Ruby with us.
We talked to two different dog trainers who came to our home to see the dogs.  We needed help because they were fighting a lot, not playing rough, fighting.  It got pretty bad.  They also starrtd to develop littermate syndrome.  They were not interacting with any of us and they were fighting a lot. Nasty fights.  We were told that we would have to raise them separately.  Walk them separately, feed them seperatly, have them sleep in different rooms, going to the park with just one at the time..everything separate.   I wish we would have known all this before adopting two puppies.  I felt so guilty and sad.  We decided to do the best thig for both dogs and for our family.  Duke is now with a good family and Ruby is very happy.  The change was instant.  
This happened a few weeks ago and I now know we did the right thing.



I have worked a lot lately.  I worked every day the week before spring break and I will work every day next week also.  I love this job and being with the kids every day.  I wish it was a permanent position instead of being a sub.   Getting to know so many kids at the school makes me appreciate mine a lot more. :) There are not perfect that's for sure but I think they are on the right track.  I feel sad for some kids at the school who clearly need help and also just attention...someone to listen to them.

Working every days means less free time and less time for running.  I try to get up an hour before the kids and run on the treadmill before starting the day.  I  have not done as much as I would like.  I have had health problems...still need to figure some stuff out for that and I am hoping its nothing serious.  I don't think it is.

March Madness.... Oh boy......well my bracket is bleeding....
Duke lost in the first round... Depressing....watched that yesterday while running 6 miles on the treadmill... :(

We have discovered the rainbow loom.
We is me and my kids.
We have made all kinds of stuff this week during spring break.
It's really fun!





This might be my favorite: Our school is deer canyon and the colors are blue and yellow and we are the eagles so we made these


We went to see the Kings play on St Patricks day.  They lost but it was a great game.
Everyone got a special green LA Kings hat.




J Quick: the kids' favorite! He is pretty awesome!














Thursday, March 6, 2014

Coaster 5k - Knotts Berry Farm

Oh I have been a bad blogger.
We had a tough couple of weeks over here..
I feel like my family went through a storm and now the calm is back.

Last weekend I ran the Coaster 5K race at Knotts Berry Farm with my boys.


I thought this would be fun for the kids.  We had never been there before.
The only little problem was that last week we got 2 huge rain storms where I live and well race morning came and the rain was not over.

We decided to go to the race because when we got up it was not raining.   All the way driving there also no rain.  We got there with zero minute to spare.  I have never late to a race before and in my book we were late.  We had to run to get the bibs and while I was standing in line to get bibs and time chips....it started to rain pretty hard.  Darn it.
We had left out rain coats in the car and had no time to go back.
My kids were awesome, they did not complain once.
I gave them the choice to back out and they both said no way.

We were late at the start and ended up starting in a different coral further behind.
No big deal...except that we had to pass a bunch of walkers...

It poured the whole race.  Of course.
The course is all in the park and that is fun.
It would have been a lot more fun if we were not soaking wet.
I would like to do this one again.
They offer a 5k and a 10k.

T-shirt and medal for everyone AND a piece of the best pie I have ever tasted.  I am not supposed to eat pie but I had to have a bite!

The boys did great considering the conditions.  They would have PR without this crazy weather and without having to pass all the walkers in the beginning.  They ended up short a few seconds.  Next time we will get it:)


Check out my son's perfect form compare to my heel striking...:)


Next race with the kids is April 27 in Los Angeles at Staple Center : Kids 4 Kids.  Race to raise money for kids who have cancer.


Warning:
Parental bragging section

Yesterday was award day at the school!
2nd trimester awards!
I am so proud of both my sons.

William (4th grade) received Math Champ award, Master reader award (highest reading award) and the Principal's Honor Roll.  That one is huge: straight As and also good behavior.  In Will's crazy hard class that is so so hard to get.  
Only 4 kids got this out of 34 in his class.  I think more kids in his class would have received this award if they were in one of the two other 4th grade classes.  All I can say is I am proud of Will for getting this 2 trimester in a row and hmmm ONE MORE TO GO.  We can do this...... Right?!

Here he is with his BFF...she is a doll, they have been in the same class for 4 yrs now. (They are the exact same age:))


And my Jonathan did great also!
Math Champ and master reader like his brother!!
(No honor or principal honor roll in 2nd grade) 











Sunday, February 23, 2014

A good reason to skip a long run

Well being sick is usually the only reason I would skip a long run on a Sunday am.
This week I am skipping it because of 2 really good reasons.

Presenting Ruby and Duke Eakle



They arrivent yesterday.
I ran a quick one in the morning before going to get them and I have been on potty training mode ever since.



They are doing pretty good.  3 accidents total in 24 hrs plus...that is. to bad. Zero #2 accident. That is A+ in my book.  They slept 7 hours last night. No crying.
We are using a crate,  we have 2 but they slept in the same one last night.  Not sure if it is good to do that.  Open to ANY advices you have if you have 2 dogs.

They are super soft and cute.  Ruby is more playful.  Duke has a better appetite.  She is ok with leash and he hates it.



They sleep like this



Yes it is a lot of work....today is crazy because I am home alone with them and with my boys who are not always helping the "working" part...potty training...letting them rest when they are tired....it is just like having newborns!!!  But we could not be happier to have them home.

Wonder how the running will go this week.  I think on the treadmill while they sleep will be the way to go.  I don't want to leave them alone for too long this week.  They will have their first home alone big test on Friday night when we go to a hockey game......

So if you have any advices for me...please comment!!!

Today...best day of the Olympic Games!!!!!!

Oh Canada!!!!! I mean come on!!! How great was this game!!!











Wednesday, February 19, 2014

That pacing thing and NUUN discount code!

Let's start with the good stuff! I got a NUUN discount code for you my friends!

CODE: FEB14NUUNLOVE
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GOOD THRU: Friday, February 28th

Also right now you can get free shipping on your NUUN orders!
Free shipping now until February 21st.
Now THAT is a pretty sweet deal all together!

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I have been spending my early Wednesday mornings helping coaching the track team at my kids' school.  I am in charge of the running section....and the concept of PACING is not one that is easy to teach kids aged 9-12.  They all have 2 speed: Too fast followed shortly by walking.  To be fair a rare few are fast and don't crash before the second lap but the majority just go out way to fast and crash before the end of the first lap.  Now one lap is only 0.25 mile!   I am trying to explain to them the idea of pacing and how they could benefit from it..starting slower and finishing strong but they struggle with the starting slow part.  To force them to start slower I don't allow them to pass me during the first lap and most of them are not happy with this rule.  Today I decided to test them and let them go.  Oh that was a huge disaster...most of them crashed before reaching the half way point of the first lap.  I got a few kids who also like cutting corners....trying to teach them that cheating is not going to do them any good in the long run for everything in their lives.  Work in progress.  If I get through 5 kids that will be a success! 

My running has been ok....until today.  I was awaken with sharp pain in my darn knee.  I have no idea where it was coming from I got up and put weight on my leg and felt the pain.  I ran with the kids and it was ok but I decided to not push it and not complete the mileage after track practice like I usually do.  Here's to hoping it will do the trick!

Puppy news...
Well it is actually Puppies news
Meet Ruby AND her brother Duke!


That's right 2 puppies are coming home!
We adopted a boy also!
Last week I got an email from the breeder with an update on Ruby and I asked if they had found families for all the puppies.  She told me they still had 3 males.  I asked if one of them was more laid back and she said yes and sent me his picture....that was enough for me...


All I needed is to convince Bill.
It was actually pretty easy.  His main concern was and is what to do when we go on vacation.  I agree that it will be harder to get help with 2 dogs but vacation is not a huge part of our lives.  We don't take long vacation every year.  Obviously this year would be a year where we would likely skip a visit to Quebec...
The next scheduled night away from home is in June for the San Diego RnR half marathon.  I got some time to figure out what to do.

Ruby and Duke will be here Saturday morning and I cannot wait!!!!

Tomorrow I am going on an all day field trip with my son who is in the 4th grade.  He is the one who has the over the top teacher I mentioned before. She sent a note to the parents who are coming to help for this to remind us that field trips are not a vacation.  No fun allowed...that would be a real shame for 9 yrs old kids to have a little fun.  Seriously.  She told the kids that they can bring hats because we will be walking outside in the sun all day..BUT they are not allowed to wear the hats in the bus.  What?...I cannot wait for this year to end.  I cannot even keep up with all the rules that she has.  Maybe I should wear a hat just to see if she will make me take it off when I am on the bus.... :)

OK got to run....working in an hour and I am watching team Canada men's hockey and the score is 1-1 in the 3rd....making me really nervous.... come on now!  They have the worst referee for this game... Russia is out....that is good...its looking like team USA will win that is also good. 

And SCORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! as I type this!!!! Oh Canada!!!!

Tomorrow big day: USA-CANADA for the gold in women's hockey...this should be epic...wonder if the teacher will allow me to look at the score on my phone while we are in the bus.... :)


Monday, February 10, 2014

Do you Scorebig?

So I don't have much to report on the running front.
I have been sick.
Some kind of flu I guess...I don't know.  I felt like all the energy was sucked out of me.
I am better this week.
I ran 6 miles on Saturday.  Was slow but at least it was something.
Ran 4 this morning and it will a little better.
My knee is a little sore...
It may be because I have not ran much for about 10 days and it got stiff...or it may be because I have been very bad at doing my PT exercises.  By bad I mean BAD. As in...not doing anything.


So last post I mentioned Jonathan's birthday.
He turned 8 in Super Bowl day.
I have decided that I am don't doing big birthday parties.  We have tried everything in our town and it is time to downsize the production for these days.
So this year we decided to take the kids to a hockey game.
Usually we go see the Kings in LA but there was no game that weekend so we cheated on our team and went to see the Ducks in Anaheim.... They are number 1 in the league so that was pretty cool to see them.



We have been able to take the kids to see a few games this season because Bill found this fantastic website called SCOREBIG.  They have tickets to sports, concerts and other events.  We have used it 6 times so far and I have only good things to say.  They have no fees or shipping charges.  It works like Priceline.  You make an offer and if they accept it you get your tickets and if they don't well you can try again in 24 hrs.  We never know exactly where the seats will be, we know the section before making an offer.  Each time we got great seats.  Last game we were 12 rows behind the goal!  



 It was awesome!  There is no way we could pay the full price for tickets like that but with scorebig we got really good tickets for a lot less.
Try it!  I highly recommend it!
Next game for us is Feb 28!

Today I got a new picture of my little Ruby.
12 more days and she will be home!



During the days I was feeling crappy I made a photo memory book of my Maggie.
It was hard and emotional for me but I am so happy I will have this to remember her.
I cannot wait for the book to arrive.











Here's to hoping for a decent running week!
Time to go work on PT...and watch my homeland kick some behinds in Sochi!
Oh Canada!!!!
Cannot wait for good hockey games!