I need help. Something for my face when I am running… my entire body was nice and toasty but my face was so cold yesterday. Those of you running in cold temperatures, how do you keep your face warm? Also the cold weather makes me motivated to choose the right podcast or music playlist before leaving the house because there is no way I’m taking off my gloves during the run to switch around what I’m listening to.
Yep and this is just the beginning:)
1.53 miles of speed wahoo! I’m not one of those people that bounces back fast after a marathon and that’s okay with me. It was a little humbling how hard these 1 minute efforts felt (10 x 1 minute fast, 2 minutes easy) compared to doing workouts 1.5 months ago that were way way way longer and harder but I’m in a new chapter after the marathon again with some new goals and I love working towards them.
8 miles total yesterday.
The usual morning activities then occurred.
This girl is obsessed with taking baths right now.
Andrew, Skye and I went to grab some lunch. This is also Skye’s current favorite salad. She is all about the pineapple, carrots, chicken, tortilla and tortilla strips on this bad boy… before I know it I’m going to need to order her her own.
We picked up the Brookester from school. Brooke’s best friend recently moved here from a different country. Her mom was telling me how Brooke has helped her to feel so much more comfortable at school and excited to come each day. My mama heart melted when she told me this and it has been so fun getting to know her and her family.
We had to hit up Costco for 2 things…
And had the most delicious steak for dinner (thank you Andrew for grilling when it is below freezing outside;).
Brooke was a huge fan of the steak too.
It’s Tuesday which means I have a reason to share a bunch of tangents with you (even though I do this daily)… here you go:
*Another room is done in our house! Next up… our gym space (we need the treadmill up and working for icy mornings up ahead) and then our room. We weren’t really sure what to do with this room and I was having a busy few weeks so I passed the room over to Andrew:)
Andrew put up shiplap and I think it really added to the room. He bought primed pre-made shiplap at Burton Lumber and put it up (you can make it for cheaper but he really liked the one that he bought).
He did the decorating too and I really love what he did. We are going to add a credenza under the mirror, maybe a coffee table and some greenery in the back corner but other than that, it’s all done.
I did pick out the chairs and pillows so I’ll take credit for that;) Andrew likes doing his studying in this room now because it is a lot quieter, light and toy free ha which makes focusing easier. The leather couch is from Downeast and everything else is from Four Chairs Furniture.
*I’ve hooked Andrew into watching A Million Little Things with me. He didn’t know I was taking this picture but this is how he watched episode 3 for about 20… and yes, his eyes are teary. This show is so emotional.
*CAN YOU BELIEVE THIS. 100 miles @ 7:17 average pace…
*And we will end this post with the best part… my mom’s explanation of our psycho birds that she mentioned last week:
Psycho Bird Part I
So it all started as your typical girl/bird relationship, in this case a cockatiel with cute little cheeks. Ha! Janae would come home from school and let Nala out of her cage. She would fly around and enjoy some freedom. I was so happy that my diversionary tactic to help Janae get over her brother leaving on a mission had worked. After a month or so I noticed when Janae would come home from school Nala would start chirping for her. Adorable, what a smart bird to try to communicate with Janae. After another month or so it turned into full out screeching when Janae would come home. Nala wouldn’t quit until Janae took her out of her cage. A few weeks later she started nipping at me when I put my hand into the cage to feed her. Didn’t really hurt so no big deal. Then she started attacking everyone, except Janae, if they came into the room when she was out. She was becoming completely obsessed and protective of Janae. How do you train/discipline a bird? They are kind of already in a 24/7 timeout. Eventually she was biting the hector out of my hand, drawing blood, when I would feed her or clean her cage. No lie, full blown Hitchcock The Birds movie if she was out of her cage. Sadly, she turned on the object of her obsession and even Janae couldn’t take her out of her cage. None of us qualified as pet bird therapists so she went back to the pet store. We have stuck to dogs since then as obviously we do not know how to handle birds!
Actually I bought 2 birds, one for Janae and one for her brother, the now half marathon runner. He had a computer in his room so the bird was listening to a lot of hard drive noises. Apparently hard drives made a very distinctive sound in those days. His bird, named Bird 2000 (Bird for short) did not talk but it did make that computer sound-constantly. It’s downfall was that it teased our dog, a wonderful, obedient sheltie. I only say teased because of the way the sheltie responded to Bird. Bird would do a wolf whistle, every time the dog would walk by. It drove our dog to distraction. I think he felt degraded. Why a wolf whistle is considered bullying in the animal world I have no idea but our dog was going to get that bird. One day Bird was out of his cage and sure enough our dog came running upstairs with him in his mouth. I yelled “drop it!”. Amazingly he dropped the bird. He was way more obedient than the kids for sure. (That would not have worked if I yelled that to Janae when she had a donut in her mouth. Hahahaha!) So when Nala had to hit the road back to the pet store we packed his bags too for his own good.
CIM is just a few weeks away… time is going by so fast! Who is going to be running it this year?
What should I use to keep my face warm while running?!
Question from Andrew—> What’s something on your to-do list that you are not wanting to do?
What pets did you have growing up?