Missing the Race

On Saturday, I was supposed to be at a Brazen Racing 10K at Hellyer but I had to miss it. I had been all set to go, picked up my bib and goodie bags early, and even psyched myself up to run in the rain. The night before the race, however, my son started to complain about ear pain (without fever) and was not able to go to sleep or stay asleep for very long. Roger went to sleep at 11:30pm but didn’t stay asleep for long and woke up a little after 4am in the morning complaining and whining. Even if I had the heart to leave my husband all by himself with half of my two kids not feeling good, I would not feel good about driving drowsy in the rain since I have read Driving Drowsy Just as Dangerous as Drunk Driving.

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Racing and Parenting: Running as a Family

Today was the Coyote Hills 5K/10K/Half Marathon and a run I had been looking forward to since last October, when I registered my husband and I for the race. It was out first race in 2014 as a family, and the first race for me altogether. The holidays had been a bit of a rough patch for my running and I have been working on getting back into 10K shape since New Years. I had run this course the year before with my son, and this time the whole family would run together. The plan was that he would run the 5K with the kids and I would run the 10K with us running the first part together (I would start with the 5K start time) and then continue on the 10K course at the split. Well, when you have young kids in tow, things have a way of not going as planned.

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2013: My Year of Shifting and Grinding Gears

My 2013 has been a year of many changes. Just as I was getting comfortable or hitting my stride, something will shift beneath my feet. It could be a terrible bout of the flu that hits the family, having to move (and buy and sell a house in the process), dealing with change in my husband’s, getting the kids acclimated to a new school, getting into a new routine, getting pregnant, going on vacation, having the pregnancy end in miscarriage at 10 weeks, having the kids school on break, then getting back off the holiday schedule again, ugh.

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Fitbit Flex vs. Nike Fuelband

I recently decided to get the new Fitbit Flex. I had previously used the Fitbit Ultra, which is no longer available for sale because they have new models now. Instead Fitbit Ultra, Fitbit now has its successor as the Fitbit One, or you can choose the Fitbit Flex, which is wearable on the wrist. Here’s a comparison of the Fitbit devices.

FitbitDevices

I had been a fan of Fitbit from the beginning and was one of the early adopters. It was really useful to be able to track my daily activity, as well as my lack of sleep. However, I had issues with the Fitbit Ultra mostly surrounding how easy it was to lose and how fragile the clip (and difficult to replace) it was. Back in 2012, Fitbit really had great customer support and was very gracious about replacing the product when it was lost. I am a mother of two young children, so those two factors did bother me enough that I stopped using Fitbit Ultra and gave it to a child-free friend. This time around, I decided to try Fitbit Flex (which is worn around the wrist).

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HERS Keep A Breast 5K

Yesterday my family and I participated in a local 5K run that celebrates and supports breast cancer patients and survivors organized by the HERS Breast Cancer Foundation. It was a small race and our first time attending. It was exciting to me because we were doing it as a family and it is for a cause that is now close and personal to our family.

James doing daddy double stroller duty.

James doing daddy double stroller duty.

It was James’ first time to run at Quarry Lakes and it was fun for us to take turns pushing our BOB double stroller.

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I am a Certified Personal Trainer

So this post almost didn’t happen. I was prepared to fail and either not blog about it or just suck it up and write a blog post to make a promise to hit that goal and retake the test at a later time. I knew my test was coming for a while but this past month I literally had way too many things going on keeping me from studying. I had in-laws visiting at the last 10 days of August (which meant getting the house ready in the weeks before), lots of appliances and stuff around the house breaking in need of repairs (it was literally one a day for the last two weeks) that I am still trying to get on top of going into next week. My kids are going through their crazy nightmares stage and my attempts to study were constantly interrupted. I attempted to cram but it meant that I didn’t get very much sleep the last couple of weeks.

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Running at T9K

Today I had a real treat — I ran the T9K race put on by Title Nine the second time, but this time without my son accompanying me via a stroller. T9K is one of the more kid- and stroller-friendly races I have ever seen, but since next week the whole family will be racing on the same course again for another race, my husband agreed to take on the kid wrangling so that I can run a race without the stroller this time. T9K is a woman-oriented race, and my friend Joanna joined me at Quarry Lakes on Sunday morning for this ladies-only run.

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