Sunday, February 28, 2010

February 2010 Summary.


Hehehe. It’s now February, and what’s new with me? Well I now have lost another 4.8lbs, making my total loss for 2010 15.8lbs! I’ve actually lost more weight than my daughter weighs and I only have 2.2lbs left to lose until I have lost all my baby weight. Not too bad considering I only had three weigh-ins this month because of the way the dates fell.

It's now only 8 weeks left until my half-marathon and I'm VERY excited. This is the half-way point and I can't wait for the day of the half-marathon. For training, I ran 192.37 km in 25:48 hours this month. The fastest run had me going 7:16 minutes per km and the furthest run was 21.08km and is the actual distance of the half-marathon. I ran the full 21.08km TWICE this month, and the best time was 2:33:19.

On average I ran 55:17 minutes or 6.8 km per day this month. Woot!

Lastly, for 2010 so far, I've run 375.93 km in 52.79 hours, and burned 204.5 donuts!

Outside Again even with the Snow.

So my mother was here still today to visit me and my daughter, also known as, the happiest baby  in the whole world. See photo on the right for proof. My mom being here means my dog and I got to have a wonderful outside run. We ran 7.9km for 1:06:49 so it wasn't my fastest time but I didn't fall, and with the foot of snow we had in the last few days being pressed down it was pretty slick in some areas.

For the first time I saw a lot of runners out today. Sometimes I see the odd runner, maybe two, but today I saw at least twenty! It was crazy but cool too. It was nice to see all these people running outside in the not so cold today. Usually it's -10 degrees when I run but today it was only -4 and only a bit of clouds so that really helped. My dog enjoyed our run and got a good workout. It's funny because when I start running she actually pulls me up the hills some days and at the end she keeps wanting to stop. Silly doggie.

So I had a lovely run and am planning to get an extra little run in tonight on the treadmill. I want to break the 40km mark this week and right now I'm at 39km so I won't have to run for long. Later tonight will post my February summary for the start of March.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Lazy but Happy.

So yes I've been getting better again and that's allowed me to run again, but did I run today, nope. I feel a bit guilty about it but I'll live. I spent the morning with a good friend who needed a pick me up and when she dropped me off at home, my mom was here so I spent the day working on her school work with her and watching her enjoy her time with her grandbaby. I love watching my mom interact with my daughter. She's one of the people who makes Lillian giggle like crazy. Not everyone can do that. Usually her giggles are reserved for me and her daddy. She loves everyone but that special sound only comes from making raspberries on her tummy and my mom is very good at it. I love when my mom visits because I get a real break from 24/7 baby care. My husband helps out and is great with Lillian but he has a much higher tolerence for crying, and as such I will often end up dropping what I'm doing and going to her because I can't stand to hear her cry like that. Now don't get me wrong I let her cry and leave her alone with no problems but if she cries/really fusses for 5 minutes straight I go back and hold her or see what's the matter. Daddy waits 10.

I got a real compliment this week about my weight loss. Both my mom and dad noticed and commented. I haven't see my dad since early January for Lilly's baptism and he visited this week on his way to a meeting and the first thing he said to me was "Wow you look great." so that really made my week, even while feeling sick and crappy. Then today my mom was over and we were talking and I stood up to get some water and she looked at me and said "You're getting really skinny". Coming from my mom that really means something. She's been the one who always encouraged me to lose weight while I was young and could do it. Sometimes I felt she was mean and pushy about it, but now I know it's because I wasn't ready to lose the weight and I always knew she only wanted what is best for me. But hearing her call me skinny means something. I feel my pants are lose, and I even feel it in the bands of my bra and undies, which aren't things that shrink so easily but when other people say something it makes you feel good. Knowing someone has lost 15lbs is one thing but when they can see it gone is another.

My goal to get back on track for running is to run tomorrow. Hubby will be home late tomorrow from his weekend away so he can't help but my mom will be here until lunch so many I can get a morning run in with the dog. I'll decide when I know how cold it is outside tomorrow. You can't beat your record for distance ran every week! Stay strong and keep running! We can all do this, even if this week wasn't the best.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Feeling Better.

Woot. So I'm not back to total normal yet but I am getting there. I managed a full hour run today at 5 miles/hr which is a HUGE improvement over the last few days. It took more work to get me sweating which is good. I'm hoping to get another good run or two in this weekend, though my hubby is away at a bachelor party this weekend so it will be me and our little lady for the whole weekend, unless the weather lets up, at which point my mother will be visiting us on Saturday.

I also had an amazing weigh in today! I have lost another 2.8lbs which means that I am now only 2.2lbs away from my pre-baby weight, 3.4lbs away from having lost 10% of my body weight, and 4.2lbs away from being the lightest weight I have ever been with my hubby. I also just hit the 15lbs mark here and am able to get my first reward. I am going to order Women's Health and I'm very excited about it.

To celebrate I went to breakfast with my best friend and we had a lovely time. The food was yummy and my great loss this week inspired me to eat really healthy. Though my dinner was homemade nachos so it wasn't a total healthy day but I budgeted the points for it, and really enjoyed every bite.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tummy ache.

Boo on the week of little running. Monday was great. Tuesday my dad came to visit (planned) but he got here early and I was 15 minutes into a planned 60 minute run so that got cut short. Wednesday may daughter cried if she was put down for too long and when I tried running after my husband got home I had a bad stomach ache and couldn't go very far. I managed a 30 minute run on a night I planned to do 90. Now today I still have the tummy ache and so let my husband take the car since I can no longer leave the house to do my shopping. I'm hopeful my daughter will play nicely today so maybe I can get 2 little, 30 or 45 minute, runs in.

So I feel like I'm slacking but I'm really not. I just need to accept that sometimes life changes your plans. I like the saying "Life is what happens while you're planning your future" and I have to remember that this also relates to individual days, not just long term goals. So let's see what today brings me!

Hope you're all doing well!

Monday, February 22, 2010

How times have changed!

It's hard to believe that only a few months ago I would do intervals for 35 minutes and spend 60 seconds running at 5 miles/hr and then needed 90 seconds to recover. Every run I would move 5 seconds from walking to running. Today I ran 45 minutes with a 5 minute warm up, 3 minute cool down and spent the rest of the time running at 5 miles/hr which was 37 minutes straight. It's amazing to see how things change in only 7 weeks. I can't believe that so much has changed.

If you had told me last year I would be doing this, especially with a 4 month old, I would have laughed at you. But now these 45 - 60 minute runs are just part of my day and I miss them when I have to take days off for resting after a half-marathon stretch. I feel so different now. I have more energy, not that energy was ever an issue for me, I feel healthier, I sleep better, and am just happier (though my pregnancy horomones are not gone quite yet so I get a bit cranky at times). I love the way I feel and how healthy I feel and how much baby weight is falling off my body weekly.

I like these changes and am looking forward to the new ones that will come. My daughter is changing and developing and I am too. It's nice that we're going through such a journey together.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Panzerotti Post.

Okay, so my hubby insited that I share my newly created panzerotti recipe with everyone because of how good it is. You can start with a store bought wheat pizza dough or make your own in a bread maker. We make our own, and make a large batch and split it into 6 equal sized parts. You only need 1 for two panzerotti.

For the filling you need pizza sauce (1/2 cup total), turkey pepperoni, low-fat cheese (3oz total), and whatever veggies and seasoning you like. We do mushrooms, peppers and garlic. You split the dough in half and roll each half into nice circles. Ours usually come out to be about 8-10 inches in diameter. Then you pile your toppings in the middle. Make sure you pile them more to one side and leave an area open to pull over the pile. I do sauce, cheese, toppings, cheese but you can do whatever order you like. Be aware, peppers and mushrooms may cause problems closing the panzerotti if they're too close to the edges. After it's filled you pull the clean area over the toppings and pinch the edges together. I like to pinch them and then fold them over and pinch them again. Then using a sharp knife you poke a few holes on top to let the heat out. I like to cut lines in letters so we know which is which. Place on a cookie sheet that is greased.

Then bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes and enjoy. For added flavour you can spray a bit of olive oil on the outside and sprinkle some seasoning. Each panzerotti has 9 weight watchers points and are very yummy and filling. We LOVE them! Next time I make them I'll take photos and add them to this post.

Day of rest.

Today was my day of rest. A day I typically only take after my half-marathon run. I am having a lovely time, cleaning my house, playing with my baby, cooking for my family and just getting things done. For lunch I made homemade whole wheat pizza pockets which I just created on Thursday and my hubby LOVES. They are very yummy and filling. Now I have to get ready for my daughter's shots tomorrow. I'm hoping they go better than her 2 month shots. She had really sore legs after those and cried a lot, so here's hoping.

I'm hoping to get some more good running in next week. I went a total of 59kms this week, and though the shots will most likely cause next week to not be quite so high, but I know every week will be different and I'm good with that. Hope you're all having a great weekend.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Shattered Records!

So today was a great day. I had lunch with my hubby and baby, then when we got home had a nice long run, followed by mass and it was all good. I ran the full half-marathon distance on my treadmill today and I beat many records. I spent the whole run (except for the warm up) at 5 miles/hr and above, and ran the 13.1 miles is 2:33:19 which is over 17 minutes less than the first time I completed it, which makes me feel amazing. Even better when my husband ran the distance last weekend he did it in 2:39 so I even beat him! I feel great and am so proud, though this run was in the afternoon and last weekend it was in the morning so that makes a difference. It was however also my fastest run, giving me a 7:16 minute/km, beating my last record, from Wednesday, of 7:21 minutes/km.

Yesterday I had my WI and I'm down another 1.5lbs. That puts me at a loss of 13lbs so far, of the 18 I had to lose. I only have 5lbs left to lose to hit my pre-baby weight. I'm very excited since I am getting very close and all this running is really helping. I also made homemade whole wheat baked panzerotti for my hubby and I. I actually made them Thursday but they were so good we had them again on Friday, and may have them again Sunday. Sunday is pizza day in this house. I spent a lot of time with my baby today too, playing, snuggling, bathing her after she decided right before church was a good time to have her first poopie in the last week. Oh so fun! The joys of motherhood, well at least it's never dull!

My new running shoes are amazing and I plan to buy a second pair in March. Tomorrow will be my day of rest and then Monday my baby gets her 4 month shots, so she may not be in any condition to let me run but we'll see how it goes.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Fastest run!

So I managed my run tonight and it was the fastest yet. I did 5.4 miles (8.7km) in 64 minutes. My times was 7:21 minutes per km and my old fastest was 7:46 minutes per km. That means I beat my old time by 25 seconds per km! I feel amazing, though a bit sweaty. Now it's off to shower and then sleep. Night runs can sometimes be a challenge but like one of my favourite blogs said the other day "I really like the Insanity workouts!" (Back in Step)

Time for a run!

So it's 9:37pm and my daughter is asleep, my dog and parrot have been put to bed, and my husband is busy at a movie with friends, what's a stay at home mom to do? Easy, run on your treadmill while watching Star Trek Deep Space 9. Yes I'm a trekie and yes I'm so addicted to running that at almost 10pm at night after a long day of running errands and shopping, and an early day tomorrow of Baby and Me class in less than 12 hours, I choose to spend my quiet time at night on my treadmill.

Am I crazy? Maybe, but at least I'll be healthy, hot and crazy!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I love Statistics.

Okay so it's official. I love stats. The funny thing is I actually work for the Statistics and Actuarial Science department at the University of Waterloo, and I have to say that numbers are my friend! I love to track amounts and see how they change, our finances, my daughter's growth, my weight loss, my running, or investments, the weather! Anything that I can track and find an average or a median for is just fun in my book. I even have the formula for the number of years it will take an investment to double in value based on the interest rate written on our office's white board. I am very much a Type A personality and in that whole colour thing they do at work, I'm Organized Gold well before anything else!
Lately I think I'm a bit math crazy. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'm on maternity leave and am not getting my usual fix at work, but here are some of my fun facts I learned in the last few days. Feel free to laugh at me, because even I have to admit I'm a bit number crazy.
Today I ran outside without the stroller but with my dog. My average speed was 4.59 miles per hour (7.4km/hr), which was outside in -7 degree weather with 19km/hr wind and my usual treadmill average is between 4.6 - 4.8 miles per hour, so even outside, with hills I might add, I'm on par.
Our stroller. Oh how I love my stroller! To date each run has cost me $64.25 and I've used it 8 times so far. Some people might think that's sad, but I see it as a goal to run more. If I use it at least 52 times then each run will have cost us less than 1 ticket to the movies. I like to have multiple goals on the go at a time.
In my weight watchers journey, since January 1st 2010, I use an average of 30 of my weekly points (you get 35 and each is roughly 50 calories, give or take a bit) and I earn an average of 23.1 activity points. Each activity point is supposed to be roughly 100 calories burned but I think I burn a bit more than they count, since my treadmill workout is usually 4.5-5.0 miles/hr running and the category that falls under is 3.0-5.0 miles/hr. I mean really, I'm much closer to the high end. Also I use an average of 36.4 points a day (again at roughly 50 points each that's 1825 calories, give or take a bit). I'm supposed to get 35 points a day but I drop that down by 3 to help the weight come off. I would only get 25 but since I'm nursing I get 10 extra, and honestly my doctor says I need 300-500 extra calories and they are giving me the points for 500 so I adjust it so they give me the points for 350 not 500. So since January 1st I've lost a weekly average of 1.9lbs and I peeked this week and it looks like if nothing happens I should be down another 1-2 lbs. Woot.
In my training, this year,  I've now run a total of 41.85 hours. That's 1.74 DAYS of this year I have spend running! That's just NUTS!  I've had a total of 42 workouts in 47 days, a few of the days I had to break it up into two small workouts because my baby woke up, and I have burned off 162.5 donuts. I don't think I've even eaten that many donuts in my whole life (and I worked at Tim Hortons for a year) but apparently they are gone now. I have also run 1% of the way around the world. Good to know. My fasted run was 7:46 minute/km and my farthest run was 21.08 km which is the distance of my April marathon. I've run an average of 43.5km a week, with the highest being 52 and the lowest being 32. Not too shabby for someone who only in December would go 2-2.5 miles in 30 minutes just to get off her butt.
So now I've gotten my love affair with numbers off my chest you can all laugh at the photos of me in my funny running gear. The vest is from my mom so I won't get hit by a car, and the belt is so I can drink when I run outside, which I usually don't do because it's a pain to get my water bottle out of the stroller pouch. I now get to wear my old running shoes outside since I have new ones for on the treadmill, and my pants are just my old sweatpants. I promise before more people see me run in April I will buy new running clothes. I just can't bring myself to buy a $200 outfit that won't fit me anymore in April when I need it to run my half-marathon.

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Shoes Rock!

So I tried out my new shoes today on a small 45 minute jog on my treadmill and they are amazing! I absolutely LOVE them! They are so light, and it almost feels like I wasn't wearing any. They are great and put a nice bounce in my step when I run.

Today was a really nice day. I like this new Family Day holiday, and it gave me a good time with my baby girl and hubby. I am really hopeful that I will get some good runs in this week, which could be much easier since my best friend offered to come over and watch my baby while I run. That will make things so much easier for me.

So heres to another great week and a lot of miles going on my new shoes.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Achievement and a Reward!

I finally managed to run the full distance of my half-marathon on my treadmill! On Saturday morning I handed my daughter to my husband (after I fed her) and said see you in three hours. I then set up my laptop with a good movie and started my run. It took me 2 hours 50 minutes and 55 seconds but I DID IT! So the first time is recorded and I’ve made it through once for sure.

It feels AMAZING to know I can actually make it through the whole distance of my half marathon. Even if I had to walk it out a bit, and because of how early it was had to start out slower than I would have liked, I made it, and now I know for sure I can make it through the whole race. As a reward for my progress and great achievement I finally bought myself the new running shoes that I’ve desperately needed.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Busy busy bee!

I didn't end up losing the amount of weight I wanted to this week, but I managed to run again today. That's four days in a row that I got to run for about an hour which is really awesome, so I won't let a number on the scale get me down. My measurement have gone down a lot too, and I have high hopes that tomorrow I'll get to run a nice long run, which I'm planning to try to run in the morning. So far all my best running has taken place in the afternoon and guess what? Marathons are NOT run in the afternoon, they are run in the morning. Also, they take place regardless of what the weather has in store, and in this area, even at the end of April anything goes. My husband told me last night that we need to run in the rain so we get used to running outside. I laughed at him because I've already run in the rain, pouring rain infact, with our daughter, so it's him who needs to run in the rain, not me!

The other exciting thing for me is I'm hopeing to go the Runnering Room tomorrow to buy new shoes! The ones I'm using now to run outside are $25 Walmart shoes (so not ideal) and my treadmill ones were bought when I was trying to lose weight for my wedding, so we're talking four years old now and I think I'm due for some new ones! My plan is to take my old ones there, have them help me pick a great running shoe and then find more of them online at a cheaper price, because my running friend tells me that "there are deals to be had" online!

So I will hopefully have some great new distance hit, and some wicked new shoes the next time I write! Happy running to everyone!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Things are good.

So my daughter was wonderful today and let me run for an hour! Same thing yesterday. Both days she fussed in her swing after a given time but I could pause the treadmill and move her to the mat on the floor and then go back to keep running and she'd play nicely until I was done. I managed a new feet today, I ran at 5 miles/hour for 35 minutes straight! Before the longest I could do it was 20 minutes so that's a big improvement. Lillian has been fussy for a bit lately so I couldn't do a big run yet this week but I plan to break the 10 mile mark this weekend with a good 2.5 hour run. My hubby will be home Friday night and with Monday being a holiday I can spend some real time this weekend on my treadmill.

The other amazing thing is my best friend has offered to come over a few times during the week in morning and watch Lillian while I run. That will really help me since I trust her with my baby and would know that even if she cries my baby is safe and well tended to. I'm so excited. I can't believe how lucky I am to have such an amazing friend. This will allow me to get a few good, long runs in during the weekdays too! I'm very excited, and we start next week, Tuesday!

I think people sometimes forget how truely gifted we are to have such wonderful people in our lives, and I want to thank everyone who has been so helpful on this journey!
My WW friends who read my blog and help me with their posts and answering my posts and reminding me daily that I'm not alone!
My fabulous best friend who listens when I'm upset and makes me laugh, and will now watch my baby so I can run!
My two girlfriends and their babies who I get together with once a month and am reminded that it's not easy to be a mom but it's worth it, and that baby weight takes time to come off and sometimes it's okay if you eat half a bag of chocolate chips just because.
My mom who is the best oma my baby could ever have and who will take care of her while I run my marathon, and inspires me to keep going and be the best mom I can be. If I am half the mom she is my baby will grow up wonderfully!
And lastly, my amazing husband who puts up with me when I'm cranky and yell (or cry) for no reason, and eats my healthy meals with no complaint and takes our baby so I can run, and even goes outside to run with us in -12 degree weather and reminds me everyday that I can lose the baby weight and that I'm beautiful.

So thank you everyone, you are all with me on this journey and without you it wouldn't be happening!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Being a mom comes first.

Monday was my official day of rest after two good, outside runs on the weekend. Mostly I picked Monday because Lillian and I had a play date with my two girlfriends from university who both had babies the same time as me. One baby was born 5 days before mine, the other 1 month and 1 day so literally they are the same ages. We always have a blast together and it's great to watch our kids grown together.

Today I had high hopes of a nice long treadmill run and 25 minutes into it, Lillian woke up. I pushed myself to go to 30 minutes and impressively I ran at 5 miles/hour for 20 whole minutes before I had to stop. That's a new record for me. I'm hopeful that I'll get to run again tonight but it all depends on when my husband gets home. Between the baby, and dishes and having to walk my dog, and my husband wanting to run too it can be really hard to get a run done in the evenings. I really don't like having to wait until the baby goes to sleep at 9pm to run. I'm really beat by then and just want to go to bed. I'll have to wait and see what the cards have in store for me. Right now I'm enjoying watching my baby play in her jolly jumper.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

January 2010 Summary!

So what has changed in the month of January? Well, as of February 5th, I’m now 11lbs smaller. That’s the amount my baby weighs! I’ve lost my daughter’s full body weight! Crazy! I had gained 43lbs before she was born and after I lost it from having her I had 18lbs to go, and only have 7lbs left now! It’s unbelievable.

So for the whole month, I’ve spent 25 hours and 58 minutes running, and went a total of 182.93km. That means I ran for an entire day in January. My fastest run had me going 7:55 minutes per km. The furthest that I’ve ever run was 15.77km and the marathon I have to run is 21km so I know I will be able to finish it, I just have to improve my speed so I can do it in under 3 hours, maybe even 2:45 hours!

So on average I ran 50:15 minutes, and went an average of 5.9km a day. Not to bad for having decided to start running.

So that’s my amazement in January, I can’t wait to see what February brings. It’s already shaping up to be a great month.

Another great day.

Today my dream came true again. I ran outside with my husband, my baby (in her jogging stroller) and my dog. We went 6.4km in 55:46 minutes and it was -13 degrees, and really windy (19km/hr) but it was invigorating! I felt so tired the last week and then yesterday I felt much better and it continued today. I was a bit sad in the morning so my hubby suggested we run outside and while we did I felt GREAT! I started running faster with my dog while my hubby had the stroller and I start cheering about how great I felt and how told my dog and husband and baby how much I loved them and laughed about how good I felt. It completely lifted my spirits and I feel amazing even now and it’s 8 hours later! I love running.

I think, no I know I’ve hit that point in your weight loss journey where something just clicks and despite previous failed attempts or successful attempts that you decided to end for whatever reason, something inside of you changes and suddenly everything is different. A bite of cake becomes good enough for dessert, salad everyday doesn’t feel boring, and exercise is just part of what you do, or even, gasp, a form of entertainment. I think having my daughter helped this to click over in me. If you had asked my husband in December if he ever thought I’d run a marathon he would have laughed and told you that he plans to run a marathon in his life but has to wait until he’s 50 so he would have time to train and not take time away from me and our family. Then January happened. On the evening of January 1st I was watching X-weighted online and thought hmmm if I really want to get healthy I should get a fitness goal. I enjoyed running and was doing about 2.5 miles a run and thought why not push myself to do a half-marathon. I looked online and found one in our town for April and thought, hmmmm 16 weeks, I can do that. I figured I can run at home, and we could buy a jogging stroller so I can run with Lillian. I was all calm, and relaxed when I called to my husband in his office and said, “I’ve decided on my new year’s resolution. I’m going to run a half-marathon.” He looked at me, shocked, and said “Okay me too!”

And here we are! In the last month, I’ve pushed myself and am doing awesome! I can’t wait to see what February brings!

Friday, February 5, 2010

I'm back Baby!

So the past week has been a weird one for me running wise. After my two long runs last week I think I may have over trained or depleted my glycogen stores because I just couldn't do my usual run and worst of all it wasn't fun. In fact I dreaded running and when I did I felt so tired so fast. But today that all changed and oh yes I am back!!

My mom took my baby while I ran and managed to get a nice 90 minute run in, and went 6.7 miles and really enjoyed it. I feel great and I'm so happy! I was worried that maybe I burned out but nope just over trained! So now I know if I run over 9 miles I shouldn't do another one in 48 hours. I should eat loads of carbs and let my body recover. So hurray to being back and having a great mom who allowed me the time to do this so I can feel so great!

We have officially registered for the marathon now too so there's no turning back now! Woot! I'm psyched!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Oma visits!

No big news today. I spent Lillian's whole nap today cleaning out my pantry since we had a mouse this week and caught it on Tuesday night. I had a lot of mouse droppings that needed to be removed so I spent a good two or three hours doing that today. Then after dinner my mom arrived for a visit and I spent my evening with her, and watched her enjoy playing with Lillian. So tomorrow I'm hoping to have a good run while my mom takes care of Lillian for me and then maybe have a night out with my hubby!

Hope everyone has a good Friday and I'll report back on how my attempt at running with my mom around goes!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Boo! Woot! Huh?

Boo on the fact that it was a long day and I'm tired, but woot on the fact that I still ran despite the fact that I couldn't do it until 9pm and I am tired. Our daughter is going through a phase where she doesn't want to nap. All of January I could get her to sleep for two naps during the day from 45 minutes to 2 hours at time, and now she only seems to go down for 20 minutes. Granted she's slept through the night since she was 3 weeks old so I really can't complain but it makes getting anything done during the day (both exercise and cleaning) really hard. So today I had to wait until my husband came home, and I'd walked the dog, and he'd shoveled the driveway, and we'd eaten dinner and put the baby to bed before I could run. She wanted to cry for almost an hour during all of this and then fell asleep on me (I love when she does that).

So I made myself do a half hearted run on the treadmill for 35 minutes. In the end I'm glad I did but now it's time for bed. Tomorrow is another day and I want to take my baby shopping for veggies at the farmer's market.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Another outside run!

So today I did my longer outside run of 6.7km with Lillian in her jogging stroller. All around I think it went very well. I managed to do it in 1:01:03 which beats my last time I ran it where I did it in 1:04:57 so beating it by 3 minutes and 54 seconds is awesome! I feel really proud of the fact that I made it outside despite the horribly cold weather. For the last 8 days it’s been freezing and snowing and blowing outside so that I barely wanted to walk my dog, let alone take my poor little baby outside in that. But today the weather was great! It was -3 degrees and only 6km/hr wind so it was nice. At the end of my run it was starting to snow but that’s okay. I don’t mind so much if it starts to snow or rain at the end of a run! I was running up a hill at the end of a route and turned around to head home and this hardcore runner went past me and complimented me. He said “You’re a warrior! Keep it up!” and I was so touched that I couldn’t even say anything back. It’s nice when random people give you encouragement!

Today we got our daughter a jolly jumper so we are starting her early on the exercise path. A lot of what I am doing is done so that I am setting a good example for her, so I really want to get her to enjoy being active at a young age. All my running is to make me healthy so I can be here for her for a long time and set a great example for her. I don’t want her to struggle with her weight or feel bad about herself growing up, and I will see to that because it’s my job!