Monday, December 10, 2012

I've moved!

Please update your bookmarks! You can now follow me at alicesmommyblog.com since I ran out of photo space and am obsessed with posting photos of my family!

I hope to see you there soon!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Question for you!

Okay lovely blog readers. I know that I have been slacking as of late on my blogging and for that I am sorry. I know there is now excuse, though sick kids is one of the major things that has kept me from writing. Well that and the fact that I needed to finish knitting enough scarves for my daughters' daycare teachers as a Christmas gift. They have a total of 6 super, fantastic ladies who supervise them and I needed everyone to have a choice. The mere thought of the last woman getting suck with a scarf really upset me, so I knitted a total of 9 scarves in about two weeks. Now granted a few already partially knitted and I just have to finish them, but I still made five or six from the beginning. So needless to say my hands have been very busy knitting rather than blogging, but now that the wonderful ladies who take such great care of my girls have picked their scarves out and we held my husband's work Christmas party tonight in our house (the joys of being self employed/working for a startup) means that after my rest night tomorrow I can actually have a bit more time for me and that means blogging and lots more photos.

So now on to my question. Steve has purchased me a new site to run Wordpress from since I've run out if photo space on blogger. Now I need to decide whether to just move my old 2010 and 2011 blog posts to the new site as a sort of archive and keep using this site for my blogging, or whether I should move everything over go the new site and learn rouse the new platform. Now while I am not scared of new technology, and my hubby has been using this platform for years on his own site, I don't want to lose or alienate my readers. So PLEASE comment and let me know what you think.

Would your change your bookmark and go to my new site alicesmommyblog.com or would you rather I stay put and keep doing what I've been doing here?

Let me know your thoughts!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

4,000 is a big number!

For those of you who have been reading this blog for some time you probably understand where I am going with this. I recently hit my 4,000 km running mark, and I have to admit that that is a lot of kilometres run. I am so proud of myself for being so close to hitting that magical 5,000km mark. But I have to be honest with you. I didn't actually realize that I broke 4,000 km until after I did it. I have been so busy with life and getting things ready for Christmas that when I had a few minutes to think about it and realize that I must be getting close to that big round number I found out I had actually passed it. Oh well!

So here are my fun statistics!
  • 4,019km run since January 2010
  • run 10% of the way around the world
  • ran a total of 539.84 hours
  • powered 7,412 TVs (not sure how that works)
  • burned 95 lbs of 1,805 donuts
  •  destroyed 6 pairs of running shoes (3 I can still use if I rotate but I'm due for new ones)
  • ran 3 half-marathons and 1 full marathon and countless smaller races (my guess is 8)
  • in 2012 I ran 1,620km
I am still in awe of what I have managed to do. I know I will hit my 5,000th km next year and this is just unbelievable. I never thought I would manage to accomplish this, and now I know I can do anything. Don't mind me while I do my little happy dance.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Loads of fun!

Sorry that there are no photos to go with this post but I'm out of space again and Steve is still working on getting my new blog site up and running to hold my older posts.

This weekend was a wonderfully busy one! My mother picked up Lillian on Friday and we looked forward to a busy weekend of being the parents of only 1 busy toddler. On Saturday I ran the 1st Annual Santa Pursuit and did the best I could! I ran the 5k in just under 33 minutes. Not my best 5k but I am proud non-the-less.

I then spent my Sunday knitting, and going to church, running 10k for fun,  and having lunch out with my hubby and Katrina. So a very great and relaxing weekend. But as has been the case my knitting took up all my blogging time (only 1 scarf left to finish for the ladies in my daughters daycare rooms) and I can have some more free evening time!

Last photo until new blog goes up!
Hope you all had a great weekend and don't you LOVE Katrina jumping in and stealing Lillian's photo?

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cuties!

Silly couch potoatoes!

I have some exciting news. I randomly stepped on the scale this morning and awesome news, I am down to 149.4lbs which means I'm only a half pound away from the weight range I was in for my whole marathon training! Woot!

I also managed to go to my fitness class tonight. So I am back to my life as usual, other than trying to knit a bunch of scarves for my girls' daycare teachers!


Monday, November 26, 2012

Shhh got a photo on!

Silly peanut!
I managed to delete a few random photos off a part of the system that counted towards used space but wasn't actually part of my blog so I could sneak a cute photo on! So here's a blog for you awesome patient audience people!

I was given a Liebser Award by a blogger I greatly admire. Thanks Briana at Bionic Briana! So here is what she asked and what I had to say!
  1. When an adult asked you as a kid what you wanted to be when you grow up, what was your answer?
    I always wanted to be a teacher. I also wanted to be a mom, a programer, a doctor and such but I always came back to teacher.
  2. If you celebrate Christmas, real or fake Christmas tree?
    Christmas is big in this house! Last year we had a real tree which looks great in our 11 foot main floor, but sadly this year with the hubby working for himself dropping a hundred bucks on that was not happening. So we are using are fake one. But at least it's a new one we got after Christmas last year on sale and it looks pretty.
  3. What is your favorite time of the day and why?
    Is it bad to say after my kids go to bed?! Honestly between breakfast and lunch on weekends. The kids are fed and rested and in the best mood of the day, and I can leave the dishes until lunch so I have more time for them.
  4. In your current relationship, who said "I love you" first?
    Me! I told my now husband at 1 month. I knew he was the one. He'd never said it before and was a bit shy so we made up the word "lowk" for a combo of love and like that he could say until he was read.
  5. When shopping for clothes, do you prefer to get-in-and-get-out or do you like to make a day of it?
    Despite losing weight so everything fits like it should, I still panic picking clothes and just want it OVER!
  6. Leaving the bodily functions out of it, what is the first thing you usually do in the morning?
    Check on my kids. Usually I'm up because the peanut is, so I get to go grab her and she is always so happy and ready to start the day! After that it's make coffee.
  7. With the upcoming New Year, do you make resolutions? Do you have any in mind for 2013?
    Sometimes I do and others I don't. I have none in mind for 2013 but as SOOOO jealous of my running friend who is going to run 13, 13 mile races in 2013! I so want to join her but that combined with trying to have a 3rd baby won't really work.
  8. If money wasn't an issue, where is the one place in the world you'd like to travel?
    I'd go down under to Austrailia! Hubby and I have always wanted to go.
  9. Climate Change (formerly known as Global Warming). Do you believe in it? Why or why not?
    Yup. While I feel part of it is a natural cycle the earth goes through before an ice age hits, I do feel we are speeding it up. I've seen too many things and extreme weather to feel it's all just coincidence.
  10. And last, but maybe most important of all, how do YOU take your coffee? Who knows. I might need this information someday when we meet.
    I'm a cream and sugar girl all the way!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Miss you all!

Don't worry by blog reading friends. I'm still here. Sorry I haven't written in a bit but I ran out of space for my photos on the blog and am trying to figure out a way to save them all without losing my old posts. Right now to add more I have to delete some which I don't really like the idea of. So I am working on a few options and will keep you posted in the meantime as I figure things out.

Hope you all had a good weekend! I'm finally feeling like a person again, sadly only physically as I wanted to strangle people all weekend, but more on that another night!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

How cookies are really made.

Just in case you were wondering, this is how cookies are really made! Anyone want a taste?


Things around here have been pretty crazy with everyone taking so long to get over their colds, and while we are all healthy none of us are "normal" yet. Katrina is sleeping extra, Lillian is extra sensitive, Steve and I are sore (in various areas) and everyone is still coughing. This means running has been hard for me, but then today I remembered it was only a little over a month ago that I ran a marathon and maybe I'm being too hard on myself. I wish I could run more than 2 or 3km but right now the issues in my chest are making it hard for me to run. Honestly if I was training for something specific I would push through but since I am getting back to life post marathon I'm not going to force myself to push through this pain. We all need rest and time off and I am NOT going to bully myself.

So I will keep spending time with my girls and work on my daycare teacher knitted gifts and let my husband work on upping his kms, because for me there is always next week and another race to try and hit under 30:00 for 5k.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Normal is returning.

Finally my family is starting to feel more like our old selves. Steve seems to have this sinus thing under control, Katrina is her happy self, Lillian is still a bit sensetive but has been fever free for 36 hours now! Hurray! I even managed to get some errands done today, though I spent far too much money at the fabric store. Ops! I did manage to get the gift for the baby room at the daycare, so that's exciting. We decided to donate a gift to the girl's daycare rooms rather than the individual teachers. They get enough chocolate, candy and coffee cups, so I heard about donating to the room, which I love, and the teachers appreciate it too. So I got the baby lullaby CDs today and a toy that plays music, moves things and has lights for the babies to watch. Now I just need batteries and they will be good to go. I have not gotten Lillian's room anything yet, but I know they'll get books and puzzles. I just need to get to Zellers to pick up the puzzles. I have also decided to knit all the teachers a scarf. That might sound like a crazy idea but because I knit a lot a few scarves is not a big deal. I already had 2 finished in a drawer and 3 half done, so that only leaves me with the three to finish and another 3 or 4 to knit. I figure I should have extras so that each of the teachers can pick their own scarves, and then have a few left at the end to go back in my drawer!
Hanov ladies at the Santa Claus parade.
On top of running errands and getting shopping done, we also managed to get everyone out of the house this morning to go to the Santa Claus parade! We've never taken them to the parade so I was really excited that we got to go and both girls loved it. I couldn't even get Lillian to look at daddy for a photo. I left Lillian at home with Steve during the errands and just took Katrina with me and my girlfriend. Now the plan is for her to come over tomorrow so we can do some sewing, she can watch some football (her satellite is misbehaving) and the babies and I will be making some salt dough ornaments to put on our Christmas gifts. Yippy!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Seriously??

My big girl is STILL sick! Her and I came down with it on the weekend. I missed Monday/Tuesday at work, she missed 3 days of daycare this week and my girlfriend is coming over to babysit her tomorrow. Honestly this is INSANE! On top of that Steve and Katrina were sick 4 days last week. CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY! I am feeling normal again, but not well enough to run. My Wednesday 5k planned run became 2k because I was sweating like I had run a half-marathon. Hopefully the weekend will be better.

I am so thankful for my girlfriend that she can come to watch her for me. Lillian loves her and will be fine with her. Mainly she is getting a fever in the afternoon so with her visiting the potty a lot tonight our daycare requires her to stay home tomorrow, and my friend is doing us a huge favour to help us out! I'm thanking her with cold hard cash! This is why I have a baby fund in my bank account! I keep extra money set aside for things the girls need that we couldn't or didn't budget for in any given month. Thank goodness we are savers because it comes in handy big time for moments like this.

So today I am thankful for wonderful friends who can step in at a moment to help us, and even more thankful that I can show my appreciation to them in so many ways!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Still sick.

Title says it all. So here are some baby photos so I can go to bed now.

Night!



Sunday, November 11, 2012

Colds and Hard Choices.

In Lillian's chair eating Lillian's pizza.
Our family has been competing against a cold that doesn't seem to want to end for a week now! Katrina threw up on Sunday last week and that was the start of it. She was home Monday and then Wednesday - Friday. Steve was sick with her the whole time too. Now on Saturday him and Katrina started to feel better but Lillian and I were down for the count. I think I have the weakest of the colds, and Katrina the worst of it, but Lillian was fighting a pretty bad fever last night and I have to say I was worried about her. I know that kids get colds and fevers and that's part of parenting, but she looked so sad and out of it, and I was so helpless to do anythings about it. In the end the children's Advil brought her fever down and she fell asleep but I don't like to see her like that. Today she is much happier, though still a sickie boo, and Katrina is just taring up a storm around our house.

But now I feel weak and sick and am really tired. I've spent most of my weekend running around the house getting what needs to be done, done, and the rest I've been sitting on the couch trying to rest as much as I can. It means I got to spend a lot of time cuddling my little ladies this weekend.

Sneaky little sister.
But what this weekend has also given me a lot of time to think about things and one particular thing has been stressing me out a lot lately, the choice of whether to have a third child. I want another baby, and often when I look at our girls or our family photo I see a missing ghost baby that should be there. But lately more, and more, I feel as if it isn't right to have a third. Our world is already crazy overpopulated, we can't keep having more children at the rate we are and provide for them all. I know I live in a country that can handle the extra kids and even encourages it because we have a population drop. I also know a lot of people (suddenly) who are having a third and that makes me worry more. If we were the "wackos" who wanted 3 in a mass of 2 kid families I'd be less concerned. But we seem to be part of a wanting 3 mass of people. I worry about the economy, the world at large, the environment and what an extra child would mean for all of them. But I also look at my two beautiful girls and think why shouldn't I have a third? We can afford it. We can provide for them all. We can educate and love them all. But I still don't know. Ultimately adopting a third would be the ideal choice, but my hubby is not so keen on that. So I will continue to ponder and stress out trying to make the choice.

Ultimately this choice won't be made today, but I think I need to go talk to a professional, since everyone I know has very strong opinions for or against a third and I need someone with outside perspective. Thankfully, Steve is fine with this and encourages me to talk to whoever I want.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Stuffed.

For those who have been reading for a while, you know I am obsessed with feeding my family healthy food. This includes making our bread from scratch in a breadmaker. Sadly this week my second Oster bread maker is not doing it's job right anymore. It has been acting up for some time now, but it seems to have bit the dust finally. So that means to have bread for tomorrow I needed to bake bread from scratch. I think I would have made my Opa (who was a professional baker) proud!

My second bread with my sandwich for lunch.
My little lady has been a sicky boo today and a few days this week. She spent Monday, Wednesday and today home with Daddy. He was a sicky boo too so that made it easy for him to stay with her. We're hoping that her fever finally breaks tomorrow but I have a feeling that she'll be home again tomorrow. I had a busy week at work so I couldn't keep her home, so it's been up to him. But I think they've been having a good time together. Here she is drawing in the art nook. Kids get colds and that's a part of life, but I don't like when she's sick. Her and Steve are both suckies when they are sick, but even worse, we were going to get our flu shots from the doctor's office this weekend. I'll call and confirm they can't get them while sick, and maybe the girls can go to the office to get theirs and Steve and I can go to the university ones. We'll see. But at least I'm not sick, and I managed to run 13.5km yesterday. Woot!
Sicky boo drawing in the art nook.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

My breaking heart.

I have some very dear friends in my life, and I am thankful for every single one of them. One of my friends has a family that she is close with us recently lost their daughter after a long battle with cancer, and my heart is just breaking for this family. Right now I have a sick little one with Katrina having a mild fever since Sunday night. I can't say for sure if it's from a bug or teething, but we've been up every night, and as exhausted as I am I keep reminding myself that I get to hold her, and comfort her and there are mothers out there who no longer can. I look at my beautiful Lillian with her fine blond hair and wonder what I did to deserve such wonderful children.

I'm the second child of a family who lost a child, and it is a pain my mother has worn every day for my entire memory of her. She doesn't laugh as much as other moms. She was always a little over protective, but she loved me so much, and even as an adult I can feel it all the time. But as a mother I just can't fathom the pain that a mother goes through when they lose a child. I can't even imagine a day without my girls. I can't go to sleep without checking on both of them at least once to know they are safe and sound in their beds. I've seen cancer take someone I loved, and I know it's painful to watch and hard on everyone around them, but when your grandfather is dieing you know it's part of life, and after 75 years (60 of which were in great health) you know life has been good to him. But what do you say to the parent who's losing a 3 year old, or a 7 year old like my mom. They didn't get to do so much. I always like to think my sister achieved everything she was meant to do in just 7 years and that was all she needed, while I'm still trying to do my part here. But the truth is, I don't understand whey bad things have to happen to children. I don't think it's fair that families have to go through this kind of pain.

I believe in God. I believe in a purpose to everything, but this is the one I will struggle with as long as I live. Sorry to bring up such a sad topic, but it's been breaking my heart now for the past few weeks and I needed a way to express it.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Marathon Photos!

I finally got around to buying my marathon photos! Hurray. Well, actually my husband bought them. Thanks sweetie! So here are a few of my favourites. I know I've been slacking in the blogging department a bit, but next week things at work settle down a bit for me and life should be back to normal!



So thanks to the fantastic coach who got me through the hardest part of the run, and helped keep me going when I wanted to stop. For the rest of my life I can proudly say that I have run a marathon and no one can ever take that away from me!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Halloween cuties!

We had a fantastic Halloween!

My little one dressed up as a shark, thanks to a family friend lending us the costume, while my oldest requested to go as a fairy. Katrina only made it to like 10 houses before she got too cold to go on any further. Lillian stayed out until she was shivering and even then wanted to do the last three houses!

My girlfriend came over to take the girls out trick or treating with me and Steve handed out candy. I have to admit they both did really well. We allowed them each a candy before bed, but that was it. So they went down without a lot of fuss and other than bedtime being pushed back a half hour things went well.

Now enjoy our silly pumpkin photos!

2012 - unhappy in the pumpkin
2012 - thrilled to be in the pumpkin
2011 - Still 1 happy and 1 sad, just reversed!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Fitness coming back!

Lots of fitness related stuff to write about today.

First off, I weighted in this morning, and I am down 1.6lbs meaning I only have another 2.8lbs to lose all the weight I gained during the marathon taper. So that makes me feel awesome! Pretty cool to drop a third of the weight I wanted to drop in less than a week getting back into eating healthy!

Another thing I managed to accomplish this week was I got back to my fitness classes. I have a bunch that I want to try out and I was thrilled to find out that I went in on a special day that I got 9 classes for the price of 8, so my first one was free, and let me tell you I am in PAIN! Good pain, but I decided to make myself get up and go for a 10k run Friday morning after doing an hour fitness class. So my legs are very sore today, and are really going to hurt tomorrow!  Oh, and did I mention that it snowed (!!!) on my run today! It didn't stick around, and it wasn't serious flurries, but it did snow for about 5k of my 10k. Crazy!

While running today I came up with my fitness goals for the rest of this year, so here they are lovely readers!
Every week I want to do three things:
1/ Go to fitness class at least once a week.
2/ Run at least 20km spread out in 2-4 runs.
3/ Get back and stay in the 140's.

So now I'm happy to have a goal to keep me going until January, when we plan to start trying for a third baby. I want to keep training on getting faster and maintain my half-marathon distance. I figure that since we have no idea how long it'll take us to get pregnant again (or if we will) I don't want to put my runs and racing on hold.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Running is coming back.

I am starting to feel like myself again when I run. I felt like a slug the first few runs but today I managed a 5.2-5.4mph pace on my treadmill and broke 10km which is more than I expected but everything I hoped for. My legs started to feel looser, my butt did NOT get cranky, my lungs were good, and other than having to pee like three times (working on upping my water and dropping my coffee) the run was standard. While that might not sound like anything exciting, I'm working on dropping my 4lbs I gained from tapering for my marathon, and eating candy, and avoiding the treadmill is NOT going to do that. I'm not so weight crazy that I'm stressing over 4lbs but my pants felt a bit snug today (from too much salt the past few days) and I'd like to lose those pounds before Christmas so when we start trying for our third baby I will be at a lower starting weight.

My plan? I want to get back to the 3 or 4 runs a week I was doing when I was training, no where near the distances of then, but just back in the habit of it. I also want to get a cross training day in. Something I can keep up when running gets hard later on. We'll see if my loving husband will let me go out on Thursday so I can hit up my dance fitness studio and work on strengthening that pesky butt muscle that likes to give me trouble.

Hurray for a completed 10k run! Now to avoid all the Halloween candy so I can have dessert on my anniversary.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Party rest.

Our little fairy!
The party went off without a hitch and Lillian had an absolute blast! At one point we had 13 kids and 17 adults packed into our house. I tried to keep it small but we are just so gosh darn popular that everyone we invited came, and that pretty much never happens.  We had a lovely Halloween party for all our friends and their kids.

Lillian wanted to be a fairy so that's what she is dressed up as. Katrina went as the Canadian Olympic Gold medalist (trampoline), I went as a marathoner, and Steve went as a coach. We also had two ladybugs, a tiger, a lion, Elizabeth Bennet, a 50's girl, a dinosaur, and a strawberry. All the kids looked so cute! I think we'll have to push Lillian's birthday back a week forever!

Bat cupcakes instead
I was very smart this year and decided not to cook the food for the party and we ordered pizza. I baked bat cupcakes instead of making a big cake and they were a bit hit! Once I figured out the number of people coming I actually had to make a big cake too, so that was funny but both were yummy and so was everything else that we had!

On Sunday we managed another nice family run. My garmin decided to not play nice but that's okay because I caught it and we turned it on only losing 1km of tracking. The rest of our Sunday was spent hanging out at home with my family, which is always wonderful.Now I've got all our Halloween pumpkin carving to look forward to over the next few days.
The birthday fairy.

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's Friday already!?

I can't believe that it's already Friday. Where on earth did this week go?! I managed to do so much this week both at work and at home. I killed my to do list at work! I went from 15 items down to to only 3! Yes I am just that amazing! I finally feel like I'm back when I'm at work. For such a long time I felt slow and off in the office, but now I am finally feeling as if I know what is going on again and I can pull off some real miracles when needed. I think that helps make you feel like a great employee. It also helps that I'm working on dressing up more when I go to work. So I wear accessories (only two each day though - I'm not crazy flashy) and change my sneakers into heels when I hit my office and have cute warm sweaters that match my chic work clothes. I know feeling hot and chic at work helps make my day rock!

I've also spent a busy work getting ready for Lillian's birthday party tomorrow. Now that my monkey is 3 years old we are going to party it up tomorrow with a Halloween costume party. I started baking the cupcakes for the kids last night, only to figure out today that with everyone (and I mean everyone) I invited RSVPing yes, I now need to bake a cake too. So much for only half or two-thirds showing up! I guess my kids are just so popular! Some people even are bringing extra people (with permission and good reason)! Luckily for me I decided a while ago I was NOT cooking this time, and we are ordering pizza for everyone. I'm also making a veggie tray tomorrow, and hit up costco for chips. Now my girlfriend is bringing hummus too so I will make some focaccia bread tonight to go with that. I do feel a little bad that I was too busy to really decorate our house, but I figure it's about the people coming and not so much about the decor. Plus as an environmentalist it is nice to know that I didn't buy a bunch of stuff that will be thrown out right after the party.

So I'll have lots of photos to post from the party on Sunday, and hopefully a few cute ones of my little ladies in their costumes. We'll have a Canadian Gold medal trampolinist and a fairy attending.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

First post marathon run.

Tonight was my first post-marathon run! Woot! I only went 3.5 miles but that's okay. I will get better and longer all the time. I am glad I got to run but I don't think we legs were quite 100% themselves yet, so I will most likely wait until Sunday to do my next run.

This past weekend we did our family photo shots in Waterloo park again and they turned out great, even if Katrina was trying to catch a nap during it.
  
Our beautiful family!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Big girl is now 3!

My big girl is now 3 years old! I know her birthday was earlier this week but I was so busy with getting back to life post marathon I didn't get a chance to write so here's the post!

3 years ago I was blessed with a chubby, little, beautiful girl. She arrived happy and healthy and I couldn't have asked for me. We've had three wonderful years with and I am looking forward to many many more! Every day she makes me laugh with all the funny and silly things she says and does. I hope she never loses her spirit and spunk. Now since she's too young to answer a lot of these I'm going to answer them for her!

1. What is your favorite color?   pink
2. What is your favorite toy?   puzzles
3. What is your favorite fruit?   raspberries
4. What is your favorite tv show?   Dora
5. What is your favorite thing to eat for lunch?  spagetti with sauce
6. What is your favorite outfit?   panda outfit
7. What is your favorite game?  puzzles
8. What is your favorite snack?   mum mums or fruit
9. What is your favorite animal?  birds
10. What is your favorite music? duck song
11. What is your favorite book? any book
12. Who is your best friend?    Chloe and Stella
13. What is your favorite movie?  n/a
14. What is your favorite thing to do outside?   go to the park
15. What is your favorite drink? chocolate milk
16. What is your favorite holiday?   her own birthday
17. What do you like to take to bed with you at night?   changes nightly

18. What is your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?   dippy eggs
19. What do you want for dinner on your birthday? 
cupcakes
20. What do you want to be when you grow up?
Lillian

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Marathon Race Recap.

I drove to Toronto on Saturday with my coach so that I would have to not worry about getting to the race on time on Sunday morning. I’m glad that I did but I didn’t manage to get to sleep as early on Saturday night as I had hoped. I stayed at Laura’s (my coach’s friend) condo and she is an amazing cook so all the food we had was fabulous, but I didn’t manage to get to sleep until almost 11pm.

The day started bright and early when I woke up around 5:00am and finally got up at 5:30am to use the bathroom and get my eye drops in. Steve confirmed that our baby did in fact wake up this early at home. We had picked out our running gear the night before so it was just a mater of getting up, eating our food and getting dressed and geared up before we headed out. The weather at that time was pouring rain! Lucky for us we had hit dollarama the day before so we had some nice simple rain ponchos that helped to keep me entirely dry (except for my socks and shoes). It was supposed to rain all day but likely it stopped just before we began to run. We had a heck of a time finding the bathrooms before the race, and once we did the line was very long, but we managed to use them and get ourselves to the starting coral without too much trouble. Once we were in the coral my nerves got the better of me, and I cried a bit just because of how nervous I was feeling.

The race began at 8:30am and it took us until 8:52 to get over the start line, because there were so many people running. Both myself and Cecilia got rid of our ponchos before we hit the 3km mark. The first half of the race went pretty good. I had to pee by the 11th km so we started to watch for a port-a-potty with no line and found one pretty quick. I used my ipod to block out my need to pee and focused on keeping the pace.

Everything was going well until the second half of the race. This half was incredibly hard on me physically, mentally and emotionally. Around the 24th km my muscles in my butt began to hurt again and they started to get worse as I went along. Cecilia had me stop and stretch it out a few times but it kept getting worse as I went along. I also started to feel very nauseous as I went along, so Cecilia had me skip a few water stations to try and settle my stomach but it only helped a little bit. Emotionally, it was very hard, and I ended up crying around the 37km mark. I was really disappointed in myself that I couldn’t cut the pace I needed and that my butt was forcing me to slow down. I cried for all the loved ones that I’ve lost (my sister, my oma, my opa), for my body not being strong enough to push me on, for the pain I was feeling everywhere and other reasons. All the pain and frustration that I’d let bottle up just all came flooding out despite how much I was trying not to cry. I pushed myself through all the pain, and I’m so thankful that Cecilia was there to help me through it. 

As much pain as I was in, it wasn’t all bad. Cecilia had hoped that she would be sung to and she was! I had no idea Simone and Garfunkel wrote a song called “Cecilia” so you learn new things everyday. We also taunted someone about Western. Now I don’t presume to tell anyone where to study and many of my friends from high school went there, but Cecilia was wearing her University of Washington cap which has the same colours as Western. So as we were running a guy yelled at us “Go Western” and as she kept going Cecilia yelled back “It’s actually University of Washington”, and without missing a beat I yelled “Friends don’t let friends go to Western!” Cecillia laughed and recommended that we run faster around the corner so we did. We also had a water station where everyone kept chanting “water-water-water” and I replied “loo-loo-loo” which for those of you who don’t know is a chant from my frosh week at UW! Finally, I had a water station that reminded me of Steve and my plant joke. We believe that if plants could talk they would constantly (and insecently) ask for water, so when we ran through a group of 15 or 20 people who all held out water and asked “Water?” “Water?” “Want some water?” and all I could do was giggle because I pictured them all as talking plants. This was around km mark 33 or 34 which means my brain was pretty much useless. Also, John Stanton was between the 40 and 41km mark cheering for people which we both found very cool. At the end they started counting down to the finish line when there was only 500m to go. Cecilia and I pushed me to the finish and we help our hands up in triumph as we crossed the finish line together!
Necklace from Steve for finishing the race.

My favourite signs of the marathon:
  • You are all kinds of awesome!
  • Pain is temporary but internet results last forever!
  • Do it Gangham style!
  • Free Beer at the finish.
  • Go random adult! (group of teens)

One really bad thing that I never even considered was that after the race ended I still had to walk my crazy sore legs to the car! Crap that hurt! I expected myself to cry after the race but I didn’t. I wish I had in a way because it was emotional and by not getting it out I have been carrying that all around with me since then. I know you’re all dying to know if I would do it again, and honestly the answer is yes, but not anytime soon. I missed my babies a lot at the end and after 18 weeks training for a half-marathon, followed by 22 weeks of marathon training I’m a really drained and need time for my babies before I try this distance again. And honestly, the race was a lot harder than I expected mentally. I thought if I had gone through labour that this race would be no big deal but man was I wrong. Now it’s going to be Steve’s turn to give the marathon a try. He’s planning to run the next Toronto marathon in May 2013.

So now I am taking a full week off of running and then next week will start to add back my running and work on adding cross training into my fitness routine. Then I am planning to start trying for our final baby.
Two proud runners!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Quickie Race post.

I promise a longer post will come soon but with my daughter's birthday being tomorrow I've got a very busy week.

So I finished my very first marathon! I didn't hit my time goal, but I did it in 5:13:57 and I am super proud of myself.

More details to follow in a few days. So don't worry, I'm still here!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Getting all ready to go.

Tomorrow morning I will jump into my car and drive to Toronto for my marathon. Did you know it's only 1 day, 12 hours and 7 minutes until I start! That's right. I'll be leaving my daughters and husband tomorrow as a running mother and coming back as a marathon running mama!

I've got most of my bag packed but have a few things I can not forget in the morning, mainly my oatmeal and running cookies! Must not forget them! Most of my clothes have made their way into my bag, and I've updated my ipod with new music lists for the run. Hopefully I won't forget anything when I pack. Oh well, if I do, I guess that's what credit cards are for! Hehe, just don't tell my husband.

Alright, I should go finish packing now that my laundry is finished. Wish me luck on Sunday. I'll report back on Monday or Tuesday with all the details! And for a good laugh, here is a conversation I had with Steve today.

I came down to the main floor after doing some cleaning upstairs and found Katrina playing with the toy lawn mower on the main floor. Steve and Lillian were in the basement. After some time Steve came upstairs in investigate and asked "Katrina how did you get upstairs by yourself?". I turned around and immediately said "Poor supervision." Burn! I totally win!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Running cravings.

Okay, seriously pregnancy cravings are weird but they have NOTHING on my running cravings! Today after running 6k on my treadmill I was S-T-A-R-V-I-N-G beyond possibility and I made and ate a bowl of guacamole with naan crisps, a hunk of turkey on a cracker, and a decaf latte. I have no idea where these strange cravings are coming from but whatever I'm just eating them, within reason of course. I really wanted Chinese food on the weekend but I figured that I had enough junk food with pizza on Thursday and then loads of dessert on the weekend. So I resisted that craving but a decaf latte and guacamole didn't sound so bad so I gave in. And it was YUMMY!

So now I'm off to finish my coffee and curl up in bed with a good book!
Out for a stroll.

Training Tuesday - Week 21 of 22

Wowzers! I have less than a week until my race! Woot!






I had some great easy runs this week. I had a 6:46, 7:34 and 7:29 pace. I enjoyed my runs and have rested a lot this week and am ready for my run on the weekend.

I am going to have an AMAZING race and now it's only a matter of time until I finish my run.