Monday, April 7, 2014

Life lately

So it's been awhile, hasn't it?  Yeah, a little bit.  It's always so hard to know what to say when I haven't posted recently.  And now I have done the obligatory way-too-long post to make up for that….my bad….

The motto for the past month (and upcoming months) is: have baby(s), will travel.  The itinerary is as follows: Florida, Mexico, Jersey, Michigan

Our first trip with both boys (Braxton's 2nd trip, he's got the whole flying thing down) was in mid-March to Florida to watch Brian coach the Razorback hockey team in the national tournament.  The team played well, but ultimately came up one goal short of moving onto the semi-finals - picture the format of a March Madness bracket.  The boys seemed to manage being absolutely smothered with love and attention from all four grandparents and Brian's aunt and uncle (their grand-aunt and grand-uncle?).

Brian is currently on a sabbatical (also his paternity leave) this semester and it has long been our plan that he would use his sabbatical after we had a baby and take the opportunity to travel and plant our feet somewhere for awhile.  After adopting the boys, we didn't know if it we would still be able to do it since we had two babies instead of one, but lo and behold, here we are…making our home a little 'casita' in Mexico with both boys for about a month!

Fortunately the boys are pretty adaptable and have adjusted well to to all the changes we've thrown at them.

Other "life" things include that our house is completely empty and all of our belongings are in storage…as in we are mid-move.  We've been hunting around for awhile and have had two contracts on homes that didn't work out, but right now time is on our side and we check in with Zillow during our morning coffee for new listings.

I haven't been doing a ton of cooking while in Mexico, but that doesn't mean I haven't been doing a ton of eating!  We are staying in Todos Santos, which is a little rustic town on the Pacific side of Mexico, about an north of Cabo.  There are more Americans here than it initially appears, but it is still true to its roots and authentic.  It's also not overly touristy or commercialized, which we love.  I've never been one who would put Mexican food at the top of my favorites, but it's our 3rd time in Mexico and, each time, I can't get enough.  Every meal seems better than the previous, everything is fresh, I could eat the guacamole with a spoon it's so good, and it's all cheap.   We have also discovered a delicious little ice cream shop with the creamiest ice cream ever.  Wouldn't.Change.A.Thing.

All things running have been going really well.  As in I can't get enough, I am feeling great, I am motivated and energized, and it's nice to be back to my old running self.

The only exception would be that the Kinvara 5s are seemingly taking forever to be released.  As an aside, is it bad that I Google them to see if photos have been released so I know what the color options will be?  Okay, maybe we should keep that quiet….everyone might not understand.

Back to running, it's not easy going in Mexico.  It actually makes running with a double stroller look easy.  I have a love-hate relationship with the running trails where we are.  I love them, but I wish there were other options to switch it up some.  Basically, the single option is running in trails that are sand.  Yep, trail running in sand.  To be fair, some are true single path trails and some are roads, but there isn't much difference, it's all sand….some parts hard packed sand and some parts sandy sand.  The views are gorgeous, the ocean breeze is great, and I have come to LOVE the (sandy) trail running.  But there is one part, when I go from one trail to another, where I am on pavement for a brief time and I feel like my legs spring into action, can finally breathe, and as if I bouncing along the road….that's when I miss the road.  And, to put it in perspective, that section is quit hilly, as in roller-coaster style hills….but it still feels amazingly good.

Speedwork or pace-specific runs just aren't an option - sand is just not friends with speed :-D  It's okay for me, my goals right now are all about building my base and building a strong base, so I love it.  I can just run.  That's it and it's all I'm doing and I love it.  Some days are on the fast side and some days are on the slow side and it's all okay.  It's a little more stressful for Brian because his training calls for more specific speed work and pace-specific runs right now, but we are coming up with a plan B to meet his goals.

I ran two local races before leaving and PR-ed in both….to be fair, one was a new race distance, so it was a guaranteed PR.

First, I ran the Valentine's Day 8K, which was the guaranteed PR, but I was still happy with my time.  I crossed with an official time of 40:30 and average pace of 8:13 and was the 3rd female for my age group (Garmin clocked the distance at 4.96 and reported a time of 40:35 and average pace of 8:11).  This race had some sweet bonus swag and included a long sleeve quarter zip tech shirt!

The second race was the Kiss Me I'm Irish 10K where I crossed with an official time of 52:17 and average pace of 8:24 (Garmin clocked the distance at 6.31 with a time of 52:02 and average pace of 8:13).

Upcoming races include the NJ half marathon, Broad Street Run, Ragnar Cape Cod relay, possibly the Charlevoix half marathon, and Cherry Festival 15K.   Beyond that, I am hoping to get into the Chicago marathon for the fall.

I've kept up with yoga and try to go 2 or 3 times a week.  I find I always benefit from it, mentally and physically, regardless of the type of class.  I fell in love with the classes I was going to back home -  power flow classes in a heated room; however what I've found in Mexico are slower classes.  At first I thought I might be bored or not challenged, but I have found that I get drawn in and feel great afterward.  Plus you can't beat the setting - the classes are held outside, under a palapa roof overlooking palm trees.

As you can see, I'm not blogging as regularly (and then I make up for that with a ridiculously long post catching up on everything from the past few months….again, my bad).  Truth be told, two babies is a lot of work and my days just go quickly.  Every time I feel like I am finding my ground and can start to create some form of structure or balance, everything changes.  Blogging continues to be important to me and it is something I want to continue.  Especially now.  My running is picking up momentum and, to me, that's the most exciting time to be blogging.  I have goals I want to reach, I think they are obtainable, and I would love for the journey to be documented.  Additionally, I personally benefit from the reflection and insight I gain by writing it all out.  And making a few friends along the way sweetens the deal :D

What's your favorite type of food?  

Trail running - yay or nay?

Any travel plans for the summer?

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  1. Ok, first:
    All this "sand" running is going to make you REALLY strong! You will reap many, many benefits from it when you race in a few weeks. I can't wait to see how fast you run! :)
    So many fun things happening with you guys! I am so happy for you and can't wait to see you when you get up here!

  2. Your boys are beyond adorable!! I'm jealous of all of the traveling they get to do :)

  3. you're moving too?!?!?! superwoman! tell me your secrets :)

    glad you decided to keep blogging…i want to watch you achieve all those goals!

    see you soon :)

  4. I think it's cool you aren't worried about the blog and are able to just BE in your life and give us AMAZING updates like this!!! Looks like you are having a great time and I love that they are so quickly adapting to whatever!

  5. I like the way of writing in this post and found it so interesting. The children of yours are so cute and i am sure you have a great of fun with your sweet family. Kindly update us with all these interesting blogs always.