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True Story on this Monday morning!
A few weeks back Run This Dad and I did the Glo Run, where I PRd, and ran 3 miles non-stop…well I did it again on Saturday at the gym. Both nonstop and a PR!!
Which is great because I have a 10 mile race and that half in the next few weeks. So I must do more of that!
I have mentioned before that I have been having back issues, and hip flexor issues…and of course now that those issues are resolved, for the most part, I am now having major ankle pain while running. Boo!
But…I am not going to let it get me down! I will just ease up on my minimal shoes and try to do the next few trainings in a shore with more stability. Hopefully that will help ease some of that pain.
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Yes it’s time for another Sunday Funday Guest Blogger!
Today’s post is brought to you by Amanda!
Take it away Mama!
My name is Amanda Casto and I blog over attherunningparables.com where I write about the things I’ve learned from my time on the road, racing.
I’m a mom to Elise (3), Jack (1 ½) and a wife to Scott. I have a degree in philosophy from the University of Texas at Arlington, I live in Ravenna, OH and I’ve been running for 18 years.
I love iced coffee, Stephen King and notebooks. I hate insects, highway driving and clutter.
14 Signs You’re a Mother Runner
Everybody always told me kids change your life. They were right. I didn’t ever think kids wouldn’t change my life, I just didn’t realize they would change my running life in so many ways.
I adapted. I became a Mother Runner instead of just a runner. It was sort of like babies just appeared one day. Even though everything I used to do that took me 15 minutes, now takes 2 hours, it never really occurred to me the ways in which my running routine has changed since Elise and Jack filled up my world.
That was, until this morning when I had to drink an apple juice box that held about as much liquid as a bottle cap because I was too tired to dig the Gatorade out of the back of the fridge. That’s the first sign.
- You’re trying to dig Gatorade out because you know if you open the drawer full of plastic stuff, you’ll have to dig through an ocean of sippy-cups, bottles, high-chair tray thingies that rattle and binkies you never opened. There will be no water bottle there and you’ll just have to try to remember to clean the drawer out. Gatorade it is.
- You’re too tired to dig the Gatorade out because you had to wake up at 4:15am to get your run in. If you didn’t, it would be 9pm before you had a free second to go, and by that time, you fell asleep in the chair before you made it to the bedroom.
- You act as if you’re going to burglarize your own place when you get back from your 4am run. You leave the garage door up because it’s right under the baby’s room and it’ll wake him up for sure. You tippy-toe around, in the dark, and if something crashes you have the urge to bolt for the front door.
- You back over a giant toad leaving for work because you left said garage door open at 4am.
- You’re thinking about microchipping your shoes because the baby drags one around by the laces. Then he leaves it in the guest bathroom.
- It takes you longer to download the playlist for the marathon than it will take you to run the marathon because the toddler insists on “helping” you “work” on your computer.
- If the community college offered a masters in speed-shopping for compression tights, you could teach the class. The prerequisites: Needing a new Garmin, not having a baby sitter and the ability to choose a sporting goods store with no toy aisle.
- You buy a way oversized, overpriced pair of kids shorts while speed shopping because potty-training takes patience and comes with accidents…and lots of judgment when you have to explain to the salesperson that it’s for everyone olfactory benefit to let you in the bathroom with the shorts. You have a receipt.
- You are not beyond wearing glitter-crusted Doc McStuffins barrettes because the cat stole your last bobby pin.
- The number of bananas you take home after a race is in direct proportion to the number of kids you have. For some reason, fruit causes bloodshed.
- You treat your iPod like the Holy Grail. It’s the only source of music you have that doesn’t include a chorus of animal sounds in every song.
- When making it out the door in time to finish a whole, really long run and be back with enough time to shower before the kids are awake, makes you feel like you pulled off a Swiss bank heist.
- You find diapers in your race bag. And, then they’re not necessarily of the unused variety.
Are these not the truest of words from a fellow mother runner?
Yes, so true.
Thanks so much Amanda for sharing!! Check out her blog!
This was one of those days during my first weight loss journey (pre-baby) that I busted out my “skinny clothes” and tried them on to check my progress. I was stunned to fit into a 6. I was sure that they were still going to be too tight. But they weren’t. I had just gained an entire wardrobe back and was super excited.
I am almost to that point again with this post-baby weight loss. That point where I can gain back all of my “skinny clothes” and get rid of the fat clothes forever! If we do decide to have another kidlet, there is no way that I will be a lazy mama. Fit mommy forever.
Thought I would share Hadley hand update since people have been asking. We met with the pediatric orthopedic surgeon this morning and got her x-rays done. As you can see she does indeed have a double ring finger. But it is not a full length of the finger. That portion to the left will be removed. It was also shown that her pinky does not have its own hand bone, and therefore does not have its own ligaments, tendons and nerves. It shares those of the ring finger. Meaning that it is not independently functional and probably will not help her functionally in the future at all. So we have elected to have her pinky removed. We also can see from the x-ray that her pointer finger is not a “normal” pointer finger either. As it has a much smaller middle bone. They won’t be doing anything with that. It will probably be a little bit smaller and not grow at the same rate as the pointer finger on her left hand. She will be having surgery on Friday September 26th. So I will be total wreck that day! She will be in a cast for a month, which is kind of a bummer because it will take place just before her first birthday. So I’ve got only a few short weeks to get this little girl to walk, because crawling will be incredibly difficult for her with the cast on her hand!! But to make it more fun we will be having a #virtualcastsigning party! If you’d like to “sign” her cast, you’ll be able to! Stay tuned for a post about that later in the month!
I know I haven’t really talked about or posted pictures of her hand situation much. That’s because as her mom, I feel incredible guilt over this little issue. Even though I know in my logical mind I had absolutely nothing to do with this. It does have some genetic implications. But there wasn’t anything that I consciously or unconsciously did to do this and I know that, but I still feel a lot of guilt looking at that x-ray, and every time I look at her hand.
But after doing some reflection it occurred to me that I need to stop feeling shame and guilt about this because I DO NOT want her to feel like it is something that she needs to feel shame and guilt about. It is part of who she is and I love everything about her and who she is. And I MADE that! I created this happy, chubby, independent, hilarious and beautiful human being. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to be her mommy
Today the babe and I are off on a road trip!
One of our favorite uncles is flying in today from Utah and Hadley and I are off to the airport to pick him up and drop him off in Rochester to visit our Bro Stu.
But first I had to pack some healthy food for the trip. Today on my meal plan is a shake for my morning snack, which I am drinking now, and then a turkey avocado wrap for lunch and celery and pb for my afternoon snack.
I am totally loving this meal plan for my 5 day challenge group! I am starting another soon! If you’d like to join just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org there are only a few spots available!