This morning I ran a local fun run called Jog in the Fog... and with perfect timing San Francisco did not disappoint in the fog department!
Is there anything better than being able to walk to the starting line of a race? It certainly made rolling out of bed much easier! As I mentioned, we ran this race a few years ago as a family when Croc was still in my belly so it was cool doing it by myself this time sans fetus. :)
It was a 5K which is not a distance that normally gives me jitters but I definitely had them as I was lining up to start. There were a ton of kiddos out there which reminded me this was just for fun and I should give it my best but also not take it too seriously.
The course started in Mountain Lake Park, and then wound around the back of the lake to a residential street for another mile before taking you up a really steep hill toward the Lands End Trail along the coast. I busted out pretty fast for me the first mile (8:46 mile) and then got back to my normal 10ish pace to the finish.
The last little bit was up a set of steep stairs so we could all be really out of breath and sweaty for the photos at the finish!
The finish line snacks were ridiculous in a good way. Cups of dark and white chocolate covered pretzels, gummy bears, M&Ms, trail mix, and lots of other goodies. I grabbed a couple of cups for the boys because I knew they would appreciate them more than me.
The best part of the race was running alongside my neighbors. I love community races like this where you see familiar faces in the crowd everywhere you look, and no one is competitive but everyone is supportive.
Once I was done, I hydrated and checked my phone - pleasantly surprised the males were awake and offering to pick me up at the finish! Jon was able to talk them into piling in the car fast because he didn't make them put on shoes.
When we got home I was excited because our old ancient stove was being carted out of our flat and the new one going into its place. We have been dealing with a crappy oven for quite some time now (hence all the ordering out photos I've posted) so I kept making a REALLY big deal out of the event. Croc was acting like Santa Claus himself was going to deliver a golden stove filled with ice cream and snacks. "Mom! I can't WAIT!! The oven will be so GREAT!" I broke it in by cooking some scrambled eggs, salsa, and dinosaur-shaped sweet potatoes.
The Dude was equally stoked to have access to a working stove and oven so he wrote me a detailed list of items to get at the grocery store.
I love how he put "Free sample 4" indicating he would like me to transport four free samples from Trader Joe's along with the bags of groceries I'd be carrying. Sure buddy. I'll get right on that.
I got into a cleaning fixation shortly after the oven delivery so I skipped the grocery and instead steamed up some pork buns. The Dude ate every single one of them.
In case you were wondering, the Garmin watch has been a game changer so far and I've only used it twice! I know now that I have a real pacing problem. Having such easy access to check my pace at any point in my run has made me realize that I speed up and slow down A LOT when I run! I fluctuate from 11:00/mile to 8:30/mile even when the elevation is steady. I really need to put some focus on this in my next long runs.
Yesterday I attempted to write my anticipated paces on my arm. And then greatly underestimated the amount I sweat when I run. Croc gave me a hug after the race today and he said, "Mom, you're WET!"
Yesterday I did 6 miles with 9:47 pace. This feels like a good length for me and as I've said before, after this marathon I'm really going to focus on 10Ks and half marathons while increasing my speed. If you have tips on ways to increase speed, please share them!
Jon shared this one with me.
The Dude had his first soccer game this weekend. Let me preface my next statement by saying every parent has their own style and I'm not telling you how to be, okay? That said, I think sometimes parents force too much crap on their kids because they think it will make them really smart and successful. There are all kinds of studies that say the opposite - down time and times of "boredom" is when kids are at their most creative and curious. So Jon and I decided a while back that we wouldn't force a bunch of formal activities on our kids. One or two activities at any time is plenty. When they get older, if they truly want more than that and can keep schoolwork top priority, then fine. But for now we try to do one sports activity and one extracurricular that the school offers (for Croc they offer cooking classes or soccer or yoga, etc).
The Dude takes tennis and plays soccer. He really loves tennis and jury is still out on soccer. Jon took him up to the game early and Croc and I decided to ride the bus and surprise them at the game. He was SO excited to ride it! At one point he looked at me with a huge smile on his face and said "This is like riding on a hot dog bus!" I have no idea but it does sound fun.
His team made a goal in the last few minutes of the game which resulted in a tie. Or as we like to call it a NON loss!
And how was your weekend?