Okay two weeks have gone by since the marathon and I'm getting pretty antsy to get back out and run with a purpose, so I've nailed down my next fitness goal!! But first a quick catch up on our weekend...
On Saturday we celebrated Crocodile's birthday! We had some of his classmates join us at Peek-a-boo Factory to run around and then eat club sandwiches and cake.
The best part about hosting it at a venue is that they do all the work (for the most part). I brought the cake and a couple trays of food and everything else was totally taken care of—in fact when it was all over, I heard Jon say to the party helpers "so that's it? We don't need to clean up?" It was kind of a game changer. I mean don't get me wrong, hanging out in a place like that for two hours as an adult is kind of brutal, but for a kid it is like hitting the lottery!
We practiced the song and candle blowout a few times before his big day, so Croc was all ready for the main event.
I've never seen him eat so fast. He shoveled that cake in like it was his job. People kept coming over to wish him a happy birthday but he just wanted to focus on the spoon inserting cake into his word hole (or as Croc calls it, his "worm hole").
Thanks, Peek-a-Boo Factory person, for asking if I wanted to take home any balloons. I wonder if they know the arguments and screaming balloons cause once you take them home...
A good friend bought him a remote-controlled roach! Ugh! It was so creepy and realistic too. I am not at all a fan of this toy, but it is a big hit with Croc so I'm tolerating it until the next Goodwill donation drop-off day :)
I love a good animal escaping captivity story and this one about Stormy the cow is a great one! She's a 7-year-old bovine that doesn't particularly enjoy all the glitz and glamour that goes with starring in the town's live nativity scene. She escaped not once but TWO times before finally getting hauled back to the farmers that own her.
Last night we did something that has been a tradition for almost ten years—watching a very dear friend sing in a holiday concert. And what was so special this year was that her daughter also sang a song (sounding like a little angel). This concert always puts us in the holiday mood. It's a warm and inviting church that accepts everyone.
After the concert, a big group of us always eat Mexican food and this year was no exception! We had an entire room to ourselves at the restaurant which was probably a good thing considering this crew is always the loudest at any establishment!
Today I worked from home so I could accept some deliveries. If you live in SF, you know that it is never wise to leave packages all day on your doorstep. After work, I wrapped a ton of gifts which is actually a fun thing for me. I love turning on a cheesy holiday movie and decorating gifts.
We bought gift certificates to Pine Club for Jon's nephew and his wife. I immediately had food envy just seeing that classic logo on the envelope. If you are ever in the Dayton area in Ohio, you MUST eat at The Pine Club. They only take cash so go prepared, but their food is so delicious so it's worth the stop at the ATM. Does anyone else remember when they were called Green Machines?
I was wondering if I should change sheets this week or not, so decided to look up how often it's recommended you change them and the top results were hilarious. In case you were wondering the recommendations are:
Poop - about once a day
Shower - depends on your skin and workout routine but less often than you'd think
Change your oil - check the owner's manual but usually every 5,000 miles
Wash your dog - about once a month
Wash your sheets - about once a week
Croc is a little obsessed with bugs and animals right now which is awesome. This puzzle he did with Jon is too pretty to break up.
Popsicles and puzzles. Spoiled rotten :)
My breakfast was so good this morning. We had a ton of fruit leftover from the party (score!) so I had some of that with an English muffin and pb&j.
I splurged on a big bouquet at the store. I love them.
I got this olive sprinkle at the farmers market a few weeks ago and am so glad I remembered it as I was heating up some soup for my dinner! The farmers who sold it to me said I can put it on all kinds of things - fish, salads, soups, eggs. I put some vegan spread on the last part of the sourdough and then sprinkled this on top.
It looks weird but it was really good! I'm a big olive fan, especially dried and ground like this where I don't have to get oil all over.
And now let's talk about what my next fitness goal will be and maybe you Bay Area readers can even join me!! I've just signed up for the Rock n Roll San Francisco Half Marathon!! Not only do I want to run it, but I want to carve quite a bit of time off my last personal best of 2:10:33 and finish the race in less than 2:00:00!! This means I need to work really hard on my strength training and speed work.
I'm in the process of mapping out my training schedule which I'll share with you too. To compare, here is the elevation profile for Tiburon Half:
And here it is for the RNR Half which you see has a few climbers:
I have no idea if running a sub 2-hour half marathon will take me one race to achieve or many, but I'm looking forward to the "getting there" part. Honestly, I haven't done strength training on any regular cadence in years and I'm curious how my body will respond to it. Knowing me, I'll use a combination of a tried-and-true testing plan like Hal Higdon and mix it up with some other advice I find in my own research. One day I'd love to hire a coach to really help me map out a plan to increase speed, but for now there are tons of resources out there if you're diligent about reading. In fact, one of my guilty pleasures is pouring over sample training plans and piecing the together into my own calendar.
So there it is!! Fitness Goal #2 is on the table. Let's do this!
Are there any other runners out there who might run this one? Any advice on how to pick up speed while training?
When you were a kid, how "big" did your parents make your birthday parties? I only had a cake (Betty Crocker boxed mix) and some presents, but in SF it seems like people go way overboard in this department!
(Almost) daily blogger. Sober runner. Mental sh*t stirrer. Pro gender equality in tech. Family first.