TWENTY NINE DAYS UNTIL THE MARATHON!!! Now that it's out of my system...
There's nothing better than waking up about an hour before the kids and Jon, and having a hot cup of coffee while reading the news. I've missed the fog and am happy to have it back. It's part of the city and when it's sunny for long periods of time, it feels off.
These crazy characters didn't let me enjoy the FULL cup of hot coffee before they piled on top of me, but that's okay :)
I have no idea how these sunglasses keep reappearing in our house when I'm pretty sure I've put them in the donation pile two or three times. I think they dig through the bag after I put it outside for pickup.
Thanks goodness my husband can keep flowers alive. These cyclamen are so darn pretty and they love the climate here.
When The Dude was a toddler I made up this thing called a Double Double. No, not a burger (though now my mouth is watering for one!). It means hitting up two park/playgrounds back-to-back in one day.
Jon blessed me with some alone time to map my run while he took them on a Double Double.
We like to run them like labradors and then feed them like the good boys they are. The Dude looks like all he wants is his Orangina and his half cookie. I feel you, bud.
It was my weekend to take The Dude to his soccer game and it was a gorgeous afternoon for it! As soon as we parked the car I noticed this colorful line of houses. It is a very San Francisco picture.
Thumbs up for game MVP and they brought home a winner too! We have some good talks on our way to and from the games. I showed him how to pump gas the other day and he was really excited.
Seagull on the field! Seagull on the field!
We got this month's Koala Crate which is always a very fun day. They make it really easy to do crafts with the kids and there's hardly any mess.
This box's theme was all things glowing. He made a glowing bug, a glowing mushroom lantern, and a glowing jellyfish.
I really love this company. The materials they put inside are clear and educational. It's pretty darned hard to mess up any of the crafts!
I had to remember my motto of not helping a kid with something he thinks he can do himself. It took a little patience to watch him threading the ribbons through the board, but he had such a look of proud accomplishment when he finished. Very sweet.
Then Jon had the good idea to get outside for more fresh air and what I loved most is that it's finally puffy vest weather!! I love puffy vests. This green one I've worn in so many photos over the years that our friends tease me about it. I call it my old green trusty!
Croc has been showing a lot of interest in running which I love so much. He wanted to race me at the park and then we played tag over and over, trading off who was "it" each time. I can't wait for my long run tomorrow!! It couldn't be timed any better since the NYC Marathon is tomorrow too. I'll think of all those amazing runners as my inspiration to crush this 20 miles (gulp!!!!).
A handful of the homes here have this beautiful wonky brick/stone mix. It's so gorgeous...it looks medieval.
Here's a lovely (75% of the) family photo!! I really need to get my hair cut and tamed. The hair horn game is on strong these days.
I've been reading a bunch of stuff about the pros/cons of positive vs negative splits in long races. It's pretty clear that negative splits are almost always a good idea in half marathons and shorter distances, but there is some debate about marathons.
I found a great site that has a race split calculator depending on your goal time and your planned pacing. You can also tell it if you want gradual pace changes or only two set paces for each half. Here's what it suggests for my preferences—starting out at 10:47 pace and decreasing every mile to 9:58 pace. I'll give it a shot tomorrow and see how it goes. Some aspects of running I feel like a noob in and pacing is definitely one of them!
Sometimes reading running advice on the interweb is a little bit like this:
Are you watching the NYC Marathon tomorrow? Who are you you cheering for?
I'd love any pacing advice you can give a noob!!
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