Call Me Sleepy, the Most Boring of the Dwarves

It turns out that if you shovel copious amounts of caffeine into your system for a period of…decades, your sleep system and levels of tiredness get all sorts of fucked up. And, it seems, the only way to make it even wackier is to quit said caffeine totally cold turkey.

If, in the past decade or so, you have asked me, “How are you?” chances are that I said one of the following:

• “Tired.”

• “Good. But tired.”

• “Hanging in there. Tired. You know.”

• *bursts into tears and runs away*

My dominant fucking emotion is tired.

For a long time I have assumed that all the caffeine I drank made me paradoxically more tired because I am sure it interrupted my sleep cycle and kept me up too late and all sorts of vaguely bad things that I attribute to caffeine.

I also attribute some of my sleepiness to having to share a bed with a man who fucking insists on breathing no matter how often I kick him in the shins and tell him to shut up already. Seriously. All night, every night. Sometimes he snores too.

Since quitting caffeine, however—day nine! can I get a what what!—I spent several days waking up with eyes crawling with sleepiness and the desire to take at least one three-hour nap every day, often beginning at 8:38 am after my last kid gets on his bus.

(Is it a nap if you take it that early or does that count as a less slothful sounding “going back to bed”?)

Problematically, taking long naps during the day makes it harder to go to sleep as soon as my head hits the pillow at night. This is a problem because bedtime is like a race to go to sleep for Alex and me. Well, it’s kind of a one-sided race that Alex doesn’t know or care about. I always want to fall asleep first because that way breathing/snores have to wake me up to bother me instead of keeping me from falling asleep/making me want to murder Alex while he slumbers.

Alex has a job though, so Alex doesn’t nap, so Alex falls asleep almost immediately. Not to mention that lying in bed trying to force your mind to fall asleep will make your mind do almost anything except fall asleep.

I used to set my white noise machine on foghorn at top volume and put it right next to my head to drown out the sounds of quiet breathing. It’s a serious problem.

All of this is to say that I’m tired. And I am tired of being tired. And Alex is tired of being kicked in the shins.

Today is the first day in a long time that I not only haven’t taken a nap, but haven’t felt as if I’ll die without a nap. I sure do hope this is a sign of things to come because, frankly, if ditching caffeine doesn’t make me less tired, methamphetamine use is my next option. Fingers crossed!

Rogue Eyelashes

Several days ago, Jack told me that his eye hurt. He was rubbing at it and it was all red, from the rubbing or something else, I couldn’t tell. I looked in it and couldn’t see anything wrong, so I told him to blink a lot, he agreed, and we both moved on.

drawing of Jack's left eye

This is about what I saw. (And, yes, he is exactly that pale.)

Jack didn’t complain about his eye again until New Year’s Day, which was awesome, because everything is closed on New Year’s Day. Once again, neither Alex nor I could see anything in there and Jack said he was fine with waiting until the next day when doctors were open so we could check it out.

Then, the next day (last Thursday), I forgot about it until 1 pm when the nurse at his school called to tell me that he was in her office, complaining about eye pain. After agreeing that it didn’t look like pinkeye (no discharge or fever), she sent him back to class after I asked her to tell him that I was making him an eye doctor appointment.

True to my word—and to avoid losing my Decent Parent card—I took him to the eye doctor on Friday. As I filled out paperwork, Jack sat down next to a gentleman who seemed to be waiting for multiple family members to see the doctor and started showing him his Garfield book.

Jack is nothing if not extremely friendly to complete strangers.

It wasn’t long before Jack was called back and the doctor checked his vision before getting up close with the magnifying machine that looks a little like a head torture device.

“You have all those beautiful eyelashes,” she told Jack.

Drawing labeled "compliant eyelashes," with each lash saying things like, "Yes, sir!" and "Okay, Jack!"

These are his beautiful eyelashes.

“But,” she continued, “a couple of them have gone rogue.”

Drawing labeled "rogue eyelashes," with two eyelashes saying, "Go to hell, Jack!" and "I'm an eyelash! I do what I want!"

There were actually three rogue eyelashes, aka Jerkfaces Who Made My Baby Cry.

The eyelashes were still attached to his skin, but were growing the wrong way and they were poking into Jack’s eyeball.

Closer drawing of rogue eyelashes saying, "we will poke you!"

Seriously? Fucking eyelashes? REALLY?

Yes. Fucking eyelashes. Really.

close up of eyelashes with faces saying "Poke! Poke! Poke! Ha, ha, ha, haaaaa! I poke you now!" and "You will cry, little boy! You will cry!"

Isn’t the whole point of eyelashes to keep things OUT of your eyes?

“I’m going to have to take them out,” the eye doctor said, pulling out a pair of tweezers.

Sam close up drawing except there are tweezers pulling at one eyelash and he is yelling, "NOOOOOOOO!!!!"

Take that, motherfucker.

I know it is the eyelash screaming in the picture, but Jack was none too pleased either. The first eyelash yanking went easy. The second and third required a bribe of a 99¢ game for our iPad and also for us to not believe Jack when he started saying, “No! It feels better! You don’t have to do it again!” Needless to say, the doctor did it again, but she did the second and third at the same time.

The good news? Jack doesn’t need glasses! The less good news? One of the eye doctor’s employees has a kid who has rogue eyelashes and he, “only has to come in every three months or so to have me pull them.”

I think I might start stroking Jack’s corner eyelashes lovingly away from his eyeballs every night in an effort to soothe the angry eyelashes.

When we returned to the waiting room, Jack went straight to the same man with whom he had shared his Garfield book and said, with oh so much passion and emotion, “It was TERRIBLE! I barely made it out alive!”

I sure do hope I get to bring him in four times a year for eyelash taming. That would be great for him.

Stupid jerkface lashes.

drawing of three gravestones: "Roguey: You almost killed Jack. It was TERRIBLE." "Jerkface: He was a jerk. Survived by 800 brothers." "Dan: May you rest in peace. AND NOT FUCKING RETURN."

Project Stimey 2.0

Project StimeyIt has been one year and one day since I started Project Stimey, which means it is time to stop, assess, and recommit. As I mentioned in my last post, my resolution at the beginning of 2013 was this:

My goal this year is to improve my overall physical health. By the end of 2013, I want to weigh less, I want to be fitter, I want to be a water drinker instead of a soda drinker, and I want to be altogether more awesome.

As I also mentioned, I managed to do all of these things, but some of them not all the way. That, however, was kind of the point for me. Giving myself an end goal, like “LOSE ALL THE WEIGHT” would have set me up for failure. This way, when I lost SOME of the weight, I ended up feeling good about myself instead of wanting to kill myself. Win-win!

As for fitness, I am definitely way better off than I was a year ago. I ran 465.51 miles this year in just more than 100 hours. I ran seven races, including the relay race I spent most of the year training for. I ran an 8k race in September at a three minute per mile faster pace than when I had run the same race the year before.

Also, my body is changing in good ways.

Running photos taken a year apart

I’m not where I want to be, but I’m moving in the right direction.

As for the soda drinking, I’m afraid I haven’t been as honest with you as I could have been. It was February when I told you that I was making good progress quitting Diet Coke. Then I completely regressed without telling you and drank mass amounts of Diet Coke right up until December 29, when I realized that I only had two days left if I planned to quit before new year’s.

It was a sad day, let me tell you. Honestly, though, the next day was sadder with no happy brown bubbles to cheer me up.

I’m on Day Four with no soda and I feel totally fine physically, but damn if I don’t miss it. I know that it is just a matter of getting out of the habit of drinking soda all the time. I’m now getting in the habit of drinking water instead. I should tell you that water is stupid.

I am so fucking hydrated right now that I want to scream.

But healthier! No more phenylalanine for me! Yay! *grumpy face*

As for next year, I really just want to keep moving down the road I’m on. My 2014 resolution is to continue to improve my overall physical health. I will continue to work on running and increasing my mileage and speed, but I really want to work on eating cleaner as well. Per usual, I will plan to increase my general awesomeness again.

I want to run at least one half marathon this year, hopefully this spring, but I haven’t found one yet. My relay team is also planning another fall relay. And, again, we have openings if any of you are interested in joining our team.

Just like last year, you can keep tabs on me through my distance log and my race list.

Let’s inspire each other! Let me know what your goals are and how you’re going to make them happen. We can all be awesomer in 2014!

Diet Coke Detox

Last you heard of me, I was having problems being motivated and I was spending the weekend binging. I decided that as long as I was having a hard time getting outside to run because of the weather and my lack of motivation, I might as well take the opportunity to bite the bullet and drop the soda.

Here’s where I stand right now: I decided to quit starting Monday. It has gone well. I can definitely feel my body being sad about the lack of soda and caffeine, but I haven’t had any of the really crazy quitting side effects that you will find if you Google something like “aspartame addiction.” (Don’t do that if you’re going to stop drinking Diet Coke, by the way.)

I haven’t been 100% successful though. I have had two cans of soda each day this week, but that waaaaaay less than I usually drink. There are only three or four cans left in my fridge though, so when those run out, I’ll be carbonation free!

There is no doubt in my mind that I will successfully quit. I’m sad about it—I really like soda—but I know that will fade and I will be healthier. Yay, me! Even if I didn’t do a lot of running, I would say that this was a week well spent.

That said, I will now subject you to an overdramatic, minute-by-minute retelling of the GREAT QUITTING. Because I’m me. And we all know that this is what I do.

photoSunday, 11 pm: I chug a can of Diet Coke—my last Diet Coke ever! I then lie awake in my bed until the caffeine wears off.

*****

Monday, 7:30 am: I wake up and feel sad that I can’t have my morning soda. I already miss the bubbles. I look wistfully at the fridge, but go brush my teeth instead.

7:48 am: Panic ensues. I consider quitting the quitting. I take Advil with water instead. Water is stupid.

8:39 am: I’ve already drunk 30 ounces of water this morning. Huh. So this is what being hydrated feels like.

8:52 am: I reminisce about soda. Remember how delicious it was? I miss it already. I also remember that there are several leftover cans of soda in the fridge. I decide that I will allow myself one EMERGENCY SODA per day until they run out. (We already know that this evolved into two sodas. Let’s just pretend I planned it this way.)

…the morning passes with yoga and a run and some work at my desk…

1:55 pm: I feel awesome! This is a piece of cake!

2:10 pm: Imma take a naaaaappp…zzzzzzzzzzz

5:24 pm: I feel a little fuzzy, but maybe I can make it through the day without the EMERGENCY SODA.

6:02 pm: I scream at the dog for a minor infraction. I decide to have that emergency soda.

6:04 pm: I FEEL SO GOOD!!!!!1!!

7:30 pm: I want to go to bed.

*****

Tuesday 7:09 am: Water is stupid. I hate water. Advil on the other hand…

7:45 am: I am sad. The novelty of this whole thing is wearing off.

10:59 am: I realize after spending the morning volunteering at Quinn’s school that soda was like a nice little treat that I would give myself after completing something—like volunteering at Quinn’s school. WHERE IS MY GODDAMN TREAT?! I sadly drink…wait for it…more fucking water.

11:55 am: I retire to my bed in depression and take a ridiculously long nap.

3:12 pm: I decide to drink my EMERGENCY SODA to prevent me from shrieking at my children for existing.

9:43 pm: I feel kinda…tingly.

*****

Wednesday 8:22 am: I’m figuring out that the very first thing in the morning is the hardest for me. I miss my morning soda. Water just doesn’t have the same kick. And carbonated water is the most disgusting thing on earth, so I can’t even substitute with that. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.

1:33 pm: I am sitting at my desk thinking, “I feel great! I am not even tired at all. I am going to come through this with flying colors. A++++++!!!” Then I remember that I just drank my EMERGENCY SODA at 1:00. Oh. Right.

1:48 pm: I am starting to feel extremely virtuous for drinking so much water.

1:49 pm: I get tired of taking obsessive notes on my state of mind. I decide to declare success for quitting soda even though I haven’t actually technically quit anything.

*****

And there you have it. I win life.

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If you want to read something else I’m great at, I wrote about 10 Things Parents Know (That Kids Don’t Want to Hear) over at White Knuckle Parenting this week. My kids may not agree that I am great at knowing things.

Team Stimey and the Plague

Well, they got me. First Quinn had the ague. Then Alex. Then, in a burst of impressive projectile vomiting, Jack. Now I have the ague as well.

This would be not quite so bad if not for the fact that I haven’t had a day where all of my kids went to school since December. My winter break is never ending, people. Today I have two sickies home with me. I’m hopeful that they can take care of themselves while I nap.

The couch has been getting quite the workout. We may have to decontaminate it after we all get well.

sick Team Stimey

I’m not sure how the dog felt about this.

I wrote about our weekend with the plague over at White Knuckle Parenting this week. It was not an awesome weekend, friends.

That is all. Wish me luck. Also, get your flu shots. Seriously.

Project Stimey Update #1

project stimey updatesHello! We are one week into Project Stimey, so I thought I’d let you know how it’s going, as I plan to do occasionally. I promise not to do it every week. I have even created a new page all about Project Stimey that you can get to from the navigation bar under my pontificating gerbil.

The only thing it will have that isn’t posted here on Stimeyland will be a page of my running stats. I’m posting those more to keep me accountable to myself and to keep track of how much I’m running.

See, I didn’t run much at all in November and December and I don’t want that to happen again. Especially now that I’ve publicly declared this the year of fitness and my friends want to do things like go running with me.

One of those friends suggested we “knock out a quick 5-mile run in an hour” this coming Thursday and I was all, “Ha, ha, ha, ha, you must have me confused with someone who runs a 12-minute mile.” I hope to be even faster than that by September, when I run my relay, but I’m sure not there yet. I’ll tell you how embarrassing it all ended up afterward. Maybe I can livetweet it:

“She’s three blocks ahead of me now. #projectstimey #needtotrain”

“I’m pretty sure I’ll catch up to her in a mile or so. #projectstimey #shehastoslowdownsometime”

“She’s a dot on the horizon. #projectstimey #iamallalone”

“It’s dark now and I don’t know where I am. I’ve been abandoned. #projectstimey #sendhelp”

Over the weekend, I was planning on going out with another friend, with whom I usually go out to dinner and drinks, but this time she was all, “Hey, how about we do something fitness oriented?” and she made me go on a hike with her instead. And every time there was a fork in the trail, she chose the uphill trail. And THEN, she told me, “You’re going to be racing in New Hampshire; you have to train on hills,” and then I cried a little bit.

I think I’ve made a huge mistake.

But I’m not giving up. Onward.

Project Stimey STATS!

project stimey stats

 

STIMEY’S 2013 DISTANCE LOG!

Date Distance Time Pace
 JANUARY
F 1/4/13 2.40 miles 32:14 13:26 min/mi
Sa 1/5/13 2.23 miles 31:23 14:05 min/mi
Su 1/6/13 1.56 miles 19:51 12:42 min/mi(+ hike)
M 1/7/13 REST DAY
Tu 1/8/13 2.70 miles 40:00 C210K W1D1
 W 1/9/13  SICK DAY
 Th 1/10/13  SICK DAY
 F 1/11/13  1.97 miles  40:00  treadmill walk
 Sa 1/12/13  2.25  40:00  treadmill walk
 Su 1/13/13  FAILURE DAY  :(
 M 1/14/13  2.29  30:17  13:13 min/mi(+ yoga)
 Tu 1/15/13  2.07 miles  28:59  C210K W1D2
 W 1/16/13  REST DAY
 Th 1/17/13  4.65 miles  1:05:30  14:05 min/mi
 F 1/18/13  3.98 miles  58:39  14:43 min/mi
 Sa 1/19/13  2.35 miles  29:56  12:45 min/mi
 Su 1/20/13  2.58 miles  35:32  13:50 min/mi
 M 1/21/13  REST DAY
 Tu 1/22/13  REST DAY
 W 1/23/13  4.86 miles  1:10:14  14:27 min/mi
 Th 1/24/13  2.95 miles  41:26  14:02 min/mi
 F 1/25/13  2.53 miles  40:13  C210K W1D3
 Sa 1/26/13  REST DAY
 Su 1/27/13  2.50 miles 40:42  treadmill
 M 1/28/13  2.79 miles  45:00  C210K W2D1
 Tu 1/29/13  1.43 miles  17:20  12:06 min/mi
 Tu 1/29/13  1.31 miles  18:10  13:53 min/mi
 W 1/30/13  1.99 miles  26:11  13:10 min/mi
 Th 1/31/13  5.55 miles  1:16:51  13:51 min/mi
January Totals  56.90 miles  13:48:28
 FEBRUARY
 F 2/1/13  REST DAY
 Sa 2/2/13  REST DAY
 Su 2/3/13  7.02 miles  1:36:18  13:42 min/mi
 M 2/4/13  2.19 miles  28:12  12:53 min/mi (+ yoga)
 Tu 2/5/13  REST DAY
 W 2/6/13  5.29 miles  1:07:53  12:49 min/mi
 Th 2/7/13  WALK DAY
 F 2/8/13  TIRED DAY
 Sa 2/9/13  NAP DAY
 Su 2/10/13  5K RACE  40:02  13:05 min/mi
 M 2/11/13  SICK DAY
 Tu 2/12/13  UGH.  SHUT UP.  I KNOW!
 W 2/13/13  3.92 miles 52:54  13:28 min/mi
 Th 2/14/13  2.00 miles  31.00  stroll on the treadmill
 F 2/15/13  2.60 miles  36.02  13:52 min/mi (+ 3mi walk)
 Sa 2/16/13 6.55 miles  1:29:23 13:38 min/mi
 Su 2/17/13  WALK DAY
 M 2/18/13  REST DAY
 TU 2/19/13  REST DAY
 W 2/20/13  6.76 miles 1:37:24 14:25 min/mi
 Th 2/21/13 REST DAY
 F 2/22/13  REST DAY
 Sa 2/23/13  REST DAY
 Su 2/24/13  REST DAY
 M 2/25/13  2.44 miles 31:16 12:49 min/mi (+ yoga)
 Tu 2/26/13  DETOX DAY
 W 2/27/13  DETOX DAY
 Th 2/28/13  5ish miles  1+ hour  GPS error
February Totals 46.78 miles 8:30:24
 MARCH
 F 3/1/13  4.74 miles  1:01:57  13.05 min/mi
 Sa 3/2/13  NO SIR.
 Su 3/3/13  NOT TODAY.
 M 3/4/13  TOMORROW?  yoga
 Tu 3/5/13  NOPE.
 W 3/6/13 SNOW DAY!
 Th 3/7/13  3ish km  25ish min?  stupid GPS
 W 3/13/13  4.83 miles  1:10:09  14:30 min/mi (+3mi walk)
 March in general  SLOTH
 Th 3/21/13 2.11 miles 27:51 13:10 min/mi (+ strength training)
 F 3/22/13 2.14 miles 28:43 13:27 min/mi (+ strength training)
 Sa 3/23/13 2.6 miles 35:36 13:41 min/mi
 Sa 3/30/13 1.6 miles  20 + min 14 something min/mi
 March Totals  20.02 miles  4:29:16
 APRIL
 W 4/10/13 1.75 miles 24:15 13:50 min/mi
 Th 4/11/13 2.08 miles 32:10 15:27 min/mi
 F 4/12/13 3.18 miles 41:55 13:11 min/mi
 Sa 4/13/13 3.54 miles 48:05 13:35 min/mi
 Su 4/14/13 6.79 miles 1:39:58 14:44 min/mi
Tu 4/16/13 5.94 miles 1:23:42 14:05 min/mi
W 4/24/13 5 miles 1:06:30 13:18 min/mi
Th 4/25/13 2.21 miles 29:08 13:10 min/mi
Sa 4/27/13 4.1 miles 51:25 12:32 min/mi
Sa 4/27/13 2.41 miles 31:07 C25K W1D1
9:49 min/mi run
14:32 min/mi walk
Su 4/28/13 1.21 miles 15:19 12:40 min/mi
M 4/29/13 2.19 miles 31:01 C25K W1D2
10:03 min/mi run
16:54 min/mi walk
April Totals 40.40 miles 9:14:35
 MAY
W 5/1/13 5.00 miles 1:06:06 13:13 min/mi
Th 5/2/13 5.08 miles 1:06:28 13:05 min/mi
plus 3.38-mile walk
F 5/3/13 1.99 miles 24:27 12:16 min/mi
Sa 5/4/13 2.43 miles 31:00 C25K W1D3
9:25 min/mi run
14:56 min/mi walk
Su 5/5/13 ~1.5 mile ~20:00
W 5/8/13 5 miles 1:04:47 12:57 min/mi
+ 3.41 mile walk
Th 5/9/13 5 miles 1:06:30 13:18 min/mi
W 5/15/13 2.05 miles 25:38 12:29 min/mi
Th 5/16/13 5.93 miles 1:19:19 13:22 min/mi
Sa 5/18/13 5.16 miles 1:01:45 11:58 min/mi
Su 5/19/13 3.05 miles 38:08 12:30 min/mi
Th 5/23/13 3.71 miles 46:18 12:30 min/mi
Th 5/23/13 2.06 miles 28:48 14:00 min/mi
W 5/29/13 1.69 miles 20:18 12:00 min/mi
Th 5/30/13 2.08 miles 26:18 12:40 min/mi
 May Totals  51.23 miles 11:05:50
 JULY
 F 7/12/13  ~1.75 miles ~23:00
 Sa 7/13/13 2.00 miles 25:12 12:36 min/mi
 Su 7/14/13 2.01 miles 25:09 12:31 min/mi
 M 7/15/13 3.15 miles 42:56 13:37 min/mi
 Tu 7/16/13 2.23 miles 28:51 12:55 min/mi
 Th 7/18/13 2.93 miles 42:00 14:19 min/mi
 Th 7/18/13 2.00 miles 24:00 12 min/mi
 F 7/19/13 2.00 miles 24:00 12 min/mi
 Su 7/21/13 3.00 miles 38:00
 M 7/22/13 4.98 miles 1:09:06 13:53 min/mi
 Tu 7/23/13 2.00 miles 24:44 12:24 min/mi
 W 7/24/13 2.47 miles 33:31 13:33 min/mi
 F 7/26/13 3.12 miles 35:44 11:28 min/mi
 M 7/29/13 5.47 miles 1:11:47 13:08 min/mi
 Tu 7/30/13 2.45 miles 32:24 13:12 min/mi
 July Totals 41.61  9:00:24
 AUGUST
 Th 8/1/13 2.27 miles 31:05 13:42 min/mi
 F 8/2/13 3.5 miles 47:00
 Sa 8/3/13 3.35 miles 42:41 12:45 min/mi
 Su 8/4/13 3.98 miles 51:10 12:50 min/mi
 W 8/7/13 3.73 miles 44:35 11:57 min/mi
 Th 8/8/13 4.12 miles 52:12 12:39 min/mi
 F 8/9/13 6.69 miles 1:29:12 13:20 min/mi
 F 8/9/13 4.48 miles 58:28 13:04 min/mi
 Sa 8/10/13 6.91 miles 1:39:27 14:24 min/mi
 Tu 8/13/13 1.92 miles 23:50 12:23 min/mi
 W 8/14/13 8.42 miles 1:46:54 12:42 min/mi
 F 8/16/13 3.40 miles 42:20 12:27 min/mi
 Sa 8/17/13 11.15 miles 2:31:34 13:36 min/mi
 Tu 8/20/13 1.46 miles 17:26 11:57 min/mi
 W 8/21/13 1.80 miles 24:19 13:29 min/mi
 F 8/23/13 3.09 miles 37:42 12:12 min/mi
 M 8/26/13 2.94 miles 35:05 11:55 min/mi
 W 8/28/13 3.1 miles 37:00
 Th 8/29/13 4.35 miles 50:39 11:38 min/mi
August Totals 80.66 17:22:23
 SEPTEMBER
 9/1/13 3.2 miles 40:07
 9/2/13 3.22 miles 40:29 12:35 min/mi
 9/4/13 6.71 miles 1:18:33 11:42 min/mi
 9/5/13 2.00 miles 24:00 12 min/mi
 9/6/13 6.54 miles 1:16:41 11:44 min/mi
 9/6/13 1.94 miles 24:09 12:27 min/mi
 9/8/13 2.3 miles 27:22
 9/9/13 1.82 miles 20:45 11:23 min/mi
 9/11/13 2 miles 23.41
 9/13/13 6.58 miles 1:14:24 11:18 min/mi
 9/14/13 6.91 miles 1:20:27 11:39 min/mi
 9/14/13 3.38 miles 38:12 11:18 min/mi
 9/17/13 2 miles 24:00 +36 min run/walk
 9/18/13 2 miles 24:00
 9/20/13 3.14 miles 35:28 11:18 min/mi
 9/21/13 5:03 miles 56:52 11:18 min/mi
 9/30/13 4.32 miles 51:37 11:56 min/mi
 September Totals 63.09 miles 11:51:27
 OCTOBER
 10/2/13 1.43 miles 15:04 10:30 min/mi
 10/16/13 2.47 miles 31:00 12:34 min/mi
 10/17/13 2.34 miles 28:10 12:04 min/mi
 10/19/13 2.38 miles 26:05 10:59 min/mi
 10/20/13 2 miles 24:00
 10/23/13 4.83 miles 59:21 12:17 min/mi
10/28/13 2.28 miles 28:19 11:41 min/mi
10/30/13 3.89 miles 45:37 11:44 min/mi
October Totals 21.62 miles 4:17:36
 NOVEMBER
 11/2/13 3.10 miles 36:57 11:55 min/mi
 11/3/13 6.24 miles 1:11:19 11:26 min/mi
 11/5/13 3.69 miles 45:21 12:17 min/mi
 11/6/13 3.86 miles 50:26 13:04 min/mi
 11/9/13 2.98 miles 42:42
 11/10/13 2.55 miles 31:06 12:13 min/mi
 11/11/13 2 miles 28:00
 11/14/13 3 miles 38:00
 11/16/13 1.68 miles 20:40
 11/18/13 2.22 miles 30:15
 11/20/13 2.05 miles 22:56 11:11 min/mi
11/26/13 1.16 miles 14:15
11/27/13 1.10 miles 15:00
11/28/13 1.74 miles 20:06 11:33 min/mi
 November Totals  34.82 miles 6:41.16
 DECEMBER
 12/1/13 1.65 miles 20:00
 12/4/13 1.31 miles 15:11 11:35min/mi
 12/21/13 2.00 miles 23:45 11:51 min/mi
 12/31/13 2.44 miles 35:12
 December Totals 7.40 miles 1:34:08
TOTALS: 465.51 miles 100:25:23

Run Notes:

December 31: This was a really slow run/walk on the treadmill, but I wanted to get one more run in before the new year. I’m proud of how I ran in 2013 and I hope to make 2014 even better.

November 28: Mental note: start running with a hat; the air is cold and my ears will freeze solid. Also, this was my first non-treadmill run since I hurt my knee and my knee was totally fine. Yippee!

November 26: I’ve been resting my knee. Today I went for a run and 1.16 miles is when I felt my knee start to twinge, so I slowed down to a walk from there. Hopefully next time I’ll get farther.

November 20: Motherfucker. I did something to tweak my knee today. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

November 11: So slow. I was on the treadmill. I decided that some days it is okay to run super slow as long as I am running. After all, it is better to spend 40 minutes on the treadmill (I walked for a while after I stopped running) than 40 minutes on the couch. FYI, entries without pace notations probably happened on the treadmill.

November 10: I headed out not realizing I was running directly into a strong headwind. It was kind of brutal. I was supposed to run almost five miles to Sam’s soccer game, but asked to be picked up instead because it was so horrible out there.

November 5 & 6: These were less runs and more run/walks. I only added 5 miles and an hour to my totals because I didn’t run all of it.

November 3: This was the first 10k I’ve run. (Run for the Parks 10k) It’s such a great starting point for me to improve upon. Yay, me. Also, I think it would have gone better had I actually trained for it. At all.

October 28: I ran around a field at Sam’s soccer practice. My pace was actually probably substantially faster, but I had to stop and rein in Jack and Quinn every time I passed them because they were constantly harassing people walking dogs. They love dogs.

October 16-17: These were run/walks. They weren’t great, but they got me back out there, which is what I’m aiming for in October.

September 21: This was the Kensington 8k. I ran it 17 minutes faster this year than I ran it last year. I may have peaked. I doubt I will ever see this kind of improvement in one year again. :)

September 13 & 14: These three runs are my Reach the Beach runs. My first and third runs seem to be my fastest pace ever. In fact, only 1-1/2 miles of those runs had pace averages of more than 12 minutes per mile. I even ran a couple of sub-11 minute miles. I feel incredibly awesome about this.

September 4: I needed this one so bad. This is the distance and pace requirement of all three of my Reach the Beach relay legs. I’m so relieved that I am able to put this one up there now, just before the race. Now I just have to be able to do it two more times in 24 hours.

September 2: You know what sucks to run in? 91-degree humidity. Ugh.

July 29: Last time I ran in DC, it was 90-something degrees and humid. Running when it is neither of those things is not just an entirely different ballgame, but practically a different sport.

July 26: This was the BlogHer 5K. Guess what, people? Chicago is flat. That is the only explanation I can come up with for the time on that run. Either that or a GPS malfunction, which is entirely possible.

July 16-22: Running outside has been challenging because it’s so hot. Some of these runs included stretches where I walked. The 12 minute mile runs were on a treadmill.

July 15: It turns out that July is really hot. My 10am run this morning needed a couple of minutes of walking mixed in with the run.

May 30: Hip pain is back. :(

May 23 & 29: I had two great races on two days in a row and then a run on which I couldn’t get past 3.71 miles. I think it’s because it’s getting so hot out, I’m having a tough time and I have to look at when and with how much water I run. For the next few weeks, because I’m having a tough running time right now, I’m going to focus on diet and overall fitness and just try to get in 1-3 miles a day with one longer run a week. I’m going to try to get my groove back.

May 18: I would like you to look at that pace. I felt so awesome about that race.

May 5: Shitty day, shitty run.

May 3: Today someone was telling me about someone he used to run with who ran really slow—like 12 minute miles—when she was pregnant. I cried a little inside and then I went outside and ran two very fast (for me) miles. I will take inspiration everywhere I can get it.

April 29: I managed to talk Alex into going running with me. I’m starting him on the couch to 5K program. It’s actually working out really nicely because he runs waaaaay faster than me, so while he’s working on increasing his endurance, I’m working on increasing my speed. Win-win!

April 27: This was a weird run. I got lost and had to slow down and even stop a little bit to look at my phone for a map. I stopped my GPS a couple times when I did this. I actually went 5 miles in an hour and ten minutes or so with a 14:05 min/mi average. When I ran, I must have been going faster than I thought.

April 14: It felt great to do a long run. It gave me a lot of time to be mad at hills.

April 13: In addition to this run, I jogged a half mile or so with Sam and Quinn. It was extremely demoralizing when they jogged backwards in their Crocs and still ran faster than me. I hate kids.

April 12: I didn’t have a chance to run while my kids were at school, so I made them hang out at a track while I ran around and around in circles. In related news, circles are boring.

April 11: I ran in circles on grass at Sam’s soccer practice, while also watching my kiddos. Hence the super slow pace. But at least I was out there. Bonus: I didn’t twist an ankle on the field.

April 10: 90 godsdamn degrees. First run in a long time. But it felt soooo good.