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Meanest. Daddy. Ever.

A quick story from today.

Little man refused to take a nap today, which was awesome, since the Mrs. and I are in the midst of converting our home-for-three into a home-for-four and nap time is prime time to get anything accomplished. Don’t get me wrong, we appreciate Little Man’s help around the house. But this kid can undo a days worth of work in about 3.2 seconds if left to his own devices.

So, in lieu of a couple hours of restful dreaming (that either of his exhausted parents would gladly take), he graced us with two hours of singing every song he knows, reciting books to his stuffed animals, and general jumping around. Of course, he was sure to give us status updates every few minutes.

“I’m not sleeping!” “I want to be awake!” And then he played the Get Out Of Jail Free Card. “Um, I’m pooping!”

At this point we sprung him from the clink, made a potty stop, and proceeded with the day’s tasks, the highlight of which was a trip to the Promised Land: Target.

Now, I enjoy a trip to the Bullseye Boutique. Heck, I gave almost an entire year of service in the red and khaki right out of college. But this kid loves him some Target. And if we lived a couple miles closer, he might have stayed awake to enjoy it. Instead, he zonked out about halfway there. Those of you with kids will understand what I mean when I say that this was no ordinary nap. It was one of those “eyes-rolled-back, I-wouldn’t-recognize-my-own-mommy-I’m-so-tired” naps.

Being the considerate parent I am, I made sure to spread out the bags we brought before putting our little Baby Moses in his basket (so as to avoid a toddler who is all waffly and stuff).

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Needless to say, I got the list checked off in record time, and I even made sure to take Little Man to see his favorite Jake toys. And I took pictures, which makes me the meanest. daddy. ever.

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A friend of mine from high school has just started a running blog at iamladyrunner.com. Be sure to check it out! Word is, there may be giveaways and other blogging fun as Katie gets thing up and running. The only giveaways around here are the occasional picture of my cute kiddo (and gratuitous overuse of parenthetical phrases). See what I did there?

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Summer Run Streak: Refueling

Just a quick mid-week update: Nearly a month into the Summer Run Streak, and things are going strong. I’ve managed to find time in our schedule each day to get out there for at least a little bit. Today, I am getting my Remicade infusion. It’s a three-hour process each eight weeks, and while I don’t necessarily look forward to the IV, I do enjoy the time to just sit and think about where things are at. Let’s call it medically-induced reflection.

This medicine has allowed me some sense of control over both my ulcerative colitis and my psoriatic arthritis, without which I would not be chronicling a summer run streak. The only running I would be doing would be to the nearest public restroom (Believe me when I tell you, I know where each and every public restroom is located in the greater Tallahassee area).

Instead, I am looking forward to my run this afternoon. And tomorrow’s. I can’t wait until my last “day off” from running (May 31) drops off the graph on my training log. Almost there.

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Summer Run Streak Report: Week 3

This week was fairly uneventful, as far as running was concerned.  Kind of hitting my stride (Sorry, I had to.) as far as getting out there each day.  This week was eventful in other areas of life, however.

I enrolled in grad school this week, so that my schedule will be nice and full starting in July (I can’t stand all this free time). The two-year-old has promised me that he will entertain himself. More on that later.

I did hit the halfway point for my 2013 mileage goal this week, a few days ahead of schedule.  That’s probably good, given that we are going to be superbusy around here come November.

Also, the online running log that I have been diligently using for the past two years has been inaccessible twice in the past two weeks (only minor freak-outs from this guy).  So my latest running purchase is an 18-month Moleskine planner.  That’s right.  This guy’s going low-tech for his data back-up.

So, as the summer progresses, I’ll keep trucking away each day and Little Man will keep working on his independent play skills. As of last night, he was pushing his shopping cart around the house all nudey-like.  I’d attach a picture, but I don’t need my blog flagged as inappropriate.  Maybe he’s heard too much talk about a run streak around our house lately.

This week’s mileage: 18.5 miles

Total streak miles: 53.2 miles

Week 3


A Fortnight of Streaking!

I’m two weeks into my summer run streak, and things are going well.  This past week was our first week of summer school, so we were all adjusting to a new schedule around here.  Unfortunately, the weather has been less than pleasant (humid and hot- oh, and humid), so the ideal times for running are early in the morning or late at night.  Our get-up-and-go routine has been shifted earlier by a half-hour, so the early morning run times are pretty full with waking a grumpy bear two-year-old and getting everyone ready to head out the door.

Monday’s run was, as usual, the group run at Capital City Runners.  For those of you near the Tallahassee area, the folks at CCR are great about getting you into the right shoe, as well as answering lots of questions.  I have been fighting some pain in one of the S/I joints in my pelvis, and the attention I was giving the area, both by stretching and using the foam roller, was not helping.

After Monday’s run, one of the CCR staff recommended that I try out the Orb.  Basically, it’s a foam ball a little larger than a softball that allows for really targeted massage. I spent about ten minutes using it there in the store (thankfully, no footage of this, or the faces I was making in the process has surfaced).  The next day I felt great, and Tuesday’s run was AWESOME.  Not super fast, but it was one of those runs that reminds you why you participate in a sport that seems so crazy to so many.

I had to do more miles on the treadmill than I would like this week, but I did manage to get a run in each day, and my mileage was more than last week’s.  I’ll take it.

This week’s mileage: 19.1 miles

Total streak miles: 34.5 miles

Week 2


A Week of Streaking

I did it.  I managed to make it through the first week of this Summer Break Run Streak adventure.  I suppose that’s an accomplishment, given how crazy our week was.  Between finishing out one school year, preparing for summer session, a TROPICAL STORM, and the usual craziness of a week in our house, I managed to squeeze in a run each day.

I know that I am bound to learn a lot from this run streak adventure as I continue through the summer, but here are a few things I have already learned.

Embrace the early morning run. I live in North Florida, and this time of year we are into full-on Hades mode by about 9:00 am.  It’s amazing how good it feels to have your workout behind you when work starts each day (even if the possums look at you like you’re crazy for being up so early).  We’ll have to see how this goes once summer school gets rolling and I have to be at school at 7:30.

Embrace the dreadmill. If I haven’t made it clear in earlier posts, I. Hate. The. Treadmill. I am going to have to come to terms with this one in order to keep this streak going.  Luckily, my gym is open until midnight.

Embrace creativity. At a week into this streak, I can already tell that I am going to need to find new routes in order to keep from getting bored or in a rut.  Look out, other neighborhoods of Tallahassee, here I come!

Here’s the nitty gritty for this week. I managed a run each day (which I can’t remember doing before), but I kept them all fairly short to ensure that I could stick with it.  I think I will be heading into a more typical routine (tempo and/or intervals, long runs, etc.) with shorter runs on what used to be my off days in order to keep the streak alive.

This week’s mileage: 15.4

Total streak mileage: 15.4

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Miles is miles.

For those of you who aren’t parents, allow me to let you in on a little secret: your life will never be the same once you have kids.  Revolutionary, I know.  Don’t get me wrong, there’s not much in life that a hug from your little one can’t fix (along with all sorts of warm, fuzzy, good things about being a parent- another post for another day). I do want you to know that some of the things you take for granted (like showering on a regular schedule and choosing a restaurant without taking into consideration their weekly “kids eat free” schedule) will disappear from your daily routine.

This change in how life is lived was reinforced to me last night.  Little man was asleep in his bed singing every song he knows before finally giving up, so I headed out to the gym to finally get my run in.  That means miles on the dreadmill, which I hate passionately.  I’m not one for chatting it up at the gym, but I ended up on a treadmill next to a former co-worker.  We hadn’t seen each other in a few years, and struck up a conversation.  We talked about the end of the school year, what our kids were up to, and how crazy it was to run into each other, both trying do squeeze in a little workout time once the rest of our respective families were asleep.

Sure, there are many things that change once you become a parent.  Maybe your long evening run turns into cramming in a few miles on the treadmill.  Let me tell you, it’s all worth it to come home to your little man asleep (finally) and resting up for all the miles he is going to run (and you are going to chase) tomorrow.  I wouldn’t go back to all that free time for anything. 

Gotta go. I just actually said, “Take the cat brush out of your mouth, child!”