Thursday, September 30, 2010

Three Things Thursday

"Rain with a chance of thunderstorms. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds. Rain may be heavy at times. Highs in the mid 70s. North winds 10 to 15 mph...becoming southwest this afternoon. Chance of rain near 100 percent." Thank you Tropical Storm Nicole. So far this forecast has turned out to be very true. I left the house at 0630 to catch my ride to work...2 hours later I've only driven about 8 miles. I was forced to exercise "Option B" and catch the metro. It is clear that this much rain and D.C. traffic to not go together very well. The real scary part is that I hear the worst of the rain is still coming this way with possible tornado warnings so it should be an interesting day at the office. At least my yard is getting watered for free! I guess I'm going to have to mow the weeds earlier than planned next week.

I think I might be the last person to sign up for DailyMile. I already had a couple friends using it to track their mileage so I'm looking forward to being motivated and keeping them motivated in reaching their goals. Now that I'm trying this new site it really bothers me that coming into work later than expected is causing me to postpone my run till this afternoon. So if I don't have something posted before I leave work feel free to harass me until I do. This also applies to Saturday because I must get my run in before the day begins because we are going to be real busy. If you are using DailyMile look me up (

The basement is finally complete. After 4 inspections, many hours of labor and pushing the limits on our credit card we can now start using the basement as living space. Our original plan of getting it done before Lauren arrived proved to be wishful thinking. We had to re-adjust our goals to getting it done before 17 Oct when Madalynn and Lauren are dedicated at church. Hopefully with the help of neighbors and friends all of the furniture will be moved to the place of M.'s choosing. All in all it's been a good if the rain would go away things would get much better!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Monday Mash

I don’t need to feed my motivation to run, my date with Paula, is providing enough incentive. However, I’m a gadget dork freak and I’ve been eyeing the Forerunner 305 as my latest purchase. Do I need it to run? No. Will it help me run farther or faster? No. But the fact that I can run wherever I want and still know my distance is downright awesome. An additional bonus is that when I’m done with the run it can automatcially update my running log on which also feeds data to my FB page and this blog. It will also help provide the extra kick in the seat of the pants during the winter months before the half marathon. So here’s my plan:

I told M. that I’m not going to rush out and get. I’m going to use it like a carrot on a stick dangling over me for the rest of the year. In order to get it I will have to run 90% of my planned runs between now and the end of the year. That’s 129 miles. In the grand scheme of things 129 miles not a lot considering that an elite marathon runner easily runs over 100 miles a WEEK! So, if I can’t be consistent with my base mileage then I don’t deserve to have a fancy running watch. All in all this shouldn’t be too bad but I know that I’m going to have to be disciplined during the holiday’s periods.

Love gadgets too? What’s your favorite?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Three Things Thursday

1. When did kindergarten get so hard? On Tuesday M. and I attended a meet and greet with Claire’s teacher. Boy were our eyes opened. We saw the expected things like learning how to read and write but I was amazed at the pace that they were going. From the moment she gets to her class they are pedal to the metal. They do have P.E. but there is no “nap/rest" time or even snacks!. When she gets home she has at least an hour of 45 minutes of homework depending on the day. But here’s the kicker…did you know a diamond is not longer called a diamond? It’s now officially called a rhombus. When did that change? I don’t my kindergarten experience but I think it a lot different than hers. I guess kindergarten is also a learning experience for the parents. Maybe I’m still not accepting the fact that she has started school. She is growing up so fast that I’m afraid to blink because she might come home with a diamond rhombus ring on her finger.

2. My running has been good this week. I’m trying to pick up the pace to get ready for my upcoming PT test in October so my legs are a bit sore but overall I feel good. Im also looking for a 5K/Kid’s fun run to run around the upcoming holidays but it seems that a lot of races here are on Sunday which is a bummer. I did find a 30 October “Track or Treat” kids only race at Fort Belvoir that I’m probably going to sign the girls up to run. Claire and Madalynn will only have to run 100 meters so I guess it will be more of a sprint, but they will both get a medal a the end. Claire has wanted to run with me so race might be the start of another runner in the family!

3. We have a new basement deadline…17 Oct. It has to be finished by then since Madalynn and Lauren will be dedicated at church both sets of grandparents visiting that weekend. We have our final inspection this Friday and hope to have carpet put down next week so everything is lining up to meet that date.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Monday Meanderings

Half marathon training begins. Today marked the first day of base training for the upcoming ½ marathon. At this point it the complete 13.1 miles almost seems impossible as I’ve haven’t consistently ran in a long time so my endurance is really lacking. In between dry heaving because excessive drainage in my throat and having hard times breathing I ran my mileage allotted for the day. It feels good know that that I was done with my run before 08, now I won’t worry about trying to fit it in between family time and errands.

I must give huge props to M, my wonderful wife, as she let me get much needed rest after leaving work early on Friday.

No more hoarding...I hope. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to finishing our basement…I just hope it’s not an oncoming train being conducted by the building inspector. I hope to have the inspection completed this week so we can stop acting like hoarders actually clean out the garage!

It will be nice to have a “play room” for the girls and a MAN CAVE for me. The majority of my time spend in this man cave will be finishing school but it’s nice to have a place where I can dubbed a “pink free zone”. M and the girls are welcome to the man cave but they must follow the “man rules”. (Note to self: I must get a good list of man rules and have it framed)

Saturday, September 18, 2010

I Actually Won Something!

I hardly ever win things, sure every now and then my number is drawn at a raffle but it’s usually something like a fruit basket. So I never expected to receive the “congratulatory” email today. Along with 99 others I was selected by Michael Hyatt to receive an autographed copy of Max Lucado’s new book! This is the by far the coolest thing I’ve won (right next to the camping grill that I promptly returned to Home Depot and got a $45 gift card). Take that Doofenshmirtz!

It looks like I have to wait 1-2 weeks before I can read my personalized copy so until then I'm going ride this good luck train and sign up the free cruise sweepstakes I keep seeing! However, with my known luck I will be happy with the Braves getting back into first. Expect a book review once I read it.

What’s the coolest thing you’ve won?

Friday, September 17, 2010

Dr. Doofenshmirtz Strikes Again...

I’m excited by the fact that I’ve committed to the National Half Marathon. Even though I only got about 5 hours of sleep I was ready to get up and start running with a purpose. However, it appears that Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz, yet again, has different plans as I woke up with a horrible headache and cold.

My new plan is to fight Doofenshmirtz’s evil ways with some meds so I can start running real soon. For extra motivation here is the course map for the race in March.

Has anybody run this course before, if so how bad are the hills?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Three Things Thursday

1. It’s official. I have to run it or I just wasted the entry. I signed up for the National Half Marathon on 26 Mar 11. It’s time to put my words into action. From now until Christmas I will be working on building my base mileage because on 1 Jan 11 I start the Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Program.

2. My time management must improve now that I’m running this race. I’m thankful that I have a job where it is encouraged to take time out of your day to exercise. Learning from the last half marathon that I ran (2006) I have to run during the day. My body simply can’t keep up if I’m running at night after the girls have gone to bed. Between family, church, work, my school, Claire’s school sleep is no longer an option it is a necessity.

3. It’s a comforting to know that Michelle enjoyed her first MoPs meeting and that Claire and Madalynn. It feels great knowing that we found the church that God has called us to while we are in D.C.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Claire Starts Her 16 Year Process of Going School

It’s been a while. Who would have thought that the time to actually sit down and write something would be so scarce? We are only adjusting to Laruen being a physical member of the family, Claire starting kindergarten, Madalynn’s terrible two stage, Michelle adjusting to all of this after recovering from a C-section, working on the basement and still trying to make a living. With everything going on I’ve hardly had to time to sit down and reflect on things. However, here is one highlight from our past month:

A couple weeks ago we attended Claire’s 45 minute kindergarten orientation. There was a period were Claire stayed with her class as they started teacher Claire “started” school last week. Overall she was excited but she was also disappointed that she didn’t learn how to read or write. I tried to explain to her that she wasn’t going to learn everything at once. It will take a gradual process spanning across the school year so there is no need to get frustrated. I informed her that she needed to focus on learning what Mrs. Plaster is teaching that day. In time she will learn how to read or write. Feeling confident that I nailed it with my astute parental wisdom I was eager to hear her response. My pride was quickly deflated when she came back saying, “You mean I have to go to school tomorrow too?” She apparently never grasped the idea that her stage of everyday is a vacation is over. She is now a professional student for at least the next 16 years. Oh well, at she is still having fun and still wants to go to school.

Our fun as parents of a kindergartener is just beginning as we have our first PTA meeting on Thursday.