April 15, 2014

Training for a 5k and more

3 weeks ago I decided I wanted to do a 5k.  Potato's school just had one last weekend, the Great Strides 5k.  All the money raised will go to the school's PTO fund.  I walked in it with my mom and my sister, and Monkey ran.  My mom came in 6th place for her age group!  And Monkey came in 4th place for his age group!
My sister and I plan to run in the Murphy's Mad Dash for a Cure 5k in May.  In September my husband and I plan to do our first Warrior Dash!

I downloaded a couch to 5k app to help me get ready for the Murphy Mad Dash because I haven't run since I played field hockey in high school.  I've been going out running 3 days a week right after I put Potato on the bus.  The other 2 days I've started doing strength training.  I love the way getting out and exercising makes me feel.  I feel like I have more energy for the rest of the day.  I feel motivated!  I am even beginning to look forward to my next run.  To see if I can run faster and further than I did the time before.

The first couple weeks were tough.  It was still very cold out in the mornings, 17-18 degrees cold.  I didn't want to go out, but I pushed myself to do it.  I bundled up in a sweatshirt, my winter coat, hat, and mittens.  I'm sure I was quite the sight.  I'm really enjoying the nice weather running now.  I will admit I'm not looking forward to the summer running.  I don't like really hot any more than really cold.  I'm kind of a 60-70 temperature type of person.

Time for me to get out and run!

~Earthy Mom

April 4, 2014

Hello Spring! I've missed you

First flower in my garden
I've been feeling great and really motivated lately.  And I think its is because Spring is in the air!

Winter is really hard.  I don't like the cold and it seems like it is always dark.

I love the spring time.  It feels warmer (even though it is only in the 40-50's).  The sun is out longer!  I can get out into the garden and I love seeing the flowers coming out.

Last night I heard the peepers, a sure sign of Spring.  I had to call my mom and tell her I heard them.  I drive the kids crazy making them come out and listen to the peepers every year.  The other day the boys and I checked out our flower beds and found 3 flowers!  The daffodils have popped up too and we can't wait for them to open up!

It just feels so good to see and hear all the signs of spring and new life beginning.

Welcome back Spring!

~Earthy Mom