Overwhelming Weekend…so, let’s shop!

This weekend was a crazy busy one and my head is still spinning!

We started house hunting in the area late last week. We’ve been driving around and seeing which neighborhood fit our likes and wants and needs. We weren’t planning on buying just yet, but actually did see some good deals and even 1 great deal. Of course, that great deal just went off the market (actually, 2 that we really liked went off the market – 1 was pDaddy’s pick and the other mine). To say my heart broke just about sums it up right. I even put a sad face next to the listing of my pick. This place had great square footage and made great use of their space leaving only 90 feet unfinished! Great price too! I never thought I could fall in love with a house (just by looking at pictures), but I guess I can. It wasn’t even brand new or anything, but still…

I really hate when I’ve been a good girl and can’t get what I want!

Anyway, we had to get back to the drawing board, so to speak, and to say I got overwhelmed last night? Again, just about sums it up. There’s always just one thing missing or not quite right…I’m starting to think living in our townhouse rental for a few more months won’t be so bad afterall.

I was so dizzy from checking things online, on my phone, driving around and around and around and looking in and going to Open Houses that by the time I went to Target to buy a few things, I actually just left with what we needed. I was DIZZY in every sense of the word and didn’t feel well and just wanted to get out of Target. Me! That NEVER happens! I can spend hours in that store!

I needed a break from house hunting so after we got home and I relaxed a bit on the couch w/some tea, I ended up relaxing some more by doing what? Shopping, of course! Old Navy/Gap/Banana Republic had an online only sale – 30% off – yesterday, but extended to today (BR looks like it goes until 6/6). Enter code: 24HOURS. You have until 11:59:59.000PM – or something like that 😉 You’re welcome :)).

Momma needs a new pair of jeans!

I’ve had a pair of Old Navy jeans sitting in my cart for, I don’t know, over 2 months now! I swore I wouldn’t buy anything until I lost more weight, but the jeans I own aren’t fitting me right anymore. I haven’t lost much weight, but I have a pair which are too tight (too much wash/wear/dryer?) and another that just doesn’t sit well on any part of my lower body). I just needed a new pair of jeans that fit well and I hope these are the ones. Of course, 30% off doesn’t apply to the jeans, but whatever already. I needed something from the weekend that was tangibly mine. Then again, I wanted the flares in the lighter rinse and/white – no size. I also wanted that gingham long-sleeve “camp shirt” in blue – no size. Yellow – no size. So, I went for the red. Even with shopping I couldn’t get what I wanted.

So the one thing I wasn’t a good girl about was running. That overwhelmed me too…W5D3 calls to run for 20 minutes straight. 20. I couldn’t do it. I kept waking up late and then everyone started waking up so my workout window, well, went out the window. I think I may have to do W5D2 again (8 min run, 5 min walk, 8 min run) and then I’ll freak out over Week 5 Day 3 again after that.

“The Dreamer” Jeans – light wash in pic
Retro Hi-Rise Flare Jeans – dark wash in pic (on sale!)
Camp Shirt– running out of colors! (on sale AND qualifies for 30% off!)

Remember, enter code: 24HOURS at checkout…restrictions do apply so read the fine print 🙂

W5D1 – 3rd Time’s a Charm

Week 5 Day 1 in the Couch to 5k Running plan is as follows:

Week 5

1st time I did this run was on 5/16 outdoors.  As soon as I got into run mode, my shins started to hurt, but I was able to complete it.  I was out of breath though so I decided I would repeat W5D1.  First, I wanted to rest my shins so my next few gym visits were on the bike.  When I finally did repeat a week later (wow, exactly 1 week – I log my runs on breakingthetape.com) 5/23, it was indoors on a treadmill.  I was only able to complete the 1st 5 minute run.  The next 5 minute run, I think I did only about 90 seconds of it because of my shins.  Once again, I rested my legs and shins…did some bike work and then skipped the gym all together over the long weekend.  I tried again yesterday, 5/29, on the treadmill and I completed without dying of shin pain NOR was I that out of breath (a little, but nothing crazy)!  WOO-HOO!  I feel a little something on my shins, but nothing to whine, whimper and cry over.  Didn’t even have to ice them.  I guess it does help to just let your body rest and recover!  I can finally move onto Day 2 tomorrow!!!

Looking around to register for another 5k, but I don’t know why some of these are mid-morning when it’s going to be the middle of summer!  Early morning would work best, no?   I wanted to do the 5k Color Run in Chicago, but they’re sold out and even if I could go, I would feel weird by myself.  pDaddy would have gone with me, but no one to watch our girls.  Plus, I’d have to deal w/booking a room (which are probably over-priced) so I could shower off all that color.  Looks like so much fun though, right?   In-laws are coming in June, but not until a couple of weeks after the race.

Holy crap…June?  ALREADY?

Nap Time


Or not…monkeeee in the middle’s causin a ruckus! Maybe she’s excited ove the long weekend too? Lol

As for me, hope to get some running (indoors on dreadmill),  gardening and grilling in!  Supposed to be a scorcher this weekend and with no pool at our new place, easy access to central air’s going to be the ticket!  No big thing for gardening since it’s only a small area (townhouse dweller for now).

Hope I can get to the running store too – the only shopping I can justify.  Me and my promises…I swore NOT to go clothes shopping until I drop 10 lbs or a full size! Can’t even keep more than 5lbs off! What was I thinking?  Sooo many great sales too!

What are your plans?

Have a great one!

Couch to 5k Training Update

So I ran the 5k LAST Saturday (5/12) and I haven’t done much running since…tsk tsk tsk. I ran last Thursday, outdoors, to do Week 5 Day 1. I did it, but man, as soon as I get to “run” mode, my shins start acting up. The only other workouts I did last week were the bike. I’m afraid if I keep pushing the running, I’ll do more damage to my shins than help them. I finally found a running store around here and I’ll probably (need to) head there sooner rather than later, I hope.

I tried to jog/run home after dropping of Beans. I didn’t even last half a mile in jog mode. I think I made about 3 and a half minutes…

I need to hit that running store sooner rather than later…I really need to run b/c I need to make up for my lack of not eating right…GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!

5k Mission: Accomplished

Well, hot damn!  I done did it!!!  I survived the 5k and did better than I expected!

I woke up Saturday morning still unsure of myself…of my legs.  As of the night before, and even that morning while picking up my runner’s bib and registering myself and Beans (she would do the kid’s 1/4 mile race), I was about to switch from 5k runner status to 1 mile walker.  Then, I started to think about how disappointed I would be in myself…How could I not at least try?  What’s the worst that could happen?  They walkie the golf cart guy over to pick me up if I can’t go anymore?  At least I tried, right?    I mean, I wouldn’t be the only disappointed in myself…How about pDaddy and the girls?  They even made a sign Friday night to cheer me/Beans on.  So, off I went and just picked up my bib and stayed as 5k Runner.  Took some Tylenol, did LOTS of stretching and put on that Icy Hot Beans and I picked up at the grocery as we also picked up our breakfast.

Still freaking out, but determined to do it, I managed to keep myself calm and collected.  pDaddy, Razz and Shrimp got there a few minutes before Beans’ race.  Big Girl did well, but then stopped too quickly and couldn’t catch her breath…she started to panic and kept saying she waned to throw up.  I got her to calm down and tried to get her to walk it off before my run started.  She finally caught her breath, but still felt queasy.  I felt bad leaving her, but I had to get to the starting line.  pDaddy took over as nurse to Beans and watching over all 3.  I couldn’t stop thinking of Beans and how she felt.  I kept hoping she just got better and hoping that I wouldn’t feel that way at the end of my race…I didn’t want to discourage her anymore.

So, off to the starting line and off I went.  I didn’t know if I wanted to walk a bit first or not, but just hit START on my new Garmin (thanks to an early Mother’s Day gift from pDaddy).  I didn’t realize it had to locate satellites again so it took a couple of minutes before it kicked in and I was already “running”.  I didn’t realize I just kept going.  I felt like Forrest Gump and just kept going and going and going and next thing I heard was the time keeper at mile marker 1.  I clocked in at 1 mile at 11 minutes exactly, according to the timekeeper girl.  11 minutes!  WHAT?  WHO?  ME?  WHAT?

It was definitely a lot easier to run in a group and I kept pace with a few of the runners, whether they knew it or not.   Next thing you know, I was nearing the end of the 1st lap and saw pDaddy and the girls holding up the sign they made.  I took off the headset from my right ear as I neared them and heard the girls yelling “GOOOOOOOOOOOO MOOOMMMYYY!  GO!  GO MOMMY GO!”  What an INCREDIBLE feeling that was…seeing your family cheer you on and looking so proud of you.  I smiled a HUGE smile and waved to them and then kept on trucking…

I had to stop about 3 or 4 times after that…Once for about 3 minutes and the others for about a minute or so.  The 3 minute stop, I just had to really catch my breath (I really need to learn some breathing techniques)…but then I started to feel my shins getting tight / sore.  I also felt the heat from that Icy Hot kick in (never really felt the “icy” at all).  I didn’t want to get all tight and walk the rest of the way so I kept pushing and pushing and even said it out loud “PUUUUUSH”.   I didn’t realize that I was actually “pushing” through hills…I expected myself to walk them, but I actually didn’t!  Ok, maybe a few of them, I walked a few steps…and when I say “hill”, nothing major, but definite change in elevation.  The last tenth or quarter of a mile I saw the end in sight going around the bend.  I was ready to walk, but I pushed it again.  And again, I saw pDaddy and the girls cheering me on, holding up the sign and pDaddy w/the camera.  They were a few feet from the finish line, but they were close enough to see me cross it.

As I was about to cross, I looked up dumbfounded. My snazzy new watch was telling me that I had a great pace (for me), but I thought it was “off” (I don’t know, don’t ask).  I crossed the finish line to see 35:40.



I’m still trying to process it…Remember, I just wanted to finish in less than 45!!!  I remember I couldn’t “jog” for 30 seconds without feeling like passing out when I got on a treadmill in February.


I can’t sum up in words of how happy and proud I was of myself…That’s such a RARE feeling that I was speechless.  I was also so happy that my family was there to cheer me on.  I was so happy when I saw pDaddy close to the finish line looking so proud of me.  This whole week, I gave off the vibe that I was giving up b/c of my shins and he had to hear me complain all week long.  I’m sure he was thrilled that I would be done being nervous nellie (but he’ll still hear me complain about sore legs), but really, I saw him happy for me and proud and that’s another feeling I wish I could bottle up!  Seeing him helped me stop myself from walking the finish…

I still can’t believe I did it and with a better time than I expected.  I can’t believe my shins cooperated.  I can’t believe how good it feels to cross that finish line.  I can’t believe how much seeing your loved ones can really encourage you and keep you going…

All that and it was just the mid-point of a wonderful Mother’s Day Weekend.

Thanks to my cheerleaders…no pic of my main man though 😦  Sorry pDaddy 😦

1 5k Down…bring on some more!

PS – That Icy Hot can get SUPER HOT!  After eating, we went home…I did more stretching and hit the shower.  I thought I washed it all off, but apparently not…my legs were burning!  I wanted to nap, but was so uncomfy…felt like a super sunburn on my legs.  I must have come down from my adrenalin rush b/c somehow, I, eventually, slept through it.  I don’t know how long it took for it to wear off, but it was gone by the time I woke up.  phew…

PPS – Official race results = 35:43.3… I’ll still take it!

5k Tomorrow…Doesn’t Look Good

Shins are KILLING me! Jogged .2 miles today in pain. What the???? How am I supposed to “run” this 5k tomorrow?

I did W4D3 on Tuesday from the Couch to 5k Running plan. My shins were hurting so I took it easy and just did the bike yesterday and today. This morning, I walked Beans to school and tried to jog back home…I jogged a few steps and was already in pain. Tried to walk it off and then jogged the last .2 miles and I am STILL hurting! I hope icing it down will help. I think I’ll try switching cold / hot compresses. That usually helps with other bruises/bumps/sprains, right?

Still, tomorrow is going suck. I wasn’t going to try to run my heart out, but I wanted to at least get a good baseline. I don’t think I’ll even get that 😦 I have a feeling I’ll be walking more than “running” tomorrow 😦 How frustrating when I’ve been so looking forward to it ever since I signed up 2 weeks ago.