Whose Mask Should You Secure First?

If you are traveling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.

We have all heard the instruction every time we fly.  Truth is, rarely does anyone pay attention to the safety instructions on a plane anymore (except maybe Jessica — she likes to be prepared for anything), but this one is important for life, not just for flying.

As moms, we are so used to doing EVERYTHING for our children:

“What show do you want?  What do you want for breakfast?  Where are your shoes?  Do you need to pee?  I don’t know where your favorite shirt is.  Do you have your books for school?  I’m sorry I forgot the pears at the store (this just happened to me today), but we have apples and kiwis.  Nope, you only want the pears that we don’t have.  Great.”

It is literally never ending.  But, if we do not take care of ourselves, we will not be able to physically or emotionally care for our children.  When I run and exercise regularly, I have the oxygen I need to go on.  I am a better mom, I have more patience, and I can deal with the daily challenges (frustrations?).

When I do not have time to run, I physically feel the difference.  I snap more; I’m more likely to yell; and I just don’t feel like myself.  Sometimes fitting in a run is not easy, believe me, I get it, but even just a short 10 minute run can make all the difference to just chill out a bit.  I have learned that I NEED to make time for myself to exercise.  It is akin to oxygen for me. Without it, I cannot give my children the assistance and guidance they need and the “me” that they need.

Sunday’s Rose and Thorn – Week 28

If you’re doing a challenge along with us we’d love to know your rose and thorn as well.  Leave it in the comments or zip us an email.  We love the company!

Answer 3 questions:

  1. What did you do?
  2. What was your rose (the best thing about your week)?
  3. What was your thorn (what was the worst part of your week)?

Allyson

  • S: rest
  • M: dance sessions with the toddler
  • T: 20 minute HIIT running sprints; 5 minute HIIT cardio burner video (burpee jacks/ squat jumps)
  • W: rest
  • Th: yoga
  • F: 2 mi run; jump rope and kettle bell intervals
  • S: rest

Didn’t really have a thorn this week.

Rose was getting to work out with hubby on Friday, that was fun.

Jessica

  • Sunday – rest
  • Monday – yoga
  • Tuesday – yoga
  • Wednesday – 5K
  • Thursday – 5K
  • Friday –  rest
  • Sat. – 4 miles

My thorn this week is that running — – even 3 miles – - really isn’t “easy” yet.  Almost every step takes effort.

My rose is that I feel so good for making that effort.  I haven’t seen all of the results I am hoping for with this challenge yet but I still feel good about myself.  I’m still at it at 28 weeks!

Karla

  • Sunday:  A full hour of yoga!
  • Monday:  3 mile run
  • Tuesday:  No time to work out; darn work
  • Wednesday:  3 mile run
  • Thursday:  No time to work out again.
  • Friday:  3.25 mile run
  • Saturday:  Obstacle course races with the boys in the backyard (totally counts and was super fun)
Rose:  Tough to pick just one!  My run on Friday was one of those rare “everything clicks” run.  I felt really good and could have kept going if I had time.  The obstacle courses with the boys were too funny.  I loved seeing what they came up with to add — it generally seemed to  involve pretending to shoot something, but whatever.
Thorn:  I think I have a touch of bursitis in my hip.  Icing, stretching, and “Rock Tape” are helping.  Chiropractor fixed me up as well, so hopefully that will go away soon.  Getting old is a pain in the ass.  Ha!  Get it?

Monday Motivation

“Maybe stop trying so hard to find shortcuts to “hack” your life. The best things are hard. Invest in the journey. Just sayin’.”  - Rich Roll, ultra-endurance athlete

This quote struck a cord and reminded me that there are no shortcuts.  I have to put in the hard work to reach my goals.  To see this entire blog post and explore Rich Roll’s inspirational background and amazing accomplishments, click here.

Sunday’s Rose and Thorn – Week 27

If you’re doing a challenge along with us we’d love to know your rose and thorn as well.  Leave it in the comments or zip us an email.  We love the company!

Answer 3 questions:

  1. What did you do?
  2. What was your rose (the best thing about your week)?
  3. What was your thorn (what was the worst part of your week)?

Allyson

  • S: rest
  • M: 2.25 mi
  • T: yoga
  • W: rest
  • Th: 2 mi
  • F: yoga
  • S: rest

Didn’t really have a thorn this week, my rib seems to be improving again.

Rose was some runs in cool rainy Spring weather!

Jessica

  • Sunday – 4 miles
  • Monday – rest
  • Tuesday – 2.7 miles
  • Wednesday – 5K
  • Thursday – 30 minutes elliptical
  • Friday –  yoga
  • Sat. – rest

My thorn this week was that my knee and lower back have had a twinge since doing the elliptical. Time for some back stretches.

My rose is that Molly is so interested in running with me.  This challenge is special to her and she is so passionate about completing it together.  She asked me about our next race 4 times this week.  Also, unrelated to exercise but a big rose in my life:  I went away for a night by myself. I had lunch with a friend, happy hour, room service, watched a documentary, slept for 12 hours, hit the salon, and ran outside.  Yay, Mommy time!

Karla

  • S:  Rest (I think; I have been relying on my memory to track my activities for the week.  Maybe I should start writing some stuff down).
  • M:  Ran 3 miles.
  • T:  Rest (I was going to do yoga, but it was way too nice out to stay inside.  So, the boys and I went to the park instead).
  • W:  Ran 3 miles.
  • R:  Yoga.
  • F:  Strength Training class at the Y (muscles I never knew I had were sore the following day).
  • S:  Ran 5 miles on the ‘mill.

Rose:  Overall, this was a really good week.  Had my first 5-mile run in a long time.  My oldest was on Spring Break, so I also took some leave from work and picked my youngest up early from preschool, which all allowed for some more free time and fun.  My other rose (since I don’t have a thorn this week) was the realization that our Y now allows 3-year-olds in the “Adventure Zone” on Saturdays!  The boys love it there (think big play area, with a slide, indoor mini soccer court, and other fun stuff) and I can get in a run or other exercise while they burn off some energy (to the extent it can actually be “burned off”).  Win-win!

Thorn:  No thorn this week.

Sunday’s/Monday’s Rose and Thorn – Week 26

If you’re doing a challenge along with us we’d love to know your rose and thorn as well.  Leave it in the comments or zip us an email.  We love the company!

Answer 3 questions:

  1. What did you do?
  2. What was your rose (the best thing about your week)?
  3. What was your thorn (what was the worst part of your week)?

Allyson

  • S: rest
  • M: 2 mi run
  • T: rest
  • W: yoga
  • Th: 2 mi run
  • F: yoga
  • S: rest

Thorn was just not getting more miles in. Rose was enjoying some family time over a long weekend this weekend!

Jessica

  • Sunday – Ran the Philadelphia Get Your Rear in Gear 4-miler with Molly!
  • Monday – rest.
  • Tuesday – 1.7 miles
  • Wednesday – 5K
  • Thursday – 5K
  • Friday –  rest.
  • Sat. – 4 miles

No thorns this week.

My rose is that I had my best running week yet this week.  AND I’m halfway through my goal for this challenge! Hoping to keep it up!

Karla

  • S: Playing tag with my boys at the park (totally counts as a sprint workout — those boys are getting fast!)
  • M: No time to run
  • T: Push-ups, jumping squats, lunges, abs, etc.
  • W: 3 mile run
  • R: Yoga
  • F: Rest
  • S: 4 mile fartlek (Ha! I said fartlek. Actually, it was probably more like a tempo run, but fartlek is so much more fun to say. Fartlek, fartlek, fartlek. Ok, I’m done. Moving on. Fartlek).

Rose: Coming to the realization that I can run on the weekends on the treadmill and that my boys won’t get into too much trouble if I do. I don’t know why I never really thought to do this before. I can see into the family room from the treadmill, so whenever one goes missing or I hear silence for too long, I jump off and check on them (or, more accurately, send my oldest son to look for his little brother — “WHERE IS he? Is he pooping?!” I will spare you the details of why the latter question is significant — let’s just say he has a “poop in the potty” chart and not all the days result in happy faces or check marks).

Thorn: Work getting in the way of the rest of my life! It’s so inconvenient, this whole work thing. Twice this week, I was not able to run because of meetings, issues, etc. But, overall not really a bad week.

 

Sunday’s/Monday’s Rose and Thorn – Week 25

I was driving home yesterday and had no internet.  So, here is our weekly update one day late.

If you’re doing a challenge along with us we’d love to know your rose and thorn as well.  Leave it in the comments or zip us an email.  We love the company!

Answer 3 questions:

  1. What did you do?
  2. What was your rose (the best thing about your week)?
  3. What was your thorn (what was the worst part of your week)?

Allyson

  • S: rest
  • M: 2.5 mi run
  • T: rest
  • W: 2 mi run
  • Th: yoga
  • F: rest
  • S: rest
My thorn this week was the return of a sore rib from the coughing cold, but my rose was getting some work outs in and enjoying some absolutely gorgeous weather and taking the Bean to the beach on Friday.
Jessica
  • Sunday – Leprechaun Run 5-miler with my daughter Molly.
  • Monday – yoga.
  • Tuesday – yoga.
  • Wednesday – yoga.
  • Thursday – yoga and HIIT.
  • Friday –  rest.
  • Sat. – rest.

I came home from Philadelphia to many feet of snow and sub-zero temps last night in NH.  That is a major thorn.  Gross.

My rose is that my daughter Molly has become my running partner.  She told me yesterday she wants to run 20K before she is 8.  Best daughter ever!

Karla

  • S: Rest
  • M:  3 mile run
  • T:  Yoga
  • W:  3.25 mile run
  • R:  No time to run
  • F:  Yoga
  • S: 4 mile tempo run on the ‘mill
Rose:  Getting in three runs this week!  I have not don’t that in a while.
Thorn:  Stress is just sitting in my upper back, shoulders, and neck from the past few weeks at work.  Finally got in to see the chiropractor, which helped, but my massage therapist has a lot of work to do this Thursday.

Here They Hang

Karla's medals

Here they hang:  the medals from my various long distance races over the years.  They hang here in my closet in somewhat awkward fashion.  I didn’t know where else to put them, so they hang next to my purses and suits, next to my nice dresses (with my wedding dress squished somewhere in there) and below my suitcase.  But, most importantly, they hang above my running clothes.  They tell a story, these medals, albeit incomplete, but a story nonetheless.  These four medals include:

2004 medal for the Columbus Marathon (“Our world is flat” my ass — that is what was killing me mid-way through the race and my left IT band and my feet).  This is a pre-kids medal (when I actually had time to train for a marathon).  My first and only marathon to date.  Not sure if I will ever run another, but I am proud to say I did it once.

2005 medal for the Nashville Country Music half-marathon.  I ran this soon after my marathon and was just not really feeling it.  It is the first and only half-marathon I ran with my husband.  He enjoys running, but not so much with the super long distance running.  I remember I had a bad cold and my period and just wanted to finish.

2009 medal for the Capital City Half-Marathon.  This was my first post-pregnancy half-marathon.  My son was two and my husband had returned a few months earlier from his second deployment.  I ran it with my awesome friend Jodi and we just talked the entire time.  Two hours never went so fast.  My husband was away that weekend for more Army stuff and I recall returning home, paying the babysitter, and having my son vomit all over me.  It was a thing with him — I never realized motherhood would involve so much vomit.  Congrats, Mom!

2013 medal for the Seattle Rock and Roll half marathon.  This was my first race after my second son was born and I ran it just a few days before my husband left for his current deployment.  I started off with two friends (one was running the full marathon) but eventually lost them both in the sea of people.  This was also my first “wear blue: run to remember” race — the first of many.

Many runners have dozens, even hundreds of medals.  But these are mine.  They tell, in part, my running story. They leave out the shorter distance races or the smaller races that don’t give out medals.  But, they still remind me of a story or an event surrounding the race.  And they each motivate me when I pull out my running clothes for the day.  They say, “You have done this before.  You can do it again.  Get going, momma.”