weekly workouts + the weekend through instagram

This was the best week of runs I’ve had in a year!  I felt good.  I felt normal.  I felt like myself again.  It was a good week – including my first sub-8-minute mile pace!  I’m so ready for half marathon training to start next week!  Seeing everyone posting pictures of Boston is giving me the itch to race again.  I think I’m going to need to look for a race in the next month to do!

Monday:  3 mile easy run (8:01/mile)
CrossFit WOD – For time:
Burpees 20x
Hang squat cleans 20x, 45#
Inverted row 20x
Hang squat cleans 20x, 45#
Burpees 20x

Tuesday:  3 mile easy run (8:05/mile)
CrossFit WOD – 3 rounds of time:
Wall balls 20x, 8#
SDHP 20x, 25#
Box jumps 20x
DB Push-press 20x, 15#
Run 200m

Wednesday:  3.7 mile bleacher run – 1.5 mile WU, 5 x 10 sets of bleachers, 1.5 mile CD (11:01/mile)

Thursday:  3 mile easy run (7:41/mile)
CrossFit WOD – 10 rounds of:
Deadlifts 15 seconds
Rest 45 seconds
(73 reps @ 85#)

Friday:  CrossFit WOD – For time:
Run 1000m
Pushups 30x
Run 1000m

Saturday:  5 mile easy run (8:29/mile)

Sunday:  OFF – my legs definitely needed it by the end of the week

Plus, here’s what we were up to this weekend through my Instagram feed.  If you’re not following me, I’m @concrete_runner – request to add me!  I will follow back!   Kenna finally got to open the Barbie that’s been sitting on her bathroom counter since July – of course, she hasn’t gone poop in the potty since… 

 At the Butterfly House  

 My beautiful blue eyed boy  

 Matt was at a meet all day on Saturday, so we drove-thru CBW and had a picnic outside.  

   After church on Sunday, waiting for Matt + Kenna to get done grocery shopping.

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stitch fix to the rescue!

I read an article a few weeks ago about “19 Things Only Women With A Low Maintenance Fashion Sense Understand.” While I am high maintenance about certain things (cleaning, hygiene, etc.), when it comes to fashion, the easier, the better. There’s a reason I am in the fitness industry – I can’t even imagine having to wear dress clothes every single day to work. Ugh.

As I have gotten closer and closer to my pre-pregnancy weight, I have started to realize that I have absolutely no clothes that fit me “right” any more. I mean, my work clothes (i.e. workout pants and a t-shirt) fit just fine, but my “weekend wear”, not so much. During my spring break, I took a much needed solo trip to Kohls to do some shopping. I knew I needed some jeans, but when it came to tops, I was lost. I wandered aimlessly through the aisles looking for something – anything – that appealed to my simple fashion sense. I ended up with a few cute tops, but it definitely made me realize that I HATE shopping and need some help when it comes to fashion.

Enter Stitch Fix. After my trip to Kohls, I immediately sat down and scheduled my “fix”. This actually wasn’t my first time trying Stitch Fix, though. I tried it for the first time about a year ago, only to be completely disappointed with the outfits they sent me. But, giving them the benefit of the doubt, I just don’t know what I like when it comes to fashion. I don’t really feel like I have a style that I like, except that I just want to be comfortable. So, I couldn’t really explain that to them and ended up with clothes that were totally NOT me.

This time was different though. I was very thorough in explaining that I liked to be cute but comfortable and what types of things I prefer when it comes to my clothes. Well, I got exactly what I asked for.

Sia Floral Embroidery Peasant Top    So, I think I really like Bohemian Chic looks – loose, flowy tops that go with jeans or leggings. This was loose and light and definitely comfortable! I really loved how it looked and felt. This one was definitely a keeper!

Corinna Striped Dolman Top  Another loose and flowy top. This one wasn’t as light as the Peasant Top, but I loved the length and the color! Plus, stripes are freaking cute. This was probably my favorite of the group and definitely me! Another keeper!

Sandria Button Down Top    While this one fit the “loose and comfy” that I like, it sort of reminded me of my nightgowns. I’m not a huge fan of the plaid, but Matt came in to talk to me while I was trying it on and complimented me on it. I asked if he thought it was “me” and he said yes. So, yup, kept this one too…

Aberdine Straight Leg Jeans    
I’m all about the jeans, but these weren’t exactly my favorite. To me, they felt kind of mom-ish since they were high waisted (yes, I know, I AM a mom, but I still like to be trendy – and look young). I also HATED the length. They were ankle length, but I have long legs and these felt like high waters to me. So, I cuffed them and they grew on me. Definitely not my favorite pair of jeans, but I would wear them on occasion.

Cheli Striped Maxi Dress  When I opened my box and saw they sent me this, I was so excited! I might not be fashionable and enjoy wearing sweats over anything else, but I LOVE dresses! I need another blue maxi dress like I need a hole in the head, but this was so cute and comfortable that I just had to keep it!

To say I was happy with my Fix is an understatement. I went back and forth for a little while about what I was going to keep and send back. I wasn’t a huge fan of the jeans or the button down top, but after Matt’s comment about the top, I thought I could keep that one for a date night and it would look super cute with shorts. So, I debated just sending the jeans back and keeping everything else. But, if you keep everything, you get a 25% discount off your order. Well, the discount turned out to be about the same price of the jeans, so I figured, why not just skip the post office and keep everything. So, I am now the proud owner of a fairly new wardrobe! Now, I need a night out on the town with my man to wear all my cute new clothes!

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day in the life of a working mom

4:15 AM – My alarm goes off.  I’m pissed because I’m still tired, but know that I don’t have a choice but to get out of bed and get in the shower.  I check Facebook for 5 minutes and finally roll out of bed.

4:20 AM – Shower and get ready for work.  I also pump while I’m putting on makeup – 3 ounces on each side.

5:30 AM – I put the milk I pumped in bags and stick it in the freezer.  Then it’s time to go get my little man up and ready for the day.  He’s a happy boy waking up this morning and is ready to eat.

5:40 AM – Feed Miles and read blogs while he’s nursing.

6:00 AM – Miles is done and it’s now time to get The Threenager up.  In true threenager form, she’s not wanting to get out of bed at all.  I finally get her up and have to change a dirty nighttime diaper.  She is only wearing diapers for bedtime now but we’re having some issues with getting her to poop in the potty and it’s in everyday problem.  Any advice on how to get a toddler to poop in the potty?

6:10 AM – I fixed a Poptart for Kenna and turn on Mary Poppins for her to watch while I get my breakfast ready and Matt gets ready for work.

6:30 AM – Kiss all 3 of my babies goodbye and go to get in the car.  I spill my cereal all over my car, so I have to go back inside and get some more.  This is the THIRD day in a row I have spilled my cereal somehow.  #mommyfail


7:05 AM – Arrive at work and check my email and memos for the day before heading out for open gym duty.

7:35 AM – The bell rings and it’s time for the day to really begin.  I’m so not ready for my 8th graders this morning – my 1st hour isn’t exactly my favorite of the day, but at least I get them out of the way first thing in the morning.  I spend my first 2 hours of the day in the gym before heading up to the Health classroom to teach 7th grade health.  I have an observer today, so it makes it even more interesting and I really have to be on my A-game.  Thank goodness my kids were decent for me today…

10:30 AM – Break time!  I go make copies for my 5th hour and for my health classes tomorrow before sitting down to work on my grad school homework.  I have a 15 page paper due on the 27th and I have started and re-started it 3 times now.  I’ve decided to read all my research articles and take notes before I really decide the direction I want it to go.  My thesis:  Do daily physical education classes effect standardized test scores?  Exciting stuff, I know…

11:30 AM – Get my lunch ready and head into the closet to pump.  Thankfully I get done just in time before an 8th grader walks in.  That would’ve been awkward…

12:00 PM – Time to start the second half of my day.  One more hour of health and I head back down to the gym the rest of the day to teach 6th graders how to throw a football.  More exciting stuff, let me tell you…

2:41 PM – Done with the kiddos for the day and I go to pump again while eating a snack and working a little more on my grad school paper.  I really just want to get this dang thing done.  Ugh.


3:00 PM – Workout time!  I do this CrossFit workout today, but 3 rounds instead of 5.  I’m starting myself off a little slower this time around, and I knew I didn’t have enough time to get 5 rounds in.  I completed 3 rounds in 16:19 – not too bad!  I follow it up with a 3-mile run around town.

4:00 PM – Hop in the car and head toward home.  I call my mom every day on my way home, even when I don’t have much to talk about.

4:30 PM – Pick up the kiddos at the sitter’s.  Miles is wearing MacKenna’s extra clothes because he had a few blow outs today and leaked through his other 2 outfits.  I chat with Stacy for a few minutes before packing up the kids and heading home.

5:00 PM – We’re home and Matt gets home right behind us.  I get the car and kids unpacked and start making dinner.  Matt and I talk about our day while we get dinner ready and entertain The Threenager.

5:40 PM – Dinner time!  This is my new favorite dinner that we will be having once a week!  Bean and cheese nachos with all the toppings.  Yum!

6:00 PM – Bath time for the kiddos!  We switch kids tonight since we ate early enough – Matt bathes Miles and I get to play with Kenna in the tub.  We sing Broadway show tunes while we play in the tub (I took her to see Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at my brother’s school on Friday so I make that a station on Pandora for her).

7:00 PM – Time to feed Miles again.  Kenna gets her iPad as a reward for no timeouts today and her and Matt Facetime Grandma.

7:30 PM – We get up off the couch and get the kids ready for bed.  We’ve had to start this earlier because Kenna takes for-ev-er to get ready.  We brush teeth, read books, kiss the TV and radio (weird toddler quirk), say prayers, go potty, sing songs, and then try to get Kenna to stop asking for stuff so we can clothes the door.

8:00 PM – Put diapers in the wash, make my lunch for tomorrow, fold laundry, try on my Stitch Fix clothes (I’ll be sharing on Friday!), grab a snack, and then wait almost 30 minutes for the Internet to start working so I can write this post.  Ugh.

9:50 PM – Finally get done writing this post, set it to publish, and get up off the couch to get ready for bed.

10:10 PM – Dream feed Miles and read.  I’m reading Eat & Run by Scott Jurek right now.  It’s just OK – I’m hoping to finish it by the end of the week so I can start something new.  Any suggestions?  I’m not too picky – it just needs to hold my attention.

10:45 PM – Put Miles back in his crib and lights out.  Hoping that it is another no-wake-up night for both kids and my alarm will go off too early again at 4:15 to start all over again…



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