the stroller long run

It was an absolutely beautiful day on Saturday.  Matt had a track meet and my built-in babysitters (Gigi + Pawpaw) were still living it up in Cancun.  I really wanted to get my long run of the week in, but I was nervous to do it while pushing MacKenna.  It had been awhile since I had pushed her in the stroller and our last run together about a month ago had been pretty horrific.

It is really difficult for me to run on Sunday mornings because (1) I like to use that as my rest day, (2) I like to sleep in, and (3) I simply just don’t have enough time.  And with rain in the forecast, I knew I really need to get it done on Saturday.

My #1 to-do when moving in with my parents was to air up the tires in the jogging stroller.  Um, why did I wait so long to do this?!  It’s amazing how much easier this made it to push her.  It felt about 15 pounds lighter than that last horrific run, so I knew right away that my long run wasn’t going to go as terribly as I originally thought.

I loaded MacKenna up with a jacket, her water, some goldfish crackers, and her iPhone (my old one loaded with toddler apps) in hopes that she would stay at least a little entertained and not force me to turn around early.

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My goal for this long run was to run for an hour.  I was hoping to do 8, but figured since my pace would be slower, 7 miles was a better plan.  I had run 7 miles the week before so I decided that I would just run the same route I ran last weekend.  The great thing about running around my parents house is that I feel safe.  Even the “busier” roads I am running on have sidewalks and a 30 mph speed limit.  There are plenty of stop signs and most of the drivers are very aware and considerate of pedestrians.  Every car that was stopped waved me on to go before them, which would have never happened at my old house.  Plus, on my long runs, I get to run in the beautiful historic part of the city, lined with gorgeous old houses.

MacKenna was absolutely perfect on the run!  She didn’t complain one time and I actually got to enjoy hearing her sing to some of the songs she was playing on her phone.  I was worried going by one of the parks that she was going to freak out about not stopping to play, but I don’t think she even noticed it.  (Don’t worry, I would have stopped on the way back.  I’m glad I didn’t have to though!)

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Of course, I would have loved to run by myself and run a little longer and faster, but I’m so happy with my pace!  I expected 9 to 10-minute miles, so an 8:40/mile pace was a very pleasant surprise!

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With Matt’s track season not even halfway over yet, I see many more stroller long runs in my future – and I’ll be happy to take them!  As long as MacKenna cooperates…

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adjusting to our “new home”

Remember way back when I made my word of 2014 to adjust?  You don’t?  Oh, because I forgot until this week too.  But, once I remembered, it was the absolute perfect word to sum up the past 3 weeks for us.

It’s been pretty interesting moving back in to my childhood home and has definitely taken some adjusting for all 3 of us.  My biggest fear was that we were going to drive my parents crazy, or even worse, they were going to drive us crazy.  We go on trips with them all the time and usually by the end of the week, we are all ready to get home and get back into our normal routines.  So, I was really worried that this was going to be a huge mistake.

But, so far, so good!  I think it helps that we all are still working, and the fact that in the 3 weeks we’ve been living here, my parents have been in Cancun for the past week.  (Punks.  I know, right?!)  But, it is starting to become more and more “normal” to be back where I grew up, although I’m still learning to adjust to…

Sleeping in my brother’s old room.  It’s really weird to walk into a different room (even though it looks totally different) than what I walked in to for 22 years.  There is a full sized bed in my brother’s old room and we were able to set up crib in my old room.  There are still time where I’ll walk up the stairs and head straight into MacKenna’s room, just out of habit.  I maybe do it once a week now, but at first it was almost every single time when I went upstairs.  So, I’m adjusting…


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Driving farther to get to work everyday.  My parents live a little farther east than where our old house was, making my drive to work about 10 minutes longer.  It’s not terrible, but on the way home, I have to go pick up MacKenna at the babysitter’s, which is close to our old house, and then we head “home” to my parents’ house.  So, it might only be 10 minutes farther to drive, but after stopping to pick up MacKenna, it takes about an hour to get home every day.  I’m really having to work on adjusting my time management…

Getting into a “new” routine.  We are trying to keep our routines pretty much the same, but learning how to do things in a new house with 2 more people involved has been a challenge.  My morning routine is about the same, but it feels weird to be doing things in a different house.  I still don’t feel like my routine is back to normal, but I certainly feel like I’m starting to figure it out…

Meal planning with 2 more people in mind.  The first week we lived with my parents, we were still doing a ton of work at the old house, so we really didn’t need to worry about meals, and with my parents being out of town this past week, I was able to plan normally, but it’s been interesting trying to plan our meals and grocery shopping between 2 families.  We are sharing many things – produce especially – but we are doing our meals separate for the most part.  My parents eat a lot of leftovers, so we are just trying to work around that.  But, I will tell you, as a family of 5, we eat A LOT of bananas…

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Having a house with stairs but no baby gates.  I think this is one of the most difficult things to adjust to because I feel like I constantly have to be watching MacKenna with the steps.  She is actually really good with them because I think the fun and newness of them have worn off.  But, it makes me really nervous when we are upstairs.  I think we have really made sure she knows that she needs one of us in order to go down the stairs, but I still have to keep an eye on her constantly.  But, she’s doing a really good job of staying off of them and waiting for us to use the stairs…

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Being back in my old stomping grounds.  It’s really weird to be back where I grew up.  I have absolutely LOVED running my old routes around town and I feel so safe out here because I don’t have to run on busy roads and I have a lot of options of where to run.  But, it’s so strange to see people who I haven’t seen in years!  I’ve gone to the grocery store 3 times now and have seen someone from high school or my first job at Fritz’s.  That is definitely going to take some adjusting to, but I won’t lie, I am kind of enjoying it!

This weekend, we are going to be picking out/designing the interior of our new home and in about a month, we will officially be breaking ground!  So, we still have awhile to be in our temporary home and won’t have to re-adjust again until we close on the new house in September.  Let’s just hope we can adjust our finances so it’s not such a shock!  ;)

Have a great weekend!

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wiaw: opening day

The baseball season kicked off a little over a week ago, but the season didn’t officially begin in St. Louis until Monday.  Opening Day for the Cardinals is pretty much a holiday in St. Louis.  People call in sick, have special celebratory days at work, all sorts of fun stuff to celebrate the day when our beloved Birds are back in town.  And I was lucky enough to get to go this year!

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I’ve never been to an Opening Day before, but as a big Cardinals fan, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to go when my friend Tina asked me to go with her.  And anything to extend my weekend just a little bit longer.

I have to admit, my eating was all sorts of bad on Monday, but I’m only human.  I don’t eat perfectly all the time – far from it really – and that’s OK.  Sometimes special occasions come up or you’re in a place where you are so hungry, you just eat whatever is around.  That was pretty much how my eating on Monday went…

I got to sleep in a little bit since I took the day off of work, so I took the opportunity to get a good run in outside!  The perimeter of my parents’ subdivision is almost exactly 4 miles, so I added one of my favorite running loops from high school onto my 4 miles to make it an even 6 miles.  I ate a half a banana with peanut butter pre-run and of course had a smoothie post-run.

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I dropped MacKenna off at the sitter and made a little pit stop at Sbux for a skinny vanilla latte.

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I met up with Tina and her daughter and one of her daughter’s friends (both of whom are my volleyball players) and we headed downtown.  Our first stop (after walking about a mile in the pouring down rain) was to the brand spanking new Ball Park Village.  Of course, with the rain, it was totally packed inside, so we really only got to get a good look at it before we walked another mile in the pouring rain back to the car to do a little tailgating.

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Like I said, by this point, I was completely starving (it was about 12:30) and all I had was a protein bar in my bag.  Luckily, Tina had some chips in her car that I munched on and of course, no tailgate is complete without a beer (or two).

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We headed back to the stadium (another mile in the pouring rain) for the game around 2 PM.  The rain finally stopped around 4:30, so I made my way to finally get something a bit more substantial and to meet up with this pretty lady…

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Katie and I live so close but we hardly ever see each other!  And I got to meet her absolutely gorgeous daughter Allie.  We caught up for a few minutes and then I headed back to my seat with a huge mound of nachos with cheese sauce, salsa, jalapenos, and sour cream.  It was delicious, but my phone died right after I swiped the pic with Katie, so no picture of the deliciousness that ensued.  I gobbled up every last bite.

Thankfully, after being cold and wet for hours on end, the Cards made it worth it and beat the Reds 5-3, although Trevor Rosenthal made me a bit nervous at the top of the 9th inning.  I got home just in time to put MacKenna to bed, which made me never want to go to a night game again!

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Matt had been at a track meet all afternoon, so we made a quick dinner of quinoa, cheddar, and veggies with some tortilla chips on the side.  And some unpictured Reese’s Pieces that I was more than happy to eat.

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It was a great way to start off my week!  Of course, all that junk killed my tummy for the next day and a half, but I’m feeling much better now.  Like I said, I’m only human.  Everything in moderation, right?!

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