Friday, November 7, 2014

Weather reports

As I stated in a previous post, I have been taking photos of the weather channel reports on my phone.  Thought I would share them today!

October 28, 2014 at 4:31am!

October 29, 2014.  Note the "feels like" 37!  Bbbbrrrrrrrr!

October 30, 2014

November 1, 2014

November 2, 2014

November 4, 2014


Needless to say I have not packed away my summer running stuff.  Just wondering what my running friends wear in the winter weather?  Also wondering where you run when the temps drop?  I want to be outside but I am not sure what I have that is suitable for winter running.  We will see I guess.

Off n Running.
AnnMarie


Sunday, November 2, 2014

Fall back time!

We turned another page on the calendar, yesterday.  And turned back the clocks too.  I am still asking myself where did this year go?  I have also been thankful for all the great memories I have been able to make and for the ones ahead of us.

With the time change and the calendar flipping, that brings the weather changing too.  I have been tracking the crazy Wisconsin weather on my phone.  Every morning for the past month or so, I have been meeting my cousin, who lives 3 blocks down the street.  We meet before the sun is up, and some mornings have been 60+ degrees!  Crazy!!!  Then the next day is 30-something, is this just a Wisconsin thing, like I think it is, or has it been this way everywhere?

This morning, I waited until the sun was up - after 6:30.  I saw a beautiful sunrise and our first heavy frost. 

Temperature this morning, I am trying to snap the "feels like" part too!
Hard to see it well in this picture, but in the ditch you sort of see the frost!  

Beautiful sunrise!

Welcomed November with a 5 miler before taking Ball Boy to his first  Spartan Race!  Here are some photos of him:



Fun morning!  Followed by a fun afternoon with the AMTA-WI Board of Directors Retreat!  

Off n Running,
AnnMarie

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy Halloween!

Today is Trick or Treating in our village.  I have been busy running my 1 or more miles a day AND gathering stuff for costumes!

Yesterday, was another race in my Strider Series.  The Lakefront Discovery Run 15K.  According to the results I covered the hilly course in 1:21.05.  Not bad for no real training plan.  In two weeks from  today I will be recovering from my Disney Races.  I am so excited!!!!

Here are photos from Trick or Treating:

My friend, Deanna, called me one day to tell me about the new ruffle yarn.  I made this scarf and the Mickey Hands for Dancing Princess!

This is the first time in a VERY long time we had a decent costume for Ball Boy!

And I made this Olaf hat for SwimChick.

Off N Running,
AnnMarie

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

101 in 1001?!?!

I have not been blogging much.  I miss it.  Sharing my adventures in life with family and friends, I really enjoy it.  I got to thinking about how I started this 101 things to do in a 1001 days.  Who knew that time would go so fast?  I only got to cross off about 5 things on that list, but I did SOOO many more than were on the list.  Just kind of goes to show you how much we change over time.

I have a section on Shaklee on that original list.  I love my Shaklee, just ask anyone who has heard me talk about it.  LOL!  My kids know the value of the products too.  To me Shaklee products are a necessity to our life.  The cleaners are good for us as well as the environment.  The meal replacement shakes are great on my long work days. The supplements have helped us ward off sickness, fight the winter blues, etc…  I just have not made the time nor the commitment to really jump in with both feet and make this business work.

I have a section on exercise.  After following a training plan and doing all the half marathons that I have, I am not sure I want to make the time to train for a full one anymore.  I would still like to do the local Lakefront Marathon and the Flying Pig, too.  Just maybe not in the next 1001 days.  :)  Hot yoga still looks amazing, but I need to do yoga more than once a week or less before I get into the hot studio!

My kids have started making their own lunch.  I never did set a nice table for the time I wanted, or did the manner class…  Priorities change over time.  And time just doesn't stop, does it!

Since making this list, I have gotten a lot more massage clients.  I have seen my kids try stuff and decide that was all they needed.  I have finished 6 half marathons, I think.  I have taken some different classes for my well being and my families.

This month I am taking a personal training class.  My major in college was Exercise Management.  I know it was 20+ years ago, but the basics have not changed.  Equipment, yes, that has changed, but the fundamentals are still there.  Now to decide which Personal Training Certification I would like to study for and take that test.

Off n Running, decisions, decisions…

AnnMarie

Monday, October 6, 2014

I'm streaking....

So HAPPY OCTOBER!!!!!

I am happy to report that I ran 1 mile or more every day in August and September.  Woo hoo, that makes 61 day in a row.  I even ran when I went to my convention for massage, in Denver.


I found this HUGE REI store on my first day on Denver.  This store had 3 levels.  I would LOVE to know the history of the building.  I did go in for a potty break and a drink of water.  There are trails on both sides of this little river, some paved and some not.  Looked like some mountain bike trails made by bikers, too.

This is Six Flags.  It's up the trail from REI.  Right downtown!!!!!  I logged 2.5 miles running this day, probably close to that much walking around and exploring too!

Day three I was in a rush, so I found the hotel fitness room and did another 2 miles on a treadmill.

I ran past the capital building one morning.  I did not cross the street and stand exactly 1 mile above sea level on the steps.  But I did get this photo:


Another day I was fortunate to be introduced to some other running massage therapists.  

We logged 3 miles exactly on our little early morning tour.  Here is the group:

And some stuff we saw:


So,  I have been keeping my promise to myself and am going to continue in October.  The weather turned chilly a few days ago and seems to be rainy.  A sure sign of fall here.  Which means I need to find a buddy and bundle up!

October is also my Unprocessed Challenge. I was hoping to have made the time to be a bit more prepared this year.  I had oral surgery yesterday, and am on a smoothie diet for two weeks, what a fun way to start October Unprocessed!!!! 

Off to get me some smoothie ingredients!
AnnMarie

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

And their off...


Chess Master found a new shirt at Kohl's yesterday.  You can't see it well here but the chicken is talking to a box of nuggets.  He is saying "Bro, is that you?"

Of course PeeWee needed something new to wear too!  Never mind the bins full of clothes from cousins and big sis.  She picked out this top.  And we needed new shoes, she loved these.  

Swim chick is so tall!  Her bus came at the scheduled time of 7:24, and I am not sure but she might have gotten a new bus driver.  


So, now I wait for the the other two to get on the bus.  Planning out the day into mind.  Need to write it down...
Pray with my Prayer Partner.
Make all my doctor appointments.
Take a leisurely 5 mile run.
Look up stuff to do in Denver. (I leave in two weeks from today for the AMTA National convention!)
Clean up rummage sale mess.
Craigslist stuff
Find the top of my desk

That seems like a good start!

Off n running,
AnnMarie

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day?!?! WHAT?!?! NNNOOOOO…..

From Wikipedia…
Thirty days hath September is a traditional English mnemonic rhyme, of which many variants are commonly used in English-speaking countries to remember the lengths of the months in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. Here is one version of the rhyme attributed to Mother Goose:
Thirty days have September,
April, June, and November.
All the rest have 31,
Except February alone,
And that has 28 days clear,
And 29 in a leap year.
Thirty days have September,
April, June, and November
All the rest have 31,
Except for February.
Other sources list the Mother Goose version differently:
Thirty days have September,
April, June, and November;
February has 28 alone,
All the rest have 31;
Except leap year, that's the time,
When February's days are 29.[1]


Where did the summer go?  I cannot believe today is the first day of September.  There were so many things we were going to do and now school starts tomorrow.  With that means a new swim season, a new soccer season and Dancing Princess would like to try Gymnastics.  (I may have to change her name here.  LOL!)

Last month, I quietly decided that I need to stop pretending to be training for a run and just get out the door already.  I put myself up to the challenge of running one or more miles every day for the month.  And I DID IT!!!!!  WOO HOO!!!!  31 days in a row I logged at least one mile, usually a little bit more.    I also did a few races in that month too.  Yesterday, I ran a 5k for a church festival.  It was a small field and I placed 3rd over all!  What the?????  It was my 10th race for 2014.

So, today is our last day of summer vacation.  My oldest two are not very excited to start a new school year.  My youngest, cannot wait to get back into it.  We got to meet their teachers last week.  My oldest, will be an 8th grader and is in a couple of High School classes.  I am officially worried about that!  One is Spanish, they started 7th grade in the freshman book.  That's cool.  So this year they will finish that book and she can take Sophomore Spanish as a freshman next year.  When she got her schedule we both saw Algebra 1 on it.  We still are not sure if that is a mistake, but the teacher seemed pretty nice.  He is a HUGE Brewer Baseball fan.  The floor in his classroom is laid out as the field.  That's kind of comforting too!  LOL!  We will see in October where she is and how it is going.

The other two kids will be fine.  My son, is starting in a new self driven program.  I pray that he gets his work done and we don't have too many fights about it this year.  I know it will be good for him and he will do well.

OK, getting back on topic...

As for me, tomorrow they all get on the bus and then what?  I hope to get into a running routine.  I really want to get back into the gym and meet up with a trainer a couple of times a week.  Maybe I will get back into that treadmill class I loved last summer?!?!  I really need to get into a yoga studio about 3 times a week to get these tight hips loosened up.

September Goals:  Last month was run at least 1 mile a day.  I am going to continue that streak.  I have been complaining about my diet for forever, so I am going to cut out dairy this month.  Dairy makes my mucus membranes go bonkers!  In 2001, I read a book written by Marilu Henner called TOTAL HEALTH MAKEOVER.  I had seen her on the Today show promoting a different book.  I got this one from the library and read it cover to cover.  When I got to the chapter about Dairy I had an AH HA! moment.  She talked about the "dairy sludge".  And how as humans cows milk is not properly digested.  It is also produced to bulk up baby cows.  I had a couple of flashbacks reading this chapter.

FLASHBACK #1:  I was in kindergarden when I had to have my tonsils taken out and tubes put in my ears.  This book said that kids drinking cow milk tend to get more ear infections!  AH!

FLASHBACK #2:  Drinking cows milk tends to get the mucus in your body to build up and go crazy! As a kid, we moved to a new town, new school.  My classmates used to sing song "AnnMarie Frances Ihm, oh great ball of Slime!"  I always felt like my nose was running.  I have a very nasally voice, that I notice when I am not on dairy, isn't as nasally!  FLASHBACK #2.0: As a senior in High School, we did a class night where they jokingly predicted where we would be in 10 years.  They predicted that I would be the new Wendy Whiner on Saturday Night Live!

FLASHBACK #3:  In college, I ran on the track and Cross Country teams.  I used to spit for distance.  You know the big loogies you really got to work up to get out of your throat.  I had team mates ask me to teach them how to spit!  Seriously, I really did!  How embarrassing.  I was also always doing a Farmer's blow on a run, year round, I always had a runny nose.  This I know now is from the dairy.

So, I stopped eating Dairy back in 2001.  Replaced it with some nasty alternatives or just didn't eat it at all.  Then of course over time, it crept back into my diet.  I have been pretty flemmy on runs this year.  I can't take it anymore.  So, bye bye dairy.  Was at the Co-Op last night stocking up with some yummier alternatives.  So here we go, Welcome September!

Off N Running,
AnnMarie