I really love to read other people's posts on random things, so here it goes for me
# Training: I am swimming a bit more this week and next, and biking and running a little less, to make sure that I don't run my half in 2 weeks on overly fatigued legs. I am still uncertain about what pace I should try to run at my half - I typically build up to about 10 miles close to pace for a half but was unable to do this due to weather (or unwilling to go run on the treadmill, which is a more accurate statement). This is going to be interesting for me, and I may crash and burn, but I promised myself that I will not be disappointed if that happens. I know that eventually I will reach my goal, even though I do not have the evidence that I am there yet. Hopefully by the end of March, for my second half, I am going to be closer to where I want to be. And hopefully the weather will cooperate and I will be able to do more pace runs on pavement. On the bright side, I am a pro at running on ice. On Thursday I had a longish run with 2X15 min @ 10K-1/2 marathon pace; I ran these intervals on the Fresh Pond Loop, which had portions completly covered with ice. My pace slowed down by 1-2 secs only on these portions, which looked like mini ice skating rinks, and I did not fall at all! If only we'd have races on ice, I would surely be the winner, LOL.
# Food: We have been having some awesome meals these past 3 weeks, though all will end soon as my mom is leaving on Saturday. You all know that I don't like to cook, right? We enjoyed lots of vegetable stews, and baked beans, all dishes that are baked for hours at end; also yummy desserts with recipes that call for as much flour as 3 eggs weigh (yes, I will never make those things). And then, there is Chris's bread...yumm! Good thing I have been putting in a lot of hours of swim/bike/run, and can justify these meals as fuel!
# My little guy has been getting lots of time outs at school lately. He is super cute when telling me the reasons why - "I was too far away from my friend at nap time, so I could not help myself and got up from my mat to go talk to him", or "I could not help myself and rang the bell in dramatic play", or "I told the teacher that NO, I WILL NOT move up in the Jumping Lovehearts reading group because I want to stay a Fun Firefly". Sometimes it is hard to stop myself from laughing when he tells me these things. He is really stubborn and we have few rules at home (since he is an only child and I believe in being flexible as a parent) and he makes decisions about how to spend time, what to eat, etc, etc (for the most part), so it is a bit hard for him at school where they are getting really strict about rule following. My favorite part of parenting is talking with Petru and getting an insight into how his young mind works, how he makes sense of things, how he learns, why he thinks we have rules, why would be important to follow them, what would happen if we did not have rules, etc. Chris is the pro at the playing part, I am the pro at the talking part (of course:).
#Sleep. I have been skimming on sleep lately. We do not have a TV in our bedroom - we made this decision when we got married as we did not want to watch too much TV - but on Sunday evening I brought my computer in and watched Hulu until midnight when Chris came home from the Superbowl. Then I did this again on Monday. And then I stopped and am not allowed to bring the computer into the bedroom at night. Still, I have been tired all week, and struggling with a cold, and my research is picking up with grants I have due in June. Sleep, I need to make it a priority. TV, boo, where are the times when I would think that watching TV is just wrong? Oh, yes, those were the everything is about self improvement and evolving, my prePetru years!
How's the randomness in your life?
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