Yesterday was the Real Ale anniversary party in Blanco. Free pints, free barbecue, tunes, a beautiful setting, and 100 degrees (the only bad part). We left about 1030 to get there at the start so we could snag a spot in the shade. Some people may argue heat, music, booze and babies do not mix, but we tried our best to make it work. Despite tickets for 4 delicious pints, I just sipped a Fireman’s 4, and later swapped it for the new IPA, and never even finished 1 pint. We sat in the shade and brought a lot of water. Jasper was a champ and did great. Still we knew after about 2 hours we should probably call it a day. Next year we’ll bring more snacks and a tent, so live and learn. We are still proud of ourselves for even attempting such outings.
Most runners, and even perhaps non-runners know who Paula Radcliffe is. Marathon world record holder, fastest running mama in the world, and owner of abs just like mine (ha-ha…not!). But, you may not know Paula Deen. She is a Southern Martha Stewart type, but much sassier and funnier. Her recipes are simple and sinful. Hello, is Southern cooking known for being lowfat? I only make Paula’s stuff when I feel like a really yummy and easy dessert. Since I don’t have to worry about maintaining a world record producing, low body fat, body like Paula Radcliffe does, I can indulge in a Paula Deen dessert.
I have talked about how much I like the Marathon Talk podcast (more on that later). They have a sister podcast called Ironman talk. I listen to it occasionally at work, even though I do not do triathlons. Although, the hosts can be hard to understand (they are kiwis), the show sometimes has some good information that all endurance athletes can use. There was an excellent segment on training and goals with a new baby. Two pieces of advice stood out: 1. Accept that this may not be your year to do an Ironman (or in my case an ultra run). Do other challenges, and running “just” a marathon is nothing at all to poo-poo. A great tip…when your life changes 100% overnight, you might find doing 30 mile training runs just too much. There is no shame in marathon training! 2. Try and do all your workouts at one time of the day. Either all morning or all night, unless you are one of those rare people who can workout at lunch. Wow…seems so simple, but I was not doing this. Every evening I think, “If Jasper falls asleep at a decent hour, I’ll do yoga.” That seems to never happen, or if it does, I need to clean, do laundry, bake, spend the rare 30 minutes with Mike,etc. So, I never get my yoga in. If I just wake up 30 minutes earlier, I can add it after my run and then I am done for the day. The evening is strictly family time. Now, the challenge is getting up even earlier when already am only getting a few hours of sleep. So far I am not doing too good getting my yoga in after my run, so I will be working on it. I hope to make it a habit a couple mornings a week.
Here is a picture, it, but it remains uncolored….that is another appt. Mike’s is finished and super awesome, but I will have to post a picture later. The whole appt involved some Jasper juggling, and dodging World Cup revelers at a nearby bar. Right after this we went and ate at Mandola’s and got groceries, and Jasper just about blew up…he had enough of outings.
Sunday I ran the Danish run with Mark and Steve, then went to baby yoga, then went to work. I got home and did the laundry list of chores, and pouf!, the weekend was gone. It goes so freakin’ fast.
So up this week: Jasper’s 4 1/2 month Dr appt (shots, and we find out just how giant he really is), Mike’s first father’s day, mama gets to run a long run(well, kinda long at least), shopping trip at Pumpkin Patch to (hopefully) sell old Jasper stuff and get him some cute outfits.
A miracle has just happened. It is 8:10pm and Jasper is asleep. If he stays asleep, I will get what I want every evening: a couple of hours to use how I choose. Working on my blog, emailing friends, catching up on DVR shows, trying the new lowfat strawberry shortcake with greek yogurt recipe in Runner’s World, the list goes on and on. I love spending time with Jasper. I get so excited every day when I get to walk over to the daycare to see him at lunch and I cannot wait to pick him up at night, but spending between 8pm and 11pm with him crying because he is overtired is not fun. Once he is finally asleep, I collapse into bed, and there went the whole evening. It would be nice to spend time with Mike again, where we are not switching off the baby who doesn’t sleep. Tonight, I just pray I am not jinxing myself and that he stay asleep! Jasper really is a good natured baby, he never cries, he smiles all the time, and he is easily entertained. Until about 8pm, and then he becomes overtired. I would love for it to stop and to reclaim a little time for me.