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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Ready for a New Year and an Announcement!

Tonight is New Year's Eve.  I'm sure many of you are out partying and looking all cute.  Me?  Well, I have 3 kids and no plans.  I had even forgotten that tonight was NYE as I was making dinner.  Of course my children reminded me....  what child passes up missing bedtime by several hours?

Not only do I NOT have any exciting plans for NYE, we are also forecasted to get a giant snowstorm tonight and tomorrow.  Up to 10 inches by tomorrow night (ok, so that's giant to me!)  Personally I'm glad that I will not be out there driving near any drunks on slippery roads!

So after my kiddos reminded me that they are staying up late partying, I was pretty unsure how I felt about being a 30-something mommy who has 0 plans.

THEN I saw a facebook post about a "run in the new year" 5K tonight.  It is no where near me and tonight I had decided I was due for a bike ride and posted it on my self-made training plan as such (more on that in a minute!)

So... what are my plans?

I'm going to RIDE in the new year.  I decided that tonight is my bike ride night.  I'm hoping the youngest is asleep by 10pm and then I'm jumping on my bike to watch the Rock n' New Year's Eve on TV show.

I need to get better and stronger on my bike, so my training plan includes a lot on riding.

A training plan?  Yep, I wrote my own.  I'm doubting my own abilities on this option.  I don't have the $$$ for a coach though so I've done a lot of reading and planning and came up with my own, "No FAIL" plan.  By no fail, I mean that I just included weekly plans and have listed no specific days of the week.  In my house, life happens, kids happen, and I can't stick to a strict, "ride on Monday, long run on XXX day, etc."   My plan gives me a number of workouts to complete each week and it will be up to me to get them in.  I don't know much about endurance training, but I would have to say the 1 thing I'm most guilty of is not giving myself a day off or a rest day.  I've tried to include that in my plan, but I have to convince myself that it's important.  Especially if I want my foot to last through this!

So WHY do I have a training plan to write at all?????

I've decided with a 99.9% certainty that I'm doing 
Rev3 Cedar Point 70.3!!!  
(I'm not saying 100% because I have yet to pay for it.  I'm waiting for my next pay check to do that.)  

So while I'm riding in the new year with new plans, I hope you all have set some goals and plans for 2014.  It's going to be a great year.

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 27, 2013

How Did December Go By So Fast?

Every year I spend lots of time preparing for December, Christmas, and all that goes along with it.  Every year, it's over before I know it.  Here we are again, at the end of December and I don't know how it went so fast.  As I was preparing to do this post, I went through all of my December pictures to figure out what I could post.  NOW I know were December went.  Here is our December in review:

We went to the Zoo lights- our zoo, the Toledo Zoo, decorates every inch on the zoo with lights and animation.  The kids love it....daddy looks like he is really enjoying it too!

My son turned 2 in December (on the 15th) so we had a party in early December.  He wanted dinosaurs!  Roar!!!!!

My oldest daughter was in a school musical, Melton the Warmhearted Snowman.  She is the reindeer on the far right side.

Then we had the Christmas dance recital for both girls....
(Red Dress and Red Skirt/black shirt)

It snowed a lot (this was mid-snow....we got more than what you see!) one weekend... The kids had fun playing in it.

They played so hard, the boy fell asleep sitting up next to me!  (ignore my nasty hair and no-make up mommy look!)

Then, Christmas happened.... a lot!

Then the after Christmas "Mom, open this, play with me, help me, do this with me" begging started!  And so, we did crafts, played games, dressed dolls, dressed ourselves, and had a great time!

I decided that I had fully met my mommy duties, so I sat down to decide what race would be my first this year.  I loved the Glass City Half Marathon last year (even if it was in the pouring rain!) so I signed myself up before the rate increase!  Time to get back to the action.  I'm hoping my foot holds up!

 Though my son has never seen Home Alone (at least he has never paid attention to it) he seems to do this face whenever we ask him to say "cheese" and I don't know why.  I'm SURE he is thinking, "Mommy signed up for ANOTHER race?  What is she thinking!"

 Merry Christmas to ALL to and ALL a good new year!