July 19, 2012

Rowing, parenting, and medal displays

Workouts: Wednesday was a 6-mile run. Two easy (6.6 mph), two at 7:19 pace, two easy (6.6 mph). Followed by a tiny set of ab work. Today was a spin class followed by 15 minutes of, wait for it, wait for it, ROWING! Maybe the second time in my life to try rowing, and I loved it. This Run Less Run Faster plan is looking better by the minute, but coming from a six days a week running plan, I am still nervous that I'm not running enough. 

While I may not have been working as hard with my running, I've been doing overtime in parenting. My husband was out of town for work, and our cousin came to stay with us for the week. In case you can't translate that last sentence: no husband plus five kids equals cuh-cuh-cuh-crazy mom. 

When you are pushed to your limits, you grow. Isn't that why we run?

One thing I still haven't figured out is how to get a decent picture of five (or six, if you add another cousin) kids. Someone is always (with a capital A) not looking at the camera. 




At the McWane Science Center, the twins forced me to put on a toddler pirate vest. Fat guy (or lady) in a little coat. I almost had to cut myself out of it. And my son was getting pretty darn Blue Steel-ish.



One hour of active play a day? I think they need to take my kids directly to the lab to test because I'm pretty sure they require about five hours. 



Last night, I headed over to Urban Outfitters because they have an extra 30% off clearance prices. With both Urban Outfitters and Anthropologie, I feel like I'm shopping at a thrift store, except with size options. So I go there to get ideas for what I need to buy at the thrift store. 

Also, I go there to check out the wall hangers that I can use for medals. I saw this one last night. If that bad boy goes on clearance, my eighth-grade self is definitely going to buy it.  


This is my current setup. Yes, I know the one on the left is crooked. I broke the first one I put up and just used the same nail to hang up the new one. Kind of a lazy pants way to decorate.


Here are some other ones I picked up in the clearance bin for a dollar. I need to put them up so I can spread out the medals a bit.


Where do you store your race medals? 


How much activity do you think kids need per day? 


How many days a week do you run when marathon training?

28 comments:

  1. Love your medal displays!! Great idea!!

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  2. Yo...you got lots of bling! My race medals are in my gymbag I think, lol. Kids need lots of hours...but what the heck do I know...the only kids I have right now are two cats, lol. I run 6 days a week all year long unless I want to throw a cross training day in there every so often. Don't go too crazy with all those kiddos running around! ;)

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    1. So you are just running because you love it, not for the medals???!!!:) I'm impressed that you maintain that 6 days a week schedule because I've seen your runs, and they are not easy!

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    2. LOL...yep...I don't even really like racing, haha (I get too anxious). Have a great day! :)

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  3. Love that heart hanger. I have a medal hanger but it is pretty full. Am thinking I need something else soon. I like your hook collection, very cool:)

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    1. For us addicts, the hangers fill up too fast. And my husband thought putting them in the living room wasn't a cool idea. Who am I married to?

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  4. I need to get a medal hanger. All of mine are in my jewelry box and I can't close the door:0 My kids need lots of activity. I love the summer because they can just ride their bikes to the school or park and hang out with their friends (they are 10 and 12). Lots of fresh air and activity:) I don't usually run more than 4 days a week because I am afraid if injury. Not sure if it's justified, but I don't handle injury well, so I am cautious.

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    1. Those are the perfect ages for summer freedom. I hope that in about two years, I can let go enough to let my kids roam. Our neighborhood has crazy traffic, so it might take moving to accomplish that.

      The injury thing is exactly why I switched to this plan!

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  5. LOVE your medal hangers! They are gorgeous and look so good. Most of mine are in a bin and a couple are framed.

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    1. I saw a really cool medal frame the other day. That's a good idea for really special ones. Like if I ever run Boston!

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  6. I have a total of TWO BIG OLE medals so far...and they're hanging in my closet on a couple empty hangers. They jingle jangle together every once in a while when I accidentally knock them...and it sounds like windchimes...windchimes made by my runnin' memories! I like that...it kinda feels poetic to me when I hear them jingle janglin' together. ;)

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    1. What a beautiful sound...the chime of memories!

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  7. I am using the training plan from Marathons for Mortals, I run 3 days, lift weights one day, bike one day and rest two days. I try to workout two days in a row then rest one day.
    This plan got me through one marathon, hope it gets me through another.
    I like the time I spend at the gym lifting because it has allowed me to tone areas that I have had some weakness in. This has improved my running form.

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    1. I'll have to check that plan out. I love doing the weight training too! I do at least one class a week (because it squeezes all the major muscle groups into an hour), and it has really helped. Especially with climbing hills!

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  8. I only have one medal at the moment and it's in my knicker draw. Once I have a few more I'll get a hanger or something!!

    When I did my one and only marathon I ran 4 days per week and it did me proud!! Any more often and I started getting bored and lose interest!! I should be running four time/week at the moment for my half but, being honest, it's more often 3. I feel a bit slack about that!!!

    I don't know how you coped with five children...let alone how you seem to cope so brilliantly with your own four. I am speechless in admiration. I am not that sorted with just one!!!

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    1. If you saw us during the day, you might not be as speechless ... we are all going crazy about three-quarters of the time.:) Someone came over today, and every child was literally running circles around the house and screaming (not sad, just screaming for fun).

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  9. I love that heart hanger!!!! So freakin' cute!!!! I'll keep my fingers crossed it goes on clearance for you real quick!

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  10. As mentioned in an earlier post, I'm attempting to follow the Hanson plan so I'm currently running 5-6 days per week up from 4. I notice that I'm out of sorts and rather cranky on the day(s) I don't run.

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  11. Oops-- it "publish too fast." My medals (I have earned four so far) hang on my closet door. I have "running windchimes" too!

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    1. I think I'm going to have to add back in a day of running because I'm having withdrawals from the Hanson plan. I think four days might make me happier.

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  12. Love the medals!!!! I am running hard 3 days a week, then I also run some short speed drills, I also try to walk atleast a 5k 6 times a week.I really have to work on my speed walking. I include weight and cross training.

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    1. Wow, you are fitting in a ton of great exercise and variety! Get it, girl!

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  13. Well look at you go! both in those speedy run paces and as a parent! Logan needs like ALL day of exercise :P the only time he stops is to look at the tv screen! lol

    My current running plan has my running 3 times per week with strength on mon, wed and fri and cross training on friday as well. So far this is exactly what my body is needing and I'm enjoying it

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  14. Bought that book last month!!!!hoping my leg stoops breaking soon ao I can give it whirl!!! Good job super mom

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  15. Right now I hang my medals on a post in my room but I want to hang them on the back of my door so that when I wake up at the butt crack of dawn, put on my running shoes and head towards my door I can remember why the heck I do this!

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  16. Where do you store your race medals? --> I've been looking for a display that I like to hang my medals on, and this is, by far, the best one I've come across. Vintage wall hangers!! Love it!

    How much activity do you think kids need per day? --> My son needs about 75 hours of play per day. At least, it seems like.

    How many days a week do you run when marathon training? --> Usually four, but sometimes I can only get three days in. :( Never miss my long runs though!

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