So now the modified 2009 Run Mommy Schedule looks like this:
May - Ottawa 1/2 marathon
June - Durham Forest Trail Run (very excited for this one - my first trail run!)
June - August - perhaps a few more trail runs and the occasional 5-10k for speed
September - Scotiabank 1/2 marathon Arthritis Society Alumni event
October - GoodLife Toronto Marathon (or 1/2 marathon - undecided about this one. The beauty part of this race is that I work for Goodlife so no registration fee)
December - Barbados with Joints in Motion! Full marathon.
I know Marci posted about Barbados too and we are very excited! I am sure we will post more on our upcoming events. Can't wait. Although I know Marci will kick my butt to the finish line because she has become super speedy gal - I am totally OK with it. :)
So there you go. I think my schedule works well for my family, my job, my marriage, my clean bathrooms. It is enough that I feel like I am still running regularly but not so much that it takes over my life. Also, the longer distances occur in the late fall when I have months and months of ice/snow free training beforehand. It also gives me a chance to play soccer (pulled hip flexor aside) and tennis as well as all the activities we do as a family like coaching their soccer, bike riding etc.. Thanks again to all who gave me solid and thoughtful advice. :)
Under the title of totally unrelated, I had a fun cooking day yesterday. Thanks the Sexy Six Pack Challenge, I have been really trying hard to eat clean as much as possible. This means lots of whole foods, nothing processed and staying away from crap (as much as one person can and remain sane). For Valentines Day yesterday we decided on a fun family/adult menu. First, I made homemade butternut squash soup. I LOVED it. I put a small dollop of sour cream on the top as well as some sprouts...
Final vote - Run Mommy - YUM. Hubby - sort of, Run Girl - LOVED it, Run Boy - YUCK. Umm.. soup is one my favourite things to make and is so much easier than most people think.
Then we made homemade pizza's. This is always a big hit except that my children make theirs pretty quick. - sauce...cheese...done. This time, Run Girl actually put on some tomatos, broccoli and a few pepperonis. She is always the more adventurous eater than the boy. Then Hubby and I decided to make our pizza and this was the final result.
This pizza made me laugh so hard that I had to take a picture of it! It is such a reflection of our relationship! First, you will notice that the size if the halves is not quite half. Clearly he made his half first. Second, his is full the basic's - tomato sauce, mountains of cheese and pepperoni. That is my husband- a very basic guy with no extraordinary requirements. Then you see my half (or slightly less than) and I have put on pesto, broccoli, red onions, veggie chicken (soy), and goat cheese.
I think all couples should make a shared pizza for therapy - it really helps define things! What makes me so happy is that he admired my half(ish) even though the thought it was disgusting to him. He didn't make fun of putting pesto on pizza or scold me for buying expensive goat cheese or soy chicken just for a pizza. He appreciated that I thought it was yummy and he happily ate his portion with just as much joy. I guess that's why we have been together for so long and are going to celebrate 10 years this year!
Great the blogging allows us to give free food therapy too. :) Final thoughts..I became a new auntie this week! I have a brand new nephew and a sister who is a first time mom so I expect lots and lots and lots of calls. :)