The REAL Definition of Saturday

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Today has gone a little something like this:

  • lazy morning, no alarm set, got out of bed at 8am
  • enjoyed some coffee, a book and instagram
  • breakfast
  • folded laundry
  • designed business cards for a client
  • swim workout
  • bike workout
  • made cookies for my sister-in-law’s birthday
  • went to eat cookies and drink champagne with my sister-in-law and my nieces
  • came home to barbecue tasty burgers with Kito and a friend
  • drank some more champagne
  • relaxed
  • started a new book
  • bedtime soon…

THAT should be under the definition of a Saturday.

A quick post…

I have a handful of half written posts that are dying to be published.  Getting back into the swing of things halfway through the week is a little challenging.  This has been a huge week at work for me, despite only being three days long, and my first triathlon of the year is in 8 weeks.   But today is Friday, the Friday before a long weekend so hopefully I will get my ducks in a row in the next few days.  Can’t wait to share everything that has been going on!

In the meantime, here are some pictures because…well, pictures are more fun than me blabbering anyway.

Happy Friday!

A little Southern hospitality never hurt anyone... sweet tea (with booze) in a mason jar

A little Southern hospitality never hurt anyone… sweet tea (with booze) in a mason jar

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This barber shop on South Congress should just have a sign that says NO FUN ALLOWED

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Some pretty famous graffiti, I guess… It’s pretty sweet though

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Only in Texas…

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From the Barton Springs Pool looking out.

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Only in Texas….again.

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Wait, what?

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Simply fell in love with this tunnel in San Anotonio. That red subway tile is to die for. I want to incorporate this into our kitchen!

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Going from 100 degrees and sunny to 50 degrees and drizzly is really hard. The view from my office is still beautiful…but I’m already counting down the days to our Miami trip in October.

Hi from Texas!

Hello friends! It’s been a long week since my last post on Mother’s Day

Currently, I am sitting in my hotel bed in San Antonio after a nice nap.  I just finished prepping for a huge meeting at work when I return on Wednesday and now, I’m editing some photos from this weekend for Kito.

We came to Texas to watch Australian V8 Supercars race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin. I [surprisingly] had an amazing time at the races.

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We got to enjoy Austin quite a bit when we weren’t at the races.  In the mornings, I went running and exploring.  We stayed near Zilker Park and the neighborhood we were in was pretty cool.

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the view from a bridge over Barton Springs

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After a particularly hot day, we went to the Barton Springs pool and took a dip.  The water was freezing but it was a nice feeling.  Being the spaz that I am, I fell and injured my toe.

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I think it’s just jammed, but we’ll see.  It has impeded my running and I am quite sad about that.  Today, it has been feeling better so hopefully that is a good sign.

Ok… back to swimming.  It is just a portion of Barton Springs that has been dammed to create a pool.  It was the recommendation of the server at a restaurant where we ate and it was awesome.

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We are spending today in tomorrow in San Antonio prior to heading back to Seattle.  Kito has been here before and was really excited to for me to see the place.  We have spent a lot of time walking along the San Antonio River that runs through downtown. 

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All too soon I’ll be back home in the rain, sorting through the stress at work and getting back into a training groove.  I could use a few more days of sunshine and vacation!

Happy Monday!

On Running, Racing and Mother’s Day

I don’t think I talk about my family much on my blog… But since Twitter, Instagram and Facebook were plastered with celebrations of mothers, I figured today would be a good day to talk about mine.  While I have loved seeing everyone’s pictures from years past where their young mother, clad in bell bottoms or terrible hair is holding them as a tot, I also was plagued with severe jealousy.  There are no pictures of my mom and me like that.  Yes, my mom is alive.  Yes, she ‘raised’ me.  But she was not a mother.

Abused as a child herself, my mom flip flopped from being overly controlling to cruel and abusive.  To this day, she does not know how to form a healthy bond with another human being, myself included.  We haven’t spoken in years and I don’t miss her.  While I harbor some anger about her continual verbal abuse of my brother and sister (who are in their 30’s), I have long forgiven her about the way she treated me and made peace with the person she is. I cannot change her, but I do not have to love her either.

The path of my life has been confusing, sometimes messy but fulfilling nonetheless.  I don’t know what my life would have been like with a genuine, caring mom but I do know that it wouldn’t be the amazing life that I have lived. 

Most years, I run a half marathon on Mother’s Day.  I ran it for the first time years ago, not realizing that it took place on a special day.  This year was no different and I woke up with so much excitement within me.  I knew today would be special.  I have been working hard, running hard and training with more purpose than I ever have. 

We got to the start line pretty early and there was some time to kill…  I know the course like the back of my hand.  It’s hilly but there are plenty of long downhills where you can regain your breath and strength.  I was so ready that waiting for the start was painful.

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start line

I’ll spare you the boring details… But I will tell you that the course has changed.  I didn’t run it last year so I am not sure if it changed this year or last.  Consequently, I was not as prepared as I thought.  I went out too hard and the hills in the beginning were longer than they used to be.  I also wheezed for the first three miles.  I do not have asthma so I’m not sure what was going on, but I thought I could push through it.  That may not have been the best approach but oh well…  As a result, I finished a couple of minutes slower than planned, but still… I placed 15th in my age group!!!  15th, my friends.  I have a 6th place Olympic Triathlon finish under my belt, but running? I never thought I’d make it to the top 50%.  I’ll take this moment to share that my first half marathon was completed in 2 hours and 33 minutes.  I can’t wait to say that I have improved on that by an hour.  I’m getting there. In fact, I’m almost there.

Not having a real mother has been a challenge, but I try to be grateful for what that has given me.  I have strength, determination and independence that would not be there otherwise.  I don’t think I would be a runner in different circumstances.  I could still be 40 pounds overweight.  I could have fallen victim to my circumstances.  But every challenge and opportunity has made me better, stronger and, in this case, faster.  This year, all of my training, workouts and races are leading up to Ironman and today has just empowered me more.

And who knows… maybe one day I’ll be racing this same race on Mother’s Day with one of my own kids and they will be able to say that I inspired, encouraged and supported them to reach their goals.

I hope you all took some time to celebrate and thank your own mother (or motherly figure). Celebrate who she is, was and will continue to be in your life, whatever role she might play.

Time is Flying!

I’ve just been such a bad blogger… On all of my blogs.  Even if you are just blogging for fun (like me) it takes a serious time commitment.  Despite the fact that I love it, I’m struggling to make time to get the words out of my brain and onto my sites.

These past few weeks have gone by so fast.  Last week, I wrote about how exciting this month will be and now we’re practically half way through.  I just can’t believe it.

Tomorrow I am running my first half marathon of the year.  I am feeling strong, fast and ready to go.  My stomach has been a bit of a wreck this week so I hope that gets under control in the next 21 hours.  (stupid stress always takes a physical toll on me)

On Thursday morning (at some unGodly hour) we depart for Austin, TX.  I don’t really vacation a lot so I am a little bundle of excitement.  You know what’s not exciting? Buying a new bathing suit for said trip.  UGH.

The weather has been so beautiful in Seattle for the last two weeks.

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That is all changing tonight.  It is going to start raining and continue to rain for a week.  Of course, the rain couldn’t hold off until after my race… but such is life in the Pacific Northwest. I will be able to console myself with the reminder that I’ll be off to warmer climates mid-week.

Hey Austin… I’m coming for ya!

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Amazing May!

I haven’t been blogging too much lately.  I’ve had lots to say but I have really just been living in the moment.  Spring is finally arriving in Seattle and I have so many exciting things looming on the horizon.  Just trying to soak it all in is a lot!

Tonight, I am going for a bike a ride.  A real one.  Outside. Not on the trainer.  On the street.  I am scared but I need to stop being a ninny.  I am even riding my bike to where we are meeting up because it is only 3.5 miles from my house and I run there all the time.  The bike lanes are great from here to there so I just need to suck it up.  I hope I don’t get run over.  Or crash.  Or get a flat.

This Saturday we are celebrating Kito’s son’s 10th birthday.  Holy cow! 10 years old!!! Time really does fly.  After birthday festivities, we are have a party at our house including a taco bar, margaritas and a Sounders game. We had a taco party last year but I only really blogged about the cupcakes (they were amazing).  But this year you can expect a full recap.  I kind of go all out.  Tacos are my thing.

On Sunday I’ll be doing a trial run of the Kirkland half marathon course.  I’m going to take it easy with the pacing and just plan how I am going to race.  The course is hilly in parts and I have struggled before with pushing too hard early on and suffering through the later hills. I’ve never put so much thought or effort into strategy but I really want to make this race my bitch so… there’s that.

Link to the Kirkland half marathon map on Map My Run.

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Look at that elevation profile!

Following that run, I have a massage.  Thank goodness. 

Next weekend is the actual Kirkland Half. Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!

The week after the race, I’ll be heading to Austin, Texas to visit the Circuit of the Americas to watch Australian V8 Supercars. Ok, let’s be honest.  I’m going to Austin for vacation.  I’m tagging along to watch the races because I am the best girlfriend of all time.  We will be spending the last few days of our trip in San Antonio.  My responsibility for the trip is to plan our non-race activities so please share any suggestions you have!

The month of May is just containing so many exciting things I can’t believe it!  I haven’t even started about June…

We’ll get to that later.

Right now, I am going to enjoy Thursday and focus on the rest later.

What are you up to this month?

Running, Cupcakes and Life-Coaching: Batching for Time Management

This week, I have focused on keeping things simple.  My priority until May 11th is preparing for my first race of the season on the 12th.  It is a half marathon and I have been working hard for a PR.  Since I’m racing my first Half Ironman at IM Miami, one of my goals is to really make progress in the 13.1 distance.  [if you are not familiar, a half Ironman triathlon is a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run] If at the end of swimming and biking for a couple hours I can knock out an awesome run, I’ll be a happy, happy girl. 

So this post is going to be short, sweet and simple but hopefully helpful!

Consolidating (or batching) the tasks on your To-Do list is a great way to really save and maximize your time.  I touch on this point briefly in another post but I just read this article on IFB: Batching: The One Time Management Idea That Can Revolutionize Your Blog. For a fashion blogger, that is a really useful set of tips. 

Your homework is to rewrite that article for you.  No, you don’t actually have to write it but go through and look at your life, your blog or your hobbies and find out what you can batch.  How can you group your tasks to make better use of your own time?

That’s all I have.  Happy Wednesday!