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Summer, Bloomsday, Mother’s Day

Can you believe it’s already June?? Where did the time go?? I felt like just yesterday it was winter break! I’m really excited for this time of year though because I’m off work for the next couple months and Mira and I will get in some hard core hang outs! Before I go too far into our summer plans I want to recap a couple of important happenings that recently occurred in the Paolone-Webb family.


First, I’ll start with Bloomsday weekend. It’s a family tradition to do Bloomsday, in fact when I got my finishers postcard this year I saw that this was the 17th year I’ve done it and I felt a mixture of pride/where did the time go? It’s a great event, centered around getting out and doing something physical which makes it awesome in my book.

We started the weekend by grabbing lunch with my cousins who flew/drove in from Canada.

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Always a good time with these ladies!

I spent the rest of the day with Dave and Mira, which was nice because we hadn’t seen Dave for a week! After the ladies got home from running errands and such we got ready to go!

I still laugh thinking about this photo shoot!!!!!!! I’m talking laughing so hard I’m crying!

We went to a great brewery called Iron Goat Brewing, which had some good beers and some GREAT pizza! I had been craving a wedge salad for almost a week, and this place was soooo good!

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We had an interesting uber ride home, let’s just say it involved gasoline and a lot of talk about ratings…..I thought for sure that I was going to die and become a part of his seats, but I was riding with some murder experts and they weren’t concerned so that gave me some reassurance.

The next day was more fun around Spokane, and resting up for the main event.

Sunday morning my mom, brother, and sister in law walked with Mira B so that Dave and I could run run run. Thank you so much to mom, Daniel and Aya for being so awesome! Mira had a lot of fun and was people watching the entire time.

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I wanted to talk for a minute about Bloomsday last year. I hadn’t ran much during my pregnancy and so I knew I wouldn’t be running, but I had a goal to walk, with a little running throughout. Things didn’t go as planned, I experienced a lot of weird feelings and listened to my body when it told me to take a few long breaks. Needless to say it really bothered me to see my time last year, but I just kept reminding myself that with a lot of hard work and determination I could run again. I had a lot of people tell me what they found post-partum fitness to be like, and many telling me how it would “probably” be for me. I found no ones predictions to be accurate. Some people said that weight would just fall off and things would feel the same very quickly, some said I would never be the same again, others said if you don’t lose weight in the first six months fitness would be much more difficult and you’ll probably never lose it. This is why I try never to tell anyone what their experience will or will not be like.

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It has been a long hard road, and I don’t plan on giving up any time soon. I found that along the way I tried things that did not work for me and I needed to modify and move forward. Knowing that I could do that and it didn’t mean I needed to give up was crucial! I was proud of myself that I was able to run the entire race this year (stopping once for water). I’m training for another half marathon and I plan to get it in before the end of this year (#goals).

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It was a great weekend and I’m so happy I got to spend time with my family!!


 

Guys, guess what?? It was my first Mother’s Day this year! I know, I mean technically I was a mother last year, but she was still on the inside. I was really excited to celebrate being a mom this year, but also to celebrate my mom. She has been such a tremendous help to my family. We had some child care difficulties and she really stepped up and helped us out lot, so I wanted to make this years celebration special for her as well.

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After much discussion and a few grocery store trips, we decided to have a bagel bar.

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We also hit up the bakery at Metro Market and found some yummy baked goods/berries/chocolates.

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It was nice to celebrate with all my family. Especially since it was my sister’s first Mother’s Day as well. This year we welcomed Elio into our family in February. Lot’s of mothers to celebrate!

Everyone was pleasantly full after breakfast and many were ready for naps.

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Bet you thought I was going to say Mira????? HA!

We hung out in the back yard all day and welcomed Kodi and Tara over later in the afternoon for a walk and BBQ.

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Man, when I see him he still looks like this to me…

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All in all it was a great Mother’s Day!


 

I think I’ve caught you up on what’s been going on in my life! Spring/Summer are my favorite time of year, especially now that we have a garden. I can’t wait for these little babies to grace us with their presence.

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I plan on doing a lot of gardening this summer!! We’ve never had a yard/garden of our own so we are really just getting the hang of keeping up with it and I’m so excited! I love spending time outside, getting my hands dirty, and seeing the results.

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Mira and I plan to do a lot of runs this summer. She’s been loving the stroller and jogs as long as she has a couple toys and can see people along the way.

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And we are very excited to visit family and celebrate Mira’s 1st birthday!!!!! Woohoo

Be well.

Dave’s Guest Post – Running & Marching

My husband is a really good writer, and this morning he wrote something beautiful that he’s allowed me to share with the world. So here you go….

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Yesterday I ran.  It’s not unusual, I run most every day.  Running is cathartic, the strain mixed with the rhythm, it gives me quiet between the static.  Usually I think about work problems that I’ve been trying to figure out, sometimes I think about what life will be like for my wife and I in the future, but yesterday I thought about my daughter who’s soon coming into the world.

I ran for 11 miles, almost 2 hours of rhythmic tapping on the pavement with each foot, one after another.  In that time I pictured what she’ll be like.  I mulled over hopes and dreams superimposed on a tiny body that’s yet to feel the air of our world.  Part of the time I ran past the University of Washington and had an imaginary conversation in my head of driving my young daughter past it, her asking me “what’s that daddy?” me saying, “that’s a university!  You can go there one day if you want to.”  Then I thought about the incredible privilege that that statement implies.

I ran through the Washington Park Arboretum, I saw all the signs and markers explaining the greenery and the nature around me.  My mind drifted off to the Park Service, who is being silenced by our current government and I imagined a day that I’d be walking with my daughter through such a park, telling her that it exists because people stood up to bad people.  They refused to be silenced.

I ran through wealthy neighborhoods where I pictured my little girl pointing at the spectacles of these huge houses.  I mouthed a thought that the people in those houses, who have so much have a chance to give so much.  I told her in my mind that I hope that even if their lives are prosperous that they’re helping others who don’t have their same privileges.

I passed through a poor neighborhood, with tired houses and thought again about my daughter.  I told her that not everyone is born into privilege.  Some people have to fight and struggle purely because of their skin tone or religion.  I hoped that by the time she was born that wouldn’t be the case.

When I was done running yesterday, I got home, I changed into warm clothes and my wife and I picked up signs that said “The fact that humanity has to clarify that any lives matter, should be concern enough” and “when the whole world is silent even one voice becomes powerful.”  We went to Westlake Park in Seattle and stood with thousands of other people in protest.  A protest that I wish was unnecessary, but is so necessary.  I saw other children there with their parents and couldn’t help but think that our little girl was there with us, learning the importance of standing up to oppression.  The importance of making her voice heard for those less fortunate and those wrongly persecuted.

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Today I read the news, I hear people standing up, I swell with sadness and pride at the same time.  I don’t give up.  I put one foot in front of another.  I think about what to do next and how to one day help my daughter to do the same.  I hope to find the right words to make someone take pause and think just for a second that they might change their mind and respect the person next to them.  Our country is great because of our diversity, we will always be citizens of the Earth.

Labor Day Weekend

Hope everyone had a great labor day weekend!!!  We had a lot of fun seeing family, friends, and some unexpected wildlife!

I definitely prefer to plan my weekends, but this time around Dave was adamant that we keep things low key and make very few plans….so we ended up doing a whole bunch and made a ton of plans ;P  It was glorious (don’t worry, Dave thought so too).  Friday we headed up to grandmas to try and get Scooters situation under control, to no avail.  We’ll be heading to the vet this Friday (my preference anyways, let the professionals help).

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Saturday morning we woke up and did a great hill run that I found on cakes and carrot’s blog.  It was very adaptable to the area around grandma’s since she lives at the top of a hill.  After that we went to a friends place for a block party, it was very relaxed and fun.   Sunday was definitely the low key day Dave was craving, we stayed home pretty much the entire day (save for a trip to get coffee, target, and softball practice).  We did some netflixing, watched Birdman and Tig’s HBO special “Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted,” both were amazing and I absolutely recommend them.

Monday turned out to be filled to the brim, but in the most excellent way!  First stop, Portola Coffee Lab the best coffee we’ve found in Orange County thus far (I say thus far, because we will be continuing the search).

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My aunt, uncle, and cousin ended up coming out to the beach for the day so we met up with them to hang out and catch up.

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It was great to see them!  Mika really enjoyed Dave’s story about the sting ray and looking at his scar.

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After meeting with them we headed to our friends house for a luau party she was throwing for her mom’s birthday.  She did such a great job with the decorations!

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Look at these cute sandals!!  She used icing and nutter butters, what a great idea.

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Dave has been craving, and I mean CRAVING, a pina colada.  As soon as we got there, Lena and him got down to business.

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Verdict = delicious!

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Picture time!  The selfie stick came out, I’ve never seen a selfie stick but this thing was pretty awesome.  The best was when Lena used it to take a regular photo.

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We finished off our labor day weekend with a visit from a most unique insect.  I’ve never seen a real life praying mantis, it didn’t like Dave’s foot but I really wanted a size comparison in the picture.  I love how you can tell that it’s looking at Dave’s foot and pretty much saying “woah, back off buddy!”

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Hope you guys had a great weekend too!!

Be well

10 Inexpensive Date Ideas

Outside of really good coffee, I very much dislike spending money.  Wait, let’s clear things up, I love buying things (e.g., clothes, gadgets, etc.); however, I don’t like that I have to use my money in order to do so 😛   One way that we’ve been trying to spend less is by going on dates that are inexpensive.  Sometimes it’s fun to go on those splurge dates (e.g., fancy dinner, theater show), but at the end of the day I find that the most important thing about our dates is the company (it’s pretty much the best when you enjoy spending time together).  So I thought I’d share with you some cheap and fun date ideas.

1.) A night at home cooking – If you don’t want the cost of ingredients to add up go to Supercook and enter the ingredients you have in your fridge/cupboard and it will generate a recipe.  It saves on cost and waste!

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2.) Mini golf – Not gonna lie, this took me back to when I was little and it was glorious!!! AND sooo much better than bowling!

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3.) Grab a coffee and sit by the water together – Pretty much coffee + anything = a fun date for me!

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4.) Go to a local farm, they usually have corn mazes – I guess this is specifically a fall time date, indulge in a caramel apple as well!!

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5.) Grab some inexpensive grub at a hole in the wall – This is one of my favorite Seattle Korean places, the bill has never been over $20

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6.) Go for a run together – Definitely one of my favorites, it’s nice to find someone that likes to torture/nurture their body just like you do 🙂

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7.) Grab a donut together and go for a walk – Again, a donut + pretty much anything = a great date!

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8.) Play your favorite card game – Or board game, or video game, just play a game together!

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9.) Go for a hike – This is one of my favorites that I don’t do as much as I would like!  There were a ton of great hikes up in the PNW and I hear the same about this area.

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10.) Look on the website of local senior centers for a BINGO night – It’s especially fun when you win 😉

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**Bonus for dog owners**

11.) (Grab a coffee) and go to the dog park – This is the best weekend morning date!

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My friend told me about a really fun ‘date planning’ tactic that her and her partner use.  One week she picks the date that she thinks her partner would like and the next week he picks one that he thinks she will like.  I love that idea because it’s thoughtful and really gets you thinking about the other persons’ desires and interests.  You could use this method when choosing which of the above dates to go on, let me know if you try one out and if you have a good time!

Be well.

Knee update II

First run with consecutive miles (3) ran last night without knee pain!  I rolled, stretched, and iced afterwards; I will get to 100%!!

What do I attribute my recovery to? Not using the muscle? NO WAY JOSE! I don’t believe that not using something that is injured will fix it, I have been doing yoga, boot camps, walk/runs, elliptical, swim, strength training, and spinning.  Have I avoided things that irritate the knee (e.g. Running consecutive miles)? Yes, I’m not crazy.  I’m just saying that the benefits of getting regular exercise (e.g., endorphins, strength, confidence, etc.)  far surpasses the drawbacks of using an irritated muscle.  

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Of course, this is my own opinion, I am not a doctor so ask yours what’s best for you.

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So then what was it? Well, my thought is it’s a combination of things I did (it never really is just one thing is it?) first and foremost I saw the most change after going to the chiropractor, I’ll tell you more about that in a minute.  I also made sure to do my rolling/stretching, icing (both knees after every work out for 15 minutes), and limiting consecutive miles of running.  I have also been really tuning into my knee during excersices, if I feel something weird I either stop and stretch or give it a minute (sometimes it’s a phantom feeling that goes away in a few minutes).

Back to the chiropractor; I’m currently going to Doctor Micah Hamilton at South Orange County Chiropractic.  We’ve reduced my frequency because of my progress, yes you read that correctly, PROGRESS!!!  So something that they did that none of my doctors in Seattle did was take an X-ray of my hips, turns out one of them was almost out of its socket.  The first adjustment was a little scary and I ached like an old lady that night (I couldn’t even do Zumba), but it was definitely easier the next time.  I kind of crave it now, and I feel like I’m having to ween off (in a good way).

Thanks for all your support along the way!! It’s definitely been a work in progress, and seeings as we constantly have to stretch, roll, ice, and strengthen I guess it’s a lifetime commitment.   I’m just happy that for the most part, I’m pain free 🙂

Be well.

Being human

I have some sad news, my knee is super unhappy with me and I won’t be running the half marathon next month 😦

I decided to come to terms with it after I was having a hard time walking post 7 mile run.  I’ve made an appointment with an orthopedic doctor, and I’m excited to find out what’s going on inside my knee (MRI, etc.).  I just want to know if I really do need to focus on my hip/butt exercises more or if there’s something that needs to be surgically dealt with.

Until then I’m sticking with VERY short runs (1-3 miles max), hot yoga, spin/bike rides, elliptical, and body pump.

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PS Body pump is HARD!!!!!!

Dave isn’t a fan of the treadmill (which I don’t understand), but I really need to use it because it’s so hilly where we live (and I think that’s one of the things I need to avoid for the knee sitch.  So this is what I look like when I run on the treadmill and I’m missing my running buddy.

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It’s hard being human, and having our bodies tell us when they don’t like things.  I try to live by the rule of listening to my body, and giving it what I think it may need at that time (and of course asking a professional when I’m not sure).  My thought is, that if I back off running right now, fix the problem and do other exercises, then I’ll be able to run the rest of my life.  If I keep running long runs and continue to hurt my knee then I may do some serious long term damage.  Here’s to hoping it gets better fast!

Be well.

Indoor Triathlon Recap

I recently participated in an indoor triathlon and I wanted to tell you all about it!  But, I’ll get to that…

I think I told you all how I bought the yumboxes?  That was a very impulsive desicion and I we have been having quite a bit of fun with them.  Well, I, have been having a lot of fun making lunches 🙂  I think Dave’s been enjoying eating them.

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I was searching the internet for my next fun athletic adventure and I came across the Indoor Triathlon and I thought, “well doesn’t that sound nice!”  And it very much was 🙂

I’d never heard of anything quite like this.  The nature of the event made it really nonthreatening, and even though I’m a competitive person at heart (and on the surface), I really had a lot of fun!  I met some friendly people, pushed my body hard, and got my photo taken the entire time (thanks Dave).  The day started with a leisurely swim.

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The way the indoor triathlon works is you are allotted a certain amount of time for each leg of the event.  For the swimming event we were given 10 minutes to go as far as we could.  I definitely wasn’t swimming to set any world records or anything, but my days of swim team came back to me and I had SO much fun!  It really made me crave a banana ( I guess I ate a lot of those during my swim meets).  I didn’t feel to bad about my distance either 😛

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Dave was my pit crew, and he did an excellent job.  We had ten minutes to get to the bike area (they set your personal bike up on a trainer and had a pedometer to count the distance).  I just got a new bike last week, and I love it very much! The only problem was that I went for a bike ride the day before with Dave and I was a little bit sore (whoops, rookie mistake).  I didn’t go as far as I’d like, but I didn’t feel bad about it until I realized the two ladies on either side of me were super good!  I would say that they were super athletes and it was inspiring more than anything, it just put me in my place athletically (something to aim for next time).  It was fun chatting with both of them, they were very fun ladies.

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Like I was saying, I didn’t take the bike leg too seriously.  When I do another one I definitely won’t go on a bike ride the day before.  I did have a lot of fun, chatting with people.

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I also chatted with Dave (he was in the spectator section), I taught him a little sign language during the ride, and he’s definitely got the alphabet down!  We biked for 30 minutes, and that felt pretty good, I’m pretty sure I could push harder.  I’ve decided to take some spin classes so I can get better (yay)!!

Five minutes for transition and then next up was the run, this is the part I’m proud of the most (surprise surprise).  We had 15 minutes, and I was so very happy with my pace.  I pushed it hard, which felt good because I haven’t done any speed work in a very long time.

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All in all the triathlon was a really fun event.  I’m glad I impulsively decided to do it, and I’m really stoked with how it went.  Big thanks to the awesome pit crew and photographer.

There’s always a celebratory donut to follow any event.

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Life is good.

Be well.

A few favorites and my week in workouts

The weekend is coming to an end and I’m pretty excited!!  Anyone else as excited as I am??  I’ve also been excited by some other things lately, and I would like to share those with you. now.

1.) My new Mac book air!  Holy crap it’s nice having a computer that goes at a relatively normal pace.  Okay, I’ll admit it, I like my computers like I like the cars to drive around me on the freeway….FAST!  When things don’t go fast mama gets angry, but that’s not the case with this little gem. Thanks Apple, you da best!

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2.)  My Nikon 3300.  You may have noticed that the quality of my photos has improved (and if not well then that’s awkward).  It is definitely NOT because my skills have gotten better, it is all due to my amazing new image capturing device, and for that I am STOKED!  I mean obviously I want to become a better photographer, but if improved technology can eliminate the learning process well then bully!

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3.) Sasquatch 2015.  Oh. My. I’m so excited for all the bands playing at Samsquantch this year!  I haven’t been since they made the change from single day tickets to all weekend tickets….it was kind of a principal thing; however, I now realize if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em.  Hey I’m not afraid to admit when I was overly opinionated on something (e.g. Uggs in the year 2006), and would like to change my mind.

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4.) Our trip to Salish, it was so amazingly relaxing.  Definitely a treat.

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5.) My Fitbit Charge.  Can I just tell you how cool the sleep aspect of this thing is?  I’m amazingly restless throughout the night, there’s pretty much nothing I can do about it, but I guess it’s cool to know.

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6.) Yumbox.  After visiting Japan Dave and I realized our love for having our food divided into separate compartments (yes, I’m highly concerned for what this might mean for our children).  When I found the yumbox on pinterest I immediately clicked purchase with very little thought, and I’m happy I did.

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7.) Cookie Butter Sandwich Cookies.  Okay, you haven’t lived until you have tried speculoos!!!  Well, as of late, TJ’s has been amping up the speculoos game and selling it in a variety of forms.  They have chocolate speculoos cups/bars and speculoos ice cream.  The other day Dave and I saw these little suckers, and just died from how delicious they are!  I feel like if Trader Joe’s ever falls on hard times, they could probably get by just selling speculoos products!

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8.) Aerial yoga.  As I mentioned in a previous post, Dave and I took an aerial yoga class and it was phenomenal.  I really enjoyed it and I highly recommend that you check out the studio in Fremont.  I’m already looking into purchasing the ten class pass.

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9.) Half marathon training.  My runs have been feeling pretty great lately (I feel like there’s this difficult hump that you have to get over in the beginning with running), so I’m really stoked to amp up the miles and get to 13.1!!!  Really hoping that my performance will live up to the name of the half, Negative Splits.

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Now I want to share with you a bit about my training this last week.  Some were hard, some I didn’t want to do, but in the end I’m glad I did them!

Friday: 2 mile run with a big elevation gain (down to the falls and back), can’t believe those hills!

Saturday: Aerial Yoga

Sunday: 5 miles 10:30 pace

Monday: Hot yoga

Tuesday: rest

Wednesday: 2.5 miles with 5 minutes of planks

Thursday: 3 miles (in the rain)

Total mileage: 12.5

Here’s to hoping I can push out the triathlon on Sunday and then 6 miles on Monday 🙂

Be well.

Valentines weekend

Hello!

The weekend is coming to an end and it was so darn fun that I’m already missing it.

The weekend started with a lovely ‘repurposed left overs’ breakfast

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After seeing a couple private clients I met up with Dave and we headed down to the court house to get the documents to change our names.  Look out “Paolone-Webb” here we come 🙂

After a few stops (currently only the IRS knows us as the Paolone-Webbs), we headed out to Salish lodge.

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We decided after the last couple of months we needed a treat, so we got the “Romance atop the falls” package and made sure to get a falls view.  It was the most relaxing evening we’ve had in a while. Bath & Dave.jpgSometimes life gets so crazy you forget to just chill and do nothing together, and after a short run to the falls and back that’s exactly what we did, ALL evening.

We exchanged gifts, but this year we kept it simple (the resort was the real gift)

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We decided that when we own a house we will have a bathtub that opens up into our bedroom like this one did, it was GREAT!Champagna glass.jpgI was sad when our stay came to an end, but I was excited to get home and see our boys and for the rest of our valentines celebrations.

I signed us up for an antigravity/aerial yoga partner workshop.  I love that Dave is interested and willing to take yoga classes with me.  He’s taken vinyasa, nedra, hot, acro, and now antigravity/aerial yoga!  I always have fun with him, and I think he’s starting to see the benefits of adding core work/flexibility training to his workout regime.

The best way I can describe the class is a modified acro class, which is so great because we’ve tried acro before (without hammocks), and it’s super hard to get into any of the poses.  The hammock adds the support you need to really get into the poses and then hold them to build the strength.  The individual poses were pretty fun too.

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It was also just fun to be cocooned in the hammock like a small child 😛Antigravity yoga.jpgAfter our yoga class we headed to the apple store to get me a new laptop for my business (OMG, I can open an application in less then a minute finally), and I spent the evening getting it ready.  Organizing satisfies something deep down inside of me, so I thoroughly enjoyed this!

This morning we woke up and continued our half marathon training with 5 miles at a 10:30 pace.  I’m trying to focus on getting the distance in right now, and then later I can try and speed things up a bit.  I’m just happy I was able to push out that extra mile.

RunningValentines weekend just wouldn’t be complete without a donut

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And then there were none

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Altogether an amazing valentines weekend.  It definitely reminded me of the quote “it’s always darkest before the dawn.”  I try to remember during those hard times that there are amazing times just around the corner, but it’s not always easy to do that.  I guess that’s why it’s good to document the good times for future reference.

Be well.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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