The hair has got to go.

I need to cut my hair.  It's long, super fine, and most of all it's in the way.  Little Dash grabs it if it's down, and its fine strands just tear.  I have been planning to cut it soon and have been gathering pictures of what I want for awhile, I just need to find the right stylist because the perks of long hair have been that my styling has come from one stylin' Ben salon

Where I'm going with this:

1-Short a-line bob - shorter than a ponytail cuz it'll grow fast.  My favorite haircut I've ever had was done by a stylist who disappeared the next time I called for a trim and they wouldn't give me his last name.  I was sad!

I've also had it cut like this which I liked:

2-Purple - a dark, dark purple with some light purple underneath highlights.  In the top picture above you can see I have subtle turquoise underneath highlights.

3-Faster to blow dry - only so many days you can put it off and load up on the dry shampoo, especially when I sweat a lot while running.

4-I never had postpartum hair loss with Bentz, but I might not get so lucky this time around, so why not be proactive?

5-I always thought cutting it was a mom thing, but let's face it, even if that's true, it's officially time to embrace the mom-do.

And 6-I think Ben likes it short because he often talks about it when it was short, or points it out in pictures from the past.

It looks better with my face shape too.  I just hope I can find the right stylist nearby!  


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7 Years

We hit our seven year wedding anniversary this past weekend and Ben put together a little half-day getaway, sans babies.  We are less than 90 minutes from Sedona but have never been for some crazy reason, so we went up there to go on a Pink Jeep Tour in the red rocks and to eat.  The whole time I was like, "why on earth don't we come up here more often than never??!"

We left at 8 am and my brother and Emily were nice enough to take on a toddler and an infant for a bit.  I'm not sure they knew what they were in for, but they were very nice to be willing.  They have watched B3 numerous times, but leaving a two month old is extremely stressful, so they sent lots of pictures/videos, and it was nice to not worry.

My first thought pulling into town was, "I want to run here."  It is hilly!  Could be good for some Revel training.  Sedona is a good 3000 feet higher than our area of Phoenix, thus it's also cooler, but since we've been stuck in this never ending heat wave, it was perfect up there!

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Week 3: I'm slightly sucking.

Sooo I'm not really rocking my running comeback.  I missed a run this week because I had to spend some extra time on my work, but luckily the project I turn in tomorrow.

I have been pretty good at my cross training, however, because the thing I am still feeling the most while running is my abs (or something in there I hope is just my abs haha).

I did get a longer morning run in this week with my favorite hot air balloons overhead!!  I was surprised how hard running felt because it was freaking TOUGH.  But enjoyably so.

Stretching with the little guy.

This is the first time I have ever allowed B3 to be around the treadmill while I'm running on it, which is fun.  It would be more fun had I gotten his cute face to be clear.

And my other view from the treadmill.

We're going to set some goals this week with our coach, so TBD what's on the radar, but definitely less slacking.  ;)
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Halloween Two Thousand Seventeen

The dinosaur phase is still going strong at the Buhrs so of course Bentz wanted to be one for Halloween!  He actually understood the whole Halloween thing this year and was super excited for it, plus he's been into scary stuff:  skeletons, pumpkins, witches, ghosts, etc.

We ordered the dinosaur a few weeks earlier and he didn't want to try it on until randomly one day.  Then he did didn't know what he thought of this whole dressing up thing.

Go look in the mirror!

Pause.  Pause.  Pause.

And smile.  :D

I would like to add more traditions to our family, including carving pumpkins like I used to do every Halloween.  Traditions are the best and the memories last forever!  This year was a little winged, but Bentz wanted a jackolatern with big scary dinosaur teeth so that's exactly what he got.

What, you don't let your kid play with big knives?

Earlier on Halloween day, I caught him playing trick or treat with himself and the candy bowl.  He wouldn't eat the candy, just put it in his own bucket, back and forth. 

He was a pretty cute dinosaur.  He told people, "thank you so much" in this cute high voice.

In Arizona, everybody sits out on their porches/driveways on Halloween night and mingle with the neighbors and such.  Halloween was how we met a bunch of people in our new neighborhood.

We got home from trick or treating and Bentz wanted tomatoes.  :P  He's been organizing his candy and even took a nap with the whole bucket.

My mom always gets into holidays and sent us these pictures of her and Jeff which I have to include.

I didn't dress up, but I did get dressed.  :D  I also immediately got puked and peed on, but still the best Halloween yet!!

Hope you had a happy Halloween!
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Week 2/27: Back to my stomping grounds.

Oh heyyy.  I am struggling over here with getting everything to fit into my 24 hours, that my blog is still taking a hit, which I loathe because I love this little journal-y space and I've always tried to post at least twice a week.  Mostly work picked up in an urgent way which isn't the most ideal of times to do so, but it's nice to have some work at least.  If I spend five minutes a day on my blog, I can get a post up in a week's time.  lol 

So last week I only got a couple of runs in being that there was Halloween, and my running schedule hadn't been officially set until this week.  I reintroduced myself to my favorite loopy running route and it sure felt good.  I am looking forward to some early morning Saturday long runnin' around here! 

My runfie game has gotten weak because I felt kind of stupid taking these.  Out of practice.

I had high plans to get up early (or stay up HA) on Saturday and go out and enjoy the fresh morning air and hot air balloons and get a run in, but the most miraculous thing happened.  I was nodding off during a 5:30am feeding and it was still dark out, so in desperation I put Dash back in his bed despite being wide awake, and he fell asleep!  Then Bentz slept in too, and the whole dang family was asleep until 7:30 or 8 (I can't remember).  I couldn't get up and desert that kind of heaven in my house, so I went out later in the day instead.

Life is really busy right now but I am making my runs a priority because the short time alone is my holy time to rejuvenate, and the goals I set keep me going.

Meanwhile I need to get up my posts on Halloween and the fact that Dash just hit two months!  Home boy gained 3 pounds, 9 ounces, in just one month.  Tubs.  Now that he's gotten some vaccinations under his belt, it's time to venture out and really get back to a normal life.  All in time for some perfect weather.

Have a fabulous day!
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Week 1/27: Treadmill VS Outdoors

I know, 27 weeks is forever.  lol  I miss having running goals so I do want to document my comeback to my first marathon postpartum, Revel Mt. Charleston, which is already sold out, so good thing we bought in in May.  

I didn't run throughout my pregnancy for a few reasons, and I've heard that jumping back into it can be really slow because the hormones are still very present and things are still loose (pelvis/hips/etc.) which can increase the chance for injury.  Luckily I am not the one designing my comeback plan though!

The first time I ran this week, I did slowly on the treadmill and the only "weirdness" I felt was some slight tugging/pulling in my abdomen, and I felt heavier on my feet (duh I guess).

So, randomly, I decided to try a little experiment with my heart rate and the treadmill versus outdoor running.  The treadmill is so much harder for me and if I were to put it at the 1% incline like people say you should to emulate the outdoors, I would get nowhere!

Below you see my heart rates were essentially the same in my workouts (2:2 ratio of run/walk), but my pace was almost 2:00 PER mile faster outdoors, and that was in 100% sunshine and 90+ degrees!

I need to figure out how to run more efficiently on the treadmill, if that's a thing.  Much of my winter week days are going to be on it unless I get myself a double Bob.

So I did it, I weighed myself at six weeks because I was so curious.  Turns out I weighed myself one time last year during my heavy training, so if I were to use that as some sort of target weight, I need to lose about eight more pounds.  But some of that will stick around until I am done breastfeeding.  (I have a smart scale so I logged in and could see my past stats.)  However, I need to exchange some fat for muscle on top of that to get my body to look even remotely the same, which is my actual goal.

One week at a time!
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Wandering Wednesday

+My dog is whining because he thinks he is locked in his room, which he's not, he's just blind and for some reason suddenly thinks he's blocked in there.

+I've been using unripe lemons from our tree because I have no patience.  I just pretend they are limes and they taste good enough in my salsa.

+Our summer grass is dead and our winter grass hasn't been seeded because our yard guy just disappeared after he turned off the water last month.  I'm anxious to get the green going in time for Thanksgiving.

+I have started watching Dancing With The Stars and it's amazing!  I can't decide who I want to win:  Lindsey Stirling, Drew Scott, Jordan Fisher, so forth...  I watch it all on Hulu.

+I wanted to run the Dumbo Dare 2018 but Disneyland cancelled all their races which is a massive bummer!

+Dash went 3.5 hours between feeds last night which was a record.  Besides the first week home, I've never had to set an alarm to feed him.

+My childhood best friend had her first baby yesterday!

+The lightbulbs in the front areas of my house I can control from my phone and individually make them fancy colors.  I literally change them multiple times a day and it brings me so much joy.  Right now they are set on a Christmas theme.

+I wish I didn't dread the sun going down, and I look forward to the day when I no longer see 6am as successfully making it through another night.

+I have been drinking Nuun everyday.  Nuun with caffeine.

+I have been anxiously thinking about chopping my hair way off and dyeing it purple since earlier this year, and now that the pregnancy hormones are declining I find that thought has not changed.

+We've been in our house for almost three months and I absolutely love it.  We refused to look at two stories for the longest time and ended up buying one and I am so happy because there's nothing like 18' ceilings to make your house feel more spacious than it really is.

+There are only two months left to celebrate Christmas and I am looking forward to Halloween being over so that I can take advantage.

+Today I get to go for my first postpartum run!  It'll be really short but I am excited about it still.

+I get anxiety when my phone rings during the day because it's usually for work and work calls are really hard to take with a toddler who thinks it's daddy and wants to talk to him, and a baby in my arms.  I prefer emailing 100% right now.

+I am looking forward to the cooler weather that is finally on the radar.  There was even a 78 on the forecast today and I just think about taking my family out and eating on a patio somewhere, and soon doing morning breakfasts after my Saturday long runs.

+Andy Weir just came out with a new book, ARTEMIS.  He wrote The Martian which we loved way back before it became a movie.

+I have never done a randoms post before, but I clearly have lots of random thoughts, especially while up in the night feeding our cute baby Dash.
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The beginning of my postpartum running journey!

This past week I was cleared to start running again!!  Since I had a c-section I wasn't allowed to lift more than 15 pounds until this past week too, so that restriction has been lifted (pun).

My stomach is still squishy, I look a bit pregnant, I cannot do one sit-up even if I throw my arms forward to cheat (believe me, it's funny I can't even do ONE), but hoorah for the beginning of my comeback.  I am so happy.

So here's what I've done the past six weeks besides snuggle my babies and dream of caffeine (disclosure: not a lot):

Although I can run now, my coach/physical therapist recommended I do brisk walking 4x this week to ease my tendons into the motion, so I haven't actually started running yet.

I've also started doing some gentle exercises (hip extensions, air squats, etc.) to build some core strength back up!

It's too soon to talk fall races, but I plan to get to the start of the Mt. Charleston 26.2 in six months; that is really my ultimate goal, with maybe a 1/2 in the mix, or a holiday 5k.

I'm so happy to be back to setting goals! 
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