Weeks 10 & 11 - Lots of Treadmill!

8+ weeks until CHICAGO!  

8+ weeks until I need to have baby Dash WEANED and SLEEPING!  hahaha  That does cross my mind as much as only have 8+ weeks of training left to get a sub 4:00 race time when I'm not quite there yet.  So much to DO.  So little TIME.

Have we talked race goals?  They aren't set in stone yet, but the original goal was/is 3:xx.  I am training through this summer heat which makes it hard to know my true fitness levels, but so far I have been hitting all my workout paces.

And now... a Jazzy July update

July was a pretty good month!  I just posted about the 4th and 24th and those celebrations which are always fun, we've had some big monsoon storms roll through (another one last night!), celebrated Ben hitting the big 4-0 and went on a hot air balloon ride, had to say goodbye to my sweet puppy pup Rykar, Bentz started preschool, Ben and I both started ramping up our mileage for Chicago (9 weeks out!), and we watched my dad's house start to really come together!  They close next month which rocks.

On to August where the average temperatures technically have dropped, but you never know if that will mean anything or not because our hottest days have been the past couple.  :P

Jubilant July (and a 4 mile race!)

4th of July!

Bentz learned about the America Flag in his primary class.  I love hearing about the things he learns in his classes, like lately he has been talking about how "mommy, daddy, baby Bennett and Bentwee are all a pamily!" after he learned about families.  <3

I am full of tangents these days.  That's what happens when you are royally behind on your blog posting.

Old Ben - V4.0!

Yay for a blog post!  I "Photoshopped" these pictures all on my phone, it has become my current go-to technique as of lately when I am unable to bust out my personal lap top since I am on my work comp often.  I can edit this way while IN BED at night holding my slumbering baby.  That hour+ of time at night is my time to do what I want guilt free (surf Insta, "Photoshop" Insta pics or blog photos, create my daily collage, etc.).

Some tips for those who have no time to Photoshop or just don't have it:

1-Snapseed -
I edit on this almost primarily.  For Insta I also use Toolwhiz.

2-Google Photos/ Albums for organizing -
I created a 40th bday album and create albums all the time when I have intentions of creating a blog post for them!  I have lots of albums from Newport Beach beckoning my time to appear on the blog.

3-Bulkresizephotos.com -
I shrink my picture filesizes because I pay for storage and also to shorten loading time on my blog.

Anywho, that was a giant tangent.  BEN TURNED 40!!  So old.  ;)  I tell him technically he was over the hill two years ago since the men's expectancy went down to 76, so 40 isn't that big of a deal.  But for reals though, 40 is the new 30, 40 ain't old!

I remember when my mom turned 40.  It doesn't feel like THAT long ago, but I remember thinking it was really old.  Perspective.  :P

Weeks 8 & 9: MoNsOoNs

Two more weeks in the bank.  ✓✓  We had some stormy, crazy weather (!!) and then just temperatures around 100 for the most part, so it's been pretty easy to get my runs in outside.  

This upcoming week, however, 117.  YIKES.

Week eight was step back.  I did four on the treadmill and then we all ventured for an evening at Wet N Wild waterpark!  I find it humorous that the ONE day I put together a water park get together and have people schedule work off, it storms like crazy and our 119 day drought comes to an end in grand fashion.  hahaha!!

Tribute to my puppy -- Rykar!

Here are a bunch of pictures of the little gipper (in random order):

Feelin' hot hot hot. Weeks 6-7.

We are 13 weeks from Chicago now and so far so good with training for the most part.  Ben felt his knee a little this past week so there is some stress involved with that, but hopefully it's just his legs adjusting to a little bit higher mileage and not a sign of the knee issue coming back.

Juney McJunerson

Oh June, you went fast.  Bentz started summer camp preschool, we enjoyed the community pool a lot, went to Newport Beach with the family for a week, went to Newport Beach with the family for a week, went to Newport Beach with the family for a week.  I am so sad that Newport Beach is over, it was so fun that I had to mention it three times.  I'm seriously d e p r e s s e d it is over.  Will someone buy me a house on the beach?

But June was good to us and the weather wasn't even that bad (unless I was running in it, then it was a little warm).  ;)  

Onto July, the month we start seeing monsoons!