Week 8 & 9 - Run Run Rudolph + End Of Year Stats

A couple more weeks have come and gone and I fit in as much Christmas themed attire as I could, like my snowman socks.  :D

Week 8 I was sooooo sleep deprived which was less than stellar.  Baby boy has started to pop a tooth (WAY TOO EARLY) so I was thrown back into survival mode.  Week 8 followed a recovery week 7 and I thought it was cool that my watch even picked up on my scaled back workouts and told me my training status was recovery.  It is the Garmin 935 and I have loved how much data it gives me!!  If I am running a lot on no sleep, it'll tell me that I'm unproductive with my training.

I cross train 2x a week.  Sometimes baby boy joins, which sometimes he likes and other times not so much.  :P

I ran the Run Run Rudolph 4 miler with my brother and didn't have any goals or anything, ran just under 10:00 miles, finishing at 39:50 (ish).

James got 1st in his age group too!  I can't remember his time and frankly I am too lazy to look them up, but we had fun.  Afterwards they had fruit and hot chocolate, etc., and it was tasty.

Week 9 was much better and it was my first time running 4x:  easy, hill repeats, easy, long (45:00).  I am still quite sleep deprived but it was overall a better week, especially considering it was the last week before Christmas fun.  I'm sure that helped.

I have been watching CHRISLEY KNOWS BEST on YouTube TV and it is freaking funny, I am thoroughly entertained on the treadmill.  I can also look down at my cute family playing Legos below which I love.

My long run was so nice and I set a distance record for postpartum with 4.4 miles!  My sister just got in town and also got up early to run her 9 miles in the 35 degree temperatures.  We passed one lady who was like, "tank top weather eh?"  lol

Going to have to change up my watch face now, sadly!

So the year is about over for running and so far I'm up to 171 miles, 2- 5ks, 1- 4 miler, and 1- 10 monther, my most prized and cutest reward of the year!

Love these cute boys!!  One looks like Ben, one looks like mwah.

I also got my 2018 calendar for motivation.  I had one for 2016 but it was somehow misplaced and forgotten about, so this year I framed it and it's going by my treadmill.

I also signed up for the 1000 mile "gold challenge" but it's a very loose goal since I'm not even sure what I'm going to be capable of postpartum and with a baby + toddler.  Some days are really hard, but it's nice to have some goals, loose as they may be.

This week was Christmas (MERRY CHRISTMAS!!) and I was curious what my coach would do, but he didn't bat an eye, I ran Christmas day!  In my red and green tights of course.  :)

Happy last week of the year!!

First Salon Visit

Bentz had his first salon hair cut the other day and it was the cutest kids place!  He usually has Emilneenee cut his hair (my sister in-law), but it's a busy time of year so Ben went ahead and took him to a salon.  

He chose the batman chair.  :)

He got to watch his favorite tv show, DinoTrux.  They also gave him a balloon on a stick afterwards.

Tadah!!  Such a handsome guy!!  Love this little boy!!

Week 6 & 7 - Chicago We're IN!

Both Ben and I got into Chicago!!  Hoorah!!  I was anxiously awaiting the news all day and saw a lot of Marathon Manaics getting in hours before we had heard, but eventually we both go our emails yesterday.  So we have Revel Mt. Charleston and Chicago marathons to look forward to for 2018!

So I swear the weeks are just flying by!  I have been planning weekly recap posts but it hasn't happened yet (to your dismay ;).  Maybe as I get closer to the marathon and training is a little more exciting and the mileage is longer, I'll be more consistent.  We're still 4-1/2 months out.

Speaking of mileage, it's really unfortunate that my mileage is not up yet and I will tell you the devastating reason why.  My family is all in a steps challenge for December (ending on Christmas).  It's tough to win when you take all your steps at home.  :P  At least I have some miles to help, but when my family is full of runners (and a pickleball player) then those few miles don't help a whole lot.  #itskillingme  #poorloser

SO!  Week six I ran 11.55 miles and week seven was a step back and I ran 7.6 miles (I am running for time right now, not distance).  It's hard to not look at my weekly or monthly mileage and compare it to where I want to be or have been, but it'll get there, I just have to be patient.  :)

After my Saturday morning run, we have started back up the breakfast tradition which is fun!!

Followed by our grocery shopping.

A few more weeks of base building, then it'll be time to increase my long run a little bit.  And this weekend is the Run Run Rudolph, and next weekend I run 4x.  Yay!

Decking the Halls

We saw Santa this weekend and I was sure Bentz was going to have at least one more year of fearing him, but he wasn't afraid, he went right up to him and asked for a "scrapadactyl" in his cute little voice.  (Aka a pterodactyl but learned from the TV show DinoTrux, so we call them scrapadactyls around here.)  And hoorah for a legit good looking Santa.

We live next to a mall that does fun car shows and events so we wandered down there and walked around, saw Santa, ate Chipotle, and had hot chocolate because it was freezing!  We have been at least 10 degrees above our average temperature for at least a month, but this evening we dipped into the 50s which is winter around here and made it really feel like Christmas.

3 Month Postpartum Follow-up

Three months ago I wrote a Postpartum Weight Loss Plan for this fall and I thought I would see how I am doing with it all.  Postpartum is such an up/down roller-coaster for me and I've seen lots of progress, but I still have a ways to go.

+My running has been slow coming but I do think I'm starting to see a little increase in fitness.  Every time I run I feel it in my abs, which is so weird to me, once even my abs got really tired by the end!  I have started to do some more movements in my cross training (kettle bell swings, deadlifts, weighted squats) and I am so sore every time, but it's progress.  Also when I workout I still have discomfort in my low low abs from the c section, but it's also getting better as they get stronger.  Overall, my body is bouncing back quite a bit slower.

+If running/working out didn't give me such a release and minute to breath, I would just...not right now, because sometimes it's really hard to fit in.  Ben and I alternate running days, and he's mostly back to A.M. running which is nice, otherwise he'll take Bentz out in the stroller so he can spend some time with him still each day.  There is only so much time in the evenings!

An evening goes like, starting at 4pm:
+Feed the baby

+Quick house pick up

+Prep dinner (chicken and veggies, although we've been buying a random veggie each week to keep it interesting -- see below --, and I love to use different fun flavors and spices)

+Feed the baby

+Ben gets home and takes over the boys

+Preheat the oven and jump on the treadmill.  I can watch the boys all sitting and playing Legos from the treadmill which I love, love, btw.

+Ben throws the food in the oven, timing it just right with the end of my run.

+Stretch while Ben dishes dinner



+Feed the baby


+Lately I try for an 8pm bedtime, although it usually ends up being closer to 9, but I'm getting more and more on a schedule with Dash and I think as a mom you just adjust to less sleep.  Ben takes over baby duty for a couple of hours, finally giving Dash a bottle and joining bedtime around 10:30-11pm.  Lately Dash sleeps until somewhere between 1-3am, so I get a nice stretch of sleep from the get-go.  It's the best!  Usually after 3:30-4am, sleeping has been pretty slim, but we've been giving Dash a probiotic for a couple of weeks and I think that is actually helping his tummy because sleep seems to be improving, and we got a 6.5 hour stretch earlier this week.  Yay!

+As for my weight and such, it has been much more slow this time around.  Like, annoyingly slower.  Not that I'm doing anything different, but I think it's probably because I was heavier, had a larger belly/baby, and I am a little bit older too?  My abs just below my chest still protrude a little bit and they never did with Bentz, and my doctor said I could have a little bit of diastasis recti up high but it will correct after consistent working out.  I haven't weighed myself lately, but I don't think it's the # that would make me feel better anyways.  I need to get my body back.  However, I have not been dieting and don't plan to until the holidays are over because that's lame.  haha  I am not too alarmed at this point being only three months out and seeing progress week by week.  I did wear jeans for the first time on Thanksgiving, so that's a start.  I also had three pieces of pie.  :P 

+Breastfeeding has been going pretty well which thrills me.  We are going strong despite no serious goals other than to keep going as long as I can.  Sometimes I think things work out better when you don't have the pressure of a goal.  I have been more relaxed about it and I have NOT once pulled out the electric pump, but I bought a little hand pump that works amazingly well for when I need a quick pump.

As for the random veggies:  Ever heard of a Chayote squash?  Turned out to be yummy and squash tasting, shockingly.

We also bought a turnip which I don't think I ever have, but it was a little bitter.  Perhaps I need to brush up on my pick-turnip skills for next time.

We also did eggplant which we've only had once with Blue Apron.  I accidentally turned on the convection oven so that ended up being one fried eggplant.  Try again.

I'm obsessed with citrus, and I am obsessed with putting these on everything:
Fun times.

Anyways, considering this is my second time postpartum, I am a little more comfortable with giving my body some time to recover because what seemed impossible the first time around, wasn't!  Once again I will make it, it may just take an extra month or two.  :)  I think the most important postpartum advice would be to be patient.

Our 90 Degree Thanksgiving!

Yes 90.  So crazy.  Thank goodness it's like 60s and cloudy now.

So just like three years ago, since we have a little baby this year, we decided to stay home for Thanksgiving, and that ended up being us hosting it!  We had 20+ people and it was a madhouse, but Thanksgiving was fun and Bentz was in HEAVEN.  It is nice to be in our new house too, because it's better for hosting.

Below:   "Smile with your teeth."  So he did.  lol  Awwh.  I do find it ironic that my eyes are the smallest in this picture, for that is an incorrect family-eye portrayal.

Sometimes I feel bad because Bentz gets to hang out with just me for most of his life, so having all his cousins here made for lots of "play chase," running around shooting dinosaurs, "soot t-rex soooooot him!!," waking up when it was still dark asking if he could wake up Greysen, sharing and not sharing (I heard WAY too much "no share" this week...oh kids), and overall having the week of a lifetime!!

The morning started with a Turkey Trot for a few of us, then a massive feast primarily concocted by Ben himself because he LOVES to host.

Dash and I would periodically escape to our bedroom so he could have a snack.  One thing about newborns that I had forgotten, is you really have to be available to them non-stop!  But I welcome it, he's sure sweet.

Baby cuddles are the BEST.  Heck, cuddles from any of your kids are THE BEST.  Love our boys.

This was the first time all of Ben's siblings had been together since I met Ben, I believe, so they had a lot of fun and did a present exchange and we played some games.

The kids did a present exchange too, and Bentz was stoked about his Legos.  I should do a whole entire post about that.


I like this candid moment that shows me being a mom to our boys.  Usually if I am not taking pictures, there are no pictures (unless I'm with my family who also has the picture-taking gene).

We haven't officially decked the halls, but the tree went up before the Thanksgiving festivities and it's amazing.  It looked smaller in Costco.  lol

I'm grateful for my little family!!! 

I'm also grateful that it's officially Christmas season!  We're hosting Christmas here this year too, and my whole entire family is coming, including both parents and spouses.  I am the master scheduling juggler and it's going to all work perfectly.