October Accounts

I need to post both October and November months, but we'll start with October!  The month where the weather finally started cooling down and we frequented the park every day, multiple times!  June-August go on forever, but once we hit the nice months, they fly by in the blink of an eye!  We are enjoying them, however.  Big time!
Bentley had two cavities filled and he was really brave!  Once they gave him the gas, he was totally fine.  Just giggling.  Ben came to his appointment too, which was nice because one of us has to chase Dash.  :P

Take us back to NEW YORK!!

So it's been a month and I still keep thinking about how New York was amaaaaazing.  We had a fabulous trip, great weather, and a good, good time!  

Time relive the an epic 9th wedding anniversary vacation trip with my man.

First off, getting there was lonnng.  Getting through Halloween week (so many parties/activities), and having Halloween literally the night before we left, made it stressful.  I ended up with a headache the first three days of the trip because I was so stressed out, and that made the flight out there lonnnng because I couldn't read or anything!  But luckily I didn't get a migraine.  We arrived safely in about 4-1/2 hours flying time, and after a very trafficky taxi ride, we arrived at our hotel in Times Square!  Hello 31st floor!  You don't even seem high in this city.

I made eating a HUGE priority this trip, just ask Ben.  lol It's hard to travel far and not end up fasting for some duration of time, and we were trying to carb-load.  I packed bagels, oatmeal, rice cakes, pretzels, and we ate a chicken rice bowl at like 10:00am before our flight.  hahaha  Then it was Chipotle Chipotle Chipotleeeeeee all the time, I had the closest locations memorized.  Chicken and rice.  Chicken and rice.  I'm not even hungry, but more chicken and rice.  

The next morning it was first onto the Expo.  

26.2 in New York City!

Gosh, the New York City Marathon was pretty darn epic.  I loved it!!!  Ben loved NYC, but per his words:  "I kinda hate the marathon."  bahaha  

The marathon is hard, yo!

Let me preface this race post by saying I was so incredibly diligent with my diet leading up to it.  Traveling and carb loading is hard, and I am naturally not a heavy eater, so it took planning.  I packed bagels, rice cakes, snacks galore, I skipped the candy and sugar, and I had mapped out every Chipotle from Phoenix airport to our hotel in Times Square so we could get all the chicken rice bowls.  I think I may have out eat Ben!  (He disagrees lol but he will agree that he's never seen me devour all the foods like I did.)  I think eating made a huge difference on my race experience, too, as far as my energy went (I never bonked or felt depleted, when I bonked at mile 11 of my last marathon!!).  So if you are ever planning to run a  full marathon, track your food in My Fitness Pal during race week and it'll help you assure you're getting what you need.  Roughly I targeted 2000 calories with 70+% carbs the few days prior, but that obviously varies.

Sooooooo.

Race morning we met in the hotel lobby and our group had box breakfasts for us.  Soon enough we loaded buses to head for Staten Island, the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge, aka the race start!

4 days to go!

In four days we are running for this bad boy...
Last week we both had our pre-race calls with our coach, and this time my biggest concern was discussing my diet.  I have not run a marathon since I started eating appropriately for my training level, and I want to make sure that I continue the trend during race week.

-Increase carb intake to 80%ish starting TODAY.
-Avoid high fiber Friday/Saturday.

I found two Chipotles by our hotel, so I plan to eat chicken bowls pretty much for every meal.  I'm packing a giant bag of bagels for the plane, and snacks for the hotel room.  (More bagels?? lol)
My last longer run on Saturday. ^^

The weatherrrrrrrr is going to be perfect!  Plan a race without a big goal, and you will get the best weather.

As far as goals, I plan to go out at a slow 9:xx pace (uphill), and then I hope to bring my average pace just under 9:xx to a PR.  My bigger goal, however, is to see everything around me, rather than hold myself to that PR.  It's NEW YORK CITY! 

This is my PR:
Meanwhile, we're not headed out until Friday because we can't miss Halloween with the boys!
^^Just woke up.

T-2 days until Ben and I head off to an epic race-cation!  And I am so excited!  Although as we get closer I start to dread missing my boys, but it will be a great time with Ben!

15 Days...

Two weeks to go until we head to NEW YORK CITY!!!!!!!

CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!!

Last week I ran my peak long run at 18.60 miles (2:45:00 in zone 2).  I am feeling pretty good!  My legs are tired, and they were super tired for almost all the long run, but I suppose that is "peaking."  We are starting a gradual taper now, to freshen our legs up.
The New York City Marathon runs (pun intended ;) through the five boroughs: 
Staten Island
Brooklyn
Queens
Manhattan
The Bronx

We start literally at the bridge from Staten Island (straight uphill!), and we finish in Central Park!!! 
Here is the course map:
And the elevation:
This upcoming weekend I have 2:00:00 of zone 2 w/a fast finish, then it's on to single digit running until race day. 

Ben has begun a full taper because his Achilles/ankles were starting to threaten after he's been logging 200 mile months.

18 Miler Eve - 3 Weeks to NYC!

THREE WEEKS!  23 days!  

Super Awesome September

In the month of September we had a lot of birthday celebrations!:  mine, the boys', my mom's, and even my sister in-law all had birthdays.  We had a combined party for the boys, and the theme for the third year in a row was dinosaurs.  Rawr.

5+ weeks to NYC Marathon!

5+ weeks until NYC!  Which means just barely over a month!  Sooooo excited.  Dominated thoughts.  Buying all the NYC colored things (blue+orange, really), and NYC marathon gear.  

Last year we didn't buy anything at the Chicago Expo, the lines were like 1:30-2:00 long just to check out, and that was first thing in the morning!  This year we're not making that mistake and we both ordered some stuff ahead of time, JIC.

I am pretty jazzed.  I didn't get the "iconic" jacket, but Ben did.  They technically aren't "finisher's gear," so does that mean we have to wait until after the race to wear them???

ITEMQTYPRICE
NYC Marathon NB HEAT LOFT Jacket
Style #:
WJ93116MREP
Size: XS
Team Red
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NYC Marathon Essentials PO Hoodie
Style #:
WT91523MREP
Size: XS
Team Red
1

August Activities

August was a hot month!  We celebrated September birthdays with my dad/Laura, buzzed Ben's head, started music school, and started to ramp up mileage for NYC Marathon!  It was a good month, but I have lots of memories of it being hot.  So hot!  The boys are happy it's starting to cool down so we can go spend time outside.  We really didn't get any monsoons like we usually do, so it just felt like it was 110 degrees and sunshine.

But luckily it's cooler now.  Wahoo!


So a bullet list first:

B3 (4.95):
+As I write this, he is PIBE years old.  Actually he is five.  And he says FIVE like a big boy!  (Rest in peace PIBE.  You were my favorite.)

+Loves school so much.  His teacher even had a spot open for Tu & Thurs classes and Bentley wanted to go to school everyday, but I can't.  I just can't!  Next year he will be in school everyday all day (Kindergarten is ALL day here), and he will never be home with me again!  So we do MWF all day and he just loves it!

+His favorite food is tomatoes and hotdogs.  He went through a carrot phase, but it has passed.  He also LOVES Otter Pops, but I think we're cutting down on those after his latest dentist appointment.

+Went to his second dentist appointment, and he has to have two cavities filled.  :(  He doesn't eat junk food (I DO!!!!), so I am worried he has bad teeth, which the dentist thinks could be the case.  He has little tiny crevices in his molars that I don't think we'll be able to brush well, and he will have those molars until he's 12ish, so we'll just deal with it.  But less Otter Pops.  :)  

+Bentz rocked his dentist appointment, althought he was afraid of going at first.  He liked it by the end and I haven't told him he'll have cavities filled in two weeks.  I'll tell him the night beforehand.  But oh he will get the gas, and the pediatric dentist is really awesome and sweet.  So I am grateful for that.  In fact, I'd really like to go to her myself.  My dentist totally blows.  :P

+Stopped swimming lessons and we'll pick up in the spring where we left off.  He finally started going under water, that was huge.  He loves to swim with a floaty though.  I have plans to get him into soccer although I really need to do that asap.

+Starting to get really brave and likes to go upstairs by himself to play!  Sometimes plays upstairs by the balcony where he can still see me downstairs on my computer.  :)


Dash:  (1.95):
+We had to buy a pantry lock and man has that been life changing!  Little Dash gets into everything, he is so busy.  If I spend 10 minutes getting ready, he will have emptied all the cabinets (that are actually tied shut, but he can fit just a hand in, and he'll remove everything one by one). 

+He is SO BUSY.  That doesn't even describe him completely.  HE IS JUST SO BUSY.  You should see him at church, it's just hilarious.  And exhausting.  He is way more busy than his older brother was.  I worry we may actually get the terrible twos with this guy.  lol

+Growing his two year old molars and has been a little grumpy while they cut, but I think we're about over it -- hoorah!  We haven't teethed in a little bit, and I forgot how hard it can be for them.  I could tell he was pretty miserable.

+I think he weighs close to the same as Bentley, but we'll find out next week at their appointment.

+I have started PHONICS with him, since he knows his ABCs, numbers, colors, shapes, days of the week, months, vowels, etc.  So we've been working on sight words!  He won't start preschool for two more years!!  Which is a long time (they are working on sight words in preschool). 

+Still eats all the things.  All the small, choking hazardous things.

+Eats all the carbs.  Loves Honey Comb.  Loves Cheese-Its.  But his favorite food is yogurt, aka "yodit."  Also still eats baby pureed food because he has no interest in real food outside of the carby snacks and yodit.

+I love hearing him sing B-I-N-G-O.  It's so cute!

6+ Weeks to NYC Marathon!

We leave in six weeks to go to the Big Apple!!  I am excited, if you can't tell.  I talk about the trip all the time, and how excited I am to go with my favorite man for some "us" time, then run with tens of thousands of our best friends through the awesomest city.  :)

Kind of like last year at the Chicago Marathon.  SO FUN.

Life Lately

It has been a minute since I've done a post on all things life.  So here are a bunch of lately pictures!  

Bentz started second year preschool and has been rocking it this year.  Last year drop-off was always filled with tears, while this year I have to kiss him goodbye at the car because he takes off running once we are half way to the door! 

I always thought the teary eyed drop offs were hard, but man, I miss the teary eyed drop offs!  lol

Currently V.8.2019

Wearing:  Zella leggings & my Chicago Marathon shirt (it's pretty much all or nothing with me haha)

Eating:  chicken rice bowl and some tasty flavored water that I drink basically 24/7 out of a cute tumbler with a straw


Feeling:  I am tired today, but happy

Weather:  8675309 degrees, and sun


Wanting:  some weather that isn't so hot, or a monsoon


Needing:  a full time maid

Thinking:  I love when the boys are happy and play well together

Saving for:  a rainy day, and to pay for the boys' everything

Learning:  I just got a new piano book yesterday and am learning some of Yiruma's pieces.  I am starting to play the piano more these days, which is great.


Enjoying:  running more mileage


Reading:  Black Ice by Michael Connelly


Planning for:  NYC Marathon trip in 10 weeks!!  And a birthday party for the boys because they keep growing up even though I tell them to stop.


Watching:  Web of Lies on Investigation Discovery


Loving:  that work has slowed down a little bit, although it supposedly will change tomorrow

Listening:  I used to only listen to my running playlist while running, but that changed when I was out for my last injury this spring.  And I haven't turned back.  So I have been listening to a lot of dance type music:  Knife Party, Jim Yosef, Mike Emilio, Marshmello, TheFatRat, Cesqeaux, Itro, etc.


Anticipating:  NYC Marathon, my first marathon (excluding my DNF) since I have started running faster


Thankful for:  my little family, running to give me a little solo time when needed

<3

11 Weeks to NYC Marathon!

As I sit here and eat my "snack" of brown rice, with Home Alone on the TV so that I can pretend it's not 113 outside, I am thinking about 11 weeks down the road...and NEW YORK CITY MARATHON!!!!

It's going to be so much fun.  Seriously a trip of a lifetime.  I haven't been in 13 years, Ben hasn't been EVER!

The marathon
The Expo
9/11 Museum/Memorial
One World Trade Center
Seeing Hamilton
Seeing Jersey Boys
Maybe going on some tours (NBC? Statue of Liberty???)

Oh my gosh, I haven't been this excited for vacation in possibly years.

So with 11 weeks to go, we still have a lot of training ahead of us, but one great thing is we're already running 45 mile weeks and for the first time we're running six days a week.  I am actually quite a fan of six days a week!

Marathon goals lie somewhere between running easy and racing hard.  Which I do hope will still yield a PR, because now a days my zone 2 effort running is faster than my marathon PR pace (which was a flat 9:00 for 3:56).  Speaking of flat, New York City Marathon is not.  It's actually quite hilly, but at least it won't be 113 degrees.

We've discovered that I am under eating for my high mileage running.  Like, by a lot.  After bonking hard in my last half along with bonking at mile 11 of my goal marathon in April, my coach has been really wanting me to track my food.  I figured by swapping out my regular salads for carbs was enough, but oh my I am so wrong.  I finally gave in and it has been eye opening.  It has also been SO MUCH WORK to eat the food my body needs.  I don't know how people do this all the time, but I'm trying to make it my new norm because I would like better performance.  I am actually quite jazzed about the fact that this may really help my running.  

Running with the sunrise...
Let me add that I don't weigh myself and I'm genetically wired to not be a foodie.  I would take a food pill if it would allow me the freedom to not eat meals during the busy work days.  lol  BUT I do like me all the sugary snacks.  Give me the candy!

I've already started thinking about our shirts.


80 days to go!

Now if it would just cool down even just a hair, that would be amazing!

Soon.  So soon.

Utah - Part Cuatro (The rest of the trip!)

I am not sure why I started these posts in Spanish.  lol  But I had to finish what I started, soooo...

Part cuatro.

The rest of Utah!  My grandma drove all the way to my mom's house to see us, which I was so grateful for!  I used to do a lot with my extended family as if they were my immediate family.  Heck, I used to WORK with my grandma, and before that she LIVED with us, so it's sad I never even see her anymore!!!

Utah - Part Tres (Lagoon, It's What Fun Is!)

I've been wanting to take the boys to Lagoon!  I had a season pass here for like 20 years, so obviously they needed to experience its goodness.  And after being away for awhile, it was definitely goodness!  

The trees are all mature and shading the rides, there are more thriller rides, and Lagoon has stepped it up a little bit.  In the kiddie land area, some of the rides had background music which kind of reminded me of Disneyland.  It was super fun!

Since Dash isn't yet two, I didn't buy him a park pass but rather just bought some individual kiddie land ride tickets (like $10 worth).  I think that was a wise choice because he was so content watching and looking around for the most part, and a park pass was $45 after a $10 discount.  One ride he almost fell asleep on.  lol

Utah - Part Dos

I work remotely, but my office is in SLC, so whenever I get up there I like to go in to the office, and my boss usually takes me out to lunch!  He's pretty much the best boss on the planet, and I am lucky that things have worked out so well!  I've been with my company for 13 years, and eight of them have been remotely.  

I am the only one who works remotely from the office, and I am also the only department that hasn't grown (hence my workload has increased a bunch).  I don't really want to grow my department because I work on a project basis, so if the economy goes through a recession soon, I would still have to share my projects/workload.  So for now I just bust out the work!

I always fail to take pictures of my work and co-workers, plainly because I forget to!  My office is unrecognizable from the days I worked in there.  In fact, we have been built around like crazy, I almost missed the building when I stopped by six months ago.  Our building has had some face lifts, and we've outgrown it and most likely will be moving soon.  I kind of am sad I don't get to work in there still, and have a fun office or something.  :)  My old window used to look out over a field, and now there's a tall building like three feet from it and no view at all.  Crazy how time changes things.

Utah - Part Uno

We went up to Utah for about 10 days!  After some chatting, Ben and I thought that we should do a yearly trip to Utah when the weather is nice there, and I can see friends/family and take the boys to do some of the things I always did growing up (Lagoon, parks, etc.).  It sounded like a good tradition to start ASAP, and a family Buhr reunion was the ultimate date deciding factor for this trip.  (We would have stayed longer and saw more people, but school starts pretty early down here in Phoenix.)

It's just over nine hours to drive to my mom's house, so it's not the shortest drive, but it could be worse.  This year we timed it to meet my mom and Jeff in Page, at the end of their Lake Powell trip, and then caravan the rest of the way.  It's close to half way, and it worked wonderfully!  The boys did awesome on the drive.

July, July, the apple of my eye.

July really isn't the apple of my eye.  :P  

We wrapped up our summer (school started July 24th!) with some hot weather, and a nice 10 day trip to Utah!  We did a lot up in Utah:  enjoyed the weather and greenery, I went to work in the office one day since it's in SLC, we went to Lagoon, I ran a half marathon with my dad, we watched fireworks for Pioneer Day, we said goodbye to my childhood home and hello to my dad and Laura's new house, and we had a [long] family reunion in Logan, where I probably logged 10 miles chasing Dash!  

Bentz missed his first couple of days of school, but started about 10 hours after we arrived back to Phoenix from Utah.  And it was also Ben's 41st birthday that day too!!!  It was definitely a jam packed month and I'm still recovering.  :)

June -- 1/2 way through 2019

Here are collages from June!  It was a good month, although I can hardly remember it because it feels like a century ago.  We had the best vacation ever to Newport Beach, had some swimming lessons which are taking a reallllllly long time for B3 to warm up to, it got hot around here, B3 had summer camp school, and we kept running the miles!  And I worked a butt load!  Maybe that is why the month is a bit of a blur.  

I will recap the boys in the next month with the July collages.  :)

Running a little 13.1 in SLC with my papa!

Hellllllllllo.  It's been a minute! 

Things I would like to blog post about:

  • June recap
  • July recap
  • Trip to Utah
  • School started!
  • More Newport Beach (Fun Zone, game day, etc.)
  • 4th of July
  • LAGOON
  • Running (because obviously!)
  • Etc. 
  • 24th of July Deseret News 1/2 (Utah's Pioneer Day)

First I will start with a little 13.1 I ran in SLC with my dad!  I was up in Utah for a Buhr family reunion, and figured might as well run a 24th of July race while I'm there in their beautiful weather!  The weather was really hot for everyone, mostly, but I thought it was gorgeous.  95 degrees in SLC is similar to 85 in Phoenix.  Phoenix doesn't have the trees and shade, we just have a lot of dirt and concrete that radiate heat, so when it's hot here...it's HOT.  So running in Utah's summer temperatures was pleasant.  :)  Even with the altitude, it was just easier than our summer running by a landslide.  

The 24th of July (Pioneer Day) was a Wednesday and Ben hadn't flown in yet (he stayed behind to work a couple more days), so I mentioned it to my dad and he was game to run a half!  He's just getting over a foot surgery and making his comeback!  (He had an extra bone in his foot that his posterior tibialis was connected to, and it was causing pain.  So they removed the extra bone and re-anchored the tendon, so that part has taken some rehabbing.)

5k PR on the Beach

Something weird is going on.  I swore I recapped the 5k from June, but I couldn't find the blog post anywhere.  So I searched my emails (I am signed up for emails from my own blog LOL), and I found the recap.  However, it's GONE from my blog!?  How?? 

A reason I subscribe to my own blog is because I like an extra back-up of the posts.  This time it is going to save me, because I'm going to literally copy and paste it below.  And repost.

So originally posted on June 30th:


Well we just got home from vacation and I'm sad as.  The days that follow a fun, family vacation, are days that ...blow.  :P  It's nice to get back to routine and life, but vacation is so nice and it always goes so fast.  Hopefully the withdrawals do not last too long!

This was our second year where we ran a 5k on the beach path in Long Beach on our last day of vacation.  Last year we dressed up, this year we intended too, but we ran out of time to go to Goodwill!

I love the beach.

I love the beach.  Life is better when you're there.  I could literally just sit on it and be content for the rest of my life (well, as long as my family sat there with me).  

Alas, beach pictures from Newport Beach!