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Easter and Hot Chocolate…15k

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Happy Easter! We hope you had as wonderful of a weekend as we did.

Easter morning

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We didn’t have the usual crowd this year – we missed you guys! – but we still had a great day. There were egg hunts, of course…

Cousins at Easter

And also Nerf wars and ball throwing clinics. These boys will steal your heart, they are so sweet.

Nerf boys

Of course we had Easter bread for breakfast. And after breakfast snack. And afternoon snack. 😉

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Every year we make Easter bread with my mom the Saturday before Easter. It is a fun, all day tradition that we always look forward to and the bread is amazing. This year the boys took my place since I was at the race. They did a great job and I will be back to bread making next year!

Dane easter bread

Our breads have always been braided, but the boys had the idea to make theirs Easter themed. Dane made a bunny and Aidan made an egg. Kids really make everything even more fun.

Aidan easter bread

While the boys were baking, I was in Philadelphia with the girls from my running club for the Hot Chocolate 15k.

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I can’t even tell you how much fun it is to race with these girls. We get up super early to drive to the race, then stand around freezing and excited waiting to start. We pretty much laugh the whole time. This race sold out with 15,000 runners, but did a really good job with their corrals. It was a crowded course though! We started in the 3rd or 4th corral and ended up playing leap frog right through to the finish line. I guess we should have moved up a corral or two. This was our view from the starting line.

Hot chocolate starting line

I did not like this course at all at the Philadelphia Rock and Roll half marathon, but I loved it yesterday! I knew where the slanted hills would be this time and did my best to avoid them. The weather was great. A little windy to start and warmer than we have been used to, but overall a great day to run. Here are some views from the course.

Philadelphia hot chocolate race

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You really never know what you will see at a race. This is a first for me! I guess he was going swimming in the river after the race.

Speedo guy

Boathouse row is so pretty on a sunny morning! Too bad on race day it usually coincides with a killer pitched hill leading straight up to the finish line. Definitely the hardest part of this course – but good scenery!

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I felt good the entire race, which is pretty amazing considering I am still battling this cold!

Hot chocolate medal

Since it was the day before Easter we collected our bling,

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and our chocolate goodies and headed home to finish up Easter stuff.

Post race goodies

This is how tired I was the rest of the day, but it was so worth it.

Post race

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Hope you had a great Easter weekend!

Catching Up

It’s been a while! Just the normal craziness going on around here.

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The girls and I took advantage of the warm weather with a 5-ish mile run this morning. We got to catch up on all of the stuff we hadn’t talked about in the few hours since we last talked to each other. 😉 Of course we needed a juice after our run. Rehydration.

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The time change plus the warm weather is really getting the boys and I excited for spring. Maybe it really will come. We got Aidan the right size bike just in case. Dane is up next.

new bike

We’ll just play ping pong while we wait for the snow to melt.

ping pong

Or go bowling with friends.

cub scout bowling

Both boys actually had a good game at the same time!!!!  (I’m sure you can tell from our scores that we are all bowlers! Lol).

best score

Just one bit of bad news for me. I can hardly even believe it, but I am going to try my best not to repeat the mistake I made last time. Now it is even harder for me not to run because I feel like I just got back into it. Plus, it seems like 8 weeks really should have been enough time off of running to heal a stress fracture. So I am going to be optimistic and hope that it is just a minor setback. I can try not to run for the rest of the week, right? :-(

taking a break from running

Beach Running

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This morning the girls and I got up early to run on the beach.  Anyone who knows me already knows this was not my idea!  Well, the getting up early part.  I do love running at the beach.  But Jeannette and Jen have done this crazy workout of running up and down the dunes until you can barely stand before and were up for doing it again.  So, of course Eileen, Deirdre and I had to join them.  The beach in the morning is just so beautiful and peaceful.  How can you turn this down, even if it is a day you could have slept late?

sunrise beach run

Plus, we always have fun together.  Today we might have been talking a bit less though!  Running on the dunes is no joke.  We ended up getting in 3.5 miles.

dune collage

It was a great workout, but I decided I needed to really run afterwards.  I went for a quick 5k and it felt so easy to run on the road after being on the sand!  Next time I have a race I should run in the sand for a bit first!  LOL!

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We spent the afternoon at my parent’s house.  We decided it was perfectly ok to have ice cream for dinner.  It is a holiday after, all!  Yes, that is 5 half gallons of ice cream!  (There is one behind the Hershey’s syrup).  Aidan and I had to fight it out over the chocolate peanut butter.  😉  In all fairness, we had a wonderful lunch of grilled steaks and veggies first.

ice cream dinner

So, I am wondering, have you ever eaten an entire pint of ice cream by yourself?  (guilty!)

Test Your Limits

Easier said than done, right?  Stepping outside of your comfort zone is, well… uncomfortable.  But it can also be very rewarding.  This works best for me when I don’t overthink my new goal.  For example, I ran my first half marathon at the last minute.  I am not generally a last minute person.  In fact, I had planned to run a half six months later.  I had a training program set up and was very excited to reach my goal.  But life (especially with kids) does not always go as planned.  The 10k I signed up for was supposed to be the same Sunday as the half marathon.  Due to an overwhelming response, however, the race directors decided to move the 10k to Saturday – opening day of Little League baseball in our town.  This was not going to work for me.  A good runner friend of mine that I was regularly running 7 miles with encouraged me to switch to the half marathon.  I realized that it was actually possible for me to do this!  So, with two weeks until the race I began to increase my mileage.  I didn’t think too much about it – I was afraid I would chicken out!  But I tested my limits by believing in myself and I did it.  It is still my favorite race.  Here I am (in blue) with some of the amazing girls in my running club.  My boys made me gear to give me luck along the way.

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Today I tested my limits in an entirely different way.  My trees needed some serious work.  I had dead trees, overgrown trees, and one providing residence to tent worms!  So, with the help of my dad and his chain saw, we took care of all of them.  I manned the pruning shears while he worked the chain saw.  And guess what?  It sure felt good to have accomplished that task when we were done.

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Sometimes it’s the little rewards that are the best.  Like flowers from my boys on my morning run.

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So, I am wondering, have you tested your limits recently?  What have you accomplished that you thought you could not do?

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