Let’s get our speed on

Posted on October 11, 2010. Filed under: Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , |

Ok here comes the cheesy running girl. I am getting pumped about the idea of running this half-marathon and love to keep challenging myself with increasing my distances and paces.

Today was a speed workout. Half-mile fast, half-mile easy for about 3.5 miles. It’s funny…I realized after my warm up that was half the distance of a normal daily run that I was just getting started and I wasn’t even feeling anything. Then I got my speed on. My first half mile was a 9min/mile pace my 3rd half mile was a 9min 18 second mile pace. Wow! To date I have been doing anywhere from 11 to 11:30 min/miles. Today’s 3.5 miles were collectively at a 10:30min pace. I guess those trainers know what they are doing with the speed workouts.

I have one of these type of workouts each week as I increase the distance and I can see how over time this is going to overall speed up my base running pace. The funny thing as I finish I was smiling looking forward to my weekend long and easy run. Did I just say easy run????

Yes I did. Actually my next goal is to get to a distance that TB can’t manage 🙂

He has been super busy lately and hasn’t been able to keep up with the training. Last weekend he just got up and ran 4miles on Sunday with none of the other training. (I think he first run in 2 weeks) Oh I might of already complained about that. Anyway I can’t wait till he tries to go out and run the current distance and can’t.

Just a little competitive I know….but it is just so frustrating! to work so hard and then have him go do it without a bit of training. So come on 8 miles…that will stump him….I hope!

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Soccer Saturday

Posted on October 8, 2010. Filed under: Capture the moment, Good Finds, Me, Myself, and I | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

MB is just loving her soccer team. I am really happy we decided to ease into it. Her team only meets one hour on Saturday. 40 min of practice and drills and then a 20min game. It is just what she needs to learn the basics, build confidence, and score a few little goals. It also is great for our schedule. With gymnastics, swimming, and girls scouts, I was ready for the full time commitment of 2 practices a week and Saturday games. We are going to have to drop one other sport when we go to that.

This week MB won the sportsmanship award for the week. She was so excited as you can tell from the photo!!!

TB and I were excited too…finally the temps were below 100 degrees. We didn’t get eaten by fire ants watching the practice and our new breathable REI chairs arrived…so when I got up to cheer I didn’t have what can only be summarized as soggy pants. Much to TB’s disappointment he will have to find something else to tease me about…these chairs rock! I am looking forward to the rest of the season which much cooler weather.

I just love this photo too….it took me a while at looking at it to realize what it was. It’s the blue skies. The skies in AZ are so bright and so blue and it is like this almost every day. I love it!!!!! Thinking about the doom and gloom about to hit Syracuse I am so excited to be where we are for the winter. I have already forgotten the miserable heat of August.

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First soccer practice of the season

Posted on September 21, 2010. Filed under: Capture the moment, Me, Myself, and I, What she said | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Well we have another hit. This girl just loves it all. We are going to have to start being pickier…I think we have hit our limit on activities.

So we headed out this weekend for MB’s first soccer practice and game of the season. It was 110 degrees and hot. TB and I managed to sweat more than you can imagine and end up with our first burn of the season, yes right when summer is over.

We love the soccer club though. The coach was great, really worked the kids with drills and fundamentals. Plenty of water breaks. Which were so cute. TB would hold up the towel and I would hold up the water- MB would run to us and grab the towel as she ran around our chairs and come up on the other side to get the water. She was in full spirit of the game.

After about 40min of practice they started their game. No goalies for this league and they did 6 on 6 and then 4 on 4 and 3 on 3. MB had the ringer on her team and he quickly scored the first goal. TB and I were both really surprised to see out right in the middle of the action MB was. She was right in their pushing and kicking and going after the ball.

She scored the 2nd goal and it was her first. Talk about a confidence builder. She was so bumped. I didn’t manage to get any photos but it was too cute to see the kids high fiving each other and really being supportive. Loved it.

The white team (MB’s team) ended up wining 5-0 and she loved it all.

Now TB and I have gotten some more breathable chairs in hopes that will keep the sweat down next weekend….that and hopefully temps below the 100’s.

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First Horseback Riding Lesson

Posted on August 21, 2010. Filed under: Capture the moment, Good Finds | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Well thanks to a great Groupon deal I signed up MB for her first horseback riding lesson at Bein Performance Horses.

What a treat!!! It was a 90min lesson and I was really surprised and excited to see that the lesson included taking care of the horse. Everything from getting it from the stable, grooming it, preparing the hooves, and on and on! MB got a horse names Brownie..very fitting and he was a perfect little BIG horse. MB learned all the parts of the horse and all the names of the brushes. She did great listening and only a couple times had to be reminded not to go around the back of the horse!

We took the lesson early to avoid the heat…but it was still a hot morning. Not that she would care…she wanted to stay and ride another horse after we done…couldn’t get enough. The trainers were just awesome and patient and I loved the system of teaching balance and comfort with the horse. She rode bareback and had to do lots of exercises working on her balance. She did great! Just another cool thing AZ has to offer.

The whole ride home she kept asking if she could go back tomorrow….I wonder how long we will hold out 🙂

I got the perfect shirt from Smitten & Company I can’t wait to get another one for Halloween…and this one is going to last us quite a few more lessons. Love it….and of course it is orange!

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