The Diary of a Disgruntled Runner v3

this week was better than last, but still not up to standards. (ha! that’s putting it mildly!)

our training schedule is to run m/wed/sat/sun. i ran m/wed.

oh yea! way to start the week out strong, all to come to a screeching halt. we had an unexpected houseguest this weekend. yes, lets blame it on him. since he is not here to defend himself. what were we supposed to do? “welcome to our home! i know you are not here long, and have to leave soon, but can you please wake up and watch our daughter so we don’t have to push the heave a$@ stroller in the rain?”

oh, yeah…did i mention rain?

so, for week 3:

6.5 miles
pace: (embarrassing.)


The Diary of a Disgruntled Runner v.2

this past week i ran 0 miles.

like zero.

zip. zilch. nada.

i have some really good excuses, but i will choose to say,

“better luck next week”.

fingers crossed.

actually, i walk/ran a 5k today. which is more than my zeroK from last week.

hey, that is something.

The Diary of a Disgruntled Runner v.1

(This is my diary for the next 8 weeks of training. This will be my 8th half marathon and hopefully not my last. I hope this helps me fight the funk I’m in, and encourage me to find the love of running (again) after pregnancy and child birth.)


Yesterday I “ran” 6 miles. Past me would say “so? That’s a short run”. But present me says “ah, do I have to? My legs hurt. My knees hurt. I’m hot. I’m still breastfeeding. I am still carrying too much baby weight. Wah. Wah. Wah. Wah”. All the way home.

I did the calculations. I have not “ran” since the marathon relay. If you could call that running. That was 69 days ago. Sure, I’ve walked a bunch. But Jasen informed me that walking isn’t cardio. I beg to differ, but I can’t say I’ve broken a sweat. So, I decided I needed to train for something to get motivated.


Of course, in theory. that sounds great. However the start of training snuck ( I can use that word, right?) up on me and here I am. Sore, achy and reflective from the mess that was 6 miles.

Jasen said he would train and run with me. Yesterday, he gave up his bike workout to “run together”.

We started off like any other run. However, I pretty much immediately knew how out of shape I had become. Every part of my legs were hurting. However, pushing the jogging stroller seemed to help. So, we ran. For 2 miles. Then I got hot. And tired. And frustrated. Every time Jasen and I train together, I pushed the pace. Not today. He was strong, and ready, and capable.

It was annoying.

No, it was helpful annoying. I’m glad I had some accountability out there.

When we reached half way, I decided to walk. I told Jasen to go ahead. I got a phone call, took it, then realized the gap between us was enormous. And I was soooo thirsty. Since everything in my life revolves around my milk supply, I became nervous and parched and worried I’d have a decrease in production. So, I ran as fast as I could to catch him. Then I realized I couldn’t, then I walked. I tried to think milky thoughts, but thankfully, jasen waited for me.

With 2 miles left, I walked many more times. Except when I saw this:


So I tried my best to abide by that rule all the way home.

Yeah, right.

6 miles done this week. I should I have completed 12 total. I think I’ve done 7.

There’s always next week.


Week #1
6.01 miles
11:38 pace
Times tears were shed: 3


six months

every month seems to have “firsts”. however, this month seems to have a lot of them.

in big news, hazel has started solid food. we started her out with oatmeal. which she found strange at first, but has grown to love it. i think it is because it is mixed with the ever irreplaceable liquid gold. (AKA breast milk.)

she is still so tiny in her high chair that we have to put a pillow behind her. maybe someday her body will catch up with her cheeks.

I have been trying to make my own baby food. (you know, with all the free time i have these days.) I was able to find some really good tips from Frugal Foodie Blog. (She also has FANTASTIC recipes for big people too.)

(you know what i mean.)

wholesome baby food also has some great recommendations and helpful tips about different foods.

it has turned out to be really easy to do. who knew?

you really don’t need a lot of fancy equipment. here’s what i use:

a blender or food processor.
when i was pregnant, i found an amazing deal on a mini food processor at williams and sonoma of all places. it is a super simple model, with only 2 functions, but it has worked great.

Cuisinart Elite Die Cast-Mini Prep 4 Cup.

After i prepare the pureed goodness, i spoon it into these pretty amazing ice-cube trays:

tovolo perfect cube silicone ice-cube tray

i am certain a simple, plastic ice tray would be fine. however, i like the silicone tray because it is easy to pop out the 1 ounce cubes for storage. i put a piece of saran wrap over the tray before placing it in the freezer. i do get a bit of frostbite on top, and i am not sure how to fix it. maybe it’s the plastic wrap i use? or our overzealous freezer? maybe someone is not shutting the freezer completely?

(that would never be me, by the way.)

(on deck, pears for breakfast (with oatmeal) and pears and sweet potatoes for lunch.)

instead of buying bowls, i found these beauties at whole foods (which were cheaper than on amazon):

green sprouts 4 ounce snack cup

hazel has enjoyed trying new foods. well, we have enjoyed watching her try them.

like green beans:

i went to buy organic apples, but then i noticed that there was local and organic applesauce at whole foods. it was less expensive to buy the premade jar then the whole, organic apples from chile.

i do believe she finds them a little tart, no?

i bought some bananas, but i noticed they were getting ripe quickly. so i threw them in the food processor with some of the applesauce and freezed them like everything else. then, every night i pull a cube out and let it defrost in the fridge for the next day.

hazel has also tried sweet potatoes and peas:

and most recently, pears:

she has also had other firsts this month. like, sitting in the shopping cart at target.

and in bigger news…crawling!

she has found a new-found love for the remote control.

(just like her mama.)

we are also hearing “ba ba ba ba ba”, “ma ma ma ma ma” and “da da da da da”. however, she has been too stealth for us to capture on camera. maybe next month.


i took part in a photo challenge for the month of february (thanks to kristen).

you know, because i am not busy enough with like work and stuff.

anyway, looking back, i am glad i did it. here is a recap of what february looked like to me:

1. your view today

2. words

3. hands

4. a stranger ( i had a hard time with this one. creeptastic at its finest. this was my compromise.)

5. 10 am

6. dinner

7. button

8. sun

9. front door. (yes, that is a christmas wreath. in february.)

10. self-portrait

11. makes you happy (brunch with my family.)

12. inside your closet

13. blue

14. heart

15. phone

16. something new

17. time

18. drink

19. something you hate to do (pull my hair out of her strong little fists.)

20. handwriting

21. a fav photo of you

22. where you work

23. your shoes

24. inside your bathroom cabinet

25. green

26. night

27. something you ate

28. money

29. something you are listening to