Monday, September 1


I had no intentions of making this my highest mileage month ever, but after my friend had challenged me, I continued pushing myself with longer runs.  The closer I got to the end of August, the more I realized I wanted to hit that 100 mile mark for the month.  I have never done that in all the months I've been counting mileage.  I was also really happy with the fact that it was all running...normally I also do the elliptical, bike, etc at some point.  But this was a full month of all running outside, and I loved it!

I really didn't think I was going to finish yesterdays run.  It was 90*, close to 100% humidity, and really dark storm clouds as I headed out.  But I took it slow and hoped for the best.  I end up running the last two miles in the rain, but I finished with my best 10k time, so it was all worth it.  Sometimes you just have to push through.

This month taught me that my body is capable of more than I thought it was.  It also taught me that I just have to hunker down and really commit my mind to something, than I can make it happen.  It took some coordinating and a lot of help from Skip, but I am so proud of myself for achieving this goal. 

Here's the breakdown of my runs

Week One
August 1 - none
 2 - 2.5 mile run
 3 - 5.1 mile run
 4 - 3.7 mile run
 5 - 4.1 mile run
 6 - none
 7 - none
Total = 15.4 miles / 4 workouts

Week Two
 8 - 4.3 mile run
 9 - none
 10 - 4.4 mile run
 11 - 5.2 mile run
 12 - 5 mile run
 13 - 6.3 mile run
 14 - 5.5 mile run
Total = 30.7 miles / 6 workouts

Week Three
 15 - 1.4 mile jog
 16 - 1.3 mile jog
 17 - none
 18 - 6.4 mile run
 19 - 2.7 mile run
 20 - 7.6 mile run
 21 - 4.1 mile run
Total = 23.5 miles / 6 workouts

Week Four
 22 - none
 23 - none
 24 - 1.5 mile run / 1 week Shred with weights
 25 - 5.2 mile run / 30 day shred
 26 - 5.5 mile run
 27 - 2.1 mile jog
 28 - 4.2 mile run
Total = 18.2 miles / 5 workouts

Week 5
 29 - 6.2 mile run
 30 - none
 31 - 6.2 mile run
Total = 12.4 miles / 2 workouts

Total Miles - 100.5
Total Workouts - 23

I've been thinking of starting a "WORKOUT WEDNESDAY" link-up so we can all trade ideas and motivation for whatever workouts you do.  Thoughts? 

Friday, August 29

Food Allergy Friday

Here's a quick tip for all you allergy parents out there.  We took Emmy for her yearly visit to the allergist last week to have all the paperwork filled out for school this year.  While we were there, the allergist told us about a new blood they've come out with.  I think it's just for those with a peanut allergy, but I could be wrong.  The test goes one step farther than a traditional blood test.  It tests not only if a person is allergic to peanuts, but whether or not they will have the anaphylaxis reaction.

It turns out that even among the people with a 5+ allergy to peanuts, only about 1-2% of those people will go into anaphylactic shock if they ingest peanuts.  If Emmy had tested negative on the blood test, we would have then brought her into the office for a tolerance test.  She would always be allergic to peanuts, but it might only result in a bad rash.

Sadly, we got the call this morning that Emmy did in fact test positive for anaphylaxis, so we're just going to keep doing what we're doing...nothing changes after all.

But if you or your kid has a peanut allergy, it wouldn't hurt to ask your allergist about this test!  The more we can know about allergies and reactions to them the better!

Thursday, August 28

Another Beach Vacation

Last week we headed down to my parents house again to spend one last visit at the beach before school starts.  We got up real early and headed down, as to spend as much time there as possible.

We dropped Shiba off at the house and then headed to Long Beach Island with my mom and sister.  It is my most favorite place in the entire world!  We spent the morning on the beach, and the girls just loved playing in the ocean!

We were all very hungry after that, so we went to the best pizza place ever!  The girls just wanted to sit with my mom and sis, so it was like Skip and I had a date all to ourselves.

Of course I had to stop and take a picture by the gorgeous sunflowers outside!

We went back to my parents house and spent the rest of the day relaxing down there.  I was even able to get in a quick run with the most gorgeous view ever!

The next morning we got up early and headed over to the smaller beach by my parents house.  It is on the bay, so the waves were much smaller.  The girls were able to ride their boogie boards and really swim.  We even got treated to catching some crabs!

We were all sad to head home after lunch.  I will surely miss these days when we are in the middle of winter!

Wednesday, August 27

Nice Day for a Wedding

Skip and I recently got to attend the wedding of one of the cops he works with.  We celebrated with them the night they got engaged, and we had been looking forward to their wedding for months.  My mom came up for the night to stay with the girls, and because of that I was able to head out that morning and get a fresh haircut. Yay for not having to do my own hair that night!!

I had bought this amazing dress from ThredUP a few months ago and knew it would be perfect for the evening.  And at only $10 it was definitely a steal!!

We posed for what looked like prom photos and headed out!

It was a fabulous wedding and so great to spend time with a lot of Skip's co-workers.  They are all great guys and girls and I love getting to see them all together.  Plus any kid-free time spent with my husband is really special!

Tuesday, August 26

Weekend Beach Trip

A few weeks ago, I took the girls on a little South Jersey get away for the night.  We had a baby shower to attend for one of my Marines Girls who is having her second baby...a sweet little girl!  The girls and I were then going to spend the night at my parent's house.

Sadly, as is the norm on a Saturday in the summer, the girls and I hit a lot of traffic on the way down....a lot.  What should have been an hour and 40 minute trip turned into 4 hours and a stop at a very crowded rest stop.

We were obviously late to the party, but the girls were angels in the car, so it really wasn't that bad!  Plus, getting to see some of my favorite ladies was totally worth it.

Thankfully there was no traffic on the way to my parents house and we got there just before dinner.  We got lots of time to relax with them and my big sister!

It has been a struggle the past year to get the girls to bed down there, because they share a room.  But this time they went down with no problems!

The next morning we got up early and hit the beach before heading home.  Best way to start the day! {
though first the girls got to check out a caterpillar my dad found!)

What a great way to spend the weekend!

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