Normally Monday mornings are the reader recipe poll, but I’m changing it up a bit. Not too long ago I mentioned I would probably be going to one blog post a day rather than two. I’m also going to be putting the reader recipe poll on hold for a little bit. As I balance taking care of Leo and working full-time, it’s gotten increasingly challenging to figure out dinner each night. I’m going to try meal planning and grocery shopping each weekend so that I don’t go into the week scrambling at 5pm every night, or needing to make a quick run to the grocery store (nothing is super “quick” when taking a baby along). While I love the reader recipe poll, the spontaneity of it isn’t the most helpful right now, so I’m pushing “pause.” I definitely hope to bring it back and it might show up some weeks, too – who knows! I also hope to still give at least one recipe a week!
Tomorrow I’ll share the meal plan for the week. But first – the weekend!
On Saturday Leo completed his first half marathon – the Holy Half Marathon at Notre Dame.
We finished in 2:22:57 – not my best time, but 5 minutes faster than last year and with a jogging stroller (also my first half marathon post-partum). The race is put on by students and a lot of students run it, so I wasn’t completely surprised to be the only runner with a stroller. As it was, Leo got tons of compliments – all the college girl volunteers just loved him! It also ended up being a plus for me – people were really encouraging and enthusiastic about me running with a stroller. I got a few hearty “yeah, mom!” from the college boys along the course, too. I even got a “that’s bad ass!”
Leo did really well on the run. A few times I had to stop and crouch in front so he could see me again – particularly after we passed a group of loud people (he’d get a little startled). Around mile 9 he started getting fussy so I gave him an empty water cup. That entertained him until just before mile 12. Then I gave him my watch to play with, which held him over until the finish. Unfortunately, the finish really freaked him out – too many people, music, cheering! As soon as we got him out of the stroller and into Dave’s arms he was happy again.
I felt strong most of the race, but around mile 10 started to really feel tired in my arms and chest. I’m definitely not used to pushing a stroller when I run! I did get a few walk breaks when the course cut through the grass, but overall Leo’s increasing fussiness toward the end helped me to keep going. I knew a meltdown was impending!
After the race I felt good. In the evening my calves started to get a weird cramp/twitch to them, but I put on my compression socks and it went away. By Sunday morning my legs felt great, although I still felt tired.
Dave ran the 10K this weekend and killed it! He ran in 52:49 (including about 3 minutes where he slowed down to run with Leo and I for a bit) and finished third in his age group! But the best part? He ran the whole race in his Vibrams! He’s been really slowly building up his mileage in them, so it was exciting for him to be able to do six miles. He did awesome!
The rest of the weekend was pretty standard: laundry, cleaning up, making baby food (carrots and spinach), church, and, of course, KENTUCKY BASKETBALL.
Tell me about your weekend!