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Missoula Half Marathon

You know what is just heartwarming to a mom of two young children? Watching them start to really interact with one another. Most the time Stella simply smothers Augustus with hugs (lays on top of him until I pull her off) and makes crazy squeaking noises at the poor guy. Today during breakfast, I set him in front of her in his bumbo. It was amazing. She sat and told him all kinds of stories while she ate her oatmeal, and he couldn’t stop smiling while he babbled back at her. Sitting back, eating my scrambled eggs, butterflies of endearment filled my belly! Growing up with a brother who was very close in age to me, I know exactly how much time they are going to spend together and how close they will become. Watching their relationship settle roots in to the ground this morning was amazing.
football onesie

I participated in the Missoula Half Marathon on Sunday. I will be completely honest with you, it was freaking hard. I started getting a cold last Thursday that quickly developed in to a nasty sinus infection. By Saturday night, it had developed into a very enjoyable cough, making me look forward to running 13.1 miles even more! The race started at 6 AM Sunday morning, with a shuttle leaving downtown Missoula to take us to the starting line at 4:15 AM, so when Auggs woke up for a feeding at 3 AM, I figured it was best to just stay up. Who doesn’t love getting up at 3 AM for a Half Marathon when they are sick anyway? I loaded myself up with some doctor approved to keep nursing Sudafed, some Tylenol (planning ahead for some discomfort), a protein shake, and some black coffee and headed out the door. After picking up my favorite running buddy, Darla, at her hotel, we headed up to the starting line. So many feelings and emotions run through someone before an athletic event. I am so used to CrossFit events that are short yet intense, where I am terrified to step up to the starting line because I know I am going to experience some pain, but at least am comforted by the fact that it will be over shortly. A half marathon does NOT provide this comfort. I knew it was going to be two hours (or more) of suck. As they played the National Anthem and goose bumps rose on my arms and legs out of both fear and excitement, I fought the urge to run and hide in the woods and put my game face on. The first half of the race was in the neighborhood I grew up in. I know every turn, every pot hole, every house I would be passing, and knew there were a few hills to enjoy. Every mile I checked my watch, and upon passing the 5K mark, I was thrilled yet terrified to see I hit my post pregnancy 5K PR (a 25:13, not bad for me!) and decided I might want to kick in to a steady gear and set my pace for the rest of the race. At six miles in I made a fun motherhood discovery: repeated bouncing for this period of time causes your bladder to leak uncontrollably. As frustrated as I became, and even with the images of my running through the finish line with completely soaked running pants, I am too competitive to stop at any outhouse along the way to use the bathroom. I kept on trucking. This sudden leakage occurred every two miles for the rest of the race (I think it was much less than what I thought, yet I was still incredibly thankful for my dark gray pants that would hide any wetness!). Then came the nine mile wall. It hit me like a baseball bat to the face. Every ounce of muscle in my body was telling me to walk, but I fought them off and kept running. Kept running. Kept running. Felt like walking would be faster than running, but kept running. Mile 10. Mile 11. Mile 12. Yesss, mile 12! I noticed everyone around me suddenly had a bit more pep in their step. As I rounded the corner to cross Higgins Street Bridge in Downtown Missoula to approach the finish line, the slight hill over the bridge looked like the biggest hill in the world. It felt like it took me ten minutes to cross, but I made it. Though I was hoping to be under two hours, I ran under the finish with 2:01:50 across the clock. I had given it my all, and with four hours of sleep, a sinus infection, a nasty cough, and having a baby just three months prior, I couldn’t be more satisfied with my time. I won’t lie, I sat down after drinking a bottle of water and felt like I had been beaten from head to toe. I checked my watch to see what my average heart rate was. For the entire two hours of the race, my AVERAGE heart rate was 190 beats per minute. According to what I learned getting my college degree that equates to what my MAXIMUM heart rate should be. No wonder I felt like I had been beaten, I had been working at a max rate for two hours. I wonder what an exercise physiologist would have to say about that. I would say it hurt like hell, but I can’t wait to do it again (once my blisters heal, please)!

Darla and I before the race:
Darla and Me BEFORE

Darla and I AFTER the race with our 10 pound medals!
Darla and Me

It has been a while!

It has been a while. I was on track with my writing for so long, and then all of a sudden a few weeks snuck past me! Since my last post, a lot of things have happened. Tanner, the kids, and I ran the Mother’s Day 5K in a BLIZZARD, Augustus started rolling over, we spent two weeks in Montana, and I have started a new job! So much going on, and all good things.

I will start with the 5K. Tanner and I were watching the weather two days out from the run because the news was telling us to expect some snow and colder weather. I kept my fingers crossed, but as we drove down town, the snow got thicker and thicker. We hadn’t picked up our race packets yet, so when we got there, Tanner and the kids stayed in the car while I ran to get them. Little did I know it was a mile to the packet pick up! By the time I got back to the car (with two miles of running under my belt), I was already soaked. We bundled up the kids, waterproofed them as much as possible, and jogged to the start line with our friends Eric and Jen (now three miles under my belt). Tanner and I agreed that I would run solo as hard as I was able, then back track and take the kids to the car so he could finish. Upon hearing “3-2-1-go!” my heart fluttered with excitement and I was off! The snow was coming down sideways, and there were unavoidable puddles everywhere, creating a miserable yet exciting course. I finished the race in 26:55. Nowhere near my fastest 5K, but with the conditions, I was thrilled. And the best part? Tanner can’t wait to do it again! We will definitely be doing more this summer as a family.

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The craziest thing happened. When Auggs was five weeks old he decided to roll over from his belly to his back. I was shocked and terrified all at the same time! I thought it had to be a fluke, that he had accidentally rolled over, as most babes don’t roll over until four or five months from what I have read. Needless to say, he has done it 30-40 times now. I think we have a very determined little man on our hands!

Next, on to our big Wyoming/Montana road trip! It is SO hard to eat “clean” while traveling- especially when you are traveling to places with favorite restaurants you have missed dearly. I will not lie, I took full advantage of eating at favorite restaurants like Moose’s Pizza in Kalispell, MT and The Back Room in Columbia Falls, MT. More importantly, I indulged on my dad’s homemade soft shell tacos. You are only home so often, and must enjoy these things! I did, however, keep on my workouts as much as I could. I had the privilege of completing a WOD at my old box, CrossFit 307, in Casper, WY with my old workout crew. I was also chased by a 30 pound mutt while doing a running WOD in Kalispell (and I totally didn’t scream like a girl and run with my hands over my head…ok, maybe I did). The best part was getting to work out with my brother James early in the morning in his garage in Missoula, MT. He introduced me to lifting weights, boxing, and CrossFit, and is the most motivating person I have ever worked out with. No matter the day or time, he is on and ready to rock. Being able to work out with him again reminded me of why I love fitness so much: fitness is only a side benefit- it is the relationships you make with the people you work out with that is truly the reward. When I think of my very best friends, 90% of them are people I have worked out with on a regular basis. In my mind, going through the daily journey of a WOD, hitting PR’s together, or trying new things together are truly amazing tools to strengthen friendships. James reminded me of this as we giggled together warming up, made up a workout together, pushed and motivated one another through a crushing WOD, then laid on the floor soaked in sweat and covered in chalk trying not to puke, discussing how much it hurt and wondering why we ate what we did the night before knowing we would do this to ourselves in the morning. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy working out with him and miss doing it on a daily basis. That man is the best workout buddy on the planet, he is kind of funny lookin’ like me too…

James

Exciting news! I took a new job as Head CrossFit Coach at Park Meadows CrossFit in Lone Tree, CO. They have an incredible facility and wonderful team of trainers I am very excited to be a part of. I will only be teaching a few classes a week, mainly focusing on the development of the other coaches, and am so excited to be teaching again. If you are ever in the area, please swing in and say hello! You won’t be disappointed.

My next competition is in less than two weeks! I will be competing with two wonderful ladies from Casper in the “CrossFit Cherry Creek Triple Threat” in downtown Denver on June 14. We find out next week what our WOD’s will be and I am jacked! I can’t wait to find out what WOD’s they will be challenging us with and am terrified there will be a movement or two I will not quite be ready for. Tanner hung my gymnastic rings for me a week ago, and I have been working my muscle up transitions like crazy! I am so close to getting it back, it isn’t even funny. I secretly hope they will post muscle ups so I will have to have it back by then. Fingers crossed!

That is about all I have for you right now! My goals from now until the Triple Threat are to maintain my three days on, one day off schedule of working out, as well as get back on track with my healthy eating now that we are done traveling and having visitors for a while. Any guesses on what they might throw in to the competition?