Go USA!

We love the Olympics around here. I’ve got my faves: Ryan Lochte, Missy Franklin, Megan Rapinoe, Kerri Walsh and Misty May Traenor, and LoLo Jones. There are others but THOSE are my true faves. But I love watching it all! Synchronized diving! Archery! Dressage!

Okay. I draw the line at dressage…but everything else! I LOVE!

We’ve been able to get the kids kinda into it too, which is nice. They’ve watched several events with us and have really enjoyed learning about the sports along with us. They also provide commentary that I think is sometimes better than the NBC commentators. Things like:

Why are they playing volleyball in their panties?

Why are those boys swimming in panties?

We helped get their enthusiasm up by cooking some patriotic dishes this weekend. It started with E’s new pancake making skills. He’s been making them – FROM SCRATCH – for the kids several times a week. We added food coloring to make red and blue pancakes to coincide with the plane pancakes which gave us the white color. Then we topped them with strawberries and blueberries. Red, White, and Blue for the win!

At Sunday dinner we made a red, white, and blue cake. I simply used food coloring again to color the white cake creating a blue layer and a red layer. Then we decorated it with a patriotic food display of more strawberries and blueberries. Patriotic desserts for the win!

What other patriotic dishes do you cook for your family?

Operation 50 Miles: Week 6


FINALLY I’m caught up on recording my training! Sorry for the bombardment in boring training posts. After this one I’m caught up with my real time training.

Week 6 was a “Recovery Week” which means miles were lower and no hills/speed workouts allowed. I ended up doing 9 miles more than the training program called for, but they were easy miles so I don’t think it would do any damage overall. It still has me 4.5 miles BELOW where I should be based on the training schedule. Not that it really matters in the big picture, but it does bug me a bit :).

Week 6

Monday: Boot Camp + 6 miles on the Hayes Nature Preserve
Tuesday: Boot Camp + 5 miles on the Cross Country course
Wednesday: Boot Camp
Thursday: Boot Camp + 6 easy miles on the Indian Creek Greenway
Friday: Boot Camp
Saturday: 7 miles around Fleet Feet
Sunday: 13 miles; Cotton Row forwards and backwards.

Operation 50 Miles: Week 5


Still updating the past weeks training!

Week 5

Monday: Boot Camp
Tuesday: Boot Camp + 7 miles on the HTC Cross Country course
Wednesday: Boot Camp + 6 miles, easy on Indian Creek Greenway
Thursday: Boot Camp
Friday: NOT A DAMN THING
Saturday: 20 miles on the marathon course. First 4 miles at a 10:00 pace with Linda
Sunday: 10 miles on the Indian Creek Greenway at a 10:15 pace. Felt GREAT, which is good after a 20 mile run the day before.

43 Miles total for the week!

Operation 50 Miles (Weeks 3 and 4)


This is a belated update due to me being SO TIRED FROM RUNNING ALL THE TIME.

Jeez. Who knew, right?

We traveled during week 3 of my training which meant I kinda did NOTHING for several days, so for the sake of entertainment, I’ll combine weeks 3 and 4 into one entry.

Week 3 (No Boot Camp This Week)

Monday: 4.5 easy miles
Tuesday: 6 miles with the HTC Cross Country group. Did NOT do it for speed.
Wednesday: 5 easy miles along marathon course from Starbucks. SO HOT.
Thursday thru Sunday: Traveled to Chattanooga for Donnie’s triathlon. Did a boat-load of walking.

Week 4

Monday: Boot camp + 5 miles Hampton Cove Hills
Tuesday: Boot Camp + 7 miles along Cross Country course in intermittent rain.
Wednesday: Boot Camp + 5 miles in Research Park in more rain
Thursday: Boot Camp + 4 miles MORE hills from Rainbow Elementary. My second hill run of the week and I struggled!
Friday: Boot camp
Saturday: Hilly run through S. HSV – 20 Miles! This was a big milestone as I hadn’t done 20 miles since my marathon. It went surprisingly well.
Sunday: Easy 8 miles at ICG

Total of FIFTY MILES for that week! Another first!

You Never Know When Your Day Is Going To Involve Naked Burpees

My boot camp periodically offers weekend sessions that are co-ed and open to the public. Sometimes it’s a part of a fundraiser, other times it’s simply a special event. Donnie always likes to go to these with me if he can, he loves them. I love them because I get to show off my awesomeness to my husband who sometimes only gets to see me as that annoying lady who lives in his house who will NOT SHUT UP ABOUT GOING THROUGH HIS CHILDHOOD BELONGINGS.

(In my defense – his stuff takes up one corner of our garage. Whereas my entire childhood fits into one box.)

This weekend, Joe teamed up with Healthy Huntsville and offered a class at the botanical gardens. I was bummed Donnie wasn’t going to be able to go, as he’s started training for his half-ironman and does long bricks on Saturdays. But then I found out…this one was OPEN TO KIDS! My kids – especially Nikki – have always wanted to go to boot camp with me. They hear about it all the time but never even get to see it – so it’s become this oddly mysterious thing Mommy goes to that must be TONS OF FUN because no kids are allowed. And you know how that works – No kids means we must be having lots of insane fun involving hot-air balloon rides and water gun fights. That’s how “adults only” works, you know.

That’s one of the biggest disappointments growing up – finding out the “adults only” stuff usually just involves normal boring situations like dinners and movies – you know – without kids. No secret trampoline mazes or haunted houses…just wine tastings and book clubs. BORING.

When I told them they were going to get to go to a formerly-adults-only boot camp class…they were ECSTATIC. Until I told them there would be no hot-air balloon rides or water gun fights. Just planks and situps. But they were STILL excited, just because FINALLY! Mommy’s BOOT CAMP!

The class was fun and Joe even asked the kids to help lead the burpees and wacky jacks. The picture above is of the kids doing burpees. They were VERY proud. As was I. Mainly because I could play the doting Mom and take their pictures instead of – you know – doing the actual burpees.

Later that day, when Donnie got home, they couldn’t wait to tell him about the burpees on the stage with Joe. Wesley was in the process of getting dressed and Nikki started showing off to Donnie. He was praising her, “Great job, Nikki!” when – obviously – Wesley decided he needed to show off too. But – like I said – he was getting dressed. So…he ran out – COMPLETELY NAKED – and started doing burpees in the bedroom for Donnie to see.

It took everything out of us not to just die laughing right there. Naked four-year old’s doing burpees? Turns out is QUITE a hysterical thing. We quickly issued the praise he was wanting and then insisted he get dressed before showing us any more tricks. Mainly because we were getting an ab workout trying to contain our laughter.

Naked Burpees. The next new fitness crazy to sweep the nation. YOU JUST WATCH.