4 things

 

1. I’m finally getting on track with my marathon training. I attempted to do a flexible training plan, but I should have known better than to try a plan. I’m more of an increase my long run when it feels right kind of girl. I’m such a planner except for running – I prefer to fly by the seat of my pants in this arena. Maybe it is because planning for something in June with the military lifestyle is full on crazy. Hopefully my husband wont be coming or going on race day. Well, I guess it is okay if he is coming home on race day. Monday I got in 6.5 miles, 1 yesterday and another 6 today. I am running a 10k on Saturday so I will probably do a short run with Boomer on Friday.

2. Millie went to the spa and got to wear a bow for the first time ever. It lasted just long enough for me to snap a picture.

photo 43. After my run on Monday I was laying in the floor rolling out my legs when a man knocked on my door. My biggest fear in life is getting kidnaped so naturally I ducked behind the couch like any (almost) 24 year old would. I hid for two more knocks before the guy finally went away. About an hour later I saw the note on the door that I missed my flower delivery. Yep, the guy who came to kidnap me was actually a flower delivery guy.
photo 2I’ve never seen anything like this before, but it is cool because it will last way longer than cut flowers. Oh yea, they are from my husband. I guess I’ll keep him.

4. Boomer is getting much better on his runs! I let him set the pace on Tuesday’s run and guess what he decided on…. 8:27. We averaged 8:27! He came back home and took a nap. I’m not sure which is more amazing. I am so excited he likes to run and we are already talking about what hikes we can take him on.
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I lied. One more thing…

5. Deployment #1 is still going. And going, and going and going. After getting some not so great news, I was able to talk to my husband several times (woo hoo!). We are back to “black out” meaning nothing in and nothing out – no mail, phone calls, emails – but we are able to send family grams. Basically you get 10 – 50 words messages, but you send it knowing that anyone (and everyone if they deem it embarrassing) can read it. There are very strict guidelines about what you can’t say or your family gram will get rejected. Of course, we named our dog Boomer, a type of submarine, so I am always worried they are going to think I’m talking in code or something.

 

 

 

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Silverdale Waterfront Park

Something crazy happened today. I got a [tiny] sunburn!!! Not because it was that sunny… mostly because I am that pale. I met a friend at Silverdale Waterfront park and we headed out for a 4.5 mile trail run followed by lunch overlooking the water. Afterwards, I headed back to the park to do my “homework”. I am taking a photography workshop to learn how to get out of Auto Mode on my fancy camera. I gathered some driftwood and started messing with settings on my camera to see how they effected the picture. I am super visual so I wrote down my settings and stuck it in the picture. Then I got home and realized I could view all of that when I imported my pictures. Oh well, I still like pencil and paper.
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Today’s goal was how to get  a bokeh effect – blurred background – in pictures. I think I’m starting to get the hang of it.

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Then I set off to take some “fun” pictures keeping my camera off Auto!

Driftwood everywhere you look.

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When I was setting up my practice driftwood, I saw a man teaching his daughter (I assume) how to tie her shoe. I thought it was such a sweet moment.
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Something else I was supposed to work on was the use of lines to direct the audience where to look. Here are two that I think are pretty good use of eye line. What do you think?
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Here are just a few others I snapped. 1-DSC_04981-DSC_0604 1-DSC_05241-DSC_05121-DSC_0540It is supposed to rain for the next few days (and by that I mean the next EIGHT days) so I am happy I was able to get out and enjoy the sun, run, have a beer with a girlfriend and play with my camera. Happy Saturday!

 

Sunshine and Water

Today I was able to soak up some sunshine and check out a new trail. Technically I’ve gone to Clear Creek Trail before, but I didn’t realize how big it was. This time I started at Silverdale Waterfront Park where there is a paved path by the water. Then the trail turned into a real trail (gravel and dirt) and boy did I feel it in my legs.

I really needed a day like today even if my run wasn’t the greatest. I was able to get in 5 miles on the trail. I was supposed to run 6, but I turned around too soon and didn’t feel like running circles for a mile. I wanted to take Boomer for a run anyway so I did my last mile with him when I got home.
photo 1 photo 2 photo 3 photo 4All in all, it was a good day and I am glad I was able to enjoy the sun.

 

Boomer’s PR

I’m back in full on I LOVE RUNNING mode. This morning I had a great 5 mile run with two girlfriends at Lions Park.

I wish it was as sunny today as it is in the picture, but it isn’t raining so I’ll take it.

When I got home I decided today was the day… Boomer went for his first official run even though he prefers yoga.

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Since Boomer is only 10 months old, we are going to hold off on distance for a while and work on rules. Today was just a test run to see what we need to work on and I must say, he did great. At first he started off way to fast – I guess he thought we were sprinting – but then he settled into a nice 8:39 pace. Other than switching sides, he did awesome and knocked out an easy 1/2 mile.

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He came home and started blitzing so I guess Boomer has already caught the running fever too. I’m one happy momma! This also brought my total to 5.5 miles for today and with yoga tonight – I’m having a great fitness day!

Getting back on track

After getting sick and my parent’s visit – the marathon training got a little off track. Now I have a little making up to do, but I am feeling refreshed after a three week break from “real running”.

I did find a group of girls to run with which has been awesome. It’s funny how you can truck right up a hill without really noticing when you are chit-chatting with girlfriends. Wednesday, I ran solo for the first time in a while and it was a tough 4.5 miles. Even though it was cloudy and cold, I am so thankful to have a beautiful route along the water. There is just something about running beside water that makes me happy.

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Yesterday, the weather was cold and windy so I opted for the treadmill. I was able to get in a slow and actually pretty easy 5 miles which is my longest run since my injury in September!!! Tonight is yoga night and my hips are so looking forward to it.

 

 

Salty advice

 

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As a new military spouse, I am always seeking out advice about how to survive in this crazy world from “salty” spouses. One of the best things someone could have ever told me was this:

“Any duty station can suck if you make it. Any duty station can be awesome if you make it.”

 

When we first showed up to Bremerton, the hubby and I got scared. Most of the buildings could use some TLC and we were overwhelmed by the amount of stuff – houses and businesses – crammed on this peninsula. We could no longer have the “this is temporary” mentality, this was home for the next three years. The first week or so was rough – rain and snow and fog and more rain. Once we got settled into our house, started getting the lay of the land and meeting people, the better I started feeling. I’ve learned with Bremerton, you deal with the rain because when the sun comes out…

sunrise… you are in for a real treat.

 

 

DIY: Sparkle Running Skirt

There are a few reasons I like to run. Runner’s high, pink tennis shoes and fun running clothes. Simple as that. My mom and I (with help from the hubby when our brains stopped working) made this skirt the night before my last half marathon and I figured I should finally get around to telling you how. Plus, I just happen to have some sparkly fabric and a lot of free time.

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:: What You Need :: 
1 yard confetti dot fabric (or other fabric of choice)
Elastic for waistband
Matching thread
Sewing Machine

Note: There are two different color fabrics in this post – you’re not crazy 🙂 

Start with the waistband. Wrap elastic around your waist where you want you skirt to sit. Add about two inches for overlap. Create the waistband by sewing the two ends together. I used a zig-zag stitch on the ends to make sure they are flush with the rest of the band (prevent chafing) and a straight stitch for the long ends. Give your waist band a few tugs to make sure it will hold up during the race.

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Put the waistband aside. We’ll come back to that at the end of the project.

Measure and cut the rest of the skirt.

  • Top of skirt: Cut a rectangle.
    For the long side: measure your hips where ever you want the skirt to sit and add four inches to give yourself some running room.  For the short side: 5.5 inches.
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Bottom of skirt:
For the long side: hip measurement + 4 inches. For the short side: 9-10 inches*. You need two of these rectangles.  *Don’t worry if the skirt looks a little long; you can always shorten the skirt at the very end.measurement21-DSC_0048

Now that everything is cut, you will make the bottom of the skirt first.

1-DSC_0062-002To create the ruffle of the bottom of the skirt:

  • sew the two larger rectangles together to make one very long rectangle1-DSC_0055
  • sew one stitch down the length of the rectangle. Place the stitch about 1/2 inch from the top. ***DO NOT BACK STITCH*** You also want to set the stitch to the longest stitch you have.
  • start pulling on the fabric (make sure to hold the thread) to create an even ruffle. The goal is to make the ruffled rectangle the same size as the smaller (top of skirt) rectangle. Just ignore the typo in the picture below 🙂 1-DSC_0058

Now we are going to attach the ruffle part of the skirt. 1-1-DSC_0062-001To add the ruffle on the flat part of the skirt:

  • Pin the ruffled rectangle on the smaller (top of skirt) rectangle. Pin directly on the sparkle side of fabric. I gave myself about a .5 inch overlap. Actually, I counted up three dots and pinned so I didn’t have to measure. 1-DSC_0061This step takes a while to get the ruffle even and pinned straight. Boomer gave up on me…
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  • Sew directly below the basting stitch making sure the ruffle stays.
  • You can pull out the basting stitch now. I left mine in because you couldn’t see it.

Sew the skirt shut by folding the skirt in half (with the good side of fabric facing in). Pin and sew the short sides together. *Make sure to line up the ruffles because you can trim the bottom up to match if it doesn’t line up exactly.  The final step is to attached the waistband.

1-1-DSC_0062-002To attach the skirt to the waistband:
(Sorry for no pictures – this is a two hand job)

  • Pin the skirt to the inside of the elastic waistband. You will notice the skirt is larger than your waistband – you want that! I pinned the skirt in four places – the back, front and each side leaving loose material between each pin. Start sewing (with a zig-zag stitch) where you placed a pin. As you sew, hold your skirt where the next pin is and pull the elastic to become the same length as the material. The goal of this is to allow the skirt to stretch so you can put it on. When you are finished, the material will have a slight ruffle at the top, but it will flatten out when you put it on. 

To shorten your skirt: determine how much shorter you need it and chop. This fabric will not fray.  1-DSC_00621-DSC_0068DSC01613-001

Please let me know if you have any questions or if a part of this tutorial isn’t clear. 

Getting through deployment #1

Time is starting to move faster now, but the end of this deployment still feels ages away. I’m trying to keep myself busy and I’ve been meeting a lot of new people. It’s so strange to think that when the hubby deployed we knew basically no body and now I am starting to hang out with the same group of girls quite often. The hubby will come home to a whole group of friends. Luckily, most of the girls’ husbands are also deployed so all they guys should be returning around the same time.

This deployment would be a lot easier if I could actually talk to my husband. Having no way to communicate with him is tough, but hopefully this will be the only deployment where we can’t talk. Usually subs allow email communication. It’s also strange that when he gets home, we will never be able to talk about what he did. I’m sure he will have to shut me down because it’s such a natural thing to ask what he did while he was gone.

Before the hubby left, he told me to think about what I wanted to do for our 1 year wedding anniversary (because, yep, he is missing that). I didn’t really have any ideas until everyone started talking about the Sub Ball; aka: Navy Prom but you are allowed to drink and don’t go home to your parent’s house after 😉 This year, the Sub Ball is in Seattle so I figure we can make a fun “staycation” out of it. I already booked our hotel (right on the water) and my mom and I will go dress shopping when my parents come next week. I typically go for short dresses since I am so short, but this is a very formal event. I am really excited to get dressed up and have a fun night.

Training is still going great. I had a tough long run on Friday, but my shake out run on Sunday was much better. I just did yoga tonight because my shoulders and back are still very sore from rock climbing on Saturday.

Plus, I got an arm workout today when I decided I didn’t need a man around to attack the overgrown bush outside. If anyone asks, I don’t know who cut the bush so weird.

The rest of my night looks like this: Biggest Loser + cuddle time with my furbabies.
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RNR Week 2

Week 2 of RNR Seattle training is complete! I am so happy that 3 miles is easy-ish once again.

Monday: Yoga followed by a 3 mile treadmill run. I was proud of myself for actually doing my run since it was 7:00pm and all I wanted to do was eat dinner. I was even tempted to grab fast food on base before I left, but I reminded myself of the healthy dinner waiting on me at home.
Tuesday: Off. Tied body and really just didn’t feel like working out.
Wednesday: 1 fast mile + yoga + 2 miles. I got to the gym a little early so I decided to go ahead and get one mile out of the way. Didn’t leave base without fast food. Oops.
Thursday: 30 minute bike ride.
Friday: 5 tough, painful miles outside. Pretty sure I ran through the ghetto, so I am going to actually plan a course for my next long run. However, the sun did come out so it was a good day.
Saturday: Indoor rock climbing with some new friends. My back is so sore!!! I’ve decided that the hubby and I are going to go there once a month for my upper body workout.
Sunday: 3 mile “recovery” run.

I realized I really need to get outside more. I’ve been avoiding the rain and cold for weeks, but you just can’t get the same run quality inside. I thought running with inclines would help, but outside kicked my butt.

The idea of running 26.2 miles still blows my mind and I’m not sure how I am going to make it. I saw this on Pinterest the other day and I’m thinking about plastering it all over the house:

Bringing you up to speed

Week one of marathon training is on the books. I skipped one of my runs, but it was for a good reason. My friend’s daughter turned 1 so I had to help celebrate. I had so much fun picking out her gift – mostly because it gave me an excuse to go in the baby section of Target. The party was fun, but I realized how much work kids are. It’s funny how differently I look at babies now that I am “of age”.

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On Friday, the sun came out. You can laugh, but I’ve realized this is a major life event here.

photo 1Even though I see these ships every time I leave my house, I still think they are really cool. You realize how huge carriers are when they sit behind a parking lot making cars look like toys. I couldn’t even get the entire ship in the picture.
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I found an American flag on sale so I grabbed it for our house. We already had the mount, so all I had to do was assemble the flag and put it up. However, if my husband asks, I had to hang over the edge with a drill to painstakingly put that flag up. Okay? 
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photo 3So…. I found this flyer in the gym for a self-paced month-long triathlon. It is my understanding that you keep a log of your runs, bike rides and swims until you complete the totals for each. I think I am going to do it, but the swim scares me. I know I’m not very good and I worry that I look like an idiot while I swim.

Funny husband story: The Navy requires different fitness tests. One being a swimming test. Makes sense. I just assumed that my husband sort of knew how to freestyle and that was how he completed the test. The boys were laughing about my hubby doing a backstroke for the test. Apparently, everyone thought he was joking around, but that is the only stoke he knows how to do. And he owned it. Can you picture everyone swimming in the pool and my husband doing the back stroke? That is why I love him. 

My dilemma is that I know I will run at least 26.2 miles in February and I can bike for my cross training days. However, 2.4 miles swimming is terrifying. I have a few more days to think about it, but I’m pretty certain I am going to do it.

I’ve also found a group of Navy wives that run so I am SUPER excited about that. We are going to run a St. Patty’s race together once we determine the distance (5k or 10k). I’m pulling for the 10k because it fits nicely in my training plan but the world doesn’t revolve around me. I’m still trying to figure out how to make that happen.