monthly miles {june}

Somehow, June is already over and marathon training is underway!

Total miles: 65.9 miles

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Fun places I ran: I did two runs in the Sarasota area this month. I ran my ten mile long run in Long Boat Key, which was so pretty! My recovery run was next to the beach with some pretty great views.

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Favorite running thing this month: I finally got fitted for new running shoes this month. I have actually never been fitted, which is crazy, so I headed our local running store, Track Shack, to see what they recommended. I ended up with the Asics GEL-Pursue 3. I absolutely love them! I also am loving my new OOFOS flip flops. They are so ugly, I know, but they are so comfortable! I was having a lot of pain in both of my feet for a couple of weeks and these have helped so much. I do not go barefoot anymore, so I am basically living in these when I’m not at work. They are amazing!

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Non-running workouts: Now that training is officially underway, I have two cross training days per week. I went to piyo once this month which felt so good! I’ve also done the elliptical and the spin bike as my cross training workouts. I’m always looking for new ideas for cross training, so let me know if you have any good suggestions.

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Next month: Marathon training swings into high gear in July. My long runs get up to 18 miles which is very daunting to think about. I’m excited to continue extending my long runs. Currently, my longest run ever is around 13.5 miles. Aside from running, I am also focusing on stretching consistently, fueling before/during/after long runs, and paying attention to my diet since food is now fuel.

Happy running friends!

Potty Training: Girls vs. Boys

As Potty Training Awareness Month comes to an end, I want to share another post I wrote last year that was originally posted on Orlando Moms Blog.

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Potty training.

Just writing those words makes me want to pour a glass of wine. We’ve survived two potty training endeavors and learned many things from the two very different experiences. One thing I’ve learned is that what they say about potty training boys versus girls is not true.

When it came time to potty training our son, everyone said that boys are so much harder than girls and that we shouldn’t expect him to pick it up as quickly as our daughter did. After potty training a girl and a boy, I can honestly say I don’t find that statement to be true. Whatsoever. In certain aspects of potty training, each of them did something better than the other and there were several areas that differed between the two which would make anyone’s potty training experience different from someone else’s experience.

My daughter is older and was potty trained at 26 months old when my son was just two months old. She was cloth diapered until we started the 3 day potty training method and we were determined to get her out of diapers. She seemed so old at just 26 months, compared to her newborn brother, and we KNEW she was ready to be potty trained. She did a great job, but it took her eight days before she was able to poop in the potty. It was a very long eight days, but since she was our first born, we didn’t know any better. She was staying dry through the night without a diaper or a pull-up before she was able to go number two in the potty. After those eight days, potty training was over!

Fast forward two years when my son was 2 and a half years old. He had also been cloth diapered for two years, but he ended up wearing disposable diapers for about six months until we decided to finally give potty training a go. Based on what everyone had said, my expectations were not high and I was honestly dreading the whole experience. However, having an older sister, my son was far more interested in the potty well before we started potty training. He got used to sitting on the potty and even using the potty just by watching his sister. Since we had such a good experience with the 3 day potty training method, we knew we would use it again. My son picked it up in just over two days, both number one and number two. We were shocked and couldn’t believe that he caught on so quickly, especially after what we had heard about boys. He did a good job at first staying dry at night, but he is a much deeper sleeper than his sister, so it took him a bit longer at night to stay dry. We were changing sheets more frequently than we did with my daughter. He still hasn’t worn pull-ups, but night time was a longer road than the day time.

Overall, every child is different. There are many different factors that play into how well or how quickly a child picks up potty training. Young toddler, older toddler, first child, second child, boy, girl, it doesn’t matter. Every child is unique and every child will get potty trained at some point. I’ve learned many things from our two different potty training experiences, but most importantly, don’t compare your child to another child.

Marathon Training {Week 1}

Week one of training for the Chicago marathon is in the books and I am now on my journey to 26.2 in October.

Monday

After a weekend of back to back runs and piyo, my legs and feet were dead. I did 2 miles on the elliptical and opted for a good stretch for 10-15 minutes afterwards.

Tuesday

This was my first ever speed workout and I have to say, I really enjoyed it.

1 mile warm up (10:00 pace)
400m (8:15-8:30 pace)
90 second recovery
Repeat 8 times
1 mile cool down (10:00 pace)

I hit my target paces for each 400m (ranging from 8:03-8:29) and walked between each 400m. My cool down ended up being 1.5 miles and my total miles for Tuesday were 5.25.

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Wednesday

I did 30 minutes on the spin bike for my cross training workout.

Thursday

My workout was five miles at marathon pace, though I’m not exactly sure what my marathon pace will be. I did all five miles at a pretty consistent pace:
10:03, 9:49, 10:13, 10:12, 10:02.

Friday

Rest day!

Saturday

We headed down to Sarasota for the weekend, so my first long run of marathon training was a solo run. I figured this would be my first mental hurdle and it was. It was a rough run altogether, but I finished. Thankfully, I had a new podcast to listen to to keep me distracted for some of the run.

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Sunday

From what I have heard and read, recovery runs are just as important as the long runs since it’s all about running on tired legs. My first recovery run was 4 miles. I didn’t start until 7:45am so the sun was scorching and it was incredibly hot, but overall, my legs felt pretty good.

One down, 15 more to go!

 

my weekend in photos

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we headed to grammy’s house on friday afternoon. the kids didn’t waste any time, they jumped right into the pool for a swim.

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six manatees that came up to the dock to drink the water from the hose, including a little baby!

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friday night sunset.

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saturday morning sunrise.

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i got in ten miles on saturday. solo miles are not as fun but i did listen to a new podcast!

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we headed down to the beach on saturday morning. the water felt amazing!

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making the coolest sand castle.

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after naps for all, we headed out on the boat.

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our little navigators.

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the kids loved the sandbar!

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dinner and ice cream!

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after dinner family photo.

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i stopped for a quick picture during my run this morning. can’t beat that view.

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we had such a fun weekend at grammy’s house. how was your weekend?

Potty Training in 3+ Days

June is Potty Training Awareness Month, so I thought I’d throw it back to a post I wrote about over three years ago that was originally posted on Orlando Moms Blog.

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I cannot begin to tell you how many times the words “pee pee” and “poopy” have come out of my mouth in the last two months. They are now common words in our vocabulary and here’s how we got there.

We were anticipating holiday break from school for a number of reasons. Obviously, to celebrate the holidays and spend time with family, but also because of this looming reality that it was time to begin potty training our 26 month old.

My husband and I were more than ready, having just had our second child two months prior. We were OVER the double diaper duty. It was time. We decided to try the 3 Day Potty Training method after several recommendations from others.

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Here are a few things I learned during this process (ok, more than a few) and I hope you can use one (or all) of them when it comes time for you to potty train your little one:

  1. Buy the flushable wipes. These would have come in handy with all of the poopy accidents we had. We use them now and they are so much better than the dry toilet paper on their little bums.
  2. Get in the mindset of two steps forward, one step back. Potty training is a process, and as long as you’re moving forward, keep going! Celebrate the victories, big or small, and brush off the accidents. Just keep moving forward.
  3. Stay positive. This is probably a no-brainer, but believe me, it is so incredibly hard, yet so incredibly important. Take a step back, a breather, have a drink, do whatever you need to do, but stay positive!
  4. Listen to the poop song. This was something else I had read about online — and my daughter loved it! We frequently did a potty dance when she was done.
  5. Make the incentives visible. For each pee pee in the potty, my daughter got a “special treat” — an M&M. The M&Ms were in a dish on the counter, so she knew what she was getting. Each day we talked about getting a lollipop (or “pollipop” to her) if she poopied in the potty. But it wasn’t until she was doing the “I gotta go” dance on day eight when I rushed and grabbed a handful of Dum Dums from the drawer. I asked if she wanted a lollipop and she rushed straight to the potty to do her business. By golly, as soon as she saw the reward, she wanted it. Now, if only we would have started that on day one!
  6. Get a travel potty seat. This may have been more for me. I am now infinitely more aware of how disgusting public restrooms are. Having the folding travel seat helps me feel a little bit better about having to go into every public restroom we come across in the city.
  7. It may not happen in three days. I was so discouraged by the end of day three when we still had not had a successful poopy in the potty. I took “3 day” too literally. She picked up the peeing very quickly, but we could not get over the fear of pooping in the potty. Fast forward five more days and we made it! Day eight was the first day I felt she “got it” — and we were completely accident free! Looking back, the fact that it only took us eight days to potty train is pretty amazing, but it was very hard to see while we were in the moment.
  8. Give the night-time a try. If you’re considering doing “3 Day Potty Training” (or 3+ days as I mentioned above), then you should consider going all in. We got a lot of funny looks when we said we were going to potty train day and night at the same time. Ironically enough, the night time clicked faster than the pooping did. I was just as shocked as you probably are reading this. If the night-time doesn’t work, no harm in trying — you probably just did a few extra loads of laundry more than you normally would have.
  9. Every child is different. I know, I know, this is obvious, but we moms know how easy it is to get trapped in the world of comparing our child to someone else’s. We’ve all done it. Just try to make a conscious effort not to do it when it comes to potty training.

While I would consider our potty training experience a success, I will tell you it was not easy, nor fun. It’s safe to say that it was toughest parenting hurdle we’ve had to jump to date. But it was so worth it!

So tell me, what are your successes and challenges when it comes to the “pee pee” and the “poopy”?

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my weekend in photos

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greg and i had a lunch date on friday at blaze. but, i’m not sandra.

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8 miles with the girls on saturday. we started at 5:30am and we were all so excited to “sleep in”.

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after breakfast, we headed to the y. i did piyo which was great after my run.

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saturday swimming.

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on saturday night, we headed down to the orlando city soccer game!

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orlando united! remembering the 49.

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my date.

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happy birthday to mitch!

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it was such a fun and exciting game!

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family bike ride/run to starbucks. the kids rode 2.5 miles!

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the best daddy.

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we saw cars 3 this afternoon. it was so good!

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this girl is so big. she decided this morning that she wanted her ears pierced and she was so brave!

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we had such a fun weekend. how was yours?

happy father’s day to all the dads out there!

Legoland Beach Retreat // April 2017

To end the month of April, we headed down to Legoland to check out the new Beach Retreat. We started the day at the Legoland water park before heading over to check in to our room. We drove over to the Beach Retreat and checked into right from our car with the drive-thru check in. It was super convenient.

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Our room was in Seagull’s Cove and we shared a bungalow with the Herolds. Each cove has its own playground that is visible from each room. The kids loved walking right out to play.

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The rooms are super cute! Just like the Legoland Hotel, there is a small separate room with bunk beds for the kids. The kids didn’t go right to sleep by any means, but Greg and I sat on the porch after they finally went to bed. The set up of the room is just so much better than a standard hotel room and it really makes such a difference!

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After we got settled, we headed over to the pool for some swimming before dinner. There was also another larger playground and a bar right by the pool. Once we saw the set up, we knew we should have spent the afternoon at the resort instead of the water park. We definitely made a mental note for next time.

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After swimming, the kids played Legos at the bungalow until it was time for dinner. The restaurant was also right by the pool so we walked over to have dinner.

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The next morning, everyone was up early! We headed over for breakfast, which is included in your reservation, before heading back to Legoland.

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We spent a couple hours at the park riding roller coasters and rides. Since we all went to bed late and got up early, we headed out after lunchtime so the kids could nap the whole way home.

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Overall, we had such a great time with the Herolds. The Beach Retreat is so so cute and we will definitely be back!