Friday, June 23, 2017

Friday Five 6.23.17

Happy Friday! What a week it has been!

I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with  Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness. The theme today is Summer Treats.

As I have told you before, I enjoy the summer, the sunshine, the heat, the long days! I generally live life harder in summer, than in other season... here are my 5 summer indulgences

1. The Sun- Summer has been around for barely 2 days, and my running tan game is going strong, stronger than in any other year! My feet are white, my neck has the racer back lines and my legs are pale where my shorts end. It is glorious!! And I love how long the days are!! 

2. The Heat- I really should say the sweating! I know the most people hate the sweating and the constant heat, but I love basking on the misery of the heat and sweat!! *** somebody remind me of this words in a month, when I will be likely cursing the heat. 

3. The clothes- My days at work are spend on dress black pants, dress shirt and a jacket... I don't do dresses or skirts at work ( shoes are a very complicated and sensitive issue for me ) So, for the time I'm not dress for work, I love my shorts and tanks... most of them still in black, but it is so nice to only wear one ( or two) layers of clothing in the summer!

4. The food - Two words that bring me all the joy in the summer - Pasta Salad! I could live my days eating mountains of pasta salad! My current favorite is a strange variation of a greek pasta salad I came up with. 

5.  Time Outside with my son - As mentioned in previous post, I have day trips planned with my son for the rest of the summer, I just love the Fridays that we get to travel and explore places. 

I am sorry I've been away, work has been busy, and we had a little surprise this week, I'll tell you more next week. Overall, I'm tired and glad to be off work this Friday!!

How is your summer going? 
Is your runner tan game strong ?
What is your favorite pasta salad? 
what adventures are you up to this summer? 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Weekly Wrap 6.18.17

Happy Monday! I hope you had a awesome weekend!!

 I'm  linking up with TaraHolly and Tricia this week for the Weekly Wrap.

Week was busy again, but more balanced out and less hectic. Here is a brief look at my week

Monday: 4 miles easy run
Thursday: 4 miles tempo + Weights
Friday: 2 miles with sprints + weights
Saturday: 2 miles
Sunday: 8 mile long run

There was a lot of running and my shins are not happy with me at the current moment.

I've been working on getting up before work to run, but that requires me to go to bed earlier... which is also a work on progress. I need to adjust what time I go to bed, but there is just so many things to get done each night before work/school!

My son is off from school and back for his vacation with his Dad. I was so happy to see him after 13 days !! That is the longest I have ever gone without seeing him!

On Thursday, I took off from work and we had a nice breakfast at Bob Evans. My son loves to eat at Bob Evans! After that we went to the local street fair, Jubilee Day.


On Saturday, it was Sister #1's birthday and her baby sprinkle ( she already has my niece, so the next baby gets a sprinkle.) Before the party, my brothers and I went for a quick 2 mile run in the local county park.

I got this awesome shot of the Bros stretching !

After the Baby Sprinkle, we did pictures outside. My niece was playing with a ball while we were standing in line waiting for the picture, and she threw the ball up in the air at the perfect moment and it looks like she is being hit in the face with a ball!! She is not, I promise!

Brother #2 joined me for the long run on Sunday, he only runs about 2 miles each day, but joined me for 4 miles and showed me new routes to run in Oxford. I enjoyed the company for the time he stayed with me.

Currently Reading
While at the airport last week, I picked up The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney. So far it's just ok, I am more interested in the supporting characters than the family the book revolves around.

How was your week?
Do you have Bob Evans Restaurants near you?
Is there any local fairs near you?
Anybody going in any good vacations soon?

Friday, June 16, 2017

Friday Five- Father's Day Weekend

Happy Friday!! How is your week going?

I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with  Running on Happy & Fairytales and FitnessThis weekend is Father's Day, and I'm dedicating this Friday Five to my Dad.

Here are 5 awesome facts about my Father.

1. My Dad was supportive of our Education. If you remember, my Mom was very progressive for her time, and always wanted us to focus on our education, rather than on preparing for being somebody's wife. My Dad never fought her on it, even when his own family would pick on him about us not knowing how to make tortillas at the age of 8.

2. My Dad taught me to deal with Car problems... on his own way. My Dad taught us how to drive, showed us how to change the oil (We didn't quite learn it), check tire pressure, fill the tires. So one day when I was in college, my car wouldn't turn on, I called my Dad and his answer still rings in my head "What are you calling me for? I can't fix it. Find somebody to jump your battery and take it to a mechanic!" In talking to my sisters, They each had a similar conversation with them.

3. He taught me to not be afraid to drive anywhere. The first awesome thing was that he taught me to drive... many Mexican fathers do not teach their daughters to drive. But he made me drive in many highways, from here to Mexico and taught me to find a direction, and not be afraid of being in big highways.

4. Eating is good, Eating out is better- My dad LOVES to eat out!! He will never miss an opportunity to eat at a restaurant! My Dad and I could eat our way through any town! Once we were in Mexico together, and my mom happened to be there too. My dad and I went out to breakfast, lunch, snack, snack again and dinner... while my mom at her sisters.

5. Work Hard- Both my Mom and Dad are hard workers. My Dad is semi retired, but still works part-time. I have never met somebody who works as hard as him.... back in 2005, he had shingles, and went to work for 2 weeks, before his job asked him to stay home and rest. If he can go to work with Shingles, I can show up with a headache. I never tell him I have called off work.

Bonus : When I got divorced, I was afraid of telling my Dad. I thought he would be ashamed of me for giving up on my marriage. When I finally told him, he hugged me and told me that he was proud of me for sticking up for myself. He has told my sisters multiple times that he is very proud of me for everything I have done in my life, but specially for not putting up with my ex-husband.

What is one awesome about your Dad?
Do you like to eat out?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

My Son's Other Parents

By now, all of you know that I'm divorced and have a son, whose custody I share with his father. You also know that I am engaged to Roger, and my ex-husband is engaged as well.

When I introduced Roger to my son, I made it very clear to Roger that my son is always my #1 priority, that there was never going to be a completion for who got all of my attention. He is my everything, I live for this kid. Roger understood that, and has grown to love my son. He misses him when he is not around, he talks to him about things my son wants to learn more about, he calms his anxieties and fears, he also will ask him to turn off the iPad when we are sitting at the dinner table, or to do what I am shouting orders to him about from the other room. There is no doubt in my heart that Roger loves and cares for my son.

Then, there is the Ex's fiancĂ©. She bothers me. I don't know anything about her, other than what I have managed to stalk on Facebook, or in a random google  search.

When I got divorced, my exhusband and I made a deal. I would tell him when I was dating somebody seriously before introducing him to my son. and he would do the same. When the time came, I offered vague details about Roger to my ex-husband. Roger is a college professor, from Miami, divorced, and teaches martial arts on his free time.

But, my ex-husband being a man of no word, didn't follow through with our agreement. I learned about his girlfriend when my son started to mention her name. All of the sudden he started mentioning Gym Trainer Woman here and there. and I would ask Roger after my son went to sleep.... "Who the fuck is Gym Trainer Woman?"

She started showing around my son's baseball games. Discreetly, staying clear off my son or her boyfriend, at least until the end of the game.

The Ex never mentioned he was dating her, who she was, what she did, what corner of hell she was dragged out of. Next thing I knew, a message came to my phone "Hey, just wanted to let you know that I'm proposing to Gym Trainer Woman, and will be telling our son tomorrow". I wanted to ask "Who the hell is Gym Trainer woman?" but courtesy got me. Instead I said congratulations...

I know it sounds like I don't like her, but it's difficult to like or dislike somebody whom I know nothing about .... other than the random stuff I found on FB... But I have to come to terms with her being a parent to my child.

The rational part of my brain tells me that my ex-husband had to get used to hearing about Roger and him being a part of our son's life. Then I remind myself that I followed our agreement, and he still has never told me anything about Gym Trainer Woman.

For better of for worse, this woman will be in my son's life... so I guess Facebook stalking will be the best way to find our more about her? My logical friend Megan suggested inviting Gym Training Woman to happy hour... but I'm not ready to be a rational and logical human right now.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Marathon Woman

I first read about Kathrine Switzer while scrolling through Pinterest. That horrific picture of Jock Semple trying to pull her off the Boston race brought me to a puddle of tears. I was at work and had to leave my desk to calm myself. At the time, I was training to run my first half marathon, and running had brought me a lot of relief to stress at work and at home, and imagining somebody trying to take that away from me broke me. I read up her story on Wikipedia, but it didn't occur to me to look up her book at the time.

I ordered the book from Amazon when I saw the recommendation on Wendy's blog.

Source : Runner's World

I have read 5 running books, with Born to Run being my favorite to this date. But some felt forced; like Frank Shorter's, which was recommended by NPR.

As soon as I started reading Marathon Woman, the book felt easy to read, and very well written. Ms. Switzer gives great details on how she started running, and leading up to the excitement of running Boston, several times.

This book had what I wanted in other running books, the story of how she started running, why she wanted to run the marathon, and great detailed recaps on her training and her races, also how it affected her life and her personal relationships... I need those juicy bits that keep it all more realistic.

When the book arrived, I set it on the table and my son saw it and wanted to know why those men were pulling on the girl. I explained to him what was happening in the photo ( my son has been told the prestige and honor of running Boston for at least 3 years now, so he very well understands what Boston Marathon means ) and he wanted to know why she wasn't allowed to run, and couldn't believe that she wasn't allowed to run, because she was a woman. Then, one night, when reading with my son, he asked me to read him the part of Ms. Switzer being pulled from the marathon.

I had already read the part where Jock Semple and Will Clooney tried to pull her off the race, before reading it to my son, but it made me very emotional again, and I fought off tears while reading it to him.

The entire book was filled with moments that made me teary eyed. From the struggle of acceptance of women at races, her fight to get the Olympic games to add Women's marathon, and her quest to complete the marathon under 3 hours.

The book was amazing! there wasn't a single part that I felt was dragging, and it kept me trying to find time to read it.

I listened to her interview on Another Mother Runner, in which she said that they are auctioning the rights for a movie. How amazing would that be!!

Did you ever see the pictures of Ms. Switzer being pulled off the race?
Have you read other running books?

Monday, June 12, 2017

Weekly Wrap 6.11.17

Happy Monday!! How are you today? How was your weekend?

 I'm  linking up with Kim,  Holly and Tricia this week for the Weekly Wrap.

This last week was busy and crazy, but lots of fun and excitement happened.

Monday: Zumba with Cat
Wednesday: Big Run 5K and weights
Friday: 2 mile hike

My son has been wit his Dad since Thursday June 1st, they were at the beach all of last week, and I was desperately missing him! I knew this week was coming, so I made plans to stay busy each and everyday... otherwise, I would want to go home, watch TV and drink wine the rest of the night.

On Monday I went to Zumba, which was sweaty and hot, but worth the sweat.

On Tuesday I met the lovely Megan for happy hour. We talked for hours, and we could have carried on talking for a few more! Megan is such a wonderful kind, smart and strong woman, I wish you all could hang out with her IRL!

Wednesday was Global Running day, in the time I have been running, I had not participated in any Global running day festivities, because of work and taking care of my son. This year I signed up for the local Fleet Feet Big Run 5K. I talked to my sister on the phone for the entire run, and my shoe came untied at the very end of the race... but I just ran like that to the finish line, trying not to trip over myself.

Roger's Dad has not been feeling well, so we went to visit him in Florida this weekend. Roger grew up in Florida and his immediate family all live in Miami. We stayed with his sister, who is super awesome to let us crash at her place.

We visited his brother at his clothing store, and then hiked in one of the park at the Key Largo, at which we almost got eaten alive by mosquitos! But the trees and wild life were gorgeous, a completely different scene than our PA parks.


I really wanted to go for a run, but kept being lazy about it. We visited Roger's Dad Friday night. He is doing better, but they are all still worried about him. His Dad and I talked about Julio Jaramillo ( A very popular romantic music singer from the 1960s) He told me that he saw him perform live in Panama in 1960. I grew up listening to Julio Jaramillo with my mom, and my favorite singer, Enrique Bunbury recorded a cover of one of Jaramillos most popular song, Odiame (Hate me).

Here is evidence I was in Fort Lauderdale ... I love the beach there!
Saturday Morning, Roger attended an aikido Seminar with his friends from Miami and Fort Lauderdale. They all have been friends for years, and see all our pictures on Facebook, so many of them approached me and said "hey, I know you! You are Roger's wife, the one who runs a lot!".... wow!! Some even said that they didn't recognize me because I wasn't wearing running clothes! I told them each (there were many ) that I don't run that much, that I know people who run way more than me.

On our way back on Sunday, I was almost not allowed to get on the plane. The flight was overbooked, and they had some volunteers staying back. When I get to board the plane, the woman at the counter said that I hadn't checked in, and they had given my seat to somebody else... strange, because I had checked as soon as we arrived to the airport... how else would they have given me my ticket? I was finally allowed to board, but had to take a different seat. I couldn't complain too much, I still made the flight!

This week, we officially begin to train for the half marathons in September. So no more excuses.

Currently Reading
I Am Malala by MalaYousafzai. What and amazing book!! I don't know why I waited so long to read it.

How was your week?
Have you ever been put on Standby for a flight?
What is the one animal you have seen on a hike or run?
Do people know you as the "One who runs a lot"?

Friday, June 09, 2017

Summer Plans

Happy Friday!! How is your day going?

I'm joining the Friday 5 Link up with  Running on Happy & Fairytales and Fitness. The theme today is Summer Spots.

 I am fortunate to get every other Friday off from work, and this allows me to spend extra time with my son on fun trips in the summer. Last year, our goal was to have a trip for each of the Fridays, that would not cost us too much money.... Mommy has to save money for all the races she signs up for...  This year, we hope to replicate that.

Here are 5 places we plan to visit this summer that won't break the bank.

1. Philadelphia Pa. I have visited Philadelphia multiple times in my life, it's a beautiful city with a lot of things to do. We hope to visit Reading Market, the Liberty Bell and Penn's Landing. The only cost I'm associating with this trip is the driving, parking and eating. My son is a picky eater, so we pack what he likes to eat and occasionally he will request a chicken tender... which I happily feed him, because protein... fried protein still counts, right?

2. Knoebels Park- This amazing park is a must see in PA, we only have to pay for the rides we want to do, and our food, which I love, because I don't like rides... they make me sick... (Side story, once I got in the carrousel with my son in Hershey Park in the morning, I was dizzy the rest of the day and no fun to be around ).


3. New Jersey Beach- Roger does an Aikido seminar every summer, and while he practices aikido in a room full of sweaty people in Gis, my son and I sit at the beach having ice creams, and fighting about having to walk back to the car, and why he won't eat the cup of expensive grapes he made me buy him at Wawa.


4. Sesame Place- This is going to be our most expensive trip this summer, that is why I am saving it until August. When my niece was a baby, I promised my sister that I would take my niece to Sesame Place, and my sister is due to have another baby this July... so before I can't afford the trip to Sesame Place, I'm taking my 2 nieces and my son to Sesame Place. I secretly love Sesame Place, but I hate puppets. Yes, I prefer human size monsters that can be punched on the face if needed.

5. Hiking and Canoeing- Is it starting to feel like I mention canoeing every Friday now? Yes, probably. But it's gonna happen.. and now that I've said it twice, it has to happen.

DREAM VACATION- I would love to visit my hometown in Mexico, and I would love to take my son to see where I grew up. There are multiple things that have to line up for this to happen, ( i.e. My ex-husband has to agree to me taking our son out of the country and flight tickets have to be affordable .. along with a few other ) If I manage this, you will all be the 3rd group of people I tell!

Lastly, how do I squeeze workouts during this trips... I don't. My schedule is moved around on the days around the trip. At most, I will carry all the bags and my niece, which should count as weight training.

Do you like Puppets?
Who was your favorite Sesame Street character?
Do you remember your summers off from school as a child?
What is your dream vacation?