My favorite blogger Life According to Steph did a list of three things yesterday and I woke up this morning to see that another blog I read, Budgets are Sexy, did three things as well. Its a sign! So I am going to steal his format and go with it. So here are three things I will spend money on and three I won’t:
Things I will Spend Money on:
Shoes – I don’t mean designer shoes. I mean comfortable shoes that will carry me 40 miles on an ultra run. My Vasque Constant Velocity sell for $120 and I LOVE THEM! If you have a high arch and your feet get achy in other shoes give these a try. I use them on roads and trails and I adore them. I am still on the hunt for comfortable everyday flats. Lately I have been living in Toms but those aren’t so comfy for all day.
Gifts for my family – I am a great gift giver and I have no qualms about dropping a significant amount of money on a gift for a family member especially if its in my head its perfect. It just feels so good to give.
Vacation – There’s always room in the budget to get away!
Things I won’t Spend Money on:
Toys – that shit gets expensive and for the most part, you can find it cheap 2nd hand. Of course my kids are too young to know if something is used or not so I may be singing a different tune in the future!
Cars – Another category I may be singing a different tune about soon but I love my carrito and it will be a sad day when it dies.
Races – So I am a runner and I do sign up for races but I refuse to spend more than what I consider reasonable. That’s why I mainly stick to uberendurancesports races. They are the best organized with the best aid station, friendliest volunteers and the most reasonably priced races around.
It’s amazing how you can have a plan in your head of how you want your month to go and this 30 lb little tyrant can take over every aspect of your life including your thoughts, emotions and anxiety. My three year old is giving a run for our money in parenting. He’s been a little demon at school. Kicking, biting, hitting, spitting his classmates and even teachers. We have tried everything but nothing seems to be working. We have involved the county’s early intervention team but now its a waiting game for an appointment. So to say my son’s behavioral problems have thrown me for a loop would be an understatement. Its been a challenging month and normally I would be pretty embarrassed by the results below but its been a fucking hard month and there is no shame in my game.
Run the Dirty German 50 mile race on May 13, 2017* – my last blog post was right before this race. There was a Nor’easter in Philly that day. I completed the 25K and I am going to call this one done with an asterisk because that was the hardest 15.5 miles of my life and I will one day write up a race report about it.
Lose the baby weight (starting weight 140) – Scale hasnt moved since January but the reality is other than running a ton earlier in the year I haven’t really tried. So I am on day three of using myfitnesspal and I already feel better. Going to put my head down and focus more on what I am putting in my body. Because lets be honest, you can’t outrun a bad diet.
Rock Climb More – Climbed once at the PRG with my hubby so that counts right?!?
Travel More – We canceled our trip to Niagara Falls, it was supposed to rain all weekend but it ended up being fine. Normally I would have been annoyed but we had a great weekend at home and got to get some stuff done around the house. Plus we have Ft. Myers beach coming up!!! without the kids – what?!? Yes this is happening and I am very excited for it!!!
Blog More – I sucked this month. Working on it for next month. Its been a hard month.
One small house project a month – We finished our kitchen ceiling and no I didn’t take pictures because that bitch got done one day before having 40 people over for my sons joint birthday party so much for that blog post!
Declutter – I am steadily getting rid of stuff about 1 donation pickup every other week but I need to step up my game. Too much stuff in the house still.
Spend less – We spent more than I care to admit on food for my kids birthdays but I love a good party and while it was mayhem, we had a great time. So no qualms about that.
Excited for June. Farewell May, you bitch, I used to love you.
On Saturday, April 1st, I ran the inaugural Naked Prussian Marathon at Blue Marsh Lake outside of Reading, PA. It was essentially the same course as the Naked Bavarian with an extra 6 mile lollipop and an extra bit in the beginning as well. Full disclosure, I ran the 40 miler on March 4, 2017 and basically stopped running for a month. We went to France and got back and I may have ran 15 miles total in between the 40 miler and the marathon. This race sneaked up on me #ultrarunnerproblems much?!? I thought I had another week or two before the race. Either way I was signed up and with the generous time cut-offs I knew I could run at least 20 and hike the rest.
It was refreshing to have a race without any pressure. No one knew I was running a marathon besides my husband. It was purely for fun and that’s what I did, I had fun! I started the racing running with my friend Keilynn who has been training like crazy and I knew I could keep up with her in the beginning but figured she would forge ahead at some point which I was perfectly happy with. So we started off. I hadn’t seen her since the Naked Bavarian and we really didn’t get a chance to catch up after that race so we were chatting so much that miles 1-13 really flew by. Yup a whole half marathon just flew by, I was running faster than last time with less paralyzing fear of getting hurt. It was interesting because the course was so muddy and slippery but I was being less cautious than the last time I was on the course. Don’t get me wrong I wasn’t being reckless, I just wasn’t being a wimp about the downhills and the mud. I felt like a kid again running through the forest with a friend. It felt GREAT.
At about mile 12 there was another aid station and we were headed back to the route I was familiar with from the Naked Bavarian except we were doing it backwards so the easy part was first and the hills were second. I still had some kick left in me so I kicked it into high gear and got moving. At certain points, Keilynn was having a hard time keeping up with me but I knew she had time goals and I knew this was the best part of the course to makeup time. I also knew that I was going to pay for running too fast at this point of the race later but I didn’t really care and it felt great not to give a shit. I wanted to feel the burn in my legs and man did it burn.
At the next aid station at about mile 17, we stocked up and headed for the hills. Now I was pooped and Keilynn’s been training like a beast on hills so around this point I lost her. I was pretty damn proud I had stayed with her for that long but my lower back started hurting and I just couldn’t keep up with the hills. Before Keilynn went on her way we were perpetually chasing the Pope. There was a guy running the race dressed as the pope (well it was a bishop costume or something but I like saying Pope!) It was hilarious and he was actually very nice and a great source of entertainment.
After the climbs and the downhills my legs were toast and the last 6 miles were a bit challenging. I played some music and talked to myself a bunch but overall the race was a success. I was great with nutrition and hydration and my mental game was strong. I think it really helped to know the course and not to have to repeat it 🙂 and to have the memory of the lows at the Naked Bavarian so fresh in my mind.
In the last mile or so I finally caught up to the Pope and we chatted about our families. He snapped this great pic of my family and I was able to finish the race with my toddler. It’s really awesome that my husband comes to support me at these events. I love looking forward to seeing them at the end, it’s truly the best part of my run.
It was a great race and we ended the day by going to this insane asylum for the kiddos:
Don’t you carry babies for hours after running a marathon? No rest for mommy!