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And It All Unravels: Week 2 of Marathon Training

This past week was a doozy in more ways than one. Surprises around every turn, emotional setbacks, and physical discomfort. I managed to get in 3 walks for the week and one run. The plan was three walks and three runs. Plan… busted.

Here’s how it broke down:

  • Monday: 30-minute walk
  • Tuesday: zip
  • Wednesday: zilch
  • Thursday: 30-min walk + 30-min run (best time yet 12:00 pace)
  • Friday: nada
  • Saturday: nope, nuttin’
  • Sunday: 2-mile walk (should’ve been a 3-mile run)

In my defense, I did tile the backsplash in our entire kitchen on Friday and Saturday myself. More to come on that DIY project later.

I anticipated some setbacks in a long training plan but had not expected them to arrive so soon. In a six-month training cycle life will mess with your plans, but I would’ve loved to have made it much farther in before hitting a wall. I guess, in the end, I’m glad it happened now at lower mileage and hope it doesn’t affect my higher mileage in a few months.

As of mid-week last week, I was on a downward spiral. By the time I returned home from an excellent professional workshop on microagressions by LibraryLinkNJ, my throat had seized up, my eyes were teary, and I couldn’t stop coughing. I choose to blame the four-year-old in our presence for sharing an infection that has seemed to affect our entire family in a variety of ways from the eyes to the nose, to the throat, and throughout. Sharing is caring, right?

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What does all this data mean?

Last January, I purchased Jawbone UP devices on sale for Chris and I. He chose to wear his as a wristband. I chose to stick with the clip that it came with.

They each cost $25, and we had a $50 credit to Amazon. We were excited to try out the latest craze at a relatively low-cost (free for us) and see if it made a difference in our fitness levels.

The first few months we wore the devices, we challenged each other to step totals. We would do week long challenges which encouraged me to walk more during the day. Our goals were 10,000 steps per day. Most days, Chris would make the total, and I averaged around 7-8,000 steps for a good day.

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Enjoy Nature for Free: Week 1 of Marathon Training

One of the best things I’ve enjoyed about running is that it’s a relatively low-cost activity. You need only a decent pair of sneakers (and maybe not even those). I find a lot of new runners just start out with what they already own which is perfect.

When I first started running back in 2002, I ran in a low-cost pair of sneakers, cotton t-shirts and soccer shorts I had owned. Now, I realize the use of well-designed shoes (or lack thereof during my absolutely barefoot running years) and polyester clothing that makes a world of difference.

Over time one might want to invest $100+ into a good pair of shoes, or a little more into fitted or moisture wicking workout gear, but how much you spend is entirely up to you. There is no right or wrong way in the sport of running. No additional gear needed. Continue reading…

October 2016 Frugal Momster Expense Report

October was a pretty normal month for us. We are back in our frugal budget groove.

I’m super excited to learn how to change my own oil tomorrow on my newer car, too. Apparently, when you get it changed they give you the lowest grade oil, so now I’ll have the highest to keep Lucy Blue running.

My brother is going to guide me, but I’ve already watched a ton of videos as well. I need to pick-up a specific tool $10 and a drip pan $10 for the next time.

We didn’t buy any new Halloween costumes, but we used what we had from last year. Chris designed Monkey’s Robot costume from things we had around the garage. It turned out to be awesome and it even lit up! Ruby wore a costume I bought on clearance last year: a little shrimp. The Crab just wore a hand-me-down Halloween shirt from his big brother.

Monkey wasn’t into trick-or-treating too much, so our Halloween candy stash has already been demolished! Continue reading…