Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

5 Minutes for Mom
is having an exciting photo contest. In case you aren't familiar with their site, it is an incredibly fun and helpful parenting resource! I highly recommend you check it out!

Here is the picture I'm entering into their "What Motherhood Means To Me" photo contest:

There are so many pictures I have taken of sweet Jillian that mean so much to me as her mother, but this one stands out in my mind as one that stands for what motherhood means to me, as it captures the pure innocence that we, as mothers, so often witness. The pensive look on Jillian's face - as she looks out into the distance - also seems to accurately convey how bittersweet it can be, as a mother, to think into the future - one that perhaps isn't so distant - and to realize that children grow up so quickly.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Nike+ Saucony =

Yesterday, I got my new, Nike+ SportBand in the mail! I had pre-ordered it so that it would be delivered as soon as it officially hit the market, and boy, am I glad! Click on the "next" button after going to the link and it shows how the band works - VERY COOL! AND, in adding the link to this post, I discovered that it even offers training programs!

As for the "Saucony" portion of the title, I got new running shoes delivered earlier this week! It's a little sooner than I planned on getting new shoes, but I've always felt something wasn't right with my previous shoes. Don't get me wrong - I've always loved New Balances, but I made the mistake of not going to Run On! to get a shoe suggestion based on my walk and run. I had gone there a few years back, learned my feet overpronate, and bought the NB shoes to help with that problem. SO, after finally being in enough pain 2 weekends ago (after doing a practice run of the 5k route I intended on running the next day in a race), I went to Run On! and got their opinion. Turns out the shoe was OVER correcting the pronation problem and that I didn't need that much stability. So they helped me find the shoe I ended up getting for much cheaper online (I feel a little guilty about how much they helped me and then turning around and getting that very same shoe somewhere else, but hey, it's their choice to not have a competitive price, right?).

So now, I've got some goals set and am tracking them here. I'm also participating in a couple of challenges: The "Run for your car" race (at the request of Richard...we're both running for Jeep) and a Starters Challenge. The only discouraging part about all of this is that it seems my watch that I was using to track my information was a tad off. I think it's really only off by about a tenth of a mile, but even that small of a number still cuts into the pace that I thought I had established. Just to make sure, I may try to recalibrate the Nike+ Sport Band if, after mapping a certain route it seems at all off. That way, come race time, I'm not thrown for a loop!

Check back for my running progress! I'll be posting my updated running stats on the sidebar - here is what it will look like:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Another Awesome, Earthy Site!

dkMommy Spot is one of my new, favorite websites to visit! Lots of great "green" info and ideas!!! It even has a drop-down with different categories of information - super helpful for super busy moms out there!

Add this cool site to your bloglines - I did!

Monday, April 07, 2008

New Running Stats!

Okay, I'm going to try to get better about recording my running stats, so here goes:

4/3 stats:

Distance: 3.265 miles if my memory serves correctly...I will update if I actually find the little slip of paper I wrote the stats on (but I know it was over a 5k in 28'55").

Time: 28'55"
Pace: 8'51" per mile

Today's stats:

Distance: 3.347 miles
Time: 31'02"
Pace: 9'16" per mile