Unplugging and Rocking Out

Weekend Miles:  14
Explorin’ Strides

This weekend was a mixed bag of unplugging running style and rocking the house with the family.

Rockin’ it out at a family wedding. Yes, it was about 90 degrees and my son is wearing a sweater vest.

I got in 14 miles this weekend which gave me a 19 mile total for running (lots of other activities, fitness too).  Given that I’m now in the rehabilitating phase of the injury I’ll take that.  I finally got a read on my fitness from the injury fiasco and learned that while my short-distance speed may not have been affected, my mid-long range speed certainly has.

So Saturday morning I ditched my mom and the kids at the beach (they were obviously devastated by this) and explored some of South South Orange County’s (like Dana Point to San Clemente) finest ocean front trails.   This naturally meant watching everyone else have fun while I was sweating my little toosh off.  It was perfect.

This picture has nothing to do with my run other than the fact I am feigning excitement about something. The dichotomy between a fun run and seeing slow splits. The answer: an ice cold beer.

No pace time yelling at me, but I did record it to see what my “comfortable, but not pushing it” pace was and it was a progressive run with paces ranging from 8:00-9:00.  While I swore I didn’t care about the times while I was running, I was none to pleased when I saw the results.  I had to remember it was a fun run – and sometimes speed doesn’t always equal fun.

Nothing says multi-tasking mom like giving a wedding speech with a child on your hip. That said, they only interrupted me about 3 times.

But unplugging it and taking easy was not the name of the game this weekend.  We had a family wedding so this meant my boys literally partying until the wee hours of the morning.  Somehow they found themselves dancing and photoboothing until about 1am.

Oye!  The teenage years are going to be rough if they can pull this out now.

That said, the babes finally starting shutting down towards the end of the evening, but not after about 4 solid hours of non-stop dancing.  I secretly think people were feeding them rock candy from the “Candy Bar” to keep them going.

And finally, I tried looking up how many calories you burn an hour or what a good heart rate is for dancing with a 45 pound weight strapped to your neck, but didn’t find any results.  Any ideas? 😉

Just a few minutes before midnight and while it looks like I might be be holding him up, he’s actually trying to thwart the process from which I will turn into a raggedy princess and my car a pumpkin just a few short minutes later.

Any fun weekend plans for any of you?  Any good workouts?  How do you fight unplugging vs. slow runs?

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Mixing It Up

30 min (11.5 miles) Bike
20 minutes (1/2 mile) Pool
Expedient Strides

I had to squeeze in a quick workout at the gym this morning.  My kids love the fancy Chuck E Cheese like atmosphere, I don’t love the $12 fee.  It was a good compromise though.

Getting our shopping on

We decided to try and cram in a full super summer day.  This included a trip to the Orange County Swap Meet and then hitting the beach.  If you’re an OCer and have never been (to the swap meet, if you haven’t been to the beach, let’s talk) – you have to check it out.  It’s super affordable, super family friendly and honestly a whole bunch of fun.

It cost the four of us all of $2 to get in.  We spent a good chunk of time walking around the produce stands trying samples and buying ridiculously cheap fruits & veggies.

I gave the kids each $7 and forced them to do math and be

The first time they enjoyed shopping.

responsible spending it.  How fun am I?  We spent hours wandering booths and finding out what treasures they could buy with their funds.

Then they discovered there were contests sponsored by Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlor.  When the boys went in to sign up I was immediately approached by the local manager who exclaimed, “I know you!”

Whoops.  I think I have an ice cream problem.

Click on the picture for a hilarious rendition of “Eye of the Tiger”.

Strawberry, the raging extrovert decided he wanted to do karaoke in front of…well…hundreds of people.  Can I say this has been on my bucket list for years, and I’m still too petrified to do it.  Vanilla, the raging introvert grew some cajones in a moment of weakness and joined him.

I got a quick snippit here  (or click on the picture on the left).  I promise it will make you laugh.  Worth the 45 seconds of watching.

Between this and a hula hooping contest we won a ridiculous amount of free food, admission to the Swap Meet for a year and a bunch of other prizes.  So much more fun than I ever anticipated at a local flea market.

After the Swap Meet we headed to the beach (since we were pretty close already) with the rest of Orange County.  While the rest of the country has no ability to deny summer’s presence with the heat, June Gloom has been lingering rendering today the first “summer like” day in about a month.

Had Sunday night takeout to round out the weekend and this was in my fortune cookie.  Tell me something I didn’t already figure out.

Sometimes we get so stuck in our ruts, whether it’s our workout routines, weekend plans, etc. we forget what’s right around the corner that we’re missing out on.  I have to say, I’m learning a lot of that this summer.  With my injury I’m realizing how much I can enjoy other athletic activities outside of running, the kids and I are doing some serious ‘sploring’ in the hood, and I’m trying to really break out of my comfort zone (ahem, meeting new runners and going to crazy running events).   There have been a few rough moments, but overall it’s been an enriching experience.

Are you stuck in any ruts lately?
Anyone else change it up this weekend?

Any pleasant surprises?