Sunday, July 25, 2010

Wine Country with an Infant

Wine country with an infant was a great experience, somehow traveling turned my child into a great napper. I was nervous about the flights, especially after the day started with a major poop blowout on the way through security, but she did great! We even managed to keep an open seat in our row on the flight home and bring on the car seat, which resulted in a nap through nearly the entire flight.

The reason for the trip was to coach my team through the Napa to Sonoma Half marathon, a course that winds through the wineries and finishes with a wine tasting in Sonoma Square. All 32 of my runners finished, many ahead of their predicted times, and all said they felt great. One runner even finished 3rd in her age group, pretty great accomplishment for a first timer. Ophelia loves watching and cheering for the runners, I hope this continues as she gets older since I’m sure Matt and I will continue to race.

Once again this trip followed the same pattern as most, food, wine, and running. It was so nice to be able to drink more than the few sips of wine I had last year. We found a couple new wineries we loved and joined another wine club. Ophelia was great through the wine tasting and became the center of attention as she tried to entertain everyone. All the excitement resulted in many naps throughout the day.

Ophelia got her first swimming pool experience and loved it, now during her baths she kicks and splashes in the water and doesn’t want to get out. The first afternoon she sat and watched the kids in the pool forever, so intrigued by the water, their ball, and the splashing. All the walking around we did made the Ergo my new friend, so much easier than maneuvering a stroller through crowds and a great place to nap.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Rainy 4th of July Half

Matt and I ran an inagural race to start our 4th of July this year. We wentdown to the start area on Saturday to pick up our packets and while we were there I encountered a strange woman. I was standing with Ophelia and she came up and started telling me how cute she was, asking her age, name, etc. And then proceeded to tell me that my child had an "iffy" name and making reference to Shakespeare. Okay, thanks for the infornation. Really, is it even possible to pick a name for your child that doesn't in some way associate with something negative?

After the half on Sunday I am remembering what I don’t like about racing, the early wake ups that are now even tougher with an infant. The race started at 6:30 and I knew it was going to be a tough one when it was already 80 degrees on our way there. We got there about 6am, figuring we’d have plenty of time to spare. Wrong! After waiting in the massive line for the bathroom, I started almost 7 minutes after the gun went off, good thing for chips. The interesting part is that the timing gave your place at the start and there were still over 200 people that started later than I did.

I am now off running and it is hot, but I am having fun passing people and making a game out of catching pace groups. At about mile 3 I caught up with Matt who actually started on time. About that time the rain started too, just a slight drizzle, but that quickly changed. Soon it was pouring and I was so happy I had decided to just run in a sports bra and didn’t have a wet shirt to deal with, but soon my feet were soacked and a little heavy. Things were good, I was averaging a little over an 8 min pace and I had hopes of getting under 1:45, which I needed for a corral 1 start for TCM.

Things were going good until about mile 7 where it was hill after hill and then my shoe came untied leading to 9 min pace. By mile 9 I was back close to pace and passing people, but had no idea about my time since my Garmin was going crazy from the rain. I just kept running and realized that I wasn’t tired and my GI system, despite doing nothing different, was still doing okay. No belly cramps only sore legs to deal with. Around mile 11 I passed the 1:55 pace group. Things were good and I thought I might still have a chance as I continued to push until I hit the last ½ mile that ran on trail that was now a huge slippery mud puddle. I finally came back to the pave course and see the finish line. The rain had slowed a little and I crossed at just under 1:54, still having no idea what I really ran.

The official time was 1:47:10, 8:11 pace. Not the 1:45 I needed, but after I thought about things I can’t be disappointed since this was my fastest run, training or race, in awhile. Due to all the fatigue, weakness, GI stuff I just haven’t been running well and have been going slow, even that has been tough. I have another month to get my time, so I am looking at another half in early August. My goal at TCM is to BQ, so the corral 1 is the only way I can start with (or near) the 3:40 pacers.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

5 months

On Monday Ophelia was 5 months old, wow has time flown. She has developed such a unique and inquisitive personality. We had joked that with our backgrounds she would go to medical school, she seems interested already. She has been to doctor appointments with me and my mom and just listens intently to every word the doctor is saying and then lets out a few squeals of agreement, now the dentist on the other hand is a different story, she wasn’t quite a happy to be there with me. She also has a fascination with pagers and loves throwing mine on the ground, some days I agree! Today she was given a pager case to play with from one of Matt’s coworkers and loved it. Although I’m sure in 20 years these will be non-existent.

In the past month she has started eating; rice cereal, oatmeal, carrots, and bananas. She loves it all, but the favorite seems to be bananas. Just recently she signed “milk” for the first time and can sit up for a short time unsupported. Last weekend she spent her first couple nights away from us and with my parents. They all had a blast, but we missed her.

My unscientific measurements for her at 5 months are 14 lbs and 26 inches.

Not much to say about me in the past month as life has been busy with work, school, and motherhood. No races, which I hope will be beneficial when I race again this coming weekend.