Training Week 378

By , January 15, 2017 6:20 pm

Highlight of the Week: Meeting baby William!


Monday | January 9, 2017: 1,008 yd swim + 6 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: FitNation, Time: 20:30, Pace: 2:02 min/100 yd avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: awesome (but cold)
Loc: hood, Temp: 28°/28°, Time: 1:02:11, Pace: 10:22 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, legs a bit tired
Strength: body bars, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Tuesday | January 10, 2017: rest
Wednesday | January 11, 2017: 3 m run
Loc: treadmill, Time: 31:24, Pace: 10:27 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Thursday | January 12, 2017: 12 m ride + 5 m run (incl. 3×800, 3×1:00)
Indoor Ride Time: 49:03, Pace: 14.7 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: hood, Temp: 23°, Time: 49:47, Pace: 9:58 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good

Friday | January 13, 2017: teaching strength class
Strength: Airex pads and medicine balls, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Saturday | January 14, 2017: 1.4 m walk (w/Mom) + 4 m run
Loc: Overland Park, Temp: 30°/30°, Time: 41:54, Pace: 10:28 avg, Difficulty: easy enough, Felt: good

Sunday | January 15, 2017: rest


  • On Sunday Steven and I both got the TDAP booster and I was pleasantly surprised Monday when it didn’t bother me during my swim! Ha, later in the day? Not so much. It was like DOMS – my arm ached the rest of the day Monday and a lot of Tuesday!
  • I liked running 800s this week for speedwork. I think it’s because I didn’t feel like I had to go as fast as 400s. Maybe I’ll learn to like mile repeats soon? Or maybe I’ll quit being lazy with speedwork and go faster for 800s too! Ha!
  • The strength workout I taught Friday morning was really challenging on the legs and boy could I feel it Saturday am! Whoa! I haven’t felt sore like that from a class I taught in awhile! And usually when I’m that sore it’s because we used the tall plyo boxes and are going up and down a lot. This time, we were going up and down a lot but toward the ground, because we were using low AireX pads. Ouchie! <— in a good way.
  • I was supposed to teach fitness boxing today but missed it to meet my new nephew! So you get a picture of him for Sunday!
  • I keep forgetting to mention, but my knee had been tight since we did all our house work in August and I spent so much time on my knees. I had issues bending it while sitting cross legged, and going down stairs. The good news is, it’s feeling back to normal. Yay!

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Random Thoughts Thursday 123

By , January 12, 2017 6:18 am
  • Steven and I both got the TDAP vaccination on Sunday, and man, were we sore from it! I finally felt better yesterday, but Steven’s arm is still tender. Ouch.


  • Besides this awesome score at Tarjayjay, I found my FAVORITE Valentine’s Day candy. It’s been years since I’ve seen this candy in stores – I usually have to buy it online! I bought the last three bags that were left. And I hope I find more. Brach’s did not sponsor this, but if they want to send me free candy, I’d accept!


  • My snister gave me a return address stamp for Christmas and I love using it! You can totally tell what it looks like, right?! Ha.


  • And a new picture of baby William! We’re planning to meet him this weekend, but the weather is supposed to be extremely horrible so please cross your fingers that we can get there safely!


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By , January 11, 2017 10:13 pm

Any other Garmin Connect users see Emerald City when they look at their running mileage chart?

Seriously, every time I see that page on the app, I think of it. That would be awesome if I could change the bars from yellow to green! “We’re off to see the Wizard…”

Playing architect

By , January 10, 2017 6:34 am

Hey! I get to play architect today (and use my degree)!

And it comes complete with dirty fingers from drawing with pencil.


And stress.

And ridiculous deadlines.


He’s here!

By , January 9, 2017 6:31 am

Baby William is here!


Christina’s water broke at 3:30 am Saturday morning, and William arrived that night at 7:07, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20″ long. Christina was 36 weeks and 5 days pregnant, so he’s a bit early! Both her and the baby are doing well.

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Saturday was such an exciting day! I woke up to see the text that her water broke, and I was pumped all day to see when the baby would come! I really appreciate that they were texting me and keeping me informed because it’s so hard not to be there. I’m so anxious to get there and meet him!!! Soon!


Hey, recognize that blanket?!?!?!?!?!?!

Training Week 377

By , January 8, 2017 4:32 pm

Highlight of the Week: Having more energy in the second half of the week!


Monday | January 2, 2017: 1,302 yd swim + 7 m run + teaching strength class
Loc: FitNation, Time: 30:21, Pace: 2:20 min/100 yd avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: VP Woods loop, Temp: 39°/38°, Time: 1:19:15, Pace: 11:19 avg, Difficulty: hard, Felt: so so tired
Strength: body bars, Difficulty: easy (half partner work), Felt: good

Tuesday | January 3, 2017: 4 m run
Loc: hood, Temp: 37°/36°, Time: 39:48, Pace: 9:56 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, finally!
Wednesday | January 4, 2017: rest
Thursday | January 5, 2017: 5 m run (incl. 6×400) + 12 m ride + teaching strength class
Loc: hood, Temp: 11°/11°, Time: 50:57, Pace: 10:11 avg, Difficulty: easy-ish, Felt: good but COLD
Indoor Ride Time: 46:38, Pace: 15.4 mph avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good, just sore butt
Strength: soft balls, plyo and cones, Difficulty: easy (mostly partner work), Felt: better than I thought I would!

Friday | January 6, 2017: teaching strength class + 924 yd swim + 3 m run
Strength: body bars, Difficulty: easy, Felt: good
Loc: FitNation, Time: 20:02, Pace: 2:09 min/100 yd, Difficulty: easy, Felt: strong
Loc: Lake Andrea, Temp: 6°/3°, Time: 29:21, Pace: 9:47, Difficulty: easy, Felt: really good

Saturday | January 7, 2017: teaching fitness boxing + 5 m run
Strength: whole body and boxing, Difficulty: easy (not partnered up), Felt: hyyyyyyyyyyyper
Loc: VP Woods, Temp: 16°/15°, Time: 50:29, Pace: 10:05 avg, Difficulty: easy (just slippery in spots), Felt: great

Sunday | January 8, 2017: brick (10 m ride/3 m run)
Time: 39:09/31:08, Pace: 15.3 mph/10:22 avg, Difficulty: easy, Felt: great


  • On Monday and Tuesday, my legs felt so dead. And they had for at least a week at that point. I was starting to feel concerned, but they finally had some pep after my Wednesday rest day. Yay!
  • I have NO technology complaints this week (unless you want me to complain about the video streaming…)! Can you believe it?! I did ask Garmin what was up with my steps sycning but not the activities, and they were basically like “it happens, deal.” Thanks! Ha.
  • I got some news Saturday am that made me SUPER hyper. Sorry, fitness boxing class! (I’m not really sorry.)
  • I FINALLY remembered what to wear for cold runs! I am not sure why it took me so long to remember to wear an extra long sleeve shirt and a thicker buff over my thinner one. My outside colder runs were much more comfortable this week. A hot bath is still required after, to thaw, though.
  • This is silly, but I am proud of myself for running three miles on the treadmill. That’s far for me to go on one! Its a good option to have so I hope I can keep increasing my distance on it bit by bit.

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Just your typical Tarjayjay trip…

By , January 7, 2017 12:25 pm

Unfortunately that is NOT for us to keep though. Ha!


Fancy AF

By , January 6, 2017 3:10 pm

Someone is gonna look fancy at the opera…


Heh, even though the venue doesn’t look fancy AT ALL. Eh, whatevs. Our friends are getting all dressed up too so it should be fun!

Dress ✓
Earrings ✓
Clutch ✓
Hair ✓

Shoes? <— I’m hoping I picked the dress at the right length to wear flats and have them covered. Muah ha ha.

Random Thoughts Thursday 122

By , January 5, 2017 6:28 am
  • I didn’t have any expectations for Rogue One… and found myself disappointed and bored in the first half. I enjoyed the second half, but felt meh about it overall. Which made me feel like a bad Star Wars fan, ha! I wonder if I will enjoy any of the spin-off movies.
  • The local station that plays holiday music played it from November 1oth all the way to December 31st this year (that was new for this year – they usually stop December 26th). And I listened to it the WHOLE time. And loved it. And miss it. And the great thing about listening to that for so long is that there are all these “new” songs for me to listen to that were playing on regular radio during that time!
  • My new “Keep Calm and Carry On” page-a-day calendar arrived. The first page tells the story of the poster/slogan – I knew it came from Great Britain, but didn’t know it was a poster designed during World War II to help morale in case the Nazi army crossed the British Channel. The posters were never used and mostly destroyed, but a bookstore owner discovered a few in 2000!


  • Aww, poor Data!


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Things I’m excited about in January!

By , January 3, 2017 6:26 pm


  1. Actual free time. December was fun but freaking busy and exhausting. This month is quieter!
  2. Steven finishing Khali and Snow’s new house. He’s been working hard on it and it looks AWESOME! And yes, maybe this month I will actually take those two to the vet. Bad cat mom.
  3. Gina and Steve running the Houston marathon on January 15th. It’s Steve’s first marathon (on his birthday!) and Gina is going for a big PR! I won’t be there, but will be cheering them on from afar!
  4. Date nights with friends. We have a few things set up, including going to an opera (I got Steven collar bars for his birthday and he wants to dress up and use them!).
  5. Baby William’s arrival! His due date is January 31, but I predicted February 5 for his delivery. Sorry, snis. I hope he comes in the end of January!
  6. More organizing/purging.
  7. Finishing those bunnies and starting a new knitting project.
  8. Not training for anything. Ha, not that I was, but I’m usually in the thick of 5K training in January and won’t be this year!
  9. Continuing to swim for health. And hit up the hot tub, ha.
  10. Eating healthier and feeling less lethargic (I’m hoping my poor diet and being busy is why I’ve been exhausted lately – if eating better and sleeping more doesn’t fix that, I may see a doc).

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