What. A. Week. Is it Friday yet? Little miss Madelyn has been waking up the past few nights because of teething and it’s making for very long days for her mama. She spoiled us as a newborn and is making up for it this week. Thankfully there’s coffee and yogi tea with friendly reminders.
This past weekend we were super busy with lots of fun stuff. Larry had a friend come in from Chicago, so we took him to a local watering hole down the block from us then out to eat at Sobelman’s (a first for everyone). They were voted Milwaukee’s Best Burgers (winning a 2010 food wars challenge against AJ Bombers) and they’re also well known for their gigantic bloody marys. Both were amazing. I want to go back. Like today.
We ended the night at World of Beer-where they have over 500 types of beer to try. The boys were in heaven. It was nice being a DD for them. Yes, it was a late night but it felt great the next morning, waking up, hitting the gym early and then heading off to a hair appointment. I didn’t spend the day feeling useless after too many drinks, besides caring for a toddler when hungover is no bueno. It never fails: when mommy and daddy want a late night out, Madelyn decides to wake up at 5:30am…it’s like she knows!
On Sunday, I woke up and met my mom and her friend at Greenfield Park for the GOTR 5k. Girls on the Run is an organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running (source). I first heard about Girls on the Run while I was living in Chicago while I was at the Chicago Rock n Roll expo. It caught my attention and I was so happy that I was finally able to participate in one of their events. It’s a wonderful organization and I hope that one day, Madelyn can participate in it. I think it’s so important to raise a daughter who has a lot self-confidence and a healthy image of herself.
The course started out a little crowded, as most races do. When I was about a 1/4 into the run, it started to rain pretty steadily and I didn’t want my headphones (or phone) to get ruined with water, so I slowed down to put them in my vest pocket and ran the rest of the race without music-and I’m so glad that I did. I got to hear the little girls cheer each other on and listen to one dad encourage his daughter to keep going when she wanted to stop by saying, “Come on, GIRL POWER!”. It was pretty heartwarming and brought a smile to my face. We finished just before the tornado sirens started going off…in November…in Wisconsin. (Note to self: make sure to wear waterproof eye makeup when there’s a potential of rain)
This race was my first event post marathon and I can confidently say that I’m ready to get back into my running game 🙂 It was nice taking a much needed break-my body, mind, and feet thank me, but I missed running longer distances. A few things I want to focus on as I build my mileage back up are strength training, stretching and foam rolling. I foam rolled tonight for the first time in what seems like forever and it was pure torture. Even though it hurt while I was doing it, I heard my calve muscles breath a sigh of relief after it was all over.
After I logged 4 miles on the treadmill today (38:41/9:41 pace), I came home to dinner being cooked in the oven 🙂
Thank you Whole Foods for providing my family with crab stuffed salmon with brie and asparagus. While that was baking, I sautéed some sweet potatoes in truffle olive oil and sea salt. I added the spinach at the end and it was delicious 🙂 Lucky for me there’s leftovers for lunch tomorrow.
I’ll be back to post a soup recipe later this week!!