Weekly Wrap-Up: Workouts & Wardrobe.

Haven’t done a weekly wrap-up in too many weeks!  This week felt kind of nuts.  We have a big backyard project going on, and it felt like we were out and about more than usual.  That probably had something to do with our incredible weather all week long!  Our temps peaked in the high 80’s, which is a big deal here in Seattle.  We celebrated by breaking out the sunscreen and hitting up the beaches and parks almost every morning!

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It was heaven, and it was such a fun sneak peek into what I am certain will be a wonderful summer.  We got outside for lots of family walks with both the kids and the dogs, and we spent every other waking minute enjoying the sunshine from our backyard.  Casey and I spent evenings up on our balcony soaking up the city views.  It only takes one week like this to make all the long, dark days of winter feel more than worth it. 

I don’t have a formal breakdown of exercise, but I thought I’d take a minute to talk about…running.  After Cullen was born, I had a really hard time both physically and mentally getting back into running.  It was a lot of typical new mom stuff, combined with some thyroid issues, and a general lack of motivation.  This time around, despite being two times as busy juggling two kids, I am feeling really positive and inspired!

I think a big part of that has been setting much more realistic and reasonable goals and expectations.  I am currently training for the Seattle Rock N Roll Half-Marathon coming up at the end of June.  Knowing the limitations of fitting in training without much childcare, I created a training schedule of just three runs per week.  For the most part, I’ve been able to stick to this relatively well.

During the week, I’m doing my shorter runs with the double BOB, which is brutal, but I know it can only make me stronger and faster (some please tell me this is true!).  So far, the boys have done really well in the stroller, and I think Cullen actually likes having a buddy in there after riding solo for 2+ years. 

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Other times if we can make it work, we all run as a family!  Casey will ride the bus up to my favorite Greenlake trail loop, and we’ll all run together after work.  He pushes the stroller and I crank my headphones up as loud as they go and I give it my all.  If I run my absolute fastest and Casey is weighed down by the giant stroller, we are almost evenly matched in pace. 

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The nice thing about running with a double jogger is that when I get the opportunity to run without it, I really savor those runs.  No offense to the kids or anything, but they are heavy to push and I struggle to run without being able to listen to my music (need to be able to hear them).  Each weekend I do my long run alone, and even though I kind of dread the physical act of running, I look forward to the opportunity to be alone with just my music and my thoughts – doing something just for me. 

This weekend was really rainy and gloomy, but I had five miles on my training schedule that needed to be run.  After nap time, the perfect window opened up where Cullen was happy and playing, Graham had a full belly, Casey was finished working, and we were all just lounging around not doing too much.  I looked out the window and saw the pouring rain, and I told myself to go lace up my running shoes anyway.

I jogged five rainy miles along the waterfront bluffs of our neighborhood – and it was awesome.  It was the furthest I’ve run since Graham was born, and while it didn’t feel great, it wasn’t terrible either.  I purposely mapped some tough hills into my route, so I won’t be surprised by them on race day.

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Overall, I’m just feeling really good and really excited about running again.  I don’t really know how to describe it, but I’m thinking about it a lot differently than I have in a long time.  This whole postpartum experience has been very different this second time around – for many different reasons.  The biggest one of those is that I’m doing much better both asking for and accepting help. 

When Cullen was a baby I felt like I had to take care of him all the time and do everything myself.  And while that’s a topic too loaded for today, it’s safe to say it took a long time for me to dig out of the hole where I’d buried my sense of self.

This time around, I’m taking care of myself in order to take care of my kids.  Running is a big part of that – it is (mostly) alone time.  Or occasionally the chance to run with a friend!  Casey has been wonderful and encouraging of me getting out on my own here and there, and I have gladly accepted the opportunities when they’ve come. 

This afternoon both of the kids were asleep (!), and I snuck off to go wander through the Sunday farmers markets.  It was pouring rain and I didn’t care one bit.  I pulled my hood up, ordered a piping hot decaf masala chai at my favorite tea shop, and took my time browsing booths, chatting with vendors, and feeling totally in love with my city. 

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Other things making me happy?  New clothes!  I don’t consider myself to be very materialistic, and I am definitely not stylish or fashionable, but it’s amazing what a difference a few pieces of well-fitting, nicer items of clothing can do for some new mama confidence. 

I shared my first (and third!) Stitchfix boxes here, but I haven’t posted any others since then.  I love seeing what other people get in their Stitchfix shipments, so hopefully you guys like seeing it too.  My most recent box arrived last week, and it was another good one.  I threw the card away already that had the names and prices of each item – oops.  The clothing will have to speak for itself…

When I saw on my card that I had a shirt described as “chevron” I gave it a big eye roll.  ENOUGH with the chevron.  But when I pulled this out of the box, I didn’t actually think it looked too chevron-y, and I absolutely loved the style and material.  This was a keeper!

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I was slightly surprised (and admittedly slightly disappointed) that this next shirt was almost identical to a shirt I kept from my first box.  Only difference is the material and color!  But I love the dolman style, and it looks better in person than it does in this picture (less bunchy!).  Also, Cullen decided that he needed to stand next to me while dad took the pictures.  Some battles are not worth having.  This shirt was another keeper.

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This tunic thing was awful – hated the material, hated the color, and hated the weird asymmetrical hemline.  Returned!

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This cardigan was also returned for obvious reasons.  Even with a shirt underneath it was way too small and short.  Also, just not my style (do I have style?). 

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Last but not least, a cute maxi dress!  Ignore my hot mess hair and black eyes, and I promise you that this dress is super adorable.  Perfect for summer and a good neckline for breastfeeding – keep!

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So I kept three out of five things, which I consider to be a success.  It’s also worth saying that I haven’t bought myself a single piece of clothing since I started using the Stitchfix service.  I definitely don’t need more than one or two new things each month (if even that!), so this has been plenty and has been a whole lot of fun.

So there you go – the current update on workouts and my wardrobe – how exciting!  Back tomorrow to talk about summer food and growing our first vegetable garden.  Hope everyone had a lovely weekend!