Aug 24

The Rundown – A Week of Firsts and Lasts

I want it to last. All of it. Summer, the boys being six, the days I get to spend with them, vacation time, toothless smiles; all of it. I know it won’t and that is what is making this week so, so hard.

Did I tell you I don’t do well with change?

It’s all changing after this week. The boys start first grade in separate classrooms, the lake is closed for the summer and I will begin an entirely new weekly schedule. Ok that last part is pretty awesome but it also means I won’t have my two buddies with me for the better part of the day, everyday. It really means that they are growing up and I want it to stop. Now. Please.


RUNNING: It’s a little scary how little running I’m doing. I have an insane amount of races during September and October, culminating on November 1 with the NYC marathon. Between now and NYC is a mere 11 weeks (I hope that’s right Nellie!) and I’m still focusing on triathlon, which means focusing on my weaknesses, which means a lot less running. #Scary

I think I've done more foam rolling then running this week. #First

I think I’ve done more foam rolling then running this week. #First

I of course did some running and some of it was crazy fast. My new shoes (which will be revealed this week!) are working out wonderfully and I couldn’t be happier. With my very first time purchasing this brand of shoe, I didn’t have a lot of faith, but it all worked out. Maybe I should apply this to everything else I’m worried about? Nah.

Total: 22 miles 

CYCLING: Obviously I’ve spent a lot more time in the saddle! I absolutely love riding my bike and each day I’m creeping closer to the last outdoor ride. It’s crazy to think that in about two months my options will be bike trainer or spin bike. #LoseLose

Rockin' the spin bike for 2 hours is not that fun...

Rockin’ the spin bike for two hours is not that fun…but I was feeling #Mamalete strong thanks to Gia!

I did one of my most favorite training sessions on Saturday – brick/brick where I set up a transition area and run 2 miles, transition to bike, bike 8 miles, transition to run, run 2 miles, transition to bike…you get the idea.

Total: 65 miles

SWIMMING: I’m sort of getting back to loving the pool but getting out onto the lake every chance I get. As promised, my Dad bought a SUP after loving it so much in New Hampshire so, we’ve been out on it quite a few times since. Subsequently, I realized that the milfoil problem in the lake near my house really has been cleared up! Who knew? So I’ve been able to swim there, seaweed free, a few times and loved it.

Everyone loves a good SUP!

Everyone loves a good SUP!

Once again, this option will be gone in just a month or so and it will be all pool swimming, all the time. At least I will still be able to get out there on the SUP!

TREE CLIMBING: In case you missed it, I had quite the ropes course and zip line adventure! You can read all about it here and enter to win a free pass to do it yourself at one of 12 Go Ape locations across the U.S.!

You may want to turn down your volume for the first part of this video. I’m screaming as I resist every urge my body is sending, telling me to STAY ON THE PLATFORM!…but then I just…jump! And yes, that’s a swamp I’m zipping over. #DontFall

FUEL: My eating is finally somewhat back to normal post-vacation, and for the first time I tried what seemed like a very “good for you” drink. I also love to pompously log stuff like this on Wellcoin under “Choose A Healthy Drink.” Why yes, of course I’ll choose a healthy drink. What could be healthier then all these blended greens?



Unfortunately the real question was “What could be more disgusting?” It was insanely gross and just way too bitter because of the kale. Just no.

THINGS I LOVE: The boys loosing teeth! Miles lost his first in New Hampshire and then another almost as soon as we got back home, and then Vaughn lost his first this past week and he was ridiculously excited. These are the things about parenting that are so surprising and so precious. Never in my life did I think the loss of a baby tooth could cause such an array of emotions from me. I mean really, it’s a tooth!

He woke up at 2am, found his loot, and woke everyone up to tell them.

He woke up at 2am, found his loot, and woke everyone up to tell us about it. It was great.

THINGS I DON’T LOVE AS MUCH: All of the lasts – the last day at the lake, the last day of summer before school, the last trip to the ocean, the last time our nanny (and her beautiful daughter) came to watch the boys, the last mile (I usually hate it but sometimes love it), the last run in just shorts and a sports bra, the last episode of The Walking Dead season four when five doesn’t begin until maybe two weeks before season six! Ugh, just don’t even get me started. #AddictedToWalkers

I want this just for one more week...or two..ok fine, I want it all the time!

I want this just for one more week…or two..ok fine, I want it all the time!

READING: I’m currently reading Ronda Rousey’s new book My Fight Your Fight and it is so interesting. It wasn’t really what I expected and it’s unbelievably motivating. Five surprising things:

He father committed suicide when she was eight and not for the reasons you may think

She won an Olympic bronze medal for Judo in 2008 and became the first American to win an Olympic medal in women’s judo since its inception as an Olympic sport in 1992

Her mom was the first U.S. citizen, male or female, to win a World Judo Championship in 1984 (and she’s a total badass BTW)

Rousey lived in her car for a while

Her last three UFC Championship fights have lasted a TOTAL of 64 seconds. She’s THAT good. #Armbar


TV: This may very well be the first time I didn’t recognize myself. This exchange really happened:


RANDOM QUOTE TWEET OF THE WEEK: GQ’s article Who Tweeted It: Donald Trump or a Random Teen? Below are some of my favorites but you really should read the whole thing. Really.

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How was your week?

What are some firsts and lasts your experiencing?


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  1. You’ve just given me a crapload more anxiety about next week. So many changes happening for us too. Where did my babies go?!?! And I’ve already found that my outdoor cycling days in the early morning are done. Boo!!!!
    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama recently posted…Michigan VacationMy Profile

    1. Sorry!! I hate to be the Debbie Downer but I can’t help it this week. And yes, no sunrise here until 5:40 now!? So late!

  2. FIRST DAY FOR 4th GRADE here!
    I can not believe it.
    CARLA recently posted…Starting my second life.My Profile

    1. OMG! Good luck with that one mama!

  3. Haha I the words of my 16 year old daughter, Donald Trump makes me weak. I can’t believe some of the crap he says. Love Evolution Fresh.

    Have a fabulous Monday Allie!
    jill conyers recently posted…Siggi’s GiveawayMy Profile

    1. Great quote from your daughter!
      Maybe I need to try some different flavors of Evolution Fresh!! 🙂

  4. I seriously cannot believe how fast the summer has gone. The whole election with Donald Trump is something else. I don’t even know better terms to describe it because that is how angry it makes me. It is turning our entire election process into the cast of real world.
    Hollie recently posted…Training: Consistency and Bad RacesMy Profile

    1. Agreed!!…on both counts. It’s starting to not be so funny.

  5. Donald Trump is so out of his mind it is just so entertaining to watch! Girl we have 10 weeks left!! I love how you take away a week and then add one back on hahahaha! I’ll be sure to stay away from that drink! (Not like I would have picked it up in the first place–lets just be real here :))

    The boys are growing up so fast! I’ve still got one more week until I can say that I am the mother of a first grader and like you—I can’t deal. It’s a crazy mix of enjoying how much more mature he is getting and crying after the baby days. Motherhood is so weird.

    Can’t wait for your big reveal!! You sure are building the suspense lol
    Nellie @ Brooklyn Active Mama recently posted…10 Beginner Strength Training Arm ExercisesMy Profile

    1. Hahaha – yes Nellie, always keeping it real! And seriously…why can’t I count weeks? Probably because I have serious mind clutter with all the drama this week!

  6. Ok….despite following your blog for a little while now, until you put that little text exchange from your friend, I didn’t realize you have some youtube workouts…. I’ll try one sometime soon:) recently posted…Hills and High SchoolMy Profile

    1. I hope you try one and love it as much as she did! You just never know what you’ll find out here, right?? LOL!

  7. I’m so, so with you on hating the last days of summer. It was the blink of an eye. And my house is incredibly quiet today. Good for work productivity, bad for this mama’s heart. My son had his first day of high school today. I balled my eyes out! Trust me, you will be there literally in the blink of an eye. I would trade you for kindergarten if I could!

    I’ve actually been thinking about getting a SUP, but then again, it’s Maryland and we have so few places for good SUPing, at least near me, so it’s probably not worth the expense. But I do love it! Enjoy borrowing your dad’s (and so cool that he got one!).
    misszippy recently posted…Nearing the finish lineMy Profile

    1. I blinked and this happened so I’m sure the next 8 years will fly by as well. I’m trying to just make the most of it…but it’s hard!
      They sell inflatable SUPs that aren’t as expensive, just as sturdy and obviously more pack able…that may be an option for you?

  8. I cannot believe summer is ending (nooooo!)… I’m not ready to say goodbye #AttachmentIssues
    Olivia Crew recently posted…A lesson in injury preventionMy Profile

    1. Same here, obviously! Hold on tight…:-)

  9. Omg. Donald Trump. WTF!? If he becomes president I will hand in my citizenship. I rather deal with the corrupt president of Brazil.

    Your guys are so cute on the paddleboard!

    Bottled green juices are the worst. The only good green juices, imo, are made from scratch because then you can control the green to fruit ratio.
    Britt@MyOwnBalance recently posted…Sunshine + ZIN NowMy Profile

    1. I can pretty much agree with everything you said here! Do you have room for a family of 4 in Brazil?

  10. I love this post for SO many reasons! first of all, hello 1st grade!!! omg that is the best grade… well it’s a toss up between 1st and 2nd for me 🙂 how exciting! i TOTALLY want to read that book, especially since i used to train in martial arts for several years and dated an MMA guy. that world is so intense, and females in that world blow my mind. i can’t wait to read it.
    lastly, those DT comments/tweets are hysterical, thank you for the LOL’s on Monday – happy Monday to you!
    danielle recently posted…injureez: work through da chitMy Profile

    1. You will LOVE the book – possibly more then 1st or 2nd grade too 🙂
      Glad you laughed as hard as I did reading those tweets. I mean, really?

  11. I don’t even understand how Trump is running for president with half of the stuff he says. It’s either a farce or some conspiracy, because people can’t actually be backing him in the polls.
    I think I’ve tried that green juice from Evolution. Usually I like their juices but that one made me feel as if I was doing penance for my past sins of not eating enough vegetables.
    Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes recently posted…Cumulative Fatigue {Marathon Monday} + Portland Training Week 12My Profile

    1. That is the scariest part for me – the people who are backing him!?!? What the…!?
      You are describing that juice perfectly. I dumped it and warned the people who work there because I like them…

  12. That Diet Coke one is cracking me up! I have to believe America won’t really elect someone like Trump. Really. Right…?
    Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table recently posted…Anti-Chicken Leg WorkoutMy Profile

    1. I think we’re all getting a little frightened. Ok, a lot…

  13. Love the Walking Dead! I just watched the premiere of Fear the Walking Dead last night…it will entertain me until the new season of TWD starts in October.

    I feel you on the firsts – today was the first day of school, and it’s my daughter’s last first day of high school.

    Oh, and guess what? My son is running cross country, so I am getting a crash course in all things running! Kind of. He ran his first ten miles on Saturday, with no problem. Oh, to be a 14 year old boy!
    Dana recently posted…Lost in VeniceMy Profile

    1. I think I started watching it not long after I read about it on your blog! I didn’t see the Fear the Walking Dead but I may check it out.
      I saw the pictures of your kids on Facebook and just ugh, time goes by way too fast!!
      I seriously cannot believe he “ran his first 10 miles with no problem.” WHAT??? If only I had the body of a teenage boy!

  14. Am I the only one dying for school to start? Although if I had as fabulous a summer as you did, I probably wouldn’t want it to end either! So they are splitting the boys up in school? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
    Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes recently posted…MCM Training Recap–Weeks 6 & 7My Profile

    1. I’m sure I will be happy as a clam once I get though the first week of letting go! I mean I will seriously have a lot more time and opportunities but I’m not really thinking past that first day right now.
      Splitting them up is an excellent thing and I would have insisted on it if the school didn’t. They need so badly to be independent and have their own friends. I think it will be good for them in so many ways, but I’m ready for the tears too since they spend almost every waking (and sometimes sleeping) moment together!

  15. Okay, I’m on the edge of my seat about the dog gone running shoe reveal. Come on, Allie!!! Give up the goods!!! 🙂
    My babies are going to 3rd, Kindergarten and preschool. I’ve been crying for months…
    Love the zip lining and I really, really want an SUP for Christmas 🙂
    Natalie recently posted…Weekend Update: Work Hard And Then Work HarderMy Profile

    1. LOL – I really didn’t mean to cause so much suspense! I just wanted to write an entire post about the whole experience AND I needed to get a bunch of runs in first so I would know for sure if I found the right shoe!!
      Oh no – the last one is going to preschool? That must be hard. I loved it when the boys went but totally different situation. I feel for you.
      You should absolutely invest in the SUP! I want one for Christmas as well 🙂

  16. This is why I love reading your posts. Actually admitting something tastes bad and Donald Trump!
    emma @ be mom strong recently posted…School Lunches. Stop the MadnessMy Profile

    1. Honesty rules here, as you know, as well as humor 🙂 Glad you got both in one today!

  17. I am wellcoining it up because of you! Haven’t CASHED IN yet, but I will soon 😉

    And when the heck is there an LA marathon – not that I like them cause they cause the traffic to be HORRIFIC… But because I want you to come to LA so then we can finally MEET!
    GiGi Eats recently posted…Sandwich Your Way InMy Profile

    1. Yeah baby!! I haven’t cashed in yet either…is it possible to cash it in for a trip to L.A.? I don’t think I will ever do the L.A. Marathon but I have my eye on IDEA next summer…

      1. OMG the thought of NEXT summer is crazy to me! We are not even done with this one yet. LOL
        GiGi Eats recently posted…Sandwich Your Way InMy Profile

        1. It will be here before you know it!!!

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