Showing posts from March, 2014

Why 10 miles is "nothing"

True story -- I ran 10 miles this weekend. "Ran", as in ran/walked in intervals of no consistent lengths. I ran till I couldn't anymore, walked for a bit (sometimes too long), then ran some more. I'd run when spectators were close by and were cheering everyone on. I'd keep running to get to a certain point along the road (OK, to the stop light. OK, to the overpass. OK, to the other side of the overpass. OK, stop now -- no, not right in front of the spectators. Go to the other side of them. OK, to the speed limit sign. etc.)

So after a 5k on Feb. 22, a 10k on Mar. 8, and now a 10-miler on Mar 22 (where I finished 1/2 hour FASTER than my goal time, yeah, I'm braggin' on myself), I know I can do it. And it bugs me that had I gone another 5k, it would have been a half-marathon. It would have taken me another 45 minutes, probably ... but the point is ... if I have a goal of 3 hours to do a half, I totally could have done it without any official training.

So do…

Homemade Laundry Detergent

This is a super easy recipe that makes about 3 1/2 gallons of laundry detergent ... which then gives me enough for about 50 loads of laundry ... for mere pennies! I mean, it literally costs me pennies to make vs. paying $19.99 for the ginormous (but enormously popular) "Wave" brand. Yes, I miss the scent that goes with fresh laundry but that can be easily remedied by adding a fabric softener or some essential oils on a woolen dryer ball in the dryer (or did "DRYER BALL" give that away?).

Items needed:
1 bar laundry soap - I use Fels-Naptha
Borax powder - I use 20 Mule Team brand
Washing Soda (not baking soda ... because we're WASHING, not BAKING) - Arm and Hammer, all the way
a crockpot (enough to hold 8 cups)
a 5 gallon bucket with lid (can get at Home Depot or Lowe's but we got ours from a local restaurant that was selling them for $1/each to raise funds for an orphanage.)

Unwrap the bar of soap and put in crockpot with 8 cups of water.
'Cook' on …

Band memories

At the ISSMA band contest with Will today while Matt and Allie do their thing. Brings back a lot of memories of playing flute from 5th to 10th grade and also bassoon in 9th and 10th. 
I'm ok with it if Will wants to drop band .. which he has mentioned on numerous occasions. As long as he does something else to get him out and about with his peers. 
** In other news, I loaded the Blogger app so maybe I'll do more posting.

The Race List

So, just for kicks ... here are the races I've completed since I started this journey:

Indianapolis Monumental 5k - 11/3/12 -
The last day I was 40. The plan earlier that year was to run the half-marathon with friends from high school. Due to no training, I convinced Matt to run the 5k with me and we'd still get to hang out with my friends later that day. Still no training (even for a 5k), as in no running or jogging or anything whatsoever beforehand ... hence the lovely time for my first ever PR.

Fast Freddy's Festive Five-Mile Foot Feast - 11/22/12
Painful, but finished. I think my time was 1:10 but will update when I can. There were hills, it was cold, and we were hosting Thanksgiving Lunch at our house immediately following. It worked out well because we cooked the bird the night before and everyone else was bringing everything else.

no race - but I started the Couch to 5k running app - 1/2/13
Stayed with it pretty consistently 3-4 days/week -- even with the treadmill …