Tuesday, March 25, 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 I wait until November 1st to run those 13.1 miles? Or do I find a race before then to sign up and do? Or do I just hijack Matt and go for a run 6.5 miles from the house and then turn around to run home? What to do ... what to do ...

But 10 miles? Yep, it's in the bag. :)

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 low heat for approximately 8 hours -- about how long it takes to melt the soap. Stir the soap soup occasionally to help the soap melt quicker.
Once all melted, add 1 cup Borax and 1 cup Washing Soda to the 5 gallon bucket. Add the 8 cups of soap soup (careful, it's still hot!) and then 3 gallons of warm water. Stir it all up really well to dissolve the Borax and Washing Soda.
Put lid on the bucket and set aside overnight.
In the morning, the detergent will have gelled and you will likely wonder how on earth it will work with your laundry. Stir it up really well again, breaking up as much of the gelled pieces as well as you can. We use a funnel and an old "Wave" container to store our detergent in next to the washer. Any container is fine but you'll have to shake it up or stir the detergent a little before using. Use 1 cup per load.

Now, I still pre-treat stains, if needed. And will add Oxy-Clean or white distilled vinegar to uber-stinky loads.

We keep an eye open for when these items go on sale and then stock up -- a box of each of the Borax and Washing Soda will last for about 5 batches of soap and the Fels-Naptha can be found on sale for about $1/bar at various places throughout the year. Our go-to places are Rural King and Kroger but sometimes even Big Lots will have it.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

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. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

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 incident of 4/3/13.

Run Like a Mother virtual 5k - 5/11/13
Signed up and encouraged Matt to run it with me. We found a 5k route through surrounding neighborhoods and now we try to run that loop periodically.

Develop New Albany 5k Water Run - 7/4/13
Ran this one with the kids -- it was supposed to be a water run, meaning hoses spraying everyone, a fire truck having its hose arcing a 'waterfall' at the finish line ... Well, it was cool, rainy, no water hoses, Allie wore Chuck Taylor basketball shoes to run in so her feet hurt from the get-go and she preferred to walk, William had to go to the bathroom the entire time and so didn't want to run. Fun.

Run for Relay 5k - 8/18/13
It was supposed to be a 5k but per Runkeeper, it was only 3 miles. Allie had hurt her leg walking a neighbor's dog so she didn't want to run but didn't want to not do it either. William didn't want her to walk by herself so he walked with her. I didn't run very well because I kept slowing down to check on them. Matt finished first and came back for me. When I finished, we both went to the kids so that William could run the rest of the way with Matt and I kept walking with Allie who was determined to finish. She was utterly embarrassed when she crossed the finish line and everyone was there applauding her determination.

Greenway 5k and 1 mile fun run - 9/28/13
Did the 1 mile fun run w/ Matt and Allie. It was fun but next year, I'm signing up for the 5k ...

Indianapolis Monumental 5k - 11/2/13
Beat my time by something like 8 minutes ... new PR! And now that I've done several 5k races, I've convinced Matt to sign up for the HALF-MARATHON with me for 2014! Woot woot!

Fast Freddy's Five Miler - 11/28/13
Beat my time by about 4 minutes ... another PR! And would have done better had I not gotten stuck behind some walkers and slow joggers who were hogging the sidewalk by going side-by-side. Next year, I'm running out into the street, if need be.

Santa/Elf Run in Sellersburg - 12/14/13
Dress like Santa or an Elf and run a 5k (Matt and William) or dress like two elves and walk the 2 mile loop alternative (Allie and me). It was fun though ... too bad it was damp and rainy though. Would have been better with snow.

Anthem 5k - 2/22/14 (part of Triple Crown)
Poor logistics, poor planning, awful course, too many walkers up with the runners, potholes in the road, traffic/semis right next to the route ... something like 38 minutes so no PR for a 5k but definitely for that race since it the first time I ran it.

Rodes City 10k run - 3/8/14 (part of Triple Crown)
Opposite of the Anthem 5k -- great course, easy to get to and the furthest I've ever run. 1:10 (almost exactly)

Papa John's 10-miler - 3/22/14 (last of Triple Crown)
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