Random Thoughts about the Runs and My Jelly

Every time I use “the runs” in my blog post title, it makes me giggle and admittedly, I’m using potty humor to catch my readers’ attention even though I’m talking about my running and training.  But this tongue-and-cheek title isn’t so funny anymore since all three kids and my husband came down with a stomach bug last week.  With all the vomit, the diarrhea, the never-ending loads of laundry and losing our Internet connection, it was truly a shitty week.

Thankfully, I managed to squeeze in some pleasant runs in between their not-so-pleasant runs because I’ve got two races to train for this month: Crazy Sombrero 5K and 5 Miles for Moffit.  I am trying my hardest to run 3 miles under 30 minutes again and as close to 50 minutes for 5 miles as I can.  The #aMAYaingabs and pushup challenge has really paid off, because I’ve definitely seen my improvements on my time.

Monday, April 25

3.1 miles

Time 30:56

Ave Pace 9:59

Max Pace 8:10

Wednesday, April 27

3.1 miles

Time 38:39

Ave Pace 12:00

Max Pace 9:17              

Thursday, April 28

4 miles


Ave Pace 11:59

Max Pace 8:55

I was particularly proud of my 6 mile run.  At 5 miles, I had clocked 51:35 and saved it as Lap 1 in my Garmin.  I feel pretty confident that I can finish the 5 miles for Moffit close to 50 minutes next weekend.

Saturday, April 30

6.2 miles

Time 1:05:18

Ave Pace 10:32

Max Pace 8:03


Tuesday, May 3

3.1 miles

Time 35:37

Ave Pace 11:30

Max Pace 9:06

We’ve had unusually warm, August like weather with temperatures near 90, so we started swimming to keep cool and soak the sun up and all the Vitamin D we can.

A couple of weeks ago, I took the kids to the pool for the first time this season.  I tried on two swimsuits: my before baby bikini and a tankini.  Out of the two, the bikini looked better.  Actually, it was the lesser of two evils.  So, I busted out my bikini at our community pool and while we were hanging out at the pool, I made the mistake of asking hubbie how I looked.

“Well you just had a baby.”

Um…not quite the answer I was hoping for! I decided to use Little Lion Man as a shield the rest of our stay at the pool, because I don’t think anyone is ready for this jelly.

Speaking of a jelly, I started a little early on my #aMAYzing abs challenge, because for Mother’s Day, I’m saying bye-bye to my Bingo arms and my flabby baby belly.  For about 2 weeks now, I’ve been doing 100 crunches every day. I’ve also thrown some push-ups, tricep dips and bicep curls into the mix. I can do 100 triceps, but as for pushups, I could only do 50 (girlie or alternative pushups) at the start.  In two weeks, I can already do 100 girlie pushups.  So the challenge isn’t quite so challenging and I need to step up my game a bit, like adding manly pushups and some lunges and squats, because I need to continue this challenge the rest of May and into the summer to be rid of this jelly before July.  I want nice firm arms by then so my chicken wing arms don’t wiggle and blow out the candles on my cake for me.

You know, it really is a small world.  While sitting in church Easter Sunday, a woman sitting next to me recognized me from the neighborhood.  We’ve past each other while running along the boulevard for 4 years now.  I told her how hard it’s been trying to get back into training after having a baby 9 months ago.

When I tell people that I had a baby 9 months ago, it would make me feel so good if they said, “Gosh, you don’t even look like you had a baby.”  So far, that’s not happened, but I keep holding out for that moment.  When you see me, could you say that to me?  That would be FANTASTIC.  My ego could use a bit of a boost.   Thanks.  You’re such a good friend.


*Proudly submitted to Stacy Uncorked, because when I blog about my training, it’s usually pretty random.*


  1. allstarme says:

    I am envious of your crunches! I run about the same mileage as you and a similar pace but I have no energy to do anything extra. Been doing some leg lifts but that’s it! Happy Random Tuesday.

  2. Harriet says:

    I’ve been coming here for a while and have never thought of the other kind of ‘runs’. Must be because I ‘runs’ every morning 🙂

    Have a great day!!

  3. sara says:

    As always, you’re such an inspiration! You’re reminding me that I need to do more to push my workouts. Running alone ain’t gonna give me fabulous shoulders and a flat stomach. Thank you!

    p.s. You look incredible in my book! Just the fact that you’re out there, inspiring us when your baby is only 9 months old – love it! Go, strong mama, go!

  4. Stacy Uncorked says:

    OK, first I have to say that my 12-year old inner boy read your title as jelly gave you the runs…then you follow that with your play on words of diarrhea and it being a shitty week…I’m still giggling. 😉

    Seriously, though – sorry you guys were hit with the funky plague…and glad you’re feeling better! Look at you go – rockin’ the running after the runs! 🙂 I know, I’m bad. 😉

    We’ve been having August weather around here, too – Mother Nature just can’t seem to get it together.

    You can count on me – I’ll totally (and enthusiastically) tell you you look HAWT and that no way you had a baby 9 months ago! 😉

    Thanks for rockin’ the random rebellion with me – and thanks for the giggles! 🙂

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