Life: first race with Tony

It took me 10 days to write this post, a living proof of how busy I have been. On 9/17, Tony, Sarah and I run the Clarendon down hill 5k. First time running with my favorite people!!! It was so much fun. But first let’s see what else have been happening lately

Lizzy is as cute as always!!! 🙂

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We leave the house around 7:45am. If I want to run, shower and change, then it means no time to have breakfast at home. So I’ve been having oatmeal in the office, in peace, slowly, without rushing. Love oatmeal in a jar

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specially when there’s plenty of PB in the bottom

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I went to a seminar about how to connect with your kids. Quite interesting.

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with Lizzy I only need to connect through touching and milking … heheh….

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on Saturday 9/17, Tony and I went alone to the race. It was his first time ever running a race. I was super excited… maybe even more than him. So happy he’s sharing my passion for running.

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and what a great way to hang out with my good friend Sarah. We’ll be running/racing buddies for many years to come.

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I didn’t plan to run fast because I was still recovering from the half. But the route was all down hill, so I just went with what my body felt like. And I went fast! I finished with 24’15”, that’s almost 2 mins down from my PR. Wooo!!!

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That weekend Sofia had two birthday parties. One at Little Gym

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in which kids had organized activities and free play

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then the next day we went to her favorite playground for another of her friend’s party

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oh… someone turned 5 months on 9/18!

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I almost forgot to take pic that day, so by the time we took it, it was her bed time already, so she didn’t give us a smile. But… she’s lovely nonetheless, especially when all she wants to do is turn/turn/turn.

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Time tracking day 7

4:15 awake and couldn’t fall back into sleep 

5:25 got up. Pump 

6:00 8 oz out. Went to nurse Lizzy 

6:15 oatmeal and small cup of decaf 

6:45 out the door for long run 

8:15 back home after 8 easy miles. Felt strong 

8:20 prepared Sofia to go to swim class 

8:30 shower / compression socks 

8:45 breakfast (breads with guacamole and eggs)

9:00 nursed Lizzy 

9:15 put ingredients into the bread machine to make buns for parents 

9:20 organized the house a bit post party 

10:10 Sofia was back 

10:20 went out to do groceries 

12:00 back home. Made lunch (another quinoa salad with Japanese sweet potato)

1:15 nursed Lizzy 

1:45 napped

2:30 got up. Had some cereal and mixed nuts 

3:00 change/ make up for the photo session 

3:15 changed Lizzy and Sofia with grandmas help 

3:30 out the door 

4:00 arrived Costco. I went to buy with Sofia while Tony got gas 

4:25 heading to the photo session place 

5:00 photo session 

5:49 way to home. Lizzy was quite annoyed by then since she didn’t nap since 1:15 

6:15 bath Lizzy, nursed her

6:45 dinner (sautéed zucchini with broccoli with olive preserve, water melon)

7:20 rest a bit while Tony took Sofia to buy cake for tomorrow‘s party at class 

7:30 took off makeup / put Pj

7:45 ate kabocha 

8:00 Lizzy woke up screaming, nursed her again 

8:20 read a book with Sofia, song, kiss and hug 

8:40 chocolate milk in bed 

9:10 transferred Lizzy to bed 

9:20 time with Tony 

10:00 zzzz

Time tracking day 6

5:45 got up 

5:50 water, pump 

6:10 nursed Lizzy 

6:20 pumped  

6:30 put 8 oz of milk into bags and freezer 

6:35 MUTU 1 and core 1

7:20 played was Lizzy and Tony on bed 

7:45 prepared breakfast for the family 

8:00 breakfast together

8:45 started organizing the house and preparing for the party

9:00 take Sofia to buy paper plates and cups, balloon and nail polish for her 

10:00 back home and painted her bail 

10:40 rest. Was feeling tired from the day before

11:00 nursed Lizzy and played with her while had apple and cereal 

11:30 made empanadas with mom


12:20 lunch time . Empanadas and sweet potato for the family and another salad for me.

1:15 nap for all 

2:15 got up 

2:20 hungry again so I ate a corn and chocolate milk 

2:40 nursed Lizzy 

2:50 set up the table, drinks, last minute arrangements 

3:30 change and put on some makeup

4:00 party!!!

6:30 cleaning and eating. I was starving 

7:00 nursed Lizzy and put her to sleep 

7:30 gift unwrapping 

8:45 sing song to Sofia 

9:00 still hungry so I had kabocha 

9:30 in bed, exhausted and excited how well the party went 

10:00 zzzz

Time tracking day 4

2:50 up and checked Lizzy. She was again awake eating her finger. Back to sleep 

3:00 back to sleep

5:25 got up

5:30 water, pumped while having cereal and coffee 

5:55 done with pumping (8 oz) and went to nurse Lizzy. She was awake all this time but didn’t make any noise 

6:20 changed cloth

6:25 elliptical for 45 min

7:10 prepared breakfast for Sofia and Tony. Finished packing lunch for Tony and breakfast for me (oatmeal with Pb)

7:20 change/ make up / had half muffin 

7:40 out the door 

8:20 drop Sofia at the daycare while Tony parked the car 

8:35 met tony and way to see podiatrist for him 

9:30 finished the appt. goodbye kiss and walked to office 

9:50 oatmeal and coffee ricotta cheese 

10:30 pump 6.5 oz while working 

1:00 lunch meeting with A friend who got caught up in a meeting so I got a lame salad and ate at desk

2:00 work

2:30 pump 6 oz

3:30 hungry again, had oatmeal with PB

4:30 went to get ice because I forgot the ice pack. Got a cereal bar too

5:30 left office 

5:45 picked up Sofia with tony. Terrible traffic

6:45 home finally. I was starving!!!! I asked tony to do bath alone with Lizzy because I needed food!!! I had rice with sautéed cabbage and tilapia cooked with soy sauce 

7:00 nurses Lizzy 

7:15 pack lunch for tony for next day. 

7:20 ate corn, then 2 slices of bread with laughing cow, ricotta cheese and some Aduki bean. I don’t know why I was so hungry! Maybe is the breast feeding, maybe the lame salad.

8:20 read a book with Sofia, kiss and hug and told her she was my life.

8:30 transferred Lizzy to bed and nurse new minutes 

9:00 in bed with chocolate milk and runners magazine 

9:25 zzzzz

Time tracking day 5

5:20 got up, water, pump

5:50 Lizzy was making noise so I went to nurse her 

6:05 continued to pump, coffee, cereal 

6:30 out the door for easy run

7:20 back home / prepared breakfast for Sofia 

7:25 shower 

7:30 prepared breakfast for Tony and me. I had two slices of Ezekiel with two fried eggs and laughing cow 

7:45 nursed Lizzy 

7:55 out the door 

8:30 dropped Sofia and Tony 

9:00 arrived shoppers, got things for tomorro’s birthday party 

9:40 arrived trade joes for more 

10:10 whole food for kids juices 

10:25 home and started the preparation. Made biscottis, Aduki cake, mini cheesecake, apple pie, magic cake 

11:45 nursed Lizzy and continued the baking 

1:30 lunch (greens, cherry tomato, quinoa, chickpea, guacamole, roasted pepper, heart of palm, dressed in Balsamic) soo good and filling 

2:45 nurses Lizzy 

3:00 head to Hmart for buy fruits and eggs

3:45 back home and started baking the cake 

5:30 Tony texted me that metro is in delay, he might not arrive the daycare on time. So I was on my way to daycare

6:15 Tony arrived on time so I waited close to office and they walked to me

6:30 heading home 

6:55 arrived home and dinner. I was starving so I asked Tony to bath Lizzy alone while I ate. I had chicken soup with black fungus, vermicelli, and sautéed cabbages 

7:30 nursed Lizzy 

7:45 cake assembly 

8:00 ate a corn and some fiber cereal 

8:40 sing song to Sofia.

8:50 transferred Lizzy to bed. 

9:00 on bed with chocolate milk and exhausted!!!!   But glad that I did everything planned 

10:00 zzzz

Time tracking Day 3


3:00 checked Lizzy, she was up and crying a bit but fell asked by 3:20

3:45 back to sleep 

5:30 up and prepared to pump

5:45 Lizzy was up so I went to nurse her

5:55 continued to pump while had coffee 

6:25 8 oz milk done, freeze. Pack lunch for Tony and change  running outfit 

6:35 put squash into the oven. Out for a run – hill work 

7:20 back home. Took squash out of oven. Prepared breakfast for Tony. Packed breakfast for me (oatmeal with PB) and snack (baked delicata squash)

7:25 shower/change cloth

7:35 nursed Lizzy 

7:45 left the house. Did make up on the road.

8:30 dropped Tony at metro, arrived daycare, say goodbye to Sofia, walked to office. No phone on the way but focused on smiling and observed other morning commuter. So much variety of expressions.

9:00 arrived office. Heat oatmeal. Chatted with a colleague while my stomach was grueling for food 

9:30 breakfast finally 

10:00 work

11:00 pump while working (6oz)


12:30 lunch with a friend 

1:30 back to office. Coffee. 

2:00 dentist 

4:00 back to office and pumped 5 oz

5:00 heading to pick up Sofia.

5:35 pick up Tony on the way

5:55 arrived home 

6:00 dinner (porridge, sautéed romaine lettuce and green bean)

6:20 bath/nurse Lizzy 

6:50 pack lunch for Tony tomorrow 

7:00 ate two corns. Dinner left me hungry.

7:30 lie on the coach with tooth pain and headache. Took 2 ibuprofen. Had some cereal and chocolate milk.

7:55 personal care

8:10 read two books with Sofia and good night kiss and hug

8:30 transferred Lizzy to bed, nursed her a bit

8:35 zzzzzzzzzz

Time tracking day 2


3:00 woke up, realized that slept from 9:30pm until now without waking up! YAY! checked Lizzy on the monitor. She was awake looking at camera. So cute. She turned and fell asleep.

3:30 back to zzzz

5:45 got up, went downstairs, started pumping. Checked Lizzy, she started to stir.

5:50 went to nurse Lizzy

6:00 back to pumping while having cereal and coffee

6:30 changed and got ready for the run

6:35 run. Today was 4 miles easy.

7:20 back home. Prepared breakfast for Sofia and Tony. Finished packing lunches for me and Tony.

7:30 shower/change

7:35 nursed Lizzy

7:45 left the house. While Tony was driving, I did makeup.

8:30 dropped Sofia at the daycare and walk to the office.

9:00 breakfast time finally. Banana oatmeal with PB.

9:30 “work”

11:00 pumped 6 oz while looking at video and pics of Lizzy my mom sent me. Snacked brown rice cereal.

11:30 finished expense tracking, wrote yesterday’s post

12:30 went to the cafeteria to get a salad. I brought two eggs, beets and 1 delicate squash to complement. Browsed through pinterest to find the cake I’m gonna make for Sofia’s birthday


2:00 “work”

3:00 pumped 5.5 oz while reading about running

4:00 snack was an apple + 1/2 granola bar

5:00 checked with Tony about his leaving time

5:25 left office to meet with Tony at the metro station

5:35 walked to the daycare while catching up on our day

5:45 picked up Sofia. Way to home.

6:30 Lizzy was waiting us at the door step. So cute as usual. Since she was up since 5, we went to do bath/feeding with her first while Sofia started dinner with grand parents

7:00 dinner. I had bok choy with tofu, green beans and black fungus

7:30 had a steamed corn while checking blogs

7:40 strength workout

8:00 writing this post

8:15 night routine with Sofia. We read two books, sing a song and night night.

8:30 personal care (take off make up, brush teeth, change to Pj)

9:00 transferred Lizzy to bed and nursed her

9:15 chocolate milk, log workout. Tony came to bed and we chat.

9:50 zzzzzz



Time tracking Day 1

I got the idea of doing time tracking for 168 hours from Sarah. I know how my days go but I’m interested to learn how I spend my days in term of time spent at work, with my girls, with my husband, ME time and just life duties.

Day 1. Monday 9/19


5:45 woke up (another night of poor sleep, Lizzy woke up 4 times and I went to her twice).

5:50 go downstairs, drink water, eat high fiber cereal, coffee while pumping and check blogs

6:30 nurse Lizzy and change diaper

6:40 prepare breakfast for Sofia and Tony, pack breakfast for me and lunch for Tony

6:50 drive Tony to metro because he had an early dentist appt

7:00 back home, change/make up while having Lizzy on my bed

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I’ve became super fast doing my makeup, 5 min and I’m done

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7:30 nurse Lizzy one more time and ready to leave with Sofia

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Sofia gave her tons of kisses

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7:45-9:00 commute/drop Sofia to the daycare/walk to office

9:00 eat breakfast while checking emails/blogs

9:30 work

10:30 snack some almond milk with rice cereal

11:00 pump while working


12:30 eat lunch (soup + salad)

1:00 coffee with a friend

2:00 feeling really sleepy so just wonder around the internet

3:00 pump while trying hard to focus on work

5:00 went to buy something for my dad

5:20 leave office to pick up the car and Sofia. Tony was running late so we went without him

6:10 we arrived early so went to Tj’s to pick cereal, bread, cheese

6:20 pick up Tony at the metro station and went home

6:30 dinner

7:00 bath, nurse and put Lizzy to sleep in the swing

7:30 prepare next day breakfast for me (banana oatmeal), lunch for Tony (burrito bowl), lunch for me (beet and egg salad toppings and roasted delicata squash).

7:45 eat a corn checking blog

8:00 chat with Tony about our day while grandma started night routine with Sofia

8:30 sing a song to Sofia, kiss and hug and good night

8:50 made myself a cup of chocolate milk, check everything was ready for next day, kiss Tony and went upstairs

8:55 transfer Lizzy to the crib, put sleep sack and nurse her one more time

9:00 log in weekend running, read two articles from the book

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9:35 turn off the light and zzzz

pretty typical day for me. 🙂

Park half marathon 5 years later

Before I dive into the race recap… let’s see what happened last week.

Last Sunday we went to Alyssa’s first birthday party. Now that Lizzy has showed us how well she behaves, we take her out more often.

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she had fun playing in the crib… staring us with her amazing hair!!!

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Sofia’s loving her new class. Every day I go to pick her up, they are doing something different. This time was a dough playing? Sofia loves everything cooking related and it’s pink, so I let her play.

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on Saturday we went to Susan’s house and celebrated early the chinese spring festival.

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these two girls are bounding so much!!!

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Susan’s mom prepared a nice spread of dishes for us.

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It was lunch time and Lizzy didn’t have her nap yet and was a bit annoyed. So I ate quickly and went home with her early and let the rest of the family have some more fun.

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then I rest for the rest of the day because Park Half Marathon started at 7am on Sunday 9/11. I had the outfit prepared

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I run it in 2011 with two friends. It was my first half marathon and I ENJOYED so much the training and the race that I can’t find any reason not to do it again. This time.. 5 years later with two beautiful girls, I went back. Originally with 5 friends but one got injured and couldn’t run.

I woke up before 4am (Lizzy’s schedule). After feeding her, I couldn’t go back to sleep and I had planned to wake up at 4:35 anyway so I got up early. Had a big glass of water while I pumped, a bowl of oatmeal and 1 decaf coffee. I prepared breakfast to go for Tony and Sofia, and a mug with coffee for me just 1 hour before the starting time.

At 5:35am, I went to wake Sofia and Tony up. She was super excited to go to watch me race again and didn’t even fuss when I woke her up 1.5 hr before her usual wake up time. I dressed her and help her with teeth brushing and we were ready.

We left the house at 5:50am, on the dot to the plan. My friends already pick up my bib the day before so we had plenty of time before race. We arrived the area around 6:15am and saw runners walking around. We parked quickly and joined the crowd to the starting line. It was quite a walk. When we arrived we spot Belen and her bf Ale. All excited. Then Belen and I went to the potties line (long line) and managed to finish the business just 15 min before 7. I still didn’t have my bib. Fortunately Tony and Ale met with Agustin and Ghana and got my bib. ALL READY! I had to say bye to my loves… but knowing they’ll be waiting me at the finish line was the best part of the race.

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I lined up behind 2:00:00 finish time. My A goal was to beat my PR which I thought it was 2:00:00 (turned out it was 1:57:21). My B goal was to finish well and injury free.

The race was packed… so much larger than in 2011. As last time, I run without music and glad I did that because it was impossible to run without knowing what was going on around me, there was always someone passing by or I needed to find a way to pass by.

Mile 1-6 went fast, mainly trying to run and pass people in the narrow path. I felt good, I felt strong. I tried to maintain between 8:30-9:00. The course was a rolling hill so it kept me entertained. I was thirsty and felt empty stomach because it was been almost 2 hours since I last ate. I waited until the first water station to have the 1/2 pack of GU that I carried. On the way, I passed Ghada and then Ale.

When I passed mile 7, I checked my total time, it was exactly 1 hour. I told myself… okay, you have a chance to PR, just maintain the pace and maybe push a bit.

Mile 7-10 was the hardest. I knew I passed the midway but still have a long way to go. I struggled to maintain the pace. Fortunately there was a woman that had similar pace than mine, and we were passing each other for entertainment. For each mile, I made sure I was on the way to reach the target of finish under 2 hrs.

Along the way there were live music (a guy and a piano in the middle of the trail side), superman, high five guys and tons of neighbors cheering us. My mental game was to look for the next entertainment spot or water station.

Mile 10-finish was uphill. I knew that was coming and was ready to tackle it. I slowed down on the hill and return to the normal 8:45 pace quickly. My upper body was getting tired, my legs started to be felt but I knew I’d do it. I just needed to keep up until the end. In moments when I struggled, I thought about the happiest things in my life: the moment Sofia was born and handed to me; the first time Tony asked me to marry him; and Lizzy’s smile when she sees me everyday. They gave me the strength to keep pushing until the very end.

Once I saw the tunnel, I knew I was going to PR and still managed to finish strong even picking up a bit of pace until I crossed the finish line.

Sofia and Tony were waiting for me there among the crowd. They were excited, I was exhilarated.

Belen and Agustin arrived few minutes before. We waited for Ale and Ghada. I toured with Sofia to the food area. They offered water melon (the best!), oranges, banana, bagel, scrambled eggs, sandwich, pasta, cookies, pizzas, even sausages. I had no appetite at that moment but still managed to have watermelon and a banana.

Still no sign of Ghada. We got worried. 30 min later she texted Belen letting us know that she had to quit. She was devastated and I felt for her. Weeks and weeks of training, expectations about getting to the finish line strong, especially this is part of her NY marathon preparation, they all raised expectations about this race. But sometimes we have to make the hard call and do what our body calls us for. My friend Sarah said: the beauty of running is that if at first you don’t succeed then you dust yourself up and try again for a different race. I can’t agree more. Running will always be there for when she’s ready. I told her the next day that I’d run with her next year if she wants to. We run for life, not for a particular race.

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very beautiful finisher medal.

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then I checked my previous finish time and realized I was already running below 2 hrs.

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but still managed to cut 2’4” this time 😀

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once home, showered, put the compression socks and had first full meal at 11am. Two Ezekiel breads with hummus and eggs.

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just 2.5 hrs later I had lunch: baked cod, roasted broccoli and steamed rainbow corn

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despite the race, I wasn’t sleepy so I took care of Lizzy while everyone else took nap

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she’s just so adorable

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then Sofia woke up and we went to a friend’s baby girl birthday party

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Sofia had fun playing and eating sweets.

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a beautiful and delicious Peruvian cake

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when I got home it was time to bath Lizzy. Love how chubby she is.

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a wonderful way to end my long day.

Next goal: marathon next year!!!

Life: back to work, weekend happening

After 4 months and half of being on maternity leave, going back to work was not too hard. As I mentioned before, this maternity leave was less relaxing than the previous one before I had to be out of the house at least twice a day, and there were more errands to take care of. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it fully, had plenty of time to read, to run and to nap.

But it is also nice to be back at work, to have a routine, to be connected to friends and colleagues more closely, and have a purpose in life other than motherhood. And on top of all, Tony commutes with us, so in the morning we leave together. Both Tony and I work while Sofia has wonderful time with her friends at school. And then all three of us goes home together at the end of a fun day.

First day going back to work, I lied down with my girls and felt so lucky to be where I am now. 🙂

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Lizzy stays at home with grandma. She’s such an easy, calm and happy baby, behaves extremely well, doesn’t fuss much and always laughing.

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Grandma would send us pics of her during the day which make us miss her more and appreciate more time spent with her once we are home.

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Sofia is transitioning to preschool class, a new building, new teachers and new classmates. She adapted it right away and loves the new environment.

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There were 3 days that school was closed and Sofia had to stay at home. She behaved really well playing with Lizzy and by herself. She’s just a big girl already!

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Tony started to run!!! YEY!!! I love that we share an activity together, actually my latest passion. So it’s great that he’s running too so he gets to appreciate and understand when I talk about all the running jargon.

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He started to run 5 times a week, 2 to 3 miles, and then last Saturday he run 6 miles :shock:. I even went to the trail to look for him. He felt great after the run, experiencing runner’s high. But then next day, his foot hurt. opss…… too much too soon. Hopefully he recovers soon while doing some cross training, so he can resume running. We have a 5k in less than 2 weeks.

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Our second “date” night was spent eating Korean food and at REI. Nothing fancy and we both enjoyed our couple time.

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Last Saturday Sofia didn’t have her usual ballet class, so I took her to her favorite playground. It was nice spending time alone with my girl.

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Sunday I had my longest run during this training cycle, 12 miles. I went slow and felt great.

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Shower and had a big breakfast which I think worked because I didn’t experience runger the next day.

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Then I wore my new compression socks for 1 hour and rest most of the day. I got to learn that eating and resting well after the long run, even if I don’t feel hungry or tired, is important, it’s part of the recovery and training.

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what do I do while I rest? Read more about running!!! 😀

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Tony took the family to an antique market, so I got to spend time alone with Lizzy, who is so cute and adorable!

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We tested out carrying her… I don’t think she’s ready for it yet.

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Then we went for brunch with friends at a new restaurant Requin. We shared two appetizers: eggplant-tomato ratatouille

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mussel & clam escabeche, both served with crostini. Sofia loved the eggplant one and had 6-7 crostinis.

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For main, I ordered grilled swordfish  with, beluga lentil salad, watercress, grapefruit. Unfortunately I didn’t like the swordfish so I gave them to Tony and finished the salad.

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Sofia had French toast

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which she surprisingly finished the plate! WOOO!!!

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Tony had smoked salmon soft scramble  puff pastry, tomato, leek, potatoes, and market salad, which he liked.

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It was a relaxing weekend with enough down time which I really appreciate, especially now that I’m away from home during the week. 🙂