Friday, April 18, 2014

Five for Friday

1.  I have some more pictures for Throwback Thursday but didn't get a chance to post them yesterday.  11 and 12 year old me.

6th grade cheerleader--Go Veazie Vikings!


2.  6th or 7th grade soccer--there was no date with this one.



3.  My favorite holiday cartoon ever.  Happy Easter everyone!



4.  Then there's this:


I so much want to do this relay.  Check the link out HERE and let me know if you are interested in doing it.  I'm trying to see if I can get on a team or set one up.  It's organized and put on by the man behind the Great Cranberry Island Ultra which was voted the Best Race Ever by Runner's World magazine.  The same guy who ran 500 miles in 10 days to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.  Gary Allen.  So guess what?  It's going to be epic.  And I mean epic like the word is supposed to be used.  Not like--my sundae was epic.

me, Gary and Sara when I found them on Day 3 of his run


5.  Our YMCA is closed today for Good Friday.  Not the other Y's in Maine, just ours.  It's a little annoying because the schools are still open, I am still working and banks are even open!  I would still like to swim, but I'm just going to go with it and go for a run instead.  It's sunny, warm-ish so running will be just fine.

 this may just be my new life mantra


Happy Easter to everyone!

Don't forget--there's still time to enter the Spartan Race giveaway!  Click HERE to enter. 

Monday, April 14, 2014

10 Photos for Spring--Listicles Style

I forget about Listicles for awhile and then I'll see Stasha on tv (cause she's so dang famous now!) or one of her brilliant photos with her handsome dogs and kid will show up on Instagram and then I remember to join in again.  This week it's 10 photos for spring which will also give you a bit of a recap on the past couple of weeks in my life.

If you don't follow her on instagram, you should.  She takes some fabulous photos.  northwestmommy

Here are my 10 photos for spring 2014.

1.  Find the cat.



2.  My lilac survived winter.  Me?  Just barely.



3.  Surrounded by fish at LLBean.



4.  Zero Gravity Northern New England 8th basketball champs!



5.  My new friend and soulmate.



6.  Oh wait, this is my new friend too.  Not sure if she's a soul mate yet, but time will tell.

 7.  Still running.  Still not super warm out.



8.  Going to pick up my taxes from the accountant.  The news was not good.



9.  Christmas present finally able to be put together and used.  If the insurance asks, it's my neighbors.


10.  Nothing says spring like "cat on a leash".  Next door to my office.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spartan Race Giveaway!

The Spartan Races are gearing up again for another year of obstacle racing!  I have yet to compete in a Spartan Race but plan on doing so this year.




I think I'm going to sign up for the race at Fenway next November.  Anyone care to join me?

Here's a description of the Spartan Race taken from their website:

Spartan Race is on a mission to get you active, healthy, excited about change, and return to our ancient roots where running through woods, getting dirty, and facing adversity was part of everyday life. Our events are all about challenging today’s perception of normal.

Our events challenge the familiar, today’s perception of normal living and getting you out of your comfort zone! At Spartan Race, we do this everyday and it shapes everything we do.

Having experienced many different racing events, we wanted to make adventure racing more accessible to everyone, but do not be fooled by the word ‘accessible’, as our events have a challenge for everyone’s needs.

Spartan Race now introduces a level for everyone beginning with the entry level Spartan Sprint, intermediate level Super Spartan, the advanced Spartan Beast, and the ‘99.9% need not apply’ extreme level Death Race.

Whatever your level, Spartan Race will test your strength, stamina, and sense of humor.

Spartan has also developed a shoe specific to this type of obstacle racing that is now available!

The Reebok All-Terrain Series is strategically designed with drainage ports that drain water quickly and easily and 360 degrees of traction to shed mud.  This shoe sounds like it would be a great trail racer as well as an obstacle course shoe.  And if the colors stayed pretty in all that mud, well, that would be a bonus!


So, if you think this kind of racing is for you, or if you are up for a challenge, or like me, you just want to say you raced an obstacle race at Fenway, here's your chance!

The folks at Spartan have graciously given me a race entry to giveaway to my readers!  Follow the instructions below and I will draw a winner 5/1.

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The founder of the Spartan Race, Joe DeSena, also has a book that will be available in May called Spartan Up, A Take-No-Prisoners Guide to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Peak Performance in Life.  Joe’s message of inspiration and personal transformation makes him a popular speaker for a variety of business groups, including Pepperidge Farms, the Association of Corporate Growth (twice), Florida Venture Forum, and the independent TedX BeaconStreet.

In the book Joe touches on topics such as:
  • Finding the will to succeed: The first half of a race you run with your legs; the second half you run with your mind. Turn your pain into an outboard motor to drive you forward.
  • Tossing your cookies: The Cookie Test can teach you how to overcome the need for immediate gratification and help you prosper in the long term.
  • Getting Spartan fit: Survival of the Fittest means training outside the gym for strength, endurance and flexibility for your entire body—and don’t forget those burpees!
  • Moving mountains: Whether metaphorical mountains or the ones on which Spartans race, what you think of as your limitations can actually be a mere starting point for transformation.
Look for the book to be available on May 13, 2014.  Pre-order now on Amazon.com.  I have one coming and I'll let you know what I think once I get a chance to read it.

Have you ever done a Spartan Race or obstacle course race?

Not a Spartan but I have done the Warrior Dash and the Tough Mountain Challenge.

Want to do it at Fenway with me?


Monday, April 7, 2014

March Review

Time to review my activities for March.

Run--41.47 miles.  A bit better than February but not the 50/month I'm shooting for.  The weather wasn't exactly cooperative this month with temperatures averaging in the low 30's when we are supposed to be in the mid 40's.  Not a good excuse but I'm just so sick of it being 10* in the morning.  Who wants to run in that in March??  Answer: NO ONE.

Spin--195 minutes

Tennis--9 hours

Swim--6000 yds

Weights--15 minutes

Yoga--155 minutes.  The Y was offering free yoga classes to gauge interest in the class so I went to one.  The instructor spent a lot of time talking and explaining.  Somehow, I thought yoga was quiet and calming....  I think she was trying to teach like everyone was brand new to yoga, but I wish she had moved it along a little with less explanation and more doing.  The other attempt at yoga was home alone doing the P90X version.  Which was all about moving it along and left me more sore 2 days later than any other exercise I have done in the past year including a half marathon and an olympic tri.  Not sure what that says about my level of stretchiness....  As my brother-in-law said, it's telling you More Yoga!

Races--No races to speak of this month but I have signed up for a bunch of races for later in the year.  I got into the Beach to Beacon 10K for the third year in a row.  This race is easily the highest profile race in Maine and thus sells out super quickly.  Like 6000 spots in 4:52.  Thankfully, my fingers and my browser didn't fail me and I got in before it filled.
my first year running b2b


The other race I signed up for, well actually a series of races, was the Bradbury Mt. Trail Series.  Danielle and I have been talking about this series for a bit now and we are both excited to finish it and get the Badass Hoodie.  There are 3 trail races on Bradbury Mt.--6 miles in July, 9 miles in August and 12 miles in September--and if you complete all of them, you are an official Badass and get the Badass hoodie.  We are both in it for the hoodie.  Sarah is joining us for the 9 miler and another friend of mine, Kayla, is also going to attempt all three.  I've never done a trail race before so this will be a first.

I have also signed up for the Color Me Rad run in Brunswick.  This isn't an actual race but still will be a lot of fun with the kids and their friends.  It's kinda cheap (comparatively cheap because if you wait until July to sign up it will be closer to $60!) at $29 and with the discount code YMCA, you get 10% off and 15% of the registration fee goes to area YMCA's.  The price goes up on 4/4 so sign up now and use the code to get the best price.


What I'm Loving--Life continues to be challenging right now and the weather didn't help things during March so I guess I'm not loving anything in particular.

What I'm Hating--not planning a vacation for this spring.  Super duper #FAIL.


How was your March?  

Did you meet your goals?  Get a PR?  See the sun?





Tuesday, March 25, 2014

How to Kill Your Cat--Almost

So this is the craziest story ever and I wouldn't believe it if it hadn't happened to me, so of course, I want to share it with you all.

I am known to go through cats quickly.  Meaning, they have a very nice life at my house until they meet their untimely death by fisher cat, wolf, car, or whatever else might eat a cat at night.  This is usually after I have spent #allthemoney on getting them fixed and all shots up to date.  My cat, Lily, is currently the longest living cat I have ever kept at a whopping 3 years of age.  Yay Lily!  Not surprisingly, she is also one of the smarter cats I have had.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Anyway, we were leaving to head out for a basketball game this past weekend and as I pushed the garage door shut, my daughter said something like "Momma, the cat is up on the thing".  Because I am such an attentive parent checking my instagram/facebook as I was backing out, I assumed the "thing" that she meant was the cabinet that we have hanging on the wall in the garage and didn't even look up.  That's ok, kiddo, and the garage door proceeded to close.  2 seconds later, she screams that the cat is stuck in the garage door.

And she was.

Like this:

Only there she was more bisected than in this picture.  Only ass, tail and back legs could be seen.

Had I been a good blogger and not distracted by the screaming of my child, I would have taken a picture.  Alas, I didn't.  Instead I quickly pushed the garage door open again and ran into the garage.  I began mentally preparing myself for the $2k+ vet bill and was fully expecting to see a broken cat howling in pain.

Guess what?  Cats are pretty squishy apparently and being compressed by a garage door is not all that damaging if it happens in the right spot.  I found her hiding behind the crap in the garage and was able to check her all over and she was perfectly fine.  Purring away later in the day.

post squish cat

It turns out that my husband had left the garage door open and while my car was parked in the garage, she had climbed up on top of the car and then got onto the open garage door and was sitting there when I backed out and closed the door.

I can see where that saying "curiosity killed the cat" came from.



In other news not related to feline death, I colored my own hair.  That was interesting.   I find out after the fact that you should choose a shade lighter than the color you want.  That would have been nice to know ahead of time....  So, whatever.  My hair is a little darker than I wanted.  Almost Elvira-like.  I don't mind it.  And it will fade.


I also colored my floor.  It doesn't look as good there as it does on my hair.  Too bad for me.

I suppose this is why people pay the hairdresser $50 instead of the do-it-yourself $9.  


Have you had any close calls with your pets?

Colored your own hair?


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Would you Rather #2

Another exciting episode of "Would You Rather" is available for your reading pleasure today, folks!  Thanks to Rachel at Running in Real Life, I have some more super-duper interesting questions to answer.

Would You Rather:

~Run a race at -10 with slushy roads or 85* with the sun beating down?

~Wear running clothes that are way too tight or clothes that are way too loose?

~Have really big upper body muscles or really big lower body muscles? (the kicker here is that whatever you don't choose is super puny.)

~Travel to the past to meet your great-great grandparents or travel to the future to meet you great-great grandchildren?

~Watch your favorite sporting event on a large TV in your house or watch your favorite sporting even in person but have really crappy seats?


My answers:

1.  I would rather be hot than cold any day so I would rather run in the sun than the -10* slush.  85* and beating sun would rock my world right now.

2.  Too tight or too loose, that is a tough one.  I think I would rather have stuff be too tight, I know I would have unbearable chafing from stuff that was too loose.  I have a running skirt that is a little too big and every 15 seconds I'm hauling it up.  So annoying.

3.  I think I'd rather have strong legs although I don't like either choice.  Wah.

4.  I think I would rather travel to the future to meet my grandkids.  It would be cool to see what happens in the future and I wouldn't really want to go back in time.  I mean, what if there wasn't indoor plumbing or I had to haul water or milk cows or something like that?  No thanks.

5.  This one is so easy--I would totally rather be at the event in person.  Crappy seats or not.


I also picked a winner for the compression socks giveaway.  Thanks to all for entering!

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Shoot me an email so I can send you your prize!!  bouchard@midcoast.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

What's Up?

It's been just about a week since I last posted something on this blog.  I really don't have any exciting stuff going on in my life so I'll share the mundane and boring instead.

Our family has been hit by the bug.  The Lacrosse bug, that is!  Right now everyone is all about lacrosse.  Not sure what tipped the scales in that direction, but all three kids are going to be playing this spring.  Even Princess!!  She's excited about it which is something that never happens.  Last weekend was partly spent getting everyone equipped with lacrosse gear.  The girls were pretty much set with all their field hockey gear, but needed a stick.  Manimal needed everything and guys stuff is pretty expensive.

Lucky for me I had some Dick's coupons that saved me $20 and that weekend our local Dick's was having a 20% off everything sale which saved me $110 AND they also price matched me a stick that I found online by showing it to the manager on my phone and that saved me $10.  Not bad.  Still expensive, but you always feel better when you save $140.

manimal ready to go.  complete with cup.  lol

I'm still getting outside for my runs despite the cold ass weather.  The temperature is really getting old, I wish we could just move on from 0*.  Really.  It's still below 0 more nights than not.  In March.  Whyyy??





 being grumpy about the weather.  notice in EVERY picture how I'm dressed.  Nanook of the North.

Contrast that with THIS post from almost exactly 2 years ago entitled "80* and a Running Skirt", in which I talk about how it's 80* out and I go running during my daughter's dance class in a running skirt and tank top.  So, so, so unfair.

Second picture from the top was yesterday (I had already taken off my jacket after the run), it was a whopping 35*, which is actually a huge improvement from the day before when the high reached 26*.

This happened yesterday too:


Yes, that's a Grumpy Cat stuffy.  And, yes, I know you are jealous.


Lastly, how many of you can say that you can talk to the turkeys?  Well, it is a special talent I have and here is evidence of it.

Don't be jealous.  You can learn how to talk to turkeys too.  It's not hard.  They are pretty stupid.  The males are all poofed up and strutting around like they are going to get some.  


In a nutshell what's up in my world is:
~lacrosse
~cold fucking weather
~turkeys trying to get it on

What's up in your world?