Half Marathon – Sunday 17 January

January 23, 2010

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So the half marathon has now been and gone and yes I completed with a lot of thanks to my neighbour, Amy McBeth.  I’m not sure I’d have finished without her by my side.  I think this is the 3rd or 4th time that Amy has done the half marathon but she moved to the back of the corals so that she could start with me rather than closer to the front where she could have been.  Because I’d estimated that I’d walk the bulk of it I was actually in the last coral.  The corals were let off in waves of about 2 minutes which meant we didn’t actually start till almost 45 minutes after the official start time.  We maintained a 15 minute mile until mile 9 then I needed to take a potty break so lost 1 minute there.  After that it went downhill so to speak.  My legs just kept seizing and  then it was a matter of completing.  My longest training run/walk had been 9 miles and that had been inside at the gym on a mixture of treadmill and running track.  My longest run outside had been 6.5 miles.  I hadn’t got the mileage in over Christmas that I had hoped due to both Kirsten and I have coughs/colds/flu symptoms.  Anyway I did it and that is something off my bucket list.

If you want to view me crossing the finish line here is a link where you can search on my name: http://arizona.competitor.com/features/finishreplay/  Here is a link that will take you to a page so that you can search on my official results:  http://results.active.com/pages/searchform.jsp?rsID=88865  I think my official time was 3 hours and 23 minutes, 58 seconds which makes it a 15.50 minute mile for those of you trying to work out the maths.

So my next challenge, as some of you will remember and others won’t, is the Tri for the Cure on April 11th.  It is a Sprint Triathlon which means we have a 400 metre swim, 8 mile swim and a 2.25 mile run.  I am scheduled to take part in 2 separate swim clinics to help me with the swimming side of things and I need to get my bike serviced and spend some time getting my backside prepared for the cycling.  Amy McBeth has signed up to join me in this and another friend of mine, Colleen, who John and I know from The Village is also participating.  I’m not certifiably mad just feel I need a little challenge now and then.  Here’s the link if you want to find out more information:  http://www.triforthecureaz.com/index.php

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New Year New Schedule…and the rest (Part 2)

January 9, 2010

OK back to the Cookie Monster project.  Right next door to where Kirsten goes to preschool there is a scrapbooking store so I thought as we were right there we could pop in.  I asked the shop assistant what they had in the way of sesame street stickers after finding a little plain scrapbook and she showed us a huge array.  Kirsten thought this was wonderful and took 1 of everything off the wall.  I also got a few bits of paper.  I suspect we’re going to go back to the scrapbooking store, or I will today after Quilt Club and pick up another 2 scrapbooks.  That way she can make another 1 for each of the sets of Grandparents as we certainly have enough stickers.

Yesterday afternoon I had to get my car fixed as the tailgate on the Odyssey wasn’t working so Cookie Monster came with us.  The new camera I got for Christmas (compact for my handbag) is being put to work and so far we have pictures of cookie monster watching the bath be filled for bathtime, preparing for cleaning of teeth; visiting Daddy at the office; trying out Skype with Kirsten at the office (just between staff) and waking up with Kirsten this morning.  I’ll have to print them out tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) so we can make the scrapbook although I might start today as I don’t want to have to do everything Sunday afternoon.

Last but not least was swimming on Thursday morning.  I told Kirsten we were going swimming and she said “you come too”.  I told her that Mummy would watch but she would go in the water on her own.  It is exactly 23 months since we started swimming lessons so it is a long time for the 2 of us to have done something together so regularly.  Kirsten then said “Coach Mark”.  He has been a great Coach and worked with Kirsten for the better part of the last year.  Nope not the same Coach either as Mark only works on Wednesdays.  We were starting with Coach Richie.  Kirsten had to line up this time and wait for her coach to come and get her.  There was some clinging and a lot of screaming as Coach took her into the water and I sat down in the spectator gallery (on the other side of the glass) to watch.  It was then a learning curve for both of them as her new coach was also one of the few that had never seen her in the water or worked with her at one time or another.  Although Kirsten screamed a lot of the class she actually did almost everything that was asked of her.  She is now in a “semi-private” class so there should be 2 children but this week at least Kirsten was on her own which I felt was even better as she could get to know her “new” surroundings without too much going on.  I’ll keep you informed on how she progresses.

Last weekend Kirsten had another severe bout of constipation.  I knew something wasn’t right when she woke up during the night and wanted cuddles, but it took until mid-morning to discover what the problem.  She was in severe pain during Sunday and I was trying everything to not have to take her to ER.  Thankfully at about 4pm persistence paid off, but it wasn’t until yesterday, Friday, I could say that the constipation had finally cleared.  I went out and bought Soy milk earlier in the week to see if switching to that instead of cows milk will make a difference.  Until we can fully sort out the constipation we are going to have problems with the potty training.  On that subject as long as I take her to the toilet I’d say 75% of the time she does something but no 2s (sorry for the graphic explanation) is definitely not in the toilet!!

I’ve got my half marathon next Sunday so that will be the next update.  Talk to you all soon.


Happy New Year

January 1, 2010

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Happy New Year one and all.  As usual apologies are tenfold for not having updated.  We had a wonderful Christmas watching Kirsten try to understand the concept of what was going on.  Next year will be even more exciting.  She now wakes up every morning asking for presents.  It’s back to school as of Monday and she will now be going 3 mornings a week, Monday, Wednesday and Friday as she has been moved up with a couple of other children to the Older Twos class.  No she’s not yet potty trainined.  I was going to spend Christmas doing that but then she ended up with a cold (and so did I) so decided that was just too much to handle.

We have also spent Christmas converting Kirsten’s bedroom from that of a baby to that of a toddler.  The only thing remained the same is that she is still sleeping in a crib.  She has shown no signs of trying to climb out so in that case why push it.  It will ultimately convert to that of a toddler bed.  Boxing Day the 3 of us took a trip to Ikea (no hoards here in Phoenix, not like if we were back in England) and then I spent the next few days putting the storage furniture together.  Her room now has her kitchen, tables and chairs (for tea parties) and plenty of storage.  We actually bought too much storage to allow for new items…which you know she’ll get.

Last but not least I’ve been trying to clear out the clutter around the house.  We donated the bed that we shipped from England together with the matching furniture (3 bedside cabinets and a small chest of drawers) to the family that Infosol (where John works) sponsored for Christmas.  It turned out that they had 10 children and some of them were still sleeping in toddler beds.  We’ve also cleared a number of the empty boxes out of the storage room and yesterday the workout bench went to a work colleague of John’s.  I don’t know if I told you that we had sold the free weights and the storage rack at the end of the summer or not.  Currently what was the gym still has the treadmill in it but I’m using it more as a sewing room as many of you will know I’m really enjoying that at the moment.

I have signed up for the next Fitness Challenge at the gym.  I only lost 5lbs during the last one, but did lose 6% body fat.  I’ve got the Phoenix Half Marathon in 2 weeks (won’t successfully run it, but I’ll make it to the end) and I’m signed up for the triathlon mid-way through April so that will keep me motivated to try and finally lose these 10lbs minimum that I want to lose.

Anyway better go as Kirsten has woken up and I can hear her over the monitor.

Again, Happy New Year to you!


Thanksgiving

November 24, 2009

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I can’t believe that it is 6 weeks since I last posted on the blog.  In that time we have had a trip to San Diego which just was not long enough and had John’s parents out to visit too.  This Thursday is Thanksgiving and John gets a long weekend off work (Thursday – Sunday off).

So what has happened during the course of the month.  We had a wonderful trip to San Diego where we stayed in the Grand Pacific Palisades Hotel and Resort and Carlsbad (http://www.grandpacificpalisades.com/).  They actually bumped us across to their sister resort which is timeshare only called the Marbrisa (http://www.marbrisaresort.com/index.aspx).  We had booked ourselves a 2 bedroom villa and ended up with a studio apartment attached to a one bedroom apartment so plenty of room.  The Marbrisa also shared a back entrance to Legoland with the Sheraton which meant we could walk from our room into Legoland California (http://www.legoland.com/california.htm)  We had a wonderful day exploring Legoland arriving just after they opened and leaving as they closed.  We drove across to San Diego on the Sunday having booked the dogs into the Raintree Pet Resort (http://www.raintreepetresort.com/).  We visited Legoland on Monday; explored downtown San Diego, Seaport Village (http://www.seaportvillage.com/) and also went on the ferry from Coronado Island across the bay and back with Kirsten on Tuesday.  Wednesday we spent the day at Seaworld (http://www.seaworld.com/sandiego/) and then on Thursday we explored the local vicinity which meant Carlsbad itself and it’s beaches and also the Outlets (http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=66).  We will definitely be going back to San Diego in 2010 but maybe at the start of summer rather than the end this time.

John’s parents arrived a week after we returned and left last Monday.  Hopefully they enjoyed their trip even if they went home a little exhausted.  During the visit I (Sigrid) participated in my first 10k together with my neighbours/friends, Nicole and Amy.  I set myself a target of completing in 90 minutes but actually finished in just under 83 so was really pleased with myself.  Nicole and Amy both finished a few minutes ahead of me (http://www.zazoosh.com/photos/249142443).  The 10k was part of my training for the half marathon in January, but the last 2 weeks I’ve not been so good at keeping up the running.  I got back to it today, but took it gently only running about 2.3 miles.

We also now have Kirsten’s headshots from the modelling agency and her picture has also been posted online on their website (http://www.theyoungagency.com/models/babies/displayProfile.php?idl=W&idf=Kirsten).  We have been given about 50 copies of the picture to use at auditions etc and I also need to pull together a stat sheet for her to be attached to the pictures.

I know this doesn’t bring you fully up-to-date, but at least it gives you a little more information as to what has been going on.

Best wishes for the upcoming season.


Free Time – Oh Definitely!

October 8, 2009

Well Conrad and Marie Claire left on Monday night.  Congratulations to the pair of them.  For those of you who aren’t aware they drove across to Las Vegas during their stay and got married.

At the Drive Through
At the Drive Through

The next piece of news for those of you wondering is that Kirsten had her first audition on Friday afternoon.  I’ve never seen so many toddlers in such a small area.  The children went in in groups of 3 and they were auditioning for a toddler fitness section on local television.  The producer apparently realised that 2 year olds weren’t capable of actually following the instructions but we still went ahead with the audition as we were there.  I felt that Kirsten did a great job but knew basically then and there that there was little, if not, no chance of her getting the job.

Some of you are aware that I went and had an ultra sound last week.  No I am not pregnant and we never really suspected I was but I had been suffering from nausea for about a week and also have intermittent severe cramping which is a problem I’ve had for about 18 years off and on so I decided to go to the doctor.  He was concerned that it maybe a gall bladder problem.  The ultra sound showed nothing but I had also been put on some “over the counter” medication for a week and I have another appointment with my doctor on Tuesday morning.  He was also talking about doing some further tests as there is a chance that my gall bladder is not working correctly.
Next it is that time of year again and I have signed up for the next Fitness Challenge at the gym.  It is called “Fall Into Fitness” this year and the kick-off is Monday evening and runs then for the next 8 weeks (finishing approximately mid-December).  Simultaneously to this I have signed up for a number of 5k runs:  Race for the Cure Phoenix (http://www.komenphoenix.org/site/c.nsKZL3PHLtF/b.3748649/k.BF88/Home.htm) this takes place on Sunday; New Times 5k run (www.Phoenix10k.com) which takes place on November 8; the Lumineria Run in Cave Creek (http://www.luminariarun.com/) on December 5th; Tri for the Cure sprint triathlon (http://www.triforthecureaz.com/) on April 11th next year; and last but not least my plan is to sign up for the Phoenix Half Marathon (http://arizona.competitor.com/) which takes place on January 17th, 2010.  I am going to a training launch party this evening and the plan is to sign up there and then run a 5k with them (http://arizona.competitor.com/features/srp-kick-off-party/).  A friend/neighbour of mine is also taking part and that is what has convinced me I can do this.
You can see with all this going on whatever free time I/we have is to be spent training.  Kirsten will be getting out for plenty of fresh air.  Of course next week we go off for 5 days for a family holiday to San Diego and then John’s parents arrive just in time for Halloween on 29th October.
Best wishes to you all