Friday, September 27, 2013

Pizza Friday and movie night

Another rather sleepless night. At around midnight, Eli got out of bed and came into my room to tell me he was thirsty. I must have been sound asleep (normally, I wake up from any little noise), and when he started talking, it scared me half to death! I'm sure other parents out there can relate to this...? Nothing is more terrifying than waking up in the middle of the night with someone standing next to you, hahaha. Anyway, after that, I had weird dreams and just couldn't get much rest.

I only had five miles at an easy pace on the running schedule today, so I expected it to be a breeze. After I got the kids off to school, I headed out for a loop around the neighborhoods. Unfortunately, I had another bad run today. I was feeling very fatigued again, and my legs felt heavy. I'm not sure what's going on with me--it's not unusual to have a bad run, like yesterday's, but surely today's should have been better. The farther I ran, the more my pace dropped. It was a relief when I hit five miles!

When I uploaded the info from my Garmin, I saw the problem. Clearly, my heart is disfunctional:

Hahaha, I have no idea what went wrong with my heart rate monitor today, but I know I wasn't reaching 220+ beats per minute! The battery in it is fairly new, so I don't think that's the problem. I'll see what happens tomorrow. Just for comparison, this is what the chart USUALLY looks like for a five mile easy run:

All week long, the kids have been looking forward to tonight. I promised them Pizza Friday and a movie night. I picked them up from school, because I wanted to go get some sort of a fuel belt for the marathon (after yesterday's disaster with the SPI Belt, I wanted to try something else). I was going to go to Dunham's, but decided to check TJ Maxx first. And luckily, I found one! It was only $8, so I figured it was worth a try.

I like that it's very wide and flat, so I'm hoping that will keep it from bouncing. I'll give it a try tomorrow and see what happens.

For Pizza Friday, I was planning to go to the dine-in pizza place we usually go to, which is a good 35 minutes away. There are very limited options around here, and that one was the only dine-in pizza place (that I knew of). But Noah asked if we could pick up a pizza on the way home instead. There was a place nearby that I'd never been inside, but there are like five others around here, so I figured it was just like the rest of them.

When we walked inside, I was really surprised at how nice it was inside! I had NO idea that they had tables in there, and from the outside, the place looks much smaller than it is.

So we ended up staying there to eat, and it was great. Every time we get pizza, I plan on having two slices; and inevitably, I end up eating three, and then regretting that third slice. Today, I'm proud to say that I stuck with two! I certainly could have eaten more, but I knew that I'd regret going over my PointsPlus for the day.

We stopped for one more treat on the way home--popcorn from Target ;)  Since we were having a movie night at home, we picked up some popcorn from the little Target cafe. Sounds lame, but their popcorn is SO good! It's 8 PointsPlus, and I had already figured it into my meal plan for the week. Today was another day on track--that's three in a row! :)

We ended up watching Where the Red Fern Grows. Believe it or not, I'd never seen that movie before. It was the perfect movie to watch with my boys! It was hilarious how they couldn't believe that there was no electricity or TV or computers in the movie, though. They asked me if it was from 1,000 years ago--bahaha! 


  1. Ahhh, sorry to say, but your HRM is dying. I got mine replaced under the warranty after it started doing exactly the same thing. But I never really used the new one they sent me because I found a better solution as per DC Rainmaker's suggestion. I bought a Polar strap and I am using it with the Garmin transmitter and for a year it's been perfect!

  2. I have the same belt and I love it:-) I also had a spi belt and found it was uncomfortable

  3. Our Oldest Boy never slept. When he would come into our room while I was sleeping, to wake me up he would slide his hand underneath me! It felt like something was crawling under me!! Talk about waking up FAST! My other kids have done that, too, where they just start talking to you while you're in a deep sleep - it's tough to go back to sleep after having been scared half-to-death!

  4. The pizzeria is adorable! I wish more places around here tried to create some kind of ambience, and NOT high school cafeteria, either!

  5. I have a similar belt and really like it. It does not bounce or move around at all. Perfect size for my needs.

  6. I ditched my SPI belt as well. I have a FLIP belt now, and I really like it. I got it at an expo. It is a continuous circle, so you pull it up around your waist. (I always feel like I'm pulling up underwear). It's got multiple entry holes to store all of your stuff and once you get it on and all your stuff inside, you flip it so that it holds everything against your body. Maybe they might have something like it at your marathon expo if this new one doesn't work out.


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