Yesterday was the first day of school for my boys. Noah is now in 7th grade, and Eli is now in 5th grade. They are both at the same school this year, which makes things so convenient. They start and end school at the same time (last year, it was an hour apart), so I can drop them both off and pick them both up together.
As I establish a routine for this fall, I decided to establish a bedtime for myself in order to get more sleep. Since I get up at 6:00 with the kids, I'm going to go to bed at 10:00. And instead of watching TV before bed, I'm going to read for 30 minutes. Last night, I did just that--and this morning, I woke up without an alarm at 5:45.
The kids first day of school went really well yesterday. Eli was super excited, and Noah was super nervous, but they both had a great day. When I went to the school to pick up Eli (Noah had cross country practice after school), Noah was out there, too. He told me that he wants to quit cross country.
At first, I thought he was just being dramatic because it was so hot and humid outside, and he didn't want to run. But we talked a lot about it, and I learned that he really doesn't enjoy it. If he doesn't want to do it, I'm not going to make him do it--but I'm so sad that he doesn't like it! Noah and I don't have a lot of interests in common, and running was one thing that was relatable.
He did say that he'll continue to run three days a week, for about two miles each time, for some exercise. He said he enjoyed running when it wasn't for cross country; but running for the team made it less enjoyable (it doesn't help that practice is during the hottest time of day! Today, there was even a heat advisory from 12-8). He also said he likes racing, so I'll make sure to sign him up for a 5K every month or two. That way, he can still race, but train on his own.
I'd like him to choose another sport for school, so he's thinking about wrestling or soccer. I really hope he picks soccer! ;)
As part of my morning routine, I am getting dressed in my running clothes right when I wake up in the morning, and then run after I drop the kids off at school--before I have breakfast or do anything else. Yesterday, I came home and went for a short run (2.1 miles) outside. It was so humid and felt so difficult (it was my first run in a week) that I decided not to do the three miles I'd planned to.
Today, I dropped off the kids and went right to the rec center to run on the indoor track. At 7:00 am, it was already 74 degrees with 93% humidity! I really can't wait for fall weather. When I got to the rec center, I discovered that it felt just as hot and humid inside the building as it was outside, which was a bummer. But, since I was there, I did my run on the indoor track.
I listened to Another Mother Runner while I ran. At around mile 1.8, my knee started to hurt, which was odd. I haven't had any knee problems in a long time! The indoor track is so small (1/12 of a mile) that the constant turning to the left may have irritated my knee. So, once again, I cut the run short at two miles instead of three. I don't mind the short runs, though, as long as I am running 3+ days per week. When the weather gets more fall-like, I'll be more motivated to run more, too.
For the past couple of days, I've eaten breakfast while sitting on the front porch. We don't have a big porch (my dream house would have a huge wrap-around front porch!), so I just sat on the steps while eating my oatmeal. I have finally gotten off my Larabar kick (I was eating one for breakfast every day for about a year!) and decided to bring back oatmeal. For now, I'll eat it cold, but once it gets cold outside, maybe I'll do hot oats again.
Anyway, for my cold oats, I combined 40 grams of dry old-fashioned oats, 1/2 cup whole milk, 10 grams of chia seeds (to thicken), 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, and then a couple of add-ins. Yesterday, I added dried cranberries and coconut. (You can mix it the night before and refrigerate it, or just put it together about 10-15 minutes beforehand and let the chia seeds thicken it.)
It may not look that appealing, but it tastes really good! Today, I added raisins and cinnamon, which I liked even better. I used to do a peanut butter and chocolate version, so I'll have to try that again soon. I wrote a whole post about the different ways I eat oatmeal, which you can find here. The only change is really that I use regular milk now instead of almond milk. I also sweetened it with brown sugar, because I don't have any maple syrup right now, but you can use anything to sweeten it.
Well, I got a lot done yesterday (including a TON of vacation laundry), but I'm still super far behind on email. I'm sorry if you've written and have yet to get a response. Now that the kiddos are back in school, hopefully I can catch up on everything! :)