Family Time! Plus a Workout Recap

Family Time

My sister Lisa was visiting from Texas this weekend. For a sad reason actually. The father of a friend of hers had passed away, so she was here to support her friend and attend his memorial service on Saturday.

On Sunday we gathered our family together and met for lunch at about the halfway point, in Temecula. I got to choose the restaurant, so I chose the Earth Bistro, which I knew had options for everybody.

Alan and I left the house about 10:30 for what should be an hour and a half drive, but halfway to the freeway we realized that high winds were kicking up some serious sandstorms. My new car is still perfect and I did not want to get sandblasted, so we decided to go the longer route, through the mountains. That wouldn’t have been too bad, but we seemed to get stuck behind the slowest drivers on earth, all of whom ignored the “slower traffic use turnouts” signs. Sigh.

But everything was good when we finally arrived. I was so excited that in addition to my sister, who I haven’t seen in over a year, both my sons, my daughter-in-law, my youngest son’s girlfriend, my niece, her boyfriend and his son, and of course SAMUEL, were all there. We were quite a crew.


Here we all are!


Samuel, his beautiful mom, Sarah, and my oldest son, Nathan.

My Boys

I just love this picture of my boys.


He’s a handful!


A candid shot, so it’s not the best. That’s my niece Brynne on Alan’s left, her boyfriend Eric and his son in between them.


I took on the chore of chasing Samuel when he got tired of sitting still. Tough job but someone’s got to do it.

Samuel is really walking now. I saw him just two weeks ago, and he was working his way there, but what a difference 14 days makes! There’s no stopping him now!

He even says a few words now too.


Of course the Earth Bistro has some great vegan options, including this pizza. Alan had a veggie burger, and we had some great appetizers including stuffed grape leaves, flat bread with hummus and a couple other dips, and roasted potatoes.

All in all a great family day. Hopefully a year won’t go by before I see my sister again.

The Week in Marathon Training

I was pretty happy with my marathon training this week too. After my great cutback run last weekend, I increased the distance this week, so my long run was 16 miles, which I ran on Saturday. For the first time Alan and I got our schedules straight, so we ran about half of the run together. I’m a little ahead of him in distance though, so we said goodbye at his halfway point. It was still good, even though the last couple miles were challenging.

I also managed a tempo run, even though I would have preferred it to be a little longer. I ran 2.5 miles at half marathon pace.

On Sunday, we took the dogs out for our recovery run. This was a bit of a challenge for me, since I’ve been doing my long runs on Sunday, then taking Monday off. Taking a run the next day, slow as it was, was tough. The dogs loved it though.


Running makes Penny smile. Penny makes me smile.


Buddy wanted a little Cytomax boost.


The drinking fountain wasn’t working, so Alan worked on it. I guess that is working now.


We bumped into our friend Dottie, who’s running Boston in a few weeks. Alan, who’s run it twice gave her a few course tips.

So I’m pleased with my running, though I really want to get my weekly mileage up a bit. I’m still averaging around 25 miles a week, and I’d like to get it up to around 35. I’ll work on that in the coming weeks, probably using Wednesday as a second longest run day, and trying to get a little speed work on Tuesday.

First though, I need to get through the upcoming week and Ragnar! It starts Friday and I’m feeling pretty excited and nervous.

I’m also starting my #SpringintoYoga Challenge on Tuesday! It is my way to get back into a regular yoga practice, and requires a minimum of 10 minutes a day in April. You should join me! The details are here.

How was your weekend? Any great family events or training you’d like to share? Have you ever done a Ragnar race? What would be the number one tip you’d share? Want to join me in a yoga challenge? I could use a little more inspiration :-).

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  1. says

    So nice that you were able to have a reunion, despite the underlying reason. What a beautiful family!
    I’m half marathon training, and am about a month out. These long runs just keep getting longer!
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  2. says

    Sorry for the reason, but looks like you made the most of it and had a wonderful time. Your training is going well, very excited to see what you can do very soon! Cant wait to run in the weather you are….hopefully soon!

    I am racing the Cherry Blossom 10 mile this weekend, so nervous as it is my first race since my marathon in November, but should be good!
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  3. says

    Debbie, what a beautiful family you have! There is nothing better thank quality time with family-looks like you enjoyed.
    My #1 tip for running a relay, is to cheer loudly for your runners, and for other vans too! Your voice will be gone but the end.
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