Thursday, February 9, 2012

Eleven Months Old

Archie is such a happy little toddler. Even through trips to the doctors for his swollen lymph nodes. We got some unofficial stats at about 10 ½ months he was already 24 pounds and 32 inches long. He is off the charts big. We love playing with him. He is so much fun. We can’t wait to spoil him silly for his first birthday next month!

He loves to play ball. He will walk around and kick one until he gets distracted.

He loves to read and be read to. He enjoys his story times at the library and bookstore almost as much as I do.

He is such a little sponge. He imitates animal sounds, words and will babble entire songs. Today, without any prompting he pointed to a picture of an owl and said, "Whooo whoo".

Now that he is walking so well, I am constantly finding large objects on the other end of the house from where they belong.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012


My diet last year was successful – I am twenty pound lighter than a year ago. As hoped, I run now without shin splints. My new goal is to run a 5K in under 23 minutes in June. Two years ago I ran it in 28 minutes.

I’ve been working on my form, as my footprints show:
No more heel strike. It slowed me down by pushing me back and can cause shin splints and stresses the knee unnecessarily. I was overextending my leg with the mistaken idea that this increased my speed by lengthening my stride. I now lengthen my stride by pushing off harder.
23 minutes is near my highs school cross country times. I want to relive the glory days :), but I don’t have the time anymore for a daily 5-8 mile run. I read that 4 Tabata workouts and a long run every week is as effective for distance runners as traditional training. This workout is sprint 20 seconds, rest for 10 repeated eight times. It’s fast – less than 15 minutes with warm up and changing, but its brutal. I've been doing Tabata workouts 1-2 times a week so my starting conditioning is less than the runners I read about but hopefully that won’t matter.

My starting schedule:
Monday and Tuesday: Tabata workout
Wednesday: Run for over 45 minutes
Friday: Sprint/Form trainingSaturday: 8 x (minute fast, minute rest)

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Archie At A Wedding

Archie went to his first wedding earlier this week. Here are some photos of him.

...and cake.

He is walking like crazy now.