we’ve moved!

Big news!

Kiddo was a bit worried about it at first, but I reassured him that it will be great.

run.bobbie.run can now be found at runbobbierun.com!

I was planning on waiting til April, but decided to make a go of it now (I’m too excited!)

There is also a new series starting on the new site, so please be sure to check that out!

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I’m excited to have you follow along on the new site!

embracing the beat: running with music

The other day it was a gorgeous day. Kiddo and I spent a lot of time walking around the neighborhood with a friend and her daughter. Because it was such a great day out, I let napping go a bit. Unfortunately that makes for a crabby baby.

Despite Kiddo’s apparent crabbiness, Paul watched him while I took off on a run (that’s why he’s such a good husband). Lately, I’ve been running without a plan; just running for the sake of running. I love being outside and alone (even for 20 minutes), so recently, I haven’t cared about how far I’ve been going. This particular day wasn’t much different.

However, what made this run stand out from other runs was the first song on my playlist. It was Lady Gaga’s “Teeth” (In true Gaga fashion, the video is a bit weird, sorry about that). For some reason my iPhone was turned up to an ungodly high level, but when this particular song started playing I quit caring. If you listen to the song you’ll understand when I say the song has a very clear and distinct beat. Immediately, I was ready to run hard.

Listening to music while running is a highly debatable topic. Some people swear by it, others wouldn’t be caught dead wearing headphones on a run. I, personally, am torn. I find music encouraging and motivational. It can be dangerous (not only for your ears, but you can’t hear your surroundings), and it can actually hinder your running.

Marburg, Germany, where I lived for a semester during my Junior year.

That was actually my problem when I first tried running. I became serious about running in the summer of 2008. I had just come back from studying abroad in Germany and needed to shed a few pounds (I had been on a strict diet of Auflauf, Kirschwein, and Kinderschokolade). However, whenever I went running, I would come home completely worn out. I felt like I had been hit by a car. I couldn’t understand why, because every runner I had ever talked to never mentioned feeling so awful. Tired? Yes, but not this bad.

I soon discovered that I was working myself too hard. I had actually tried to start running in 2006, but I was experiencing the same feelings (like I had just been mugged and left for dead) and back then I had been quick to throw in the towel. I figured out that listening to music while running was actually hindering my experience.

When I started running, making it to this bridge and back home (about a mile or so) was my goal.

Rather than giving up for the second time, I decided to try running sans music. I left Gaga at home and really focused on running well. I realized that I wasn’t listening to my body enough because I couldn’t hear myself. I started focusing on breathing better and after some time I was able to add music back into my runs.

Now, I love listening to music while running and you will rarely find me without my iPhone. And there are days when I embrace the beat of each song. That is exactly what happened the other day. As soon as I heard “Teeth” I knew I was in for a hard run. The next song was by Nine Inch Nails, then two by Timberland, followed by Gorillas. Each song had a strong beat that I tried to match with each stride I took.

I think I ran a little over 2.5 miles in 27 minutes that day. I wasn’t really concerned about how far I went, or even how long it took, I just wanted allow the music to push me harder. It was probably one of my most favorite running experiences yet.

What’s your opinion on running with music? Do you embrace the beat, or is it better for you to run without the distraction?

friday confessions

Confession #1: I haven’t cleaned the house in a long time. A really long time. Kiddo and I are going to spend our Friday getting the house cleaned because Grandma and Grandpa (my parents) are coming to visit next week for spring break. At least that’s the plan.

This may not look that messy to you, but it’s been driving me nuts for the past week.

Confession #2: I don’t read running blogs. I wish I could read running blogs, but almost every one I’ve tried to read I’ve hated. It’s super hypocritical of me to say that, since I write a running blog and all, and I apologize. It is one of my (many) faults.*

That being said, last night I found a running blog I actually like. It’s Cotton T Runners, written by Chelsea. It’s a relatively new blog, so I thought I’d give her a shout-out. I think she’s got a pretty good idea going on so be sure to check it out! (I don’t want to give it away, you’ll have to follow the link to find out :)

On his first walk in the stroller. He was so tiny back then! (Those overalls don’t even fit anymore!)

Confession #3: I’ve been too lazy to take Kiddo out for a run in the jogging stroller :( However, these two ladies (S. and Ashley) have encouraged me to attempt a run with the stroller this weekend. I’m looking forward to that tomorrow!

That’s my weekend plan, what’s yours?

Note*: I try really hard to include a few non-running tidbits in each of my posts. I think what I find monotonous about running blogs is the “today I ran <this> far, it was <insert adjective> “, so I try to stay away from writing about that. A few of my early posts were like that, and I wasn’t happy with the direction the blog was going. Running is where I come up with a lot of my ideas for posts, so that is why my blog is centered around running. In no way do I think my blog is better than anyone else’s, I just had trouble finding similar blogs that I wanted to read, so I thought I’d write my own.

scandalizing your grandma

This past week we were in Arizona visiting Paul’s family. His grandma has a condo, so we flew down and met up with his parents and aunt and uncle there. It was really nice to see everyone because they live pretty far away and most of them hadn’t met Kiddo yet.

Overall, the trip was great; however, by the end of the trip I was ready to get back to my normal schedule (i.e. Kiddo must sleep in his own room). I didn’t think it would be that big of a deal to go back to sharing a room with him, but by the end of the trip I was starting to feel like I needed a vacation to recover from my vacation. It also didn’t help that he seemed to be teething (although, we have yet to see evidence of that). Oh, well…such is life with kids I guess.

Anywho…we spent the week catching up with family and doing a few excursions around town. I also got 3 runs in, which were awesome! The weather was perfect for running; mid 60s and sunny most days. The first day I ran the main loop of the condo park, which ended up being 3 miles. I decided to do the same route on my second run and 2 miles on my third day. I was pretty happy with that. On vacations in the past I would have skipped running altogether, but now it seems like that’s one of the best parts of vacation. It’s the only time I’m completely alone. Such is life with kids :)

The funny thing about running in the condo park were the reactions I received. I’m used to getting friendly nods of encouragement from other runners and walkers around my neighborhood. The condo park is more of a retirement community (there’s a minimum age requirement to live there), so my running was a bit of a strange event for most of the people there.

Being that I’m younger than all of the residents there by at least half the average age, I received a few stares as I ran along. What I found hilarious was the complete opposite reactions I received from the men vs. the women there. The men were very friendly (nodding and waving as I ran past), while the women would stick their noses up in the air and turn away from me, acting as if they had no idea I was there (but being really obvious about it). The only time I got a different reaction from men was when they were with their wives. Obviously, they couldn’t be checking out the “hot dish” running by with their wives around.

Not that I would say I’m anywhere near Gisele Bündchen level of attractiveness, I have been known to turn a head here or there (sorry to toot my own horn). That was a while ago, though, so it was nice to have a reminder…even if it was from someone who could be friends with my grandpa. I could be wrong, but I think that’s what happens when you have a baby – you’re willing to take whatever compliment from whoever is willing to give it :)

How about you? Have you ever received any strange reactions while running?

winter wear

I’ve been wanting to do this post for a while, but I’ve been putting it off. Today I decided I needed to sit down and get it done. It’s already March and winter’s practically over. Hopefully it’s not too late :)

Anyway, my goal this winter was to run at least once a week. Besides missing one week just because, and one week being sick I did a pretty good job meeting that goal. And I totally made up for those weeks during 5K training.

Now that I’m a somewhat-seasoned winter runner, I can finally post on something I really love: clothes. Anyone who knows me, knows my style isn’t great. I’m a jeans and t-shirt girl. Fine, but I love running clothes (it’s the only time I really feel comfortable wearing pink). Unfortunately, I don’t always have the best cash flow to sport lululemon, but I do have a few functional pieces that work well for me.

So, what to wear when running in the winter? My mom (she’s also a runner) was joking with me the other day, that you can always tell who hasn’t been running all winter. You can tell because they usually wear sweatshirts when it’s 50º out. I’ve tried running in a sweatshirt – it doesn’t work.

My typical running attire during cold days (around 30º this year) include: running pants, supportive tank bra, long-sleeve running shirt, jacket, socks, hat, and gloves. If the temperature gets colder than 30º I simply add layers.

Pants: I finally splurged on a pair of Under Armor tights this winter and I love them. They are super comfortable even though they are tight and they totally keep my legs warm. I also have some capris (cheapos from Target) that work great when it’s not super cold out (between 40º-50º). I used to wear yoga pants because I was scared of running tights, but then I realized how much you use your legs when you run and the tights keep you plenty warm.

Tank bra: I wear a tank bra because it’s a way to add a layer in winter, but gives you the support you need. Since running clothes tend to be a bit on the tighter side, I tuck it in to keep my mom belly from showing (nobody wants that). I’m not sure if that will work in summer, so I might be reconsidering tucking it in then. I recently got this one and love it!

Long-sleeve shirt: I usually wear race shirts because they are pretty similar to the baselayers I’ve found at Target and they work well. Basically, you want something that keeps the sweat off. I don’t mind wearing cotton when I need to layer, but even when it’s cold out I find that the baselayer alone does a better job than cotton on its own.

Jacket: The midwest can be windy in the winter, so a jacket is a major necessity. I decided to get a decent one this year and found this one by Mountain Hardwear. I had never heard of the brand, but it was on sale, and it had pockets with zippers. Turns out they can be a bit pricy. So far, I have been very satisfied. One thing I really like is that my neck stays warm when the zipper is completely zipped. I haven’t really needed a neck warmer this winter. It also does a great job of shielding the wind. When I ran the Red Flannel Run I wore a huge winter jacket, which I wouldn’t normally wear, but it was FREEZING (and it went with the theme of the race).

Socks: I recently discovered SmartWool and I love them! When I got new shoes this year, I was worried a bit about running in the winter due to the meshing of the Mizunos. However, I have not had a single issue with cold feet this winter thanks to my socks. I totally recommend getting some if you want to run in cold weather. Who cares if they’re $15 bucks? You’re toes will thank you.

Hat and gloves: This winter I’ve been wearing generic hat and gloves because, frankly, I don’t care. As long as my head doesn’t itch and I can work my iPhone quickly I’m happy. I usually have other things that bother me more (runny noses, stiff shoulders, etc.) than the stylishness vs. practicality of my hat and gloves. One thing I will say about my gloves is that I will not run in cold weather without them. They are as important as my shoes. If my hands are cold I am miserable. Even though they are a bit bulky, I like that I can expose my fingers for a few seconds to cool them off when my hands get sweaty.

So there you have it! I think I got a bit lucky with the winter this year, so I might have to make some revisions next year. But I really, really hope not!

month 5: smile baby smile

Oh my goodness, Kiddo is 5 months-old now!

As I said last month, things don’t seem to be happening overnight. However, in comparison to last month Kiddo is doing more every day! He’s working very hard on sitting by himself, but is still not quite there. He also recognizes Paul a lot more than he used to. Now, when Paul comes home from work, Kiddo gets very excited and giggles A LOT. Actually, Paul gets him to giggle so much during diaper changes I sometimes find myself jealous.

He also has gotten very loud over the past month. It used to be that we could leave him to play on his excersaucer for a while and he would be very content. That’s still true to some extent. Lately, however, he seems to know when he hasn’t received much attention and gets very LOUD. He likes to bang his phone and talk loudly until someone picks him up. [At this very moment, I am furiously trying to write as quickly as I can, because he’s sitting on my lap talking VERY LOUDLY]. I think he must be doing it when he is bored, or tired, or wet…basically all day. Oh well…

This month Kiddo also started paying more attention to the story at the library’s baby program. The first time I took him, he was only 3 or 4 weeks old, and he slept the entire time. Now he enjoys the whole program. His favorite part is the closing song, which includes some clapping, feet tapping, and hopping. I’ve also noticed that he pays more attention whenever he’s being read to. It’s very cute. At the library he sits very quietly and watches the instructor read the book, as if he’s in school. At home it’s a different story, but we can usually manage to get through one board book before he’s squirming.

Kiddo also got to try food this month! Our pediatrician said it was fine to start giving him tastes of food whenever he seems interested.  For some reason, solid foods give me a huge headache. I also refuse to try rice cereal. I guess I figure if I won’t eat it, he probably won’t either. Since the pediatrician suggested it, I felt as if bites were probably OK if we were already making something he could eat. So far he has tried avocado, bananas, oatmeal, and the lick of an apple. I think he liked avocado and bananas the best.

Lastly, we’ve started saying “Good Night” at nap time and bedtime. I go around the house with him and wave goodbye to the house and he holds up his hand to wave too. He can’t quite figure out how to make it work, but he stares at my hand, and then back to his hand, and you can just tell the wheels are in motion. He’s also become very squirmy all the time…which is actually why I will have to go right now…he’s going to squirm right off my lap!