Marathon Training- Month 4

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Month 4 started off great. I was motivated and ready to start going faster and getting my speed up. Then something went wrong…

Monday

Morning- Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Tuesday

Morning– Fast Run 5 miles

Wednesday

Morning– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Thursday

Morning– Fast Run  5 Miles

Friday

Morning– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Saturday

Long Run from 7.50 to 10 Miles

Sunday

Rest Day

Total Miles Ran- 47.6

This month was great until the end. I was crushing my runs and even got my pace to 8:09 per mile. I was killing it. Then on the third week of the month I developed a skin infection that caused these boils to appear on my skin. I was placed on a huge round of antibiotics and was told not to go to the gym for 72 hours. If that was not enough, I developed a stiff knee to go along with it. So I spent that last week of the month nursing myself back to normal. This past Monday was the first time I have been to the gym in a week and I have to say I felt it. Tuesday night I started back on my running training and did a nice 3 mile jog. It felt good to be back and I learned that when injured, its ok to take some time off to heal. Your body will thank you.

Goals For Month Five- Well we have only two months left until the marathon and training is only going to get harder. I have taken a second job and my wife and I are expecting the arrival of our second child soon. I have a lot of long runs coming . The most distance my runs will cover is about 15 miles. I know that time will be the enemy in month five and I need to be more strict on myself when it comes to my runs. I just hope that my days of being on the injured list are over.

Here we go!

Photo Sessions Go Wrong With Kids

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I know I might get a few haters after say this but if you really think about it, it’s true… Kids ruin EVERYTHING! 

Before you sharpen your knifes and pitchforks, please allow me to explain. We are so close to Baby Everly’s arrival that we have looked at out calendar and found that every weekend leading up to the birth we are busy. There are kids birthday parties, family functions, cookouts, and other things that are keeping us busy. Not to mention my crazy marathon training schedule. After looking at the calendar we realized we where not going to be able to get those annoying maternity pictures you see on Facebook done. You know the ones. 

Now I really did not want to do these and I don’t know a guy who would. It’s the end of August and its way to hot out there to stand. Not to mention how in the world was I suppose to expect my two year old daughter to stand there? If she sees a butterfly she is gone. End of story. But, in the epic tug of war of marriage, I decided to suck it up and put on my outfit that was picked out for me and smile. 

When we arrived at the shoot location, it was not but I manage to sneak along a water bottle. We got out the car and of course no parent can arrive anywhere without there kid having to pee. Good thing I keep a portable potty in the back of my Santa Fea. While as was gettin out of the car I noticed my kid was crying. She wanted to ride in her stroller. 

We put her in the stroller and went to set up outer first shot. Well I don’t know if you ever did a photo shoot with a kid but in my experience, this being the only one, it was horrible. K-Dub was not listening, she would walk off, she wanted to sit in the stroller and be pushed. It was a nightmare. 

I ended up being on edge the entire time and wanted to hurry this shoot along. My wife in turn got annoyed with me and it lead to the most tension filled photo shoot ever! 

When I get the picture back I will post them and you can see.  Have a great day! 

 

Why I Like Being Her Dad

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I have to say that when the ultrasound tech told us that we were having a girl, I was a little upset. I really wanted a boy and only imagined myself raising a son. I never thought about having a girl. To be introduced to a world of poneytails, prom dresses, PMS, and tampons scared me to death. I grew up in a home with my mother being the only girl so I never had to learn the details of these topics nor did I care to. Everything was about wrestling, football, and superheroes.

When my brother and his wife had my niece I was excited for them. They wanted a child and did not care if it was a boy or a girl. I remember looking in her pretty eyes and thinking how much fun we were going to have. She was my first intro into seeing what it was like having a girl.

After finding out we were having a girl, I had my little depressed moment and then I started thinking about all the fun things I got to do with my niece and now I could take that to the next level with my own daughter. After K-Dub came into this world, I got the pleasure of being the first one to hold her. It was love at first sight. I will never forget it. Over the course of her little shot life I found many reasons I like being her dad and here are a few.

Our conversations: We talk about everything. We talk about daycare, the park, why daddy runs, why Karsyn like Palace Pets, Everly and Mommy. She is really easy to talk to for a two-year old and she is smart as a whip. I let her make decisions like what toy to bring with her on outings and what after daycare snack she wants. We always have a nice talk over oatmeal and coffee (you can guess which one is for who) on Tuesdays and Thursday’s before I take her to daycare. It’s our time to catch up a reconnect. I love it.

She loves me: I know that is a cheap thing to say but it is true. She really does love me. She looks up to me and that’s not only cause she is short. When I am sick she comes over, gets her Doc McStuffin’s doctor kit out and yells “TIME FOR YOUR CHECKUP DADDY!” She loves me even when I am not at my best moments. When I am made at her and want to throw my hands up, she still gives me hugs and wants to sit on my lap and cuddle and watch Disney Junior.

I am her example: This is one I take very seriously. I remember that country song called I’ve been watching you and that song is true. Your kids are always watching you and you are the example they follow. I try to be a good example for my daughter in our house. I want her to look at me an know that this is the correct way for a man to treat a woman. By doing this I hope to install values in her so she does not settle for someone who treats her like crap. When I take her to school in the mornings, I always hold her hand and say a prayer before we leave the car. She needs to know that even Daddy has a relationship with God.

Its fun being her Daddy: That’s really sums it up. I love coming home and playing puzzles with her, playing hide and seek under blankets (she always finds me), reading stories, taking her to new places, and even dressing up and playing princesses. It truly is the best thing ever. I get to teach her how to say cool things like “You got it dude”, or “I drop a deuce”.  Also, I never know what she is going to do or say next. Kids are fun!

Now that we are not far from welcoming baby Everly into our family, my only hopes are to be the same for her as I am for K-Dub. To love her no more or no less than K-Dub and to be the best dad I can be to her also. Its scary being responsible for the  care for two little people. I am also excited!

#PregnancyProblems – The Home Stretch!

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Wow! I can’t believed we have finally made it to the final months of this pregnancy. It has been a faster ride then I remember with K-Dub. Soon our second little girl will be here and we our lives will never be the same.

I know I have been posting updates regarding on how my wife has been feeling during this pregnancy but I really have never talked about how I was feeling.

To be honest, I am terrified. Having just one kid is easy but having two sounds like it might be a little intimidating. Also I am dreading going back to the world of late night feelings, no sleep, and constant state of being tired. Also to be a little selfish, October is the last month of marathon training before the big race in November. I hope I can stay focus and get those last few long runs in.

Ok I promise that I am done complaining. I limited myself to one paragraph. Now let’s talk about this pregnancy. First off my wife has not been sleeping well. Everly is constantly moving all night and day. She never stops. My wife and I will be watching TV in our room and I will just look and my wife’s belly starts moving. It’s weird and to be completely honest it freaks me out. My tells me she does this all day at her work also. I hope this is not a sign of things to come! 😦😱😰

We have been working really hard on Everly’s room and I think we are almost done. We still need a crib mattress and some winter clothes for Everly  my wife is planning on breastfeeding with Everly so she tells me she needs nipple pads. She tells me she needs them now cause they are leaking milk now. Pregnancy is gross!

So the last thing is that we have scheduled our C-Section and as of today, Everly Mae Funderburke will make her debut on October 8, 2015 at around 7:30 am. I am excited about her coming and can’t wait to add another baby to my family. I will do another update soon so be on the look out!

The Past Few Weeks

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So I would be totally surprised if I had any readers left after this post. It’s not like I have been ignoring the blog but it seems that every time I go to write, it seemed that my mind just would come up with something. I guess I have a case of “extreme writer’s block”. Is that even a thing? 

I don’t want to keep writing about marathon training as that can get boring real quick. It has consumed most of my life at the moment.  My runs are getting faster and by the time I get to the end of the month I start to go further. I am both nervous and scared at this point. I am also excited to see how well I can do this. I have so much support around me. People taking time out of their day to come to the race to cheer me on. I feel I owe it to them and myself to keep going and not stop. 

Did I just bore you with a marathon training update? Sorry. 😁

Crossfit is starting to make a difference in my life. My body has never been stronger.  I actually have muscles on my arms, my chest is looking more chiseled and less like I have “man boobs”. I was really proud of myself for doing a 155 lb squat clean last week! That’s huge for someone like me. I also think I am ready to try a pull up. My coaches are amazing. Coach Greg, Sharon, and Mike encourage me to do my best. To push my limits and to never give up. I think after my marathon I am going to focus more on crossfit and work up to being able to compete. I think I am ready! 

As for the baby… I am not going into too much detail cause I have been working on a post about it. All I will say is that Everly moves a lot! She never stops! My wife has not slept good for the past two weeks and it’s not been the easiest time at our house. 

More on this later. 

  

Marathon Training Month 3

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  Month 3 was hard. There is no other way to say it. I change some things up a little this month and focused my attention on nutrition which I will explain below.

Monday

Morning- Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Tuesday

Morning– Fast Run 5 miles

Wednesday

Morning– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Thursday

Morning– Fast Run  5 Miles

Friday

Morning– Crossfit (1 hr) & Meditation or Yoga (15 to 30 mins)

Saturday

Long Run from 7.50 to 10 Miles

Sunday

Rest Day

Total Miles Ran- 60.5

This month I changed the way I was doing things. I decided to take the focus off of how many calories I was burning and start focusing on my nutrition a little more. I bought the Now Eat This cookbook by Rocco DiSpirito. He is on my favorite show, Extreme Weight Loss. In this book he takes all of my favorite foods that are not at all healthy and gives them a makeover. He changes the ingredients to make them healthy. Like his brownies are only 53 calories! His enchiladas are only 132 calories! I was loving it and for the first time since my father passed away, the pounds were dropping. I still have my cheat days every now and then. I do love my sweets.

As far as my fitness for month 3 goes, I stayed at a goal of burning 920 calories per day. I only hit my goal 3 out of 7 days the entire month. I was not worried. I was picking things up during my crossfit workouts. I was working on my snatches and trying to learn to maintain form when doing a Metcon. I was still running my daily runs and I only missed one run and that was this past Tuesday. My busy schedule prevented me from getting to it but I just consider it an extra rest day.

Goals For Month Four- My main issue with month 4 is going to be how to combine my handle on my nutrition, keep up with my calorie burn, and my runs. I am now in the “Getting Faster” phase of my training plan. The runs are still the same distance but at a much faster pace. At the end of month 4 that is going to change as I enter the “Going Further” phase that will last until mid October. The last three months before this marathon are going to be the most challenging. Not only is the marathon coming soon but also is the birth of my second daughter. The week she is suppose to come is the week I have my first 20 mile run. So I guess you can say that my month 4 goals is to take everything I learned the first three months and find a way to balance them all together.

Here we go!

Life Happens #BlogProblems

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Wow! I can’t believe that the month of July is almost over. Where did the time go? I also can’t believe it’s been well over three weeks since my last post. A lot has happened. Although, not all good, we are still here. 

Sometimes when you blog you have to take a few weeks off to recharge your creative side. To experience things, even if it is different or the same. I have spent my time away to focus on other things. My marriage, my kids, my training for this marathon, and find some new passions. All have been very rewarding and have made realize that when I set my mind to it. I can do anything. 

My marriage was never in trouble. When I say I wanted to focus on it, I mean reconnect. Our lives together have constantly changed. We are no longer those kids who were constantly all over each other. We have responsibilities like a house payment, kids, and careers. Sometimes there is just not enough hours in the day to reconnect. So with my time away I made it a mission to at least have two conversations with my wife a day. Not only did this actually happen but I learned so much about her. Things that I never knew. Here we are with only three months left before we welcome our little girl into this world and I know that things are just going to get even more crazier. Atleast now I know that my wife and I have an understanding that we can lean on each other and we are each other’s biggest fan. 

I am not going into much detail about this month of marathon training. I am saving that post for the end of the week. All I will say is that it has been both a struggle and a pleasure. I have learned so much about myself and what I am capable of. I can’t wait to write and share the recap for month three with you. It truly has been my favorite month so far. 

So for the future, I hope to have a few more post about recent fatherhood events. Some are wins and some are fails but that is what it like being a dad. You win and lose but at least you are there. This blog has always been my creative outlet and I honestly can’t wait to see where things go from here. 

Until next post, 

Tyler