POP UP Camper Conclusion..finally

Wowsers… summer flew by. I didn’t intend to take so long to post a pop up camper rv living update conclusion–but such is life and well here it is now.

Let’s start with the good things about our pop up experience. As a reminder, we closed on our old house and had about 2 months of time before we would close on our new house. So we had this small window of time and well I decided let’s do it!! Let’s do this full time rving thing —on a small scale. I am totally the person that would love to sell everything, pack the kids into an RV and hit the road.  To me that is living life. Literally living it.  Going where we want, how we want, when we want. I have a teen that isn’t on board with living in a RV during the school year otherwise I am fairly confident I’d be blogging via RV right now 🙂

So the positive:

  1. Talk about connection and quality time with your kids! Words can’t even describe it. Our pop up didn’t have a tv, well we put a small one in but you could only watch movies on it and it was sort of a pain so we didn’t use it much.  This equated to loads of quality time and true interaction.
  2. Life experience.  I still to this day (granted only about 2 months out) but each day I hear a story about the pop up living from my kids. Whether it is the rain, frogs, food, etc. I hear a story about us living in the pop up everyday and I love it!!
  3. Met some incredible people!! Not only the “locals”/temporary residents but the long term full time rving families that were there. All there for different reasons too. One family was a doctor family who moved from their 400K house and wanted to just downgrade and take time to decide what their next move was. Another came as a temporary thing while they were in between housing and a job loss and some 7 years later are still there with their 3 kids.
  4. Having the kids realize that they don’t need “stuff” to live or be happy or do things. Literally all summer no tv, no internet, no stuff to occupy their times. It was them, their few toys we had (ie bikes and roller blades), swimming pool, frogs, bug catching tools, etc. It was neat to see them sort of band together and make new friends and just be kids. Wet, muddy, dirty, no shoes on, holding different bugs and critters each day and smiling all day about it.
  5. Besides the cliche obvious things like it put a roof over our head etc. I truly enjoyed my time in the pop up and am now more confident then ever that the rv life is totally “me”.
  6. I have now learned and proven first hand you don’t need a giant pantry full of shit that is going to sit in there for months, you don’t need a huge freezer full of food that again will sit there for who knows how long, and you don’t need a fridge full of an entire weeks++ worth of food! Seriously! Yet, what is the one thing I did when I closed on my new house and moved in…packed the fridge, pantry, and freezer…oye vey! LOL

The not so positive:

  1.  It isn’t as cheap as one would think.  Especially since our fridge was smallll and that meant regular trips to the grocery store. The meal portion of this RV living added up quick especially because I don’t eat meat and well see #2 :), so these made it a little tricky and since I wasn’t overly prepared for this aspect my food bill was more then I would have liked.
  2. STOVE, we had a small stove in the camper but since space was already an issue and I have little hands in the camper I didn’t want to turn the stove that is propane fueled on.  So the only cooking ability was outside on the grill. It made it a little tricky and the constant rain didn’t help either.
  3. THE RAIN!! There was a lot of rain…. a lot… so being in a campground that didn’t handle rain very well and in a pop up with no tv, no cooking, etc it was a patience testing process at times. Or maybe a sanity testing process is a better way to describe it 🙂
  4. OMG let me not forget the laundry!!! Hands down my single biggest failure to be prepared for was laundry!! Having to cart my stuff to a laundry mat. It was not a huge thing but I wasn’t prepared for it at all so it totally caught me off guard and made me really forget how FANTASTIC having a washer and dryer in your own home is. 🙂
  5. The pop up was fine for a short 60 day stint-not ideal for that length but doable and we made it work BUT truly a smaller travel trailer would have been even more ideal.  We could have used just a few more sq ft of space and storage compartment for some of our stuff underneath the rv woudl have been great.
  6. ISOLATION… if you aren’t careful and don’t make it a point to get out, get around people, socialize … it is super easy to find yourself lonely and isolated. I did pretty good at this, it helped having 3 kids to cart around but being new to the town and knowing no one and being in the pop up. It was a bit of a fine balance of socializing versus isolation.

These are a few of my biggest takeaways. Overall I can say I am so glad I did this! It was a blast. Great memories. Great adventure. I wish we could have moved campgrounds more but given the circumstances that wasn’t how our trip was this summer.

Here’s what I can tell you!!! I am already planning on another summertime excursion for the next summer.  YEP you read it here!! I just announced over the weekend to friends and family that this summer I will be planning a 4-6 week excursion across country. I have a few goals this time

  1. Trade in my pop up and get a small light weight travel trailer!
  2. More campgrounds!! I am hoping to start in Florida and travel all the way to the Seattle/Portland areas! Stopping at many many locations in between!!! CRAZY EXCITED.
  3. Putting more of our adventures on the blog this time!

I receive many behind the scenes comments on my blog! Thank you! I love your feedback and comments whether it is on the blog or off the blog. I am going to start researching the best travel trailer for my needs and routes/places to stop. If you have any favorites feel free to shoot them over to me!!

 

 

Running with big boobs

One of the first questions I get from people when they see or hear I’m a runner is about my boobs.  I’ve got 32ddd boobs and the next answer is yes they are real. 🙂

People have such a common misconception about running and big boobs.  So let’s clear it up a bit. 

Ladies… it is important to have a properly fitted sports bra.  Your girls, boobs, knockers whatever you want to call them shouldn’t be bouncing and flopping all over the place.  If you are wearing the right sports bra those puppies are going to be held right in place nice and snug. 

AND NO you don’t need to wear a dozen sports bras to achieve this.  In fact one sports bra is all you need.  If you are using more then one … go see your local running store and have them fit you for a properly fitted sports bra.  You may need to visit more then one store depending on what their selection looks like. 

Look I’ll repeat.  I’ve got larger boobs.  I wear one sports bra.  My boobies stay put.  They aren’t flopping all over. They aren’t bouncing up to my throat or hitting me in the eye like so many people joke and yours shouldn’t be either. 

I use and swear by the motion comfort Fiona sports bra with the adjustable velcro straps.  I like it because I can really tighten the straps down and have control over how snug the boobs are in the bra. 

So ladies.  If you are constantly having to adjust, bouncing all over, etc get a better sports bra.  🙂

Another question I often get asked is what running gear do I use.  So here’s a pic. 
1. Garmin watch. I don’t bring a Phone with me so I use my Garmin for my time and distance.
2. My iPod nano for music.  Again I don’t bring my phone so I have a separate music player.
3. My waist pouch for water and salt packs etc for longer runs.  I don’t like carrying things in my hand when I run so I use the waist style water holder. 
4. The normal shoes, bra, shorts etc. I typically skip underwear with my shorts especially if the shorts have the built in liner.  I’ve found that too much layering down there sets me up for friction and rubbage issues. 
5. Some sort of id. I like the tags that go in your shoe laces.  Just in case something happens.  Especially since I don’t carry a phone on me.  The tag has my emergency contact info on it.  Otherwise stash the tag in your running pouch ie your water pouch. 

Til next time. Safe running.  🙂

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LET THE COUNTDOWN BEGIN!!!

I am crazy super excited, nervous, anxious, thrilled….. basically just can’t contain myself.

The countdown is on!! Need to figure out how to get the countdown timer on here. Needs a plug in and it’s not going on here right. So for now I will put it as a hyperlink because I am so excited I just want to get it announced 🙂

http://free.timeanddate.com/countdown/i58wwpzt/n867/cf104/cm0/cu4/ct0/cs0/ca0/cr0/ss0/cac000/cpc000/pc6d0000/tceac8d5/fs100/szw320/szh135/tatTime%20left%20to%20Event%20in/tac000/tptTime%20since%20Event%20started%20in/tpc000/mac000/mpc000/iso2016-10-23T00:00:00“>COUNTDOWN

I am officially registered for the Cocoa Beach 2016 1/2 marathon to be held at 7:00am on Sunday October 23, 2016.  The registration fee is paid and the hotel room is booked.

Two things that makes this even more crazy exciting:

  1. It is in my hometown of Cocoa Beach where I was born and raised.
  2. I’ve recruited a few friends to start running and join in.  With any luck they will go through with it. I sort of sprung it on them, so I am just proud of them for saying yes. Now we have to get them training and I couldn’t be more excited.

Okay 1 more— there is a 2.9 mile stretch on the beach. OMG love it!!! That’s the part I am a little nervous about to.  For me beach running has always destroyed me. So I am going to have to make sure to get some mileage logged on beach grounds.  But I am ready to conquer this mental barrier. 1/2 MARATHON SET BOOM!!!

 

RV Update repost

Okay I’m giving you a video update today.  I am about 2 weeks into a 60 day stint of full time rv living in a pop up with 3 kids.
Sorry about the raspy voice. I’ve got a sore throat, cold, or something going on. So I’m a little raspy. 🙂

Check out my update below.  I’ll forewarn ya … I am true camping style.  No glam.  Raw.  Hairs a mess.  No make up. Barely have my damn clothes on … ha.  It’s so hot here.  Rain is kicking my ass.  Cross fit yesterday has my legs wobbling.  Yet I’m still pounding out this rv lifestyle.  Here’s the long and short.  This was hands down the right choice.  I’m at home in this full time rv life style despite some of the nuisances and hiccups I’m experiencing and trying to get under control.  Watch my video and if you have any tips, hints, suggestions let me hear from you ❤❤

video update

Half marathon training

 

 

It is crazy super hot in Florida. Well, compared to the Wisconsin weather I am used to running in.  I’ve been getting up early to run to try and beat the heat and well there is just no beating this heat.

The other day I did my half marathon training run and then hit a crossfit type workout that of course included more running. While my legs are a wobbly mess …. I feel awesome. I am totally psyched to inch my way toward that half marathon.

I have been sidelined due to injuries the last two times I aimed for a half so I am determined to avoid that this time.

Okay now the nitty gritty part. I am a really finicky runner. Any sort of change in my running and I am guaranteed a headache.  The heat here is a sure fire way to cause a headache for me. So, I have been toying around with ways to combat it and have found one that works so far. I put an orange electrolyte mix into my water and start sipping it from the very beginning. I used to wait until mile 3 to start sipping water or anything but that wasn’t working here. For now, this new method seems to be working.

I am a lucky runner in the sense that I don’t get shin splints or cramps etc.  My issue always come at that 10 mile mark and it is stress fractures of the hip. I worked with a doctor this last time who was a runner and specialized in sports medicine. He and I worked closely together and identified some triggers of these stress fractures. So I have been doing extra foam rolling and stretching. We will see if that keeps it at bay.

 

I am aiming to do my half marathon in September.  Now to find one and sign up for it! 🙂

Rv living update….

Okay I’m giving you a video update today.  I am about 2 weeks into a 60 day stint of full time rv living in a pop up with 3 kids.
Sorry about the raspy voice. I’ve got a sore throat, cold, or something going on. So I’m a little raspy. 🙂

Check out my update below.  I’ll forewarn ya … I am true camping style.  No glam.  Raw.  Hairs a mess.  No make up. Barely have my damn clothes on … ha.  It’s so hot here.  Rain is kicking my ass.  Cross fit yesterday has my legs wobbling.  Yet I’m still pounding out this rv lifestyle.  Here’s the long and short.  This was hands down the right choice.  I’m at home in this full time rv life style despite some of the nuisances and hiccups I’m experiencing and trying to get under control.  Watch my video and if you have any tips, hints, suggestions let me hear from you ❤❤

video update