52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One With The Fort

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One With The Fort

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One With The Fort

Both boys are present in that picture.

We hung out at home on Sunday, enjoying the warmer weather and sunshine. I walked around the front and back yard barefoot, looking at the growth on plants and my weeping cherry tree, while the boys played ball and swords and all variety of games. They once again lamented over the fact their beloved tree fell down and they could no longer build a fort under its lower branches.

I suggested they find another place to make a fort. That suggestion, of course, was met with whines and complaints. I shrugged it off, because I’ve been here, danced this, and really, I can’t force them to look outside of the box every single time.

As I walked through the backyard, I checked on a bunch of lily sprouts next to the stairs and entrance to our basement. Suddenly, little lights went on in their heads, and they realized they could use the small stairwell to build a fort.

And so they did.

They gathered the Official Fort Blanket.


52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One With The Fort

Then they brought around some stuff to hold down the sides. And then, of course, they climbed inside.

52 Weeks of Brotherhood: The One With The Fort

“Mommy, do you want to come in here?”

“No, I’m enjoying the warm sunshine out here. But what’s it like in there?”

“It’s dark.”

And then they began talking about things brothers talk about when they’re sitting in a makeshift fort on a sunny Sunday. I kicked back in the grass, my head in my hands, enjoying the sunshine and the moment at hand when two brothers escaped the backyard into a world of their own making.



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Training for the Pittsburgh Half Marathon: Race Week Is Here!

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Training for the Pittsburgh Marathon

The Pittsburgh Marathon is on Sunday. Today is Monday.

I’m in part-planning, part-panic mode, as is par for the course. Of course, we have some added complexities with our weekend festivities as Little League kicks off on Saturday. So we won’t be hitting the Expo until nearly closing time. Nothing like cutting it close, but seeing our boys kick off their baseball season is important to us.

The rest of the stuff seems to be falling into place though. I think. Ish.

What I’m Wearing for the Half Marathon

Uh, maybe this:

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Or maybe this:

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I don’t quite know. I do know I’m wearing green this year as everyone yelled at me last year for not wearing any green. But hey! I wore black and gold for my first Pittsburgh Marathon which is not only awesome but obvious. So it’s either a green tank or green shorts. But definitely my new Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2s which I broke in all weekend, including at the 5K I ran on Saturday. (The 2 fits almost exactly the same as the first Wave Sayonara, and I’m super pleased with them!)


Mizuno Wave Sayonara 2

What I’m Eating and Drinking This Week

I’m eating normal foods and drinking all the water. The night before the race, I hope to eat something pasta-y with no red sauce as it gives me heartburn—and not a ridiculous amount, just a normal portion size. On race day, I am opting against breakfast as it upsets my tummy to eat before a long run (I’ll eat at the finish line) and going for a bag of Sports Beans a half hour before start, and then six or so at the one hour point. My parents are planning a big steak dinner for after the race (as a belated birthday party).

What I’m Running This Week

My initial plan was to run 4, 3, 2, and a 15 minute shakeout on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday. Then I tripped on the dog during bedtime routines last night and pulled something in my foot and/or pinky toe. My whole foot felt tender while walking this morning, so I scrubbed my run today. I felt like running on a foot I’ve already injured the week of a race seemed like tempting fate.

And that’s it. I’m feeling mostly ready, minus my foot-pain and the fear that I’m undertrained. I do want to remind readers I’m running on behalf of Our Clubhouse, a non-profit that supports families dealing with cancer. Feel free to donate if you feel so inclined.

I am likely to post a few more times about marathon related activities this week both here and my social media feeds. Additionally, you can track me on Sunday. Sign up for updates here. (They’ll work this year and you don’t have to pay!) I’d love if you let me know if you’re following me. As always, YOUR support means the world to me!

It’s officially #GameOnPGH time!


Be sure to check in with the other Official Pittsburgh Marathon Bloggers to see how they’re handling race week.