Fun Things Friday!

The weekend is finally here!!!  Let’s jump right into some fun things for this Friday!

1.  Annabelle was traumatized by the Easter Bunny. She finally settled down for a picture when I sat in between her and the bunny. 

  

2.  She did enjoy her Easter basket though. The big hit…Elmo bubbles!

   

   

3.  Annabelle loves to play with and stand in her potty. Luckily, she doesn’t understand how to use it quite yet. ☺️

  

4.  I bought the 21 Day Fix DVDs. I’ve only done one workout so far because we lost the remote to our DVD player and I can’t move to the other workouts.  #losing.  I also tackled two Insanity workouts this week (cardio and strength/max cardio plyo) and man are they TOUGH!!!

  

5.  Post workout lunch…turkey, string cheese, and cucumbers and carrots.  Don’t worry…me and Annaballe shared some strawberry yogurt covered pretzels too. 

  

Have a great weekend and eat some ice cream!  PS I had a pint of Ben and Jerry’s at 11:30 pm last night. The struggle is real. 

All Aboard the (mostly) Healthy Train.

I was SUPER sore after the HAT 50k and I pretty much sat on my behind and ate for an entire week straight.  I know that my body needed a rest and it was nice to not have the “pressure” of fitting in a daily workout.  I also decided to just let go and eat whatever I wanted for a week.  This mostly meant that I snacked on candy and other treats and ate a few meals that I normally wouldn’t (like a chicken sandwich and fries from Chic Fil A).  So, after a week of pretty much doing no activity and eating a bunch of crap food, I was more than ready to get back on the healthy train.

Here are some of the meals I ate to get back on track!

  • I actually meal prepped on a Sunday and made enough chicken and veggies for lunches for the week.  It was really nice to just reach in the fridge and grab a container and be on my way.

 

  • I also made a batch of “egg muffins”.  Egg muffins are pretty simple…

  


1.  Sautee spinach and a clove of garlic in coconut oil.

2.  Add a spoonful of spinach into the bottom of each muffin.

3.  Spinkle mozzarella cheese on top of the spinach.

4.  Mix together 4 eggs and 2 egg whites, season with salt and pepper, and pour on top of the spinach and cheese.

5.  Bake until set.  🙂

  • Love Grown Oats Power O’s .  This cereal is made with beans!  While they don’t taste like Honey Nut Cheerios, they still taste pretty good!

 

  •  Sweet potato (cover in coconut oil, wrap in tin foil, and bake until soft…thanks for the tip Janae) topped with turkey, mixed veggies, and cheese.

 

  • Chobani Greek Yogurt with Oats

 

  • Ground turkey (cooked with some onion, garlic, and taco seasoning) tacos topped with black beans, cheese, and tomatoes.

 

  • Mahi Mahi with green beans…and a french baguette from Panera Bread (it would just be wrong to let it go to waste!)

 

  • Turkey, string cheese, and raw veggies (carrots, cucumber, and tomato)

I actually went a full 4.75 days without dessert or any other after dinner treats.  I treated myself with fro yo on Friday night and then my healthy train fell off a cliff on Saturday evening through Sunday.  What did this train wreck look like?  It looked like french toast and bacon, robin’s eggs, fish tacos, sangria, Cadbury Mini Eggs, cookies, ice cream, and popcorn.  Wow, that was just gross.  It looks like I have two speeds….uber healthy or just sit me in a pool of chocolate, cookies, and candy.  Something to work on in the future…

Anyway, I hope that you find some of my healthy meal choices helpful!

The HAT 50k!

Also known as the time I ran/walked/climbed/slid for 8 hours straight.  🙂

The 28th Annual HAT Run took place on Saturday, March 21st at 9 am.  I was excited and VERY NERVOUS to be running my second 50k (you can read about my first 50k experience here).  Since the race didn’t start until 9 am, I got to sleep pretty late for a race morning.  Please note that the Ragnar Relay alarm remains ready to be used when needed.

Since I had all of my stuff laid out, it didn’t take me long to get ready and head out to my car.  I had totally forgotten about the fresh snow that had fallen the day before and I spent about 10 minutes scraping the ice and snow off of my car.  After a quick stop at the gas station (where my gas tank was frozen shut), I was on my way.  Seeing this sunrise was a great start to the day.

At 8 am I arrived at the race and found my training partner and BFF Jeanette.  We quickly picked up our packets, hit the porta potties, and suited up.  It was right around freezing at the start of the race and it was expected to reach 50 degrees by the afternoon.

The race started promptly at 9 am and I could not feel my ankles, feet, or toes.

From the race website…The course is mostly single track trail with a mix of open fields, dirt road and some paved road. The course features nearly 7,200 feet of climbing. There is a starting loop of 4 miles followed by two identical loops of 13.5 miles. There are 4 stream crossings that can be challenging depending on the water level – there is always the chance of getting wet feet.

At the end of the first 4 miles, we ran back through the pavilion that held our drop bags.  Many people took the opportunity to shed some clothing since the day was getting warmer and the temperature would continue to climb.  Since I am always cold, I kept everything on and headed out for the first 13.5 mile loop.  Sadly, I lost Jeanette soon after this point and I didn’t see her again until the end.  She is a really great trail runner.

After about an hour and a half, I had a Honey Stinger gel.  I didn’t feel like I wanted it yet, but I knew that my body needed the fuel and I felt it kick in soon after.  I was feeling good and finally starting to feel my feet…and then I came upon the first stream crossing.

Caption this photo however you would like, but I can tell you I was not a happy camper.  Since I saw there was no other option, I headed across the stream and just hoped I wouldn’t fall and get my entire body wet.  This actually happened to a number of people!  Luckily, this stream was only high enough to cover my ankles.  The second stream was up to my knees!

Since I was running pretty much alone, I made some friends along the way and would run with people from time to time.  It never lasted long as one of us would pull ahead and leave the other behind.  I mentally split the course by the aid stations, but I honestly can’t tell you how many miles were in between each station.  There were two main stations and one smaller one that seemed like it was in the middle of the woods.  At each main station I ate one quarter of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a few pretzels, and a cup of Gatorade.  Towards the end I substituted the pretzels for salty french fries (man these were good) and I added in a cookie here and there.  Why not right?  I stuck with water while I was out on the trail.

I finished the first 17.5 miles in about 4 hours and headed back out for the last 13.5.  Since it was about 1 pm when I started my second loop, the temperature was climbing and the trails were in BAD shape.  I have never seen so much mud in my life. Many parts were so slippery that you really couldn’t run if you tried.  I tried to keep up the pace and keep moving forward, but I had some very slow miles thrown in there.  There were a few miles on the road and I was so happy to hit dry land. I made up some time and rocked 9 minutes miles on the pavement.

After running/walking/sliding and probably staggering to the finish line, I crossed in about 8 hours and 4 minutes.  Man was I happy to receive my hat and umbrella.  Everyone got a tshirt for signing up, but you only got the hat and umbrella after finishing.  🙂

Jeanette finished in just under 7 hours and look how good she looks at the finish line!

  Here is my finish line picture…not too bad right?

Jeanette was all clean and dry in comfy clothes when I finished and I was so grateful to see her standing at the finish line.  I was so happy that we both finished, but that was not the best thing about that day.  Jeanette’s family dog had been missing since that Thursday and he was found while we were out running.  I was so so happy to hear the good news.  🙂

My thoughts about the race:

1. I LOVED it and I can’t wait to sign up for next year.
2. I really do love trail running.
3. French fries are awesome.
4. I have never been so sore in my life.
5. Why stop at 50k? I think it’s time for a 50 miler.

🙂