If it wasn’t for the camera on my phone…

…I would have no idea what I did or ate yesterday. I don’t know about you guys, but with so much going on I find it hard to remember the minor details day to day. Thank goodness for smartphones with cameras that allow me to share all of my very exciting activities with you all. 🙂

Chris and I decided to take Annabelle to a bounce house on Monday. What’s a bounce house? It’s a huge room with about 8 huge bounce houses in it. AB was a little hesitant at first and she didn’t like the constant humming sound from the air keeping the houses blown up, but she started having fun in no time.

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On Monday evening, I hit the dreadmill treadmill for a 6 mile tempo run.

1 mile warm up – 8:35 pace
2 miles – 7:35 pace
2 miles – 7:24 pace
1 mile – 8:35 pace

While I can’t say it felt good, I am happy to have done it. I sure hope I have some speed for this marathon coming up in a week…eek!

Am I the only one who sweats like crazy and likes to remove all sweaty clothing before leaving the gym?

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Don’t worry, I wore sweats home. 🙂

Wednesday was another run day. Jeanette and I went out for a lunch time run (it was FREEZING) and ended up with a nice progression run.

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I had to make a very important decision yesterday afternoon. Donut or granola bar???

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I did end up choosing the granola bar, but I took that donut home with me…and ate it at 9 pm while watching Red Band Society. 🙂 I did eat a nice healthy dinner first.

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Speaking of dessert, I really want to have this when we go to Florida next month. Mom and Dad, please take note. 🙂

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Tonight’s dessert looks gross, but it was delicious…one container of chocolate pudding, some redi whip, and two crushed Oreos. Stir and eat.

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I am now trying to drink lots of water and talk myself into taking a 5:30 am yoga class tomorrow morning. Who wants to join me???

How many pictures do you have on your phone? Umm, I had 2,000 at one point.

Favorite donut?

18 miles, baking, chili, and yoga.

The weekend started with a chilly 18 miles on Saturday morning. They were slow easy miles but I felt great the whole time.

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The rest of the day was spent eating breakfast and hanging with this little one. She actually took a nap in her crib and this NEVER happens anymore.

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I spent Saturday evening with my friends Amber and Justin and their two kiddos. We had a great Shepard’s Pie for dinner and the kids ran around like crazy for a few hours. 🙂

When I got home, I decided to eat a whole bag of popcorn.

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On Sunday morning, I made pancakes, eggs, and sweet potatoes. Yum!

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A little while later, I decided to make Tina’s pancake cookies. I used regular pancake mix, French vanilla creamer, almond butter, and peanut butter filled chocolate chips. These are really good…even Chris likes them.

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I’m not sure what made me want to go, but I went to a late afternoon Bikram yoga class. This was my first class in over a year. It felt AMAZING and I was able to jump right back into proper form, but man is my flexibility gone…and I am sore today. But I can’t wait to go back for more. 🙂

The best way to refuel after 90 minutes of intense yoga = crockpot turkey chili with pumpkin cornbread.

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This chili is super easy!

Crockpot Turkey Chili

1. Cook ground turkey and season with salt and pepper and transfer to crockpot.
2. Chop one onion, one green pepper, one red pepper, and one orange pepper and add to crockpot.
3. Add one can of black beans and one can of white kidney beans to crockpot.
4. Add one packet of chili seasoning.
5. Add enough vegetable stock to cover the veggies, beans, and turkey.
6. Stir and cook on high for 4:30 hours.
7. When there is 10 minutes left of cooking time, add a 1/2 cup of cous cous and stir and recover.
8. Serve with cheese, sour cream, and cornbread. 🙂

A Sunday night is not complete without watching Homeland and The Affair with lots of ice cream.

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Did you see Homeland last night? OMG, so good!

Favorite crockpot recipe?

When is the last time you took a yoga class?

The BEST way to start the day…

I woke up around 7:30 this morning and since everyone else was still sleeping, I got dressed and headed to my happy place.

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It was a beautiful morning for an easy 9 mile run…and a bathroom selfie.

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After my run, I went to the grocery store (we needed everything but my main motivation was that I wanted to make pancakes) and Starbucks of course.

Pancakes with berries and maple chicken sausage 🙂

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The rest of the day was spent outside enjoying our warm November weather.

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I was hungry for dinner by 4, but I snacked on a banana and pretzels (Trader Joe’s Honey Wheat Pretzels are AMAZING) dipped in almond butter to hold me over.

Dinner was also amazing. Yup, that’s a sweet potato topped with black beans (mixed with taco seasoning), cheese, avocado, and sour cream with mixed veggies on the side.

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I wish I could take credit for this amazing combination, but I got the idea from my running partner in crime Jeanette.

Another great combination…yogurt, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce.

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When do you like to run/workout/yoga/bike? Morning or evening?

What’s your favorite easy healthy dinner? I need ideas!

Sweatshirts and running.

Well, we made it through Monday and tomorrow is a federal holiday. Yay for being a federal employee! A BIG thank you to all of our past and present members of the military.

We had a pretty good weekend over here. When I got home from work on Thursday, I had FOUR great surprises waiting for me.

1. A very nice note from Chris.
2. My favorite Starbucks drink in the fridge.
3. A Reebok yoga sweatshirt.

AND

4. A Nike sweatshirt.

He’s kinda the best. 🙂 PS I have failed to take a picture of the sweatshirts even though I have lived in the Nike one for the last 4 days.

Annabelle got new boots and a new coat this weekend. She didn’t want to take it off.

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I decided to randomly make these on Friday afternoon and it was one of my better decisions.

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Sunday morning was spent running a 10k over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and it was awesome! I’ll have a full recap up soon.

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Sunday afternoon was spent running another 8 miles with the jogging stroller. Why would I so such a thing? Because I thought it was a great idea to sign up for a marathon happening at the end of this month. More on that later. 🙂

Do you have an obsession with sweats? Yes!

Chocolate chip cookie or brownie? Tough decision…

A bad run is still a run.

Happy Tuesday! I worked from home today and I headed to the local trail for a run during my lunch break. I love living just a few minutes from the NCR Trail. I haven’t been digging running lately (I guess I am feeling burnout from marathon training for so long), but I headed out today with hopes of having a good run. This run felt TOUGH and I didn’t have “fun”, but I am happy that I was finally able to get in some sub-8 miles. I feel so far from being at the fitness level I was for my last marathon… A bad (feeling) run is still a run.

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A run wouldn’t be complete without a selfie with an antique caboose.

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I refueled with chicken nuggets, brocolli, and cauliflower. It’s just easier to eat what Annabelle eats. 🙂
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Speaking of Annabelle, she got new shoes yesterday and she is starting a new fashion trend.

Baby Nikes make me happy.

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Remember when LL Cool J started the one pants leg up trend? AB is starting the one arm out of your shirt trend.

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Today was a good mail day…my Fabletics package arrived! <—– referral link :-). If you haven't tried Fabletics, it's a service that provides high quality workout, running, yoga, and leisure gear. Check it out! I got a pair of capris, a shirt, and an infinite scarf this month.

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Do you have more regular clothes or more workout clothes?

Do you workout in the morning, mid day, or at night?

Let’s catch up!

Hey there! I’ve been MIA for a while (partly because I’ve been super busy and partly because I don’t have a computer right now) and I know at least 3 people have been missing my daily nonsense. Hi mom, dad, and Rob. 🙂

So, here’s what’s been happening.

1. I ran my second Ragnar Relay and it was AWESOME. My teammates are super fun and I’m so grateful to have been part of the team for a second year. I was runner number 6 and completed 23.3 miles during the race.

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We placed 24th out of 369 teams!

2. I did not get into Boston. Even though I qualified, I was not accepted due to the large number of applications. This was a hard pill to swallow. 😦

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3. We are enjoying Fall! This was a fun afternoon spent at a local farm. 🙂

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4. I am trying out the Glycerin 12s and I love them so far. I usually stick with the Pure Flows but I wanted something with a little more cushion for now. Annabelle loves to stick her hand up to give me high fives when we are running with he jogging stroller. 🙂

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5. My cousin Carrie and I went to Cedar Point last weekend and it was such a blast. If you like roller coasters and scary stuff, Cedar Point in the Fall is the place to be.

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6. This is still happening.

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7. I’ve been going to YouTube for workout inspiration and have been loving these HIIT workouts.

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8. Annabelle is a crazy woman and loves to climb on the dining room table…and she can very clearly say “bad baby”. ❤

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Please tell me, what have you been up to lately?!?!

The VIA Marathon: Boston here I come!

On Sunday, September 7th, I ran the VIA Marathon hoping to run a Boston qualifying marathon.  This was my second and final shot for this year…my first attempt did not go as planned.

Jeanette, my training partner and great friend, picked me up on Saturday afternoon and we headed to Bethlehem for packet pick-up.  FYI, this is the site of the Runner’s World Half which was an absolute blast last year.

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After we checked into our hotel, we headed to dinner with some friends.  I made sure to load up on carbs with shrimp risotto and plenty of warm bread.  I really wanted some chocolate after dinner, so I bought peanut M&Ms from the vending machine and I was a happy girl.  Once we got back to the room, we got ready for the morning by setting everything out.  My outfit included shorts, shirt, and sports bra from Fabletics, socks from Pro Compression, and shoes from Brooks (I am still wearing the Pure Flow 2s).

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We went to bed early and tried to get some quality sleep…4:30 am came rather quickly.

The weather for race day was pretty wonderful.  It was sooo hot and humid on Saturday, but thanks to some severe thunderstorms that evening, Sunday’s weather had low humiditiy and cooler temps.  The race started promptly at 7:10 am and I was a bundle of nerves.

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I started pretty close to the front of the pack because it is really hard to start too far back and have to bob and weave past people.  Mile 1 clocked in at 7:51 and mile 2 clocked in at 7:49.  I really wanted to stick to an 8 minute mile pace, but the race day jitters and adrenaline got me going out fast.  I found a few ladies that seemed to be keeping the 8 minute pace and I hung with them for a while.  I also found my buddy Bart Yasso twice along the course…he is my hero.  🙂  I finished the first half averaging right under an 8 minute pace.  This was a good thing (I had some wiggle room for the second half) and a bad thing (I was tired already).  I also spent lots of time trying to get sport beans out of my teeth…I’m so glad they caught this on camera.  LOL.

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Jeanette hopped in around mile 12 and she is a LIFE SAVER.  By mile 16, I started to question my ability to keep pace and my legs and feet were getting very mad at me.  I doubted my ability to keep going at that pace and to keep going at all.  The thought of having 10 more miles to go was daunting and I started losing hope.  Jeanette helped to keep my confidence up, kept reminding me that I could average slower miles from there on out and still make my goal.  She gave me food and water when I requested it and she kept my legs moving when I wanted to slow down and walk.  When I reached mile 25, I had about 10 minutes to run 1.2 miles.  If I just held it together for 1 more mile, I would actually do it.  After a slight uphill, the course flattened out and I could see the finish line.  I crossed the finish line in 3:34:12 and it took a lot of strength to not just collapse right there.

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I beat my previous time by 55 seconds and I qualified for Boston.  A few years ago, I thought qualifying for Boston was a dream and something I might be able to do one day…dream realized.  🙂

This picture was taken about an 1 1/2 hours after I finished and this smile is very fake.  I had some extreme “runner’s flu” and felt TERRIBLE.  It was so worth it though.  🙂

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The race wasn’t just giving out medals to finishers…It also gave me a few of these babies.  I know it’s gross, I’m sorry.

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Best running day of my life.  Boston 2015 here I come!  The best part…Jeanette qualified back in May and we are going to rock Boston together.  🙂

 

Meal “planning” and a new favorite salad dressing.

Do you meal plan? I don’t really do much planning. I go to the grocery store and tend to buy enough food for a week and make whatever strikes my fancy each day. I usually stick with the same meals for a while and then move onto something new.

The most planning I do is packing breakfast, lunch, and snacks the night before work days. Depending on what I decide to bring, this task can take a long time…cutting fruit and veggies, making overnight oats or sandwiches, portioning out leftovers, etc. One of the many benefits of working from home a few days a week, is not having to make a days worth of meals the night before. It really does take a lot of stress off of my nightly routine.
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Today’s eats!

Pancakes with bananas and blueberries (same exact breakfast as yesterday)

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Chicken, veggies, and Mac and cheese leftovers (with a half of a sweet potato added in)

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A big salad with spinach, grapes, strawberries, cucumbers, avocado, and a veggie burger. I also discovered this awesome new salad dressing…salsa ranch made with yogurt! It tastes amazing.

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I also discovered these beauties. Try them ASAP.

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Today’s workout!

Speed work…which I love and hate at the same time. Hate during and love afterwards 🙂

-1 mile warmup
-10 x 400m (1/4 mile) in 1:37 with 400m recovery in between sets

6 miles total

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Do you meal plan?

How often do you go out to eat?

Speed work or long run? Which do you like better?

Speed work…it hurts so good.

Day 2 of no dessert is almost over! I am currently having this as dessert and it’s pretty tasty.

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Dinner was another simple meal (that’s all I can handle with a 1 1/2 year old running around) of chicken and roasted veggies. I really love roasting asparagus…it just makes it tastes really good.

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After dinner we spent some time outside with Molly and then I spent some quality time with my foam roller and Dance Moms once AB went to bed.
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Speed work…it’s so TOUGH but it feels so great once it’s finished. Since I’m taking another shot at a BQ in September (remember that time I missed it by 7 seconds…yea…), I’m back into marathon training mode and I have a lot of work to do.

Today’s workout:

1 mile warmup at a 9:13 pace

3 miles at a 6:51 pace with a 400m rest interval in between

.5 mile cool down at a 9:13 pace

It was a quick workout and I was able to make it back to my training class with time to spare. 🙂 PS my legs are feeling this workout right now and my new BFF is my foam roller.

Do you like asparagus?

What are you training for right now?

Do you own a foam roller or a stick? Do you use it everyday?

If only we didn’t need to sleep.

Vampires (hello Bella and Edward) must get so much done. I LOVE to sleep, but it just seems that life would be easier if our bodies didn’t require so much. My ideal amount of sleep would be 7-8 solid hours…actual amount of sleep 5. Lame sauce. I hope you all are getting enough rest!

My schedule has changed recently and due to a full time job, a long commute, a very active 1 1/2 year old, and solo parenting for most nights of the week…I don’t really have the time I would like to be able to talk to you guys. I hope to get back to regular posting soon!

Here’s what’s happening:

1. Lots of running last weekend…28.5 miles total. 4.5 miles of track work, 10 miles of flat easy running, 14 miles of sweat drenched humid couldn’t be hotter trail miles.

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Our 50k race and my 32nd bday are just days away now!!!

2. Lots of hanging with my favorite girl. 🙂

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3. Justin Timberlake concert = so amazing.

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4. 2 more work days until vacation!

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How much sleep do you get each night?

What’s been going on in your life?

Do you have a vacation coming up? Just go on one?