Sunday Funday!

It’s been a super long time since I’ve posted. To my loyal readers (Rob, Mom, Dad, and Aunt Janice), I am sorry. 😉  In case you are new here, my name is Linda and I love my family, running, and ice cream. I’m currently training for a September marathon and hope to qualify for Boston. Please stick around!                                   ———————————————–

This weekend was a good one filled with lots my favorite things…

Running!  16 miles on Saturday morning. Jeanette and I averaged a 9 minute pace and it was awesome. 

Napping!  Saturday afternoon nap with my favorite little girl. 

   
 

Ice cream!  This was my first time trying this brand. I planned on just having a few bites. A few bites = the whole pint. 

  
Snacks!  I’ve been on a serious popcorn kick lately.  Ya know, I need the salty to balance out the sweet. 

  
Family fun day!  I bought Chris super good tickets to the Oriole’s game for Father’s Day. We had such a good time. 

   
     

(As seen on my Instagram lindarunning4two)

Now that I’ve watched Big Brother (anybody else love this show), ate my weight in ice cream, and stayed up way too late, I NEED to go to bed. I woke up with a weird hip/butt/IT band issue going on and really really really hope it starts feeling better tomorrow. Please cross your fingers and toes for me. 

Good night!

Sunday Slump

Well, I just could not get myself together today. We woke up pretty early and I made breakfast (pancakes with apples on the side).

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I had grand plans to do laundry and go for a long run, but due to zero motivation and an icy, rainy, foggy day, I (ok, all 3 of us) stayed in our pjs all day long. Annabelle played her heart out all day…lots of new toys from her birthday. 😄

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Girlfriend loves chips…just like her daddy.

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After eating Chipotle for dinner, I finally got a shower and got back into (clean) pajamas. I’m not proud of this, but this also happened.

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PS there is cake under that ice cream.

So basically, I have been in a funk all day and I know that a good workout would have been the best way to get out of it. Oh well, tomorrow is a new day! And the birthday cake is finally gone and I won’t be eating it everyday anymore.

I hope you had a good Sunday!

Merry Belated Christmas!

I know I’m super late to the party, but I wanted to share some of our Christmas fun with you all. I LOVE Christmas and I get very sad when it’s over. I may just leave up our tree forever. 🙂

Speaking of our tree…here it is.

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Festival of Lights in Ocean City, MD

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A visit with Aunt Lauren and Uncle Rob in NC…Lauren is super pregnant in this picture but you can’t tell. 🙂

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A “happy” visit with Santa 🙂

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Christmas in Florida with Grandses and Poppy!

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Christmas at home 🙂

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A super big thank you to my new blog friend Amanda! We participated in a card exchange and she sent me a lovely card with a great treat inside. Thanks Amanda!
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PS what’s better than Christmas Eve pajamas? (Thanks mom!) Christmas Eve pajamas that match your daughters! 🙂

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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?

Fun Things Friday!

Happy Friday! Fridays are my favorite…I work from home (in pjs) and Chris is usually off at night. 🙂

Let’s get right into the fun stuff! Please feel free to play along in the comments and let me know about some fun things in your world!

1. We took AB to Dutch Wonderland on Sunday and she loved the rides. Her favorites were the carousel and the airplanes. 🙂

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PS My blue striped jacket is from Stitch Fix! <—-referral link. 🙂

2. I went to the dermatologist for my annual skin checkup (I'm very mole-y). Fun fact…Annabelle likes to point at all of my moles and say "mooooole". How sweet of her to point all of them out. My doctor looked at my face and said she could, "fix it." Here's to not having a middle school girl's skin anymore!

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3. We had an earthquake drill at work today. It was called “The Great Shakeout.” Kelly and I had some fun with it and enjoyed the 3 minutes we got to spend under our desks. 🙂

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4. I ate a lot of healthy food this week! Yesterday’s breakfast was a Thomas’ English muffin topped with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and a banana…yes, I made it into a smiley face. For lunch, I had a veggie burger topped with Colby cheese served with a side of veggies.

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In case you are wondering about my calcium intake, I will be eating ice cream in a few minutes. 🙂

5. I got a flu shot yesterday. While this isn’t really fun, at least I hopefully won’t get the flu. I often have a mild reaction to the shot and fall ill the next day. I may be feeling pretty bad by the time you all read this. I was attempting to take a picture of the bandaid on my arm, but it just wasn’t working out. However, I did get a semi decent picture of one of my other favorite Stitch Fix items. <—-referral link 🙂

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6. I ran today! I’ve been in a bit of a running rut lately. I guess two back to back marathon training cycles with a 50k thrown in caused me to burn out. I still love to run, but it’s been nice to not have the pressure of training and meeting certain time goals. Today I enjoyed a nice 6.3 mile run with Jeanette and it felt great.

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Tell me something fun about your Friday, weekend, life, anything!

Ahoy Baby Kane!

My BFF Lauren is having a baby! We’ve been friends for 23 years and it’s so fun to be experiencing all of life’s milestones (graduations, weddings, and now babies!) with her and the other members of our BFFs club. 🙂

Last Saturday, we (Kate, Amber, Kristie, Lauren’s parents, and me) threw a nautical themed baby shower for Lauren and Rob. It was a ton of fun and I loved getting to see everybody. Picture time!

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That time I ran my first 50k!

On July 20, 2014 I turned 32 years old. What’s the best way to celebrate a birthday? Running a 50k trail race and becoming an ultra runner. 🙂

Jeanette (my partner in crime) and I decided that since we were already trained for the marathon distance, we might as well go to the next step and try a 50k. FYI: trail running is so beautiful but very different from road running. Our pace is significantly slower on the trails and our goal for this race was simply to finish.
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My alarm went off at 3:20 am and it was a little rough getting out of my nice warm bed when the rest of the world was sound asleep. I hit up the local gas station for some much needed caffeine and drove to Jeanette’s house. We then drove an hour to Upper Marlboro, MD to run the Rosaryville 50k. It was a beautiful morning…way cooler than our usual late July temperatures.

The before picture. Frank and Meg joined in on the fun and rocked the 10 miler.

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The 50k was three 10 mile loops and the course was great. It was fun to run in a new place and challenge my body in a way it had never been challenged before.

The Ups and the Downs:

1. The scenery was beautiful.

2. The first 10 miles felt SO LONG and I got really scared that I wouldn’t be able to finish.

3. Animal crackers are my new favorite “fuel”. Stauffer’s brand all the way.

4. The volunteers were awesome and the aid stations were stocked with supplies and food. They were so nice and refilled our water bottles at each stop.

5. Jeanette is an awesome running partner and she keeps me going when I want to stop.

6. Jeanette had an entire aid station sing me happy birthday as I ran in. I really needed a pick me up and it made my day. 🙂

7. I fell 3 times… Fall #1: not too bad, just some dirt. Fall #2: bad, so bad, blood, bruises, confidence crushed. Fall #3: rubbed more dirt in my wounds and my right knee was screaming.

8. At around mile 25 I took a cup of what I thought was Gatorade and chugged it. It tasted so wonderful and sugary…because it was Mountain Dew. I loved it.

9. Once Jeanette saw that we could make it under 6 hours, she made it our mission.

10. We finished in 5:55:06 and it felt amazing to be done.

Will we do another one? We might just have one planned for November. 🙂

The medal!

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Happy, pretty dry, and still clean after loop 1. 🙂

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Before and after pictures.

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Dirty, bloody, bruised, and patched up with Sesame Street Bandaids. 🙂

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I spent the rest of my bday heading on vacation, eating McDonalds fries, and enjoying a huge Dairy Queen blizzard. 🙂

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50k, we will see you again soon!

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Trail running and a 50k.

Last Saturday morning, Jeanette and I headed out for a long trail run (on real trails with trees, roots, rocks, streams, etc.) Why are we trail running when we usually stick to roads and flat and easy trails? Well, since we just trained for a marathon and we are in decent shape (we think), we decided to go big and sign up for a 50k trail race! Therefore, one should actually run some trails prior to running over 30 miles on them and we will be trail running for the next few weeks.

Rosaryville 50k on July 20, 2014. This is my 32nd birthday and I can’t think of anything better than running 32 miles with a great friend. 🙂

Scenes from our run!

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It was really fun and a big change from road running. With about 2 miles to go, I tripped and landed hard. Thankfully I caught myself with my knees and my left shoulder and I only landed on dirt (no rocks, thankfully). At least I got the whole tripping and falling thing out of the way. 🙂

One of many great things about running with Jeanette is that her husband makes us breakfast. Blueberry pancakes and eggs straight from the backyard.

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I also went home with a jar of homemade strawberry jam and homemade applesauce. Yum!

Have you ever tried trail running? Love it or hate it?

What’s the longest distance you have ever run?

Best breakfast you ever had?

The kind of person I want to be.

I try to be a good person. I try to be kind, honest, and caring. I try to be nice and cordial with everyone, even if we aren’t the best of friends. I have many great examples (family and friends) of how to treat others and my parents raised me to be a good person.

I also have a few examples of how I DO NOT want to be. Some people are negative and miserable and they go after others to try and spread the misery. Thanks to those people, thank you for showing me how not to treat others. Thank you for helping me to appreciate the other awesome people in my life who lift me up instead of break me down.

I hope you all do something nice for someone today. In the words of a good friend of mine, be a buddy not a bully.

Love, Linda

Silent Saturday!

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