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?

Booty shaking club music.

I’m having one of those days…feeling a little off and trying to sort out some things. One thing that always helps to get me through is working out…to booty shaking club music.

I woke up at the butt crack of dawn and went to yoga. Every morning I contemplate getting back into bed, but I always feel great driving to work after a great sweat session.

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At lunch I took a spin class and it was full of booty shaking club music. Now, I don’t really like going to clubs, but when Flo Rida or 50 cent come on, I can’t help but smile and start grooving. Today’s play list even included some Will Smith “Get Jiggy With It”. Anybody else miss Will Smith as a rapper? 🙂

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It was a great class with lots of jumps and intervals…and sweat in my eyeballs. PS I haven’t been running outside during lunch because it’s 150 degrees here.

Tonight I’m spending time with my mom and Annabelle…and watching Big Brother! Chris has pretended to not like the show the past few years, but he has been staying up and watching BB after dark.

How do you cheer yourself up if you are in a funk?
Any BB fans?

Running in the Heat

After a great 4 hours and 45 minutes of sleep last night, I woke up bright and early and headed to Bikram. I don’t know if it’s because of the temps outside, but the room was HOT today. The teacher usually opens the door to let in some air, but no such luck this morning.

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I decided to brave the heat once again and went out for a run during my lunch. I enjoyed struggled through 3.8 sweaty miles with an average 7:55 pace.

Mile 1 – 7:57
Mile 2 – 8:07 (hilly)
Mile 3 – 7:47
Mile .8 – I have no clue.

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Even though I can’t say it’s easy, I am pretty excited that I have been running a consistent 8 min pace (or below) lately. I need to put another race on the calendar…

Check out this article from active.com. It has great tips for surviving runs and races in the summer heat. Some of my favorite tips:

1. Acclimate – ease into running in hot temps and let your body get used to it

2. Run early – if possible, run early in the day so you miss the midday an afternoon sun and heat

3. Run a circle or out and back route – stash water, Gatorade, gels, etc. and you will can replenish when needed

Are you a hot weather or cold weather running person?

Any tips for running in hot weather?

Runner’s High and Avoiding Injury

Happy Thursday! This post brought to you by AB who woke up at 4 this morning. It was very thoughtful of her to wake me up with enough time to blog before 6 am yoga…

Workout Recap for the Week

Monday
Spin
Bikram yoga

Tuesday
Bikram yoga (6 am)

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Body pump

Wednesday
6.3 miles (right around an 8 minute pace)

I ran with Serge (pictured below) and it was one if those runs that felt amazing because A. an 8 minute pace felt comfortable instead of like torture B. I finally feel back in shape and nothing serious is going on with injuries.

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I do however have some blister issues and my feet are pretty sore…but this is not serious and will hopefully be better soon. I am really itching to sign up for another race this summer…any suggestions?

Still waiting for that runner’s high? Check out this article from Active.com
When Does Running Get Easier for Beginners?

My Tips for Avoiding Injury (with my injury track record, I’m not sure I should be giving tips, LOL)

1. Listen to your body. If something doesn’t feel right, take the day off from running. It is better to sit out for a few days than miss a few months because you made something worse.

2. Cross train. I have been way better at this lately. Hop on the elliptical, rower, or stair master or take a spin class. This will help build up your cardio but also give your body a rest from running.

3. Stretch and Foam Roll. I have not been good about this in the past, but I bought a new foam roller and it feels amazing after a run.

4. Increase mileage safely. Don’t just jump right from a 5k to a 10 miler. Try to add in mileage over a few weeks and build up to a new distance.

5. Rest days! We all know when our body needs a break. Stay in bed on Saturday morning, have some coffee, and put your feet up. You deserve it and your body needs it!

Annabelle update!

She may like bananas…maybe.

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She’s still the best thing in the whole wide world.

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What are your tips for staying injury free?
Tell me something fun about your day today!

Running with friends and Self Portraits at the dentist.

Annabelle is starting to feel better and I am so relieved that she can breathe easier. 🙂

This is my new favorite picture…Annabelle and her Poppy.

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Since I was lazy relaxed this past weekend, I did double workouts to start the week.

Monday:  Spin and Bikram yoga

Tuesday:  Bikram and Body Pump

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Today I finally got to run with my running group during my lunch break.  I haven’t really run with the group since I was pregnant, and it was awesome to get back out with them.  Since we were running at noon and it’s June and it’s Maryland, we got to enjoy 6.3 sweaty miles in the 90 degree heat.  I took a shower (ok, not like an “at home” shower but I washed the sweat off) but I was still a hot mess when I got back to my desk.  I think my coworkers are used to it by now :).

I left work early and headed to the dentist.  After he gave me the shots in my gums (ouch!) to numb everything, he left the room to let the numbness take affect.  Since he was gone for a while (he admitted that he was watching the O’s game), I was bored and decided to see how I smile when I can only feel half of my face.  Warning!  This picture is really terrible but I had one of those “laugh out loud can’t stop laughing” laughs once I saw it.  I am seriously LOLing right now.  I’m gonna regret this in the morning…

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Since my mouth was feeling pretty terrible, I just had some toast with almond butter and a kiwi for dinner.  I also had a bowl of Breyer’s Light Cookies and Cream with a Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie on the side…not pictured because it’s shameful how much ice cream I can eat.

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How do you feel about going to the dentist?

Do you prefer running in warm weather or cold weather?

A $44 bra and we have a roller!

I have yet to witness this, but Annabelle can now roll from her back to her stomach! Chris said that he put her down on her back on her play mat and then she was on her stomach on the carpet! She is growing up way too fast…

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Since Chris spends all day with her, he considers himself a #1 Dad. Yes, he bought this for himself.

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Yesterday’s workouts:

1. 3.5 mile run and 10 minutes on the elliptical: I ran at lunch time and it was very warm and humid. I only did a few miles to see how everything was feeling. I have a half on Saturday and I’m praying that nothing major starts hurting. This has happened way too often :-(.

2. Bikram yoga class: It was an awesome sweaty class but I forgot to bring anything to wear. Skipping class was not an option, so I found a pair of capris in my car and bought a bra from the studio. Yup, $44 later and I was the proud owner of a new one-shoulder blue yoga top. I usually wear my running sports bras so this one (which is made for yoga and would not be good for high impact activities) made me feel very stylish and professional.

It looks really similar to this one.

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Molly is feeling a little left out since AB gets pictures posted everyday. Here you go Molly…She was a sleepy pup after playing outside in the heat.

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What’s your workout today?
Anybody racing this weekend?

Happy Memorial Day!

Thanks to all of the veterans and those still serving! We appreciate all that you do!

Patriotic baby 🙂

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After yoga (there were like 50 people in the room and the sweatiness was out of control), we grabbed lunch from Wegman’s. I had a salad from the salad bar and it was fresh and delicious.

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We spent the rest of the day relaxing and watching baseball. Annabelle wanted to keep the party rockin…this is her about 10 minutes after being put in her crib for the night.

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I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!