Race weekend, a great snack, and bath time.

I’m running the Baltimore 10 Miler this Saturday and to be honest, I’m a little nervous.  I haven’t done a lot of running since my marathon back in May and my knee is still being bothersome.  The course is a bit challenging (read hilly!) and the weather has turned hot and humid…I have not adapted to the humidity yet this year.  However, the race was a blast last year and I’m running with a bunch of friends and I am just going to hope for the best.  🙂

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I decided it would be a great idea to take a new class during my lunch break today.  What class did I take?  Kick It.  This class was a high intensity kick-boxing class and I left nice and sweaty.  I have a feeling I’m going to wake up pretty sore tomorrow…

Once I got back to my desk, I couldn’t wait to eat my lunch.  I had leftover grilled chicken (cooked on a charcoal grill=so good) and pasta salad (from a box=so good).  I also chopped up the Mini Babybel cheese and mixed it in.

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A few hours later, I was starving and reached for this Kashi bar.  For someone with a ginormous sweet tooth, this really hits the spot.  Best of all, it’s healthy and tastes great!

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After a long day at work and a long commute home, I didn’t have much energy to cook dinner.  The solution…Eat Fresh!  Yup, Subway for the win.  Just in case you were wondering, I had turkey and ham on wheat with spinach, tomatoes, and onions.

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Annabelle didn’t really seem like she needed a bath tonight, but when her normal bath time rolled around she kept pointing to the stairs and crying.  I finally understood what she wanted and she started giggling as soon as we reached the stairs.  I think the real reason she likes to take a bath is so that she can run around nude afterwards.  😉

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She definitely keeps us on our toes, but I love her to the moon and back.

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Charcoal or gas grill?

What does your perfect running weather look like?

How do you get a toddler to properly brush her teeth?

 

 

Fun Things Friday: Stories from my iPhone

Happy Friday! I am so glad this week is over… I feel like I may have to bury my face in pizza and ice cream tonight.

Ok, so here are some random pics from my phone and I’m going to consider them “fun” today. Mmk. 🙂

I am properly preparing Annabelle for life…she knows the importance of a selfie.

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My mom’s card to me on race morning…I absolutely LOVE it and I tear up every time I read it.

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AB snuggling up with Molly. She just learned how to say “stay” and point to Molly. 🙂

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I had an intense craving for Chipotle this week. Why is it so good??

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Baby shower for my work friend Alex and his wife Regina. Can’t wait to meet their baby girl! PS Marissa makes the best cupcakes.

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I took one of my internet BFF’s advice and added strawberries and bananas to my cereal (Kashi Honey Nut) and it was amazing.

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Linda’s Life Lesson for the week: If you see that ice cream is 2 for $5, you must get 2. Or as my friend Matt pointed out, I should have gotten 4.

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How was your week?

What are you looking forward to this weekend?

Getting soaked twice in one day.

It rained yesterday. It was a cold, dreary day but we still headed to the track for our workout. This was the prescribed workout (week ending with 3/23) and the first time I got soaked yesterday.

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These were our actual times, and considering the stinging rain to the face, I think we did pretty darn good. 🙂

1600 – 6:46:30
3200 – 13:59:96
800 – 3:17:47
800 – 3:13:16

It felt AWESOME to actually do a track workout outside instead of on the treadmill. Let’s hope for warm and sunny days from here on out…it is officially Spring now!
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Enter second soaking of the day. I didn’t have an umbrella and I had to walk to my car in the rain. I was a very cold and unhappy camper.

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I don’t always take selfies but when I do, I make sure they are absolutely terrible.
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I made another semi-homemade meal last night and it was quick and healthy. I mixed cooked ground turkey with this…

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And served along side a salad.

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The rest of the evening was spent playing with AB and watching HGTV with my parents.

This was after our first attempt at bed time… 🙂

Would you rather run in rain or snow?

Freezing cold or very hot??

I actually made dinner for Meatless Monday.

Yesterday was a Monday Funday Workday. Even though it was Monday, it was the Monday of Thanksgiving week!!!

Breakfast: coffee and a Kashi bar

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Lunchtime Run: 6.3 miles at an 8 minute pace

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Lunch: this is my “straight from the microwave because I need to go grocery shopping” lunch

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Afternoon planking: 2 rounds of 2:00 minutes

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Grocery shopping: All healthy stuff of course 🙂

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Dinner: Meatless Monday I’m participating in Olive to Run’s Elf for Health (check it out, it’s really fun) and yesterday’s task/activity was Meatless Monday. Yup, I actually made dinner.

Spinach and Cheese Omelette with Avocado

1. Cook spinach until it begins to wilt.
2. Beat eggs (I used 2 whole eggs and and 3 egg whites) and salt and pepper and pour into the pan with the spinach.

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3. Cut/shred cheese (I used Colby jack)
4. Once eggs cook on first side, flip them over to start cooking the other side. Add the cheese to one half of the eggs and flip the other side over to cover the cheese and cook until it melts. (Ok, this might not make much sense, but you get it, make an omelette).

I cut the omelette in half and topped each side with avocado. Enter the Pillsbury Reduced Fat Golden Wheat Biscuits and dinner is complete!

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(I should totally begin a new career in food photography.)

Annabelle watched us eat while playing with her new favorite toy…the puffs container.

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Have a wonderful Tuesday!
Eggs: scrambled or sunny side up?

New shoes!!!

This morning started in a great way…with one of these.

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You should definitely try these ASAP.

After a long weekend getaway, I was more than ready for a run today.  I headed out with Serge and then Lisa met up with us (she went out early and did 4 miles before we started).  It was the perfect day for a run.

Lisa and Serge last week (on Serge’s 64th birthday!)

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6.3 miles at a 7:42 pace

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We warmed up for 2.25 miles and then picked up the pace for .75 miles.  We used mile 4 as an easy mile and picked up the pace for miles 5 and 6.  The last .38 was a cool down at a 7:55 pace.

Instead of wearing my usual Brooks Pure Flow 2s, I tried out these beauties that came in the mail last week.

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These shoes are made by Altra Zero Drop and they are called The One.  Zero Drop Footwear is the world’s first fully cushioned, foot-shaped, training shoe without an elevated heel.  This platform allows for a more natural foot strike and a more efficient and comfortable ride.   The main feature of these shoes are that the forefoot and the heel are the same distance from the ground.

This unique shoe is designed to reduce:

forefoot pain, shin splints, runner’s knee, excessive pronation, and IT band pain.

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Things I really liked about this shoe:

-lightweight

-comfortable

-lots of room in the toe area (I ALWAYS get blisters and these felt great.)

-supportive and minimal at the same time

Since I have a history of stress fractures and numerous other running injuries, I am nervous about having a shoe with minimal cushioning. To start, I will use these for short, easy runs to get used to them and then go from there.  But as for my first impression, I think these are really great shoes!

Check out the website and see what they have to offer!

What kind of shoes do you run in?  Do you always stick to the same kind?

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Yesterday’s run was pretty awesome. I warmed up for about 2 miles and then went hard for 4 miles. Take a look at mile 5…6:59! That’s a first for me :-).

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Running agenda for this weekend…long slow run.

Lunch was the Mayan Harvest Bake Kashi meal. It has sweet potatoes and plantains, so what’s not to like? I know this will come as a shock to you, but dinner was Subway! I bought a footlong and ate half for dinner and saved the rest for lunch today. I’m starting to feel like Jarred.

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This afternoon, I am flying to North Carolina to visit my BFF Lauren! I haven’t seen her since March and I can’t wait to spend the weekend with her and her husband Rob. PS he is my number one fan. 🙂

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Yup, this is me and Lauren in our Halloween costumes, probably about to go trick or treating, probably in high school… Just in case you were wondering, the cat was added at a later date.

Here is another old school picture for your Friday morning.

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That’s me of course (great shot of Lauren in the background)…I had one of those jaw adjusters and if made a HUGE gap in my two front teeth. Needless to say, 7th grade was an awkward year. I’ll give you one guess as to what that strap hanging from my butt is…

So we are only going for the weekend, but packing for a baby is not easy! I brought everything I thought we would need and it looks like we are going on a week long trip.

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The night concluded with compression socks, cookies, and a Ravens game slaughter. 😦

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This work day should be super fun. I was only in bed for 5 hours and Annabelle was up 3 times. A large coffee is in my future.

Happy Friday!

What are your weekend plans?

My new blog name should be running2eat.

The last few days have been spent doing what I do best…running and eating :). Monday’s run was an easy 5.6 mile shake-out run after my 5k on Sunday evening.  Tuesday was a cross-training day and I took a body pump class during lunch.  BTW, if you haven’t tried body pump yet, you really should.  It is a very effective way to get a whole body strength workout in an hour.  Today’s run was a 6.2 mile hill run…lucky for me, or not so lucky :), there are a number of hills on the courses around my work.

Before I run, while I run, and after I run, I think about what I get to eat next.  For the past two weeks, I have been eating pretty much the same thing for breakfast and lunch each day.  Pretty boring I know.

Breakfast:  Think Thin bar, Kashi Bar, or Whole Grain Power Bar.

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Lunch:  Kashi Meal, Amy’s Meal, or Salad

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and grapes

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Afternoon snack:  yogurt and granola

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Dinners are always up in the air and we do eat out a lot (I consider getting Subway to eat at home “eating out”).  After a long day of work and at least 2 hours of the day spent in the car, it is really nice to have somebody else do the cooking.

Last night Chris and I went to a place I have wanted to try for a while.  It’s a cute little place called SoupR Natural…excerpt below is from their website.

The Heneghan Family – Dan, Nell, Elynor, Lauren, Bridget and Annalee – is delighted to open a community restaurant featuring fresh and natural foods, like the herbs and vegetables growing outside our restaurant and the local eggs, meats, and ice creams selected from farms just a few miles away.

Our nourishing menu items are made from nutrient-rich raw ingredients and our soda fountain features drinks made with 100% pure sugar cane syrups.

Our menu will change seasonally and most all of our kitchen creations are intentionally prepared with healthy additives such as herbs, spices, fruits, and local produce.

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Chris ordered the Carolina BBQ sandwich and it came with cole slaw and chips.  Chris said, “This is the best cole slaw I’ve ever had.”  🙂

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I ordered the sandwich and salad combo:  BLT on Honey Wheat bread and garden salad on the side.  My picture isn’t great, but it tasted wonderful.

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Annabelle just couldn’t decide what she wanted.

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I would definitely like to go back and try some of the other menu items.

Dessert:  I think it’s pretty clear at this point…yes, I had dessert and yes, it was probably ice cream :).

8 miles is the plan for today!

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Do you stick to a food routine?  Eat something different everyday?  How often to do you go out to eat?