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?

A few words per picture.

Happy Friday! It’s been a long week and I’m happy to welcome in the weekend. 🙂

I can’t get enough pancakes…

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Oatmeal…

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and this loaded sweet potato meal. It really is sooo good.

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Last night’s dinner…do you like Brussels sprouts? Annabelle does not.

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Our first snowfall of the season.

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First hot chocolate and marshmallows of the season. 🙂

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It’s been 2 weeks since Halloween and I had my first piece of candy this afternoon. It started with a mini Twix and a mini Milky Way. Next up were these babies…

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I ended the candy eating binge with a full size Twix bar. Ugh.

Once I was done working for the day, I spent an hour with Jillian Michaels to balance everything out. Maybe all of that candy will be good fuel for my 20 mile run tomorrow morning???

What’s the best thing you ate today?

Who else is getting up to run in the freezing cold tomorrow? Please come run with me!

Week of 4/13-4/19: Training Recap

Hey everyone. Since I can’t seem to ever post “Marathon Training Monday” on Monday, this post has a new catchy title, “Training Recap.” I know it’s super original, but please feel free to use it if you would like. 🙂

Monday:

8 tempo miles – 1 warmup and 7 at a 7:36 pace (this run was followed by lots of cake to celebrate my mom’s bday).

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Tuesday:

Body Pump class

Wednesday:

Track workout – 10 x 400m with a 400m recovery jog in between sets

Our times:
1:37
1:37
1:34
1:37
1:42
1:38
1:41
1:41
1:39
1:38

Thursday:

Body Pump class

Friday:

Last 20 mile run of training!!! 20.5 miles at an 8:20 average pace. It felt pretty good and I’m so glad we start a slow taper from here on out. 🙂

Saturday:

Hang around the house and eat lots of good food. Rest days are super important and I take them very seriously. 🙂

2 1/2 weeks until race day! After watching the Boston Marathon coverage on Monday, I want this BQ even more. ❤

Have a great day!

Marathon Training Monday IV: #MTM

Happy Monday! It’s an especially happy Monday for me because I’m off work today and tomorrow. 🙂

Here is a recap of last week’s training!

Monday:. 6.3 tempo miles. The plan called for a 7:38 pace but we were over achievers. 🙂

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Tuesday: Strength training = body pump class.

Wednesday: Track workout!

1000m in 4:05
2000m in 8:20
1000m in 4:07
1000m in 4:07
1 mile cool down on the treadmill

Thursday: Retirement fun run! 4.46 miles outside and 2.54 miles on the treadmill = 7 easy miles for the day.

Friday: Strength training workout with Jeanette. We did a series of 8 exercises varying from leg work, arm work, and AB exercises. We went through the series of exercises 3 times and my shoulders were feeling it on Saturday morning.

Saturday: 20 miles in the books. We kept a pretty good pace throughout the run and even picked it up for the last 3 miles. It was so great to get in a “good feeling” long run since race day is about a month away!
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I hope you had a great week of training, cross fitting, body pumping, walking, doing what like to be doing, etc!

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Marathon Training Monday III: #MTM

Another week of training in the books!

Monday:

7 easy miles
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Tuesday:

Strength Training: Body Pump

Wednesday:

5.5 mile track workout (3 sets of 2 x 1200m with rest intervals in between)

Our 1200 times:

5:11
5:08
5:04
5:08
5:09
5:02

Thursday:

I missed body pump class, so I road the bike for 20 minutes and then did my own body pump-like workout (squats, chest presses, clean and presses, dead lifts, biceps, and abs).
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Friday:
6 miles at an 8:13 pace
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Saturday:

We called this our “redemption run”. After a terrible 20 miler last week, we needed a good long run. We did 15 enjoyable miles and only got wet during the last 4 miles. 🙂
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Sunday:

Rest day! And a no makeup or shower selfie.
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I hope you all had a great week of fitness!

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Weekend Snapshots!

6 mile run on Friday. Brooks Pure Flows 4 life. 🙂

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Saturday morning long run. After last week’s terrible 20 miler, it was awesome to get in a good-feeling long run. The rain held off so we only got wet for the last 4 miles.
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1/2 of an egg and cheese bagel and 1/2 of a chocolate chip bagel. Perfect combo 🙂
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Annabelle going to get her horsey after I asked her to go find it. She is so smart. 😉
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Sunday eats:
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Surprise snow storm?!?!?
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What was the best part of your weekend??
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A great long weekend.

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend and a nice start to your week. Here is a quick recap of my lovely 3-day weekend. (It’s late and I should be in bed, but I had to stay up and watch The Following…which is quite disturbing).

Saturday: long run, diner breakfast, shoe shopping with Kirstyn (AB’s first real pair of walking shoes!)

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Sunday: we went to Annapolis via DC and had lunch with my good friend Rachel 🙂

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Monday: finally did our taxes, washed some laundry, fun mail from Zulily, tempo run and I attempted some ab work, fro yo!

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What was the best part of your weekend?

Weekends (even long ones) are too short.

Hi everyone! I hope you enjoyed your weekend and congrats to those of you who got a 3-day weekend because of snow. 🙂 Even though we didn’t get too much snow, my work was closed and I loved being home for an extra day.

Saturday!

20 mile run. It.was.tough. This was our first 20 miler of our training and we have 3 more to go. C’mon warm weather! It was so great to get it done early (we started at 8 and it was 16 degrees) and I got to hold Jeanette’s 2 new baby goats when we finished! She also sent me home with some farm fresh eggs that taste amazing.

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Dinner was salad and baked vegetable lasagna.

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Of course I needed dessert…Handel’s Oreo Hurricane for the win.

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Sunday!

We met our friends Nick and Kim for lunch and then we went to see their beautiful new home. For lunch, I ordered a turkey sandwich and a cup of cream of crab soup and it was delicious. I wish I took a picture of Chris’ sandwich because it had macaroni and cheese on it!!

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This ice cream is the best stuff in the world. The Honey Graham flavor is AMAZING. I can’t even describe how good it is.

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Monday!

Thanks to a snow storm, I got to enjoy an extra day at home this weekend. One of the many reasons I love being home, is that I get to cook more. 🙂 Breakfast was a spinach and cheese omelette and an apple. I used two of my fresh from the farm eggs and added some liquid egg whites to get some more volume.

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I really enjoyed my lunch today…I even made double so that I could take it to work for lunch tomorrow. Turkey and ham with spinach on whole wheat potato bread with carrots and cucumbers on the side.

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Annabelle had some carrots too and she still had a tiny piece in her mouth after her bath…30 minutes later. Saving it for later I guess. 🙂

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Surprise, surprise, I needed something sweet after lunch. I ate a soft chocolate chunk cookie and washed it down with some Starbucks. Perfect combination.

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For dinner, my mom and I went to Panera Bread. The place was a ghost town…I guess nobody wanted to venture out in the single digit temps. I tried the shrimp couscous salad with broccoli cheddar soup on the side. The salad was very light and refreshing but it wasn’t very big. Good thing I stopped at TCBY on the way home.

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Time to watch The Following and eat fro yo! Enjoy the rest of your night!

PS I haven’t exercised since Saturday (except for chasing around an on-the-move 1 year old) and I can’t wait to get moving tomorrow!

Weekend Recap…lots of pictures.

Hi everyone! I had a busy, but fun, 3 day weekend and I’m sad that it’s over. I hope you had a great weekend too. 🙂

Friday!

7 mile run. 2 miles at an 8:30ish pace and ten 45 second pick ups to break up the run. The first pick up was at speed 8.0 and the last pick up was at 9.6.

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Lunch.

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Friday afternoon office shenanigans. 😉

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I left work while it was still light out!

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Dinner = carbo loading.

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Saturday!

18 mile run! Even though parts of our route were solid sheets of ice, we made it through and ended feeling great. Thanks for the recovery drink Jeanette!

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Lunch with a few lovely ladies.

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Cold Stone with my beautiful preggers roommate from college.

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Mani/pedi!

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Sunday!

Brunch with Chris’ dad.

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I finally cleaned out Annabelle’s pack n play and she loves to crawl through the opening.

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Monday!

Breakfast at the diner.

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I finally organized under our kitchen sink.

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8 miles on the treadmill (2 miles warmup at 8:30, 6 miles at an 8:00 pace) I was on a treadmill that only allowed 30 minutes at a time, so I had to restart 3 times. And yes, I had to get in that last .1 mile. 🙂

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Pretty winter evening sky.

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What was the best part of your weekend?

Fun Things Friday!

1. It’s Friday! That’s fun enough right? It’s time to break out and enjoy the weekend!

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2. 18 miler on the books for tomorrow! Yes, this is fun. 🙂

3. I am hanging out with some girlfriends tomorrow afternoon…lunch and mani/pedis! I am so looking forward to this. I do feel bad for the poor soul who has to work on my runner’s feet.

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4. I used a new shampoo this morning and my hair smells and feels amazing. Does anybody else get really excited about new shower products?

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5. I’m wearing my new Origami Owl necklace today. Trying out gold again, it’s coming back in style…I think. 😉

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Tell me something fun about your Friday!