Monday, December 30, 2013

13in2013 Recap and prizes!!

I feel like it was just yesterday that Jill and I were fuss using 13 in 2013 but here coming to an end! Although my year didn't go as well as planned I was thrilled to complete this challenge with over 700 others. While 2013 was tough for me, I did accomplish many races just made the decision to back out of a few due to injury. I finally learned to listen again and not push through injury.

SO how was 2013 for you? Did you accomplish your goals?


WHO: Anyone that wants to join. You do not have to be a 13 in 2013 participant to join and be eligible for prizes.
WHAT:  A virtual race is running a specified distance (you choose the distance), timing yourself if you choose, without actually being present in the race location.
WHEN:  Before January 1 (1 mile counts!)
WHERE:  Pick your favorite local route or jump on the treadmill.
WHY:  Celebrate our love of running and the success of 13 in 2013! Of course there are PRIZES (multiple winners) to motivate you!
HOW:  Just run! Come back and enter the giveaway to let us know that you completed 
It’s Time To Celebrate 13 in 2013 virtual race to be eligible to win the prizes.

13 in 2013
And now to officially complete 13 in 2013...Order your medal!! Here and make sure to send payment as listed on order form!!
14 in 2014Last but definitely not least! We’ve looked back at 13 in 2013 and now it’s time to look forward to 14 in 2014!

Join us in making 14 in 2014 even bigger than the 800+ runners of 13 in 2013!

Get all of the details and sign up here>> Are You Ready To Run 14 in 2014? 
Join Jill and I and share how 2013 was for you...

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Menu Planning and Healthy Almond Crescents (GF/low sugar)

Almost 2014, can you believe it?! After a week (okay more) of eating cookies, drinking wine and snacking on junk all day I need to get back to my eating plan. I am happy to be joining Laura’s January reset just in time to start training for Boston Marathon. I decided this time around I will improve on my diet even more, eliminate the foods I know negatively impact my training: dairy, sugars, processed junk and increase those that help me: veggies, fruit, protein, whole foods. Who else is ready to get back to healthy eating after the holidays?

So what’s for dinners this week…
Sunday: Veggie pizza with GF crust
Monday: Pre run protein shake
Tuesday: New Year’s take out: Thai probably
Wednesday: Chipotle butternut squash  
Thursday: Crock pot chickpea wild rice soup
Friday: Spaghetti squash with marinara and veg “meat”balls
Saturday: Chili

What is on your menu this week?

Now with this being week 1 of Boston training and final week of Dopey training my plan looks a little crazy!!
Sunday: 10-12 mile run (on treadmill since it is -20 outside)
Monday: Strength and 4 mile tempo run
Tuesday: Yoga/Core
Wednesday:  14 mile race and strength
Thursday: 1 hour bike and core
Friday: 5 x ½ mile repeats
Saturday: 6-8 miles easy run and strength

And now for my final cookie recipe, but I am happy to say I made them healthier than we used to. This is a childhood recipe and I was able to make GF and lower fat and sugar without effecting the taste!! I'm even happier that I stopped eating cookies and froze some for later! 
Photo: We did it! Healthy gluten free almond crescents

Almond Crescents
1/4 cup applesauce
¼ cup butter (or vegan spread, coconut oil might work too)                                                            
1/4 cup organic sugar                                                                                                                
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp almond extract
1 1/4 cups flour (can use WW or GF- I used 1 cup oat and ¼ cup almond)
1/2 cup ground almonds

Cream butter, applesauce and sugar, add extracts. Mix in flour and almonds. Take 1 Tbl. dough and shape into log and bend into crescent shape. Put on greased cookie sheet. Bake 12-15 min at 350

Friday, December 27, 2013

Winter Racing...Why?

Yes, that is the big question...why? I am sitting here looking at the forecast for next week and wondering why I thought a 14 mile New Year's Day race sounded like a good idea. I mean it does sound fun until you see this...

This is the better of the forecast and doesn't even mention the "feels like" temperatures of -40s, yep that right! Ok, that is Sunday but Wednesday -20s "feels like". Anyone living in warm weather have room for me to stay for a few months?!

Looks fun, right?! After last winter I said no more of this but once again Mother Nature is attempting to show us how tough we are. So far we've had more below zero days than I remember and now they say it gets even worse. Not to mention the snow cover and lack of great running paths. So skip the race? or run? or drop back to the 10K? Have I mentioned how cold I get!

I did have to laugh when I saw this today. The saying is perfect but really who's winter is this? I want this winter!!

Enough of my complaining, after running today I should feel refreshed, I mean a heat wave of 40F today!! Now why can't this be the average winter? Now on to thinking warm thoughts and preparing for cold running. But to keep motivated time to start planning warm weather races: looking for a fall marathon and some summer trail races to complete my calendar. Maybe even a 50K...

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

2013 in running!

I have seen this on many blogs lately and decided to join in the fun. So here is short recap of y 2013 in running. What a year it was: continued injury and the start of a come back (I hope) all while running toward 13 in 2013!
What was your:

  • Best race experience? Definitely the Mankato Marathon in October. After a tough running year I finally felt like I could run again, plus it was the best I have felt during a marathon ever!! Love the new fuel: UCAN. Plus I once again have a BQ just in case.

  • Best run? Despite a year of many bad runs I had a lot of great ones. 2013 was the year I focused again on the fun of running. I met some great new running friends through MRTT and had some fun social runs. Also suffered through brutal winter with running friends and made the most of nasty runs!

Do we look warm enough?!
  • Best new piece of gear?  My new Salomon goretex shoes! No more cold feet in winter, I love these. Seriously how did it takes me so long to discover??

  • Best piece of running advice you received? Be smart and listen to your body. Yep, once a again I needed this reminder from many throughout the year. Be open to new things: Yoga, acupuncture and swimming to name a few.

  • Most inspirational runner? Wow, there are a lot! I am inspired by the many runners I have trained, MRTT girls who are all running new and old to be stronger moms, my daughter who ran her first 1 mile race, my new running buddy and many bloggers who I have followed throughout the years.

  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? A rough ride!

How would you summarize your year in running? How did the first half compare to the second half?
And for anyone who missed it...The 13 in 2013 Medal! Ordering info in in the Facebook Group

Merry Christmas Eve!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Healthy Holiday Eating: Pumpkin Almond Cookies

What a strange feeling to be peaking for one marathon cycle while looking at the start of the next training cycle. Although I can honestly say this training was not much running but more focus on healthy nutrition and cross training while healing this leg. So today I am off to run my 2nd long run in 2 days and then work on baking healthy Christmas cookies and shopping for the holiday meals.

I will admit I am a pretty healthy eater overall but could be better and wonder what making those last few changes would do to my running and overall health? Gluten free, that part is easy it is the other stuff I forget about since the consequences aren’t as obvious. I know my body isn’t happy about dairy but I continue to gravitate towards meals with cheese, I am a carb lover and afternoon snacker who needs to cut down on the mindless eating. My sweet tooth is improving but still needs help. So as 2013 draws to an end I am working on these changes in anticipation for January reset and healthier eating to see how much it helps my training.

So what will be on my plate this week…
Monday: Protein Shake pre run
Tuesday: Christmas Eve at the in-laws
            My contribution Broccoli “Cheese” quinoa
Wednesday: Christmas dinner of appetizers:
Vegan spinach artichoke dip
Cauliflower buffalo wings
Polenta pizza
Veggies and spicy hummus- my first time making hummus!!
And ?? What else should I add?
Thursday: Per O’s request pancakes
Saturday: Quesadilla

Now for the fun part…Cookies!! What kind are you making? My list includes coconut macaroons, date filled shortbreads, almond crescents and the two I already made spicy chocolate (non-GF for others) and almond pumpkin

Almond Pumpkin Cookies
2 cups almond butter
1 cup pumpkin puree
½ cup coconut flour
1 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp stevia or ¼ cup agave (or maple syrup)
1 tsp vanilla
½ cup raisins (per O’s request) or chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients. Drop by spoonfuls on prepared baking sheet. Flatten with fork and bake in 350F preheated oven 10 min. Let cool 5 min on baking sheet.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Meal Planning (Guest Post)

Hi All!
I am super excited to be guest posting on Marathon Mom's blog today.  I am a new reader to her blog and am so inspired!  Running is not my cup of tea, but her encouraging posts gave me a little push in the tush & I plan to incorporate running back into my workouts.  Jen & I are participating in a wellness challenge called Elf For Health.  Each day we are presented with a different task, whether it is a physical, mental, a good deed etc...  Today's challenge is to "Share Your Expertise" so that brings me here!
I blog over on Not So Doughie.  Growing up my family called me Doughie and I had a tendency to eat what I wanted.  Today, I definitely cannot eat whatever I wanted and still remain healthy & in shape.  Therefore, I try my best to make all my recipes not so doughie.  It is an understatement to say that I enjoy cooking.  I love it.  I do not have any professional culinary background, but my area of expertise is in the kitchen.
So my friends, that is why today I wanted to share with you how I go about planning my meals for the week because afterall planning ahead prevents those undesired binges & fast food runs.  In addition, I will be sharing a vegetarian pasta dish that is a simple, weeknight meal for busy moms.
I plan my meals for the week on Sunday.  I mainly plan my dinners as breakfast rotates between a few of my favorites and lunches tend to be leftovers or a salad.  Also, I created a meal plan document that you can print out and use as well.  It helps me get everything in one spot and makes for an easy grocery list!
When Jen & I were matched up for our blog swap, I told her I was interested in sharing a recipe as that is my "expertise".  She encouraged the idea, but advised me she eats vegetarian and gluten free.  I'm not vegetarian, but I cook it all the time.  In my house, we don't we center our meals around meat so accommodating to her diet was not difficult for me.  Although this recipe does not call for gluten free pasta, it can be easily adapted for GF :)  I hope you enjoy!
Farfalle with Fresh Veggies in a Parmesan Goat Cheese Sauce
1/2 box Farfalle (bowtie) pasta
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, margarine or 1 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms
2 large handfuls fresh spinach
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 lemon
3 oz fresh goat cheese
1/4 cup grated parmesan + additional for topping
1/4 tsp ground thyme
1/4 tsp garlic powder
salt and pepper
1.  Bring a large pot of water boil and add the pasta.  Cook until just al dente.  Before draining the pasta, reserve 1 1/2 cups of the cooking water.  Set aside
2.  In a skillet, melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the sliced mushrooms and saute until softened.
3.  Add the thyme and garlic powder.  Stir to combine.
4.  Add the parmesan and goat cheese.  Stir together until the cheese starts to melt.
5.  Add 1 cup of the reserved pasta water and bring to a boil.
6.  Add the cooked pasta, juice of lemon, and spinach.  Stir to combine and cook until the spinach has wilted.
7.  Toss in the tomatoes, cook an additional minute.
8.  Serve warm with a sprinkle of additional parmesan cheese.
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Thanks for letting me stop by today and share!  I hope you all have a great holiday season!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

14 in 2014, Are you ready? Sponsors and motivation.

As 13 in 2013 draws to an end we began looking forward to the goals for 2014... Once again the response to a year long running challenge has been amazing! My goal is to stay strong and injury free in 2014. What is your goal?
305 participants so far!
If you’re new to 14 in 2014, check out the original post for all the details at Are You Ready To Run 14 in 2014?
What people are saying…
"I'm so excited and won't miss out this year!"
"13 in 2013 was the best motivation and can't wait for 2014!"
"What a great way to keep up the motivation of running all year."
"I'm so in for 14 in 2014!!"
Join Now!
The private 14 in 2014 Facebook group is open! Part of the fun of 13 in 2013 was meeting new people, sharing our accomplishments and motivating each other in the private group!
After your request has been accepted introduce yourself and check out the file tab for information and badges.
Sponsors are teaming up with 14 in 2014 to reward your efforts and determination!
Our first Official 14 in 2014 Sponsors are…




Are you connected to a company aimed to help others stay active or healthy? If you are interested in sponsoring 14 in 2014 contact Jen or Jill. 
Coming soon:
  • virtual race calendar
  • more sponsors
  • t-shirt ordering information- there is still time to submit your design ideas to me! Email Jen

I would love for 14 in 2014 to be bigger than the 13 in 2013 800+ participants! Share on your blogs, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag #14in2014.

There’s still time to sign up! Tell your friends and family to join you!

Your email will only be used for 14 in 2014 information. It will not be made public or shared.
How to join:
  1. Sign up [and commit] Here
  2. If you blog, post the challenge button with the distance of your choice on the sidebar of your blog.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Making Changes

Is it just me or is the combination of holiday celebrations, nasty weather and decrease in running miles meaning slacking on healthy eating? Seriously it is just so much easier to stay inside, nice and warm baking cookies and relaxing than going through the process of getting dressed to run or drive to the gym. While I will say I'm not terrible and I enjoy my indulgences it seems that this time of year always means that second helping of dessert, extra glass of wine, etc.

One of my goals to end 2013 is to snack healthy: fruits, veggies and hummus, nuts, yogurt, homemade granola, rice cakes and nut butter. What's on your healthy snack list? I'm also joining Laura for the 21 Day Reset Challenge beginning January 6th. Why not join others and gain the extra support to kick of 2014 on a healthy note?

Laura is offering three different options: Free, group and private coaching. Also register this week and receive $10 off using code 'earlybird'

Looking for another way to kick off 2014 with a fitness challenge? Join Jill and I in the 14 in 2014 Challenge What is your trick to stay healthy and active through the holidays and cold weather?

Monday, December 9, 2013

1 Month to go!!

Another Monday in the midst of what is already shaping up to be a brutal winter, last week we got dumped on twice by snow and now another day with wind chills of -20s! December has not proven to be nice to me: my first migraine in months and it lasted 3 days, then a stomach bug hit us, now O is going on week 2 of a nasty cough this is truly nothing more than annoying! With the nasty weather my motivation is truly lacking and honestly running outside sucks! Yesterday I managed 10 miles on semi-cleared paths with less than great footing, I’m just not ready to give in to the treadmill yet! Although I will admit the treadmill has been my friend for early morning speed intervals.

My weeks have also been filled with less running and more cross training to let this leg fully heal. Today hitting the pool for some laps and then off to yoga. My bike has once again become my friend and Netflix is getting me through hour + elliptical workouts. This afternoon will be another appointment with my sports chiro for muscle work, Graston and acupuncture. And my roller has become my best friend the past few weeks again!

Today also marks 1 month until Dopey Challenge! Yes in 1 month I will be running a 5K, 10K, half and full marathon over 4 days! Yikes, this sounded fun last spring when I registered but now after nagging injury it may not be such a great plan. I will guarantee it is going to be about fun and not racing, maybe some tempo runs incorporated and gait work through the marathon but no PRs in the works! My only goal is to beat my previous Disney Marathon time from 2003 (my 1st marathon) which I have no doubts I can do since I barely trained and finished in 5 hours! I am debating my overall race weekend plans and may decide to race the 10K or half and run the rest for fun, who knows I think it will honestly be a last minute decision.

Who else is running Dopey or any Disney Weekend races? Are you ready?

I’m also a week away from starting to think about Boston Marathon training, the good news that means spring is just around the corner, right?! Also working on my 2014 Race plans, the only thing it is missing is a fall marathon. Kansas City maybe? Anyone have input on this race?

Monday, December 2, 2013

December Goals and Ending 2013 Strong!

Seriously where did November and 2013 go?!Here we are December 2nd and already thinking ahead to 2014, fall marathons are on my radar already! I strongly considerer NYCM but think that will have to wait (although what are my chances anyways?). But before I can get that far in my thoughts I need to take a few minutes to check in with my 2013 goals…

171 miles to go to meet my yearly goal of 2500!

  • I took November easy with running and focused more on strength and cross training, even got in the pool!
  • Ran 10 Mile race in nasty wind!
  • Found the best cold weather shoes, so nice to run with warm feet for the first winter ever!

Salomon Gortex!

  • Finally getting into a routine of full-time work
  • Eating has been great with the occasional splurge of course! Egg Nog GF cupcakes last weekend!!
  • Office and bedrooms are fully organized!
  • Getting back to weekend meal prep but still needs work!

  • Great runs with friends
  • Afternoon of Santa, cupcakes and fun with the family!
  • Date day to the 10 Mile race with Matt and a wine tasting. 

What’s ahead for December and the rest of 2013?

  • Start Boston training!!
  • Continue with quality workouts: speed intervals, tempo, hilly long runs. No more junk miles!!
  • 2-3 morning workouts during the week
  • Swim weekly

  • Finish organizing house.
  • Plan weekly meals and stick with it! Prep on Sunday.
  • Limit holiday food/wine splurges (don’t worry there will be some!)
  • Try not to let holidays mean stress!

  • Plan fun holiday activities with O.
  • Help O make ornaments or gifts for family, Ideas? We’ve done picture frames and clay cut out ornaments. I need something new.
  • Plan date night with Matt.
  • Schedule some friend time.
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