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2014 in Running: Lessons and Growth

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Here it is the final day of 2014 and time to take a minute and look back at my strange year in running. I can sum it up in 2 words: Injuries and Growth. Injuries struck me down starting from day 1 as I continued to push through to my goals but quickly realizing this was not happening. After a disappointing (but wonderful) experience at Boston I took my first break and learned a lot. I tried new things: Cross Fit, P90X3, PiYo, Pilates, Yoga, Rowing. I got back to running less miles and feel much better but still had an odd finish in October when my body shut down with about 4 miles to go at a marathon, I was on pace for a 3:25 but soon changed focus to staying upright and finishing leading to a 3:40 finish. An odd ankle/foot injury 1 week later meant another 6 weeks off running and rethinking my 2015 plans. I am back to running 4-6 miles now 2-3x a week but realizing my body does not like the uneven ground outside in winter and really likes the mix of cross training! 2014 Running Dopey Ch…

Weekly Goals to end 2014

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We survived Christmas, multiple family get togethers and an overly tired preschooler who just wanted to be awake! Illness and all we made it, a couple workouts skipped due to illness but getting back on track. Saw family and friends we haven’t seen in a long time.
Fitness Accomplishments Elite Blocks P90X3 (Week 15) Done!Ran 2 times – reminded myself how much my body doesn’t like running on uneven snow packed ground!Bike 1 time


NonFitness Accomplishments House cleaned!Overindulged in treats a little but could have been worse


How did it get to be the end of the year already? After a week of nice nonsnowy weather we are back in winter full force, yuck!
Fitness Goals P90X3 (Finish Week 16!)Run 3 timesSwim 1 time other than triathlonRoll daily and ice post workouts


NonFitness Goals Stick with meal plansPut away all ChristmasStart back on full healthy eating after 1stClean my office at workStart my Spanish book (a 2015 goal)


Does anyone have big plans to finish 2014 strong? Have a great week.

5 Things Friday

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5 Things on my mind after an interesting Christmas. Like I mentioned yesterday we hosted Christmas Eve and planned to spend Christmas day relaxing well by noon I wasn’t moving from the couch thanks to some nasty stomach bug, my parents were heading over for dinner but that was quickly cancelled.
1. I love being a mom on Christmas! I don’t know how many times I heard “this is the best Christmas ever!” Seeing her eyes light up with joy was all I needed. When she wasn’t playing with presents (or eating cookies), O was dancing to the Nutcracker and trying to teach her cousins all about it. I’m so glad I could share this with her and can’t wait until next year. 2. Cooking healthy on a holiday that revolves around desserts is actually not too tough. I still enjoy my desserts but after cutting out refined sugar a few years ago to let my gut heal I don’t miss it and fell awful after eating something high in sugar. Combine this with needing gluten free and dairy free and baking can be tough. My …

Merry Christmas

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I want to wish everyone Merry Christmas and hope you are enjoying the day. After hosting Christmas Eve dinner: Fajitas: black beans zucchini noodles (I love my Spiralizer!) with peppers, onions and mushrooms, guacamole and key lime pie. I loved spending my day cooking so much healthy, gluten free, vegan options (Matt did make chicken).

Cooper and O are having a blast with new toys and treats.


Weekly Goals and Winners!

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What a fun week (and not so fun), dance show for O and Nutcracker but influenza for O too! Luckily we all got our vaccines so it wasn’t as bad as it could have been.
Fitness Goals Start Elite Blocks P90X3 (Week 14) Done!Ran 2 timesBike 2 times

NonFitness Goals Experiment with new healthy cookiesWrap presents! Still not started!Clean the house! We are hosting Christmas, yikes! In progress5 minutes to myself daily to relax, need to be better

Hoping for a week of healthiness all around as O was complaining of tummy aches last night, come on germs leave! We are in full Christmas mode here as we are making ornaments, cookies and the tree is up.
Fitness Goals P90X3 (Week 15)Run 3 timesSwim at least onceSee my chiro for acupuncture


NonFitness Goals Stick with meal plansWrap presentsClean the house!Clean my office at work

Hope everyone is having a good holiday week and has some time off work. If you are looking for a fun little challenge to get you through the holiday weeks check out the 2 Week Plank …

Lessons as an injured runner

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I can’t believe this is coming from me, the runner, the girl always out training for her next race, always pushing to run further and faster, pushing through injury and pain. Well the other day I was talking to a friend I haven’t seen since summer and filling him in on my crazy fall of illness and injury. He mentioned how the 4 weeks in a boot and not running for 6 weeks much have been so tough. It got me thinking…I actually didn’t miss it, what! Okay there were a few times I wanted to be out there but most days I was content.
How did this happen? For me I need something to push myself, to challenge me, something to burn of stress. This was the key to getting me through. I found something new, I focused on strength and this was tough for me. I challenged myself everyday plus I swam which for me is so much tougher than even a marathon! I love the changes I am seeing and feeling in my body.
I am thankful for this injury, yes I know that is odd. But it has changed me, made me more well…

WIAW and Black Bean Soup Recipe

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I’ve been meaning to get this post up for weeks, sorry guys! Ever since I posted about my black bean soup experiment on Facebook and Instagram I’ve had recipe requests so I guess I better share! What better time than joining in What I AteWednesday… I thought I’d first share some of my latest favorite foods to stay healthy as my running miles are cut way back.
Snacks Roasted Pepper or Garlic Hummus and Veggies Chia Berry “Pudding” With Pecans Apples and Almond Butter Chickpea Peanut Butter Cookies – I was skeptical but yum! Cuties Raw Almonds
Meals Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Spinach Goat Cheese Sandwich Vegan Mac n “Cheese” Red Lentil Curry Chickpea Pepper Quesadilla Salad with Roasted Beets and Pecans Black Bean Soup
Black Bean Soup (Slow Cooker) – Vegan/Gluten Free 1 lb dry black beans 4 cups vegetable broth 1 onion diced 4 cloves garlic minced 2 tsp cumin 2 tsp chili powder 1 tsp smoked paprika ½-1 tsp red pepper (or more) Salt to taste 1-2 peppers diced
Add all ingredients except peppe…

KT Tape! An essential for all runners- Giveaway!

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Are you looking for a last minute stocking stuffer for the fitness buff on your list or yourself? A roll of KT Tape is perfect. I used to be skeptical how a piece of tape could do anything for my injured body but finally gave in after my hamstring was angry and was convinced. Now I'm trying out a new area for the tape...
I was again skeptical, I mean won't it get bunchy and bother me when I run? Nope! Stayed in place great (still in place 4 days later!). The little extra support was what I needed as I ease my way back to running. Like I mentioned before I did a pain free 4.5 miles Saturday!
So what is KT Tape?
KT TAPETM (Kinesiology Therapeutic Tape) is an elastic sports and fitness tape designed for muscle, ligament and tendon pain relief and support.  It delivers the next generation of sports injury solutions as it uniquely enables athletes to perform their best by providing pain relief and support to sore muscles or injuries before, during, and after activity without re…

Weekly Goals and Holidays

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Last week was rough, I’m not going to lie. I skipped a couple workouts but luckily it was a transition week so less intense I just haven’t felt great and had a busy schedule but I did keep my nutrition on track for the most part. Even discovered a new all gluten free restaurant near us, yum!
Fitness Goals Daily workouts Yes, but lots of yoga and less highly intense workouts2 runs of 20-30 minutes run/walk Foot was sore Monday so I skipped a few days and did 4.5 miles run/walk SaturdayElliptical x2Bike x2

NonFitness Goals Stick with weekly meal planPlan 2015 races Still debating the big spring and fall races!No afternoon coffee Does 11am coffee count?!No wine on weeknightsChristmas tree up and cards mailed Tree is up, no lights yet!O had her first Christmas program at church, she did great and had so much fun. Me not so much, woke with a migraine and despite lots of meds the signing was not fun for my head.
This will be the start of the weird work weeks for me, this week O has her dance s…

Khai Earth Activewear Review and Giveaway

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Like all other runners I have my favorite, go to workout clothes and rarely deviate. But when I was contacted to review a new eco friendly workout top from Khai Earth I couldn’t say no. I’m a tank girl unless it is cold out so I chose the AirLite Tank but they have short sleeve active wear as well. They are a small company offering limited options but the simple options seems to meet most people’s needs. Do you prefer tanks or short sleeves to workout?

The fabric had that cotton feel but was full tech and even lighter than the usual running top. It was super soft and comfortable. My only complaint is the lack of size chart on their website, I guessed and chose a small but probably could have gone Xsmall.
It is recyclable and biodegradable…

But the true test, the workout! I sweat and not the cute sparkle sweat, but full on drenched sweat. This fabric was awesome, as the sweat dripped off my forehead the inner layer of the tank kept my chest and back dry by quickly absorbing and wicki…

Weekly Goals: Back to running, I hope!

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Guess what…I ran!! So anyone who follows me on FB or IG already saw my excitement yesterday but I have to share here too. My first run back in 6 weeks, yes I was smart for once and took the longer end of the range to be off even though the pain has been gone for over a week. 6 weeks no running had to be over! I’m spending the next few weeks slowly working up with low miles and only 2-3 runs per week (maxing at 10-15 miles a week).

Fitness Accomplishments Daily workouts: Finished Week 12 of P90X3Biking, Elliptical, Rowing and a RunMain focus on Strength, Core and FlexibilityI signed up for a triathlon! Okay so it is indoors but still I did it.

NonFitness Back on track after a bad week of eatingFinished Fall Semester! Only 2 more to go!Great family Saturday with Holiday Lights Parade, Santa and dinner outDinner with a friend I haven’t seen in over a yearStarted Christmas baking for cookie exchange: Mint Mocha Cookies (not healthy, not GF and not for me!), next up my cookiesSchool applicati…

Excuses!

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I apologize for being kind of MIA lately but yikes life has gotten in the way of. I’m trying to update more on Instagram and Facebook since they are quick and easy and I always have my phone. So make sure to follow me over there to see what’s been going on in my crazy world! As  I sat to write I had so many thoughts since it has been almost 2 weeks so I decided to turn this into something fun…
11 Excuses for not blogging: I have been redecorating our newly finished downstairs…
Working on my thesis proposal and obtaining IRB approval! The semester is now over!Dog sitting, some parts made life easier since Cooper had a playmate but 2 dogs is nuts sometimes!     Shopping! I think the American Girl Store has sucked all my money! What was I thinking getting O a doll for Christmas?! But I’m having so much fun too!And now I am sick! Earlier this week bedtime was 8pm. I think this time every year we start to get hit with the winter germs and it hangs out for months.Cooking and planning for Chri…