Friday, February 27, 2015

Fitness Friday! Accepting the changes

My race calendar is finally expanding! After forgetting to register for the lottery for Grandma's Half, oops I am on the search for a few other halfs to run this summer. I also registered for my 4th Ragnar! This will be my 3rd year as an ambassador for the race and after taking last year off due to injury I'm excited to be back! Now to figure out a fun team name, I am so uncreative! Have you run a relay?

Maybe I'll make this the summer of not racing every week! Can I do it? A year ago I would have said no but now I say yes! I used to race very frequently and for awhile this was okay, I knocked out PRs near;y every time I hit the finish line but that quickly changed. As anyone who's followed me knows I've spent the majority of the past 3 years injured and have been forced to take two 6 week periods off this past year.

Since my last injury, I slowly got back to running in December and built my mileage at a rate that frustrated me but I knew I needed. I have yet to even hit 40 miles per week this training session (maybe this week) when my usual was 60-65! This is a huge change and I was skeptical but with all the cross training I get how it can work. The true answer will come once I start racing again. Right now I love it. It took me awhile to adapt physically to the speedwork again and mentally to the lack of running but I'm getting there. 

Have you changed up your training plan in a big way and gotten great results? 

The winner of Nicole's Naturals Prize Pack was Rachel S. (I have emailed you) 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pinterest Finds for Healthy Eating! WIAW

I have to ask, how the heck do you food bloggers remember to take pictures of your food?! I swear I always have good intentions but then eat before I remember that little detail! I have slightly derailed from the Whole30 plan but after a weekend of overdoing it have been better at sticking with unprocessed junk (minus the Girl Scout cookies I had to try. Dang Girl Scouts for making gluten free!). Do weekends tend to be your bad eating times? After a weekend of wine, coconut ice cream and cookies I am back on track with great workouts and healthy eating!

Here have been some of my recent meals...

Banana Protein Oats
Scrambled Egg with Sweet Potato Veggie Hash

Salads with Roasted Sweet Potatoes
Leftovers of Course

Tempeh Stir Fry
Coconut Lentil Lettuce Wraps
Cauliflower "Alfredo"
Broccoli "Cheese Soup with Sweet Potato Biscuits - I omitted sugar and used a mix of brown rice and flour blend (super yummy with Almond Butter)

Apples with Almonds
Homemade Nutty Granola
Chia Pudding with Berries
Cara Cara Oranges

What have you been eating lately? Any new Pinterest finds? 

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Marathon Monday- The woes of a morning runner

Week 6 Done and winter is brutal! Highs below 0, snow and nasty roads. Still dealing with some nasty sinus junk this week and needing sleep making me realize how tough it is to run after a long day at work! Heck I could barely keep my long run pace on my tempo run and flew on my long run! I just need sun and warmth again.

Monday: AM kickboxing Didn’t happen! and PM P90X Shoulders/Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tuesday: Intervals: 1 mile w/u 5x1200 at 6:35 6:45-7 pace 1 mile c/d 8 miles done
Wednesday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and kickboxing
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 5 miles 7:30 pace 1 mile easy
Friday: P90X Biceps/Back/Abs and Kickboxing
Saturday: Long Run: 16.3 miles 2:13:55 8:13 pace
Sunday: 4.25 mile easy run and yoga

My workout buddy!
Week 7 of marathon training and week 8 P90X, loving it. I can honestly say that this less running is great. Never thought I’d say that but the variations in workouts is great!

Monday: AM kickboxing and PM P90X Shoulders/Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tuesday: Intervals: 1 mile w/u 7x800 at 6:30 pace 1 mile c/d 8 miles done
Wednesday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and kickboxing
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 8 miles 7:45 pace 1 mile easy
Friday: P90X Biceps/Back/Abs and Kickboxing
Saturday: Yoga
Sunday: 18 mile run

What are your goals for the week? Accomplishments last week?

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Breakfast for dinner- Giveaway! Nicole's Naturals

Did you know there is a National Pancake Day? Since I have a little girl who loves pancakes we decided to celebrate with this great product I was given to try. I'm not a big pancake fan as I like my protein and honestly the chore of making pancakes in the morning makes me want to scream! But breakfast for dinner is the best idea.

Nicole's Naturals offers gluten free, soy free, dairy free mixes. Only 150 calories per serving and only 1 gram of sugar. Plus it is independently tested to meet FDA standards for gluten free!

O wanted pumpkin pancakes so we opted to sub pumpkin in for the eggs and add some pumpkin pie spice, yum! Due to this the texture was a little chewy but with eggs this wouldn't happen.

O opted for her pancakes topped with blueberries while I tried a small one plain (eggs and sweet potatoes were my meal!). I liked it, a little chunky with whole grains of oats which made it seem even healthier. This will definitely be a healthy option in the future for us. It can also be used to make waffles.

The package costs about $8 for this one batch mix, maybe a little more than most would want to spend on a mix. Worth the splurge at times. The second downside of this package is it is meant to be made all at once, I tried to half it but ended up ripping the bag and decided to go for it all! Meaning we have lots of leftovers in the freezer! Easy breakfast, right
Only some of our leftovers!
Do you eat breakfast for dinner? What are your favorite pancakes?

Guess what?! Nicole's Naturals is giving away a gift pack to one of my readers!

  • 1 can of Nicole’s Naturals GF Mix
  • 1 small container of syrup
  • 4 small breakfast plates
  • Nicole’s Naturals apron

I was given the product for review but all opinions are my own.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thinking Thursday Working v SAHM mom life

Maybe it is that we are planning the biggest transition in O’s life so far, maybe it is because I’ve been working long days, maybe it is the winter temps and lack of sun getting to me. Who knows! I’m missing my days at home with O and thinking about being home when I’m not. This is not to start the SAHM versus working mom debate but to give me a way to say my thoughts and I welcome you to share your’s. I mean I have done it all working part time, working full time and SAHM. I wasn’t cut out for the last job and only last months!

Don’t get me wrong I enjoy going to work (most days) but as I see my baby grow up I’m realizing that she needs me even less. I want her to grow to be a strong girl and know her mom is here for her but I am torn. Being a full time working mom I get home tired and needing to get things done at home. Our weekends have been filled with plans: birthday parties, family get togethers and sometimes work. In the midst of this all I fit in my workouts and marathon training. O loves to spend time while I run and then gets her turn on the treadmill.

Having a little girl who is having issues with doing things on her own makes it even tougher. The book I’ve been reading Active Alert Child  describes her perfectly: active, alert, having personal space issues, needing to be with others but control the situation, aware of everything and wanting to take it all in. These are the kids who have endless energy and don’t let themselves relax or sleep from day 1! This makes life interesting but tough at times.

I want my time alone but I want my time with her making memories and doing the things she loves. I realized the other day that her and I have not yet played a game she got for Christmas, why I don’t know. I’ve been busy at work, maybe. SHe gets to spend lots of time with grandma thanks to me working which is great but there are plenty of things I miss.

Next year will be even more interesting with full day school and fitting in activities afterwards. I know I can’t be a SAHM but I can imagine a life with flexibility to be home all day, sleep in, work out when I want, cook meals with my girl and just relax not having to run off to important work. The problem is I want to share experiences like traveling that would be limited if I didn’t work plus I will soon hold a doctorate degree. Is there a perfect situation? Has anyone found it? 

Sorry for my rambling! Back to breakfast and off to work!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Marathon Weekly & Winter is Back

Finally back up and able to post after a week of computer issues! I need this to keep track of my training! This also means week 5 has come and gone and despite my best plans the late day runs and winter weather are not working in my favor. The return of winter has meant all indoor running again, yuck!

Monday: P90X Shoulders/Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tuesday: No energy to run so P90X Back/Biceps/Abs instead
Wednesday: Intervals: 9.5 miles with ½ mile repeats
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 5 miles 7:20 pace 1 mile easy
Friday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and Kickboxing
Saturday: Long Run: 14.5 miles 2:03:00
Sunday: 5 mile easy run and yoga

Week 6 means only 10 weeks to go and I’m still hoping this will be my race, my comeback and time to PR! My main goal for this week is to get back to morning workouts (which already didn’t happen this morning) and keep my weekend eating in check. What are your goals this week?

Monday: AM kickboxing Didn’t happen! and PM P90X Shoulders/Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tuesday: Intervals: 1 mile w/u 5x1200 at 6:635 pace 1 mile c/d
Wednesday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs before a long workday
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 7 miles 7:30 pace 1 mile easy
Friday: P90X Biceps/Back/Abs and Kickboxing
Saturday: Long Run: 16 miles
Sunday: Yoga

What was your best workout last week? Have a great week!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Five for Friday- Treadmill Running

What a frazzled and crazy week! I feel like it is summer with all of our plans and bus weekends. Although I lack the summer energy and am quickly returned to reality when I look out at the snow and see my big parka! To top it off my laptop has crashed twice on me this week, hence my absence here. I am on week 5 of marathon training and looking to be stuck inside for the foreseeable future. This is where you all come in…Answer a few questions for me on 5 for Friday.
Music on the run. I rarely listen to music while running except when inside and that tends to be hit or miss too. I have a little boredom issue and need new and exciting things. I’m the one skipping through ½ my playlist until that perfect song comes on. Lately it has been I Heart Radio for me. What is on your playlist?

TV on the run. This is more me since it not only occupies my ears but also my eyes. I need something mindless and entertaining, you know the shows you’d never watch elsewhere! Last winter it was GREEK that got me through and now I’ve moved on to Carrie Diaries. What shows/movies do you watch while running?
9.5 mile Tempo Run!

Books on the run. I’m not asking who reads an actual book while running, although I have seen it done I’m sure it would result in some massive injury for me! I’m talking audiobooks. With life, work and my thesis reading for fun doesn’t happen. I often bike just to look at a magazine! Who listens to audio books on the run? Does it help boredom?

The best parenting book ever!
Kids! This one has it’s pluses and minuses (mostly minuses!) O loves to hang out with me while I run. It is great she is interested and wants to do her own “workout” but this means she has constant questions, needs to talk, ask for help or just plain stares at me! Our only fix so far is TV so I save her shows for me afternoon run if needed but for the parents…How do you engage your kids while you run? This is only an issue when it is just O and I home, there is always the gym but some days that just isn’t an option due to time.

Morning versus Evening runs. The age old question, when do you run. I prefer my morning runs, then I’m done nothing gets in the way but lately sleep has gotten in the way or just an early work meeting. Once a week I normally run in the evening but I drag and feel it takes me over half the run to get where I want to be pacewise. I’ve played with different fuel options and nothing changes. I think it is just the toll of a long, early day. How do you get through a tough evening run? After the run is another issue! I tend to eat and eat, and it is usually not the greatest options. What are your go to later post-run snacks?

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday, next week I’m back with Marathon Monday and a giveaway!

Friday, February 6, 2015

5 for Friday: Food, Fitness, Life!

Happy Friday! Okay really my Saturday since my weekend is today and tomorrow and working on Sunday. Somehow on my only day to sleep in I was wide awake at 5am (which sadly is sleeping in!). Guess it was time to start the day and get my workout in! Another crazy week here and some fun decisions and made. Here are five things happening in my world this week...

Like I mentioned earlier I am now on Day 5 of Whole30 (okay my modified version with oats and quinoa added and some almond butter). I'm loving it! Seriously just taking the time to think more about the food I eat and what it actually is has been great. Now just to convince Matt to join me on this venture.
A few of my Whole30 eats
Winter is Back!
Tuesday brought us back to the reality of MN winter with a not so fun 2 hour commute thanks to snow. So much for my nice clean roads and easy outdoor long runs. Of well I knew it couldn't last all winter. Can't complain too much when temps of 30s or predicted for tomorrow on.

Grad School
I submitted my form for graduation! This is getting real! Less than 2 semesters until I am done forever and everyone can call me doctor (just kidding, I hate formalities!). My thesis is taking shape despite my data collection being pushed back a little but we have a plan and it will work. July can not come soon enough...summer and no more grad school!

So I'm changing my ways and have only signed up for one (okay 2 if you count the Color Run I'm doing with O) race so far in 215. Last year by this time I'd run 4 races! Instead I just decided to go out of my character and register for a 2016 race, yikes! So early in fact that I can't even find hotels or flights yet! I have no patience and hate waiting once things are in my sight! Couldn't pass up a great deal and Matt and I signed up for 2016 Rock n Roll New Orleans Marathon! Super excited for a weekend away (in nearly 13 months!) of warm weather and running! Who's run it? Talk to me about the race and New Orleans.

Fitness Equipment
I need to add to my home gym and need advice. When I bought my treadmill they had a deal through my work so I got a $300 gift card for the store, yay! I plan to add to my weights but am not sure what else. We already have: Bosu, Stability Ball, Yoga Mat, Power Tower, Resistance Bands and lots of rollers! What else should I add? 

Happy Friday! What are your weekend plans? Me, I'm running a nice "short" long run of 10 miles tomorrow then watching friends jump into a frozen lack! Yes, people do that for fun and to raise $ here! Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

WIAW Whole30 Style- Recipe Sweet Potato Lettuce Wraps

After the holidays, a week on vacation and just plain being less than great with nutrition I decided to take on Whole30 (with a few modifications). I started Monday and my main focus is no dairy, no added sugars, minimal processed foods, minimal grains and limited wine. Plus I’m not going to stick with the 3 meals only plan since my body does not do well with the blood sugar drops and when I have tried things like that it is not good, including nearly passing out at work! Believe the first couple days haven’t been easy, I spent Monday with a jar of sugary PB (left by a past coworker) staring me in the face at work!

Here is a quick look at what I’ve been eating…

I’m sticking with my banana protein bowl on weekdays and will mix it up on weekends

Berries with chia seeds

Spinach salad with beets and avocado topped with hemp seeds and a side of sweet potato

Tofu sweet potato taco lettuce wraps!

Tofu Sweet Potato Taco Lettuce Wraps
1 block firm organic sprouted tofu drained
1 sweet potato diced
4 mini or 1 large pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp crushed red pepper (or less)
1 tbsp oil

Heat oil and saute sweet potato, once soft add crumbled tofu, peppers and garlic. Season . Top with avocado and diced tomatoes and serve in lettuce cups.

What is on your plate this week? Linking up with What I Ate Wednesday

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Marathon Monday: Week 4

Week 3 has come and gone and was actually my best week so far despite doing the wrong interval training (oops!). The week was crazy with O’s birthday, work and school. The weather has turned cooler again but still not unbearable and we remain quite snow free!

Monday: P90X Back/Chest and 3 mile easy run with Cooper (45 degrees this afternoon I couldn’t resist!)
Tuesday: Intervals: 10 min easy, 3x1600 at 6:45 pace, 10 min easy (This was tough!)
Wednesday: P90X Legs/Back/Core and 30 min kickboxing
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 7 miles 7:30 pace 1 mile easy Total 10.0 miles (had to finish watching the show I found on Netflix)
Friday: P90X Core Synergistics
Saturday: 45 min kickboxing AM and Yoga after work
Sunday: Long Run: 14.25 miles in 2:01:19 (ran 14 and walked .25 as cool down)
First run on my new treadmill!

Now that the birthday festivities are complete I think my weeks will calm slightly. Week 4 is also my first cutback week and I’m also starting a modified Whole 30 today, yikes. After looking things over I like the concept but with my already limited food options I need to keep in a few “cheat” foods such as quinoa, oats and almond milk (all organic).

Monday: P90X Shoulders/Chest/Triceps/Abs
Tuesday: Intervals: 10 min easy, 6x800 at 6:30 pace, 10 min easy (Should have been last week’s)
Wednesday: P90X Back/Biceps/Abs and 30 min kickboxing
Thursday: Tempo Run: 1 mile easy 5 miles 7:15 pace 1 mile easy and yoga
Friday: P90X Legs/Back/Abs and Kickboxing or Bike
Saturday: Long Run: 10 miles
Sunday: Yoga and maybe a swim after work

So my non running goal list took a back seat to birthday prep considering I burnt an entire batch of cupcakes and had to start over! Luckily the GF/Vegan carrot cake was fine and the coconut frosting was amazing!

Happy Birthday!

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