Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Being a Running Mom from a Kid's Side

Last week I saw Laura post this on her blog and since O and I were talking about running and why I like it I thought it would be fun to see her answers…
1. What does mom eat before a run?
O: “That stuff you drink in the shaker”  (UCAN)
Typically my protein oatmeal and coffee for a long run and UCAN or nothing if shorter morning run).

2. How far does mom run everyday?
O: “30 miles!!" (with a grin)
Haha, No!! More like 6-8 miles 2-3x week and 14-20 miles 1x week

3. What was mom’s favorite race?
O: “Color Run, because you ran with me!”
Boston was probably the most fun I’ve had, but Color Run with O was fun too.

4. Why do you think your mom runs?
O: “To be healthy.”
Yes!! Love that she realizes this is a huge part of it.

5. What injuries has mom had from running?
O: “Cramps in your foot.”
Yep, she’s remembering my panic after Saturday’s 21 miler where she had to take my shoe off when my foot cramped with 1/3 mile to go, ugh!

6. Do you like going to mom’s races?
O: “Yes! Y-E-S!!”
7. Have you learned anything from having a mom who runs?
O: “Running makes you healthy and you need to start at a slower pace!”

Smart girl, now if only I followed my advice!

8. Does having a mom who runs make you want to run?
O: “Yes!”
Sunday she asked to join me for a couple miles!
9. What’s your least favorite thing about having a mom who runs?
O: “I love everything about having a mom who runs!”

10. Do you think you’ll run when you are your mom’s age? And how old do you think your mom is?
O: “Yes, I already am. I want to run Boston when I’m older.”  “30 something, uh 35? But I will always be younger than mom.”
My Boston Buddies in 2014! Would love O to join in 15-20 years.

Close I’m a couple years above 35!

Your turn! Any idea how your kids would answer?

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter Meal Planning

We are beginning week 3 of gluten free for O.  Dealing with this through school was a mess but I’m hoping it is solved at this point for the remainder of the year. Ugh! The options are minimal at school for her and lack in healthiness, seriously why do we feed school kids so poorly?

One week done at the new job with the new hours and we are adjusting to the variation is schedule. This also means figuring out how to best meal prep and plan for the day’s schedule. I work regular days, ½ days and a late day so it is all over the place. This makes some days easier than others for 
cooking same day meals. So here is our attempt to plan for the week and still with it!

Sunday: Grill: Beet salad with tempeh and roasted cauliflower
Monday: Tempeh Fajitas
Tuesday: Late day so leftovers
Wednesday: Veggie Tofu Lettuce Wraps
Thursday: Vegan Mac n Cheese
Friday: Dinner out
Saturday: Veggie Burgers and Roasted Sweet Potatoes

What is on your menu this week? Do you prep ahead for the week?

Happy Easter, hope you are having a great day with family and friends. We had a great time coloring eggs and hunting eggs with friends last night and Friday!

Linking up with Laura for MealPlanning 

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sleepy Running

Over the past year I have focused on improving training with less running, more strength and more cross training and improving nutrition. I am seeing huge gains from these two but the one area that still fights me is sleep! I've always been one for poor sleep and needing my sleep. This was overly apparent when I had to work nights and would walk around like a zombie on no sleep for the 2-3 day stretch of night shifts. I knew my sleep wasn't great but then I got my Fitbit in August and it only proved my point...

Look at all that restless blue and wake up pink!

Last week I had my yearly appointment with my endocrinologist and we discussed my sleep and how It wasn't great but no worse than usual. I also told him how some afternoons I'd barely function due to fatigue. I know my poor sleep is affecting all aspects of my life but how do we fix it? We discussed decreasing my thyroid meds but that would have negative impacts on other things so decided not to.

Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep per night and many people say even more for endurance athletes, ugh! Sleep deprivation can increase perceived exertion, decrease recovery and mess with thermoregulation. What can we do...
  • Reduce caffeine: Only coffee in the morning, no matter how tired I avoid it after about 10am
  • Go to bed at the same time: Yep, between 9 and 9:30 on weeknights and usually by 10 on weekends, we are crazy party animals!
  • Avoid sleep medications: I have never taken anything.
  • Don't hit snooze! Oops! I am guilty of this and know I need to stop.
  • Limit screen time before bed: I could be better, we usually watch TV while relaxing on the couch before heading to bed
  • Limit alcohol: I have wine sometimes but not too much.
  • Good sleep environment: I think so, but I need a new pillow! 
My next training tool will be sleep, I'm hoping with my new work schedule and ability to sleep a little later that it will improve. What are your tricks to good sleep?

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Back to Work Meal Planning

My spring break is coming to an end tomorrow with a to do list that is still half full! My main goal with returning to work with hours that will get me home a little later is to meal plan and prep. I have decided that Sunday will be time to prep at least one extra meal and Wednesday when I work afternoon only I will make something either in slow cooker or ready to be thrown in oven that night.
I like this to do list better!
We are now on day 8 of gluten free for O so this adds to the importance of planning. She is similar to me with inconclusive blood tests (not low enough to be negative but not high enough to be positive). So we are doing a 3 month trial and rechecking some of her other tests for her liver and thyroid which are off and can be due to celiac.

Sunday: BeanChili and Cornbread
Monday: Veggie Pizza
Tuesday: Leftovers
Wednesday: Dinner Out
Thursday: Tofu Sweet Potato Lettuce Wraps
Friday: Wraps and Sweet Potatoes
Saturday: Black Bean Quesadillas

What is on your menu this week? Do you prep ahead for the week?

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Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday Five: Updates and Changes!

This past week I’ve had time to think, look at how things are going, figure out some answers, have fun and stress out all at the same time! A lot has been going on lately, some I have hinted at. Things around here have meant crazy busy days for me and less blogging. So here is my updates…

1. I became an official Dance Mom this past weekend! O had her first competition and they did great, placing 1st and 2nd in their category and earning two platinum medals and excellence for their tap. In a way this hurts her because now she thinks she can practice less, ugh! How to get a 6 year old to understand the balance between practicing enough and not too much, being good but not focusing on perfection.

2. Spring Fever and looking ahead to better running weather has struck! I will be broke by April if I keep up my current ways!! This week I have bought 2 pairs or running shoes (stocking up before they are gone, thanks to Adidas discontinuing mine), ProCompression socks and am now shopping for a new Garmin Any advice? I just registered for another destination race in Chicago and Ragnar. I’m registered for the Metabolic Efficiency Training Specialist Certification Course for Health/Medical Professionals which I am so excited about! Plus I’m planning on starting with a coach in May.
My purchases!
3. You know how sometimes things just all of a sudden seem to be working, well over the past few months it was like I hit a plateau with lifting and wasn’t seeing or feeling changes. This past week I feel like I can do more, run faster, am stronger and am seeing the changes! I love this. I’m sure the few months of holiday eating didn’t help either, haha! Great timing as I’m now in a better place to stick with my routine again.

4. This past week I got to pretend to be a stay at home mom again while O was on spring break! That was a rollercoaster full of ups and downs! Being mom to a strong willed, emotional kid can be difficult. One moment she is giggling and happy then the next focused on how we aren’t eating ice cream for lunch or why she can’t walk to her friend’s house alone! Believe me she has very good arguments for whatever she feels should be happening. I think I’m raising a future lawyer! But then she graciously gives her cookie away or walks out of a restaurant without argument when I can’t eat there.

5. The reason for my week off…I start a new job on Monday! I’m sad to leave some of my great colleagues but happy for the new adventure. Luckily I am staying with the same organization so transitioning will be easier. It will be a huge change for me. I’m a little scared and excited at the same time. I can grow my own practice now and see a huge variety of patients. I will have set hours meaning no more unexpected 10+ hour days or 50+ hour weeks, I will be close to home (I can bike to work), I can be home a couple mornings and afternoons with O. I don’t start until later than I used to meaning I can actually run or workout in the morning without waking up at 4am!! I’m excited to see how all this will improve my training.

How was your week? Any fun weekend plans?

Linking up with Jill for Fitness Friday

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

RnR NOLA Recap and Lessons!

After a rough patch of over two years of hamstring injury NOLA was to be my first real comeback race. I had high hopes even through being sick with what I'm sure was the flu making me miss my last couple big weeks of training. Come race weekend despite travel I still had these hopes.

Saturday we walked a lot and hit the expo (in the end walked over 7 miles on Saturday, yikes!) Grabbed lunch at this hole in the wall place that served me a mixing bowl size salad that was amazing! We hit the grocery store for my required sweet potato before our team meeting. The team I coached was running the half while I ran the marathon to support CCFA! After eating my sweet potato for snack we headed to the team dinner, GF pasta and salad. But why? I never eat this prerace, again not following my own advice!
My Team!
Sunday morning came with a later than usual wake up thanks to staying 2 blocks from the start. I ate, rolled and dealt with GI issues (thanks to eating out and I'm sure getting gluten). The weather was perfect to start. 60 and just a slight breeze. I drank my UCAN and headed to the corrals only to see people cheating their way in, Covering the first 2 from corral 22 to get into corral 2 is not right!
Matt and I at Lafayette Square
We were off! I felt great and decided just to run what felt good. I started running with a couple guys who had a 3:30 goal, figuring this would keep me from running too fast! At 5K we were at 23:42 Oops! We only kept getting a faster pace 10K 46:39 7:31 pace... 10Mile 1:16. Then it all fell apart...

Around mile 12 the half turned off and we headed our own way. Another runner caught up with me and we chatted about my Ragnar socks. He was planning Ragnar TN and happened to be from Mobile (my grad school location!). He was going for a 3:20 and told me to run with him but I just didn't feel right. Soon we hit the half point and still on pace but falling fast! 1:43 7:54 pace. It was getting hot, the results of GI issues and walking 7 miles the day before plus not sleeping were catching up. I took my UCAN in hopes of getting that energy back.

Soon my feet felt awful, realizing later we were running on concrete that was hot and angled was not fun! I was having trouble breathing and still coughing as a result of being sick earlier. I could go on with everything that went bad, this race was going the wrong way quickly! I had a decision to make: try to push through this and get back to my goal potentially resulting in injury or more problems or just have fun with the run ahead. I chose the second, time goal gone!

Mile 21 selfie!
The last 6 miles ended with a run/walk, heavy legs, tight chest and no idea of finish time  (until today!). I only looked to see so I could honestly post this recap, on race day I didn't care and couldn't focus on time... 3:59:01 and marathon #29 is complete!
After party with 2 of my runners
Matt soon finished and he and I agreed, Rnr races are great until you stop running the half. The first miles were fn, filled with spectators, bands, cheering, music and more. But as soon as the full marathon was alone this all disappeared. The last part was along the water which was beautiful except full of construction! RnR races are great but I think I'll stick with the half next time.
The medals matched the cathedral!
We headed home Monday back to reality. I knew I hadn't truly run a marathon because I felt great, by Saturday I was running 10 miles at 8-8:10s thanks to speedy friends. For a short time I considered another quick turn around marathon since I had trained but with our crazy schedules I decided to just run the 50K and save the marathon for fall. I'm looking back and not making excuses for the race but realizing a lot was out of my control and some things were dumb like walking so much and not eating like normal! 

How do you deal with races not going as planned? 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Attempting Ultra Training

While I may have run many marathons I have yet to actually train for anything longer. A few years back I was registered for a 50K but was injured and unable to run trails until just a week prior so I wasn't able to train or run the race. 2 weeks ago I finished RnR NOLA (recap is coming this week!) and using that as part of 50K training. With just under 5 weeks to go I am focusing on the 50K (with some speedwork too since I have a half in 2 months) while still being smart and listening to my body. I also have this week off work, yay!, so getting in lots of focused workouts hoping to stick with a good plan once back to work. The past few weeks have meant getting back out with friends and pushing each other to run faster and further while working through stresses of life and motherhood.

Running buddy:
Source: ilovetorun

Monday: 7.5 mile run 58.10: 1 mile w/u 5 mile at 7:20 1.5 mile c/d and Arms/Shoulders
Tuesday: Chest/Back and kickboxing
Wednesday: 7-8 mile run with 5-6 on trails and Arms/Shoulders
Thursday: 12 x 400 at 6-6:15 pace and Legs/Core
Friday: Chest/Back and Spin
Saturday: 14-16 mile run
Sunday: Piyo 

What is your plan this week? What is your next race? I am still planning my 2016 races and looking at a few more RnR races including Chicago and San Antonio. Any input on these? Join me at any RnR race in 2016 and save $15 with code marathonmom2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Menu Planning and Plantain Tortillas

Sorry for the short disapearance but traveling and being quickly thrown back into the crazy reality of work and life took over last week.In typical me fashion I let the post-marathon food indulging go on pas race day and have been slowly getting back to normal eating. I swear the post-marathon hunger has hung around forever! Anyone else have this issue? This week ahead will be back to healthier choices.

The other day I listened to the webinar with Meb and UCAN and am once again so impressed with him and inspired to make some healthier changes. This week ahead will be great timing as I am off work. I have left my job with crazy hours, long days, frequent pages late, weekends, etc and will be starting a new job in a week with set hours, minimal evening and weekend commitment and more time to be with family and to focus on better marathon training.

Being home is allowing me to make more meals and after the past weeks of eating out too much we can get back into the normal dinner routine.

Sunday: Veg/Bean Lasagna
Monday: Tomato Soup and Wraps
Tuesday: "Chorizo" Polenta Enchilada
Wednesday: Tofu Stir Fry
Thursday: Vegan Irish Stew and GF Soda Bread
Friday: Lentil Tacos with Plantain Tortillas
Saturday: Bean Chili 

Plantain Tortillas
1 ripe plantain
~ 1/4 cup water
Juice from 1/2 lime
1 tbsp coconut oil

Peel and roughly chop plantain. In microwave safe bowl combine water and plantain and cook until soft, ~ 2-3 minutes. Let sit covered 2 more minutes. Drain, then mash plantain and add lime juice, salt and water to form dough. Form into 6-7 balls (depending on size desired) and flatten between two sheets of parchment paper. Heat oil in large skillet. Cook tortillas about 2-3 minutes on each side, flipping with bubbles start to form.

What's on your menu this week? Check out other menus and at Laura's link up