Life As Of Late

Long time no talk! I’m surprised I even remembered my username and password to log into this little blog of mine, ha! I honestly did not mean to take over a week off, but ya know what? I did. It was refreshing. And I don’t feel bad about it! Actually, I did feel bad when my Mom called me out over the weekend for not blogging. She said I was probably disappointing my fans, in the nicest way possible, of course. I don’t think I have fans. I just have people that are just as nosy as I am and like knowing every little thing about people’s lives, haha!

So let’s play a little bit of catch up.

Since we last talked, I ran a St. Patrick’s Day race. They made me Irish for the day, and made me Allie O’Lewis! My new last name must have brought me luck on race day. I’ve run this race 3 years in a row, each time getting a faster time. Well this year, I actually beat my time from 2015 by a minute and 8 seconds. Looks like all of my speed work is paying off!

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I ran it with Ashley, my gym buddy and partner-in-crime. She blew last year’s time out of the water too, and I’m almost positive she ran it about 2 minutes faster! This girl is by my side at the gym pushing me harder and making me laugh 5-6 days of the week, and I wouldn’t change a thing. We are starting an accountability program as of today to work towards our goals, which just happen to be the same.millennium-running-st-patricks-day

I’ve been obsessed with all things veggie. I’ve added cauliflower crumbles to my oatmeal for volume and veggies, and am back at it with spaghetti squash!spaghetti-squash

Rice cakes with protein pudding has been my new favorite snack. I mix 8 grams of sugar-free dry pudding mix with about 20 grams of protein powder, with water, and top 1 or 2 rice cakes with it. Add a bit of sprinkles for crunch, and it’s a great snack! I’m also guilty of just dunking the rice cakes in peanut butter. Sometimes you just have to live your life.image

Speaking of living my life, that’s another reason I haven’t been blogging much. I’m living my life away from the computer and internet. I’m doing things that will better my life, I’m dating again, and it’s SO MUCH FUN! Oh, and on my birthday, I chopped my hair off! I am obsessed with it, and feel like there’s a whole new level of sass to me.image

This was my favorite Easter ever. I laughed so much. I also enjoyed quality time with all of my cousins. I feel as if some holidays I only get to truly talk in depth with 1-2 cousins, but not at Easter, and I think that’s why it’s my favorite holiday. I’m so blessed that my cousins are some of my closest friends and that we can talk about anything and everything together.image

Lindsay just started a Whole30 on Monday, and she is going to do so well! I’m kind of wanting to do another Whole30 again simply because she inspires me!

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My goddaughter Brinkley continues to steal my heart every single day. image

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Life is really great right now, and I don’t think I’ve ever been happier than I am right now. There’s something to be said about walking by faith and not by light. If you let go of the reigns that you’re trying to use to control your life, you’ll be a lot more happier and carefree. That is what I have done, and life seems to be wonderful.

I know that I’ve said that I’ll get back into a good blogging routine, but with spring here and more activities and time being spent outside, I truly plan on getting back into a good schedule, even if it’s only 2-3 posts a week. Sometimes you just need a break from blogging or any type of activity, and I feel as if the winter was a good time for me to do that! Have a great day! 🙂

What have you been up to lately?!

Tell me something that’s making you happy?

Weekend Recap: The Race That Kicked My Butt

Raise your hand or nod your head, whatever is least awkward for your current location, if you’ve gotten your winter cold/flu yet this season? I’m pretty sure that after avoiding it for a bit, I finally got hit with the cold.

I thought that my lack of energy last week was a result of playing around with my macros, but I’m thinking it was all just a lead up to my winter cold of 2016.

Friday night was low key. The early bib pick up for Sunday’s Snowflake Shuffle was right down the road from work at 6 pm, so to kill time, I headed to Market Basket to grab a few essentials.

Sweet potatoes / chicken breast / 2 avocados / 2 bags of broccoli / sunflower seeds / 2 lemons

groceriesIt was then a block over to the bar that was hosting bib pick-up, where I spotted the best work vehicle ever.Millennium-Running-VanI arrived around 5:40 pm, and was crossing my fingers that they would allow you to grab your bib and hoodie before 6 pm, and I was in luck!imageOnce I made it back home, I made an appetizer shake, since I was starving, and drank that while my sweet potatoes were roasting in the oven. I ate a big plateful while scouring bodybuilding.com. I watched a few YouTube vlogs, read in bed, and was asleep before 8!roasted-sweet-potatoesSaturday morning Ashley and I had plans to work bi’s & tri’s, but before our workout, I had to scrape a beautiful layer of ice off of my windshield.imageI made it home a little after 10 from the gym, and proceeded to enjoy a protein shake, shower, take an epsom salt bath, and read, before digging into my favorite lunch.

Before you tell me how gross hot dogs are, I will tell you that they are so delicious! I buy the Applegate hot dogs, so I’m not worried about consuming them. I enjoy them in a bowl of mashed sweet potatoes, Laura’s lean ground beef, extra-lean ground turkey, and steamed broccoli. It’s all about balance my friends, and eating what makes you happy.

whole-30-approved-lunchThere was also a lot of reading. I attempted napping, but my brain doesn’t always turn off when I’d like it to, so reading on my couch, under a warm blanket, was just as relaxing!readingMy goal was ultimate relaxation so that I could kick the beginning of my cold and not over-exert too much energy, but I also knew that if I could get a little blog work done, that it would ease my mind.

imageAnd then it was over to my parent’s for laundry and the first playoff football game of the year. Go Pats!!

Thank goodness I did most of the blog post on Saturday, because on Sunday, I didn’t open my laptop once.

I woke up around 7:10 since I had a race that morning, and enjoyed a sliced up banana in a bowl of almond cashew milk, with PB2 sprinkled on top. Ummm, this combo is amazing!

imageIt was cold outside, so I wore my new running neckwarmer that I snagged on clearance for $9 from Target. It did a great job of keeping me warm, but I wonder if this came in sizes, because I would have loved it to be a bit more snug.imageTo warm up, Ashley and I did a quick little jog, and then walked around for a bit until it was time to line up.imageWe were told that the course was comprised of 2 hills, but once you made it out of a cul-de-sac, you were in the clear. By mile 2, I thought I had hit all 2 hills, but low and behold, a ginormous hill appeared, and I literally wanted to cry. My right leg felt pretty tight the entire race, and at this point, my legs were wiped out! I walked up most of the hill because I just didn’t care about running the entire thing. I felt that it was more important to listen to my body, and my body said to walk it. So I did.

imageThis was honestly probably one of the hardest courses that I’ve raced, and while I came in 30 seconds slower than my goal, I’m not even complaining. Sarah had a crappy race as well, and sent me this. If only…imageBy the time I made it home, my body was d-e-a-d. It was done. It hurt to move, and I was wiped out. I ran a few errands, but after that, I was on my couch all day. I read, I ate like a b*, and watched The Best of Me. I earned this sweatshirt, and will live in it for the rest of winter.

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I had such a hard time staying awake, that I went to bed at 6:30 pm, because when you run a hilly race, are getting sick, and have lady cramps, you can do anything that you want to.

How was your weekend? What did you do? What did you eat? What did you watch?

Have you ever raced such a difficult course that you decided never to race it again?

THIS ONE.

Starting 2016 With Races and Babies

Happy 2016 my friends! I hope that your year is off to a great start so far; I know mine is! I’ve had a fun past few days, and with having Thursday and Friday off from work, it’s been extra nice! I’ve kept busy and managed to take pictures while I’m at it, so let’s jump into a recap of the past several days!

On New Year’s Eve my friend and I made a taco dinner, watched TV, and then went to the late viewing of Spotlight, which I HIGHLY recommend. He is the only person I know who likes popcorn without the butter on it.

movie-popcornNew Year’s Eve in little downtown Norwood. I didn’t get home until 1:30 am, and boy was I exhausted!

imageWith a 2 am bedtime, I allowed myself to sleep in until 10, and enjoyed a lazy few hours on my couch before getting ready for race #1 of 2016. Luckily it was a 1 mile downhill race, otherwise I probably would have struggled. My new running vest that I had to buy at Marshall’s several weeks back when hunting for a desk. I knew it was a necessary purchase. 😉

imageI ran the race with Sarah and Jaime, but Sarah and I carpooled together, and it was fabulous having girl talk on the drive over to the course. If Sarah continues to wear her Bruins running tights, she is sure to scoop up a guy! I finished in 8:16, which I will take! This was the perfect day to make as an active rest day, especially since we had to walk a mile uphill post race.

millennium-mileMy favorite snack of late is roasted plantain chips. How these have surpassed peanut butter is beyond me!

plantainsSaturday morning’s workout was a 40 minute easy run followed by 5 X 20 second strides, a few leg exercises and lots of stretching. It felt good!!!

Saturday early afternoon I headed into Boston for brunch at Earl’s Kitchen + Bar. Bonus points for any guy that asks you to eat breakfast foods instead of dinner foods.


This photo of Earls Kitchen + Bar is courtesy of TripAdvisor

And then it was on to an afternoon and evening of cute baby butts! Don’t you just want to squeeze that little butt of Brinkley’s???

imageNothing more adorable than a boy taking his time eating pizza. That slice of pepperoni just hung out in between his lips for the longest time. He makes my heart so full.imageAnd my beautiful Goddaughter. She just stops my heart every single time. Those eyes and cheeks and lips. I am just so blessed to be such an important part of her and Lucas’ life. I need to stop getting all emotional over these two little peanuts!imageI managed to take zero pictures on Sunday, but my morning started with a bi and tri workout with Ashley, followed by a lot of meal prep for the week, and ending with meeting up with my Mom to see SISTERS. Go see it, please. If you don’t laugh, I will reimburse you for your ticket!

All in all, a wonderful start to 2016!

How did you celebrate New Year’s Eve?

What was the latest movie that you’ve seen?

 

 

Santa Shuffle & So Much Christmas Spirit

I dressed partially like Santa on Saturday, so Christmas spirit is officially in full effect! Actually, every day of this weekend was bursting with Christmas spirit, which makes me oh so happy!

Friday night was a lazy one. After work I ran a few errands, one of which included picking up my bib and Santa suit for Saturday’s Santa Shuffle. After that, it was dinner and a Christmas movie to round out my evening. Perfect!

On Saturday I tried sleeping in, but was awake at 8. I actually forget what I did, but I think my morning was just full of relaxing and eating? Around 11:30 I went out with my parent’s to pick out their family Christmas tree. Every year we go to Faulkner’s, and every year the tree picking process goes quicker and quicker!

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There’s Daddio leading the way! Well, tree expert #2 lead us to the back to show us an 8-foot tree that was perfect that he hadn’t put out yet.

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I want this to be my bedroom. I <3 Christmas trees!Faulkners-landscaping

The special tree was too big, so we went back out front and grabbed a winning tree. Every year I take this same picture, and every year it makes me so happy. I love the quaint, local country feeling I get when I’m here.Faulkners-landscaping

I officially want to work on a farm or at a local landscaping store. That seems like the perfect Hallmark/Lifetime Christmas movie plot to me!Faulkners-landscaping

I ran a few errands and got a few things done, before it was time to head downtown to run the Santa Shuffle! So many Santas!!!! I actually had so much trouble finding a parking spot, that by the time I went to the porta-potty, threw my Santa coat on and pinned my bib, the National Anthem began and the 90 second countdown began. Needless to say that I was NOT ready for this race simply because I felt so rushed!Millennium-Running-Santa-Shuffle

Post-race picture with Jaime and Melissa! Millennium-Running-Santa-Shuffle

BUT…. I surprised myself. Not only did the run feel amazing (I felt like I was flying and had feather legs), but I hit my fastest/best race pace ever, and finished the fastest that I ever have! I placed 51 in my division of Females 20-29, which made me feel awesome. The only time I struggled was the last half mile, where I was more than ready for some water.Millennium-Running-Santa-Shuffle

After the race, the 3 of us walked about 5 blocks down to join Jaime’s mom and her friends at The Farm. Millennium-Running-Santa-Shuffle

We snagged their window seats, and enjoyed watching the parade from indoors.Millennium-Running-Santa-Shuffle

Santa and Mrs. Claus!Christmas-ParadeWe left a little after 6, and went our own ways. I went home for dinner, a shower and a Christmas movie. It just doesn’t get old!

Sunday morning started with a solid workout at the gym. 15 minutes of HIIT running, followed by a tough shoulder workout.

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Breakfast, groceries, meal prep, blogging, and errands all happened next, before I headed over to my parent’s house to help decorate the tree!

Christmas TreeHow was your December weekend? What did you do?

Have you ever or would you ever run a Santa themed race?

My Running Dilemma. I Need Your Help!

Okay guys. Help. I’m in need of serious help, mostly from runners!

The other day I received exciting news, but that news might make the half marathon I wanted to run no longer doable. I spent my night researching summer/super early fall half marathons instead, buttttt I’m not sure only doing 10 weeks of training is smart instead of 14?

I’m going to the Bahamas 3 weeks before the half marathon I have had my sights set on. Okay, no big deal. I would do training runs at the resort hotel before our days started and would refrain from drinking.

This week I found out that I had dates wrong and could go on a social media business trip. I would be flying into New York from the Bahamas on a Thursday. Driving home Friday, and now flying back out to Florida on Sunday for the business trip. I would then have two weeks before the half marathon.

So my question is, would it be smart to continue with the half marathon even though the last few weeks, which I would think will be the hardest, to do them while traveling and crunched on time?

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Or… do I find a half marathon that’s around Labor Day and not have to worry about training runs during my two trips. It’s attractive, but the big issue is that I would have about 10 weeks of training instead of 14. I would need to start my training right now. Like “right now” right now.

I’ve already been increasing my longer runs and have a 5 miler in a month. I was using that race as pre-training for the half, but now I’m stressed over the right thing to do.

I could scratch doing a fall half marathon and run the 10 miler during Labor Day weekend instead, and then do a spring half marathon next year. The only issue is that the 10 miler is the morning after my best friend’s wedding. Crap.

I obviously don’t want to be an idiot when it comes to my first half marathon, but this was my biggest goal of the year.

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I did find a local-ish half marathon 3 weeks later in October, however I’m just afraid it will be really cold by then. Obviously I am a wimp here, although the race’s website says that the 3rd week in October is the ideal half marathon week for New Hampshire… so that’s good right?? Although it’s a Boston Qualifier and I have to be able to finish in 2 hours and 30 minutes for the half. I know I can do that. It would be close. It’s just intimidating.

So what are your thoughts on the smartest choice:

  1. Continue with the October 4th half marathon. Get all 14 weeks of training in but train the last few weeks while traveling
  2. 10 weeks of training instead of 14 and run a half before my trips & just have 200% fun on those trips
  3. Run the half marathon 3 weeks later {{LOCO Half Marathon}}
  4. Run the 10 miler in the fall (the day after my best friend’s wedding) and a half marathon in Spring 2016?

Help!! My gut is telling me to run the October 25th LOCO Half Marathon, plus all of the runner comments are really positive and great with only a few negatives, such as not enough porta-potties.

Thoughts on losing a month of training for a first time half marathon?

Lots of Pancakes & the Shamrock Shuffle

Monday morning and I’m back at work, trying to reach deadlines and make it to Friday. It’s only 6 days until Easter, which means 6 days until I binge on my Aunt’s amazing dessert mix. I will just repeat a “stay strong” mantra all week so I can behave next Sunday.

Until then, let’s jump into this past weekend, which was full of shopping, eating, working out, and fun!

Friday night shopping at the outlets. For years I’ve seen those Nike shirts that say “Running Sucks.” I always got a little bit of a giggle out of those shirts, but I always wanted to yell at those people and say, “no it doesn’t!” FINALLY Nike got inside my brain because I found this shirt in their store and decided that I need to buy it with my next paycheck. I think you’d only understand it if you knew about the “Running Sucks” shirts. Why does it have to be white though? I’d sweat too easily in that thing and get pit stains within 2 weeks. The life of a #heavysweater.

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Instead of rolling out of bed and straight to the gym, I enjoyed a relaxing Saturday morning. I cozied up on the couch with breakfast, blog work, and my new favorite show, “Manhattan Love Story,” which Jaime told me was cancelled.

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But what’s really going on BEHIND the scenes? This. When he hears the top of a yogurt container being ripped off, he will literally plant himself at your feet and will NOT, I mean, will absolutely not take his eyes off of you or blink until you finish and hand him the bowl to lick clean. kip

Then it was off to the gym at 10! Here are the shoes that I wore during my workout… because I’m not at the stage where I look cool enough in gym selfies.

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1 mile run (saving my legs for Sunday’s race), 8 minute ab video, and then I demolished my shoulders. Love that feeling of a super good lift day! Here I am after doing abs, just pretending that I’m in the tropics. They just moved that fake plant to that spot, and I loved the reflection it had during my workout. It actually did make me feel more motivated to do the entire ab video. This kept reminding me to get those abs for my tropical vacation to the Bahamas this September. Oh yes, I forgot to tell you about that! 🙂

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I was absolutely famished after my workout, so once I made it home and was showered, I whipped up a special batch of Kodiak Cake protein pancakes. I topped it with a little bit of whipped cream just to make it extra awesome. I add 1 scoop of protein powder to this to make it extra filling! kodiak-cake-pancakes

 

After pancakes, I did a few things around the house before heading out for errands, dinner out at Carrabba’s, and Dexter. Last season of Dexter… how did that happen?!

Sunday morning started around 8 with another batch of protein pancakes, topped with blueberry syrup, while watching King of Queens, a show that I was OBSESSED with in college. Followed up by a few episodes of Friends, before getting ready for my first race of the year!

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And then it was race time! We accidentally ended up being THE last people to start the race. This is what it looked like in front of us.

shamrock-shuffle-manchester-nhAnd behind us. Love running races with these two!

shamrock-shuffle-manchester-nhAnd with time to kill to get to the starting line, Jaime gave us her best impression of finishing last.

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My main goal of the race was to simply do better than last year. Last year really felt like a struggle running it, and this year, it felt amazing. It felt like I was breezing through it, and I tackled the awful uphill with ease. I walked the last 1/3 of the hill, probably 100 feet, just so I could bust out the last mile on Elm St. It was tough. My lungs were burning during the home stretch, and I was really pushing my pace in order to beat last year’s time. I managed to do so, but not without being on the verge of wanting to puke. I only beat last year’s time by 20 seconds, which really bummed me out, but I think starting at the very end and having to weave in and out of the kids, strollers and walkers added maybe 30-60 seconds on my time, but hey, I beat my goal of finishing quicker, and that’s something that I’m happy about! 🙂

The rest of my day was spent attempting a leg workout at the gym right after, prepping meals for the week, grocery shopping, and relaxing. By 2:30 I was beyond wiped out!

What was the highlight of your weekend?

Did you run a race this weekend?

Ever thrown up during a race?!

 

Training Goals for 2015: I’m Gonna Run A….!

Let’s talk goals! Last week a reader asked what my goals were, both in regards to workouts and body goals. It was such a great question that I wanted to chat about it with all of you, not only to keep you guys up to date, but also to keep myself attainable.

My biggest goals are of course focused around my training. This fall I tackled a 10k, and it was an amazing feeling. About a month ago after passing by our city’s 1/2 marathon course, I felt motivated to push beyond what I felt I was capable of, which means next year I am going for a 1/2 marathon! After my 10k, my friends and brother both asked what was next, and at the time, I told them I just wanted to soak up that accomplishment, but I changed my mind quickly.

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Runner’s Alley, our local running store has a beginner’s fall 1/2 marathon training program for $149. It includes a 13 week training program, with the following included:

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It’s a great deal, and I trust these guys so much, that I know I won’t fail. So the 1/2 marathon is my big goal of 2015, and with it being about 9-ish months away, it means I have a lot of time to really get my body in better 1/2 marathon condition. So now towards my body goals. I will continue to work with my “macro” coach, and will aim to really tone up and shed unnecessary body fat. It’s as simple as toning up, getting stronger, and being healthier than I am today. I do not think it is necessarily healthy or realistic to set goals that are so number specific, so mine are more broad, which I think won’t cause stress in working towards.

Mini goals of course are to continue running in possibly 1 race a month. Jaime did that this year, and I thought that it was such a great and fun accomplishment! I’d like to tackle a few additional 10ks next year, along with a 10 mile race, leading up to the 1/2 marathon.

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2014 was such a fantastic year, and I am just so stinkin’ excited to see what 2015 has in store for me! 🙂

What are your training goals for 2015? Or any goal in general. Tell me!

Another goal: don’t be a grandma every single night.

 

A “Remember When” & I Spotted My Future Husband

Oh what a weekend that I will never forget! One that gave me a great “remember when” story to remember for a lifetime. That didn’t happen until Saturday, but on Friday, we had our big Halloween party at work, where I rocked the cracked in the head look. That crap was on my face for only three hours and it made my chin break out like a mother!

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I spent Halloween night handing out candy to the thirteen kids that stopped by. Such a wild night, but I wanted a lazy night since I was going to be getting up at 6 am to go to Lindsay’s 1/2 marathon.

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This was a huge day for my best friend, as she was running her first 1/2 marathon. For months I have been persistent on being at the race and also driving her an hour to the location, since no one running a big race like that should ever have to drive themselves. So, I was awake at 6, and picked Lindsay up for 7:20. I parked my car right in her driveway, and went inside to get her.

A minute later we went into my car, and as I went to turn my car on, it wouldn’t. Yup, my car died in her driveway. I was freaking out because not only did it die, but I was blocking HER car in her garage. How the hell was she going to get to her race?! You know you have a true friend when she will get out and try to push your car, when she has a 1/2 to run in less than 2 hours. I was able to put my car in reverse and get it to roll backwards enough to allow her to back her car out of her garage.

We couldn’t leave my car half in the street, so after a few minutes of persuasion, I was able to convince Lindsay to leave me at her house and for her to drive to her race. I felt like such an awful friend letting her down, and she felt awful leaving me there.
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A new car battery later, and I was able to drive the hour to the race and see her finish. When I saw Lindsay round the corner towards the line, I jumped out and screamed her name. She was so surprised to see me there, but I kept my promise of being there.

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Lauren also surprised her before the race, and actually made Lindsay cry. Thank goodness Lauren planned on surprising her, because at least she knew she had support at the race. This girl dominated her first 1/2 in 2:04:59! So proud of her!!IMG_2160

I made it back home around 1:30, and headed back out with my Mom to go look for cats to adopt. We found our sweet new girl at the second shelter we visited. This little cutie is coming home with us on Tuesday. Nessie, 4 years old. Love!!

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The rest of my Saturday night was spent with a failed trip to the gym. Aka, I drove towards the gym but ended up just grocery shopping instead. After that, I made it home, showered for the first time all day at 7 pm (feel like I’m in college again), and then spent my night eating candy corn in bed while watching a new Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel. This is what my winter nights consist of, which is why it’s good to be single during the holiday season. –> watch all the Christmas movies I want.

Sunday

Thank goodness for an extra hour of sleep because I got to sleep in and still get to the gym early around 8. I love early weekend workouts because around 7/8 it’s still a relatively quite, and there’s no competition for a treadmill. After a 5.25 mile run, I hit the stair master. I read in a running magazine that if you run and then go on the stairs, it will make you get used to climbing/hills on tired legs. I quit after 7 minutes because I was so hungry… and because that shit is hard!
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I went home and quickly demolished breakfast. Sweet potato hash, 1 apple chicken sausage, 2 dippy eggs, and a  slice of toast with roasted red pepper hoummus. Unreal!

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Other Sunday activities included going down the street to watch my Dad and Kip compete in the agility competition. Love this dog!

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Peanut butter protein shake while reading the Sunday flyers. <3 cutting coupons.

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Worked up quite the appetite, so I snacked on bread with pb and then chocolate pb.
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And then I blogged and watched football the rest of the day.

 

WIAW: What I Ate The Day of My 10K

So in a perfect world, this post should have gone live around 9 am, but because I was hacked, there was just a bit of a delay on this post. All is right in the world again thanks to the wonderful men over at WPSiteCare. <<– the only men I need, aside from my Dad and brother. Anyways, for this week’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday, I thought it’d be fun to recap everything that I ate on the day of my 10k.

7:20 am

When I woke up, I still wasn’t sure what I was going to eat pre-10k race. Really smart, I know. I stood in front of the pantry and looked around my shelf to see what I had. I saw several Kind bars that I had grabbed on my last business trip (free bars yo!), and was almost convinced that I was going to have one, as I thought it’d be great fuel, since it was mostly carbs and a little fat. Then I saw the Steve’s PaleoKrunch granola that I had purchased at the CrossFit Regionals way back yonder. This was high in carbs around 33ish grams, and I KNEW this was the winner. Again, really smart eating something I have never eaten before, but so is life. I ate about 3/4 of this pouch, and it was enough to keep me satisfied and allowed me to do really well on my run.

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11 am

I finished the race around 10:05, and I honestly wasn’t even hungry after it. By the time I dropped Jaime off and made it home around 10:45, I was starting to get hungry, so I heated up the meal that I had brought to the race with me. 4 oz shredded chicken + 1/2 cup white rice + 1 tbsp liquid aminos.

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12:10 pm

I was still quite hungry after, so for the road I topped a rice cake with 2 tbsp chocolate PB2. I was praying that this would keep me full until The Best of Me ended. I wanted to be hungry for fro-yo. It worked!

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2:30 pm

By the time that The Best of Me ended and we were in the parking lot, I was ready for that fro-yo that I had dreamed about and ran for. Half was mint cookies & cream, and the half was caramel apple (O.M.G!). Topped with crushed oreos, cookie dough bites, brownie bites, crushed Butterfinger, butterscotch chips, candy corn, Reese’s, and whipped cream. SO good! I really need to go back for more of the caramel apple fro-yo.IMG_1929

 

6:20 pm

I was so surprised that I wasn’t a bottomless pit, seeing as how last week when I ran 4.35 miles, I couldn’t stop eating all day. Around 6:20, I paused 27 Dresses and forced myself to eat dinner. I really wanted to eat rice cakes with pb on it… like just binge eat while watching tv mindlessly, but when I saw the last container of prepped turkey zoodles, I wanted to fuel my body and choose the healthy option. I topped it with a lot of parmesan because whatever. Life is short. Plus, once a week my macro coach makes me have a high carb day, so I get about 100 extra grams of carbs than I typically am allotted, and my protein and fat is decreased by 5-10 grams, so today was about carbs and not tracking my macros.

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6:20-7:40 pm

I knew that I should get more protein in since I really only had protein in lunch and dinner, so I enjoyed a protein shake made with chocolate protein and almond milk. Delish! I had half around 6:20 and finished the other half about an hour later.

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8:40 pm

I got just a little bit hungry, and figured again, probably should put a little bit more food in my body. Okay, I probably didn’t really need to eat this, but I am being honest here. Cookies & Cream Quest Bar. Oh, that and this candy corn Hershey’s white chocolate bar that I received after donating $3 to a girl’s DC school trip fundraiser.

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Do you look forward to eating a certain meal after a longer race?

So Much James Marsden & I Am A 10Ker

It is official. I am now a 10k runner! Yesterday I had my first ever 10k race, and it was fabulous!!!!

Since I really wanted to be prepared for the race, seeing as though even in my training I never did reach 6.2 miles, only 5.5, I made sure to have a super relaxing weekend. Friday evening all I did was relax and watch tv, and pretty much the same thing on Saturday, although I did get to CrossFit to do a bit of mobility and loosen up my hips a bit.

The Super Frog is super awesome and super painful. I have a band around my leg that’s attached to the top of a rig, and then a 25 lb plate on my leg, working to open my hips. 10 minutes on each side. Not the most fun, but my favorite exercise.

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After loosening up, I headed to a running store the next city over (15 minutes), to get bibs and shirts for Jaime and I. Grabbed an elf and santa hat for us.

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The rest of the afternoon was spent doing light yard work, meal prepping, and then I settled on the couch. First up I flipped between The Notebook and Sex & The City while enjoying ground turkey and a rice cake with peanut butter on it.

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After the movie ended, I cleaned the house up a bit, and then settled back on the couch to watch 27 Dresses with a plate of Kodiak Cake protein pancakes {{my favorite}}.
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I was in bed by 8:40 and the rest was SO nice!

Sunday

After sleeping straight through the night, I awoke around 6:30, ready to race. I was refreshed, both energy and body wise. After taking two days off from running and getting mobility in, my body was more than ready to run.

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Around 7:20, I ate about 3/4 of this Paleo granola packet, and picked Jaime up at 8. So Jaime and I found out on Friday that our 10k was actually a 10k TRAIL race. Totally different than a regular race. I was definitely worried about this, as trails are just harder in my opinion. It was a bit chilly, so I opted for my long sleeve tech shirt that I got for signing up, instead of the Under Armour shirt I bought last week.

The race started out, and we all started running together, both the 5k and 10k groups. The course was gorgeous, with views of lakes, bridges, and also sports games.

I stole all of the nature pictures from my Mom, as I was busy on a mission. My legs felt SO fresh, and it was the best I have ever felt on a run. The course was mostly rolling hills, and by mile 4.3ish, I was thinking that okay, my legs could use flats and downhills.

IMG_1908 At mile 5, we hit a pretty decent sized hill, which I was quite annoyed about. At this point, I just kept thinking that if I could make it through 1.2 more miles, than I could shove my face in a bowl of fro-yo. My Mom actually asked me what I was thinking about while running, and my answer was this: I can’t wait to eat fro-yo, halfway there, these views are so pretty, how the hell is the girl on crutches way ahead of me, there is no way that girl on crutches is doing the 10k, I wonder what kind of fro-yo I’ll get, less than a mile left, I am so lost.

Yup, I got lost right near the end, and had no idea what direction to go in. I literally had to stop, and I just stood there turning around in circles wondering where to go. After about 15 seconds of that, a lady came out of the woods and led the way.

And then 30 seconds later I was a 10k finisher! My goal was to finish in under an hour and 10 minutes, and I got an hour and 4 minutes. Wooooo!!! My parents, Kippy, and my best friend Lindsay came to support us, and it was so nice having them there.

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After dropping Jaime off and showering, my Mom and I headed out to the movies to drool over James Marsden in The Best of Me. We <3 Nicholas Sparks, but neither of us had read this book, so we both had no idea how the movie would end. It was by far my favorite NS movie, and James Marsden… break me off a big piece of that! It was so sad though.

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And after, we celebrated my 10k with fro-yo! This was how I wanted to treat myself for accomplishing a 10k. That and my Mom has NEVER, I repeat, NEVER had fro-yo before. I got mint cookies & cream on one side which was meh, and caramel apple on the other, which was OUT OF THIS WORLD PHENOM. Loaded it with all of the sweets. Oreos, cookie dough, brownies, Reese’s, Butterfinger, butterscotch chips, candy corn, and whipped cream. I enjoyed every single damn bite of this thing. I am going to run 10k’s more often.IMG_1929The rest of the evening was spent watching 27 Dresses again because you just can’t get enough of James Marsden.

This was the best weekend ever, and I am on cloud nine that I challenged myself with a 10k and crushing my goal!

What was the best part of your weekend?