Eating Disorder Talk:

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It really never was about the food.  It was always about control.  It was me scrambling to feel loved.  It was a way to avoid thinking about the hard stuff because I was too busy thinking about what I did/didn’t eat, what I was going to eat next and how the heck I was going to lose ‘just’ 5 more lbs.  But then after I lost those 5 lbs I wanted to lose more and more to the point that my mom would cry when she saw me because she was so worried.

Over the last few years I have really strayed from bringing up my past eating problems because of previous emails/comments I received for still being disordered but.. I’m at the point in life where once again, all that matters to me is what God thinks about me and what I know about myself and I know I have been and that I am in a good place with food/weight that I could care less if somebody else on the internet thinks I have a problem.  BUT I think it is beneficial to share and open up more about it because there are a crazy amount of women out there struggling and searching for a way out of their food problems.  I don’t have the answers, I just want you to know that you aren’t alone and that there is hope and a lot of great things in store for you.

I think there are many factors that helped me to dig out of my disordered eating habits.  #1 Brooke.  I don’t know what it is about that little girl, but she changed me.  The second I found out I was pregnant my brain went into—>  DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO ENSURE SHE IS HEALTHY and well-taken care of.  Once I had her I decided that being a healthy example for her was one of my biggest goals because the thought of her struggling with this problem makes me sick and example is everything.  I think age has helped me to realize who I am and my worth.  I think not being in the relationship I was in has helped.  I think my therapist/nutritionist (pre-blog years) helped for the problem. I think spending more time on my relationship with my Savior has made all the difference.   I think attempting to focus my days on serving my people rather than myself all day has helped.  I think hitting rock bottom and seeing how badly I was treating my body (a bone scan at the time showed that I had osteopenia… I think I was like 25?!? and two femoral stress fractures) started the change.

So where am I at now?  To be honest, I don’t even let myself go down that road for .01 miles because while I know I’m in a different place than before—>  Eating disorders, like any addictions, can be easy to relapse and so I stay FARRRRRR away from anything that can trigger me.  Obsessing about calories, thinking about food too much, weighing myself, striving for perfection in my eating, cutting out certain food groups, following blogs/IG accounts that promote unhealthy behaviors, entertaining thoughts that I need to lose weight etc—> I run the other direction.  While I don’t think a relapse is going to ever happen to me again… why play with fire for even just a second?  I’ve come to understand my body a little bit more and I know that my clothes are always tighter when I’m not in training mode and that things fit again once I’m running like normal again… there is absolutely no reason for drastic measures.  Of course I have days where I don’t feel comfortable about my body but I’m trying to look through windows more than mirrors… does that make sense?  On those days I really focus on looking through a window at other people and my relationships rather than focusing on a mirror (metaphorically) and my looks/body all day long.

To be honest again, I’m still kind of amazed that I made it through my divorce without a relapse (thank you Brookie for keeping me grounded in all areas during that dark time).  Life was completely out of my control and my self-esteem took a major hit but I figured out how to cope finally without food.  I figured out that prayer can pretty much dig me out of any rut.  I probably coped a little too much with my running (oh extremes, I just have a thing for you).  I take baths, I talk to people about my feelings (what a strange concept for me back in my early twenties), I read, I wrote letters (you wouldn’t believe how many letters to people I have written when I needed to let out my anger but then never sent them), I write blog posts that never get published or quite extensive writing sessions in my journal.  I go and stare at my little girl in the eyes and more peace comes over me than I can explain in words.  I cope.  I feel (oh that reminds me, I have a blog post about this one I should put up).  I cry, I process and then I move on with life without letting food/size/weight/my body take over my thoughts.

As far as nutrition goes… MY personal definition of healthy eating that is tailored for ME (can you get the point that I think each person has a different definition) is to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, dairy, protein, fats, grains and when I want a treat, I absolutely eat it.  I think for a few years I went a little bit crazy on my sugar intake but after years of denying myself treats (before the blog I once went 2 years without eating any sugar…) and then I went crazy on the stuff.  I went overboard and my body was so all over the place for treating it the way that I did that I went crazy with the sugar.  I think I have finally hit somewhere in the middle now.  I don’t crave it like I used to but I eat it when it is around.  I just eat now.  My meals are pretty much the same each day until dinner time (creature of habit?) but if I want spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner… why the heck wouldn’t I?  If ice cream is in my freezer and I’m watching a movie in bed at 11 pm, you better believe I’ve got a bowl of it with me as I watch.  I truly love healthy meals and vegetables so I’m not worried about not getting enough nutrients and so there is plenty of room for the foods that I labeled ‘NOOOOOOOO’ for many many years.

There are days that I’m starving all day and I eat like I have a bottomless pit for a stomach and then there are days that I literally don’t think about food until I’m thinking about what to make Brooke for her meal.  It’s just food.  It tastes delicious and it fuels my day but it doesn’t control me and my eating habits most definitely don’t define me or make me good or bad.

I think that pretty much everyone deals with anxiety to some degree.  I think a big part of my eating disorder was also a way for me to deal with my anxiety if that makes sense?  Most of the time now I deal with it pretty well but then there are times in life where I feel like I can’t breathe, or I literally can’t stop worrying, or if I don’t do something PERFECT, I think my whole world will unravel.  And this is why I love running.  There are other methods that help me out when I feel anxious but my favorite one is running.  I feel like the sweat during a hard run is just all of my worries escaping my body.  I think with each mile I worry less and realize more that things always work out just the way they are supposed to.  I know for sure that there are many days where my mind rests the more and more my heart beats faster due to my legs pounding the cement and my arms swinging.

You know how your heart breaks especially for people that go through things that you’ve once been through in the past?  You understand exactly the pain and the suffering they are going through and you just want to take it away from them?  This is what happens to me anytime I hear from a woman struggling with an eating disorder/disordered eating/body image issues.  My heart truly breaks for them.  I just want to hug them and take every ounce of pain far far away from them.  I can’t do that (man, I wish I could) but I do know there is help.  I do know that now is the best time to start the process towards healing whether that be making your people aware of your pain and allowing them to help you and most definitely seeking professional help.  I know that we’ve got one body and we’ve gotta take the best care of it that we can.  I know that we have too much potential and too many great things to experience in this life ahead of us that just aren’t possible when struggling with an eating disorder that takes over our thoughts and health.

I know that our worth is indescribable and that a silly number on the scale could never even begin to define the type of friend/mom/sister/daughter/grandma/neighbor/employee/wife/girlfriend that we are.

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For once I don’t know how to end a blog post but I will say, you’ve got this.  Keep on trying.  We’re all in this together.

Feel free to open up about any exercise, food struggles you have had in the past (or if you want to share what you struggle with now too) and what has helped you!  Has the scale ever been a problem for you?  Ever been obsessed with calories?

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It really never was about the food.  It was always about control.  It was me scrambling to feel loved.  It was a way to avoid thinking about the hard stuff because I was too busy thinking about what I did/didn’t eat, what I was going to eat next and how the heck I was going to lose ‘just’ 5 more lbs.  But then after I lost those 5 lbs I wanted to lose more and more to the point that my mom would cry when she saw me because she was so worried.

Over the last few years I have really strayed from bringing up my past eating problems because of previous emails/comments I received for still being disordered but.. I’m at the point in life where once again, all that matters to me is what God thinks about me and what I know about myself and I know I have been and that I am in a good place with food/weight that I could care less if somebody else on the internet thinks I have a problem.  BUT I think it is beneficial to share and open up more about it because there are a crazy amount of women out there struggling and searching for a way out of their food problems.  I don’t have the answers, I just want you to know that you aren’t alone and that there is hope and a lot of great things in store for you.

I think there are many factors that helped me to dig out of my disordered eating habits.  #1 Brooke.  I don’t know what it is about that little girl, but she changed me.  The second I found out I was pregnant my brain went into—>  DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO ENSURE SHE IS HEALTHY and well-taken care of.  Once I had her I decided that being a healthy example for her was one of my biggest goals because the thought of her struggling with this problem makes me sick and example is everything.  I think age has helped me to realize who I am and my worth.  I think not being in the relationship I was in has helped.  I think my therapist/nutritionist (pre-blog years) helped for the problem. I think spending more time on my relationship with my Savior has made all the difference.   I think attempting to focus my days on serving my people rather than myself all day has helped.  I think hitting rock bottom and seeing how badly I was treating my body (a bone scan at the time showed that I had osteopenia… I think I was like 25?!? and two femoral stress fractures) started the change.

So where am I at now?  To be honest, I don’t even let myself go down that road for .01 miles because while I know I’m in a different place than before—>  Eating disorders, like any addictions, can be easy to relapse and so I stay FARRRRRR away from anything that can trigger me.  Obsessing about calories, thinking about food too much, weighing myself, striving for perfection in my eating, cutting out certain food groups, following blogs/IG accounts that promote unhealthy behaviors, entertaining thoughts that I need to lose weight etc—> I run the other direction.  While I don’t think a relapse is going to ever happen to me again… why play with fire for even just a second?  I’ve come to understand my body a little bit more and I know that my clothes are always tighter when I’m not in training mode and that things fit again once I’m running like normal again… there is absolutely no reason for drastic measures.  Of course I have days where I don’t feel comfortable about my body but I’m trying to look through windows more than mirrors… does that make sense?  On those days I really focus on looking through a window at other people and my relationships rather than focusing on a mirror (metaphorically) and my looks/body all day long.

To be honest again, I’m still kind of amazed that I made it through my divorce without a relapse (thank you Brookie for keeping me grounded in all areas during that dark time).  Life was completely out of my control and my self-esteem took a major hit but I figured out how to cope finally without food.  I figured out that prayer can pretty much dig me out of any rut.  I probably coped a little too much with my running (oh extremes, I just have a thing for you).  I take baths, I talk to people about my feelings (what a strange concept for me back in my early twenties), I read, I wrote letters (you wouldn’t believe how many letters to people I have written when I needed to let out my anger but then never sent them), I write blog posts that never get published or quite extensive writing sessions in my journal.  I go and stare at my little girl in the eyes and more peace comes over me than I can explain in words.  I cope.  I feel (oh that reminds me, I have a blog post about this one I should put up).  I cry, I process and then I move on with life without letting food/size/weight/my body take over my thoughts.

As far as nutrition goes… MY personal definition of healthy eating that is tailored for ME (can you get the point that I think each person has a different definition) is to eat plenty of fruits, veggies, dairy, protein, fats, grains and when I want a treat, I absolutely eat it.  I think for a few years I went a little bit crazy on my sugar intake but after years of denying myself treats (before the blog I once went 2 years without eating any sugar…) and then I went crazy on the stuff.  I went overboard and my body was so all over the place for treating it the way that I did that I went crazy with the sugar.  I think I have finally hit somewhere in the middle now.  I don’t crave it like I used to but I eat it when it is around.  I just eat now.  My meals are pretty much the same each day until dinner time (creature of habit?) but if I want spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner… why the heck wouldn’t I?  If ice cream is in my freezer and I’m watching a movie in bed at 11 pm, you better believe I’ve got a bowl of it with me as I watch.  I truly love healthy meals and vegetables so I’m not worried about not getting enough nutrients and so there is plenty of room for the foods that I labeled ‘NOOOOOOOO’ for many many years.

There are days that I’m starving all day and I eat like I have a bottomless pit for a stomach and then there are days that I literally don’t think about food until I’m thinking about what to make Brooke for her meal.  It’s just food.  It tastes delicious and it fuels my day but it doesn’t control me and my eating habits most definitely don’t define me or make me good or bad.

I think that pretty much everyone deals with anxiety to some degree.  I think a big part of my eating disorder was also a way for me to deal with my anxiety if that makes sense?  Most of the time now I deal with it pretty well but then there are times in life where I feel like I can’t breathe, or I literally can’t stop worrying, or if I don’t do something PERFECT, I think my whole world will unravel.  And this is why I love running.  There are other methods that help me out when I feel anxious but my favorite one is running.  I feel like the sweat during a hard run is just all of my worries escaping my body.  I think with each mile I worry less and realize more that things always work out just the way they are supposed to.  I know for sure that there are many days where my mind rests the more and more my heart beats faster due to my legs pounding the cement and my arms swinging.

You know how your heart breaks especially for people that go through things that you’ve once been through in the past?  You understand exactly the pain and the suffering they are going through and you just want to take it away from them?  This is what happens to me anytime I hear from a woman struggling with an eating disorder/disordered eating/body image issues.  My heart truly breaks for them.  I just want to hug them and take every ounce of pain far far away from them.  I can’t do that (man, I wish I could) but I do know there is help.  I do know that now is the best time to start the process towards healing whether that be making your people aware of your pain and allowing them to help you and most definitely seeking professional help.  I know that we’ve got one body and we’ve gotta take the best care of it that we can.  I know that we have too much potential and too many great things to experience in this life ahead of us that just aren’t possible when struggling with an eating disorder that takes over our thoughts and health.

I know that our worth is indescribable and that a silly number on the scale could never even begin to define the type of friend/mom/sister/daughter/grandma/neighbor/employee/wife/girlfriend that we are.

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For once I don’t know how to end a blog post but I will say, you’ve got this.  Keep on trying.  We’re all in this together.

Feel free to open up about any exercise, food struggles you have had in the past (or if you want to share what you struggle with now too) and what has helped you!  Has the scale ever been a problem for you?  Ever been obsessed with calories?

Back with my Brookie and MY NEW BLOG!!!!!!

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What do you think of my new blog design?  We are still working out a few more random things with it but I’m pretty excited… I mean I only had the last blog design for 5.5 years.   I think we were all ready for the change.

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Let’s go over the Saturday things:

1.  I got up bright and early to hit up the treadmill for 10 miles.  On long treadmill runs like this I usually read or watch Netflix for a chunk of time but yesterday I just stared at the pool and thought about how much fun the previous days with my friends had been and all of the fun new memories.   I love when running gives me 78 minutes just to be by myself and think.  10 miles @ 7:53 average pace.

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2.  An awful picture but this little fridge was in the gym and it felt so so so good to use these cold towels after such a hot run (I’m pretty sure the heater was on in the gym;)

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3.  I packed as fast as possible, took Uber to the airport and demolished this egg sandwich bagel (I have a thing for these lately).

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4.  The best.  But really.  Our reunions. 

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5.  Brooke put on her snow sock for us to play soccer in the house and we had a pretty intense game.

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6.  While I was gone she told my mom that she wanted to go get pizza with me when I got home… and that is what we did.

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7.  It was Saturday night, so of course we did our Saturday night tradition.

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8.  Hung out with some of our favorites for a bit.  

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9.  Snacked on the fruit of the month.  I’m too lazy to cut it up anymore so I just eat a half at a time:)

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What are three things that you are doing today?

How have your weekend runs felt?

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What do you think of my new blog design?  We are still working out a few more random things with it but I’m pretty excited… I mean I only had the last blog design for 5.5 years.   I think we were all ready for the change.

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Let’s go over the Saturday things:

1.  I got up bright and early to hit up the treadmill for 10 miles.  On long treadmill runs like this I usually read or watch Netflix for a chunk of time but yesterday I just stared at the pool and thought about how much fun the previous days with my friends had been and all of the fun new memories.   I love when running gives me 78 minutes just to be by myself and think.  10 miles @ 7:53 average pace.

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2.  An awful picture but this little fridge was in the gym and it felt so so so good to use these cold towels after such a hot run (I’m pretty sure the heater was on in the gym;)

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3.  I packed as fast as possible, took Uber to the airport and demolished this egg sandwich bagel (I have a thing for these lately).

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4.  The best.  But really.  Our reunions. 

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5.  Brooke put on her snow sock for us to play soccer in the house and we had a pretty intense game.

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6.  While I was gone she told my mom that she wanted to go get pizza with me when I got home… and that is what we did.

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7.  It was Saturday night, so of course we did our Saturday night tradition.

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8.  Hung out with some of our favorites for a bit.  

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9.  Snacked on the fruit of the month.  I’m too lazy to cut it up anymore so I just eat a half at a time:)

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What are three things that you are doing today?

How have your weekend runs felt?

Vegas Day #1

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So far we have celebrated our yearly girls’ trip with all of our favorite things (ps this post is short on words because we went to bed 4 hours later than my normal bedtime).

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We started off the morning with a treadmill run.  Luckily right when we got to the hotel gym four treadmills opened up right next to each other.   Five happy miles next to my girls @ a 7:35 pace.

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I rather enjoy trying out new treadmills especially the high tech ones that have a touchscreen (and a FAN….).

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We went straight to the pool and ate some salads.  The weather was perfect and it never felt too hot or too cold.  

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And then we finally got ready and left the hotel (which is surprising because usually when we go somewhere we rarely leave the hotel because we kind of love being boring).  

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Dinner was at Mon Ami Gabi and we ate outside right across from the Bellagio fountains which made dinner even more fun.

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Steak frites for the win!

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We then did the walking around thing for some time.

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The best.  

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And because chocolate together is just our thing.   

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Brooke is clearly missing me like crazy.

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But at least I get to join in on some of her meals while I’m away.

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Friday favorite links——> Breakfasts I want to try out this week —>  Savory Oatmeal,  and Oatless Oatmeal (with Zucchini)… and 3 Ingredient PB Oatmeal Cookies (peanut butter…)  A medicine ball workout and core and cardio workout I want to try at my sister’s gym. 6 Ways to Recover Better!!! Any thoughts on this article about switching bibs/using other people’s race times?  Eat like an elite—> I love seeing how they eat.

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What are your weekend plans?   

What is the best part of your Friday going to be?

Best thing you have eaten all week?

-Above chocolate sundae.  

What are your favorite treadmill perks… touchscreen, fan, incline up and down, workouts designed into the treadmill?

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So far we have celebrated our yearly girls’ trip with all of our favorite things (ps this post is short on words because we went to bed 4 hours later than my normal bedtime).

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We started off the morning with a treadmill run.  Luckily right when we got to the hotel gym four treadmills opened up right next to each other.   Five happy miles next to my girls @ a 7:35 pace.

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I rather enjoy trying out new treadmills especially the high tech ones that have a touchscreen (and a FAN….).

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We went straight to the pool and ate some salads.  The weather was perfect and it never felt too hot or too cold.  

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And then we finally got ready and left the hotel (which is surprising because usually when we go somewhere we rarely leave the hotel because we kind of love being boring).  

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Dinner was at Mon Ami Gabi and we ate outside right across from the Bellagio fountains which made dinner even more fun.

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Steak frites for the win!

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We then did the walking around thing for some time.

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The best.  

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And because chocolate together is just our thing.   

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Brooke is clearly missing me like crazy.

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But at least I get to join in on some of her meals while I’m away.

Screen Shot 2016 04 07 at 12 12 47 PM

Friday favorite links——> Breakfasts I want to try out this week —>  Savory Oatmeal,  and Oatless Oatmeal (with Zucchini)… and 3 Ingredient PB Oatmeal Cookies (peanut butter…)  A medicine ball workout and core and cardio workout I want to try at my sister’s gym. 6 Ways to Recover Better!!! Any thoughts on this article about switching bibs/using other people’s race times?  Eat like an elite—> I love seeing how they eat.

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What are your weekend plans?   

What is the best part of your Friday going to be?

Best thing you have eaten all week?

-Above chocolate sundae.  

What are your favorite treadmill perks… touchscreen, fan, incline up and down, workouts designed into the treadmill?

Silentish Saturday: Vegas Day #2.

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We wanted to run but we also wanted donuts so we ran 2 miles to the donut house and then 2 miles back to our hotel to eat the donuts.

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Donut break.

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That maple bar….

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And some other breaks too.

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We spent our day at the malls.

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And refueled at my new favorite Vegas Buffet.

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Of course the dessert was my favorite part (along with the sushi, nachos, tacos and wedge salad).

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One last group picture before saying goodbye to one of the crew members.

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And we finished the night with the hot tub.

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Brooke and I text each other.

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What are you up to today!?!?!

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We wanted to run but we also wanted donuts so we ran 2 miles to the donut house and then 2 miles back to our hotel to eat the donuts.

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Donut break.

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That maple bar….

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And some other breaks too.

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We spent our day at the malls.

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And refueled at my new favorite Vegas Buffet.

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Of course the dessert was my favorite part (along with the sushi, nachos, tacos and wedge salad).

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One last group picture before saying goodbye to one of the crew members.

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And we finished the night with the hot tub.

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Brooke and I text each other.

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What are you up to today!?!?!

How many days a week do you need to run in preparation for a marathon and YOUR running accomplishments!

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This made our afternoon.  My first ever medal rack.  Now I just need to figure out where I packed the rest of my race medals and run some more races to fill up the slots.

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Cat cookies are a fan favorite at our house.

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My mom drove me up to the airport and Brooke will get some quality grandma/cousin time over the next two days.  

I will be FaceTiming with her once every hour too:)  

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See ya later Salt Lake City.

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I had a lot of time on my hands at the airport (have I told you my family’s thing on getting to the airport way too early before a flight?) and so I did some major stretching on the ground.  I didn’t get any weird looks from people walking by;) 

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And then I met up with the girls.

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Our first stop was for donuts of course.

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Followed by a wild and crazy night of talking.

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I don’t know why I was thinking about this but the other day I was remembering some of my college guy friends and how a group of them would do one 5 mile training run and then go run the St. George Marathon.  They did play a lot of basketball but they never did any structured running training for the race.  They were sore for WEEKS after the race but it was always super crazy to me how they could just go and do a marathon.  Do you know anyone that has done that before?  

For my first marathon training cycle I ran 3, maybe 4 days a week with a lot of spin teaching thrown in.   For Boston last year I did 5 days a week and 6 days a week this last fall for my marathon.  I think when the long marathon prep runs are involved my body does best with 5 days of running and 2 days of rest (Sunday and the day before the long run).  How many days a week is perfect for you when training for a race?

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Keep the running accomplishments coming! Usually I post them on Friday but this week I am sharing them today!  Send your accomplishments and a picture (if you want) to runningaccomplishments@gmail.com

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Clark!!! “Ran a cold 5k today and PRed with 25:59.  Also 3rd in my age division, for old guys.  It was my first race of the season, and first since New Years Eve (on ice and snow).”

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Lindsay!!!! “On April 2nd I finished my third and hopefully NOT my final half marathon.  The journey to this half marathon was not an easy one at all.  I struggled with digestive issues and was diagnosed with severe IBS-D and had to miss a few runs because my stomach and my body simply could not handle it and to cap it off I found out the week before my half that I have early stages on arthritis in my knee.  But guess what, I didn’t let that stop me.  I still finished my race in 1 hr 59 min 18 sec which was a whole 35 minutes faster than my previous half.  Let’s just say I am one proud runner!”

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Beth!!! “My friend Sarah and I ran the San Francisco Rock n Roll Half together this morning (4/3).  Sarah and I met in grad school when we both lived near DC and ran in the morning twice a week together for a year.  She’s the best running partner and a wonderful friend; I’m always motived by her positive attitude and love of running.  We both live in CA now and are so stoked to be able to run together again.  The race was a SUPER hilly course but a beautiful run through the city and over the Golden Gate bridge.  I finished in 1:35 and Sarah finished in 1:50… there’s no better start to the day than running races with friends!”

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Eva!!! “On Easter Monday my friend and I ran a quarter marathon around the Haar castle (Haarzuilens, the Netherlands).  (I’m wearing the purple top).  It’s about 45 minutes from our home.  It was a beautiful course but it was very windy.  I don’t mind wind really, in our country of windmills we have a lot of it, but it was a tough race for me.  The last kilometer a lady behind me was cursing, I may have thought some things like that, but it irritated me that she was saying those things out loud.  It’s hard to think positive thoughts when someone behind you is saying negative things.  Anyway, I was glad to be done, and a couple of days later I’m happy with my time.”

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Karien!!! “My kiddos (4 and 2) and I recently did our very first race with the double stroller: The local Diamond 5 km.  We had a rough night on the night before the race, with a rowdy neighbor partying until the sun came up, but decided to go and race anyway.  And boy, are we glad we did!  We put in a hard, but steady effort right from the start, and tried to keep it up throughout.  Since the 5 km race started with the 10 km, it was hard to see our placement at first, and great was our surprise when we came to the turn-around point and turned around first…!  We expected a fleet-footed late comer to overtake us at any moment, but very surprisingly that never happened- we won the darn race! My little girl and I giggled like school girls, while Baby J, in true Baby J style, slept through the whole thing… A lifetime high for sure!!!”

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Neil!!!!! Written by Tracy:)  “This is my husband Neil at mile 8 of his first half marathon this past weekend.  He was having major issues with his left knee at this point in the race but refused to give up.  Neil just began running consistently the last 4 months while he trained for this race.  I have been a runner for many years and was so excited for him to start this running journey.  He was disappointed by his final time but I am beyond proud of this accomplishment.  He didn’t give up despite the pain.  He is awesome to me!”

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Who does stroller running?  Single?  Double?  Who has in the past?

-In california I would take Brooke out for my easy runs and she sure loved it!

How many days a week of running do you need to prepare for a race?

What do you do with your race medals?

Any food recommendations in Vegas?

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This made our afternoon.  My first ever medal rack.  Now I just need to figure out where I packed the rest of my race medals and run some more races to fill up the slots.

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Cat cookies are a fan favorite at our house.

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My mom drove me up to the airport and Brooke will get some quality grandma/cousin time over the next two days.  

I will be FaceTiming with her once every hour too:)  

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See ya later Salt Lake City.

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I had a lot of time on my hands at the airport (have I told you my family’s thing on getting to the airport way too early before a flight?) and so I did some major stretching on the ground.  I didn’t get any weird looks from people walking by;) 

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And then I met up with the girls.

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Our first stop was for donuts of course.

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Followed by a wild and crazy night of talking.

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I don’t know why I was thinking about this but the other day I was remembering some of my college guy friends and how a group of them would do one 5 mile training run and then go run the St. George Marathon.  They did play a lot of basketball but they never did any structured running training for the race.  They were sore for WEEKS after the race but it was always super crazy to me how they could just go and do a marathon.  Do you know anyone that has done that before?  

For my first marathon training cycle I ran 3, maybe 4 days a week with a lot of spin teaching thrown in.   For Boston last year I did 5 days a week and 6 days a week this last fall for my marathon.  I think when the long marathon prep runs are involved my body does best with 5 days of running and 2 days of rest (Sunday and the day before the long run).  How many days a week is perfect for you when training for a race?

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Keep the running accomplishments coming! Usually I post them on Friday but this week I am sharing them today!  Send your accomplishments and a picture (if you want) to runningaccomplishments@gmail.com

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Clark!!! “Ran a cold 5k today and PRed with 25:59.  Also 3rd in my age division, for old guys.  It was my first race of the season, and first since New Years Eve (on ice and snow).”

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Lindsay!!!! “On April 2nd I finished my third and hopefully NOT my final half marathon.  The journey to this half marathon was not an easy one at all.  I struggled with digestive issues and was diagnosed with severe IBS-D and had to miss a few runs because my stomach and my body simply could not handle it and to cap it off I found out the week before my half that I have early stages on arthritis in my knee.  But guess what, I didn’t let that stop me.  I still finished my race in 1 hr 59 min 18 sec which was a whole 35 minutes faster than my previous half.  Let’s just say I am one proud runner!”

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Beth!!! “My friend Sarah and I ran the San Francisco Rock n Roll Half together this morning (4/3).  Sarah and I met in grad school when we both lived near DC and ran in the morning twice a week together for a year.  She’s the best running partner and a wonderful friend; I’m always motived by her positive attitude and love of running.  We both live in CA now and are so stoked to be able to run together again.  The race was a SUPER hilly course but a beautiful run through the city and over the Golden Gate bridge.  I finished in 1:35 and Sarah finished in 1:50… there’s no better start to the day than running races with friends!”

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Eva!!! “On Easter Monday my friend and I ran a quarter marathon around the Haar castle (Haarzuilens, the Netherlands).  (I’m wearing the purple top).  It’s about 45 minutes from our home.  It was a beautiful course but it was very windy.  I don’t mind wind really, in our country of windmills we have a lot of it, but it was a tough race for me.  The last kilometer a lady behind me was cursing, I may have thought some things like that, but it irritated me that she was saying those things out loud.  It’s hard to think positive thoughts when someone behind you is saying negative things.  Anyway, I was glad to be done, and a couple of days later I’m happy with my time.”

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Karien!!! “My kiddos (4 and 2) and I recently did our very first race with the double stroller: The local Diamond 5 km.  We had a rough night on the night before the race, with a rowdy neighbor partying until the sun came up, but decided to go and race anyway.  And boy, are we glad we did!  We put in a hard, but steady effort right from the start, and tried to keep it up throughout.  Since the 5 km race started with the 10 km, it was hard to see our placement at first, and great was our surprise when we came to the turn-around point and turned around first…!  We expected a fleet-footed late comer to overtake us at any moment, but very surprisingly that never happened- we won the darn race! My little girl and I giggled like school girls, while Baby J, in true Baby J style, slept through the whole thing… A lifetime high for sure!!!”

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Neil!!!!! Written by Tracy:)  “This is my husband Neil at mile 8 of his first half marathon this past weekend.  He was having major issues with his left knee at this point in the race but refused to give up.  Neil just began running consistently the last 4 months while he trained for this race.  I have been a runner for many years and was so excited for him to start this running journey.  He was disappointed by his final time but I am beyond proud of this accomplishment.  He didn’t give up despite the pain.  He is awesome to me!”

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Who does stroller running?  Single?  Double?  Who has in the past?

-In california I would take Brooke out for my easy runs and she sure loved it!

How many days a week of running do you need to prepare for a race?

What do you do with your race medals?

Any food recommendations in Vegas?

The best balance theory, pizza at home and you must try this stretch for your hip flexors.

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Yes, her shoe did in fact come off and go flying through the air along with the ball after such an amazing kick.  She leaves it all out there on the field.

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While Brooke loves gymnastics class, she talks about soccer way more so we will probably be transitioning over to a soccer league in the fall.  I literally cannot wait to watch her future soccer games.  Rest assured, I will film them so that you can enjoy them too (but probably put the movie on mute so you don’t hear me cheering like a lunatic the entire time).

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It was the weirdest thing.  Brooke was playing with her cousin and I told her 5 minutes until we HAD TO LEAVE and the next thing I knew it (20 minutes later) I woke up and saw my sister passed out on the floor too.  I think we actually fell asleep while talking to each other.  Between her life with an extremely active little dude (he was napping too) and me not sleeping great ever since the happenings last week… we needed that power nap big time.

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Blossoms with some snowy mountains in the background?  Don’t mind if I do.

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And then Brooke took her turn taking a nap (that’s what happens when you score 20 goals against your mother). 

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While she slept I turned on some Yoga for Runners and got to work loosening up these tight legs of mine.  

I spy some long run gear out and ready for tomorrow morning. 

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One of the stretches she had us do was this one… I had never tried it with my back foot up against the wall like this and holy cow, it took the stretch to the next level.  I knew all of the other stretches involved in the video but I am much more likely to take the time to really do them and sink into the stretch if somebody is guiding me along the way.

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Once Brooke woke up we got to work on our pizzas.  Brooke is in kind of a picky with food mood lately if you cannot tell by the below image.

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I adore Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza crust and their pizza sauce.  I added spinach under the cheese, some sautéed veggies and then avocado once it was all done.  And then I had another piece at 11 pm.  

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Also, these.  Have you tried them.  I didn’t see the microwave part until I was looking at this picture but I will be trying that the second I finish my long run today;)

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And we finished things up with a show together in bed.  

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I’ll leave you on what my sister sent me last night… I really like balance.  

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Are your kiddos pretty picky or adventurous with their food?

Outside of running… what is your favorite sport to play?  Watch?  Watch your kids play?

Favorite of all of the treats/chocolates at Trader Joe’s?

How often do you go to a gym?  Are you a fan of your gym or have you been to better ones in the past?

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Yes, her shoe did in fact come off and go flying through the air along with the ball after such an amazing kick.  She leaves it all out there on the field.

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While Brooke loves gymnastics class, she talks about soccer way more so we will probably be transitioning over to a soccer league in the fall.  I literally cannot wait to watch her future soccer games.  Rest assured, I will film them so that you can enjoy them too (but probably put the movie on mute so you don’t hear me cheering like a lunatic the entire time).

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It was the weirdest thing.  Brooke was playing with her cousin and I told her 5 minutes until we HAD TO LEAVE and the next thing I knew it (20 minutes later) I woke up and saw my sister passed out on the floor too.  I think we actually fell asleep while talking to each other.  Between her life with an extremely active little dude (he was napping too) and me not sleeping great ever since the happenings last week… we needed that power nap big time.

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Blossoms with some snowy mountains in the background?  Don’t mind if I do.

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And then Brooke took her turn taking a nap (that’s what happens when you score 20 goals against your mother). 

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While she slept I turned on some Yoga for Runners and got to work loosening up these tight legs of mine.  

I spy some long run gear out and ready for tomorrow morning. 

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One of the stretches she had us do was this one… I had never tried it with my back foot up against the wall like this and holy cow, it took the stretch to the next level.  I knew all of the other stretches involved in the video but I am much more likely to take the time to really do them and sink into the stretch if somebody is guiding me along the way.

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Once Brooke woke up we got to work on our pizzas.  Brooke is in kind of a picky with food mood lately if you cannot tell by the below image.

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I adore Trader Joe’s whole wheat pizza crust and their pizza sauce.  I added spinach under the cheese, some sautéed veggies and then avocado once it was all done.  And then I had another piece at 11 pm.  

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Also, these.  Have you tried them.  I didn’t see the microwave part until I was looking at this picture but I will be trying that the second I finish my long run today;)

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And we finished things up with a show together in bed.  

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I’ll leave you on what my sister sent me last night… I really like balance.  

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Are your kiddos pretty picky or adventurous with their food?

Outside of running… what is your favorite sport to play?  Watch?  Watch your kids play?

Favorite of all of the treats/chocolates at Trader Joe’s?

How often do you go to a gym?  Are you a fan of your gym or have you been to better ones in the past?

13 Miles and Wednesday Things!

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Thirteen miles is an excellent way to start off a Wednesday morning right?  Yes, yes it is.

I’m glad I caught this picture of the horse attempting to eat my ear.  

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Also, I’m glad I caught this look of pure joy on Josse’s face when the horse first came over to say hello.

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A photo shoot with a horse is a great excuse to take a break at mile 10 when your legs are dead.

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I told Josse last week that I would be gone for the normal Saturday morning long run so she suggested we go on Wednesday instead.   Talk about a true friend… she rearranged her training schedule this week so I wouldn’t be doing 13 miles (we finished with a 7:55 average pace) alone.  It is always amazing to me how I feel like we don’t even cover all of the topics that we need to discuss over the course of 13 miles.   We also had two more friends join us for a few miles along with this adorable dog.  He sure kept the pace honest for us;)

This was a rough long run for me and I really don’t know if I would have finished it if Josse wasn’t there.  Fighting to get back your endurance is no joke.  I just keep reminding myself that it ALWAYS comes back after about 5-7 longish runs.  Every time, it comes back but it definitely takes time to get those longer runs feeling better again.  

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We stuck to a running path for the majority of the miles and made a drink/bathroom stop at a grocery store at one point.  Pretty fancy bathroom for a grocery store if you ask me.  

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After I finished my run Brooke and I went to see Dr. Bennett to get my IT Bands feeling 100% again.  I asked her to put on her jacket and this was her translation of my request.

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And just a few more random things to discuss:

-Pre-gymnastics excitement oozing out of every inch of her body.

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-My child does not have ticklish feet?!?  She asks me to tickle her feet because she thinks it feels good?  She stays still the entire time.

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-Such an awesome article about Steph Bruce.  She has a 6 month old and 21 month old and just nailed the Olympic A standard in the 10k (32:14:42).  I loved seeing the behind the scenes of her day and all that she does to get where she is today!

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-Might be my most worn t-shirt in the history of me.  It is a few years old and it just makes me happy when I wear it.

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Caisa sent this to me… a donut milkshake?!?  I might have to partake.   

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-I finally remembered to buy frozen blueberries and Brooke was stoked to see them and then snack on as many as she could.

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-Bagel kick going strong.  Cinnamon raisin bagel, almond butter and apple sandwich.

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Anyone have a dog that runs with them?  About how far do they go with you?

What is your snack today?

What day is your usual long run day?  Do you ever switch it up?
 
If you had to choose between the two for the rest of your life…. almond butter or peanut butter??

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Thirteen miles is an excellent way to start off a Wednesday morning right?  Yes, yes it is.

I’m glad I caught this picture of the horse attempting to eat my ear.  

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Also, I’m glad I caught this look of pure joy on Josse’s face when the horse first came over to say hello.

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A photo shoot with a horse is a great excuse to take a break at mile 10 when your legs are dead.

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I told Josse last week that I would be gone for the normal Saturday morning long run so she suggested we go on Wednesday instead.   Talk about a true friend… she rearranged her training schedule this week so I wouldn’t be doing 13 miles (we finished with a 7:55 average pace) alone.  It is always amazing to me how I feel like we don’t even cover all of the topics that we need to discuss over the course of 13 miles.   We also had two more friends join us for a few miles along with this adorable dog.  He sure kept the pace honest for us;)

This was a rough long run for me and I really don’t know if I would have finished it if Josse wasn’t there.  Fighting to get back your endurance is no joke.  I just keep reminding myself that it ALWAYS comes back after about 5-7 longish runs.  Every time, it comes back but it definitely takes time to get those longer runs feeling better again.  

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We stuck to a running path for the majority of the miles and made a drink/bathroom stop at a grocery store at one point.  Pretty fancy bathroom for a grocery store if you ask me.  

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After I finished my run Brooke and I went to see Dr. Bennett to get my IT Bands feeling 100% again.  I asked her to put on her jacket and this was her translation of my request.

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And just a few more random things to discuss:

-Pre-gymnastics excitement oozing out of every inch of her body.

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-My child does not have ticklish feet?!?  She asks me to tickle her feet because she thinks it feels good?  She stays still the entire time.

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-Such an awesome article about Steph Bruce.  She has a 6 month old and 21 month old and just nailed the Olympic A standard in the 10k (32:14:42).  I loved seeing the behind the scenes of her day and all that she does to get where she is today!

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-Might be my most worn t-shirt in the history of me.  It is a few years old and it just makes me happy when I wear it.

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Caisa sent this to me… a donut milkshake?!?  I might have to partake.   

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-I finally remembered to buy frozen blueberries and Brooke was stoked to see them and then snack on as many as she could.

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-Bagel kick going strong.  Cinnamon raisin bagel, almond butter and apple sandwich.

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Anyone have a dog that runs with them?  About how far do they go with you?

What is your snack today?

What day is your usual long run day?  Do you ever switch it up?
 
If you had to choose between the two for the rest of your life…. almond butter or peanut butter??

MONDAY MATTERS!!!! Too many things to discuss.

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I’ve got a whole bunch of pictures to share with you (yes, the amount of pictures I take each day is insane)!

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12 Reasons Marathon Training Is Like Being In A Long-Term Relationship.  Amazing.

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-Brooke saw me eating granola with my cantaloupe and yogurt the other day.  Now she must add a few pieces of granola on top of each pice of cantaloupe that she eats.  Also, she gets pretty excited when I get new running shoes too.  

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Lindsey took out the camera and told us to smile and it turned out my friend wasn’t in the mood for that after her 12 hour nursing shift.  Or maybe she doesn’t want to be associated with me.  Not sure which one;)

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-More hint of lime eating on my sister’s couch.  We need separate bags though because we both search for the chips with the most seasoning on them.  These things are so beyond good. 

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-Brooke was telling me the other day about how she learned how to do a bridge at gymnastics and then I told her I could do one too (she didn’t believe me)… and I did somehow.  She was shocked.  This required using muscles that I haven’t used in a very long time.

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-THANK YOU to the reader that recommended trying out this BBQ sauce.  It is legit.  I topped my sweet potato and chicken combo with it and it definitely has a spicy kick (a little bit goes a long way too) but it is a keeper in my book.  I guess the real question is… what does Trader Joe’s do wrong?

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-Just some dice and chicken feet gummies on the curb.  The randomness of life with a 3 year old is my favorite.

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-She asked to wear her race shirt (she did her first race last October!!!) to bed the other night.  I am rubbing off on her just a lil’ bit.

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-Weird, me too:

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-How does Taylor look adorable even when she is falling off of a treadmill?

-I do not like making rice (or having to clean the rice cooker).  Brooke loves eating rice.  I tried this for the first time on Sunday and wow.  Literally, all you do is tear it on the sides and cook it for 90 seconds and the rice turns out perfect.  Just adding this to weekly grocery list.

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-This is especially random but it just makes me happy.  When I left California a few years ago, I literally left everything there… I grabbed some clothes and Brooke’s things but that. is. it.  I peaced out real fast.  One of the things that I have missed the most was my old KitchenAid… welp, I finally went for it and got a new one.  The color just has my heart too.  Sometimes material things that help you to produce delicious treats really do make you happy;)

Friends and family—> expect large amounts of food gifts from me now.

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Top 3 favorite things right now to get at Trader Joe’s?  How far away is the nearest TJ’s to you?  Ever bought something there that you didn’t end up liking?

Have any Monday Matters to share?

Are you a chips person?  What is your favorite kind?

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I’ve got a whole bunch of pictures to share with you (yes, the amount of pictures I take each day is insane)!

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12 Reasons Marathon Training Is Like Being In A Long-Term Relationship.  Amazing.

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-Brooke saw me eating granola with my cantaloupe and yogurt the other day.  Now she must add a few pieces of granola on top of each pice of cantaloupe that she eats.  Also, she gets pretty excited when I get new running shoes too.  

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Lindsey took out the camera and told us to smile and it turned out my friend wasn’t in the mood for that after her 12 hour nursing shift.  Or maybe she doesn’t want to be associated with me.  Not sure which one;)

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-More hint of lime eating on my sister’s couch.  We need separate bags though because we both search for the chips with the most seasoning on them.  These things are so beyond good. 

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-Brooke was telling me the other day about how she learned how to do a bridge at gymnastics and then I told her I could do one too (she didn’t believe me)… and I did somehow.  She was shocked.  This required using muscles that I haven’t used in a very long time.

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-THANK YOU to the reader that recommended trying out this BBQ sauce.  It is legit.  I topped my sweet potato and chicken combo with it and it definitely has a spicy kick (a little bit goes a long way too) but it is a keeper in my book.  I guess the real question is… what does Trader Joe’s do wrong?

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-Just some dice and chicken feet gummies on the curb.  The randomness of life with a 3 year old is my favorite.

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-She asked to wear her race shirt (she did her first race last October!!!) to bed the other night.  I am rubbing off on her just a lil’ bit.

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-Weird, me too:

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-How does Taylor look adorable even when she is falling off of a treadmill?

-I do not like making rice (or having to clean the rice cooker).  Brooke loves eating rice.  I tried this for the first time on Sunday and wow.  Literally, all you do is tear it on the sides and cook it for 90 seconds and the rice turns out perfect.  Just adding this to weekly grocery list.

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-This is especially random but it just makes me happy.  When I left California a few years ago, I literally left everything there… I grabbed some clothes and Brooke’s things but that. is. it.  I peaced out real fast.  One of the things that I have missed the most was my old KitchenAid… welp, I finally went for it and got a new one.  The color just has my heart too.  Sometimes material things that help you to produce delicious treats really do make you happy;)

Friends and family—> expect large amounts of food gifts from me now.

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Top 3 favorite things right now to get at Trader Joe’s?  How far away is the nearest TJ’s to you?  Ever bought something there that you didn’t end up liking?

Have any Monday Matters to share?

Are you a chips person?  What is your favorite kind?

Favorite spring finds, all of the plaid while running and proof that I’ve been a running klutz since the beginning!

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Spring is here and I get questions on some of the things that I wear so I thought I would share my favorite Spring finds.  I keep things simple (I’m sure you are more than aware of this fact).  I am a jeans/motto pants girl, loose tops, sometimes dresses and beyond comfortable shoes kind of person

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Don’t mind my tanning lotion toe but here are my FAVORITE shoes right now for spring:

These sandals (I splurged but they are so comfortable and match with everything so I call them an investment;).

These adorable lace up flats.

J Crew Factory Sandals

-Of course my trusty vans (I wear these chambray ones the most and my white ones come in handy for spring).

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As far as pants go I live in the moto leggings (the white, light pink and light blue ones are perfect for spring).   Also, a huge fan of Joe’s Jeans (my favorites)

My favorite spring loose tops —>  this, this,  filly tee and this.  Favorite button up.  Oh and these draped oxford cap-sleeve tops (I wore the red one a bunch last spring so I’m sure you remember it).

Dresses for everyday wearing—>  this, this, and still love the baseball t-dresses!  Also, the J. Crew Factory pencil skirts are a must (I have two) and they have fun spring colors right now.

And Brooke is sporting her jelly sandals this spring.  PLEASE tell me these take you straight back to the good ol’ days of being a kid.  

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She is also bringing out the light pink lip (skin?) gloss this spring:)

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Yesterday’s run was a plaid on plaid run.  My shoes just inspired the shorts and it is ridiculous things like this that make me happy.  I got yesterday’s run in closer to noon because that way I could get in a run outside (and Brooke could be with her cousins)!  CAN I JUST TELL YOU IN CAPS HOW AMAZING IT FELT TO BE RUNNING WITH THE SUN BEATING DOWN ON ME!!!  It felt so good to be hot.  Not cold.  Not medium.  Hot.  (And in a few weeks I’m sure I’ll be complaining about hot runs;)

7 miles @ 8:17 average pace around town and I only had to stop at one stoplight… I love it when the stoplights sense me coming and help me out;)  

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Over the course of this blog I have told you about many times where I have fallen while running.  BUT i have forgotten to tell you about my very first running fall/injury.  I was just a little thing running along when I tripped and hit my face on a medal chair that was outside.  I hit it so hard that it cracked my front teeth in half and the dentist had to pull out the rest of what was left.  I didn’t have front teeth for many many years.  

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I was born to be a running klutz but that doesn’t stop me (I just watch out for those uneven sidewalk cracks a little bit more than I used to:)

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And a few things from yesterday:

*Still coloring and still finishing Easter candy.

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*Brooke just thinks Superman is the coolest move around.

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*My niece is now to the age that when I take them all to the park she just wants to hang out with me and talk while we watch the girls play.  I’m okay with this.  

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*I don’t even remember Brooke putting these stickers on me but didn’t realize they were there until I was putting my hair into a ponytail.

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*Dinner/dessert were TACOS and

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my sister’s amazing homemade oreos.

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*You can read all about my deep love for running with people HERE if you haven’t had enough of me already today!

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What was your dinner last night?

How often do you fall while running?

-Put me on a trail and it is a definite and on the roads probably once every four months.  I have never fallen on the treadmill though.

Who else has gotten into the adult coloring books craze?

What do you love most about having a running partner?

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Spring is here and I get questions on some of the things that I wear so I thought I would share my favorite Spring finds.  I keep things simple (I’m sure you are more than aware of this fact).  I am a jeans/motto pants girl, loose tops, sometimes dresses and beyond comfortable shoes kind of person

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Don’t mind my tanning lotion toe but here are my FAVORITE shoes right now for spring:

These sandals (I splurged but they are so comfortable and match with everything so I call them an investment;).

These adorable lace up flats.

J Crew Factory Sandals

-Of course my trusty vans (I wear these chambray ones the most and my white ones come in handy for spring).

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As far as pants go I live in the moto leggings (the white, light pink and light blue ones are perfect for spring).   Also, a huge fan of Joe’s Jeans (my favorites)

My favorite spring loose tops —>  this, this,  filly tee and this.  Favorite button up.  Oh and these draped oxford cap-sleeve tops (I wore the red one a bunch last spring so I’m sure you remember it).

Dresses for everyday wearing—>  this, this, and still love the baseball t-dresses!  Also, the J. Crew Factory pencil skirts are a must (I have two) and they have fun spring colors right now.

And Brooke is sporting her jelly sandals this spring.  PLEASE tell me these take you straight back to the good ol’ days of being a kid.  

IMG 4058

She is also bringing out the light pink lip (skin?) gloss this spring:)

IMG 4085

Yesterday’s run was a plaid on plaid run.  My shoes just inspired the shorts and it is ridiculous things like this that make me happy.  I got yesterday’s run in closer to noon because that way I could get in a run outside (and Brooke could be with her cousins)!  CAN I JUST TELL YOU IN CAPS HOW AMAZING IT FELT TO BE RUNNING WITH THE SUN BEATING DOWN ON ME!!!  It felt so good to be hot.  Not cold.  Not medium.  Hot.  (And in a few weeks I’m sure I’ll be complaining about hot runs;)

7 miles @ 8:17 average pace around town and I only had to stop at one stoplight… I love it when the stoplights sense me coming and help me out;)  

IMG 4071

Over the course of this blog I have told you about many times where I have fallen while running.  BUT i have forgotten to tell you about my very first running fall/injury.  I was just a little thing running along when I tripped and hit my face on a medal chair that was outside.  I hit it so hard that it cracked my front teeth in half and the dentist had to pull out the rest of what was left.  I didn’t have front teeth for many many years.  

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I was born to be a running klutz but that doesn’t stop me (I just watch out for those uneven sidewalk cracks a little bit more than I used to:)

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And a few things from yesterday:

*Still coloring and still finishing Easter candy.

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*Brooke just thinks Superman is the coolest move around.

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*My niece is now to the age that when I take them all to the park she just wants to hang out with me and talk while we watch the girls play.  I’m okay with this.  

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*I don’t even remember Brooke putting these stickers on me but didn’t realize they were there until I was putting my hair into a ponytail.

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*Dinner/dessert were TACOS and

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my sister’s amazing homemade oreos.

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*You can read all about my deep love for running with people HERE if you haven’t had enough of me already today!

Screen Shot 2016 04 04 at 3 05 43 PM

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What was your dinner last night?

How often do you fall while running?

-Put me on a trail and it is a definite and on the roads probably once every four months.  I have never fallen on the treadmill though.

Who else has gotten into the adult coloring books craze?

What do you love most about having a running partner?

The BEST Cowboy Caviar recipe, Sunday happenings and my training last week!!!

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I hope your weekend was a great one.  Utah decided to join the spring bandwagon again and so we spent a lot of time outside the past two days.

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We started off the morning getting out of our comfort zone and making waffles instead of our normal pancakes.

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We did a whole lot of randomness all day long and then we went over to Megan’s house for dinner.  I was in charge of the Cowboy Caviar and it is my new favorite—>  it’s going to go great on my sweet potato nachos, chicken, salads… pretty much everything.

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And anytime there is fresh corn involved in a recipe… I’m all in.  

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Megan’s Mom’s Amazing Black Bean Salsa

1 (15 oz.) can black beans drained and lightly rinsed

1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (3 cobs)

2 medium tomatoes, diced into 1/4 inch pieces

1 red and 1 green pepper, diced into 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 cup finely chopped red onions

1-2 fresh green serrano peppers (chopped and seedless)

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/3 cup virgin olive oil

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground red chile pepper

3 avocados diced

Mix in a large bowl and chill until serving time!

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We started off with chips and the above happiness and then had Megan’s amazing Cafe Rio salad copycat and amazing sweet potato fries.

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So Meg soaks her sweet potato fries for 30-60 minutes before baking them because it makes them more crispy if you start with this step.  She is a smart one.  

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HAVE YOU EVER HAD A MELONA POPSICLE?  They bought them at an Asian market and wow.  This flavor tasted like a starburst popsicle, it will be a summer staple for us.

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We also saw the cousins and how can a little dude running over to you with the biggest grin not put you in the best mood?

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And the kiddos practiced their b-ball skills.

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This was quite an excellent thing to come home to Saturday after my tempo run.

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Plaid… that whale…the color scheme… the Boston theme… they are almost too pretty to wear;)  While I wish I was going to be at Boston this year, I have some pretty amazing memories from last year and these shoes will keep reminding me of those. 

The Nantucket Adrenaline GTS 16!

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A little more shoe talk—>  I’ve been wearing my PureCadence 5s for my speed work again. When I slipped on the PureCadences not too long ago it was like a reunion with a best friend after a little time apart (I’m weird about my shoes, I know).  I’ll keep using the Launch 3s and I can’t wait to try out the GTS 16s for easy runs and long runs.  I feel like my body has always responded best to the Pure line as far as speed/tempo/races go so I’m happy for our time together again.  We runners are sure picky about our gear right? 

Monday:  7 miles @ 8:05 average pace.

Tuesday:  3 x 2 mile repeats with .5 mile recoveries.  Average pace for the repeats—>  6:22.  12 miles total with w/u and c/d.

Wednesday:  6 miles @ 8:45 average pace.

Thursday:  10 miles @ 7:53 average pace.  

Friday:  5 miles @ 8:25 pace.

Saturday:  10 miles total with 6 miles @ 6:25 pace.  

Sunday: OFF!!! 

50 miles total for the week.  This next week of training will be a little interesting because I will be out of town for part of the week.  I’ll have to combine some speed work with my long run and get it done towards the beginning of the week.  

I think I might have a track star on my hands… she doesn’t mind running around in circles continually as fast as she possible can.  She even asked my mom to count. 

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Three highlights from your weekend?

Who ran track in high school or college?  Who uses the track often now?

What was your best run last week?

How many different shoes do you rotate through?  What’s your go-to running shoe right now?

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I hope your weekend was a great one.  Utah decided to join the spring bandwagon again and so we spent a lot of time outside the past two days.

IMG 3989

We started off the morning getting out of our comfort zone and making waffles instead of our normal pancakes.

IMG 3978

We did a whole lot of randomness all day long and then we went over to Megan’s house for dinner.  I was in charge of the Cowboy Caviar and it is my new favorite—>  it’s going to go great on my sweet potato nachos, chicken, salads… pretty much everything.

IMG 3998

And anytime there is fresh corn involved in a recipe… I’m all in.  

IMG 3985 

Megan’s Mom’s Amazing Black Bean Salsa

1 (15 oz.) can black beans drained and lightly rinsed

1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (3 cobs)

2 medium tomatoes, diced into 1/4 inch pieces

1 red and 1 green pepper, diced into 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 cup finely chopped red onions

1-2 fresh green serrano peppers (chopped and seedless)

1/3 cup fresh lime juice

1/3 cup virgin olive oil

1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp ground red chile pepper

3 avocados diced

Mix in a large bowl and chill until serving time!

 IMG 4001

We started off with chips and the above happiness and then had Megan’s amazing Cafe Rio salad copycat and amazing sweet potato fries.

 IMG 4013

So Meg soaks her sweet potato fries for 30-60 minutes before baking them because it makes them more crispy if you start with this step.  She is a smart one.  

IMG 3992

HAVE YOU EVER HAD A MELONA POPSICLE?  They bought them at an Asian market and wow.  This flavor tasted like a starburst popsicle, it will be a summer staple for us.

IMG 4019

We also saw the cousins and how can a little dude running over to you with the biggest grin not put you in the best mood?

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And the kiddos practiced their b-ball skills.

IMG 4032

This was quite an excellent thing to come home to Saturday after my tempo run.

IMG 3921

Plaid… that whale…the color scheme… the Boston theme… they are almost too pretty to wear;)  While I wish I was going to be at Boston this year, I have some pretty amazing memories from last year and these shoes will keep reminding me of those. 

The Nantucket Adrenaline GTS 16!

IMG 3946

A little more shoe talk—>  I’ve been wearing my PureCadence 5s for my speed work again. When I slipped on the PureCadences not too long ago it was like a reunion with a best friend after a little time apart (I’m weird about my shoes, I know).  I’ll keep using the Launch 3s and I can’t wait to try out the GTS 16s for easy runs and long runs.  I feel like my body has always responded best to the Pure line as far as speed/tempo/races go so I’m happy for our time together again.  We runners are sure picky about our gear right? 

Monday:  7 miles @ 8:05 average pace.

Tuesday:  3 x 2 mile repeats with .5 mile recoveries.  Average pace for the repeats—>  6:22.  12 miles total with w/u and c/d.

Wednesday:  6 miles @ 8:45 average pace.

Thursday:  10 miles @ 7:53 average pace.  

Friday:  5 miles @ 8:25 pace.

Saturday:  10 miles total with 6 miles @ 6:25 pace.  

Sunday: OFF!!! 

50 miles total for the week.  This next week of training will be a little interesting because I will be out of town for part of the week.  I’ll have to combine some speed work with my long run and get it done towards the beginning of the week.  

I think I might have a track star on my hands… she doesn’t mind running around in circles continually as fast as she possible can.  She even asked my mom to count. 

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Three highlights from your weekend?

Who ran track in high school or college?  Who uses the track often now?

What was your best run last week?

How many different shoes do you rotate through?  What’s your go-to running shoe right now?