Tuesday, December 27, 2016

No More Christmas

Christmas is officially cleaned up and put away! We are one day later than usual because Luke and I have a nasty cold. 

No running yesterday or today (so far) but 6 miles on Christmas Eve and 4 miles on Christmas. I had a deep tissue massage on Christmas Eve and my knee seems to be tolerating running a little more so fingers crossed!! 

Some goals/thoughts for the last week of 2016:
-sugar detox for 7 days. Ultimately I would like to make it 30 days but I am starting with something small and attainable. I talked my sister into joining me and being my accountability partner! More than anything, I just want to feel better!

-date with each of my littles this week (and the hubs too!)
-stretching each night
-tucking my babes into bed each night
-starting my day in the word

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Birthday Thoughts

I am officially 35. I don't feel 35 (most days!). I truly forget my age sometimes, that is until I see someone else my age and realize that they don't look 20 anymore, so I must not be 20 either.

My favorite things about being 35:
-The stability of my job, house, etc.
-I have great hair. It's taken me some time to figure out how to tame the beast but it's tamed ;)
-I am stronger now than I was in my 20s, both physically and mentally.
-My kids are much more fun now than they were even 5 years ago.
-The freedom to travel with my family.
-My tribe.
-My relationship with my hubby gets better/stronger/more fun each year

Having a December birthday can be a little tough because the month is so stinking busy. I have found that it's so much easier to just plan something and tell the hubs exactly what I would like to do. So, yesterday began with him getting me coffee. 

What 35 looks like:
Then lots of bday wishes from my students (and thank goodness no singing because the bday song makes me feel super uncomfortable!). Then Ray took me to lunch. Then a peppermint latte and I got my hair done, followed by dinner with the family. 

We have 3 December birthdays so we tend to celebrate them all at once, which I have grown to love.

This was also my first birthday without my dad. I'm not sad for him because I know where he's at. He's not in any pain and I know how proud he was of me and how much he loved me when he left this world. One of his very favorite things was coffee and especially Starbucks. It was kind of a joke that I made sure to get him a Starbucks gift card for his birthday, Father’s Day, and Christmas and it hit me in Starbucks the other day that I wouldn't be getting him a card this year. So my sister, whose bday is 12/6, got me a Starbucks card to carry on the tradition. 

Happy Wednesday! 

What are some of your favorite birthday/holiday traditions?

Saturday, December 10, 2016

So Much!!

It's been awhile since I've blogged so I have so much to talk about! 

I signed up with the hubs for CIM next year on 12/3!

I am still planning on running the Redding Marathon 1/15 but I am having some knee issues that I am hoping to work through!

The holidays are here! We made cinnamon rolls for our neighbors, and kept an extra pan for Christmas morning and tested out a shortbread/sugar cookie recipe that turned out awesome! We’ll make cookies again with the niece and nephew on Christmas Eve.

I totally got spoiled by our runners and their parents at the sports award banquet: an awesome XC wreath, movie gift cards, a coach’s hat (in hot pink and gold!), an ornament, a necklace, and maybe my favorite - a Starbucks cup that gets free refills for the entire month of January!

Running: last week was 26 miles, still recovering somewhat. This week will end up being around 42.5 if I can get through an easy 10k today. Thursday, I ran during my prep period after working through my lunch and it was awesome! The weather was perfect. I was on dirt, it felt great. 

Friday was a different story. I have had an achy knee most of the week after running hills (hard) on Sunday. Yesterday started out achy and by mile 3 was painful. By mile 4 I was crying and could barely jog so my lovely husband sprinted home and met me at mile 5. I jogged a little more because I was freezing. Over the last 5 years, I've only had to stop mid-run 4 times. Wish me luck today!

Weekend plans include: date night with the hubs on Friday night, basket deliveries for the church on Saturday, more cookie or gingerbread making (haven't decided which yet), church, and grocery shopping.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

WIAW (a day late) + Ramblings

For those of you who don’t know about Umpqua Ice Cream, it’s the bombski! They are a company based in the NW and their ice cream is seriously the best and thankfully it is sold in my local grocery store. My favorite flavors are 4. Birthday Cake 3. Chocolate Brownie Thunder 2. Peanut Butter Fudge 1. Peppermint. Also, a favorable mention is their fat free frozen yogurts. 

Now that it’s getting cold, I have been craving oatmeal for breakfast. I could probably eat oatmeal Right now, I’m digging oatmeal with a scoop of vanilla Vega, and cinnamon. I think I like oatmeal so much because you can change it up depending on what you add to it. My other favorite is a banana and sliced almonds.

Another favorite thing I discovered this week are purple sweet potatoes! They cook up a little crunchier than regular orange sweet potatoes. They would make the perfect baked sweet potato fries and they are so beautiful! Be warned though, they will dye your hands a little purple.

Ramblings: I’m pretty sure that my cat likes my husband more than me and it’s super annoying. 

Running this week has gone well. Getting up to run this week has not gone as well. I’m pretty sure I have vacation hangover. I just couldn’t get myself up yesterday morning, so we slept in and then I was just exhausted And then I ate like crap because I was exhausted. This also means I only run on the treadmill after eating junk because I have stomach issues. It really is self-sabotaging and I know that. Now I need to change that. Annoying. 

So, today, this week, this month, the rest of this year is trying to figure out some balance. I’m really focusing on just trying to take one day at a time. 

Therefore, my daily goals today: 
-Keep my macros in check today
-Spend some quiet time with the hubs
-Tuck my kiddos into bed
-Daily devotion 

That’s it! Super simple, just how I like it :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tangent Tuesday

I am officially on break with the family until 9/28!! Thankfully the hubs is feeling better, so after a treadmill run of 8 miles (thanks rain!) we walked to and from lunch (1 mile each way), did some shopping, played a new board game, took Mady to the orthodontist, made nachos, and caught up on our Super Hero TV shows.

French toast for them, egg and butternut squash for me, and beans for nachos :)
Speak Out fun!

While I don't love treadmill running, I am so thankful to have one and it's great to do speed on. Plus, I don't even have to wear an actual shirt! I finished the NY Housewives and listened to Amy Schumer’s book. I haven't been into music while running at all lately, weird!

We also let Wall-E inside for a few minutes. He's technically the neighbor’s cat but hangs out here about 75% of the time.

One of these things is definitely not like the others. I could feel it while on the treadmill, which is a bit annoying but could definitely be worse! 

More vacation plans today: trail run with friends, nails with Mady (skipping a pedi today!), baking, and going to see Fantastic Beasts! 

My sleep has been off this week :( Between Ray and the cat… hopefully tonight will be awesome because we are hitting up Magic Mountain tomorrow!

Monday, November 21, 2016


I only jogged a tiny bit on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday. Monday was a 1.5 mile warm up with my XC kids and Thursday was chasing them around on the course to cheer them on for a total of 5 miles. Saturday was for the Shoe Mann’s bday, 6.1 miles for 61! It was also my Mama's birthday, so we headed to LA for lunch and shopping after.

My toe feels almost normal. My legs were a tad bit tight on Saturday but definitely nothing crazy. 

I had 8 on the docket for Sunday but the hubs was sick and didn't sleep well so I decided to stay in bed and cuddle and make him soup!

Shooting for 10 on Monday, I'm just hoping the rain stays at bay until after we run.

We’ve officially decided that the Redding Marathon is our next marathon in less than 8 weeks. That should be enough time to heal up and rebuild for the next run. We are planning on following the Hanson’s method, reaching no more than 16 miles for our long run. It's what my coach suggested especially since I recently have 26 under my belt and the biggest concern (esp for me) now is injury. 

So, a few things that will be different going into this:

Running 5 times each week, not 6
Trying to fuel more naturally
Eating clean/Paleo 95% of the time
I'm not about diets at all, but I gained about 5-10 lbs during this round of training (due to eating more, but also to bad food choices) and I feel like it not only hurt my performance, but I had tummy issues as well 
Strength training twice a week
Running at least once a week with a running group

Now, for Thanksgiving week! We (my crew of 5) are off this week!! The plan is grocery shopping, orthodontist, baking, movie watching, Magic Mountain, pie run, Christmas decorating, watching Gilmore Girls, and lunch at my seeester’s! Yay! Thanksgiving is my favorite! 

Eating clean on Thanksgiving is not impossible! 
Smoked turkey
Roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes
Pumpkin bars with whole wheat flour, apple sauce, and stevia

Honestly, the best part about Thanksgiving is our walk after lunch and playing board games with everyone!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Marathon Update/Review

I ran my first marathon in 2012. It has been 4 years since I’ve ran 26.2 miles. It’s kind of like child birth. You know it’s painful but you forget a lot of that pain over time. Sunday, I was reminded yet again that running a marathon is a lot like childbirth.

Let’s start with the day before. I got up early, drank coffee, and did an easy 3.75 mile run with friends. It felt great to shake out the legs and to run with friends. I had a big bowl of oatmeal with vanilla protein powder and a banana. My boys each had a football game and then we headed to the race expo at Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace. The expo was well organized and we got lots of free samples and a $20 Lululemon gift card! We even got free lunch because someone from Fit Pantry was handing out steak and egg burritos. 

The rest of the day was spent playing board games and relaxing. I had a baked sweet potato, smoked chicken with a bit of greek yogurt, cheese, and avocado, and a little bit of brown rice = carbo loading at its finest! I also had a bit of Artic Zero ice cream. I was in bed by 7:45 and asleep before 8:30. 

My alarm went off the next morning at 4:25 and I was up eating a ½ pb&j sandwich and a cup of coffee. On the way to the race, I ate my banana and took a Gu 15 minutes before the start. I decided to stick with the 3:38 pacer and to feel it out and take off after the hills if I felt good. I was pumped and ready to go… And then the race was delayed. I decided to run to the restroom for one last stop… And then it was still delayed. We ended up being delayed one hour and ten minutes because a car drove on the course and got into a terrible accident. Luckily, he walked away from the accident, but boo that it threw everyone so off course!

The first 13 miles felt great. I felt like our pacer may have gone out too fast because I had a few sub 8:00 miles. I did the first half in 1:44, which felt too fast because my ½ PR is 1:40. 

My mom, sis, BFF, and kids were at the beginning of the hills and it felt so great to see them! I hit the hills around mile 13 and by mile 16.5, I started to struggle a little. I got to see my family again at mile 16.
 By mile 18 I had cotton mouth and by mile 20, I felt like hell.
 Mile 19 was an 8:05 and mile 20 was 9:57. This is the point that I lost my pacer. My family met me again at mile 23 and I could barely control my emotions at this point. I really started to question whether I could get through the last 3 miles. 
By mile 24, my legs started to cramp up. I saw my xc team at mile 25.5 and they cheered me in. Thank goodness for them, because they forced me to not stop! I don’t know if I’ve ever been so grateful to see a finish line. I didn’t make my time goal but I did PR and I didn’t stop! I finished in 3:51:09.

My mother in law met me at the finish line with water. Mady girl met me as well and I laid my head on her chest and let the tears fall. I decided to take a salt tab with water because I was barely able to talk because I was dehydrated. I was able to go back and cheer on the hubs who made it in at 4:00:30! Thankfully, there was a chiropractor, who also happened to be a former runner’s dad, and he was able to stretch out my legs really well. 
I later found out that our pacer did not make her time by 9 minutes. No one that I ran into and/or trained with had a good race. I think the delay and heat really put people off. 

I made sure to go home and ice (sat in my pool) and my legs felt pretty good! My second toe on my right foot is not feeling so great.
 Hopefully the nail comes off quickly so there isn’t as much pressure. 

I refueled with Chinese food and ice cream! 
I managed a 1.25 mile jog and a nice long walk on Monday. 

The next big question is whether to continue to train and try and BQ this winter or to take a step back, regroup, and then try again next fall. I’m honestly leaning towards continuing to train so I don’t have to start from square one next year.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Marathon Thoughts

It finally feels like fall!! 

Last Sunday we ran 14.75 instead of 13 (whoops!) and about 5 miles were in the rain, which was fun and felt good! We actually ran part of our marathon course, which included about 3 miles of hills. Everything felt pretty good until I realized I had a huge blister from my soggy shoes :( 

Trick or Treating on Monday.

Candy + movies on Friday and tomorrow we donate leftover candy!

My kiddos had an XC meet yesterday and I finally had to wear a sweatshirt. It was such a weird day: delayed races, 3 false starts, 1 of our girls went down and had to go to the hospital. Thursday is their last league meet and I’m hoping we used this race to work all of the weirdness out!

Only one week to our marathon!! 

Part of me is super excited (mostly to have it done); part of me is freaking out because you know 26.2 miles; and a large part of me is just scared. I have some pretty hefty goals and I need to get out of my head!

Happy Sunday!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Simply Saturday

My XC team did our annual run to the next city over (9.5 miles) and have milkshakes! 

The hubs joined me this year :)

Running 9.5 miles at 3pm is a lot different than at 5am! We both felt like we needed a rest day on Friday!

I met up with my mama for nails and had everyone over for the annual smoked tri tip dinner that our school makes.

We took the kids to our church’s harvest festival and then turned around to leave because it was straight up nutso! We took the kids to Ritead to trick or treat there instead!

Today is our district’s obstacle course so we will run in the afternoon instead and then 13 miles (with hills) is on the docket for tomorrow. It's actually part of our race course so that's exciting!

My mom brought over pomegranates and my kids have never had them before so we had to break them open and dig out seeds this morning! They were super delicious in my oatmeal! 
It looks like it tried to attack me! 

Happy Caturday! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Tangent Tuesday

My body felt like it was going to fall apart on Sunday. Not really, but I don't remember the last time I was that tired! The hubs felt the same way. Then I looked at my mileage for the week: 60 miles. Apparently that's enough for my body! 

Hey, at least I got up and ran Sunday morning but then it was straight back to bed and nothing but laziness and meal prepping for the rest of the day. 

Monday was hills with the XC team. I set out to do 4 hill repeats and ended up doing 7, not because felt good. My legs were jello! But I knew I had it in me and I'm glad I got it done. We had 2 kids decide to do 12 repeats, just because they want to get faster. I love their strength and spirit!
My girls had the best compliment as I was running up the hill for the 6th time, “Mrs. Mooney, you look so strong!” I'll take that one!

Last night was finished with Gouda and mushroom grilled cheese sandwiches and fajita veggies! Yummo! 

I had to drag myself out of bed this morning for an easy 6 miler, but there's nothing like having it done by 6am.

Today, I am setting up an obstacle course run for the XC kids. And then pizza for my sis-in-love’s bday tonight! 

Happy Tuesday!

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Weekend Roundup

20 miles last weekend, 18 miles today and 8 tomorrow for a total of 26 for the weekend and then beginning to taper next week! It hasn't flown by but I can't believe that it's here already either!

If you can't tell from the lack of blogging, life has been crazy! Between coaching, flag football, teaching (end of the quarter), my evaluation year and just plain ol life, some days I feel like I'm just trying to catch my breath. I'm beginning to look forward to after the marathon ;)

I'm really trying to focus on what I am thankful for and remembering that I am enough. Otherwise, it's much too easy to overwhelmed. 

I was able to skip work and go with the youngest on his field trip last week. It was a blast and I managed to wrangle 4th graders all day with ease! We agreed that our favorite was the big cats!

Yesterday, I was so pumped to find this at our local grocery store! Now what to make with it?

And it wouldn't be fall without pumpkin stuff! 

Also, the Glade pumpkin candle smells amazing!

What's your favorite pumpkin something?