Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday Musings & Goals

The weekend went by so fast! Friday night was a Costco visit, ice cream with the friends, and ham & swiss sliders (the kids' fav!). We try and do a little mini celebration for the 1st week of school. I'm also trying to make the easiest possible meals ever for the upcoming weeks until we are a bit more adjusted to our school/work schedules.

Saturday was 8 miles of trails and hills with about 1/2 the xc team for an optional practice 😊

My sweet guy then came home to change my cracked headlight and put a basket on Betsy (the scooter).

This probably sounds easier than it actually was! The previous owners dropped the scooter and cracked several parts/panels on her and also drilled 2 holes incorrectly for a basket so there was lots of finagling going on. Bless him.

Sunday was 12 long/slow miles (ran 1 min/mi slower than marathon goal pace), church, and family dinner.

I definitely slacked on food pictures this weekend! The hubs smoked a tri-tip (and chicken for me and meal prepping!). We also had asparagus, salad, french bread, and mac n cheese (I added truffle salt to my and holy yum!!).

The hubs and I are going to be helping in a high school Sunday school class and this feels like such an answer to prayer. Have you ever felt like you're doing exactly what you were called/are supposed to do? I felt a great amount of peace in that room with those students and that is a huge answer to prayer! Second huge answer to prayer this weekend. I took Luke by the mail box to drop off some letters and I threw the letters and my wallet into my cute, new little basket. And then we drove out and around our neighborhood, probably close to 5 miles round trip. I got home and realized my wallet was gone! I immediately prayed that I would either find my wallet or the person who did would kindly return it. I made it almost all the way home but saw it in the middle of the road that last stretch!! What are the chances? So, only heavy items in the basket from now on!!

Goals for this week?
-In bed before 9 every night! Plan: No TV after the kids go to bed
-Rather than focusing on mileage, I want to focus more on really listening to my body this week. Plan: look over my plan each night and take a few notes on the day to determine what I need to do for the next morning.
-Work on making my easy days easy and my hard days hard (tempo, speed, etc).
-No spend week. Plan: only buying fresh groceries at the end of the week and working on cooking out of the pantry with 1 eat out day (Wednesday bc church at 5:45 🙃).

What is an easy go to meal that you have in your arsenal?
What's 1 goal you have for the week?
What's the best thing you did/ate this weekend?

Saturday, August 19, 2017

1st Week Done & Race Pics

Whew. We survived! I'm always reminded why I love teaching when I go back to work (my students). What I don't love is dashing to the restroom between classes, stuffing food in my face in record time during my lunch break, and being 'on' all day.

I asked my kids whether they had a good, bad, or middle week. They all said "middle." I think this getting back into a schedule/routine is a little rough on all of us! Especially because not only did we jump back into school, teaching, but AWANA is starting back up and cross country is in full swing! Thankfully we practice in the morning on Friday, so it's only 4 days after school and I run on Sat anyway, so now I'll just run with my team on Saturdays 😊

The obligatory 1st day pic, the husband and I should really start taking one of ourselves too. Although, it might be kind of sad to watch the school year age us 🤣

And how we all really felt the 1st day of school!

And then like this after school

I got to see our official race pics from last weekend. Whew, these may be the only ones that we don't look like we're dying in 😂😂

And seriously, how is the hubs even smiling?? He was probably laughing at me being such a baby!

The 1st week of marathon training is off to a good start. The only thing I have cut out so far were 2 strides on Thursday. It just wasn't happening in the 93 degree heat 🙃

Monday: 6 mi (easy) in the am and about 3 with the team in the afternoon.
Tuesday: 2 mi wu, 20 min tempo, 1.5 mi cd
Wednesday: 5 mi easy
Thursday: 5 easy(ish) mi in 93 degree temp
Fri: 1 quick mi (for the streak)
Day 1️⃣5️⃣3️⃣!

Getting ready for:
Sat: 7-8 mi with the team
Sun: 10-12 mi easy-steady w/ 4 strides at the end

How many rest days do you take?
Do you use a gps watch? If so, which one and why do you love/hate it?
What's the best thing you have going on this weekend?

Monday, August 14, 2017

1st Day & Racing

Today is my first fill day back at work after summer break and my alarm went off at 4:50am. Whew. And of course I woke up at 4:20 to use the restroom. Why?! I did have a pretty legit hair day though 😊

Today is also the 1st day of marathon training and I'm trying a new plan. I was looking for something that would build in a rest day, 2 speed days, and some tempo built in to my long run days. So far so good and week one will finish off with 38-42 miles. I also like a plan that gives me a bit of flexibility.

I have been running about 35-38 miles/week working on building a base and half way training for a 1/2 marathon that I ran this last Saturday.

I wasn't necassarily working on a specific time goal, it was more like finish and don't die 😜 Seriously, this thing was filled with gnarly hills and heat and to top it off, the hubs forgot his phone so I agreed to go without music. Running it without music allowed us to chat and stick together which definitely gave it a different twist and allowed us to relax a bit and just focus on having fun and getting it done.

My kiddos start their school tomorrow so tonight we did our annual tradition of a treat and goal talk.

We went around the table and each of us discussed 1 non-academic goal and 1 academic goal. I love starting our school year off like this.

I feel like I've forgotten how we managed to get everything done last year! We have to leave our house the first 3 days at 6:45am! What?! And one of those days the hubs and I have morning practice at 5:30-6:15. And did I mention marathon training? Baby steps. Baby steps.

Any tips for getting the kids off to school?
Do you make school lunches? The kids?
Anyone have to leave earlier than me?

Wednesday, August 9, 2017


We've been home for about 2 weeks now, so I've really been focusing on trying to get back to normal eating, which is basically less "fun" food and more veggies ;) I cannot just eat a salad each and every day, although sometimes I love a good salad!

The hubs and I rode our scooter and motorcycle for date night and he had nachos bigger than his head!

LOL, they are even more special because they are on the secret menu! I did actually order a salad with extra grilled veggies, but the hubs definitely needed help finishing his nachos 😉

I did not actually eat this, but the guy next to me at Costco was...

I cannot even...

I've been throwing a bit of teriyaki sauce on leftover veggies and then throwing that on rice noodles for lunch. It's so good and it feels like a real meal as opposed to a sandwich. Which again, I like sometimes, but not every single day.

My bff dropped off some treats the other night. She definitely knows the way to my heart!

I haven't tried the Oreos yet, double stuft are my jam though! And these are my favorite Halo Top flavors: sea salt caramel, and chocolate chip cookie dough.

I am preparing to go back to work next week and as much as I do enjoy meal planning and cooking (no sarcasm here, I really do) I have just not felt like cooking AT ALL this week. What the heck? Hopefully I get over this real quick, especially because I am hosting a pasta feed before our 1/2 marathon on Saturday.

What is your go to Costco/Sam's dinner? I usually share a chicken wrap from their deli with the girl or the hubs (so good!).

What is your standard go to lunch? Favorite lunch?

Best meal/veggie/dessert this week?

Friday, August 4, 2017

Friday Favorites

Let's start with eats!

My favorite meal lately has been tex mex fajitas. So good! I've used both steak and chicken and they are both delish! I also served them on Tortilla Land tortillas. These are amazing and there are only 5 ingredients!

Besides fruit, my next favorite snakhas been RX Bars. My fav right now is the chocolate sea salt. I think my body is craving salt because of the heat and humidity!

My favorite treat has been iced coffee and coconut milk!

It's so good, I didn't even have to add sweetener!

I've been eyeing a shower wrap at Target and I gave in this week. I've used it every day since!

I don't like to get dressed right after I shower because it's too hot and a towel never stays wrapped around me when I am doing my hair/makeup and this works awesome!

I also discovered NYX HD concealer and I feel like it's helping my dark under eyes. Best part is that it's under $4 at Target!!

Haha, sorry for the closeup, but you get the idea!

For running, I am still using the heck out of my Oiselle visor
And I got a Runningluv glove and it has worked nicely for wiping off the massive amount of sweat that usually drips into my eyes!

I need your help! What is your favorite t-shirt bra? I usually wear Victoria's Secret, but I feel like there's probably something cheaper that works just as well.

What are your favorite eats/products this week?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Shoe Reviews and Movies!

Happy Thursday! I started the day with 6 miles, picking up meat (Zaycon - try it!!), setting up a circuit workout for my xc runners, getting the car washed, and hitting the grocery store all by 11am! Did I mention that I had to wash my car because the neighbor's cat got stuck in my locked garage and pooped on my car!! What?! Fun stuff. Poor guy was screaming when I got my coffee at 5am this morning!

I am super lucky in that I get to run in shoes that my friend/running partner/guru/life goal kinda guy writes reviews for. I have exactly 16 pairs of running shoes right now and just sat down to give a brief rundown of my favorites :)

My top 5:
1. Skechers Go Run 5 - light but super sturdy and durable.

2. Nike Vaporfly - great rebound and cushiony without being mushy.

3. Under Armour Threadborne Fortis - breathable and sturdy, and let's be honest, so so cute!

4. Adidas Boosts - you can tell these are well loved. They are a great marathon shoe and can take a beating. They are well cushioned and durable.

5. As chagrined as I am to admit this, I am digging the Hoka Cliftons. I haven't done anything too high in mileage in them because they are a totally different shoe than what I am used to, but they have such a nice cushion and rebound.

We took the kids to see Despicable Me 3 and it was super cute and I actually stayed awake! The showtime we planned for was cancelled due to projection issues, so we took the kids for ice cream at Riteaid and then we made sure to have a huge popcorn

I love popcorn. Not at home though, just at the movies!

Tonight is date night with the hubs so that means a local Mexican place and froyo on my scooter ✌🏼

What's your favorite date night event?
Popcorn: yes or no? How do you like it? Salt? Butter? I love to eat it salted with hot tamales!
What's your all time favorite running/workout shoe?

Saturday, July 29, 2017


The hubs and I have had our eyes out for a scooter for me for a while. Ray drives a Honda Shadow Phantom and as much as I love being on the back, there's no way I would feel comfortable driving it. However, a scooter is perfect! So, we found a 2008 Genuine Buddy 150 with 900 miles on her. Her owner lives 2 hours away but met us an hour away and we got her!

Ray was sweet enough to drive her home in the 100+ degree weather! Also, she tops out at 70mph so I followed him in the car as he drove about 55-60mph. Bless him!

I took my motorcycle permit test on Friday and score, I passed! 3 things I was unaware of though: I would also have to take a renewal test for my class C license; even though it's only a permit, I would have to take my picture; I would also have to retake the vision test.

Thank goodness I looked over the laws and regulations and I only missed 1 on the renewal test! Of course I didn't have a lick of makeup on and my hair was still wet for my picture. LOL, at least my eyebrows looked awesome (microblading)!

Good news though, they removed my corrective lenses on my license because I forgot my glasses and I barely passed the vision test!!

She is pretty stinking cute! My papa and dad had a baby truck named Betsy, so it's only fitting to carry on the tradition, so I introduce you to Betsy.

Now for my driving test 😅 I'm planning on driving to the DMV when they are closed and practicing on their course. I basically have to drive zig zag through cones and then a circle without my tires leaving the inside of the circle and then back through both parts of the course. Fun stuff!!

Today will be a hilly run, grocery shopping, pool time, and hopefully some scooter riding!

What's your Saturday plans?
Ever ride a motorcyle or scooter? Love it? Hate it?

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

WIAW and Tangents

Waaa my summer is starting to wind down! Boo! I'm still not 100% sure on what I will be teaching this year, but I do know that I will at least be teaching sophomores. I may also have 9s and 11s but I'm waiting to hear back from my assistant principal, fun stuff! 2 1/2 weeks until I am back to work.

That means taking the girl back to school shopping. Eek.

JK, she did great (and I did too!)

We are working on taking each of the kids on a date and she chose a Japanese restaurant and school shopping. Lunch was delish. We should have shared the bento box, it was huge!

I've really been trying to get in a lot of fruits and veggies which have made my plates quite pretty.

The kids and I started watching The Kindness Diaries on Netflix. It feels a bit staged but I like the overall concept. Any good recommendations on documentaries for both kids and adults?

The next one I plan to watch is Living on One Dollar on Amazon Prime.

I have about 3 1/2 weeks of base building for marathon training. I'm hanging out at about 30-35 miles a week right now. We added in 3 days of hills last week and then some heat training this week (running later to acclimate before xc season begins). The hubs and I are running a 1/2 in 2 1/2 weeks that is insanely hilly and hot. My one specific goal is to not walk any hills. This was the hubs' first race 3 years ago so he should definitely be able to hit a course PR!

From 3 years ago. Notice the iced knees, his knees are doing so much better!!

Are you currently training for anything?
What's your favorite fruit/veggie?
Do you like documentaries? What is your fav?

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Catching Up!

No excuses. I am exhausted and traveling semi-cross country in a Suburban with 3 littles is tough business!

Life: I have less than a month before going back to work! If you don't know, I teach high school English and coach xc. The hubs teaches math at the same school and will be coaching alongside me this year. I'm still somewhat in denial and I'm trying not to think about work yet! We got back from our trip Sunday night and of course the only traffic we hit was in Cali!

Unpacking and laundry for days!

Then on Tuesday, the hubs and I headed down to LA to get my touch up for my eyebrows (Casey Loza @ Spa Carmen is amazing!!!) So we decided to hit a 4Dx movie (Planet of the Apes) and go to Universal Studios. It was such a nice, peaceful time after nearly 4500 miles in the car with our kids ;) And then I missed the kids. How does that even work?!

This was Jurassic Park and I have never been so wet on a ride!

The hotel (Hilton Universal) gave us a map for a running route and we ran through a movie shoot (pretty cool!).

Running: We definitely kept up with running while on vacay because we're about 5 weeks away from marathon training. I am averaging between 30-40 miles a week right now and plan to peak around 70 miles in November.

Moving on: Now is the time that I planned on really trying to clean up my diet in preparation for marathon training. My stomach pretty much goes crazy when I run when I have had too much fat, sugar, or gluten. So I've decided that I'm not counting calories, macros, or weighing myself. I am basing how I eat on how I feel. I know what bothers my stomach and what works for me, so that's truly what I am focusing on :)

Happy Thursday!!

How often do you weigh yourself?
Are you running a fall half/marathon?
What is your favorite time of year for running?

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Surviving the Heat & Humidity

For those of you who run in the more humid states, bless you. I typically do not. Heat ✅. I live in a valley that consistently hits triple digits during the summer months, but we have very little humidity. However, TX has both and that's where I've been running the last few weeks. So, a few things I've been using that help are:
1. Glide. I use this stuff everywhere ;)

2. I'm loving my Oiselle Long Roga shorts. They are long enough that my thighs don't chafe, they have pockets, and they can withstand the crazy amount of moisture in the air.

3. A Oiselle visor. I like how well it forms around my head but doesn't squeeze my head if that makes sense ;)

4. Sunscree is a must. I use Cerave with 50spf.

5. I've also been using a small handheld water bottle and Nuun. The hubs isn't a fan of Nuun because it's a little bubbly, but I like it and I can definitely feel an energy boost after drinking it :) He uses Mio with electrolytes and that works well for him.
6. #sportsbrasquad. For real. I haven't ran with a shirt for almost 2 full weeks and not only is it cooler, it's liberating, and I have less laundry to do 😂😂.

Have any tips for summer running?
What's the weather like where you are?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Waco Vacay in Pics

Lots of visiting, game playing, water park going, eating, and running going on here.

Date night with the besties while my oldest watched 7 kiddos! Bless her.

She really is my mini-me. In all my glory and my sass. Again, bless her.

4th of July with my favorites

If you're ever in Waco try their iced vanilla latte.

Running in humidity is um lovely.

And TX bugs are vicious!

Notice the mosquito bite on my stomach :( And the immense moisture. Whew!

We've had some amazing sights and sunrises!

Where was your last vacation to?
Where has been your favorite vacation?
If you could go anywhere, where would you go?

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Back to the Grind and My Week in Running

Ah, to be back on solid ground feels sooo good! We drove 4 hours from the ship to Waco and finished 5 (1 more to go) loads of laundry.

It's back to the grind for the most part today.

Running for the week:
Sun: 9 miles @ 80 min
Mon: 5 @ 45 min
Tues: 6 @ 50 min
Wed: 5 @ 43:30 min
Thurs: 6 @ 50 min
Fri: 4 @ 34:40 min
Sat: 1 mi @ 7:45 (to keep the streak!) Day 1️⃣0️⃣5️⃣!

All of these miles except Sat were ran on the treadmill on the ship.

Trip highlights: Monday we hung out on the beach, snorkeled, kayaked, paddle boarded, and played on blow up trampolines and slides in Cozumel.

Tuesday we rode ATVs, tubed in a cave, and ziplined in Belize.

Wednesday we held sloths, played with monkeys, and snorkeled in Mahogany Bay, Honduras.

Everyone, including animals love Ray. The monkeys fought over who would go in his shirt. Ha.

And now for more laundry and eating like normal people again!

Have you ever touched or held an exotic animal?
What's your favorite vacation?
Where haven't you gone, but want to?