Monday, December 18, 2017

Merry Monday!

Can you believe we are only 1 week out from Christmas?? I finished wrapping and putting bows on everything yesterday afternoon. And then I found a bag of wrapped stuff for the kids and I said 'forget it.' They'll get it wrapped but not bowed :) My mom has always wrapped the prettiest gifts and I feel compelled to do the same but sometimes I have to make time for more important things/people.

Friday night we had our niece, so we took her to a local yogurt place because Santa was there and there were elves doing magic tricks. My niece couldn't understand how Santa could take off his beard and she was so confused that he thought she was my daughter because Santa is supposed to know everything!

The hubs and I managed to get 5 miles in between making cinnamon rolls and peppermint bark.
This is what happens when you run while letting your cinnamon dough rise.

I made about 7 dozen cinnamon rolls :)
So this times about 11 round pans + one 13x9 pan full of cinnamon rolls. My house smelled amazing!!

Then the hubs and I headed out to a Christmas/Bday/Favorite Things/White Elephant party

With my bday twin

And the girls

Thankfully our running buddy agreed to a later run the next morning because we were zonked! 

After church we hit up Costco for some final Christmas lunch/party stuff and of course pizza! The hubs and I usually share a combo slice and I pick off the meat and give it to him and he gives me his onions = perfect match :) 

My dad would be so proud because Mady piles the sauerkraut on her Polish dog.

Any special Christmas traditions?
Do you cook for Christmas/New Years?
What do you eat for Christmas breakfast? 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Friday Favorites

I have been obsesses with HEB's Houston Blend coffee! So much so that we brought back 70 pods and coffee beans from TX. I was so excited to find out that they can ship out product, but then I discovered that they ship to every other state, except for Cali!!
And I'm absolutely in love with these 32 Degrees sweaters and joggers from Costco. They not only fit fabulously, but they are so soft & comfortable and they are only $12.99! The hubs loves the men's joggers too and they have zippered pockets on the men's. I originally just ordered the white sweater, but I loved it so much that I went back and ordered the black and purple! You can order them HERE .
Another obsession I have are these peanut butter pretzels!!
I seriously have to just take a small serving; otherwise I will stuff myself on these things! 

Another one of my favorites right now is an Honey Crisp apple dipped in almond butter.

I am going to a favorite things/Christmas/Bday party on Saturday so for my favorite things I am bringing are Not Your Mother's Dry Shampoo (OMG, it smells like the beach!)
And some lavender epsom salt 
We are also doing a white elephant gift so that the guys can be involved and I'm bringing a toilet light ;)

Something that I don't love is wrapping presents!! Anyone else feel me on that? Somehow this job has been delegated mostly to me. I don't know if it's the hubs' math background coming out, but he is slow and methodical and I'm over here like let's just get this done! So while he tutored for a few hours last night, I finished wrapping EVERYTHING! I have just 1 gift left and I need to buy colored pencils to go with it. 

What is your favorite/least favorite chore? 
Do you like wrapping presents? 
What would you bring to a favorite things party? 

Thursday, December 14, 2017


With my birthday taking place yesterday and with the end of the year right around the corner, I am thinking about what my goals were for 2017 and what I want to focus on for 2018.

Birthday selfie ;) This was before my plastic rubber band broke during 6th period and right after the youngest called me to bring him new clothes because he slipped and fell in the mud!

Here's how I finished out the night while trying on a new sweater I ordered from Target. I'm not completely sold on it. It's shorter and wider than what I usually wear, but I'm digging the ruffles!

Okay, back to goals :)

For 2017:
*I read the bible all the way through for the second time.
*I PR'd twice in the 1/2 marathon distance. In March I ran a 1:34 on a downhill course so it's sort of like a back up PR ;) I ran a fairly tough course in October and PR'd with a 1:39.
*I also PR'd in the marathon by 12 freaking minutes @ a 3:39.
*Work balance is going pretty well, I have gotten really good at leaving things AT work.
*Traveling this year was also amazing and I got to travel with both my mom and my mom-in-law, which is a first and it was super awesome!

For 2018:
*While work balance went well in 2017, balancing xc with family and my own running was super tough. I'm not quite sure how to make this work better, so my goal is to work on a plan that will help to balance this a little more.
*I am still working on figuring out stomach stuff/IBS and my goal is to continue to work on finding a solution. I am on my 2nd round of medication and I'm waiting to hear back on my food sensitivity test.
*I would like to plan another trip with the moms :)
*I plan on reading the bible all the way through for the 3rd time and I want to involve my kiddos in this.
*Lastly, my mantra for this year is "I choose joy." I cannot control my circumstances but I can surely control whether I look for joy in them or not.

What are some goals you have for this year? 
What did you do well this year?
What is your favorite holiday treat? 

Saturday, December 2, 2017

November Recap

November has been quite the interesting month in that I ran 2 peak weeks (70 miles +) and a week of 8 miles because of an injury. I did manage over 200 miles for the month.

I really wanted to hit three 20 mile runs on this cycle and I did. My training was pretty spot on until the last two weeks of this cycle. It’s crazy how I trained starting in June with no issue whatsoever until November! Besides doing a ton to rehab this injury, I am also focusing on flexibility and stretching out my leg muscles so that it doesn’t happen again! 

I had my first XC male make it to state! I’m so thrilled and proud of him!

I’m currently reading Present Over Perfect and I’m flying through it. It’s a great read so far and I definitely recommend it :)

I am really looking forward to some down time in December. I am definitely planning on taking some time off and fully allowing my body to heal up. I’m also looking forward to working on strength training and honestly, I’m looking forward to sleep in!!

What was your favorite part of November?
What are you looking forward to in December?
What is your favorite holiday tradition?

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Quick Update!

Cross country season is over!!!!! I do love coaching! And I love running! But, coaching, training for a marathon, mommy-ing, and teaching full time (plus one extra class) is pretty exhausting! Our kids did well at valley and we had lots of PRs and our first male for our school made it to state!! Check out all of the boys in this race!!

We also watched a girl in Division 4 break a 10 second course record, running a 16:30 5k. I would put my money on her making it to the 2020 olympics! Her name is Claudia Lane from Malibu, CA. Mark my words! 

Our Thanksgiving break was awesome! We got our house decorated, did a pie run, watched Justice League and Thor, wrapped gifts, and had lots of family meals. 

I am running CIM in 5 days!! Unfortunately I also had an appt with a foot and ankle doctor a week ago.

My Achilles is super painful. Thankfully the tendon looks good, but there is a ton of inflammation in the soft tissue around it - more than Dr. Z has ever seen πŸ™ So, our goal is running this weekend, which means lots of steroids (oral and topical), a night splint, icing, and a PT appt. I’ve also done a deep tissue massage and cryo therapy. 

Basically, I took 2 days off last weekend (minus 1 mi each day for my streak) and the following day it felt better while running (Monday) and then today (Tuesday) it hurts like heck after running. So, I think that’s telling me that I am basically not going to run at all this week and hope for the best on Sunday. 

A few things I’m trying to remember:
✨I’ve put in the work
✨The only thing I can control now is my sleep and diet
✨My fitness is there, one week off will do nothing except give my body rest
✨For every fear/negative thought, I will also have a positive one
✨There is so much more to life than a race
✨5 days and then onto my next goal 

Sunday, November 5, 2017

My weekend in Pics

Friday began with 10 miles and an awards ceremony for Lukey Bear 🐻 

The hubs and I both got a massage after work (yahoo!!) and took the kids to the Air 1 Positive Hits Tour. 

Luke didn’t quite last the whole concert... it was a late night! 

And an early morning Saturday for 5 treadmill miles and 5 miles with my honey before a cross country meet for our high schoolers!

I am so happy about the time change and more of these sunrises!

PR’s for most of our team at our county championships! 

And then naps!! I cannot get enough sleep with this peak marathon training and cross county season and momming and teaching...

As soon as we left the meet I felt a little tickle in the back of my throat and I knew something was up πŸ€§πŸ€’

I really debated with myself over running Sunday morning but I only had 2 more 20-milers on the schedule and I really just wanted to get it done! 

I feel like I ran faster because I just wanted to get back home! 

Total = 73 this week. This is my highest mileage week ever, which could also be why I don’t feel super great, but I only have two more super hard weeks and then it’s tapering!! 

So, soup 🍲 and hopefully some froyo🍦 for dinner tonight to soothe this silly throat!

Do you crave anything specific when you don’t feel well?
    - I usually crave hot & sour soup from a local restaurant.

Do you take anything to prevent sickness, especially during a hard training cycle?

Thoughts on the NYC marathon??
     - My training partner ran it! He’s turning 62 next week and he is a total and complete rockstar!!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

WIA Last Week & No pics!

Ugh. We’ve gotten to the stage where I don’t even take pics of my kids dressed up in their costumes! What is wrong with me?! Seriously though, Mady had dinner and trick or treated with her friends and the boys came up with stuff super last minute, like as we were walking out of the door! Luke was a nerd. He popped out the lenses from some old glasses, parted his hair down the middle, and wore a tie. B found an old Storm Trooper costume. Really, they just wanted to go Trick or Treating, which is fine by me! We had our annual chili/potato/frito boats and then made it home to watch some of the game! 

I discovered Snickers Peanut Butter and they are pretty legit! I may have definitely put some of those in my freezer for later!

I had meetings yesterday for lunch so we hit a farm to table resteraunt downtown and it was AMAZING. Like, the best thing I have put in my mouth! It’s called Locale and they source everything from local farms. I had a sweet potato and brussel sprout melt. 

I don’t think any picture could do this justice, it was that good!!

Monday Mania

Who watched Stranger Things 2 this weekend? Not me! My middle waited to have a sleepover for his bday until this Friday and we ended up with 10 kids who for the most part wouldn’t be quiet enough to watch an episode! Some of them had already watched a couple and were giving major spoilers! So, I sat at the table and read a book so that I can watch it again and really enjoy it… Ugh. Silly boys!

The hubs was super sweet and stayed at home while I did a 10-miler, which probably benefitted everyone because it definitely boosted my mood after a late, crazy night! I started on the treadmill and finished outside with the sunrise! So pretty. 

The little one then had a flag football game and he was off to spend the night with my sis and Mady had a robotics competition. Ha, that seems pretty well balanced! Although, the poor things got my coordination. Thankfully, they got both of our brains though! We finished out the day with a huge nap and a movie night.

Sunday started with a 16 mile run. I did 4 on the treadmill and I had plans for 20. The hubs ducked out after 7, so I finished with someone who is MUCH faster than me and about a foot taller. I swear long legs cover more ground with less effort ;) Anyway, I ended up doing 12 @ or below MP so I stuck to 16 rather than more. I have 5 weeks left on my training plan and 3 of those have a 20 miler, so that should be plenty without overdoing it!

We took the kids to church, have leftovers, and then another huge nap! We finished out the night with baseball! 

I’ve been pretty darn good about eating whole foods the last week. The only times I’ve veered away were for Gu during my run. I should have grabbed some dates but I honestly didn’t think about it until afterwards and my stomach tolerated it okay. I’ve also been eating protein bars because they are quick, easy, and I can eat them while I teach. Then last night, I wanted something sweet sooo bad, so I had cherry chocolate chip froyo and it totally hit the spot! I keep trying to remind myself that I can have a little more balance once the marathon is done (5 weeks!!!) But for now, this really does seem to help my tummy. 

Dinners are kind of tough too because I am getting sick of chicken and veggies. Last night, I roasted some whole mini peppers and cut up a chicken patty on kale and that helped to change it up a little. Tonight will be vegetable barley soup and grilled chicken. The hubs bought some rosemary bread and I may have to have a small slice because it smells amazing!

And to celebrate National Cat Day, I let Dory finish off my froyo. She approved!

Have you ever had to modify your diet?
Do you prefer froyo or ice cream? What is your favorite flavor/topping?
What is your ultimate dessert?
-I have to go with froyo w/ Reece’s mixed in on this one :) 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Race Recap

Usually, I don’t eat before I run. I know it’s not the best habit, but I do run so stinking early and I already have so many stomach issues that I just don’t. Now, if I have a super long run to do, I will get up early and drink coffee and maybe have a ½ banana. I decided to switch things up a little for this race because of all the tummy issues.

The day before, I had steel cut oats with apples slices and cinnamon for breakfast, along with an apple and a banana for a snack. For lunch, I had roasted vegetables and chicken. For a 2nd snack I had an apple and a ½ protein bar. For dinner, I had a bowl from Rubios with shrimp, black beans, brown rice, and avocado. 

The morning of the race, I got up about 2hrs and 45min before the race and drank 20 oz of water and had a ½ of an English muffin and 2 cups of coffee. On the bus to the start line, I had a ½ banana.

 I’m also pretty lax about warming up, but I jogged about 1.5 miles, which really helped because it was 47 degrees and I was planning on wearing shorts and a tank top! 

Gorgeous warm up!

I hit the restroom one more time and we were off at about 7:05. I really didn’t have a plan as far as my pace, I really just wanted to see how I felt and base my run off of that. I also figured that I would try and stay with my run group. One of the guys in my group really wanted to get a sub 1:40, which would be a 5 min course PR for him and I told him that I would see how I felt and try to stick with him.

There are a couple of small rollers the first few miles and I ended up running near a local running group who informed us that they would have donuts around mile 9 for us and they were fun to talk to for a bit. I also ended up running near another girl (which I was so excited about!) She ran cross country in high school and this was her 2nd ½ marathon! I told her that I had 10 years on her, 4 pregnancies, and this was my 20th ½ marathon (crazy!!) There was a fairly large hill at mile 7 and then a photographer right after the hill.

Whew, I was dying a little!

I stayed with the two guys that I had planned to until about mile 9.5 when we hit the second huge hill. It was only about a ½ mile and I could see the top, but it was killer. I kept one guy in my sights and the 2nd guy dropped off. I made it up the hill with about a 9:30 pace. Once I was at the top of the hill and realized that I only have 3.1 left, I opened up quite a bit. I caught up to Jon and we both gave each other a thumbs up and we took off. I passed one female going down the last downhill. The last mile was a bit of a struggle but I looked down and saw my watch and I remember seeing 1:37 and thinking if I wanted to PR I was going to have to fly! 

I managed a 1:39:49, just 2 seconds from Jon, and about 2 min in front of our other running partner. Jon’s wife grabbed my stuff for me so that I could run back and find my husband. He has been running with an injury, so I was fairly concerned but I only made it back about .4 of a mile and he was already there! He finished in 1:47, so a course PR for him too!

I immediately grabbed some food and sucked down a chocolate milk. Ray went over to get our race times and placing printed out and I got 4th overall for females and 1st in my age group! I was beyond excited. I’ve never done that in a large(ish) race like this. I got a pretty cool mug that I would like to try and use every day for as long as I live!

It only took me 5 days to piece this together! I finally felt about 90% during my run on Wednesday, so I’m back to a nice long run this weekend! 

Do you feel like you race better at a small or large race?
Do you have an all time favorite race?
Have you ever won anything?

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Race Day Plans

This weekend has been a celebration of B’s 12th birthday and all things cancer awareness since it’s October and my co-coach is a 3 year breast cancer survivor. Our team and Braden jogged the cancer 5k Saturday morning. And there was some major celebrating going on!

We picked up and prepped our 80lbs of Zaycon πŸ”, picked our bibs, got the boys’ haircut, hit Blaze πŸ• for dinner, and then took the fam to the Jeremy Camp concert, which was unbelievable! The man sounds amazing. There is seriously nothing better than watching your babies worship Jesus.

Race prep Sunday:
Up at 4:12 ✅
20 oz water ✅
20 oz coffee ☕️✅
Bible reading ✅
1/2 English muffin ✅
1/2 banana 🍌✅
Music playlist ✅
Earbuds charged ✅
Hat, sunglasses πŸ•Ά, extra ponytail holder ✅
Ready for some fun!! ✅

Have a great Sunday y’all!!