Monday, February 27, 2017

The Weekend in Running (and eating!)

My sis in love watched the kiddos Friday night so the hubs and I could leave super early for our race on Saturday morning. We made pulled pork nachos for everyone before they took off. Just an FYI, in case you don't already know, nachos are not the best meal to eat the night before a race. I knew that on Friday, but they sounded so good! But I most definitely paid for it during our race. I stopped to use 1 of the only 2 porta potties that they had on the course at around mile 7, and I'm pretty sure my stomach hurt even more after stopping. By mile 9 I decided that I just need to keep my head in the current mile, which meant trying to keep it close to an 8:00 minute mile. I also skipped Gu, because I really couldn't stomach anything at that point. 4 of my miles were above an 8:00 (including my bathroom stop one @ 8:43) but overall, I finished at exactly 8:00 min/mi. I ended up catching up with the hubs again around mile 8, but then ended up passing him. He had a pretty rough race and just didn't feel good. He stopped at the same porta potty on the way back and had to wait for over 2 minutes! Craziness.

We ran by a dairy farm (ick!), through neighborhoods, and turned around at a park and ran part of the course on the way back. I always like doing races in new cities, so that was cool. Running by the dairy farm twice was not cool. My IT band/knee held up okay with some KT tape.

After our race, we rushed back to town for the boys' basketball games (their teams both won!) and then our friends came over so we made smoked burgers and roasted veggies. I tried an air fryer on our yam fries and frozen regular fries. The frozen fries turned out well but the roasted yams were much better than the yam fries. I still need to play with it a bit, but I wasn't super impressed.

Sunday morning was homemade crepes with Nutella & sliced bananas and strawberries followed by cleaning. The hubs and I headed out at about 11am to do an easy 3 mile recovery run (@ 8:45/mi.). It was rough to say the least.
We're still smiling because we had just left. Haha. Actually, it did help to loosen up my muscles a bit and we made sure to take a hot bath before bed.

The rest of the day was spent mostly on the couch cuddling with the munchkins (B leaves for camp today!)

My brother from LA, his family, and my cousin drove up for dinner. Roasted veggies, chicken, and apple pie for the win!

Monday will be a quick strength video and an easy 3 miles (still recovery) run after work.
Tues: strength
Wed: 4.5 mi hills
Thurs: speed
Fri: strength
Sat/Sun: 1 longish run since I have another 1/2 on 3/12!

Do you prefer races in town or a destination race?
Worst race?
Do you have to hone in on what you eat before a hard workout/race? 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017


I have a 1/2 marathon coming up this weekend so I am buckling down on nutrition so that I don't make myself miserable while I run :)

I'll stick with my typical breakfast of egg whites and spinach with a slice of Ezekiel cinnamon raisin bread and coffee
Or my other go to, which is plain oatmeal mixed with a scoop of Vega. 

I definitely try and get at least 20 grams of protein and some good complex carbs.

Lunch this week will mostly be leftovers from dinner :) Yesterday was this yummy salad with roasted veggies, leftover rotisserie chicken, and Bolthouse greek yogurt ranch dressing.

Last night I made copy cat PF Chang's lettuce wraps and roasted veggies. I can't believe that the hubs hasn't shot down sweet potatoes yet. We seriously go through almost 10 lbs in a week. I can't believe I'm not orange yet. It's the one food that I just do not get sick of! 

I was in such a funk yesterday, which was because A) I didn't get up and work out. B) I started my day in negative thoughts C) I was tired D) I ate like crap E) the munchkin made plans for a school bud to come over because he had a huge assignment due the next day and they had to film stuff together = super annoyed F) I was on my phone/distracted way too much!

So, in order to change that I A) woke up and immediately thought and prayed over what I am grateful for, even the munchkin that drives me crazy with his lack of planning ;)
B) I got up earlier than usual to do devotions & have coffee before everyone was up
C) Even though I was up earlier, I'm not tired because I worked out!
D) I am pumping my body full of not only good foods, but good foods that I enjoy!
E) As soon as I get home from work today, my phone is going on my night stand. I'm also going to delete my FB app. I can still get on it via the internet on my phone, but I feel like it takes more time to read through it than Insta or Snap.

If you're having a bad day, is there a way that you can instantly turn it around? 
What do you do to prep for a race? 
What is a food that you can eat everyday without getting sick of it? 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Tuesday 10 (things from the weekend!)

We had a long weekend! Yay! Now, it's no breaks until April, whew.

We ran into my sis at Costco Friday night, so we went to dinner together. We hardly ever eat out on Friday nights, but it was a nice needed visit and break. And I'm always down for good bbq!

Saturday morning was my monthly run and breakfast with the girls, which is always my fav! We tried a new to me place and their veggie omelet was legit.

Basketball games and dinner out with the besties

Sunday morning started with an easy 4 miles, banana & pecan Kodiak cakes, and church.

The kiddos got Del Taco gift cards for Christmas, so they decided to treat us to lunch after church.

We made dinner for friends that just had their first baby, so I just tripled the recipe for chicken pot pie and we had our traditional Sunday night dinner with the inlaws.

Here's the recipe if you're interested :)
2 Pillsbury Pie Crusts
2 cups of shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken!)
1 small bag of mixed frozen veggies
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup shredded cheddar
Dash of salt/pepper

Set your oven to 425. Mix the chicken, veggies, and cream of mushroom soup. Lay the bottom crust into a pie dish, put the chicken mixture in it and cover with cheese, salt, & pepper, and lay the top crust on the mixture. Pinch the edges together and put knife slits into the top of the pie. Cook for about 30 min and cover the edges of the pie after 20 min, so that they don't brown too much.

This is my go to recipe for bringing dinners to people because I can just put it in a disposable pie dish and send it with a bag of salad, and a treat and it's a perfect, easy to make & deliver meal :)

I also made a peanut butter fudge ice cream pie, which was equally as easy to make!

1 oreo pie crust
1/2 half gallon ice cream (yes, a 1/2 of a 1/2 gallon of ice cream). I used Umpqua peanut butter fudge, Target has a really good one too!
1/2 med sized cool whip
1 package of Reece's

I made 2 of these at once so I bought 2 pie crusts and used the whole ice cream and cool whip.

Let the ice cream soften and mix it with the cool whip, toss it into your pie crust and top it with Reece's. Cover it and freeze it for at least an hour. You can make this fancy, by adding circles of chocolate sauce and taking a tooth pick through it to make designs :)

Monday morning was a beautiful 6 mile run. It rained on and off all weekend, so the air was clear and crisp and didn't rain on us at all. It was raining about 20 minutes before we left, so I was thankful for the break while running!

And of course since there was a break in the storm, we hit up the park for a few hours and then took the kiddos to see Lego Batman (it was so cute!)

We had a quick dinner of salad and roasted veggies (after pigging out on candy & popcorn at the movies)

I have a 1/2 this weekend, so this week I am focusing on staying healthy and will have a fairly easy run/workout week. During the week of a race, I also try and cut back on processed sugar (after the Hot Tamales yesterday!) and gluten. 

Friday, February 17, 2017

Friday Favs!

Happy Friday y'all!

There are currently 30mph winds and crazy rain outside, so no outside run today :) I plan on hitting treadmill and weights after work today. Tomorrow will be 5 miles and breakfast with the girls (yay!) And I'll probably hit a long run on Monday since I don't have work and the weather should be calmed down by then. I still need to officially sign up for the 1/2 marathon on 2/25 and probably find a babysitter since it's an hour and a half away too ;) I've been waiting to see how the knee is holding up. It was great until last week's 10 miler. I've taken it kind of easy this week, so fingers crossed!

My father in law had surgery yesterday (and everything went great!). But I was reminded of how much I hate hospitals, more so for their germs than anything else. I about died when Lukey tried to sit down on the floor. But that brings me to my first Friday Fav!

And what would a hospital waiting room be without fun SnapChat filters? 

I'm digging Ed Sheeran's new songs! 

Minus the hurt knee, I would have to say that Sunday's 10 miles was my favorite run this week!

My favorite eats this week include salted caramel pretzel froyo and this chicken, cream of mushroom, and stuffing mixture, and roasted frozen green beans (who knew?)

Friday nights are typically family nights, so we usually make homemade pizza and either watch a movie/play games or both. I'm thinking tonight might be pizza for the kids and soup/grilled cheese for me because it's stormy and that sounds excellent! B really wants to see Max Steele and I really want to play Catan, so maybe we'll have to do both!

Do you have a specific family night/day? What are your traditions? 
Favorite running song?
Are you an ice cream or cupcake kinda person? 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Moving, Running, & Valentine's Day

The hubs and I helped him mom move all weekend starting Friday after work. Long story short, it wasn't fun and we were both physically and emotionally drained by the end of the weekend. We committed to helping, with the condition that we would take the time to run and to go to our boys' basketball games, both of which we did!

We managed 4.5 miles of hills on Saturday morning and while we were only planning 9 on Sunday, I had to make a pit stop at around 4.2 and of course the nearest restroom put us at 5 for our turn around point. Sunday's run was gorgeous. Not only was the weather great, we ran with friends, and there is finally water running in the river that goes through our city!

Our boys both played hard and B even made a basket from his knees. Did I mention the kiddo is only 54 inches to begin with?! Ha. It was classic. He also got caught between 2 boys and passed the ball between his legs. That one didn't quite work, but it was hilarious!

After a busy weekend, we decided to take the kids and our niece to Universal Studios. We were a little bummed that she wasn't able to ride some of the bigger rides, but she had a blast nevertheless.
Their giggles are seriously the best!

My 9 year old told me that Valentine's Day is his favorite because I made him chocolate chip heart shaped pancakes and a heart shaped sandwich for lunch. Bless his heart! It is seriously the simple things that stand out. I love making memories with my littles. 

The hubs and I agreed no gifts for Valentine's Day, but he surprised me with a California Starbucks tumbler that I've been eyeing 

And an Albionfit gift card because I've been eyeing this swimsuit . I just didn't want to spend the money and he knew that if he got a gift card, I would have to 💕💕
Now, I just have to make sure that's the one I want, because they have so many adorable suits!

Our Valentine's Day tradition will continue tonight with a little candy for each kiddo and pizza with the whole family. It really is only my favorite because it's all about everyone else!

Do you do anything traditional for Valentine's Day? 
What is your favorite holiday? 
Favorite run/workout this weekend? 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friday Favs!

Whew! We made it to Friday, yay! I think teaching this extra period is starting to catch up with me. I feel like there's not enough minutes in the day but Friday is always a catch up day so I am feeling better about getting organized and prepped for the next couple of weeks.

Favorite food this week: White chicken chili from

It was super easy to make and even the kids enjoyed it! And I get the leftovers for lunch, which is even better!

Favorite dessert this week: Halo Top Birthday Cake for the win!

Favorite run this week: 5 easy miles with the hubs after work. Ah! I love running in the daytime when it isn't too crazy hot :)

Favorite running shoes this week would be the above Skechers. I think they are Go Runs. They're not the cutest shoe, but let me tell you, they are so so comfortable! I feel like I'm running on clouds, not really, but kinda :) 

What was your favorite eat this week?
Favorite run/workout?
Favorite running shoes or workout attire? 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Winter Camp, Froyo, and a 10k

Happy Monday!

The big kids went to winter camp this weekend, so we only had the little. We went out to dinner Friday night - he was craving chili and cornbread, and who am I to argue? Then froyo, because what's a kid date without froyo?
Can you guess which one is Lukey's? Haha, he even wanted honey on it. Um, ew!

I woke up in a panic in the middle of Saturday night because I realized we left our groceries in the car! I think we were just so excited about the froyo. What the heck? Thankfully most of it was pantry stuff, but seriously how did all 3 of us forget?

Saturday was a 10k with the hubs. 47:00 for me and 47:10 for him :)

Then homemade chicken noodle soup and a basketball game with the little.

Lukey decided he wanted chicken and yams (seriously, I love his food choices!) ice cream and a movie. I tried Halo Top for the first time and it was awesomesauce.

Sunday was 8 hilly miles (woo, after the fast 10k, that was tough!) 8 miles @ 8:45/mile, followed by church, more homemade soup, and picking up the big kids. I missed their faces! Their favorite thing about the weekend was paint ball!

And of course, football. But more important, commercials and snacks :) I really like the Skittles and Coca Cola commercials.

Running Week:
Mon: strength
Tues: strength
Wed: 4.5 @ 8:35 (hills)
Thurs: 5 @ 8:09
Fri: 3 @ 8:34 (easy)
Sat: 6.2 @ 7:35
Sun: 8 @ 8:45 (hills)

What was your favorite Super Bowl commercial?
What was your favorite Super Bowl snack?
Did you actually watch the Super Bowl?
Best workout last week? 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017


We did some 13th birthday party shopping at the Dollar Store and made out pretty well! We decided to continue our mother/daughter date with charcoal face masks.

Let me just tell you, these things are no joke! It ripped out my tiny baby hairs on my face and I may have screamed. Mady definitely screamed!

The hubs smoked bbq chicken last night and I baked sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli and kobucha (Japanese pumpkin). Usually we meal prep on Sundays and we just dropped the ball this week and after eating a protein bar, carrots & hummus for lunch, I decided it was crucial to make a yummy dinner for leftovers!
I like to use Greek yogurt on my sweet potato and a little bit of garlic sriarcha bbq sauce (Trader Joe's). We were running low on shredded cheese, so I let the littles have it, but otherwise I like to add that as well. We buy our chicken from Zaycon farms ( about twice a year. I buy 2 cases (80 pounds) and as soon as I pick it up, I trim it, marinate it, and freeze it in bags that are divided up for meals, which for our family of 5 is typically about 7 small chicken breasts. I end up paying about $1.69/lb for boneless skinless chicken breasts. I have a list of exactly how much bbq sauce, soy sauce, and Italian dressing for 2 cases. It takes me about 3 hours to sort it all out, but then I have chicken meals for the next 6 months. I haven't tried any other meat yet, but I've been super happy with their chicken!

I finished off  the night with 1/2 decaf coffee and 1/2 peppermint cocoa. If you haven't tried it, you must! It's amazing!

And of course I can't sit on the couch without Dory

What type of meat do you buy the most? 
If you had to eat the same thing every day, what would you eat?
Do you like to cook? Bake? Neither?