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?