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It’s getting MO’ Crazy up in here!

…and I mean way MO’ crazy than normal!!  I’m about to get SUPER busy promoting AND training for a race that is very near and dear to my heart!!  I love this race for many reason such as:

**It’s FLAT…or mostly flat…I mean..there is that ONE hill 🙂

(This is a USATF Certified Course and can be used as a qualifier for other races such as Boston, New York, etc.)

**It’s CLOSE…like roll out of bed at 7:00 for a 7:30 race start 🙂

**It’s got that home town race feel complete with scenery that is AMAZING!!!

**It is a race with a sense of humor 

(the idea for the name came from a SNL skit featuring Will Ferrell)

and the number 1 reason I love this race….

**It was where I participated in my FIRST ever half-marathon last year (2013)

Yes!!  I’m talking about the MO’Cowbell

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This year I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of the illustrious ambassadors(my code to use at registration is JWMCB14) for the MO’Cowbell here in St. Charles, Missouri!  I am beyond proud and so ready to spread the word about this awesome race that no one in this world should miss out on.

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This year, the MO Cowbell will take place on Sunday, October 5th, 2014 at 7:30 a.m (5K begins at 8:00 a.m).  

Be there or be square!!  

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The best part about this race date is that we have a race for all skill levels:  Marathon, Half Marathon, Half Marathon Relay and 5K!  And of course, walkers are always welcome.  Another plus is that the start and finish will both be in Frontier Park in Historic St. Charles (here are some directions to get there).  This makes it easy for everyone to meet back up with their loved ones after the race to celebrate your accomplishments 🙂

 

After the race, you will get to go enjoy yourself at the Post-Race Party of refreshments including chocolate milk, bananas, chips, beer and more!  There will also be food trucks for spectators and live music by the Rough Ryders from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

In addition to the race, there will also be a Health and Fitness ExMO’ on Friday (10/3) and Saturday (10/4) where you can pick up your race packet (there is NO race day packet pickup) and also check out some awesome vendors! (Do you want to be a vendor?…go here)  You do not want to miss this!  There will be lots of merchandise to buy as well as lots of freebies and a wealth of information.  I bought a really cool “Suck It Up” BondiBand at last years ExMO’ for super cheap (see below in picture).  There are already a bunch of vendors signed up for this year…check it out here!

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So of my goodies from the 2013 MO’Cowbell – my 1st ever Half-marathon!

And my AMAZING race bling!!!

And my AMAZING race bling!!!

This race is seriously a hidden gem!  The price of the race is nothing compared to what you get back from the race!  However, prices do go up again on September 1st so make sure you get over there and sign up soon!!  When you register, don’t forget to use my special ambassador code for your chance to win your very own MO’Cowbell blanket!!!!  

My code is JWMCB14

Your registration includes:

  • Race bib with Chronotrack timing chip
  • Long-sleeve tech-shirt
  • Race-themed cowbell
  • Top quality finisher’s medal when crossing the finish line
  • Cowbell car sticker
  • Runner’s bag
  • Virtual goody bag
  • Baggage check
  • Course entertainment
  • Medical stations & massage therapy
  • Water, sports drink & gels along the course
  • Post-race food, beer & chocolate milk
  • Entertainment in Runners’ Village 
  • spirited neighborhood crowds and volunteers cheering with cowbells

Needless to say, I had the best time at this race and highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!  Check out my finish line pics….right before and right after the finish line!!  

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So seriously…put on those shoes…go sign up & train and then come join me this year as I take on the Half-Marathon! My plan this year is to kick this race’s butt and scoop up a PR!

 I will be there running for Riley and Down Syndrome Awareness!!! #IR4

 

Weekend Recap: STL Rams, Training, & a Bridal Shower

Another weekend come and gone!  Man, this summer is flying by!  My kiddos even start school in about three weeks (my last one is starting kindergarten…sniff sniff…they are growing up toooo fast).

My first week of Half-Marathon training went off great and without a hitch.  My goal for the week consisted of the following:

Monday – 2 miles (ended up doing 2.23 miles)
TuesdayCross-Train I ended up running a bazillion errands and didn’t get to work out 😦
Wednesday – 2 miles (ended up doing 2.17 miles)
Thursday – 3 miles
FridayCross-Train (again with the dropping the ball on the cross-training)
Saturday3 miles (moved my long run to Sunday because of my last-minute plans to hang out with the St. Louis Rams 🙂  See story below)
SundayRest Day 4.05 miles
Total Miles = 10 miles 11.47 total!!!!!

On Saturday, in lieu of my long run, I went instead to the inaugural St. Louis Rams Ladies Football Camp.  I was lucky enough to be asked to go by my fellow friend/blogger Lindsay of ItzLinz.  Definitely go and check out her post of our fun-filled day!!

We were able to tour Rams Park where the Rams practice, got to check out their locker room plus their weight room (WOW!!! Jealous of them!!).

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Representing #SweatPink in the St. Louis Rams weight room!

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I was totally drooling over these treadmills in their weight room! They were amazing!!

After the opening ceremonies, we spent some time warming-up and stretching on their outside practice field and meeting their adorable mascot Rampage!  Look how cute we are together!

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After the warm-up, we all headed indoors, broke up into groups and got a chance to see just what being a professional football entails.  Once inside, we participated in sessions led by some of the amazing players,  Title Boxing Club and Elite Football Academy.  There was some running, some jumping, some fancy footwork and some football throwing/catching!  It was a blast!  I will say though that I was mighty sore the next day and I completely blame Title Boxing Club for that with the workout we were tortured with given.  I just might have to go check them out because if I hurt this bad, then it must be good for me 😉

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Me and St. Louis Rams Safety Matt Daniels

Afterwards, we enjoyed lunch that was provided by Subway, which I gladly scarfed down!  I was starving after all that!  We also all left there with an awesome St. Louis Rams’ shirt, hat and a bag full of goodies and info!  I must say that I had the best time!!  I also must thank Lindsay again for inviting me to this event.  I had a BLAST!!!

Afterwards, I went straight home, showered the sweat away and then laid on my bed for a good hour and a half.  I had to rest up, because my sister-in-law’s bridal shower was that evening.  Went, had great food, played silly games (even won one of them…Jackpot!) and got to visit with some of my hubby’s awesome family and their friends.  The bride-to-be was as beautiful as ever and full of smiles!

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My sister-in-law and I at her bridal shower! Congrats!!

Sunday was spent running my long run!

Photo-Op before my long run :)

Photo-Op before my long run 🙂

Stretching!!  Can't forget that!!

Stretching!! Can’t forget that!!

The plan was to get in 4 miles which I did and felt great the whole time.  My legs did feel super tired afterwards to I headed over to Fleet Feet – St. Charles as soon as they opened and picked me up my very first pair of compression sleeves!  They are hot pink and awesome!  Put them on as soon as I got home and loved how they made my legs feel!  Will definitely be purchasing some more of these along with some compression socks!  I also had a Personal Rewards certificate (you earn 1 point for every dollar spent)  so I got $15.00 off my total bill which is super awesome!!!

Also don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a free entry in The Color Run – St. Louis.  Go here to find out details and to enter!!!!  There is also a coupon code for $5.00 off that is good for any of the locations for The Color Run

Question(s) of the day:

What football team do you root for?

What is your favorite game to play at a bridal shower?

What is your take on compression sleeves/socks?  Love or hate them?

Holiday Recap, Half-Marathon Training & Yummy Food

I’m going to play a little catch up with you all…I’ve not really posted much lately but it has been a little crazy in my neck of the woods and I just haven’t had the chance to really get on here and blog. So here we go….

This past weekend, I went to visit with my mom and step dad (and Sadie & Skeeter – their pups) for the holiday! Now first let me say, that I do not get to go to my mom’s as often as I should (it’s really only about an hour and a half away but life is always getting in the way), but when we go, it is always so relaxing! She literally lives practically in the middle of no-where 🙂 A little town by the name of Old Mines, MO. I grew up going to the church here and have many fond memories of the Fall Festivals there…FUN TIMES!!

We spent most of the our weekend just chillin’ on the porch watching the day go by…playin’ with the puppies…finding treasures in the old barn…eating some yummy food…and shooting off a few fireworks. Oh…and we can’t forget swatting those pesky mosquitoes…they sure love me and my kiddos for some reason! We all look like we have the chicken pox’s…ugh!!  Check out the amazing views from my mom’s front porch…BEAUTIFUL!!

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The hubby and I also snuck off to explore one of the old cemeteries that is down the road from my mom’s at St. Joachim Catholic Church (the one I went to as a child). There are three different cemeteries right in this same area but I love this one the most!  This cemetery is so interesting because there is so much history attached to it. Some dating back to the early 1800’s…some you couldn’t even read…some were just steel crosses with no writing…one young man who died in an explosion on a steamer ship…and some are even unmarked because the markers are no longer there. Check out some of what we found!

This one says "Born in Bohemia".  I thought that was cool!

This one says “Born in Bohemia”. I thought that was cool!

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This is a family plot.  See next picture in regards to one of the people buried here.

This is a family plot. See next picture in regards to one of the people buried here.

This young man lost his life in the explosion on the steamer "Princess" in 1859

This young man lost his life in the explosion on the steamer “Princess” in 1859

Now, when I go to my mom’s, I usually have to bring some meals with me since I eat so much differently (my friends and family say that I eat twigs, berries & bark….lol) than the rest of my family (I’m a health nut and the rest of them are not…plus I do the whole dairy-free as much as I can thing…and the no red meat thing). We were planning on having a BBQ on Saturday so I decided to make lots of little side dishes that would be me-friendly 🙂

I made some amazing Quinoa Fruit Salad that I found at Two Peas & Their Pod. The only thing I left out (I admit it…I forgot to buy it…ugh) was the fresh mint but it was awesome all the same. It was even pretty tasty the next day when I scarfed delicately ate scarfed some more down. I highly recommend making this sometime this summer when the fruit is in season.

I also made some yummy Tomato Kick Bean Dip from my pal Linz at It’s Linz. The only thing I changed was that I used chickpeas instead of great northern beans but only because that is what I had on hand. It was so light and yummy! Ate it with veggies…ate it with pita chips…ate it by the spoonful (okay…just kidding on that last one…or am I?) Even my mom ended up liking it!

I also made another dish that I had torn out of a magazine at some point (not even sure which but probably Home & Garden). Here is the recipe if you would like to try it out!

Creamy Cabbage & Sweet Corn Slaw
Prep Time: 10 min
Total Time: 20 min

Ingredients
2 tbsp sour cream
2 tbsp lime juice
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
¼ tsp salt
1 scallion (finely sliced)
1/4 small head cabbage (I cheated and used the already shredded bagged kind).
¼ cup corn kernels (I used a fresh ear of corn that I had baked in the oven)
2 tbsp fresh cilantro (optional but I highly recommend)

In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lime juice, cayenne pepper and salt. Add in the cabbage and the corn and toss to coat. Let sit, tossing occasionally, for 10 minutes. Fold in the scallion and the cilantro. EAT and ENJOY!

It really turned out super good! I was pleasantly surprised for sure. Thinking I might make this and add it to a salad next time…hmmmm…oh so many options!!

My weekend ended up being a really great time! Love seeing my mom and visiting with her…I miss her dearly and wish I could see her more!  Although, what would my luck be if I didn’t have a little bit of bad luck….thankfully it waited till we were about one minute from home before it blew up!

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I finally am making the leap into the Half-Marathon world! I begin official training for the MO Cowbell Half-Marathon on October 6th starting on Monday!! This will be my first race over 10K and I’m super excited! I’ve chickened out every year but I’m bound and determined to join the ranks with the rest of you that have a Half under your belt. This week, I’ve kept my mileage the same as what it will be next week and it’s going great so far! We shall see how it goes for the next 12 weeks 😉

Question(s) of the day:

How was your holiday weekend?

Have you trained/participated in a Half-Marathon? What are your tips for getting through this in one piece?