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Half Training and I Run 4 Riley (IR4)

I’ve been slowly getting back to running after the holidays…and the wicked “sickness” that I caught from my kiddos or hubby or some giving person.  All I know is that it knocked me down for 4 days and it’s taken me at least two weeks to completely feel like myself.  I spent ALOT of time sleeping and laying in bed…I didn’t get to run…but I did crochet the heck out of some stuff.  Finished like three projects…including an awesome bag that I will probably keep for myself 😉

In regards to running, I have all kinds of fun stuff to tell you…let’s start off with my nifty new watch for the nerd inside me.  I got the newest Nike+ Sportwatch in this awesome neon yellow color! I LOVE it!!!!!  Check it out!

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I love all the extra options that my old watch didn’t have such as GPS (powered by TomTom) and also the fact that it shows way more stats which is great!

My second bit of news is that I’ve recently started training…okay…I was actually supposed to start training on the 30th of December.  Because of said sickness mentioned above…it’s safe to say that it didn’t happen.  So two weeks late, I’m training and loving it.  Well, I’m not necessarily loving the aching hips and the exhaustion that comes with training but I’m loving the running.  Why am I training?  What am I training for?

I’m proud to say that I’ve signed up for the Relay and Run for 21 on March 23!  I’m super excited because this will be my first Half-Marathon that I’m running for my IR4 buddy Riley!  This race means something special to me because the race partially benefits the Down Syndrome Association of St. Louis and my Riley was blessed with Down Syndrome.

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I can’t wait to share this whole experience with her…I just know that I will get to see lots of these smiles along the way…I thank her for her always being an inspiration to me!!  YOU ROCK RILEY!!

My third bit of news is that I completed the I Run 4 my Buddy! Virtual Race and will be taking our medals to the engraver to add the finishing touches this week!  I am super excited to send her medal to her!  She is going to absolutely love it!!

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Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway for The Color Run!!!!  Woot Woot!!!

 

Do you use a watch of some sort to track your runs? Which one?

What is YOUR inspiration to run (or your fitness of choice)?

 

 

Memorial Weekend: Injinji, Sweat Pink, Fossils & More

First and foremost, I would like to say thank you to all our servicemen, past and present. Your dedication and sacrifice are greatly appreciated.

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** NOTE:  I totally had this whole post typed up and then something horrible happened….my computer went on the fritz and I lost everything…even the draft that I had saved…grrrrr…Instead of retyping it right then and there…I pouted a little and then decided to just retype it out today! One day late is better than not at all…right?! 

Our weekend started off with some last-minute BBQ plans at one of our friends’ garage. My daughter was with her dad this weekend so the hubby and I just hung out at the garage and let our son run crazy for the evening. He absolutely loves it there as he can play in the dirt with his monster trucks, chase Max (the dog) around, play on the crawlin’ rigs like he is driving them. We even caught him working on one of the Jeeps out there…What a great helper!

20130524_213500Saturday was spent lounging in bed late and then lunch with my two favorite men (hubby & son) From there, we headed home so that I could sneak a run in. Decided to take a different route this time and am now pretty sure that it is my favorite route. On this run, I decided to try out the Injinji socks that I received in my RunnerBox. I will just say, that I truly didn’t know about these socks because they are “toe socks”….and I’m in no way a fan of the “toe sock”. They drive me nuts usually. I tried them any way though, because they are supposed to help with blisters (which I get all the time).

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I want to go on record now by saying that I’m a true fan of the Injinji socks!! They felt amazing!! Once I had my shoes on, they felt no different from any other socks. They are super comfy and super thin….like wearing nothing at all! Will for sure be purchasing more of these bad boys! I also had on my new and AWESOME Sweat Pink laces!! They are super cute and of course love that they match my shoes! And I must say, that the combination of those socks and those laces must have made me feet magic because I ended up getting a PR on a 5K during this run! Jackpot!!!

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Sunday, found us at August A. Busch Memorial Conservation Area where some of my hubbys’ friends were having an RC Car Competition near Lake 35. There are lots of rocks and beautiful scenery so my son and I set off to do a little exploring.

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We ended up finding some amazing fossils (Man….I want to be an archeologist so bad when I grow up). These fossils were awesome to see…I just wish I knew what it was. I know some of them are probably from fish but I’m not sure that they even exist anymore….the area we found them was originally covered by tons of rock that was blasted out when the lakes were made. Check them out!

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Kaleb conned his dad into letting him play with the RC Car for a little bit and had the best time! He had the hardest time though staying out of the water and eventually took a slide down an area causing him to be soaked…didn’t even faze him…he just kept on going! Thankfully, it was super warm and he dried pretty quickly…he was only left with a huge mud mark on his britches.

IMG_20130527_025439The rest of the beautiful day we had, was spent playing at the park. We did some climbing on the “spider web”, some climbing on the rock wall, a little see-saw action and of course some walking with our dog Franklin. Ended up staying there until dark…we were all exhausted for sure!

On Monday, we spent the day trying to keep dry mostly. My husband has a Suzuki Samauri and he insists on taking the doors off every chance he gets. I told him it was supposed to rain, he said 20% chance. We decided to head to one of my Top 10 places to eat….Qdoba…where I ordered their amazing Chicken Mango Salad. We sit down to eat and then the downpour started….I just looked at my husband and said, “Well, we can take our time eating!” Thankfully the rain didn’t last long and MY seat didn’t get too wet…I can’t say the same for the hubby’s 😉 After lunch, we headed to a car show! We go to these any chance we can and this one turned out to be pretty cool! Saw some pretty neat cars and they also had tons of antiques to look at, which I love! Here is a little of what he found…

 

And you can’t forget the amazing snow cone I got (Tiger’s Blood and Pina Colada)!!! Yummy!!!

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After that, we just headed home and hung around the house for the rest of the evening because of the off and on raining all day. It did finally stop raining that evening in enough time to let me get my run in! I decided to participate in the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak which is where From Memorial Day to Independence Day, you run at least one mile, every day.

So that’s that for the weekend! It was fun-filled for sure….not set in stone plans….just doing what we wanted to do whenever we wanted! Just the way I like my weekends!

Questions of the day…..

Are you participating in the Runner’s World Summer Run Streak?

Snow cones….Love or Hate?

**Don’t forget to come check out my giveaway at http://wp.me/p3mIIz-4Q (Only 3 Days left!)

Keep Calm & Run Strong + Giveaway Coming Soon

The other day, I had one of the best runs I’ve had in a long time. I’ve just recently, in the last couple of months, started running again after some health problems that I’d had over the last two years. At this point, I’m just trying to get back to the miles I could do before I had to stop.  I have a problem though and it’s a doozy…..

The problem that I have is mostly in my head though….I’m totally my own worst enemy! I start getting “tired” and then I walk instead of just pushing thru and doing it! I know I can….but it still happens every time….ugh!

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Not this time though! I kept calm and ran strong 🙂 

I had decided to run to the nearest gas station to grab a water and then was going to run back. I was feeling great when I took off and before I knew it….I had done a mile without ever stopping to walk!!!! And I might add, there was a steady incline during that whole mile!

I wanted to stop a few times but I pushed thru the pain. I got to the gas station shortly after, grabbed a water and two Laffy Taffy’s (yes…I love those little guys), consumed those and then headed back….which I ran the whole way also!! Given….it was mostly downhill until the end where it started inclining again. I did my cool down and finished with 2.36 miles!!! I did my first mile in 9:35…that is the fastest I’ve done it since returning to running.

I’m proud to say the least! And I won’t lie….I did a fist pump in the air when my Nike+ running app told me that I had done the mile and then did another fist pump when I heard my pace time! The people driving past me may have thought me slightly crazy with my fist pumping and huge grin on my face but I DON’T CARE!!! I felt AWESOME!!!!

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In addition to my running, I’m trying to workout 3-4 times a week because 1) I need to for my own sanity and 2) it helps me with my running. I’m currently doing some arm workouts in addition to taking the 30 Day Crunch Challenge and the 30 Day Squat Challenge that I found on AprilAthena7‘s blog (which is pretty awesome also). Currently on Day 4 which is a rest day today…thank goodness…because my gluteus maximus butt is hurting!!! Have I noticed a difference? My hubby thinks so 😉

Coming soon…..I have some reviews coming up in the next week or two and I’m also going to be having my very first ever GIVEAWAY!!!! I’m sooo excited!! Come back to see what it is!!!

And one last inspirational picture that feels very fitting for me….Need to remember this every run or workout (especially during burpees and rock climbers)  🙂

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See you soon! Run strong!!

 

Outrunning that storm…and some great food!

It’s spring FINALLY and with that comes the usual crazy weather for Missouri!  Wednesday was a prime example….it rained most of the day with tornado warnings for the evening…and then it cleared up.  This had me pumped because I wanted to get my run in as soon as I got home from work.  At 5:05, I bolted out of work, rushed home (the three miles I have to drive to work) and threw on my running clothes.

I don’t know what it was about this run but I felt great!!  Maybe it was the fact that I was trying to beat the ominous black cloud that was heading my way along with the tornado warnings that had been on the news most of the day.  I felt like I was flying though and I actually felt good while I was doing it.  I use the Nike Running App on my phone and was excited to see that I broke one of my goals on it by running my fastest 1K in 5:43 and also the fastest mile in 9:37.  I finished up with 1.87 miles at a 9’45” pace!!!  Not too shabby if I do say so!

Next, I did the usual evening mom stuff of helping with homework (ugh….4th grade math is killing us) and making dinner.  It was a quick easy dinner of homemade pizza rolls with raw baby carrots (with ranch to dip in) and a berry/spinach smoothie (shhh…don’t tell the kids about the spinach).  Here is how I made the pizza rolls….SUPER EASY!!

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Thursday was a slow dragging day at work….All I could think about was going home so I could do my run!  I think my running bug has taken up residence again which is a great thing!  Anyway, I got through the day, rushed home, threw my trust running clothes on and headed out.  My goal was to get in at least 2 miles but it was cold and the wind was not helping.  I decided to just stick to a slower pace and just DO IT!!  Which I did….check it out…

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I actually loved this run….I kept a steady pace and made sure I actually RAN the hills (I’m sooo bad about hitting a hill and then letting my brain talk me into walking it…ugh).  I felt really good the whole run despite the cold and wind.  Once I got back to the house, I was of course starving so I threw this salad together and it turned out amazing….I used spinach, Lemon-Herb tilapia (sautéed in olive oil), a half can of minced oysters (also sautéed in olive oil), some amazing chickpeas that I made (Here is the recipe for those….GREAT Pinterest find!) and a whole tomato cut up.  I spiced the whole salad up by sprinkling some lemon pepper seasoning on it!!

DE-LISH!!!!  I mean….look at it…Doesn’t it just look delightful? (Yes….I took a bite before I took the pic…I couldn’t wait…LOL…I told you I was starving!!)

There are just soooo many ways to dress up a salad.  What’s your favorite thing to put on a salad??