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Dream Sponsorship

Today I'm linking up with Erica at MCM Mama Runs, Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and Patty at My no-guilt life for Tuesdays on the Run.

The topic for today is "who is your dream sponsor". Let's take a moment to day dream about sponsorship...

The first thing to come to mind would be shoes! I love shoes... shoes are my favorite! About 6 months ago, I came upon Altra Running shoes, and they changed my life.  My feet never felt better... in fact, they felt better AFTER my run then before.  I'm a bit of a shoe hoarder, so in the short time that I have found Altra, I have managed to accumulate 4 pair, and am in search for numero 5. Also, I feel that being sponsored by Altra would curtail the eye rolls that I have to endure from the hubs every time I bring home a new pair of running shoes.  Altra shoes fit my feet and I'm just in love with them.



Spring Market Farro Salad

Spring is here... and I want salads now that it has warmed up.  I found this recipe on Mind Body Green and it just screamed SPRING to me.

I really like farro as a grain alternative to rice and pasta, to me it is a little chewy and nutty.  The flavors in this are really fresh.

I added green onions to the original recipe.

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I’m linking up with Powered By BLING, Running on Happy,The Fit Foodie Mama, Confessions of a Mother Runner, and A Whisk and Two Wands for #MeatlessMonday!

Workouts ... last week today - March 27

I'm joining the Weekly Wrap link up hosted by Holly at HoHoRuns and Tricia at MissSippiPiddlin.

I'm continuing to add HIIT from 12 minute athlete and Planks to my routine, and it is going well.  I can feel myself getting stronger as I do the exercises on the HIIT routine, however the planks are becoming increasingly hard as the time goes up.  I have started to divide the time between sets of planks.

This is how my week lined out...





Sunday - 8 miles steady (average pace 10:26) & 1 min 40 sec plank

Monday - 1 min, 45 sec plank

Tuesday - 4 miles easy + strides (4x 20 sec. with 2 min recovery) & 2 min plank (1 min x 2)



Wednesday - HIIT & 2 min 5 sec plank (45 sec x 2, 35 sec x 1)



Thursday - 6 miles (4x1 mi fast, 2 min recovery)

My legs were a little sore from the HIIT yesterday... thinking it was the walking lunges that did it to me. I was not in the mood for a speed workout that day, but I kept after it and was glad I did.  Although, to be honest, thoughts of these steamed ve…

The Incredible Virtual Run + Discount!

I'm partnering up with Level Up Runs to bring you a discount to their April race,  "The Incredible Virtual Run". Participants can choose from 5k, 10k or half marathon.

You may or may not have head of a virtual race. A virtual race is a race that can be ran anywhere and at any time.

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Why run a virtual race you may ask... well, there are many reasons!

Flexibility - run where you want and when you want and you don't need to get up at o'dark thirty to make it to the location of the race
Motivation - could be used as a goal race or something to get you motivated though training
Affordability - Registration is $25 (less 10% discount), and no travel cost
SWAG - each registration comes with a $25 gift certificate to SLS3
Give back - Level Up Runs gives back by donating a portion of their profits to schools to keep their sports programs alive

So... a…

5 Things I Do In The AM - My Morning Routine

Happy Friday!!! Today I'm linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What for the Friday Five link up. Today I'm sharing with you the five things I do each morning to keep me at my healthiest best.

Sit and meditate for 10 minutes.  I find that it really clears my mind and reduces any stress I have about the day.


Drink a glass of warm lemon water.  I drink it right after I get up... before I brush my teeth or have any other liquids.  The benefits are many and include balancing the pH levels in the body, flushing out toxins and "getting things moving"



Oil pull for 15 minutes followed by brushing and tongue scraping. I use coconut oil primarily, but sometimes I do switch it up and use sesame seed oil. It has been said that oil pulling removes toxins, strengthens gums and whiten teeth. My teeth feel squeeky clean after doing this.  Tongue scraping is thought to be better at cleaning the tongue that brushing it.



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My Running Partners Have 4 Legs...

In celebration of National Puppy Day, I thought I'd spend a little time on here to talk about my running partners.  You see, they were puppies not too long ago!

This is my girl Sorcha.  She is a Border Collie mix.  We adopted her back in 2012 from All Border Collie Rescue.  Her momma was Border Collie, but we aren't sure what daddy was.

Her birthdate is April 2... it is coming up soon! She was born while in rescue, so we know what her birthdate was.

She is a little sweetie, she has one blue eye and a brown one with a little blue spot in it.





This is my girl Anam.  She is a Border Collie.  We adopted her back in 2013 from Ruff Mutt Border Collie Rescue. She was an owner surrender along with her siblings and momma.

We celebrate her birthday July 7, which is a best guess on her date of birth.  Actually, it was 9 weeks prior from when we brought her home.

She is a little sweetie and a puppy still at heart.



They started running with me when I started back up running last year.  We started …

The Great Race Shirt Debate

Today I'm linking up with Erica at MCM Mama Runs, Marcia at  Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and Patty at My no-guilt life for Tuesdays on the Run.

Today we are discussing a strongly debated topic - race shirts: Should you wear them TO the race or only AFTER the race?

I have always been an after the race kind of gal.  I felt that I didn't "earn" the shirt until I had finished the event that I received it for. With that being said, if I DNS to an event... I wouldn't wear the shirt at all.

More and more events are giving away gender specific tech shirts, which I do incorporate into my training wardrobe.  I usually don't wear them to races because I like to wear a nicely coordinated outfit.  As for the cotton t-shirts, I'm not a huge fan of those. Sometimes I will size up and give it to the hubs, he is always needing t-shirts.



I still have the race shirt from my 2nd half marathon ... I only wore it once, it was nearly 14 years ago and before finishers medals were given …

Vegan Leek, Mushroom & Spinach Quiche

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Spring has sprung!  Here in Houston, we had a fabulous day for the first day of spring... sunny blue skies, temps in the low 60's and pretty low humidity. It seemed the perfect day to try out a vegan quiche for dinner!

We tried this recipe for dinner last night.  I used the Vegan Mushroom and Leek Quiche recipe from Good Habits and Guilty Pleasures as my base combined with parts of the French Onion Tart recipe from The Vegan Table by Colleen Patrick-Goudreau.



I'm linking up with Powered By BLING, Running on Happy,The Fit Foodie Mama, Confessions of a Mother Runner, and A Whisk and Two Wands for #MeatlessMonday!



Workouts ... last week today - March 20

I'm joining the Weekly Wrap link up hosted by Holly at HoHoRuns and Tricia at MissSippiPiddlin.

I'm continuing to add HIIT from 12 minute athlete and Planks to my routine, and it is going well.  My legs/arms aren't as sore from using the different muscles that I'm not used to.

This is how my week lined out...





Sunday - Rest

Monday - 6 miles slow (average pace 11:03) & 1 min plank

Tuesday - 4 miles easy + strides (4x 20 sec. with 2 min recovery) & 1 min 10 sec plank



Wednesday - HIIT & 1 min 15 sec plank



Thursday - 1 min 25 sec plank. Workout plan got derailed by the hubs wanting to go out for Pho, couldn't resist an impromptu date night with my sweetheart!

Friday – 4 miles (.5 mile slow, 3 mi fast, .5 mile slow) & 1 min 30 sec plank & HIIT





Saturday - 5 miles slow (average pace 11:02)



TOTAL Miles = 19

Five Favorite Breakfasts

Happy Friday!!! Today I'm linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What for the Friday Five link up. Today's topic is favorites. I am sharing my favorite breakfasts.

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am not a morning person.  That being said, I have never been much of a breakfast person... takes too much effort for the morning. I have found that I do need to eat something in the morning, so I'm not totally starving by 10am.  These are my 5 favorite breakfasts... they are quick and easy too!

Avocado Toast.  I like the sprouted whole wheat bread from Alvarado Street Bakery with half an avocado spread over 2 pieces sprinkled with fresh ground black pepper, pink Himalayan sea salt and crushed Aleppo chili pepper.
Toast with Almond Butter and Berries.  I use the same bread as above, spread some natural almond butter (the kind you grind yourself at the grocery store) and press some berries on top. I like a combination…

Workouts ... last week today - March 13

I'm joining the Weekly Wrap link up hosted by Holly at HoHoRuns and Tricia at MissSippiPiddlin.

As mentioned on last week's post, I have decided to add HIIT training and planks to my workout routine.  The HIIT workouts were tough, and I was sore from them for a few days, but it was a good kind of sore.







Sunday - Rest

Monday - 4 miles easy + strides (4x 20 sec. with 2 min recovery)



Tuesday - HIIT workout & 30 sec plank



Wednesday - HIIT workout & 30 sec plank



Thursday - Easy 4 miler (average pace 10:55) & 45 sec plank

Friday - 6 miles, 1 mile slow, then 4x 1 mi fast with 2 min recovery, 1 mile slow & 45 sec plank



Saturday - 1 min plank



TOTAL Miles = 14

Mixing it up...

Since I have began running (almost a year ago), I have not consistently incorporated any type of other exercise in my routine other than running.  Bad, I know.

With my first half marathon out of the way, I have decided to mix in some strengthening into my mix.  First addition is the plank... it is a super great exercise that strengthens the core.  I found this 30 day challenge at Gettin' My Healthy On and I'm going to incorporate that into my daily routine.

Next up it HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training).  I have the 12 Minute Athlete app on my phone and next week will begin to incorporate the 16 minute workout twice a week on a no running day.  One days workout might look like the picture below. I like the variety and intensity of the workouts... I have just never stuck with it for very long.



I am hoping with these additions to my regular running workouts, I will be a stronger runner... and losing some of this stubborn fat wouldn't be bad either!

February Running Recap

February is in the books!  I think February was a pretty great month as far as running.  I completed my first half marathon and have some more miles under my belt.

One of my goals for the year is to run 1000 miles.  So far I have run 138 miles.  I am a bit behind where I should be, but I am confident that I will make up for it in the upcoming months.


After the half, I took a good week off running, actually it has turned into a week and a half due to some stomach troubles.  I didn't suffer any real soreness after the race, I made sure to foam roll, stretch and walk a good amount afterwards. I wore some compression sleeves and my OOFOS flip flops... I'm sure those helped too. I am anxious to get back on the road! I have a training plan to get me through my next two races and I'm ready to go for it.

I did have a chance for some R&R over the weekend and went camping out at the hubs hunting lease.  It was very relaxing and fun.  We went hiking, 4-wheeling and shooting! Who cou…