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May the 4th Be With You

I’m partnering up with Level Up Runs to bring you a discount to their May race,  “May the 4th Be With You”. Participants can choose from 5k, 10k or half marathon.

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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.

Why run a virtual race … 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… are you convinced?

Head over to Level Up Runs and re…

5 Soreness Busters

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.

I ran into a co-worker the other day who had also just finished a half marathon over the weekend.  She was amazed that I was showing no signs of being sore, when she was feeling the burn still after a few days later.  These are the five things that I shared with her that I do after a half marathon or a long run ... they work for me and I have been blessed with limited muscle soreness.

As soon as possible, I change into my OOFOS flip flops.  I can't say enough great things about these shoes... they cushion and cradle my feet and make them feel like new.
I drink a serving of Vega Recovery Accelerator. It contains all sorts of goodness to reduce inflammation, replenish energy and electrolytes, increase muscle glycogen re-synthesis, and support immune function.
I do some gentle stretching followed by foam rolling. Foam ro…

Run Like A Diva Race Recap

This past weekend, a couple thousand women (and a few men) embraced their inner Diva for the Run Like A Diva half marathon and 5k races.  I was one of them.

The Hubs, our friend Hurricane Baby and I headed down to Galveston on Saturday late am.  We stopped on the way there at Salata so that I could fuel up with a healthy salad.  We arrived in Galveston, made our way to the house we rented and unloaded the luggage.  From there I went to the expo to pick up my race packet and check out the vendors.

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We had lived in Galveston for a few years, and were excited to see and catch up with our friends that still lived on the island.  For me, that was going to have to wait until after the race.  However, the boys were anxious to meet up with friends and to party, so I offered to drop them off at one of our old haunts while I ran a couple errands and grabbed dinner.

I had a nice early di…

Mashed Potato Enchiladas

Two favorites combined in one dish... mashed potatoes and Mexican food!

My ex-mother-in-law used to make enchiladas filled with mashed potatoes and cheese for me... they were the best things ever.  I never got the recipe from her.  So, I had to recreate these in my kitchen and they do resemble the ones I used to have so generously bestowed upon me.



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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 - April 24

Tapering down for the half marathon on Sunday. More on this later in the week.

I feel like I have cut down too much this week, but I think I will be ok.

The week started out awful with heavy rains and thunderstorms all through the night on Sunday.  I wound up sleeping out on the couch to try to comfort Anam and Sorcha who were not digging all the lightning and thunder.  Thankfully, our house and street didn't flood, but there were spots in our neighborhood that got hit pretty bad.

Here is how my week lined out:

Sunday - Last day at camp - packed up and headed home... beat the rain

Monday - Planned 5 miles easy; Actual zip

Tuesday - Planned 3 miles easy; Actual 5 miles easy with Anam (average pace 11:43). We had to side step a lot of storm debris and fencing.  Paths were still flooded in spots. We even came across a snake... copperhead no less - yikes! Planks - 3 x 45 sec



Wednesday - REST

Thursday - 3 miles easy (average pace 10:21)

Friday - REST

Saturday - 15 minute shakeout run, then heade…

5 Goals for Run Like A Diva

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.

This weekend I will be running in the Run Like A Diva half marathon in Galveston, TX.  This will be my 4th half marathon total, my 2nd since my 14 year running hiatus.  I have come up with 5 goals for the upcoming race.

Be confident ... trust in your training ... be positive ... lose the nerves.
Start out slow ... aka don't kill yourself at the beginning ... aka race your own pace. This one is huge, too many times I've crashed and burned at a race by getting caught up in the excitement and going out way to fast at the start.  I need to start out slow... reverse splits are my friend.
Time goals ... my basic goal is to finish better than my last half 2:22:13... with that in mind I have an A, B, and C goal.  C goal - 2:21; B goal - 2:19, A goal - 2:17.
Have fun ... enjoy the day ... get caught up in race day excitemen…

Happy Run-versary!

Happy Friday-eve!


Today I'm joining Amanda at Running with Spoons for "Thinking Out Loud".



What's on my mind...

Today marks the day I got back into running 1 year ago!  I started out slow with the C25k app on my phone and progressed from there.  I ran a half-marathon in February and have a few more coming up. I am so happy to be back !



My next half marathon is coming up this weekend.



I am getting a little nervous... I know I need to trust in my training and my abilities. I am also starting to obsess over the weather... we have rain in the forecast on Sunday. I am excited that I will have some spectator support at this race ... the hubs and our friend Hurricane Baby will be there to cheer me on.  It looks like a fun race, and I plan to have fun and enjoy myself!



Speaking of weather ... I am getting a little tired of Rain!  Here in Houston it seems like it has rained non-stop since Sunday evening. We have had flooding from the 16-20 inches of rain we received Sunday night in…

2016 Goal Update

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 “How are your 2016 goals coming along"

It is hard to believe that we are into the 2nd quarter of the year, time sure does fly by!

At the beginning of the year, I made several "aspirations" for the new year.  I prefer to call my resolutions, aspirations because I feel that it has a positive connotation to it that resolutions just doesn't have. They are goals for the new year, none the less.  Below is an update of how I have been doing against my goals for the year.

Among my Aspirations this year are the following:

Practice gratitude in my daily life - This one is going good.  I spend sometime before bedtime naming 3-5 things that I am grateful for... some days are harder than others.
Engage in the creative arts at least once per month - Terrible! I haven't done anything creative all year. 
Say yes to me - …

Vegetarian Fajitas

I remember as a kid, one of my favorite meals would be chicken fajitas.  I no longer eat chicken, but thanks to Gardein I'm able to recreate that dish!

I love the smokeyness of the fajita seasoning... and being able to pile on whatever fixins that I want... I always end up putting way too much into my tortilla and making a mess, but it is good even eating with a fork!





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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 - April 17

I've started to taper down a bit for my upcoming half marathons.  Run Like A Diva is in 7 days!

I have kept up with planks for the week, but have taken out the HIIT until I get across the finish line.  The beauty (to me) of the 12 Minute Athlete app is that you get a different workout each time you do it... so I am never bored. However, I was noticing that changing out some of the exercises would leave my legs sore for a while... not wanting sore legs for the race.

I had an unplanned rest day and am trying not to feel too bad about missing out on a run. I had compressed my schedule since I took a trip out to the Hubs deer lease for some camping and unwinding over the weekend.  It was a lot of fun, always nice to be "unplugged" for a while.

Here is how my week lined up:

Sunday - 8 miles steady (average pace 10:33)

Monday - Rest

Tuesday - 4 miles easy (average pace 10:37)  & planks (45 sec. x 3). Got a nice run in with my sweetie Sorcha.

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5 Favorite Running Accessories

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 we are talking about favorites.  Today, I'm sharing my 5 favorite running accessories.

OOFOS  These flip flops are what I wear after a long run.  They make cushion and support my tired feet.  I feel like I am walking on clouds when I wear them.
Stunt Puppy hands free leash - this allows me to run without holding a leash.  It also has a bungee cord in the leash to help absorb shock... helps when the pups decide to chase after a squirrel or rabbit.
Yurbuds wireless headphones + Amazon prime music. I never used to run with music, but now that I do... I can't imagine not.  Yurbuds fit in your ear differently than most earbuds and don't fall out.  They will even send you new earpieces if they two you get don't fit your ears.  I started out with the wired type of headphones, but switched to the wireless ki…

In Her Eyes - Book Review

I was recently given the opportunity to read Wesley Banks' new book In Her Eyes.



Synopsis:

When Ben Wilder is given a second chance he focuses on the one thing he's always been good at: running. After walking on to the University of Florida he begins to quickly move up the national rankings, paving a path towards the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Everything is going the way he planned, until the day he bumps into Casey Taylor.

New to Gainesville, and focused on her first year out of medical school, Casey is initially hesitant to let Ben into her life. But the truth is she's worried about letting a guy near the one thing she loves most: her daughter, Emma. After one fun and fateful night Casey can no long bury her feelings behind these excuses, and takes a chance on a guy she is slowly falling for.

Casey's relationship with Ben starts to gradually build into a love that she has never felt. But more importantly Emma has taken a particular liking to Ben. As they all spe…

If I only knew then...

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 “If I only knew then….” What advice would you give your new runner self?

Looking back, I think the one critical piece of advice would be to listen to your body.  If you hurting, don't try and second guess it, accept it when you are injured.  It may be tough to refrain from running, but in the long run it is worth it to let your body heal.

Taking a week or two will not significantly impact your physical fitness, and it just may be what your body needs so that you can continue to run for many years to come. The saying "no pain, no gain" does not apply to injury!

If the injury isn't one that is going away with RICE treatment,  see a professional!  Don't rely on Dr. Google!

A few other tips to help avoid injury:

Don't increase mileage too quickly.  It is easy to get excited about running further, but it is…

Farfalle with Golden Beets, Beet Greens, and Pine Nuts

I had used some golden beets a few days ago, but did nothing with the greens.  Not wanting to waste them, I searched for a recipe to incorporate them and came across this one from Bon Appetit. I adjusted it a bit to include items that I had on hand, and to make it vegan.

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For the vegan Parmesan cheese: 1 cup nutritional yeast flakes, 1/2 cup raw almonds (blanched* and patted dry), 1/2 tsp salt.

Place all ingredients in a food processor and process for several minutes until the almonds are very finely ground. Store in a tightly sealed container in the refrigerator.

*To blanch almonds, place them in enough water to completely cover. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Drain and allow to cool. Pinch skins between thumb and forefinger at the base of each almond. Skins will slip off easily.



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 - Apr 10

I'm continuing my training for my upcoming half marathons.

Finished up the 30 day plank challenge! I am happy that is over, but am going to continue doing planks. Keeping up with doing HIIT twice a week as cross training.

This is how my week lined out...

Sunday - 10 miles steady (average pace 10:42), 2 min 40 sec plank (55 sec x 3)



Monday - Rest day - coupled with some strange stomach bug, I spent the day on the couch sipping on ginger ale and eating saltines... boo!

Tuesday - 4 miles easy + strides & 2 min, 50 sec planks (60 sec x 1, 55 sec x 2)

[caption id="attachment_435" align="alignnone" width="300"] Sweaty selfie after Tuesday's workout with my running buddy Anam, isn't she cute![/caption]

Wednesday - HIIT & 2 min 55 sec planks (60 sec x 2, 55 sec x 1)



Thursday - 6 miles - ladder workout - run 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1 minute repetitions at 5K race pace, jogging for half the time of the preceding repetition for recovery.  Bookended by 15 minute …