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Best Races in Houston & KC

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

Today the topic is the best races in your area/state. Any distance, any time of year…

While I have only been racing in the Houston area for almost a year, I have come across some good races. Bonus, a few races in Kansas City you don't want to miss!

Don't miss in Houston:
Jail Break Run - Baytown, TX - mid February - Half Marathon and 5k. Supports Project Blue, a police charity for officers with injuries or illness outside the line of duty. This is a small race, it has a small town feel to it as well. The volunteers and course support are great! The course is predominantly flat, except for the portion that goes up the Fred Hartman bridge.

Houston Half - Houston, TX - late October - Half Marathon and 10k. This race is put on by the Houston Striders, a Houston running club. It is in its 10th year. I was signed up for this race last fall, but it…

Pineapple Broccoli Quinoa

When I found this recipe from Lucie over at Win-Win Food I knew I had to try it!

Who could resist a nutrient rich dish that can be ready to eat in 30 minutes?  Not me!

I made it from the recipe, but then found that I did need to add a little spice to suit my tastes.

I've included my remake of the recipe below.









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

Workouts - Last Week Today - May 29

All my spring races are done... I don't have anything on the race schedule confirmed until October 30 (boo!).  There are a few 5k races in Houston during the summer and I am running in the Southern Star Brewing Company 5k (because, free craft beer).

I had been struggling to remember to get my planks in, but seeing all the strong ladies in Instagram doing the Plank A Day Challenge, got me inspired again... for 3 days.

Here is how my week lined up:

Sunday - 8 miles easy (average pace 11:28).  This run was anything but easy.  I didn't get out the door until nearly 11:30 and by that time it was hot and humid.  I ended up taking it slow and taking walking water breaks at every mile and getting 'er done.

Monday - 3.25 miles (average pace 10:49).  Ended up running reverse splits - 11:22, 11:05, 10:10.  I joined up with the Gooses Acre Running Club for their social run.  It was a bit unorganized, but I ended up running the first half with another first-timer to the club... had fun, wi…

The Incredibles Virtual Run Race Recap

I signed up to run the Incredibles Virtual Race in April.  I opted to run it as one of my training tempo runs.  I thought the challenge of it being an actual race would assist with motivation.

The Incredibles Virtual Run, was organized by Level Up Runs.  This was the first virtual run I ever participated in, and I enjoyed the experience.  I signed up for the 10K distance as it fit in great with the training I was doing for my half marathon.

Even though this race wasn't "officially" timed, I had a goal to keep my pace under 10:00/mile. I ended meeting that goal, knowing that this was a "race" helped me to keep the pace up.



When I finished, I entered in my details into the "Submit Your Results" area on levelupruns.com for accountability purposes.


A few weeks later, my medal came in the mail.  It is very nice... and LARGE!


Level Up Runs has races lined up each month this summer.  I plan on signing up each month to keep my motivation up since the racing calend…

5 Things I Plan On Cooking This Weekend

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.

If there is something that I love just as much as running... it is cooking!  With the 3 day memorial day weekend coming up, I plan on using the extra time to cook up some new and exciting things.  So here are the 5 things I'm planning to make this weekend.

Pineapple Broccoli Quinoa with Chickpeas from Lucie over at Win-Win Food.  Aside from the obvious ingredients in the title, it also has ginger and peanut butter.  Plus, it should be a quick meal... in less than 30 minutes!
Vegan Mozzarella Alternative from Mary Ellen over at V Nutrition and Wellness.  It looks easy and melty and perfect for a margherita pizza! Which I will make using this cheese alternative and the beer pizza crust from Simple Vegetarian Pleasure by Jeanne Lemlin.
Carrot Dogs from Melissa over at My Whole Food Life.  What is a long weekend without c…

Ideal racing conditions

Today I'm linking up with Erika 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 racing window of comfort... what are your ideal temperature/conditions for race day?

I'm a little bit like Goldilocks... not too hot, not too cold, I like it just right.

Lately I've ran half marathons in the following conditions at start:
46, low humidity - way too cold
70, high humidity - warm, sticky, pretty hot at finish
64, high humidity - nice at start, warm at finish

I tend to like warmer versus colder. I find that I run better when the temperature is at least 55 degrees, any colder and I'm miserable. I like the feel of 70's when the humidity is low. With that being said, I really don't care for it when it is too hot either. At about 85 degrees is about the max I can stand with the humidity we get.

My ideal racing conditions would be temps between 55-70, lowish humidity, little to no wind and sunny.  Wil…

Cauliflower Korma

I can't remember the first time I tried Indian food.  I do remember that it made me very happy... all the flavors and intoxicating scents, it was like a party was going down in my mouth.

I haven't cooked much Indian food, but when I found this recipe from Allison at Yummy Beet.  I knew I had to try it.  I made a few adjustments, suited to my taste and ingredients on hand.

This recipe is what my sister would call a "keeper".  If you don't have rice, don't worry... it also makes a great topping for a baked potato.





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

Workouts - Last Week Today - May 22

This week I have no workout news to report... I took the week off, and I'm not feeling too bad about it.

Sunday - Tuesday were spent with my family in Kansas and I have to admit, they wore me out!  I stayed up way past my bed time and still work up at about the same time I always do.

I got back to Houston late Tuesday evening.  I finally caught up on my sleep Saturday night.



TOTAL miles = 0



5 Favorite Authors

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. I'm always reading something, my kindle (or kindle app) is never far from reach. Today I am sharing with you my favorite authors that I like to read.

Tom Robbins - probably best known for his novel Even Cowgirls Get The Blues. Jitterbug Perfume was the first book I ever read of his, and is still my favorite one.
Sophie Kinsella - 2 words... Shopaholic Series. Her books crack me up! I love the Shopaholic series as well as her stand alone books like The Undomestic Goddess.
Janet Evanovich - I really enjoy the Stephanie Plum series. I found those books a few years ago and binge read #1-18 in a matter of months.
Kristen Hannah - she writes so eloquently about relationships. Her last book The Nightingale was epic, a love story and drama set during World War 2.
Gillian Flynn - riveting, c…

Running With The Cows Race Recap

The past week, I made my annual trek back home to my home state of Kansas to visit with my family. When I was planning this trip, I searched for local races to run in (who doesn't) and found this local race that got rave reviews. My nieces were interested in running the 5k, so I signed us all up.

Race day morning came pretty early! I woke up at 3:15 and we left the house at 5:30. We opted to do packet pick-up the morning of the race.

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It was a chilly 42 degrees when I woke up... with a real-feel of 38. I am no fan of the cold, so I rethought my race outfit of shorts and a tank. Thankfully I had brought capris and a long sleeved shirt. There was one point early in the race I thought that I would take off the long sleeves, but that moment passed pretty quickly. I felt comfortable with my sleeves on during…

Racing

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 the topic is racing. Are you a one and done type? Or do you run the same ones over and over?

I like to run a variety of races. However, if there is a race that is well organized and the course is great, I will definitely put it back on my race calendar for the next year.

When I lived in Kansas City, I never missed the chance to run the Trolley Run. It was the best race in the area... I believe it was the largest 4 mile race in the country, but you wouldn't guess it, because every detail was so well coordinated.

Since living in Houston, I haven't across a race that I would run over and over. While, there have been a couple races that are great, I'm not sure I would run in them again. I am still looking for the best race in Houston.

So... at this point, I think I fall in the 'one and done' camp.

Vegan Macaroni, Cheese and Broccoli

When I decided to focus on eliminating dairy and eggs from my diet, cheese was a hard sell.  I have always been a fan of macaroni and cheese. In college I would make it (from the blue box) and add in some sort of veg - broccoli, peas, cauliflower.  I was worried that my mac and cheese days were over.  I knew that there would be alternatives, but would they satisfy me as much as the real deal?

Gin over at Eat Healthy, Be Healthy has a great cheese sauce recipe.  It is vegan and low fat... made from vegetables, with no nuts or oils.  She calls it Life Changing Vegan Cheese Sauce, and I'd have to agree. I made this and couldn't help licking the edges of the blender or the spoon afterwards.[amd-zlrecipe-recipe:10]



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

Workouts - Last Week Today - May 15

This week I headed 'back home' for my annual visit with my mom, sister, and her family in northeast Kansas.  While I can't say that I miss living in Kansas, I do enjoy visiting!

In my planning for this trip I found a half marathon that looked like fun and since it also had a 5k, I signed my nieces up for their first 5k. It was nice spreading the love of running with them.

This week I planned to be much better at getting my planks in, but reality was a bit different.

Here is how my week lined up:

Sunday - 8 miles easy (average pace 10:45)

Monday - 3 miles easy with Sorcha (average pace 10:32), planks 3 x 45 sec.

Tuesday - 3 miles easy with Anam (average pace 10:44), planks 3 x 45 sec.



Wednesday - Rest // travel day

Thursday - Rest

Friday - 15 minute shake-out run


Saturday - Running with the Cows Half Marathon - 13.1 (02:12), I smashed my time goal! More on the race later this week.

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5 Wishes for Back Home Dining

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 food!  Since I'm visiting back home in northeast Kansas, I thought I'd share the 5 meals/restaurants that I will be eating (at) while I am here.

Free State Brewery, Lawrence, KS - I love this place and cannot miss eating here every time that I visit.  I have fond memories of this place.  One of my favorite professors would hold his office hours here on the porch... people showed up!
The Burger Stand at the Casbah, Lawrence, KS - This is a new one. My sister wanted to eat there on her birthday, but it was closed so it is going on the list for one of our "adult" days while the kiddos are in school.  With 4 different veggie burgers, I don't think I will have any issues finding something to eat!
Yellow Sub, Lawrence, KS - Yellow Sub was my go to meal in college... back then m…

Goals for Running With The Cows

This weekend I will be running in the Running With The Cows half marathon in Bucyrus, KS.  This will be my 5th half marathon total, my 3rd since my 14 year running hiatus.

I am excited for this one as my nieces are signed up to run the 5k. These are my goals for the race:

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 2:18... with that in mind I have an A, B, and C goal.  C goal - 2:17; B goal - 2:15, A goal - 2:13.
Have fun ... enjoy getting to share the day, and love for running with HD and RN.

Destination Race Dreaming

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 "budgeting for destination races, how much do they really cost?"

Race-cation... what a fun concept! There are so many races in so many destinations that are attractive to go visit, why not combine the two? I haven't really traveled to a destination race... unless you count traveling to Galveston (80 miles away). I have an upcoming destination race in the Kansas City area, I scheduled it in to coincide with a planned visit to see my family. It really feels more like budgeting for a trip back home, there were no real extra costs except for a race entry for me and my 2 nieces.

So... what would they cost, or how would you budget? Last week an opportunity arose at work for a paid entry into the Chicago Marathon.  As I looked at the calendar and calculated if I had enough time to properly train, I thought about what …

Green Olive Hummus

Who doesn't love a good hummus?  I'm always looking for interesting hummus combinations.  Although I love roasted red pepper hummus and regular hummus, it is fun to find new tastes.

When I found myself with an abundance of green olives from Friday's dirty martini making, I needed to find something to do with all the olives.

I found this recipe from Florian over at Contentedness Cooking and changed it up a bit with what I had on hand.  You can find his original recipe here.

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

Workouts - Last Week Today - May 8

My next half marathon is coming up in 6 days!  This time around I'm not cutting back as much as I did before, since I felt that it was just way too much.  We'll see how I feel for this one.

Since my 30 day plank challenge ended, I've been very forgetful about including planking in my routine.  I did manage to get in some planks this week.

After all the awful stormy weather, we were blessed with true spring time weather here in H-town after Sunday...  lows in the mid 50's and highs in the mid 80's, and low humidity... chamber of commerce weather!

Here is how my week lined up:

Sunday - 10 miles easy, but it did not feel that easy at all.  I started about an hour later than I wanted to and it was hot and humid, but I got 'er done (average pace 11:32)

Monday - Rest

Tuesday - 4 miles easy with Sorcha (average pace 10:41), planks 3 x 45 sec.



Wednesday - 10k virtual run for "May The 4th Be With You" presented by Level Up Runs.



Thursday - Rest

Friday - 4.3 miles easy …