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Workouts - Last Week Today - April 30

Welcome to my weekly workout recap, today I'm recapping my workouts from last week today.

This week seemed like a low activity week...  I was able to get in 3 runs this week (2 with the dogs), and I continued with my plank-a-day and daily squats on most days and got 3 arm workouts done.  My monthly visitor came on Sunday, and I just had no motivation or energy to do anything (TMI?).

Workouts Last Week Today:

Sunday - Rest.

Monday - Rest.

Tuesday - 4 miles easy with Anam. 1:00 plank, 60 squats, arms.

Wednesday -  Rest. 1:00 plank, 60 squats, arms.

Thursday - 5 miles easy with Sorcha. 1:00 plank, 60 squats, arms.

Friday - 8 miles. 30 squats.

Saturday - March for Climate.

Total Miles = 17

I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap.

April Runfessions

Happy Friday.  This year certainly is flying by... I can't believe that it is the last Friday of April.  May is calling, but first I have to come clean with my April Runfessions.


I've been running a lot with my dogs, Anam and Sorcha, lately and I have to admit when I head out for a run all by myself, I feel a bit lonely.

Spandits! came out with some new patterns just in time for Spring. If you guessed that I had to buy some new shorts, you'd be correct! If you want your own, The code SPANDITSLOVE gets you 10% off your first order, be sure to tell them Vicki sent you.

I couldn't pass up running a half-marathon a few weekends back when I was offered a free entry, even though I had a 25k trail run the day before.  I survived and am happy that I did it.

I was a little disappointed that I didn't see any alligators on my trail run, even though I was afraid that something bad might happen.  However, after learning that they are pretty docile... I really wanted to …

April Running Highlights

April was a pretty great month, although it isn't quite over and I have a little more running to get in.  If I had to grade my month of running... I'd give it a solid A.

I've ran a total of 61 miles so far this month.  Got several of those in with my dogs, Anam and Sorcha.  We were just featured in Running with Ollie's Tuesday's Tails Furry Feature... you should check us out!

[caption id="attachment_2627" align="aligncenter" width="300"] We had a little surprise visitor on this run[/caption]

I ran my first trail race - the Brazos Bend 25k.  I had a blast at that one!

I ran in the Vintage Park Half Marathon... another fun time!  It was the day after the 25k.

I took a week off of running after the two back to back races, and started back running last week and am happy to say I'm increasing my weeknight mileage little by little.

So far, it's been a great month of running!

How would you rate your month of running?

Today I'm linking up …

The Chilbury Ladies Choir

This book opens in the early days of World War II, as the local Vicar has put an end to the village choir since most of the men have gone off to war.  The ladies of Chilbury band together and rebel against the order and form the Chilbury Ladies' Choir.

The story is told through the journals and letters of five women who are part of the choir and tell the story of life in the village and what happens when Prim helps them start up an all female choir. The characters are vastly different - a widowed nurse with a son recently sent to fight, a thirteen year-old who longs to be a singer , the ten-year-old Jewish Czech evacuee, an eighteen year-old town beauty, and the local midwife and an opportunist.

There is a lot of intrigue going on in this small village, from both the joys and the heartaches of that face the villagers in this time of war. There are dark dealings, births, deaths, and romance that take place during the six months that this book spans.

I really enjoyed the different voic…

Workouts - Last Week Today - April 23

Welcome to my weekly workout recap, today I'm recapping my workouts from last week today.

After taking a week off running following my 25k and half marathon, I was excited to get back to it.  I was able to get in 3 runs this week (2 with the dogs), and I continued with my plank-a-day and daily squats on most days, but I only managed to get in my arm workout once this week.  I skipped out on Yin Yoga after the hubs wanted to have a date night during the week (who could pass up that).

Workouts Last Week Today:

Sunday - Rest.  1:00 plank, 60 squats.

Monday - Rest. 1:00 plank, 60 squats.  Had planned to run with the Gooses Acre Running Club, but a thunderstorm rolled in right at start time.

Tuesday - Rest 1:00 plank, 60 squats.

Wednesday - 5 miles easy with Anam.  1:00 plank, 60 squats.

Thursday - Rest. 1:00 plank, 60 squats. Arms.

Friday - 5 miles easy with Sorcha.  60 squats.

Saturday - 10 miles.

Total Miles = 20

I'm linking up with HoHo Runs and MissSippi Piddlin’ for the Weekly Wrap.

Run Fast Eat Slow Review + Can't Beet Me Smoothie

When Run Fast Eat Slow by Shalane Flanagan & Elyse Kopecky first came out, I was hesitant to put it on my cookbook wish list. What I didn't need was another cookbook on my shelf that I rarely used because it was full of recipes containing meat.

After the book was released and more and more running bloggers began talking about the book, and posting pictures of recipes, my interest in the book went up again.  Some of those recipes looked really good - and not all of them had meat.

Curiosity got the best of me and I purchased the book.  I have got to tell you, I'm not disappointed in it either.  As I was paging through the book, and later sitting down to read it (yes, cookbook geek), I was pleasantly surprised at how many vegetarian and vegan recipes there were in the book, as well as plenty that could be veganized with little effort.

The recipes in this book are all whole food goodness and just bursting with nutrition.

I have several recipes earmarked that I will be making soon!…

5 Ways I Pamper Myself

Happy Friday!  Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies for the Friday Five 2.0! Our topic for this week is pampering.  I'm sharing with you the 5 ways I pamper myself.

I'm a big proponent in pampering.  Working, taking care of a family, and being physically active can be taxing. To me, pampering is a way of taking care of yourself... as you know, you can't pour from an empty cup.
5 Ways I Pamper Myself

Meditate ... when I started meditating, it was something that I looked at as a box to check off.  Nowadays, I look forward to quieting my mind and the little bit of peace I get before my day begins.
Pedicure ... let's face it, runners don't have the loveliest feet.  While I do run a pumice stone over my feet now and then, it is so relaxing to soak in the pedispa and have someone else make them pretty.
Massage ... getting a massage does wonders for all the tense muscles I develop while working in front of a computer all day!  It's also said to help with headach…

Vintage Park Half Marathon Recap

Vintage Park Half Marathon Recap
I ran the Vintage Park Half Marathon on April 9.  I was lucky enough to score a free entry as part of my ambassadorship with Amstel Xlight.  This was part of the Bayou City Half Marathon Series, there were several people there that had ran the prior two races.

I had ran a 25k trail race the day prior, and I took it easy afterwards, getting in a nap, foam rolling and finally ordering some pizza for dinner. I prepped my things for the morning, and headed to bed early... it was going to be another 3am wake-up call!

On race day morning the alarm went off at 3:00 am. I got some warm lemon water in me and made my toast/almond butter/banana.  I showered, got dressed, and made a cup of matcha-maca latte for the road, and was out the door by 5:15 am.  The race director had sent an e-mail advising of the road closures near the start and advising everyone to be there by 5:45 am. Vintage Park was about 30 minutes away from the house and I wanted to get there before t…

7 Day Drink Green Challenge + Matcha-Maca Latte

Recently I signed on to take the #7daydrinkgreenchallenge.  This consisted of drinking nothing but green tea and water to satisfy my hydration needs.  I was provided tea from Nanami Tea, specifically their Zen Set.  The Zen Set consisted of 4 varieties of green tea:  Matcha, Sencha, Hojicha, and Genmaicha.

I was really looking forward to trying Nanami Tea and incorporating all four varieties in my day.  Each tea has a number on the label, I decided to drink them in that order.

 Matcha is a finely ground powder of shade-grown green tea with the highest amount of caffeine. I brewed this hot, with water.  This brew, I enjoyed on my commute during the week.  I experimented a bitt with it over the weekend as I had more time to spare and made a matcha-maca latte.  I found the recipe that I base mine on at the first mess.
Sencha is most common variety of Japanese green tea, made by steaming young leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. I found this to have a clean, green tea flavor.  It was not …

Spring Running Favorites

Happy Friday!  Today I'm linking up with the lovely ladies for the Friday Five 2.0! I'm talking about Spring Runing.  Spring has sprung in my part of the world... well, since January it seems.  Flowers have budded, temps have warmed, and we are getting those great afternoon thunderstorms!

In H-town, Spring this year hasn't felt much different than winter. Seriously... I could count on 1 hand the amount of days that it was miserably cold... not that I'm complaining (too loudly).  These are the things that are great about running in Spring in my neck of the woods.

Everything is green... almost technicolor green, it looks so lush!
Spring races... got to get them in in the spring because there is nothing longer than a 5k from May-September.
Cool fronts!
All the pretty flowers... magnolias, blue bonnets, crepe myrtles... and all the other flowers that look pretty (that I don't know what they are called).
Shorts and singlets! Wait, we wore those all winter!

What does spring run…

Brazos Bend 25k Recap

Brazos Bend 25k Recap
I ran the Brazos Bend 25k on Saturday, April 8.  The 25k was one of multiple races on that day which included a 50-mile, 50k, and 10k.

I was able to pick up my packet in Houston a couple of days before, it was super easy-breezy.  On race day eve I ventured to a new Italian eatery and got some pasta with fried eggplant and ricotta cheese, I enjoyed my dinner on the deck - it was perfect, chamber of commerce weather!

Once home, I prepped my things for the morning and headed to bed early... wake-up time was going to be early!

On race day morning the alarm went off at 3:00 am, I drank some warm lemon water and made my toast/almond butter/banana.  Before I knew it, it was time to  shower and get dressed.  I made a matcha-maca latte for the road and was out the door by 5:00 am.  The park was about 90 minutes away from the house and I wanted to get there an hour early as suggested by the race director.

The race started and ended near the pavilion at Elm Lake in the Brazos …