Sunday, March 31, 2013

Weekend Happenings

I hope everyone has had a wonderful Easter, if you celebrate it.    Mine was great and of course I over ate.   Tomorrow is Monday though so it's back to work and back to normal life.   

The weekend was a good one.   It started off Saturday morning with a long run with Lish.   We had both been watching the forecast and up until that day, they were saying upper 40's lower 50's, sunny and wonderful.   I woke up, ready to get my run on and then I checked the weather.   It was something like 32 degrees out.   Even Katelyn yelled out "Come on!  They said it was going to be 50!"  All I could reply back was "I feel your pain child!"   I sadly put on running pants, long sleeve shirt, jacket, bondi band to cover my ears and gloves.   I was not happy and no longer feeling this run. 

 I managed to eat all of this before hand.

Oatmeal, Coconut Milk, Almond Butter, Chia Seeds, Cinnamon


When I got to the park to meet Lish, I instantly had a bad attitude and said I wasn't feeling this run at all.   Thankfully she wasn't all too thrilled about it either but eventually we got on our way into the insane wind over the trestle bridge.   I can tell we are both better runners this year because we are able to keep a steady pace, talk and not stop for walking breaks anymore.   Today was different though.   Since neither of us was all too thrilled, we stopped at 5 miles to fuel and just take a break.    Then we were off again.   At 8 miles my IT band issues hit.   It's like clock work.   From there on, I ran when I could and walked when I had to.   Lish went ahead of me to keep going since she had more miles on her schedule than me for the day but planned to turn around at 10 miles and meet back up with me.   Once she made her way back to me, we headed back to the park.   That's when I noticed something nice and gross on Lish's shirt.   I asked her what was on her and it ended up being bird shit. 

She had already wiped it off at this point but you can see the residue


We finished the run and I had 12.5 miles on my Garmin.   This pissed me off.   I had planned to do 13.1 and I had it in my head that I was going to be doing a half marathon that day so I sort of shyly asked Lish if she would head back out on the Trestle with me again and do the last bit with me.   I know how it is when you think you're done and she completely thought she was done.   Good running buddies say yes though and back out we went to finish it out.   Thanks Lish!

One other thing.   Up until this spring, I never ran with sunglasses.   Not one single time.   What the hell was I thinking, or not thinking?   Even if it's cloudy out, these things bring so much protection from wind, rain, and snow.  



Once the run was done, all I could do was think of eating an egg.   I am truly obsessed with this combination.  

Slice of wheat toast, mixed greens and a soft cooked egg.   It's so good!

Something sad happened this weekend though.

My 26.2 magnet is gone.   I already ordered a sticker off of Amazon to ensure this doesn't happen again. 


I hope everyone has had a happy Easter (if you celebrate) and a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

WIAW Fail #2

I failed you again.   I was going to do WIAW yesterday but then I forgot and only managed these two pictures. 

Protein pancake.  Looks burnt but it wasn't.

Post Run Recovery Drink of Champions

So there you have it.   You see the little wrappers next to the beer glass?  I ate those chocolates too. 

Yesterday was Fleet Feet's Easter Egg Hunt Pub Run.   It was a lot of fun and for once the weather was amazing.   It was about 40 degrees and no wind so it was easy to take it easy and not be freezing cold.    That's exactly what we did.    Once we were back in the bar, Lish and I turned into camera whores. 



I'm not really sure what is up with my face in this picture.  All I can come up with is "I just got back from running" but really I don't think that is going to make anyone have a facial expression like that.   Lish and I were even unintentionally matchy matchy with our purple Under Armour shirts.

A little bit later we had to use the rest room and found this glorious mirror.   It made you look good so of course we had to document that.



I could actually pass for having a butt in the last picture.   Maybe it's the weighted squats I have been doing.  Haha no, just kidding. 

Anyway the pub run was a lot of fun and Greene's Pour House did another wonderful job as the host site.   We even won freebies from the Easter Egg Hunt part of the race and I managed to get myself a free drink, a free sweat towel, free candy and a free collapsible water bottle. 

One other quick thing to note.   I can finally feel myself getting better at running.   The past couple of weeks have been filled with amazing runs and I'm not sure if it's because I'm finally getting my Iron levels up (don't know if I for sure am) or that I'm just getting used to this training thing again but it feels great.    Last fall I felt depleted all the time so this is a nice welcome to the beginning of the racing season. 

Monday, March 25, 2013

Home Made KIND Bars



I am obsessed with KIND bars.    I buy them regularly but honestly they are so expensive that I can't do it that often.   Until now.   The ingredients are expensive to start off but a little goes a long way with these bars and with what I purchased the first time around, I will be able to make another 1-2 batches with the ingredients.    Here are the ingredients I used:

Not pictured is the pistachios and the barley syrup. 

The possibilities are really endless when it comes to these and they all follow a pretty basic recipe guideline.   Here are some ideas:

Dried Fruit:  Raisins, Apricots, Cranberries, Cherries, Blueberries, Pineapple, Apples, Prunes, Strawberries, etc.

Nuts: Almonds, Walnuts, Pistachios, Cashews, Peanuts, Pecans etc.

Seeds:  Sunflower, Sesame, Pepitas, Chia, etc.

Add In:  Shredded Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Flax Seed, Peanut Butter, Cinnamon, or other spices too!



RATIO:

1 1/4 Cup Raw or Toasted nuts.   I like to toast them up a bit to give them a little more flavor.

1/2 Cup of Seeds.  

1/3 Cup of chopped dry fruit.  If they are small fruit, don't bother chopping them up.   If they are larger, like Apricots, give them a rough cut.   If you are using coconut, add it into this measurement.

1/4  Cup of Barley Syrup.   You can find this in the health food aisle.  

A pinch of sea salt



Directions:
 
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In an 8x8 baking dish, line with aluminum foil.   Spray the aluminum foil with cooking spray.   If you don't, the bars will stick.  

Give the nuts a rough chop and throw them into a mixing bowl.    Add in your seeds.   Also add in any of the seasoning you wish at this point.  Give it a quick stir to mix things up a bit.

Add in the barley syrup.   This stuff is sticky, so be prepared!   Stir to combine everything and make sure all pieces are coated in the syrup. 

Pour into lined and greased baking dish.   Take a piece of parchment paper or a baggy sprayed in cooking spray to press the mixture down.   You want it to be really dense so push it down hard.  

Bake for 16-18 minutes. 

Once out, let the bars cool partially before cutting them.   They will be too soft to cut at this point.   Give it about 15 minutes before attempting to cut.   If after 15 minutes they still are too soft, give it another 5 minutes.    You don't want to let them go to long though, otherwise they may become too hard to cut and will break instead.  

Leave the aluminum foil on until they are fully cooled.  

Wrap individually in plastic wrap.








Thursday, March 21, 2013

Review: Cathe Xtrain DVD series

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So this time for a review, I did things a bit different!   My mom is the GURU of all GURUS when it comes to workout videos.   When I told her I got the Cathe XTRAIN video series to try out, she was so jealous.   She is always looking for a new video to try so I though to myself that maybe she should review these since she truly has tried 20 times more workout videos than me.    So, here we have it!! 

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I had the opportunity to trial Cathe's Xtrain workout DVD. I am an avid exerciser, but never tried any of Cathe's workouts. I was pleasantly surprised. Cathe is all business, very knowledgeable. She had excellent use of bands, and a lot of new refreshing ideas. You will feel this workouts, and she challenges you to use proper weight.   I had sore muscles for weeks.

There are 9 different workouts DVDs in this kit. I liked everyone single one of them. Some workouts are so incredibly difficult to do you dread getting out of bed to attempt them, and sometimes even sleep in instead. Cathe's workouts are very effective but are not impossible for a person to do. There is some equipment involved, but there are ways of doing the workouts without them. The equipment is minor and shouldn't hold you back from purchasing the DVD set.

 I would definitely recommend her DVDs. I have tried many others and X train videos and this is one I will have for many years. My daughter let me trial these DVDs and I will not be giving them back. (Sorry Sarah) .

 I appreciated that Cathe was all business.  Some instructors just talk too much, some tell lame jokes which when you work out avidly, you get tired of hearing. I loved her professionalism. I also like that they told you on the DVD what weights she was using, as many do not. Sarah stressed to me to also mention anything that I think could have been better about these workouts, but truthfully, I think she did a great job. I wouldn't change a thing.

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The End (This is Sarah)

Anyway, my mom loved these DVD's so much that I actually bought her some of Cathe's equipment that she has on her website.   When I told my mom, she was so excited!

About the DVD's:

Cathe offers several different DVD sets on her website.    She has Xtrain, Low Impact, STS, Shock Cardio, Hard Core, Body Blast, Intensity, 4 day blast and CTX. 

Her Xtrain videos will set you back around $130.00 which is completely comparable to any other DVD set that is similar.     You can purchase it here.

You can also find all of the equipment she uses in her videos for sale on her website, which makes it easy to find what you need. 

PS.  I will be getting these DVD's back.   Sorry Mom.   This time, or maybe every time, I get the last word.

Disclaimer:  I was provided this DVD to review through FitFluential.  All opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own or in this case my moms. 

Monday, March 18, 2013

A sort of successful long run

As the title suggests, I managed to get my long run in.   Because I'm a wimp, I went to the Y and headed to the treadmill to watch 4 total episodes of Rosanne while truckin' along.  

I thought it would be great.   Although I was tired, I was happy to be at the gym and I often tell myself "You're awesome!" because I actually made it to the gym in the first place.   That's the hardest part!

After and hour, things were fine.   I always find it interesting when you have someone on the treadmill near you and you can see them looking at you over and over.  I can only assume they are wondering when I will be done running.   Today was one of those days.    Once the treadmill hit 60 minutes, it automatically goes to cool down and you have to start the thing over to start all over again.   I took that as an opportunity to refill my water bottle and stretch out the legs.   That's when I started to get more looks, when I hopped back on the treadmill and went back at it again. 

At around 7.5-8 miles in, that's when my IT band started to act up.   I can not even believe I'm going through this again like I did last year.   It's almost exactly the same time frame even.    For me, my IT band goes through phases while I run.   It hurts and then it doesn't and then it does and then it doesn't.   Eventually it will get to a point that it just simply hurts and isn't going to let up.   That happened about 10 miles in.   I tried and tried to run through it, hoping it would stop feeling like someone was taking a hammer to the side of my knee but it wouldn't give so finally I did.

I made it 11 miles.   The pace was good.   I felt good otherwise. 

Totally a mood buster. 

I literally hobbled back to the locker room and then foam rolled.   It made it slightly less painful to walk but I still could feel the pain.

I did what any reasonable adult does and went home to shower, get into sweats, Pro Compression socks and drink a beer.   I'm not supposed to take Nsaids so my choices are limited. 



Sunday, March 17, 2013

There is one good thing about all this cold weather.

So yesterday I was thinking about how shitty this weather is.   It's 12 degrees out right now to prove just how much it still sucks.    I was thinking about how my runs outside were in beautiful weather at this time last year.   I was out on trails in the sun thinking about wonderful things and how wonderful life is.  

That is until I heard that familiar bird call and turn around to see this swooping at my head. 


I haven't encountered one of these assholes yet but I really do not look forward to it.    Now I'm really torn on if it's such a bad thing that spring is taking it's time on getting here.  

In other news, I did nothing very fun for St. Patty's Day.   I did have to work and when you have to work on a holiday, it's great to get a text that you are allowed to wear green to work when your dress code usually consists of black shirt and black pants.  


It wasn't all that bad.   I got to work with one of my favorite people in the world.  


Today I have 12 miles on the schedule.   Like I previously mentioned, it's 12 degrees out.   I'm not sure if I should wait it out and maybe get it in later or try to knock them out on the treadmill at the 90 degree room at the gym.   You just can't win.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Where is the warmth?

Everyone keeps posting about warm weather, flowers, sunny days.   In Wisconsin, we are still dressed like this.


That is from the Fleet Feet run that Alicia and I did on Wednesday.   It's so cold and every single time I check the 10 day forecast, it continues to show temps in the 20's and 30's.  

Last year at this time we were running in some 60-70 degree temps.   I miss you spring. 


Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hot Yoga

I know hot yoga is sort of "in" right now but I completely understand why.   It is such a great workout in a different way than a run will ever give you.   You sweat, a lot.   You use your arms, a lot.   You bust your ass the entire time until you get to savasana.  

Around here we have hot vinyasa yoga which is a flow type of yoga where you are constantly moving from one movement to the next all while you are in a 90+ degree room with lots of humidity.   The reason for the heat is to get the sweat going along with circulation for complete detoxification. 

I've taken a good amount of classes now and it continues to be hard for me.   My arms are so wimpy and you use your arms for so much that it makes me still feel like it is such a challenge.  I still have to look around at other people to see what they are doing but I am proud that I keep going.   You easily forget how challenging the class can be when you sign up for another but are quickly reminded when you start your sun salutations. 


Alicia and I went to a class last night and it was exactly what I needed.   I left feeling refreshed, calm, and ready to take on the rest of the week.   If you haven't tried yoga and are on the fence about going, I highly suggest it.  




Tuesday, March 12, 2013

WIAW

Today was full of great eats.  I pretty much loved everything I ate and are pretty typical foods that I would eat every single day.   Enjoy!!


Banana, Almond Butter Toast, Multi Vitamin for breakfast at work.

Best lunch Ever.   Home made Chipotle Burrito Bowl with brown rice, lettuce, black beans, avocado, salsa and Greek yogurt.

I dug around in the pantry and found these hidden in a baggie and quickly ate them.

I needed an afternoon pick me up so I had some coffee.


Worst picture ever.   I started eating and forgot to take a picture until I was almost done.   Home made chili for dinner.

Cantaloupe

I headed to the gym and did intervals.  I wore my HR monitor for the first time in forever and it made weird sweat marks.

Came home to these sitting on the counter.   I had a bunch :-/

And then last I had the smallest apple in the world.   My hand is just creepy looking.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Sunday Long Run

As I posted yesterday, I was worried about getting my long run in because it's in the 30's here and it was supposed to rain all day today.   Then I got this comment on the post and I thought...
"Huh...You're right!"   I figured I would get out there anyway.


Thank you anonymous person Andrea!

Then I woke up and about an hour later, I checked out the radar and the weather gods did this.


I'm located at the number 2 (haha).   The rain is going in the direction of the arrows and the heart is the break in the rain that allowed me to run 10 miles out of the rain.   The angels were singing for me!

The miles were pretty good.   I ran straight through to mile 7 and worked on eating my fuel while running.   I always walked before so now I am sick of stopping to walk to eat my fuel of choice.   I was slightly out of breath doing it but I easily got my breathing under control once I was done eating.  

Today I tried the Honey Stinger Bite things.   OMG so good!!!   My stomach loves you so much Honey Stinger.   You are the only fuel that doesn't send me running to the bathroom!!! 

At mile 7 is when my IT band started to hurt again.   I am sooo sick of that crap.   It needs to get warmer out because it seems to not be affected as much in warmer weather!   Every mile from then out I had to stop and stretch to get the pain back down.  

Time to get back to foam rolling all the time and do more hip strengthening. 

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hoping for a better tomorrow.

I'm praying for the rain to part at least for a couple hours tomorrow morning because I have 10 miles on the schedule. It's still cold here (in the 30's) and rain added to that makes for a fairly miserable run.

 I could have gone today.  I even got a text from Alicia inviting me to join her but I just wasn't feelin' it.   I was at my daughters soccer game this morning and even though I slept well last night, I felt tired.   Really tired.  When we got home, I ate a light lunch and still felt pretty gross so I went up to bed.   I slept, or at least tried to but the girls had a friend over and they kept running up and down the stairs so I cat napped instead.  

I'm really good at giving a thumbs down.

After my nap (pictured above) I had a headache.   I just felt off.  

I haven't left the couch or bed today other than to make dinner and I only did that because I have to feed my kids. 

So here's hoping that tomorrow I'm feeling like a million bucks and my ten miler is finished in dry weather! 

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

My redeption on WIAW

Here is what I really ate Wednesday.   Since yesterday was a fail, here we go.  

I started the day with two pieces of PB toast topped with chia seeds.

Chia seeds in a flash look like bugs

I headed to work and forgot to pack anything so I was forced to stop at Walgreens and pick something up.   There really isn't much option other than a shit storm of process foods so I picked up these.


After work I didn't have time to eat :(   I went shopping instead but managed to eat these on the way to pick the kids up from school.


Unfairly, I got barely any.   My girls got in the car and stole them from me and I never saw them again.

I also picked this up....I told you guys I have a real problem.


So I came home and made dinner.    It was baked fish and roasted asparagus so I throw the asparagus and fish on a tortilla along with some salsa, cabbage and tahini dressing.   It was delicious!


Of course finished off by something sweet.


That was it until I took an 8:15 pm hot vinyasa yoga class.  I came home starving so I had some fat free cottage cheese....which I freaken know better.   My stomach instantly rumbles.   Me and dairy are not good friends.


And of course.....last but not least....


Today was the first time ever that I bought a soy vanilla latte and I must say, it was great.   I didn't know if the soy would change the flavor but with the way dairy is to my stomach, I was really curious to find out.    I'm so happy to have found a good hot drink I love at Starbucks too. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

I failed at WIAW even though it's Tuesday

I started off and did an excellent job of taking pictures of all of the lovely things I ate today.   Then after work I stopped at US Cellular and needed to get my phone fixed.   Lately, I can no longer hear anyone when they talk to me.  It might have something to do with the time about 3 weeks ago when I dropped my phone in soup.  

True Story

So I thought they would open it up and clean it out and find the remaining residue from the soup but instead he pretty much just gave up on my phone instantly.   He said it was two years old and that the ear piece was no good so he suggested I look for a new phone.   I really honestly wasn't planning on this and didn't want to throw down $200.00 on a new phone so he showed me one for $50.00 and I bought it.   It's very similar to what I had, just upgraded a bit and also 4g.    One of the best things?   It now has Instagram!!!   I wasn't able to download Instagram on my last phone...they say it was too old?!?

So back to WIAW.   I lost all of my pictures on my old phone now.   I would need to transfer them from the card in there and that's wayyyyy too much work for me so here is what I've eaten today:

Breakfast was 1 egg, 2 egg whites with mushrooms, green peppers, onions and salsa.

I also stopped at Starbucks on the way to work and got an unsweetened black tea lemonade.  I am pretty sure they put drugs in there drinks because I can't kick the habit. 

At work I had a PB sandwich on wheat, black berries and a seltzer water.

After work (and the phone place) I went home and had a turkey burger patty on yellow rice with more of those onions, mushrooms and green peppers on top.   It was delicious! 

I also ate a handful of skittles.   Taste the rainbow.

I had shrimp thawed so I was forced to cook it and Mike really wanted shrimp scampi so I made that and had a bowl of that.   It's a lot of butter and also I also made it with white pasta (Mike refuses to eat whole wheat) so as amazingly delicious it was, I felt guilty eating it and kept my portions in control.

I then had a pumpkin protein muffin.  Oh and 1 single shortbread cookie and about 6 more black berries.  


In other news I am on a huge spending spree.   I need to knock it off!   One of my favorite pairs of shorts is my Saucony Lux shorts.   They are insanely light weight and airy and comfortable so I ordered another pair.   The problem I have is that these are totally a different cut, even though they  are supposed to be the same shorts.  


They hang really loosely off of my butt....and look saggy I guess.    I'm sort of bummed but I will keep them anyway and probably end up wearing them all the time regardless.   They are still light as air. 


A little family fact:  Kenzie eats somewhere around 4 apples a day.   I can't keep them stocked.  

I ended the day with a quick three mile run at the Y.   Mike actually kicked me out and said everyone needed a break from me.................


I have nothing witty to say back to that, so I just went and worked out and enjoyed every minute of my family not needing and wanting me around.   Usually I feel rushed because they make me feel like they can't function without me.    


Sunday, March 3, 2013

2013 Point Bock Run

I did this race last year and if you plan on doing this race any year at all, you need to be on the ball as soon as they open sign up.   They cap the amount of people that can run this race at 2000 and there is a good reason.   Some of the roads are a bit narrow and being that it's only 5 miles, there isn't a whole lot of time to spread out a lot.   This year, the race sold out in a record 24 hours and I am so glad I was one that got in.  

In this area this is a very popular runners race.   You have lots of insanely speedy people running this race and it's a classic out and back so you are able to actually watch everyone ahead or behind you run by at some point, which is always fun.    It's also a beer run which means you get free beer after the race.   I always am on my game to sign up for a race if they supply the after party.    It is also a late start race, starting at noon.    No need to beat the heat during March in Wisconsin.   We try to wait until it warms up a bit! 

It was a beautiful sunny day yesterday.   The sun was perfect to take the chill out of the air and wind was pretty minimal.    It was probably around 20 degree when the race started.   We road up to Stevens Point as a large group including Kim, Lish, Kathy, Matt and Kim's husband Nick.  We also met up with Rachel and her husband Kevin who ended up being stuck with the job of holding all of our coats for after the race.   Thanks Kevin!  

We were all excited and ready to race!   The race started on time and we were off!   I ran with music and planned to just run my own race.   Everyone had their goals and everyone pretty much met them.   We enjoyed many beers after to celebrate and had a great time. 


The coarse is slightly hilly but nothing too bad.   Miles two to four felt difficult for me but I just kept running.   I fought with my brain to never stop running.   Once I hit mile 4, I felt like I finally had my groove.   I was sort of bummed the race was almost over because I knew that I was about to speed up and would have been able to keep that pace a little while longer.  



My final time was 48:12 (actually hit my garmin at exactly the right time).   A new PR for me!  I really wanted under 48 minutes but am still happy with my overall PR.  

I also ended up winning one of the raffle prizes and ended up with a hooded sweatshirt and a 6 pack of beer along with the long sleeve tshirt everyone gets.   #winning