Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday Five XXXI

Sorry about no post yesterday. I started writing it only to get overwhelmed throughout the day. But I figured I could still get a Friday Five out today!
1. I purchased another order of Addie's school pictures this week. That girl is just too cute. Here is the one that came in the order that is my most favorite.
She's beautiful.

2. I pulled off two barre workouts again this week. That is 2 weeks in a row! I am pretty pleased with that. I am loving it, and it makes me a happy camper. Next week, Karen and I are going to a live class!

3. We have a three day weekend with Memorial Day. Thank goodness, I am thrilled. I need an extra day, even though I will just be running and all that like usual.

4. I cannot believe next week is already the first of June. That seems super hard to believe.

5. I had my first sports bra run of the year this week. Exposed my pasty white tummy to the sun (with sunscreen, of course) for the first time!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Tuesday morning, easy

Yesterday I felt tired when the day started. Yes, this might have a little something to do with getting up at 4:30 am to knock out a 40 minute barre 3 DVD, but still. Tired. After the barre workout, I got ready for work, but just kept all of my workout clothes on, as I wanted to knock out my 4 mile easy run this morning as well. I was scheduled for a meeting at the last minute that went from 10:30 am -12:30 pm, so if I was going to get it done, I wanted to do it in the morning.

After arriving at the office, I used the restroom, grabbed by headphones and headed out. I was planning on running our most common 4 mile loop, which was introduced to me by my former coworker Greg. I almost never run this route any more because I am typically running more than 4 miles. The nicest part about this route is that it goes through a park and has a little bit of mulch-trails.
It was a beautiful morning. The sun was out, I was wearing a tank top and was comfortable, temperature-wise. I ran the four miles and really enjoyed my times out on the trail, in the park, and on the road back to the office. I was out there for just over 36 minutes, which is pretty much exactly what I wanted to do.

Some days you just need to let go of your exhaustion. Of your anxiety. Of all of the other tasks that are taking up your time and effort. Get out there. Enjoy the sunshine. The wind. The rain. The cold. Whatever the weather is, spend some time out in nature and look at the path in front of you. For once, that is ALL that matters.

And when I returned to the office, my head was clear, and I was ready to work.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Pic from my iPhone 2

Well, after accumulating another 300+ photos on my iphone, I felt like it was time to clean them up again. And so I figure it is time to add them to a post, and then get everything loaded up to snapfish. Someday I will make a few more photo books for the Roo.
 My Tigers Girl, smiling pretty in the gym at her school.
 Momma and Roo - a selfie.
 Addie's new book. It is PERFECT. Vader + Princesses. (Also, this book is HILARIOUS)
 PJ day at school. Addie wanted to be "Chippey" (her elf on a shelf)
 This is truth.
 TV watchers.
 Me & Jes at the Little Kings Mile.
 The falls in Sioux Falls, SD.
 Making the letter "L"
 Mom and Roo dinner. Chicken. Berries. Quinoa chips.
 Being a doctor AND golfing, all in one? (I guess that makes sense. Doctors do like golf, don't they?)
 Pretty smile in the bath tub.
Ice cream! (and an awkward smile)

Hope you enjoyed seeing more of the Roo!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Training Recap: Week of May 16

Another week of training as I head toward my BIG HUGE RACE GOAL is already checked off and in the books!
(PS - I have not actually set an official goal yet - that is to come)

Monday: 7 miles with 4x 30s strides. Core 7.57 miles
Tuesday: 1 hour barre 3. 6 miles @ 9:03 pace. Core.
Wednesday: 7 miles with 4x1min surges. Core.
Thursday: 50 minutes elliptical. 30 minutes Barre. Core.
Friday: 6 miles, 9:05 pace. Core
Saturday: 10 miles with Caroline.
Sunday: OFF

36.57 miles
1x XT
2x Barre
5x Core

Solid week where I accomplished EVERYTHING that I wanted to!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Friday Five XXX

Welcome to my THIRTIETH (I had to spell check that word) Friday Five post!
1. J has been gone all week this week, so we have spend some time on Facetime every night with him. That is better than nothing I suppose, but Addie and I are driving each other crazy, I think. I am more than ready for him to come home. We are already having mother/daughter tension and making each other crazy and she is not even three yet! We have a long way to go...

2. Karen and I are running some easy Friday miles together AGAIN this week. We did this last week as well, so I am glad for two weeks in a row! I should probably come up with a different 6 mile loop to mix things up a little...

3. I have been spending some time working on my diet, as I mentioned in yesterday's post on new recipes. The issue that I am having is trying to figure out what the right balance is. On one hand, I am trying to eat all of my snacks as protein and fat. On the other hand I am trying to eat 40/30/30...  What is the right answer because I am having a struggle fest doing both!

4. I have been exhausted this week. Completely exhausted. It is like I just cannot get enough sleep! I am hoping this is just adjusting to food and stuff. But I guess I will see soon how all that is playing out.

5. I went to the gym with a coworker this week. The new hire who actually got the job that I interviewed for. We did not work out together, but I introduced her to the facility, drove us both, etc. I am really trying, and I hope that is noticed...

Thursday, May 19, 2016

A new recipe!

I have not gotten into the detail of this yet, post to come, but I am working on making a few slight modifications to my diet to hopefully have some major changes will come to my running! As a result, this past weekend I meal prepped!

This also resulted in a new recipe, something that I am using as a side dish.

I made Tawnee Prazak's Sweet Potato - Coconut Flour Biscuits.

I have been listening to her frequently on Endurance Planet as I have found this to be another great podcast to listen to while I am running. And she discusses frequently fat-adaptation for endurance athletes, and while I am not 100% a believer (yet), I am definitely interested in learning about this, and it obviously is encouraging whole foods, which is certainly not a problem at all!

I made a few modifications to her recipe, so here is what I did.

3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
4 large eggs
4 cups sweet potato, grated
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 cup coconut flour

Mix all ingredients together and roll into balls. Bake for 30 minutes on foil lined baking sheet.

This made 15 biscuits for me.

Mine appear to be a little bit more crumbly than Tawnee's picture, but that is ok. I did not add the cheese like she did (maybe next time?) But I am really enjoying them as a snack or side dish with my lunches this week.
Do you ever bake with coconut flour?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

A Trip through Memories

So a week and a half ago, I was home in Toledo, just overnight, for a special event. I would guess that not all people see this as a special event, but to me, it was really special.

It has been 15 years since my classmates and I performed the leading roles in our high school's musical (Central Catholic in Toledo), Once Upon a Mattress. And at Christmas time the current CCHS Glee Club, along with the rest of us, found out that is the show that they were going to be doing this Spring. And shortly after that, Lexi, one of our friends - she played the Queen - facebook messaged the group of us to see if we wanted to get together and see this show. She handled getting tickets for the group (thanks Lexi!) and we all waited several months to see each other and see the show.

The day arrived and we met up at the theater. We saw the show, and as we sat in our seats, we were refreshed on the show that we spent so many hours rehearsing and perfecting. There were definitely moments that I had completely forgotten about, even my own scenes. It was definitely fun to watch it, especially with the people that I spent so much time with 15 years ago.
The 2001 cast and Mrs. Barrow.
Elizabeth. Jenny. Lexi. Me. Mrs. Barrow (Debbie). Chelsea. and Pat.
2001 cast.
2001 cast with the 2016 cast.
Me and Gretchen. The 2016 and 2001 Lady Larken.