Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fast Friday

Hallelujah, it's Friday! This was a busy week but a good one. Here are a few of the random happenings from our week.

On Saturday I went for a run OUTSIDE! It's been a really long time since that's happened but I'm really glad it did. My chin was the only thing that was frozen when I got back.

We got to go on a date night while our neighbors watched the kids.

We had a relaxing Sunday with church and lots of relaxing and getting ready for the week.

Trevon usually makes Sunday dinner and this time V helped out.

On Monday we started week 2 of the better me 360 challenge! We've been focusing on nutrition this week and it was a bit of a challenge for me. But we made it through and next week we focus on mental health!

One of the hardest days for me was making sure I got 2 servings of fruits and veggies. I started out with an omelet that had veggies, but it turned into scrambled eggs because instead. But it tasted good.

On Wednesday we watched the neighbor kids and during lunch M and V were playing charades and trying to get the neighbor boy to guess what they were being.

Trevon signed up for a Movnat training in April, so he's been working on some of the moves lately to get some practice in. The kids have been enjoying it and they kids called this one "baby sloth" because that's what it looked like when they were hanging on him.

On Thursday I made lots of homemade bread and my house smelled delicious and warm all day. Then I took a few loaves to some neighbors.

Then we played at my sister's house for a little while after school.

This weeks workouts looked something like this:

Saturday- 4.5 miles outside

Sunday- rest day

Monday- foam rolling and stretching. I was so tight from running outside for the first time in a while...does this happen to anyone else?

Tuesday- full body strength training with Aaptiv

Wednesday- stretching/foam rolling/rest

Thursday- nice easy run because my body was still not super pleased about the outside run.

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend! 

How was your week?

What are you most looking forward to for next week?

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Homemade Granola Recipe

I have been asked about this recipe several times and today I decided to share it! I was never a big granola fan until I was pregnant with V and suddenly it was one of my favorite foods. I love putting it on yogurt with fruit, I love making trail mix out of it. And my kids like eating it by its self. It's a healthier option for meals and snacking than regular cereal or candy so it's easy to feel good about eating it. So this is my homemade granola recipe!

What you will need:

5 cups of old fashioned oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 Tbs PB fit powder (you can sub this with regular peanut or almond butter if you'd rather)
a pinch of salt
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 cup honey
1 egg white

Pre-heat oven to 300. Mix all your dry ingredients together until the oats are coated.  Melt the butter and add the honey and, if you're subbing the PBfit out, mix the regular nut butter in. Whisk in the egg yolk. Pour the mixture in with the dry ingredients and stir until the oats are all coated. spread onto a cookie sheet. (For easy cleanup, line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil) Bake for 30 minutes. Let the granola cool completely before putting it into a container.

I store it in a glass jar similar to THIS ONE to keep it fresh and it lasts about 2 weeks to a month before it's gone. I've never had it around long enough for it to go bad, so I'm not sure how long it would last for. Like I said before, I love to eat this on yogurt with fruit, but I also love to add seeds and chocolate chips or crasins to it once in a while.

Do you guys have a go-to or favorite recipe?

What is your favorite add-in for trail mix or granola?

Monday, January 14, 2019

Better Me 360 Week 2: Nutrition

It's week 2 of the Better Me 360 challenge!! How did everyone do last week? This week we are focusing on nutritional wellness which is definitely not my strong suit.  I will remind everyone right here, right now that I am not a nutritionist, not even close. I like to follow the 80-20% rule and focus more on intuitive eating more than any kind of diet. But I've never been to school for this subject and I don't focus too hard on this. No one suggest kale to me...everyone knows it's a lie when you say it tastes good (I'm kidding, kind of).

That being said, let's move on to this week's daily challenges.

Day 1: Drink 8 glasses of water today.
Day 2: Eat at least 2 servings of fruits and vegetables.
Day 3: Cut out one unhealthy snack out today.
Day 4: Stop eating before 7 PM tonight.
Day 5: Eat something whole today.
Day 6: Try a new food or recipe today.
Day 7: Treat yourself to any snack you've been craving lately.

The winner of the RooSport giveaway is Kortney Francis! Contact me! If you want to get a RooSport for yourself, you can find one HERE.

This week's giveaway is a blender bottle! Trevon and I have been able to try out just about every blender bottle out there and we are ready to send you one. Check in on Instagram to enter by using the #betterme360 and #runningonlife as well as tagging me. The winner will be announced on Monday, January 21 on Instagram and on the website!

What is your biggest struggle with nutrition?

Friday, January 11, 2019

Fast Friday

Friday is here again and I was a big slacker when it came to picture taking this week. So this is going to be a really fast Friday!

Last weekend was really low key. We hung around the house and played with toys and got random things done.

Last week the kids had a teeth cleaning, and on Saturday I found them playing dentist. This might not be cute or funny to any of you, but my dad's the dentist. So I could clearly see the M was being the dentist or hygienist, J was the patient, and V was pushing the "X-Ray button".

We had church on Sunday and it was full of firsts. Our church went from 3 hours to 2 hours (focusing more on a family-centered, church supported learning). It was also 9:00 church instead of 1:00 church and that was great! Then, we went to my parent's house for dinner on Sunday.

The Better Me 360 challenge started on Monday. This week was all about physical wellness. Don't worry, if you forgot to join in this week there are three more weeks, three more giveaways, and a grand prize. So make sure to join in next week. And don't forget to post on instagram, tag me, and use these hashtags: #runningonlife and #betterme360. 

So my while my daily picture taking wasn't quite up to par, my workouts were. Monday we did pushups 3 times that day for 1 minute each.

Tuesday we did a 15 minute walk/jog/run (plus my regular strength training). We were all really wanting a good treat on Tuesday so we made a cake. The amount of happiness this brought this little boy was pretty amazing. Sometimes you just need cake.

Wednesday was 3 1 minute planks.

Thursday we did 10 jumping jacks every time we stood up, that was tough to remember to do but I did it. Plus I did an easy run that morning.

Friday (today) we are doing as many squats as we can in a minute 3 times today.

On Thursday we decided to go to my sister's house to play for a while. I really love having family nearby so we can visit often.

I hope you all have a great weekend and challenge yourself! I'll be doing the RooSport giveaway on Monday and will announce it on the blog and on instagram!  see you back here on Monday to start week 2! 

Did you start the Better Me 360 Challenge yet? 

Do you live near family?

What do your parents do for a living?

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

How To Be a Better Runner

As we get this new year going, there are a lot of people out there who have made goals to start racing or to PR in a race, including myself. But sometimes it's hard to know exactly what things you need to do to be a better, faster runner.

Getting a PR is always an exciting thing, but sometimes we want it so bad that we forget some of the basic things about running, and working out in general. When I was in high school, I wanted to be a fast runner so bad! I would push myself so hard and be so frustrated when I didn't see results from all that hard work. But my brother ended up teaching me a really great and important lesson about racing. And that was that if you push yourself to your limits every workout, you won't have anything left for race day. Your body and your mind will be burned out and worn down and you won't perform well. You should never be pushing yourself to 100% in your practices.

Along with making sure you're not making every workout hard, you should be taking rest days.  I know that's easier said than done for some. I'm someone who enjoys my workouts and doesn't love the idea of taking many days off. But, if we make sure to take at least one rest day a week, our bodies will thank us later. Even if your workouts aren't normally hard workouts. Rest days are essential to recovery. And when we are working our muscles that hard, recovery is necessary.

When you do get your hard workouts in, make one of them speed work. The only way to become a faster runner is to practice running faster. I used to really hate speed workouts but now I really enjoy them. Part of the reason I like them much more now is that I know that is my day to really push myself. I like trying to get faster than I was with each interval.

Strength training is another really important part of running and racing.  Increasing muscle mass helps you run faster. It also strengthens your body so you are able to avoid injury a little easier. Upper body strength isn't something we think is super important to runners, but runners actually use their upper body and core muscles more than they realize. So don't forget to do some strength training too!

With a balance of running, strength training and resting, you'll get pretty good results with your races! But the most important thing is to make a plan and stick to it because nothing can change for the better without consistency in your prep work.  Working out regularly, having a running schedule that you can stick to, pushing yourself out of your comfort zone once or twice a week, and staying consistent with all of those things will help you to become a better, faster runner.

Who has a running goal for 2019?

What is your goal race this year?

Monday, January 7, 2019

Better Me 360: Physical Wellness

Ok, here's the first week's challenges for BetterMe360! Don't forget to check in on Instagram using the #betterme360 and #runningonlife as well as tagging me (@jennyrunningonlife) in order to be entered into the drawings!

Week one is all about physical health.  This time of year seems hard to get moving sometimes, but we all know it's good for us to exercise. It helps us physically, mentally and emotionally to exercise. It doesn't matter what kind of exercise you do, it helps. And once you start working out it's more likely that you will continue to work out. The hope for this is that after a week of doing little things to help you get exercising, you'll want to continue and add those things on to the next week's things.

Day 1: Do as many pushups as you can in one minute, 3 times today.
Day 2: Go on a 15-20 minute walk/jog/run. 
Day 3: Do a 1-minute plank 3 x today
Day 4: Do 10 jumping jacks every time you stand up today. And don't stay seated just to get out of doing them ;)
Day 5: Do as many squats as you can in 1 minute (with good form) 3 x today
Day 6: Go on a 30-minute walk/jog/run today
Day 7: Stretch for 10 minutes two times today

This week's sponsor is RooSport. I've used my RooSport for several years now and I love it. It is, hands down, my favorite running accessory. You can read more about RooSport HERE. RooSport is amazing and sent me one to send to one of you! This week's winner will be announced on Monday, January 14 on Instagram and here on the website!

I will be doing all of the challenges with you too! So follow me on Instagram, chime in, lets support and cheer each other on, and have fun! 

Which day do you think will be your hardest?

Friday, January 4, 2019

Fast Friday

Happy Friday! We have the Better Me 360 Challenge starting on MONDAY!! You can find out more about it by reading THIS post. But for now, let's talk about this week.

Last weekend we spent the day playing at the cabin. We are so thankful to still have such a beautiful place to go to!

There are so many options of sledding hills up there. We found a perfect little one for the kids and spent a few hours sledding.

It's always fun to spend time with our family. The kids love to spend time with the cousins. They always have so much fun!

After a break and some food, I decided to go back out with the girls. We went to a different hill. And while I was busy explaining that they needed to stay on the inside of the hill to avoid the barb wire fence, J took off and ran, head first, right into it. It scared me to death because I thought the way she hit that it cut her way more than it did. Luckily my brother and dad were there (a doctor and a dentist) and both agreed that she didn't need stitches. We were really relieved that it wasn't as bad as it could have been if she had been going faster.

For New Years we went to my sister's house to play games. We stay until around 10:00 and then put a countdown on for the kids so they can still party and get to bed at an ok time. We don't stay up much later than that. We are kind of party poopers when it comes to New Years.

This week has been filled with playing around the house and the kids staying in their pajamas half the day.  I'm not one to sit around and be lazy, but I had a ton of things on my to-do list to get done so I was ok with them doing that for now.

We needed to get out of the house yesterday, so I took the kids to the Beam Museum. It's a museum in our area that is all about animals. This is a picture of the kids in front of Shasta the Ligar.

This week I did some strength training and two runs. I'll start adding more mileage back on soon, but I'm still enjoying keeping it low key.

School starts Monday, and so does the challenge.  So we are soaking up every last bit of the break as we possibly can.

How did you celebrate New Years?

Do you have a special favorite place to go?

Those with school kid, how long does your Christmas break go for?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Most Popular Posts in 2018

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fantastic holiday.  Since it's the beginning of the new year, I wanted to look back at 2018 and share my top happenings and most looked at posts with you again.

Last year started out with injury. (I learned my lesson and took this winter off of regularly running.) And right as I was starting to get better from that first injury, I decided to run a half marathon with my cousin! And I'm so thankful that I did. I loved everything about that process and I'm planning on doing it again hopefully sometime soon. I want a PR!

I switched back to Mizuno from Brooks and I shared my review of Brooks Launch vs Mizuno Wave Riders. My two favorite running shoes. Then I ended up buying one of each to switch off and on. I love things about both of them.

Fixer upper ended but I caught up on watching it and before it finished a while back, I made a Fixer Upper workout so I wouldn't have an excuse, not to workout and watch that instead. 

I think last year I gained two new foam rollers and decided that I have a favorite. I shared my Comparison and review of them because it's what I do. Heres the Body Wrench vs Foam Roller vs Tiger Tail comparison. They all definitely have a purpose and I do use all of them for certain things.

I started using Aaptiv late in 2017 and kept using it in 2018 and have loved it! And I recommend Aaptiv to just about anyone who is looking to get in shape or stay in shape or workout at all!  I shared about how Aaptiv has helped me become a better runner.  Please do yourself a favor and give Aaptiv a try for your workout goals this year! 

A big part of 2018 was camping for our family, so I shared 3 of our favorite camping treats for you to try! My kids loved trying all of these treats and when we shared them with our neighbors they loved them too. I can't wait to get back out there once it warms up again.

Along with the camping stuff, in 2017 we remodeled this camper and I started blogging again when I shared it! This has been one of my favorite ever projects! We loved using our camper and spending family weekends with it. 

We had a few downs for our family this year. We were hugely blessed that our cabin made it safely out of this fire. No structures were damaged but it was a very close call. We are so thankful that we still have this beautiful place! 

Trevon and I taught our kids some things about making and saving money.  Then I shared those things with you.  

Because Trevon has been working at Blender Bottle for the last couple of years, I've been super lucky to try several of them and shared a few of my favorites on THIS POST.  I have tried, and loved, some other ones since then too that I'll have to share with you later.

Being a mom changed my body just like it changes every other woman's body.  But that's not a bad thing. I talked about what it means to truly love your body after having a baby and the importance of taking care of it. 

Last year was great, I made a lot of goals, met a lot of those goals, and I have high hopes that this year will be even better. I hope you all have a great 2019! 

What are some of the things you're excited about this year?

What were some of your highlights of last year?