Friday, August 31, 2018

Fast Friday

It's Friday. Guys, I've had a weird week.  The daily stuff has been normal but for a good part of the week, I've felt so antsy and discontent. I think this happens to me every now and then. Probably when I'm feeling insecure about myself or something. I think a big part of it this time is that I just accomplished my big goal that I've been working really hard on and I took a week off of running to rest and I'm not feeling/seeing progress in my life. It sounds silly but it's real haha. But here's kind of what it looked like this week.

We spent the weekend hiking and playing outside.  We hiked Battle Creek Falls which is pretty close to our area and a pretty simple hike for the two of our three kids. M was at a birthday party.

M has been keeping an eye on this baby snail the last few days. She's worried that it's lost from its mom but she's keeping it good company.

My 30th birthday was on Monday! We had a pretty normal day around the house and running errands, but I have had so many amazing friends and family stop by to wish me happy birthday.  I'm so blessed!

Tuesday I decided to clear out some of my clothes and we ended up donating a whole tone of the kid's old clothes too.  I think most people wait for spring to do this, but as you read before, I needed some kind of progress to feel and I guess this is part of it.

We pulled out some new to V toys. Some that we have had but V hasn't played with yet. He spent several hours this week playing blocks!

He also has been insisting on sitting in Daddy's truck for the last few days so he was really excited when Trevon buckled him into the truck's car seat to sit in the parking lot for an hour and a half.

Thursday I decided to give running a try. It felt amazing mentally and was great for my cardio. But my knee was not having any of it. So I did a long 1-mile walk to cool down after my 2-mile run. I guess that means more time off and cross-training for me. I'm actually more ok with this than the last time. I think my body NEEDS a little break.

We went to a new park for a few hours on Thursday. This is a park I used to run in when I was in high school. We had so many races there! I was surprised because when we go there, things had been changed so much.  This fun little playground was one of the changes.

Here is how my workouts went this week:

Saturday: Hike ---> 2 ish miles

Sunday: Rest

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: Strength training

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Run ----> 2 slow miles, 1-mile walk cool down

Friday: Rest day

Total miles: 5 I will be trying to add some swimming into my routine next week.

Here are the top 3 most popular posts this week:

Hobble Creek Half Recap

How to Train Your Body to Pace

Throw Yourself a Running Birthday Party

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Why Time for You is Never Selfish

As school is starting and our schedules are changing and adapting to the school schedules, I've had something pop into my mind over and over again that I've felt the need to share with you. Even during my race, the thought came to my mind and distracted my thoughts of any pain or tiredness for miles here and there. So I thought it should be shared.

I've heard several people express the feelings of selfishness over their time spent away from their kids to exercise. Or to do anything else for themselves for that matter, but specifically for exercise. This hurts my heart that people are feeling bad about that. 

Mommas, we are spending all day long taking care of other people.  There are probably times during your day that you think about yourself, or what would be nice to do or have if you had the time right now. But are you actually taking the time to do something for yourself when the chance comes?

I am a huge believer that you can not take care of other people if you don't take care of yourself! Pretend you're on an airplane with your family. You start to experience some turbulence and the oxygen masks come down. You have to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you put one on your sweet kids, because otherwise, you'll run out of oxygen yourself, pass out, and no one will be there to help your kids.  I feel like it's the same with your day to day life. 

Doing something nice for yourself at least several days a week (and I'm not talking big things like pedicures or lunch dates with friends or buying yourself something new, but even just the small things) is NOT selfish.  There is no reason to feel guilty about doing those things for yourself.

For me, it's running. I can't tell you how many times just this week I've thought to myself "I'd rather be running right now".  Running 5 days a week, getting in some exercise, having an hour or so to myself and my thoughts with no interruptions, that's what helps fill my cup full enough to pour some into my family's cups.  Taking time to take care of myself is in no way selfish.  It helps me to be able to focus on my kids when they do need me. It helps me feel energized and motivated and ready for when they come home from school asking for snacks and help with homework.  It helps me feel more calm and patient when the times come to teach and discipline them for things they are doing when they shouldn't be. It helps me slow down and focus on spending more one on one time with them, enjoying the snuggles and the laughs and the conversations.

Without running, (without time to take care of me), I don't have those qualities. Without running my house clutters, so does my mind. My productivity is mainly sitting around scrolling the internet way too much. My patience wears thin, my eating habits go down the drain, and so does my energy. I can take care of myself in other ways! And I try to when I can't get a run in. But running is my thing. That's the love language to myself. Some quality alone time sweating and pushing myself harder than ever, proving to myself that I can do hard things. And clearing my mind along the way.

Running is my thing, but it doesn't have to be yours. Whatever you choose to do to take care of yourself is perfect. But remember that it's not selfish. Remember that even though you're taking time away from your family to spend on you, it doesn't make you a bad person. Just because you are spending an hour to focus on something that seems selfish, you don't have to feel guilty because, in the end, it's for them. It's to help you be ready for them.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Throw Yourself a Running Birthday Party

Today is a big day! Today I am no longer just young. Today I'm the "old side of young" because today is my 30th birthday! I have mixed feelings about this. But mostly I'm hoping to make this decade a big/fun/happy one!

Because today is my birthday I want to share some ways for my fellow runners to make their run extra special on your birthdays.  Not that we need anything to help us enjoy our run more...but let's make it even better! Here are 11 ways to throw yourself a running birthday party.

- Invite your running buddies to run with you. Every party is better with more people.

-Ignore your training schedule, just for today, and do your favorite kind of run.

- Run in your favorite place or your favorite route.

- Run your age in miles, or in time.

- Make a special playlist of all your favorite running music to run to.

- Sign up for that race you've always wanted to do.

- Write your age in your run. Use map my run, runkeeper, or another running app to trace out your age on the map.

- Get yourself some new running shoes.

- Do something nice for someone else, and donate your old running shoes to someone in need.

- Refuel with a special treat that you don't normally get yourself.

- Get a massage or a pedicure after

Have any of you ever had a special running party for yourself? What did you do?

Who has an August birthday?

Friday, August 24, 2018

Fast Friday

Welcome to the weekend, everybody! It has been a weekend of rest and play at our house this week. We are taking recovery seriously.  Sunday morning I got dressed to go to church and was so sore that I could hardly move. So I decided to wear my compression sleeves all around the house until it was time to go. In hindsight, I could have gotten away with wearing them all day long if I wore my maxi skirt instead. Oh well.

That night I sat around in the most comfortable pair of leggings I've ever had (Mind you I've never been a leggings person and will only wear these at home, but they are perfect for sitting at home.) and iced my knee.

M was playing outside Monday morning and found a baby snail. She was really excited about it. I was really glad she doesn't seem too grossed out by bugs and slimy things. 

This was the perfect breakfast for this week. The peaches are amazing right now and I've eaten almost a whole bag on my own. Peaches with yogurt and home made granola. 

We finally got a whole ton of rain that we've needed all summer long! It started pouring and our whole neighborhood ran out to play. We had a huge river in our gutters and it was really warm water. 

Wednesday the rain kept coming. In three different storms. 

During a break, we decided to go to the park for a minute and we got caught in another downpour. V didn't care at all. He was not leaving the park. Can you see him?

After dinner, it started again and the girls wanted to play in it again. So we went out. 

It wasn't nearly as warm as it was the last time. So we didn't last too long.

This was the giant rainbow that we got during sunset. 

The picture doesn't do it justice. 

Thursday the rain cleared up and it was warm enough to swim again. So we spent the afternoon swimming after Parent Teacher Conferences. 

Heres what my workouts looked like this week:

Saturday: Race day --->13.1 miles in 1:47:25 

Sunday: Rest

Monday: Rest and foam roll

Tuesday: upper body strength

Wednesday: Rest

Thursday: Cross training: swimming

Friday: Rest 

I'll be back at the miles soon but for now, my body needs some recovery. 

On to the weekend. My birthday is on Monday and I'll be 30! I hope you all have a great weekend!

Have you had a rainy summer or a dry summer?

What was your favorite workout of the week?

Whats your favorite weather?

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Hobble Creek Half Marathon Recap

Where to even begin? This half marathon story has a pretty big backstory that some of you may have been following along the way. But for those who haven't, I'll try to keep the backstory short.  Last year I decided that I'd train for a 10k. I've really only done 5ks except for one relay marathon years ago. While training for that 10k I got injured with Pes Anserine Bursitis and had to take time off instead of race. While I was recovering from that injury the Boston Marathon happened and I watched it and got really inspired. My cousin, Ashley, texted me the next day asking if I wanted to do a half marathon with her. I didn't even hesitate a second before I answered that I, of course, wanted to do this! We decided on finding a race for late summer so that I would have time to recover and we would have a good amount of time to train.

Fast forward to August.  I trained for 4 months, I had worked really really hard and I was really excited and really nervous.  We were almost to race day, two weeks out, and a wildfire started up in the canyon neighboring the one the race was at. And it was bad. The air quality in our area was bad enough that we were told to try to stay indoors as much as possible. My asthma acted up, this has only happened one time before, and I started to worry because it hurt to breathe and I couldn't stop coughing. Thank heaven for my Dr brother, I was able to keep running indoors, and outdoors on good days, with my inhaler and some allergy medicine. But the air didn't seem to be getting any better until a couple of days before the race. On top of that, my knee started to bother me and I was worried that I wouldn't be able to run in any way. Thank heaven for friends who are PT's and willing to work me into a last minute schedule. After a worried text to see if he thought it was ok for me still to run it, he called me and told me to come in before the race to get it taped and told me to rest until the race, then take ibuprofen before the race.

Race day! I was so nervous about my knee and so excited! The air was CLEAR! The temperature was perfect and I can't tell you how smoothly everything went. I got up at 4:45, got dressed, had a piece of banana bread and some water and went to pick Ashley up and we got to the busses right as they were loading. We got on the last bus, she handed me a honey stinger waffle. (you're not really supposed to try anything new before a race but I trusted her with it and I needed to eat something else with my ibuprofen) I am so glad I had that!

We got off the bus and waited for the bathrooms for about 10 minutes. Then we walked up to the starting line. I know some people were not happy about having to walk 3/4 mile up, but I was completely fine with it. It gave me a chance to calm some nerves and it helped me warm up a bit.

Once the race started I knew I needed to use the bathroom again. Ashley and I ran together for the first mile. It was awesome to get to talk to her for a little while before I made the bathroom stop 1 mile down the course.  I was in there for maybe 10 seconds and by the time I got out she was so far ahead, I really thought that there was no way I'd catch back up. So I started to focus on my pace and how my body was feeling.

After a couple of miles, I could still see Ashley and I realized that I probably could catch up to her. I really wanted to run with her for a little while. So I picked it up just a little, ran through one of the water stations and finally after 6ish miles caught up. So we ran together for about a mile before she told me that I was pacing around a 7:30-minute mile at that point. Then she started talking me into running ahead. I kept telling her I thought that if I ran at a faster pace that my knee would get worse and I didn't think I could finish. But she was persistent so I decided to go ahead. I was too much in my own head at that point and didn't realize that I really did have more to give. So I kept a steady pace and pushed ahead.

About mile 9 the course started to flatten out and get more uphills than downhills. Lucky for me, I trained a whole ton of uphills so they didn't slow me down too much, but I did start progressively getting slower and about mile 10, my knee started to bother me more and more. There was no way I was going to DNF by that point because I'd worked so hard, I had gotten that far and I knew I could finish.

Mile 11 I slowed down A LOT. But I knew that I was far enough ahead to still make my goal of finishing in under two hours so I wasn't all that worried about it. I let myself slow down as long as I didn't stop. For the last two miles, I'm pretty sure my pace was slower than a 10-minute mile (I don't have a Garmin or anything so I can't be 100% sure but it felt really slow).

I finished at 1:47:25, taking 3rd in my age group and 48th in the overall women's. Ashley finished pretty soon after me and she said that her energy gels had fallen out of her pocket and we realized I had the rest in my Roosport which I had forgotten about or I would have tried one.

Please forgive the blurriness of this picture. It was actually a video of my finish :)

This course was amazing. It was so pretty! The temperature was perfect. When the sun came up it was at our backs the whole time so there was no squinting.

The course was also really well marked. I can honestly say I didn't question where I was supposed to be going the entire time we were running. There were a good amount of aid stations too.  After the race, they had creamies and fruit for us.

I will definitely be running more races like this. Maybe not super soon, because my body needs some recovery time, but I'll be doing it again. It was such a fun experience and a perfect course!

What race is on your bucket list?

How many races do you do a year? 

Do you have an all-time favorite race?

Monday, August 20, 2018

What's For Dinner Tonight: Chicken Cordon Blue

I will have a race recap up for you later this week, but today I wanted to share a recipe for one of our favorite Sunday dinners.

On Sundays, I try to make a bigger/fancier meal for my family.  We have a few go-to's that we usually rotate between for Sundays. I think I do this mostly because it gives us a good way to enjoy time together on Sunday evenings, it's something I know that every person in the family likes and will eat without a fight, and it helps send us off into the work week feeling loved. So today I'm sharing my recipe for Chicken Cordon Blue with all of you!

What you need:

Chicken breast, depending on the size of your family. I can usually get by with cutting the chicken breast in half widthwise and get enough for all 5 of us. Trevon and I each eat a whole one and the kids split the rest. So if you're feeding adults you might need more chicken than what we use, this recipe makes 4 chickens.
4 pieces of ham
4 pieces of cheese, we like mozzarella on this.
bread crumbs (we use the ones with Italian seasoning)
1 egg beaten
1 cup flour

1 can of cream of chicken,
1 cup sour cream
1 cup water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp parsley
4 tbs butter

First, preheat oven to 350, then cut the chicken in half and pound it out to about 1/4 inch thickness. Salt and pepper each piece. Put ham and cheese on each piece and roll it up. Dredge each piece in flour, then egg, then breadcrumbs. Place seam side down in a sprayed baking dish. Put a pad of butter on each piece of chicken. Bake chicken for 20 minutes. In the meantime, Mix cream of chicken, sour cream, water and seasonings together to make the sauce. When the chicken is done, pour the sauce over the chicken and put it back in the oven for 15 minutes. The thicker your chicken is, the longer it's going to take to cook. So get it as close to 1/4 inch as possible. Serve with mashed potatoes, using the sauce as the gravy or you could have this with baked potatoes! Enjoy :)!

Do you have a traditional Sunday meal?

What is your favorite way to have potatoes?

Friday, August 17, 2018

Fast Friday

I don't have a whole lot of pictures for this week's Fast Friday. But here are a few things that we've done.

Monday was my nephew's birthday party. We celebrated by swimming at my parent's house and having donuts. I decided to start carb loading early this week :).

We ended the summer break by going bowling with some cousins. The girls both loved bowling, V preferred pretending to play in the arcade. He was not the happiest little guy when I told him it was time to stop.

J started second grade on Wednesday.  She was really excited and I was not. I'm not ready to be back into a school routine, but I have to admit that having one less kid was kind of nice. She loves school and so far really likes her teacher. 

While J was gone,  I decided to try to be a little bit more productive than I have been this summer as far as homemaking stuff goes. I made some raspberry jam for the first time in a long time. This was a before picture though, V decided to turn the blender back on while I was in the bathroom (Apparently he's gotten taller this summer) and I decided to still try to make jam with it. It turned out more like puree, but it tasted good.

Went running on treadmill this week. The air has not been good due to some fires around our area. So my asthma has kicked up a notch. Luckily after a week of using my inhaler and taking some allergy medication, it's clearing my lungs up.  The bad news is, my knee decided to start hurting after my Wednesday night run. After talking to my PT friend, I decided to still run the race and just take a few extra rest days. Plus foam rolling and icing a lot. 

Thursday morning the kids played with the neighbors. They got the slip and slide out and were busy for a few hours doing that. Then we spent the afternoon playing with cousins at my sister's house. Obviously, we aren't done with the free time in summer. 

My workouts for the week were really light and easy. 

Saturday:  Intervals ---> 3.5 miles

Sunday: off

Monday: easy run on the treadmill 3.5 miles

Tuesday: off

Wednesday: tempo run on the treadmill 3.5 miles

Thursday: off

Friday: Off

Total Miles: 10.5

What are you doing this weekend?

Do you like back to school time?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Our Trip to Ashton Idaho

Hey everyone! Last weekend we took one last road trip for the summer to Idaho to visit Trevon's family. We try to make it up there at least once a year for a few days.  The town is called Ashton Idaho and it's pretty tiny.  But there are lots of things to do around the area.

Our first full day there, we went to a splash pad in one of the cities close to Ashton ---Rexburg.  The kids played for a full 3 hours there. It wasn't big, but the slides kept them pretty entertained.

This splash pad is in a huge park, called Porter Park, with tons of grass to run around in and it even has a merry-go-round you can ride, they were also giving out free popcorn so we were all happy about that.

When they were all done, we drove about 20 minutes back to the house we stayed in and went to dinner. One thing I did really bad at this trip was taking pictures of the food we ate when we got to eat out. 

The next day, I got up and did a little running. Ashton is about 1,000 feet higher than I'm used to but at least the air was clean! And I always enjoy running in a new area.

Later that day we went to Herriman State Park and did a little hiking. I think this could have probably been a trip in and of itself. They have options for biking, horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, drives, and tours.  Horseback riding sounded fun and all, but with allergies and kids, we decided to just do one of the hikes that take you by Silver Lake.

It was very pretty and really easy for kids! It was a dirt path so it was a little dusty but not annoyingly so. 

We weren't planning on hiking this trip so we didn't bring a baby carrier. V's getting a little big for one now anyway, but this hike was really perfect for little kids. Trevon carried him some of the way because he was a little grumpy, to begin with. But once he started to explore a little he was happy the rest of the way.

They had a bridge you could look out at the water on.  That path led a different way than we were going, but we stopped at the bridge for a little while to have a rest and see if we could find any fish.  

A little further down the trail, we started to wonder if we took a wrong turn and ended up on someone's property. Turns out that it was part of the trail! This was where we started seeing the historical buildings.

Look at how pretty this view is! I can't imagine living somewhere like this!

We walked through several historical houses that have been restored and furnished. Some of them dated back to the early 1900's.  We met a fun couple who had been married for 40 years. They have been retired for the last few years and spent their time traveling.  They stop at places and volunteer their time as tour guides and things like that. It was so fun to meet them. Becky took some time to help the kids with their Jr Rangers books while we got to know them a little bit. If you go to any state or national park (at least all the ones we have been to) and ask them about their Jr Ranger program, they will give your kids an activity book to do while you're out exploring and then they can get sworn in as Jr Rangers and get a badge. It's a fun little activity to do once in a while).

We walked back to the parking lot and realized we parked one parking lot over. So Trevon went to get the car and the kids and I took some pictures.

When we went back and went to find some dinner, we found that everywhere you could eat (Ashton has a total of about 4 restaurants) was packed. I feel like that's pretty abnormal for Ashton. So we went back to the house and had sandwiches and hot dogs for dinner before going to get a fun ice cream treat once the crowds died down.  If you go to Ashton, one of their diners is called the 5 eleven on main. It's a fun little place that you can get pizza, sandwiches, pasta and ice cream.  Thier famous shake is the Huckleberry shake which Trevon got and really liked. I got their bunny tracks sundae, which I liked. 

We came home the next day.  It was a super fun end of summer getaway! We already miss our family there but we will be back again soon.  If you ever get the chance to go to Ashton, try to get out to hike in Herriman State Park. It's so fun! Also, let me know and I'll share all of our fun things we've found to do while there. 

Where is your family from?

How often do you get to visit family?

Any hidden gems in your area?