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Monday, June 30, 2014

Running recap and potato pillows...Happy Monday!

Happy Monday! And welcome to a new week.

Here is my running/workout recap for last week:

  • Sunday: rest day
  • Monday: 30 minute run/walk (2 min walk + 8 min run x 3), 30 mins lap swim, upper body & core strength
  • Tuesday: 60 minutes stationary bike, lower body strength
  • Wednesday: 60 minutes elliptical, core strength
  • Thursday: 34 minute run/walk (10 min run, 2 min walk, 10 min run, 2 min walk, 10 min run), lower body strength
  • Friday: 30 minute family bike ride; 30 minutes elliptical,
  • Saturday: 38 minute run/walk (12 min run, 2 min walk, 12 min run, 2 min walk, 10 min run); 60 minutes pool running, upper body strength

I have some serious plans to buckle down and eat better to work toward getting in marathon shape (75 days to my race)! Who's with me?

Now onto other things.

Have you ever had pierogies? They are dumplings filled with potato and other yummy ingredients. Friday night, we had potato and spinach pierogies, topped with cheese and sour cream. They are a yummy, easy meal! I highly recommend trying them if you haven't. I bought these at Costco, but I've gotten them at the grocery store before.

This also happened Friday night. My girls slept in their fort, and instead of watching a movie, they wanted to read our old family blog all about the first few years of their lives. I'm so glad I have those moments and memories recorded!

Saturday morning we went for a family run/bike ride. I have to admit that some of my runs the past two weeks have felt pretty hard. I am still running slow, with walk breaks. But it just feels hard. I keep telling myself to be patient and that I'll get back to where I was, but it's not easy. I just want to be able to get lost in my runs, but it's hard when it seems like work.

Saturday night we got a sitter, and Scott and I had date night at Cheesecake Factory. There are so many yummy things to choose from, but I almost always end up getting the stuffed tortillas. They looked a lot better before I spread the sour cream all over them, but sometimes I'm too excited for the first bite to remember to take a picture.

Scott got a spicy penne pasta dish that I can't remember the name of, but it was delicious. Of course we also got cheesecake, but we ordered it to-go because we were so full.

When we got home from dinner, I found this note on the counter. I really do love being a mom!

And because I needed a treat to take to some friends today, I fulfilled Princess Grace's request for Molasses Gems on Sunday.mI won't even begin to pretend they are healthy, and trying to healthify them just seems wrong. But they are absolutely delicious!!!!

 

What was the food highlight of your weekend?

When is your next race?

 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Five runs down, countless to come

I tried out a new trail for my run yesterday thanks to Scott, who hung out with the girls in the middle of the day so I could enjoy some new scenery. I walked for a few minutes to warm up and then ran 10 minutes, walked 2, ran 10, walked 2, ran 10. The running portions are still at a slow, easy pace.

It was a hilly little run, but I enjoyed the variety. I need to find a trail closer to home with little rolling hills like this one had.

I am still easing back into things. This was my fifth run since my return to running.

I read a lot of different articles and information about returning to running and exercise after having a stress fracture.

These had some of the best and most useful information:

Returning to Running After a Stress Fracture or Other Major Injury

How to Return to Running After a Stress Fracture

When you start running after taking eight weeks off because of a stress fracture, seeing your run history in your watch actually makes you smile when the last run before taking time off was April 21. If you're going to have a "last run," it might as well be the Boston Marathon.

 

Do you keep track of all your runs? I upload all mine to Garmin Connect, and I also write them down in my running calendar.

What are your plans this weekend, running and otherwise?

 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Color in Motion 5K Race Entry Giveaway

This morning, I did this leg workout:

I liked it, so I figured you might too.

I also like racing. And giving free race entries to you. Color in Motion 5K is helping me combine those loves and wants to give two lucky I Have Run readers a free entry to their race in Salt Lake City on July 19! The purpose behind the Color in Motion race series is to get people moving, which is another thing I very much like.

Winners don't just get a free entry though. You get a SWAG PACKAGE, with the entry, a swag bag and a pair of sunglasses!

If you don't live in the Salt Lake area, check out the other Color in Motion races around the country HERE. You can get 40% off your race entry by using the promo code: IHAVERUN

To enter to win:

  • Leave a comment telling me your favorite way to get moving! (Required)
  • Post about this giveaway on Twitter, Instagram, your blog and/or Facebook. 1 additional entry for each post! Either tag me (@ihaverun on IG and Twitter) or leave a comment letting me know you posted. (Optional)
  • Join the Color in Motion Event on Facebook. Leave a comment letting me know you did. 1 additional entry for joining. Then SHARE it on Facebook for another entry! (Optional)

I will anounce the winners on Monday, July 7!!!

 

 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Fro-yoga for runners

Last night I took a yoga class with Janae and Heather and was reminded why runners should do yoga. The muscles I work when I run were so tight!!

It was easy to do yoga regularly when I taught a class or two each week, but I wasn't a runner then so I didn't fully appreciate the benefits from a runner's point of view. I may not make it to an actual class (I don't love the gym, but that's a whole post of its own) regularly, but I will be adding some yoga to my weekly workouts from now on.

You can find more about the benefits of yoga for runners HERE.

And of course a yoga night wouldn't be complete without froyo after! I added some fruit this time to make myself feel like it was a little bit healthy.

Speaking of healthy...you can find my favorite smoothie recipe on Runnerd.com today!!!

Do you like doing yoga?

More importantly, how do you feel about working out at the gym?


 

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Making memories...the hard way

We don't just run together as a family around here. Once in a while we like to go on family outings and take advantage of the amazing beauty Utah has to offer. Like with an afternoon at Cascade Springs.
We had a great time wandering around the springs, reading the different signs educating us about the fish and leaves and plants surrounding us.
Until I was reading the sign about stinging nettle out loud and looked over at Ellie Bean who was reaching out to touch a plant that looked exactly like the one on the sign I was reading. Guess what?!? Stinging nettle stings. Just ask Ellie.
When we finally convinced her to rinse it off in the stream, it felt a little better, but I got an extra workout carrying her around to console her.

Once she stopped crying and her finger stopped throbbing quite so much, she posed for a picture in front of some stinging nettle. I'm pretty sure she won't forget what it looks like though.

And that is how you make a family outing truly memorable. Although there are probably other ways...

 

Have you ever touched stinging nettle or poison ivy?

What ws the most memorable thing about your past few days?

 

Monday, June 23, 2014

My Return to Running - Post Stress Fracture

Last week marked my return to running after eight weeks off due to a tibial stress fracture.

I am easing back in with slow run/walk sessions every other day. I'm also doing regular strength training to help keep my entire body strong and balanced.

Here are my workouts from last week:

  • Monday - 60 minutes pool running; 30 minute run/walk (10 min walk, 5 min run, 5 min walk, 5 min run, 5 min walk); lower body strength
  • Tuesday - 60 minutes pool running; upper body and core workouts
  • Wednesday - 60 minutes pool running; 30 minute run/walk (5 min walk, 5 min run x 3)
  • Thursday - 60 minutes pool running; upper body and core workouts
  • Friday - 45 minutes pool running, 15 minutes swimming laps; 30 minute run/walk (3 min walk, 7 min run x 3)
  • Saturday - 60 minutes on the bike

It is getting harder to pool run now that I can do the real thing. But it definitely helped me return to running without too much fitness loss. I feel like I have maintained my cardiovascular fitness, but my body is readjusting to the impact of running after eight weeks of complete non-impact exercise.

Even though it's hard sometimes, I'm being really disciplined because I don't want to reinjure myself.

Even when Princess Grace wanted to go for a run, completely her own idea, I made myself ride my scooter since I had already run.

Have you ever had a stress fracture or injury that kept you from running?

What is your favorite way to cross train?

 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Funnel Cake and Fireworks

We are trying to pack in the fun this summer. Which meant we couldn't pass up the carnival when it came to town!
I probably love when they hold hands a little too much.
This slide was their favorite. They went on it at least two dozen times. I have to admit it was pretty fun!

They finally braved the roller coaster. And loved it.
Have I mentioned I love my family?
 

 

And this face. Seriously. She has the best expressions.

My three favorites. Although Ellie Bean is so small all you could see was a set of hands.
The night wouldn't have been complete without fireworks.

Or a funnel cake. At 11:00 pm.

 

What's your favorite carnival food? It's a toss up between cotton candy and funnel cake for me.

Do you like roller costers? I love them!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Things I Love Thursday - Fro-yo disguised as runner fuel

This is what almost a pound of fro-yo looks like. Half coconut, half peanut butter chocolate cookie, topped with Snickers and Reese's Peanut Butter Cup crumbles, cookie dough pieces and two macaroons. I didn't even pretend to make it healthy. And I savored every bite. I was admittedly a little sick for the hour after it hit my stomach, but I have no regrets.

Then there's this little guy. He wanders around the house, bumping into walls and funiture. For those of you who haven't been properly introduced, this is Rowdy. He slowly went blind a few years ago and then had his eyes completely removed about two years ago because he had glaucoma. He also has Addison's disease, takes medicine for incontinence and is losing his hearing, but we love him. He's part of the family and has been around since before Grace and Ellie appeared on the scene. And when he gets his duck at bedtime, he's irresistible. Ever since he was a tiny puppy, he has brought us his stuffed animal to let us know he's ready to go to bed.

Then there's this. This is pretty much how I felt this morning. And looked. Who are we kidding; it's pretty much me every morning lately. Janae even asked if I was ok when she got to the pool yesterday because I looked pretty much like the last picture. Yep, I was ok; just tired. But pool time and the little bit of running (15 whole minutes!!) yesterday were worth getting up when the alarm went off.


Are you a morning person or a night person? I'm neither and both. I just need my eight hours of sleep.
What's your favorite fro-yo topping? I love Snickers and cookie dough. They are good on every flavor!!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A lot can happen in 24 hours, including my first run in 8 weeks

A lot can happen in 24 hours. Lucky for you (and me) Scott is great at documenting our lives. I manage to remember to take a picture now and then too. And even Ellie Bean got in on the picture taking during the past day.

One of the highlights of the past day was my first run in 8 weeks. That's 56 days people!! It wasn't just a run though. It was an event. We even made it a family outing, because it just felt right having Team I Have Run do it together. And I loved every minute. Even the walking. And the horse petting. But the running was the best part. The pain free running. My return to running was a 10 minute fast walk, 5 minute run, 5 minute walk, 5 minute run, 5 minute walk.

My girls slept on the floor last night. It is one of their favorite things this summer. They wanted to build a fort in Grace's bed (the bottom bunk) and sleep together, but I vetoed having two bodies sleeping in a single bed. So they settled for the floor so they could be closer to each other. Apparently the distance between the top and bottom bunks is too far.
I posted a new article on Runnerd.com. If you haven't checked out the site, you should! I know I'm biased, but it has some great original content and the race calendar is one of a kind!

I pool ran with Josse and Janae. The water aerobics instructor tried to strong arm us into joining the class, but we resisted and got our run on and even worked up a little bit of a sweat.

Ellie Bean and Princess Grace played Barbies. They had to take a picture of their Barbie family when they got it all set up. Apparently it takes 15+ tries to get a good shot. It also takes a few practice shots of Grace eating a cupcake.
My girls started swim lessons yesterday. Of course the weather decided to be overcast and rainy their first two days of lessons. I wore a hoody and used their towels as blankets during lessons today. But my girls are troopers and haven't complained at all.
And Ellie was fitted for custom earplugs today. They want to remodel our toy room to look like the doctor's waiting room. Can you blame them?

 

What was the highlight of your past 24 hours?

Tell me something about your last run!

 

Monday, June 16, 2014

A Spectator's View - Utah Valley Marathon Race Report

I have to admit something. I had a party without you. It started Friday and lasted all the way to Saturday morning.
Don't feel too bad about missing out though. Because it was a pity party. I was feeling a little sad about not being able to run the Utah Valley Half on Saturday. After I gave myself a stern little talking to though, the day ended up being pretty spectacular.

I got a little (pool) run in and then headed to the race to experience it from the other side of things. Seeing Janae nearing the finish line overwhelmed me with emotions. I am so proud of how she has handled her injury and how she pushed through to the finish when things got tough!

Another one of the highlights of the day was hanging out with Megan. We adopted her as a sister wife until her husband showed up with their kiddos and claimed her.


Our girls ran the Kids 1K and gave it their all!! They were all excited about the race, although I think most of the excitement was about the medal they got at the end!! They are true runnerds.

Can we just take a second to look at this kid's running form?


So many of my friends ran either the full or the half and it was so fun to see them and hear their different experiences. It was a tough day for a lot of them because of the wind, but there were still some PRs (Heather!) and lots of happy runners.
Now let's talk about how Janae ran a marathon Saturday morning and then insisted on babysitting my girls Saturday night so I could take Scott out for a little Father's Day celebration. She is without a doubt my girls' favorite babysitter. She's kind of my favorite too.
Scott and I went to Porter's Place, a restaurant he has been wanting to try. I had the BBQ steak sandwich and Scott had the chicken fried steak. They we're both good, but not amazing. It was fun to try a new place and the ambiance was worth at least one visit!
 Do your kids like to run?
What is the last restaurant you ate at?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I love summer! And Isis.

Highlights of my day today...

  • Slept in until 6:30 am. Then the hubs rubbed my back until I forced myself to get out of bed around 7:15. The girls had a sleepover with their cousins, so we had the luxury of sleeping in on a weekday!!
  • Went pool running for 75 minutes. I got out of the pool when it was being bombarded by swim lessons.
  • Hit up Jamba Juice. I've been loving my free smoothies the past few weeks, thanks to Isis and the girl who sold me my phone last month and told me about it!

Yesterday was much more exciting...

  • A short session on the bike. I wore these capris to make it more exciting. Princess Grace hates them. She pretty much hates anything with skulls on it. I'm not usually a fan either, but these capris from Onzie were too hard to resist. They are pink, after all! Onzie also sent me a cute matching bra, which I also wore cycling but it was hiding under my tank. And this cute one-piece, which I still need to try out!!
  • Wednesday is riding lesson day. Ellie Bean is practicing her trotting so she can start to learn jumping. I can't think about it too much or it makes me crazy nervous. But my girl loves it and counts down to her next riding lesson every week. An extra bonus was a horse that just had a cute little filly.
  • Then we hit up the splash pad with some of my favorite people. Have I mentioned I love summer?
  • Then I enjoyed one of these! It's another thing I'm loving lately, for only $0.25, thanks again to Isis. However, choosing a smoothie over a milkshake isn't always easy. Nor does it always happen.
  • Then the girls went to sleep over at their cousins' house, so Scott and I grabbed some dinner at JCW's. I was on an Isis kick and it has a $3 off $5 purchase offer at JCW's right now. I resisted a burger, but I'm not sure this is really much healthier.

 

Milkshake or smoothie? Turkey sandwich or burger?

What deals have you been taking advantage lately?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Not just another bowl of oatmeal

One of my favorite breakfasts lately is a big bowl of steel cut oats with coconut almond milk and brown sugar crumble.

I love the oatmeal at Jamba Juice because of the brown sugar topping they put on it. So I did my best to copycat it. And I actually like my brown sugar crumble better!

I tried it on my yogurt and peaches last night and it reminded me of peach cobbler!

So here's the recipe for you to give it a try!

 

Brown Sugar Crumble

2 T coconut oil, melted

3 T brown sugar

1/2 c dry oats

2 T whole wheat flour

1/4 c chopped pecans

Mix ingredients. Then add honey to achieve crumbly consistency (about 2-3 T). Store in airtight container. Crumble will harden a bit overnight as the liquids absorb.

 

What do you like in your oatmeal? My second favorite is bananas and Nutella.

 

 

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