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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 y

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 ti

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

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 can find my favorite smoothie recipe on today!!! Do you like doing yoga? More importantly, how do you feel about working out at the gym?  

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. A

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 b

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!

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

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.

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 th

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 ridin

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.