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Monday, June 29, 2015

A really awesome running tip for you.

After running 14 miles, an apple fritter tastes like heaven (and gives me crazy eyes, apparently). I'm not even a huge fan of apple fritters. I followed it with a maple bar for dessert (the apple fritter was lunch).

After a miserably hot long run, it was time for some more time in the heat at the water park with my girls. Have I mentioned I love my girls? I wore my new swimsuit for the first time and loved it! Bonus: I got to show off my sweet runner's tan.

Six recovery miles on Saturday. I wore my watch but didn't use it. Just some random information for you. This is an example of why I don't take running selfies. This was the best of a really bad bunch of attempts.

When you see some little ponies during your run, you take your horse-crazy daughter to see them. And this happens.

And this is how you wear KT Tape to church without it being too obvious. You're welcome. I'm glad I could share such an awesome running tip with you.

I have been pretty good lately about cutting back on treats. When I was craving something sweet the other day, I made this Honey Coconut Popcorn for a healthier sweet treat option. The problem is, when something is this good, I end up eating way too much and it is no longer healthy. So yes, it is good. And you should make it. So here is the recipe:

Honey Coconut Popcorn

6 cups air popped popcorn
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup (unrefined) coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla

Melt honey and coconut oil together over low heat. Whisk in vanilla. Let sit 5-10 minutes to cool slightly. Pour over popcorn and stir gently. Salt to taste.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sharing is caring.

When I read something online want to share with you, I leave it open in a window on my phone. I have 15 windows open right now, so I figured it was time to post some of the things I have found!

I loved reading this article on how one woman's healthy diet turned into an eating disorder. It really reminded me how any type of extreme is unhealthy. Yet another reason to focus on moderation in ALL THINGS.

And this post from Runners World was exactly what I needed when I saw it. Since I am focusing on staying injury free, getting my body ready and warmed up to run and making it stronger at the same time just makes sense. This warm-up will be my new pre-run ritual!

Then there's this article that every mom should read. It made me a little teary as I recognized myself in a lot of what it was saying.

Now I'm off to get my long run done. Best way I can think of to kick off a Friday. 

Happy Friday and even more importantly...HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Can you guess that 80s movie?

We have made going to the Strawberry Days carnival an annual tradition. I snapped this picture last year...

...and this picture this year.

I kind of love when they are best friends.

I run by here during most of my runs lately:

But am going to have to map out a new route because the last two times I have run past it, the smell has made my stomach turn. Like almost puking kind of turn. Can't have that mid-run unless it's run-induced puking. Then it's a whole other story.

Friday the girls and I drove to Idaho and back. So sunflower seeds were a given. My grandparents are moving into a much smaller home and my grandma wanted to give me her China, so I went to pick it up before they moved from Idaho to Utah. My grandparents are 91 and 99 years old and have a little reluctantly decided to finally move into a retirement community.

Almost seven hours in the car? NBD for these girls. They were awesome.

Not so awesome was that our air conditioner broke the night before our Idaho trip. Luckily Scott found somebody at work who knew somebody who could squeeze us in Friday evening and get it fixed. Otherwise we were looking at an appointment five days away. With this as the forecast:

Saturday I got to run in Park City for a beautiful 12 miles. Two miles in, I remembered how much I hate carrying something when I run. And this water bottle is probably my least favorite of the ones I have to carry. I love the bottle because it keeps my water cold for a long time. I just don't love carrying it. So I ditched it after two miles and routed my run so I'd pass by it a few times.

My run also took me past a bunch of Wasatch Back Ragnar runners at one point. I ran alongside them for about 1/2 mile until they turned off the trail I run on. On my return through this same section, I tried to be extra cheerful with my "good morning" greetings since most of the runners looked like they wanted to die.

Saturday night we went to the Owlz game because it was Father's Day weekend and after his girls, Scott's next favorite thing is baseball.

Add in Roger Clemens throwing out the first pitch, and it was pretty much a perfect combo for Scott. He has been a Clemens fan since he was a little tike.

And of course Scott and the girls were off getting goodies when the Mascot came to our section and wouldn't leave until I took a selfie with him. Note to self: put your phone away and look enthralled in the game the next time the mascot wanders by.

At the end of the game, our girls got to run the bases. Then there were fireworks. It was a pretty spectacular evening, mascot selfie and all.

And just a little reminder:

Last but not least, here's a pop quiz for you. Scott and I thoroughly enjoyed watching this little blast from the past last week. Can you name the movie this parting shot is from?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Let marathon training begin!

Let marathon training begin! 

Marathon number 11 is in 81 days. Normally I do a 16 week training plan, but I wanted to do something shorter this time around because 16 weeks always feels like forever. When I decided to do a shorter plan, I didn't count on being injured almost up to the day training began. So my base isn't as solid as I would like, but at least I have been running the last few weeks and have two solid longer runs (10 and 12 miles) behind me. 

And with that, the 12 week countdown begins. This morning I ran an easy five miles. My legs were a little tired from 12 miles on Saturday and then a 5+ mile hike yesterday, so I was happy to take it nice and easy and slow. The number one goal of marathon training for me is to stay healthy and injury free.

We hiked to Stewart Falls yesterday afternoon to celebrate Father's Day. The girls did awesome and didn't complain at all. There were tears a few times, like when each girl took a turn falling on her bum pretty hard at some point. And we discovered some kind of plant that may have been stinging nettle but we're not positive. Ellie got it on five different spots on her body and cried pretty hard. Scott and I both got it on us in a couple of spots, and I can testify that it was not pleasant. Luckily we were close to the waterfall when we ran into it and the cold water from the waterfall helped sooth it quite a bit.

Now we're off for a busy day of dentist appointments, grocery shopping and a Costco run, and riding lessons for Ellie Bean. Have a wonderful Monday!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

I scream, you scream, we all scream for (homemade vanilla) ice cream!

One thing that drives me C-R-A-Z-Y is bad customer service. Target qualified in this department recently.

I ordered this swimsuit, and getting it here was quite the ordeal. When it finally arrived, I was disappointed to realize the keyholes where the bottoms tie at the hips are less than flattering on my body and that I would needed a smaller size in the top.

I'm happy to report that returning it was a much easier process. There's just something about working with someone face to face. So now I'm waiting for this one to come. Keep your fingers crossed that I have more success with it. And that getting it here is smooth and painless.

What has been smooth and painless is eating better this week. I know I'm only halfway through the week, but I'll take it. Monday night I made lasagna rolls. I was making lasagna rolls long before the first recipe or photo of them was ever posted online; I just decided to roll the noodles up one time because it seemed easier than making a big old pan of lasagna for two people. I realized the other day that I probably haven't made them since before I had Grace.

In the past I always made them just like lasagna, loaded with meat sauce and cheese. This time I left out the meat and loaded them with spinach, cottage cheese and ricotta. I used this recipe. Ellie more than approved, and Grace said they were pretty good, which is a two thumbs up coming from her!

Also much approved by both girls was the homemade ice cream they made in bags a few nights ago. However, the bags full of salt and ice began leaking before the ice cream was completely set up so they had to finish freezing them in the freezer. But it was still delicious!

Nothing says summer better than homemade vanilla ice cream. Except maybe homemade vanilla ice cream in a root beer float. I might have to try that one of these days soon. Very soon.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Don't make me feel bad about my daily battle. I feel bad enough.

Someone I used to be close to sent me a text last fall criticizing the fact that I complain about having body issues. It was worded quite cruelly and was part of a very painful, damaging conversation.

First, that person is no longer an influence in my life. And second, I don't care what a person looks like or acts like on the outside because you NEVER know what they deal with on the inside.

My struggle with my body image is a battle every. single. day. Do I wish I could love my body the way it is? Of course. Do I wish I could not see just my flaws when I look in the mirror? Absolutely. Do I wish it didn't have such a profound affect on me some days? Yes!!

Some days and weeks it affects me more than others. The reason I'm posting this now is because it has been particularly challenging lately. I can't pinpoint exactly why, but putting on a swimsuit certainly never helps. And summer requires that more than usual.

Where I live certainly doesn't help either. There are A LOT of thin, beautiful women in Utah. My friends and I actually had a conversation about how hard it is to go to the pool here and not feel bad about ourselves. And all three of us are fit and at healthy weights. Any time I travel somewhere, I notice the difference in the number of model perfect women in Utah vs. almost everywhere else. And since I can feel bad about myself just walking through Target because I literally can't go anywhere without comparing myself to other women, trust me on this. I told you. It is a constant, daily struggle.

I don't like comparing myself to other women. I want to be able to go swimming or simply grocery shopping without feeling bad about myself. I work on it every day. If there was a switch I could flip to change the way I think and feel about my body you bet I would flip that sucker and break the switch right off!

However, my body image challenges may be something I struggle with for the rest of my life. It may be part of my mortal test. I hope not, but the reality is that it may always be something I have to work on and struggle to overcome. Yet I will continue to do the things that will help me learn to love my body, and I will refrain from verbalizing my struggles in front of my girls.

In spite of my own body hatred, which is the most accurate way to describe it, I can still set a good example for my girls by focusing on the positive, making an effort to be healthy, and modeling positive eating habits. Just because my body image is my challenge does not mean it has to be a challenge for my daughters. I can still set a positive example of finding the good about my own body and can continue helping them focus on all the amazing things their bodies can do and what beautiful instruments their bodies are.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

A book, a bra and a box that rocks!

This week is all about randomness, so here are some random things I'm loving lately!

Rocksbox! You can get a different set of cute jewelry EVERY. SINGLE. MONTH. This is great for people like me who have a hard time committing to jewelry, even if it's a pair of $5 earrings because I know I'll have them and feel obligated to wear them for the next 10 years. Rocksbox changed all that! Find out more HERE and use the code ihaverunxoxo to get your first month free.

Right now I'm reading this:

Since it is the follow up to The Rosie Project, which I read first, it is kind of a given that I'm enjoying it.

I LOVE this bra:
I forgot how much I love it because I don't wear it unless I'm running. Now that I am finally running on a regular basis, it is back in rotation. I have it in three colors and am tempted to add a few more to my collection since some of the colors are on sale right now!

And this workout has become one of my favorites:

I may have posted it before, but it's worth posting again. And worth giving a try!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Miscellaneous Monday

Sometimes the pictures on my phone reflect the recent highlights and randomness of my life really well. So I bring you the first Miscellaneous Monday, prompted by the pictures from my phone.

This was my lunch multiple times last week. Whole wheat tortilla with turkey, Swiss cheese, lettuce/spinach mix, and spicy avocado hummus. This picture proves I wasn't the only fan of this meal.

All my runs lately have included a lot of dodging these little guys. Like hundreds of them. But hey, it's a nice distraction when my leg is hurting. Which is all of my runs lately as well.

Took a screenshot of this as a reminder because far too often the two go hand in hand for me. But I'm working on it.

The Bean and I spent quite a bit of time on Saturday sorting her rubber bands into her new storage case. What you see is about 1/20 of what we sorted.

This line from a Studio C sketch made me laugh. It's referring to the remote. So I Snapchatted the picture to my Bachelor loving friends to make fun of their obsession. I'm a good friend like that.

Saturday night was date night. I demolished my chips and salsa like a boss. Scott didn't stand a chance. Which is the norm for us.

This came in the mail on Friday. I'm super excited about it and will share more in detail soon!!

Ellie drew this in church yesterday. She is clearly LOVING her shorter hair.

To add to the adorableness of her new hairdo, she lost her two top front teeth in the past week. Not only does she look so stinkin' cute, but I love hearing her talk with a little lisp now.

And as far as randomness goes, Grace decided to name her giant slinky and treat it like a pet.

Then there's this. As much as their tablets drive me nuts sometimes, it's pretty great when I get messages like these from Ellie.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Happy National Doughnut (or if you prefer, Donut) Day!

This is a good week for made up holidays! We're just here celebrating National Doughnut Day today! Don't worry; I'm not eating both of those. One is for Scott. And by putting it on here, he will know of its existence. Now I won't be able to eat it.

It's also a good week to be a winner. And the winner of the Spartan Race entry giveaway is:

Amber Cheeves

Please email me at to claim your entry!! Congratulations!!

Everyone else, have a fantabulous weekend. And may it include doughnuts.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Epic #momfail

First things first. Happy National Running Day!! I hope you all get in a great run today. I will be cross training my heart out but might try to sneak in a short little run with my girls later in the day just to celebrate.

Ever since I got my Chucks, my girls have wanted same. When we found these copycats for $10, I was all for it! And now I want my own pink pair, of course.
Those darling pink shoes may look innocent, but they led to my lowest point of the day yesterday. In fact, it was one of my biggest motherhood fail moments in a while. My Gracie girl took this picture to send to her dad to show him her cute outfit and new shoes.


The motherhood fail came when she went to text it to him and saw this:


I was upstairs putting clean sheets on her bed when she came in and said, "I'm sorry I'm going to make this summer so challenging."

If she'd said it defensively or angrily, I probably wouldn't have felt like I'd just been punched in the gut. But I could hear the hurt in her voice as she said it sincerely. My heart broke.

Of course I responded so maturely. I flipped out all defensively and got mad and told her not to read other people's texts, which was practically impossible since they were RIGHT THERE when she went to text her dad. Not only did I feel like crap for her seeing the text, but I was mad at myself because I'd actually had the thought that I should erase it after I sent it to Scott. Then I was mad at myself for how I reacted and the things I said. It was the perfect storm of motherhood failure.

I eventually became an adult again and when I was laying by her at bedtime I talked to her about what I was referring to when I sent that text to Scott and how we could make the summer less challenging together. And because in my meltdown, I may have said I don't want to be a mom, I explained to her that there's nothing I want more than to be a mom but that I feel like I fail so much, and when I feel like I'm failing, it is so hard and discouraging and makes me say things I don't mean.

I'm sure I've scarred her for life. And since she has a ridiculously good memory of even the smallest most random things, I'm sure she'll never forget seeing that text. I'm sure I'll carry the guilt of yesterday for many days to come. It will make me sad in unexpected moments. But all I can do is try to make today better, try to be a better mom today than I was yesterday, and learn from my mistakes.

So the next time you have your own #momfail moment, remember you're not alone. Remember you're human. And apologize, because they deserve it. Then move on and keep trying to be the best mom you can every single day because those little people who love you deserve the best.


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Lemonade stands and poop muffins. Summer is in full swing.

Summer isn't complete without a lemonade stand. Throw in cookies, put it on the right street, and you make almost $50. I have a feeling my girls are going to want to have a lemonade stand with their cousins as often as possible!


We wrapped up the lemonade selling business just in time to grab some dinner and head to my grandpa's 93rd birthday party. As far as human beings go, he is one of the best. There aren't many better men out there.

My cousin figured it out and there were 4 of his 6 children, 9 of his 21 grandchildren, and 13 of his 31 great grandchildren there to celebrate. Who am I to question her math?
Every year, the girls and I make a list of fun things we want to do in the summer. Making these needs to be added to this year's list.


This morning I ran five miles. My calf hurt the entire time. It did ease up the faster I went, but I didn't have it in me to go very fast. And it turned into more of a dull ache after four miles, but I think I might cross traine tomorrow and see how it feels on Thursday.


I went to the doctor last Thursday, and he recommended ART. So Friday I went in and suffered through a 1-hour session.

In addition to my calf, he worked on a lump on the bottom of my foot that has caused me pain off and on and my sciatic, which has bothered me for a very. long. time. My foot is considerably better. And my calf and sciatic have definitely improved. I'm hoping one or two more visits really does the trick. The doctor said if I'm not almost back to 100% after three visits, there's something besides soft tissue issues going on, so keep your fingers crossed for me.


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