#RWRunStreak

Day 3. I had big plans for making a little collage of my run from yesterday, but I forgot to take a picture of my cute running buddies. I also forgot to take a screenshot of the challenge page and alas the day has advanced.

But I did my mile. 1.23 to be exact. While Noel mowed and edged the yard yesterday morning, I had John lace up his running shoes and threw Mark’s bike in the back of the car. We headed to our favorite path around the little pond near the boys’ school. Two laps around and we were done. Good thing too, because it was muggy at 10am. I thought we were supposed to have a hot, dry summer, and so far it’s been nothing but HUMID. I can handle the heat, but the humidity gets to me.

Here’s what I wore yesterday for my run. More booty shorts…purple ones! I paired it with my favorite Target top. They changed them this year, and I was bummed. I LOVE these tops and they are inexpensive too. Not that I really need anymore since I already have five hanging in my closet. I gave a bandana a try instead of my usual Bondi Band. It kept the sweat out of my eyes and has cute little blue birds on it. My Saucony Guide 7s are on their last legs. I’m going to be sad to retire these bad boys. They’ll probably be my last pair of Guides since I switched to low drop shoes.

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I have a new fuel obsession. Clif bars. An ultra runner friend of ours told me that’s what he eats, so I thought I would give them a try. These are my favorite flavors!

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Our grocery store has them on sale 10/$10 so I stocked up. John likes the kid ones A LOT. He’s supposed to try the Iced Oatmeal Cookie one today and let me know how it is. So far the brownie is his favorite.

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I can’t wait to give them a try on a longer run. I bet I’d only need one bar for a whole half marathon since they have about 240-250 calories in them.

What fuel do you use on runs?

Are you a GU fan or do you use something else?
I currently use Stinger Energy Chews, but I’m always open to trying new things. I’ve tried two kinds of gels and they just don’t work for me. I have to have something more substantial that sits better on my tummy.

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Track

After five hours of signing kiddos up for summer reading, I was ready to RUN tonight. I told Noel this morning that we were going to track practice. Because if you say it in the morning and make a plan, you have to follow through later. Right?

Here’s what I wore. I think I’ll take a picture of my outfit for each of these 40 days of running. I love my running clothes, so I might as well showcase them!

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These Nike tanks are one of my favorites. Nike Racer something or other. And I always have a good run in my trusty Under Armour 7″ compression shorts. No booty bounce in these bad boys!

So for Run Streak Day 2, I did a mishmash of speedwork. Noel and I did a half mile warm up. We then did 400s. We were supposed to split into three groups, but it ended up being one big group and one smaller group that knew better. I ran with the second group the first time and then moved up to the first group. I did 4×400, averaging right at 1:57 for all of them. Then we did a 10 minute threshold. I had wasted most of my energy on the 400s, so I didn’t go nearly as fast as I could have. I only made it about 1.1 miles. Then we did 200s. I did three in the middle group. They ended up being races among several of the runners, which was comical to say the least.

It was a great workout. I got to meet several of my Daily Mile friends. It’s so interesting when I meet local DM people. It’s like we’ve known each other for years and it’s like we’ve run together before. It’s such a neat experience. I love my running community…they really do keep me going!

I’ll probably just do an easy mile tomorrow. I have the night shift at the library, which is always crazy busy the first week of summer reading.

Land of the Free…Because of the Brave

Happy Memorial Day! I love this saying! I am so thankful for all of those who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. (I borrowed this from one of my FB friends. Thanks, Jaime!)

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Today I started the Runner’s World Run Streak! 1 down…39 to go! Noel and I did an easy 3 miles in the town closest to our house while the boys chased us down on their bikes. Mark only bonked Noel’s heel twice and mine once. And John only laid his bike down twice. We could take his training wheels off if he could learn how to turn.

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I ran in my new booty shorts! I LOVE them! So comfy. They did ride up a little, but they didn’t roll, just rested above my thighs and stayed there. $7 at Walmart. Not online unfortunately though, so you have to enter the dreaded Walmart for these bad boys.

I’m so self conscious about my legs, but as a former chubster, I still have body image issues. The booty shorts got two thumbs up from Noel who said my legs looked awesome in them. I think this also might have been my first actual run in my Runner Girl top that I got at the Prairie Fire expo. I want to get the safety neon green one too and have my twitter handle screen printed on the back.

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It’s an honor to be loved and adored and groped this much by this man. He’s a neon addict too. 🙂 His top is from Target. He has a hot pink one too. I’m pretty sure he has more pink in his running clothes than I do!

After our run, we got cleaned up, ate lunch, and headed into town. We hit up GoRun because they were having a sale. We can’t pass up a run store with a sale. It ended up being a win because they had marked the Saucony milestone tees 30% off. I’ve been drooling over the 13.1 one since I saw it on Another Mother Runner, but it’s hard for me to justify $35 for a running tee. $20 however…I can do!

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We also got Noel a GoRun singlet to match my purple one that I bought last summer after my first non-stop 3 mile run and I declared myself a real runner. Now we can match for the Couple’s Classic next month!

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We also made the monthly Sam’s Club trip and stocked up on chicken, broccoli, goodies for the boys’ summer food bins, and large quantities of k-cups and peanut butter. You know…the usual Sam’s Club purchases of a runner family.

What did you do today?

Who else is doing the RW Runstreak?

Sunday Sunday Sunday

No run again today. I thought about it as I was going to bed last night, but then the dog had to pee/poop three times in the night and then puked on my (extra) pillow at 5am. He also pooped in his crate while Noel was at the gym and I was at work…he must love me extra today!

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I’ve decided to join the Runner’s World RunStreak! I pledged to run at least one mile every day from Memorial Day to the 4th of July. 40 days of running. BRING IT ON! I’ll be tracking it on Map My Fitness.

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I made pesto today. I wanted to make pesto last week, but my fridge has weird cold spots and the spinach froze and wilted before I got to it. Now I can make a pesto chicken sandwich tomorrow for lunch with the leftovers!

Since the life hack in my last post…the water bottle holder…was so successful (two people in real life told me they are going to do it!), here’s another one for you to try.

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Some moms complain about their kids fighting in the summer. Some moms complain about their kids saying “I’m bored.” I can handle both of those, but I quickly tire of “I’m hungry.” I hear that one A LOT since I have boys with two hollow legs. This is our new solution. They both get two bins, one in the fridge and one on the counter. Every morning after breakfast, I fill it with all of the food they can eat between breakfast and dinner. All their snacks and their lunch comes out of the bins. Once the food is gone, they have to wait until dinner. Today was day one, and I think it went well. We didn’t hear “I’m hungry” once and they enjoyed getting to serve themselves from their selection of food. I’m a fan already!

Here’s the list of things we are currently planning on having in rotation:
sandwiches and roll ups – PB and meat/cheese
goldfish crackers, cheese crackers, pretzels
yogurt
cheese sticks
apples
bananas
fruit cups
applesauce pounces
carrots and ranch
clif bars
nature valley bars
fun size candy bars and oreos (Yeah…they get one treat a day too.)

I’ll probably make some homemade stuff once we get the hang of filling the bins every morning. Homemade muffins, oatmeal bars…that sort of thing.

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I found booty shorts at Walmart the other day. I haven’t done a test run in them yet, but so far putting them on and dancing/running around the house hasn’t made them ride up. I’ve always wanted to have legs worthy of booty shorts! Running transformed my legs in ways I never imagined. It’s my FAVORITE thing about running!

I think I’ll let myself sink into a book for an hour or so. I haven’t done much reading lately. I’m only about halfway through Dorothy Must Die and I have Dangerous Creatures that I just got off the hold shelf waiting for me!

Happy Sunday!

Abs and Water Bottles

No run today. Not really enough time. Of course, I could have gotten up earlier, but I can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep these days. I’m ready for summer wake-up times.

I did do some abs today. Lauren Fleshman’s workout from the latest Runner’s World magazine. I need some serious work on my side planks! I’m going to do an ab challenge for June, before I start my training plan for my October half. I haven’t decided if I want to do the plank challenge that’s floating around Pinterest, or just pledge to do abs every single day…even if it’s just a few planks. I took before pictures.

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I know some of that chub/puffiness is going to need some work in the kitchen. I’ve got to cut out the junk. I had my current craving, my favorite Panera salad, last night for dinner at work and then came home and ate a big bowl (probably two servings worth) of Chex Mix and a small handful of chocolate chips. Dumb!

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I’m obsessed with this salad. Chicken Cobb with Avocado. I get it without the Gorgonzola cheese, which makes it dairy free. It’s packed with protein…perfect for a recovery meal!

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I’m obsessed with this suit. It needed a full length selfie. I had to do some maintenance on the bikini line area otherwise you all probably would have gotten this picture yesterday.

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Ok…all you runners, cyclists, triathletes…you need to do this!! We have a small house for the four of us, but our kitchen is decent sized. Lots of counters, which I try to keep clear for cooking and food prep. Like rolling out LOTS of homemade pizza and cinnamon rolls. All of these water bottles used to sit on one section of our counters and were shoved into the cabinet with the rest of our food storage containers. I hated it!

This is just a mesh and canvas shoe organizer from Walmart. It came with hooks to hang over a door, but we didn’t have a door close enough to the kitchen. I just used some heavy duty 3M hooks to hang it on the wall…in the entry way right off the kitchen. Since it’s mesh, I just throw the still damp bottles from the dishwasher in upside down to let them dry. Drying rack and storage rack in one…PERFECT!

I posted this picture on facebook a while back and got several comments about why on earth we needed so many water bottles. So here’s my justification!

From top to bottom…
Blue oval = Noel’s bike bottles. He also takes these to the gym.
Purple oval = My bike bottles. Noel also “borrows” these to use with his handheld holder for his long runs.
Pink ovals = The bottles for my handheld and hydration belt.
Neon green oval = My every day bottles. I take the little ones (14oz) to the gym and the big ones go to work with me. 32oz usually gets me through a 5 hour shift at the library.
Green oval = John and Mark’s bottles.
Orange oval = Noel’s aero bottle for his bike. Our fancy Tervis Tumbler bottles. Noel’s was at work with him. I take mine to work with me on days I don’t run and am not craving water quite as much.
Black oval = Noel’s shakers. He uses these less now that he’s not taking protein powder as much. There’s also two Camelbak bottles there now that my parents’ brought back for us from their Cali national park trip.

See!! They all have a purpose!! It’s always good to have two of each because undoubtedly one is always in the dishwasher. As you can tell, there’s a few bottles missing from this picture. I tried to get a pic with them all it, but I don’t like doing dishes THAT much.

Alright…off to get dressed to meet my man for lunch. Last day of school for our family!!

Refocus

When I was training for my half, I had a set training plan. I probably skipped or revised at least one workout per week, due to work or kids. But I was running 3-4 days a week and doing some cross training once a week. May 4th loomed on the horizon, and I knew I couldn’t miss a run or May 4th would be tough.

Now that I’m not training for anything, I’m a slug. My foot is probably 85% healed and I’m using it as an excuse. No more! I’m ready to refocus. Starting next week, I’m going to challenge myself to run at least 15 miles per week…trying to shoot for a 4, 5, and 6 mile run. I want to do at least one day of cross training…weights, bike, swimming. I’d also like to start going to Saturday morning yoga again, but that might have to wait until after Noel’s half IM.

I guess I shouldn’t say I’m not training for anything. I am signed up for a 10K on May 31st and a 4 miler on June 15th (my birthday!). Hmm…maybe this refocus is VERY needed.

I ran 4 miles this morning at the gym on the treadmill. It felt really good! I told myself that I would run until my foot felt uncomfortable. But I also told myself that if I could make it to four miles, I would reward myself by hitting up Walmart for new shorts and skorts to wear to work this summer. My mom found some for $12!

Anyway…now for the random tidbits…

I cut my hair short about six months ago. I have thin, straight hair that breaks when I put it up in a pony tail. Since the big chop, I’ve relied on Bondi Bands to hold my hair back during runs. Well…now I have a new love. Plain ole cheap bandanas! My mom found this one at Walmart for $1 and thought of me. I love owls! I just folded it a few times and tied it at the back. Voila!

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She went back and got me these ones today! I bet they soak up the sweat better than my wicking Bondi Bands. I love the blue bird one!

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Last summer, when I hit 40lbs lost, I celebrated by buying a bikini. I have a substantial amount of stretch mark scars on my belly, but it’s flat so I’m comfortable showing my mommy stripes in a bikini. Back in March, I found this one at Victoria’s Secret and fell in love with the color and style. It was backordered but I didn’t need it until the end of May. Well…it got delayed twice more and just arrived today! Well worth the wait! I love it! I can’t wait for the pools to open next week!

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That size 6 sticker has been there for a few months. I took it off my first pair of size six jeans and stuck it on my mirror. I’ve bought size 4s since then but they didn’t have stickers! I should probably take the sticker down, but I just can’t bring myself to.

Another part of my refocus is to get my steps on my trackers back up where they should be. I wear a FitBit Zip and a Garmin Vivofit. I have only been hitting 10,000 steps about half of the time since running Prairie Fire. That’s just sad. I’m an active girl. I like to run errands, play with my kids and dog outside…and that just hasn’t been happening. I’ve been spending too much time in my chair with a book or an electronic distraction. I’m on a five day 10,000 step streak. I hope to keep it up. I’d like to challenge myself to hit 10,000 steps every day for the month of June.

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I hope everyone is having a good hump day!

Do any of my readers wear an activity tracker?

Where do you buy clothes?
I stick to mostly Target, Old Navy, and Walmart.

Do you rock the bikini?

Sunday in Pictures

I got to run today! WOOHOO! And my foot didn’t hurt! I still have a little hot spot on the outer edge, opposite of where the arch hurts, which is weird. But it really only hurts if I step hard on that side of my foot or if I push on it, so I guess I just won’t push on it…haha!

I ran with this guy…

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…and we wore neon.

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We also wore our new Qalo rings. They are made of a durable silicone. They fit your finger snugly, yet allow for stretching and swelling during workouts. They were created by two husbands who didn’t like having to remove their traditional wedding bands when their active lifestyle required it.

I’ve worn mine for four days now and it’s held up great. I like that I never have to take it off. I wear it in the shower, to sleep in, and to run in. I usually can’t sleep in my ring because my fingers swell just a little when I sleep and my rings feel snug. I can’t wear my ring when I run for the same reason. The ring is so lightweight that I forget it’s there. Noel has worn his ring on a bike ride, a run, and during a swim. He’s a big fan already! The ring comes in a few other colors, including purple. The company donates a portion of the sale of every purple ring to the Alliance for Lupus Research. My mama has lupus, so I am a fan of any company that supports lupus research.

After our run, I made lunch and went to work. I haven’t been to work since Monday because of John being sick. I am so behind, but I think I’ll be able to catch up. I made a good to-do list and I’m ready to tackle it this week. Summer reading starts in a week…crazy librarian time!

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Today’s work day was brought to you by Tervis. Coffee and water…my two favorite liquids.

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I finally got to wear this shirt today. I was a walking advertisement for Another Mother Runner. Noel got me this shirt along with my 13.1 necklace after I finished my half. I haven’t worn it since because it felt wrong to wear it on a day I didn’t really RUN.

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And just because it’s cute. Here’s my new little wristlet. I love wristlets and I have a few of them, but none of them were big enough for my new massive Samsung Galaxy S5. I snagged this little cutie at Target for about 12 bucks! It’s peach neon!

I hope everyone else had a good Sunday! I’ve got high hopes for this week!!