Ultimate Reset Quinoa Salad

January 5, 2014

Today is Day 5 of the Ultimate Reset.  It was a good day.  I felt good all day and even did a 3.7 mile run on the treadmill.  Since I’m not technically supposed to be working out during the Reset I just kept my overall speed down.  It wasn’t an overly exhaustive run so I don’t think it will be too bad.  I’m planning to limit my workouts to yoga, pilates and some easy runs on the treadmill until I’m done.

I didn’t do well with taking pictures today of the my meals, but they were some of my favorites.  Breakfast was whole wheat Farina (cream of wheat) with apple, walnuts and real maple syrup.

Lunch was Quinoa Salad which is one of my very favorite recipes from the Reset.  I made it all summer long for get together’s and it got rave reviews each time.  I’ll share it below.

Dinner was stir fry veggies with brown rice and a bowl of miso soup.  I will admit I am getting a bit tired of miso, but I think today was the last day it was on the menu.  It’s something that I don’t even like at all when we get it from the restaurant so I was surprised that I liked this version.

As with all of the Reset recipes, this is geared towards just one serving so if making it for more people you will have to increase each ingredient as needed.

Ingredientsquinoa salad

  • ½ cup cooked Quinoa
  • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • Himalayan salt or Bragg® Liquid Aminos (to taste)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. finely minced fresh parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. finely minced fresh mint leaves
  • ¼ large ripe tomato, diced
  • ¼ large cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped pitted Kalamata olives

Directions
Toss quinoa with olive oil, salt or Bragg Liquid Aminos, and lemon juice, mixing well. Gently fold in parsley and mint, followed by remaining ingredients. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Serves 1.

Nutrition

  • 270 calories
  • 18 g fat
  • 2.5 g saturated fat
  • 0 mg cholesterol
  • 135 mg sodium
  • 25 g carbohydrate
  • 4 g fiber
  • 5 g protein
  • 254 mg potassium

Ultimate Reset Days 1-3

January 3, 2014

c5acf224-e3b8-4f90-b751-357f27517515I knew after completing Beachbody’s Ultimate Reset back in June that I would definitely be doing it again.  I felt great and seemed to have a much better understanding of just what my body needed to eat for nutrition as well as how much.  I realized I don’t need to eat as often as I thought I did, even with the workouts and running that I was doing.  I wasn’t depriving myself of needed nutrients, but I was giving my body only what it needed in the forms of real foods that did not contain toxins or chemicals.  It functioned and felt so much better. I felt fuller longer and realized if I ate real foods in the forms of vegetables, fruits and whole grains such as brown rice and quinoa I could eat more for fewer calories.  I also stopped counting calories as much as I had in the past and even switched to full fat versions of things like greek yogurt. Guess what! I was actually losing weight and seeing my body change more than it had when I was only concerned with calories and not where my food came from or how it was processed.  Not all calories or foods are created equal.

 It’s that time again.  As the Fall wore on and we got closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas time my eating habits slowly went downhill.  Nothing like they had been a year ago, but I did “treat” myself to a bit more than I had planned.  Over the last couple weeks I could really feel my body becoming sluggish, bloated and just downright blah.  I really wanted to start the Reset before Christmas, but I knew with all the parties and extra holiday adventures it would be very difficult.  I resolved to begin on January 1st and that’s just what I did.

I felt good going into this for the second time.  I picked up a few tricks and shortcuts the first time around and knew a bit more what to expect.  I made sure (at least I thought I did)  that I had the supplements I needed. There are 6 different ones.

Soothe.
Help enhance digestive health and reduce inflammation with our healthy blend of organic botanicals aloe vera and curcumin.

Mineralize.
Nourish your body with our natural Himalayan salt containing up to 84 essential minerals and trace elements. Helps aid in nutrient absorption and supports nervous system function.

Optimize. 
Promote an optimal immune system and manage your body’s natural inflammatory response with our proprietary blend of systemic enzymes and added camu-camu.

Revitalize. 
Help restore the balance of healthy bacteria in your digestive tract with our formula that includes both prebiotics and probiotics.

Detox
Help promote healthy digestive function and an optimal immune system with our exclusive blend of organic fiber and natural spices—that won’t keep you parked by the bathroom.

Alkalinize.
Support your body’s natural inflammatory response for a strong immune system with a super-green mixture that helps maintain body alkalinity, bringing your body back to a healthy pH balance.

Week one only uses Optimize, Alkalinize and Soothe. This is where my planning failed me.  After my first go round of the Reset I had a couple orders of the maintenance kit.  I used the first order and after getting the second I decided to put it away for the next time I did the Reset. I knew I would need to order a couple additional supplements since the maintenance kit doesn’t come with everything.  When I re-ordered I failed to take a peek and see what I still needed so I did not realize until I pulled everything out the night before I was planning to start to find I was missing the Soothe supplement.  Ugh!! What to do, What to do.  I thought about putting the whole thing off a couple weeks while I wait for Soothe to arrive, but I had already planned our meals and shopped for the ingredients.  I checked with a couple local friends to see if they happened to have a few days worth left from their Resets. No luck.

So, I decided to go for it anyway without the Soothe-for a short time anyway.  I really don’t know how that will change my results, but my big goal with this is to get myself back on track with my eating and food choices.  I also have to get back on track mentally and I think that will still happen regardless of what I lose for weight.

January 1- Day 1c7776a43-69e2-4ad5-bde5-c56f4e5dde64

Woke up ready to go, but had a bit of headache left from the night before.  We had done a ton of cleaning in the kids bedrooms and kicked up A LOT of dust.  I’m sure the glass of wine I had with dinner didn’t help.

I wasn’t ready to give up my coffee yet so I had that with a touch of ½ & ½. I only drink decaf so it’s really just the dairy aspect and week one still allows dairy, so I went for it.

Had my supplements and then made breakfast: scrambled eggs, steamed kale and a piece of Ezekial toast.  Yummy.

I made sure to drink lots and lots of water and of course spent lots and lots of time running to the bathroom.  That was to be expected after all the salt I’d been having over the Holiday.

*I should note that the Reset calls for using distilled water.  I’m not using distilled.  I did for the first week and a half last time and it was a pain.  I never seemed to buy enough and had to go back to the store. It was a pain to remember to fill my cups and pots with that when drinking and cooking. And I thought it tasted funny.  So, my results may be a bit off and I may not remove ALL the toxins but I’m okay with that.

I was hungry before lunch, but it was more of just feeling like I wanted to munch on something just because.  This is one of the things I will be working on during the Reset.

Lunch was a huge salad and a bowl of miso soup. Again yummy.  My youngest is a huge fan of miso soup and ended up eating some of mine. She did request tofu next time since this version does not use any.

A mid afternoon snack of a cup of decaf tea was helpful to keep me on track.  I felt a bit hungrier in the afternoon and was still dealing with a headache.

Dinner was a pretty common one around here: salmon, haddock (for my non salmon fan), roasted potatoes and steamed green beans.  The book calls for asparagus but the one bundle at the store didn’t look so good so I went with fresh green beans instead.

Now for the difficult part.  After dinner, this is it.  There is no more food on the plan.  Tough one for me since I almost always have a small snack of some sort at night while watching TV.

Day 2-

c8703e64-dcbc-48c0-ba78-0a1b700b0233Woke up feeling better.  Headache was gone. Yay!

I wasn’t as hungry as I expected given the fact I didn’t eat after dinner the night before.  I took a quick run to the grocery store to stock up on groceries for the coming week since we were expecting a storm that day into the next, which happens to be my grocery day.

It was probably a bad idea to go so long before breakfast.  I was STARVING when I got home.  Thankfully breakfast of oatmeal and yogurt was a quick fix.

I veered off the plan again and decided to jump on the treadmill for an easy run.  There isn’t supposed to be any working out for the 21 days.  Yoga, stretching and walks are fine though.  I really wanted to get some mileage in for my running buddy so decided to do an easy 2 miles.  You can read about my running buddy in a previous post.

Lunch- Another huge salad and a sweet potato.  I changed up the salad a tiny bit and added some leftover shrimp to the top.  I also added a bit of Greek yogurt on top of the sweet potato.  I figured it was all food that was within the plan and I was pretty hungry.

My headache seemed to come back as the day went on. Not horrible, mostly nagging.  Luckily I didn’t get nearly as achy as I did on day two the last go-round.

I had a cup of tea again in the afternoon and that helped me get to dinner.

Dinner was one of my favorites.  Southwestern Veggie Tacos. I’ll include the recipe at the end.

My headache seemed to get worse as the evening went on.  I also had more cravings after dinner and felt a bit hungry. Bad combination.  I ended up having a couple Akmak crackers with a tiny bit of all natural peanut butter and all was well.

Day 3-

0ba31891-0fd9-4ecb-900a-1851da87ead7Cue headache.  Yup, woke up with that pesky thing.  Not horrible just mostly annoying.  I had breakfast: scrambled eggs, kale and toast again, then gave a Pilates workout a try.  Felt good after and it wasn’t overly strenuous.  I wanted to get some mileage in on the treadmill but worried it would make the headache worse so gave it a rest for the day.

Today I noticed that I wasn’t overly hungry outside of just immediately before eating.  I actually took my pre-meal supplement before I even felt hungry just because I knew I needed to eat at some point.  It was good timing because once lunch was ready I was feeling hungry.  Lunch was lentil lime salad and some of last night’s taco leftovers without the tortilla. As much as I love salads, I just wasn’t feeling another one today.  It is okay to repeat meals from each week. They just suggest you keep them within the week they belong in.  This will make my life much easier next week when I head  back to work.  Planning on leftovers for some lunches will cut down on food prep.

By dinner time my headache was much better.  Here’s hoping it’s gone for good now.

Dinner was one of the more labor intensive meals in my opinion.  It’s also one that the family tends to like.  We are huge fans of sushi so the Nori Rolls are a hit.  I figured out last time that regular long grain brown rice doesn’t work well in the rolls unless you plan to eat them with a fork.  As soon as you cut them they fall apart.  The rice just isn’t sticky.  I did some research and found out that sushi rice should be short grain.  I was able to find medium grain brown rice at my grocery store and that seemed to work much better.

These rolls are basically just California rolls with some tempeh added in instead of crab.  I make some without the tempeh because a couple kids don’t really like it.

A big bowl of miso soup went with it.  My youngest requested I add tofu in as well.s

I feel a cup of tea is needed this evening and one of the banana muffins I made earlier today is really calling me.  The tea is within plan, the muffin not so much.  It is however made with all  “real” ingredients.

As promised. The recipe for Southwestern Veggie Tacos

Black Beans and Rice:                 Southwestern Veggie Taco
(makes 1 serving)

What you need:

1/2 cup canned low-sodium black beans, drained                                                                        ¼ cup corn kernels                                                                                                                           1/4 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil                                                                                                            1 dash ground chili powder                                                                                                            1 pinch ground cumin                                                                                                                    14 tsp. ground coriander                                                                                                                1 tsp. Bragg Liquid Aminos                                                                                              Himalayan salt (to taste; optional)                                                                                                    3/4 cup cooked brown rice, hot                                                                                                      ¼ avocado                                                                                                                                        2 Tbs pico de gallo (salsa)

What to do:

Combine beans, corn, rice, oil, chili powder, cumin, coriander, Bragg Liquid Aminos, and salt (if desired) in a medium saucepan; mix well. Heat mixture over medium heat for 1 to 2 min., or until heated through. Remove from heat. Serve with ¼ avocado and 2 TBS. pico de gallo (salsa)

Stay tuned for the rest of week one.

If you’d like even more information feel free to check out my Ultimate Reset site.

Introducing My New Running Buddy

December 27, 2013                                                      eagan

I posted back in October about joining a group named Who I Run 4.  That post can be found here.  I waited, and waited and waited.  I did a few runs that I dedicated to buddies without runners and to others in the group in need of extra prayers/runs.  I read posts by buddies and by runners and anxiously awaited my own buddy.  I wondered who he/she would be and what their “story” was.

Well, on December 15 I was notified that I had been matched with Eagan.  Eagan is an adorable 3 year old little boy who is working so hard to get better so that he and his mom, Megan can go home to their family and friends. Eagan is currently in the hospital in Colorado, but his family actually lives in Wichita, Kansas.

Eagan was born with a congenital heart defect.  He had surgery when he was just 3 days old to have a pacemaker placed.  This past summer Eagan again went into the hospital to have a bigger and better pacemaker place.  Once home from the hospital he began having difficulty with his breathing.  After antibiotics didn’t work, he was readmitted to the hospital.  He spent weeks there and eventually went home without any real answers. You can read the detailed account here on Eagan’s fundraising page.

On December 3, Eagan was given a diagnosis of Chronic Eosinphilic Lung Disease.  This is not a well-known condition and is rarely seen in children of Eagan’s age.  Eagan was airlifted to Denver, Colorado on December 5.  He has been there ever since.  Doctors have been working to find a treatment plan that works for him.  They believe they have finally found the one.  Eagan began a new med yesterday.  If all goes well he will be able to go home soon.

If you’d like to follow his journey you can like his facebook page Eagan’s smile.

My cute little coach should  help keep me motivated to run this year.  So much so that I am hoping to accumulate at least 1000 miles run over the course of 2014.  I have never really kept good track of miles but I know I didn’t run anywhere close to 1000 miles this past year.  In trying to decide how many miles I wanted as a goal for the year, I decided to map out the distance between where I live here in Massachusetts and where Eagan and his family live in Kansas.  We live approximately 1600 miles apart.  YIKES! That’s a lot of running!  I’m a little unsure if I can actually make that so for this year my goal is 1000.

I hope that I will be able to provide even half of the support and inspiration for Eagan’s journey as I know he will for mine.  Here’s to an amazing 2014 and many adventures!

I’ll keep everyone update periodically on our total mileage.

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Turkey Trottin’

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33rd annual Slattery’s Turkey Trot

November 24, 2013

Well, my second Turkey Trot is now behind me/us.  My awesome hubby ran it with me…and some of our friends too.  I’m so happy with my finish time and with how great I felt during the run. I’m also so proud of Hubby.  He’s only been running since late spring and is doing awesome!  It’s been a great summer and fall having the occasional running partner.  We are actually a good team when we run.  We tend to help pace one another. I think he paces me more as his overall pace is actually a bit faster than mine so it’s pushed me to get faster.

I will admit I was a bit worried going into the run.  First of all the weather was so NOT what we had hoped for.  We’ve had some cold days this Fall (it is Fall in New England so it’s to be expected).  But, it’s Fall in New England so you just never know.  We’ve also had some pretty mild weather over the last couple weeks (including yesterday for that matter) so of course we hoped today would be the same.

Not so much. A friend who ran with us posted this pic from her weather app this morning. It was expected to be in the 20’s and very WINDY.  The wind is what worried me more than the cold.  I’ve run in some cold weather and was fairly confident that once I started running my body would warm up and I’d be fine.

weather I wasn’t sure about the wind though.  It’s hard for me to get control of my breathing when the wind is whipping in my face.  On top of that, when the weather is cold and my body warms up while running my nose gets, let’s just say, drippy.

My other concern was some aches and pains I’ve been having lately.  I’ve been super tight in my hamstrings for over a month now and it seems to be wreaking havoc on the rest of my body.  I’ve been trying to stretch, but I know it hasn’t been enough. I’m committing to fitting stretching and yoga into my week more often from now on. But that’s another post.  Last Friday on a 5 mile run around town I had some pretty bad knee pain kick in right at the end. I didn’t worry too much about it until it was still bothering me days later.  I rested as much as I could-no runs, but tried to fit in my other workouts that didn’t seem to bother it too much.  I did a short 3 miles again this past Friday to try it out and it was okay, but last week it didn’t hurt until the last 1/2 mile or so. I continued to worry about it.  Every little twinge made me wonder if the run was doomed.

Overall, I kept a pretty positive attitude about today’s run and my expectations.  My BIGGEST goal was to break the hour mark AND to run the entire thing without walking.  I ran this same race 15 years ago and I knew going in today that I was in much better shape than I was then. I also knew I had recently been able to run 5 miles in around 50 minutes.  I was mostly confident and determined.

When I ran this 15 years ago I wasn’t as ready.  I hadn’t been consistently running and went in to the race knowing I was probably going to have to walk.  I don’t remember having any time expectations either.  All of this would have been perfectly fine with me.  I don’t believe there is any shame in needing to walk in a race.  I’ve done a few 5k’s where I needed to walk a bit and I was and am perfectly fine with that.

When I really started getting into running a few years ago, one of my goals was to once again run this Turkey Trot.  Heck, after I finished it the first time I told myself I WOULD run it again someday.  BUT not unless I knew I could run the ENTIRE route without walking.  Why did the walking bother me so much in that race?  I slowed to walk multiple times along the route and in at least 3 places along the route I encountered some kids (probably middle school aged) along the sidelines “encouraging” me on with things like “why are you walking? This is a race. You should be running”  I’m not sure why it bothered me, but it did.   Those kids quite probably weren’t even trying to be mean or discouraging, but that’s how it’s played out in my mind ever since.  It’s also part of what pushed me to get this race done so maybe it was a good thing?

We bundled up.  Maybe a bit too much even.  We’ll remember that for our next cold weather race.  We had a great time.  I actually ran with the hubby and a friend pretty much the entire time.  We all finished within 20 or so seconds of each other.  I can’t wait to get out there again, even if I still haven’t warmed up yet.

turkey trot Our official times:  Hubby finished in 52:09 and I finished in 52:26.  Next year we will break 50:00.

Where has the time gone?

November 19, 2013

Wow!! Where has the time gone!?  I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything in weeks.  It’s not like anything super exciting has happened.  Just the usual day to day goings on.  We’re feeling the Holiday vibe setting in though.  Thanksgiving preparations are beginning and even some Christmas prep too.  This next month will be a whirlwind of activity and I’m hopeful we will be able to slow down and enjoy it at least a little.

Through it all we will attempt to keep our workouts and healthy eating going.  This is the time of year where it gets really dicey and it’s so easy for me to let it slide.  I think this year we will make it though.  Hubby is on track too and between the two of us we have been able to work it so we each get our workouts in.

Running hasn’t been as consistent as we’d like.  I’ve been able to get out for a run a couple times a week and seem to be able to hit 5 miles.  I’m still working on a way to fit it in more often during the week.  I struggle with the early morning runs.  My body just doesn’t love them no matter how much my head loves them.  I have difficulty finding the right nutrition prior to getting out in the morning.  My body needs something, but I don’t have very much time to eat something and then give it time to digest and be of use to my body.  I think a treadmill is going to have to be my winter running partner but since we don’t currently have one that plan isn’t very effective.  We will probably splurge on one after the holidays and until then I’ve been toying with heading to my parents a couple miles away to use theirs.

Hubby and I registered for the local 5 mile Turkey Trot this coming Sunday.  I’ve been really looking forward to it.  I ran it once about 15 years ago and had to walk many times.  My goal was to someday run it again without any walking.  I should be able to do that.  I also should be able to take about 10 minutes off my time.  I should be able to these things based on my recent runs.  What worries me is that since my last 5 mile run last Friday my knee has really bothered me.  I often get little twinges as I run, but they never amount to much once I’m done.  This time though it REALLY hurt along the side of my right knee for the last 1/4 or so of the run.  It just got worse as the day went on which has never happened before.  It was sore the next day as well, but has pretty much gone away.  I’ve still had a little twinge here and there and then tonight while doing any exercise that used a squat, I could feel a mild little pull and twinge.  It makes me worry about whether I can get through the 5 miles.  I plan to stop and buy a knee brace this week and will head out for a short 2-3 miler to see how it feels.

Even if I have to decrease my speed, I want to run this entire thing.

Stay tuned for an update and hopefully some pictures on Sunday.

Running Inspiration

I’ve been running for a few years now, although not nearly as much as I’d like.  It’s always hard for me to fit a run in when I’m trying to keep up with a specific workout program.  Even when I’m craving a run, it just doesn’t always happen.

I’ve been able to increase my distance and my pace over the last couple of months and have been very happy with that.  Unfortunately with the school year back in full swing I’m left with very little time to get myself out for a run.  It’s been averaging once or twice a week this month.  I’d love to add at least another day a week to that.

I’ve got some races planned for the near and not so near future so I sure need to keep the runs going through the fall and winter.  Thankfully I’ve found that I actually like running in the colder weather so there’s no excuse with that. Sometimes I just need something to inspire and motivate me to get out there.

Over the last couple weeks I’ve found two different ways to keep my inspiration going strong.  The first one and the one I am most excited about is a group called I Run 4 (IR4).  You can find them here:

IR42

http://www.whoirun4.com/

and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/irunformichael/

IR4 was founded by Tim Boyle when he found inspiration running for a friend of his with Down Syndrome who was suffering from hip dysplagia and couldn’t run himself.  The group matches runners with special needs people of all ages who just can’t run.  Runners and their matches connect through Facebook and inspire one another.  As runners we dedicate our runs to our match/our buddy.  There are many people in the group who dedicate their walks, rides and other workouts as well.  Runners often make shirts with their buddies name on them, they may write their buddies name on themselves or running sneakers etc.  Many send race medals and/or race bibs to their buddy  after a race.  Really whatever way you work out to let your buddy know you are thinking of them works great.  I haven’t even gotten my buddy yet (I probably still have a good 4 weeks left on the wait list), but I have already been so inspired by both the runners and the buddies they run for.  Reading about all of their lives and workouts has been so inspiring and motivational.  I just can’t wait to meet my buddy.  I’ll share what I can about that journey once I have my buddy and we get going.  I’m hoping that I get matched in the next few weeks because I think it would be AMAZING to dedicate my Turkey Trot run to him or her.

I’ll keep you all posted.

 

The other piece of inspiration I found was an app called Charity miles.  They can be found here on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CharityMiles and on your phone in the app store under charity miles.  This is a free iPhone/Android app that lets you earn corporate sponsorships for charity whenever you walk, run or bike. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile.

charity miles

Every time you log in to start a run, walk or ride you can choose which charity you want to put your distance towards.  I love this because as I scrolled through the list I had a hard time deciding which charity I should choose.  I’m happy to be able to choose different ones each time and spread the donations around.  For my first time out yesterday I chose Autism Speaks- a charity close to my heart.  There are others almost equally as close so they will all get some of my time.  In fact I think tomorrow I will run for The Michael J Fox Foundation because this weekend each mile run will actually raise $3/mile!!

Here are the current organizations you can raise money for:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Feeding America

Wounded Warrior Project

ASPCA

Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America

The Nature Conservatory

Every Mother Counts

Autism Speaks

Soles 4 Souls

Special Olympics

Habitat for Humanity

World Feed Programme

Girl Up United Nations Foundation

Partnership for a Healthier America

(Red) To Benefit The Global Fund

Pencils of Promise

Shot at Life United Nations Foundation

Vision Spring

Achilles International

Nothing ButNets.net United Nations Foundation

She’s the First

Do Something.org

Ironman Foundation

Stand Up To Cancer

See what I mean? LOTS and LOTS of great organizations to help.  So get out and walk, run or bike.  It’s not just good for you, but others too.

 

Please share this with anyone you think might want to take part in either of these.  The wait for list for IR4 runners is about 6-8 weeks so if you know any special needs kiddos and their families who may like to participate please share this with them.  Of course share with runner friends as well.

A Family 5K and Progress

Sorry to be a couple weeks behind on getting a new blog post up.  It’s been a pretty busy couple weeks.  I’ll be filling you in on some of that.  The rest is just normal day to day crazy.

T25 Progress

Last week I finished my first phase of T25 (the alpha phase). I took my new measurements and was happy to see that I had lost a few more inches total and 5 lbs over the first 5 weeks.  While I had initially hoped for more of a weight loss I am actually VERY happy with losing 5 lbs in 5 weeks.  Up until recently my normal loss would be about a pound a month so this is actually really good.  This morning was a big milestone for me because I finally entered a new weight range.  I tend to measure in 10 pound increments so getting down into the next increment is always exciting.  I really don’t ever remember this weight.  It’s a good feeling 🙂

I had heard good things about this new phase from people who are ahead of me on the program so I was really looking forward to it.  This phase is all about the core which I really, really need.  Well, first week of beta is now complete and I have to say so far I am loving it!  Weights are back in my life for a couple of the workouts. I’ve missed doing weights and after the last couple days I am soooo sore!  It’s a bit uncomfortable, but I love being sore because I know I’ve had a great workout and those sore muscles are getting stronger.

Running

I’ve been determined to increase my run mileage and have finally had some success with that.  Thanks to a holiday on Monday and no school for professional development on Tuesday I was able to fit in runs both days.  I did around 4.2 Monday and then 4.5 on Tuesday.  My Nike app has been acting up lately and it turns out it’s not been very accurate.  The app actually told me I did more both days but when I clocked the routes with my car those are the numbers I actually ran.  I’m still happy with it, but feel a bit cheated out of some mileage.  Both days I may have been able to push myself a bit more had I known I hadn’t actually run as far as I thought.

Today was pretty exciting because we ran a 5K as a family.  Hubby and I did one a couple weeks ago (his first) and the kids did a kid’s race.  They were all adamant after that that they were ready to do an actual 5K.  After some looking around online we found the race that we did today.  We had initially wanted to do a different one tomorrow, but that would have meant Middle kiddo and either Hubby or I wouldn’t be able to participate due to a swim meet.  So we chose today’s race.  The kids were all able to fit in a couple runs with us last week to be sure they would do okay.  I’m not sure whose genes Youngest has, but she ran over 2 miles with me her first time out, talking all the way.  We didn’t go fast, but I was still impressed.  Oldest and Middle didn’t fare quite as well on their trial runs, but were still determined to run the 5K.  I made sure to let them know that it was ok to walk whenever they needed during the run.  The whole point is to go do something active together and have fun.  With time and consistency they should be able to run longer and faster and take time off each race.

We paired up at the start of the race.  Middle wanted to run with Hubby and Oldest was running with a friend so I got to run with Youngest.  The waiting at the starting line was hard.  The race ended up starting a bit later than planned and with 3 kiddos who had never run a race before it was a bit stressful.  They were nervous and I will admit this is always the hardest part for me too.  I’m so used to heading out the door for a run and starting on my terms.  When I’m ready to run, I’m ready and waiting around for others is a bit torturous.

Youngest and I had a good start.  I checked in with her frequently to be sure she was okay.  Finally she told me she was trying not to talk because she wanted to concentrate on her breathing.  Based off our first run together I didn’t really think she needed to worry much about her breathing, but who am I to tell her not to focus on that.  Off we went.  We passed Oldest pretty early on.  She’s been struggling with a head cold and was pretty congested so she stopped to walk briefly.  We continued on our way.  I was pretty impressed.  We slowed to a walk briefly at the water station a little after the first mile and then continued on our way until just before mile 2.  She started to meltdown around this point.  We slowed to a walk off and on as she got more distraught about being thirsty and tired.  The thing with Youngest is, when she starts to meltdown it’s very hard to reason with her.  It can also come on very quickly without much warning.  This is what happened today.  One minute she was running along and seemed to be doing fine, the next she was so tired and thirsty.  The next mile felt like 5.  I’m proud of her though because she did continue to run a bit off and on and we did manage to avoid a full blown meltdown.  Coming around that last corner and seeing the entrance for the finish line was our savior.  It couldn’t have come at a better time.  All in all I think she did amazing.  We don’t have official times yet, but we finished in about 41 minutes.

Oldest finished a few minutes behind us.  She said she had to slow to a walk a few times, but overall did well too.  I think under her 45 minute goal.

Middle and Hubby finished about 5 or so minutes later.  I was the most worried about her.  She’s struggled with her knee bothering her when she runs so I hoped it wouldn’t bother her today.  She also struggles the most with endurance.  Turns out she ended up walking more than running because of that.  She seemed in great spirits when she finished which was really all I hoped for from all of them.  I just wanted them to have a good time and want to do it again sometime.  Everything else will come in time.Hunger Run 5K