Weekly Update: 6/22-6/28

It’s Monday, so I’m linking up with Tara for another edition of Weekend Update! Weekend-EditionThis was a crazy week, mostly due to customer induced insomnia. I won’t bore you with all of the details, but this person had me so stressed out. Stressed is desserts spelled backwards, in case you didn’t know. Anyway, I’m glad that is over with.

Monday- 4 miles @ 8:33 pace. Haylie was sick so I was staying home with her. I still got up early so that I could get a run in before she woke up and before my husband left for work. I really enjoyed being able to run in the morning since it’s so much cooler this time of year. I got to see a beautiful sunrise and a turtle!

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Usually Monday is my rest day, but I had a hair appointment on Tuesday so I decided to mix it up. I only get my hair cut a few times a year and I don’t like spending a small fortune only to immediately ruin it afterward.  We also got a pretty crazy storm that night.

The calm after the storm.
The calm after the storm.

Wednesday- 4.5 miles of track work. We did a 3 lap warm-up followed by a 5×400 two person relay, a 2 lap cool down, another 5×400 two person relay and finished up with a 3 lap cool down. We were paired with someone who ran a similar pace so that our recovery time was about the same. I’m loving these relays! It’s a fun way to mix things up.

IMG_7023Thursday- 8.6 total miles

I ran 3.6 miles with a co-worker before work again, while ranting about previously stated customer. See running is free therapy!

Then we took Haylie to her 2nd swim class.

IMG_7053Later I ran 5 miles with Fleet Feet. It was rainy so we ran a different route which kept us closer to the store in the event of a torrential downpour. I also got a lovely, bright pink shirt from CEP which I can’t wait to wear! Apparently they don’t sell them, so that makes it extra special. I do have a pair of their compression sleeves on my never ending wish list of things that I “need.”

Friday-rest day

Saturday- I decided to order the Iron Strength workout for Runners DVD which I learned about from Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes. I was all set to go for my long run that morning. I had laid out my clothes the previous night and everything, but the minute that the sun came out it began to rain. The forecast looked horrible. I don’t mind short runs in the rain but I need my music for long, solo runs and I don’t think that rain is good for headphones. I should’ve planned ahead and switched my long run to Sunday and Orange Theory to Saturday.

More than that though, toward the end of my Fleet Feet run on Thursday I was feeling a twinge of the old IT band pain. I had this problem when I was marathon training last year as well. It didn’t end up being anything major at the time thankfully. I got an MRI and my doctor said “well either you’ll be able to run the marathon or you won’t.” Excuse me sir, but you are clearly not a runner. At that point, I would’ve dragged my lifeless body over the finish line if that’s what it took. I digress, I’ve been meaning to incorporate more strength training into my routine in hopes of avoiding further injury and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to try out my new DVD.

It was a great workout and I know that I’ll be feeling it tomorrow. I may or may not have cursed him out a few times. 🙂 I wasn’t sure what to expect at all. I was a little concerned because of the stitches in my elbow and having very limited space to work with. The space wasn’t an issue at all. I had plenty of room to work with amongst my daughter’s toys in the living room. My elbow wasn’t a problem either until the planks at the very end of the workout, so I had to do a little improvising. I’m hoping this workout will help to improve my running.

IMG_7055This was the first Saturday since I can remember that I skipped my long run. I know that it was the right decision though, especially with my 11 Ragnar teammates and Girls on the Run of MoCo counting on me in October. I’m the worst at telling people to listen to their bodies, but never heeding my own advice. I’m incredibly stubborn that way.

After I showered, it was time to deliver a cake to DC.

IMG_7058Since it was rainy and I was exhausted, the rest of the day was mostly spent relaxing on the couch in my yoga pants, which I think is the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday afternoon. I watched my first episode of American Ninja Warrior and I’m afraid that I’m hooked. The upper body strength of some of those people alone is absolutely amazing! If they ever came to the DC area I think would be so fun to try out, not that I’m strong enough by any means, but it would be a cool experience. I also indulged in a glass of wine. I never drink these days, except for when I was in Paris, but this week certainly called for some wine. Then I slept for an amazing 7 hours!

Sunday-Orange Theory

I felt so much better after a good night’s sleep, mostly mentally because my body hurt from my Iron Strength workout the previous day. My knee actually felt good today, much to my surprise. Maybe it was just a little flare-up. That’s what I’m going with anyway. The rest of my day was spent washing laundry as per usual. Oh how I love laundry day. 🙂

I did enjoy this yummy Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie for breakfast. Recipe courtesy of Allison @ Inverted Sneakers.

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Have you ever watched American Ninja Warrior? What do you recommend for strength training workouts? Any tips for dealing with IT band issues?

If you would like to help me reach my fundraising goal for Girls on the Run, I’m including the link below. Every little bit helps and would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!

Alanna’s Girls on the Run Ragnar Relay Fundraiser Page

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Five Things I was Doing Ten Years Ago

DC_linkupIt’s the Friday Five with: Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney today! Today’s topic is Five Things I was Doing Ten Years Ago. This topic, combined with going through old pictures, had me laughing pretty good. It was certainly a nice trip down memory lane. I almost don’t even recognize myself. Ten years ago I had short hair, was very tan and had a nice manicure and pedicure. It is pretty crazy how much I’ve changed since then. Not for better or worse, just very different. Social media and iPhones had not yet entered my life either.  Wow!

Having a conversation with my mom at a party.
Having a conversation with my mom at a party.

1. Living in Texas- My husband (then boyfriend) and I were living in an apartment in Texas while he finished up his PhD. I really miss Texas sometimes, especially in the winter. I do not miss that 24+ hour drive home though.

2. Driving an evil Honda Civic- That darn car is the reason why I will never buy a used car. I was driving loaner cars for the first 6 months after purchasing it due to transmission problems, electrical problems and the exhaust falling off twice. The first time was less than 24 hours after I bought it. Good times! One of my loaners was a mini van which is pretty mortifying when you are in college. I finally got rid of that car when the brakes rusted through and it tried to kill me.

3. Working at Red Lobster- I worked at RL for a total of 6 years between Texas and Pennsylvania. The irony in this is that I’m allergic to seafood. I always carried both Benadryl cream and tablets. I loved the people who I worked with though and it’s a great way to make a decent amount of cash. Waiting tables is hard work, but something I feel that everyone should experience. It gives you a totally different outlook on dining out.

4. Oscar Meyer (and fire ants) enter our lives- We got Oscar on my husband’s birthday almost exactly 10 years ago. I found a picture of him online and fell in love. He was the sweetest thing! The day we got him was also the day that we got fire ants all over our yard. What a nightmare that was! Before he was Oscar, the breeder had named him Double Trouble. Possibly that was an indication of things to come? He’s really been a good boy though. Oscar always loves to gives kisses or lick you to death, however you prefer to look at it.

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This was the picture online. I couldn’t resist that little face!

smiling for the cameracrazy puppy5. Not Running- I was working out but nowhere near as much as I am now. My work out consisted of doing this balance ball routine 3x/week, which is certainly better than nothing. I had no desire to run at all. I remember trying to run a few times, but it wasn’t for me back then.

My husband used to love making fun of me when I did this workout.
My husband used to enjoy making fun of me when I did this workout.

It’s certainly been a great ten years! The last 2 years have gone by in a whirlwind since having our daughter. It’s a little strange to think of a time when she wasn’t around. It will be interesting to do this again in ten years and look back to see how much has changed. Here’s to the next ten years!

What were you doing ten years ago?

Healthy Honey Yogurt Muffins

This recipe was adapted from Chef Ann Cooper from Green Market Baking Book by Laura C. Martin. I made quite a few changes to these including the addition of cinnamon, because I love cinnamon and I think that it makes everything better! I hope that you enjoy them.  IMG_7025
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Healthy Honey Yogurt Muffins
*Yields ~12 muffins

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons rolled oats
  • dried cranberries*
  • dried blueberries*
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1 tablespoon toasted bran
  • 1/2 cup nonfat yogurt
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup apple juice

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F and grease a muffin pan or use liners.

In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and sugar. Add the oats, cranberries, blueberries, sunflower seeds, and bran. Mix to combine.

In another bowl combine the yogurt, honey, vanilla, butter, eggs and apple juice. Stir until the ingredients are well blended. Pour the yogurt mixture into the dry ingredients and stir to combine, just until all ingredients are incorporated. Take care not to overmix.

Fill muffin cups two-thirds of the way with batter. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

Enjoy!

Notes

*I did not use specific amounts of the dried cranberries or dried blueberries. The original recipe called for 1 tablespoon, but I didn’t feel like that was enough. I put roughly a handful of each in. You can also substitute for any other kind of dried fruit that you like.

Haylie tried them and......
Haylie tried them and……
she liked them!
she liked them!

Weekly Update: 6/15-6/21

Monday- rest day and stitches. I managed to cut my elbow on a glass shelf in the bathroom at work to the point where it required stitches. Of all the cuts and burns that I have received over the years, this is the first one that required a trip to Urgent Care. It’s annoying since I wasn’t even working at the time, but I guess that’s what happens when you are accident prone. So I won’t be doing any planks for at least 2 weeks until I get these stitches out.

Tuesday- 3 miles on the treadmill. I really wanted to try out my new water bottle, but my husband said that the heat index was over 100 after work so I decided to hit the treadmill instead. The treadmill usually isn’t as bad as I think that it is going to be, as long as it’s a shorter run. I just have to win that mental battle to deal with it.

Wednesday- Track workout in the morning. 800 warm up, 2400 at an optimal 5k race pace followed by a 4X800 relay ending with an easy pace 800 cool down.

Thursday- 7.91 total miles

I ran 3.6 miles with a co-worker before work again. I kind of like these double workouts even though it is a challenge. It’s good preparation for me anyway.

IMG_6944We took Haylie to her very first swim class! My husband went in with her since I had to get to my Fleet Feet run right after, but it was fun to watch them. She seemed to do pretty well with it.

IMG_6963Later I ran 4.31 miles with Fleet Feet. It wasn’t as hot as the previous week, but that humidity was a killer so we decided to pass on that 5th mile again.

Friday- rest day

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Don’t forget to roll!

Saturday- 8.71 total miles

Loving my new shirt that I got from Fleet Feet!
Loving my new Fleet Feet shirt!

I woke up early and ran a 5k by myself. It was crazy humid, so I was already pouring sweat when I met up with Tamieka @ Fit Balling Running Mom. We ran ~5.61 miles together. The theme for the day seemed to be hills, humidity and dog poo. Yes, somewhere down the line we stepped in dog poo. Neither one of us had any idea when this occurred but I went home and had to pressure wash my shoes. They will be airing out for a few days. I’m grateful that I have a back up pair!

IMG_7001I wore my Lily Trotters for the run. If you haven’t had a chance, go check them out! You don’t know what you’re missing. “Built with a revolutionary micro-nylon weave strong enough for a marathon, thin enough to rock your favorite shoes, and sassy enough to go beautifully anywhere life takes you. Made right here in the USA.”

Then we went to the beach in celebration of Father’s Day. Haylie wasn’t too excited about the sand or the water but they had a playground that she loved. Someone got brave all of a sudden and was going down the slides by herself! She loved it and was so adorable.

IMG_7002Sunday- Orange Theory

I’m excited to announce that I’m going to be running Ragnar DC in October to benefit Girls on the Run! I feel like this opportunity was meant for me. I’ve really been wanting to participate in Ragnar and also do something to help with Girls on the Run, so it’s the best of both worlds! I feel badly abandoning my family for 2 days, but this is such a wonderful opportunity. I can’t wait! Have a wonderful week everyone!

Have you ever run a Ragnar Relay Race? Any tips?

Sweat Pink One Million Minutes

I’m excited to join the Sweat Pink One Million Minutes Challenge this summer! #1MillionMinutes with #sweatpink begins Sunday, June 21, on their 4th birthday and ends August 21.

 “As always, our goal is to inspire and encourage everyone to get moving, so help us in getting your friends, family, co-workers, and everyone in between working with us this summer to achieve one million minutes of movement!”

Here’s what you can expect during #1MillionMinutes:

  • Each Sunday they will send you an email with weekly prompts (workouts, healthy snack ideas and more)

  • Each day, add your minutes here (starting 6/21) and they will keep a running total of how many minutes the community has achieved!

  • They will all share how we’re doing on our social channels and help each other stay accountable, motivated, and on top of our goals.

  • Awesome prizes!

Let’s get moving this summer!

Five Things that Make Me Happy

DC_linkupIt’s the Friday Five with: Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney today! Today’s topic is Five Things that Make Me Happy.

1. Haylie- Becoming a mother has been such an amazingly wonderful and challenging experience. She makes me want to be a better person and to take better care of myself so that I can be around for a long time to come. I hope that I can set a good example for her. I just can’t imagine my life without her.

2. Dr. Markley- We’ve been together for 12 years now. It’s so crazy how time flies. I give this man all the credit in the world for putting up with all of my crazy ways. I know it’s not easy. He’s my rock and he’s a truly wonderful person. He works very hard to ensure that Haylie and I are well taken care of. Not to mention he took me to Paris! He’s a keeper for sure and I’m grateful that he’s part of my life.

3. My Parents- I’m so lucky to have a supportive and understanding family. They have given up a lot for me over the last 33 years. My mother used her vacation time to watch Haylie and our crazy animals so that my husband and I could go on our trip to Paris. Her and my father have helped us tremendously with fixing up our townhouse. They are great people and I appreciate all that they have sacrificed to help me get to where I am today.

4. My dogs- They are crazy sometimes but they are great pets. I only wish that they could live as long as people do. We bought them both when we lived in Texas, so they’ve done a bit of world traveling as well. I feel bad for Hurley as his place in my lap has been overtaken by a little person, but I try to give him special attention whenever possible. Oscar just loves to give Haylie kisses.

IMG_06405. Running- It’s been such a positive aspect of my life and I’m grateful that I am physically able to run. I’ve met so many wonderful people through running and I look forward to what’s in store for the future.

What makes you happy?

Paris: Part #3

Happy National Running Day! My husband only had a half day of work today so I took it pretty easy in the morning so we could walk around all afternoon/evening. I got in a nice 5 mile run then went back to shower. IMG_6674

IMG_6683I went in search of a crepe suzette but didn’t have any luck so I had to settle for a tomato quiche instead. After my husband got back, we went to the Arc de Triomphe but we didn’t go up because there was a long line for some reason. Then we walked down the Champs-Elysees and got some caramel lattes at Paul Bakery. I love how awesomely massive and fancy this Sephora is!  IMG_6694We saw the Grand Palais (palace) and the Petit Palais which are both amazing. We agreed that we would both be okay with settling for the Petit Palais. We went on to the Place de la Concorde which has crazy traffic!

IMG_6701IMG_6702Then onto the Jardin des Tuileries where we saw some goat lawn mowers. The boating lake was also in use which was pretty cool.

IMG_6706We saw the Louvre which is huge! I think that one could spend an entire week there and still not see everything. IMG_6721Later we decided to do a boat tour which nice and relaxing. I was so glad to sit down for an hour! I saw this sign while we were having a drink and waiting for our boat tour. It amused me.

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We're on a boat!
We’re on a boat!

Afterward we took the train back to the Eiffel Tower so Chris could see the Wall of Peace.

IMG_6722IMG_6724IMG_6725The last day I was on a mission to see the sunrise. So I drug myself out of out bed super early. I know that I would have regretted it otherwise. I got a 4 mile run in while watching the sunrise which was pretty cool.

IMG_6732IMG_6734IMG_6748After showering and grabbing a baguette for breakfast it was off to the Eiffel Tower. We were there about 45 minutes before it opened but once it did there was very little wait time. The lines were awful by the time we left. We went all the way to the top which was a little scary at first. Heights tend to make me a little nervous but I had to do it! We took the stairs down from the 2nd floor. When we were waiting in line we noticed some people running up and down the stairs before it opened. That would be fun but I would probably break something!

IMG_6763We went to the top of the Arc de Triomphe next. There were a lot of stairs but it had a great view as well.

IMG_6774IMG_6772We went back towards Notre Dame and the Latin District to do some souvenir shopping and I found my crepe suzette. I love setting food on fire! Eventually we went back to the hotel. We got some fromage (cheese) and wine to take to the Eiffel Tower later. I took a power nap (aka passed out for a few minutes) then we went to get a drink before dinner. I decided on some coffee which was a wise choice.

IMG_6785At dinner, my husband ordered Escargot and wanted me to try some. I suppose the taste isn’t horrible, but I don’t care for the consistency. IMG_4281

IMG_6787After a good dinner we retrieved our wine and fromage from the room then went to see the lights at the Eiffel Tower. There are still a lot of people running at 10pm with the additional daylight hours. We stayed to watch both the 10 and 11:00 sparkly lights. It was so amazing!

IMG_6805IMG_6807It’s not very often that I get to actually see the sunrise and set in the same day. It was the perfect way to end our trip. I think that pretty much wraps it up. Thank you so much for reading!