Monday Rundown


Workout – nada.  my girls say that’s an abbreviation for nothing.  much like “agua” is an abbreviation for water.  hmmmm.  glorious rest day.  I enjoy my rest days more and more as I understand the whole training for a race thing.  rest days are in fact still training days, if you think about it.  your body does muscle building work on rest days.  they are very necessary.  enjoy the rest.  this rest day might have included a little bit of strength training.  in my home gym.  which is wherever the kids are.  it may have also included a planking session.  my madre (an abbreviation for “mom”) and I have a friendly plank competition going.  I did 4 minutes the other day.  she did 5.  I let her live in her planking victory for a few days.  today I did 5 minutes and 10 seconds.  I win.

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a few hours later, I did 6 minutes and 10 seconds.  just to ensure the victory was mine for awhile.  and because my husband was sitting there telling me not to stop at 5 minutes like I planned.  this is very normal behavior.  don’t be concerned.  so, this was very interesting.  holding a plank for over 5 minutes when every ounce of my being wanted to drop to the floor was VERY much like the feeling at the end of a marathon.  when everything hurts and I’m not sure I can pick up the pace and pull the strength out of somewhere to get to the finish to hit a goal time.  but the strength IS there.  It always is.  You’ve got to dig deep and find it.  So I held out another minute on the plank.  sorry mom.  you’ve got some work to do. 

little factoid – as of last September, the world record for holding plank position was 37 minutes.  she was 71 years old.  you can read about it HERE.

I have approximately 7 minutes to crank out this post – I’ve got icing and rolling on the brain.  all I’ve been able to think about all day is getting ice on my shins and rolling out my calves and my IT band and everything else that wants to be rolled.  but I thoroughly enjoy having a one sided conversation with all of you lovelies out there, and sharing in the shenanigans of my day.  and I really appreciate all of the thoughtful comments in response to my one sided conversations making me feel better about my shin splints and the slight amount of stress it is causing me, in the few weeks before my marathon.  It warms the cockles of my heart.  truly.  the cockles.  another word to be added to the list of words never to be spoken again.  right next to fartlek.  and colon.  done. 

I unleashed my frustration yesterday about how horrible I have been at planning out the week – specifically meals – more specifically dinners.  breakfasts and lunches are fairly easy.  dinners cause me angst.  sometimes.  I just want to have a little temper tantrum and refuse to plan anymore and refuse to cook anymore and refuse to think anymore.  but, today, instead of joining my 2 year old in one of the 5,687 tantrums he has daily – I chose to make a list and figure out some meals.  I think I did it.  I successfully made a little list, went grocery shopping today and got more than the 3 items needed to cover today’s meal.  that’s a mini success.  here’s what it looks like: (I will post recipes only if they turn out ok)

1. Salmon Burgers – staple in my home

2. Chicken chili – with or without the chicken, haven’t decided yet

3. Spinach bread – some sort of side salad or bean dish

4. Mushroom soup with poached eggs – so fancy

5. I lost my grocery list with dinners on it, and I’m sure I had another one.  I’ll remember at the end of the week with whatever is left in the fridge. 

here’s to a week with hopefully less than 8 trips to the store.

and I will share with you a new little snack I came up with….always looking for snacks…because it’s the meals in between the meals that really matter.

One of my favorite things is soggy cereal.  I don’t like cereal that stays crunchy the whole time.  I love cereal that can sit in (almond)milk, soak it up and get nice and soppy.  sounds delicious, doesn’t it.  things like raisin bran and shredded wheat are super conducive to soggy cereal snacks.

I found these two little gems at the store – as we all know I love things packed with protein and fiber, and lacking a crazy amount of added sugar. 

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I figured they might do well as a bowl of soggy cereal.  but could also be great for non soggy cereal lovers alike.  I apologize if that bowl of soggy goodness makes you want to vomit.  but It is a protein packed fiber lovin’ snack – here’s what went into it:

1/4 c. Ezekiel 4:9 cereal (there are lentils in that cereal!)

1/3 c. smart bran cereal

2/3 c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1/2 scoop chocolate plantfusion protein powder

a little dribble of almond extract

mix it all up and stick it in the fridge until it soggifies.  true word.  or gobble it up right away for a crunchy cereal snack.  I can’t give you the exact stats because I didn’t write them down – but rest assured, there is a decent amount of protein and fiber in that bowl.  You could get real crazy and add in some nut butter.  I dare you.

my 7 minutes of blogging are up.  the ice is waiting.  the foam roller is calling.  gonna be a fun night. 



Soggy cereal lover, or keep it crunchy?

Almond Milk or regular milk?

Peanut butter or almond butter?

Do you do the cooking or does the significant other? mother? friend? sister? brother?


About msfitrunner

I am a 29 year old stay at home, hardworking mom to my three little loves! My oldest little darling is 5, little sis is 4 and baby brother is almost 2. I have been married to my Mr. Wonderful for almost 7 years (ahhh!). My faith and my family is my rock, and I have a newfound LOVE for running. Maybe it's more of a necessity at this point - to maintain household peace and my own sanity, but whatever it is, it's working for me and I'm loving the racing. The vegan world has been calling my name, so I am testing out those waters as well! That's a tough one with three little picky eaters at home, but I am having fun coming up with new recipes and trying out new things. Follow along as I chronicle this crazy running life, and ALL the craziness that goes with it!

17 responses »

  1. You’re killing the planks, girl! Awesome job 🙂

    Cereal: crunchy
    Milk: almond or soy
    PB! PB!
    My husband and I both cook. He has his certain things he makes and I have mine 🙂

    Keep up the icing and the rolling…your shin is going to be better in no time 🙂

  2. Soggy cereal?? No way! Crunchy all the way!! 😉

    P.S. I got your package today! Thank you so much! I started reading Chapter 2: You’re addicted to sugar. Too true, Jackie Warner. Too true.

    • oooh, so glad you got it! There is some good information in there! I think a lot of people are addicted to sugar, and it was interesting for me to find out that it really is an addiction that needs to be broken in order to stop wanting more of it. I hope you enjoy the book:)
      Have a great day!!!

      • It’s such a balance for me. I know I’m “addicted,” but when I tried to go off it completely in the past, after 30 days, I ended up going to a grocery store at midnight and then shoving two bags of cookies in my mouth while walking back to my apartment (I was in college haha). So I definitely want to try to reduce my sugar intake because I know it’s bad for my health (having nothing to do with weight or calories … just general health). But I also know that if I’m not careful, I’ll end up going the opposite direction and binging because I feel so restricted!

  3. I have to say, i am not a fan of soggy cereal. In fact, dry cereal is my go-to snack. We don’t drink regular milk in our house, so it is either soy or almond milk. As far as the nut butters go, I would have to say peanut butter, but lately I have been enjoying sunflower seed butter (I think it might be called Sunbutter in the states?). In our house, I do most of the cooking. I am a vegetarian and so I tend to be a little particular about meals.

    • I think I’ve got to try this sunflower butter! I try not to eat too much peanut butter, and I don’t really care for almond butter. I love almond milk – I keep trying to get my kids to go for it, but they just don’t like it, not even with ovaltine added to it! My little guy will drink it, but not the older two. I don’t like to eat dairy, so almond milk is a great alternative.
      Have a fantastic day:)

  4. I think you should share your chicken chili recipe – with chicken…I think this would be a hit at my house!

    Plank for 2 minutes is my record, forced by the Pinterest Fab Ab February workout. You rock!

    • I will share it! I am planning on making the chili either tonight or Thursday, will keep you posted;-)
      2 minute plank is no easy thing! Have someone sitting there yelling in your ear not to stop will help add some time;)
      Have a great day!

  5. I have to have crunchy cereal.. I even put the cereal into the milk in small amounts as I eat so that it stays super crunchy! I keep it on the side in a coffee mug until I am ready for it to go into my milk bowl. I like soy or real milk. I only like almond milk if it is mixed into other things… but I much prefer almond butter. I am the cook, I LOVE to do it!

    I have held the plank for 5 minutes before (its’ been a while) and am intrigued by your challenge of adding an extra minute to relate to marathon pain. I am going to have to try it out and see what I think!


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