Your regularly scheduled blog will return at some point this weekend….just as soon as we (as in the fam and I) finish doing fun things like holding 5 minute planks…
testing out new lululemon gear (ok, that’s just me, not a family activity, that would be weird and unusual)….cool racerback tank because you can never have enough of those little delights, and the sweatshirt. happy bday. stylin.
trying to avoid broken bones and skinned knees without proper safety gear while rollerblading…safety is overrated.
my girl. showing off her toddler six pack. is a 4 year old still a toddler? probably not. she’s more like a mini adult.
and not running. (I actually feel pretty good, but still not running. and it is TORTURE. complete and utter torture. to not run when it is 75 and sunny out. and can think of nothing more cruel, truly. but smart runner Katie is really shining through right now and we’re going with it)
But you can be sure I will fill you in on why I’m still not running. I can be sure you can guess why I’m not running. I’m like a broken record. something to do with shins and weird leg discomfort or something. I don’t know. but I will also fill you in on the good things I’ve learned and why I think injuries and little setbacks make us stronger runners. deep thoughts to come.
You can be sure I will fill you in on 30th bday shenanigans. which really weren’t shenanigans at all. because I am a 30 year old mother of three. I’m pretty sure I forgot what shenanigans are like. the last time I partook in shenanigans was in Boston and I swore that I would never do it again. holding firm. the only shenanigans I may have partaken in last night would have been something called a peach kicker. it was tasty. and it was singular. leading to zero shenanigans.
And the WINNER of the Sweaty Band giveaway is….randomly generated….
hey katie… it’s your bday, and i love the pink/brown band, so i had to enter! my fav accessory to run with is…. Lucy (she makes me feel fast but seriously, it’s actually a very old, very thin, very comfy, very broken in lululemon long sleeve shirt that keeps me warm or cool when needed. i swear this shirt has a brain and knows exactly what i need it to do.
Congrats, Marah!! I will get these to you asap so that you can enjoy the deliciousness that are Sweaty Bands!
Now everyone else go buy one from their website! and please still be my friend even though you didn’t win! There were a lot of comments and I promise I will come up with some more giveaways in the future. and I really wanted to comment on all of your comments about your favorite gear and how this is the greatest blog you have ever read running accessories, but I just couldn’t do it all. and thank you for all of your wonderful birthday wishes!! makes a girl feel special. not old at all.
I know some of you are racing this weekend, and some are running your first race, whether it be a marathon, or a 5k – GOOD LUCK to EVERYONE!!! whether it be your first race (good for you for getting out there!!) or you 100th race, speed and fantastically perfect weather be with you.
What are some of your fun weekend plans??
Do you like to rollerblade? I really dislike that tingly feeling that you get on the bottom of your feet when you rollerblade. just me? or anyone else experience that?
Workout – elliptical, 30 minutes. strength, 20 minutes. I really miss putting ‘running’ next to my workout. makes me very sad. I miss it dearly. I did a pretty easy elliptical workout, just letting the legs rest. but what my soul really needs is a nice, good run. I was on a self imposed no run diet for 3 weeks before the marathon to give some TLC to my shins. it’s now two days after the marathon and I have another one in a week and a half. stuck between a rock and a hard place. technically, this is ‘taper’ time, but I’ve been tapering for far too long. I’m still nervous to run too much because my right shin is lagging behind a bit. get on board.
this non running is starting to make me very anxious, and fidgety and do crazy things like not stalk the lululemon website or storefront weekly. it certainly didn’t help that the marathon didn’t go so hot and made me curse all things running related. what has happened? who am I? the world is out of order. this is by far the longest time I have not run consistently since I really consistently started running last winter/spring. so I keep reminding myself that there is a season for everything. everything happens for a reason. I will get my running back. whatever I may have lost in these three, four, five weeks will come back, and will come back stronger. Patience. I have a marathon next weekend, and this is what I’m continuing to rest my legs for. This is what I tell myself to keep from doing something crazy like strap on my kinvaras and speed down the street. not a good idea.
What is a good idea, is enjoying the amazing weather we have had this week. maybe a tad hot yesterday, but the weather got its act together today and stuck in the high 70’s. for the sanity of this household and the safety of my town, it’s a good thing the weather is beautiful during April vacation when we have no real plans – the kids can play outside to their hearts content and mommy stays happy. and the sunshiny days make me want to just get the weights outside and plank my little core away.
Bring those weights outside and do another little mommy version group fitness. my mini planker. in a dress. on her toes. in flip flops. she’s no joke.
I really love to do strength workouts. and they are really so simple and easy to get done. I just pick 3 or 4 exercises that pop into my head, usually ones that work multiple and different body parts – and circuit through them 3 or 4 times, interjecting some ab work in between. feels so good. not running, but it’s soaking up the vitamin D and doing something. next best thing to me. I am positive strength work made me a better runner. it may be coincidence, but I neglected my strength workouts quite a bit in training for this past marathon, and I could feel the difference. something to think about.
As glorious as the sun and the vitamin D are, there are just those days where after 2 hours at the playground and all afternoon outside – the thought of having to bathe and get three kids ready for bed at the end of a terribly long day makes me weep a little inside. just a little. I contemplate sending them right to bed, but the sand in their hair and dirt all over their faces tells me that would be crossing into neglect and that’s not nice. no one likes to go to bed dirty. bath it is. I guess I’ll feed them tonight too. demanding little children they are.
The little beauties are bathed and sleeping peacefully trying to take down the walls in the bedroom. at least that’s what I’m hearing from little man’s room. he thinks sleep is overrated as of late. he thinks 4:30 is an appropriate and productive time to start the day. we, his parents, disagree. but there is not much negotiating with a 2 year old. he will take the walls down if we don’t oblige. so here we are. back to 4:30 wakeups for the past few days. hoping it’s another phase. much like my lack of running. maybe he’s feeling anxious too that his poor mama can’t run.
A List. for easy reading.
1. I have been diligently icing and stretching. I’m an icing and stretching convert. I never used to do this. ever. if you have tightness, soreness, any-ness, take the time to love it, nurse it, heal it. you need it. never too busy for ice. and a roller.
2. Speaking of ‘recovery’ and preventive activities, I am going to talk more about that later in the week. which probably means it will be more like next week or the week after because some how these weeks go by and all I can figure out how to do is talk about nonsense on this little blog and the meaningful stuff just sneaks in here and there. but I did read some good things. they will find their way onto this blog. stick with me.
3. I am meeting up with a soon to be in real life friend/blogger tomorrow. yay! excited. I’m also going to renew my license tomorrow so for once I can avoid a late fee. not so yay. and I should probably wash my hair because this picture is very important. I am excited to see them try to get a picture of me without one of my 3 children in it. hehe. I also might visit the track tomorrow. and keep it easy peasy. up for debate. I just want to run.
4. I made a pretty fun dinner tonight – if you like Indian food. I made it up. I will share that too. in keeping with what I said in point #2, don’t expect it anytime soon. I think I still owe you some sort of chicken chili recipe or something like that. I’ll get to it. I’ll sit down and have a ‘recipe’ night and get it all together. promise.
5. I forgot to mention the Honey Stingers that I bought to try for my marathon. I had them before the race and I LOVED them. so good. so natural. but they obviously don’t help ditch a poor racing attitude, as noted in the marathon recap. they also don’t have that awful gu, gel, chomp taste/feel to them. good stuff
6. Don’t forget to enter the SWEATY BAND GIVEAWAY!!!
7. WELCOME TO MY NEW READERS:-) I have some new peeps checking out my little blog. please make yourselves comfortable and stay awhile. I’m just a crazy little mom trying to keep it all together in this crazy little life. feel free to chime in and enjoy the ride:)
I think that’s it.
Are you nursing any injuries right now?
If you can’t run, what’s the next best thing for you?
Who is getting ready for a race this weekend?
What time do you get up in the morning? What time would you like to get up in the morning?
Is it still Tuesday??? 🙂
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.
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.
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?