Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Running Out of Steam + Alternate Blog Titles



This week is flying by! I expected it to drag since I just came back from a week-long vacation, but thankfully I was wrong.

Before I get to the really good stuff, let's talk about breakfast! I got on a roll on vacation eating the same hot oatmeal, rice protein, banana, and PB bowl in the morning, which I continued early this week. It's tasty and it keeps me pleasantly full for hours. Last night though, I decided to make my favorite overnight oatmeal in the crockpot.



I topped a big bowl of it this morning with a tablespoon of peanut butter (which I then mixed it). Holy moly - I didn't eat a thing until lunch, which is highly unusual for me! I was so full, in a good way. And it was crazy delicious - bonus!

This blurry, off-center picture is representative of a typical morning - putting breakfast together with one hand and holding a toddler with the other!

Anyway, moving on to running...

I am really running out of steam with my training lately. I'm starting to really dread going out there, and I am significantly slower than I was at this point during my last training cycle in the fall. At that point, I was running 12 miles at a 9:01 pace. Right now, my sweet spot seems to be about a 9:30, and I'm can be pretty inconsistent from run to run.

5.05 miles on Monday

6.01 miles on Wednesday

I think the heat and humidity is slowing me down some, but my legs seem extra tired this time too. I'll definitely have to re-evaluate my training plan before the Atlanta half (the race after my upcoming race).

My shins were killing me tonight, which made the first mile extra torturous. I seriously considered quitting after a couple miles, but I pepped talked myself into continuing on. To pass the time and distract myself from the pain in my shins, I starting thinking about alternate titles for my blog. Here's what I came up with:

My Inner Mom-alogue --> perhaps a more fitting name for my blog...
Reluctant Runner Mom
Weights & Wine --> would probably need to drink more to live up to this one!
Will Run for Sanity
Mommy's Miles & Trials
Kiddos & Kicks --> get the sneaker reference?! :)

Some of these are kind of catchy, huh? Ha.

If you had a blog (or re-invented your current blog) what would you call it?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Home (Bitter)Sweet Home

It's always so hard to say goodbye to a week of relaxation and lack of obligations. But alas, we had to come home today. We pulled in the driveway around 12:30 this afternoon, unloaded the car and unpacked the bags, and then headed straight back out to restock the kitchen. It doesn't take long to get back into the regular routine...

Farewell Savannah...

Before I left for Savannah last week, I set some goals for my week-long vacation. Here's a recap and review of how well I did against these goals:

1) Sleep. A lot. This one is a little dependent on kiddos sleeping well too, but I really need to catch up on some sleep! I plan to get to bed at a decent time every night and stay in bed as long as possible. I want to come back feeling refreshed and re-energized.

I'd say I did ok on this one. I didn't go to bed super early, but did spend most nights resting and unwinding in bed before going to sleep. Both kids woke us up quite bit early in the week. It wasn't until about Wednesday or Thursday that they settled in and slept well.

2) Run. Just enough. I want to keep up with my training, but not be obsessive about it. I want to run and enjoy it! Run without feeling rushed or worried about pace - just take in the scenery.

Just ok on this one too. I ran my scheduled miles (other than cutting my long run a little short yesterday...), but I can't say I enjoyed it a lot. It was really humid, and running in an unfamiliar city can be tough. Plus, I have to confess that I am just not really loving running in general lately. It feels like a necessary evil rather than an enjoyable activity. I'm seriously considering a hiatus from running any longer than 4 miles after I get through my 2 half marathons this year.

3) Don't think about work. At all. I'm not going to lie - this one is going to be tough for me, for a variety of reasons. But I'm going to give my best effort not to check emails and not to think about (or worry about) what might be going on while I'm out of the office.

This was a fail. Well, not entirely I guess. I did well most days, but there was this one day... I checked my email and found an email directed to me that was clearly needing (and asking for) immediate response. And that set off a 24-hour period of thinking about work like crazy. Sigh.

4) Enjoy good food and wine. Sounds easy enough, right? Sadly, easier said than done for me most of the time, as a habitual calorie counter. I'm going to try and let loose. I certainly don't plan on gorging myself, but I definitely want to be able to enjoy some good local food and even better wine - guilt free. Who knows, I may get really crazy and not log into my MyPlate app at all! (said with fingers crossed behind my back...)

I did well here! Totally kept up with MyPlate, but I definitely enjoyed my fair share of treats and drinks without feeling guilty. I ran, I did my 21 Day Fix workouts, and I walked all over the city pretty much every day. I earned every last French fry and vodka tonic! :)

5) Read a few chapters of my personal trainer study materials. This is the only real "accomplishment" on my list. I'm definitely not going to stress about it, but I would like to capitalize on the lack of other obligations for the week and read a few chapters while the girls are napping.

100% fail. I really just didn't want to do anything intellectual. I needed a break from it all. So instead, I spent nap time playing spider solitaire on my Kindle, and looking up places to go and things to see.

6) Enjoy my family. Last but certainly not least. I want to just enjoy every minute of being with my family. Be 100% present for everything we do - everything from making breakfast to going to the beach. This is our first real family vacation, and I want to make the most of our time together.

Success! Of course there were moments of sheer frustration (and even desperation) due to some out of control kid behavior, but beyond that, I really soaked up every minute of everything we did together.





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Back to the grind tomorrow. But I do have some things to look forward to including a visit from my best friend in a few weeks (who I haven't seen in 6 years!!) and a trip to Colorado with the hubby in October.

What are you looking forward to?

Friday, July 18, 2014

5 Things Friday #7

What's up?! It's hard to believe my week-long break from reality is coming to a close already. I've been doing my fair share of indulging, and trying my best to balance it out with exercise. I've explored much of Savannah on foot - both running on my own and walking all over the place with the fam. I'd like to think I've earned my vodka tonics and sweet treats... :)

It's hard to narrow it down to just 5 things that I'm loving this week, but here goes:

1) Forsyth Park - Not only is it gorgeous, but it has playgrounds for the kids and a cafe with iced coffee smack dab in the middle. What's not to love?! It makes a pretty good running route too. 1 lap around the perimeter = ~1 mile. I know, because I ran 6 laps around the park on Wednesday!




2) So Delicious Chocolate Velvet Soymilk "ice cream" - So. Good. And not terribly unhealthy either. Just 130 calories for a half cup serving. Great find at Kroger. I definitely see more of this in my future.

Excuse the blurry picture - I was in a hurry to get my spoon in the container!

3) Big salads topped with chickpeas - We stocked up on some lunch foods when we got to Savannah, and we've been walking to Kroger daily to get some dinner makings. (BTW - I LOVE being able to walk to the grocery store!) Lunch just about every day has been leftover salad from the night before topped with half a can of chickpeas, a little light balsamic dressing, and a dash of salt and pepper. Yum! Why do I not bring this to work for lunch regularly?! Maybe I will start next week...



4) Honest Fizz Organic Root Beer - OMG! What an amazing stumble-upon! We were browsing Brighter Day Natural Foods just outside Forsyth Park (LOVE this place!) and I saw this for just 99 cents per can. Where has this been all my life?! Holy moly. Need to buy more of this, along with some Captain Morgan and some vanilla soymilk ice cream for some grownup root beer floats. ;)



5) Simplicity - The only intangible on my list this week. Our "vacation life" has been all about simplicity. Living in a 2-bedroom, with the rooftop deck as our only dining room. Spending almost no time in the car. Spending most of our time sightseeing on our own. The simple life is pretty good. Back to the complex life on Sunday...



Hope everyone is having a great week!

What are you loving this week?

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Vacation Revelations

I can't believe it's Wednesday already! Time certainly does fly when you're I'm having fun! Lots of sightseeing, eating, and drinking, with some exercise sprinkled in.

Because I love lists, here's a list of some of my revelations from vacation thus far (and a couple pics of our fun):

1) Sleep isn't the cure for my recent chronic exhaustion. I really haven't slept that much more on vacation that I do at home, and yet I feel rested for a change. Perhaps it wasn't more sleep that I needed. It was just more freedom and less worry. Obviously it's not realistic to be in vacation mode all the time, but hopefully I can carryover some of the relaxed vacation attitude when I re-enter reality on Monday.



2) My girls are best friends. I kind of already new this, but they are definitely making it more and more obvious this week. They love to be around each other. And it's fun to watch.



3) I can eat dessert and still button my jeans the next day. Moderation. I think there's something to it. Enough said.

4) There are a lot of rundown areas in Savannah. I had this idea in my head that every square inch of Savannah was picturesque. Not the case, unfortunately. But the areas that are nice, are really nice too.



5) You can never really escape work in this day in age. Again, already knew this one, but unfortunately I've had a couple big reminders this week. Oh technology....

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I'll be back at the end of the week with a recap of my vacation goals. Off to the beach tomorrow!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Vacay!

Well, I totally missed 5 Things Friday this week. Ooops. But honestly, I was so busy looking forward to vacation that I didn't have time to think about anything else.

I managed to get up and out the door at 6 am again yesterday (Saturday) to get my long run in before swim class. I didn't feel well on Thursday and Friday, and I missed my planned run on Thursday because of it. I wasn't sure I'd be able to tackle 10 miles on Saturday, but I got it done. Although I don't think I realized that I still wasn't 100% until I was about 8 miles in and started to feel a little dizzy.



Certainly not my best, but a solid effort - especially on the heels of a quick virus. I was completely wiped out afterward though. I went to bed at 9, and that was after having fallen asleep on the couch already. I woke up this morning just before 6 (gotta love toddlers!) and I felt ready for a nap by 7!

We spent the entire morning today getting packing the car and getting ready head off to Savannah. I did squeeze in 40 minutes of Jackie Warner before I left though. And I made sure to save room in the car for my hand weights so I can "make fit happen" while I'm away.

This is home for the next week:







Not bad huh?!

We already stumbled upon a very vegetarian/vegan friendly BBQ and Tex Mex place tonight where we ended up eating dinner. Taco salad with avocado and tofu. YUM!

I'm currently sitting on the rooftop deck plotting my running course for the morning. Life does not suck.

I'll check back in a couple times this week with pictures from vacay.

Have a great week!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My Vacation Goals

I had a 4-miler on the schedule today, but I'm currently down and out with flu-like symptoms. Fever, body aches, iffy tummy... Ugh. Perhaps a blessing in disguise though since I was just describing how overworked and exhausted I've been feeling lately. I really needed an extra rest day and being sick is probably the only way I would actually take it! Here's hoping I'll be closer to 100% by tomorrow - and more importantly by Sunday when we leave for our vacation!

Speaking of vacation, as I mentioned yesterday, i have set some goals for myself for vacation. Here they are:

1) Sleep. A lot. This one is a little dependent on kiddos sleeping well too, but I really need to catch up on some sleep! I plan to get to bed at a decent time every night and stay in bed as long as possible. I want to come back feeling refreshed and re-energized.

2) Run. Just enough. I want to keep up with my training, but not be obsessive about it. I want to run and enjoy it! Run without feeling rushed or worried about pace - just take in the scenery.

3) Don't think about work. At all. I'm not going to lie - this one is going to be tough for me, for a variety of reasons. But I'm going to give my best effort not to check emails and not to think about (or worry about) what might be going on while I'm out of the office.

4) Enjoy good food and wine. Sounds easy enough, right? Sadly, easier said than done for me most of the time, as a habitual calorie counter. I'm going to try and let loose. I certainly don't plan on gorging myself, but I definitely want to be able to enjoy some good local food and even better wine - guilt free. Who knows, I may get really crazy and not log into my MyPlate app at all! (said with fingers crossed behind my back...)

5) Read a few chapters of my personal trainer study materials. This is the only real "accomplishment" on my list. I'm definitely not going to stress about it, but I would like to capitalize on the lack of other obligations for the week and read a few chapters while the girls are napping.

6) Enjoy my family. Last but certainly not least. I want to just enjoy every minute of being with my family. Be 100% present for everything we do - everything from making breakfast to going to the beach. This is our first real family vacation, and I want to make the most of our time together.

And there you have it! Counting down the days to Savannah...

TBT - July 2012 (1 munchkin, and 1 on the way)

Are you going on vacation this summer? // Do you have any vacation goals?

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

World's Ugliest Bowl of Oatmeal (and Other Stuff, Too)



Well, I didn't plan on not blogging again until Wednesday... I typed up a long post last night and somehow managed to wipe it out in the process of trying to publish it. Ugh. At that point it was almost 10 pm and I just didn't have the energy to start over.

Anyway...here goes a random assortment of thoughts and happenings from the week so far...

Behold, the world's ugliest bowl of oatmeal! I added some Spiru-tein to my overnight oats a couple nights ago, and it turned green thanks to the spirulina! I guess I never really pay attention to the color when I'm drinking my Spiru-tein shake. It may have been ugly, but it tasted delicious!

1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
1 scoop of vanilla Spiru-tein
1 sliced banana
A few raisins
1 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
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I'm having one of those 'off' weeks mentally and emotionally. I don't feel like I'm on top of my game, I'm beating myself up over every little thing, yada yada yada. I'm sure most moms (and probably most women, in general) can relate. I'm not really doing anything in particular to perk myself up - just trying to ride it out and get to the end of the week. I will officially be on vacation as of 5 pm Friday. Yippee!!

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My running totally sucks right now. It's not particularly enjoyable, I'm getting slower rather than faster, my shins are constantly sore... I think I may have overtraining syndrome, which sounds a little ridiculous, since there are plenty of people out there who run significantly more than I do. But I really think I ramped up my training too much too soon. I know I could probably benefit from a couple extra days off, but easier said than done for a Type A like me.

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Speaking of running, I was up and at 'em bright dark and early this morning! I had plans to go out and schmooze with my sales team over dinner tonight, so I laid out my running gear last night. Knowing that the morning is literally the only time I have to go running is an excellent motivator to get out of bed and do it! Added bonus - I got home from dinner at 7:30 and both kids were in bed by 8:30 and I didn't have to go running after that. I need to remember this the next time I hit the snooze button...

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While I was running this morning, I set some goals for my upcoming vacation. Stop by tomorrow to check them out!

What's the "ugliest" food you've eaten recently?

What do you do to bring yourself out of a funk?