1/27/15

Lucky with the weather and still outdoors running, Tumbling, Taekwondo

Hello! Are you snowed in? The big blizzard Juno has miraculously passed us by. We usually get stuck with these big blizzards but this time got lucky and I'm still outdoors running. For now. Thinking of all my Northeastern friends and hoping they are all safe! We're carrying on like usual here in the Midwest. I'm actually very grateful the weather has been so mild *knock on wood* and has allowed me to get a lot of solid outdoor running miles in. I ran a wonderful 8 mile run yesterday with 5 of the miles at steady state. I'm loving how my steady state pace is feeling much easier. It may be time to modify my goal paces a bit.

My daughter is still going strong with her fitness and sports. She's reached red-black belt in Taekwondo and should soon be getting ready to test for black belt! Maybe by the end of this year? I'm not sure yet on that time frame.

Taekwondo sparring practice

She's also been in tumbling for a while now. She used to do gymnastics, but since she began focusing on Taekwondo, she migrated out of full gymnastics. Now she does tumbling for fitness (and in case she wants to try out for cheer later ... not sure on that). She'll be starting Track Club at her school in the upcoming school year as well. My very active girl :)   I wrote a post a long time ago regarding my thoughts with Youth Sports. Still feel the same.

Tumbling and working the rings


I'm preparing to write a post about my latest experiences with "aging and makeup". Since I run, I tend to a) be out in the elements a lot and b) lose facial fat. Combine that with me getting older, well, it has become time to revisit how I do makeup and what works for me. Hopefully I'll get that post wrapped up this week!

I'll leave you with this. I found this one quite amusing :)





Happy running my friends! Are you a "getting older runner" and figuring out new ways to deal with beauty?


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1/23/15

Longish run miles done, summer salad cravings, Vera Mini Hipster

Hello! I've wrapped up the majority of my weekly running miles already and just have a shorter 4-5 mile run left to do. I love having my running mileage mostly complete before the weekend sets in. The weather has been working out well for me with clear paths and milder temperatures so I've been trying to get my "longish run" miles done now. I expect the Winter to eventually return again, sooner or later. Running has been going well, although my right hip is still achey. I'm pretty sure it is just out of alignment and my next chiro appointment will set it right again. Hopefully. But, it's not preventing me from running!

My last 3 runs have been strong, longer, and with hills included. 10 miles, 8 miles, and another 10 miles. I'm feeling the hills get easier each time I tackle them. Not easy-peasy, of course, but just not as hateful. Marathon training is going well so far, but it's still early in the training season. Something I'm doing a little differently this time is to aim for weekly mileage goals rather than daily mileage goals. I knew if I wanted a chance to be at the start line from a Winter training season, I would have to be flexible regarding the weather. As I get closer to the marathon, I plan to have my targeted long runs that are needed, but for now, I'm aiming to reach weekly mileage goals. Ironically, I'm running more than ever before, yet it doesn't seem as "stressful".

Longer runs in better winter weather


I'm craving summer salads again and believe I'm already tired of Winter time veggie roasting. An "avocado a day keeps the cardiologist away", don't you know? No cookie pics today, I do eat very healthy most of the time :)

Craving summer salads in January


I don't have too much to report right now. I haven't been purchasing any new running gear or fitness related things. We ordered a new batch of windows for the house. Exciting shopping? Not so much, but unfortunately necessary. What can I say, we're in the boring Winter months without too much excitement. I am taking my daughter and mother to lunch and Disney on Ice this weekend for a little Winter time fun. We haven't been to their ice show in 2 years now ... or is it 3 years? It's been a while so we should enjoy it!

I did a little shopping this week and picked up the Vera Bradley Mini Hipster on a 50% off sale at the store. I have a new travel backpack I'm planning to test out for day excursions, but I wanted a little mini crossbody for when I need to carry just a few items. I usually bring several bags along when I travel to handle various day-to-day needs. I am in need of new mini crossbody bags since my current ones are old and worn out. A bit of fun shopping this week!

Mini Hipster Vera Bradley sale find


How is your Winter dull-time going? 


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1/19/15

Running with hubby, more cookies, and a funny running tee

Hello! Ooops, I didn't post much in nearly a week. Oh my! I accidentally got caught up in a Mentalist marathon in my free time, plus we had a short week of school, vacation planning, household chores, running, and now another short week of school. When are these kids ever back in school?!?! I just had brain drain every time I found some computer time. Let's get caught up!

Running has been going well and I'm still in the early stages of this marathon training plan. My right hip is a little achey, but I'm sure it will be fine after my next chiro adjustment in February. My chiro and I have discovered over the years that my hips tend to get out of alignment easily. A quick adjustment and I'm usually fixed pretty quickly with this problem. Probably just a childbirth situation. Believe me, if this is my only issue during a training cycle, I feel blessed. Hubby and I had a good 10 mile run over the weekend and my hip held through. Lucky break with the weather right now!

10 mile run with hubby


I still have my KitchenAid mixer out from the holiday season so I made another batch of homemade cookies. You know, I may just permanently keep making cookies. It's honestly so much "healthier"! No preservatives or dodgy ingredients (except for the M&Ms). This recipe is just flour, sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla, and baking soda. So easy! Martha's "Chewy Chip" recipe comes out better with M&Ms rather than chocolate chips, in our opinion. The crunch from the M&Ms helps offset the softness of this cookie.

Fresh batch of homemade cookies

... and if I want to survive another marathon training plan, I'm going to eat the cookie!


I had a Girls Night Out last night to watch the sad Colts vs Patriots game. We lost ... wah! However, we had a good time chatting our Princess Half 2016 plans. While we were at the Sports Bar, I came across this tee by chance via Facebook and thought that I just NEED it. I might even make my Princess running costume with it. Not sure yet since it is 100% cotton and I am not running in that material, but if I can find it in a more running-appropriate material, then I may go with it as part of my "Princess costume".  This is quite the funny running tee! And very true :)





Happy running everyone!


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Christina

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1/14/15

Running at Disney, travel plans, Washington DC

Hello! Well, I discussed how excited I was for temperatures to be warming a bit this week in my last post. Um, not feeling it much where I am?!?! The temps only got a little better, but not warm enough to melt all of the icy patches everywhere. Darn it. It's really icy on all of our running paths. The forecast does show that it will get better by the weekend so I'm holding out some hope for a long run either Friday or Saturday. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, I've been working on some RunDisney planning.

I have mentioned running a Disney race on this blog before. Then I've mentioned how I wouldn't do it because the cost became ridiculous. Well, the cost is ridiculous but I'm making plans anyway :)  Actually, my girlfriends and I are planning to make a "Girls Trip" out of next year's Princess Half 2016. The whole trip will be for fun and oh, by the way, let's run 13 miles. I'm not taking the race itself serious at all and instead going to put on a costume and just laugh through the whole thing. I'm looking to TeamSparkle for my costume creation. I've been following Kelly for a long time and she is the best at this, no doubt about it. Who cares on the time, I'll just bank the miles for fun, and then go have a spa treat or other types of fun afterward. Maybe it was meeting Jeff Galloway recently that got me back into desiring to run at Disney? He was so warm and fuzzy and it would be so great if he was at next year's Princess Half! He's always one of the big headliners for Disney races, but I think just at the Marathon weekend? I'm not sure.

Meeting Jeff Galloway at the Monumental Marathon


I'm also working on my family's next DisneyWorld trip. We go frequently for a couple of reasons. 1) we get discounts, 2) it's only a quick 2 hour flight away, 3) it keeps us all equally entertained and it's a great way to get out of our cold climate into fun in the sun. Anytime we talk about going to a beach, my husband and I just talk ourselves out of it. We're very active and laying around on a beach for 3-4 days just sounds boring to us. We love the scenery of "the beach", but after 1 day, we'll want to be doing other things. Disney always ends up back on our plate as the best option all around. Our daughter is also very active and I don't know how to keep her entertained at a beach beyond a day's worth of time either. Just who we are ... so back to Disney for the millionth time it is!


Little Germany, Disney World Orlando
(Germany at Epcot)


We also have a big Gettysburg + DC trip in the planning stage for this year as well.  We go to DC often since we have family out there. I think we've seen everything already, but enjoy repeating the sights there. One sight we actually haven't done is Ford's Theater and the Lincoln historical site. We'll see if we can get that done on our to-do list this year. There are a couple Smithsonians we still need to do too.


Arlington Cemetery, Washington D.C.
(Arlington National Cemetery)


Are you planning any trips for this year? Have you done RunDisney? I feel like everyone I follow has already done a Disney race!



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1/11/15

Brrrr winter running, Tarte BB cream, baked rigatoni

Hello! Brrrrr! It really got cold this past week. Wah! I will normally run outside in almost any temperature, but I tend to draw the line at anything below 15 degrees if windchill brings it even further down into a bitter cold "realfeal" or pushing beyond 95 degrees in the opposite direction. It is what it is. Fortunately, the coming week claims to have slightly better temperatures so hopefully I'll get some outside running miles again. This week, treadmill it was. I did get all of my weekly miles run, even though it was all on the treadmill. I mentioned a while back that in order to mentally survive winter marathon training for me, I may from time to time split up a long run into two days. My main goal this time with marathon training is weekly miles, not so much daily miles. I just cannot mentally deal with double-digit treadmill miles. I know some of you are very good at that, but it sucks any joy out of this for me.

Winter treadmill miles


I've begun working my way through updating my makeup stash again. I tend to refresh and/or need new products about every 6 months. Since I've been reading so many good things about the Tarte brand and it's lack of parabens and other sketchy chemicals, I decided to try some items from their line. So far, I'm really liking the BB cream tinted primer with SPF 30. It has a zinc based SPF which is what I prefer and it covers nicely! I'm using it in place of a foundation and only in the T-zone, but it is lighter-weight than a typical foundation. I also like the much raved about Maracuja oil and in the dry winter months, it's really nice for added moisture in the evening before bedtime.

New to me Tarte BB primer


I haven't discussed food in a long time on here, but need to do some catch-up on what we're eating lately. I was craving a hearty comfort dish of baked rigatoni on Friday night and haven't made this in a very long time. Why haven't I?!?! Yum! I make a very typical baked rigatoni and the Williams Sonoma recipe is close to how I make mine. I used organic grass fed ground beef instead of sausage. I believe I'll be adding this dish back into the recipe rotation, especially during this marathon training season. My whole family happily gobbled it up. We don't eat beef that often, but I like to offer it to my family about once a month to give added iron to both me and my daughter. If you don't eat beef, eggs are another good source of this kind of iron. (I'm sure vegans will have other solutions if they are keeping on top of it.) My husband is the main one who needs to stay away from beef due to aging cholesterol issues, but he can have a little now and then.
"Iron from meat, poultry, and fish (i.e., heme iron) is absorbed two to three times more efficiently than iron from plants (i.e., non-heme iron)." - via the CDC

... but you all knew that, right? Runners World approves:
"... running, especially high mileage, breaks down red blood cells, so athletes need about 30 percent more iron than nonathletes..."

Baked rigatoni


You can always tell when the kiddo has been playing with kitty.

Kitty dress up


... and our poor Schnoodle needs a grooming, but it's too cold out to get shaved down! I'm going to do a light trim and wash her myself. I usually don't get her groomed during the Winter so she can stay warmer.

Schnoodle snuggles


Happy Winter running everyone!



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Christina

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1/7/15

Happy 2015, marathon training starts, and sort of healthy cookies

Hello! Happy 2015! Training time, let's get back in school, and back on schedule! Honestly, we're still in hectic crazy time. School started back up this week with school delays due to the weather. The treadmill is back in the equation as well. I'm really missing the easy December weather we had because running was fabulous. However, time to buckle down and just accept the Winter. I registered for the Carmel Marathon and am determined to have a successful marathon training season, despite the Winter!

I shoveled our driveway yesterday on my off-run day. It surprisingly did not feel like a workout, even though everyone says shoveling is. Perhaps it was because the snow was light and fluffy? I just felt it seemed easy, although it could be a testament to my fitness levels :)

Snow Day 2015

I'm really trying hard to embrace the treadmill. Right now, the paths are covered, too slick, and not safe. I am looking forward to using my new Yaktrax soon, but do want some of the paths to get packed down first. Right now, you would just fall into the snow and get sopping wet feet.

Winter treadmill 5 miles


I bought some of the Christmas M&M's that Target had marked down 50-70% off and figured a good way to use them was in some Martha Stewart Chewy Chip cookies. I really like this particular cookie recipe and it came out of a new Martha cookbook I received as a Christmas gift. I still have more of the candies and will hopefully get another round of cookies made up. I like to think of these as "sort of healthy" because I use organic flour, organic eggs, and organic butter. Sort of healthy!

Martha Stewart Soft and Chewy Chip Cookies


Happy New Year and running everyone!



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12/30/14

Getting back to normal and a run with Hubby

Hello! We're home again and getting back to some kind of normal. We had a nice time with all of our family over the past several days, ate too much, had holiday stress but also relaxation, watched a lot of movies ... Christmas 2014 was a success! Our daughter is staying a couple extra days with out-of-town Grandma and Grandpa so Hubby and I have a little down time. We did a run, of course!

I told Hubby we'd do about 5 miles, but the weather was so nice, we ran 10 miles instead. I love running with him! We kept a steady 9:30-9:45 running pace with a bathroom break at the Y at the halfway mark. He's so good for me to run with because he keeps my pace fairly steady.

10 mile run with hubby


I still need to register for my next marathon attempt in the Spring. The price goes up after December so registration is on my agenda today. Carmel Marathon 2015! Hopefully I make it to the starting line again in healthy form. I ran this marathon in 2013 and it will be nice to return. Fingers crossed training goes well!

I'm working on other 2015 projects as well, such as travel plans, home improvement projects, and other odds and ends. A big Washington DC and Gettysburg road trip, another Disney World trip, and hopefully a Chicago trip thrown somewhere into the mix.

Today is a busy shopping day of restocking our food and some Home Depot to-do list items. I'm planning a traditional German New Year's Eve meal of sauerkraut, baked salmon, and lentil soup. Don't forget to eat sauerkraut to bring blessings for the New Year!


Happy running everyone!


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