NOLA! Part 1…

My buddies! Apparently, I'm the only one that got the funny face memo.

My buddies! Apparently, I’m the only one that got the funny face memo.

Hi!  I survived, humbled but alive!  I have so much to tell you, I have to break it up into two parts.  Otherwise, this will be a marathon blog post and I’m sure that’s not what you are looking for.  Hehe get it??  Anyway, we are home and back into the same routine sort of.  Man I have lots to tell you.

Here are Lisa and I at the expo.  Two nervous nelly's I tell ya.

Here are Lisa and I at the expo. Two nervous nelly’s I tell ya.

I’ll start by saying I successfully completed the New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on January 25th.  (Just in case you’ve never read this blog before, otherwise you know that I’ve been talking about it forever.)  I think the race weekend really started on Thursday.  I got a call from one of my best running buddies, Lisa, that she had a stress fracture in her tibia.  Boy was that stressful!  I was in the kitchen crying for her.  But guess what??  She ran the race anyway!  Sheer badassery! 

This is the crew that braved the Nola trip with me.  Rogue looking bunch.

This is the crew that braved the Nola trip with me. Rogue looking bunch.

So super early Saturday morning after leaving the offspring with Nonnie and Grandpa, my dear hubby, my mom, my great neighbors, Allison and Matt, and myself left for the big city of New Orleans.  What a great trip all around!  We laughed and carried on and yes, all 5 of us shared a hotel room.  Shhh, don’t tell the hotel folks.  It was quite the covert operation.  We stayed up laughing like little kids all weekend.  They were AWESOME on race day!  If you have never ran a race you will never know how great it is to look forward to seeing your family on the course and then actually seeing them.  It passes in 5 seconds but it means the world.

They even made a sign!

They even made a sign!

Saturday night the entire Rockwall Running Club got together in the hotel for a prayer and a pep talk from Coach.  I believe there were about 45 of us in all.  It is so inspiring to hang around these awesome runners.  There are runners from all levels but we are a tight community with a respect for God and the sport.  Coach mentioned that we need to know our “Why” for running the race.  Well, I knew my Why for this race…

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My “Why”. #TB23

This picture is my cousin, Taylor, whom we lost this past summer in a car accident.  She was absolutely beautiful and full of life.  Taylor was an incredible athlete.  I always knew that she played sports well, but until hearing from all of her teammates at her funeral I had no idea what type of teammate she was.  She not only excelled in everything, she accepted no excuses and lifted her team up.  They told stories of her winning cross country meets then going back on the course to encourage them.  What an inspiration!  I put her number on my singlet and ran in memory of her.  Boy did she help me too!  That story will come in Part 2…just wait on it!

Sunday morning came and my running buddies and I marched down to the start line.  Of course way too early and we stood around and froze for awhile.  That’s what we do.  We got in the coral together, took pictures, encouraged, went over the race plans and jumped around from nerves.  The race started and we were off. 

Here we are at mile 9.  We look awesome right??
Here we are at mile 9. We look awesome right??

There were 8 of us who basically trained together at about the same pace and planned to stay together.  The plan was to run a 10:15 pace for 15 miles then start to drop the pace in the later miles.  Ha!  Yeah that didn’t happen.  Folks!  26.2 miles is a long way to run!  For the first 20, we were on top of the world.  Good 10:00 minute pace, we tried to conserve energy, stay as close together as we could, see the sights, you know all of the good stuff.  Lisa was doing great. Best. Day. Ever.

Then mile 21 came…things changed a little…we all made it but those smiles changed to determined grimaces.

To be continued…da da duh…

Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins and I’m Emotional Today!

 ProteinMuffins1redoHi guys!  Remember how I’m not the baker?  Well, I came up with some muffins.  I have been craving some Paleo muffins so why not make my own?  They are chocolaty.  I like chocolate.  These are great for on the go…  I feel like I’m supposed to say that about breakfast muffins.  Anyway, try them out and let me know what you think.  I’m going to make a batch to take with me on my upcoming road trip.

NolaRaceConfirmationSpeaking of!  Nola!!  It’s marathon week!!  Woohoo!!  Can you tell I’m excited?  If not, ask anyone who has talked to me in the past few days.  They will tell you I might have mentioned it.  The kids have all been sick so I’ve been a wonderful mother trying to keep my distance as much as possible and washing my hands until they are literally raw.  Hey, it’s just a week.  If they get sick next week, I’m on it!

Other than excessively washing my hands and drinking “wellness tea” I have been busy this week dancing to Zydeco music and making a list of running things I need to bring.  I’m not sure why I’m making a list, really I’m just going to bring everything.  Hopefully, the other passengers in my car pack lightly.  Just kidding…maybe.

For real, I have been doing all of those things but this week has been emotional for me.  My team and I have put 40 weeks of training into this race.  40 weeks of super early mornings, following the plan, stressing about injuries we had and might get, countless miles and hours of cross training, chiropractic visits, lots of money on gear, watching every bite of food we eat and talking about every workout.  Here’s the thing, I’m a little sad it’s over!  There are of course going to be other races but this is the end of this one chapter.  It’s been awesome!  No matter what happens on Sunday, the training went well.  The support from my Coach and the bond I have formed with my running buddies is amazing.  Tear…ok I’ll stop.

Speaking of food.  I have a plan.  I WILL NOT head to Louisiana and eat a bunch of Cajun food before a marathon.  Very bad things would happen.  Instead, I’m bringing my own pre-race food.  On the menu is boiled eggs, almonds, cuties and bananas, mushroom chicken and white rice and quinoa loaded with veggies and almonds.  I know, I know, white rice and quinoa are not Paleo.  I’ve needed carbs through this training and those things have been a good source for me.  I know they have no ill affect on me so down the hatch. 

When the race is over…um.  Whatever food I can get my hands on in New Orleans, Louisiana is fair game.  Just look away.

Chocolate Chip Protein Muffins
Yields 12
Chocolate chip Paleo breakfast muffins. Filling and yummy.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1 cup blanched almond flour
  3. 1/4 cup coconut flour
  4. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  5. 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  6. 1 scoop chocolate protein powder
  7. 2 tsp. chocolate baking cocoa
  8. 1 tbsp. coconut oil melted
  9. 4 whole eggs
  10. 1/2 cup coconut milk
  11. 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  12. 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  13. Olive oil or coconut oil spray for muffin tins
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix all ingredients except for chocolate chips. If the flour is lumpy use a hand mixer.
  3. Dust the chocolate chips with the almond flour.
  4. Fold the chocolate chips into the batter.
  5. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.
  6. Divide the batter into the 12 muffin tins.
  7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Enjoy warm.
Notes
  1. If you don't want to use the protein powder add extra cocoa powder to keep the chocolate flavor.
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New Direction Maybe?

FoodPrepVeggiesHi kids.  Is everyone recovered from the holidays and settling back into your routines?   We are.  We definitely are.  My car is about to go in the shop and it needs new tires, my dryer went out, my kids are sickly and our Nola trip is next weekend.  Yep, we are back in the swing of things.  Wait??  Our Nola trip is next weekend!!  Eek!  I’m so excited! 

I’ve been thinking a lot about my baby blog here.  I am having so much fun playing around with recipes, taking amateur pictures of them and telling you my business.  I’ve also talked mainly about running.  Oh, I am not going to stop that.  Running to me is like playing on the play ground with my friends every morning.  I love to talk about it.  Ask my husband.  Or check out my Facebook page, you’ll see.

However, there is a lot more to me than that.  I also feel like I’ve gotten into this pattern where I talk about running, post a recipe, talk about running, post a recipe and so on.  Well, I think I’m going to switch things up a bit.  I’m listening to you guys!

Amanda and I after a little 5 mile run/chat session.  Thanks girl for the picture!

Amanda and I after a little 5 mile run/chat session. Thanks girl for the picture!

I’ve been trying to figure out exactly what I wanted to do and for some reason my friend Amanda made it all click this morning on our little jog around town.  We were talking about Crossfit, general fitness, food, and excuses among other things.  The conversation sort of led to short cuts and food prep.  Ding ding ding. 

I have so much to share with you! I’m going to start talking more about ways I do things in the kitchen, grocery list from different stores, gear that makes my life easier and so on.  Of course I’m going to have more and more recipes and keep informing you of my daily grind.  You would miss that right??

First things first though, after next Sunday you are going to get a full on race report of my first full marathon.  Hopefully it doesn’t involve crying or worse…

I did feel like with the race coming up and the new year I needed to freshen this baby up a bit.  So here it is.  My ideas. 

Keep your questions coming.  I get so excited when I hear from you!  It means more than just my mom is reading my blog!

 

Pink Powerhouse Smoothie

beetsmoothie1Oh you guys have to trust me and try this one.  My kids loved it!  You will be healthier for it, I promise!  Why is it so pink??  Well, silly, because it’s made with roasted beets!  I really love the little suckers.  They are cheap and super good for you.  And they make gorgeous smoothies, duh.  Roast a bunch the night before, then the next morning it will take you about 10 seconds to have this ready to go out the door.  Also, before you have a heart attack and think it will taste like weird health food, really it tastes like mellow bananas, with a sweet beet undertone.  So there. 

This week has been a little different for me.  I HURT MY FOOT!  Yep, 19 days out from the marathon I’m limping myself home 2 miles into a 10 mile run.  I think it’s going to be ok though.  I have this awesome chiropractor who fixed me right up on Tuesday.  My cuboid joint in my foot was out of whack.  (Who even knew I had one of those?)  It seems much better but I’m laying off of running until Saturday to give the soft tissue time to heal.  Boo!

coldcrossfitmorningIn the meantime…Crossfit!  Man it was 16 degrees this morning!  I’ve said it once before, no, there is not heat there.  Those bars are seriously cold.  I believe Monday I referred to the toes to bar workout as a cold day in hell.  Thankfully today we stayed far away from them with our gloves on. 

 

The wod (workout of the day) was:

6 Min AMRAP (as many reps as possible):
-6 Wallballshots,  20/14#
-6 Goblet Squats, 53/35#
Then,
6 Min AMRAP:
-Double Unders
Then,
6 Min AMRAP:
-6 Burpees
-6 HSPU (Hand Stand Push Up)

I rowed instead of doing double unders with the bum foot and all.  That stinks.  Double unders are the only good thing I have going for me there.  Whatever.

So, my Crossfit box is changing.  The new name is Form and Function Fitness.  We are still having the typical Crossfit wods everyday but he’s also added power lifting, the running club on Wednesday morning and I’ve heard rumors of yoga.  It’s all very exciting.  For those of you in this area, there is a pretty good promotion going on now.  If you’ve wanted to try it, now is the time.  By the way, he didn’t put me up to this little plug.  It’s my blog, I do what I want.  However, I love to see new people come through the door.  It’s made a big difference in my life. 

Well, peeps I need to get back to my day job.  Let me know how you like that smoothie!  Oh, and I know I had some technical issues with the comments section of this blog.  I fixed it so comment away.

Pink Powerhouse Smoothie
Simple smoothie full of nutrients
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Ingredients
  1. 1 tbsp. olive oil
  2. salt and pepper
  3. 1/4 cup roasted beets
  4. 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  5. 1 tsp raw honey
  6. 1/2 frozen banana
  7. 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder
To roast beets
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Scrub beets to clean then cut off both ends.
  3. Coat in olive oil and salt and pepper.
  4. Roast covered in oven for about 45 minutes or until tender.
  5. Once beets have cooled remove remaining skin.
  6. Refrigerate until ready to use in smoothie.
For the smoothie
  1. Add beets, coconut milk, honey, banana and protein powder to blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
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Happy New Year Folks!

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Some of my camping buddies. The Bearded Husband and my friend Allison who braved the rain and cold with me.

Howdy!  I hope everyone had a happy new year.  I certainly did.   I rang in the new year by camping in the rain and cold for three days with great friends and great food.  It rained so much it sort of became funny. 

On the menu for dinner each night was beef stew, discada, and steak and veggies.  All cooked outside and the steak over open flames.  For lunch, I made my mushroom chicken that I heated up each day.  Seriously, we ate like kings.  Very wet and cold kings but whatever.  I have New Orleans looming overhead so I tried to eat right.  I have to make sure not to create special occasions for myself to eat badly.  Camping is no exception but man, since that food is eating right, I would not have it any other way!

Our lifeline.  This and the heated shelter we slept in!

Our lifeline. This and the heated shelter we slept in!

Also, Allison ran her first six miles!  No walking, ran like a rock star.  She is training for a 15k in February.  That race is going down!

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Feels like 12!

Then I came home Saturday evening and prepared myself to run 20 miles early Sunday morning.  We did it!  20 miles with a 10:06 average pace!  I know that is not fast to some of you speedies, but to me it is.  It was cold and windy as hell too!  Pardon my French, but seriously.  One of my buddies, Lisa, spilled her water bottle on her glove and the dang thing iced over.  She’s hardcore.  She ran 20 miles wearing an ice glove.  I wish I had my phone for a picture of that.  Oh, and thanks to Dawn Peoples for the awesome picture I do have.

New Orleans 26.2 is very very close.  It’s January 25th.  We are still working hard.  I’m still going to Crossfit as well.  I missed some classes from traveling but I’m back now.  Thankfully, I have a great coach that’s helping me make it to the start line.  Backing off a little on strength training for now, but be sure I’ll be paying it back in February. 

So after reading all of my rambling you’re probably wondering where the heck are the recipes?!  They are coming people.  I haven’t been cooking!  I also haven’t been cleaning my house but that’s another story.  Anyway, I’m back at it tonight.  The food is coming!