Sweet Summer Time!

SummerTimeCollageI folks!!  How are you?  Good?  Good!  I’m fine, thanks for asking.  Life is good.  Okay, I’m going to come right out and say it.  You aren’t hearing from me as much as you were…it’s stressing me out!  I don’t want anyone to think I’m another blogger who started a blog and lost interest.  I have so much fun with this!  However, these little rats in that picture up there are home 24/7.  Taking the time to sit at the computer for a while is proving to be a problem.  And the little one is potty training…so there’s that.  I want to be very honest and let you know that if this summer is a little sparse don’t give up on me.  Come fall I will totally make it up to you.  Maybe I’ll post more desserts or something. 

Anywho, man we’ve been having fun!  One did soccer camp, another is doing Lego camp, the little one started gymnastics (which is freaking adorable!) we leave Wednesday to camp with my Mom for a week, and later we’ll take our annual trip to Ocean City, MD.  See, all of you moms understand.  We have to keep them busy to keep from hanging them up from their toenails.  So?  Who’s up for a morning mimosa date on the first day of school?  This girl.

On to my fitness world.  Last time we chatted I was dealing with a stupid hamstring/knee injury.  Well, I’m ecstatic to report that I’m almost over it!!  Yay!  Last week I ran 21 miles.  I went to a new place called the Airrosti Rehad Centers. They literally used their little, harmless looking thumbs and ROCKED MY WORLD.  They go deep into the muscle and force it to behave.  As much as it hurts at the very moment it’s happening, I had almost immediate relief.  I’ve had to go back a couple of more times to get it to 100% but they are great people who got me back on the pavement.  I am one very happy runner. 

MoonlightGroupPicWith my friends and my newly healed leg we set out last Saturday night to run Moonlight Madness in Dallas.  Well, it was interesting to say the least.  I did the 10k because I wasn’t quite ready for a half.  In my head I was saying, “I hate this race.  I love running.  I hate this race. I love running.”  You get the point.  I feel sorry for the director.  He couldn’t help that the course flooded about 20 minutes before the start or that it was 150 degrees with 500% humidity.  The halfers literally had to wade through a lot of standing water.  Boy were they mad.  But you know what?  We came, we saw and we conquered.  We also decided we will stick to morning runs. 

FlexingNow, finally I’m getting back into my old routine.  Crossfit Monday, Wednesday and Friday and running Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday.  I am quite the happy camper.  Well, literally when I’m camping in a couple of days I will be, but I digress.  I’ll leave you with this little photo.  Aren’t we um cute?  Is that the word?  Maybe badass…yeah I don’t know.  Have a great week peeps!


Paleo Shrimp Stir Fry

 ShrimpStirFry1It’s summertime finally!  Ain’t nobody got time to be standing around in the kitchen slaving away at dinner.  This recipe happened because we spent a little too long playing outside so I had to throw together something quick.  I had shrimp thawed so here you have it.  The bearded husband totally loved it.  I loved the fact that I can eat a healthy stir fry without being bloated from all of the sodium.  And then there’s kale.  When I eat kale I feel like I’m really following the rules or being some kind of superhero or something.  Know what I mean?  Of course this would be delicious on white rice but I’m steering clear of that right now so we ate it with a side of sweet potatoes.  Eat it with whatever you want.  It’s your dinner. 

Well, folks, I’m still not running because of my little injury.  Remember how Monday I was all positive and getting stronger and feeling great?  Yeah, that kind of took a turn Tuesday.  I. Want. To. Run.  I sort of had a full on pity party, I’m going to sulk the whole day, just leave me be to feel sorry for myself kind of day on Tuesday.  I’m such a woman!  Whatever, leave me alone alright.  Today is Thursday and I’m feeling much better.  Thanks for asking.  I remind myself that I don’t really have a race coming up and it’s kind of a downtime anyway in the running season.  Really, if I have to be off now is the best time.  This is my pep talk…like it?

The silver lining is I get to spend more time at F3 (remember, my gym that’s a sort of a mix of Crossfit and other stuff.)  Well, and all I have is a strained hamstring,  I know other people are much worse off but come on!  Let me whine!  Anyway, today was kind of tough over at the ole gym.  My pull-ups were not near as pretty as they were the other day.  That’s ok.  I was still glad to be there and glad I got my tail out of bed.  One super cool part of the morning was my crazy strong pregnant friend was able to PR on her deadlift.  She is such a beast!  Deadlifting with that belly sticking out.  Man!  Cool! 

HSPUCollageThe WOD (workout of the day) today was:

-Front Squat, 4x@75%, 2x@85%, 1+x@95%
-Deadlifts, Work up to 1rm  

12 Min AMRAP: (as many reps as possible)
-5 HSPU (Hand stand push up)
-5 Goblet Squat, 70/53#
-5 Pullups

 It was a good workout.  I’ll feel it later I’m sure.

NOLARegistration2016So on to big news!!  I registered for the New Orleans Rock n Roll Marathon again!!  Yay I’m so excited!  I’m so stinking proud of myself for finishing that race but since then in the back of my mind I’ve wanted a rematch.  I have thought and thought and thought about where I want my second marathon to be.  I kept thinking I needed to go somewhere different, but my mind keeps coming back to this city and this race.  Yep, I’ll get my rematch.  A handful of my buddies are coming along as well.  I can’t wait for training to start!  You can’t wait to hear all about it again huh?  Yeah, I thought so.

Paleo Shrimp Stir Fry
A veggie and shrimp stir fry with a quick and easy Paleo sauce.
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For the sauce
  1. 1/3 cup coconut aminos
  2. 1 tbsp. honey
  3. 1 tbsp. dried chives
  4. 1 tbsp. milled flax seed
  5. 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  6. 1 tsp. garlic powder
  7. 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  8. 1 tsp. Frank's Red Hot sauce
  9. 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
  10. For the Stir Fry
  11. 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  12. 1 tbsp. avocado or olive oil
  13. 1/2 white onion, sliced
  14. 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  15. 2 cups broccoli florets
  16. 2 cups fresh green beans
  17. 2 handfuls of chopped kale
  18. 12 oz. of peeled and deveined shrimp
  19. 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  1. In a small bowl combine all of the ingredients for the sauce. Make sure to make the sauce first. The flax seed needs time to thicken the liquid before cooking.
  2. Once ingredients are whisked together set sauce to the side and begin stir fry.
  3. In a large skillet heat 1 tbsp. of the butter and the oil in the pan.
  4. Add the sliced onions and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, until they begin to sweat.
  5. Next add the broccoli, green beans and kale.
  6. Stir frequently, as to not burn the onions. If the pan becomes dry add the other tablespoon of butter.
  7. Continue stirring the vegetables frequently until they are tender. About 10 minutes.
  8. Next add the shrimp on top of the vegetables and salt them.
  9. Pour the sauce over the shrimp and stir.
  10. Continue to stir until the shrimp are done. About 3 minutes. Careful not to overcook the shrimp.
  11. Remove from heat and garnish with chopped walnuts.
  1. Any vegetables can be used in this recipe. It is a good recipe to clean out your produce drawer.
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Busy Body…

MeandKidsCampingThings are crazy here in da house!  What about you guys??  We are gearing up to take on the summer and we are as busy as ever.  I kind of like it though.  I’m a busy body so the more the better.  I feel like I have so much to tell you!  Ok, ok I really should drink less coffee.

Where do I start?  Last time I chatted with you I was hanging out in the gym more.  Well, I’m still injured (stupid leg!) so that is still happening.  No worries, I’ll tell you all about it.  Besides workout stuff, my twins graduated preschool, we went camping, spent some time in East Texas, started working on an outdoor kitchen at our house, a half marathon got cancelled and I stuck out the food challenge until the end.  Hmmm, maybe that covers it all.

We know how to party.  It's not a camping trip unless you sleep with glow glasses and dental floss right?

We know how to party. It’s not a camping trip unless you sleep with glow glasses and dental floss right?

 Alright, back to the stupid leg.  I have been running for a longish time and I have this pattern.  I feel great so I start to get big for my britches.  I love running and I feel good so I run a little further, a little faster, then a little further, then a lot faster and I continue down that path until I get hurt.  EVERYTIME I have been hurt from running it’s because I was skipping down that damn path.  This time is no different.  I go out and run faster and faster and faster then BAM.  It’s a hamstring/knee problem and I’m working on the 3rd week with zero miles!! 

You know what though?  This injury is a little different than the others.  I’m not depressed, moping around and growling at everyone who looks at me.  Instead, I’ve completely thrown myself into the gym and embraced the Crossfit wod’s.  Yeah, I’m having to modify some because of the injury but overall between the nutrition challenge and the days in the gym I’m seeing huge improvements in my strength!  It’s a great distraction from being off the road. 

Since I talked to you last we maxed out at the gym and I got some PR’s including a 30lb PR on back squat which was super exciting and I FINALLY was able to do unassisted pull-ups in a workout!!  Now, that was pee my pants exciting!  June will be my 2 year anniversary and I have never been able to RX a pull up wod.  Since I’m not running, I’m not burning my muscle away and I can do these things.  It is kind of fun.  Don’t worry running buddies…I’m coming back…eventually.

Oh and I totally won the nutrition challenge!!  Whoop!! It was tough.  Yeah, I eat Paleo (duh) so that wasn’t the big deal.  Oddly enough the one glass of wine a week was so hard for me!  The thing is, usually I only drink two glasses a week or so.  I can’t drink too much, I get up too early, someone telling me I was limited killed me!  Especially camping.  But I did it, and I got some money to buy new workout gear.  Whoop!

Challenge money!  Blistered, pull-up hands, and my first RX pull-up WOD.  So much going on!

Challenge money! Blistered, pull-up hands, and my first RX pull-up WOD. So much going on!

 Ok so, speaking of strength gains and nutrition I am really finding myself torn lately.  I won’t go into this too much today but this will be something I’ll be touching on through the summer and I need some feedback people!  I added carbs to my diet and upped my lifts at the gym and I gained weight.  Yeah, yeah, I know its muscle.  Everybody keeps saying that!  I don’t like it.  I wish I had a skinny runner body but that’s not the body God gave me turns out.  When I was training for the full I weighed less and my clothes were bigger but I have to say right now I’m digging having the strength and I do feel great.  I squeeze my butt, shaped from heavy back squats, into my jeans and it pisses me off.  First world problems I suppose.

Anyway, last thing.  We were scheduled to run Moonlight Madness this weekend in Dallas.  Well, it was totally flooded so the race got cancelled.  I wasn’t too disappointed because I couldn’t run it anyway.  We went out drinking instead.  I know…bad.  But man we had a blast.  I have the best running buddies ever!  I love them!

I'll leave you with this gem.  Pretty much the best.

I’ll leave you with this gem. Pretty much the best.