Monthly Archives: March 2014

Weekly Rundown

Happy Friday gang! This week has just about been too much. But I see the light at the end of tunnel! It’s almost the weekend. WOOT!! So I thought since I’ve been to busy to post, I would give you a quickly rundown of my week!

This morning started bright and early with me subbing a Jazzercise class. This was the 3rd morning class I’ve subbed this week for some vacationing instructors. I’ll end my weekly teaching schedule tonight after work with my 9th class of the week. Whew! Exhausted much? Yes.

I was lucky enough to still have Wednesday off from teaching, so I was able to squeeze in my weekly ‘kinda long’ run.

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This was also an extremely windy morning. Like wind gusts up to 30 mph. I was pretty beaten and torn down by the time that 7 miles was up. Regardless, I was still happy to fit it into my busy schedule!

My lovely RunKeeper app also reminded me that my marathon is a mere 15 days away!

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Slightly frightening? You betcha. Especially after this week when I only had 1 normal day of running. But I should get kinda back on track this weekend. Plus with one marathon under my belt, the anxiety is definitely lower for this next one.

As for the rest of my week, it has been normal minus the extra classes I taught. Mac has been cute…

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And that’s about it! Now this weekend should be equal parts exciting and lazy. Tomorrow morning is going to start bright and early for me to log some miles before I head off to the Pitter Pat 10K.

So here’s the lowdown: this race wasn’t on my training schedule. But it’s put on by the local Junior League, and Katie (owner of my Jazzercise center) is part of this organization. We were asked to do the warm up for the runners pre-race, so obviously I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to lead my fellow runners in some Jazzercise! And I felt really silly to not sign up for the race since I would already be there. Sooooo this fun 10K was added to my schedule last minute. And I’m pretty excited about it!

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I need to get in 15 miles tomorrow, so I’m going to get up early, get in 9 miles, and then finish out my run during the race. Luckily it doesn’t begin until 10 am, so I won’t have to get up before 6 am! After waking up at 5 every morning this week, a 6 am wake up call sounds amazing. And yes, I know that is sad. 🙂

The rest of my Saturday should be low key, followed by a typical Sunday without any major plans. I’m excited to be lazy and maybe have a real date night with Mr. Nicholas! We’ve been complete couch potatoes lately, so I think we deserve a nice dinner and movie evening.

I hope you all have had great weeks! Enjoy your weekend, and I’ll talk to you later!

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Shamrox 15k Race

Hey everyone! I hope you’ve all had great weekends. I’m currently snuggled into my couch with Mac under a blankie, so we are doing pretty darn good. 🙂

We did lots of St. Patrick’s day celebrating yesterday! It all started with the Shamrox 15K race in downtown Springfield. It was hosted by Dublin’s Pass and Ultramax Sports, a local running store, and it was one of the best local races I have done. It was well organized and had lots of support and post-race goodies.

We arrived about 20 minutes before the race. I immediately headed into Dublin’s Pass (restaurant right by the start line) to use the restroom. I refused to have a repeat of the mile 2 potty break from the Little Rock Marathon!! The starting chute was already filling with people and they were calling the 15k participants to the start line, so Nick snapped my picture before I lined up.

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It was around 45 degrees and sunny, so I opted to wear a green tank and running skirt. I was cold during this pic, but that went away by mile 2! I only waited in the starting chute around 5-7 minutes before we took off. But we first got to hear the national anthem played by a local bagpiper.

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I think bagpipes are so cool!! I was lucky enough to be right next to this guy so I could really see what was happening. It was definitely not a typical start to my Saturday morning!!

After the national anthem, we started the 15K right at 8:05 am.

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It felt like a lot of people were there as we took off! I always hate taking off at races because I run too fast and weave around people to get away from the crowd as quickly as possible. But I was definitely running way too fast. My RunKeeper app read off my pace at 10 minutes in… And said I was running at a 7:58/mile pace. Oops!!! Slow your roll, crazy woman. I made an effort to calm it down and slowly got my pace down to around 8:15-8:20. Which is still fast, but I knew I could hold it for most of the 9 miles ahead.

All the runners around me slowly faded as we hit the 3-4 mile zone during the race. It was getting warmer and I could tell a lot of others had dressed for cooler temps. Long black sleeves and full length pants were not going to cut it at 50 degrees and sunny! They were making me sweat just looking at them. I passed lots of people and was getting passed here and there. And then mile 6 hit. And it came with hills. All the way through mile 9. Ugh.

I couldn’t believe the hills we were running on. I didn’t even know hills like that existed in Springfield! This is when the race became mental for me. ‘You are a freakin’ marathoner. Do not let these hills win on a 9 mile course.’ And for some reason this motivated me to actually run faster up each hill I came too.

I was at the finish line before I knew it. Mainly because I wasn’t expecting to finish so fast. I even thought to text Nick that I had 1 mile to go. And he was glad I did as he wasn’t expecting me to be done yet either! I crossed the finish line in 1:16:09. Nick tried to snap a frantic photo of me, and somehow took it in black and white.

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Woohoo!! The best part of this race was the finish line. I immediately got a finisher’ pub glass. And was then ushered into the beer garden to get some refreshments!

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I was amazed when I went to the food line. I saw the normal bananas and granola bars. But then I was also offered a hot breakfast burrito! Umm, really?? Yes please!!

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It was full of eggs, sausage, and potatoes. I’m guessing Dublin’s Pass provided them because they were awesome!

After I had my fill of food, we headed home for showers and to see Mr. Mac. He was so proud of my quick finish that he showered me in kisses. 🙂

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It was a fun race and one that I will definitely sign up for again! I even got 2nd place in my division! I was kinda shocked about that for sure.

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Nick and I did a little more St. Patty’s celebrating, but more on that later. I’m getting ready to lapse into a temporary coma. 🙂

Nighty night!!

Car Wash & Chia Seed Pudding

Hey everyone! Happy Friday to ya. Are we starting to feel a little bit Irish yet??! Yeah, me neither. But I am sporting some green at work to get me in the spirit for our weekend festivities.

Last year on St. Patrick’s day, Nick and I went to eat at Dublin’s Pass, an Irish pub in downtown Springfield. And this year Dublin’s is hosting the race I’m doing on Saturday morning. We pretty much love that place and their food. So I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a pretty good spread of food after the 15K on Saturday morning!! It’s never too early for smash patties and bangers & mash right? I guess they could serve some Irish breakfast food too. 🙂 after 9.3 miles, I’ll probably eat anything!!

Last night I decided to finally go get my car washed. It has been coated in about an inch of salt and grime since the bad weather in Arkansas hit while we were there for my race. I thought Mac needed to experience his first auto-car wash too.

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I attempted to video him in the car, but he was too freaked to sit still. But it was pretty darn cute to watch his hysterical little face when the power wash and rinse started!

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He spun in circles on my lap and cried hysterically. But he was still happy on the drive back home. Anytime he gets to ride in the car with the window down, Mac is one happy dude.

Chocolate Chia Seed Pudding

When we got home, I was craving chocolate but I knew I needed to eat fairly healthy. My tummy was already upset from the crap I had been eating all day. So I whipped up some easy chocolate chia seed pudding that I’ve seen so much around Pinterest!

Warning: it looks gross and weird, but it’s healthy and pretty legit if you’re craving chocolate! I mean, I would rather be eating a fatty piece of chocolate cake, but let’s be honest – summer is coming and we can’t all spare the extra calories of sweets right now!

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Mix together 8 TBs chia seeds, 2 cups of your favorite milk (I used almond), 1 tsp vanilla, 3.5 TBs of cocoa powder, and a couple TBs of your fave healthy sweetener. I’m a big fan of Splenda, but I know a lot of people hate it. I had to use about 4-6 Tbs of the stuff to make it sweet enough. Use sugar, honey, stevia, whatever, and add more to taste!

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Looks gross… I know, I know. But it’s actually GOOD! And super duper healthy! So give it a try the next time your sweet tooth kicks in. Once you mix it up, it only takes about 20-30 minutes to thicken up in the fridge. I’m still working on this bowl. It makes quite a bit! It’s amazing how much those little seeds can grow!

I hope you have some fun plans for St. Patty’s day this weekend. After my race, there will be a big block party downtown in Springfield from 12-7 with food, drinks, and local bands playing. So I think after my run and a quick shower, we’ll head back for some lunch and fun times! I’m most excited for the Shamrox 15K though! The weather is looking gorgeous – sunny and upper 40s – so it’s going to be a great little race!

Next time I check in, hopefully I’ll have some festive race photos for ya. Enjoy your weekend!!