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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.

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!

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!

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!

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!!


Out with the Old

Happy hump day! These week is absolutely crawling on by, but the weather is beautiful so I can’t be too crabby about it. 🙂

This week I’ve been getting back in my normal flow of life post-marathon. Last week, I could not get with it. My post race stupor has worn off, and I’m feeling like my normal self again! I’m only 1 1/2 weeks out from the Little Rock race, so I’m rather impressed with myself! I’ve gone running several times since then (and I don’t hate it!), my soreness has disappeared, and I no longer want to cry when I talk about the race!

I actually really struggled with my emotions for about the first 3 days post-marathon. I was upset about the cruddy weather, the ‘cancellation’ incident, and the fact that these factors didn’t allow me to do my absolute best. I dreaded the ‘how did your race go?!’ questions from my friends. It was okay and great and fun! except…..for all the drama. Haha but it’s all okay now. And I know in a year from now I won’t remember how horrible the weather was or how much I panicked when I was told the race was cancelled at mile 23. I’ll only remember the feeling of elation when I crossed that finish line and got my giant medal!

So since I’m back in my groove, I decided to finally let my old training schedule go and put up my new spring schedule I made earlier this week.

Goodbye old friend. It feels like the end of an era since I’ve been using this plan since October. But I threw it away, and I must say that it does feel good to have a nice, clean, and shorter schedule up on my fridge currently!

And while we are here, let’s look at baby Thomas one more time. I went to visit this little guy over the weekend, and I can’t get enough! He’s so cute. And that cozy blue sleeper? Auntie Christine bought that for him. 🙂 fits like a charm! His momma is doing a great job at sending me pics since they live about an hour away from Springfield. Fingers crossed that they will come visit soon!

As for my next race, I’m getting very excited for the Shamrox 15K this weekend!!

It’s going to be a super fun event as long as the weather will cooperate! We could potentially get rain, but after Little Rock, a little rain at a 15K race won’t slow me down in the least. 🙂 Nick is being a doll and picking up my packet for me on Friday night since the location is close to his office. Then we will head downtown on Saturday morning at 8 am dressed in our St. Patty’s day finest. I invested in a good pair of shamrock knee high socks for the event. But more on those later…. Aka I haven’t tried them on and taken photos yet! Hope they fit!

Nick isn’t running (he has kinda sworn off the sport since our Thanksgiving morning 5K) but I’m hoping he’ll come be my wingman and cheerleader. Going to races alone is so depressing! I don’t know what I would’ve done without him at my last races. He definitely takes care of me!!

He took this selfie in Little Rock. I bet he is now regretting that decision. But I think he’s cute!

I hope you all have a great evening! This girl is gonna be relaxing and catching up on some laundry. Fun times!