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Matt and I had a great long week-end filled with dancing, yummy food and lots of time together. Saturday night we watched our niece in her dance recital. She did an amazing job. I was so proud of her. She’s a teacher assistant for a ballet class and she led one of the dances and she was so sweet and happy throughout the whole dance.

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She’s almost as tall as me, which isn’t hard to do, but still! She’s growing up so fast.

I haven’t done much running since the half marathon and after brunch with a co-worker I was reading on our front porch and contemplating going for a run. There was a young couple that kept running by, which is super impressive because my hill is a beast, and then there was a cyclist riding by and I swear they were taunting me. So I got my shoes on and headed out. I really want to increase my speed so I was pushing myself and doing a great job. I usually use the mapmyrun app but it hasn’t been working all that well for me lately. My sister uses the nike running app so I tried that one out. I really liked it! I love that your mileage and pace are displayed the entire time and pauses when you pause. It was insanely hot out though and it was the first time that I had to call Matt to come and get me. I got a good 4 miles in before I gave up though.

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I literally sat with an ice pack behind my head for 15 minutes to cool off. It felt so good!

We had an anniversary/ double graduation party to attend held at a good friend’s house. They always host the best cookouts. The food is ridiculously good and varied. But the desserts, freaking incredible. I ate everything way too fast to snap any pictures but let’s just say turtle cheesecake bites and lemon blueberry cake with cream cheese frosting. I would kill to have more of each. But the treat I was waiting for all day ……..

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SMORE’S!!! These are what summers are made for.

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I had a blast with these fabulous ladies and many other terrific people. We played corn hole and polish horseshoes and the night ended with a private dance party with crazy lights and music by DJ Swiss Miss. He played so many hits that I had forgotten about.

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But the best part of my week-end was spending time with my husband. I love sipping coffee on our front porch in the mornings while reading and chatting with Matt. There is seriously nothing better than that.

So now I have to get back in the swing of things and hit up the grocery store, clean the house and maybe even lift some weights. I hope you all had a fantastic time too.

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Remember when I used to post my meal and fitness plans on Sundays?  Yeah, I used to pretend to be organized.  I’m hoping that I’ll get back on track this week-end.  Anyways, I was kind of at loss at what to eat because I kind of loss my appetite after finishing the race.  I’m supposed to be starving right?  I guess I fueled properly?  So it took me a long time to decided on our meals.  Now I’m psyched because we’ve got some new recipes and a really yummy repeat.

Meals

Monday~ BBQ chicken and green beans with slivered almonds

Tuesday~ Paleo Shrimp Scampi with Zucchini Noodles

Wednesday~ Honey Spiced Glazed Chicken and Roasted Parsnips

Thursday~ Coffee- Chipotle Pork Chops with Asparagus

Friday~ Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Chorizo

As far as fitness plans go I’m also kind of lost.  I don’t have any plan that I’m following for the first time in four months.  It’s freeing and terrifying!  I took yesterday as a rest day to give my legs a break and now I’m a little scared to run.  Is that dumb?  I’m making myself go for a short run later tonight though.  I know that the longer I wait the more likely I am to just stop running all together.  I want to find a half in the fall just so I have to stick with running.

Fitness

Sunday~ Steel Rail Half Marathon ( I finished in 2:24:24)

Monday~ Rest

Tuesday~ 2 mile run and yoga

Wednesday~ speed workout and Zumba

Thursday~ back and ab workout

Friday~ Rest

Saturday~ 2 mile run (if I can get my butt out of bed early enough!)

Now that I have everything all planned out I feel so much better about this week.  Do you have any races lined up?  Did you lose your appetite after a race?

 

 


I ran my first half today! I ran the ENTIRE thing too. I only walked to drink water and eat some shot blocks and for a minute when I thought I might have an accident. This run could not have gone better. I’m almost glad that last week’s 11 miler was so rough because it hilighted the areas that I needed to focus on. I made it a priority to eat at least one serving of grains a day (gluten free grains of course!).

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I focused on hydrating and getting more sleep. Other than that I just relied on all of the training I’ve done to get me through.

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My sister stayed with me the entire time even though I know she could have run faster without me. I’m so thankful that she was there. I felt like I couldn’t fail if she was by my side.

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Last week my sister had me try her shot blocks when I was struggling and I could definitely feel a surge of energy. During the half I ate one block every three miles and I know that helped me stay energized through the entire race. I needed to pee during the whole race so that was uncomfortable but I was scared to stop because we were running at a great pace, for us.

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My wonderful husband, Matt, has been so supportive during all of my training. He encouraged me when I doubted myself. He made me healthy meals. He massaged my tight calf muscles and gnarly feet. He and my brother-in-law, Luiz, cheered us on and we’re waiting at the finish line. My mom came to cheer us on too and my mother-in-law was there also. When we were rounding the corner to the finish line I was surprised by a group of our Zumba friends screaming and waving signs. The amount of support that we had during this run was wonderful and
helped so much.

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Matt got me these beautiful roses and a massage bar that I used to roll out all my muscles that were cramping up. That thing is magic. I didn’t stay long after the race because I was pretty beat. We went home and I took a cat nap. Then Matt grilled us some shrimp, steak and red and orange peppers.

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It was yummy and I can’t wait to eat the leftovers as a big salad tomorrow! Today is my mom’s birthday so we got together to celebrate at my sister’s house.

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Ever since I did the whole30 I have been obsessed with cake. I never really cared about it before but I literally couldn’t stop thinking about cake during those thirty days. It doesn’t really agree with my body but I don’t care, today I was having some cake! It was ridiculously amazing.

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I can’t believe that my half is over and now I’m wondering what’s next? I want to work on increasing my pace so I’m thinking I’ll focus on speed work. I might have to look for some other races too.

What did you do this weekend? Did you complete any goals? Did you eat fabulous cake?


Early Friday morning the power went out in almost our whole county. It was awesome having the house completely dark, until the carbon monoxide sensor starting beeping every minute. The power was still out when I was getting ready for work and you would think that my biggest concern was that I couldn’t really style my hair, but no, it was how the hell was I going to get my coffee?! Thankfully I live about 15 minutes away from Vermont and was able to stop at a gas station with the freshest coffee in the whole world. The coffee line was ridiculously long!

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It took me about 15 minutes but I was able to snag 3 large coffees to share with my co-workers, I was kind of a hero. We don’t close the salon just because we don’t have power. We work by the light coming from the huge windows and do what we can. It’s kind of fun/ exciting but I was super happy when the electricity came on around 10. We literally cheered. It ended up being a really long day for me, I was there until almost 9. My last client was so much fun and wanted something really bold.

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She loved it. She especially loved that depending on where the part was the colors could just peek out or they could be big bold chunks. I foiled blonde and red into small triangle sections, alternating the colors and where the tip of the triangles lay. I was pleased with how it came out.
Saturday was a little frustrating because I had people cancel or forget their appointment all together. I was able to take a walk-in though that was a really fun cut to do so it all worked out. I’m loving how fashionable men’s haircuts are lately. I got to work on fading and did a lot texturizing to the top. When I asked him if he liked it he long paused and then said it was the best cut he’s ever had. I was definitely sweating during that long pause! But I was so glad he liked it.

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I left work early to go to a Zumbathon. The event was part of our local relay for life and it’s the fourth time they’ve held dancing in the street. We literally take over part of Main St. and dance for an hour and a half. It was the perfect opportunity to bust out my Urban Decay electric palette.
I did some rainbow bright action on my eyes. I had a co-worker give me a Mohawk-like updo and it was awesome!

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So far we’ve raised over $12,000 and we have a few more weeks to hopefully raise even more. After the event one of the crew members held a party for everyone and their significant others and children. It was a great night with great food and even better people.
Sunday morning was gorgeous and it was the first morning I got to sit on my porch and drink my coffee. I really
need to get some new sunglasses so I don’t have to steal Matt’s hat. I kind of like wearing his stuff though.

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I made 3 fried eggs topped with guacamole to fuel me for my long run.

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My sister joined me for the run. She's also running in the half next week and we both wanted to run the trail that the race will be on. This was brutal for me. So many things went wrong for me. I literally had a meltdown and a cry during this run. I don't know how I would have made it through without my sister's encouragement.

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I’m nervous for the race but I’m confident that I will finish it. This was such a great week-end and I’m so sad that it’s over.
How was your week-end? Did you have any challenging runs or color your hair a funky color?


So yeah, I know it’s the 7th and not the 4th but sometimes things are better late than never.  Plus I was busy throwing my niece a birthday party.  Also, I was really indecisive and couldn’t figure out what I felt like eating.  It happens sometimes.  I made a lot of poor nutrition choices this past week and need to get back on track because this is week I have a Zumbathon and next week is my first half-marathon.  So I have some intense training to fuel up for!

My runs continue to be so-so.  Some are great and feel effortless and others feel like I’m running with lead shoes and like my bones are made out of jello.  I’m pretty sure this means that I’m overdoing it.  I’m really looking forward to the race being over and having more balance in terms of exercise.  I felt like when I was doing the Body for Life program I was really focused on weight lifting.  Then when I did the Whole30 my nutrition was spot on.  Now with the training for the half I’m like the cardio queen.  Once this is over I need to find how to balance these three areas.post run selfie

I caught a glimpse of myself in my car windows after a recent run and almost died at how gorgeous my hair looked.  I’m pretty sure I used to do this on purpose when Saved by the Bell was on TV.

iphone pics 045I’m starting to test out non Whole30 foods to see how my body reacts to them.  For breakfast this morning I had a bowl of ancient grains sprouted maize flakes with raw milk, fresh mangoes, banana and coconut flakes.  It was filling and delicious.

iphone pics 059I also indulged in a cup of vanilla coffee with whipped cream and a caramel drizzle.  It was fantastic and gave me a raging headache exactly five minutes after my first sip.  I’m hoping I’ve learned my lesson and can abstain from sugary coffee beverages.

My meals for the rest of the week aren’t sugar shock headache inducing.

Meals

Wednesday~ Meatloaf topped with BBQ sauce and baked sweet potatoes

Thursday~ Jerk Chicken with roasted Brussels Sprouts

Friday~Cinnamon Chili Pork Tenderloin with Apple Salsa

Fitness

Sunday~ 5 mile run (in the wind and cold)

Monday~ Rest

Tuesday~ 5 mile run/walk (with a super beastly hill in the middle) and Yoga!!!

Wednesday~ Run and Zumba

Thursday~ rest

Friday~ pilates DVD

Saturday~ 1 1/2 hour Zumbathon

Sunday~ 12 mile run on the rail trail

How do you maintain balance with healthy eating, weight training and cardio?  I would love to hear any and all suggestions!

 

 


This was so yummy that I had to make it again this morning and I thought it was just mean not to share it with you.  It’s a little time intensive for a week-day morning so it might be better to make on the week-end and possibly re-heat during the week, if it lasts that long.

Whole30 Hash

Whole30 Hash

Serves 6

1 Tablespoon Ghee

1 Butternut Squash, chopped into one inch pieces

1 Yellow Onion, chopped

1 Pepper, chopped (I used an orange but any color pepper would work),

1 lb Paleo Sausage (see instructions below)

6 Farm Fresh Eggs

1/2 Teaspoon ground Cumin

1 Teaspoon Herbamare (or Sea Salt)

1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder

Paleo Sausage (adapted from this recipe)

1 lb Ground Pork

3/4 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

1 Teaspoon Dried Sage

1/4 Teaspoon Dried Rosemary

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg

1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

1/4 Teaspoon Red Pepper Flakes

1 Teaspoon Herbamare (or 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt)

1 Teaspoon Fennel Seeds

 

To Make Paleo Sausage

In a medium bowl mix all ingredients together really well.  Yup, it’s that simple!

 

Whole30 Hash

1. Melt Ghee in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add squash and cook until soft, about 10 minutes.

2.  Add the onion, pepper, cumin, and garlic powder to the skillet.  Cook for 5 minutes and remove vegetables from skillet to a large bowl.

3.  To the skillet, add sausage and break up into small bite sized pieces.  Cook the sausage thoroughly.

4. Add the cooked vegetables back to the skillet with the sausage.

5. In a small bowl beat the eggs with Herbamare.  Pour into the skillet and stir continuously until the eggs are cooked through.

Whole30 Hash

My only regret with this recipe is that I didn’t make it from the very beginning of my Whole30 journey.  You don’t need to be on a Whole30 reset or even eat a Paleo diet to enjoy this.  It’s super filling and sustained me for my 10 mile run without feeling heavy in my stomach.  I think you could also eat it for lunch or dinner but for some reason eggs just scream “Breakfast!” to me.  I hope you try it and like it as much as we did!

 

 


I love when Easter is on a gorgeous spring day like today. I feel like you can officially wear sandals now. But first I have to polish my toes. Running definitely ruins my pedicure, small price to pay.

The Easter bunny was very good to us this year. Matt got a basket filled with grilling supplies.

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That fabulous bunny left me a pot filled with herb seeds, gardening tools, cinnamon bears and 2 chocolate bunnies from a local chocolate shop. One is their plain chocolate, which I got last year and it’s the best chocolate bunny I’ve ever had. The other is a toffee bunny. I’m a freak for toffee. I don’t know how long I can wait to eat them!

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I did my 10 miler today. It felt good to be out running in the sun. I was slightly faster than last week. I was hoping to be more in the 10 1/2 min pace but it was in the 12 min range. I felt alright until about 7 miles and then my right hip started to hurt. I tried to stretch it but it didn’t really help. So I did the best I could.

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I took a little cat nap when I got home.

 

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Who can say no to snuggling with this pretty kitty?

Matt was busy while I was out running. He filled my raised bed with soil so I could plant my seedlings.

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He was also busy getting the smoker going and cooking our pork tenderloin. He made us the most fantastic Easter meal, smoked tenderloin and ribs and roasted Brussels sprouts. It was excellent! I’m a lucky lady to have such a great guy.

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Now we’re watching an old movie, Easter Parade, starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland, which so far is amazing. I hope you guys had a great and relaxing Easter!



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