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Eating on the run


I had a terrible day traveling with the B man yesterday and my husband knew I needed a break today.  He decided to take B out and let me do my thing today.  I ran out of the house so fast that I forgot to eat.  Thank goodness I found these Salmon pouches.  SO good!

Even better that my had a camping spoon in my purse!!


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13.1 and DONE!

Well holy crap, I just finished my first half marathon!  It was not easy.  Even with all that training I did.   At the beginning people were flying past me but I knew better than to start fast.  Kept my ego in check and kept at my slow and steady pace.   By mile 6, was still feeling good.   Popped a smartie and kept at it.  By mile 9, my legs were starting to hurt and I prayed that they wouldn’t buckle.   By mile 12 I was holding back sobs because I had never gotten that far and was determined to finished no matter how bad it hurt.

And I did!  It took my somewhere around 2:10.  No idea really.   I was trying to keep from falling over.

As I was running,  I was thinking about this post and any advice I would give other runners.  So here goes:

Get there early.   Yes, getting there at 6am for a 745am race seems ridiculous but I needed and used every minute.  I wasn’t rushed,  got my bib, stretched at my car and used to bathroom 2 times before we started with enough time remaining to say 10 “Hail Mary’s” and “Our Father’s”.

Don’t wear gray pants.   I’m referring to the warm ups before the race starts.   Hear me out.  I don’t care how nice the race is, a Johnny-on-the-Spot is a Johnny-on-the-Spot.   They are all gross.   So while I’m trying to squat and not touch a thing in there,  I managed to pee on my pants.   My gray ones.   In other words,  there was no denying it.  Luckily I had my running pants on under but I didn’t want to risk falling over INSIDE the Johnny-on-the-Spot while trying to change them.  *shutter*  My solution? I came out to wash my hands and dried my hands on my pants.   No one said anything to me and even if they did, who gives a shit?

Stalk someone.   Or if that sounds too creepy, find a pacer.  I happened upon these 2 ladies that were running at a 10 minute mile pace which was the pace I was trying to keep. I zoned in on their Ironman calf tattoos for about 8 miles before they sped it up at mile 12. Good job ladies and thank you!

If you train with water, bring your water.  I always run with my Camel Bak.  2 things I must have with me at all times, running or not; water and chapstick.  So why should my race be any different?  I know they had hydration stations throughout but I would rather drink when I wanted to, not when they were available.  Plus, I don’t want to have to stop to drink the water.  If I’m running, I want to keep running.  Every time I try to drink out of those cups I always end up gulping a ton of air.  No thanks.  I’ll stick with what works for me; my trusty ol’ Camel Bak.

….and on the topic of water.  Make sure it’s WATER you grab before you pour it over your head.  They hand out Gatorade too.

CANDY!  Yes I said candy!  And one of my favorites too; Smarties!  Don’t buy into the hype that you have to purchase expensive running gels for your race.  Save your money and buy Smarties.  They are easy, small and dissolve right on your tongue.  And what’s more?  They are MUCH cheaper.

Switch sides.  Of the road that is.  The road may look flat but it really isn’t.  The road curves down a little at the shoulder.  So if you keep running on the right (or the left), you experience some pains and blisters that could have been avoided.  Switch sides when you can.  Or if at all possible, run the middle of the road.  I found myself running on the center yellow line as often as I could.

And now my favorite part….my post half marathon burger.  Not everyone is the same but I cannot eat within 2 hours of finishing a long run.  I will get sick.  Waiting for this burger was torture so I took a nap.

I had been thinking about this burger for a month.  It sounds disgusting I know but trust me, it is absolutely delicious!  I ate two!
4oz 80/20 beef patty
Cheddar cheese
Sunflower seed butter


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Mamma’s day off

I finally got a day off! I hope I don’t jinx this.  Originally the plan was to book a nice long massage and then a mani/pedi.   That went out the window when my dog got an infected anal gland and had to go to the vet.  

Plan B, at least get the pedi.

So here I sit in the nail salon getting my toes worked on.  The day so far has been great; slept in until 715am, Crossfit now a pedicure.  And what’s  more??  Today is the first day of spring!


This morning was my sorry attempt at 15.4.  7 whole reps!  Geez.  But I finished it off with 8 minutes of rowing. I’d go for a run but I didn’t dress appropriately and it’s  supposed to snow.  Ironic, eh?  You know,  with it being the first day of spring.  

Even though its been quiet, my half marathon training is going okay.   Let me rephrase;  it’s been quiet “on here”.  Its been the complete opposite at home which is why I was due for a day off.  Still managing 4 days of Crossfit with sprint drills and running thrown in there.   Now just need to reasses my eating since I’ll be running more once the weather gets warmer. 

Oh shit….hold on.  She’s massaging my calves…………………………………………………

And, I’m back.

So I noticed this week that my food is starting to resemble the garbage plate that some diners have.  I have no energy to cook so I just pile everything together and you will be surprised how some combinations taste great together.  


Speaking of weird combinations,  I saw a burger with peanut butter, sriracha, cheddar cheese and bacon.

Next cheat day?

Here we have a sweet potato and sauteed green beans topped with 80/20 beef and avocado.   And of course I ALWAYS top my avocado with garlic salt. 

Easy, delicious and healthy. 

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Food finds

Holy crap am I behind!  All of a sudden I’m slammed with chores, errands, deadlines…you name it.  Once again, blogging took the back burner.   One of my biggest dilemmas as of late, my creative juices have stopped flowing. I can be jogging before CrossFit and I’ll have a brilliant topic to blog about, but then when I get to the computer, I forgot what it was.  Why can’t I be filthy rich and hire a note taker to run along side me?  If only.  Until then, I’ll make do with what I have….mommy-brains.

So like I said, crazy busy.  I had a pretty good handle on things, balancing work, being a mommy, working out and then a few high priority projects hit my desk….at….the….same….time.  Meeting conflicts kept me from going to CrossFit in the morning.  I was NOT happy but I did what I could.  2 days had passed and I hadn’t worked out.  By the 3rd day (Monday), I threw my papers in the air, said f*ck this and hit the pavement.  By the time I was done with that 4 mile run, things made better sense and I was able to be productive again.

Tuesday, another conflict and I couldn’t get to the gym.  Ever heard of DoYogaWithMe.com?  Awesome website!  Lots of free yoga sessions to chose from ranging from beginners to advanced; 10 minutes to over an hour!   I cleared the floor in my tiny office, laid down my yoga mat and did 2 yoga sessions.  I barely had enough room to move around but at least I got a stretch in.  Speaking of which, this is my current project.  I have to convert this tiny unkempt home office into a organized office/yoga room.  Send ideas my way.  And by that, I mean inexpensive ones.  Preferably FREE 🙂

Wednesday, I was deadset on getting to the gym.  Thankfully the owner of my box let me do my own thing before class.  I had yet another meeting in the morning so I tried to bang out a quick one.  I did a 2 mile run (PR’ed it again!!!!! 17:07) and then attempted the following….and didn’t finish.  Eff.

The Sweat

EMOM 16 minutes
Odd minute: 25 double unders and 10 box handstand pushups
Even minute: 25 double unders and 10 pistols (5 each leg)

Clearly this WOD was a joke…or I read it wrong because I failed miserably!  I ended up stopping at 10 minutes because by minute 4 I wasn’t able to finish each movement within the given minute.  But you know what, I’m over it.  I’m not great at everything nor have I ever claimed to be.  Silver lining – I was finally at the gym.

Which brings us to today, Thursday November 13th.  Finally was able to attend a class this morning.  Short and sweet

Did some muscle-up work which I have been trying to master for 3 going on 100 years.  Will I ever get it?!

– then –

An ascending ladder of:
2 handstand pushups
2 Power snatch (85#)
20 double unders
4 handstand pushups
4 power snatch (85#)
40 double unders

continue adding 2 reps and 20 DU.  5 minute rounds, 2x with a 3 minute rest.  Start where you left off.

I got 4 rounds and 11 reps.  In other words, I got through the 8 reps and 80 DU and just began the 10’s.

That aside, I have to share my new favorite snack.  Move over avocado, mamma has a new favorite fat!!!  Have you had these Castelvetrano Green Olives?  I never really liked olives but Lord have Mercy!  Why I never…..

The fact that the jar is almost empty shows you how much I love these.

Another yummy find…piri piri and sriracha pepper flakes. Im on a serious spice kick lately.

and some of this spice made its way into my roasted cauliflower and red pepper soup. Recipe to follow…

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