Thursday, February 19, 2015

For the Love of it 10k

For the love of it

On Valentine's Day I ran the first "For the Love of it 10K" with Crescent and Kristin. It was a GREAT race!! They ran it on the same course as the South Lakes 10k - on the road and not too hilly.

Reid was such a good sport to let me go run while he slept in, preparing for a busy night at the Melting Pot! I met Crescent and Kristin in the starting corral and tried to wait for them to finish, but I had to meet Joanna and Amanda for more of a run afterwards!

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Here are our AWESOME free photos from the Potomac River Running Flickr page! I feel like every time I write a post about a PRR race, I'm talking about how awesome the organization of the race is. But they have really just nailed it! I have never run a bad PRR race!! :)

322For the love of it
For the love of it

After the race I made my total mileage around 10 for the day with Amanda and Joanna, then cuddled up on the couch with Penny and Justina's pup, Otto. I would have rather spent Valentine's day with Reid, but I knew that he had to work and spending the day with the pups was second best! Plus, Reid got me these beautiful flowers, card, and awesome sweet wine!!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Run Your Heart Out 5k - 2015

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I almost want to call this post "running fast isn't easy" because while I was pacing Amanda, she said a few times that it felt hard. :) But let's rewind first to how we got to hard running in the first place!

Friday, February 13, 2015

cauliflower fried rice - whole 30

Cauliflower fried rice

This is the paleo/whole 30 version of Skinnytaste's cauliflower "fried rice". Though, as is, this is a pretty great "skinny" recipe! I love that, through food bloggers, more and more skinny/diet dishes are being made with whole foods instead of the diet, processed food that we were all eating in the 90's and early 2000's. Come on, you know you ate a whole bag of "WOW" chips because they were 1/2 the calories too! And paid for it later!! No? That was just me?... Anyway... Discovering paleo/whole foods and ditching calorie counting and learning to love fat has been the BEST thing that has happened for my nutrition/health/life. And the second best thing was the acceptance of white potatoes into the paleo/whole 30 fold. I'm 50% Irish, I need my potatoes! Okay, back to this "fried rice!"

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Whole 30 - the last 9 days

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I did it! Seriously, I wasn't completely sure that I had the strength to finish the entire 30 days, but I did! It's amazing how strong I feel now. I feel like I am in complete control of my health, eating, food choices, and nutrition, but in this awesome, healthy way! I'm no longer thinking about calorie or macro nutrient content (I actually stopped counting calories about 4 years ago and it was the BEST thing I could ever do!), but instead I ask the following:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Team in Training - at it again!



What have I gotten myself into!?

I shared what it was like to be a community team captain on a call for TNT this fall and started to think about what I could do in 2015 to top my involvement in 2014 (where my team raised almost $15,000 between Nike and Joanna's participation in the Marine Coprs Marathon). I came up with the number $20,000. I want to help to raise $20,000 in 2015 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. There, I have said it in print. That is my goal.

To reach that goal I first thought of trying to run the Boston Marathon. High on my sub 4 finish at the MCM, I emailed my contact at LLS to see if it was possible. There was a slim chance that I could get in for 2015, so I applied, even though the $5,000 minimum, plus travel (since the Boston bibs are through the local Boston chapter) scared me. I didn't get in.

Then I let my life take over for a little while. Until just after the new year when I started to think about my training and goals. That's when I realized that 2015 might be the perfect year to try the 70.3 Ironman distance (that's 1/2 Iron) for me! After my amazing experience with TNT for my first triathlon, I knew I had to do my first 70.3 with them! I registered an opened my fundraising page for the Eagleman 70.3 yesterday!

What what about my team!?! Well, we had been looking for a replacement race for the Nike Women's 1/2, since it's not coming back to DC this year, but we were having trouble deciding on a Spring or Summer event. That's when it hit me! The Marine Corps Marathon, which I had been planning on doing with TNT anyway, would make the PERFECT team event because current team members, like Kristin and Joanna, were planning on doing the marathon anyway.

So there you have it... a half iron and a goal of raising $20,000 this year with my team! What have I gotten myself into!?! :)


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Monday, January 26, 2015

whole 30 - week 3

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Three weeks!! Three weeks!!! I have made it three weeks!!!!! I can't even explain how happy I am that I have made it through 21 days of the whole 30! (read about week 1 and week 2)

Friday, January 23, 2015

chili-lime chili (whole 30)

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After traveling over MLK day weekend, I needed an EASY meal that was so delicious I could eat it every day. That's where this Chili-Lime Chili comes in.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

hand whisked mayo

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Mustard Garlic Mayo and Cilantro Lime Mayo

Let's talk about mayo! It's not exactly the prettiest dish in the world, but when the Whole 30 limits the condiments that you can eat, mayo becomes your friend. I never liked mayo as a kid, but as I got older, I developed a taste for it. Now I couldn't imagine a burger or a club sandwich without copious amounts of mayonnaise and call me European, but I love it on french fries!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

how to eat gluten free at Subway

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First let me say that it has taken me 3 travel swim meet trips (with at least 8 stops at Subway) to even attempt to eat something there. I had been told by several gluten free gals that they had been able to get salads there with NO issue and that they were very accommodating, but I was skeptical! I was also hungry, so on our travel trip this MLK day weekend, I bit the bullet and coaxed the sandwich artists through a gluten free chopped salad.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

whole 30 - week two (with travel!!)

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Leftover caramelized onion and mushroom meatballs with potatoes and pineapple-jalapeno meatballs with zoodles (recipe here).

Two weeks into the whole 30 and I feel absolutely AMAZE-TASTIC! I think I hit the Magic around day 9, which would be a little early according to this timeline, but I think I also hit the digestive/pants tighter part earlier too.
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