Monday, May 11, 2015

Mother's Day 4 Miler

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Just like last year, I celebrated my birthday by running my first race as a new age (still in the same age group, thank goodness!). Amanda and I ran together because I "wanted to take it easy" but then I ended up pacing her through a descending mile workout!

I had run 12.1 miles with Allison and Lauren the day before using a 1:1 interval, but keeping a 10:17 average pace, so I felt pretty spent starting out. Amanda and I started with a 10:15, dropped to a 9:12, followed that with a 8:53, and ended with an 8:36 doing a 2 min run:30 second interval with some course based running (walking up hills and running more on flats and down hills). I am slowly teaching Amanda that fast running, though hard, is a lot of fun!

And again, Potomac River Running put on a GREAT race! I can't say enough times how wonderful their races are. They are so well organized that they are the perfect race for beginners and race junkies (like myself) a like! Plus, free, awesome photos from their flickr page!

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As you can see, a bunch of the girls from our running group participated on Mother's Day Sunday - me, Amanda, Allison, and Kristin. Emily was also there, but for the life of me, I can't find her photo on the flickr site! This happened during the Run Your Heart Out 5k too!!

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Gluten Free Banana Bread

Banana Bread

Gwen Stefani taught me to spell bananas. No joke, I'm not sure I actually knew how to spell the word banana before Holla Back Girl, but now I will never forget. Seriously though, my banana bread is BANANAS!!! It was seriously soooo good! Maybe it's because I haven't really had banana bread since getting diagnosed with celiac back in early 2012... but that can't be totally it, because I know my last banana bread was from Starbucks, they, my friends, have PERFECTED banana bread. Non-celiac friends, please, go eat some Starbucks banana bread for me!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Recovery Weekend

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The weekend after the Rock'n'Roll Raleigh 1/2 Marathon was a somewhat forced recovery weekend! I ran on Friday night with Allison (her blog is Life's a Bowl) before heading out with Reid to meet up with Josh and Jenny for dinner. Allison was trying to finish up her miles in her half marathon training plan before heading out of town for the weekend. It was the perfect (although hot) way to start my evening!

On Saturday morning we headed out for a quick little recovery run before I had to head out for Amanda and Hilary's birthday wine tour and then to an intersquad swim meet.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Rock'n'Roll Raleigh 2015

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I was a little nervous about running the Rock'n'Roll Raleigh after what I witnessed there last year. But I was so excited to sign up for a race and run with Leeanne and Danielle, that I figured I would just push any apprehension aside and go for it. Boy am I glad that I did! Not only was the race really great (although it felt hard with all of my slower running in 2015 compared to 2014), I had such a great time hanging out with Leeanne all weekend!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Rock'n'Roll DC 2015

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What's wrong with this photo? Well, it was taken through a ziplock bag because the Ron'n'Roll DC (formerly USA) half marathon was the RAINIEST race I have ever run!! Talk about #badASS! So it was super rainy and pretty darn cold, BUT it'd didn't stop Amanda from clocking in at 2:08:47 an over 20 minute PR!! (her previous actually being from the 2012 MCM split at 2:23 something, and before that from the worst race on the planet earth - the VA Wine Country Half Marathon of 2:29:22)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Reston 10 Miler

Reston 10 Miler

#Badass is the hashtag of our runs for the month of March! On March 1, Amanda, Meg, Joanna, Kristin, Crescent (though I can't find any pics of her!), and I all ran the Reston 10 Miler. The forecast called for a lot freezing rain and snow, but luckily it was just "pretty to run through" snow!

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.

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:
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