Tuesday, December 6, 2016

November Miles and New Mojo

Do you ever feel like you've lost your mojo? Taking a big break from anything physical (running/spin class/yoga/hiking/etc) after doing it 5-6 days a week can be a shock to your system. Words cannot even describe the happiness brought to me through the simple act of running! Last month I said, “November, I WILL RUN YOU” and I did just that. October only had 5 runs and November went up to 13 runs, including 4 workouts at the YMCA and 1 race. 

Perfect view on a trail run!

Week 1: 1-5: 5.2 miles
Week 2: 5-12: 5.45 miles
Week 3: 13-19: 8.87 miles (Turkey Trot 5k)
Week 4: 20-26: 14.76 miles
Week 5: 27-30: 17.07 miles
Total miles for November: 51.35

The first few weeks were slow. My body was still confused as to why I was making it move and running took major effort. It can be frustrating to put all of your energy into a certain pace or distance that used to be easy. Luckily, I knew it wouldn’t take long to return to my previous level of fitness. After simply focusing on building endurance again, I decided to try some interval speed work. (What’s the worst that could happen? Fly off the treadmill? Pass out with exhaustion?) Following a 10 minute warm up, I repeated 2min fast/1min slow, for a total of 6.4 miles! I couldn’t believe how amazing it felt! My legs seemed stronger and my breathing was under control. I wanted to run on and on…forever! That was the moment I got my mojo back.

Flagging those Turkey Trotters!
As part of my membership through the Greater Bellingham Running Club (GBRC), I had to volunteer at a race, which happened to be the Annual Turkey Trot 5k! The race was held at Squalicum Creek Park in Bellingham and all (100%) of the proceeds go to the Bellingham Food Bank. The day before the race, I found out that I would be a flagger and help direct parking. I also found out that the weather called to be cold, windy, and rainy. After helping set up the registration tables, I got a sweet neon vest with a big flag to wave around at people. Good news: it was cold, but not raining! Bad news: I dressed for rain and was still extremely cold! At 9:58 (two minutes before the race was supposed to start) the race director came and said my job was done! I could run in the race if I wanted to…but I didn’t have time to go to my car and change. I had on my “light” snowboarding jacket with a huge beanie. I thought, “Oh, it’s only a 5k. It won’t bother me too much…” BAD IDEA! Not even half a mile in and I was already wishing it was over. The official results haven’t been posted yet, but my watch read a slow 27:08 which is 8:44min/mi pace. This was the only 5k I had done in 2016 and I wanted to give it a shot! 

She's not as light as she used to be!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide for LADY Runners

Holiday shopping doesn't have to be your Achilles heel! This guide has everything you need to give the lady runners in your life! Some gift items are pretty useful, others simply make you look good, and the rest may be a little random…but isn’t that how most runners are? (Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any of these businesses or products.)

1. I love to stay hydrated by popping a Nuun Active formula tablet in my water bottle after a run! There are nine flavors to choose from: Lemon+lime, tri-berry, strawberry lemonade, orange, fruit punch, grape, watermelon, tropical, and citrus fruit (my FAVORITE is strawberry lemonade!).  Each tube has 10 tabs and costs $7 on the Nuun website.

2. Keep track of personal records while displaying your race bibs and favorite race medals! This chalkboard display is handmade and available for $43 on Etsy by five1fivesigns. 
3. Get ready for your next (or FIRST) half marathon by following the ‘Train Like a Mother’ 13.1 mile training program. The package includes flexible training plans, exclusive podcasts, strength training videos, online support groups, and awesome goodies! Another Mother Runner is a running community full of resources for moms…who run! Available for purchase starting early December for $65.00 at the Train Like a Mother website.  

4. This phenomenal running calendar was originally created as a fundraiser for the Washington Trails Association (WTA). Runner and photographer Glenn Tachiyama captures the essence of running in the Pacific Northwest. In the past 11 years, the fundraiser has donated $174,000 to WTA which is a non-profit organization that preserves and builds our Washington trails! Available for purchase online at Seattle's Seven Hills Running Shop  for $25. Time to lace up your shoes and hit the trails!

5. Olympian Shalane Flanagan and Chef Elyse Kopecky came together to create this amazing cookbook for athletes, Run Fast. Eat Slow. There are over 100 recipes for drinks, snacks, meals, and even desserts! Order online for $16.97 at Amazon  or check out your local book store!

6. Running doesn’t have to limit your fashionista attire to shorts, sweats, or leggings. Shine on with this Red Sparkle Running Skirt by Sparkle Athletic and join #teamsparkle ! MANY other colors and patterns to choose from for $25. Available online on the Sparkle Athletic website.

7. Whether early in the morning, late at night, or in the PNW when it is always dark, runners need a good headlamp to guide them during their run! This Foxelli LED Headlamp is waterproof and rechargeable, with 100 hours of light from a full charge! Price ranges from $19.97-$29.97 depending on your color preference and are available on Amazon.

8. Keep those footsies warm with a pair of over the calf compression socks by Crazy Compression. I’m in love with this snowflake design, $30! Purchase online here!

9. This Emerald Green trucker hat by Dirtbag Runners will look mighty fine while you’re getting lost on the mountain tops. Also available in Red or Royal Blue, costing $22 and can be purchased directly from the Dirtbag Runners website(make sure to check out their other goodies!). 

10. We all need a little humor in our life, and this “Slow runners make fast runners look good” tank is just that! Available on Etsy for $24 + shipping.   

I hope this guide helps you ease your way through the holiday gift giving chaos! What other types of gifts do you think fellow female runners enjoy? What are you hoping for this year?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Kombucha Kale Cubes for Smoothies

Are you feeling more than full after the Thanksgiving holiday? I know that the roasted turkey, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, yeast rolls, stuffing, cranberry sauce, jalapeno cranberry sauce, and homemade pumpkin pies have left me feeling full, sleepy, and unmotivated.

As a mom, I am all about convenience. Having these Kombucha Kale Cubes in the freezer helps making healthy smoothies quick and rewarding! Each cube is about 1 oz and contains probiotics, protein, iron, and many vitamins. Toss them into the blender with some fresh fruit and your choice of liquid to have a tasty green smoothie. Enjoy!

Have you ever made frozen cubes to add to your smoothies? What are your favorite combinations?

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Kombucha Kale Cubes for Smoothies
Easy and delicious cubes of Kombucha and Kale to toss into your morning smoothies!
  • 6 cups Kale
  • 2 cups Kombucha
  • 6 tablespoons Hemp Seeds
De-rib kale, cut into small pieces and pack loosely into 6 cups. Pour Kombucha into blender. (I use Lemon Kombucha)Add half of the kale, blend until smooth, then add remaining kale. Toss in hemp seeds and blend until smooth.Pour into ice cube trays. (I get about 24 cubes.) Freeze 2-3 hours then place into freezer bags and save until ready to use!
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 24 cubes

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

18 Quotes about Motherhood

This year for Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for…MOTHERHOOD! Cheers to the foster moms, moms juggling two jobs, homeschooling three kids moms, the surprise moms, moms with angel babies, and all the other moms in between. Let’s celebrate together by reading this little list of quotes about motherhood!

1. “In a child's eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.” - N.K. Jemisin

2. “No woman can call herself free until she can choose consciously whether she will or will not be a mother.” - Margaret Sanger

3. “Motherhood is a choice you make everyday, to put someone else's happiness and well-being ahead of your own, to teach the hard lessons, to do the right thing even when you're not sure what the right thing is...and to forgive yourself, over and over again, for doing everything wrong.” - Donna Ball

4. “There is eternal influence and power in motherhood.” - Julie B. Beck

5. “However motherhood comes to you, it's a miracle.” - Valerie Harper

6. “The natural state of motherhood is unselfishness. When you become a mother, you are no longer the center of your own universe. You relinquish that position to your children.” -Jessica Lange

7. “As it stands, motherhood is a sort of wilderness through which each woman hacks her way, part martyr, part pioneer; a turn of events from which some women derive feelings of heroism, while others experience a sense of exile from the world they knew.” -Rachel Cusk

8. “Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth for she has held a star.” - Larry Barretto

9. “Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom.” - Harriette Hartigan

10. “When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” - Sophia Loren

11. “The work of a mother is hard, too often unheralded work. Please know that it is worth it then, now, and forever.” -Jeffrey R. Holland“

12. “There’s no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.” -Jill Churchill

13. “A mother is one to whom you hurry when you are troubled.” -Emily Dickinson

14. “I will protect you until you are grown and then I will let you fly free, but loving you, that is for always.” -Charlotte Gray

15. “Being a mother is not about what you gave up to have a child, but what you’ve gained from having one.” -Sunny Gupta

16. “There is no role in life more essential and more eternal than that of motherhood.” -M. Russell Ballard

17. “You instantly become less selfish. You can’t be the biggest person in the world anymore—they are. Motherhood really grounds you.” -Keri Russell

18. “I love my mother as the trees love water and sunshine; she helps me grow, prosper, and reach great heights.” -Terri Guillemets

Enjoy the family, friends, and food. Happy Thanksgiving mamas!