Last Week’s Workouts

Last week’s workouts were wacky. This week’s workouts have been all about being social. For years, I only ran by myself and was totally fine with it. Now, I really enjoy running with others. It makes the time go by so much faster. After years of saying it wasn’t for me despite almost all of my local running friends being members, I finally joined a running club. Now I’m meeting even more running buddies and loving the variety.

Monday

6 easy pace miles. I usually cross train and strength training on Monday but when my friend Annie said she could run, I ran. It’s been forever since we had run together or even had a chance to catch up so I happily switched my running days.

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Tuesday

9 miles, 8:20 average pace. My running buddy and I picked up the pace on a relatively flat route for an out and back. Well, relatively flat for our area. There’s not many routes you can run that are completely pancake flat. The kicker about this route is that the last 2 miles have rolling hills with a bigger hill that always kicks my butt. It’s a long gradual hill that sucks the life out of you. Ok, maybe just me because it’s usually at the tail end of my run. I added 4 x 20 second strides in at the end for a good time.

Morning Flow yoga class was especially appreciated to work out the kinks in my calves.

P.M. core work

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Wednesday

30 minutes recumbent bike followed up with 30 minutes of THIS strength workout. A bonus of working out at home? I can hog ALL the equipment.

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Thursday

Morning Flow Yoga class – I think we spent a solid 5 minutes in Pigeon. LOVE!

6 miles, 11:35 average pace. We got 4-5 inches of snow on Wednesday. Visions of a snowshoe run danced through my head. A bunch of us made a date to meet up at the trails in the afternoon to do just that. Mother Nature had other visions when the temps reached the 40s with bright sunshine. No snowshoe running but it was a great evening to run on the trails with microspikes. That is until afterwards when my feet were so numb from all the slush and snow. It was still lots of fun!

P.M. core work

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Friday

11 miles, 8:50 average pace. This run kicked my butt. Numerous things were not in my favor for this run.

I woke up at 1 a.m. starving. I tried to ignore it but I wasn’t falling back to sleep. I finally ate something but then wasn’t able to really fall back to sleep until 3 a.m. My alarm was set to go off not that much longer afterwards.

I woke up sore, tight and hungry from Thursday evenings trail run that I had run less than 12 hours before.

Our route was a ridiculously hilly route. Why were we doing this again?!?! I felt relatively good despite feeling sleepy until mile 9. My left glute and calf were tight. I was tired and wanted to be d.o.n.e.

P.M. Foam rolling like nobody’s business.

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An old picture because it was darker than dark for all of it and I had to hustle to work.

Saturday

4 miles easy recovery pace. I did something really strange today. I didn’t run in the morning. We had a few things going on and I missed my small window of opportunity to run. Instead, I set out around sunset for easy pace recovery miles. I thought a lot about the women marching around the world and all the inspiring women I know.

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Sunday

It was another day of ski club for the kids. There were a few chaotic moments (4 of the kids being separated from the group, my daughter not making it on to the chair lift and giving me a heart attack in the process – wtf!?!?!) but the day ended up really well. Ron and I took the kids up higher on the mountain with no problems. I’m always surprised at their courage and resiliency to try new things and not give up.

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In the evening, I had a special treat of attending a fundraising yoga class taught by my friend Annie. It was just what I needed to stretch out my tight calf and hips and to be ready for another week of training.

This week was fun but I need to get my FOMO in check. I need to remember to just say NO…but it’s hard when it’s so fun!

Linking up with Ilka for the weekly wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?

Are you a social runner?

Foodie Fuel + Meal Planning

foodie fuel

This post in sponsored by Foodie Fuel in partnership with Mambo Sprouts. All opinions are my own.

Recently, I was out on a run with a friend and we started talking about food. Nothing new since that seems to be the #1 topic of most group runs. It’s the natural thing to do.

Running = hunger

We discussed how much food is fuel for performance. When your tank is running low, you are running low. You go through these crazy emotions of feeling like you can’t take one.more.step or that you are completely DONE. Sure, you need to be doing all the other things to increase your performance, but when your nutrition is off, it’s like running in quick sand.

That being said,  I’m always ready for a snack. Three squares don’t work for me.

There are tons of packaged snack options out there. But you know what caught my eye when I was sent a package of Foodie Fuel? This -> Why just snack when you can fuel?

cinnamon ginger foodie fuelYes!

Food is fuel. Your body runs best on pure, whole, natural food. I try to pick that option as much as I can but sometimes you need convenience in a bag.

Foodie Fuel is a great healthy option to have on hand for the whole family to enjoy. It’s an organic snack that’s gluten free, non-GMO, low-glycemic, vegan and even Paleo friendly. So you may be wondering – what’s in it? They are made with ingredients like sunflower seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds, coconut and other natural occurring pre-biotic fiber, detoxifying anti-oxidants, essential vitamins and alkaline minerals.

Filled with fiber and all essential amino acids to be a complete protein, you feel satisfied longer with no hangries between meals. There’s a nice crunch with a tad bit of sweetness. Foodie Fuel comes in four flavors: Coconut Vanilla, Butter Toffee, Cinnamon Ginger, and Swiss Chocolate.

foodie fuel and yogurt

I like to enjoy Foodie Fuel straight out of the bag or over a bowl of my favorite Greek yogurt.

Visit Foodie Fuel’s website for more information and to find where you can buy these tasty snacks.

What's for dinner this week I've got a weeks worth of easy, healthy meal planning ideas for the whole family to enjoy. happyfitmama.com

It’s Sunday so it’s Meal Planning day. Here’s what’s for dinner this week at my house.

Sunday: Sockeye Salmon + Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Monday: Butternut Squash Apple Soup + Grilled Cheese

Tuesday: Slow cooker chicken tacos

Wednesday: School event

Thursday: Slow cooker black bean soup

Friday: Date night!

Saturday: Make your own pizza

What’s your favorite way to fuel your body?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

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High Five Friday

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Happy High Five Friday!

I’m looking at the GOOD things from the week rather than another event happening today. Good vibes only please.

5 from Instagram

1 ) A winter wonderland appeared again on Wednesday. There’s just something about the natural beauty of a blanket of white on trees.

2 ) I’m back at recording my workouts in my Believe Training Journal. This quote was on the this week’s page. It’s so true. “Who you hang out with determines what you dream about and what you collide with. And the collisions and the dreams lead to your changes. And the changes are what become. Change the outcome by changing your circle”. – Seth Godin

3 ) Rise and run.

4 ) Skiing and snowboarding with the goofballs.

5 ) I finally tried Halo Top after seeing it all over my social media. My thoughts? It’s good but nearly as good as the real deal ice cream. I liked that the peanut butter cup had an actual peanut butter taste. I’ve tried other brands where it didn’t have that.

5 Things

1 ) Runners Plan 256 Mile Relay to Washington – The results of the election left a lot of us reeling and unsure of what the future will be like. One of the good things that I’ve seen (and have felt myself) is that more people are feeling the need to get involved, to speak up and do more for causes we believe in. Leave it to runners to come up with a brilliant idea to raise awareness. Ladies, I salute you!

2 ) Honesty – Have you checked out Trail Sisters yet? Do it right now. I’ll wait for you to come back. :) This post resonated with me because I’ve said the exact same things to myself when things get tough in a run or race. This is spot on ->  “In those moments of reasoning, when something isn’t really wrong, when you are creating that story in your head about what you could and could not do, you are not only not being present in the moment, you were being dishonest with yourself, you are not holding yourself accountable.”

3 ) Lesson This is Us Teaches Us About Adoption – If you haven’t been watching the show This is Us, you need to start now. I think it’s one of the best shows on television right now even if I end up crying like a baby during every single episode. Just the other night Ron and I both had “itchy eyes” during the latest episode and declared it the stupidest show ever as we blew our noses. Don’t worry. We’ll be watching next week.

4 ) Less Effort Leads to Better Running – Hey look at this! Another post from Tail Sisters. Seriously, guys, this site has great stories. Do you do a body scan while you run? You should. Holding tension as you build effort only makes you work harder. Loosen up the shoulders and watch the effort decrease.

5 ) 15 Words You Need to Eliminate from Your Vocabulary – Goals for 2017! I admit that I use quite a few of these words. Anyone else?

What would you like to High 5 today?