High Five Friday

High Five Friday March 24 2017 happyfitmama.com

Happy High Five Friday!

It’s. been a. week. Let’s jump right into the good stuff, k?

5 from Instagram – I share more pics on Instagram and Instagram Stories. Are you following me?  Please do!

The brighter the running clothes, the quicker the snow melts.  At least that’s my theory.  I’m absolutely LOVING the print on this Saucony shirt.  I have two other colors from previous years but this one fits better and feels softer. I love it so much that the tank has been ordered. Btw – the long sleeve is on sale!

Noshing on the No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars all week.  Peanut butter, oats and chocolate chips – please and thank you.

I haven’t done an Insta yoga challenge in forever so I jumped in on the Runner’s Love Yoga series. Chair pose on tip toes? Burning, burning, burning quads.

When you slice open the perfectly ripe avocado, you must share it on Instagram.

I couldn’t pass up #tbt and National Puppy Day without posting a pic of my Cooper on the first day we got him as a 6 month old puppy.  It’s hard to believe that was over 10 years ago!

5 Good Reads

7 Ways Running Make You a Better Person – I’m a little biased but I think the majority of runners are good souls.  Running is what brings out that good!

Stop Telling Women to Go in the Backcountry Alone – I’ve never been camping by myself.  And really, I don’t have a desire to. But if I did, the thought of what could happen would definitely keep me awake at night.  I mean, who else read the book Wild and was wondering the whole time when she was going to be attacked or raped while out hiking the PCT alone? Not saying that’s right but that’s what we almost expect. Food for thought -> Help us create a world that gives more women the confidence to be alone.”

Muscles and Miles: How One Ultrarunner Makes Room for Both – I had the pleasure of hearing Crystal talk at Rise.Run.Retreat last year.  Her belief in strength training is vital for running – on the road and trails – is so true. And I really like that she makes it simple with physical therapy type exercises and bands.  If you don’t already follow her on Instagram, you should. She shares her daily running and strength workouts and you can cheer her on when she does the Georgia Death Race soon.

When They Say Parenting was “Hard” This Isn’t What I Thought They Meant – Diapers, breastfeeding, bottles, and everything else was the easy part of parenting.  The rest of your lives is the hard part.

Finding Daily Magic – Do you believe in magic? It’s there every single day. It’s just some days you have to look a little (or A LOT) harder to find it. “I believe that there is magic to find every day. Whether it is a smile from a stranger while holding open the door, meeting a friend for coffee and having the most enlightening conversation, or spotting a seal in the bay on my morning run, I am motivated to get going in the morning in search of that magic.”

What would you like to High 5 today?

No Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars | happyfitmama.com

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Barleans. All opinions, as always, are my own.

There is no doubt that I am a snacker.

I can’t eat just 3 meals a day. I need something in between to hold me over till my next meal. When I don’t snack, it’s not a pretty sight. The hungry monster comes out. Just picture the Incredible Hulk and that’s me.

My kids are just like me. In fact, I think they’d be happy to snack all day long.

I like to try to make one homemade snack each week to have on hand to keep the hungries at bay and to toss in the kids’ lunchboxes for school. Some weeks it happens. Sometimes it doesn’t. Since I’ve been injured lately, I’ve got more time on my hands which means I’m more likely to whip up something.

Lately, we have been devouring these No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars.

Full of good for you ingredients like oats, flax and chia seeds and peanut butter, it’s got the right combo of nutrients to keep us satisfied. Adding in chocolate chips sweetens the deal but you can easily leave them out and they taste just as good.

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars | Happyfitmama.com

Adding seeds to homemade bar recipes is a great way to up the nutritional value.  Did you know that ground flaxseed has 10 amino acids, is full of the powerful antioxidant-rich phytonutrient Lignans, is the best source of plant-based Omega-3 ALA, and is full of both insoluble (the kind that helps your digestive tract running smoothly!) and soluble fiber (the kind that may help lower your bad LDL cholesterol).

You can’t go wrong with it!

In addition to adding it to bars, you can put it in just about anything. It’s great in oatmeal, yogurt, smoothies, over steamed veggies or in baked goods like muffins or bread.

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars | happyfitmama.com

I like using Barlean’s Forti-Flax because it’s certified organic, Non-GMO verified and free of herbicides, pesticides and other chemical contaminants. You can find more information on Barlean’s products and where to buy on their website.

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars | happyfitmama.com

No-Bake Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Bars
  • 2 cups old fashioned oats (gluten-free if needed)
  • ½ cup ground flax seed (I use Barleans Forti-Flax)
  • 3 Tbsp Chia seeds
  • ⅛ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • ⅓ - ½ cup honey
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup mini chocolate chips
  1. Line a 11 x 7 dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Mix oats, ground flax, chia seeds and cinnamon in a large bowl.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In small saucepan, warm on the stovetop peanut butter, honey and vanilla. Stirring till smooth. This can also be done in the microwave at 30 second intervals.
  5. Once peanut butter mixture is warmed, pour it over oat mixture. Stirring till combined.
  6. Stir in chocolate chips.
  7. Scoop mix into prepared dish. Flatten with a rolling pin or your hand to desired thickness.
  8. Place bars in fridge to set for at least an hour.
  9. Cut into bars and enjoy!


The mix-ins for these bars are endless – nuts, dried fruit, swapping any nut or seed butter that you prefer.  Go crazy! But not Incredible Hulk Crazy.

Linking up with Foodie Friday.

What’s your favorite mix in for homemade bars?

Are you a snacker?


Last Week’s Workouts

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So my jubilation from running 3 miles on Thursday quickly escalated to nothing but doubt, fear, anger, and sadness on Saturday.  I attempted run #2 with high hopes.  I felt quite well for most of it until I had to run up a hill at mile 3.  Going up on my toes brought on the familiar pain.  And then at one point I had to stop running at a stoplight, waiting for cars to go by.  When I started running again, it felt like my foot was slapping the ground.  On top of that, this weird pain in my left leg around my fibula started up. WTF?!?!

Definitely not the progress that I was hoping for. I came home from the run feeling defeated.  The odds of running Sugarloaf, at the pace that I want, is slim to none. It’s 9 weeks away and I’m nowhere near ready to resume training.

My emotions have been all over the place (still?). I’m disappointed in myself. I question whether I should even be running marathons. Clearly my body does not like training for them.  I hate that I am continuously going through a cycle of injury/run/injury when I feel that I’m doing everything right. Obviously, I’m not.

As with any time I’ve been injured, I ask myself – why are you doing this? If I’m hobbling around in my 30s, what will I be doing in my 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond. What’s the long term consequences? 

But then I feel healthy again and running is going so well that I forget about running for life and am more interested in chasing PR’s and BQ’s.

I’ve been telling everyone from the beginning that my plan was to run Sugarloaf, BQ, and then run Boston in 2018.  Then I’d be done with marathons.  I don’t even like marathons that much yet I feel this need that wants to be fulfilled.  At least I think it’s my need and not some need implanted in my brain because it’s THE thing a runner needs to do. That’s something I need to decipher.

I’m not sure of what my training will be like from now on.  I’ve got more appointments lined up with my PT this week. My focus is returning to running pain free and then I’ll go from there.

Last Week’s Workouts


45 minutes bike trainer intervals (10 minute w/u, 1 min hard effort, 2 min recovery x 10, remainder random hills), strength training -> THIS workout + single leg squats, bridge, planks.

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com

How cute are the new Saucony Kinvara’s?


60 minutes bike trainer.  Random intervals to keep the boredom at bay.  Yoga was cancelled because of the blizzard.


30 minutes bike trainer and this strength training workout

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Morning Flow Yoga Class at Bending Bodhi

3 mile easy run. It felt so good to be outside running!

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com


30 minutes pool running w/ 1 min hard effort intervals

My first pool running experience.  Oddly enough, I kind of like it.  I was envisioning it being something that my grandmother would have enjoyed.  Instead, it was a great workout that had my heart rate sky high.  It’s an odd feeling to feel hot while in a pool.

The best part of the day was asking the high school boy at the front desk questions about pool running.  He had no clue what pool running was. I had to show him what pool running was. On land.  It was like a horrible game of charades.

Last week's workouts | happyfitmama.com


5 mile easy run

See above rant for the lowdown.


Morning Flow Yoga Class at Bending Bodhi

I should have hit the bike or the pool but I was in such a foul mood that I sulked the whole entire day instead.


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Linking up with Ilka/Angela and Hoho/Tricia for the weekly workout wrap up.

How was your week in workouts?