Last Week’s Workouts

Last week’s workouts were all about cutting back. On mileage that is. Despite it being an “easy” week, I still felt like I was working hard. The weather is 99.9% to blame. With two snowstorms that forced two days of school cancelled, I had to move around my workouts and do what I could with what I had.

Monday

Another snow day! Ron and I were both called off from work and school was cancelled. We spent the day playing outside in the backyard and eventually ventured out to Kingman Farm trails. As you can see from the pic below, the kids were taking a rest break. Which they do often.

Before the day got started, I did a strength training workout in the basement. There were lunges of all varieties, squats, planks, and push ups.

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Tuesday

Easy 5 miles with Lori and Ryan.  The roads were still a little snow covered and slick from the storm the day before. I guess that made some drivers angry.  We had a car lay on the horn and flip us off for some reason.  We weren’t even in his lane! Not sure what his problem was. Ryan thought maybe his ex-wife was a runner.

After dropping the kids off at school, I hit up my favorite Morning Flow yoga class. Runner’s Lunge saves my legs yet again.

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Wednesday

Planned hill repeats. Actual = treadmill run because Lori hurt her back. 6 miles easy

I didn’t want to do hill repeats solo at zero dark thirty so I opted for an easy treadmill run. My thought was that I’d do the repeats on Thursday after my morning yoga class. Mother Nature had other plans.

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Thursday

Snowstorm, Ron delayed opening, school cancelled

Planned hill repeats, Actual = hill repeats in the cemetery

I woke up Thursday morning to my phone ringing.  I thought for sure it was a 2 hour delay. Wrong.  School was cancelled. Wtf?!?! The roads were quite slick early in the morning but were clear by 9:30.

Since I’d be home with the kids all day and Ron had a delayed opening for work, I had a short window of when I could get my run done outside.  My usual hill was out of the question – too icy. Other options required running on busier streets to get there, which I didn’t want to mess with. My last option was the cemetery. It’s not a very big hill, but it’s a hill. And the road was plowed. I didn’t have to worry about traffic and cars didn’t have to worry about me. Problem solved.

10 x 30 sec hard effort. I then looped through neighborhoods to end up with 7 miles total.

Friday

I had a planned rest day but I wanted another quality strength workout in for the week.  I did this workout minus the run portion.

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Saturday

I met up with my running buddy, Sarah, who was my go-to gal for Boston training. We now live 40 minutes away from each other so we meeting up is always a treat. The miles ticked away easily as we got up on everything. My breathing felt off for the entire run. I felt like I couldn’t take a deep breath.  I thought maybe it was because we were talking non stop for the whole 10 miles but I continued to feel that way for the rest of the day.

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Sunday

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you probably saw that I ran the Six03 Endurance Back 9 5k snowshoe race.  Holy freakin’ hard! Snowshoe running is hard. Trying to “race” is 10x harder. It was my third time running with snowshoes and my first race.

My breathing was still feeling wonky but I think I would have felt the same even if I was feeling 100%. The best way I can describe how I felt during the race was chaotic. My heart rate was through the roof, my breathing was shallow, and my feet seemed to have a mind of their own. I don’t think I heard anything other than my heart beat in my ears for the duration of the race. For the rest of the day, I could not stop coughing because my throat felt so weird. Fingers crossed I’m not getting sick!

The course was challenging, no doubt, with mushy snow, icy snow, and a totally narrow path. It’s kind of intimidating when you have someone right on your heels – do I let them pass or are they just tailing me?

Of course, this girl makes it look easy, taking home the win for first woman. She did tell me it wasn’t the best course for my first snowshoe race attempt. I’m on the fence if I want to try it again.  Can I calm the chaos in me? Or is that normal? Are you supposed to feel like everything is spiraling out of control? Lol. There’s another race coming up on Saturday…we’ll see!

Last week's workouts } happyfitmama.comSmiling because I thought I was done. But wait! You must run up and over a big snowbank to finish. So cruel!

This week’s workout are when things get serious. The mileage ramps up and so does the intensity. Thankfully, it looks like the weather will at least be on my side. No snow in the seven day forecast and warm temps makes for clear roads to run!

How was your week in workouts?

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

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Made Good Granola Minis and Bars + Meal Planning

made good bar

This post in sponsored by Made Good in partnership with Mambo Sprouts. All opinions are my own.

Raise your hand if you like granola bars and bites?

If you are like everyone in my family, then your hands are raised high to the sky.

Finding a great tasting and nutritious granola bar is not an easy task.  Add on finding an allergy friendly bar and the options become even less.  Making your own version is always an option but let’s be realistic, there’s not always time for that.

Well, there’s a new snack in town that fits almost everyone’s needs.

made good bars

Made Good is a company that provides healthy snacks that are nutritious, allergen friendly and minimally processed.  Each bar or mini is gluten free, organic, non-GMO project verified and free from the 8 common allergens (peanut, tree nuts, egg, wheat, soy, sesame, and fish).  There’s also 1 serving of veggies from 6 vegetable sources (spinach, broccoli, carrots, tomatoes, beets, shiitake mushrooms).

I know you are wondering – But how do they taste?

made good bites

Delicious! My kids happily chomped all the bars and minis. I have been too. There’s no funny taste from the sneaky veggies.  All you taste is the real ingredients. My kids have been requesting a bar or bag of mini’s in their lunchbox. My kids don’t have any allergy restrictions at their school but it’s always nice to have options just in case.

made good minis

The granola bars come in four flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Banana, Chocolate Chip, and Mixed Berry. The mini’s come in cute individual serving bags and come in Apple Cinnamon, Chocolate Banana, Chocolate Chip, and Strawberry. Granola Mini’s have 4 bags per box, while the Granola Bars have 6 per box.

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It’s Sunday, so it’s meal planning day. Here’s what’s for dinner this week:

Sunday: Salmon + Roasted Brussels Sprout and Quinoa

Monday: Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Chicken

Tuesday: Fish Tacos

Wednesday: School Event

Thursday: Two Bean Veggie Chili

Friday: Pizza Friday

Saturday:  Snowshoe race?

What’s your favorite allergy friendly snack?

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

High Five Friday

High Five Friday February 17 2017 happyfitmama.com

Happy High Five Friday!

I absolutely LOVE that we are getting dumped with snow for the past two weeks. However, I need to clarify some things.

I do not love that the roads are a sloppy mess.

I do not love that my kids are barely in school anymore because of said sloppy mess.

I do not love how they are driving me crazy.

We need routine reinstated!

Can we have snow but have it only fall on the trails? I don’t think that’s too much to ask.

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

1 ) Pop of color against a back drop of white

2 ) Latte love on Valentine’s Day

3 ) Snow day snowshoeing with the family

4 ) Calm and serene trails on a snowy day

5 ) My daughter made Ron and I Valentine’s Day cards. And stuck a dollar inside each card. She was quite proud of herself. It was too cute!

5 Things

1 ) #RunLove and Redefining What Strength Looks Like – Strength comes in all shapes and sizes. There is no one size fits all. We all have a strong inside of us. Sometimes it just takes longer to find it.

2 ) Dear Running: It’s Not You, It’s Me – A love letter to running? But of course. It makes us feel so good yet can make us feel so bad. I can’t quit you running!

3 ) Dig Deep – Now that I’m following a training plan again that has prescribed workouts and paces that scare the pants off me, I’m remembering what it’s like to dig deep. Laura said it well -> “Other runs, those runs that intimidate us, are designed to show us how strong we really are. These workouts require us to dig deep, but in return they reward with a boost in both fitness and, more importantly, confidence.”

4 ) I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind – Your first thought, given the title of this article, is that the subject is on the MTV dance show from the 90s. No? That was only me? 😉 I love the moral of the author’s story -> “And maybe you’ll also understand that the grind wasn’t just something you did to eventually get somewhere—but that the grind itself, and how you improved as a person during that time, was the important part.”

5 ) Clementine Vodka Sodas – See opening rant about snow days.

What would you like to High 5 today?

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