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A Day in the Life

Quad stretch | happyfitmama.com

It’s been a very long time since I did A Day in the Life post. I’m super nosy interested in how other people spend their days – the schedules, the activities, and the boring day to day stuff. Even mundane tasks are interesting to me. My previous Day in the Life posts have showed a typical day as my job as Mama and my other as a Clinical Exercise Physiologist. Today I’m showing you the Mama side just because I can share more pictures and details. The other one involves too much HIPPA and red tape!

Wake up! 4:xx

I wake up 5 minutes before my alarm goes off, quietly tip toe downstairs, where I do my usual morning routine and get dressed for a run. I opt for the treadmill rather than outside. The warm temps from Monday may have left the roads a skating rink.

Do a dynamic warm up and use The Stick on my calves before beginning my workout. 2 miles w/u, 3 miles @ 1/2 marathon pace (8:10, 8:00, 7:53), 2 miles c/d. Do my glute exercises and stretch as Ron heads out the door to work and the kids finish up breakfast. Yes my kids are already up and eating breakfast.

My kids motto – the early bird gets the worm. Wonder where they get that from?

day in the life treadmill run  happyfitmama.com

Help the kids clean up their breakfast dishes before I take a quick shower. Get dressed and immediately strip the sheets off everyone’s bed. Start a load of laundry.

FINALLY, I prep and eat my breakfast while checking social media and email. I could eat steel cut oats every single morning for breakfast. And I practically do.

day in the life breakfast  happyfitmama.com

Clean up breakfast dishes and then clean some more. Bathrooms, unload/load dishwasher, sweep, vacuum, dust and start another load of laundry.

Why is there always so much laundry?!

Another reason having twins is awesome? Built in playmates! It allows time for me to actually get something done most days. The kids play together fairly nicely with me only having to referee a handful of times. It’s a good day!

Around mid morning we hop in the car to run a couple of errands to the grocery store and the car wash. The car wash is always entertaining. Especially when the dryers turn on. Cover your ears!!!

day in the life carwash | happyfitmama.com

Back home, it’s time for lunch. The kids have a Purple Power Smoothie and almond butter toast while I have leftover salmon, roasted butternut squash and massaged kale. I think I had the better meal.

Salmon Butternut Squash Kale | happyfitmama.com

After lunch clean up, the kids want to play outside. It’s a warmer than it has been and the sun is shining. We all get dressed in our gear and head out for a bit. I think I’m becoming a wuss because I’m freezing within 10 minutes. I go back inside to fold more laundry and start dinner in the crockpot while the kids play on the patio for a little bit longer.

The kids come in and we immediately get ready for my Sports Chiropractor appointment. It always feels good to get realigned and have manual therapy on my calf/Achilles.

sports chiropractor  happyfitmama.com

We get back home, read a few books and then kids want to play outside again. This time I send them out alone while I cut up fresh veggies and prep for dinner.

The kids come back in after playing for about 30 minutes. They want hot cocoa to warm up (as always) as I finish dinner.

We start eating dinner and Ron soon comes home from work and the gym to join us. I think we’ve had different variations of Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili at least once a week since winter began. I could live off it.

Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili | happyfitmama.com

After dinner, it’s a flurry of dinner clean up, folding more laundry and getting the kids in bed. I then am able to sit down to type up this post. Afterwards, it’s to the living room with Ron where I’ll do more of my glute/core/PT exercises/The Stick/Foam Roll while watching TV before crashing into bed by 9 p.m.

THE END!

Join in the fun and be nosy! Katie is hosting A Day in the Life link up. I’m also linking up with WIAW.

2015 Goals

Believe I Am Journal | happyfitmama.com

Happy New Year!

Is it really 2015? It must be because I’ve been writing 2015 for the past 3 months. I guess I’m ready for it!

Does anyone else get really excited when January 1st rolls around and you’ve got a blank calendar/planner to fill in with all the important dates of the year?

By the end of the year, the calendar looks messy and tired. I like the freshness of a clean slate. A place to plan. A place to set goals to hit throughout the whole year.

Last year I shared my 14 goals in 2014. That was a little too much. I followed through with some, but most of them I completely forgot all about.

I’ve got big goals to go after this year.

2015 Goals

NO INJURIES! Every year I say this and every year (at least for the past 3) I’ve been sidelined with an injury. This year I mean it and I my body better be listening this time. For me to make my goals, I need to be injury free. In the past, I’ve kept up with my physical therapy exercises and then some. I thought I was doing everything right and yet I still get injured. In 2015, I’m taking it to another level.

Strength/Cross Training 2-3x/week. When I get deep into training, all I want to do is run. Or rather it seems like that’s all the energy I have to do. This year, I’m getting a sports conditioning trainer. I know what my imbalances are. I know what I need to do to strengthen my weaknesses. But it makes a HUGE difference when there is someone watching my form continuously, challenging and pushing me. More details to follow on this soon.

Run 1500 miles. For the past two years, I’ve had this goal and have come so close. But again, taking time off for injuries prevented it.

Marathon. I’m running Boston in April with Team Stonyfield. I’m training for it as a goal race. My number one goal is to PR. Hopefully a rather large PR since both of my marathons have not been at all what I trained for (thanks injuries). I’d really be happy with a sub 4 at least.

Half Marathon. In 2014, I set the goal of a 1:45 half marathon PR. It turned out that every 1/2 marathon I did was either for fun after an injury, fighting an injury or DNS because of an injury. I only have one 1/2 on my schedule so far, Zooma Cape Cod (join me and get 10% off with code ANGELA15) , in September. However, I’m still looking for a goal race TBD.

10 Mile/10k/5k. I’ve only run two other 10 mile races (HERE AND HERE) and I loved each one. It’s been a couple of years since the last so I’m quite confident I can PR at the Mid Winter Classic on February 1st. Current PR is 1:23. I think I can at least pull out a 1:21 if I’m having a good day. I’m planning on doing the Dover Road Race Series again this year. That means a ton of 5ks and a 10k with lots of opportunity to embrace the suck. I’d love to sub 22 in a 5k and sub 47 in 10k.

Trail Running. As I say every year, I need to get on the trails more. It’s just too much fun. I’m hoping to spend a little more time in the dirt and do at least a couple of trail races.

Yoga. Have you seen my yoga? I’ve seemed to misplaced it. My flexibility has gone down hill in the past 6 months. I haven’t taken the time for yoga and it’s shown. My goal is to get it in at least 1x/week. Hopefully more.

I want to try new races. I want to run new distances. I want to run new routes. I want to meet new running friends. Most importantly, I want to have fun. I love running and I never want it to become something I “have” to do. I choose to do it.

I do have a few professional goals as well. I’m still trying to figure out which path I’m going to take next in my career. I’m hoping to expand my running coach clientele (I’m for hire!), take on more freelance writing opportunities and begin studies toward becoming a health coach. I’m in desperate need of a change. This is definitely something I’m going to be focusing more on in 2015.

What are your goals for 2015?

Hawaii

Honolulu Sunrise | happyfitmama.com

What do I have to say about our trip to Hawaii?

Do you have time? Cause I could be here for a very long time. Maybe everyone should just come over to my house, I’ll set up a slideshow of all my pics and just go over every single lovely detail?

One word describes it all – amazing!

You already know that I had an experience of a lifetime running the Honolulu Marathon with Saucony 26 Strong. That was Day 1-2. And if you followed along with me on Instagram and Facebook, you got a little taste of what the rest of the trip was like.

Day 3: Diamond Head

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Monday (the day after the marathon) was Kailey’s last day with us before flying home. We woke up starving (post marathon hunger was in full effect) so we left on a mission to find breakfast. Our original destination already had a long line. After standing in it for all of 3 minutes,  I knew I couldn’t wait any longer. I needed food asap! So we ventured on. I momentarily forgot about my hunger when a vibrant rainbow appeared. It seemed like there was a rainbow every hour on the hour during our whole stay. I loved it!

rainbow | happyfitmama.com

After our bellies were full, we were ready to face the day. A hike up Diamond Head it was! We decided on hiking Diamond Head because that would be a great way to shake out our tired and sore legs. Haha. It was a “couple of miles” from our hotel so we didn’t think it would be a big deal to walk there, up Diamond Head and back. Walking there and actually up Diamond Head wasn’t too bad. The views and claustrophobia in a small tunnel made me forget about my achy legs.

Diamond Head | happyfitmama.com

Our “couple of miles” walk turned into over a 5 hour hike. Fun fact – I wore my Fitbit during the marathon. I tallied over 55,000 steps that day. On Monday, I walked almost 35,000. Take that post marathon soreness!

By the end of our walk, Kailey and I were seriously dragging butt. We just wanted to be off our feet! The rest of the day was spent napping poolside and relaxing in the hot tub before saying good-bye to Kailey that night.

Day 4: Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor | happyfitmama.com

We ran into Morganne (a fellow 26 Strong Coach) and her husband, Matt, while leaving Diamond Head. They mentioned going to Pearl Harbor the next day. Ron and I had the same plans so we all went together. For the second day in a row, Morganne and I had the exact same outfit on. Great minds think alike!

Pearl Harbor was very special. It was quiet, peaceful and calming. I felt odd taking pictures of anything. Instead I just took it all in and teared up.

Honor. Respect. Remember.

Pearl Harbor  HappyFitMama.com

Day 5: Beach Day

We hit up a couple of beaches, played in the water, napped in the warm sun and just played beach bums all day until the sun went down.

Hawaiian Sunset | happyfitmama.comI swear the hotels pay SUP, surfers and sailboats to pass by the sunrise and sunset just at the right time just to complete all the tourists photo opps.

Day 6: North Shore

North Shore Hawaii Flippers | happyfitmama.com

Since we didn’t rent a car while on Oahu and wanted to make it to the North Shore, we decided to go through a tour company. The Surf Bus was the perfect fit for us. It was a tour but didn’t include any of the gift shop stops and just let you do your own thing. If I could have had our whole entire trip on the North Shore, I would have been happy. It’s laid back and not commercial at all. The Billabong Pipe Masters Surf Championships were being held that week but unfortunately were called off for the day we were there. The waves were too small. Although just standing on the edge of the surf made me nervous!

North Shore Hawaii  happyfitmama.com

We got to explore a bit with two sweet beach cruiser bikes. I haven’t rode on a bike that didn’t have shocks, gears or brakes on the handlebars since I was 7 years old! It was uncomplicated cruising fun!

Beach Cruiser | happyfitmama.com

After some time cruising, we were off to SUP (stand up paddleboard). Ron got all fancy and showed off his headstand skills on the board. He did that just to make me jealous. I can’t even do headstand on solid ground!

SUP headstand | happyfitmama.com

Day 7: Last day!

On our last day in Hawaii, we lounged around in the morning. Then Ron surprised me and asked if I wanted to go for a run. Say what? Ron NEVER runs (or at most will run a couple of miles every few months). How could I turn him down? We ran along the beach for about 4 miles. It. was. perfect. Although if you asked Ron, he’d say it sucked the whole time. ;) Definitely my most memorable run of 2014.

Hawaii Run | happyfitmama.com

We then showered, checkout out of our hotel and just wandered. We ate lunch at Goofy Cafe and Dine where I had the most amazing meal of my life – Local Vegetables Bibimbap. Sooooo good! I need to recreate it asap.

Veggie Bibimibap Goofy Cafe  happyfitmama.com

The rest of the day was spent beach and pool side before departing for our red eye flight to Newark and then on to Manchester. After 20+ hours of travel full of delays and cancelled flights, we finally made it home, exhausted but unable to sleep.

But I can’t complain, I had just had a wonderful, relaxing vacation.

Can I go back now???