Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Blogger

Typically during the summer I blog pretty frequently but clearly, that hasn't been the case lately! I've been busy doing lots of fun things!

I ran 12 miles for my long run 2weeks ago with my motto penned on my hand. I chose a 12 mile route that is really hilly. The Baltimore Marathon course is described as hilly, and so was the half course last year. So I'm following a similar training strategy to what I did last year for the half - train on the biggest hills I can find. The 2.5 mile climb halfway through my 12 miles was no joke, but I conquered it!


That same weekend, some friends and I spent Saturday tubing on the Yellow Breeches Creek. There are few things more relaxing and fun than 6 friends + 1 cooler of adult beverages floating down a creek - no cell phones allowed. This is the only picture we took all day, and it was nice to be unplugged even for just a few hours.


Before we hit the creek to float, my pal Steph and I were spectators at a local 5k. I toyed with running it, but ended up deciding that I just didn't want to. Plus it was fun to actually see my speedier running folks, like my friends Justin and Mark, cross the finish line! They're typically across the line well before I even have it in my sights!

 



This week I went kayaking with my friend, Shea (who crafts and creates at Mack Made), went hiking with Michelle and Levi, went hiking again with my friend Kim and her kids, and worked on some online class work.  There's been movie watching, dinner cooking, game playing, and pool time mixed in there too. I have to say, this summer I've spent far less time with Netflix than usually do during the summer. While it is making the summer fly by quickly, it's also so full of fun that I'm enjoying every second of it! 



And in other news, I got some new kicks! I've been a loyal Brooks gal for awhile now, but Mizuno Wave Riders were my first pair of running shoes ever. I even blogged about them once here! Last month, Zulily had Mizuno gear for insanely low prices. I saw these Wave Rider 17s for $67 and couldn't resist.  I wanted something with a little more cushion for marathon long runs, and these are perfect. I may also have grabbed a pair of Wave Sayanoras too. For $67 - how could I resist? They're $115 regularly!! I think my first run in my Wave Riders was a smashing success, so they're a keeper for sure!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

That's my JAM - Jamberry Nails Review!

Have you heard about Jamberry nails?

I'm a low-maintenance gal. My hair stylist (who I haven't visited since November) calls me "no muss, no fuss" -- so true! But, I do enjoy make up and sometimes I even curl my hair (though it took me until I was 32 to figure out how to do this).

Occasionally I even get really fancy and do my nails. But then approximately 10 minutes later, I get annoyed because I bump my wet nails on something and mess up the polish. And then a few hours later, the polish chips and I am mad that I wasted my time.

Enter - Jamberry.

These nail wraps are so much fun!!!

 
Aren't they cute?? 

 

The big question I wondered was -- how long do they last? Well here they are after 6 full days! There's a little rubbing on the tips, but this is 6 days people!! 2 pool days, boot camp workouts, and my toes even looked perfect after an 11 mile long run. I am not gentle on my nails either.


The cost is about $15 a sheet. I did a full set of fingers plus my big toes in the pink wraps, and still have enough on the sheet to do at least 2 more manicures. So, at least a month of chip-free nails for $15? Yes, please!

They apply pretty easily with just a pair of manicure scissors, a cuticle pusher, and a hair dryer. You basically trim them, heat them, and put them on your nails.

I love the fun patterns and colors they come in! You can get jams for all kinds of sports and hobbies too! They have this adorable purple one with a runner girl on it that I just must get!


I found a great Jamberry review on a blog that you can check out here!

If you want to try Jamberry for yourself, I'm having a little online party. Check it out HERE!






Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Marathon Motto

This morning, my "Fab Five" girlfriends and I were texting about running and workouts. We're all in kind of different places in our fitness journeys right now, and it's always so encouraging to chat with them. We were talking about giving ourselves credit for the hard work we do, and I shared my motto for this marathon training -- and realized I hadn't shared it here. 

Every time I get ready to run lately, I think this:

I even wrote it on my shoes. That's the goal of my marathon training: get stronger with every run. In the July heat and humidity, and with increasing mileage, I just can't focus on getting faster. But I can focus on getting STRONGER. I can give myself credit for getting out there - even when it's hot and humid and I don't feel like it and I won't be as fast as I am in the winter. I'm out there.

One of the fab five said this -- "I'm 46 years old and I'm gonna try to start giving myself more credit for getting out there than beating myself up for not being good enough or fast enough or long enough." 

AMEN.


This is what we - as women, as runners, as friends, as athletes - need to be doing. Giving ourselves some credit! We're getting out there. We're making the hard choice. We're not taking the easy way out! We're getting off the couch, putting in the work, and showing ourselves how strong we are.

So keep going.

Give yourself some credit!

You're awesome!



Friday, July 11, 2014

Who Runs Your Body?

I recently purchased a shirt I've been eyeing for some time now. One of my favorite female runners is Dorothy Beal. I first heard her on the Another Mother Runner podcast, and then started following her blog (Mile Posts) and Instagram. Dorothy lives in the DC area and she has an online shop that sells shirts with phrase she coined - I RUN THIS BODY.  She is a Christian, has 3 kids and has run 27 marathons!

First, I'll say that this is quite possibly the softest shirt I've ever owned. Plus it is pink. So basically I want to live in it. Please don't point it out if you see me in real life and I'm wearing it AGAIN. Haha!

But, more than just the fabulous feel of the shirt - I love the saying. I RUN THIS BODY.  

This doesn't apply just to running. It applies to every area of life. You are in charge of you. I am in charge of me. I make the choice to skip the workout or crush the workout. I make the choice to grab the burger or the salad. I choose whether I'm going to go to bed early and get enough rest or watch "just one more" episode on Netflix.

I'm an adult. I make my own choices. No one is forcing me to do anything. 

Yes, there are circumstances that drastically impact your choices. Your kids are up in the middle of the night so you aren't getting enough rest. You're busy with work and can't fit in workouts as often as you'd like. You're injured and can't do the workouts you want to do. Your budget is limited and buying healthy food can be more expensive. It's hot and humid out and you hate running in that weather and you don't want to run. (<----- br="" me="">

I get it.

We all have stuff.

But the thing you can control...is you. We all get the same 24 hours each day. Make the choice to treat your body like a temple -- not a trash can. 

Are you choosing action or excuses?  

Who runs your body? 
You do. 

Run it well, my friends!



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Kale, Black Rice, and Raspberry Salad


Yesterday, I shared about Lorna Jane's cookbook, Nourish, and I promised you a second recipe! This salad is so simple, but it is beautiful! It would be easy to impress company with this!


Kale, Black Rice, and Raspberry Salad

1 cup black rice
5 ounces purple kale, trimmed, chopped coarsely
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
1/2 cup chopped, toasted walnuts
1 1/2 oz crumbled goat's cheese

Raspberry Vinaigrette Dressing
1/2 cup fresh raspberries
2 tbsp EVOO
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp filtered water
1 tsp raw honey

Directions
1. Rinse rice well; drain. Cook rice in a medium saucepan of boiling water, about 25 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water.
2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400.
3. Combine kale with oil on a baking sheet, season; roast about 10 minutes or until crisp.
4. To make raspberry vinaigrette, blend or process the ingredients until smooth and well combined.
5. Combine rice and kale with the vinaigrette in a large bowl; toss to combine. Serve sprinkled with raspberries, nuts, and cheese.


My notes:
- I found black rice (also known as "forbidden rice") in the bulk section at Whole Foods.
- I used fresh baby spinach and arugula in place of the roasted kale. This was just because I had those greens on hand to use! I think this would be yummy with the kale and I plan on trying it!
- I also topped the salad with some tuna to give me a little more protein for lunch.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Live. Love. Nourish.

I recently received Nourish: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook by Lorna Jane Clarkson to review as part of the SweatPink Ambassador program. Lorna Jane is the founder of Lorna Jane Active Living, a line of adorable active wear!

 

The title alone sold me on this cookbook -- NOURISH? The "Fit Woman's Cookbook? Yes, please! If you've been hanging around this blog for any length of time, you know I'm a fan of the "just eat real food" philosophy. I don't believe in pills, shakes, wraps, cardboard box meals, powders, and potions. I don't believe in dieting. 

And neither does Lorna Jane. Girl -- you are speaking my language!

Nourish is a BEAUTIFUL book. The pictures alone feel like a spa. They're gorgeous, full-color pictures of nourishing and delicious food. (which happens to be my favorite kind of food)





 

For breakfast, I love eggs -- and I love things that look fancy but are not actually fancy. Enter this omelette. The cookbook gives you directions for a basic omelette, and then 3 ways to make it fancy. (Did anyone else just start singing "I'm so fancy...you already know"? Don't worry, I sang it while I was cooking.)



I decided to try my best to pick recipes that contained items I already have on hand, or are things I typically have around. I went with the "Roasted Kumara, Kale, and Goat Cheese" fillings. Now, if you're like me, you're wondering what kumara is -- it's sweet potato. You might also be thinking why not just say sweet potato. But, Lorna Jane is from Australia and so there are some things in the book like kumara (sweet potato) and almond kernels (almonds) that sound fancier than they actually are.

 
How pretty is that little omelette? I promise it is really simple too.

Roasted Sweet Potato, Kale, and Goat Cheese Omelette
1 teaspoon cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil
4 organic free-range eggs
1 tablespoon filtered water
1/2 medium sweet potato, chopped
2 large kale leaves (I used a handful of spinach)
1 ounce crumbled goat cheese

  1. Toss the sweet potato with a little coconut oil and roast for about 15 minutes in a 400* oven.
  2. Heat 1/2 tsp of oil in a small frying pan; cook 2 trimmed and chopped kale leaves, 30 seconds or until just tender. Remove from pan.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in the pan. Whisk eggs and water until frothy.
  4. Pour half of the egg mixture into the pan; cook until omelette is just beginning to set around the edges.
  5. Top with sweet potato, kale, and goat cheese. Continue cooking until the omelette is set.
  6. Repeat with the remaining egg and topping for a second omelette. (or use just 2 eggs and make only 1 like I did!)

Come back tomorrow for another recipe -- this time for a salad that incorporates raspberries and black rice...yum!

Pros:
  • Simple things like "how to cook an omelette" are included.
  • There is a lot of great basic nutrition information about how to live a "real food" lifestyle.
  • Beautiful photos, inspiring quotes, and great tips grace every page
  • The food is all real, nourishing food that is packed full of nutrients

Cons:
  • Some of the ingredients could be hard to find if you don't have a good organic grocery store in your area.
  • There's not much meat. I tend to lean more towards a Paleo style of eating -- I like my red meat, chicken, and BACON. There's not a lot of that in this cookbook. 

Pick up this cookbook if you are...
  • trying to incorporate more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet
  • looking for unique and fresh recipe ideas
  • wanting to change the way you eat and incorporate more real food
  • a real food eater who loves to cook
  • looking for nutrient dense meals 

How about a chance to win a copy of Nourish The Fit Woman’s Cookbook?

Join @LornaJaneAcrtive for the #liveloveNOURISH initiative and you may be 1 of 10 winners to receive a hard copy of NOURISH. And, not only do you have a chance to win a copy of the cookbook, the most active participant will receive a cookbook and a $200 Gift Card to Lorna Jane!

It’s time to celebrate the #liveloveNOURISH lifestyle and the release of the new cook! Join the SweatPink Community and Lorna Jane TODAY at 6PM PST / 9PM EST for a twitter party! 

Hashtags: #LiveLoveNOURISH #sweatpink #lornajane @LornaJaneActive @FitApproach

Invite your friends and family to join! The more the merrier!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Triple Race Weekend


Happy Marathon Monday! This week's workouts ended up a little different than I thought they would thanks to a slightly random hip injury. I bent over to get a measuring cup out of my drawer and must've pulled something. Pretty hardcore, huh? So, I passed on boot camp classes for the week and added in extra yoga and 2 visits to the chiropractor. Thankfully, running didn't bother it so I was able to get my miles in!

One of the highlights of this week was a race-filled weekend!! I did 3 different races this weekend - and my legs are kindly reminding me of that today!

Saturday morning, I ran the US Road Running Summer Luau 5K and 10K! Mark, Steph, and I headed up to Pinchot State Park bright and early Saturday morning for the races. There was no real description of the course on the website -- but it should've said "TRAIL RUN". With the exception of maybe 1/10 mile, the course was all trails. I'm not gonna lie - it was tough!

After the 5K, we hung around to also run the 10K! Mark and I were scheduled for 9 miles for marathon training, so it worked perfectly. Plus, the medal for the 5K was a left flip flop, and the 10K was the right one -- we had to get a pair!

 
These crazy friends all ran the 10K - and most of them had run the 5K as well!

 
We had fun sporting our bling! Mark had an extra piece of bling since he got 2nd place in the 10K! 

I ran the 10K with my friend, Diana. We went to high school together and trained for our first 5K together back in 2010. Since then, we've both lost lots of weight and gotten much better at running!! It was fun to reunite for this race!
 
Two tough trail runs made for tired legs - so Steph and I headed for much needed pedicures with our friend Laurie, then met some friends for an afternoon at the pool!

 

Sunday morning, I was up early again for another race! This time I was the run leg in the York YWCA Women's Triathlon.

 
I was part of a team with my friend Barb and her daughter, Samantha. Samantha is a super speedy high school swimmer! We were seeded according to swim time, and since she's fast - we started near the top! That was kind of intimidating!!


 
Since I was the run leg (aka - last!), I had some time to hang around in between registration and the start of my run. And by "some time" I mean...we registered at around 7:15 and I didn't start running until 9:30! I got some coffee and did some spectating!

 
 The run course was great! It was almost totally flat, ran through a neighborhood and some on our local Rail Trail. I should've been able to run it in about 26 minutes. However, my legs were having none of that after 9 miles of trails the day before and 2 hours of standing around that morning. I ended up with a time of 29:04. Not my best, but the day was really fun!

 
My favorite part of the day was this moment - my awesome friend Dawn crossing the finish line after completing the whole thing! Dawn is amazing!! 

 
My great, race-filled weekend ended with some bocce ball and a fire with friends! What a great weekend!!

The week's workouts:
Monday: rest day
Tuesday: yoga + 3 miles
Wednesday: yoga + 5 miles
Thursday: yoga + 3 miles
Friday: rest
Saturday: 9 miles - trail races
Sunday: 3.1 miles - triathlon relay
(23 miles this week)