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Pre-run

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Sleepy

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Sweaty

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Stretch

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Again

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Sip

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Yum.

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Enjoy your Saturday!

Hi friends! It’s almost Friday!! Woot!

I worked this morning and then stopped by the pool for a little bit. My mom had grilled some hotdogs so I ended up eating one for lunch. Once again, I wasn’t very hungry. I ended up eating some crackers by the pool too.

Thursday night is Zumba night! Love it! I go to a 5:30 class and look forward to it every week. I am finally getting the hang of all of the songs (well, except for the new ones she throws in there) so no more stumbling around! It was a great class and I did a quick 10 minute upper body strength session afterwards. My arms were surprisingly tired from the class!

I want to keep up with strength training during half marathon training and would like to do it at least twice a week…

Reid made dinner tonight…what a guy! Tacos were on the menu and I made up a taco salad to get my veggies in.

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Yes, pickles. The best part!! Smile I couldn’t even finish it though…it was huge!

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I’m now contemplating dessert…a peach, an apple, or a bowl of ice cream? In the meantime, I’ll just have a spoonful or two of deliciousness…I and love and you! Winking smile

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I’m still loving this song…

For some reason all of the official videos are restricted from playing on WordPress…annoying! Anyone know a way around this?

What song(s) are you loving right now?

This is random but when I went to put the (s) on song this is what it did…Sleeping half-moon

Who knew? I’m easily amused (and clueless, I guess).

Goodnight! Sleeping half-moon

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Once I got home from work (with a stop at the salon for a quick trim of the bangs) I started gearing up for a three-miler that was scheduled. I wanted to get out this morning before work but that didn’t work out…I wasn’t going to let myself skip out!

I ate a peach (delicious!) and got dressed…I was feeling pretty shaky (low blood sugar levels) so I also had some Gatorade. And five Starbursts. I can’t seem to control myself when my blood sugar is low, remember? Winking smile

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I gave the carbs some time to bring my levels up and then headed out. It was still 80 at 5:00! For this reason, and because this is the first week of training, I didn’t push myself. I tried not to look at my Garmin and just went with what I was feeling. I ended up doing three miles at a 10:30 pace. I probably could’ve picked it up a little but I’m not worried about it.

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It was a hot one! I kind of hijacked Reid’s iPod since it has a clip on it…I need one! It didn’t bounce around at all and was very handy…I even created my own playlist on it. Open-mouthed smile He loves me.

And I need to just give up on these shorts already. They are just standard running shorts and they ride up like crazy!! So annoying. They’re from Old Navy but I I’ve tried the popular Nike tempo ones as well and they do the same thing. I think three miles is my limit with these and even then Body Glide is necessary. I want to try some compression shorts (i.e. spandex).

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Relief!

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Lunch was pretty light with a salad and some crackers (my appetite has been nonexistent at lunchtime lately) so I was ready to eat my arm by the time I was done stretching. Reid requested french dip sandwiches (roast beef) and since he never really makes meal requests, I was happy to oblige.

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Not exactly healthy or pretty, but yummy. I think an apple will finish off the meal…maybe with some sunflower seed spoonfuls!

Did you run today? How many miles?

Good morning, friends!

I planned to wake up early and get a run in before work but that didn’t happen…I had to be at work for 9 and was a little rushed this morning. I need to get to bed earlier! I quickly made a ham and egg bagel sandwich and ate it in the car. It was actually delicious! I also had an iced coffee (Southern Pecan) with milk and sugar.

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As I mentioned earlier this week, I registered to run my third half marathon, which is happening on October 1st. While I am in no way an expert on the subject, I have learned a few things since I started running two years ago and I thought I’d share!

Rules of the Road: Running Lessons: Part I

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Here are some things I’ve learned (usually the hard way) and how I’ll do things a little differently this time:

Disclaimer: these are just things that have worked for me. They might not be right for you.

  • a training plan is helpful for mileage goals, but does not need to be written in stone. I followed Hal Higdon’s Novice Half Marathon plan for my first two races. The first time around I stuck to it very strictly and was pretty sick of training come race day. The second time, I was much more lenient since I didn’t want to wear myself out, but then felt under-trained at the race. I’m testing out my own training plan this time around (I’ll share it soon) and will change things up as needed, but I would like to stick to the weekly mileage goals.

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  • Slowly increase your mileage to avoid overuse injuries. When I first started running I started training for a half but was sidelined with a stress injury in my tibia a few weeks before the race. Very discouraging!! I was trying to do too much, too soon, and certainly paid for it.
  • if your budget allows it, invest in a quality pair of running shoes. Go to a running specific store and have them fit you for shoes that are designed for your foot type and stride. Your body will thank you.

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  • include training runs (or at least a run) longer than 10 miles. Hal’s plan tops out with a long run of ten miles and I followed this for half #1, but wish I would’ve gone the extra distance. This is all personal preference but I felt like those last three miles were especially difficult and I wished I had done a longer training run. My longest training run for half #2 was 12 miles and I will try to repeat that this time. 
  • find running clothes that you’re comfortable in and train in your race day outfit; don’t wear something new that day! There’s nothing worse than a run where you’re constantly pulling at your shorts/shirt or chafing from ill-fitting or bunching clothing/gear.

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  • test out different sports drinks, GU’s or energy chews, or whatever fuel you prefer, on long runs to figure out what works best for you. During a race is not the time to realize that the GU you brought along makes you gag. Also, If you’re going to carry your own fuel and/or water, try out different methods (handheld, fuel belt,Spibelt or CamelBak) during training. I’ve always carried water with either a belt or CamelBak but I’m not sure which one I’ll use yet…

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I hope you find this post helpful! Part II coming soon. And thanks for putting up with me as I try to establish a blogging schedule! Ideally I would like to post twice a day, morning and evening, but I’m still figuring out how to make it work. 

What form of fuel do you prefer mid-run?

I like chews or blocks, or even fruit snacks, but they sometimes get stuck in my teeth and can be annoying to chew! GU’s sometimes make me gag but I do like that you can finish them quickly. Gummy bears work in a pinch.

Any running questions that you would like answered?

I’ll do my best! Smile

Chicken, especially whole or bone-in, was something that I was always a little intimidated by. I could never seem to cook it quite right and would usually overcook it to avoid undercooking it. Needless to say, overly dry chicken was a common occurrence, though I do remember when we had to throw out a batch of chicken drumsticks because they weren’t fully cooked. I think cereal came to our rescue that night. 😉

Roasting a whole chicken is much easier than I thought, and really comes together very quickly with minimal prep work. It presents an aesthetically pleasing dinner that is perfect for guests, since you don’t need to stand over a stove for hours. I especially love the leftovers we always seem to have! So delicious on a salad the next day.

This recipe is really flavorful and super moist, thanks to the broth. The mustard was only slightly evident, but paired really well with the garlic. When it was cooking you could really smell the garlic and I was afraid that it would be overpowering, but it wasn’t at all. We will definitely be making this again!

Garlic Mustard Roasted Chicken

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Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (2-3 lbs.)
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • salt and pepper
  • Italian seasonings
  • 2 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a roasting pan or deep baking dish, lay out the onion slices and add the chicken broth. Prep chicken by removing innards and rinsing with cold water. Pat dry. Gently separate the skin from the meat. Season generously with salt, pepper, and Italian seasonings, including under the skin and in the cavity. Place in baking dish, breast side up.

Combine the mustard, garlic, soy sauce, hot sauce, olive oil, and salt and mix well. Pour/spread over chicken. Bake for 1 hour and 20-25 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. Slice and serve with some of the onion slices and pan juices, if desired.

Source: Slightly adapted from Food. People. Want.

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