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Hi guys! Happy Monday!

It’s race week! I planned on getting one last long run in on Saturday but true to form (as of late), it didn’t happen. Normally I would start tapering this week but obviously there really isn’t a need. Winking smile I’m still planning on running the half on Saturday but I don’t have any expectations. Well, just to finish!

Once home from work today I made some lunch and got a few phone calls over with. Lunch was pretty delicious with a bagel sandwich and some chips.

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An everything bagel with ham, cucumbers, pickles, arugula and honey mustard. It hit the spot! And dill pickle chips…have you ever tried these?? Pretty much a dream come true…if you dream of potato chips too… Winking smile

My impromptu schedule of runs this week consists of three miles today and two miles on Wednesday…nothing crazy! I suited up with what I’m planning on running in for the race (minus my fuel belt) and set out.

And almost died. Not really but it was so insanely hot. My legs felt like they were filled with lead and it was a pretty terrible run. I finished 3 miles in 31:45. Not super but it was good to stretch my legs at least. The Ke$ha Pandora station really pulled through for me today…

A nice post-run shot for you…in the spirit of oversharing I had sweat dripping down my back. Lovely!

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I’ve obviously worn these clothes before but I just wanted to double-check that they wouldn’t be problematic for racing. It’s never a good idea to wear new clothes on race day! I’m not super comfortable in spandex shorts (especially around others) but I figure I’d rather be uncomfortable (for vanity’s sake) for a little while than physically uncomfortable for 2+ hours.

Saturday is looking like it won’t be too bad…I’d take cooler temperature though, if I had a choice. Smile 

I made chicken lettuce wraps for dinner and now we’re just hanging out!

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I’m thinking I’ll have an apple and some chocolate for dessert…

Do you ever remember your dreams or have recurring ones?

This is something that started recently but I’ve been having dreams (or nightmares?) that there are bugs or spiders on me and I literally jump out of bed, flailing my arms and shaking out the blankets.

Yeah, I have a phobia. Open-mouthed smile

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Hi guys! Hope you’re having a great week!

I worked until one and then planned on coming home and getting a run in…and that didn’t happen. I just wasn’t feeling it. I’m kind of sick of running… Smile

Instead, I made a delicious salad for lunch and and got some guitar practice in…you know, the important things.

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Chicken salad from yesterday on a bed of arugula and green peppers, sprinkled with some feta. Amazing.

I go through phases with different greens and arugula is definitely the obsession right now. Love. I’m actually still dreaming about this salad from last week…arugula topped with crumbled bacon, feta, and raspberry pomegranate vinaigrette.

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Words can’t even express how good it was.

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Dramatic, much? Winking smile 

So I got some studying in and then started on dinner. I picked up this enchilada sauce packet the other day and decided to make chicken enchiladas.

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I boiled some chicken breast and then shredded it and mixed it with green peppers, onions, tomatoes and some sauce.

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Roll up and top with sauce and cheese, bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes! Easy does it! I went a little overboard on the cheese but they were really good.

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Served with apple slices, since I kind of forgot about a side dish.

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‘Twas delish! And I just realized that I had chicken twice today…oh well.

We are off to church! Have a good night!

Any recent food obsessions?

Hi guys! It’s already Wednesday? Crazy. I feel like our social calendar is finally clearing up after a couple of crazy months (or weeks, at least)…while I love weddings and such, it feels really good to have some time to get things together.

And while the social side of life isn’t so hectic, the work side is pretty crazy. I’ve started taking some on-line classes (more on that later) so my free time isn’t exactly ‘free’ for a while.

Moving on…I stopped at the farm stand for some things for dinner and ended up grabbing lunch too. It’s just so convenient and delicious!

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A garden salad topped with some chicken salad…yes, I eat it out of the container. Why dirty another dish? Smile The chicken salad had a little too much mayo but it was still pretty good.

So, this thought just hit me today: there are 9 days left until race day (I’m running the Applefest half marathon). Don’t panic. Breathe.

Yikes.

It definitely crept up on me! I haven’t really had time for too many training runs and definitely didn’t follow my training schedule. I ran 10 miles on Saturday and plan to repeat the mileage this weekend but my weekly mileage is not where it should be.

I’m just going to do what I can and go with the flow on race day! Stressing about missed runs won’t help. I know I can do the mileage but I just may not have a PR coming up. That’s okay.

I’ve also randomly added something else to my plate…you know, in all of my spare time. Winking smile

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I’m attempting to teaching myself how to play the guitar!

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I took lessons when I was younger but it never really clicked. Just recently I’ve been thinking that it would be neat to be able to play so I borrowed a guitar and have been hitting up YouTube for some lessons! My fingertips are crying.

I’m off to get a run in! Enjoy your afternoon!

Do you play an instrument? Which one?

Hi guys! Hope you’re having a great week!

I woke up to a rainy day and kind of just wanted to stay in bed! The thought of coffee got me up…it always does! My breakfast and lunch packed up for the office…

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Cottage cheese, pineapple chunks, and an iced coffee for breakfast. A salad with romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, half an avocado and some turkey. Honey balsamic dressing. Water. This has been the usual lately…easy to throw together and nutritious!

Trying to get an outfit shot quickly and while half asleep…hello, there! Open-mouthed smile

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It was still raining when I got home so I decided to head to the gym for some treadmill time. I grabbed a few crackers and a few bites of cheesecake, straight from the pan. Perfect fuel, no? Winking smile

And even though I was just headed to the gym and not out for a rainy run, I still sported my new running jacket that I picked up from TJ Maxx a few weeks ago. Safety yellow is totally my color…

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It’s Nike and really lightweight…I love it! It will be great for when the weather cools (as an outer shell) and the days get shorter. No safety vest needed!

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At the gym I ran three miles on the treadmill and did a short weight session. Nothing crazy but it still felt great!

It also felt great to step on the scale and see that I was down eight (!!) pounds from a few weeks ago! I try not to weigh myself often but I do like to do it every now and then just to make a note. I have some weight to lose but don’t really focus on it too much (I don’t diet), especially when training.

A few weeks ago I stepped on to see that I was up a few pounds and I was kind of disappointed. Reid commented that of course I had gained weight…I hadn’t been to the gym or out for a run in almost a month! Thanks, dear! Winking smile But in reality he was right and I didn’t let it get me down, I just changed things. More workouts, healthier meals! I don’t think the scale is ‘all-important’ but I do think it has its place, whether you’re trying to gain weight, lose it, or maintain!

Once home I threw together a quick dinner, chicken lo mein.

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It was actually really good and I’ll share the recipe soon!

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You may have noticed that my recipe page is down right now…I’m making some changes to how I share recipes so I took it down while I figure some things out. You can still find recipes by using the search feature in the sidebar.

Enjoy your evening!!

Did anyone else get a workout in today?

What is your favorite salad dressing…store-bought and/or homemade?

Happy weekend!!

I had an eight mile run planned for this morning so I tried to prepare for it yesterday by hydrating, planning a route and getting to bed at a decent time…I was in bed by 10:00 but didn’t fall asleep for a few hours…argh.

My alarm was set for 6:30 but I didn’t end up getting out of bed until an hour later…I actually had a dream that it was raining and I had to push my run back! I woke up to dry ground. Smile I got dressed and fueled up with half of a bagel with veggie cream cheese and an iced coffee (which worked well, no stomach issues!).

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I decided to wear my fuel belt today and packed a GU and some fruit snacks…and left a mess in my wake! No time for cleaning…not when you’re racing the heat! Open-mouthed smile

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I clipped my Reid’s iPod to the belt but tucked the headphones away. I wanted to get into a good groove first! It was 60 degrees and perfect running weather. I started out slow and steady, since I knew I had some tough hills to conquer not too far into my route. When racing in New England you need to train on hills! They’re pretty much inevitable.

I kept repeating a few ‘mantras’ throughout the run…for hills, slow and steady, for downhill portions and flat areas, settle (as in, settle into a doable pace). It may sound kind of silly but it really helped a lot!! Especially the reminders to take it easy and not burn myself out.

And a big accomplishment for me…I ran the whole route without any music!!! This is huge since I would always run with headphones up until just recently. Applefest is very strict about their ‘no music’ rule so I struggled last year without it. I’m overcoming that crutch! I was very excited about that.

8.04 miles in 1:24:29, a 10:31 pace (if I remember correctly). We are making progress! I gave myself a goal of 1:30 so I was happy.

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I ate my GU at mile 4.5 and I may just need to stick with that, rather than the chews. I’m not a huge fan of the texture but it worked better than trying to chew something.

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Shoes, we’ve had a good run (haha) but it’s time to move on…my knees are starting to hurt!

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I stretched and made some breakfast…2 eggs over easy and the other half of the bagel.

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My legs were feeling pretty tight so I figured staying active would help, rather than hanging out on the couch. A clean car is a happy car! Mine is shining now.

I skipped out and grabbed some lunch from Coll’s…a garden salad with some harvest chicken salad (with dried cranberries and walnuts). An apple for munching. Lots of hydration.

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Next up…making some salsa!

Enjoy your weekend!!

Music while running: yay or nay?

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