Thursday, November 22, 2012


Happy Thanksgiving! 
It's Thanksgiving and although I was injured A LOT in 2012 and couldn't run as much or well as I would have liked to, I am still grateful and thankful that I have enjoyed running and have benefited from it in so many ways. I hope that you all have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy time with your family and friends.

I have a little challenge for you...if you are running a turkey trot or headed out for a solo run, try to give thanks for something every half mile or so. Thanks for reading my blog and Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

The Great F/V Challenge: Week 1

I know you have all been dying to know how the challenge is going!! The word in Vegas is 5:1, Mom over the Boys. (I have no idea what that means, I would make a horrible bookie.) You can read all about the challenge here.

I never did get around to making an actual chart. So we have been using the one Connor put together.  It has served  it's purpose and they are really into it. I knew $ would motivate them. Patrick is too little to understand but he copies whatever his big brother is up to and that carries over to eating more fruits and veggies. Yay!

I really have no idea who is winning, but I am pretty sure it's Patrick.  He eats a ton of food and gets fruits and veggies, like carrot sticks at daycare. However, I don't want to let Connor's enthusiasm for the whole event die out so I am going to let him win this week. I know, I know, it's not fair, but I am afraid Connor will stop participating if he doesn't win so I have a plan! Connor wins this week, Patrick next, me the week after that and then I will either let them tie or give it to Connor, since he is the reason I am doing this. They won't can't read this and don't tell them! They will never know!! Connor has actually eaten more this week than in the last few months and not just junk he is really trying to eat fruits and vegtables!! So it's a win win for all involved. He is getting the vitamins, minerals, and fiber he needs and I can feel better about what he is eating.

On a side note, since this is a blog (mainly) about  running...I think I am ready to get back at it. I only ran once last week and it was almost 3 miles. Knock and wood, I think my IT Bands are ready and I miss it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The GREAT Fruit and Vegtable Challenge of 2012

How do I get my picky 5 year old to eat more fruits and vegetables? He was such a good eater when he was a baby and toddler, then something happened. The fruits and vegetables he used to gobble down he started turning his nose up to!

This fall he started kindergarten and getting him to eat has been a challenge. Yes, you read that, not eat his fruits and vegetables, but eat in general. I pack in him a sandwich, fruit, yogurt or cheese stick, and pretzels or something like for lunch. All things he likes. He takes his lunch to school and comes home with it barely touched. He tells me he wasn't hungry or he doesn't like this or that. Ughh. Not only is he not getting the nutrients his little body needs to grow, he is wasting food. Which drives me nuts! I spend a lot of money and time getting him healthy nutritious food, that at one point in his short life he liked and he wastes it!

He is a picky eater but he is also motivated by money. He has a peanut allergy, so for Halloween I buy the candy that he can't have. This year I sorted his candy and then told him it was worth two dollars, he looked at me and said make it three! He drives a hard bargain. This is where my challenge comes into play...I think I can motivate him with a little friendly competition and dollar bills $$$$.

I am going to challenge my family to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day for 4 weeks. They will get one point for each up to 5 and 2 points for each after that. Because my kids are small and a full 30 days seems like and eternity to them, I am going to reward them at the end of each week and then again at the end of the 30 days. Whoever is in the lead at the end of the week will get a dollar and then the overall winner will get $10 (to hopefully spend on a toy.)I think it will work. I hope it will work.  My goal is to get him to eat more healthy foods and teach him a little about good nutrition. I know childhood obesity is  a huge growing problem in the country but I feel like I have to he opposite problem.

I still need to make a chart but we started it yesterday and Connor made his own chart and seems pretty determined to win! I'll keep you posted :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

I haven't run in two weeks. My last run was The Wicked 10k that left me with both my ITB's screaming. I decided that I was going to take some time off and then get back in the gym to start some strength training.

So for a week I didn't do anything and then last week I started hitting the weights. It was good to feel sore again.

I also wrote up a training plan for a race series I want to do in January, complete with speedwork, tempo runs, and stretching and strength training days, I decided that I was sick of limping around and half-assing my training. So when I took a good look at my plan, I decided that there was no way I would have time for this. I figured I would probably end up half completing the running workouts and probably skipping the day I dedicated to yoga, not because I am lazy, but because I just simply don't have time. I think that is part of the reason my ITB pain keeps coming back. The race distance I wrote the plan for was a 5k, 6k, and then maxes out at a 8k. How has my life has gotten so busy that I can't even find time to train for a 5k?!?!

So after a week of doing nothing and a week of hitting the weights, I decided today I was going to go for a short run just because it's November and it was so nice out! Beautiful really. I hit the 2 mile mark and BAM, my left knee was not happy. Great. So maybe I need more than a week in the gym :/ I haven't signed up for that race series yet and I am not sure I am going to. I am trying to stay positive and think how strong I will be after a winter in the gym, but I am getting antsy (and sad) when I hear about everyone signing up for the spring races and how their training is starting soon. I think to keep positive I am going to find some really cool races to do starting in the late spring, races that I haven't done before and may even involve some travel. I probably won't log as many races as I did this year, but they are going to definitely be different.

Friday, November 2, 2012

12 Races, 11 New Metals

My race season has come to an end for 2012 and I added 11 new metals to my collection. I am happy to say that they weren't all finisher metals, two are age group metals. I finished 1st in my age group in the SJA Stingray 5k back in May and 2nd in Run Like a Girl earlier this month. I should have had an orange headband in there from TM but that will have to wait until next year. I missed two additional races because of my knee issues, which would have placed me at 14 races for the year. There are also some races that I am not going to enter in November and December simply because I (and my family) need a break. 
My new metals. The two flanking the end are my age group metals. I completed the Dolphin Challenge for the Shamrock, which consisted of the 8k and half marathon. There are two virtual race metals in there too, The Hot Momma Half and The Great Cupcake Race.
I really like the purple Run Like a Girl and The Wicked metals.
I was expirimnting with a new layout. I really need a couple of those race metal holders!
My helper.
He said he was a metal too and yes in his own special way he is.
These are all the metals I have collected since 2006, 30 in all. Hopefully I can add more in 2013.
Do you have a metal holder? If so where do you have it hanging? I want to put mine in the dining room but my husband won't let me.