Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Fall Race Training: Wk19 {Rest Wk4}

Another week with no running.  I had an appointment on Monday the 21st with a Kaiser sports medicine doctor.  I skipped the gym all week; I’ve noticed I tend to slack off when the husband is off work {he had vacation all week for the Thanksgiving holiday}.  I continue to feel better as each week progresses but the ankle pain is still lingering as is the pain in the shin {just below the knee on the upper inner shin}. 

Wk19:  11.21.11 – 11.27.11

Monday 11.21

Rest

#HBBC daily total = 1 {F&V}

Tuesday 11.22

Walk:  1.62/34:40

#HBBC daily total = 1.62 {walk}

Wednesday 11.23

Walk:  1.41/36:27

Hip/Glute/IT Band Stretches & Exercises:  40min

#HBBC daily total = 1.41 {walk} + 2 {40min stretching} + 1 {F&V} = 4.41

Thursday 11.24 – Thanksgiving

Run to Feed the Hungry 5k:  3.15/57:07/18:09 avg

#HBBC daily total = 3.15 {5k walk} + 1 {F&V} = 4.15

Friday 11.25

Rest

#HBBC daily total = 1 {F&V}

Saturday 11.26

Leisure walk around town for Dickens Faire:  2.75 miles total

#HBBC daily total = 2.75 {walk} + 1 {F&V} = 3.75

Sunday 11.27

Rest

#HBBC daily total = 0

Total Miles = 8.93

Daily Mile Stats:
Total Time = 2hrs, 35min 
Calories Burned = 605

Weight Watchers Activity Points Earned = 11

#HBBC Points {11.21.11-11.27.11} = 15.93
#HBBC Points to date {11.19.11 – 11.27.11} = 31.64

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Monday, November 28, 2011

Meal Plan Monday {Nov 28} + WW {Wk 28}

Thanksgiving was a success!  I spent most of the week leading up to Thursday in the kitchen prepping and I’m so glad I did because it sure made Thanksgiving day that much easier.  I’m very happy with all the recipes I used this year {Traditional Crock Pot Stuffing, Alton Brown’s Best Ever Green Bean Casserole, Scalloped Potatoes with Caramelized Onions, Martha Stewart’s Fool Proof Pie Crust, Traditional Apple Pie filling}.  I definitely overestimated how much turkey we needed which meant my mom got to take a lot of turkey home with her for leftovers and we still have a lot left which I plan to put to good use this week in a soup recipe. 

We spent the day after Thanksgiving lounging around the house watching an all day Storage Wars marathon on A&E and eating leftovers.  On Saturday we spent the day with my MIL at the Dickens Faire and on Sunday we did a little bit of Christmas decoration shopping after we discovered our outdoor lights no longer worked and we needed new ones. 

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Monday ~ Turkey Noodle Soup

I’ll be loosely following this recipe but I’ll cook it on the stove top and I’ll be using leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.

Tuesday ~ Spinach & Feta Pasta

Wednesday ~ Crock Pot Salsa Chicken

Either over rice or in tortillas

Thursday ~ leftovers

Friday ~ Pasta with marinara sauce & Trader Joe’s turkey meatballs

Pre-race carb up day #1

Saturday ~ leftover pasta with marinara sauce

Pre-race carb up day #2

Sunday ~ out for post race pizza

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan?  Why or why not? 
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try?  Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover!  There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weight Watchers Week 28 {11.21.11 – 11.27.11}
Weigh-in {11.28.11} = 138.8 lbs
Week 28 Gain = +2.2 lbs
Total Weight Loss = –11.4 lbs
Starting Weight {05.16.11} = 150.2 lbs
I earned 11 activity points
I exercised 4 out of 7 days
*Thanksgiving week.  I didn’t track.  I didn’t watch my portions.  End of story.
*Previous
WW recaps can be found HERE.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Three Things Thursday: the THANKSGIVING edition

1.  Happy Thanksgiving. 

I hope everyone has a very happy & thankful Thanksgiving.  This year I plan to spend some time reflecting and being thankful for all the wonderful blessings in my life.  I will enjoy spending time with my husband and family members that are joining us while keeping those I love who I am not with today in my thoughts & prayers.  However you spend your day ~ I hope its blessed and joyful.

This morning the husband & I will be joining thousands of others as we fill the streets of East Sac for the Run to Feed the Hungry.  This race was the first race the husband & I participated in together and this year is our 5th year in a row.  We are walking the 5k {due to my leg rebellion against running} with TEAM EXTREME from Off the Wall Soccer.   

2.  Being Thankful.

I’m so very thankful, and grateful, for my amazing husband.  I feel very lucky each and every day to share my life with him and to have him as a partner as we build our lives together.  I’m thankful that he has a job he loves and that he is the yin to my yang in every single way.

I’m thankful for my health and happiness.  This year has been not been easy but instead of dwelling on the hardships I want to be thankful for what I do have. 

I’m thankful for my amazing family and wonderful friends.  I feel very blessed to have such a huge extended family all across this country, and world, as well as cherished friends both new and old.  I keep all my family & friends in my thoughts and prayers on this Thanksgiving day, and always.

I’m thankful for the amazing blogging community, the friends I have made through it and their amazing kindness and support :)

3.  “Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”  Philippians 4:6

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Fall Race Training: Wk18 {Rest Wk3}

This week I came down with some flu like symptoms on Tuesday night and spent Wednesday & Thursday feeling awful and laying around the house taking cold medicine every 6-8 hours.  I felt better by Friday and was able to workout.  The #HBBC started on Saturday and I made sure to get myself out the door for a slow walk and then I ended the week with my final 5k race of the year that I walked.  Have I said lately how much I miss running?!?

I did some test run strides on Monday that felt better than any other test strides have yet but it was still painful.  On Sunday after the 5k race I did some more test run strides and felt much better but the pain returned when I stopped.

On Monday the 21st I had an appointment with a Sports Doc through Kaiser and I start physical therapy on Monday the 28th.  Its been 3+ weeks since I last ran {24 days at the time of publishing this post}.

Wk18:  11.14.11 – 11.20.11

Monday 11.14

Elliptical:  65min/5.23 miles

Stationary bike:  12min/1.8 miles

Weight Training {31min}

Test Run {strides}:  0.20/3:34

Walk:  1.05/25:22

Tuesday 11.15

Elliptical:  70min/5.58 miles

Stationary Bike:  35min/5.47 miles

Hip/Glute/Core Exercises {30:00}

Walk:  1.01/22:30

Wednesday 11.16

REST

Thursday 11.17

REST

Friday 11.18

Stationary Bike:  22min/3.96 miles

Elliptical:  65min/5.41 miles

Weight Training {13:45}

Hip/Glute/Core Exercises {30:00}

Saturday 11.19

First day of #HBBC

Walk:  2.35/49:39

#HBBC daily total: 2.35+1 = 3.35

Sunday 11.20

Race Recap:  Elk Grove Fun Run #4

  • 3.10/55:56/18:02 avg

Test Run Strides:  0.26/3:13

Elliptical:  60min/4.69 miles 

#HBBC daily total = 3.10+0.26+4+1  = 8.36

Total Miles = 7.97

Daily Mile Stats:
Total Time = 9hrs, 54min 
Calories Burned = 4015

Weight Watchers Activity Points Earned = 32

#HBBC points earned {starting 11.19} = 11.71 + 2 = 13.71
+2 bonus points for having the badge on my blog

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Wordless Wednesday

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Happy {almost} Thanksgiving! 

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Race Recap: Elk Grove Fun Run #4 {11.20.11}

Race:  Elk Grove Fun Run #4

Hosted by The Running Zone for The Running Free Foundation {Connecting Kids in Need with the Soles for Running --- donating shoes to needy Sacramento County student athletes}

Date:  Sunday, November 20th, 2011

Official Results:

3.10 / 55:56 / 18:02 average
Females 30-35:  9/9
Overall:  112/125

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The fourth and final Elk Grove Run Run 5k for 2011 was held on Sunday, November 20th.  Even though I’m still dealing with The Right Leg Rebellion Against Running I still walked the race in order to complete the 4 race series for 2011 and earn my All-Series Participant plaque. 

It was chilly on race morning and rain was predicted.  Luckily we didn’t get rained on but since we were walking {the husband walked with me} we bundled up with long sleeve shirts, rain jackets, beanies, gloves, etc. 

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We got to the race location about a half hour before the 8am race start.  The Running Zone was collecting turkey donations for the Elk Grove Food Bank so we dropped off an 18lb frozen turkey to donate and collected our race bibs and still had plenty of time to hang out and chat with some fellow running buddies. 

The race started right on time.  I let my leg decide how fast I was going to walk and a few times I had to slow it down but overall I didn’t have any issues.  But, I had taken a few Advil before the race and I had the husband wrap my ankle in an ace bandage. 

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Right after the two mile marker we jogged just a little bit to “test” the leg.  It felt good but hurt when I stopped.  Shortly after this our running buddy and CIM training partner Kat came back out on the course to walk with us after she had finished the race.  A few minutes later our other running buddy and CIM training partner Rene caught up to us too {she ran 4 miles before the race and started the race late then ran the 5k until she caught up and then walked with us} and the four of us finished the race together.  We were able to jog the last 0.10 to the finish! 

Garmin Results:  3.10/56:04/18:05 avg

  • Mile 1 – 17:48
  • Mile 2 – 18:30
  • Mile 3 – 18:04
  • Last 0.10 – 1:41

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After the race we hung out for the raffle and then received our All-Series Participant Award plaques.  After the award ceremony the husband and I did a few run strides to test out my leg {after I removed the ace bandage that ended up being too tight and caused me pain the last mile of the race}.  I felt good, the best I have yet on any test strides, but had aching and pain in my calf, shin and ankle when I stopped and for a few hours after the race.  I ended up going to the gym later in the evening and my lower leg ached the whole time I was on the elliptical and I had pain when I got home for the rest of the evening.  I had an appointment with a Sports Doctor through Kaiser on Monday which I plan to talk about more later.  I’m on the mend but I think its going to be a long, bumpy ride to full recovery.  I’ve got another race this week {the Run to Feed the Hungry} on Thanksgiving morning which I plan to walk the 5k {originally we were going to run the timed 10k} that I’m really looking forward to.  Running CIM is going to be a last minute decision depending on how my leg feels and how my next doctor appointment goes {next Monday with a physical therapist}.  Right now I’m 50/50 on the fence about it. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

Meal Plan Monday {Nov 21} + WW {Wk27}

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

Its going to be a busy week.  I’m going to fully take advantage of my open availability and do a lot of food prep in advance this week so that cooking on Thanksgiving will be easier!

Monday

  • AM – Doctors appt; PM – trip to Costco
  • Clean & chop all veggies for meals this week & for Thanksgiving {celery, carrots, onions, mushrooms, peppers, parsley}
  • Cook 1lb black beans
  • Clean bathrooms

Tuesday

  • Early AM – take Dad to airport; PM – pick up race packets for Thursday
  • Take Turkey Breasts out of the freezer; put in fridge when mostly de-thawed
  • Make pie crust; refrigerate until Wednesday
  • Hard boil 24 eggs
  • Boil macaroni salad noodles
  • Pre-mix deviled eggs filling
  • Clean guest room; change sheets
  • Clean master bedroom
  • Sweep & mop kitchen

Wednesday

  • Make chili in crock pot
  • Clean living room, entry way & hallways
  • Spot clean bathrooms & kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Make apple pie
  • Make Macaroni Salad {after mom arrives}
  • Make Deviled Eggs & Cream Cheese Roll Ups {after mom arrives}
  • Make Biscuits {to go with chili dinner}

Thursday

  • Start Turkey Breasts before leaving for race
  • Start stuffing in the crock pot before leaving for race
  • Walk the 5k at the RUN TO FEED THE HUNGRY with TEAM EXTREME
  • Shower, cook, eat, clean, relax :)

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Monday ~ Tofu Sloppy Joe’s

I enjoy finding new ways to use tofu as a meat replacement so last week when we were eating Tofu Tacos I mentioned to the husband that I thought tofu would be good in Sloppy Joe’s.  I Google’d it and found many variations but decided to go with the traditional recipe in one of my cookbooks.  I’ll share the recipe if it turns out good :)

Tuesday ~ leftovers

I know that we’ll have enough leftovers from Monday which will be good since I plan to spend a good chunk of time on Tuesday doing prep work for the Thanksgiving dishes.

Wednesday ~ Buffalo Chicken Chili 

We really enjoyed this when we made it a couple of weeks ago and it makes A LOT so I figured it would be a perfect simple crockpot meal to make while I’m busy in the kitchen doing more prep work for Thanksgiving and cleaning my house while awaiting my mom & step-dad’s arrival.

Thursday ~ THANKSGIVING

All the prep work and planning comes down to this one meal.  I couldn’t be more excited!

In 2008 & 2009 I cooked turkey breasts in the crock pot for just me and the husband.  In 2010 I cooked a full size turkey for us and my mom & step-dad with my moms assistance.  This year I’m cooking two 7+lb turkey breasts for us along with my mom & step-dad and my MIL.

Appetizers/Snacks

  • Brie Cheese swirled with Cranberries served with crackers
  • Onion Dip served with chips {MIL is bringing this}
  • Deviled Eggs
  • Cream Cheese Roll Ups

Main Courses

Dessert

Friday ~ leftovers

Yum, leftovers. 

Saturday ~ Spaghetti

I’m not sure how much leftovers we will have so I put some simple dishes on the meal plan for the weekend but we’ll eat leftovers until they are gone :)

Sunday ~ Tomato Orzo Soup {freezer}

When I made this last week I froze most of it.  Its always nice to have homemade soup on hand for easy meals.

 

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu?
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving dish?

Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover!  There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weight Watchers Week 27 {11.14.11 – 11.20.11}
Weigh-in {11.21.11} = 136.6 lbs
Week 27 Loss = –0.2 lbs
Total Weight Loss = –13.6 lbs
Starting Weight {05.16.11} = 150.2 lbs
I earned 32 activity points
I exercised 5 out of 7 days
*I only tracked fully tracked on Monday & Tuesday.  I tracked most of Wednesday until we ended up going out to eat for dinner.  Then we ate out again on Thursday & Saturday.  My goal for Thanksgiving week is to track all my food on Monday-Wednesday and be mindful when eating/snacking during the Thanksgiving holiday and weekend.  Starting next week my plan is to fully get back on track --- no eating out, no candy, and no alcohol; and track all food until Christmas.  I’d like to get back below 135 before the end of the year. 
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WW recaps can be found HERE.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge 2011

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Today is the first day of the HBBC.  This will be my third year participating in the challenge.  I think its a fun way to stay active during the holiday season.  And, it reminds me to eat my fruit & veggies before grabbing for snacks and treats :)

The HBBC is hosted by Amanda at Run to the Finish.  This year there are three levels of participants:  Builders, Doers, & Advanced.  I choose the Advanced group because, at the time, I was in marathon training mode and because I’m active almost everyday. 

The challenge runs from November 19th thru January 6th. 

The HBBC works like this:  you earn “points” for activities

1 point per mile {run/walk}

1 point per 3 miles biked

1 point per 20min of weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, stretching or abs

1 point per 15min of low impact cardio {low impact aerobics, easy biking, skiing, skating, water aerobics, snow shoeing}

1 point per 10min of high impact cardio {spinning, kickboxing, lap swimming}

1 point per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits/veggies

    • Servings sizes for fruit/veggies:
      • 1/2 cup of fruit
      • 1 medium piece of fruit
      • 1/4 cup of dried fruit
      • 3/4 cup {6 ounces} of 100%  fruit or vegetable juice
      • 1 cup of leafy vegetables
      • 1/2 cup of cooked or raw vegetables

Anyone is eligible to participate and you can join at any time by going HERE {only participants who start by Nov 22 will be eligible for the final overall prizes}. 

 

What are you doing to stay active during the holiday season?

Friday, November 18, 2011

Friday Favorites

Well, since I’m not running I feel like I don’t have a lot to talk about. 

Sooooo … I thought it would be fun to do a Friday Favorites post with a few of my current favorite things :)

 

1.  Candy Cane Hershey Kisses
This bag only lasted 4 days in our house! 

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2.  My new fleece heated blanket
Even if the kitty steals it allllll the time!  Its almost the end of Thanksgiving and I’ve yet to turn on our heater or pellet stove.  The lowest its been in our house is 60 degrees and I’ve bundled up with many layers and this new blanket to warm up. 

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3.  Extra blankets for a cozy bed 
We’ve got 3 blankets + a heated blanket in addition to our regular sheets and comforter on our bed.  We like it cold in our bedroom when we are sleeping and we sleep with the fans on and one window cracked.  Brrrrr :)

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4.  Fall decorations!

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5.  My new boots!
I’ve got quite a little collection started … not pictured are my knee high stiletto boots that I bought last year :)

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6.  New sweaters & scarves for fall & winter!
I’ve been shopping way toooooo much lately. 

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7.  Homemade “Peppermint Mochas”!
I saw someone post this on Facebook the other day --- brewed mint tea with a packet of hot chocolate and milk --- so I tried it this morning and I’m in LOVE.  Soooo yummy :)

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8.  Cold medicine.
Not really a “favorite” since I hate to be sick but its been necessary this week.  I’m feeling better today than I was yesterday, thankfully :)

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What are some of your favorite things right now? 

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1.  While eating Tofu Tacos on Tuesday night I mentioned to the husband that I thought crumbled extra firm tofu would be a great substitute for meat {beef, chicken, or turkey} in Sloppy Joe’s.  Of course I had to Google it and low and behold I was not the first person to think this!  Regardless … its on the menu for next week :) --- I’ll share the recipe if it turns out good. 

2.  Speaking of menus … I spent a good chuck of my Wednesday morning get my Thanksgiving recipes and grocery shopping list ready.  We’ve already got two frozen turkey breasts in the freezer but we’ll be getting the rest of the ingredients for the big meal this weekend when we do our regular grocery shopping.  Since I have all the time in the world right now I am going to really put it to good use next week and do lots of prep in advance.  Like clean & chop all the veggies, hard boil all the eggs, and make the chicken stock before my mom & step-dad arrive on Wednesday.  I plan to spend Wednesday baking a pie and prepping any food that I can since I’ll be gone most of the morning on Thanksgiving for the Run to Feed the Hungry --- this will the 5th year in a row that me & the husband have participated in the race on Thanksgiving morning!  It was actually the first race we ever did together back in 2007!  I’ll post all the details for my Thanksgiving meal plan next Monday for Meal Plan Monday :)

3.  Today I plan to spend today in bed curled up with lots of hot tea and the puppy & kitty while watching TV/movies since yesterday afternoon I started coming down with flu-y symptoms.  I’ve got an arsenal of DayQuil & NightQuil and I hope to be feeling better soon.  I took advantage of some time this morning right after taking DayQuil when I was feeling “better” to prep all the veggies for dinner tonight just in case I feel worse later.  I’m looking forward to a big bowl of Tomato Orzo Soup for dinner.  Its been a long time since I’ve felt this sick.  I blame the lack of running {its been 18 days} and I probably picked this little virus up while sitting in the doctors office on Monday :(

 

Happy Thursday!
What’s on your mind today?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

J+J Chronicles: Getting to know us

Subtitle: Trying not to think about not being able to run

Here’s a fun little questionnaire about the husband & I and our relationship.  I saved this ages ago and I can not remember where I got it from. 

Getting to Know Us

How long have you been together?

The husband & I started dating in March 2005 & got married in March 2009 :)

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How long did you know each other before you started dating?

A while but we don’t know exactly how long.  I worked with the husband best friend and that’s how we met.  It was at least a year, if not more. 

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The husband & his best friend who was the best man at our wedding

Who asked who out?

The husband asked me out!  We went to dinner & out for drinks.  Very low key.  Very perfect :)

Did you go to the same school?

College?  Yes.  We’re both proud alum’s from CSUS. 

Who is the most sensitive?

Duh, me. 

Where do you eat out the most together?

SUSHI.  We LOVE going out for sushi. 

Where is the furthest you have traveled together?

Maui for our honeymoon!

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Who has the worst tempter?

Duh, me.  Again.  I have been known to have an awful temper … but it seems that as I am getting older {you know, I’m the wise old age of 31 now} my temper is calming down. 

Who does the cooking?

95% of the time its me.  If we BBQ something then the husband takes care of it.  Occasionally he’ll do the cooking but if I don’t feel like cooking for some reason or another then it usually means that we end up going out or the husband does a bang up job of heating up something in the microwave. 

Who is more social?

The husband!  He is a social butterfly where I’m much more shy and reserved. 

Who is the neat freak?

Definitely me.  And freak is the right word to describe it. 

Who is the most stubborn?

Definitely me again.  Super duper stubborn.  End of story.

Who hogs the bed?

The DOG, Lucy, when she sleeps with us.  Otherwise neither of us.  We’ve got a HUGE bed and we both pretty much stick to our sides when we are sleeping.

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Who wakes up earlier?

Well I’m definitely more of an early riser but since I’m not working I have been sleeping in more often while the husband gets up to run {at 4am} or to go to work {at 5:30am on non-run days}. 

Where was your first date?

Dinner at Rubicon Brewery and drinks at Chargins. 

How long did it take to get serious?

A couple of months and within a year we had moved in together. 

Who eats more?

The husband. 

Who does the laundry?

98% of the time its me but occasionally the husband will take care of it if I ask him.  I try to avoid asking him since we’ve had a few mishaps with him leaving items in his pockets in the past. 

Who drives when you are together?

The husband drives more than I do.  I prefer it that way.  I don’t know why. 

Who is the first one to admit when they’re wrong?

The husband.  Probably because he doesn’t like my mean streak and awful temper :)

Who wears the pants in your relationship?

We definitely share all responsibilities in our relationship and we don’t make any decisions without consulting each other.  We have built a wonderful partnership and I’m lucky to have such an amazing husband along in this journey called life.

Who eats more sweets?

ME.  Well, we both do.  Seriously.  We LOVE sweets.  LOVE. 

 

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NOW, your turn!  If you do the questionnaire please come back and leave me a link in the comments so I can read it :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

Fall Race Training: Wk17 {Rest Wk2}

Well, I failed at doing my daily strength building exercises for my hips/glutes.  And I only made it to the gym one day for cross training.  I attempted to run twice during the week, at the advice of the sports doc, but both were epic failures.  I am definitely feeling better each day but it is a very slow process.  I did a short walk over the weekend with some test running strides and I still have pain.  Boo pain.  Its possible that I may need to make an appointment with my primary care doctor …

*Trying something new:  instead of listing out my strength/weight exercises here on my wkly recaps I am going to link to my Daily Mile entries.  Why duplicate the info? 

Wk17:  11.07.11 – 11.13.11

Monday 11.07 ~ REST + Strength Exercises + Core

I went back to the sports doc in the afternoon for a follow up appointment.  The doc assured me that my achy ankle and knee are 100% stable and told me to get back to working out and running.  He gave me an adjusted training plan for CIM and told me to run on Tuesday and report back to him how it goes.  He also advised that I was to get back to cross training, continue my daily strength exercises for my hips/glutes, continue core work three days a week and add back in 1+ days of weight training.  I’ll be taking each day one at a time to determine how I’m feeling.  He advised me to pay close attention to how I’m feeling and determine if I’m having an ACHE/SORENESS or actual PAIN. 

I meant to do my strength exercises & core work after my appt but I never got to them.  I did do an Epsom salt soak for my ankle and spent some time with the Foam Roller and The Stick

 

Walk with the husband & Lucy 

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Tuesday 11.08 ~ Run 3 easy miles per sports doc, report back to him about how it goes + Strength Exercises

The attempted test run was a fail!  I had shooting pain from the first step from my heel up the back of my leg through my calf to the back of my knee.  Several times it felt like my knee and ankle were going to give out and like the weight of my body was too much for my weight to support.  Post attempted run I had throbbing pain in my ankle and the top front of my shin where it meets the knee.  After a couple of hours and a few ibuprofen the pain subsided in the ankle area subsided but the calf and shin near the knee continued to hurt.

My doc advised to try again later this week and to go ahead and go forward with other activities {strength exercises, weight training, cross training, walking} unless an activity causes me pain.  So, I’ll continue to take it one day at a time.

Run

Test Run – FAIL

  • 0.44/8:04

Hip/Glute Exercises {13min}

Wednesday 11.09 ~ Cross Train + Strength Exercises + Weights & Core

After the failed run attempt on Tuesday I took some ibuprofen after my shower and again right before bed.  I woke up on Wednesday feeling substantially better so I headed to the gym.  I knew I needed to find out if any other activities were going to cause pain.  It was a successful 2 hours of some cardio and some weight training.  It felt good to workout.  I had no pain but started to get some discomfort/soreness in the upper area of the Achilles tendon and the front and outside of the ankle during the last 10min on the elliptical.  Per my sports doc I am going to try another test run on Thursday.

 

Cardio

  • Stationary Bike:  22min/3.43 miles
  • Elliptical:  35min/2.76 miles

Weight Training 35min

Hip/Glute/Core Strengthening Exercises {42mins} 

Thursday 11.10 ~ Run 5 easy miles per sports doc + Strength Exercises

I attempted another test run today per doctors orders.  Another fail.  No need to repeat myself.  It was bad.

 

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Test Run – FAIL

  • 0.19/3:38

Friday 11.11 ~ Cross Train + Strength Exercises + Weights & Core REST

Saturday 11.12 ~ Run 17-18 miles per sports doc + Strength Exercises REST

I attempted a few test running strides while on a walk with the husband & Lucy.  The first few minutes of the walk, before I did any test strides, I felt fine – no pain.  The pain returned as soon as I tried running. 

Walk + Test Strides – FAIL

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Sunday 11.13 ~ Easy Walk OR Rest + Strength Exercises

Total Miles = 2.45

Daily Mile Stats:
Total Time = 3hrs, 21min
Calories Burned = 894

Weight Watchers Activity Points Earned = 11

Meal Plan Monday {Nov 14} + WW {Wk26}

Last Thursday I splurged in an afternoon of retail therapy.  While I was mainly on the hunt for a gravy boat for Thanksgiving I also enjoyed being out of the house and wandering around the stores.  I found a perfect gravy boat and a matching butter dish that match my all-white dinnerware set perfectly {even if they were super cheap and are not part of the Lenox collection} … and a few other things might have caught my eye also … like a DONUT PAN.  Now, I’ve been seeing baked donut recipes floating around the Blogosphere for a while now but never felt the need to rush out and purchase my own pan.  Until the other day when I came across it and decided … what the heck?!?  I knew I would put it good use so I added it to my cart and continued wandering around the store.  And, of course, I had to make my first batch of baked donuts the next day.  I used this recipe but instead of making a glaze for the top I followed the directions for a sugar & cinnamon coating like in this recipe.  The donuts turned out really good and I’m already looking forward to making another batch SOON … and I’m eyeing this chocolate donut recipeDo you have a favorite baked donut recipe to share?

Now, after I made donuts on Friday I found myself in the baking mood.  Specifically for chocolate chip cookies.  I’ve been wanting to make a batch for a while now so when I found myself awake at 6am on Saturday with nothing to do while the husband was out running with our running buddies I decided to get to work in the kitchen.  A few years ago my mom gave me an awesome cookie cook book by Nestle called Nestle Toll House Best-Loved Cookies and I always use the first recipe in the book for Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies --- which works perfectly every time {its also the recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag}!  It helps that I always have Nestle Chocolate Chips in the house since I buy the BIG bag at Costco!  A couple of hours and a dish full of dishes later I had 5 1/2 dozen chocolate chip cookies baked to perfection {I use a cookie scoop, like this one, to make uniform cookies and I line my baking sheets with parchment paper which has always provided the perfectly cooked golden brown cookie bottoms --- here’s a tip about parchment paperyou can add a little dab of butter to the corners of your cooking sheet to hold down the parchment paper since when you first unroll it from the carton it tends to want to roll back up – adding the butter holds the paper down so you can easily scoop out your cookies --- after the first batch the paper will have smoothed out and rolling will not be a problem}.  The house smelled amazing and I loved stacking all the cookies into my cookie jar.  Now, I have NO IDEA what I’ll do with that many cookies but I’m sure the husband will be taking some to work so we don’t eat them all {even though we made quite a dent in them}. 

While I was waiting in-between baking batches of cookies I started my meal plan for the week.  I knew I was going to make this soup and when I was reading over the ingredient list and saw that I would need some vegetable stock.  I decided to finally use up the bag of frozen veggies scraps in my freezer and make my own.  It was so easy and I ended up with 96 ounces of vegetable stock!  Its really simple and I’ll tell you how to do it below.  I had been saving scraps for a while to try this!  Its really easy to save scraps when you are cooking and then just toss them into a gallon freezer bag in your freezer, adding to it over time, and then when its full you can easily make a bit batch of stock.  It smelled amazing and I can’t wait to see how the soup turns out when I use it. 

So, those were my adventures in the kitchen over the last few days!  Have you had any adventures in the kitchen lately that you’d like to share? 

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Nothing about last weeks meal plan went as planned … even though I was hopeful at the beginning of the week to “get back on track”.  Here’s to hoping this week goes a little better. 

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Monday ~ Spinach & Feta Pasta

I said it … I knew this would be reappearing on the meal plan often!  Its so quick & easy … and super yummy too.

Tuesday ~ Tofu Tacos 

Taco Tuesday returns!  Not only is tofu CHEAP its also tasty!  If you haven’t tried it as a meat alternative I highly suggest trying crumbled tofu tacos because the tofu takes on the flavor of the ingredients you add to it and when you use homemade taco seasoning you can’t go wrong! 

Homemade Taco Seasoning
This makes a lot --- and I use 1-2 TBSP per recipe

Ingredients:
4 TBSP chili powder
3 TBSP + 1 tsp paprika
3 TBSP cumin
1 TBSP + 2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions:
Mix together all ingredients.  Store in an air tight container like a mason jar.  Use as needed :)

Wednesday ~ Chicken & Rice Bowls with Oil-Free Pesto

A few months ago when I first made the Oil-Free Pesto I made a few extra batches and froze the leftovers.  This pesto was amazing over pasta and I really think its going to be amazing with chicken and rice too!  Besides, 1/4 cup of the pesto is ONLY 1WWpts+. 

Thursday ~ Tomato Orzo Soup

This is the soup I talked about earlier that I made the homemade veggies stock for.  We LOVE this soup!  LOVE.  Try it.  ASAP. 

Homemade Vegetable Stock

Ingredients:
Vegetables scraps
*Avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes or any vegetable that is too overpowering like cabbage or any waxy plant parts like cucumber peels 
I recommend carrots, zucchini, mushrooms, celery, parsley, onions, pepper stems, garlic
Sea salt & bay leaves

Directions:
Save your scraps over time in the freezer.  When you have a full freezer bag add it to your crock pot and fill with water.  Add in some sea salt and a couple of bay leaves.  Cook on low for 8 hours.  When its done cooking scoop out the veggie chunks and strain them over a large bowl with a cheese cloth lined mesh strainer.  Squeeze the excess broth from the veggies.  Compost the veggie scraps.  Strain the remaining broth.  Allow the broth to cool completely and use as needed or freeze. 

Friday ~ Pasta with marinara sauce

Nothing new here :)

Saturday ~ leftover pasta

Sunday ~ Turkey Burgers *subject to change :)

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan?  Why or why not? 
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try?  Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover!  There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weight Watchers Week 26 {11.07.11 – 11.13.11}
Weigh-in {11.14.11} = 136.8
Week 26 Gain = +0.8 lbs
Total Weight Loss = –13.4 lbs
Starting Weight {05.16.11} = 150.2 lbs
I earned 11 activity points
I exercised 5 out of 7 days
*I am still dealing with my running injury.  I did awful tracking this week --- in fact I think I only fully tracked two days.  Epic Fail.
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WW recaps can be found HERE.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Run Less, Run Faster --- Weeks 11-15

My training remained solid during weeks 11 thru 15 but then took a sudden turn for the worst at the end of week 15.  Back in early September I started to experience some issues in my right leg that began with a super tight hamstring and groin muscle.  As the weeks progressed from week 11 thru week 15 the right leg issues continued to spread and by the end of week 15, at the LN4B half marathon, it was so severe that I was limping the last few miles of the race.  I haven’t ran since.

Wks 1-5 = 144.96 miles
Wks 6-10 = 157.66 miles

Wk11 = 40.16
Wk12 = 38.64
Wk13 = 37.44
Wk14 = 43.79
Wk15 = 33.33

Total {wks 11-15} = 193.36

# of missed runs {wks 11-15} = 0
# of missed runs overall = 2
# of days cross training {wks 11-15} = 10
# of days cross training overall = 26
# of strength workouts {wks 11-15} =6
# of strength workouts overall = 18


Total Miles to Date {wks 1-15} = 495.98

Back during week 10 I skipped a tempo run due to my right leg.  I said “I skipped my tempo run.  My right leg is really bothering me.  It manifests differently daily --- some days it hurts in my groin muscles, some days in my IT band, some days in my piriformis, some days in my hamstring.  Its very strange.  I’m beginning to get worried that this is going to continue to linger and with my half marathon only 1.5 weeks away I decided it was well past time for me to take a break and see if I can get past this.”

Then going into week 11 I was feeling better which was good because it was half marathon race week and I had an amazing half marathon race with a 28min PR

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During week 12 I was really sore from the half marathon and traveled out of town so I skipped all of my cross training days but still managed to get in three pretty good runs including an 18 mile training run

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In week 13 I felt a lot better and even had some relief from my right leg issues.  I ended up having a really solid week.  I had an awesome speed workout of 12x400 with my last repeat sub-2min!  And I did another 18 mile training run

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My leg issues returned during week 14 and I ended up turning that weeks tempo run into an easy run/walk run instead.   That weeks long run was 20 miles and I felt good with minimal leg issues.

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I went to my first appt with a sports doc for my leg issues in week 15.  After treatment the doc suggested I do two easy runs then my planned race if I was feeling up to it.  I ended up doing the two easy runs with some issues and then the half marathon.  And, like I said, that was the last time I ran.  It was also my birthday week!!!

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I’m still under the care of a local sports doc.  The first week I saw him {week 15 of training} I had an Active Release Techniques (ART) treatment on Monday, did an easy 3 mile run on Tuesday, walked on my birthday with Lucy {Wednesday}, took Thursday off, did an easy 5 mile run on Friday, took Saturday off, and ran the Lake Natoma Four Bridges Half Marathon on Sunday.  The next day after the race I went to see the sports doc again for a follow up and a second ART treatment and he gave me the same instructions --- run easy as long as I don’t have pain.  Well, I was in pain all that week and did nothing but the prescribed rehab exercises he gave me.  I went to see him the following Monday and I was feeling better so he did a third ART treatment and told to RUN and to start doing all my regular exercises again as long as I had no pain.  I attempted two runs that week, both failures, and corresponded with my sports doc via email.  I am finally starting to feel better but since both attempted runs last week were epic fails I am still taking each day as it comes and I go back for yet another follow up appointment with the sports doc on Monday.  My plan is to go to the doc on Monday and attempt another test run on Tuesday before making any other decisions.  The doc suggested that if I am not feeling better then maybe I need to visit my primary care doctor for a possible x-ray or MRI to rule out a serious injury.  Until then … I’m willing my leg to feel better and praying that I’ll be back to running sooner rather than later and that I don’t have a serious injury like a stress fracture.  Especially since CIM is only three weeks and one day away.   To say I’m upset about my current circumstances would be a huge understatement.  But it is what it is and I am trying to remain positive and hopeful --- which is not always easy. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Three Things Thursday

1.  Its been 11 days since I last “ran”.

 

2.  I did two “test runs” this week --- Tuesday & today.  Those don’t count.  Both sucked.

 

3.  I’m too upset about #1 & #2 to talk about it yet. 

 

Now quick, share something uplifting with me to cheer me up and in the mean time I’m going to go do some retail therapy --- on the search for brown and/or black riding boots, cozy t-shirts, earrings/necklaces, a gravy boat, and a proper size exercise ball for my height! 

 

Happy Thursday!
What’s on your mind today?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Fall Race Training: Wk16 {Rest Wk1}

UPDATE:  At my sports doc appt this afternoon the doctor cleared me to RUN tomorrow.  He said both my aching knee and ankle are 100% stable and its possible they might just feel sore due to the tight muscles in my leg and due to the limping at the LN4B race.  Obviously he said to STOP if I have any PAIN but to pay attention to my body and decipher between PAIN and SORENESS/ACHINESS.  He looked over the rest of my training plan up to CIM and adjusted it.  He also cleared me for all activities {cross training, strength training, walking} and said to get back on track with my workouts {of course, STOP if any PAIN but again listen to body and decipher between PAIN and SORENESS/ACHINESS}.  He wants me to continue my hip/glute strengthening exercises DAILY, core work 3x/week, and to add in add back in strength training 1-2x/week.  I am to email him after my run tomorrow to let him know how it goes and I go back for another follow up appointment next Monday.  So, keep your fingers crossed for me for a PAIN FREE run and to get back on track for CIM training :)

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Last week was also known as the week of training that wasn’t.

Though my weekly recap email from Daily Mile made me feel better when it said I had a “stellar” week. LOL.

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Wk16: 10.31.11 – 11.06.11

Monday 10.31 ~ Rest / Walk

After finishing the LN4B Half Marathon {race recap HERE} limping due to my right leg injury I was very sore. I had an appt in the afternoon with my sports doc where I got another ART treatment and the doc gave me some exercises to do DAILY.

Hip/Glute/Core Exercises {24min}

  • 3x10 deep squats with Swiss Ball against wall
  • 3x10 side squats off step, each side
  • 3x10 lateral squats with twist, each side
  • 3x10 clam shells, each leg
  • 3x15sec plank
  • 3x15sec side plank, each side
  • 3x30sec pelvic bridge

Tuesday 11.01 ~ Run 12x400 speed work REST

The sports doc said I could resume regular exercises {cross training} and running as long as I was not having pain. I woke up very sore from the ART treatment and from my exercises Monday afternoon. I was still having some pain in my right leg so I opted for another rest day.

Hip/Glute Exercises {32:30}

  • 3x10 deep squats with Swiss Ball against wall
  • 3x10 side squats off step, each side
  • 3x10 lateral squats with twist, each side
  • 3x10 clam shells, each leg
  • 3x10 crab walks, each leg
  • 3x10 monster walks
  • stretch
  • Foam Roll

Walk

By evening my leg was feeling exceptionally better so I decided to go for a short slow walk with the husband & Lucy.

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Wednesday 11.02 ~ Cross Train REST

Another rest day. I felt good on Tuesdays evening walk, my leg was sore but nothing “hurt”. However, on this day my ankle was hurting again and I was back to limping.

Hip/Glute/Core Exercises {40min}

  • 3x10 deep squats with Swiss Ball against wall
  • 3x10 side squats off step, each side
  • 3x10 lateral squats with twist, each side
  • 3x10 clam shells, each leg
  • 3x25sec plank
  • 3x25sec side plank, each side
  • 3x30sec pelvic bridge
  • 3x10 crab walks, each leg
  • 3x10 monster walks
  • 3x10 crunches
  • 3x10 russian twists
  • stretch
  • Foam Roll

Walk

Attempted to walk but the pain in my ankle was too much so I only made it to the end of the street and back.

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Thursday 11.03 ~ Run 5 tempo miles REST

My leg was still sore and my ankle still hurting. More rest. Still limping when walking and having pain in my ankle when walking or putting pressure on leg.

Hip/Glute Exercises {26min}

  • 3x10 deep squats with swiss ball against wall
  • 3x10 side squats off step, each side
  • 3x10 lateral squats with twist, each side
  • 3x10 clam shells, each leg
  • 3x10 crab walks, each leg
  • 3x10 monster walks
  • stretch

Friday 11.04 ~ Cross Train REST

More rest. Still feeling the same – pain in ankle when walking or putting pressure on leg. The soreness from the daily exercises has worn off but walking is still bothersome.

Hip/Glute/Core Exercises {42min}

  • 3x10 deep squats with Swiss Ball against wall
  • 3x10 side squats off step, each side
  • 3x10 lateral squats with twist, each side
  • 3x20 crunches on Swiss ball
  • 3x10 pushups against wall
  • 3x10 clam shells, each leg
  • 3x30sec plank
  • 3x30sec side plank, each side
  • 3x45sec pelvic bridge
  • 3x10 crab walks, each leg
  • 3x10 monster walks
  • 3x10 crunches
  • 3x10 russian twists
  • 3x10 bicycle crunches
  • stretch

Walk

Attempted another walk but still having pain in ankle so I turned around and came back home.

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Saturday 11.05 ~ Run 20 miles REST

Rest. I spent the morning in bed watching TV and feeling sorry for myself while the husband was running 22 miles with our training buddy Kat.

Sunday 11.06 ~ Rest / Walk

Rest. Still having pain in ankle when walking or putting pressure on leg. Going back to the sports doc on Monday.

Total Miles = 1.51 {all walking}

Daily Mile Stats:
Total Time = 3hrs, 25min
Calories Burned = 539

Weight Watchers Activity Points Earned = 8

Meal Plan Monday {Nov 7} + WW {Wk25}

Well, we haven’t started a new no-eating out streak yet since we ate out Friday, Saturday & Sunday night last week.  Fail.  All well --- its a new week and time for a fresh start!  {Didn’t I say that last week too?  Hmmm.}

Over the weekend, while doing our weekly grocery shopping, we picked up our turkey for Thanksgiving.  We had a coupon for $10 off a $40 purchase for our local grocery store so we took advantage of it and purchased two 7+ lb frozen turkey breasts!  The $10 coupon almost covered one of the turkey breasts.  I’ve pretty much got my Thanksgiving meal planned {we will be having my mom & step-dad over as well as my MIL} and I’m getting very excited.  I love Thanksgiving!

I’m also excited for this weeks meal plan!  Here it is …

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Monday ~ Shredded Chicken Tacos

Its been far too long since I’ve made these tacos and I’m really looking forward to cooking them tonight :)

Tuesday ~ Spinach & Feta Pasta 

I knew it wouldn’t be too long before this was back on the meal plan.  When I made it a couple of weeks ago I immediately fell in love and knew it would be one of my new favorite go-to pasta dinners :)

Wednesday ~ Buffalo Chicken Chili {crock pot}

The original recipe calls for chicken breasts but I decided to use ground chicken.  I think its going to be great either way! 

I’m going to make some homemade buttermilk biscuits to go with the chili – I made these last week on a whim and I love them.

Buttermilk Biscuits

Ingredients:
1 cup all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
1/2 cup buttermilk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl; cut in butter with a pastry blender or two knives until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Add buttermilk; stir just until moist.  Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 4 or 5 times.  Roll dough to desired thickness and cut with a biscuit cutter.  Place on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.  Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

TIPS:
***To make buttermilk if you don’t have any --- for 1/2 cup combine 1/2 tbsp of lemon juice OR white-wine vinegar and add enough milk to equal 1/2 cup {for 1 cup use 1 tbsp lemon juice or white-wine vinegar and add enough milk to equal 1 cup}.  Stir and let stand for 5 minutes.
***I rolled out my dough pretty thin so that I could get 12 biscuits which ended up being 2 WW pts+ per biscuit {3pts+ for 2; 5pt+ for 3; 6pts+ for 4}.  The pts+ will be affected depending on how thick you roll out your dough and how many biscuits you make out of it.  The original recipe stated 7 biscuits at 3pt+ per 1 biscuit. 

Thursday ~ leftovers

Friday ~ Pasta with marinara sauce and turkey meatballs

Saturday ~ Turkey Burgers

Sunday ~ leftovers

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan?  Why or why not? 
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try?  Please share :)

Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover!  There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weight Watchers Week 25 {10.31.11-11.06.11}
Weigh-in {11.07.11} = 136
Week 25 Loss = -1 lb
Total Weight Loss = 14.2 lbs
Starting Weight {05.16.11} = 150.2 lbs
I earned 8 activity points
I exercised 5 out of 7 days
*I am dealing with a running injury right now that has me sidelined from activity --- the only exercise I did was my sports doc prescribed exercises for help strengthen my core/hips/glutes.  I did not make the best choices this week and I did not track my food over the weekend at all since we went out to eat Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.  I’m hoping to get back on track this week and to stick to my meal plan with no eating out and to track all my food! 
*Previous WW recaps can be found HERE.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Let’s Talk About: Looking Ahead {Race Ideas for 2012}

Fall is here!  Well, its been here for a while but the temps have finally really changed and the rain has arrived.  Even though I really don’t like to be cold fall is my favorite time of year.  Its perfect running weather.  Oh, running.  I miss you.  I laid in bed yesterday, watching several hours of TV, while the husband and our running buddy Kat were tackling 22 miles for CIM training {our other running buddy, Rene, is also nursing an injury and missed the run too}.  I haven’t run since the Lake Natoma Four Bridges Half Marathon last Sunday.  I’m still having pain when walking and severe pressure in my lower leg when I put significant weight on it.  I go back to the sports doc again tomorrow. 

However, I’m doing my best to try to remain hopeful that I’ll be back to running sooner rather than later.  And before its too late for the last of my races for 2011 {a 5k in two weeks, a 10k in 2.5 weeks, and the CIM in 4 weeks}.  I don’t want to miss any of these races and I’m 100% okay with walking both the 5k and 10k … but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t be completely devastated if I miss CIM.  It’s been my “A” race goal for the whole year!  But, for now, I don’t want to think of missing it … I’m going to focus on getting better and tackling each day as it comes. 

One thing that is actually helping me remain hopeful is thinking about next year and what races I’d like to run.

Ideally I’d like to remain in half marathon shape long term.  I really enjoy the half marathon distance and the early morning Saturday long runs and our favorite place to run, around Lake Natoma, is about 11 miles long so that makes it easier to keep the mileage up and to remain half marathon ready at any time.  So I keep telling myself that resting now is only going to help me keep my goals for the future and long term. 

Some races I’m considering for  Winter/Spring/Summer 2012:

Frost or Fog Quarter Marathon – 01.14.12 – Chico, CA

We’ll be in the area the weekend of this race for my mom’s birthday so I thought it would be fun to do a new race distance, the “quarter marathon” {6.22 --- just a tad more than a 10k}. 

Shamrock’n Half Marathon – 03.11.12 – Sacramento, CA

This was my first half marathon back in 2010 and I missed it this year due to my severe shin splints that had me sidelined for a few weeks.  I’m looking forward to running it next year!

River City Half Marathon – 03.25.12 – Sacramento, CA

I don’t know what caught my eye about this race other than its local and I have never ran it before so its on my radar for next year but I’m still undecided.

*If I run these two half marathons {Shamrock’n and River City} then I would be eligible for Half Fanatics!

Elk Grove Inaugural Half Marathon – 04.01.12 – Elk Grove, CA

There is not a lot of info available about this race yet as it is still in the early stages of planning but I’ll definitely be there!!!

Big Sur 10.6 Race – 04.29.12 – Big Sur, CA

The husband will be running the Big Sur Marathon so I signed up to do the 10.6 race.  You get bussed out to the 16 mile marker on the marathon course and get to run to the marathon finish.  We’ve got a few friends that also will be running the marathon and some doing the 10.6 also.  The Big Sur full is my goal for 2013 :)

The San Francisco Marathon – 07.29.12 – San Francisco, CA

The husband will be running this with me and I’m so very excited for this race :)

 

I haven’t thought much about fall 2012 yet.  We’ve talked about running CIM again {we LOVE it} and Run to Feed the Hungry {its tradition for us now}.  We will also run all four of the 2012 Elk Grove 5k Fun Run’s put on by The Running Zone {just like we did in 2010 and are doing this year}.  I’d like to also do a destination half marathon in the fall of 2012 but I’m not sure when or where … I think we’ll just have to wait and see how the first half of 2012 unfolds first. 

What races are you looking forward to in 2012?  What does the rest of the fall race season look like for you in 2011?