Week in Review – November 10, 2017

Wooh! All I can say is T.G.I.F.! It’s been quite the stressful and busy week, and I’m ready to relax tonight before our busy weekend starts tomorrow morning.

So, without further adieu, let’s get this recap started!

Workouts

Dopey Challenge Training week #23 will be complete after tomorrow’s maintenance run. 54 days and less than 8 weeks to go. AH! I am so excited!

This past weekend, I did the first of 4 “virtual Dopey runs” to help me to prepare for 4 days of races in January. It went rather well, and I wasn’t too sore after my long run on Sunday!

  • Friday: 2 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Saturday: 7 miles around the neighborhood
  • Sunday: 17 miles around the neighborhood
  • Monday: Rest day!
  • Tuesday: 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Wednesday: 8 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Thursday: 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym

This morning, I did 30 minutes on the exercise bike at home, followed by some leg and arm exercises. I have an 11-mile maintenance run tomorrow. It’s supposed to be a high of 30 degrees here in Central PA, so I think that I might sleep in and do this run on the treadmill at the gym when it opens at 8 a.m. I just started Stranger Things, so I’ll probably watch an episode or two while I’m running 🙂

I’m VERY excited to take Sunday off. All of the painting we did last week/weekend – and the painting we plan to do this weekend – really is wearing me down. I’m ready to relax for sure!

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Experiences

As I said earlier, we painted pretty much our entire house last weekend. We did not paint our bathrooms because they were in pretty good shape, and we did not paint our spare bedroom because we plan to use that as a nursery down the road….not now.

I didn’t take any photos while painting, but I did share some Instagram stories during the process. Once we complete the house (we are doing the rest of the trim and doors this weekend), I’ll be sure to take tons of photos to show it off. We are absolutely in love with the colors and the way that everything turned out!

Books:

I’m still working on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I was able to read for about an hour after work today before Steve got home, which was very relaxing. I’m approaching the half-way mark, and it’s getting so good! I really have been enjoying this series, and I’m excited to keep going!

Food:

Nothing really sticks out for me here. But, we are going to our favorite Italian restaurant for dinner tomorrow with my dad, so I’m sure that will be the best meal of the week for me. I’ll be sure to share Instagram stories tomorrow, so follow me if you’re curious! I’ll also share photos on the blog next week.

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

YES! We are going to try to finish (or nearly finish) painting the rest of the house. We only have to do the doors and the trim around the windows, doors, and in the stairwell.  We are planning to drop the dog off at Steve’s parents’ house tomorrow so that we can get a majority of that done. Let’s hope that we can get it all done this weekend!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

 

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October Goals Recap and November Goals

Hi, friends! I apologize that this post is so late. As you’ll read later, we were very busy last week/weekend, so my blogging schedule was pushed back.

Without further adieu, let’s get into this post!

At the beginning of each month, I like to sit down and reflect on the previous month and make a list of goals to achieve during the new month. October was another great month, and Steve and I got so much done. Read on to see all that we did!

It was another month of fantastic experiences, and my training runs went so well!

Now that it’s the beginning of November, I wanted to recap my progress on my October goals. So…how did I do?

  • Lose two pounds. I crushed this goal! I really took the time to focus on my health and fitness this month, and it really paid off. I lost a total of 2.5, and I’m feeling better than ever. Only 7 more pounds to go until I reach my goal!
  • Continue training for Dopey. And, another one bites the dust! I got through another rigorous month of Dopey Challenge training, and I feel great! I’ve learned how to recover effectively and quickly, and that’s been so helpful.
  • Continue working on my Dopey Challenge costumes. All clothing purchases for my costumes are done. Now, I just have to focus on finalizing the details on two of my costumes (more on that later in the post).
  • Prepare the house for painting. And, as promised, this is the reason I have been absent for a few days! We spent the last part of the month/early November painting the house! All of our rooms are complete, but now we need to do the trim around the house. We plan to finish that in the next two weeks. The fresh paint really makes our house feel like “ours” – if that’s not too weird to say. We are in love with it. Once we finish the trim, I’ll be sure to share photos on the blog.
  • Finish all Harry Potter books before my trip to WDW. I’ve made a lot of progress here. I’m breezing through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (I’m about half way), and I plan to finish it and start Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince before the end of the month.

So, overall, I hit 4/5 goals…I’m pretty proud of myself for what I accomplished last month. In addition to all of items I mentioned above, Steve and I also celebrated our 1-year wedding anniversary last month. This past year flew by so fast! Steve and I are beyond happy, and we can’t wait to see what our future holds.

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Although I was extremely busy, this will be a month I’ll remember for a long time.

Now that November is underway and I’ve evaluated my October goals, I’ve come up with a list of 5 goals that I’d like to achieve before the beginning of December.

My 2017 November goals are:

  1. Lose two more pounds. I’m hoping to be down another 2 pounds by the end of the month. Although I’ll be training a lot this month, I’ll also have four Thanksgiving dinners…yeah…I’m determined to stay focused, so I’m hoping for the best!
  2. Continue training for Dopey. I’m crushing my training so far, and I can’t quit now! Only 2 more months to go until I chase my dream!
  3. Continue working on my Dopey Challenge costumes. I’d like to finish my costumes this month. I only have two main tasks left to do for these: the spots for the Dalmatians costume and the Pizza Planet symbol on my alien costume shirt. I’m still unsure on how I will do these, but I plan to figure it out this month!
  4. Declutter my accessories. I’m pretty good about decluttering my closet after each season, but I’m not as good about doing the same with my accessories (shoes, hats, gloves, scarves, purses, wallets, etc.). I’m hoping to go through all of my accessories this month and donate those that I do not use anymore.
  5. Finish all Harry Potter books before my trip to WDW. Like I said before, I am making headway on this, and I’m determined to finish. With all of my race costumes for my trip, I won’t be able to fit any of the large Harry Potter books into my carry-on. Additionally, the books are getting so good, so I definitely don’t want to stop now!

So, there you have it: my goals for the month of November. I’m looking forward to recapping and reflecting on these goals next month! See you then!

What are your goals for November?

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Week in Review – November 3, 2017

Happy Friday and Happy November!

It’s been an incredibly busy week! This weekend will also be busy, so let’s get this recap started!

Workouts

Only two runs stand between me and the completion of Dopey Challenge Training week #22! Less than nine weeks to go until race weekend. It’s getting so real!

  • Friday: 25 minutes on the exercise bike at home and some leg and arm exercises
  • Saturday: 6.9 miles around the neighborhood and 3.1 miles at a local 5K (read my recap here)
  • Sunday: Rest day!
  • Monday: 30 minutes on the exercise bike at home and some leg and arm exercises
  • Tuesday: 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Wednesday: 7 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Thursday: 30 minutes on the exercise bike at the gym and some leg and arm exercises

This morning, I did 2 miles on the treadmill and the gym. I have 7 miles on the schedule for tomorrow and 17 on Sunday. We have plans to paint most of our house this weekend, so both of these runs will be done at the crack of dawn. I’m definitely not looking forward to waking up early on my days off….

Favorites:

Experiences

I only had one favorite experience this week. On Sunday, my husband and I celebrated our 1-year wedding anniversary. Holy moly….this past year FLEW by! To celebrate, we went to The Melting Pot on Saturday night, and then we got our favorite donuts on Sunday morning to commemorate our special day (we had our favorite donut shop make donuts for our wedding instead of getting a cake or cupcakes). And, everything was AMAZING!

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Books:

I’m currently about 1/4 of the way done with Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I wanted to be a lot further by now, but I forgot to bring it home over the weekend. I’m hoping to continue to read big chunks during my lunch breaks over the next few weeks.

Food:

Again…Steve and I went The Melting Pot, and we had our favorite donuts this past weekend…so both of those meals definitely won. No need for further competition 🙂

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

Well…I wouldn’t exactly call it “exciting”…But, we will be painting most of our house this weekend. I’m excited to finally get this done, but I can’t say that painting is my favorite activity. Luckily, my dad and his wife and Steve’s parents are going to be helping us. So, because our house is so small, we should get most of the painting done on Saturday. We plan to get pizzas for everyone Saturday night, so I guess there is an upside to the activity haha.

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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2017 CC Mini Thon 5K Recap

Happy Halloween, friends!

This past weekend, I completed the Cedar Cliff Mini Thon 5K as part of my 10-mile maintenance run. I was the 4th girl (according to my sister), but the race experience wasn’t what I expected. Follow along to find out why.

On Saturday morning, I woke up early and completed 6.9 miles around my neighborhood. I kept my pace nice and slow (averaging a 9:44 minute/mile pace), and really focused on my breathing. After completing the preliminary miles, I changed out of my clothes (it was very cold and I knew I needed to get into dry clothes!), grabbed a Gu and water, and headed out the door.

The race was only 10 minutes from my house, so the drive did not take long at all.

Once I got to the park where the race would be held, I walked up to the pavilion and picked up my packet. I will say that I was VERY impressed with the race packet! The race was run by my sister’s class, so I wasn’t expecting to get so many goodies! In the goodie bag (which was a nice, sturdy string bag), we got our race shirt, some Four Diamonds stickers, Halloween candy, a nice ballpoint pen, a Four Diamonds lanyard, and two complimentary one-week passes to our local LA Fitness. Not bad for a local race!

After I took my goodies back to my car, I began stretching out my legs and doing what I could to warm my muscles back up. About 15 minutes before race start, I took my Gu and met up with my sister and dad (they came to watch me since they live 5 minutes away).

After a few moments of chatting, I headed to the “start line.” My dad snapped this pic, which made me giggle.

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My dad is too funny!

Then, with some non-descriptive, last-minute course descriptions from the race director, we were off! I started out nice and slow and really focused on settling in to a comfortable pace. This race was not about winning or getting a PR. I really did it to donate to a good cause and break up another training run.

As we exited the park, I realized that I totally forgot to start my watch….oh, Sara….

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I made the 5K Instagram post. Clearly, you can tell that running makes me happy haha. And, no, I was not last. There was just a big gap between my part of the race pack and the next.

I had heard that this race was going to follow the annual Turkey Trot course exactly, so at what I’m guessing was the 1.5-mile mark, we hit the school. Now, I’ve run the Turkey Trot for the last 4 years, so I’m very familiar with the course for that. At first, it seemed like we were following the course, but as soon as we hit the school, about .15-.2 of the course was cut out. This really confused me, and I hesitated when everyone else went a different way…BUT no one was there to direct us otherwise. Usually after the school, we head up and make a loop around the library before heading back to the main road. So, thinking that we’d make up the distance later, I followed the rest of the pack to stay on track.

Well….I was very wrong…..

We never officially made up that distance. We ran a straight shot back to the park, and before I could even comprehend what had happened on the course, I was crossing the finish line.

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And, at that moment, I so wished that I had worn my watch. Just how short was the course? Should I have run more earlier?

I walked through the finisher’s shoot and headed towards my family. My sister informed me that I was the 4th girl to cross, so that sort of brightened up my mood. I felt so guilty…like I had cheated the 5K somehow..even though I followed everyone else.

After I met up with my family, we headed towards the pavilion to get some food and water. The amount and quality of food that they had out was AMAZING! There was fruit, applesauce, hundreds of pastries and donuts, water, and CapriSuns!

As we entered the food line, we overheard some of the race volunteers chatting about how so many people cheated and cut the course. My sister, intrigued by the conversation, went up to chat with the volunteers (since most of them were her classmates). When she came back to our area, she noted that most people cut out the library and just headed back to the park. So…they were talking about literally everyone who ran the race…This frustrated me a little. There wasn’t anyone on the course to direct us to the library, and thinking that there were some changes from the Turkey Trot course, everyone just headed down the main road. But, I put that behind me. I did the best I could, as did everyone else on the course.

Although the race course wasn’t ideal, it was still nice to get out to do another local race. I’ve been doing so many RunDisney races in the last two years that I haven’t really had time for too many local races. While I probably won’t do this race again next year, it was a nice change of pace. And, although the course was cut short by the runners, I’m happy that I was able to get out and add to my maintenance run.

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Do you like to do any local races?

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Week in Review – October 27, 2017

Happy Friday!

This has been such a great week, so let’s get this recap started!

Workouts

After my 10-mile run tomorrow, Dopey Challenge Training week #21 will be complete! This training is just flying by, you guys. It honestly feels like I just started!

  • Friday: 25 minutes on the exercise bike at home
  • Saturday: 6 miles around the neighborhood
  • Sunday: 16 total miles (2.9 miles around the neighborhood and then 13.1 miles at the Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon)
  • Monday: Rest day!
  • Tuesday: 4 miles around the neighborhood
  • Wednesday: 7 miles around the neighborhood
  • Thursday: 4 miles around the neighborhood

This morning, I did 30 easy minutes on the exercise bike at the gym, and I also did some light arm and leg exercises. I have 10 miles on the schedule for tomorrow, but I’m doing a local 5K for my sister’s school as well. So, I plan to run 6.9 miles around the neighborhood before the 5K to make sure that I get my full 10 miles in tomorrow. It’ll be another interesting training run for sure!

Favorites:

Experiences

My absolute favorite running experience has to be PRing at the Blue-Gray Half Marathon on Sunday! I definitely was not expecting this PR, and I’m so happy my training is working and that my body is getting stronger and faster! Be sure to read my race recap here.

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Another favorite experience for the week was attending Farmers Fair in Dillsburg. Before Steve and I went to pick up my packet in Gettysburg on Saturday, we stopped at the Farmers Fair festival in Dillsburg. It was our first time at the festival, and we were sure to try all of the food! My friend, Alexa, who goes to school in Florida, and her mom have a booth every year, so I’m so happy that I was able to see her while she was home!

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And, finally, we got to see plenty of Miss Milly this weekend 🙂

 

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Books:

I made some more headway on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Steve is going golfing tomorrow, so I think I’m going to try and read a big chunk while he is gone. Even though Order of the Phoenix is probably my least favorite movie in the series, I’m really enjoying the book so far!

Food:

Steve and I went to our favorite restaurant after my half marathon, and we had ALL OF THE FOOD AND PUMPKIN MARTINIS! I didn’t take any photos, but believe me, it was SO GOOD!

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

YES! Steve and I will be celebrating our 1-year wedding anniversary on Sunday. I can’t believe that it’s already been a year – where has the time gone?! We have plans to go to The Melting Pot on Saturday night, and then we plan to get donuts Sunday morning. We had donuts as the dessert at our wedding, so this is very fitting. I’m so excited!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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2017 Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon Recap

Happy Thursday!

I’m excited to finally recap the 2017 Gettysburg Blue-Gray Half Marathon!

The day started off slightly different than other race mornings. The entire reason that I registered for this race was to break up one of my longer training runs. I was scheduled to run 16 miles on race day, following a 6-mile training run on Saturday.

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. and did a relaxed 2.9 miles around the neighborhood. It was pitch black, but the weather was beautiful!

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I was shooting for 10:00/mile pace (or higher), so I remember being slightly nervous that I ran a 9:47 pace.

After my run, I ate my Uncrustable sandwich, changed into my race outfit, and then we headed to Gettysburg. The drive to Gettysburg takes approx. 45 minutes, so I was trying to keep my legs loose in the car with my stick roller and stretchy strap.

We pulled into the parking lot of the starting line at 8:00 a.m., which was roughly 1 hour from the start of the race. I immediately started stretching and tried to keep my nerves at bay. For some reason, I get EXTREMELY nervous before every race – even though I’ve done so many!

After I spent some time stretching and doing some last-minute hydrating, Steve and I headed up to the Gettysburg Gateway Theater to use the real bathrooms. All of my fellow runners out there will appreciate how amazing it is to have real bathrooms at the starting line!

After using the restroom, Steve and I headed to the starting line area. There was some music playing and A LOT of crowding.

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With about 5 minutes to start time, Steve and I said our good-byes, and then I made my way to the middle of the crowd of runners. I don’t consider myself a fast runner, but I do consider myself to be in the middle of the pack. By starting in the middle, I don’t have to worry about passing too many runners…usually.

After the National Anthem and some last-minute announcements, it was time to start the race! The wheelchair athletes were first, and then it was our turn!

I took some deep breaths, and then we were off! It was truly a mad dash at the start line. There were so many fast runners that started too far back in the pack. I felt like I was being passed by everyone!

For every race, I like to skip my intervals for the first 2.5-3 miles. I find that helps me to avoid being trampled while walking so early (when everyone else is sprinting). So, I started off nice and easy and settled into my pace for the first few miles.

The first mile took us on a long pathway to get out of the massive parking lot for the theater. This part reminded me a lot of a Disney race…lots of pavement and parking lot.

Then, we headed directly for the battlefield. I wasn’t able to read too many of the signs on the way through this area, but I believe a lot of the Virginia troops were stationed at this part of the battlefield. It was so cool to see the cannons and beautiful rolling hills!

I felt great through Mile 3, so I decided to keep running through my intervals. My pace was averaging around 8:35/mile, so I was excited that I was doing so well!

After two miles of battlefield, we made our way back to some paved back roads in Gettysburg, where we remained for the next 6-7 miles. This was an out-and-back course (with only a slight difference in the course on the way back), so we did see a lot of the same scenery.

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This was around the 5-mile mark (also the 10-mile marker) – right before I took my first Gu.

And…this is where it started to get tough…

All of the sudden at mile 5, my legs started to feel like jello. I could feel them getting tighter. I decided to add some of my walking intervals back in. I ran 9 minutes and walked 1 (as opposed to my 4 minutes of running and 1 minute of walking). This helped a lot, but I knew if I walked anymore than that, I would not be able to finish. My legs were just tightening up that fast.

At this point, I just wanted to be done. But, even though my legs were so tight, my breathing and stride were great, and I was somehow managing to average an 8:34/mile pace…..WHAT?!

At mile 10, I took my second Gu. While I took a short break, I realized that if I kept up my pace for the next 5K, I would PR. I had a brief internal argument with myself…do I really want to risk messing up my training this week (or more) for a PR? I knew that this was crazy, but my competitive side got the best of me, and I kicked it into gear. The miles were flying by, and my pace was looking great!

At mile 12, the course really opened up. At this point, I knew I had my PR. Although my legs were more sore than ever, I couldn’t stop smiling! At the same time, I found myself stride-for-stride with another gentleman who was smiling and singing his way to the finish line. He asked how my race had been so far, and I let him know that I was extremely tired, but I was going to PR. He told me to stop talking to him, and go for it! So, I did just that. I kicked it into high gear and sprinted to the finish.

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If you can’t tell, I’m almost in tears in this photo.

My official time was 1:52:23. I finished 94/483 overall, 31/280 in my gender, and 3/20 in my age division! I DID IT! I PRed by over 2 minutes! I honestly never thought that I would break my previous PR, let alone do it during Dopey Training!

After I crossed the finish line, I found Steve and immediately headed for water and a banana. I was so hungry and knew that the potassium would help my sore muscles!

I cooled down and watched some of my fellow runners finish. As I was stretching, the race director made an announcement that official times could be reviewed at the tent. So, I made my way over to the tent and gave the race director my bib number. As he handed me my print-out, he noted that I had won a prize and that I needed to stick around for the awards ceremony. WHAT?! I won a prize?!

About 20 minutes after I finished, the awards ceremony started. First, the overall winners were announced and given their prizes. Then, the director went through each age division and gave out pies to the top 3 finishers in each division. I came in 3rd in the 19-24 division, so I received my own apple pie!

Then, the annual North vs. South competition was scored and announced. Each year, runners have the opportunity to run for the North or the South. The race directors then average the times of the top female and male finishers on each side. The side with the lower time wins a prize. And, our side (North) won, so I also received a free race glass!

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Overall, this was one of the hardest half marathons I’ve ever done. But, it was so worth it! I’m so incredibly proud of my PR and for finishing 16 Dopey miles that day.

Now, it’s time to buckle down and really focus on Dopey – there’s only 69 days left until Marathon Weekend!

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Dopey Challenge Training Update #2

Hi, all!

I just completed week #20 of Dopey Challenge training! Can you believe it? Only 10 to go!

 

Now that I’m 2/3 of the way done, I thought that I’d do another recap of my experience from weeks #10-20 and share highlights and some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way.

To be honest, all of my runs have felt amazing! I don’t want to jinx it, but my pace, breathing, and stride have all been exactly where I’ve wanted them to be. Yes, I’ve had some bad runs, but I just pushed myself to finish.

Five Lessons:

  • Body Glide is EVERYTHING. Yes, this was on my list of lessons last time, but I’ve learned to use this wonderful tool in a new way. With the increase in mileage (and all of the back-to-back runs), my feet have started to fight back. I got my first blister on the bottom of my foot two weeks ago, and it was NOT fun. But, after that healed, I started to put Body Glide on the bottom of my feet, and I haven’t had any issues since!
  • More protein is necessary. While I loved smoothies as my recovery drink for the 15 weeks of training, I’ve recently learned that smoothies just don’t do it for me anymore. They leave me hungry after my training runs – I NEED MORE PROTEIN! Lately, I’ve been enjoying egg white muffins for breakfast, and these have been perfect! These muffins keep me full, while still providing the right nutrients to help me to recover.

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  • Stretching needs to be a bigger part of my routine. In addition to hunger and sore feet, my legs are starting to get pretty tight in between training runs. I’ve really needed to double my stretching time throughout the day to keep myself loose and ready to run.
  • I need to run outside while I can. While the majority of my training has been in record heat here in Pennsylvania, I’ve been trying to run outside as much as possible so that I can keep my body on the “Florida heat mentality.” I know that this heat won’t last all the way to race weekend, but I’ll keep running outside as long as I can!
  • Podcasts are my best friend. Although I love my RunDisney playlist, sometimes I just need a little extra motivation to keep me going during my long training runs. I recently found Joyful Miles and Heather Jergensen on YouTube. Both of these channels provide a plethora of RunDisney tips, race recaps, and general health and fitness tips as well. Additionally, the personalities of Heather and the Joyful Miles gang are WONDERFUL! They are so positive and motivating – you should really check them out!

Major Highlights:

  • My pace, strides, and breathing have been fantastic.
  • I PRed in the middle of training! My half marathon PR was shattered last Sunday during my ninth half marathon (which was the second part of a 16-mile training run).

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  • I’ve managed to stay on track with my plan – even with our hectic fall travel schedule!

In total, my Dopey Challenge training will last 31 weeks, including race weekend. So, only 10 left until it’s Dopey time! I’m motivated to keep going, and I can’t wait for the challenges that lie ahead.

Who will I be seeing at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend?

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Week in Review – October 20, 2017

Happy Friday!

This week has been SO MUCH BETTER than last week. I have been in a fantastic mood, and my health and fitness have been on point! I’m loving it!

With that being said, let’s get this recap started!!

Workouts

Two more runs and Dopey Challenge training week #20 is in the books! Holy moly. I cannot believe that I’m over 2/3 of the way done with my training. I’ll be posting my second Dopey Challenge training update next week, so be on the lookout for that to see how weeks #10-20 went!

  • Friday: 25 minutes on the elliptical on the gym and some leg exercises
  • Saturday: 9 miles around the neighborhood
  • Sunday: Rest day, but I did take an hour-long hike with my dad!
  • Monday: 25 minutes on the exercise bike at the gym and some leg exercises
  • Tuesday: 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Wednesday: 7 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Thursday: 4 miles on the treadmill at the gym

This morning, I did 25 VERY EASY minutes on the exercise bike at home, and I also did some light arm exercises. I really just wanted to get my legs moving (without running or pushing myself too hard). I have 6 miles tomorrow, and then I will be completing a total of 16 miles on Sunday. I’ll run 2.9 around my neighborhood and then head to Gettysburg for the Blue-Gray Half Marathon (13.1+2.9=16!). I definitely plan to take this race nice and easy, so I’m excited to focus on the beautiful scenery.

Favorites:

Experiences

Just one favorite experience this week. On Saturday, I sent my baby sister off to her senior homecoming. You guys, where did the time go?! I remember the day she was born like it was yesterday!

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Didn’t she look stunning?!

Books:

I made some headway on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I’m about 100 pages in, and I’m excited to keep going. I don’t know why, but I always gravitate toward the Harry Potter movies this time of year, perhaps it’s the witches and wizards…or the fact that most of the movies have Christmas scenes in them? Yes, Christmas is coming…Either way, I’m into it! Now if I could just find a Butterbeer recipe that would work with my nutrition plan…….

Food:

If you saw my post earlier this week, then you know that I spent a majority of my free time on Sunday meal prepping for the week. Click here to see what I made! Hint: IT ALL WAS DELICIOUS!

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Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

As I mentioned last week, two of my best friends who live across the country are in town! I’m excited to spend some time with both of them this weekend! I even took off on Monday to spend the day with one of them.

In addition to spending time with my friends and running my half marathon, Steve and I plan to visit a local fall festival on Saturday. We’ve never been, but we’ve heard that the food is to die for! Good thing I’ll be carb loading 🙂

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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Meal Prep With Me – Fall 2017 Edition!

Hi, guys!

While Steve was in Pittsburgh this weekend, I took the time to do some things I haven’t had the chance to do in SO long….I deep cleaned the entire house and meal prepped for the week! WHAT?! I meal prepped for the entire week?!?! Yes, that’s right…I made almost every single meal for the week on Sunday. I’ve loved being able to come home and just take a few minutes to heat up dinner. And, because I did everything on Sunday, I was able to make some interesting meals that we wouldn’t usually have on a week night.

So, follow along if you’d like to see what I made!

Breakfast:

I’ve been seeing egg muffins all over social media. Basically, people take a muffin tin, fill it with any ingredients they like, and then add scrambled eggs and bake them. Then, they have an easy and healthy on-the-go breakfast!

I wanted to give these muffins a try (to see what all of the fuss was about) with some of my favorite ingredients.

I used:

  • Cooked turkey bacon
  • Sauteed Spinach
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Sauteed mushrooms
  • Egg Whites

I added the bacon, spinach, cheddar cheese, and mushrooms to a greased muffin tin, and then I filled each muffin tin up with the egg whites. I baked these at 400 degrees until the eggs were fully cooked. These muffins were super easy to make, and they turned out SO GOOD!

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Lunch:

I’ve been really wanting to add some more protein to my lunches at work because I find myself looking for multiple snacks directly after I’m done eating. So, I decided to make 3 baked chicken breasts to add on top of my typical lunch salads. I didn’t take any pictures of these because it was honestly just baked chicken…no seasonings or anything. In addition to the salad, I bought a few pumpkin pie greek yogurt containers to have on the side. This has REALLY been working to keep me full all afternoon!

Dinner:

For dinner, I made the following meals:

  • Buffalo Chickpea Chili – I absolutely love this recipe! We’ve made it before and find that it usually lasts us two nights. We like to add ground chicken.

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  • Baked Chicken and Sauteed Fish with Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Muffins. This was actually two meals. I doubled Katie’s broccoli cheddar quinoa muffin recipe, which left us with 12 full muffins. We each had three for dinner both nights. One meal was with the chicken and the other was with the fish. These little quinoa muffins are absolutely fantastic! If you’re looking for a fun way to spice up your plain quinoa, definitely give this recipe a try!

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  • Spinach Omelettes with Turkey Bacon. I actually didn’t meal prep everything for this meal since we aren’t having it until Friday. I did pre-cook the bacon, but I wanted the omelettes to be fresh on Friday night, so I did not make those. We plan to use spinach and cheese in them.

Snacks:

This is really where my nutrition has gone down hill in the last few months. I’ve been eating WAY too many snacks. By adding more protein this week, I was successfully able to cut back my snacks to just two a day. For my morning snack, I have been enjoying a cup of green grapes, and for my afternoon snack, I’ve been loving apples with pumpkin cookie dough dip. THIS RECIPE IS EVERYTHING! It’s not too sweet, and it’s rather healthy….for a cookie dough dip, of course :).

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HOW GOOD DOES THAT LOOK?!

So, there you have it. All of these meals took a combined total of 3 hours to make on Sunday. Not so bad! Additionally, by planning out my meals and adding more protein, I’ve managed to already lose two pounds from last week! I’m definitely going to keep up with the protein intake, and I really want to try to continue to meal prep when I can. It just makes things so much easier!

Do you meal prep? If so, please share your recipes – I’d love to add to my collection!

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Week in Review – October 13, 2017

You guys…I can’t even begin to explain how happy I am that it’s Friday. I know that it was a short week, but our trip last weekend really through me off – for nutrition, sleep, and productivity.

I’m getting ready to go to dinner, so let’s get this recap started!!

Workouts

Tomorrow’s 9-mile maintenance run stands between me and the conclusion of Dopey Challenge training week #19. I can’t believe that next week is #20!

  • Friday: 15 miles around the neighborhood
  • Saturday: Rest day!
  • Sunday: Rest day!
  • Monday: 40 minutes on the exercise bike at home (we finally got this back from Steve’s parents!) and some arm and leg exercises
  • Tuesday: 3 miles around the neighborhood
  • Wednesday: 6 miles on the treadmill at the gym
  • Thursday: 3 miles on the treadmill at the gym

This morning, I did 25 minutes on the elliptical and some leg exercises. I’m definitely starting to feel the higher mileage in my legs now…which means more stretching and foam rolling for this girl!

Favorites:

Experiences

As I mentioned last week, Steve and I went to Erie to visit his cousin at college last weekend. The drive was LONNNNNG, but we had a blast! We visited the zoo, the mall, local wineries and breweries, and some fun restaurants along the lake. See my photos below!

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YES, that is a kangaroo petting exhibit…I WAS IN HEAVEN!

My other favorite experience for the week was my long run. I felt great the entire run, even though it was SO HUMID!

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Not sure why Thad feels the need to make such weird faces in my photos…

Books:

Again…I was busy at both work and home, so no reading this week. I need to get my butt in gear though if I plan to finish the Harry Potter series before my trip!

Food:

Nothing really stands out for me. I’m guessing our dinner tonight will be the highlight of the week – we are going to Home 231, which is supposed to be PHENOMENAL – so I’ll keep you all posted next week!

Anything Exciting Happening Next Week?

YES! Two of my best friends who live several states away are coming home! I CANNOT WAIT! My blog posts may be sporadic or late next week since I’ll want to visit with my friends when I’m not working. I’ll definitely fill you all in after they leave though!

What are you most excited for this weekend?

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