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Long time no see…

I cannot believe it has been over 4 months since I posted anything…I guess that goes to show how boggled I have been!  Lots has been going on and lots is still piling up on my plate.  This is just to post a basic update, and some news for things to come!

Things that have been going on: I did a Tough Mudder with my husband and 4 of his USAF co-workers

IMG_4886 IMG_4889 IMG_4909 IMG_4910 IMG_4911I started classes (FINALLY) and enjoyed my first on-line class and the ‘A’ I received when completed!!! I turned 34 years old and chose to run 13.1 miles, at 6am with my husband, the morning of my birthday! It was muggy as hell and quite humid, but there was a rainbow to brighten the morning!IMG_4984 IMG_4986I organized a group of about 30 gals to take part in the Baumholder’s Shock and Rock Race- An obstacle mud run!  It was a great time and I am happy to say it gave a lot of these ladies the taste for mud and the WANT for more!!IMG_5042 IMG_5051 IMG_5040 IMG_5057I started a group for the upcoming Susan G. Komen race for the cure in Frankfurt, and hope to get at least 30 girls or members to run this event!!!

I am signed up for the Saarbrucken Half Marathon in September and am looking forward to all of the pretty sights I should be seeing on the course!!!!

I signed up for the StrongmanRun in Luxembourg, and am now gathering others to make a team and enjoy the world’s “Largest Obstacle Race”!!!

I am pre-registered for the Spartan Beast that should be taking place in Stuggart next spring…I am praying they go through with it and hold this event, because I really want to do it!!!

Last, but not least, I am registering for the GoRuck Light which will also be in Stuggart next year.  This will be my April race and I believe it will be a great challenge since my biggest obstacle is always my mind and self-doubt…this should crush that!!!

So, my update is all about racing…but that is what keeps me sane these days when I am taking classes, moving to a new house and trying to prep for a much better school year for James!  Whatever keeps us going and keeps us from losing our minds is what matters most.  Of course, some of the best little things that keep taking place are the funny moments with my kids when no one is around to believe the things they say and do, and of course just watching them become miniature versions of myself and my husband!!



30 Calorie Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

I wanted to get a recipe for chocolate chip cookies that I could eat without all of the guilt (or sugar)!  I went searching for easy recipes and then picked one to modify!  I wasn’t sure how these would work out, but the Hub and Gavin approved, so that means they must have been half decent!!

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup splenda
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar splenda
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/8 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


I mixed all of the wet ingredients together first and made sure they were all well blended.  Then I added in the dry ingredients before folding in the chocolate chips.  I may or may not have taste tested the batter since that is always my favorite part!!

I measured them out by the teaspoonful and baked them at 375F for 8 minutes.   They came out nice, soft and easy to eat by the plateful!!

I will double the recipe next time, since I know they will be gobbled up!  I will often half a recipe when I am trying it for the first time, since I am not sure if anyone will eat it and I don’t want to waste food.  These tasted great with our Blue Bell No Sugar Added Chocolate Ice cream!  I served it up for dessert this week and everyone was more than pleased!!! 


Give them a try, let me know what you think….

Meeting Goals…

I have been trying hard to meet the goals I set for myself this week.  Not that they were too hefty, but the food tracking one is always the hardest to meet.  Mostly because of my ability to eat everything around me when I have PMS (which of course, was this week).  There is only one goal that will not be met and you will hear why….


I changed up my running goals for this week.  Instead of two 3.5 mile runs and a 5 mile long run, I planned for a 2 mile (speedy run), a 4 mile (average pace) and then a 6 mile long run.  I did the 2 miles on Tuesday with Eric and was able to keep a 9:10/mile pace….that is very fast for me.  I was shocked and very happy that I was able to run that without feeling like I was going to die!  Then, I did a hilly 4 mile run with Eric on Thursday.  This was a little more tough for me.  My knee was hurting a bit and I was finding the frequent, short, steep hills a little tough.  HOWEVER, I will keep this as my 4 mile route, because I know the hills are good for me and my endurance!!  I finished this run with a 10:34/mi pace.



I was pretty happy by the end of the run when I saw my pace was not as slow as I was thinking it would be.  It is funny that 10:34/mi is slowish to me now, since that is actually faster than my ordinary pace as of a few weeks ago.  I am hoping to run my 6 miles at no slower than a 10:15/mi pace.  My overall goal is to be able to run my half marathon at a 10:30/mi pace…that would give great meaning to the term ‘Run Happy”


The one goal I know I won’t be meeting is my cardio day at the gym.  I did Pilates (instead of Yoga Meltdown) on Monday, running on Tuesday, The Shred and Tabata on Wednesday, and then Running Thursday.  Friday was my rest day/ family day and today (Saturday) was when I was planning on going to the gym.  Since Wednesday my knee has been feeling pretty rough.  It has been achy and tight when I try to bend it.  It wasn’t hurting while I was running, but at all other times, it was in rough shape.  I decided to take rest from cardio and do stretching today instead so I can be sure to be in ship shape for my run tomorrow. Other goals were to do a massage swap day with the Hub (he didn’t want one, but I did) which I got when my leg was hurting Thursday evening.  I think that with the heat pack, helped a lot!  Even though he was having issues with his neck and legs, he ran and massaged like a trooper!


I also planned an art day with my boys.  I wanted to have some fun with them while not worrying about making a mess or keeping it controlled!  We did that by decorating Easter Eggs and paining Easter pictures today.  It was a free for all and I just tried to enjoy them being silly and having fun with their imaginations!  I attempted to get them involved in the Easter cookie decorating, but they both were truthful by basically telling me they didn’t want to decorate the cookies, they only wanted to eat the sprinkles…can’t say that I blame them!!




So for now, I will sit on my arse, heat my knee, watch Shrek 2 with my boys and then plot the ways in which I will hide these Easter eggs!! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!!  Here’s hoping the sun is shining for the day (and for my run)!!

Goals for March 25-31, Plus a Tabata Set!

So, I need to seriously up the accountability I have going on. I have caught myself giving in to stress cravings and stressing a little too often lately. Setting some goals and going to make sure I keep notes as I check them off!!

I have to feel good in my body again and get away from the picking and prodding at every little thing. Looking back at my past posts help me remember what I need to be doing!! Ah, so nice to look back so easily thanks to my blog!! So, without further ado, here are the weekly goals!


1. Alter half marathon training plan: Tuesday is a short run (2 fast miles), Thursday is a medium run (4 miles) and Sunday is a long run (6 miles). I’m trying to work on speed with endurance so I’ll see how this goes!

2. Cardio/Strength/Yoga/Tabata: Do one gym cardio session, one shred with yoga meltdown, and one Tabata day with a form of easy cardio.

3. Keep a food journal EVERYDAY: No matter what, keep track. Just do it. Seriously, keep track of everything.

4. Have a ‘boys choice’ art day: Bring out tons of options, lay out a plastic table cloth and just enjoy!!! Don’t worry about a mess, just have fun with them!!!

5. Appt. Goals: Make a doctors appt, a dentist appt, and swap sport massages with the hubby! Our legs are sore and helping each other is a must! He’s up to 15 miles on his long runs, so he will need a deep tissue knuckle rub!

Those are the goals! I PROMISE to post next Sunday with the results and a new set of goals!! Now, onto Tabata!


So, one of the best ways to learn about Tabata workouts is to visit tabatatraining.org. You will get a description, videos, reasons why these are amazing workouts, and proof of what they can do for your health!!! I have incorporated them into my workout routine and have noticed a difference in my speed and my endurance!! 4 minutes of sweat and hard work is harder than you think…I do 4-5 different rounds and am usually DONE by the end. (Done- as in, holy shit, I can’t move).


Here is one example from runninglovingliving

I did a strength training Tabata on Friday for some endurance/resistance work. I use my exercise bands, pull up bar and dumbbells. It was pretty tough and by the time my plank set was done, my arms were jello!!! Here is my set- each round the exercises were repeated for a total of two times each.  I’ll be doing this same one for my goal Tabata of the week!


So now, I have set some goals.  I have talked about Tabata like I promised, and I hope I will get others trying it out and seeing it’s benefits!  There are millions of variations, just make sure you are using a timer (I use Tabata Timer- a free app) and exerting yourself for those 20 seconds of hard work.  It’s pointless if you use those 20 seconds to just march in place or do hip circles.  Do your exercise and really go all out- not to the point of hurting yourself, but enough that you are seriously exerted by the time that 20 seconds is up!!!  It is a great feeling when you are finished, and you really do feel stronger!!! 

Tell me your goals, tell me your Tabata sets!!

Amsterdam Half Marathon Recap….

This is a little lot over due, but here is the recap of my first half marathon.  Those who know, or have read my lack of posts over the past year, know I have been training for a half marathon.  Many injuries, a surgery and more injuries later, it finally happened!!!


We ran the Amsterdam Half Marathon together, on a chilly 21st of October.  We drove up the day before in order to get our bibs and goodie bags, and then stuffed ourselves with yummy carbs!  I was in love with my veggie lasagna…and all of the cheese!!


The hotel room was amazing…so cool (although, tiny)!  You could change the light theme, and make it blue, purple, red, etc in the room!  After a somewhat restful sleep, we hung out eating bagels and then got ready to go!  I was sure to represent my running group by wearing my custom shirt!


After packing up, we wandered over to the stadium.  It was cold.  Like, really cold.  The kind of cold that made us sit in our car to warm up on more than one occasion!


The race started off great!  I was feeling good, and loved the energy!  I quickly discarded the headband, because I was heating up!!  Then the jacket came off, which Eric carried in his hoodie pocket the rest of the race!


I had no idea why I was heating up so quickly….until I hit mile 3.  I slowed down to take some sport drink a chug of water and a piece of banana from the water stop…then I had to use the porta-potty…that shit is nasty…not that you would assume otherwise.  From that moment on, I was in full stomach flu mode…no further detail is needed, I am sure!  I started running right away (after my potty break) and was hurting badly.  I felt hot sweats (not from the running), nausea, tightness in my stomach and severe cramping.  I kept running…


I had some fuel around mile 5 and then that was ready to leave my system just as quickly as it entered!  I was shaking and just focusing on getting to the next water stop (AKA: Porta-Potty).  That was when I came to the cruel realization that there was no toilet paper…none.  Being the fast thinker and problem solver that I am, I decided water sponges were versatile…hence, the reason I hung onto one after each water stop!


Don’t be fooled…I saw these cameras coming and put on a smile….if you take note you will see my belly swelling more and more as the pictures go on!!! This was at mile 9 when I thought another potty was around the corner.  It wasn’t.  I ran a bit farther, and Eric saw one on the other side of the road blocks.  I racked my shin on the gate in order to get to the potty, only to find it locked.  That was when I cried.  Yup, I cried because I needed to go to the bathroom so badly and that stupid porta potty gave me false hope.  At this point, a panic attack ensued and then the road man came over with a map to check on me and kindly pointed out that I only needed to go another mile to get to a potty.  Only. Another. Mile….that is a long time for someone in the condition that I was in.  Nevertheless, I squeezed my ass tighter and kept going.  Poor Eric was probably just worried about being behind me, so he kindly lead the way instead.


I would never normally show this picture, but I think it captured the moment perfectly.  This was right before that long awaited porta-potty.  I didn’t know whether to cry (which is what I was pretty much doing), or to just pull a ‘Bridesmaids” and crouch down in the street…don’t worry, I would never have done that.  After that stop, I was pretty much a dehydrated mess.  I was shaking, couldn’t down fuel or water and was just wanting to finish.  When we came up to the arena, I was so grateful to have pushed through all the crap (literally and figuratively) that held me back this past year from reaching my half marathon goal!  I grabbed for Eric and ran through that finish line, more proud than I could ever imagine!


After re-telling the story to my sister (who appreciates all of my gut issues and the laughs they give her) she made sure to remind me of two things.  One, that I finished like this:


Two: that I didn’t finish like this!


Ain’t that the truth!!!!  So, first half marathon DONE AND DONE!!  Next up, Tough Mudder in May, and hopefully the Dublin Rock ‘N’ Roll Half marathon in August!  I am sure I will sneak in some races before these ones, but these are the big ones!!!

So……ever shit your way through a race? 

Weekly Goals and a change of plans…

It is time to set some weekly goals and post them to my fridge!  This is always a great way for me to stay accountable and feel accomplished!  It is always good to set goals you know you can complete, and throw in some challenges as well!  Since I am trying to do one thing a day that scares me, I will throw in a few ‘scary for me’ goals!

1.  Do yoga twice this week, once outside in the early morning or late evening

2. Make an appointment to see my doctor or podiatrist to check out my ankle.  NO RUNNING until I get the final word that it is okay (which it should be)

3.  Run 5 easy miles on Sunday (if given approval from doctor).  Run early to avoid the heat which leaves me running slow and feeling weak/dizzy (I should not complain about this….)

4.  Go to gym (parent room) twice for minimum 30 minutes of hard HIIT training on elliptical and bike. This gives me anxiety because Gavin usually freaks out, but I am going to try to keep it positive and hope he follows suit!

5.  Sit down at table for my 3 meals a day (this is a challenge…I am always putting my needs last, so I am always doing chores or errands and then shoving down my meals while running around).

6.  Make healthy snack staples: tofu pudding, granola, date balls, pumpkin protein bars

7. Hang pictures that have been sitting forever.  Organize book shelf by my desk.  Organize night side table in my room.

8. This is the scary thing for me…do not weigh myself this whole week.  Not once.  This is like an obsession with me, so to avoid that scale is just asking for an anxiety attack.  I am going to teach myself that I don’t need to be weighed 5 times a day.  This may seem silly or insignificant to others, but this is huge for me!!!

So there we have it.  My goals for the week. Of course, there are the normal ‘getting back to school’ things that need to get done for James, but I am going to be organized without being obsessive!  My kids are watching me closely and I know they are picking up on my attempts to chill out.  It is rewarding to see them calm down a bit and have fun without worrying I am going to worry…what a horrible cycle we are finally breaking together!  It is a proud moment and I won’t look down on it.  Here’s a pat on the back for all three of us!

What are your weekly goals?

Just keep swimming…(or, running) and set those goals!

The goal for Sunday was to complete a 5 mile run…the last day of week 4 for my Half Marathon Training plan.  I had a very bad sleep, I was feeling physically and mentally drained, and at 1:50am I decided I was going to skip the run until later in the day…if at all.

I woke up again at 6am, laid in bed thinking about my goals and the fact that meeting my running goal would make me feel better, then jumped out of bed and into my running gear.  Had a whole wheat sandwich thin with PB & J, watched a tutorial for taping my arches and ankles, then taped said arches and ankles, and waited.  At the last minute a Nordic Trail was decided on as the route of the day….this was a HILLY run…let me tell you, my quads were screaming.  The biggest hill was very intimidating.  I was determined to channel my stresses and fears into that hill.  I ran half way… shook my legs out, took a swig of water, and then ran the rest of the way up.  I was very proud since my partner in crime, busted her ass to make it up the hill as well!  By the time we made it back to her house, we were: hot, sweaty, tired and proud of how we pushed ourselves!

Post run glow!

I came home feeling good and feeling positive.  After some issues, those feelings were gone.  Too much time is spent on those feelings getting wiped out.  I decided it was a good time to look into some positive goal setting and day dreaming!  This is one thing I love about Lululemon…they are not just a ‘clothing store’, they really promote happiness, living your dreams, and attaining your goals through positive thought/action.

I am going to work on my goal spreadsheet, to help get myself into a mindset of things I am excited to achieve!  I get giddy and excited daydreaming about things I want to bring into fruition, and goals I want to cheer for as I complete them!  I have some in mind for 1 year and 5 year goals.  The 10 year goals are a little bit harder for me!  I actually just opened a sealed envelope from August 2007, which was my 5 year goal sheet…things were pretty different from what I planned, but there are some great things achieved that I hadn’t even thought of!  You may never know where your path will lead, but it is nice to have dreams for yourself!!

For now, I am excited to study, upgrade my yoga certification, train for my half marathon (a huge goal that is a long time coming), and enjoy the ride!

What are your 1, 5, and 10 year goals?