Showing posts from September, 2013

On The Move

We're moving. We officially live in a new town... TOMORROW. I'm bummed that this is our last night in the cute little house but am excited for a new chapter in life to begin. Internet won't be happening until October 1st, so this will be my last post for a short while. After that, I will have to share pictures of the new place we're calling home ! On that note, here are some random pictures and a running recap: Breakfast food with an attitude! A marathoning mom's best friend - the jogger + weather shield. And the baby of course :) Running Recap M - Naptime Circuit Training Workout 5 . T - 5 mile run with jogging stroller; 4 miles at marathon pace. W - 7 mile normal run with jogging stroller. H - 30-Day Shred L1 and major house moving! F - 7-miler scheduled. Sat or Sun - The final 20-miler scheduled before race day! Total Mileage - TBD.

Homemade Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

I made this dessert for Leo last week; it was a hit and very easy to make! For future batches I would like to switch the recipe up by using peanut butter cookies or, who knows, maybe a different ice cream flavor. Sure, this is a dessert and not exactly "health food", but it is much more budget-friendly to make desserts at home, rather than ordering at a restaurant, and healthier in the aspect that you know what's in your dessert! Homemade cookie ice cream sandwiches have become one of my favorite treats. I may have to make these for one of Eli's birthdays in the future! Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches 1/2 cup butter 1/2 cup white sugar 1/2 cup brown sugar OR sub 1/2 a banana instead, if there's no brown sugar in the house! :) 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 Tablespoons water 1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chocolate chips Optional: 2 Tablespoons peanut butter, if you want to get a little crazy! Vanilla ice cream

One Month to Blue Ox - Training Update

There's only one month left 'til the Blue Ox Marathon! This weekend's long run is a 16-miler, followed by 20 again next weekend, and then begins the taper. Ah, yes, I'm looking forward to the taper... Back in the "college days" Old Stompin' Grounds I may not have mentioned this in earlier posts, but one of reasons I'm excited to run this marathon is that it's in my old college town! I've been out of college for almost 4 years now and, way back then , I played college tennis and thought running 3 miles was long enough. Sprinting and drills were my forms of exercise; things sure do change in 4 years! Another plus is that they have a Caribou Coffee AND Erbert's and Gerbert's in town. The perfect post-race lunch: a sandwich, soup, and a latte. YUM! What is your favorite post-race or post-exercise treat? Goal Time As far as a goal time, I'm not sure what to expect! Training postpartum hasn't been bad; my body actual

Living to the Hilt

Life's busy-ness can easily get out of hand, if we let it. To God, we must look like a bunch of ants scurrying around during the day always in a hurry to be somewhere. There are endless activities to do, pressure to "get involved", and an ever-growing "to-do" list. You're supposed to go, go, go! If you're in a hurry, that means you're important in this world. Taking a reading break outside with Eli (and his pen). I've found that as a new stay-at-home mom, I need to work at taking a break to just chill for a time during the day. At my corporate job, I had two breaks and a 30-minute lunch each day. Now that I'm a full-time mom and homemaker, I've forgotten the importance of taking those breaks! Working and being productive is good, but too much of a good thing can turn bad. It's important to take time to hang out with family and friends and sometimes to just enjoy a quiet moment to yourself because who knows if there will be a to

Homemade White Cake Cupcakes + Buttercream Frosting

I will be the first to admit that I am "domestically challenged" but I am very thankful for very talented friends who are patient and willing to train me in! Learning to cook and bake, meal plan, sew, and cloth diaper are all new skills I've been working on... definitely work in progress, but I enjoy learning! One of my girlfriends came over last week and helped me to bake that beaut in the picture below - a homemade white cake cupcake with homemade buttercream frosting. Leo LOVES white cake, so this was a surprise for him (that I got to enjoy, too)! White Cake Cupcake 1 cup white sugar 1/2 cup butter 2 eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 1/2 cups flour 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 cup milk Preheat oven to 350°F and grease pan. Cream sugar and butter. Beat eggs in one at a time and mix well. Combine flour and baking powder; mix well. Add flour mixture to butter mixture and stir in milk. Stir until smooth and pour into pan. Bake 30-40 minutes in cake pan o

First 20-Miler Down and Dealing with Burn Out

This weekend I completed my first 20-mile training run and I'm feeling a bit more confident about the marathon in October. Long runs are supposed to be mentally and physically challenging, but right now my body is fighting me more than usual! Burn Out Between the lack of sleep, breastfeeding, and not handling running in heat and humidity very well, I'm just losing my zeal for marathon training. I'm burnt out, but that's completely okay. To battle this burn out, I'm reminding myself of why I run (for fun and to enjoy the outdoors!), letting go of any training and race day expectations, and using the long weekend runs as "mommy brain reboot" time. I don't need to set any PR's; I just keep telling myself "relentless forward motion". Long runs are not supposed to be for speed, but mainly to put a few hours on your legs to prep for race day. Heck, I could even do the Cupid Shuffle or run backwards for 20 miles! Just do what you've