Wednesday, May 6, 2015

WIAW #51: Maternity Leave

Happy Seis de Mayo, y'all!  For those of you who celebrated Cinco de Mayo yesterday, I hope you're feeling ok this morning :)  We had one of Joe's co-workers and his girlfriend over for some pot roast last night, so we didn't partake in anything Mexican.  We will tonight, though, as our new favorite Mexican restaurant has great specials on Wednesday night!

Speaking of Wednesday, let's get back to a Wednesday tradition around the blogging world!
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In today's What I Ate Wednesday post, I'm sharing my meals from lunch on Monday to my mid-morning snack on Tuesday.  I meant to do a single full day, but being on maternity leave and taking care of Baby Fish, I kept missing some meals!  So, I am sharing a full day of eats, just over two days!  Plus, my schedule is a little thrown off since Baby Fish really dictates when I'm able to eat.

Thank you to Jenn and Laura for the WIAW link-up! 

I'm eating lunch around 1-2pm now after feeding the little one around noon each day.  On Monday, I ate some leftover pizza with an apple and some Cheez-Its on the side.  I wanted to grab easy-to-eat things, since I wound up having to feed Baby Fish again while I was eating my own lunch!

Afternoon Snack
I didn't take a picture, but I wound up having more Cheez-Its around 5pm.  I put them in those little baseball hats you can get ice cream in at major league games.  They're the perfect snack-size containers!

Around 7pm, Joe and I ate a Crunchy Taco Hamburger Helper dinner with some steamed squash and zucchini on the side.  That meal does not look appetizing, but it was actually pretty tasty!

Evening Snack
Around 10:45, I was hungry again after feeding Baby Fish and putting her to bed, so I had some more Cheez-Its before going to sleep.  It's all about quick and easy portable snacks right now!

Tuesday morning's breakfast was some Special K Protein cereal.  I love the new Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch flavor.  So good!  I also had a french vanilla cappuccino (from a K-cup) on the side and typed up yesterday's blog post while eating.

Mid-morning snack
My snack around 11am was some Chobani Greek yogurt.  I LOVE the grape flavor, so I snatch those up in the grocery store whenever I see them!  I enjoyed that before it was time for Baby Fish to wake up from her morning nap and eat again.

There you go!  A typical maternity leave day of eats.  I've adjusted to this new schedule pretty well, and I've also learned to eat when Baby Fish is asleep or fix things I can eat with one hand!

Question for you: What in your life, if anything, dictates when and what you can eat?
People aren't kidding when they say that the baby really does dictate everything!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesdays on the Run: Best Race Ever

Hey hey!  Hope you are enjoying your Tuesday so far.  I am, since I think Baby Fish is getting in to a good routine.  That makes Joe and me happy, and I'm sure it makes her happy, too!

I'm linking up with Erika, Patty, and April for Tuesdays on the Run, a link-up talking about all things running!
Tuesdays on the Run
Today's Tuesdays on the Run topic is "Best Race You've Ever Run."  As I was reflecting on this and thinking about what to write, I had a hard time defining "Best Race."  Did that mean most entertaining?  That would be an Disney race, for sure.  Did that mean best athletic performance?  Well, that would be my current 5K PR, where I had a pace close to 9 minute per mile.  Or does it just mean my favorite overall race?

I decided I'd select the best race I've ever run based on a mix of all of those things.  So, without further ado, that race is...
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the 2014 Lake Minneola Half Marathon!  I recapped the race after running it (linked on the name), so I'll just break the race down into the elements that made it the best race I've ever run.

It's my current half marathon PR.
That makes this race my best half marathon athletically!  I ran the first mile, then used 3:00/1:00 run/walk intervals.  I PRed by about 3 minutes at this race.

I had very low expectations going in to this race, which led to a great mental race for me.
Since I was undertrained for the race, I didn't really set lofty goals for it.  My low expectations for myself meant that I was able to just enjoy the race experience and not worry about anything.  I also knew that I was going to run/walk the race, so knowing that the walking break was coming allowed me to really push it when I could.

There was a lot of diversity on the course.
There was an out-and-back section, some rolling hills, running around a lake, and running through a residential area.  The changes in the types of terrain and scenery gave me lots to look at, as well as different challenges in my running.  Also, I liked that I knew how much further I had to run, both in the out-and-back section and while running around the lake.

There was a great post-race party.
It's always awesome when the race organizers have plenty of food and fun booths set up after the race.  Not only was there great food (and plenty of it) afterward, but they had lots of different organizations set up with freebies and good information.  They even had a misting tent, which was perfect for cooling off after running in the warm weather!

The race was pretty well-organized.
It wasn't perfect, but the race was well-organized overall.  They also made up for areas where they were lacking.  For example, they weren't very well staffed at the packet pick-up, so they delayed the start by just a few minutes when people were still arriving to the starting line in droves.  A well-organized race always makes the day-of so much better!

It was a smaller race with plenty of room on the course.
I was able to pass people when needed and not feel crowded when people were passing me.  With a small field of runners and a wide running lane, I was a happy runner!

Overall, the race was just fun!
And that's the best race I've ever run!  Thinking back to this race made me really excited to get back in to running races!  I'm hoping that in two weeks I'll be cleared to start exercising (more than just walking) so that I can get back in to training for the Peachtree Roadrace, as well as a fall half marathon and (potentially) the Richmond Marathon.

Question for you: What things do you consider when defining the best race you've ever run?

Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekend Recap + Training Log 5/4

Good morning, everyone, and Happy Star Wars Day!  May the Fourth be with you!  :)  Oh, I love nerdy jokes!

I hope you had a great rest of last week and weekend.  Sorry that I disappeared last week--I meant to do a WIAW post and a Friday Five post, but my schedule is now dictated by this little girl.
That, and when she was sleeping, I had a lot of unpacking and house organizing to still do.  Hopefully all of that is behind us and I can use part of her nap to talk to y'all!

Ok, let's take a look at this past weekend, shall we?  Here are some things we did!

-got some errands done in the morning
-went to the park and walked around the track for a while
-cooked spaghetti for dinner and watched movies
-FINALLY got to try The Tonight Dough ice cream!
I'm a big Tonight Show/Jimmy Fallon fan, so when they announced this ice cream, I looked all over for it.  They never had it in Daytona, but when I checked Ben and Jerry's flavor finder in this area, I was so excited when they had it!  I gotta say, it's a tasty flavor!  I will definitely get it again.

-very lazy morning of sleeping in (between feedings) and watching TV
-We bought a nice leather sectional!  I didn't take a picture of the one we ordered but I'm pretty sure this is it:
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We haven't had a couch since we moved, so it was really exciting to finally get one!  It'll be delivered on Wednesday, but it was a little exciting to make quite the grown-up purchase.
-Went to the dog park to let Tequila play.  She did so well!
-Cleaned the house and hung some photos.  We had company coming over so we had to get it together!
-Watched the Kentucky Derby.  What an exciting 2 minutes!
-Had one of Joe's co-workers and his wife over for more sports watching and the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight.  Baby Fish was quite the hungry girl, so I missed a bit of the hang-out time until she went to sleep.  I did get to watch the fight, which I thought was a little overhyped.  After talking with Joe, I think it's because I don't understand boxing.  Oh well, he enjoyed it!

-We drove to Joe's grandparent's house and went to church and lunch with them.
-On the way home, we stopped by Horse Creek Winery for a little wine tasting.  Baby's first visit to a winery!
-FaceTimed with my parents and aunt and uncle.  They love doing that now because of Baby Fish!  It's all about the grandchild/great niece now!
-Relaxed in the afternoon and evening and watched more movies.  We have all the premium movie channels for 3 months, so we've been recording movies we want to watch and enjoying them together.

I'd say that was a pretty good weekend!

Training Log 4/27-5/3
As I shared in my spring/summer training post two weeks ago, it's all about the walking right now!  Unfortunately, I haven't been walking every day like I've wanted to.  Hopefully, now that the house is together, I will be able to make sure I get out for a walk each day!
Tuesday-0.5 mile walk around the neighborhood
Wednesday-0.5 mile walk around the neighborhood
Friday-1.3 mile walk at the park

Question for you: Did you watch the boxing fight or the Kentucky Derby?  What was the last big purchase you made?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Tuesdays on the Run: Warm Weather Running Tips

Good late morning, everyone!  I was planning on posting much earlier today, but Baby Fish has been a hungry little thing this morning.  It's nap time now though, so time to blog!

I'm linking up today with Erika, Patty, and April for Tuesdays on the Run.
Tuesdays on the Run
Today's topic is Warm Weather Running Gear and Tips.  Since all I've known is warm weather running thanks to living in Florida, I thought I'd share some tips for dealing with the heat and humidity while running.  Head over to any of the hosts' blogs to check out some great warm weather gear and other tips!

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!!  
This tip includes a few different sub-tips.
-You need extra hydration before your runs when it's hot outside.  Make sure to up your water intake a little bit the day before a summer run.
-Plan your running route to include some water stops, or carry water with you.
-Make sure to replace your electrolytes, too!  Any sports drink will help replace what you've sweated out during a warm weather run.

2. Wear breathable, sweat-wicking clothes.
You're going to sweat a lot more during summer runs (duh!), so wearing cotton t-shirts is not the best plan!  You want to wear tech-material clothing, and not a lot of it!  My go-to outfit during warm weather runs is an athletic tank top and a Sparkle Skirt!

3. Plan to run early or later in the day.
During the warmer months, you probably don't want to be running during peak heat hours.  If you run early in the day, you'll avoid the sun, heat, and sometimes the humidity!  I often run around dusk, but which helps avoid the hot sun, but often times it's a lot more humid at that time.  Find what works for you, but do avoid running in the middle of the day.

4. Use a cool, wet towel.
Take one with you during your run, or have one ready to use when you get back.  This really helps you cool off during or after a warm run!  I got this idea after a race gave them out, and it really was just magical!  I love to put it on my neck, as well as wipe my face off with it.

Question for you: What are some of your warm weather running tips?