Rock N Sole Run: 5k Recap

I’m alive! Our month has been extremely busy and I feel like we’re finally getting into the “swing” of our new schedule. I’m making the best of a “not so ideal” situation because it looks like it will be this way for awhile.

On Saturday I ran my first official 5k of the year. I signed up for the Rock N Sole run a while ago, while running was still feeling completely normal to me. I figured if race day approached and running didn’t feel great, I could at least manage to walk that distance.

I was a little nervous going into Saturday’s run because the last time I ran (June 3rd) it felt awful and I had to stop and walk about a mile into it. I tried switching to timed intervals of 2 minutes running one minute walking, but the baby wasn’t having it. The little one must’ve been positioned just so that running just didn’t feel good. So, we stopped to walk and my sciatic started bothering me.

I had no expectations with how this run was going to go. I figured I was going to have to stop and walk part of it but, much to my surprise, I finished it with no walking breaks in 31:46. Definitely not my fastest, but also not my slowest either. I’ll take it for being 4 1/2 months pregnant.

rns5kThe Rock n Sole run offers 3 distances: 5k, quarter marathon, and a half marathon. I’ve now run all three distances and the half marathon race was probably my favorite. The 5k comes in close second. The quarter marathon was just a tease distance for me.
3 medalsThe 5k course started at the south entrance of Summerfest and ran along the Summerfest grounds and the lakefront path. The 5k almost feels like a separate race from the quarter and half marathon since the start location is in a difference area. I parked a good distance away from the start and had to walk a few blocks through the area of where the start was for the longer races, and the energy was much more different. When I got to the 5k start, it was a bit more chill and felt a little isolated-kind of out in the middle of a giant parking lot. I loved the course, even though we didn’t get to run over The Bridge, but it got a little crowded when we got back on the running path near the art museum. It was a giant 3.2 mile loop and we ended where we started. Overall, it was a great run and the rainy, misty weather felt great once we got going. Had it been hot and sunny, I don’t think I would’ve made it without stopping. I had my handheld water bottle with me too (a running staple these days) and I think that helped. The positioning of the baby has a lot to do with how I’m feeling. When we first started running the baby was pressed up against my bladder so that every time I stepped, I felt like I had to pee. About 5 minutes in, the little one must’ve shifted because I felt good the rest of the race.

I was feeling so great after running my 5k, that I decided to take a 9am barre class after. I’m participating in a summer “Get Hot” challenge and completing 18 or more classes in 21 days. So far, I’ve completed 15 classes and I have until Sunday to get in the other 3. I’m trying to complete the challenge by Friday. Fingers crossed!

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Anyone complete any races lately where they did surprisingly well? The last 5k I ran was the Bacon Race last summer and I ended up setting a PR without even trying/training!
Race Day Outfit
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1. Moving Comfort Sports Bra-The best running sports bra ever known to woman!
2. For Two Fitness Tank-Running for Two. I love this tank. It fits perfectly and stays put. Too bad I had to keep a sweatshirt on the whole time because it was so cold out!
3. Flip Belt. Held my phone and important things like free Noodles coupons. I used this belt during the Chicago marathon and won’t ever go back. And it’s definitely not riding up these days over the belly so it stays put on my hips.
4. BeMaternity by Ingrid & Isabel from Target. The best maternity workout pants I have yet to find for a great price. While my leggings and yoga pants do fit, they all cut right into my waist giving the illusion that I am wearing pants that are too small for me. Not making me look pregnant, but just large. I like these pants because you can either have the band for under the belly or right over the belly. I will be purchasing more of these pants this weekend.

Happy National Running Day

Happy National Running Day, which is followed by National donut day (Friday, June 5th) which I also plan on celebrating as well.

How did you celebrate the day? I headed down to the lakefront with a few of my favorite ladies for a little fun run followed by a burger from Kopp’s which I shared, along with a milkshake, with my peanut. It was the perfect way to kick off “summer”.

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To further celebrate this national day of awesomeness, I partnered up with Kristen from Jonesin’ for a Run to answer some interview questions regarding running.

  1. Why do you run? I run because I can. I run for my sanity after a stressful day. I run to be a more patient wife and mother. I run because I like pushing my body to the limit. I run to set a positive, healthy example for my young daughter. I run to feel strong. I run to set goals. I run because it’s therapy. I run because it’s my passion.
  2. How do you plan to celebrate National Running Day? By running 3 miles with my mom and my daughter in tow, and celebrating with a cheeseburger afterward.
  3. How many miles have you run so far this year? 112 miles. Not too bad for finding out I was pregnant at the end of February.
  4. What big events do you have on the race calendar so far this year? The biggest thing I’m training for this year will take place early to mid-November. Other than that, I’m just taking it month by month. Next weekend I’m running the Rock n Sole 5k in Milwaukee, Now I will have done every distance of that race which is kind of cool.
  5. Before I leave for a run you must have: My garmin forerunner. Headphones if I’m running alone. Sparkly Soul Headband (I’ve tried LOTS and these are the best) and or a visor/hat and sunglasses. And water. Always water.
  6. Do you have one favorite app to track your runs? Garmin Connect because it syncs up with my Vivofit and I can access it on my phone and computer very easily.
  7. Who is your favorite running partner? My one and only little love bug. And my mom. She keeps me motivated and provides me great conversation.
  8. What races have you ran so far this year? Next weekend will be my first one of the year so far. I’ve been a wimp during the cold winter months. June is usually the start of prime racing season for me in Wisconsin.
  9. If you had to give someone one piece of advice about running what would it be? Just have fun with it. It might suck at first, but fall in love with the feeling it gives you after. I’ve been running for years and I still have days where I feel “off”.
  10.  Describe your relationship with running in one word: Evolving.

How did you celebrate National Run Day? Anyone excited for National donut day?!?! I know this prego is!

Paleo Strawberry Rhubarb Muffins

Happy Tuesday my friends. This weekend was a bit crazy because of some work things, but my in-laws took Madelyn for us on Friday so that helped balance out the work/home life a bit. She got to have fun in Chicago with her grandparents and I got to come home, after a crazy Saturday, to an empty house. It was kind of amazing actually, because I can’t remember the last time I was home alone.
What’s a girl to do on a Saturday night all alone? Grab a $10 take and bake pizza from Whole Foods, a salad to go with, and of course swing by cheesecake factory for a piece of dessert. Everything was delicious and I was sounds asleep by 9:30pm.
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On Monday, I enjoyed a much needed workout at The Barre Code, ventured off to a doctor’s appointment, and then I spent the rest of the afternoon playing with Madelyn in the backyard while picking some rhubarb. I was never a huge fan of rhubarb until we inherited a huge plant when we bought our house a few years ago (mostly because I didn’t know how to eat/prepare it). We’ve had so much that I’ve given some away and I still have some in our freezer from last year.
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Yesterday, Instead of utilizing nap time to catch up on household chores, I decided to whip up a batch of paleo strawberry rhubarb muffins. I was going to make strawberry rhubarb crisp, but decided muffins would be a much better option since I was still in a sugar coma from Saturday night’s lemon torte dessert. I am also sick of eating hard-boiled eggs for breakfast and muffins seem to be the next best “grab and go” breakfast option. They were delicious! I can’t wait to make them again.
Ingredients
-2 heaping cups of almond flour
-1/2 tsp baking soda
-a pinch of salt
-3 eggs
-1/4 C honey
-1 Tbsp ghee, melted
-1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
-1 tsp lemon juice
-1 tsp orange juice
-1 tsp vanilla
-1/2 C strawberries, chopped
-1/2 C rhubarb, chopped
Instructions
-Preheat oven to 325 degrees and line muffin tin
-combine all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mix all the wet ingredients into a separate bowl until well blended then pour into the dry ingredients. Stir in strawberries and rhubarb.
-fill the muffin tins about 3/4 full
-bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
Cool (or eat warm) and enjoy!
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Healthy tidbit of the day: If you have left over strawberry rhubarb mixture, stir it into some plain yogurt and sweeten with honey. It’s a delicious breakfast treat without all the added sugar that most  “fruit-in” yogurts have in them.
What’s your favorite summer produce?
During a busy morning, what’s your go-to breakfast?

The Long Weekend

Long weekends just never seem long enough. My weekend started on Friday. I spent most of the day buying plants and doing yard work. Our front yard is finally coming along. When we first moved in, we tore out three huge, but dying bushes and the space has been empty for almost two summers. I just couldn’t decided on what I wanted to put there. So this weekend I planted three knock out rose bushes and some forget me knots. That took up a majority of my day.

On Saturday, My mom, Madelyn and I started our day off with a fun run at Performance Running Outfitters. When we were there for the Run Like a Mother Event, I saw they hosted flap jack fun runs on Saturday. I asked the owner if jogging strollers were okay and she said yes. I found a new summer Saturday activity for Madelyn and me. I enjoyed a nice easy 3 mile run and she enjoyed pancakes and sprints on the track afterward.

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Sunday was a lazy day filled with blueberry pancakes and staying in our jammies until noon. The weather was less than desirable for outside activities. Truth be told, I’ve been waiting for a day like that. Our weekends have been so packed, I just wanted a day to do nothing and that’s exactly what we did and it was wonderful.

On Memorial Day, we took Madelyn to her first Brewer’s game. It was quite the experience. My husband had nominated me for Hero of the Game awhile back and I was lucky enough to the throw out the first pitch during Madelyn’s first baseball game. I wasn’t too thrilled to hear that he had done this (I couldn’t remember the last time I really threw a ball!!!) but I surprised myself and I had a lot of fun. Our seats also got upgraded. We ended up sitting in the third row behind home plate. Not too shabby for Madelyn’s first game.

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We kept Madelyn occupied with popcorn and lots of cheering and lasted until about the 5th inning which is a lot longer than I thought she would last.

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Popcorn always does the trick.

I love long weekends but not when they’re followed by an extra long work week. I’d rather have it the other way around.

Parents out there, how do you keep your little one entertained for long periods of time? This little one is constantly on the go, but I wouldn’t have her any other way!

Another Mother Runner Book Event

Happy Friday to meeee! I’m looking forward to a nice, extra long weekend filled with food, family and lots of fun. And of course yard work.
We are taking Madelyn to her first Brewer’s game on Monday. She has developed an obsession for Miller Park and the fact that the “Drewers” play baseball there. I hope she’s not disappointed when we get to Miller Park and realizes that it is indeed not the type of park she probably has in mind. We have really low expectations for how long we’re actually going to sit and watch the game. The other day we made it about 25 minutes into Frozen before wanting to move onto something else.
I swear she has ants in her pants. I chased her up and down a hill today and she cried when I told her it was time to leave. She was having the best time. I wish I shared in her love of running hills.
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My mom and I have a fun run planned on Saturday morning, which involves running followed by flapjacks! I know that if I make promises of pancakes after a run in the jogger, Madelyn will be a happy girl, as long as she has her “dip it” aka syrup.
On Wednesday, we went to a fun event at Performance Running Outfitters. They hosted Dimity McDowell from Another Mother Runner. It was a fun and very inspiring book event where Dimity along with two other essayists read from their new book, ‘Tales from Another Mother Runner.’
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It’s a collection of essays from mother runners and the two essayists that were there were absolutely wonderful. Both of their stories and experiences really hit home for me. The first essayist was Amy Bailey from Green Bay Wisconsin and she talked about her journey with running and food and what she does to stay motivated after you’ve logged all those miles and hours of training runs and then it’s just over. She reminded us all that it’s about the journey.
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The second essayist was Heather Johnson Durocher who writes a blog at Michigan Runner Girl. She talked about running and about a dark time in her marriage in which I had tears in my eyes.
heatherBoth women were so real and I could relate to both of them. it’s refreshing to hear that you’re never alone in whatever it is you are going through.  It was a fun a event that kept my mom and me out way past our bedtime but it was completely worth it. We got a fun little good bag filled with running socks, GU, snacks and other fun goodies. Most importantly, the event got me even more excited about running and the community that comes along with it. I might not be training for any running event right now, but I’m still proud of what I can do. I also was reassured that I will slow down and I might even have to stop running altogether and that it’s okay. When I was pregnant with Madelyn, I decided to stop early on in my pregnancy because it felt weird and it was my first pregnancy and I didn’t know what I was capable of.
I’m so excited to read the rest of this book and write up a review on it. I highly recommend their other two books, Run Like a Mother and Train Like a Mother.
What’s your favorite running related book? What keeps you motivated to keep going on days you want stop? Anyone with a good mantra out there?
Also, head on over to Healthy Helper Blog for my featured guest post about barre & running! 

Pregnancy Number 2: Weeks 14-15

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I am embracing the second trimester with open arms! I can’t get over how much better I’m feeling. I sometimes forget I’m pregnant until I look at myself in the mirror or I try to hold Madelyn for long periods of time.

The first trimester seemed to last forever, but I have a feeling the rest of this pregnancy is going to fly by. I’m trying to savor the good parts as best as possible, because this will be our last baby. Larry and I are firm believers in not being outnumbered by our children.

-Aversions: Still have zero desire to eat plain almonds. Salmon was also on my list of things I’m not crazy about, which makes me really sad since it’s so good for the baby. I will try to eat it but I can’t eat as much of it as I normally do. Hardboiled eggs are also still kind of “meh”. I prefer them fried or omelet style with some feta cheese and spinach.

-Cravings: Sweet and salty like no other. Yesterday I had a butter pecan ice cream cone and an hour later I really wanted a bag of cheddar and sour cream chips. I have now tried three different brands of cheese and caramel corn. So far Trader Joe’s wins. We have a trip to Chicago scheduled in the beginning of June and I cannot wait to visit Garrett’s! Creme brûlée has become my dessert of choice, which is new to me in this pregnancy.

-Workouts: Still running and going to barre. I’ve had to modify some core moves in barre and scaled back on the cardio intensity in classes. I’ve noticed that if I go two days without exercise my mood/hormones are all over the place. Unfortunately my family has felt the wrath of this…sorry guys. I had a great gym workout on Saturday and felt like a whole new person. I love endorphins.

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-Madelyn: For the first time ever she said she wants a boy baby! She’s kind of all over the place but is still showing preference for a sister. I told her she get what she gets! haha! She loves playing with baby dolls and will sit and feed them, rock them to sleep and change their diaper. She will even sing to her baby when it cries. She’s going to be an awesome big sister.

-Energy: Much better for the most part. With some changes in our life/work schedule, I’ve been feeling a little worn out by the end of the day, but still a million times better than I was the first trimester. It’s just something I’ll have to get used to, hopefully not for too long.

Things I’m looking forward to:

-Feeling kicks from the outside. I’m starting to feel stronger movement on the inside and I love it! It gives me a reassuring feeling that everything’s okay in there.

-Our 20 week ultrasound is finally in the books and a gender reveal party is on the calendar. We’ll be finding out at the end of June if we’re having a boy or a girl.

-Getting Madelyn into her big girl room so that we can start getting ready for the baby.

I’ve been thinking a lot about giving birth again and I’d really like to have an unmedicated birth again. Unfortunately, we don’t have the same doctor who delivered Madelyn because of insurance purposes. But she was wonderful. So wonderful that I told Larry I would never have another baby without her…I’m eating my words. I’ve been going back and forth on whether or not to take a crash course natural birthing class because I really can’t remember what we did the first time around. I just remember loving the birthing tub. There are a few classes in the area that are geared toward second time parents. I will probably have some persuading to do ;-)