I woke up Wednesday with NO ankle pain at all! I was pumped. I got 5 miles in at 8:34 and felt really good. The only time I would feel my ankle was when I was using it to change direction, and even then, it was just sore. YAY! My knee started bothering me a little yesterday, so I don't know if that's a flare up from compensating for my ankle or what. So, boo to that. But yay to a good run yesterday! I ran a really hilly route that I used to run in high school during cross country season. Every time I run up one of the big hills, I remember a summer day during my junior year. I had just started running cross country, I think this was my first week, third day, actually, and we had a 4 mile out and back to do. I could NOT run up this hill. I remember making it maybe 20 seconds up and I had to stop and walk. I felt so disappointed and didn't think I'd ever be a runner. I walked the whole hill and when I got to the top, I had a negative attitude and wanted to just walk all the way back. My cross country coach, Coach Russo (the best coach I've ever had that wasn't my Dad), ran by me and said he was proud of me and that this route was definitely a tough one. That was just what I needed - I ran the rest of the route, slowly, but made it back to where we had started. I'll never forget that feeling of accomplishment and pushing through something that hurt/sucked. That was 12 years ago and I've been running ever since! Don't ever give up on your dreams! Struggling and experiencing failure help you achieve those dreams. I ran up that hill with no problem yesterday, but I haven't forgotten the struggle and I know there will be more days that I have to push myself up over another 'hill'. That one day in pre-season cross country, if I wouldn't have had friends and coaches encouraging me to continue, I may not have been back the next day. Thank you, Coach Russo! <3 I'm so glad I didn't give up because running is who I am. It's my me time, it's how I deal with stress, it's how I celebrate. Plus, you get to wear super cute tanks like this one! ; ) If you haven't heard of Run Steep Get High, check them out! They're a mountain running brand and they're awesome. I shared with you the other day about how Jake calls me a mountain goat (big, strong legs - I don't love it), but he got me this shirt to explain why he calls me that - I guess presents make it a little better!
After my run, I was meeting our friend, Lori, to stuff packets for the event we are going to this weekend - Single Track Mind Festival - it's seriously AWESOME. Check it out: www.singletrackmindfestival.com. On my way to meet her, I grabbed coffee and a green juice from The Press - a new coffee/cafe/bakery in Farmer's Park. Holy cow, it was delicious! We love their coffee, but I hadn't had their juice yet. So. Good.
I brought breakfast with me, so I heated it up when I met Lori and then we got to work! Lori organizes and puts on this whole event, so she's crazy busy right now - I don't know how she's doing everything. We worked for a couple of hours before we both had other things to do. We were going to meet up later to finish. Here are my egg muffins! Mmm.
I got to see this guy yesterday! This is Dan, and he is one of Jake's best friends from high school. We took this picture to send to Jake, he was jealous!
I got an email saying a package from Amazon had been delivered (my guilty pleasure), so I rushed home to open it! Also, I cannot have my hair down in the summer. It's too hot!! Anyone else feel this way??? Ugh.
My ROQ rings came in!! We were looking at Qalo rings, but I'm weird about plastic-y rings, so I wanted to try some out before we got one. I am obsessed with these. I like how skinny they are, too. Plus, I have so many options!
I threw some on and we headed to Two Rivers, which is where the event we are helping with is taking place. Jake was going to mark race courses with Jess (Lori's hubby), and Lori and I were going to finish stuffing packets.
My dang knee. Something flared up during the afternoon, so I iced while we drove to Two Rivers.
Driving with the windows down is our favorite.
We ended up being at Two Rivers for way longer than we originally thought, so we were STARVING when we left about 9. I never eat that late because I can't sleep if I do, but we needed to get some food. We stopped and grabbed some wings on our way home. Luckily everything was fast! And our waiter even brought us some complimentary queso. Win-win!
As we were leaving, Jake goes, "Oh, you got a quarter?" Then he gets really excited and kind of yells, "I need two! I'm going to make the best combination..." This "best" combo is a mixture of Skittles and Reeses PIeces. Gross. I think I was laughing and rolling my eyes at the same time. Luckily I had THREE quarters. Because if he's getting Skittles, you know I'm going to NEED my own Skittles. Also, here's a debate - do you eat your Skittles by the handful or one-by-one? I like to eat all of one color (green first, I don't like them), then move onto the next color (usually, yellow). I save red for last! But Jake eats them by the handful! It really throws me off. What do you do???
My plan had been to run 6 this morning, but my knee had other plans. It feels a little better than it did last night - I can at least bend it now without being in terrible pain, but I would be pushing it to run, so I'm taking a rest day. I decided that a rest day called for breakfast in bed.
I iced while I ate breakfast!
My nurses. After I iced, which actually made the pain way worse, I put a heating pad on my knee, which is really helping! Fingers crossed. I don't know if I'll ice again today...
I'm going to spend the day doing some computer work and getting everything ready to camp this weekend. This is my last week/weekend before I defend my dissertation proposal, so once that happens, it's crunch time until May. GULP. The next 8 months are going to be some of the hardest for me - I'm teaching two online classes, working on a paper to present at a literacy conference in December, and starting my dissertation, but at least I know graduation is close. I am on a super tight timeline for my dissertation study because I wanted to do everything in one year; most (sane) people take two to four years, maybe more. So, fingers crossed everything works out. I'm definitely nervous!
Happy Friday Eve!!
Don't forget to tell me about the Skittle debate! I'm really interested in what you do!
This little one had been sticking to my side ever since we got home from Colorado. We were gone for 18 days, so I think she's worried we will leave again. Aspen keeps close, too, but she just stares at me, which starts to drive me crazy after awhile. Lu wants to be touching me at all times, which is very unlike her. Our sweet babies missed us. I think she liked leaning against the pillow tower I made to elevate my foot as I iced it.
We typically buy almond butter, but I was craving peanut butter, so I picked some up at the store. Holy yum. It's soooo good. Especially on a banana...or by the spoonful...
Went to take my dirty dish to the kitchen and came back to this...she always steals my spot and then just looks at me like, what, Mom?
I iced and heated my ankle most of the morning. The swelling went down significantly! I sprained my ankle pretty badly running trail on Sunday. It was hard to walk Sunday night, but this was Monday morning and I was able to get around much better!
This is Aspen's chair. If we are at home, there's a 98% chance that she's sitting in it. We have two of these chairs, but this one is her favorite.
For lunch I had some yummy leftovers from Galloway Grill and Metro Grill. Mmmmm!
These got messy, but they're super good! I made more egg muffins, but I put some different stuff in them this time.
Recipe for 12 egg muffins: Beat 12 eggs together, add 1/2 C chopped onion, add 1 C chopped mushroom, add 1 jalapeño, add 1/3 C shredded mozzarella cheese, add 1 C chopped spinach, make turkey bacon and crumble it up into the mixture (I did 5 pieces), then spray the muffin tins, place turkey in them, and pile in the egg mixture. Bake all of that at 350 for 15-25 minutes; it just depends how much stuff you put in them. Then enjoy! We just store them in the fridge (about 4 days) and heat them up in the microwave or eat them cold! Sriracha on top is also a good option! ; )
I also prepped some beets. Just chop these, I think there's 6 here, drizzle with olive oil and whatever other seasoning you'd like (I did garlic and black pepper), then bake at 400 for 15 minutes, stir them, then bake another 20-25 minutes.
We were going to be down at Two Rivers helping set up the airbag, so I made a dinner we could eat quickly before we left the house. I chopped up two chicken breasts, three peppers, half an onion, and threw it all in a baking dish with some sugar snap peas. Then I topped it all with garlic, black pepper, a little Italian dressing, and some garlic sauce coconut aminos. I baked all of this at 350 for about 35 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Then we chowed down on the beets and the chicken veggie mixture before we hit the road to go to Two Rivers! I put a little too much olive oil on the beets...they were too soggy. Boo.
When we got to Two Rivers, the guys started setting up the air bag - they wouldn't let me help, not that I would've been able to do much. People will ride their bikes off of a ramp onto this thing. No joke. No thanks! That terrifies me.
It weighs about a ton and half, I think. it's huge.
I rested on a tailgate and enjoyed these pistachios. It was hard work watching the guys inflate the air bag.
After they got it inflated, they all climbed inside to check for holes. It was pretty hilarious watching them climb in and out of the air bag.
Here they are inside! It's massive.
Jake and Lori going over some last minute race course stuff - Lori puts all of this together. She's amazing! Jake was filthy after crawling around inside the air bag.
On our way home I decided I needed some ice cream. I was feeling kind of blah and sweets just sounded so good. I couldn't eat all of mine, so I made Jake finish it off - he's a lifesaver!
I didn't run Monday, but I was determined to get my tempo run in Tuesday morning. My ankle was a little sore when I woke up, but nothing like it had been. It was still swollen, here are both ankles to compare, but it really didn't hurt all that bad.
It looks a lot better from this angle! I put my running stuff on with the mindset of planning to do my workout, but knowing that if it was super painful, I would stop.
My ankle was sore, but it did not hurt at all! No sharp pain or anything like. I ended with 7 miles for the day. I did a 2.5 mile warm-up, mostly because I didn't want to start my tempo on a hill, then did a 30 minute tempo at about an 8 minute pace, then a half mile cool down. My ankle actually felt better when I was running than when I walk. I paid close attention to my form to make sure I wasn't overcompensating because I didn't want to cause an injury in another place trying to run on a sprained ankle. I was SO happy to be able to get a run in!
A friend uses this app to post running pictures and I always love them! I used it today for the first time - it's so fun! It's called FitSnap. Check it out!
I came home, ate breakfast, iced my ankle, and did some wedding planning stuff - EEK! Again with the lack of space from our littlest fur.
I spent a couple hours working on the two online classes I'm teaching, then I took a break to eat lunch. I made a wrap out of this goodness. It was delicious!
I took my dirty plate to the kitchen and came back to this seat thief...every. dang. time.
Jake and I did some wedding stuff when he got home from work, then I started on dinner. We had a pineapple that needed to be used up, so I combined that with an orange, some steak, and a chicken breast to make an Orange Pineapple Chicken and Steak dish.
It turned out pretty yummy! We also had some brussels sprouts (did you know that's their real name? With the s on the end? I didn't!), and a Caesar salad. With Sriracha. <3
These girls sure do love their Dad. Aspen is the blur in the corner...she's always moving!
Wedding planning fun - we are actually enjoying it! Everything is going to be so wonderful. I'll share details later! : )
I'm headed to run now, then go help Lori stuff packets for the races this weekend at Single Track Mind. I'm looking forward to it! I love doing stuff like that, plus, Lori is a blast, so I'm excited to spend some time with her!
Happy Wednesday, everyone!
I had a reader ask me to share how Jake and I met and started dating, which I thought was a wonderful idea! I've been reflecting on our story a lot lately and it just makes me so happy. I can't believe I get to spend forever with the man of my dreams. Jake is kind, loving, a hard worker, compassionate, HILARIOUS, has strong morals, takes care of me, and puts my happiness first. Plus, I think he's the most handsome guy in the whole world! He also pushes me to do things I don't think I can do/am scared to do. I worry about everything, so I need someone who will constantly reassure me and encourage me. Jake does those things EVERY day. I am very blessed, that's for sure. So, here's our story (kind of condensed)! It's not all that unusual, but it's special to us! I posted some of our first pictures together, too!
Here's one of our very first pictures together! This was actually before the JJ Grey and Mofro concert, which was the day we decided we were dating. <3
Jake and I had known each other for years through mutual friends. Actually, one of his closest girl friends is also one of my closest girl friends - Kallie! Isn't life funny?? So, I was out one night in March of 2016 with some friends and we went to Creekside, which is an awesome little bar by where Jake and I live. At the time, I was living in the apartments right next door to Creekside, which are just down the street from our house now, where Jake has lived for about 6 years. Well, we walked into Creekside and there's Jake! On a date. ; ) We recognized each other, so we said hi, I told him I had moved to those apartments and he asked for my number since we were so close to each other. I think we texted a little that night, nothing serious - just that we should grab a drink or something later on in the week. I thought this was all just as friends, I was recently single and enjoying all my friend time! Plus, he had been on a date, so I honestly didn't think anything of it. Well, the next day was Sunday and my friend Katie and I were doing some paperwork at Panera. We were wanting to grab dinner somewhere, but couldn't decide where. She mentioned that I should text Jake and see if he was doing anything - a little tidbit about Jake - he is one of the most social people I know, so we knew if he didn't have plans, he'd definitely be down to hang out with us! So, I texted him and he invited us to meet him and another friend at Galloway for dinner. We went and it was a BLAST. I remember leaving and telling Katie that I hadn't had that much fun in a long time, especially with people I hardly knew. At this point, I still wasn't thinking about dating, I was just enjoying Jake as a person. I think he texted me after dinner, and then the next day.
Here's another picture of us - just being real weird! I have super thick hair, which drives me crazy most of the time, and Jake is bald. I think we were seeing what he would look like with hair? I think we sent this to Kallie, our mutual friend.
After that first dinner at Creekside, we hung out a couple of times - it was SO nice having a friend just up the road from my apartment! We would meet to walk on the trail that runs through the area, grab dinner or a beer, all just as friends. One night while we were hanging out, Jake asked me to go on a date. I was flattered, but told him no. (I also asked about the girl that he had been on a date with when I saw him - even though I said no to us going on a date, I was going to be mad if he asked me out while dating someone else - crazy, right? ; ) He told me she had mentioned going out again, but he told her he was interested in me. I know, I know. I'm dumb.) I knew I liked him (I was scared!), but I didn't want to ruin our friendship. He was super cool about it, like he is about everything, and we continued hanging out as friends for about a month. Every. Single. Day. Hello, Chelsea! You were obviously crazy about this guy! Have I mentioned before that I'm stubborn? Side story - I had told myself I was going to be single for 6 months to a year literally TWO weeks before I ran into Jake at Creekside. That obviously didn't work...Here's us and Katie, my girlfriend who finally knocked some sense into me about how crazy I was for not dating Jake.
Jake and I were still hanging out and talking every day and I was obviously falling for him. I kept a journal during this time and I've gone back through it and laughed at myself. I had written things like, "I really like Jake, but I don't want to ruin our friendship", and "Jake is HILARIOUS and so cute....", etc. But I had this plan in my head and I'm so dang stubborn. After hanging out for about a month as friends and spending almost every day together, we went to the JJ Grey and Mofro concert in April. Katie and Jake both loved their music, but I had never heard of them. Our friend, Zach, and I tagged along, just because we didn't want to miss out on the fun. Ever hear of FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out)? I have that. Bad. While at the concert, Jake brought up the idea of us dating again. This was actually a long, serious conversation, but I'll give you the short version. I told him that I liked him (DUH) and would be open to us dating BUT that having him as a friend meant a lot to me. He told me that my friendship was really important to him, too. What better way to build a relationship than to date someone you respect and love being around? So, in the middle of some of the best music I've ever heard, I stopped being stubborn and said yes (for the first time) to the best thing that's ever happened to me.
So, that's our story! I am SO thankful that Jake is persistent and didn't give up on me. We still talk about that night all the time. And now, a year and a half later, I got to say yes (for the second time) to spending the rest of my life with Jake. You can watch his proposal HERE, which he did after a 100 mile run through the mountains. He carried my ring the WHOLE way.
We have just about narrowed down our wedding plans! Eek! I will hopefully get to share all of that with you later this week. We want to get everything booked fairly soon!
I hope everyone has an awesome Tuesday!
On Friday, I grabbed lunch with my parents. My Momma was pretty excited that her new glasses matched her shirt. She's pretty goofy! I showed her this picture and she clapped. Never a dull moment with her! <3
Then I came home and cleaned our whole house! Well, minus the bathrooms. That's on my to-do list for today! I was worn out after cleaning, I'm sure Jake felt really sorry for me after being at work all day. ; ) Jake got home and we went to meet my friend Katie and her boyfriend for dinner.
We went to Civil Kitchen, one of our favorites, and shared a HUGE beet salad (I forgot to take a picture) and this amazing steak. Both were incredible. And those brussels were delicious, too!
Katie's boyfriend hates pictures, but I told him he had to take one. Sorry for being mean, Layne! ; )
Love her! We hadn't seen each other in WAY too long.
We accidentally coordinated. I loved it! Jake's doesn't like to match.
I did a 10 mile trail run at Two Rivers on Saturday. It was hard. Mentally and physically. I wanted to stop at mile 4. Normally my miles on trail fly by because I just love it so much, but I struggled Saturday. My pace was pretty good for being on trail, I think I finished my 10 with a 10:18 average, but I just felt sluggish. I was also chugging all the water. It felt good to get a long run in. I hadn't ran anything long for almost two weeks.
Two Rivers is beautiful.
I'm not sure if I have talked about this before, but here's a funny-ish story for you! I have bigger legs, I always have. I don't really love that, especially when trying to buy jeans - it's HARD! But, I am learning to embrace my legs because they are strong and allow me to work hard. So, that being said, when Jake called me a mountain goat when we first started dating, I was NOT amused. Men, right? ; ) Well, after I got offended at being called that, he tried to explain that it was a compliment. I didn't believe him. This has been an on-going discussion for probably over a year now. I always give him a hard time about it. The other day Jake told me he got me a surprise - it was this shirt. The brand is Run Steep Get High and it's a mountain running clothing line. Their symbol is a mountain goat. I love it! I guess presents CAN help you get over being offended. I think I need a few more... ; )
After my run Saturday (Jake chopped wood for 3 hours while I ran), we grabbed wings from Coyote's and then stopped by his parent's house for a little bit. We decided to have a date night to celebrate our engagement, so we grabbed a glass of wine from Cellar and Plate, then went to dinner at Metropolitan Grill - one of our absolute favorite restaurants. We had a blast and started planning our wedding and honeymoon! I'll share more on that later!
Metro brings out this incredible bread and dipping sauce before you get your meal. I think I could eat 7 of those rolls...
Jake and I shared this Caesar salad - doesn't it look awesome?
Okay, this is one of the best meals I've ever tasted and I am not a huge pork fan...Jake got this and I ALMOST stole it from him. I can't remember what it was called, but it was a pork dish with green chiles. Holy yum. It was amazing.
I got my usual, the Yoakam. It' apricot balsamic glazed steak with bread and cheese. It's an appetizer, but you can get a half size, so I typically just get it as my meal. We had a lot of leftovers, so we were going to use them to make lunch for Sunday! We were both pumped about that.
Jake and I love bourbon, so we picked up a new one to try. I did not really like this one at all, but I love trying new things. It just had a bite that I wasn't a huge fan of. Any bourbon drinkers out there? What's your favorite??
Aspen is under that blue blanket. This is a fight just waiting to happen...when our girls are ready for bed, they are so grouchy. I think Lu is giving Aspen the evil eye right here...
On Sunday, we met our friends Scottie and Brandi at the lake to paddle board! Before we met them, Jake wanted to finish some things for the race courses he put together for the Single Track Mind Festival that we are going to this weekend. I decided to get another day of trail running in while he did that. My plan was to get 7 in, but my ankle had other plans. Eye-roll. I was really good after 3 miles! My legs were pretty dead, but I was expecting that after running at Two Rivers two days in a row. It was a beautiful morning.
These Skratch chews are my favorite. It's seriously like eating candy...YUM. Still super obsessed with this hat, too! <3 It's comfortable and stays put. I was about a mile from finishing, when I started to climb a hill and landed sideways on my ankle. Normally I can catch myself when I start to roll an ankle, but I had just lifted up my other foot to climb, so when I pushed off of the foot that was on the ground, I was really pushing off of my ankle. I didn't see a rock and I must've stepped right on it. As soon as I did that, I knew I sprained the ankle pretty badly. It immediately dropped me to my knees, then I sat in the middle of the trail and cried. It knocked the wind out of me, too, which I think scared me a little. Then I was just mad. I stared walking back, then was able to run the rest of the way, but I stuck to flat areas.
With our amazing leftovers from our date night Saturday night, Jake made burritos for us to eat on our way to the lake! He knows I need to eat RIGHT after I run. I try to run on an empty stomach because eating the wrong thing before a run makes my acid reflux TERRIBLE. But I'm also the worst hangry person in the world - Jake's a lucky guy, huh?! ; ) I'm SO glad we had these for after my run...I inhaled mine! They were incredible.
Ready to hit the water!!
It was the perfect lake day! Brandi and I may or may not be pretty burnt...
This is so impressive to me! Brandi is awesome.
We had an absolute blast! Scottie's face in this picture makes me laugh! My ankle was pretty sore at this point and it had started to get a little swollen. I needed to get home and ice it.
Jake and I ran by the grocery store on our way home to grab some stuff to prep lunches. We saw these and couldn't resist. So. Good.
Jake threw together this mixture, which we will make into burritos for his lunches! It tasted really good!
We went to dinner with our friends Michael and Kindal, who are getting married at the end of September. I failed to get a picture with them - we were having too much fun! We cannot wait for their wedding - it's going to be SO much fun!
Yeah, I got a little sun on the lake...I put sunscreen on too late. I'm REALLY bad about sunscreen. It drives Jake crazy.
The ole ankle is pretty swollen. Ugh. I'm really hoping it heals up quickly. I'm also really bad about being patient...I want to run Tuesday!
Aspen was worried about me. Or annoyed that I was taking her picture. The verdict is still out... ; )
Jake and I are going to do a core/weights/prevention/stretching circuit together in the mornings. We started with arms this morning. This HURT. I hadn't done anything with weights or lifting since we left for Colorado. It always blows my mind how hard it is to get into shape, but then how quickly you can lose it.
We finished up our egg muffins this morning. I am going to make more for the rest of the week this afternoon. These were so yummy and it was nice to know we already had breakfast made.
The icing and heating of the ankle begins! I'm determined to be healed by Saturday...
Made some cold brew to get me through this Monday! I have a bunch of computer work to do today, so I'm going to knock all of that out! This is my last weekend before I defend my dissertation proposal. GULP. For any new readers, I am in the last year or my PhD program at Mizzou. My emphasis is Literacy and Technology and eventually, I'd love to teach full time on the collegiate level. I will graduate in May - WAHOO!!!! I am about to start my dissertation, I just have to defend my proposal next week and get approved to start! It's kind of surreal...
We are going to Two Rivers again tonight to set up the air bag for Single Track Mind - check it out on Facebook if you aren't sure what it is - it's a seriously good time! They have mountain bike races, running races, a concert, food trucks, different vendors, camping...all kinds of stuff! There's even a cash payout for the races! I'm (hopefully) racing the heavy half when my ankle heals and then I'm leading a fun, short trail run on Sunday! Come run with me! : )
P.S. A reader asked to hear the story of how Jake and I met and started dating, so I will do a write-up about that tomorrow!
I hope your Monday is wonderful!
I ran a bunch of errands yesterday, so this will be a short post. After my run, I had a banana, then I was still hungry, so I ended up just having my lunch. Leftovers from the other night! Mmm. So good. I just love brussels with honey and balsamic vinegar on them. I can't stop eating them!
After I ate I mowed, then ran errands until late afternoon. When I got home again, I decided to make some egg muffins for breakfasts on the go. I've been sleeping in this week - I start training hard again Monday, so I've let myself slack a little this week. I'm ready to get back into it!! I miss my early morning runs...but I have also enjoyed sleeping in. I didn't follow a recipe (typical) but I chopped up about half an onion, probably 2 cups of mushrooms, and I jalapeno. Then I beat together 12 eggs, added the veggies to them, and tossed in a little cheese - maybe 1/3 of a cup of mozzarella. I lined the cupcake pan with black peppered turkey, then loaded each one up! I baked this at 350 for about 20 minutes. The cooking time will change based on what you have in your muffins. That's it!
Mmmm! Breakfast ready to grab, heat up, and eat!
For dinner, I met a group of my girlfriends to eat and grab some drinks at Galloway. I had every intention of getting a salad because I was craving one, but then decided I needed their wings, too. Don't they look amazing?! They're SO good. Best food decision ever!
Then some of went to another little bar just down the street. We sat outside and just chatted! I'm so blessed to have such amazing friends! <3
One of them, Katey, gave Jake and I this awesome planner since I'm obsessed with planning. She also wrote us a beautiful card that made me cry. Thank you, Katey!!! You're so sweet and we love you!
I love when Lu sits like this - it cracks me up! She's so goofy.
A blog that I read religiously (Hungry Runner Girl) posted about Jake's race and our proposal today! Check it out - click on the name of the blog! <3
We want to go on a date to celebrate our engagement, but I have a long run in the morning, so we aren't sure when we will go! Maybe Saturday. I think I am going to make these tortillas for dinner and we will have fajitas - https://stupideasypaleo.com/2013/08/23/simple-paleo-tortillas/ - they're SO dang good. I love making them and I have REALLY missed cooking dinner every day. I hope fajitas sound good to Jake, cause that's what he's probably getting! ; )
I hope your weekend is amazing!
Tuesday night, we were craving Cesar's Old Mexico - our favorite Mexican restaurant. It's amazing. I got my staple, the al pastor and chicken tacos, sans tortillas, on top of lettuce. It's SO good.
Jake got his three tacos, lengua, al pastor, and carnitas. He shared his lengua taco with me. It's SO good. It's tongue meat, so it's a little salty, but it's delicious.
A girl next to us had this. I asked her what it was and when she described it, we decided we needed one ourselves. It's a Pupusa - I think this one had cheese and pork inside. It's incredible.
The girls haven't left out side since we've been home. I think they missed us just as much as we missed them!
First run back home Wednesday morning! I got 7 in and it felt good! It was amazing to run uphill and be able to breathe. I DO miss Colorado, though. A LOT.
After my run, I ran some errands after my run. I snagged a smoothie for lunch from Mama Jean's, too. Mmm.
This is what we had for dinner last night. It was SO good and so, so easy! The brussels were my typical recipe - balsamic vinegar and honey. <3 Then I threw together some onion, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, and shrimp into a skillet with come garlic coconut aminos. Then Jake remembered he had gotten some brown rice packages at his race, so we added that to it, too! It was perfect! All topped with Sriracha since my acid reflux is FINALLY gone.
After dinner Lu and Jake took a little snooze on the couch.
Aspen and I joined in for some cuddles!
We went to Mother's Brewery for a little bit last night to see some of our friends. My friend, Cassie, started a flower truck - it's called Ozark Mtn Flower Truck (check it out on Instagram!), and she was at Mother's, too, so we got to see her and her husband, Nick. I hadn't gotten to see Kayla or Katie since we before we left for Colorado, so it was amazing to catch up with them. Sam and Ryan were there, too, but I failed to get a picture with them before they left.
We had fun getting to tell everyone our engagement story. I love hearing Jake's side of things, even though I've heard it a million times. I don't think this story will ever get old!
I slept in a little this morning, I think I'm still trying to catch up from last weekend. I don't know how Jake is getting up so early for work! He's tougher than I am. I got some new shorts in Colorado and loved them so much, that I ordered another pair in a different color. I wore them for the first time this morning. I had a hill repeat workout, so I thought new shorts might motivate me...
I was dragging a little this morning...I think I slept in too late. My BCAAs were definitely needed if I was going to do hills. These are my favorite - they taste like coffee!
I ended up with 5 miles total. I did a 2 mile warm-up, then 4 hill repeats on a half mile loop. Those hurt. I really struggled. I had planned to do 6 hill repeats on this hill after those first ones, but I just felt blah and my legs were dead, so I stopped after 3. I did about a 3 minute cool-down after that. Oh well! It's important to listen to your body. I think I'm still worn out and until yesterday, I hadn't run in 4 days. And I pushed my pace yesterday, so I was a little sore.
I have a love/hate relationship with hill repeats. My next race is super hilly, so I definitely have some work to do!
I have some errands to run today and then I'm getting together with some girlfriends for dinner tonight! I can't wait to see everyone. We were gone so long, I feel like I haven't seen anyone in forever.
Happy Friday Eve, everyone!!
Today I will cover the last 50 miles of the 100 mile race! I didn't do a very good job explaining the timeline of the races yesterday, sorry! The marathon was in June, the 50 bike (racers could also choose to do the 50 mile run, but Jake and John both did the bike) was in July, and the 100 bike, the 10k, and the 100 run were all in August. The 10 bike was August 12th, the 10k was August 13th, and the 100 run was August 19th. Isn't that just crazy?!
I forgot to post this picture yesterday, but here's Jake telling us where he wants certain items. He handled us running around like crazy really well. He said we stressed him out a few times...I said HE stressed US out a few times, haha!
I drank WAY too much cold brew, which probably didn't help my nerves. I think I had 3 bottles and very little food...you just don't feel like eating! These are my Timps, which I love! These are also what Jake raced in. I think he only had 10 miles on his Timps before the 100 started...
Here he is, chowing down at an aid station. We had cookies, Clif bars, beef jerky, Pringles, and sandwiches for him. I think he only had a cookie or two from us. But he drank Ramen noodles a lot from the different aid stations.
This was at mile 50, where he got to pick up his first pacer. Some racers had one pacer from 50 to the end, some had more than that, and some didn't have a pacer at all. They were allowed to run with one pacer at a time. I was SO glad when Jake picked up Dwayne. It helped knowing he had someone else with him. They had gotten sleeted on while on top of the mountain right before this. I think i'm putting Vaseline on his feet here.
This external charger saved my life multiple times! I would have been upset it my phone had died and I wouldn't have been able to take pictures. We got lucky and I was able to post updates after almost every checkpoint.
Here's John at mile 60! The temperature was starting to drop, so things were getting chilly.
Here's Jake and Dwayne, his first pacer, also at mile 60. This was a cool checkpoint because it went through a little town and the racers got to run on the gravel road.
About mile 75 I started stress eating these Pistachios. They were delicious, but I know I won't be able to eat them again without thinking about this race!
Penny kept everything so organized! She said it was warm in the bed of the truck. I think we were waiting for Jake here about mile 75 or so. The last time Jake attempted this race, he pulled himself off the course at mile 83. We all knew that mileage would be hard for him emotionally, so we just wanted him to get past that. We KNEW he was going to finish, no matter what. He was still coming through each checkpoint with a smile on his face and a joke or two. I think it was about mile 75 that he was stretching and someone made a joke and he put his leg behind his head. AT MILE 75. I couldn't believe it. It lifted everyone's spirits to see him doing so well. I know he was hurting, but he rarely showed it. I get choked up every time I think about it. I've never been so impressed by someone - and I get to spend forever with him. It just makes my heart swell!
After we saw Jake at 75, the next checkpoint was the one where he pulled himself off the course two years ago. While we knew he was doing great and was going to finish, it was still emotional. My parents showed up in time for this checkpoint, too, which made me sob like a baby. Jake had called them Friday to tell them that he was proposing. They tried to get flights out, but they couldn't get anything. They called me about 9 pm on Saturday and said they were 4 hours away. I immediately started crying. I didn't know about the proposal, I just knew they'd want to see Jake finish. It meant the world to both of us that they made the drive. They got into Leadville about 2 am, got to see the last checkpoint and the finish, then they left to go back home about 11 am. They wanted to stay the night, but my Dad needed to get back to work. They're the best.
Anyway, the last checkpoint, mile 86ish, was SO cold. It was absolutely miserable. I was so worried about Jake and John. But they both came in looking good! Jake even took off the pants he had put on at the checkpoint before. I couldn't believe it. I was so glad my parents were able to see Jake at that point. After we left the checkpoint, it was time to head to the finish. I honestly couldn't believe it. Jake was going to do it. He was going to leave Colorado a Leadman. So was his Dad. Even though I never doubted for a second that they would finish, it just makes it all real when you get so close to the end. We all slept in our cars for about an hour or two at the finish line, then we grabbed coffee. I was antsy, so I walked up and down the finish line for a long time. I knew Jake would want his Kuat hat and maybe some coffee, so I paced back and forth until I saw them. I was going to walk the last mile with him, so I didn't want to miss him!
This moment was incredible. Jake is the the red and black and John is in the blue. Jake caught John in the last mile and a half and they decided to finish together. I started crying as soon as I knew this was them. I texted our families back at the finish line, and then ran over to meet the group. They were about a mile from the finish. Also, the finish line is UP HILL. No joke.
Cynthia, John, Jake, and me walking to the finish! <3 They did it!!!! 100 (and two) stinking miles.
We all crossed the finish line, the race announcer was screaming about the father and son team finishing together. It was all just SO awesome. Then Jake stopped and kind of hunched over, so I thought he was really hurting. Little did I know that he was pulling my ring out of his pocket. He had carried my ring for the entire 100 miles. Then he dropped down to one knee, but I still thought he was hurting. Then he said that he had carried this ring for the entire race and that we are a team and did this thing together. Then he asked me to marry him. Of course I'm sobbing, because how can you not be after that finish?! Then a proposal? I couldn't handle any more emotions! It was one of the best moments of my whole life. A friend got the whole thing on their phone - if you want to watch it, go HERE. Jake's Mom told the race photographers about it, so they were right there to get all the pictures. It was the best moment. <3 My Leadman.
Jake told me the ONE thing he wanted at the finish was a PBR on ice. That's just what he got!
I got to enjoy one, too!
Then it was back to the condo to shower and get ready for awards! My parents had to head out before awards, but it was SO wonderful having them there for a little bit.
My future mother-in-law, me, and my Momma! I guess I need to dye my hair blonde to match them... ; )
Jake showered, put on his winter coat, and passed out. Poor guy. I can't even imagine how exhausted he and John were.
Jake and John were pretty sore. You can see how swollen Jake's feet are - he has really narrow, skinny feet usually. He used his trekking pole to walk into awards.
The Leadmen and Leadwomen all gathering up at the front with their picks.
34 Leadmen and Leadwomen total. I think there were 200 or so that started...I'll have to double check with Jake.
After awards, we came back to the condo and I passed out pretty hard. I was so worn out! I couldn't even imagine how tired Jake and John were. Then we went out for dinner! Wings and beer. Heck yeah!
These two. Could not be more proud of them. LEADMAN!
It was pretty funny watching them hobble up the stairs...
Jake's Leadman trophy and my ring.
Then it was up early to start the drive home. Jake drove the first 4 hours, then I drove the rest of the way. He was able to sleep a little, which I was thankful for! He needed it. We tried to stop about every two hours so he could get out and stretch. I don't know that I would've been able to ride in a car for that long after doing what he did...
My Dad's office posted this of him watching the eclipse in his welding helmet. I was dying laughing! He's so awesome.
Pretty over being in the car...but the drive really wasn't all that bad!
When we got into town, we went to The Pitch to grab a pizza to take home for dinner. We had a couple beers while we waited. We were SO ready to see our babies!!!!
This pizza was DELICIOUS.
Jake's uncle and his fiance stayed at our house while we were gone. Thank you, AJ and Morgan!! Those brownies are almost gone...
I started the unpacking process Tuesday morning...All. The. Laundry.
Ordered this hat and am OBSESSED with it. I love pineapples, so it might just be my new favorite hat.
I'm going to finish unpacking today! I got a 7 mile run in this morning which felt SO good. Jake went back to work today, so we will relax tonight. He needs to really rest and recover, which he hates. I'm going to make him! ; )
I am going to split the race recap into two posts - this post will have the first 50 miles and tomorrow I will talk about the second 50 and Jake proposing. <3 Jake is also going to do a guest post on here either late this week or early next week to share his experience with everyone!
Here we are Friday afternoon, heading to Leadville for the pre-race meeting. Definitely a lot of nerves at this point, even for me. I was so impressed with how Jake handled the whole process.
A little background on the Leadville Race Series: there is a series of 5 races - the marathan, the 50 bike OR 50 run, the 100 bike, the 10k, and the 100 run. In order to be a Leadman, you have to complete all 5 races (choosing either the 50 bike or the 50 run) within a certain amount of time. Jake first attempted the Leadman series in 2013. He didn't make the cut-off for the 100 bike, so he wasn't able to go on after that. Then he attempted again in 2015, where he made it all the way to 83 miles in the 100 run and had to pull himself off the course due to an injured knee. His third time attempting was this year. And he did it! He finished the 100 mile run (the last event) in 27 hours and 45 minutes. The cut-off is 30 hours. You can imagine how special this weekend was for us, and his Dad completed the Leadman series along with him, which made it even more special.
Okay, back to Friday!
Poor Cynthia had to sit in the trunk of her own car!
Here we are at the pre-race meeting! This 100 mile run has been going on for 35 years!
It was amazing to see how many people were there either to race or support a racer. My favorite quote from the meeting" "Don't trust a fart after mile 5." HA!
After the meeting, the guys were provided with lunch, so Cynthia and I grabbed lunch from Tennessee Pass, which has the BEST brussel sprouts EVER.
Then we stopped to take some pictures on the drive back to the condo. Here's Jake and his Dad!
We really do love it here!
This is one of my favorite pictures. Jake, his Dad, and three of their four pacers. <3
While Jake finished putting his race stuff together and tried to relax a little, I started packing up our stuff. I knew we would be exhausted on Sunday after the race, and we were leaving early Monday morning, so I tried to pack as much as I could Friday evening.
If you haven't tried Skratch, we both HIGHLY recommend it. It's some of the yummiest hydration mix ever and they have all kinds of flavors. Plus, it's all natural. Check it out! Jake drank Skratch throughout the entire 100 miles.
Cynthia made an amazing skillet dinner for us! I'm obsessed with balsamic vinegar...it was DELICIOUS.
I brought our running calendar along with us. This was the quote for Jake's race day. Nailed it. 100%. It gave me goosebumps.
Jake getting ready Saturday morning! He was so ready to rock his race. I would tear up every time I looked at him. It was definitely a very emotional experience. We had spent the last 8 months preparing for this moment. I couldn't wait to watch him perform and I know he was so ready to just get started. He ran ran most of the race in Altra Timps, which I also run in, and he loved them!
Here's Jake and his Dad, John at the starting line! The race started at 4 am. We all got up at 2 am to leave the condo by 3 am to get to Leadville to get our guys ready to go. I had way too much on my mind to sleep, so I didn't sleep much the night before the race. Luckily, Jake said he slept pretty well!
Here's Penny, Jake's Momma, cutting up some tape just in case we needed to tape Jake. He had been fighting a sore knee all week, so we were making sure we would be prepared if he needed some tape. And don't worry, we watched a lot of YouTube videos on how to properly tape... ; )
We saw the guys at the first checkpoint, which was about 13.5 miles. Check out this view. It was beautiful. Also, I tried really hard to keep all the checkpoints in order and remember mileage, but I might be off on some. We were at all but one checkpoint two times, so they start to blend together. Plus there were LOTS of emotions, so I'm lucky I even remembered to take pictures half the time...
This sign cracked me up! They get a buckle when they finish the 100 mile run in under 30 hours.
Jake came in looking SO good! Here we are stuffing different things in his pack.
Whenever Jake or John would come into a checkpoint, it seemed like 2 minutes of organized chaos. They had written down and organized everything they needed and when, but I remember feeling so nervous about messing it up. On top of being nervous, I was excited, anxious, happy, and worried all at the same time. It really is just an incredible experience to be able to crew for amazing athletes. I LOVED watching all the men and women run.
After that checkpoint, we quickly packed up and headed to the next. We got to see both John and Jake on the road!
He always has his tongue out in pictures. Eye-roll.
Just mixing all the Skratch!!
There's Jake in the white! I want to say this is mile 27ish or so. He still looked so good.
Here's our race set-up, along with Jake's first pacer, Dwayne. I had a blast crewing for Jake with the group! My future in-laws are pretty amazing!
Here's John and Cynthia as John was headed back out to run!
Here's Jake at mile 40ish or so - see how good he still looks? He looked this good the whole time! I'm not kidding. I was so impressed. Every time he would come into an aid my heart would swell a little. I was so glad to see him feeling so good.
This happened before Jake came in, but it was at the same checkpoint. I saw Anton Krupicka, who Jake and I both love. As soon as I saw him, I dropped everything I was carrying and sprinted after him to get a picture. I tired to explain why I was chasing him, but I couldn't breathe, because altitude. ; ) But I got my picture with him and told him how much Jake and I loved him and that Jake was running....I probably also told him what I had had for breakfast because of the lack of oxygen from sprinting after him. ; ) Kidding! Maybe. Funny story about this, I didn't want to tell Jake about it until he finished because I knew he would be so jealous. Well, I guess Anton was pacing a female runner and Jake and his pacer, Dwayne, ran into them on the trail and Jake freaked out! He was telling Anton how much we loved him and that I would be so jealous that he got to see him, ha! Dwayne finally broke in and told Jake that I had already seen Anton and Anton remembered me!! I was pumped. He's a super cool dude.
Here are the pacers, Dwayne and Derek, at the 50 mile checkpoint waiting on Jake and John. Both Jake and John picked up pacers are mile 50! We were SO happy when that happened. It lowered our anxiety a little knowing the guys were going to have someone with them for the last 50 miles.
The guys ran on this...OUCH.
That's the first 50 miles! It was definitely an amazing experience, but also a nerve-wracking one. I will post about the second half of the race tomorrow. I will also share some more about my surprise proposal at the finish line!
Happy Tuesday, everyone!
I will post a race-recap tomorrow, but I wanted to let everyone know that I am going home with a LEADMAN! Jake finished the 100 mile run in 27 hours and 45 minutes! I could not be more proud!!!! I just keeping looking at him and thinking about how hard he has worked for this - this was a dream he had SIX years ago. I will share more tomorrow, but check out my Leadman! <3 I got the walk across the finish line with Jake, his Dad, John (who also finished the Leadman series), and Cynthia. It was awesome.
Then, after Jake crossed the finish line, he proposed! I think I'm still in shock. I posted a video on Instagram. Everything was SO perfect. I'll share the whole story later this week. My heart could not be any more full.
We are headed back home now - definitely a bittersweet feeling. I'm excited to get home, but I'm going to miss Colorado so much. And this was 100% a weekend that we will remember forever!
Getting some MP3 players and an iPod ready for Jake on Saturday! I think he is really loving my iTunes library...Eye-roll. Girly music is good for the soul.
I had a couple of trainings I needed to finish on the computer for the online class I'm teaching at UMSL (University of Missouri - St. Louis). Dinner was ready in the middle of my trainings, so I ran downstairs, ate super quick, and then finished my trainings after dinner. We had this deliciousness! Jake and I shared two different salmon patties - I liked one better than the other, so he got stuck eating the half of the one I didn't like...poor guy!
When I finally finished some computer stuff, I went downstairs to sit with Jake while he worked on race stuff. So many papers...so much math.
I didn't run this morning, I might run later, I haven't decided yet. I made an egg and veggie scramble for breakfast and had another one of those cranberry orange bagel halves. It was good!
Jake was working on packing his clothes and shoes for the run. I think he was having too much fun - just kidding! There's no such thing. : )
We are headed up to Leadville today for a race meeting and the guys will be fed a pasta lunch!
On Saturday, you can track them here:
There won't always be service, so some results will be delayed. I will also post on Facebook and Instagram (chelseakdorman) whenever I get service! Jake's bib is 157 and John's bib is 158.
I will post a race recap on Tuesday! We are driving home Monday (sad face), so I probably won't have time to post the race recap until Tuesday!
Happy weekend, everyone!!
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