I spent the day yesterday working on my dissertation proposal DRAFT. Not even the actual proposal yet. Woof. I did get quite a bit accomplished, so I'm going to focus on that instead of how much work I still have to do. : ) I wore one of my favorite Altra shirts and sipped on a smoothie for lunch while I worked. I do LOVE that I'm getting to work from home this summer and during the upcoming year - I think it's going to be pretty wonderful! I've never not had a full-time job while in graduate school, so this is going to be a nice change.
This one slept in this spot on our bed for most of the day. I love when her beard (we call it a lady beard...is that weird? Probably.) gets all smooshed while she sleeps. These dogs keep me laughing most of the day, which I love. I can't imagine life without them!
I have NO idea how this was comfortable for Aspen, but she laid like this for a hour or so. She loves being in the sun. I even opened up some blinds for her in the guest room, but she preferred the tile. Lu, once again, wouldn't leave me alone until I put a chair for her next to mine. She curled up and went to sleep as soon as I did. They're spoiled, we know.
When Jake got home from work, we took the last pile of tree limbs to the recycling center, then he went to his Dad's for a cycling workout. While he did that, I started on dinner. Jake had the brilliant idea to use the veggies I had gotten for kabobs in our pasta so they wouldn't go bad. I knew I kept him around for a reason! ; ) So, I got to chopping! Mmm. Yellow squash, zucchini, mushrooms, and onion.
Jake got home right as I was finishing up loading our plates! We had pasta with chicken, veggies, and spaghetti sauce, salad, and Jake had rolls. This was SO good.
Sriracha. Of course! I'm so glad to be able to eat Sriracha again after being sick. I missed it so much!
This was an accidental picture, but I liked it, so I'm posting it! ; ) We opened a bottle of 19 Crimes to have with dinner, too! It's probably one of our favorites. I think we had the dark blend for the first time last night - it was pretty good!
Jake got called in to work around 6 am, and I definitely hit snooze a few times after he left. I wanted to get a long run in today, but I could not get out of bed! I finally made myself get up, I drank some coffee, had a snack, and got ready to run. We usually buy the almond butter out of the machines at the grocery store, but the last three times I've gone, it's been broken! Boo. I miss it! We love this stuff, but I think the machine made almond butter is our favorite. We also forgot to get more honey from the farmer's market when we were there last weekend...we need more!
I didn't feel like running around our house, so I drove to the Y and started from there. Sometimes you need a change of scenery. I wore my pack so I could take water and carry my phone: win-win! I'm REALLY obsessed with this pack. I would wear it for every single run if Jake wouldn't make fun of me. ; ) Also, this run was hard. Really, really hard. I felt GREAT for the first half mile (HA!), then from .5 to 12, I wanted to quit. The whole time. I had a negative attitude, my legs felt heavy, and I just didn't want to run. I have been feeling that way all week and I hate it! I'm having an off week and I'm ready for that to change.
When I got to 10 miles, I told myself I could stop. Then I decided that was silly. I should do at least 11. By this point, my hips were killing me and I was tired. But when I hit 11, I knew I could do 1 more mile and actually get the milage I wanted, which was 12. So, I stopped being a baby (kind of) and ran until I hit 12. I may or may not have had to run 3 laps around some cars at the Y, but I got it in. Then I promptly sat on the curb and chugged water. So, it was not a great run, but it was a run and I'm glad i did it.
This is how I felt after. Not great! But hey, I only got sprinkled on once, so that's a positive!
I came home, cooked some eggs and heated up leftovers and chowed down. I was starving! I'll probably have a smoothie here in a little bit, too.
I'm going to spend the rest of the day working on my dissertation stuff, then I get to meet Cassie and Sam for sushi later! I can't wait. Jake has a 100 mile ride tonight, which I know he's going to do SO well in. He and his Dad have a 100 mile mountain bike race in Colorado next weekend! Then, it's up early tomorrow to drive to Omaha to celebrate my cousin Grace's life (I wrote about that HERE.). We will drive back home Saturday evening, then I think we are running some trail Sunday and RELAXING after!
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
I worked on my dissertation proposal for most of the morning yesterday. Lu wanted to sit with me, so I pulled one of our kitchen chairs over to the bar. She stared at me for awhile, probably hoping I'd let her sit on my lap, but she eventually curled up and went to sleep.
My tentative proposal timeline. GULP. I have lots that I need to start doing!
While I was working, I cooked up some more steel cut oats. We like having them prepped ahead of time so we can just heat them up and go in the mornings!
Lu got tired of being next to me, so she retreated to her favorite spot under our bed. Aspen prefers to be on top of the bed.
I was starving at 10:30 am again, so I had lunch! I think yesterday was my last day of this goodness. I took a break to watch Shameless while I ate.
I have posted about my BCAAs before, but I just love this brand! I put this on my Instagram story yesterday, but Evlution Nutrition sent me TWO free containers of BCAAS. TWO. I love this flavor, too. I drink this before my morning runs instead of coffee now and I LOVE it.
I wrote up this workout to do. I wanted to do 2 rounds, but I was on the workout struggle bus yesterday. I had no motivation to do anything and I was just worn out. I told myself I needed to just suck it up and do something. Well, I made it through one round and called it quits. I guess it's better than nothing!
I did a lot of laying on the garage floor...
After my failed workout, eye-roll, I took our recycling and then went to the grocery store. I finally remembered to take a bag with me for groceries and everything fit into it!
GAH! I had forgotten about these. I used to eat these all the time last summer. So happy I saw them! Can't wait to have some today. They really taste like cotton candy - it's crazy!
I am REALLY obsessed with candles. Yankee had a huge sale the other day, so I stocked up. These all small AMAZING. <3
Jake got home from work and we loaded up some more tree limbs (we hadn't finished hauling the tree that we chop up from the storm last week), and dropped them at the green waste recycling place. I had gotten stuff to make kabobs last night for dinner, but that just didn't sound good anymore and I was exhausted and didn't feel like cooking. Which NEVER happens. I love cooking. So, we decided to eat out. We went to Houlihan's and shared some nachos and this chicken sandwich. Both were delicious! They have this new charred pineapple brown rice and it's incredible.
I had some gorgeous views on my run this morning. It was a little humid, but there was a breeze, so that helped.
The clouds were so pretty. I had to stop and take a few pictures.
I wore my running skort again - I'm a big fan! It's so comfortable.
Steel cut oats with almond butter and eggs with Sriracha for breakfast! I have felt a little weak this week, so I'm counting calories for the day to make sure I'm eating enough. I'm going to start ramping up my milage next week, so I want to make sure I'm hitting all my nutrition like I need to. I could just be weak from being sick last week! We will see.
Today is another work day for me. I have a conference call at 11:30, so I'm going to work until then, do the call, eat lunch, then work until Jake gets home. I'm hoping I get most of my work done today so I can go to the pool or something for an hour or two tomorrow. Fingers crossed! Jake has a gravel ride Friday night and I have a girls' night with Cassie and Sam! I think my evening sounds more fun! ; ) We are leaving for Omaha Saturday morning and need to be there about 11, so we will get up about 3:15/3:30 to get ready and hit the road. One of my cousins, Grace, was born in September of 2016 with Trisomy 18, and she passed away in January of 2017. I never got to meet her, but we are having a celebration of her life on Saturday. It will be nice to have my family all together to celebrate Grace. If you want to read about Grace's life journey, HERE is the link to her Caring Bridge. My aunt, Brooke, did an amazing job keeping everyone updated and explaining what sweet Grace was going through. We will stay for the celebration and then come home Saturday night. Lots of driving time, but it will be SO worth it to get to celebrate Grace and see my family. On Sunday we have a long trail run, and I think that's it! Hopefully some relaxation time, as well.
Happy Friday Eve, everyone! I hope your Thursday is wonderful!
Someone keeps giving Lu mohawks...it isn't me! This was after she attempted to smooth her hair back down. Poor thing. She needs a hair cut. Jake also calls HER Lewis. He has since we first started dating. I keep reminding him that she's a lady, but he says she looks like an Uncle Lewis. She's so abused.
For dinner last night I made sweet potato veggie nachos! I sliced up two sweet potatoes, tossed the pieces in olive oil, paprika, garlic powder, and some taco seasoning from Primal Palate. I baked them without any toppings for 10 minutes at 375.
While they were baking, I chopped up the veggies for the top - tomato, red pepper, jalapeno, and onion. After the 10 minutes were up, I piled the sweet potato slices and put all the veggies on top. Then I baked it all together for 20 minutes at 375. The last few times we have made these, we used steak, too. I like these because you have a lot of options!
When the nachos were finished baking, I topped them with avocado and cilantro. We also had lentils with Sriracha and fresh limes!
Yummmm. This was super good and very filling!
After dinner, Jake had a meeting, so I worked on some school stuff until he got home. Then we sat at the table talking until WAY past our bed time. I have decided that I'm going to apply for jobs all over, so we were discussing states we like/think we would like and areas that we might not be as interested in. There's definitely a lot to consider!
I didn't run this morning, so I got to do my favorite thing - lounge in my jammies and drink coffee! This is one of my favorite parts of summer. I love getting to take my time in the mornings and not rush out the door to get to work. While I'd rather start my day with a run, I really love the days that I can drink coffee and wear my robe. It doesn't happen very often! And now that I've completed the Leadville heavy half, I don't feel like such a poser drinking out of these coffee mugs. ; ) I'm hoping I get to do this a lot more next year since I won't be going back to teaching full-time while I finish my dissertation.
Breakfast! Mmm. Coffee. Double mmm. I'm back to black coffee this week! I used up all my Ripple Vanilla milk, so I need more!
I am obsessed with this lap desk. I have had it for YEARS. The next few weeks are going to be bonkers, so I spent some time this morning looking over my planner and mentally preparing. All while drinking coffee, of course. Also, can we take a moment to talk about the fact that it's almost July??? What the heck. How did that happen? This summer is FLYING.
My friend Michelle sent me this awhile ago - I was the worst and read it, died laughing, then totally forgot to tell her how hilarious she is. I mean, it seems fine to me! ; )
Since I didn't run today, I'm planning on going to yoga and doing a weight circuit in the garage later. I have a TON of work to do on my dissertation proposal, so I'm going to spend the next 5 or so hours working on that. It's hard for me to sit and work on my computer for long periods of time when I don't run, so we will see how this goes.
I am currently obsessed with chicken wraps, complete with pickles, onions, jalapeno, mustard, and Sriracha. I think I have had this for lunch 4 or 5 times in a row now. It's just SO good. Also, I totally ate lunch at 10:30 am on Monday...I was starving and couldn't wait. Whoops. After I ate, I had a 90 minute phone call about my dissertation proposal - I have LOTS of work to get done.
Our tentative menu for the week. I think we usually have at least one Mexican meal. It's our favorite! I have the recipe for the nachos posted under Eats. It's seriously amazing. If you like sweet potatoes and steak, you'll LOVE it.
Yesterday was my Mom's birthday, so we went to Aviary to celebrate. I'm not a huge crepe fan, so I got the Croque Madame - which is very similar to a grilled cheese with ham and egg. It was DELICIOUS.
Mmm. Sriracha. Now that I'm back to normal (no more food poisoning), I hope I NEVER have to go without Sriracha again. No one should have to live that way. ; )
Jake had a crepe with steak tips and mushrooms. He loved it!
We also shared the brussel sprouts. We LOVE brussels. <3
My parents! Aren't they the cutest?
I ate ALL of my food, so I was thankful for elastic waistbands last night - haha! These pants are my favorite from ROOLEE Boutique - HERE. They are SO comfy.
Piper (my baby sister - she's 23, but still my baby sister) and I are going to take my Mom on a girls' day trip somewhere this summer. We haven't decided where yet! There should probably be a spa and yummy food...
Jake and I ran this morning. He needed 6 miles and I wanted to do a little bit longer, but knew I wouldn't want to keep running after he stopped, so I got up at 4 to run a couple miles before I met him to run 6. I can tell I've had a couple days of hard running on top of not feeling well last week because I was pretty worn out today. I think I'm going to take tomorrow off and just go to yoga and do a little weight circuit to give my legs a break. I just really love starting my day with a run and finishing it as the sun comes up. I think that's my favorite part of the day! But rest and listening to your body are important, and my body is telling me I'm tired.
We had eggs and steel cut oats after our run. I forgot how much I love steel cut oats.
Topped with honey and Sriracha! Mm. That hit the spot! Then I was off to MSU to teach for the morning.
I told Jake the other day that I wanted to run another half this summer, just for fun. Look what he found for me! It's the morning of my high school reunion, so it'll work out perfectly! We are gone so much this summer, I kind of assumed I wouldn't find a race that I could do. I'm so excited! I think this will be my 14th or 15th half...I need to suck it up and do a full. I really want to start doing more trail races, since trail running is my favorite. If anyone knows of any awesome trail runs, I'd love to hear about them! We also need to plan another race out of Missouri...we have 48 more states to run in together!
I had the same lunch again today, plus some watermelon. It's just so dang good. I watched half an episode of Shameless while I ate, then I got started on some work around the house. I've been trying to drink a little kombucha every day since my food poisoning - I love this grapefruit flavor!
I am spending the rest of the day just working on MSU stuff, my dissertation proposal, and the article I'm co-authoring. I will do a little laundry at some point, too. Jake has a 90 minute ride after work, so while he does that, I'll start on our sweet potato and steak nachos! I might change them to just veggie nachos (sometimes I like steak and sometimes I don't), but I haven't decided yet. We are both looking forward to a relaxing night at home!
I had a reader email me today and say she came across my blog via another blog, and that now she reads it every day! Her email made me smile SO big. Thank you! : )
I hope your Tuesday is a great one!
I was still feeling a little crummy Friday, but I knew I needed to run because it would make me feel better. I threw on my new race shirt from Leadville to help motivate me. These shirts are SO comfortable. I love them!
Then I met my Momma for lunch. We shared this sandwich, and I got a smoothie and a ginger shot. Since I was still getting sick, I was really trying to get some calories in whenever I did eat.
Mmmm. This lunch was perfect.
While we were eating, a CRAZY storm started. I heard we had 60 mile an hour winds (which is also what we were running in during our races in Leadville). It was crazy to compare it to that because the wind was nuts on Friday. And it poured. My Mom and I tried to wait it out, but after a little while, we just decided to go for it. I was soaked by the time I got back to my car.
Then I came home to this. This was the last tree in our front yard! Bummer.
The rain had stopped by the time I got home, so I got out to run. My shoes were still covered in dust from Leadville.
I have never had this performance condition show up before...I think my body was SO happy to run! I had to stop and take a picture of it.
The entire trail looked like this. I'm glad the storm was short, but it caused a lot of damage!
I came home to some sleepy babies. I did a little bit of work after my run while I was waiting for Jake to get home.
When he got home, we spent a couple hours chopping up the tree and getting it ready to load into the truck on Saturday. There's the whole thing!
Jake had a huge branch fall on him and it cut his chest pretty deep, this picture doesn't do it justice. Poor guy. It was pretty swollen and bruised the rest of the weekend.
I was still not feeling 100%, but we decided I needed some sangria. I think it helped!
After dinner, we went to the batting cages and then got Pineapple Whip. It was a fun Friday date night!
We slept in a little on Saturday before we ran, which was nice. I broke out my Blue Owl Brewing socks from a brewery in Austin, TX. They're super comfy!
We shared this piece of toast on the road. We were just going to do 8 miles, so we didn't need a ton of food on our stomachs. I STILL wasn't back to normal, so I didn't want to get caught on the trails and get sick. I prefer to run on an empty stomach, so half the toast was perfect.
The weather was PERFECT. We went to Two Rivers and did our 8 miles. I think the route we took is one of my new favorites. It was a really enjoyable run.
We both wore beer socks. True love? I think so.
Sweaty and ready for breakfast!!
We went home and changed, then headed out for breakfast. We walked around the farmer's market a little bit before we ate because there was a wait. We ate at Aviary and shared two crepes.
Everything was delicious, like always!
Then it was home to load up the tree and take it to the yard waste recycling center. This is just one load...I think we have one or two loads left to take. We ran out of time, so we didn't get the whole thing taken.
We were pretty worn out after our day, so we went to The Pitch for an early dinner. We shared wings, a salad, and pizza. If you haven't tried The Pitch yet, you should go! They have the BEST crust.
I've been looking for a single strap bag for awhile. We found this at Queen City Cycles and I am PUMPED. I love it! <3
Found this sleepy girl ready for bed. She looks so sweet and innocent here...don't let that fool you!
On Sunday, Jake went to Arkansas with a group to ride 75 miles on gravel and I ran around home. I FINALLY felt back to normal!!!! I wore my Altra running skort for the first time on a run and I really liked it! It's so lightweight and comfortable. I may have to get a couple more to run in...
I can tell I'm feeling better because I was able to push my pace a little on my last two miles. This entire run felt amazing, which I'm SO thankful for.
After my run, I made a huge smoothie and got to work on a draft of my dissertation proposal. I sipped on this smoothie most of the morning. It was yummy!
I haven't had Sriracha in awhile (worst part of food poisoning), but I decided yesterday was the day. I made a chicken wrap with all this goodness plus onions. Once I cut that gross top layer off my avocado, it was perfect! Those tortillas are the BEST. Ever.
Mmmm. This really hit the spot. I may have to make this again for lunch today...
I ate the entire thing. It was the best wrap. Ever. Food finally sounds super good again.
I got my draft finished, vacuumed, did all the laundry, and mowed while Jake was gone - it was a very productive Sunday! When he got home from his ride, we went over to his parents' for dinner. We sat outside and had some wine before we ate. The weather was incredible.
Dinner was phenomenal, like always. We left their house with super happy bellies.
Jake and I ran this morning and I feel totally back to normal! I think I'm over my food poisoning! Finally. That was a long, miserable 6 days. I hope to never go through that again.
Penny, Jake's Mom, sent us home with some leftovers last night (thank you!) and that included a huge bowl of watermelon. Mmmm. It's so good. I snacked on this after our run.
Then had some oatmeal with peanut butter mixed in. I haven't had oatmeal in a long time. I forgot how much I loved it.
I have a phone conference today to discuss my dissertation proposal draft and I need to do our meal prep. I also plan on doing a little weight circuit here in a little bit. We are going to dinner with my family tonight to celebrate my Mom's birthday - I can't wait! I love that we will get to see both our families this week.
Happy Monday, everyone!
I spent the day yesterday working on school stuff and the article I'm co-authoring. I'm hoping to finish that article today! Fingers crossed. Lu and Aspen stayed close to my side all morning. Lu likes to lay as close to the edge of the bed as possible without falling off. She usually ends up falling off, but it's cute watching her get settled.
For lunch I had a Hawaiian roll (under the chicken), some chicken with a little bit of BBQ sauce, and watermelon. It was super yummy. I'm trying not to eat really big portions and just eat small amounts more consistently to try and keep food in my stomach all day. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't (sorry for the TMI!). If anyone has an immediate cure for food poisoning, I'd LOVE to hear it. I'm so over this! I'm also really bad about eating my normal foods...I know I need to stick to something more bland, but I just love food too much.
I'm been drinking lots of Kombucha. Mm. This Pineapple Peach flavor was delicious! Not overly sweet, which I like.
This is Aspen's mad face. There was a squirrel in the backyard and I wouldn't let her out to get it. She literally sat like this and just stared at me for a solid 15 minutes. She eventually forgave me, but she was not happy with me for awhile. She has got to be one of the most expressive dogs I have ever met. You can tell what she is thinking just by looking at her!
I guess Lulu was missing her Dad because she wouldn't get off of his CLEAN shirt when I was putting laundry away. I think these two are sick of me being home and mopy all day. ; ) And see, she's on the edge of the bed!
I had a little bit of this popcorn for a snack later on in the afternoon. We took this on our car trip to Colorado. I love it! If anything has black pepper, I am a fan!
After the popcorn, I was still hungry, so I had some of our leftover ground chicken from the tacos we had Wednesday night. It was yummy. I was pretty hungry all day yesterday, so I'm taking that as another good sign.
Jake got home from work and the girls were thrilled. Eye-roll. I think they like him more than they like me.
Jake left to go on a short ride and I finished up some work. I had just started dinner as he was getting home. We had garlic honey salmon with zucchini and summer squash, and a roll. I probably should have just eaten the roll and nothing else, but everything was SO good. I also don't want to miss out on my veggies every day. Trying to eat healthy when you're sick is super hard.
We were both craving something sweet, then we remembered we had treats! This chocolate bar was left over from our trip and Jake had half of a seven-layer bar from a bakery in Frisco, CO. We were pretty stoked. We sat on the couch watching New Girl, looking at places to stay in Colorado in August, and just relaxing.
I went into the bedroom to get ready for bed and saw that Lu the Mighty Pillow Hater had struck again. I honestly don't know what her deal is with pillows, but she does this all the dang time. Anywhere we go! She loves to mess up all the pillows at my parents' house, too. She's something else. She's either messing the pillows up or hiding things behind them. We can't take her anywhere. I'm sure Aspen encouraged this behavior! ; )
I sat down to plug my phone in and Aspen immediately jumped up on the bed and laid her head in my lap. Our dogs are hot messes.
I slept in this morning. I've just been so worn out! When I finally got up, I made breakfast - eggs and avocado toast, then got started on some work.
I'm meeting my Mom for lunch later, and then I hope to go to the Y to run a little on the treadmill. I was really hoping to get a long trail run in on Saturday, but we will just see how today goes. We are both looking forward to a laid-back weekend - I think we need it!
I hope everyone has a great weekend! Enjoy the sunshine!
Yesterday was probably the worst day for me in regards to whatever is going on - we think food poisoning, but we aren't 100% positive. The girls kept me company all day, which I loved. I spent the morning watching Netflix in bed. I needed to be working on my dissertation proposal, but I had a killer headache and just couldn't make myself do it. I wouldn't mind being sick so much if I could still get things done! I was pretty frustrated yesterday.
Jake told me to drink some Skratch to replace electrolytes. I love this stuff! It's all natural and tastes SO good. We also love their recovery shakes - they have all kinds of products. Check them out HERE.
Stilllllll laying in bed watching Shameless! I was worn out - not tired enough to nap, but didn't have enough energy to go do anything. Pity party galore!
I finally grabbed a smoothie from Tropical Smoothie Cafe. I added an immune booster to it - I'm willing to do anything to feel better as this point.
After I drank my smoothie, I had a phone conference about my dissertation and the article I'm co-authoring. I was a little overwhelmed after our talk because I felt behind (hello, you laid in bed all day and watched Netflix. No duh.). So, I decided to nap. Eye-roll. See, I was really having a pity party for myself. I slept for about an hour, then got up and decided I needed to be an adult and get some work done. About that time, Jake got home from work and got ready to go on his 40-some mile ride. (He's been having some of the same issues I have, just not quite as bad. He had part of what I ate at dinner the other night, so we don't know if that's what caused it or if we caught some bug.) While he was out for his ride, I sucked it up and started working on some stuff. After about 2 hours, I had gotten a little bit accomplished and felt a tiny bit better. One day I'll learn that if I just take care of what I need to do, I'll feel a whole lot better! Maybe. No promises.
After I got some work finished, I decided we needed some avocados for dinner, so I ran to the store real quick. I haven't had much of an appetite the last few days, but as I was walking through the store, I saw some watermelon and realized I HAD to have it. I couldn't even wait to get home to eat some of it...YUM.
I've always liked watermelon, but this was so perfect I just couldn't stop. I ate a ton of it.
We were supposed to have this dinner Tuesday, but I didn't feel like cooking that night, so it got pushed back to last night. Jake had ground chicken tacos with corn, black beans, salsa, and jalapeno, with some quinoa, and avocado on the side.
I decided I probably didn't need beans or jalapenos (sad day) with how my stomach was feeling, so I tried to keep mine a little more bland. I did have a tortilla and add a tiny bit of salsa to my quinoa. It was SO nice to eat a real meal.
This might be TMI, so feel free to keep scrolling! Before bed last night, I told Jake that I really wanted to try and run in the morning. I knew it would be uncomfortable, but I just needed to do something. He is SO good about making me stick to my word - even when I don't want to...Well, I managed to keep dinner down all through the night! (I was up getting sick 4 or 5 times Tuesday night). I didn't get sick again (sorry for the TMI) until around 4:30 am, which is when we were getting up to run. I, of course, started feeling sorry for myself and told Jake that I didn't think I was going to run. He knew I was bummed and asked if I was sure. I kept going back and forth and eventually, I just said I wasn't going. I'm sure I said it in a pouty way. He told me to just think about it and then went to the garage to put his running shoes on (he's a smart man and knows me well). He came back inside and I had gotten my running clothes on and decided I was going. Did I feel like running? Heck no. Did I want to run? Kind of. I love our morning runs, so I decided I would go for a mile or two and just see how I felt. Plus, Jake had been feeling crummy too and he was going to run. I figured we could be miserable together!
Well, it was tough. We walked a lot. But we got a sloooow 4 miles in. They weren't pretty miles, but they were still something.
Here are my thoughts on running when you're sick: Listen to your body - it will give you clues on whether or not it's smart to push through or lay off. Don't go too hard too soon - I would've loved to run yesterday, but I knew it wasn't smart, and I knew if I ran today, it needed to be slow. And it was. Rest - let your body have time to recover, plus, can you think of a better excuse to binge watch some Netflix?! Refuel - this is always important, but I think it's even more important when you're feeling crummy. I know I will be drinking lots and lots of water today.
After our run, I made oatmeal with some Ripple milk to add some protein. So far, I haven't gotten sick! Fingers crossed I'm at the end of this. My appetite is coming back, so I think that's a good sign.
I plan to relax and rest today while working on stuff. We were going to go camping this weekend, but decided it's not the best time. After being sick this week, behind on work (I blame Netflix), and knowing we will be gone a lot in the next two months, we decided we needed to stay at home.
Hey, it's Friday Eve! Yay! Happy Thursday, everyone!
First of all, thank you SO much to everyone for your kind words yesterday - they meant a lot! I'm still feeling pretty crummy, but my appetite is starting to come back, so I hope that's a good sign. I didn't end up running yesterday, there was no way I could have and it's not looking promising for today either. Fingers crossed for tomorrow! I got through teaching yesterday morning, then met my friend Cassie for lunch. We shared a sandwich and that seemed to be okay...for a little bit. I rushed home from lunch and was pretty sick again, so I crawled into bed to watch some Netflix. I tried to drink some broth and beet juice, and eat part of this bagel. The broth was fine, but I couldn't finish the other two. Thank goodness for Netflix!
Jake brought some Gatorade home for me (my hero!) and then we ventured out to grab something for dinner.
We decided on Panera because I thought chicken noodle soup might help settle my stomach.
Mm. I love this stuff. I didn't used to be a chicken noodle soup fan, but now I love it. Especially when I'm not feeling all that great. I ate most of this!
We decided we wanted to find a cool documentary to watch and just relax a little last night. We started watching Chasing Perfection, which is a documentary series in which Michael Johnson studies different technological tools and how they can be used to improve training practices for elite athletes. So far, it's pretty interesting! Sorry to whoever that is on the TV...not the best picture!
When you want to cuddle but also want to sit in the reclining part of the couch...ha! Our couch has recliners in the two ends. We hardly sit in them, but it sounded nice last night!
Jake rolled a little while we finished up our show. We keep our rollers right in the living room, that way we see them every day. He is WAY better about using them than I am...
Here is what Jake posted about his Leadville Marathon experience. I wrote about the race series he is doing this summer, called Leadman, and this marathon was the first of a total of 5 races. Check out his insights!
HIs watch died at mile 24, but here is everything up until that point!
Still not feeling all that great this morning, but I was hungry when I woke up, so I had a mini bagel with jelly. So far, so good! : ) I'll probably do a smoothie for lunch and see how that goes. I REALLY hope today is the last day of this. I want to run! And eat. My two favorite things!
This graphic always makes me laugh. Gotta love balance!
I have some stuff I want to get done around the house today, but I feel a nap calling my name. I feel like if I don't start being productive right away, I make excuses and don't always get all my stuff done. I have a phone meeting later about my dissertation proposal and the article I'm co-authoring, so maybe that'll help me be more productive today.
I hope everyone's Wednesday is wonderful!
I got out and did an easy 3 mile run yesterday. I pretty much just shuffled down the street for the first half mile, but after that, my legs loosened up and I felt MUCH better. I was amazed at how much easier it was to breathe, too. I rocked my new Altra hat, which I am obsessed with. It is so lightweight, didn't move at all, and is super comfy. It might just be one of my new favorites! <3
After my run I made a smoothie for lunch. A couple of people have asked me how many calories are in this smoothie, so I put everything into MyFitnessPal to find out. I used to count calories religiously, but I haven't done that for probably two and half years or so. I don't miss it! See below for ingredients, amount, and calories! It's VERY filling.
After lunch I mowed, then spent some time prepping for my class. Oh, and had a snack. An apple and almond butter. One of my favorites!
We met my family for dinner last night. Everything was delicious, but Jake and I have had some pretty awful stomach issues ever since. I will spare you the details, but it has been pretty miserable. We both got a chicken sandwich in a lettuce wrap, so I'm not sure what bothered us. Everything tasted SO good, like always, but it just didn't settle well.
After dinner we went home to relax! Lu was mad Jake was on the phone and not giving her his undivided attention. She kept creeping closer and closer to him. It was hilarious.
These two and their cuddles. We got to watch a little bit of New Girl, which I loved! It was nice to just have some time to relax.
Lu sure loves her Dad. Her hair has gotten really long, so I need to get her in for a haircut. Jake has been putting her hair into a mohawk lately...it's absolutely hilarious. She doesn't love it, but I think she will let him do anything as long as he gives her some cuddles.
It was early to bed for us since we didn't feel very good. I couldn't eat breakfast, but I knew I needed a little something in my stomach because I teach today. I stuck with some Kombucha and pretzels. So far, I've been okay!
We didn't run this morning since we were feeling so crummy. We may try and knock out a run later, we will just see how we are feeling.
Here is a wrap-up of our whole race weekend! I was going to make this two separate posts, but decided to share all of our awesome weekend fun in one - so it's a little lengthy! This weekend was incredible. I loved every second (minus the 20 minute run on Friday...that I did not enjoy.) Everything else was perfect!!
On Friday, we spent some time walking around the race store - there is so much awesome gear out there! I got a new soft water bottle, the ones that came with the pack I have have been giving me fits when I try to take the lids off. Not great during a race...eye-roll.
Then we grabbed an early dinner. We all shared this pizza, it was AMAZING. I also had a beer - I always have a beer the night before a race, I've been doing it for years! I think it helps. ; )
After our early dinner, it was back to the room to get ready for the morning! These two cracked me up the entire trip. They definitely made the trip fun! Also, I totally failed to get a picture of our room. We stayed at the Leadville Hostel and it was incredible. I had never stayed in a hostel before, and to be honest, I was expecting it to be dirty and loud. This was nicer than a lot of hotel rooms!! We also had a private room, which included a bathroom, for the three of us, so that was super nice. The owner of the hostel, Cathy, is the most adorable, sweetest lady. We also got to meet a bunch of other racers, so that was fun! I think the bar has been set VERY high for hostels. I know they won't all meet my expectations now. If you're ever near Leadville, definitely stay here. You won't regret it.
Here is what Jake and I used during our races! His is on the left and mine is on the right. I ended up just taking the hard water bottle and leaving the soft ones in the room. It worked perfectly.
I was so excited to use my new pack in a race. This was the first time I had carried a pack during a race, so I was anxious to see how I felt. I LOVED it. I carried my phone in one of the front pockets, so I was able to get a lot of pictures during the race.
Our races started at 8 am, so we got up at 5 to make breakfast, drink coffee, and get ready! I had two mini bagels with almond butter and honey and a banana. It was the perfect amount. I never felt full or sick to my stomach. The guys had steel cut oats/oatmeal, almond butter, honey, and bananas.
Then it was outside to get some pictures! I didn't bring my sunglasses...Jake still made me stare into the sun. This is what happened, ha! At least the guys look good.
Much better! I thought my eyes were going to burn out of my head. I immediately went back inside to get my sunglasses. I would've been miserable if I had forgotten them!
Time to walk to the starting line! They were ready...and probably tired of me taking a million pictures. But look at that background! How can you not take a million pictures? It's gorgeous.
We got to see Vanessa and her husband before the race started! She took this picture of us. It was SO good to see them both. They own Ames Adventure Outfitters, check it out HERE - Jake is an ambassador for them and LOVES all of the gear they carry. They're the reason we are so obsessed with Altra!
Just before the start gun went off - ready to get started! I am always so anxious for races to start. I don't like waiting around, I just want to get going. Luckily, this race was so fun. They entertained you right up till the start, which I loved. All three of us started together, even though the guys were doing the full and I was doing the heavy half. Our courses split from one another after about the first mile.
I did a lot of walking the first half of the race. It was mostly up-hill, so I told myself that whenever I was having trouble breathing, I would slow down, walk, and enjoy the scenery. That's just what I did! I didn't go into this race with any expectations, other than finishing it, so that was really nice. Sorry for the sweat mark on this picture, gross. This is the first picture of the mountains I got! This was probably 3 miles into the race. We finally came into a clearing, after going ALL up-hill (woof), so I took a moment to enjoy it.
Came across these two at one of the aid stations. I didn't have any Fireball, but I HAD to get a picture of them!
Then we started climbing Mosquito Pass. Wow. I had no idea how tough this would be. It's a 2 mile climb up a mountain.
This is maybe one of my favorite pictures from the race. I was about halfway to the top, the wind was crazy, but it was so pretty. I have honestly never experienced wind like I did at the top of the mountain. It was 50-60 miles an hour and I felt like I was going to be blown off. Since the races are out and back, as we were climbing up this mountain, people were starting to reach the turn around and come back down. So there were groups of people going in opposite directions on this little trail. In 50-60 mile an hour winds. Talk about crazy! I think my mantra the whole way up was, "Don't look up, don't fall," and my mantra the whole way down was, "Get down. Get down!" It was such an incredible, yet terrifying experience.
When I got to the top, all I wanted to do was immediately turn around and get the heck out of the wind, but I knew I would regret not getting pictures. So, I snapped this real quick to show the elevation.
Then I got a selfie before booking it as fast as I could down the mountain. The dirt was hitting us so hard up there, I was thankful I had stuffed my jacket and a buff into my pack. I was lucky to find two girls who were about my pace, so I followed them the entire way down.
Shortly before I took this picture, I saw Jake as he started to climb the mountain! I was SO excited. He had told me I would see him, but I had forgotten. He looked SUPER strong, but once he finished, he told me he had been having some serious stomach issues that started at mile 11 and lasted until pretty much the finish of his race. I felt so bad for him. He didn't quit, though, and pushed through some pretty serious pains. I was and still am SO dang proud of him. As I got toward the end of my race, I started thinking about how John and Jake were running TEN more miles than I was. My hips and quads were pretty well done for by mile 12 out of 15.5 of my run, so I couldn't imagine running 10 more miles after I finished. I was very impressed and SUPER proud of both of them. I got this picture after I got off the mountain and was headed back toward the finish.
I finished!!!! I crossed the finish at 3:39. And man was I glad to be finished!!
Here are some of my Strava insights.
I rushed back to the hostel to get our recovery shakes, change my shoes and hat, then it was back to the finish to wait for the guys! My stomach did NOT feel good at all. I ate a couple pieces of watermelon and that helped a little. I was pretty nauseous, so I know I didn't refuel like I should have. I don't think I moved from my spot on the asphalt for an hour and a half...it was fun watching everyone finish!
Every time someone in a neon green/yellow shirt or a blue shirt would get close to the finish, I would think it was John or Jake. I was just so excited for them to finish! John came in around 5:38, so I cheered him on and snapped some pictures.
Jake came in around 5:58. I could tell by his face that he was not feeling well, but he finished strong! I couldn't wait to squeeze him. Not usually what a racer wants as soon as they cross the finish after a TOUGH race, but whatever! ; )
I love this picture.
Everyone was finished!!! I like their short tan lines in this picture. So proud of both of them.
Then it was back to the hostel to clean up and head to awards! We had to get a picture with our medals. ; )
I loved experiencing this town and this race with my favorite guy. I get why he loves this!
If you're unfamiliar with the Leadville Race Series, check it out HERE. Jake and his Dad are both doing Leadman, so we will be in Colorado a lot this summer. They both have four more races to complete by August, with the next being a 50 mile mountain bike race in July. I can't wait to watch them.
It was so amazing to be surrounded by such incredible athletes. It definitely inspires you. I'm ready to hit the ground running (literally) and start training for some upcoming races.
The best recovery: free beer! ; )
After awards, we chowed down at one of the guys' favorite restaurants - Tennessee Pass. I had a buffalo burger with fried egg plant as the bun. Holy yum. Also, those flash fried brussels. Double holy yum.
We headed back to the hostel to hit the hay so we could get up early and hit the road. We went to bed about 8:30/9. I never fell asleep. Ugh. I finally moved to another bed around midnight hoping that would help. It didn't. About 1 am, I accepted the fact that I was wide awake and wasn't going to get any sleep. About that same time, John got up, then Jake got up. I heard them talking, saying they couldn't sleep anymore. I piped up and said that I had never fallen asleep! We all looked at each other and immediately decided to just hit the road. So, we packed up, made coffee, and were on the road by 2 am!
We took turns sleeping and driving, and it ended up working out really well. Sometimes you need to rep your high school! This is one of my favorite shirts. It's SO soft, probably from being almost 10 years old. HA!
We stopped for lunch at Qdoba. He loves when I take candid pictures of him eating. ; )
I usually get the kids nachos because they're the perfect size. I have them put the chips on the side and then I can just dip them. It's my favorite from Qdoba!
As we were driving home, I got this text from a friend. I love getting messages like this! Sometimes I feel silly sharing so much about our lives, but then I get things like this and I'm reminded why we do it. My friend also let me talk her ear off about being so inspired by the athletes in Leadville. : )
I was sad I didn't get to see my Dad for Father's Day, but we are getting together tonight for dinner to celebrate him! He's the best! <3 I get my love for books, education, and athletics from him. He's a constant source of knowledge and support, and for that, I am extremely thankful.
We got home yesterday around 4:30. We unpacked, then met Jake's family for dinner. I love that we live so close to our families. It was so good to see them and catch up! Then it was home to go to bed early, but we got caught up chatting and before we knew it, it was past 10. Whoops! I think we are both going to be a little sleepy today. But oh well! It was nice to chat about our trip, our races, and our plans. We have decided to do a race together in every state! I'm so excited. I think we will get to do some amazing races this way.
Had eggs and a mini bagel for breakfast this morning. I LOVED our trip, but it's so nice to be home. Also, HUGE shoutout to Aunt Chelsea for taking care of our babies while we were gone - they both sure do love you!
I'm going to go do a short, easy run just to shake my legs out. We are all still pretty sore! Some of my family from Iowa is in town, so I cannot wait to see them tonight! We don't get together enough, and since we were racing this weekend, I didn't get to spend time with them.
Happy Monday, friends! Get out there and be awesome.
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