Wednesday, November 30, 2011

What a weird November!

The weather in Maine has not been "normal" at all.  For instance, in the past week we had our 2nd snow storm of the season.  But then we've ended the month with 50 degree days!  It's crazy that I went out to recess duty today without a jacket - on the last day of November.  That just doesn't happen in Maine.

Anyway, looking back at the month, I am surprised with my mileage.

107.25 miles!!!!  

Last November, I logged 84 miles.  I'm liking the progress I've made in the past year.

Last night Ward was telling me that I have surpassed what he thought I was capable with running.   He's so sweet.  Of course, it all stemmed from a disagreement about me and chopping wood.  I told him I couldn't do it.  I have tried, and I just cannot figure it out.  He reminded me that I used to say that about running.  Jeez.  It looks like I have a new challenge: to figure out how to chop wood.  Ugh!

While I'm looking at my November stats, I should comment on my HBBC progress:

Week #2:
3 mile run +3 pts
7 servings of fruits/veggies  +1
= 4 pts

10.1 mile run +10.1 pts
7 servings f/v +1
= 11.1 pts

1.5 mile walk (during lunch I walked downtown to the post office) +1.5 pts
7 servings f/v +1
1 hr yoga +3 pts
= 5.5 pts

4 mile run +4 pts
7 servings f/v +1
1 hr yoga +3
= 8 pts

4 mile run +4 pts
7 servings f/v +1 pts
1 hr yoga + 3 pts
= 8 pts

Thursday & Friday - we'll see!

So far - 36.6 points.  I am loving this challenge!  I know some other challengers have mentioned the 7 servings of fruit and veggies being a challenge.  I eat all day long, really I do.  Having the opportunity to earn a point to eat 7 servings of something I love is awesome news to me.  I find myself stuffing my lunch bag in the morning with 2 apples and 2 bananas.  Then I often have a veggie of some sort at lunch.  Most of the time I have a fruit in the morning for breakfast, so that leaves only one more fruit or veggie to eat at dinner.

Oh & my Yankz came on Monday!  Thank you Bobbie!  I was feeling bad that I had won a few things already and when they came, Tucker was so excited about them, so I let him have them.  I'm nice like that.  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Woah Nelly!

Can you say I.C.Y.? 

The foot of snow we got on Wednesday was enough, but we’ve have some pretty nice 50 degree days, which = melting.  Not bad, but then the temps have been dropping down in the 20’s at night, which = freezing.  Put that together and we get one icy, crazy 10 mile run this morning.  Running on ice changes my entire form and throws me off – especially for the first few runs.  The girls and I had some great spots and a clear path on the rail trail and then some parts that were so bad we just “skated” through them, bracing ourselves to not fall.  By mile 9, I looked at Jill and said “my ass hurts”.  I came home, showered, took some ibuprophen and pulled on my Aspaeris compression shorts.  They are definitely what my glutes and hamstrings need after this morning’s challenge of a run.

After the run, I went in the woods with the kids and my brother-in-law to cut down a Christmas Tree.   You see, we are lucky like that.  My in-laws own the land across the street and fortunately there is a pretty good selection of trees over there free for the cutting.  Well, for us anyway.  In all honesty, Wade cut the trees down and I hung out with the kids and took pictures.  (Thank you, Wade!). 

The tree isn’t perfect, but I love trees with character.  (and free)

I have some incredible news to share with you all.  On Friday I found out that I was selected to be one of the newest FitFluential Ambassadors. 

Just in case you don’t know what FitFluential is, it’s a growing family of fitness fanatics spreading a positive healthy message year-round. 

I cannot wait to see where this new road leads me. 

And (while not as exciting as the FitFluential news) but still cool, I received my winnings from Running Diva Mom on Wednesday.

Hint Water is actually pretty tasty.  It doesn't have a strong flavor to it at all, which I like.  I do have to say, it tastes way better when ice cold.  My favorite was the Pomegranate Tangerine.  Too bad it's not sold locally.

Can you believe it’s Sunday night already?  While I love sitting down watching the Patriots with the husband, I am dreading going back to school tomorrow.  Is it sad that I’ve counted out how many days we have until summer?  117 more days. Pathetic.  I know.  

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Versatile Blogger

I was just tagged the other day by Lauren from the blog formerly known as The Running Cook.  She has renamed her site to Sweat Junkie.  Love it.  

Thank you, Lauren!!!   

The "rules":
1. Thank the giver
2. Share 7 random things about yourself 
3. Tag 15 people

Okay, here it goes - 7 Random Facts

1.    I have asthma.  For some reason, it’s basically non-existent right now.  It basically disappeared after Izzy was born, so it could have been the chemistry changes my body went through being pregnant to her (lots of things changed with my body after her birth) or I my lungs are just much stronger.  Hmm…

2.    In high school, I was on the track team, but I did not run.  I actually hated running then.  I was a thrower.  Not a very good one, but it was fun.  

3.    I am in love with the Twilight Series.  I actually read the entire series while I was pregnant with Isabella.  However, Izzy already had her name before I started reading the series, so nope, she is not named after Bella.  I was supposed to go see Breaking Dawn last night with Stacy, but we had to reschedule for next weekend.  I cannot wait!

4.    I’m from Pennsylvania.   I grew up in a small town called Wiconisco – which actually means “wet and muddy camp”.  Wiconisco is about 45 minutes outside of Harrisburg. 

  1. It drives me absolutely batty when someone coughs and does not cover his/ her mouth with the crook of their arm.  If they happen to cover their mouth with their hands, I find myself obsessing about not touching what they touch.   Can you imagine what it must be like for one of my children/family members/students?  I am constantly nagging them to cover their mouths.  

  1. I drive a 1994 Volvo stationwagon.  She’s a beast and she keeps going.  Unfortunately the odometer stopped working at 260,000 miles and that was 3 months ago.  I wasn’t really surprised it stopped, but I’m saddened because I really wanted to see it turn over to 300,000 miles. 

  1. I had a Keratin treatment yesterday and didn’t realize how dry/damaged my hair was before until now.  It’s so silky and soft.  I am hooked. 

Okay, so I really hope I don’t retag someone who’s already been tagged.  If I did, I apologize.  So, here you go:

  1. Carrie @ Maine Mom On the Run 
  2. Jerilee @ Moms Gone Running 
  3. Jess @ Run With Jess     
  4. Amy @ Run Mom Run  
  5. Jennie @ Running Jennie 
  6. Falon @ Falon Does Marathon 
  7. Christy @ Christy Runs 
  8. Kiley @ Daily Vitamin F 
  9. Stephanie @ Run for Fun  
  10. Amy, Christine, & Jen @Mainely Running  (can this count as 3?)
  11. Carrie @ Sweating In Style 
  12. Andrea @ Andrea Is Crafty  
  13. Erin @ Skirts Rock 
  14. Tracy @ Machen Family 
  15. Jesse @ Journey Thru Life 

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The 1st Family Turkey Run

Well, that's what I'm calling it anyway.  The original plan (before the 2nd holiday snow storm came to Maine) was for all 8 of us to meet on the rail trail and go out for our 1st Family 5K.  The boys were going to ride their bikes, the girls were going in the joggers and we were just going to run.   BUT, we were smothered with at least 10 inches of snow yesterday and it's not melting anytime soon.  Let's just say that bike riding and joggers are kind of out of the question right now.

snow, already?  seriously?  ugh.  

SO....change of plans.  

We decided we would go out for our runs in two different groups:  1st Ward & Wade went out for their run, while Jill & I had kid duty.  Wade was the definite winner in the guy run as he made a mad dash through the snow to get to the door first.

The 1st 5k of the run was dedicated to Daily Vitamin F's Virtual Thanksgiving 5k!  Thank you, Kiley, for putting this race on.  Love the bibs.  

Scout really wanted to be in the picture!

Then Jill & I went out for our run.  We actually ran a total of 4 miles.   The sun was shining and the temperature was about 25 degrees.  It was actually a great day for a run.  The side roads were a bit icy and crunchy, but we stayed mostly on main roads and they were basically clear.    

5K time: 29:02/ 4 mile time: 37:30.   

No PR's for either one of us today, but I'm thankful for the run anyway.  It felt awesome getting out for a run with my sister-in-law this morning.  

I even added today's bib to my "race wall" - I really need to do something about that wall to make it look neater

After the run, I came home and whipped up a pumpkin smoothie.  YUM!  

1/2 cup pumpkin, 1 cup greek yogurt, a splash of vanilla soy milk, sprinkle of cinnamon sugar

I need to share with you something adorable - Pilgrim Hat Cookies.  

Super easy (thank you, Christine, for the idea) - Keebler Fudge Striped Cookies flipped over, melt milk chocolate, dip marshmallows, set on cookie, let it "set", then pipe on some yellow frosting for the buckle.  

yes - he has chocolate between his eyes - no clue how he got it there!!!

I think she's giving me the finger?  

They were a big hit yesterday with the kids.  Hopefully the Thanksgiving Dinner guests we have coming over today enjoy them too!  (if there any left!)  

Before I go finish prepping dinner (we're eating at 5 tonight because poor Ward has to work today), I'm going to share what I'm thankful for:
- Ward, Tucker & Izzy
- family
- our health 
- having a home
- having lots of fire wood in the basement
- being employed and actually liking my job (most days)
- great running buddies 
- yoga
- that the chickens decided to start laying eggs again

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A "Snow" Day & 2012 Race Calendar

Today was supposed to be a 1/2 day of conferences.  Note: yesterday was a 1/2 student day with conferences then going from 1pm to 8pm last night - making for a super long day, especially when I get to school at 7am (2 hours prior to the start of school).    BUT, we're getting a snow storm right now.  Yep - our 2nd one for this season and it isn't even December yet.  I am really hoping that having the Halloween storm and now the Thanksgiving storm, mother nature can say she's done with storms.  But I completely fear that it's going to be one hell of a winter.  Grrrr.  OR is this the season where we'll only have holiday storms.  I can handle that!  

yes - it's still dark - I have a very hard time going back to bed after that 5 am text comes in

Anyway, back to the storm.  I got my text this morning telling me that BSD was closed this morning.  Yay!  BUT, do I have to make up this day in June?  Really?  It's a 1/2 "teacher" day.  Not even a student day.  I guess we'll wait to see.  I am appreciative of this day right now as the kids and I are going to hang out here, play in the snow, make some Pilgrim Hat cookies (more to come on those - I hope they turn out cute so I can take pics!) , and get ready for Thanksgiving dinner.  

I have to say, I'm shocked that Brunswick cancelled today because Brunswick is in the 3-6 range
but I live in the 9-12 range, so I am totally thankful!
Yesterday, during conference time, I opted to NOT take a lunch break or a dinner break so I could justify going out of for a run with my other teacher friend.  We went out for 4.7 miles, for a time of 38:28 w/ a pace of 8:11.  She's a speedy one.  Normally that's a good fast run for me when I'm alone and not talking.  BUT we talked the whole time.  We even talked shop, so it really counts as conference time, right?  I would have totally conferenced with any parent who drove by and rolled their window down - or even joined us for the run.  Hey, that's an idea!  

SO, for HBBC Challenge Yesterday, I logged the following points:
Run - 4.7 miles (hey, I can't remember what to do about decimals - do I keep it? round down? or round up?  who knows?) - so I'm going to just round down for now - 4 points
Fruit/Veggies - 1 point (yep - I had a veggie soup and I took in a huge pile of bananas, apples, and clementines and I snacked all day).  
Total:  5 points for yesterday

Now - onto 2012 Race Schedule:

I could really spend hours upon hours searching online for races to do.  I really could.  And I am sure many of you do it too.  Come on, be honest here. 

Anyway, I’ve been thinking obsessing about what races I’ll be doing for the 2012 season.  Financially it isn’t very smart of me to do every single race I want to do.  Right?  So I need to really pick and choose my races.  The next question is, do I stick with some of the same races I’ve done or do I venture out and try new ones?  I’m thinking I have to do a combination of both.  There are some races I’ve done in the past that I just love BUT I want to challenge myself too. 

This is what I’ve been thinking:

January: I’d love to do the 4.5 Mile January Thaw again.  I haven’t seen it posted yet, but if memory serves me correctly, I think it was late December/early January when it was posted on facebook last year.  Let’s just hope for no blizzards the day before.  Okay?

capped at 800 runners & it is capped off again!  

FebruaryMidwinter Classic 10-Miler.  This is the race that Stacy signed us up for last year and I didn’t want to do it.  I thought it was going to be too cold and I was a big baby about it.  But as we trained for it through some horrible conditions, I got excited for it – both times.  You see, it was postponed from the 1st weekend in February to the last weekend due to a blizzard or some other horrible winter weather and when the 2nd date came around we got hit with another one.  The good news is that registration for this year’s race is free!  But I did spring for a shirt – bragging rights – to say I ran a 10-mile race in February in Maine is definitely bragging material.  Right? *sidenote: and when the race was cancelled, the girls and I still went out and ran our 10 miles that day.  We are tough!

March:  Not sure yet.  Something new?  Or should I do the Bath 5k again?  Maybe I need to plan my own 5k for March.  Do I have enough time? 

April:  Race the Runways ½ Marathon.  This will be the 2nd year and let’s all hope (and pray) that we don’t get another blizzard the day before.  Last year, the race was on April 2nd and sure enough, on April 1st, Maine got hit with a mother of a storm.  I’m hoping that the April 7th date is late enough and we don’t have snow then, but we live in Maine and you never know. 

While this next race is not for me, it’s Ward and Wade’s but during April Break, we’ll all be heading to Boston because the guys will be running the Boston Marathon!  I cannot wait. 

May:  This is the most exciting so far – Reach the Beach 200 mile relay.  I’ve joined Sarah’s team and a bunch of the girls have joined too.  It’s going to be a freakin’ blast! 

June: KRRT ½ Marathon.  Great race and on the rail trail that we love so much.  Why not? 

July:  LL Bean 10K, Tri for a Cure (my first tri!) & I’d like to try out the Augusta Trails 5k series.  They were hoping to start the series earlier in the summer.  I had kid duty for the series this year because Ward wanted to run it and I was training for the marathon.  But, this time around, we have a kid duty plan.  Let’s hope it works out!

August: Beach to Beacon 10k.  I’ll have the registration date on my calendar circled and have the date absolutely cleared.  Well, 5 minutes of it anyway because the race will close within 5-8 minutes.  That’s craziness.   Now, if I don’t get in, there are tons of great races in August to choose from, but I’m not going to think about that right now. 

September: ??? I did like the Monmouth Apple Fest 5K in 2010.  I didn’t do it this year due to soccer with Tucker.  I don’t really have to do a race in September, right?  Those weekend 5k’s really mess up the marathon weekend long run training plans.  But hey, it's only November of 2011, I will probably find some type of race to do.  I'm sure of it.  

October: Support Jill, Stacy, and Carrie at Maine Marathon.  I envision (if we don’t have torrential downpours like this year’s race), me riding my bike and giving them water/food/words of encouragement/ taking TONS of pictures.  I may even tape a radio to my bike and blast music.  Who knows! 

Then, for Jess & I (if she’s still in) Mount Desert Island Marathon.

November: no freakin’ clue – maybe we’ll do our Family 5k again.  If this Thursday’s works out. 

December:  Maybe the Jingle Bell 5k – if this year’s one is better than last year’s.  Last year’s race was more like a 2.9 race and very poorly organized. 

Okay, so I ventured out on trying a few new things, but am keeping most of it the same.  I can't change it up too much.

How about you?

Are you running new races in 2012?  

Are you going to challenge yourself in different ways?  

Or do you enjoy sticking to the same schedule?

What about decimal points in the HBBC?  

Monday, November 21, 2011

My Memories (a review + giveaway)

I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Liz at My Memories asking me if I’d review her digital scrapbooking software and host a giveaway.  I was quite intrigued by this because I had heard of digital scrapbooking, but didn’t really know what it was.  I’ve been a traditional scrapbook kind of person.  Tucker has a pretty comprehensive scrapbook and I started Izzy’s, but honestly I haven’t touched either one of them in the past 2 years.  Maybe My Memories is exactly what I needed. 

My Memories Suite is the #1 rated scrapbooking software out there.  Not only do you create a digital scrapbook, but you can also:

My Memories Suite will help you build beautiful pages from scratch or make a page using one of the many professionally-designed scrapbook templates provided within the scrapbook software.  A large collection of papers and embellishments are available at your fingertips to help you make each page uniquely on your own.  Drop in your pictures in seconds – then crop, edit, retouch and rotate them right on the page.  If this were any other scrapbooking software, you might be finished.  But with My Memories Suite, the real power-and fun-of this software is just beginning.”

Why go with digital scrapbooking? 
#1 Reason: Time.  Honestly, with working full time and then coming home to 2 kids, a husband, 2 dogs, a cat and 8 chickens to take care of and getting my run in, I don’t have time to sit down and scrapbook.  If I do get time to scrapbook (like once a year), I usually have Izzy and Tucker going through my scrapbooking supplies thinking that it is family arts and crafts time.  While I am all for family bonding time, I find my creative juices don’t really flow all too well when I have 2 “helpers”.  Then, I usually get about ¾’s of the way into creating a page and I realize I need something else from the store or find myself wishing I had something else.  By going digital, I take the time of driving to the store out of the equation and making page really only takes minutes. 

#2 Reason:  Saves $$.  I have spent $100’s on the scrapbooking supplies and I often find myself buying something because I “think” it will work and then it I never really find a use for it.  Plus, with the digital software, I can reuse papers over and over again.  With regular paper, I cut it once and I’m done.  My Memories Suite 2 is $39.97 and comes with plenty to start with in order to build some quick, effortless scrapbook pages.  My Memories also has free kits you can add to your program. 

And if you are stuck or not sure what to do, My Memories has quite the gallery to get ideas and an informative blog/forum where you can go to become inspired. 

In 10 minutes, I was able to whip up the following pages:

In 10 minutes, I would have only made a mess and laid out a few pictures if I were taking the paper scrapbooking method.  

Just imagine what I can do with a little more time?  I like how each page has a journaling area as well.  I don’t know about you, but I find that I don’t journal a whole lot in my paper scrapbook because my handwriting isn’t what I want it to look like.  With the digital scrapbooking, you can choose from the long list of fonts and sizes for a more professional appearance. 

My Memories has generously offered to give my readers a $10 off discount plus a $10 credit to the My Memories store (where you can purchase templates and other scrapbook design elements.)

My Memories retails for $39.97 but if you use my coupon code, you will be able to purchase it for $29.97!  If you would like to learn more about My Memories, or purchase the program, go here and remember to use this coupon code with purchasing to get your $10 off discount and your $10 credit:  STMMMS70694

Or if you want a chance to WIN My Memories, here's how to enter:  

Leave one comment for each of the below entry methods that you complete

Mandatory entry
Become a follower of Running With The Girls (Google Friends Connect) then visit My Memories and choose your favorite digital paper pack or layout, then comment on this blog post telling me which is your favorite! = 1 entry 

Additional entries
“Like”  My Memories' Facebook page.  You can also leave them a comment telling them that you want to win their program from Jen @Running With The Girls!  Come back here and leave a comment letting me know you did that.  = 1 entry

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“Like” Running With The Girls on Facebook and leave me a comment here saying that you are a new or existing FB follower. = 1 entry

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Blog, Facebook or Tweet about this awesome giveaway.  Leave one comment per method of sharing here telling me how you spread the word about this giveaway!  = up to 3 entries here!

You can enter a total of up to 8 times, that means you will leave up to 8 comments on this blog post!  8 easy and fabulous ways to win!  

The giveaway will end November 26th, 2011 at midnight EST.  I will pick and announce the winner on November 27th so be sure to stop by and see if you've won! 

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Team Tough Chik & Cranky Ladies

Last week 2 older women said to our group of awesome lady runners, "When you're 67, only one of you will be running".  Seriously?  I don't get why they thought they had share this.  I think this will just make us work harder to prove them absolutely wrong.   When we saw them today I totally wanted to push them off the path.  Does that make me a bad person?  

Anyway, onto some better news.  

The awesome ladies at Tough Chik have come up with something absolutely outstanding – Team Tough Chik!  This team is for every woman who wants to race in any capacity – from mud runs to Ironmans, to 5ks to Century fun rides. 

I already know of some awesome ladies in my area who have signed up –

I know they are bloggers, but you don't have to be a blogger to join.  If you choose to join, go here to sign up, then check out the Team Tough Chik packages.  I am absolutely loving the Run/Active Packages but I am also considering the Triathlon Packages since I’m planning on completing my 1st tri in 2012.  I just don’t know which one I want.  Decisions, decisions. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011


Amanda’s Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge 2011 starts today! 

Have you signed up?  I don’t think it’s too late so you should head on over to Run To The Finish and do it.  Amanda has the challenge broken down into three levels:

Builders – for people just starting out and getting in the habit of working out, training for their 1st 5k, or someone who is mostly doing yoga and weights. 

Doers– for those people who have been committed to training plan, maybe those training for their 1st half marathon or first sprint tri or working on increasing mileage.

Advanced – for those who are training for a half ironman, ironman, have several marathons under your belt, those who are active in some form every day. 

I put myself in the “Doers” category because I am following a plan for the Midwinter Classic.  I am active nearly everyday, but I am definitely not training for an ironman or my umpteenth marathon, so I thought “Doer” better describes me.  What do you think? 

The point system is as follows:
-1 point/mile (running/walking)
-1 point/3 miles (biking)
-1point/20 minutes weight lifting/ pilates, yoga, stretching, abs
-1 point/15 minutes of low impact cardio  (low impact aerobics, easy biking, skiing, skating, water aerobics, snow shoeing)
-1 point/10 minutes of high impact cardio (spinning, kickboxing, lap swimming)
-1 per day when you’ve reached a minimum of 7 services of fruits/veggies

So far I’ve earned:
-       I ran 4 miles this morning = 4 points
-       I at more than 7 services of fruits/veggies (kale, banana, apple (2), tomato, avocado (whole), = 1 point
-       Daily Total: 5 points

This is an incredible challenge to keep us motivated!  Sign up here. 

Oh & the challenge runs from 11/19 to 1/6! 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Playground Fun & Goal Setting

Yesterday the kids and I got outside for some fun.  It was pretty windy and cold, but it was still incredible to get out. 

After the playground fun, we went downtown to Water Street CafĂ©.  Izzy and I shared a delicious cracked pepper, tomato, avocado sprinach wrap and beer cheddar soup.  Yum! 

I am a person who needs to set goals for myself.  I have also found that if I am not registered for races, I feel “lost” in my runs. 

Since the marathon, I haven’t really been following any type of plan other than the one called recovery.  I’m pretty sure I’m recovered – since it HAS been 6 weeks!  Before I go and devise a plan, I need to set some goals.   Once I have the goals squared away, then I can focus on what’s important to me with a plan.   

Goal 1: Increase my speed – which leads to goals 2 & 3.
Goal 2:  Finish the Midwinter Classic 10-miler in February in 1:20; which = 8:00 pace
Goal 3:  Finish the Race the Runway ½ Marathon in 1:48; which = 8:14 pace
Goal 4:  Complete a tri in 2012. 

Man I have a lot of work to do!

My thoughts on a plan:
-       My last ½ marathon pace was 8:20, so I am thinking hoping both of my goals are within reach if I add in some speed work – intervals and hills.  Should be easy, right? 
-       I could get the Run Less Run Faster book and follow the plans in there, but from what I’ve heard, the plans have you running 3 days a week.  I really enjoy running 5 days a week, and I’m not interested at all in decreasing this right now. 
-       Long miles mid-week are very hard for me, mostly because of the running in the dark thing.  I’d like to get those mid-week/dark run done as quickly as possible.   Plus, if I’m going to chicken out and venture further away from my house, running 5 + miles in front of my house is going to get B O R I N G. 
-       I have scheduled races coming up, so I need to make sure I am flexible and take into account rest days prior to my races.  I do love to rest for 2 days prior to a 5k. 
-       In the past six weeks I’ve been running anywhere from 18 to 26 miles/week.  I’d really like a plan that does not go under 20 miles in the beginning. 
-       I have 11 weeks until the Mid-Winter Classic and then 8 weeks after that I have the Race the Runways ½.  I'm just going to focus on the Mid-Winter Classic right now, which will give me an incredible base for Race the Runways.  

After quite a bit of thought, I think I’ve come up with my plan.  Let’s see how it goes. 

Some notes about my plan:
-       I chose hills and fartleks based on my road – I can easily pull off fartleks on my road and I have a medium sized hill less than a ½ mile from my house. 
-       My yoga class has 4 more sessions remaining.  That is why I left Monday’s as my yoga/cross training nights.  When yoga is over, I may switch over to some Jillian Michaels action. 

I haven't even touched on the tri plan yet.  I have time for that.  I think.

Oh, and I can I just tell you how jealous I am of Ward?  Look what he bought for himself at the employee store last week.  

What training plans do you have in store?  Do you need a plan to stay focused?  Do you buy one online, use a free one, or make up your own?  

Saturday, November 12, 2011

3 things & a WINNER

  1. Yesterday morning, I ran in shorts and came home dripping in sweat and this morning, I had to run in full length tights and a winter-weight shirt & barely warmed up before I got home.  Brr….Also, yesterday on my run, I heard too many gunshots.  I know I live in the woods.  I know it’s hunting season.  And I know I need to adjust or get over it, but it’s still unnerving to be out there running and hearing gunshots.  If it bothers me so much, I should just drive to the rail trail and run, right?  That is one solution, OR I could just go to Reny’s and buy these for my runs:

I'm sexy and I know it.

Yep, that is what I was sporting on this morning’s run.  Sexy, huh?   By the way, I saw 3 men in hunting gear walking down the road today with their big guns.  Awesome.  Tomorrow’s run is on the rail trail for sure with the girls. 

  1. Last night I made some yummy semi-homemade Apple Danishes. 

Slightly modified recipe from
Apple Danish

4 apples – peeled/cored/sliced
½ c brown sugar
4 tbs butter
1 tsp cinnamon
1 can of crescent rolls

Glaze - confectioner sugar mixed with 1 tbs almond milk 

  1. peel/core/slice apples, add to skillet, add brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon – cook on low on the stove top until apples are soft and begin to mush
  2. roll out crescent rolls to triangle shape or if you want a larger danish, go ahead and make them into squares
  3. take a spoon and scoop small piles of apple mix into center of crescent rolls
  4. roll up sides of crescent rolls to seal it shut
  5. bake at 350 for 20 -25 minutes
horrible picture, but you get the point & obviously I didn't mix the sugar and milk too well
not pretty - but tasty for sure

  1. Another sign that winter is coming and a great joy of living in an old farm house, with a barn and fields all around – the mice are coming in.  We have the cat to help us out with the problem and he’s pretty good at it, but I think he’s been waiting to see what the mousetraps get and then he takes the mouse trap for a walk.  That is always a great find.  Every morning since Monday, I have had to empty the mousetrap.  I wonder if I buy 3 more traps, will I fill them every night? 
Old farmhouse - I cannot wait until my garden is blooming like that again!

And what you’ve been waiting for……..

The Handful Bra Winner

Congratulations, Boston Bound Brunette!  Email me at runningwiththegirls AT  If I don’t hear from you within a week’s time, I’ll choose another winner. 

Happy Saturday!  Gotta love a three day weekend.  The kids and I are heading to the playground and then a walk downtown for something yummy to eat. 

Friday, November 11, 2011

I did it

I bought the domain and it's mine, all mine!

I seriously thought about making the url longer because runningwiththegirls is just way too short, don't you think?

Anyway, if you got to, you will be redirected to my new place -  However, I will note that the followers button doesn't appear to be working at the old site.  Just an fyi.

Only a few more hours to enter my contest!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sign me up!

Truth be known, I do not run a Thanksgiving race.  It's just too darn hard for me to fit in a race in the morning - travel time, run, wait, travel back home - then run around the house like made to get ready for the big Turkey day festivities.

So, Jill and I decided we'll have our own Family 5k in the morning.  Virtually no travel, run with awesome people, and then we're home again in no time.  Win win!  The plan is that all 8 of us will meet and we'll run.   If the boys don't feel up to running, then they can ride their bikes and of course the girls will be in their joggers.

AND I just signed up for this...

I mean, our Family 5K isn't an official race, so it still counts, right?

What are your Thanksgiving running plans?  Running any races?

If you aren't, you should consider heading over here to sign up for the virtual 5k.

Oh and if you haven't entered my Handful contest - scoot right over here and do it!  Contest ends tomorrow.  I'll be choosing a winner using this weekend.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Please bear with me!

I am trying to find a new "look" for Running With The Girls - so I've been playing with blogger a lot lately and changing things.  I'm sorry if you are not liking the changing and swapping around things.  I have my web designer working on a new logo so hopefully sometime soon I'll have a new and hopefully improved look.

Thank you for your patience!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

18 Degrees, My New Favorite Bra + A Giveaway

It's definitely getting colder out there.  This morning's run with the girls definitely proved that one.  18 degrees!  It was time to get out the hat and gloves.  While I was looking around for my jacket, I spied Ward's new NorthFace jacket.  He was still in bed, so he wouldn't miss it!

I had been reading a lot about this Handful bra and I was quite intrigued with what I’ve been hearing.  Prior to this running thing, I (or Ward) would have never considered myself in the “handful” department, but with the loss of weight also came a loss of boobs.  Sorry, honey.  My once “cup runneth over” is now a handful.

Now I am perfectly happy being classified as a woman with a handful, but the husband is not happy with this.  He will just have to get over it. 

I’ve been struggling to find a bra that fit me well for some time now.  Then this little baby came into my life, thanks to Jody. 

I nearly peed my pants with excitement when the package came in the mail and I couldn’t get inside fast enough to tear open the package and put it on.  Needless to say, I’ve been wearing this bra as much as possible since the day she came. 

Isn’t she lovely? 

I know I'm not very lovely here - this is me right after my 7 miler this morning - still sporting the hat!

at least the bra is lovely!  

I love that this bra gives me shape rather than the flattened/smooshed look I’ve been sporting around. 

I also love that I can wear this bra anywhere and I don’t feel like I’m wearing a sports bra.  Now that’s just love. 

I wore my new Handful for my Spooky 5k race last weekend and I took her out today for my 7 miler with the girls.  I have felt awesome during and after each of these runs.  No weird rubbing/chafing and no bounce. 

Here are some quick facts about The Handful Bra:
-       The Handful Bra does come in its own wash and carry bag. 
-       It has removable pads.  I like it both with and without. 
-       It is very easy to wash in cold water and then line dry. 
-       It comes in an assortment of great colors – black, pink, nude, and cocoa. 
-       It is comfortable for yoga and running and just everyday wearing. 

And remember, The Handful is “Made to flatter not flatten!” 

I also need to add that in light of October just ending (breast cancer awareness month) Handful is also an approved Mastectomy bra.  Survivors are gravitating toward it for comfort and form - finding an attractive (not silence of the lambs looking) bra for every day use.  Handful likes to think that they are unmatched in versatility (i.e. sports bra for smaller chested athletes, great every day, fashionable bra for EVERYONE, and supporting survivors!). 

Are you ready to try to win your own Handful Bra? 

Here are the rules:
For each of the below options you choose to do please leave a separate comment.  Each comment is an entry to the giveaway and the winner will be chosen using

 - Follow this blog
- like Handful on Facebook – tell them Jen from Running With The Girls sent you
- check out The Handful Website and tell my why you’d love to be the next proud owner of a Handful. 
- Share this contest by tweeting, blogging or facebooking – leave me a separate comment for each please! 

This giveaway will run until Nov. 11th.  I will post the winner sometime the following day.