Monday, October 29, 2012

Dinner this week

Planning our meals for the week on a Saturday morning is quite beneficial. I have found that the week night dinners are much less stressful. Yet I have found that I can still be flexible with dinners when I'm just not "feeling it".  We do always have plenty of eggs here, so a quick egg sandwich, scrambled eggs or omelet is healthy option.


As I'm here, racing against the winds, hoping to get this post up before we lose power (thank you, Sandy) - here's the menu for the week.



Sunday - The BBQ chicken calzone was delicious!  Super easy - chicken left over from my crock pot chicken last week, cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce wrapped in my favorite Portland Pie dough.  Izzy said it was delicious!

Tonight - Izzy and I had chiropractic appointments  - so a quick meal of Ham & Cheese paninis was in order.  Always a great dinner in my opinion - since I top mine with tomatoes, spinach, cukes, as well.

Tuesday - I planned ahead and I'm assuming we'll be without power later on tonight and into tomorrow, so I put together a huge vegetable soup yesterday and it's in the refrigerator waiting to be either rewarmed on the stove or warmed up on the wood stove. Either way, it's going to be yummy!

Wednesday - Halloween.  So a quick pizza meal and we'll be out and about Trick or Treating!

Thursday - Sesame Chicken w/ rice will make a reappearance.  It was a hit last week - so I'll be doing another chicken in the crock pot and then making the delicious sauce for the chicken.




Friday - Leftovers.

Saturday - I am not really sure.  I put waffles here.  The kids really want waffles more often and I sure love them too!!!

What's on your menu for the week?


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Back Together!

The girls and I have not been able to run together for quite some time for a multitude of reasons.  But last weekend we finally got back together and ran a 5 mile trail race in Augusta.  
We were more than happy to be back together.   


- photo courtesy of Chuck Maletich

We may not be speedy - but we sure look great!  
PS I think Jill needs to get a matching skirt.  Don't you?  


The girls listening to the rules of the race - pink ribbons on the left, white on the right.  
Or was it white on the right and pink on the left.   Shoot, I forgot!  
But, hey, Jill and Stacy trusted me and I didn't get them lost.  


Yes, I brought my iPhone with me and yes I tried to take pictures when running.  
It turns out I need a lot of practice.  But I like this one of Stacy going up one of our first hills.  


And here's Jill!  


I did not get this picture - my dad came to the race and took a crap load of pictures
- photo courtesy of Chuck Maletich

Here's Carrie.  Our speedster.  She took off like a rocket.  Good thing.  
Her speed gained us some points in the team department.  

- photo courtesy of Chuck Maletich
 And here's Carrie cruising into the finish area.  Looking great!

- photo courtesy of Chuck Maletich
Here we are on one of the single tracks.  
Quite happy and surprised to see my dad standing in the woods
 taking pictures.  Thanks, Dad!


This is somewhere around mile 4ish.  We decided that we needed to stop and take a picture.  Check out our awesome hats!  This is the swag we got for doing the race.  

- photo courtesy of Chuck Maletich
 And here we are!  Coming in to the finish.  

- photo courtesy of Chuck Maletich

The funny thing is that we almost got lapped by the husbands - who were doing the 10 mile race - which just meant doing the 5 mile route twice.  They were really truly racing it and we were just out for a jog in the woods...so there was definitely the possibility of getting lapped by them.  



And here we are - all muddied up. It's been a very wet October and it did rain for a few days prior to the race.  Which made for some interesting parts.  
I actually didn't get any mud on my sleeves, but my shoes were completed caked with mud.  






And here we are - 1st place Women's Team.  Stacy couldn't stick around for the awards ceremony.  So here's Jill, Carrie, and I and we won a pie!  Yum!  

Monday, October 22, 2012

What's For Dinner This Week?

Last week I missed out on the Menu Planning post and frankly, I needed that structure to get me through the week.  My mind was so wrapped up in MARATHON - I completely forgot to make sure I had food for my lunch.  This lead to quite a bit of yogurt and granola.  Yummy, yes.  But I can only handle this for so many meals.

I am a little late to the game this week - but better late than never, right?
So here's what we're having for dinner this week:



Yes - Sunday dinner was lobster (for me) and hotdogs for the kids.  Izzy did eat some of my lobster, but Tucker wanted nothing to do with it.  Fine!  More for me.  We had out-of-state relatives visiting, which usually means lobster!  Yay!  

Monday - (today) - was soccer practice night & I was on my own with the kids, which meant quick/easy dinner.  We always have plenty of eggs and that's always a winner at our house.  

Tuesday - Fish Tacos.  I buy some haddock from our local grocery store, cut it into strips, dip it into egg, then dip it into panko then bake in over at 450F for about 20 minutes (until the panko is crispy looking).  Then I serve it with taco shells/wraps and all of the other yummy taco fillings: tomatoes, black beans, cheese, mango salsa, sour cream.  The kids love homemade fish sticks and they love tacos - so this one is a win win!  

Wednesday - Crock Pot Sesame Chicken.  This one is an experiment I found on Pinterest.  We'll see how it turns out.  

Thursday - Sausage Kale Potato Soup.  Since it was a success last time, we're going for it again!  
& here's my recipe - 

- 8 cup of chicken stock
- 1 lb loose sweet sausage browned
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 lrg onion sauted with the sausage
-  5 or 6 potatoes - diced up and precooked in water - I drained them entirely from the water and then added to the stock. 

After the onion, sausage, and potatoes are all prepared, add it to the chicken stock and add in garlic.  Cook on low for about 30 minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  




Friday - I'm looking for easy.  We usually do pizza, but I'm not feeling it this week, so waffles it is.  

Saturday - Izzy has been asking for "skettie" for awhile now and has declared Saturday as "skettie" day - so that's what we'll be enjoying Saturday.  


For breakfast - I'll be eating oatmeal w/ chia seeds, craisins and raisins and cashews or an omelet.  I like to switch it up.  

Lunch - I have salads prepared this week with tons of fruit to eat.   

What are your meal plans for the week?  


Thursday, October 18, 2012

It takes a village – or in my case – it takes an entire family.





Three days later and I’m still in love with this race.  The energy, the excitement – it’s just incredibly overwhelming.  The MDI Marathon is going down in my book as the most incredible races ever.  Yes, sure, it rained.  Two marathons, both in the bone-chilling rain of the fall.  Although it did rain, this course was for sure incredibly scenic.  But I already knew that was going to be the case.  I knew most of the roads that the course went along, but it has been quite a long time since I had been there.  However, driving on the road and running on the road are quite different.  AND being 24 years older, I will have to say I appreciate the beauty of Acadia far more than I did when I was vacationing here with my parents. 



The day before the race, I went up to Bar Harbor with my father-in-law and kids.  Ward had to work and so we wouldn’t have two cars up there, it made more sense for me to go up with my father-in-law and then Ward would drive up later on with his mom.  The weather was perfect.  Clear blue skies, slight breeze.  An absolutely gorgeous fall day. After we picked up my bib # and jacket from the expo, we spent the afternoon shopping in Bar Harbor.  



Later, we went out to eat with Jill, Wade, Jackson and Scout at Route 66.  I had decided days ago that my night-before meal was going to be a beer and a burger – so this is what I chose.  Phenomenal.

And yes, that's my beer.  This burger was so yummy,
I had it again the next day post race.  Damn straight.  


Race morning went like this.  
me:  “Ward, what should I wear?” 
Ward: "clothes"
me:  "should I wear long sleeve or tank w/ sleeves?"
Ward: "wear what you want" 
me: "gloves?  should I wear those?"
Ward: "if you want"

Ugh!  NOT helpful at all!  

Then I started to get nervous and the conversation went like this.
me:  "this is just a long run"
Ward: "no Jen, this is a RACE"
me:  "crap"
Izzy:  "crap"
Tucker:  "hahahahahahaha"
(I'm an awesome mom)

I had several outfits ready to go for the race.  But with the cool temps (39F, wind and rain at the start of the race) – I opted to go with my Northface long sleeve, Reebok capris, Headsweats visor, throw away gloves (that I’ve actually held onto for two years?)  and I chose my Mizuno Mushas as my marathon shoe. No worries super awesome tanks and skirts – you’ll get your day.  There are plenty more races to come!  Oh and I took an imodium.  Remember all of those bowel issues I had on just about every single long run?  I didn't want to repeat them today, so I took one with hopes it would be enough.  

photo courtesy of Jill 


The race started at 8 am, and our motel was less than a half-mile from the starting line (perfect!).  It didn't take anytime to get there and to find Danielle, Andy, Sarah E, and Christy.  I even got to meet Sara B.  I had time for a quick photo op and then got in place.  

Scout and Izzy running wild - & Andy and Ward - photo courtesy of Jill


A few moments later, we lined up and then this happened:  Thunderstruck.  Damn I love that song.  A perfect song for the start of a race. 

Not far after the starting line I saw my family.  I was already so excited to see them!!  




Miles 0-8ish
I needed to focus on my own race - so I separated myself from everyone I knew so I wouldn't push myself too hard.  The beginning of the race was so easy.  There were some uphills but quite a bit of down hill.  I tried to reel it in and not let the excitement of the race get to me.  I knew I had to preserve some energy for the end because of those killer hills for miles 21, 22, and 23.  I felt great and just went with it.  I also kept repeating to myself something Ward and Wade tell me all of the time "downhills are free, take them" - so I did.  I just opened up and went down them with ease.   About a mile and a half into the race my Garmin did something funky and it reset itself.  Ugh!  At that point I only just wanted it for mile paces.   I think I lost the first 11 minutes/1.4 miles.  This part was quite emotional for me.  I kept thinking about my mom and how much she loved MDI and how happy I was to be here.  I know she was with me. 

Andy was there riding his bike offering up his support services to Danielle, Sarah, and Sara.  Sara was far ahead of me and Danielle and Sarah weren't very far behind me - so I was fortunate to see him several times during this race.  It was uplifting to see Andy each time he rode by, checking to see how I was doing as he cheered me on.  

photo courtesy of Kevin Morris


Miles 8-18
Otherwise known as the Wade miles.  Wade joined me around mile 8ish.  Yes, I have the best brother-in-law ever.  The other day he offered to pace me and of course  I wasn't going to say no. When I met up with him, he took my Nathan water bottle and held onto it.  These miles seemed to fly by.  I got to see my kids and the rest of the cheering crew and it pumped me up.  When I saw them I started to tear up.  It was very hard to hold back the tears, but somehow I managed.   I was still rocking a 9ish min/mile.   Still feeling awesome.   Wade gave me tons of encouragement and running advice during this stretch.  He had me throw in some surges, helped with my breathing, gave me fuel, water, gum whenever I wanted it.  It was the perfect setup.  I felt spoiled.  I will be forever grateful.  However, the only way I'll ever be able to repay him for his generosity will be to ride a bike beside him because he is far speedier than I.  It was along this route I saw Stacy and her pal.  I was so happy to see them but felt so bad they were standing in the rain to cheer me on. I don't know what the heck I did to deserve a friend who will drive 3 hours, stand in the rain for 4+ hours, and then drive home the 3 hours, but I do know I am blessed and I love her very much.  

photo courtesy of Jill - best sister-in-law ever



Miles 18 to 26
The Ward miles.  Poor guy.  He took over when it got hard.  Real hard.  My left leg was killing me - my inner quad, my hamstring, my glute, my calf.  Darn cambered roads.  I am thankful for him because when I wanted to walk, he wouldn't let me.  He coached me in my breathing to relax, helped me with my form (I actually appreciated it today), and encouraged me through those hills and then guided me to push harder and "dig deep"for those last miles.


the best pacers ever & support crew!  - photo courtesy of Jill


I had my slowest miles during this stretch but I knew that was coming as those hills were a challenge.  Nothing different than the hills by my house, but at that point in the race, any hill would be a challenge.  At about mile 24, the music was pumping and the rest was downhill.  I was exhausted and my leg hurt.  But I knew I had it in me to finish the race.  Ward kept up his encouraging words and I felt stronger and stronger.   



Otherwise known as my finish line roarrrrr.....
Why is it that I always have my mouth open for finish line pics?
photo courtesy of my dad



As I came to the end, I heard the crowd and my excitement went through the roof.  Ward ducked off to the side and I just cranked it with everything I had left.  I was SOOO close to a sub 4 hour race - but I will definitely take this time.  I'm psyched that there was a 4:00 in my time.  It's just a measly little 28 seconds off from that goal.  I will do it next time at Sugarloaf in May 2013.  



Instant results by scanning the qr code on my bib # w/ my iPhone.
Nice touch!


Marathon #2 is done!  Now I need to plan on my next races - so far I have Sugarloaf Marathon in May and MDI next fall.  I think I have a problem.  

Damn happy to be wearing my kickass medal and my "small" jacket.
Yes - it's a small and yes it's far too big - but I'm going to wear it anyway.  

The outpouring of support and love I received for this race was absolutely overwhelming.  I am a very lucky woman to have a family like this who will stand in the rain (again) for hours to watch me run a marathon.  Throughout the race, I was lucky enough to see my kids, my niece and nephew, Jill, my dad, mother-in-law, and Stacy a couple of times.  And each time I saw them I teared up.  

Most of my "crew" - minus my dad and Stacy.
Without them, I would NOT have been able to do this race.
I love them all. 

My goals for this race were quite simple:
1.  Improve my time of 4:15 - DONE!
2.  Not to crap myself - DONE! (and I didn't even pee)
3.  Run a sub 4 hr marathon - NEXT TIME!

How to pass the time in the rain for 4 hours!  Poor kids!
- photo courtesy of Jill 



All in all - this was the most organized race I have ever run.  The volunteers were incredible and I thanked them whenever I saw them (even if I didn't take any water or GU from them).  The course was spectacular, even in the dreary weather.  The race director is a rockstar.  As a matter of fact, I loved this race so much, I decided that I am going to run MDI again next year.  And I even signed up to be a Crow.  CAW! CAW! 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Are You Ready for Winter?

As the days gets shorter and the temperatures begin to drop, the thoughts of “are we ready for winter yet?” are beginning to creep into my head. Are we ready for another winter? What if we have another ice storm and are without power for days/weeks? Do we have what we need to get through it? What if we have one of those winters and we get Nor’Easter after Nor’Easter?

I’m not a Maine born girl, but I’ve been here long enough (22 years) to know that winters in Maine can be brutal. We can go from a gorgeous blue-sky day with 30F temperatures to -30F (yes, that’s a negative there, NOT a mistake) within a day’s notice. We can go from zero snow on the ground and green grass to 2 feet of snow within a day as well. I am not exaggerating one bit. This is how it can be in Maine. You just never know.

In the past 22 years, I’ve experienced some rather brutally cold winters as well as some whoppers of storms. Some of those storms have knocked out our powers for days.

Fortunately, my first experience losing power was during college and I was home on college break. This was during The Ice Storm of 98. Roads were blocked by downed trees, driving was quite dangerous (if you weren’t blocked in) as well. There was ice everywhere and we’re not talking a thin sheet of ice either. We’re talking inches of ice. It was devastating. The ice was so heavy it took down trees and power lines across the state. Electricity workers throughout New England came to Maine to assist in the efforts to get residents their power. I think I’m safe to say, the State of Maine was crippled by the ice. There were shelters open in schools, armory’s, churches, and other facilities throughout the state – offering people a warm place to sleep, shower and to eat. My family was without power for over 7 days. I know there were some rather unlucky folks without power for much longer than that. I’ll consider us among the lucky few. Fortunately, I was still living with my parents and they had a portable generator. You know, the kind with the wheels and that when you start it up, you can hear it for several blocks? I remember being ever-so thankful for the heat and the light during that time. That generator provided us with the power to run the refrigerator, oil burner, hot water heater, and lights in selected rooms. We didn’t use these things all of the time, but having the ability to have heat, water, food, and light was considered a luxury during that time.

Since that first experience, we’ve had plenty of other storms. Each winter there is usually at least one major storm that will come through and knock down trees and leave us without power. Now that I’m all grown up with a family of my own, living in our own home, the responsibility to keep them warm, fed, and safe lies in mine and Ward’s hands. As each storm comes, I worry if we’ll lose power and what our plan of action will be if we do.

We do have options.

Option 1 – pull out the candles and flashlights and stoke up the woodstove (if you have one). For a power outage that is short-lived, this option is okay. But if you are to lose power for longer periods of time, options 2 and 3 may be more ideal.

Option 2 – Portable Generator. Like the one described above that my dad has.

Option 3 – Standby Generator.

So, what’s the difference between a portable generator and a standby generator?

What is a Portable Generator?
A portable generator is ideal for camping, tailgating, worksites and other locations were temporary, portable power is needed. True to its name, a portable generator can be moved from one location to the next and is designed to provide a limited supply of power. When power is lost to a home, some people use a portable generator to power things like a refrigerator, sump pump or lights, however, a portable generator is not the best option for long-term backup power needs. A portable generator runs on gasoline, which means you have to fill it every few hours, which can be challenging during an emergency situation. All items being powered by the portable generator must be plugged into the unit using properly rated extension cords. Most importantly, a portable generator MUST be kept outside in a properly vented area to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.


What is a Standby Generator?
A standby generator, which many experts feel is the best option for homeowners or small businesses, permanently connects to your home, similar to a central air-conditioning unit. It runs on propane or natural gas and connects directly to existing fuel lines in the home. When utility power is lost, a standby generator automatically turns on, typically within 10 seconds. You don’t have to be home to operate the unit. Depending on the size, a standby generator can power an entire home or a few key appliances.

What to Look For When Selecting a Standby Generator 
(These are some of the key features found in a Kohler Generator)
If you’re thinking about getting a standby generator, there are a few things you should look for:
· A commercial-grade engine that provides clean, consistent power and can handle heavy loads.
· An attractive design. The unit will be installed outside your home, so looks truly matter.
· Corrosion-resistant housing, which is important in areas with salt water.
· Quiet operation.
· An extended warranty. Look for a standby generator with a minimum five-year warranty.

Portable vs. Standby. Which Generator is Best for You? (Article)
http://pitchengine.com/kohlergenerators/portable-vs-standby-which-generator-is-right-for-you


Power Outage Safety Tips (Article)
http://pitchengine.com/kohlergenerators/power-outage-safety-tips

Call to Action
Leading manufacturers like Kohler make it easy to research, size and price standby generators. You can find informational videos, sizing calculators and other helpful tools at http://www.kohlergenerators.com.

I know after doing my research, I am more apt to invest in a standby generator, like the Kohler generators. I never even knew they existed and thought I’d be stuck with one of those incredibly loud, potentially dangerous portable generators as my only option. It is my responsibility to keep my family safe and warm in the winter, so why would I expose them to more dangerous situations? That just doesn’t make any sense to me.

Disclosure:  FitFluential LLC compensated me for this Campaign.  All opinions are my own.  

Friday, October 12, 2012

Trying To Keep Taper Madness Away




It’s taper time and I am trying my absolute best to not go crazy or drive my family crazy. 
I want to run.  I want to get out there and just run forever.  Maybe not forever, but you get my drift.  Right?   But I need to give my legs a rest for the BIG DAY on Sunday.


So what’s a girl to do during taper week? 

1.  Short, easy runs.  Let's change that to 1 run.  Yep.  After my kick ass Tufts 10K, I was feeling a bit sore.  I did a 4 mile easy run on Wednesday and decided to call it good until Sunday.  

Of course the day I ran, it downpoured!  Poor Pepper.  She's a trooper.  


2.  Yoga.  For me, yoga is the perfect way to ease my mind and stretch those tired muscles.   Plus, I can get the kids involved.  



3. Eat AND Hydrate.  Just because you aren’t running a whole lot this week doesn’t mean you should stop eating.  You need to nourish your body for the big day. I drink a gallon of water a day.  The past couple of days I've upped my electrolyte intake as well - with Nuun and EmergenC because it seems like everyone around me had a cold and I was going to do everything I could to keep it away!

Mmmmm..... Sausage, Potato and Kale Soup.  


4. Go shopping, pack, and put together a fun little activity bag for the kids (that I'll surprise them with marathon morning) - because there will be a lot of waiting.  A LOT.  And they are just awesome kids
anyway.

Hopefully they like it!  Yes - kazoos - because I won't be with them for the 4 (or more) hours!
 I actually threw a cowbell in the bag too.  Ha!  Poor Ward.  

the start of my packing



 5.  Rest!  I know, this is hard to do, but it is necessary.  I'm forcing myself to get into bed by 9 tonight and tomorrow night.  I know I'm not going to be asleep, but at least I'll start to relax.   Maybe tomorrow night I'll have myself a beer to help me REST.  

Now I'm off to decide what to wear.  Since the weather isn't going to go along with what I want, I am going to shift my outfit plans a bit. No biggie.  And I need to find a throw-away shirt.  I'm sure I'll find one in my closet or drawer.

Enjoy your weekend!!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

6 Years Ago



That was the day cancer stole my mother away from us.  She was only 54 years old.   She was the woman I confided in when the times were tough.  My rock.  She was one fantastic woman who taught me to be a strong, independent woman.  And I thank her for that.  I just wish she would have listened and quit smoking years ago.  Perhaps we’d still have her around so she could enjoy her four beautiful grandchildren.

My mom & I - Acadia National Park

I took it hard and didn’t deal with her death very well.  I sunk into a depression and made some poor choices.  Fortunately, with the love and support of my family and friends, the depression didn’t last very long. 

6 years ago, I made a choice.  A choice to be a healthy role model for my son.  Someone who would start to enjoy life again.  I needed this and my family needed me to do it. 


When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, my family vacationed in the Bar Harbor area every single year.  Well, every single year until we moved to Maine in 1990.  I have a great appreciation for Bar Harbor because my parents took me there as a child and I have many fond memories visiting the various places in Acadia National Park.  This weekend, I will return to MDI with my own family.  I will enjoy every moment I have with them there, showing them this gorgeous area and all it has to offer.

On Sunday, I will be running the MDI Marathon in memory of my mom, Anna Maletich.  I know she’ll be there with me, every step of the way.  Cheering me on. 

I love you, mom.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tufts 10K Race Report



On Monday I had the pleasure of being part of Team Reebok at the Tufts 10K in Boston. 


Team Reebok

And I had the opportunity to meet up with some fellow FitFluential gals. 

Katie, Dani, Robin, Amy and myself

I went into this race with some very loose expectations.  I really just wanted to have a fun run and hopefully finish in about 49 minutes.   I was not looking for a PR at all.  I wasn’t sure what to expect.  I had no idea what the course was like and I do not have a whole lot of experience running in a larger race.  I’ve only done Beach to Beacon twice and it is quite difficult dodging fellow racers and trying to find my pace.  Plus, my main focus right now is MDI. 

Around 11:15 runners were called to start lining up.  So, I kissed Ward and the kids, they wished me luck and I headed off to the 8 minute pace group.  It was crazy just hanging out there for such a long time.  I wanted to warm up, but was afraid that if I left my area, I’d never get back.  So, I just stayed there.  I did do quite a few stretches.  I had plenty of time.  Then I stood there, with the my butterflies NOT flying in formation.  My emotions were all over the place.  It was driving me batty.  One moment I was beyond excited to run, the next I was near tears.  What the heck is wrong with me? 

After what seemed like forever, the announcer started introducing the elite runners.  This part got me a little more excited for the race.  I especially got excited when my running idol, Joan Benoit Samuelson, was announced.  Shortly after that, the announcer had the runners head to the starting line area.  Shortly after that, the race started.  I wanted so badly to see Ward and the kids.  But there were so many people lining the streets, it was absolutely overwhelming.  Plus, starting out in such a large race, it was quite difficult to maneuver myself around all of the runners while trying to find my pace. 

About a 1/3rd of a mile into the race, I spotted a bright red, very familiar jacket to my left.  I wanted to burst into tears I was so excited.  There was my family!!!!  I shouted to them, told them I loved them, then I was off!!! 

This course was flat. The weather was perfect.  My Team Reebok outfit felt incredible. I felt fantastic. It was just an all around excellent race! 

As I was coming to the finish, I spotted Ward and the kids again!  My lucky day.  I wanted so badly to go over and give them high fives, but I didn’t want to take any runners out to get over to them.  I knew I’d see them shortly.   



As I rounded the final corner and with the finish line in sight, I put in a final surge.  I was pushing harder than I had ever pushed before in a 10K.   It felt amazing.  I crossed the finish line with my Garmin reading 46:39. (Official results are 46:30 - I'll go with the official results.)   I wanted to jump up and down in excitement, but 1st I had to shake Joan’s hand.   I held back all urges to tell her how much I loved her and simply said “thank you, Joan”.  I am such a dork. 

My splits:  7:37, 7:35, 7:25, 7:34, 7:29, 7:12, last 0.2 - 6:54.  

I walked through the chute, gathered up as much food/drinks as I could and headed up to the top of the hill and waited for the family to arrive.  We hung out for a little bit, and then started off on a little walk around Boston, grabbed some food and then got back on the T.  It was a long day, but one incredible day to race and to spend time with my family in Boston. 




I really enjoyed this race and the opportunity to be part of a great team.  Thank you Team Reebok and Fitfluential.  Next year, I'd love to have a group of my friends head down to do this race.   



I did receive an entry to the race and Reebok apparel for a training run as well as for the race compliments of Reebok.  All opinions in this post are 100% my own.  

Sunday, October 7, 2012

What's For Dinner THIS Week?

Here we are, Week 2, of the Menu Planning Challenge.  I am loving this.  It helps me organize myself and get things together on the weekend.  Plus, blogging about it holds me accountable as well!

What do I have in store this week?

Breakfast is going to be my same old, same old.  Eggs or oatmeal.  Both are so yummy and super easy.

Lunch is going to be - Southwestern Quinoa!  Yum.



And then dinner.




My normal Sunday mess - I just put everything on the counter and get busy.


I dug out the potatoes from the garden today and I wanted to have my entire week planned around potatoes.  But I'll hold back, especially because I want to be able to eat these potatoes throughout the winter.
carb loading for MDI


I also cooked up one of our chickens in the crockpot.  This makes for the easiest dinner week.  I usually cook the chicken in the crockpot with water, butter, and garlic on low for about 6 hours.  Then I pull out the incredibly moist chicken, let it cool off for a bit and then pull it off the bone and remove the fat and skin.  I then put the meat into containers and put it in the refrigerator for meals throughout the week and then I put all of the bones, fat, skin back into the liquid and cook on high for another 8 hours to make broth.  Most of this broth went into the Sausage/Potato Soup and then I put the rest into a container in the freezer for later use.

incredibly rich and savory chicken stock


For snacks, I cut up some kohlbabi from the garden and then made a batch of hummus.  I'm honestly surprised I have any left, because as soon as Izzy spied me making the hummus, she came over with an empty bowl and spoon and demanded some.