Friday Fitness: Resuming Normal

After last week’s half marathon and strep throat I took 9 days off.  I had to for a few days.  I didn’t have the energy to do anything.  And then one or two for good measure.  Also because I was still coughing.  And for the first time in my training I missed a weekend long run. It was a tough mental challenge. 

Monday morning I was ready to hit the Y for Group Power, but I had a sick kid who stayed home from school.  So I was not off to a good start.  Luckily there is an evening class and since bowling league is over I was able to go!  Yay!  Oh, it was tough.  I had to reduce my weights a bit to get through it, but it felt good to be back.

Tuesday was a beautiful morning and my big kid was feeling better and off to school.  So after she got on the bus Pumpkin and I set off in the neighborhood.  It was a tough run.  My legs were still a bit in denial about what was going on and there was a little wind to battle.  I logged 2.6 miles (9:47 min/mile) which I thought was a good start.

20160426_085138Wednesday was a day of highs and lows.  I happily marched off to the Y for Cardio, Strength Intervals only to get my butt kicked!  It was tough.  I took a few modifications.  And I came home to discover that my Fitbit died.  Not like I didn’t charge the battery because I had done that twice in 3 days.  It would not longer hold a charge.  RIP Fitbit.  You served me well for almost 4 years.  And then I was off to trail run in the evening.  We had some new girls show up and it was so much fun!  Though I missed a few of the regulars.

20160427_190028Yesterday I had lots of mommas join me for a run.  Several difference distances were represented so people came and went.  It was fun!  Rotating runners.  🙂  I felt a little better about the run, compared to Tuesday.  5 miles (9:52 min/mile).  So, here’s hoping I’ll feel normal soon and be ready for Indy Mini next week! 

20160428_101549I decided to take an extra rest day today.  I thought about going for a swim, but I have to work this morning and my to do list is a mile long.  I’m still trying to catch up from missing so much last week.  And I thought an extra rest would be good before my last long run this weekend.  I’m hoping to stay busy because I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of my new Garmin!!  It’s going to take the place of my dead Fitbit and then some!


Have a great weekend, everyone!

Recipe: Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin

Are you a slow cooker fan?  I use mine all the time and I actually just got a new, bigger one!  I’m so excited.  No more trying to shove a whole chicken in my small one. A slow cooker isn’t just great for warm winter meals, but it’s also great for cooking while you’re outside enjoying beautiful spring afternoons.  Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin is a delicious dinner that cooks all day while you’re out having fun.

DSC_9256-EditThis is a truly simple slow cooker meal with very minimal prep.  No precooking required!  All you have to do is mix up a quick sauce, pour it over the meat and let it cook. At the end of the day the meat just falls apart.  It’s so easy to just break it up with some tongs and stir it into the sauce and serve!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin #dinner #recipe #slowcookerI served this Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin over some wild rice and a side of roasted broccoli.  It was a delicious, filling meal.  The sauce is sweet, but not overly sweet with just a bit of kick.  Hubby didn’t even have to add any red pepper flakes to his.  😉  But not so spicy that I didn’t like it.

You’ll definitely want to add this Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy to your menu this week!

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin
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  1. 2 lb pork tenderloin
  2. 10 oz sweet chili sauce
  3. 16 oz can jellied cranberry sauce
  4. 2 tbsp brown sugar
  1. Place pork tenderloin in slow cooker.
  2. Mix together sweet chili sauce, cranberry sauce and brown sugar. Pour over pork.
  3. Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours and then low 3-4 hours.
  4. Shred pork, stir into sauce and serve over rice.
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Friday Fitness: The No Good Very Bad Half Marathon

This past Sunday was the Brokeman’s Half Marathon of Southwest Ohio.  I signed up for the race because it was $10 for a limited number of early participants.  I figured it would be a good training run for Indy Mini.   I have a big goal for Indy and I wanted to feel really prepared going in, so I figured a race before the race would help.  Well, right now I”m feeling defeated.  Brokeman’s was a no good very bad half marathon.

20160417_082424I was pretty happy about twinning with my RBF, Lindsay, but I wasn’t feeling my best.  Something just didn’t feel right.  I passed it off as race day jitters.

It was a warmer day that what we’ve been used to.  Last’s weeks training run was in 30 degree weather.  It was 60 at the start of the race.  And sunny.  We had a good group of girls running, though, so I was having fun mingling with my MRTT gang.  And then it was race time!  My Map My Run wouldn’t start, so I didn’t get my GPS going until we had already gone maybe a quarter of a mile.

13002570_10154098609499500_3006915434328604039_oI was happy that two of my speedy running pals were happy to run my pace (which was the same planned pace for Lindsay).  The four of us were having fun chatting, swapping stories, talking about our goals for Indy Mini and tackling the rolling hills.  We had a small section of tree lined path, but there was a lot of full sun running after that. 

I was feeling OK to start.  We were comfortably cruising at a 9:00-9:15 pace.  Right where I wanted to be.  But around mile 6 or 7 I started falling back a bit.  My legs weren’t working the way I wanted them to.  I was feeling sluggish.  I couldn’t regulate my breathing.  After 8 miles I had to walk.  It killed me to do it.  But I just needed a break. 

13041180_10154098609529500_6693178574346143793_oRock star Karen stayed with me.  Just like she did at the 10 miler a few weeks back.  She kept me on a run walk interval for the rest of the race, let me put my handheld water bottle in her stroller (yeah, she was pushing a stroller!!), and was my cheerleader through the last few tough miles. 

13015500_10153483175231657_7009194344665606079_nAfter what seemed like a million miles and a constant uphill we finally rounded the corner to the finish line.  And everyone’s GPS read 13.4 miles.  2:15:12  (10:07 min/mile)

So, the race was longer that the 13.1 we were expecting.  And my pace was about a minute slower than I was expecting.  And I felt a lot worse than I was expecting.  My hips were tight and my lungs felt like they were going to collapse. 

20160417_112157After a good stretch and cheering the rest of our gals across the finish line a few of us snapped a picture and we headed out.  We stopped for lunch on the way home and I took a hot shower.  We calculated if the race had actually been 13.1 miles my time would have been 2:12:37, which technically would be a PR for me (by 1:21). 

And then I felt awful the rest of the day.  And the next day.  And the next day.  And this whole week.  Turns out I had strep throat.  So I’ve been trying to rest and recover this week.  I haven’t run or worked out.  I had less than 1000 steps on my Fitbit on Monday! 

So, what was supposed to be a practice round for the race I really care about has turned into a bit of a disappointment.  I was really hoping to come in under 2:10, closer to 2:05.  I’ve got 2 weekends left before race day, so I’m hoping to get at least one more strong, long run in so I can get to Indy feeling ready to come in under 2:05.  Fingers crossed. 


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Friday Fitness: Ups and Downs

I was so ready to get back at it after Spring Break last week.  I was ready to get back on schedule.  Get it my runs and my cross training.  Win Fitbit step challenges.  That didn’t happen.

Saturday – 10 miles (9:40 min/mile)  My gal, Katie was still in town, so we got to do a long run together.  We have the same goal for Indy Mini, so we were really happy to get a training run in.  We started off great and were really looking forward to some negative splits, but when we turned around at the halfway point we realized we had the wind at our back to start. We were running straight into some strong headwinds that slowed us down quite a bit.  Fingers crossed for no strong wind on race day.


Sunday – rest

Monday – 20 minute cardio warmup on the elliptical before Group Power.  It was the start of a new routine on Monday and I really liked it.  I liked the old one, too, but the new one is different.  It took out one of the moves I don’t particular like and there added some plyo!  I love incorporating plyo!  And I definitely felt the workout afterward, so it’s a winner!


Tuesday – sick day.  I had planned to meet some friends to run, but Pumpkin was having a meltdown, so I decided I’d probably just go in the afternoon.  Well, I ended up feeling sick shortly after the time I was supposed to leave, so I was couch ridden the rest of the day. 

Wednesday – recovering from sick day.  I had planned to go to trail run group on Wednesday night, even though it probably wasn’t the best idea since I hadn’t really eaten much for two days.  But a friend needed me, so I skipped the run to be there for her.  Which was for the best.  I needed the recovery time.

Thursday – 5 easy treadmill miles (9:20 min/mile).  The rainy day forced me inside, so I put on some HGTV and cranked out 5 miles.  It wasn’t the 7 I had on the schedule, but I got it done.


Today I had planned to swim laps, but a bunch of gals were going to yoga, so I decided to join them instead.  It was a little more mellow than I thought it’d be, but the stretch felt good. 

I’m feeling better.  I’ve eaten food and I’m hoping tomorrow’s long run goes well.  Next week is a sort of taper week since I have a half marathon next week.  Though I was planning on treating this race as more of a training run, so I don’t plan on backing off too much.  Fingers crossed I stay healthy.

Polka Dot Everyday Elegance

One day, while perusing the aisles of Hancock Fabric I found this gorgeous blue and white polka dot chiffon.  And I got the crazy idea to buy some.  Now, you might be wondering why this is a crazy idea. It’s because the fabric was super slippery and slinky.  And I mostly sew with knits.  Usually stable knits.  Not slippery and slinky knits (though a few of those do sneak in). 

I’ve had the Everyday Elegance by Patterns for Pirates for quite some time and the blue and white polka dots were going to become my first Everyday Elegance Top.

Everyday Elegance TopGorgeous right?  It took me quite some time to sew this one.  Cutting was time consuming, trying to get the fabric to lay flat.  Sewing was a little easier, though I had to take the placket slow.  Lots of ironing happened. 

After getting the shirt sewed up and the hem finished I was stuck.  Of all the buttons in my stash I didn’t have two white buttons.  It sat unfinished in my studio for over a week until I could finally pick some up (and they were buy one get one free!!) and finish off the sleeves

Everyday Elegance TopI love how it turned out, though I do feel it’s a little long on me.  I will definitely be making more.  But with a less slippery fabric.  And I’ll take up the length about an inch.  Now, to find the fabric for the next one………