Friday Fitness: Countdown to Race Day

Wow, this is a late post!  I was having some issues with my site this morning, but I think we’re good now.

I am just over 2 weeks away from the half marathon and I’m feeling pretty darn good!  I keep thinking about when I finished the Columbus Half Marathon and I swore I’d never do it again.  Yet, here I am.  Crazy.  And I haven’t even finished this half marathon and I’m already planning a summer one.  I guess I’ve turned into a crazy runner!

Saturday – 8.02 miles (10:21 min/mile)

Group Run

Sunday – rest

Monday – Girls Gone Sporty Lower Body Plyometrics

Tuesday – 4.09 miles pushing the stroller (10:09 min/mile)

Wednesday – 10 minutes of HIIT (so many burpees!) and 25 minutes on the Twist Stepper (2.21 miles)

Thursday – 5.02 miles (9:32 min/mile)

20150326_185221Hey, look!  Red faced runfies are back!  Yay for a new phone!

Friday – 25 minutes stair machine, upper body strength

Tomorrow I’ve got another 10 mile run on the calendar and then we start to taper!  And it’s going to be cold and windy!  Here we thought the last few weeks of half marathon training would bring us better weather!  I sure hope it warms up a bit by race day!

 

Have a good weekend everyone!

Wheat Berry Muffins

Cupcake loves to read and she loves to bake.  She gets super excited when her books come with recipes.  And her new book, Little Red Riding Hood, had a recipe in it so of course we had to give it a try!  But first we had to pick up some blueberries!

Wheat Berry Muffins #baking #recipe #breakfastSo on a lazy Sunday morning, after a trip to the grocery store  we whipped up a batch of these wheat berry muffins.

Baking Wheat Berry MuffinsI have two helpers in the kitchen these days.  I guess I need to make Pumpkin an apron and chef’s hat, too. 

Baking wheat berry muffinsPumpkin mixed the dry ingredients.

Baking wheat berry muffinsCupcake was in charge of the wet ingredients and the muffin liners.  We went with blue for blueberries. 

I took care of folding in the blueberries as the batter is very thick!  I scooped the batter into the liners and popped them in the oven.  And then Cupcake asked every 2 minutes if it was time for a “test taste.”

Wheat Berry Muffins #baking #recipe #breakfastThey were worth the wait because these muffins are so good!   They’re very dense, a little sweet and a lot of blueberry deliciousness.  The girls have already asked when we can make them again.

Wheat Berry Muffins
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Ingredients
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 1/2 cup melted butter
  3. 1/2 tsp almond extract
  4. 1 cup wheat flour
  5. 1 cup all purpose flour
  6. 1 tsp baking powder
  7. 1/2 tsp salt
  8. 1 cup blueberries
  9. 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In a large bowl mix together the eggs, butter, sugar and almond extract.
  3. In a medium bowl mix together the flours, baking powder and salt.
  4. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and stir just until combined.
  5. Fold in the blueberries and sunflower seeds (batter will be thick).
  6. Evenly divide the batter between the 12 muffin tin liners and bake for 20-25 minutes.
Adapted from Little Red Riding Hood (A Newfangled Prairie Tale)
Adapted from Little Red Riding Hood (A Newfangled Prairie Tale)
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Wheat Berry Muffins #baking #recipe #breakfast

 I suspect we’ll make another batch of these really soon!  They’re great to have on hand for a quick weekday breakfast!

 

Easter Basket Initial Tag

Happy Monday morning!  We had a nice weekend with some beautiful weather on Saturday!  We spent a lot of time outside!  We’re all so very excited about spring and the beautiful weather that comes with it.  We’re also getting excited about Easter and I’m excited about the new Easter basket initial tags I whipped up for the girls’ baskets!

Easter Basket Initial Tag #crafting #easterThey have matching Easter baskets (which I love!) and even though I can tell them apart by what is in them come Easter morning I wanted to personalize them just a bit, so I made this cute initial tags and they were such an easy project.

Easter Basket Initial Tag #crafting #easterI raided my felt stash for this project.  Felt is great for this because it doesn’t fray!  And as much as I love to sew, this is a no sew project.

Easter Basket Initial Tag #crafting #easterI cheated a little bit and used my Big Shot to cut out my shapes and letters, but you can easily freehand them, trace them, or make freezer paper stencils to cut them out if you don’t have a die cutting machine.  But before you get cutting you need to add a little bit of double sided fusible web such as Heat’n’Bond.  Use a low temperature so you don’t scorch your felt!

Easter Basket Initial TagOnce your shape is cut, peel the paper baking off and iron it to the under piece of your tag.

Easter Basket Initial TagIron them one layer at a time until you’ve got your 3 layers attached.

Easter Basket Initial TagTake a needle and some embroidery floss and thread it through the top for hanging.  Then just loop it on your basket handle and you can now tell the baskets apart!

Easter Basket Initial Tag #craftingThe girls loved watching me make these (and Cupcake just wanted me to keep cutting things out with the die cutting machine!) but even more they loved seeing them hanging on the baskets. 

 

 

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Friday Fitness: Thoughts on Training for a Spring Race

We’re inching closer to race day!  3 weeks from Sunday!!!  My goal for this half marathon was to stick to the training plan.  And I have to say, while not perfect, I’ve done a pretty darn good job of sticking to it!  I scheduled two weekday runs, one weekend run, and 3 cross training days and one rest day per week.  I’ve not missed a long run, but there were a few weekday runs that didn’t happen.  I lost 5 days to illness a few weeks ago and I’ve missed a weekday run here or there due to weather.  Such is life as a stroller pushing mother runner.

I did get quite a few snowy runs in, whenever I could run stroller-free.  And I don’t mind a snowy run.  Actually I quite like running in the falling snow, though I’m not too big a fan of running in a foot of snow.  The below freezing temperatures, though.  That’s the worst part of training for a spring race.  I don’t enjoy putting on layers of fleece lined clothes, or the burning sensation of freezing fingers, or that it takes me the rest of the day to regulate my body temperature.  It was a rough winter. On the one hand I’m glad I had the half marathon on my schedule because it got me out the door on days I might not have ventured out.  I definitely ran a lot more this winter than last because of the race.  But I’m not sure I’ll be willing to sign up for another spring half marathon.  I’d need to move further south first!

So here’s the recap for the week.

Saturday – rest day (due to rain)

Sunday – 10.2 miles @10:30 pace with my BRF Jess

Monday – Girls Gone Sporty Total Body AMRAP

Tuesday – 3.2 miles at 9:05 pace – I ran old school style!  My phone lost it’s will to live on Saturday and the old backup doesn’t really do anything but make phone calls, so it was just me and my stop watch (and Road ID).

3.2 milesWednesday – pyramid workout of squats, pushups and crunches (I wasn’t feeling very inspired and I was pressed for time)

Thursday – 5.1 miles (pushing a stroller in the wind!) at 10:30 pace (with Jess)  And despite feeling like I didn’t work really hard the day before my chest muscles were sore while pushing that stroller!

Friday – a yet to be determined home workout.  Probably the next video on the GGS Bootcamp.

Sorry for the lack of photos this week!  I know you like seeing my red, sweaty face, but well, with the phone issue…………

I’m really happy with my long run this past week.  10 miles felt like no big deal, so I know I can get to 13.1 come race day! 

 

DIY Hook Rail and Shelf

Spring is coming!  The weather is warming up, the sun is out.  It’s windy.  It’s DIY weather!  I spent some time in the garage this weekend and whipped up a hook rail and shelf for the entry way!  I’ve been wanting to do this for a while and I’m so glad I had the wood and hooks at the ready for the beautiful DIYing day!

So to show you where I started here’s the before (but after I painted the hallway).

Entry before

As you can see the bench was a dumping ground for purses and coats.  It was always a mess!  And there was all that unused wall space!

I measured the length of my wall and cut two pieces of 1″x6″ pine to construct my hook rail and shelf.  Two quick cuts with the jigsaw was all I needed.

#DIY hook rail and shelf Once I had my two boards cut I marked where I wanted my hooks to live.  4 hooks.  One for each member of the family. 

#DIY hook rail and shelf

Then I attached my shelf to the top of the rail.  I screwed them in place because a) I don’t have a nail gun and b) they’d be sturdy c) no one will see the top so it didn’t really matter that they weren’t hidden.

#DIY hook rail and shelf Next I measured how high from the bottom I wanted each hook and marked the holes for the hook screws (the circles) and where I was going to drill for the screws I would be using to attach it to the wall (the plus sign).

#DIY hook rail and shelf And drilled my pilot holes. 

#DIY hook rail and shelf Then using a larger drill bit I made countersink hole because I didn’t have countersink screws on hand. 

I primed and painted my hook rail and shelf and put anchors in the walls.

#DIY hook rail and shelf Once the paint was dry I hung that baby up!  And she’s level.  :)

#DIY hook rail and shelf I attached the hooks which hides the screws and I have a pretty and functional hook rail with shelf!

#DIY hook rail and shelf My mirrored monogram has found it’s new home.  And I scrounged up a candle from the living room and added it as well.  I’ve still got some accessorizing to do.

#DIY hook rail and shelf My Fashion Week purse looks so good hanging on my hook!  And so does the girls jackets and snack packs.  I love that everything has a place now!  And the coat closet isn’t exploding with jackets! So simple. So effective.

And just for a dose of the reality that is my house……….

#DIY hook rail and shelf That was going on in the next room while I was installing and photographing my pretty new rail hook and shelf! 

 

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