Saturday, July 30, 2011

5k "Race" Recap & Blogger Meet-Up

Today was all about new friends, food, and fun. It started with the People’s Health Day 5k in Piedmont Park. I knew I wouldn’t be able to run, but didn’t want to miss the opportunity to meet Lee, Carol, and Laura.

It pained every fiber in my body NOT to race today. It's incredibly frustrating, but if I plan to race well in the fall, that’s just how it has to be right now.

I entered the “walkers” division just to keep myself in check. Note: walking, not racewalking

It was hot and sticky so Lee wasn’t feeling it today either. We kept each other company along the way.

The race ended in Piedmont Park, and the post-race fair was really something else (in a good way). Each runner was given 4 tickets to use at the booths. It was like a little farmers market with produce, eggs, sauces, jellies, baked goods, and other random things like sushi.

We split a California Roll while we were waiting for the awards ceremony to begin.

This was my haul. All local and organically grown. Pretty nice for race swag right?

Actress Mena Suvari is in town working on "American Reunion" and has been spotted at local races lately. She was actually the winner of the 20-35 ag (it was a small race, so they had funky categories). She was incognito in a baseball cap and big sunglasses, but raced under her real name.

She Tweeted about it later. No matter who you are, a medal is exciting.

Laura was the second overall female finisher in 24:21.

By then it was almost noon, and we were famished. We headed uptown to R. Thomas Grill for lunch with more local bloggers.

I ordered an egg white seafood omelet, smashed butternut squash, and a side of challah French toast. It was divine. The French toast was light and buttery, and the guacamole totally made the omelet. I’ll have to try that omelet combo again at home.

Tina passed around some Love Grown Foods granola samples. I may have torn into one of those bad boys on the drive home.

And of course I passed out some MARATHON bar samples.

They were such a fun and welcoming group. The conversation was flowing so quickly it was hard to keep up with. Hopefully this will be just the first of many more gatherings.

**All the crappy pictures in today's post brought to you courtesy of my iPhone and poor lighting**

My House is Going to Sparkle Like Never Before

I have a lot of extra energy to burn off since I'm officially on a running hiatus for the next 3 weeks.

I finally met with the sports medicine doctor this week. Good news! She thinks it's just tendonitis. "Not a stress fracture" was music to my ears.

Based on the symptoms it sounds like it was headed towards compartment syndrome, but we caught it in time. Tendonitis is definitely the lesser evil of these condtions.

The x-rays showed no signs of current or previously healed fractures. If the pain doesn't go away in the next 3 weeks, we'll do an MRI for a closer look. I'll also be doing physical therapy sessions twice a week to loosen up these tight calves.

Even though I can't run, I do have some options.

Check out my fab new aqua jogging belt.

I braved an entire 15 minutes in the gym pool earlier this week. I felt like a goober the entire time, but I gave it a try y'all.

Problem with the gym pool is it's too shallow. The deepest area is only 4.5 feet, leaving me two options:

1) Push off the bottom of the pool- even at a fraction of my body weight, this still hurts
2) Crunch up in a ball and feel even more awkward trying to jog in place

So the plan is to hit the gym for spin classes on Tues, Thurs, Sat and Sunday. Monday and Wednesdays will be aqua jogging in the lake.

I've done one 45 minutes session so far. It's not nearly as hard as a regular run, but it does get my heartrate up and make my legs feel worked.

Some stylish shoes to complement the great belt

I've never done pilates before. Would that be easy on my feet/calves? If you have a some other good workout ideas please let me know. Hoping this is a quick 3 weeks. If you've had a sports injury how did you cope?

Now off to organize some cabinets...

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My 7 Links

My friend Brittney over at Life In A Holding Pattern invited me to participate in the "My 7 Links" challenge.

I first started following her blog as a fellow pilot’s wife who wrote mainly about aviation topics, and watched as she morphed into one of my favorite health and fitness bloggers. She lives in Charlotte and hob-nobs with other bloggers like Caitlin, so I guess it was only a matter of time.

My blog took a similar twist in theme, so it’s interesting to look back and see what people connected with the most. Ready for a trip down memory lane?


To unite bloggers (from all sectors) in a joint endeavor to share lessons learned and create a bank of long but not forgotten blog posts that deserve to see the light of day again.


1) Blogger is nominated to take part
2) Blogger publishes his/her 7 links on his/her blog – 1 link for each category.
3) Blogger nominates up to 5 more bloggers to take part.
4) These bloggers publish their 7 links and nominate another 5 more bloggers
5) And so it goes on!
6) We’ll be sharing the best posts from participating bloggers on our blog and everyday on Facebook and Twitter at #My7Links

Most Beautiful

A Bread Machine Represents My 2010 It’s always good to take a minute and reflect on your blessings.

Most Popular (number of comments)

I mention two of the most commented-on posts below, so I’ll list a close runner-up , Just Call Me Coach Blondie.

Thanks for the support. I haven’t forgotten. It’s still a project I been working behind the scenes on since getting my certification.

Most Popular (number of hits)

Fresh Fig Muffin” is the most common search phrase that draws people to my blog. Apparently the vast ocean of internet is pretty devoid of fig muffin recipes because you somehow end up with mine as the top google return.

It just so happens that I received a large bowl of figs from my neighbor this week, so I can try my hand at trying some new figgy recipes. Mmmm…

Most Controversial

I can’t think of any post that was really heated, sparked outrage, or required an apology, but I was quite nervous about posting Can We Discuss Weight?

I wasn’t sure how discussing my desire to lose a few pounds would go over, especially because it would be viewed by most as vanity weight. I appreciated the thoughtful conversation it generated.

Most Helpful

First Marathon Follies is the perfect guide for what NOT to do when you run your first marathon. You’re welcome.

Surprise Success

Running Like a Mother was compilation of thoughts and suggestions on post-partum running. Based on a data point of one.

Not Enough Attention

Hmm, if even one person reads a post I wrote, I consider it a success. Thanks to all of you who keep coming back.

If you missed the post on Racewalking, I recommend checking it out. Understanding helps lead to respect. It’s a challenging sport and a great alternative for people seeking a lower impact alternative to running.

Most Proud

My San Diego RnR Race Recap

I expected the race to be a bomb. After going away on vacation, cutting back on training, and running a terrible race a couple weeks beforehand, it was a fair prediction. The race turned out to be quite a pleasant surprise, and I really enjoyed writing that recap.

This is also the post that has gotten the most comments, but most likely it’s because it’s also one of my most recent.

Now for the hard part, I have so many favorite reads. Who haven’t I tagged in a meme before? How about:

Bees Knees Life
Elijah Nicholas
Follow Me Down
Gym Class Drop-Out
Life {and running} in Iowa

On your marks, get set, go!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A Chain Reaction

How you doin’?

Not much has been going on around here. We’ve been homebodies the past couple weekends. Last Sunday we had a bunch of people over to celebrate Mr. Blondie’s birthday. We did some swimming in the lake, BBQ’d, and consumed many margaritas.

Note to self: It may have worked in college, but red wine is not a good cocktail chaser.

Today we had a lunch/swimming date with a fellow pilot-wife friend and her family. They live in the burbs on the opposite side of the Atlanta, so it’s a treat when we can manage to meet-up.

This morning I also went to my first spin class in forever.

Yep, I joined a gym again . HoleintheWall Gym near our house wasn’t willing to work with me to waive the initiation fee or do a short term contract, so I took my business up the street to SuperMegaChain Gym.

Their membership numbers must have taken a hit with the economy because there’s no longer an initiation fee, and it’s $10/month cheaper than the last time I was a member there. Plus they have group classes (spinning, yay!), babysitting, and a pool. The three things I need most at the moment. It’s also a month-to-month deal, so I can always cancel if it ends up being that inconvenient.

Lately my workouts have consisted of running for 25-30 minutes, then 30 minutes on the elliptical or one of Jillian’s workouts.

Rare run that ended with some dry spots on my shirt.

Remember when I told you how great the compression sleeves have been working to control my calf cramps? Well my calves feel great, but they must alter my gait in some way. The top and side of my left foot has started hurting. Taping my foot with KT Tape reduces the pain in my foot, but then my lower shin starts aching about a mile into my runs.

The first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem.

Maybe it’s time to admit I’ve got some type of overuse injury and stop running. Sound like a good idea? Yes, I agree.

Tomorrow I’m going to attempt aqua jogging. I’m nervous about it. The gym pool is really outside my comfort zone.

I have a fun 5k planned for next Saturday. Not sure what I’m going to do about that yet. I’ll be meeting a bunch of local bloggers there then going out for lunch afterwards. Hopefully my desire not to look like a swamp monster at the restaurant will be enough to overcome my desire to truly push the race.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Who turned on the oven?

After spending almost all of Saturday trying to get the house back into order after neglecting it all week, I was going stir crazy by Sunday. I decided I’d do part of my workout on the treadmill/elliptical and then finish outside with a little jogging stroller action. It was already 81 degrees and 84% relative humidity when we stepped outside at 9:45, so it was as pleasurable as you’d imagine. Running hills with the stroller is such good exercise though, and it’s been awhile since I’ve done it.

I was drenched in sweat when we walked in the door. The heat must have cooked my brain a little bit because going in the lake actually sounded somewhat appealing, and I asked Em if she wanted to go swimming. Before the words even finished coming out of my mouth, the kid shot off like a bullet and returned with bathing suit in hand.

I put on my courage suit, and in we went. Princess enjoyed floating on the raft more than being in the water, so she sat on top while I pushed her around. A twig brushed up again my leg causing one minor freak-out moment, but otherwise it was pretty relaxing.

Did you know there was such a thing as freshwater clams? I didn't.

Later that afternoon, I did what most sensible people would do on a hot summer afternoon….fired up the oven to replace my freezer stash of muffins. We made a dozen Cauliflower Chocolate Chip Muffins (love, love this recipe, although I've made some more modifications since I first posted it) and a dozen fresh peach & yogurt muffins.

The whole affair necessitated the vacuuming and steam mopping of the kitchen floor again for a second time within less than 24 hours.There was actually batter stuck on the ceiling light fixtures by the time we were done, but oh well. These are the times to remember after all.

How's your week going? What were some of your favorite summer time activities as a kid?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Workout ADD

After lamenting about need to take some time off from running, and doing a couple cycling workouts at the gym, compression sleeves came to my rescue. I loved the tights I wore at the San Diego RnR so much, I ordered the calf sleeves on Amazon a couple days after that post. They arrived just in time for our trip to NY, where running was my only workout option.

It was a jam packed weekend, but I managed to squeeze in a few runs while we're there. Still had a few random cramps, but nothing I couldn't work through. Overall, my legs felt decent and I even got in some nice hill work. I left the compression sleeves on during my shower, and continued wearing them on for a few hours afterwards which I think helped as well.

One run ended with a bag of fresh bagels coming home with me.

How'd that get in my hand?!

There had to be some pitfall to the breezy, dry weather I enjoyed on my morning run along the harbor....bagel shops and delis all along the way pumping out delicious smells.

My holiday weekend workouts look like this:

Thursday (before airport): 4 miles tm (6.5, .5% incline), 10 mins stretching, 4 miles tm (7.0, 5% incline)
Friday: 70 min run outside
Saturday: off
Sunday: 50 min run outside
Monday: 60 min run outside
Tuesday: off

We arrived home at 11PM Tuesday night, and the temp at the airport was 82 degrees and humid.

Yep, summertime is our turn to hibernate here in the south. Lovely, no?

Doing part of my workout in the heat toughens me up, but doing my entire workout in heat just turns me into a crampy, nauseous, puddle of mush. It's ugly and not worth it.

The way you northerners start going bonkers on the dreadmill sometime around mid-February is how I feel right about now. I'll admit it, I've been getting around lately. I can't commit to one machine anymore.

Here's what my workouts have looked looked like since we got home. I've been saving them for the afternoons, so I can do at least part of them outside.

Wednesday: 20 min run outside, 15 mins treadmill (A 7.0, .5% incline), 20 mins ellipitcal, 10 min run outside (front/side planks 6x 30secs, 10 burpees)

Thursday: 20 min run outside, 10 mins treadmill (A 7.0, .5% incline), 15 mins ellipitcal, 15 min run outside (20 v-ups, 50 reverse crunches, 10 burpees)

Friday: YogaX

Saturday: 30 min run outside, 15 elliptcal, 10 min treadmill (randomly alternating between 6.8-7.5, .5-2% incline), (front/side planks 6x 30secs, 10 burpees)

I foresee similar workouts for the next couple months. September get here soon.

I could workout here, but I iz skeerd of going in by myself.

What are you doing to beat the heat these days?

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Hope you're enjoying your holiday!

Shout out to everyone who did the Peachtree Road Race, ran a local race, or just got your butt out there for a workout today. Extra Corona earned :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Quadruple the Fun

This week we played host to my aunt, uncle, and their 14 yr-old QUADRUPLETS (Cornell-Weill was a little more aggressive their transfers in the early 90's if you're wondering).

We usually do the visiting. I enjoyed getting to play host for once and have the chance to show them around Atlanta.

We had a lot of fun and it actually gave me a chance to relax since they entertained Emily for me, and did most of the cooking and cleaning. Of course I told with them not to worry about it, they were our guests afterall. But my aunt runs a tight ship with military precision, so they just jumped right in and did everything. Guess that's the approach you need to take when you're raising 4 little ones all the same age. They're really good kids.

They left yesterday morning to spend the weekend in Savannah before driving back to NJ, and we headed to the airport. Now we're in NY for the holiday and to celebrate our 5th wedding anniversary. Where does the time go?

If only all my runs could look like this. Yes, I said run. The 2XU compression sleeves I bought this week have been like a silver bullet for my calf cramps.

What do y'all have planned for the 4th of July?