Archive for March 2012

Kids on the Run

It’s amazing what a little bit of air can do for a runner. The past few times I have attempted to take the kids out with me in the jogging stroller I have really struggled to finish the 3 miles that I wanted to get done. My Friday run was completed within my goal pace range and I finished the whole 3 miles! What was the difference in the runs? My husband aired up the tires the other day before we took the bike trailer (also our jogging stroller) for our first bike ride of the year. Air in the tires! What an amazing concept!

I won’t say that the run today was easy but it was definitely manageable and the kids enjoyed it up until about 2.5 miles. (Then A wanted O’s snack. O wanted more space. They both wanted to be home. I ran faster.) I enjoyed talking to them during the run and pointing out all airplanes and birds flying by and all the blooming trees and flowers. What a beautiful spring day today. At one point, O wanted me to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and I’ve discovered that I CAN NOT sing while running. My neighbors should be happy that they don’t have to listen to me sing while I run by their houses! I think we might be ready to load up the stroller in the car and go to a park for a jog and then stick around to play on the playground.

Distance: 3 miles
Time: 32:29
Average Pace: 10:48

Real Food for Breakfast

Right now I have granola baking in the oven. I’m making it for the first time and it is so easy! It smells wonderful and I can’t wait to taste it. It is another recipe that I found on the 100 days of Real Food blog. My husband and I have been trying to figure out a healthy breakfast option for our children. We have made several different variations of oatmeal and really the only one that they liked a lot was a baked oatmeal that was very good but too time consuming to make for every breakfast.

Every morning I make a bowl of oatmeal for myself. It is very filling and very good. The kids usually have Quaker Oats because they love the Raisin, Date & Walnut kind. Right now I would rather they have something relatively healthy in their bellies for breakfast even if it is processed. My husband usually eats cereal or oatmeal as well.

Tomorrow we are trying the granola for breakfast. Hopefully it will be a hit with the kids.

I bought a lot of the nuts for the granola at my grocery store and then went to Whole Foods to buy oats, wheat berries (for another recipe) and pumpkin seeds in their bulk bins. The bulk bins are the way to go! Everything that I had already bought at the grocery store (cashews, sunflower seeds and sliced almonds) were at least twice as expensive than the bulk bins. Next time I will make a stop at Whole Foods first. 

The pumpkin seeds are delicious, by the way. I gave a few of them to the kids while I was fixing their lunch and they loved them. I’m going to keep them around for a nice little snack. 

This week I also made a second attempt at whole wheat muffins. These turned out better than the first batch, although I have no idea what I did differently. They are so good that my kids call them ‘cupcakes.’ They have been enjoying these for one of their snacks for the past several days. One of the things that I like best about them is that you can add in any ingredient to the base recipe. So far we have added in chocolate chips, walnuts and pecans. I also bought frozen blueberries and strawberries for the next two batches. 

The Dreaded Tempo Run

Tempo runs are tough and they aren’t very much fun while you are actually running but it feels great when you are finished. They also really work to help increase overall speed.

Yesterday was in the mid to upper 70′s and windy. The temperature didn’t seem bad before I left the house… 70′s sound perfect actually but I have been running in much cooler weather lately. Trying to do a tough workout in warmer temperature proved to be very hard for me.

My pace was supposed to be somewhere in the 9:12 to 9:36 range. Well, I hit that during one of my mile splits.

1 9:13 9’12″/mi
2 9:43 9’43″/mi
3 9:44 9’42″/mi
4 10:10 10’12″/mi
5 9:48 9’48″/mi
6 0:05 9’35″/mi

At first I was really disappointed that I missed my goal but then I thought about what I did accomplish.

  • I worked really hard during this run.
  • I kept up a run at under a 10 minute pace for 5 miles. I couldn’t have done this a couple of months ago.
  • I ran in the wind and hotter temps than I am used to right now.
It is just really difficult even with perfect conditions to do a tempo run. I’ve discovered how much the adrenaline of a race helps push me a little to achieve the speed that I want.  

Distance: 5 miles
Time: 48:43
Average Pace: 9:43