Archive for November 2014

I Mustache You Some Questions

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I’ve been enjoying this survey floating around and so I was excited when Laura tagged me to answer the I Mustache You Some Questions survey.

Four names that people call me, other than my real name:

  • Angie (It’s what I go by but my actual name is Angela.)
  • Ang
  • Mommy (best nickname ever!)
  • That’s it, I think. I’m still surprised that I don’t have a nickname from my extended family, I’m just about the only one.

Four jobs I have had:

  • Preschool/Pre-K teacher for 11 years
  • Pizza Delivery Girl (college)
  • Snack Bar at a Skating Rink (high school)
  • Box Plant (making boxes was challenging and one of my favorite jobs!)

Four movies I’ve watched more than once:

  • Charade (Audrey Hepburn + Cary Grant = my favorite movie of all time)
  • Frozen (what can I say, my kids are loving it right now)
  • How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (completely a guilty pleasure movie!)
  • Fever Pitch (yep, I love baseball)

Four books I’d recommend:

  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (I’m reading it right now for book club.)
  • Mind Gym by Gary Mack (This one helped me to earn some pretty significant PRs lately.)
  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (It had me in tears but I loved it.)
  • A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (My copy from childhood is falling apart.)

Four places I have lived:

  • Sioux City, IA
  • Sioux Falls, SD
  • Wichita, KS
  • Manhattan, KS

Four places I have been:

  • Mexico
  • Chicago
  • New York City
  • Colorado (I love Colorado in the summer!)

I’ve only been out of the country once so I answered with some of my favorite places to travel to in the United States.

Four places I’d rather be right now:

  • Outside Running
  • At Wrigley Field watching a Cubs game
  • Hiking somewhere in Colorado
  • Out on a sushi date with my husband

Four things I don’t eat:

  • Black Olives
  • Sauerkraut
  • Subway (my least favorite place to eat out)
  • Almond Joy candy bars (Coconut…blah!)

Four of my favorite foods:

  • Pizza
  • Sushi
  • Ice Cream
  • Chocolate

Not the healthiest list but I’m keeping it real!

Four TV shows that I watch:

  • Parenthood
  • Scandal
  • House of Cards (My husband and I are watching it together.)
  • The Good Wife

Four things I am looking forward to this year:

  • Having my extended family in town for Christmas
  • Playing outside in the snow with my kids
  • My next goal race in the spring
  • Watching my children grow and develop this year

Four things I’m always saying:

  • We need to hurry, we’re running late.
  • Love you! to my family
  • What should we have for dinner this week?
  • Have a great day at school today! (I feel like I am always in the car dropping the kids off at school!)

Four People I Tag:

  • Marnie
  • Michelle
  • Michele
  • Lindsey

Check back on Wednesday for my weekly workouts from last week!

What’s your favorite t.v. show? What books would you recommend? What is your favorite movie?

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Craziness + Favorites

Can we just talk about how cold it got all of a sudden?

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I took my kids to the dentist on Monday afternoon. While we were waiting for the dentist we talked about playing outside when we got home to enjoy the last little bit of warm weather for awhile. When we left not even an hour later I was shocked to see that the temps had dropped 20 degrees. It was only in the 50′s at that point but the wind was horrible. I felt awful that I hadn’t put jackets on the kids. Needless to say we played inside before dinner instead of outside.

The other crazy environmental thing that happened here in Kansas this week was that we had an earthquake. Yes, you read that right, an earthquake. In Kansas.

You may be surprised to hear that we have them pretty often in the Midwest but this one was different. I’ve only felt one other earthquake before and that was a couple of months ago. The earthquake on Wednesday was strong (4.8 magnitude!) and lasted quite awhile. I braced myself while I was standing and watched things shake in my house. I even looked out the window to see if something had happened outside (tornado or plane crash???) before I realized that it was an earthquake. Craziness!

And now on to some of my favorites from the week.

Instagram

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[one] Yoga + Kettlebells with my little monkeys. They always want to participate when they see me exercising! [two] My happy place, especially when I’ve been missing my regular routine of running a lot of miles lately. [three] Bedtime snuggles are the best. [four] Brrr…it’s cold. Coffee tastes even better in the winter. [five] Library Story Time is one of our favorite activities of the week. I love to watch Little E participate. She dances and sings to all the songs. And Little O is such a good reader and has been picking up some nonfiction lately. He’s teaching me all sorts of facts!

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Interesting Reads

5 Reasons My Next Race Won’t be a Marathon by Jess at Race Pace Jess

I like #3 and I’m thinking of trying that out. I’d also add that I promised my husband that I would take a break from marathon running until the kiddos were a little older.

Tips for Surviving an Ice Bath by Matt at The Runner Dad.

I can’t say I’ve braved an ice bath myself but with these tips I just might try it after my next double digit run.

5 Benefits of Self-Myofascial Release (and why you need to do it daily) by Christine at Love, Life, Surf.

The foam roller and I have become good friends during this running injury. This article explains the reasons why I should keep it up after I’m feeling 100% again.

50 Best Running Books of All Time by Amanda at Run to the Finish.

Oh boy. I added quite a few books to my to-read list after reading this article!

A Bitter Sweet Return by Kara Goucher.

Kara shares her thoughts on her 2014 NYC Marathon race. It is very insightful and an inspiration read!

Currently Eating

This week I was searching for a vegetarian slow cooker recipe.We’re trying to eat at home more and also cut food costs a little while still buying quality food. All the recipes that looked good in my go-to slow cooker cookbooks have meat in them which brings the $$ up a lot. So I headed over to Pinterest and searched for the perfect recipe. And did I ever find it!

{Slow Cooker} Mexican Quinoa from Chelsea’s Messy Apron was the perfect find. It was filling and has a lot of our favorite ingredients. Black beans, sweet potatoes, and quinoa plus all the spices of a yummy Mexican dish. The only problem was that the kids didn’t really like it because it was a little on the spicy side. We served it with quesadillas, a salad and fresh cut veggies so even though they didn’t eat the main dish they still had a healthy meal.

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This was taken before turning on the slow cooker. It thicken up and was delicious over tortilla chips or a bed of lettuce.

 

That’s all for this Friday! Enjoy your weekend, friends!

 

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Listening to the Whispers

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Recently I read a post from Paige over at Your Trainer Paige on listening to your body to stay healthy and prevent injury. {Read it —here— it’s a good one!} She said in the article, Nearly every preventable physical ailment starts with a whisper from your body.” and at first I thought, not mine! Mine shocked me and I was in denial for several days. It happened during a marathon when I decided to keep on running through the pain. I thought it appeared out of nowhere but that’s not exactly true.

Sure, the callous on my foot started hurting during the marathon which caused me to change my stride and throw my right side off balance. It stressed my calves, Achilles and foot developing a case of Plantar Fasciitis. But really there was a whisper before the marathon.

Why did I have the callous in the first place?

I think it started back when I bought my last pair of new shoes. My Saucony Ride 7′s are wonderful shoes but I’m starting to think that I bought them in a size too small. I’ve never been one to get blisters on my feet from running, that is, until I bought these shoes. But I’d always ran in these shoes and so I didn’t really think about it being because of the shoes.

 

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These shoes will never be the same after running through all that Gatorade on the Chicago Marathon course. The dirt just sticks to them now!

 

The blisters eventually became the callouses that I didn’t want to do anything to before the marathon. I thought that could be worse because I might get an infection. They weren’t painful at all and I thought it would be o.k.

I was recently at a local running store and one of the employees said to me, “Those aren’t the shoes you are running in are they?” I said no because they were a retired pair. She said she thought they looked small. They are the same size that I wear now (a half size larger than my normal shoes) but maybe because of all the extra miles (not to mention babies) my foot size has changed.

Why didn’t any of this click before I was actually injured?

I wasn’t taking the time to listen to the whispers.

Lesson learned. Before I buy my next pair of shoes I will go in and get fitted for the correct size. Unfortunately the two pairs of shoes that I’m rotating right now don’t have a lot of mileage on them. I’m not running high mileage now so I’m going to stick with them for awhile before buying a new pair.

 

Have you been shocked by an injury before?

Have you heard the whispers of an injury but kept running anyway?

 

 

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