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My 5 Dream Races

Recently on Instagram I was tagged to list my five favorite dream races. Because I’ve given this so much thought I barely had to think about it before putting my list out there.

I’m happy to say that my number one dream race has already been accomplished. The Chicago Marathon was at the top of the list and it was crossed off in October.

I’m in no rush to run another marathon (I’m waiting until the kids are a little older!)  but the key word in this activity was DREAM. These are the races that if the stars aligned I would love to one day experience!

 

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[one] New York City

New York is the marathon that I see as possibly my next big marathon I try to enter. Especially after running Chicago last year, I’m sure that New York is one big party on marathon day just like Chicago. I love traveling to New York and running in Central Park and this would be a unique way to see all five boroughs on foot.

[two] Boston

In order to run Boston I would have to get super speedy, train hard and qualify first with a 42 minute PR. Then I would have to get accepted. It’s not that it’s out of the question (I set a PR by 40 minutes in Chicago) but it’s definitely something that would take dedication and hard work. So, I’m not chasing this dream any time soon, if at all, but it is on the list.

[three] Siesta Key

Siesta Key, Florida is heaven on earth and to run this half marathon in such a beautiful location would make it all the more special for me. And as a bonus I could eat crab legs at Captain Curt’s as my post race meal!

[four] Paris

Visiting Paris has been a dream of mine even before I started running races. So it’s not surprising at all that the Paris Marathon is on my list. I’ve always wanted to photograph the bridges on the Seine River and this trip would cover both of these bucket list items.

[five] Big Sur

I’ve heard that this is one of the most breathtaking courses in our country and I hope to find out one day just how beautiful it is. I think this would be a race to enter with no time goal so that I could just soak up the scenery and enjoy the race.

Confession: I hate to fly. On my last flight home from New York City probably 3.5 years ago I had a panic attack and just about lost it. I used to fly all the time and had no problem with it at all. Maybe it has something to do with having children??? But after that flight I am scared to get on a plane and have it happen again. It was horrible.

See the problem with my dream races above? I live in Kansas and it would be a pain (if not impossible) to drive to all of these places. Just one of the reasons why traveling to a race is a challenge for me but I’m sure I’ll have to be on an airplane at some point anyway. Ugh, just thinking about it makes my palms sweat…

 

What are your dream races? Anyone else afraid to fly?

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Why I Live with #NoExcuses

I definitely have had a No Excuses attitude about fitness for the past several years. I create a weekly plan and stick to it for the most part. It’s easier when I’m training for a race because I have a goal to meet but lately I’ve been getting my workouts in even without a race on the calendar.

It’s not always easy to wake up early and a lot of the time I want to roll over and turn off the alarm clock BUT I always feel better after getting in my workout of the day.

 

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The question this week is Why. Why have I chosen to live with No Excuses? The answers are pretty simple but at the same time huge because they are very important to me.

  • I feel better when I’m active.
  • As a busy mom with three children, exercising has become my ‘me’ time.
  • I want to be a positive role model for my children. I encourage them to make healthy choices including being active.
  • I make healthier choices throughout the day when I exercise. This includes drinking enough water. I notice that when I start the day out drinking during my run it usually continues throughout the day.
  • I feel stronger when I am strength training regularly. I feel like I can keep up with my kids better.

I’m sure I could keep going with this list but I’ll end it there!

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This week I also want to send a special shout out to my SweatPink sister, Annmarie over at The Fit Foodie Mama. She’s an inspiring mama of two girls who finds the time to create delicious meals that she shares on her blog. I know because I’ve made several of her recipes! She also is always doing something fun and unique in her home gym and definitely takes the No Excuses theme to heart as she runs and gets her strength workouts in every week. If you are needing motivation or simply want to follow someone inspirational check out her Instagram feed.


weeklytraininglog

 

And now for my weekly workouts update. It’s the fourth week in 2015 and my miles are close to my 104 mile goal for January!

Weekly Workouts

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Monday: 3.5 miles (9:27 pace) + 35 minutes Quick Strength for Runners #13

A treadmill run split in half with my strength workout in the middle.

Tuesday: 60 minute Spin Bike

Random climb intervals in my workout today.

Wednesday: 5 miles (9:04 pace)

This treadmill run was mentally tough to get into. I kept trying to talk myself out of running but stuck with it in the end.

Thursday: 3.5 miles (9:15 pace) + 25 minutes QSFR #14

I broke up my run with the strength workout again. It’s one of my favorite ways to mix running and strength.

Friday: 3.1 miles (9:19 pace)

I played around with the buttons a lot on this treadmill run. Jumping up and down between 6.3 and 7 kept me a little distracted.

Saturday:  Rest

Sunday: 6.5 miles (9:23 pace)

I was really (really, really) hoping for an outside run on the weekend but I chose the treadmill over 45 mph wind gusts.

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Weekly Run This Year Update

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My goal for the year is to race shorter distances but I’m going to Run This Year again in 2015! I’ve signed up for the ‘Run all year and win prizes option’ Ha! I’m probably not going to make it past 2,015 kilometers like I did last year but I’m still hoping to get a lot of miles in throughout the year! 2,015 KM is 1,252.06 miles or just 104.34 miles each month.

Weekly Running Miles: 21.6

January Running Miles: 86.75

2015 Running Miles: 86.75

2015 Running Kilometers: 139.61

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Fit Mama Friday

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Friday Favorites post but I couldn’t resist this week. There are too many great things going on around here!

First, I’m excited to be the featured mother on Carly’s Fit Mama Friday over at Fine Fit Day. Head on over to read it and be sure to check out the rest of her blog as well. Carly’s currently in her third trimester of her second pregnancy and she is rocking the workouts and healthy eating! She’s quite an inspiration and always has something fun up on her blog. If you are visiting today because of my feature at Fine Fit Day, welcome! Leave a comment below and introduce yourself. I’d love to connect!

Instagram

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[one] My 6th wedding anniversary was this month and so I thought it was the perfect time to share one of my favorite New Yorker cartoons. I cut it out years ago and pinned it to a bulletin board. It still makes me laugh when I look at it. [two] It’s always an exciting day at our house when we get out the holiday books. I couldn’t be happier that all three of my children are in love with books. [three] A beautiful Kansas sunset. [four] My loves. We’ve had a bunch of snow this January but this week we’ve been enjoying some warmer weather. It’s nice to get outside again! [five] My treadmill run from yesterday plus a strength workout!

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Recipes of the Week

So far this month I’ve actually made a lot of recipes that I’ve found online. They’ve all turned out fantastic and I hope you try out something below if it sounds good.

Black Bean, Sweet Corn and Tomato Quinoa Burritos (Make-Ahead, Freezer Friendly) from Iowa Girl Eats.

I made this recipe this past week and doubled it before even making it the first time. I knew all the ingredients sounded fantastic and that I wanted to stash some away in the freezer. I’m so glad that I did that because the recipe turned out delicious, and while the kids didn’t really eat it that well, my husband and I have a lot of burritos for a quick dinner or yummy lunch.

Citrus-Topped Bakery-Style Blueberry Muffins from Peas and Crayons.

To be honest, I have to say that I skipped the citrus topping on these muffins because it didn’t sound good to me. That said, they turned out so good that they are now my go-to muffin recipe. I also doubled this batch and froze some of the muffins. The kids LOVE blueberry muffins defrosted and warmed in the microwave!

Mushroom and Black Bean “Meatballs” from Fit Foodie Mama.

I’ll admit when I made this recipe I was hoping to trick my kids into eating mushrooms. They eat black beans but I can’t get them to enjoy mushrooms. While I failed at getting the kids to eat mushrooms, my husband and I enjoyed this meal.

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Easiest Half-Batch Chocolate Chip Cookies from Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

I haven’t made these cookies yet but I still had to share because they look so very yummy.

Interesting Reads

Importance of Functional Training and Knowing Your Imbalances from Laura at Mommy Run Fast.

3 Treadmill Workouts for Speed and Strength from Angela at Happy Fit Mama.

Do Epsom Salts Work? from Miss Zippy.

Favorite Running Gear

This time around I’m picking my treadmill as a favorite. The cold and dark mornings mean that I’m inside on the treadmill, both for warmth and safety. I hear so many people call it a ‘dreadmill’ and I’m so glad I don’t have that attitude about it. My brain definitely wouldn’t be able to handle running on the treadmill if I was negative about it!  I’m just happy to be able to get a run in conveniently at home before we really get our day started. Of course, I always look forward to running outside but the treadmill definitely beats not being able to run at all.

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Currently Reading

Next week my book club meets and we’ll decide our books for the entire year. Have you read anything that you loved lately? What about something that would make for a great discussion? I would love feedback in this area so that I can bring several good suggestions for the year. I know I want to suggest The Goldfinch  (affiliate link) by Donna Tartt but other than that I haven’t started searching yet. What would you add?

Favorite Quotes

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Did you Miss This?

This week I shared my favorite iPhone photo apps. Did you miss it? Check it out ——-> here.

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What book would you recommend for my book club? Do you enjoy running on the treadmill? 

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