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February 20, 2012

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Just keep moving

February 16, 2012

Still movin’, still groovin’, still strugglin’ to find time to fit it all in!

Let’s see, where did I leave off…

 

      Wed. 2/1
NROLFW 1A
Thurs. 2/2
Speedwork
Fri. 2/3
NROLFW 1B
Sat. 2/4
Stock Show
Sun. 2/5
2.18 miles
Mon. 2/6
NROLFW 1A
Tues. 2/7
1.2 miles
Wed. 2/8
Kinnect & Fetch
Thurs. 2/9
Fetch
Fri. 2/10
*Mixed compost pile
Sat. 2/11
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Sun. 2/12
NROLFW 1B
Mon. 2/13
Stretch
Tues. 2/14
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Wed. 2/15
3.03 miles
Thurs. 2/16
NROLFW 1A
Fri. 2/17 Sat. 2/18
Sun. 2/19 Mon. 2/20 Tues. 2/21 Wed. 2/22 Thurs. 2/23 Fri. 2/24 Sat. 2/25
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*Let’s look at Friday, 2/10.  I was spent most of the day laying on the sofa, exhausted!  I did finally muster up the energy to start some seeds indoors.  I also turned my compost pile.  O. M. G!  Probably one of the most insanely difficult workouts I’ve done in a long time.  Ok, not really that bad, but my arms and shoulders were exhausted by the end! 

The theme this weekend was definitely laying around.  My butt is now imprinted in the sofa cushion.  Um, well, that’s probably not new, just deeper.  After sitting around until about 9:00 pm on Saturday, I decided to set my timer for 10 minutes and run stairs.  I ended up doing a circuit of 4 minutes stairs, 1 minute of push ups, 4 minutes of stairs, 1 minute of crunches.  Got my heart pumping and my energy level up!  Too bad it was bedtime!

You’ll notice the X’s on Tuesday.  I’d love to tell you those are kisses.  They’re not.  That’s my lazy bum not moving.  Unless you count the multiple trips from my desk to the copier.  I don’t for the purposes of February’s challenge.  I promise I won’t do it again.

Then let’s look at Wednesday, 2/15.  I loved this run!  It worked out to 3.03 miles in 34:04.  Splits:

Mile 1 11:04
Mile 2 11:32
Mile 3 11:11

It wasn’t as fast as I wanted, but negative splits are never a bad thing!

Training Plan Update

I told you here that I was participating in a training program that would culminate in the Cowtown 5k.  Due to general flakiness on my part, that won’t be happening due to a prior commitment (G’s last basketball games).  Bad Mom!

This training program was from RunKeeper, and I paid $9.99 for it, since I’m not an elite member.  I didn’t read the fine print, however, and lost it when I didn’t complete it within 20 days of the end of the class.  I understand the reasoning behind it, but I’m still not happy about it.  It will definitely make me think twice before purchasing a “Fitness Class” from RunKeeper again.  I will need to commit, and make sure I’m really ready for the class.

This left me adrift.  I had no real plan and nothing to train for until July (more on that later!).  I don’t do well without a plan, and I really need to run!  I want to be fast!  Can’t get fast if I don’t run fast!

Last year, when I started running, I downloaded the C25K ap on my phone.  I loved it to get started running, so why not use it to get faster!  My plan is to start at Week 1.  I plan to run slow during the walk portions and run at my goal race pace for the run portions! 

I’ll be Speedy McSpeederson in no time!

And a recipe!

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Homemade Applesauce

  • 2 lbs. Pink Lady (or other sweet apple)
  • 1-1/2 c. water
  • scant 1 tbsp. lime juice

Roughly core and chop apples and throw into large pot with water and lime juice.  Applesauce1001

At this point, you can also add additional flavorings at this point.  As you can see, I added a cinnamon stick.Applesauce1002Bring to a boil over medium high heat, then lower heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.Applesauce1003When they’re soft and mushy, remove from heat and let cool for awhile.  I ate dinner and cleaned the kitchen.  Probably could have made dessert, but this was dessert.Applesauce1004Know what this is?  It was a gift.  I got to use it for this project!Applesauce1005Remove the cinnamon stick if you used one.  Dump everything else into the food processor.  An immersion blender would work really well for this step, too.  It would also be easier clean up.  That’s not how I roll, though.  Gotta use the new toys!Applesauce1006Process until it reaches the desired consistency.  Mine was just a little chunky.  Mmmm.Applesauce1007Spoon into jars for storage.  These little guys are going into the freezer.  G gets to take one for lunch each day.  By the time she gets to eat lunch, they’re no longer frozen, but still cold!

 

These were also a gift.  I got to use the paring knives to chop the apples.  Nobody got left out!  Applesauce1008

Also…

In exciting blog news: I am no longer .wordpress.com!  You can find me by typing www.theramblingrunner.com!  I am still hosted by WordPress, but now there’s just fewer letters to type to find all of the riveting information you come here for!

Catch you on the flip side!

Movin’ and groovin’

February 9, 2012

So why haven’t I been posting lately? 

Because I’ve been moving!  I know you’ve missed me, but moving is very time consuming!  Just as I suspected, ten minutes of movement usually leads to a lot more.

So let’s just get right to it.

  • Wednesday, February 1st: NROLFW 1A
  • Thursday, February 2nd: Speedwork – 4×400 @ 8-9 minute miles (they got progressively slower, but our goal was 9:25 minutes per mile, so WIN!)
  • Friday, February 3rd: NROLFW 1B
  • Saturday, February 4th: Walked through the Fort Worth Stock Show for the afternoon after holding my breath and biting my nails through an intense basketball game

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  • Sunday, February 5th: 2.18 miles in 27:05 (nice and slow)
  • Monday, February 6th: NROLFW 1A
  • Tuesday, February 7th: 1.2 miles in 13:18 (sort of speedwork, my gps wasn’t working, though, so I’m not exactly sure how it actually looked).
  • Wednesday, February 8th: Kinnect for 30 minutes and fetch* with Memphis for 20 minutes

So far, so good!  The plan for the rest of the week is:

  • Thursday: Speedwork (6×400 @ 9:25)
  • Friday: NROLFW 1B
  • Saturday: Active rest day
  • Sunday: 4 miles slow

*I just want to clarify that this game is a workout for me.  Memphis does not fetch.  She runs to the ball, picks it up, then expects you me to chase her.  It is my job to get the ball from her.  She’s super crafty, too!  She’ll lay down, acting as if she’s tired.  I’ll creep up to her, and right before I get there, she jumps up with the ball and runs away.  Lather, rinse, repeat. 

I think she’s sufficiently worn out now!

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And here are the rest of G’s basketball pictures.  Enjoy!

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February 8, 2012

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Saturday found my family and I back at the Fort Worth Stock Show for it’s final day.  Most of the animals had been sold off or gone home, but we were still able to find things to look at!

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You can see my previous trip to the Stock Show here.

I love going to walk through all of the barns.  I was especially looking forward to the Poultry Barn, but we missed it this year! Sad smile  That’s ok.  I already know what chickens I want…I think!

Next weekend we’ll visit the Dallas International Boat Show!  Boats are just as much fun as livestock!

New month…

February 2, 2012

New challenge!

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January’s challenge was such a success around these parts, that I decided I should make this a regular thing!  I know my family is really anxious to see what new challenges I can come up with for us!  I have a few in mind, but I can always entertain suggestions…

Let’s use our time machine to go back to the day I made my New Year’s Resolutions.  I hope I have enough plutonium

I set three fitness related goals for the year: Run another half marathon, run a sub-30 5K, and finish The New Rules of Lifting for Women.

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Surprisingly, my once-a-week workouts aren’t going to get me there.  Phooey. 

Because of two months of skipped workouts, I’m now further from my goals than I was when I set them.  So.  Frustrating!

February’s challenge should fix that.  So, without further ado, I present to you….February’s Challenge:

At least 10 minutes of movement per day

Kind of a let down, wasn’t it?  I bet you thought I was going to say “No skipped workouts in February”.  Nope.  I thought about it.  But life doesn’t really work out that way.  Things pop up.  And that’s a really big goal that was just setting me and my family up for failure.

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Ten minutes is attainable.  Ten minutes is also enough to get me thinking, “well, I’ve done this much…why stop now?!”  Ten minutes is enough to get me off the couch and at least get me moving. 

I am still working towards my fitness goals, but on the days that I have a planned rest day, or just not enough time to get a run in b/c it’s too dark, I’ll at least be moving.  And, maybe, on those days when there’s just “not enough time” I’ll not feel like stopping once I get started.

Is it over yet?

January 31, 2012

Ah, January.  I don’t think I’ll miss you one bit! 

When I set this challenge I had no idea how it was going to work out.  I am the queen of not following through, so this was going to be a struggle!  We would eat out 3-4 times a week regularly, which wasn’t necessarily good for our wallets or our waists!  IMG_0135IMG_0141IMG_0149IMG_0161

The goals:

When I set this goal, we were coming down off of our Holiday high.  Too many meals out and over-indulging was starting to affect the way my pants fit.  I was hoping to nip that situation in the bud! 

The restaurants we have in ‘Hachie are not exactly 5-star.  They’re not very real food friendly, either.  I cringed every time G ordered a hamburger and French fries, or fettucini alfredo.  Not bad if they’re treats reserved for every [great] once in a while, but not if they’re four times a week!  Staying out of restaurants also gave me the ability to control what my family was eating.  Sure we had some white bread and pasta, but we also ate whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean proteins. 

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How it went:

There were a couple of issues (like herehere…and possibly here, even though I’m not counting that one), but overall, I’m beyond thrilled with the results.  3-4 meals over the course of 31 days as opposed to 3-4 meals in one week.  I say that’s a total win!IMG_0199IMG_0207IMG_0213IMG_0220

What I learned:

There are several things this month has taught me.  I will pull this list out and look at it whenever I’m tempted to skip cooking and just go out.

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1.  There is no restaurant within a 30 mile radius of the house that I actually craved or missed.  Seriously.  Wednesdays are half price wine night at Carino’s;  I missed the wine.  But then I remembered I had some upstairs.  Woot!

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2.  The kitchen will not implode if I provide a meal for my family between the hours of 5:00 pm on Friday and 2:00 pm on Sunday.  For. Real.  This was a total shock to me, too!  Just picture me that first Friday night.  I tip-toed into the kitchen.  Gingerly pulled out the ingredients needed.  I was scared to turn on the oven, but, guess what?!  When I did, nothing happened!  Well, the oven came on, but the kitchen remained intact!  Of all the things I learned this month, I think this was the most shocking and important.

3.  I may not be a great chef (or even a decent cook, for that matter) but I love to be in my kitchen!  And I love to torture my family with new, creative meals.  Mmmm.  New flavors!  New foods!  They may complain loudly, but I know that, deep down, (maybe really deep down) they appreciate the effort I make to provide healthy meals for them.

4.  I didn’t necessarily learn this, but I didn’t have anywhere else to put it.  I think Ron travels so much to avoid my cooking.  Since he traveled weekly this month, he was exempt from the majority of the challenge.  The next one is going to be easier for him to participate.  You can’t see it, but trust me, he’s super excited! Winking smile

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Should’ve been a cowboy

January 27, 2012

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With only a week left in the January Challenge, Ron and I had a date day planned.  All day at the Fort Worth Stock Show.  I could have taken a lunch for us, and we could have returned home in time for dinner, but that’s not really how we roll.  I didn’t even have a lunch planned for G, who was staying at the house with a nephew.  As you’ve seen throughout this blog, I am a master planner.  Or not. Smile with tongue out

We started our day off with corny dogs next to the Ferris wheel.  Are you jealous?  You should be!

Then we walked, shopped, and talked.  We had some friends in from out of town that we met up with for a short time, then we went our separate ways.  Kristin joined us for the late afternoon and evening.

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Beers were enjoyed.  Horses were petted.  Boots were walked in.

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Ron and I were scoping it all out.  The plan is to return in two weeks with the munchkin to look at the chickens and goats (and maybe the rabbits).  One can never have too many farm animals!  Especially on 3 acres in the country!  Winking smile

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After walking, talking, and shopping, it was time for Kristin to head home.  Ron and I were on our own for dinner, then planned to meet back up with his friends from out of town in the Stockyards.

Since we were going to be just down the street to end our night, we decided dinner should be at Lonesome Dove.  I’ve been there once before, and have been dreaming of the day I got to go back.  The food is spectacular!  I wish I could remember what exactly was ordered!

Ron and I shared one item from each course.  This way we were able to try several things without getting too full!  The menu changes weekly, and isn’t posted online, so I am not giving you the full name of everything because I can’t remember!

I cannot remember what we ordered for our first course!  It was really good, I just don’t remember what it was!  How sad is that?!

For our second course we enjoyed the hominy.  Amazing!  I was lifting the bowl up to lick it clean when I noticed the dirty looks from Ron.  I think he was just jealous he didn’t get the bowl first.

For the main course we ordered the Elk Loin.  Let me state for the record, I love wild game.  That is all.  We also ordered the mac and cheese.  It’s a must.  I’ve searched high and low for a mac ‘n’ cheese dish that compares.  No one comes close.  Tim Love is an artist.  A genius.  I may have a small crush on him based solely on his food.

Yeah.  I still don’t feel guilty about this meal in a restaurant.  Not one little bit!

ETA: Our first course was kangaroo nachos.  They were not at all whataww was expecting!  The meat was so tender and flavorful!  These were also served with the best guacamole I’ve ever had!  I really can’t believe I forgot those!

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