Thursday, October 20, 2016

The Colony Half Marathon

In less than 48 hours I will be running The Colony Half Marathon just North of Dallas, TX! 
Lake Lewisville, TX
I registered for my half marathon back in June and I totally failed to share that little triumph with you guys. Now that I've made it through a full cycle of building my mileage back up and training for this race... I don't feel so scared to put it out there. Isn't that human nature though? We only want to share when things are going right. But what about when things are going wrong? Or how about us sharing when we aren't confident of what we can achieve? I'm sure most of use feel too vulnerable to share during those times.

Anyways, I picked this race because I needed 3-4 months to train and it was literally the only fall race that was close to home and landed on a weekend that Brad is not working. As many of you know by now, Brad works 7-days ON and then he is OFF for 7-days. I really wanted Brad and Jo to be there during my first half marathon as a mama so I had a limited selection of races to choose from.

This morning as I left Dallas to head to Austin it was pouring down rain. Fall rain usually is a good indicator of a cold front and I'm hoping that by the time I return tomorrow night the weather is nice and crisp. Cool weather does good for my running! It's expected to be around 50 degrees Saturday morning when we start the race. This race is only about 20-25 minutes away from home and I've heard pretty good things about it from local runners. I've also heard that it provides a gorgeous view of Lake Lewisville at sunrise.


Now I'm going to put it all out there. My coach has been asking me to think about a running goal for a while.

My goal is to run a 2:15 or better. I'll need to average 10:18 for thirteen point one miles.

I've had some really good long runs and overall I have been pretty consistent with my training plan (besides missing a few strength workouts). I'm trying to have confidence in my training and not doubt all of the effort I have put in over the last 4-5 months... but we all know that taper madness can make us somehow think the worst leading up to race day.

Wish me luck! I hope I can report next week that I'm a half-marathon-mama!


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Salsa Verde Enchiladas

It's been over two weeks since I last checked-in but I promise I'm still alive! About two weeks ago I was assigned a big project at work with lots of visibility amongst all of our laboratories. So needless to say, I've been working pretty hard at getting it off the ground. At first I was really nervous about all of the exposure I would get within my company and then I realized that exposure is what I wanted when I convinced my husband to sell our house and move to Texas while I was 7 months pregnant with our first child (talk about craziness). I wanted to grow my career and manage large projects and here I am... doing the scary stuff.

Anyways, even though I haven't posted about any real domesticated stuff lately... I have still been cooking and feeding my child everyday :) Well, let me rephrase that... I've been feeding my child everyday... I have NOT been cooking everyday. Joanna is eating everything we are eating (as long as it doesn't contain egg and its not spicy... she basically screams with her tongue sticking out if she eats anything spicy! And we don't want to learn about what type of allergic reaction she will have if we feed her eggs, so we just avoid it). 

I've still been running and getting ready for that half marathon I never officially told you guys about (next post... pinkie promise!). But I've been desperately trying to find yummy meals that are relatively healthy, don't take forever to prepare and serve well for leftovers. Because no one has time to cook everyday! If I can make these Salsa Verde Enchiladas, I promise that anyone can...

First, you have to find something to entertain the baby while you prep all of your ingredients... (Lesson #1 I learned about cooking is to get all of your stuff out on the counter so when your stovetop is over-cooking your food, you have better chances of preventing a burn if all of your ingredients are laid out, prepped/cut-up and already measured. Yeah, it only took me a lot of burning food to figure this one out!)

Then, once your salsa/chicken mixture is finished, you roll your ingredients into enchiladas... (Lesson #2 I learned while coking with children... the approximate cooking time will take 3x longer than it would have before children. Now do you understand why I'm hooked on leftovers?)

Later, you let your food cool down before serving... (Children don't have the skill of cooling off hot food in their mouths like us adults do when we are too impatient to wait for it to cool. They scream! So I basically serve my child's plate and wait 5-10 minutes until its cold.)

Lastly, you eat! I am 100% sure that she approved this meal :)

I borrowed the recipe from here but I made a few changes to it (you see how this "seasoned chef" [ha... ha... HA!] made changes to a recipe? 2 years ago I would have depended on my husband to that kinda jazz).

Here were my modifications:

  • Instead of pepper jack cheese, I used mozzarella 
  • I put cheese INSIDE of the enchiladas, not just on top
  • My "shredded chicken" was really just left-over rotisserie chicken
  • Instead of sour cream, I used Chobani NON-FAT yogurt

See my problem with doing domesticated stuff is that I often forget to take pictures. Then I realize that no one wants to read about some young-woman (am I allowed to call myself a woman now that I am approaching 30?) burning stuff in the kitchen if there are no pictures. Or, no one wants to read about her successful attempts at making high-chair decorations for their child's first birthday party if there are NO PICTURES!

By the way, I have a picture of that :)

I'm out! Enjoy those extra large pictures :) I sure did!

Enchilada Mama

Saturday, October 1, 2016

September Stats/Recap

Hello fall weather! September brought nice cool weather to the Dallas area which made me feel SO AWESOME because if we were still in Florida I would be cursing how awful the weather is and how our old home couldn't fit a treadmill. So, I'd basically not be running right now if we still lived in Florida.

Always, this month we celebrated Joanna's FIRST birthday! I cannot believe we survived our first year of parenthood and all the other craziness we threw in there (I'm sure I've mentioned only 60 X's how we sold our Florida home, moved to Grandma's house, moved to Dallas and started 2 new jobs! One of which consisted of 9 traveling work trips and lots of pumped milk). Yes, I'm proud of US. Anyways, lots of family and friends came to help us celebrate our little girl's first birthday and her baptism. Brad's birthday was just 2 days after Jo's and it was really nice for him to be able to see his family (it's been a long while!).

We ate a lot of cake and surprisingly I didn't gain all my baby weight back :) Well, let's see how this month shook out!

Run 80 miles
This was 1 mile less than last month. This month I skipped 2 runs and they happened to be on Joanna's birthday weekend when all of our family was visiting. I have to get a little better staying committed to running even if everything isn't going in our "normal routine".

Bike 19 miles!
We got out on the bikes three times this month! Didn't I mention that nice fall weather currently hitting Dallas? We live about 5 miles from a park/splash pad and its so nice to ride there on the bike and let Joanna play, then ride home. It's too bad that by the time she is really walking, it might be too cool for her to play in the splash pad :( Last month I got ZERO bike miles so this number makes me really happy! We all need some cross training, right?

Steps 407,637 (13k daily average)
This is just a tad bit lower than last month. I'm sure I'm getting more steps with my Fitbit than pre-Fitbit life but it's still so hard to get moving while I am at the office. Maybe I need to be taking the stairs and parking further away?

Strength Training Two 30-minute workout videos. This could be better!

Current Reads I just bought the Whole30 book. I really want us to embark on a Whole30 challenge but the timing just isn't right between being 3 weeks away from the half-marathon and wanting to start marathon training in November. Maybe I can learn more about Whole30 and plan to take this on in March. I'd also like to start incorporating more of those yummy meals in preparation for taking this on.

Current Obsession My new 365 Happy Planner! For the last several years I have struggled to actually write in a planner and keep up with it after I buy it. A co-worker/friend of mine introduced me to this planner that is FUN and also gives you lots of space to customize and write. It's a little bulky but all of the smaller planners that I've tried I just never keep up with. This goes hand-in-hand with the book I read last month suggested by my manager, Getting Things Done by David Allen. I'm doing a much better job lately of planning ahead and ACTUALLY living in the moment.

Current Song He Is Faithful sung by Bryan & Katie Torwalt. I heard this song at church when we first started going in January and I absolutely love it. It's a great reminder of how great my God is.

Current Need I'm still itching for a new camera but I haven't put much effort into actually researching one. I've been thinking how I need to start a photo album/scrapbook for Joanna but I need to spend some time looking into this.

Current Triumph My longest run with Coach Beth! I ran 13.1 earlier this week with a 10:28 average pace. I'm ready for that half marathon!

Current Bain of My Existence Everyone's political opinion.

Current Goal Commit to the marathon. I need to seriously commit and swallow the realization that this is going to be hard work. It was hard work to train for Chicago when I was kid-free and I'm sure it's going to be more difficult now that Joanna is part of our family. I keep going back and forth - some days I have confidence that I can take on the world and other days I don't feel like I'm worthy enough to take on such a challenge. I know in my core that I can do it - train and run a marathon as a mama. But, I have to really make the commitment this month. Maybe I need to blog weekly about my progress and actually sign up for the race? My goal is to make a decision by Nov 1st.

Current Indulgence Date Night! Brad and I got a few nights out this month and I really want to keep this up. Getting some time alone has really helped us communicate to each other what we want, what is bothering us, get on the same page about plans, etc. We can also just "hang out" and dream together. I'm putting an emphasis on date night and I think our overall mojo has improved because of this.

Current Blessings My husband who loves me and supports my personal and professional dreams. He also puts up with my craziness which makes me thankful that we get to do this thing called life together.

Current Excitement My half-marathon which is 3 weeks away!

How was your September?