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Lean Green Bean’s Veggie Mac n Cheese – my take….

So in a quest to actually cook and try something new I’ve been scouring Twitterverse for new recipes. In my quest I stumbled upon Lindsay’s blog. She’s a DTR and Dietetic Intern at Ohio State with a great food blog! Her veggie Mac and Cheese recipe caught my eye. I mean, who can resist Mac and Cheese? Anyone? So, I went to the store an easily found the few ingredients I was lacking (lentils, goat cheese, white shredded cheddar cheese, and I was out of cayenne pepper). Love it. Easy and cheap shopping! At home I already had some veggies: sweet potato, carrots, onion, and zucchini.
Like most people I am busy and the day I made this was a particularly busy day. Between school drops off and pickups and a doctor appointment for one, teeth cleanings for all four, and soccer for one child I had no choice but to make this in stages.
First, I cooked the lentils during lunch.

lentils

I did the whole bag, and then upon Lindsay’s suggestion froze the rest of the cooked lentils.

Then it was pick up one, go to dr, pick up another at a different school, go back to first school and pick up a third.  Dentists appointments for all.  Soccer drop off.  While she was at soccer I sautéed the veggies and cooked the pasta. After they had softened I shut the burner off and let those sit for over an hour to go pick up DD and drop off her friend. Not ideal but it totally worked. (And yes, my cooked lentils were still sitting, covered, on the stove.)

Onions, zucchini, sweet potato, baby carrots, and garlic

Onions, zucchini, sweet potato, baby carrots, and garlic

Then at 7:30 pm I finally got to finishing it. Pretty easy and quick. I even gave myself a challenge to have the entire kitchen picked up and dishes washed while it was cooking!

Mission accomplished.  Cleaned up while it cooked!

Mission accomplished. Cleaned up while it cooked!

Finished Product!

Finished Product!

So, the big question of course, how did it taste???

Well, I have to say I really enjoyed it!  I did add salt though.  I get it.  I know salt isn’t a great thing for you, but honestly, I felt it needed it and I don’t do a lot of salt on a regular basis. (Side note: I gave some to my neighbor to try and she agreed, the salt finished it.) I also used a full teaspoon of cayenne and that was just a bit too much heat for me.  (read: my mouth was on fire!).  But the heartiness of the lentils, coupled with the tenderness of the pasta, the crunchiness of the veggies, the sweetness of the carrots and sweet potatoes, it was really quite hearty, tasty, and filling!  One other thing, besides a little less cayenne, I would do next time is maybe add another clove of garlic.  But that’s just my preference.

And how was it as a leftover? Perfect!  I had it for lunch and dinner the next day!  And still had some leftover!  It heated up well in the microwave and the heat of the cayenne seemed to be less in its leftover stages.  ;-)

So thanks Lindsay for a great recipe!  I will definitely be making this again and be searching your blog for other great veggie recipes!

I so appreciate those who know and love to cook and share with those who don’t love to cook, namely, Me!

Please note, Lindsay didn’t ask me to review her recipe.  I felt compelled to share because (a) I don’t enjoy cooking and this was nice and easy and (b) it was truly yummy!

 

My first 10 miler after teaching SPIN

Okay, so I know some of you are thinking “big deal, that’s called triathlon training!”  But to me, it was a big deal!

First I carbo loaded the night before… lol… it just so happened we were having a family get together at our home so we had spaghetti, homemade bread, caesar salad, and cookies and cupcakes.  Yes, I had multiples… of everything listed!  Eek!

I taught spin at 7:30 am.  For those interested… here’s my playlist:

During Bike Set up, People coming in…

Viva! (Orion Mix)
Daylight – Maroon 5

Warm Up

I’m Yours – Jason Mraz (76 rpm)
Untouched – The Veronicas (89 rpm)

Working Portion

The Biggest Mistake – The Secret State (feat. Akon & B.O.B) (105 rm)
Let it Roll – Flo Rida (127/2 = 63.5 rpm)
If Today was Your Last Day – Nickelback (90 rpm)
Remember When – Chris Wallace (127/2 = 63.5 rpm)
Suddenly I See – KT Tunstall (101 rpm)
One More Night – Maroon 5 (93 rpm)
Don’t Stop the Party – Pitbull (63 rpm)
Intoxicated – The Cab (127/2 = 63.5 rpm)
Your Body – Christina Aguilera (103 rpm) (and portion of cool down)

(I always have  couple extra songs inserted just in case – we didn’t end up needing them but I also had in the playlist:
Pound the Alarm – Nicki Minaj (125/2 = 62.5 rpm)
American Woman – Lenny Kravitz (85 rpm)

Cool Down/Stretch

Secrets – OneRepublic
Something in the Way She Moves – James Taylor

The profile was a simple one to coach but not always an easy one for riders to execute.  The ride consisted of one heart rate ladder repeated two times with a 3 minute recovery in between.

5 minutes spent at 75% of Max HR
4 minutes at 77%
3 minutes at 80%
2 minutes at 85%
1 minutes 85%+ (go all out)

As far as positions on the bike… for this ride I encouraged riders to keep close tabs on their heart rate and we worked positions that went with the rpm of the song at that moment.  Basically, whatever position we were in, I asked them to keep their heart rate in the specific interval.  But ultimately, the riders had control.  Ex. if we were in a standing climb and their heart rate was climbing too high, they could easily sit and climb or reduce resistance.

The ultimate goal was to get riders to be able to read their own body’s cues and see if they could peg that specific heart rate for the amount of time asked.  Questions? Let me know!

Now on to the run…

I came home, ate half a bagel with jam, changed my workout clothes and dressed for the weather…

It looks beautiful and sunny... but don't be fooled... it was freezing!

It looks beautiful and sunny… but don’t be fooled… it was freezing!

weather.jpg

 

And this picture was taken at the end of my run so who knows what it “felt like” when I first started!

I set out with my Garmin on but decided I wasn’t going for any time… just to get the distance done.

At 3.8 miles I was feeling okay but feeling like I was a little slow. (I actually wasn’t that slow when I looked at the data later.)  I stopped to take a picture of some turkeys… yes, we do see them around here but I’ve never seen them at this point in my run before.

turkeysThey seemed not to love me being there!  Oh well.

Huh. Maybe I shouldn’t have stopped!  Spinning for 45 minutes and running almost 4 miles is probably the most I’ve done at one time before… well besides running straight through a Half Marathon and teaching back to back classes (like SPIN and then strength) but I felt like this wasn’t beyond me.  So I put on some more chapstick; threw another Gu chomp in my mouth; put my mittens back on; and started up again.  The legs were not happy.  I pushed through and kept repeating to myself:  ”just warm up again and you’ll be good.”  It was true until about 6.14 miles.  (But who’s counting?) I didn’t stop, but I definitely had some self doubts creeping in.  Here’s what the profile looked like.

elevation

I knew I had a few small hills left and could cut out about 1.5 miles if I wanted.  But then ya know what?  All my tweeps (Twitter running “friends”) crept into my head.  These people do AMAZING things and I always feel like my runs don’t compare to their running feats!  So I bucked up and decided to just do it ALL.  And then? A headwind at mile 7.  Ugh.  Lasted for two miles.  My left hamstring started aching (from an old injury) but I still I kept going.  And then all of a sudden I had one mile left and decided to KICK IT IN!!  And again, I kept thinking of the amazing runs I see people on Twitter do.  50Ks, marathons, teaching multiple classes at the gym and still getting a decent run in, and kicked it in a little more.  And then it was over.  And it felt awesome!

garmin

You might not notice in the above picture but I wore my Mizuno Nirvanas for this long run. (They’re great running shoes, especially for longer distances.)  What else did I wear?  Let’s see.

My adidas colder weather long sleeved shirt with my
Nike hooded fleece over that. (I never took the hood off!)
An ear warmer from EMS.  (never took it off)
Fleece pants from Columbia.
Experia socks with Thorlo technology.
hand knit mittens from my mother in law!  These I took off and put back on several times.
Jaybird wifi earphones.
Adidas armstrap for my iPhone.
Garmin watch and HR strap.

Fuel Belt with three 8 oz water bottles…

My nutrition:

Like I mentioned earlier, I ate a half bagel as soon as I got home from the gym.  It was about an hour from the time I stopped spinning and actually got running.  So, I was a little worried that having about 35 minutes to digest the half bagel wouldn’t be enough time.  I have to say, I had a cramp in my left upper quadrant from about my tenth step of the run through mile 1. At the end of mile 1 I was wondering if my 10 miler was going to turn into a 5 miler!  Then thankfully it went away somewhere in mile 2!

So, all I carried with me was some Gu chomps.  I ate almost one package. I also had some vitamin water zero in my water bottles.  In these conditions my water bottles freeze within a couple miles so I did a little experiment.

I decided to take all 3 of my bottles knowing I would already be a little dehydrated from SPIN.

In bottle number 1: a splash of Vitamin Water Zero and the rest water.

In bottle number 2: 1/4 full of Vitamin Water Zero and the rest water.

In bottle number 3: 1/2 Vitamin Water Zero and half water.

Bottles number 2 and 3 never froze and weren’t too sweet.  (I REALLY like water so having to add something to my water on a run is not my favorite thing to do.)

Bottle number one froze half way through my run and I couldn’t get anything more out of it.

I didn’t finish any of the bottles but drank about 2/3 of all of them.

 

So, I think that’s it.

I appreciate all my Tweeps (unknowingly) pushing me to do more than I usually do!

I appreciate all my fantastic running gear I’m so fortunate to own.

I appreciate all of you who do these types of workouts more than once a week!  I was EXHAUSTED that evening and couldn’t wait to go to sleep!  LOL And no, I didn’t work out today!

Here’s the rest of my Garmin info if you’re interested…

heart rate graph

summary

splits

 

So tell me, what’s the hardest training you’ve done recently?  Did you surprise yourself in any way?

January Cruise – Part Three

Okay, finally!  The last few images of our cruise!

Advanced to balancing forks on the nose while playing on the iPhone!

Advanced to balancing forks (spoons are for wimps!) on the nose while playing on the iPhone!

 

It's not often I get a picture of her!

It’s not often I get a picture of her!   Such talent!

Next morning I got up and ran 7 miles on the TM (of course).  Talk about a CORE WORKOUT?  The ship was so rocky the guy on the TM next to me and I kept grabbing the front of our TMs so we didn’t fall off!  I was so thankful when we finally docked about 4 miles into my run. I was annoyed because after an hour (and just 6 minutes before I would be done) the TM automatically shut off!  So I had to start it up again to finish my 7 miles! Stupid.  I was up super early and my phone was no where to be found (darn kids) so instead of waking them up to find it I used my husband’s ipod.  So I didn’t get a picture of the TM so you just have to believe me!  I also did weights and core this morning.

Our next stop was Jamaica. Unfortunately it wasn’t a great beach day so we had a taxi drive us around for a couple hours.  After the “mistake” of dropping all of us off at Dunn’s River Falls and LEAVING us (ummm… no, I’m not letting my 3, 5, 8, and 9 year olds form a human chain and climb these slippery falls!  Ugh. What part of “we just want to drive around to see some of your island” did you not understand? Anyway, our guide called the taxi driver and we waited a while but were finally picked up and driven around.  The girls seemed to enjoy it, the boys played games on our iPhones.

 

View from "Oceans on the Ridge"

View from “Oceans on the Ridge”

Okay, I’m done with trying to go through the pictures of the cruise so let’s cut to the end, shall we? After Jamaica, sea day back to port.

Last morning of the cruise.  5:45 am.  I couldn't sleep so I got up, got my workout clothes on and headed to the gym - but it didn't open til 6 am so I went on deck.  We were already docked and all the lights in the dark were beautiful!

Last morning of the cruise. 5:45 am. I couldn’t sleep so I got up, got my workout clothes on and headed to the gym – but it didn’t open til 6 am so I went on deck. We were already docked and all the lights in the dark were beautiful!

I went back up to the gym and it was still closed up.  A worker was heading in and closing the door behind him (knowingly keeping me out) and I asked if I could go in.  He replied “it’s not open” but it was after 6 am, which I pointed out so he reluctantly let me in.  There was just one other guy in there.  I guess he opened the door himself and didn’t ask permission.  LOVE it. :)

Last morning on the ship.  Was NOT feeling this after two night's of not sleeping well and some rough seas for 24 hours.

Last morning on the ship. Was NOT feeling this after two night’s of not sleeping well and some rough seas for 24 hours.

 

Okay, so my phone doesn't take the best pictures. But you get the general idea.  ;-)

Okay, so my phone doesn’t take the best pictures. But you get the general idea. ;-)

 

And then we went home.  THE END.

And then we went home. THE END.

 

So in the end I logged 22 miles on the TM on vacation along with 2 solid weights workouts.  And my weight? Up a pound.  Damn cruises.  ;-)

 

January Cruise – Part Two

Here are some more pictures of our vacation last week… I left off after our day in Key West, the next day was a Sea Day.

Sea day: An easy 2.5 miles before a boot camp class offered on the ship... or so I thought.  I got off the TM and went over to the trainer and he informed me I was only one of two people to sign up so they canceled the class.  Bummer.  So, I got back on the TM...

Sea day: An easy 2.5 miles before a boot camp class offered on the ship… or so I thought. I got off the TM and went over to the trainer and he informed me I was only one of two people to sign up so they canceled the class. Bummer. So,since I needed to add miles for Team Escapades in the Chilly Challenge, I got back on the TM…

An easy mile to total 3.5 miles this morning.  Followed this with a good weights and core session.

And added an easy mile to total 3.5 miles this morning.  I followed this with a good weights and core session of my own!

Okay, so I wasn’t great at taking pictures this vacation!  Not one of us on the pool deck today!  We relaxed, the kids swam and went on the waterslide….  :-)

Dinner!  Our waiter Poidr (pronounced Peter) was AWESOME!  He knew our names before we even arrived, brought us (TOO MUCH) extra food choices each night, and had fun with the kiddos.  Here's a bow he made from a napkin!

Dinner! Our waiter Poidr (pronounced Peter) was AWESOME! He knew our names before we even arrived, brought us (TOO MUCH) extra food choices each night, and had fun with the kiddos. Here’s a bow he made from a napkin!

Tuesday night was "Formal Night".  Okay, we don't really do formal, but we do a really nice casual!  I just love my youngest's facial expression in this one!  Makes me smile every time I look at it! (And yes, this is a picture of our picture we purchased! LOL)

Tuesday night was “Formal Night”. Okay, we don’t really do formal, but we do a really nice casual! I just love my youngest’s facial expression in this one! Makes me smile every time I look at it! (And yes, this is a picture of our picture we purchased! LOL)

 

Wed morning intervals before heading to the beaches of Grand Cayman.

Wed morning intervals before heading to the beaches of Grand Cayman.

 

My youngest was psyched to be in the ocean with his lifejacket!  And the raft?  Ya, spend the $10 to rent it for the day.  The kids loved playing on it!

My youngest was psyched to be in the ocean with his lifejacket! And the raft? Ya, I highly recommend you spend the $10 to rent it for the day. The kids loved playing on it!

 

We had a great day at the beach, despite the few rain showers that drenched everything!  But heck, we were at the ocean so what's the difference?!

We had a great day at the beach, despite the few rain showers that drenched everything! But heck, we were at the ocean so what’s the difference?!

 

Two cool sightings at the beach - 1) Crab!  Kinda creepy though how well they blend into the sand.  My youngest loved it but then was looking at his steps in the sand more carefully after seeing this!

Two cool sightings at the beach – 1) Crab! Kinda creepy though how well they blend into the sand. My youngest loved it but then was looking at his steps in the sand more carefully after seeing this!

2) We don't even know what to call this!  A water powered jet pack!  Pretty cool!

2) We don’t even know what to call this! A water powered jet pack! Pretty cool!

Well, I guess I would be remiss if I didn’t mention I had two yummy Rum Punches on the beach today!  2 of my 3 total drinks on the cruise!

Okay, that’s it for tonight.  I’m exhausted and my bed is calling me.  I love it when my bed calls me. :)

 

 

 

January Cruise – Part One

My family and I had a great cruise!  Instead of blah-ing all about it, here are some pictures with few words!

We flew in a day early before our cruise and stayed in a hotel.

 

Saturday night while waiting for dinner to be delivered...added a few hills...

Saturday night while waiting for dinner to be delivered…added a few hills…

 

I have never had bananas in a salad before! I have to say - it was pretty darn good (minus the croutons and olives)!

I have never had bananas in a salad before! I have to say – it was pretty darn good (minus the croutons and olives)!

First afternoon on the ship...

First afternoon on the ship…

A feel good 10K (sportin' my Run St Pete Sweaty band) the first night on the ship!  Ya, it was empty at 10 pm!

A feel good 10K (sportin’ my Run St Pete Sweaty band) the first night on the ship! Ya, it was empty at 10 pm!

Monday breakfast before Key West: This happened at most breakfasts and dinners!

Monday breakfast before Key West: This happened at most breakfasts and dinners!

A sailboat we've been on in Camden, ME.  Unfortunately the timing of their cruise didn't work with our schedule.

A sailboat we’ve been on in Camden, ME. Unfortunately the timing of their cruise didn’t work with our schedule.

Unfortunately I never took a picture of the whole ship!

We ended up going out on this sailboat for a couple hours. Unfortunately I never took a picture of the whole boat!!

The captain taught my kids some knots.  So of course my daughter put my son in Spanish handcuffs!  Too funny!

The captain taught my kids some knots. So of course my daughter put my son in Spanish handcuffs! Too funny!

My oldest and I enjoying the sail.

My oldest and I enjoying the sail.

 

My youngest loving his barefoot status!

My youngest loving his barefoot status!

key west

A  restaurant/bar covered in real dollars stapled everywhere!

A restaurant/bar covered in real dollars stapled everywhere!

Okay, 1/2 lb cookies!!  Ya, the 7 of us went through 2 of them in a matter of 2 minutes. Haha!!

Okay, 1/2 lb cookies!! Ya, the 7 of us went through 2 of them in a matter of 2 minutes. (The sugar cookie actually was the best!) Haha!!

 

Our cruise ship for the week - Carnival Freedom as seen on our sail in Key West.

Our cruise ship for the week – Carnival Freedom as seen on our sail in Key West.

 

More coming soon!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Race #2 of 2 of the New Year for us!

So… after the 1st Run Lowell 5K/10K race we headed back home, grabbed my four kids and my SIL’s youngest two kids, and my mother in law and headed to the Millennium Mile race right here in town!

Here’s most of the runners (how come I didn’t get a picture of my dad’s wife running her FIRST race ever AND meeting her goal??!!).

A Family Full of Runners!

A Family Full of (cold) Runners!

The Millennium Mile is such a great race.  Besides it being a certified one mile DOWNHILL race, it is such a great family fun atmosphere.  Yes, there were some fantastic runners there (the top two finishers were 4:05 and 4:06 I think!) but there were also walkers, strollers, and plenty of kids!!

The three “parents” in the picture split up.  My husband took our 5 year old and our 6 year old nephew with him, my sister in law took my girls and her daughter, and I got our youngest.  From reading that it sounds like I got the easy way out with only one kiddo… well, not if you realize that after about 6 jogging steps and 30 walking steps my son decided he no longer wanted to do this race.  <sigh> So, this is how I “ran” 7/8 of the mile!

Where's my free ride?

Where’s my free ride?  Hey, how come everyone else is facing the other way? Oh that’s right, they were DONE and walking back already!

 

I really can't believe I'm still smiling!  This kid is HEAVY!!!  (Three days later and my shoulders are still sore!!!)

I really can’t believe I’m still smiling! This kid is HEAVY!!! (Three days later and my shoulders are still sore!!!)

So, the great news is it’s a downhill one mile course.  The not so great news is all the after race festivities are back at the start!  So, my husband put the youngest on his shoulders and I carried the 5 year old on my hip (he was complaining his new sneakers hurt his feet) and we walked back up the hill.  Yes, they did have buses to take people back to the start.  But that’s just not how we roll!  LOL  I’d much rather get another mile workout then wait for a bus!

 

Millennium Racing knows how to have a post race party! (You may remember me mentioning that from the Santa Shuffle.) There was great pizza from Portland Pie, pulled pork from “The Farm” restaurant, bottled water, Powerade, and I’m sure tons more I didn’t need to check out!  And this for just a one mile race!  Pretty sweet.  Millennium Running has a whole race series… if you’re interested check it out here. (No, I didn’t get paid for mentioning that!)

 

I forgot to snap some pics inside of all the awards given and festivities (hey, I’d just done a 10K with a PR that morning, then ran another mile with an additional 40 lbs on my shoulders and then walked uphill carrying 45 lbs… I needed to sit… and eat! I have my priorities!!!)

But one more picture of my girls and their cousin, who ran the race together and finished in exactly 10 minutes!

Cousins

Cousins

I’m so appreciative to live in such a great town with so many active friends and families! (Yes! We had lots of friends from town also participating in this race!) I appreciate my children’s health and that my older three ran the entire mile.  I appreciate my husband taking care of himself and actually enjoying running as well! And I appreciate a good post race party when I see one! ;-)

Race #1 of 2 of the New Year for us!

Happy New Year everyone!  For those of you with kids in school,  I hope you had a great school vacation and enjoyed some family time!  We were lucky to end our vacation with fun and fitness for the whole family!

First, my husband and I, along with my sister in law and father in law headed down to the 1st Run in Lowell.  I ran the 10K while the others ran the 5K.  I had two girlfriends (and one of their husbands, same group from the Santa Shuffle) running the 10K as well.  Always nice to know other runners at a race!

Friends and Family

Friends and Family

We got down there with almost no time to spare.  (Yikes!)  Took a little longer to drive there than expected and then the traffic was a little heavy. But, we got there with just enough time to hit the port a potty, get the bib pinned on, and stand still for the National Anthem.  I didn’t make it into the corral so I had to stand outside the gate for just a bit and weasel my way in once the gun went off.  I was scanning for my two friends but never did find them ’til the very end of the race.  My husband and SIL and FIL were the last ones to cross the start line from what I understand!

I passed the start line a little after a minute, I made sure I looked at their clock because I had read online that they would have clocks every mile!  I was going to use that to my advantage for sure!  I had made a goal in my head of 56:00 or lower a week ago after reviewing my training.  Unfortunately I rolled my foot pretty good just three days before this race during a run on a small chunk of ice so I wasn’t sure how I was going to fare.  I had done the whole Rest, Ice, and Elevation thing for three days (just no Compression to complete the R.I.C.E acronym – I foresee a pair of proCompression socks in my immediate future!) along with lots of ibuprofen so I was hopeful all was not lost and kind of let go of the 56:00 and under goal and changed it to “just finish.”

The course started out pretty easy.  I have to say the “hills” on this course I would barely say were hills so that was nice.  Of course we started out FREEEEEZZZING and then after 1/4 mile I thought maybe I had on one too many layers!  I think that was just a warm spot in the course though because after unzipping the top layer just a bit to let some air on my neck and after passing the one mile mark I was totally comfortable. I noticed a clock at mile two (don’t think there was one at mile one?) and it was just about 19:00.  Knowing I’d started a minute after gun time I was psyched because this meant I was right on track with my 9:00 mile pace AND the BEST news was my foot was feeling pretty darn good! Not 100% but maybe 95%!!  So I decided to grab my 56:00 goal again and go for it.

At mile three the clock said 28:15.  Hmph.  I hadn’t paid attention to the seconds at the start, so I decided I needed to step it up a bit to make those seconds up!  I didn’t see my split time but the web site says 29:21.  So, subtracting a minute, that appears about right.

Randomly Amy noticed that the four of us standing there were wearing Mizunos. My FIL was too but he had already headed inside.

The 10K was just another loop of the 5K.  Now going into this, I am not a runner who likes repeating loops.  At. All.  Do you ever get over this?  I also am not a fan of out and back courses!  I like to run different roads throughout the whole course!  I find it mentally difficult to run a loop knowing I have to do it again before I’m done!  Thankfully, my mind didn’t take over and start in on some negative rant about how much repeating loops stinks!!  I decided the course was going to be easier, I knew what I had to do, what grades I was running, and I wouldn’t have so many people to deal with! (200o runners I think is what I heard).  Speaking of so many people, I have to say I calmed WAY down about getting through “people traffic” since my terrible experience at the All Women’s Half and it definitely paid off!  Hopefully I can do this in future races!

So, without chatting it up too much more…
The downfalls of the second loop:

- less people meant more wind and that last mile was right along a river and it was a VERY strong headwind!
- my foot started aching a bit around mile 5

The great things about the second loop:

- a nice guy said to me “you make this look easy” around mile 4.  Although nice to hear he easily passed me and continued to chat with others as he passed them! LOL
- I knew the roads now so I knew when I could pick it up and when I needed to ease up.
- I spied one of my friends ahead of me so made it a goal to catch up to her during those terrible head winds, I did and then she told me…
- our other friend was ahead so go on ahead… so I did.  I never did catch our other friend but she was just a few seconds ahead of me at the finish!
- my husband, sister in law, and father in law were all waiting for me at the finish!  What troopers they were standing in the cold after they had finished their race… sweat and cold weather aren’t really a great combination!
- I had a NEGATIVE SPLIT!!!  Woohoo!!!

My Garmin said I ran 6.31, Amy's said 6.34.  Hmmm...

I can’t say much about the after race festivities… because… well… there wasn’t much.  It was quite a small venue for so many runners.  I’m guessing not many of the 2000 stayed.

Inside, after the race...

Inside, after the race…it was HOT and smelly.

There wasn’t any bottled water or Powerade or Gatorade.  No bananas.  No pizza.  They had some soups in small crockpots and some hairy looking pasta with broccoli and some small boxes of granola.  I grabbed a granola, my sister in law grabbed some soup.

Post Race Band

One last pic with my SIL... showing off our Sweatybands! Love that black sparkly one!

One last pic with my SIL… showing off our Sweatybands! Love that black sparkly one! (Like how my FIL crashed the pic!)

 

We gathered our stuff from coat check and headed out to… our next race! I’ll put that up in a separate post soon!

I’m so appreciative for my healthy friends and family who are always game to run a race, encourage one another, and have fun together!

So, how did you start out your new year?

And how do you deal with races that repeat the same loop?

 

Miles 1-3:   Miles 4-6:

Miles 1-3: 27:05 Miles 4-6: 26:00

 

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