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My Own Track Team

July 6, 2016

I have my own personal track team these days. We are all running around together, supporting each other, logging lots of miles and trying to get our rest days in! Since my number one agenda is to keep everyone alive and entertained, I thought no better way to burn some energy than at the high school track on a beautiful, 65 degree, sunny, Minnesota morning.

boys on track

Last Friday marked the near end of week 2 of marathon training. My husband and I (among other awesome-sauce family members) are using a 16 week training plan for the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon on October 9. This will be my first marathon and my husband’s fourth! We plan on running together but he is using a intermediate training plan and I am using a beginner plan.

I thoroughly enjoyed supporting my husband training for previous marathons. Of course, it’s a pretty sweet deal being his number one fan 4 years running. Last Summer was the most difficult of previous years, training and life-wise, but I am nothing short of excited to put on the miles this Summer with someone I am absolutely proud of.

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Dog Days

June 30, 2016

Once one season of my life ends and another begins, I find the song “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine come up on my running playlist more often than not. It’s not that the particular season I was in was anything terrible, but I definitely seem to carry a bit of nostalgia and even a little sadness for the past.

Happiness hit her like a train on a track
Coming towards her stuck still no turning back
She hid it ’round corners and she hid it under beds
She killed it with kisses and from it she fled
With every bubble she sank with her drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink
The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run
Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You can’t carry it with you if you want to survive

I’m now entering the next season of my life. Last year, I welcomed the birth of our fourth child in November and celebrated the seasons with my children by spending as much time together and as happily as we possibly could.

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We survived that Winter, with all it’s holidays and all-nighters. With the help of my village, I miraculously got myself and the kids where we needed to be – physically and mentally. When I look back now, I remember it being tough adding a new baby to our already big brood of boys, but I look back and I am immensely happy and proud of last Winter.

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Creamy Crock Pot “Crack Chicken”

June 24, 2015

Creamy Crock Pot Crack Chicken. Find more recipes featuring protein on The Thrive Blog

I know the title “Crack Chicken” isn’t the most friendly, but the recipe is popular on Pinterest and some of you may have heard of it before.

I failed to do a grocery run earlier this week, so I searched for recipes I could do using the food up from my pantry, fridge and freezer. Thankfully I had a few odd items to make a delicious supper for my family without having to run to the store. Free meal, we say!

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Minneapolis Yoga and Acupuncture Sampling Event

May 18, 2015

I was kindly invited to join Healing InSight and Minnesota Power Yoga for an exclusive yoga and acupuncture VIP sampling event. I hadn’t experienced Minnesota Power Yoga and had never tried acupuncture. I thought it was an excellent opportunity to get my workout it, experience new things, sample some local vendors and meet some new people. I tell you, the event accomplished all those things!

Attendees enjoyed a free yoga class, acupuncture sampling and sample products from local vendors. I brought my world traveler and yogi friend, Julie, to accompany me. The event was located at Minnesota Power Yoga in Minneapolis. The studio is a few blocks east of Lyndale on the top floor. There is a nice waiting area with seating and cubbies for your gear. I was late arriving so, I rushed to sign waivers before the start of class. I hate being late.

Minnesota Power Yoga

I seated myself next to Julie and said my hellos as I tried to namaste myself back to reality after an hour of Minneapolis rush hour. The room was a nice size with matted floors and heated to a warm, but comfortable, 80 degrees. There was an entire wall of windows which I loved. Danielle is the owner of Minnesota Power Yoga and also our instructor. She was very straight forward, clear and friendly. She offered us 30 minutes of her power yoga class. It was familiar to me and quick through the movements for an excellent, tough workout. I was definitely a sweaty mess by shavasana.

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Protein Packed Quick Fried Rice

May 11, 2015

 Protein Packed Quick Fried Rice. Find more recipes featuring protein on The Thrive Blog

I love, love rice. And noodles. And bread. And carbs, carbs, carbs. I know I like to push the protein around here but I still eat carbs, and plenty of them. I like to use protein to enhance my overall meal experience. If I sat down and ate a big bowl of rice on its own, I probably wouldn’t be full or even feel very good. By adding protein to this easy fried rice recipe, I create a super food packed with protein, moderate carbs and vegetables.

Don’t forget the Sriracha, either. On its own, Sriracha should have a tier in the food pyramid.

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Move Weekly Recap 4/12-4/18

April 23, 2015

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4/12 Sunday: off
4/13 Monday: 3.5 miles sunset stroller run
4/14 Tuesday: off
4/15 Wednesday: 3.6 track/treadmill combo
4/16 Thursday: evening Yoga at the YMCA
4/17 Friday: 3.3 miles morning stroller run
4/18 Saturday: off

I’m skipping over last week’s activities(4/5-4-11) as my kids and I came down the the respiratory bug that had been going around. It felt great to get back into our groove this week and we had quite a few beautiful days to enjoy.

I’ve been really enjoying getting my run in with the kids in the stroller a few times a week. I’m starting to think about how long I plan on keeping my YMCA membership for. While, I really enjoy pushing the kids outside, I’d really miss the Yoga classes I take if I chose to put our membership on hold. There are also times when I might just want to run by myself on the treadmill while the kids burn off some crazy at the kid center.

Also, pushing the kids is a lot of work! I dread it a little until I get going, but I usually dread running in general before I get going! It’s a weird thing: dread and running. I LOVE to run, but there are plenty of days when I just don’t want to go…at all. The funny thing is, some of my best runs have come from when I feel I have no energy or desire to run.

I decided to abandon the stroller on Wednesday and went for a run on the treadmill instead. It was the worst idea ever! Running on the treadmill completely bored me and I found myself wishing I had gotten it done in the morning like I usually do. I even got off the treadmill and ran around the track a few times. My legs felt weird running that way, so I got back on the treadmill again. The whole thing was mentally exhausting. We headed to our first Twins game Wednesday evening, as well. I think I logged in about 5,000 steps in the 2 hours we were there.

I function so well under routine and structure – running and otherwise. I think I need plan the days I always run outside and with the stroller and the days I plan on heading to the gym. I think that might cut out some of the dread I feel or uneasiness about when I will get the next run in and where!

Past Move Recaps:
Move Weekly Recap 3/29-4/4
Move Weekly Recap 3/22-3/28
Move Weekly Recap 3/15-3/21
Move Weekly Recap 3/8-3/14
Move Weekly Recap 3/1-3/7
Move Weekly Recap 2/22-2/28
Move Weekly Recap 2/15-2/21
Move Weekly Recap 2/8-2/14
Move Weekly Recap 2/1-2/7