Thursday, February 21, 2013

Vitamin Boost!

We can't seem to get away from the common cold in our household ( thank goodness that is the worst any of us have had this season ) so, we are trying to eat as healthy as possible.  I figured we could all use an extra boost of Vitamin C today.  If you are looking for a healthy, delicious, smoothie recipe, check this out:

We bought all of our ingredients (organic) at Trader Joes.  SO yummy, even my two year old thought it was good!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Week 2. . .

I had a great training run this weekend with Sonoma, outside in the snow.  Yesterday, I had another great run, but this time it was with Cora and indoors at the gym.  24 laps around and around with a double stroller is not the most fun workout in the world, but it worked and I felt awesome after.  I was supposed to do a 2 mile run today, but one thing led to another and what do you know. . .  it's 9:00 pm and I am just now sitting down for the evening.  It's amazing how the days can seem so long, but are packed full of little surprises from the girls!  Fingers crossed I can get my training run in tomorrow.  Week 2!  Let's go!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Let the Training Begin!

Since my 30 Day Challenge is almost complete, (yeah!) I decided to start my official half marathon training program today. I planned on starting the 12 week training next week, but I felt ready this morning. Also, with so many illnesses going around, I figured I better allow myself an extra week, just in case. I love Hal Higdon's marathon training plans, so I decided to follow the Novice 1 plan this time around. My body has definitely changed a lot after having two babies. I am a very competitive person, and have extremely high goals for myself when it comes to working out and staying in shape. However, I have slowly been learning that I have to give myself a break and lower my expectations just a bit. The first time I trained for a half marathon, I only had one baby, and she was 15 months when I began training. It was also the summer and fall when I was doing my runs, 95% of them which were outdoors. Flash forward to today, I have a toddler and a newborn, plus we are in the middle of the dead of winter here in Chicago. As I've said before, planning your workouts around an exclusively breast-fed baby, and only being able to run right after a feeding,  plus keeping in mind the schedule of my other daughter, is quite exhausting. I'm not using these things as excuses, but it's reality.  I get so frustrated, but then I take a deep breath and remember that things are a lot different this time around. (and i wouldn't change it for the world!)  

Honestly, it was so cold and yucky out today after our big snow, that I really just wanted to lay at home in PJs all day. Instead, I got all three of us ready and we hit the gym. We have been home bound the past two weeks, all battling colds, but today we finally were all 100%! I dropped Sonoma off at the daycare and Cora and I ran and did a little strength with the double jogging stroller.  Let the fun begin!

My little nugget all ready for a workout with her Momma

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