Any Run is a Good Run :)

I'm a very competitive lady, stems from my soccer days. And it's more of a competiveness with myself...I'm too hard on myself. Just ask Tim, he's gone on runs with me before. He just laughs when I get frustrated that he's faster than me :) I guess I should realize that A) Tim is a very fit boy! and B) He's a collegiate athlete who does some intense training. So, to say the least, I think I've gotten down on myself too much this week. It all started with last weekend's run...

Last weekend I did another 10 mile run and it KILLED ME!!! My legs were throbbing in pain--it was time for a new pair of shoes. Unfortunately, I injured myself before the new shoes could make a difference. Nothing major--I have a bad left ankle from soccer, so it's easy for it to get stiff and then turn into a pain that runs up my leg :(

Well, the good news! I got a new pair of running shoes!!!


The not so good news...I attempted to run on my bad foot too soon. I would come home FRUSTRATED with myself. I knew that taking a couple days off wouldn't affect my training greatly, but I was stubborn. Sometimes I just NEED to run...ya know? So here's the lesson I learned this week...

Any run is a good run.


(Early morning run...not the prettiest picture, but I was still happy to run!)

Even if some of my runs included walking, I was out there! My injury also helped me focus on other aspects of my body that I've been neglecting lately, like cross-training, stretching, and yoga :) Here's what my week of working out looked like:

Sunday: 10 mile run
Monday: 35 minute run (shouldn't have!) + 35 minutes of yoga and stretching
Tuesday: Speed workout (REALLY shouldn't have! I thought that if I got home sooner the pain would end sooner...real smart, Becca!)
Wednesday: 20 minute run/ 20 minute walk (I had to walk home...too much pain.)
Thursday: rest day (lots of stretching)
Friday: Speed workout with Timmy!
Saturday: 33 minute hill workout (oh my!)
Sunday: 7 mile run (my legs were SORRRRE!)

Sad news...the rocky trail at Forest Park hurt my foot/ankle again. So I need to rest for a couple of days. I'm hoping to ride my bike. I went running with a friend this morning, and when we were done (both of us in pain for different reasons), I said, "I guess any run is a good run." And if I said that out loud, I need to BELIEVE it!!!

I'm very proud of my body and its accomplishments up until now, and I have full FAITH that with a little rest and realistic thinking, my 1/2 marathon is going to be great (just a couple weeks away!)

And to answer the question to the last post...should I run a marathon in October? Well...I think I'm going to shoot for it!!! What that means is, I'm going to train, increase my mileage, and just see how my body handles it. So one day at a time! I also want to train with Timmy, and he may need a little break from his track season.

Preview for next post: What's the perfect running shoe for you? I've been reading up on this, so I thought I would share some fun facts.

Also, I bought this book recently...



I'm not converting to being raw by any means, but I find a lot of truth in eating foods in its purest form--just the way God created them! So I'm excited to get familiar preparing raw foods. Those will be some fun posts to read :) I thinking I'll do some reading/ research now and do most of my experiments this summer (some before then too!)



Hope everyone's spring break was restful! I start student teaching tomorrow!!! Blessings on your week.

Plan out your workouts and meals for the week!!!

Question...



So I've been thinking...since I've trained so well for the 1/2 marathon that's coming up, and starting to feel really comfortable running long distances...maybe now is the time to train for a marathon...I have my foundation set. And since Tim is going to be done with track in May...we could train together :)

What do you think? Should I train for the Portland Marathon in August October???

Energy Packed Muffins



This muffin is a great way to start the day! So many nutrients packed into one bite, oh my! Lots of protein for a pre or post workout too. I'm thinking these would be amazing smeared in almond butter (especially right when they come out of the oven--oh the melted goodness!!!)



Ingredients

1 ripe banana
1/4 cup unpacked brown sugar
2 tsp olive oil
1/2 cup ground flax seed
2 Tbl chia seeds
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 tsp baking soda

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Smash banana and combine with brown sugar and oil. In another bowl combine the dry ingredients. Put the two together and Wah-lah!

Bake for 13-15 minutes. Makes 6 muffins.



Enjoy :)

Almond Butter Sandwich with a twist :)

I had such a great weekend and start to my spring break! Saturday was spent with one of my best friends hanging out at Timmy's track meet. It was glorious weather! 70 degrees without a cloud in the sky.





We love chacos!!! Spring is definitely in the air :)



Tim did AWESOME at his meet. He got FIRST in the 400 meter race. This is an attempted picture of Tim running his 200 meter race. I think I got carried away with watching and screaming his name :)



I packed a lunch for the meet and came up with this AMAZING sandwich. I would like to call this an Almond Butter Sandwhich (with a twist!)



Ingredients:

1-2 Tbl raw, crunchy almond butter
1/2 large carrot, gratted
small handful of raisins
dash of cinnimmon
couple Tbl of raw sunflower seeds
sprouts
bread of choice



The flowers in the background were a gift from my cooperating teacher. Friday was my last day of my practicum at West Sylvan Middle School :(



I'm in LOVE with Trader Joe's raw almond butter. And it's unsalted!!! So much cheaper than any other almond butter out there.



Directions:

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and spoon onto a slice of bread. Top it off with sprouts. (I've also used spinach).

It was perfectly filling, but not too filling! I like adding veggies to a classic PB & J sandwich. The carrots add so much sweetness to it.



Sunday was another fun day! Here's what I did...

-10 mile run in Forest Park with a friend :)

...I had this before my run!



-lunch made by Tim (veggies sandwich!!!)
-made a yummy pudding dessert (vegan too!)
-bought new running shoes!!!! (I will be doing a post on running shoes soon!)
-church
-breakfast for dinner (Carrot Cake pancakes!!!)
-relaxing on the couch with Timmy!

Oh...and I bought this!



It's a foam roller. I'M IN LOVE!!!! Timmy rolling out his hamstring.



How can I put this..."It hurts so good!"



My legs have been so fatigued and tight lately. And there's 2 reasons for this....

1. I don't stretch enough
2. I needed new running shoes

Hopefully both of these problems will be solved with my new foam roller and running shoes. I'm also stretching a lot more now. (post to come).

Anyway, for those of you beginning your spring break, enjoy :)

As my friend Dana said on her facebook status, "I'm so blessed!"

How are the Green Monsters??

I'm ADDICTED TO GREEN MONSTERS!!!!



I seriously can't go a day without one! I guess you could say it's my "coffee." Sometimes I want it for breakfast or after a workout--either way, I'm COMPLETELY refreshed afterwards.

Thank you Angela from www.ohsheglows.com for introducing me to the world of Green Monsters!!!

I've actually seen some amazing benefits from drinking a Green Monsters consistently (every day!)

1. Energy level is up
2. Helps with digestion
3. Cleared up my face (it's smoother!)
4. Helps control my hunger
5. I just feel HAPPY knowing I'm feeding my body such goodness!!

Have you tried a Green Monster yet? If you haven't, DO IT!!!! (this is GOOD peer pressure). And if you have, do you have any fun recipes???

Here's my latest Green Monster Recipe:

1/2 cup Hemp Milk
1/2 cup Almond Milk
1/2 cup carrott juice
1 banana
1 Tbl Amazing Meal Superfood
1 Tbl chia seeds
2 HUGE handfuls of spinach
2-3 ice-cubes

I can barely fit all this in my magic bullet!!! Oh, and I drink mine with a straw so my teeth aren't all green after I'm done :)



If you want a more filling Green Monster, here's one I've made for Tim (post-track workout!)

1 cup hemp milk
1 banana
1 Tbl chia seeds
1 Tbl Amazing Meal Superfood
1 Tbl peanutbutter
2 Tbl oatmeal
2 HUGE handfuls of spinach
2-3 ice cubes (if you use a frozen banana...no need for ice!)

Note: Tim also likes blueberries in his :)



Let me know if you've got any recipes I should try! Reall, skies the limit :) (I kinda want to try one with avacado soon!)

Note: You can get Amazing Meal Superfood HERE or at any health food store like Whole Foods. Also, I ordered my chia seeds from this website.

P.S.

I miss you so much, Dad!!!!



Are you still eating those overnight oats??? :)

Lent Update

Remember what I "gave up" for Lent? Summary: Whenever I think negatively about my body, I stop and pray! Body image can be all consuming and seriously take away from LIVING!! I was tired of it! It's not fair to my husband, my friends, my family, and GOD! That my happiness is determined by my looks. What does a perfect body look like anyway. Secret: THERE'S NO SUCH THING!!! Everyone is beautiful in their own, unique, beautifully-created way. Isn't diversity wonderful?! Imagine if we all looked like a celebrity--boring. Really...think about it!

Good news: My new perspective on my body has COMPLETELY renewed my spirit! I'm energized by my optimism and a focus that is less on ME and more on life! I'm also not comparing myself to other girls--a huge change for me. This can be a huge issue for me. Question: Is it fair to ourselves, and to God who intricately and carefully created us, to be unhappy with our body?

These issues of body image actually have led me to be so passionate about health!!! When I treat my body with care, I look at my body differently. I appreciate my body. I'm fascinated by my body. I'm FEEDING my body with energy and optimism. This all translates into a person who is accepting of her body and feels blessed to have one that allows her to run, to cuddle, to play soccer, to teach, to speak--living a HEALTHY life allows me to SEE the person who God sees. I AM BEAUTIFUL.

The purpose of this blog is to share with you how I live a healthy life in an attempt to be a better person. I love sharing things that give me a pieces of happiness. Which leads me to some more advice I would like to steal share. I got this from the fANNEtastic food blog. This blogger shares some advice of how she lives a healthy (HAPPY) life.

Some Healthy LIving Tips:

1. Eat REAL food. Throw away diet products, fake sweeteners, and processed food that will not make you feel full. Read the list of ingredients on a package. If you don’t understand all the ingredients… don’t buy it!

2. Eat foods that give you lots of volume and nutrients for fewer calories – for example, add lots of fresh veggies (spinach, grated carrots for crunch, etc.) to your sandwiches, or decrease the amount of pasta you eat and mix in fresh veggies instead to bulk up the volume. You won’t notice the difference I’m also a fan of plain yogurt with fresh cut up fruit instead of sweetened yogurt. More bulk is good!

3. Drink LOTS of water. Bring a reusable water bottle with you everywhere and sip from it all day. Being hydrated helps your body run better AND helps you feel more satisfied (thirst can often be mistaken for hunger!)

4. If you are hungry, EAT! Letting yourself get too hungry just sets you up to overeat at your next meal and will always make the candy jar look more appealing. On the other hand, if you are just bored, go take a walking break, have a chat with some coworkers, or distract yourself with a huge glass of water or some tea.

5. Prepare, prepare, prepare! I bring healthy snacks with me everywhere, and I always pack a big lunch for work with lots of different parts (makes it more fun to eat when there’s variety!). Then you’ve always got a healthy option on hand when hunger strikes – no vending machines necessary! I’m much more tempted to eat something junky if I don’t have a healthy option on hand.

6. Eat a variety of foods. Both within each meal (meals are more fun and filling when you have different components), and throughout the day. Aim for lots of color in each meal!

7. Ditch the sodas and sugary drinks. They add up to lots of calories and won’t keep you full. Wouldn’t you rather have some real food for the same amount of calories as a sugary drink? To wean yourself off soda, try mixing seltzer or fizzy water with a bit of natural, no sugar added fruit juice (like POM!).

8. Make healthy swaps. A favorite of mine is nonfat plain yogurt instead of mayo, as seen in my Autumn Chicken Salad, Tuna Salad, and Healthy Deviled Eggs recipes! I also use applesauce instead of oil when baking.

I've already incorporated a lot of these tips in my life during my HEALTH journey :) If trying to make healthier choices is new for you, try picking one tip at a time to follow. Slowly but surely! Because it's all about a life-style change. It's not a fad diet...ick!

It's sunny today!!! SPRING!!!!

Running with a friend :)

>This is a post dedicated to one of my very best friends--Rachel :)



Rachel and I went on a run together in Forest Park on Saturday, and hung out most of the day. It was a simply perfect day. Rachel is one of those people who comes with no expectations. She's just there--there to love you and enjoy the moment. She taught me this. Living free! Living in the moment! It was in the midst of my 10-mile run on Saturday, when I was all by myself and my thoughts, that I began thinking about how much Rachel has changed my life!

I met Rachel my freshman year of college. I don't know if it was Rachel's cute "surfer meets Portland" style (I was all about the hemp and seashell necklaces too!) or the sweetness that exuberated from her, that drew me to her, but when we started to hang out, it just clicked! She became my sister and someone I knew I would not be able to live without. (Angela, who is in the picture below with Rach and I, was another "sister" I met my freshman year of college--a post is in the future for her!)



Oh freshman year!

Rachel showed me how to live without abandon! She showed me how to love God on a whole new level--all of a sudden the world was more beautiful when I realized that my relationship with God could grow stronger every day! Rachel--you showed me how to live joyfully. To be myself and BELIEVE that I'm beautiful.



Rachel has an adventurer's spirit! Her spontenaiety and selflessness allows for so much LOVE to travel. And I don't just meen travel figuratively, I also mean LITERALLY. Give her a backpack and her chacos and she'll go anywhere! It's inspiring. She understands what God means when He says that this life is temporary--that our true life will be in heaven with Him :) Another reason I wanted to write a post about Rachel, is because she is actually leaving for Peru in a few weeks to help out in a medical facility there. She's going with her wonderful boyfriend, Steve.



I'm going to miss her so much! Rachel was my roommate for 5 years, give or take (I'm including the time we simply lived on the same college campus--our dorms were walking distance.) We lived in an apartment together for 2 years and shared the master suite in a townhouse together the year before I got married.

I've had the best roomates!



Rachel should also take credit for this whole blog, because Rachel was the one who introduced me to what HEALTH is! I was on the American diet up until I met her--low calorie food, gatorade, artificial sweetners...you get the picture! Rachel taught me what it means to eat WHOLE foods! And so began my passion for health and food. Rachel gave me this priceless gift! Rachel also gave me a new appreciation for the outdoors. I feel in love with Portland while I was with Rachel :)





Rachel has been with me through some of my biggest accomplishments. Heck! We were the graduate speakers for our college graduation!!!



And of course Rachel was a part of my wedding! On the morning of my wedding, when everyone was busy getting ready, she's the one who stayed right next to me! She cut me some fruit for breakfast (yes, she knows me that well!), and went to buy me a kambucha. Her selflessness shines like this all the time!



Rachel has inspired me to be myself! She showed me what it meant to have a voice...



She has been my constant encouragement--praying together, for each other. Laying in our beds talking. Running to the park to go on the swings. Eating fruit all day. Holding hands on the beach. Prayer walks. Talks about our future husbands. Journaling. Tea dates. Dance parties in the our living room. Yoga at 7am (one of my favorites). Worshipping together.

Rachel--thank you! For encouraging me in my growth as an authentic woman of God. I could not be who I am today without you! I love you with my WHOLE HEART and pray that God keep you and Steve safe in Peru. You're going to change the world (you already have!) Sisters forever.



I love you, Rach!

(And yes, I thought about all this on my run yesterday--90 minutes without music, that's a lot of time to think!)

Homemade Lara Bars!

I just made homemade Lara Bars and I couldn't wait to share it with you, so I'm doing a quick post :)



The battery in my camera is dead, so Tim took this picture with his phone and e-mailed it to me. Not too shabby :) Oh, and my hands are all shiney because of the oil from the ground up almonds.

INGREDIENTS

2/3 cup raw almonds
1 1/2 cup dates
2/3 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
1 Tbl. coconut oil

DIRECTIONS

I used a magic bullet to grind up all my ingredients, but I recommend a food processor if you have one. The magic bullet took a while :( Just have to have patience though.

First, I ground up the almonds in the magic bullet to make some almond flour. Then poured that out, but leaving a little bit on the bottom of the cup. Now begin adding about 1/4 cup of dates at a time, as well as the coconut and coconut oil (a little at a time). Empty the cup each time they're all ground up. Repeat this process. (You wouldn't have to do this with a food processor--just add the ground up almonds and the rest of the ingredients together right away.)

Should be a very simple process, but I did not have the right device. I guess a food processor is going on my wish list.

Wish List:

1. Garmen Watch
2. Food Processor

oh...some day....

This recipe made about 7 lara bars...which, if you buy at a store, are $1.99 each! Oh the wonderfulness of simple ingredients with such amazing, bold flavors :)

Alright, bed time :)

Yoga and some new health goals :)



Something that has always motivated me when it comes to health, are goals! For example, I am much more motivated to be CONSISTENT with my running when my goal is to run a 1/2 marathon. The consistency that comes with making goals is probably the biggest reason why I need goals...I know no one can be perfect, but it's kinda like an invisible accountability partner :) So, to say the least, I decided to type out my goals for both fitness and food the other night, just for accountability sake. Here's what I've got...

Becca’s Fitness Goals:
1. Core strength
-Abs at least 3 times a week
2. Flexibility
-Yoga at least once a week
-Stretch after any workout
3. Upper body strength
-Push-ups at least 3 times a week
4. Overall Strength
-Strength training at least once a week (weight room)
5. Cardio
-Run at least 4 times a week

Becca’s Food Goals:

1. Green Monster every day (with Amazing Food Superfood)
2. Salad once a day (whether it’s the meal or on the side)
3. Incorporate chia seeds into diet every day
-In green monsters, salads, granola bars, cereal, etc.
4. Vegetables with my lunch and dinner
5. Snack during the day does not exceed 250 calories
6. Drink tea at night (to help stop snacking/cravings)
7. Plate my food
8. Drink at least two 42 ounce water bottles a day
9. Avoid: “thoughtless food”—meaning, just grabbing food and putting it in my mouth; avoid eating until I’m FULL at dinner—need to eat for contentment



(Me after a run in the rain!)

Note: These goals are specific to what I ENJOY doing (running), so everyone's goals should be different. These goals are also specific to things I hope to work on ("thoughtless food" or strength training). And just to let you know, the strength training stuff will probably happen more when my 1/2 marathon is over.

Anyway, thought I would share some goals with you. For me, I've reached my goal when I've been consistent with meeting them for a long time. What's a long time...more than 3 months for sure :)

You might have noticed that I included yoga in my fitness goals, which brings me to my next topic!



I started doing yoga at Concordia (3 times a week at 7am, for an hour). And I got HOOKED!!! I craved yoga and felt the benefits! It improved my core strength so much and my flexibility--both very important for running! I also became very in-tune with my body. This is priceless. When you become more intune with your body, you're more likely to treat it better--give it what it needs. I can't imagine eating a big donut after a yoga session! It's almost like you become more thankful for your body and want to please it with good foods and health! So, this is why I want to incorporate yoga back into my life!

I have a yoga dvd, but of course those can get old. I actually ran into this website from reading another blog, which provides FREE yoga flows. Meaning, it's not a video, but a document you can download with all the poses. It creates the flow for you. You go at your pace and usually do it in about 20 minutes (but of course you can do more). It's also great because there is yoga specific for different purposes, like running, wieghtloss, flexibility, cyclists, strength, etc.

Check out the website HERE.

What are some goals you would like to set for yourself? Is there anything you've always wanted to incorporate into your life, but have never tried yet...like yoga or strength training, or chia seeds :) ???

Late Night Cravings!!!



For some reason I can get through the day fine without cravings, but as soon as I'm home where my living room is literally feet away from the kitchen, I find my tastebuds daydreaming of sweetness! Sometimes this leads to me eating too much at dinner, or snacking at night--both are no goods for me! I don't know if you struggle with this too, but if you do...I thought I would share this post from
Gina's blog, Choosing Raw:

...I also hope you’ll all keep in mind that craving sweet foods every now and then is natural, not a sin! If you’re trying to limit late night munching or dessert overdrive, I recommend the following tips:

1) Examine your craving. If you’re eager to gobble up dessert simply because you’re in the habit, or because your Mom always served ice cream at the end of a meal, or because you’re watching a TV commercial for Dove chocolate, stop. Take a deep breath. Ask yourself if you need something sweet, or if you’re just on autopilot. It’s also worth asking if you’re craving sweets because you feel entitled for some reason (“hey, I ate a healthy dinner! I’m allowed!”) or because you’re stressed.

If the answer is yes, then wait a few minutes. Drink some water. If you still want sweets, then have one of the recipes above, or something similarly sensible. And don’t feel bad! Clearly, you needed the dessert. And you ate something healthy, so you’ve got no reason to spend the rest of the night in remorse.

2) Sip ginger tea or water with a drop of peppermint oil. So often what we interpret as a “sweet craving” is really a desire for a different taste on our palates. So offer yourself that change of taste with teas or essential oils: they’ll give you a new, palate-cleansing taste without unnecessary food.

3) Keep busy. If you’re bored at night, you may be more drawn to sweets than you would otherwise. Read, write emails, stretch, or just walk around your apartment: these small activities will do wonders to replace the sugar urge.

4) Incorporate sweet foods into your dinner. This is a hugely helpful tip, and it’s often overlooked. We frequently fetishize sugar because the foods we eat don’t offer us anything sweet. So eat more carrots, root vegetables, sugar snap peas, and vegetable juices. They’ll give you the sweet flavors you’re craving without a lot of sugar—and with a host of vitamins and nutrients, too!

Most importantly: make peace with your cravings. If you beat yourself up about nighttime snacking, you’ll turn the habit into a self-fulfilling prophecy: each night you’ll try to resist, and each night you’ll give into the siren’s call. Instead, stay calm, and be assertive about the way you handle your cravings. If you’ve slowed down, taken a few breaths, and established that yes, you really do want something sweet, then go for it. Eat something that’s not too high in sugar, enjoy it, and move on.

If you take a few breaths and realize that you’re simply bored, or lonely, or acting out of habit, then go focus on a good book, or on the latest episode of 24. Desserts will be around tomorrow, if you really need them. One night without a sweet treat isn’t going to hurt you.

Neither of these scenarios is a failure, and neither is a superhuman triumph. They’re simply two healthy responses to your body’s needs on any given night. Don’t try to eliminate either instinct from your life–constant abstinence and constant indulgence are equally boring!

What do you like for breakfast?

Breakfast...yummy!!! You know why I love breakfast so much? Because usually breakfast is something sweet :) Like oatmeal with honey and banana, or granola, or like this morning, whole wheat pancakes with agave syrup!!! Sometimes I just wake up excited for breakfast. And what's the most comforting of all breakfast foods? A good bowl of cereal!



Tim and I love our cereal! Here are just some of our favorites. I'm especially impressed with the Ezekiel cereal (or anything Ezekiel at that...bread, cereal, muffins, tortillas).



This cereal blows my mind! Here's a little bit of what it says on the back of box..."Ezekiel 4:9 Sprouted Grain Cereal is inspired by the Holy Scripture verse: 'Take also unto thee Wheat and Barley and Beans and Lentils and Millet and Spelt and put them in one vessel and make bread of it...' Ez. 4:9 We discovered when these six grains an legumes are sprouted and combined, an amazing thing happens. A complete protein is created that closely parallels the protein found in milk and eggs. In fact, the protein quality is so high, that it is 84.3% as efficient as the highest recognized source of protein, containing all 9 essential amino acids. Plus, there are 18 amino acids present in this unique cerel--from all vegetable sources!"

How amazing is God! He gave us all the nutrients we need on this Earth. We don't need to change them--they are simply perfect. When I eat whole, declicious foods, I feel like I'm treating my body as a temple for God. I'm respecting my body and humbled by its creation. To me...this is health.

What else have I been up to this week?



There might have been some baking :) I used the recipe on the back of an oatmeal bag, and changed it up a bit to make these delicious Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies!

Ingredients

3 cups oatmeal
1 1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
2 tsp baking powder
1-2 mashed banana
2/3 cup Coconut oil (melted)
1/2 cup raw cane sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 bag of dark chocolate chips (or however much you want!)



Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine wet ingredients in one bowl and the dry ingredients in another. Then put the two together to create amazingness cookie dough! Careful, it's almost better raw :) Bake for approx. 8-10 minutes and enjoy!!



For me, this is the perfect consistency for a cookies. Kinda crispy on the outside, but gooey and chewey in the middle. One of my favorites by far!

Another quick recipe to share! Tim and I were craving pizza, but didn't feel like making pizza dough, so we used a tortilla!

Tim and Becca's Simple Pizze on a Tortilla



We added some marinara sauce for the base then roasted some eggplant, onion, zuchinni and red pepper.



We also added some fresh basil and olives. Bake it in the oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes, and PERFECTO!!! You've got pizza :)



I like how the tortilla became cripsy around the edges and was still soft in the middle. It was a great twist on a thin crust pizza! I ate mine while catching up on some other food blogs :)



For those of you living in Portland, did you catch the WARM sun yesterday???



Tim and I hung out at the track for a while. I definitely soaked up the sun! There was a soccer team getting ready for a game too, and oh how I miss soccer!!!!



Tim and I also took advantage of the good weather by heading over to Forrest Park to go on a run together. I decided to get in my long run while the weather was this good, so we ended up running 10 miles together :) Tim is such a great encouragement. And don't ask me how he was able to run that after a week of track practice! He's superman to me!!!

I'm filling the run today though...a 3-4 miles of it was up hill!!!!! We finished the run at 93 minutes. I LOVE TIM!!! Thank you for running with me.

WEEK'S RECAP OF TRAINING...
(keep in mind I was still getting over being sick)

Monday- 50 minute run
Tuesday- rest day (my cough was getting bad)
Wednesday- 35 minute run (was supposed to be a long run, but it felt like I had asma from this cold!!)
Thursday- 35 minute run with Timmy :)
Friday- rest day
Saturday- 10 mile run

I'm hoping to get in a couple more 10-12 mile runs before the big 1/2 marathon (second weekend of April!) HAPPY SUNDAY EVERYONE!

Question: What do you usually eat for breakfast?