Ok so it’s been a LOOOOONG time since I’ve done a 5 Things Friday…but I am bringing it back.
So here are some random thoughts from this week…
- I think I am going to start a petite Mommy line of clothing. Where bras fit, all the tops are nursing friendly and super flattering. And the only bottoms we sell are yoga pants with shapewear built in. Yeah.
- I am pretty sure that I drink entirely too much coffee on a daily basis. But not entirely ready to give it up. It keeps me going.
- Not a fan of sleep regression. BUT when a 2 week sleep strike leads to a Friday of late sleeping from The Babe…it sort of makes up for it.
- Totally over this winter. 5 inches of snow this week.
- I want a Garmin 220.
I hope everyone has a safe and fun Holiday weekend. We are babysitting my youngest niece this weekend while her parents get a much needed weekend away. Plus it gives us a chance to try out this 2 kid thing. I am sure it will be a blast. I get to take her to Moms In Training tomorrow, I am sure that she will love it! Plus she gets baby time too…and since her baby doll is named after The Babe she will be all to happy to help take care of The Babe!
One of my awesome readers, Stefany S. contacted me about an event that she is doing to raise money and awareness for Diabetes, and since she so generously donated to my Moms In Training fundraising I am sharing her story here on the blog!
Here is an excerpt from Stefany’s fundraising page
I am “Running on Love” in MAY OF 2014! In this run I will be running in honor of my Grandfather. I will be bringing awareness & support to my chosen charity for Diabetes & supporting the Running on Love mission to demonstrate love by actively supporting noble causes.
Diabetes is a cause that is dear to me, having both my Grandmother, and Mother diagnosed in my lifetime. So I am very glad that she reached out to me and I am more than happy to share her fundraising page with all of you! As in any fundraising journey, every dollar matters! So be sure to head over and check out her page and help another runner-sister out and consider donating!
Blueberry Banana Oats
1 ripe banana, mashed
1/2 to 1 cup water
1/2 cup oats
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup blueberries (frozen or fresh)
Dash of vanilla extract (optional)
1 tablespoon chia seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon coconut flakes (optional)
2 tablespoon cocoa powder (optional, for a chocolate banana cake)
- Mash the banana.
- Add everything else except the blueberries and stir.
- Gently fold in the blueberries.
- Microwave for 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 minutes.
- Allow to cool for a couple of minutes before serving.
It’s true. I hate being tired and out of breath. I hate being all sweat covered and stinky. Sometimes the process of getting to the gym, even before The Babe, is long and often arduous journey here in MinneSNOWta. So yes, I hate to work out.
I’d be lying if I said that I enjoyed it…but I would also be lying if I said that I was content to be jiggly forever. So it comes down to which I hate more…
Being jiggly and lazy or being tired and covered in sweat.
If I had to choose a way to spend the day…I guess I’d rather be tired and covered in sweat. At least I’d know that I accomplished something…right? It’s been so long since I’ve had that “I can do anything…” feeling of power and pride after a workout that I have forgotten what it feels like. I have been feeling a little gymtimidated…so that may have something to do with it. That and the ridiculous winter we’ve had. Last week 70s, this week snow?
But that is the great thing about the outside…
I have been doing a Motivation Monday for a while now, and I do it to help me set a good mood for the week. When I worked, I worked at a job I hated, with people that were not nice. This blog helped me stay positive, and now that I am a SAHM&W I use this blog as an outlet so much more.
I am looking forward to getting excited to work out again. And now that MIT is underway, it will be a huge motivator for me to do the “homework” on our training schedules. There are so many new Moms in our group, and first time runners, that there are lots of accountibilibuddies. Also, part of my new role in the community, something I hope to be able to announce soon, is to encourage moms to get out and workout together in groups. This time around I will be surrounded by women that are just doing this for the first time, and I will be able to share what worked for me, and what didn’t.
Getting motivated looks different for different people. Some of us are motivated by the ever increasing size of our rears, some of us by the PR, others for the bling. I can’t motivate you, but I can share what motivates me and perhaps it will inspire you. Whatever your motivation is for getting out there on the roads, trails, or treadmills you found it and you’ve used it to do awesome things.
I think that it takes a special type of person to be a runner. It’s not for everyone, and I think that is because it’s seen by spectators in races as a painful experience. But it’s not. It’s a bit surreal at times, it’s a battle of wills, and yes sometimes it’s painful. But only in the body. If you can get your mind to let go of what it’s putting the body through, it’s the most incredible experience. Yes, I am talking about the “Runner’s High”. If everyone ran, and everyone experienced the feeling of pride in themselves, and that sense of accomplishment at the end of a long run, that big race or even that jog around the block…well I think that the world would be a much happier place.
So what is my motivation for running? The high? The PR? The Bling?
I run because I can.
So yesterday I mentioned that I am going to be changing gears here on the blog, and after some serious consideration, the blog will be undergoing a bit of a big change in the coming weeks. The focus will primarily be about running, and training, and of course food. Yes, my daily life will be shared because I can’t not share what’s up with this little creature, since she is the center of my universe.
Being a Mom is amazing, and it is a huge part of my life. In fact I feel like it is my entire life right now. This blog was started to share my journey with running, and now I am a Mother Runner. The idea is the same, but what my running life looks like now is very different than what it was 3 years ago. I know that I am not the only Mother Runner out there, and I know how challenging it can be to get back to feeling like you after having a baby. I want to be a Fit Mom, and be a role model for my daughter. I want her to grow up seeing a fit, healthy Mom, and be able to join me in my love for running and being active. And so as I prepare for this shift in thinking, I will also be shifting things on the blog a bit! I am really excited for it, and I hope you are too. One of my revolutions this year was to be more authentic. And so it begins (better late than never!) with making some pretty big changes here on the blog. It may or may not include…a name change! Gasp! Again…?? Yep. I think that it is time for this Runner Girl, to graduate to a Big Girl name but I am not revealing it just yet. The reasoning behind this change is that I was recently given an opportunity to take on a new role in my community of Moms and I am prepared to run with it! With the help of the mantra “Don’t just talk about it, be about it” I am busting at the seams to “Be about it”.
The other big change is that I am opening up the blog to more guest bloggers! Whether you are a blogger, or a reader you are welcome to share your story, your favorite workout, a recipe, or even a gear review! The new blog will feature 4 guest blogger posts per month, and will all fit a certain theme for the month. I will select 4 guest posts to be featured every Sunday during the month. To submit a guest blog post just email your posts to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
For the month of May the topic is “How you started your running journey”.
So I saw this on the Today Show this morning and knew I had to make it for lunch…
The Wake And Bacon Grilled Cheese! I am fairly certain that this ended up being around 600 calories…OOOPS. But it was so good! So adjust your ingredients accordingly if you don’t want to kill your day on a grilled cheese.
- Bread of your choice – 2 slices (I used Pepperidge Farms Ancient Grains)
- Cheese of your choice – 2-4 slices (I used 4 slices of Muenster)
- Cooked bacon – 2-5 slices (…yeah I used FIVE. But otherwise I would have left one or two stragglers in the fridge…no thanks)
- Cooked eggs (I fried mine, over medium)
Cook bacon, and eggs to your preferred liking. Set aside. Prep your bread with butter, or olive oil. Heat frying pan to medium and add one slice of bread to pan. Layer cheese, bacon and eggs; add second slice of bread. Cook 2-3 minutes and flip, cook an additional 2-3 minutes. Then enjoy!
Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!
This blog has been around for 3 years now, and in thinking about why I started it, and what it was meant to be about…
“…I started this blog during my training for my first half marathon with Team in Training. I wanted to write about my experience training, and learning about this thing called running… “
I have realized that I have taken this blog in an entirely different direction. I started this blog to document my adventures in running, and then it turned into me getting fit…then being a Momma and domestic diva sharing my how-to for making your own laundry soap…
And while that is all well and good…it’s not why I started this blog. I started this to write about running, and learn more about it. And I have not been doing that really at all for much of the last 2 years. This blog has turned into food, and challenges, and babies.
But I also know that there has been a huge surge in followers to my blog over the last year due to the domestic divaship and baby updates. So I don’t want to lose you! I am thinking about where to take this blog over the next 3 years, and I really want to make it more about running, and less about the homemade soap and DIY projects. Although I will continue to share those if I do them, and lord knows there is very little time these days with a busy baby on my hands, obviously food is a necessity and I will continue to share recipes and such. I really don’t want this blog to be only known for a few popular challenges that people look at once and then don’t hang around for the rest of it.
So please bear with me over the next few weeks as I get back to the reasons why I started this blog, and focus on running. It is totally possible that this change will not be extremely noticeable and the format will stay the same…but I just like to let all of my awesome readers and fans know what’s around the bend! Thanks for sticking with me over these last 3 years!