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Yes!!! It Is FRIDAY!!!

It is here!!!  FRIDAY!!!  I honestly never thought this day would get here this week!!  I’ve been looking forward to it since Monday, and I think everyone I know has felt this week dragging on too.  Of course, I now have a snow storm that might prevent our girl’s night out from happening tonight.  I’m going to hope for the best, but there is a butt load of snow coming down and more on the way.  However, I’m still on my high from my run yesterday, so the snow isn’t dragging me down.

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Yesterday was an amazing running day for me!!  I haven’t had a great run in ages, and yesterday’s run is one for the books, especially since I did it on a treadmill.

I finally had some time between my spinning classes I taught to go upstairs and get on a treadmill.  I had my 5K Bacon Challenge to run and my running coach, Jen, wanted me to get in 3 miles, so I hopped on a treadmill after my first Spinning class, cranked up my Ipod (first song “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen…my new fav), and started running.  For once, I had zero distractions at the gym yesterday, and I was able to relax and go into my own little world.  I started thinking about a bunch of different things, and by the time I looked down at the reading on the treadmill I had gone 4.76 miles!!!  I almost fell off the treadmill when I saw this.  I felt like I had barely worked at all, and I was holding a 10:40 pace!!  I kept going, but had to stop at 5 miles to go teach my next Spinning class, and I was really upset that I had to stop running (lately I jump off the treadmill and run as fast as I can from it).

I don’t know where this amazing run came from, but I’m so glad I had it.  As of late, I’ve been thinking about postponing my half marathon until I can really get into it.  After yesterday, I think I’m going to stick with running, and try to keep it positive.

Today I’m teaching 2 Spinning classes and working out upper body with Rita.  I haven’t been able to workout with Rita for a few weeks, so I know I’m going to get my butt handed to me today, and I’m beyond excited to get said butt kicked!

I’ve had several requests at the gym for another walking treadmill workout, so here ya go!!  Remember to stretch when you are done.
30 MInute Walking Treadmill Workout

Virtual Recap…Can I Become a Runner?

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As you can see from the picture above, I’ve run or walked a few virtual races in the past month.  Except for the the March Against ALS/Shamrocks for Shannon race.  That one is for next month, but I wanted to share a pic of the medal since it already came in the mail.

Last weekend my son and I did the virtual run for Kyle’s Krusade together.  When I told him Kyle’s story and why we were running for him he asked if we could do an extra mile for him.  I just love my kid.  I think it is important for us as adults/parents to teach our children to be humanitarians early on.  I want my son to think about others, their situations, and what he can do to help them rather than waiting for someone else to do it.  My grandparents taught me to help others at an early age, and it has stuck with me thoughout my life.  My son also wants to find more races for kids with cancer, so he can help them in some way.  We have the St. Baldricks Virtual Race race coming up in March to help children with cancer.

In the past few weeks I have also completed the Sandy Hook Memorial 5K , Chilly Cheeks Virtual 5K , and the Northern Lights 5K.  Now, I’m feeling a bit guilty about these “races”, because I didn’t really train or put my “all” into them.  I almost want to put them aside until I can really “run” them and be proud of my times.  I know this sounds pathetic, but I’m not happy with my running time for these races, and I want a redo.  Plus I have quite a few more virtual races this month and the next few months.

Actually, I’m not happy with my running period.  I’m frustrated that I can teach multiple Spinning classes a day totaling over 40 miles, and not be able to run a decent 3 miles.  I know part of it comes from having to run on a treadmill and not outside, but I still need to get my butt into gear.  Maybe I should pay some Girl Scouts to chase me with cookies.  That might motivate me a bit more.

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Since, I’m determined to run my first half marathon this year, and I need help, motivation, and someone to help me figure out my training schedule that will work with all the Spinning classes I teach, I have gotten myself a running coach/trainer.  Jen aka The Marathon Mom is my new running coach!  The poor woman has her work cut out with me.  We begin my quest to become a “happy” distance runner on March 1st.  I won’t lie to you…I’m nervous.  Mostly, I don’t want to let her down, and I don’t want to discover that somewhere along the line I stopped enjoying running (right now it is a chore).  Wish me luck!  I’m gonna need it.

Do you find that running becomes more “mental” than physical for you at times?

Don’t forget to enter the GIVEAWAY I have going on for an autographed copy of the New York Times Best Seller, The Fault in our Stars by John Green! Today is the last day to enter.  I could not put this book down once I started it!!  Honestly, it was such an amazing story!

Saturday Shares

Unbroken

I finished Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand!  Our book club met last Monday to discuss Unbroken, and everyone absolutely loved it!  This book has made my Must Read Before You Die list.  This story truly showed what, “The power and strength of the human body and mind and soul can handle in extreme situations.”  You will find yourself immersed in the Pacific War and unable to let go.  There is love, forgiveness, trials, and heartache.  Hillenbrand does an amazing job capturing Louis Zamparini’s life in her latest novel.

The American Heiress

For next month our book club is reading The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin.  I read this novel last summer, and I found it to be a nice summer read.

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Looking for something fun to do at home with your kids? Domestic Charm has come up with a great Glow-in-the-Dark Slime recipe that will allow your kids to be creative without spending a bunch of money! All the ingredients can be found at your local craft store too!

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It is winter and freezing cold here, so one can never have enough soup.  One of my favorite food bloggers, Country Cleaver, came up with this 40 Clove Garlic Soup with Parmesan Croutons recipe, and it sounds divine.  It will be on our menu as soon as I get back from Florida!

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Valentine Peanut Butter Hearts and Coconut Hearts from The Sugar-Free Mom.  These special treats are dairy free, gluten free, and diabetic friendly!

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Homemade Cheez Its from Cooking a la Mel! They’re super easy and you only need four ingredients (including salt). No dyes, nothing artificial and the recipe uses whole wheat flour.  This is a recipe I make quite a bit in our home.

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Inaugural Virtual Bacon Challenge and 5K! This is a virtual run and bacon challenge from March 8, 2013 through March 17, 2013. The cost is $30.00 for adults and children and includes a fantastic FINISHER MEDAL!!!!!! This is a great chance to involve children and get them interested in something ‘outside the box’!!! Participants will complete 3.1 miles over the 10 days and eat 3 pieces of bacon while doing so (if you break up your run, you don’t need to eat bacon every time you run….although it’s bacon, why not??)  Proceeds go to the The New England Aquarium’s hands-on, traveling education programs.

Menu planners and grocery shopping lists are a great way to help you plan out your groceries and healthy/clean eating for the week. Below are some great free printable planners you can use. Just click on the planner to go to the web site to print it out!

Grocery Shopping Printable List

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Shopping List

A Smoothie and a Giveaway!

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Well, it is Monday.  Where in the world does the weekend go?  I hope everyone out there had a great weekend.  I was able to go outside for a run on Saturday and do one of my 13 in 2013 races.  We had quite the heat wave that day and got up to 27 degrees!  Did you run a race over the weekend?Picture

I also signed up for a new virtual 5K.  Fit, Fab, & Lean is hosting a virtual 5K or Half Marathon.  All the proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.  This medal looks awesome, and it has glitter and stained glass too!

This morning I made a new smoothie.  I tried adding frozen peaches to my smoothie and it came out great!  I was a little nervous, since we were out of Greek yogurt…a staple in all my smoothies.  I’m calling it my Rainbow Smoothie, since it looked like a rainbow before I blended it up.  Isn’t it pretty?

Rainbow Protein Smoothie

Rainbow Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • frozen blueberries
  • frozen diced strawberries
  • frozen banana slices
  • frozen diced peaches
  • protein powder
  • spinach
  • ground flax seed
  • skim milk

The Burpee Mile

Today I’m doing Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp workout.  Tina has really been giving us some amazing workouts this round, and I love it when I’m challenged!  I’m also adding some extra burpees in there for Rita’s Burpee Mile in the end of March.  Right now I can burpee my way across the length of our house.  I’m hoping to really increase my distance each day.

The Giveaway!!!

Real Women Do Burpees T-shirts

Quite a few of you commented on Rita’s Burpee Mile challenge and wished her luck.  She loved all your comments and says a big Thank You!  A lot of you also commented on the “Real Women Do Burpees” t-shirt too.  Well, guess what!?!  I’m gonna give one of those t-shirts away!  That is right, one lucky lady will win the burpee shirt!  Here is how you can win:

  1. Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite exercise move is.
  2. Like From Florida to North Dakota on Facebook
  3. Tweet about the Giveaway on Twitter.  Let me know that you tweeted in the comments section below too!  (optional)

You get a entry for each of the above that you do!  I’ll announce the winner on Friday morning’s post, February 1st, so have your entries in by 11:59 pm on Thursday, January 30th!  Good luck!

Lets Run Friday

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What a great week it has been for learning more about running, how to become a better runner, and how to stay fit as a runner.  Jill and Jen are so kind to share their knowledge with us, and we still have another post coming from Jill with the answers to the rest of the questions y’all asked her!

I did a bit of running myself this week.  On Wednesday I completed my Fairy in Training 5K along with my son who did his Superhero Kids Run.  These were both virtual runs, so I could choose the distance I wanted my son to run.  I figured a mile would be great for him, so after he finished his swimming lesson on Wednesday (he swam quite a bit of laps for 30 minutes), we headed upstairs to do a mile together (I had run 2 miles during his swimming lesson, so that I could complete the rest of my 5K while my son did his run).

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We got to the upstairs track, and my son broke out into a fast run (well fast for me).  I reminded him that he should pace himself and not go super fast to begin with.  He then looked up at me and said, “But super fast is my natural pace.”  I told him to go ahead and go for it.  I figured he would peter out fast and learn his lesson.  Instead, I learned that my son can run a 9:08 mile while his mom is huffing and puffing behind him praying that she won’t die before the mile is over.  Mommy learned her lesson!

Have any of your kids reached the point that they are now faster than you?

As for my run today…well, we are suppose to have a blizzard start-up today.  Hopefully I’ll be able to get to the gym to teach my cycling class and get my own workout in.  If I can, I’ll hit the treadmill or indoor track and do a 4 min jog and 1 min walk, and try to build up more endurance.  I also have my Best Body Bootcamp workout to get in today too.  This round of workouts are amazing!  Thank you Tina!

What is your workout for today?

Since we are talking about running this week, I figured I would share some more virtual races and a totally awesome race that are open for registration.  So far, I have all the races I’ve signed up for listed on my 13 Races in 2013 page.

Pretty Muddy Women's Mud Run

Pretty Muddy Woman’s Mud Run:

  • 5k Course (3.1 miles, run or walk)
  • Women Only (sorry, guys)
  • Mud (lots of it)
  • Architectural Obstacles (much better than shabby hay bales and shaky plywood)
  • Pretty Epic Finish Line Party (entertainment, music, drinks & celebration galore)

This race just looks like so much fun, and I want to do it so badly!  Just check out the obstacles on their site.  There is an obstacle called Better than a Dirty Martini, and it looks like a ton of fun.  Plus, who wouldn’t want to an obstacle with that name!?!  Sadly there is not one near me…yet (I would fly to one too).  They are still adding more locations for their races this year, so keep checking back with them!

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St. Baldricks Virtual Race – My son and I will both be running this virtual race in March. You can chose from the 5k, 10k, & 13.1 race registration is $25 and gets you a personalized race bib, swag bag, and custom finishers medal. 1 mile kids fun run registration is $10 and gets you a custom finishers certificate. Join this St. Baldrick’s event, and whether you decide to run, walk or crawl, we hope you’ll be a part of the excitement. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity that funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. Get involved and you’ll be giving hope to infants, children, teens and young adults fighting childhood cancers.

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Kyle’s Krusade Virtual 5K, 10K and Half Marathon – The Kyle’s Krusade Virtual race is to benefit Kyle O’Connor, a 6 year old boy fighting cancer, and his family. Read Kyle’s story HERE.  Kyle’s Krusade Virtual 5K, 10K and Half Marathon is a race anyone, anywhere can participate in. You can walk, run, push a stroller, do it with a group or by yourself. The registration for this event is $10 a distance, you can sign up for one, two, or all three distances. 100% of your entry fee will go to The Talbert Family Foundation’s Kyle’s Krusade fund. In turn, to assist with the exorbitant costs associated with having a child with Cancer, they give 100% of their donations directly to the O’Connor family.  There are prizes for the runners which will be given out at random to participants — the more you race, the more chances to win!

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Shamrocks for Shannon – Run before March 29th. This virtual event honors her memory by raising money to support the Curt and Shonda Schilling ALS Clinic at the Lahey Clinic in Massachusetts. Its mission is to provide care and support to ALS patients and their families.

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Mad March on Cancer Virtual 5k and Half Marathon – Put on your wildest hat, get your Mad Hatter on and run either a 5k or a half marathon! You choose the location, you choose your pace. You can even do it at once or split it up over a few days. We just ask that you finish your run between March 15-24.  Cost is $30/person and includes a personalized bib and awesome finisher’s medal. As an extra bonus, we’ll throw in the warm, fuzzy feeling you’ll get knowing that you’re making a donation to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Workout Wednesday

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I love this quote, because it is very true.  If I have to take off working out on a regular workout day I go nuts.  My body craves the workout, and yours will too!

Resolution Run

I started the New Year off with a 5K yesterday.  It was my New Years Resolution Run hosted by For the Love of the Kids.   I had to do my 5K at the gym on a treadmill since it was a wonderful 13 degrees out with crazy winds.  My run started off great, my breathing was perfect, and everything felt great.  Then, at 2 miles my right butt cheek cramped up on me, and to make things even more fun, a couple of seconds later my right boob started cramping (since my mastectomy, my chest muscles like to cramp up out of nowhere).  I can only imagine how amazing I looked trying to nonchalantly massage out my cramps in my boob and butt.  Thankfully there was less than a mile to go, so I slowly jogged to the imaginary finishline on my treadmill.  It wasn’t the greatest run, but I loved starting out the year with one of my 13 in 2013 races and one of my 5 by the 5th races!

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Guess what is back in season!?!  Cara Cara oranges and Sugar Belles!!  These are my favorite oranges, and they are beyond sweet.  I have been eating at least 3 a day.  They are just that good!  I highly suggest you head down to your local grocery store and grab some today.

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Today is the last day you can enter the Giveaway I have going on along with your opportunity to post questions for Jill Conyers to answer in her guest post on January 7th!

Workout Wednesday

This workout is mostly done on a stability ball, so you will be using your core to help keep your body balanced.  There are links below for 2 new workout moves I have not posted before.  If you are unsure about how to do any of the other exercises, check my Exercise Term Glossary Page.  You will complete 3 rounds of this circuit with 60 second recoveries between each exercise.  Remember to stretch after!

Shoulder Chest and Tricep Circuit

Busy Monday and a CrossFit Workout

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My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by the tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary last week.  There are no real words that can truly describe what everyone must be going through.

There are also several virtual races starting up for Sandy Hook Elementary. Here is one that I found that I thought y’all might be interested it. Sandy Hook Elementary Memorial Half Marathon and 5K. The funds from this race will go to the families affected by the tragedy on 12-14-12.

It is another one of those insanely busy weeks for us!  Somehow we have more than one place to be each day.  Thankfully we are the types that like to be busy and have fun with it, so let this fun week begin!!

Tonight is our local book club meeting.  I love our holiday meeting, because we get to have a book swap!  It is one of those swaps where you have a number, and you can steal the other person’s gift.  Last year we spent the whole entire time laughing, and we hadn’t even had a drink yet!  I cannot wait to have another great evening with the ladies!

Blackberry Winter

Speaking of books…I finally got a chance to finish Blackberry Winter by Sarah Jio.  It was such a good book.  I actually stayed up till 3 am to finish it…Yup it was that good!  I have truly enjoyed all of Jio’s novels, but this one is her best one yet!  Blackberry Winter was such a heartbreaking, enticing, suspenseful, and touching story.  Jio did such a wonderful job connecting the past to the present in this moving novel.  I found myself falling in love with the 2 main characters and found myself cheering for them throughout the novel.  If you have not read this novel yet, I recommend you pick it up (or as a gift from Santa Winking smile).  If I write anymore I will end up totally spoiling the novel for you, so I’ve posted the book description below:

Seattle, 1933. Single mother Vera Ray kisses her three-year-old son, Daniel, goodnight and departs to work the night-shift at a local hotel. She emerges to discover that a May-Day snow has blanketed the city, and that her son has vanished. Outside, she finds his beloved teddy bear lying face-down on an icy street, the snow covering up any trace of his tracks, or the perpetrator’s.
Seattle, 2010. Seattle Herald reporter Claire Aldridge, assigned to cover the May 1 “blackberry winter” storm and its twin, learns of the unsolved abduction and vows to unearth the truth. In the process, she finds that she and Vera may be linked in unexpected ways.

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Before I forget…I have signed up for another virtual race!  I’m going to have my 13 in 13 all done before September at the rate I’m going.  The Clearwater Halfathon and Marathon virtual runs runs from January 12-27.  You can complete the run all at once, or you can break it up into as many separate runs as you need to.  My goal is to break up the half into 3 separate runs.  Net proceeds (after costs of bib, medal, shipping, administration) will be donated to several small local non-profits to be determined, including running clubs and the Partners For Life Foundation, created by Lorraine Yaslowitz to memorialize her husband Jeff, a K9 police officer in St. Petersburg, FL lost in the line of duty on January 24, 2011. The foundation’s mission is to lend support to families who lose loved ones to senseless acts of violence.

Well, it is time for me to go workout, so I can get the rest of the cooking/baking, laundry, and cleaning done for today. Not to mention I have to come up with a dish to make for our book club meeting tonight. Any suggestions, because I have no clue what to make for once?

This mornings workout that I will be doing is an old CrossFit workout-of-the-day.  As you will notice, this workout is only 15 minutes long, but boy does it pack a punch.  With this workout you will complete the 3 five-minute rounds, performing each exercise for one minute.  Then, rest for 60 seconds between each round.  Write down how many reps of each exercise you complete.  This way, when you go back and do this workout again you can see what improvements you have made and try to beat your previous score.  As always…remember to stretch afterwards!CrossFit WOD