Run Like a Mother

A Runner's Journey Towards Achieving the Ultimate Runner's High

08 Aug I love my little running partner.

I love my little running partner.

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04 Aug Sally Hansen’s gel nail color. It’s definitely a “you get what you pay for” nail color. I’ve put it through hell and not a chip in sight!

Sally Hansen’s gel nail color. It’s definitely a “you get what you pay for” nail color. I’ve put it through hell and not a chip in sight!

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30 Jul

Eating disorders suck. End of story.

I’m having a bad day with mine.

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30 Jul

Oatmeal Raisin “Cookies”

My daughter loves bananas. As a result, I buy a ton of them…usually more than we can eat before they go bad. I hate seeing things go to waste so I’m always looking for good ways to use bananas. Here is one of my favorite recipes.

Ingredients
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-2 ripe bananas
-1/2 cup quick oats
-1/2 cup instant oatmeal (cinnamon & spice or raisin & spice)
-3/4 tsp sugar
-Pinch of salt
-1/4 tsp butter
-1/4 cup raisins

Prep

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Mash bananas and mix with oats, sugar, salt, butter, and raisins

I mashed and combined everything with my hands. It made mixing a lot easier

2. Grease a cookie sheet. On the sheet, drop a dollop of the mixture and shape into a cookie.

I had a lot of bananas so I had a ton of baking pans I had to use.

3. Place in oven and bake for 35 minutes. Flip cookies and bake for an additional 10 minutes.

4. Allow cookies to cool and enjoy!

These were ridiculously easy to make and a real crowd pleaser. Even my non-health nut husband loved them. They’re definitely a win for semi healthy snacks =)

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23 Jul

Mamathlete

Running has been quite joyful lately

I’ve taken up regular stroller running. It’s been a painful yet rewarding experience. I love sharing the early mornings with my daughter. Granted, she watches Mickey on my phone the entire time but still these are mommy-daughter moments that I cherish =)

I managed to drop one minute on my stroller running pace. That made me smile because it means I’m getting better. I hope my solo running improves as a result.

I did some P90X yesterday as cross training. I kind of scoffed at the Kempo X because it felt super easy but today my upper back and arms are quite sore. Touché P90X.

Hoping to write a good recipe review soon. I’ve done a lot of cooking but always forget to take photos.

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16 Jul Post run breakfast. I love fresh berries.

Post run breakfast. I love fresh berries.

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15 Jul

Hello Again!

It’s definitely been a while, huh? Life’s just been so hectic with outprocessing from the Navy. However, I am now officially done with active duty service so I have time to work on this Tumblog again.

I’m officially a stay-at-home mom now and so far I love it. Granted, my daughter is more interested in watching Mickey Mouse than interacting with me but I like to think it’s because her toys are all packed away. I’ve successfully taken up stroller running again. It’s been nearly a year and a half since I last ran with one and boy did I know it! The first day was rough because I started off too fast (ran my normal pace) and I burned out quickly. Funny, I never realized how much resistance a stroller with a 30 lb tot can put out. It was a painful wake up call but I felt very accomplished when I finished. I’ve gone 3 more times since then and so far it’s been great! I’m about a minute slower than I normally am without a stroller but that’s really no surprise. I always feel so great after the run because I swear twice as much running with a stroller. Hopefully I’ll be able to drop down to my normal pace in the next few weeks.

Being at home I’ve come to realize I need to fill my time with something to do. I’m getting into the swing of house cleaning and I find it very rewarding, lol. I think I’m satisfying my OCD by cleaning. I also got to cook a meal for the first time in a long time. It felt amazing to cook again, especially here’s because I have a gas range. It’s been fun planning out meals because it’s been so long…we’ve been eating out a lot and I’ve been feeling it. I feel more in control now by cooking our meals (I know, that’s a good and bad thing). I’m hoping that now that I have the time to cook my weight will steady out. It’s been fluctuating because I’ve been going back and forth with the severity of my eating disorder. I had a lot of stress going on so I think that also had something to do with that but my body suffered as a result. Now that I feel pretty stress free, I hope things will be better.

My depression has been a lot better now. I’ve been stabilized on Latuda, Effexor, and Remeron. It’s great to have gone from 8 pills to just 4. I’ve never felt this great in a long time and it’s amazing. For the longest time I just thought it was the norm for me to feel suicidal and that I’d never feel happy. Now I know that my thoughts were wrong. I’m hoping that now that I’m on the up and up I’ll never be that depressed again. I’m keeping positive thoughts in mind =)

I’ve been keeping up with my 12 races in 12 months goal. I ran a 5K a few weeks ago and actually placed first in my age group (20-29). It felt amazing to have own something. Before the race I set out to do the best I could do and it was awesome to achieve it. I’m hoping to keep this positive trend of my running goals. I’m no where near what I was during the Shamrock but I’m slowly getting there again. One day I’ll be at my peak again =)

Well, that’s enough rambling for today. Stay tuned for more focused blogs and recipes in the future!

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16 Mar suzetteamour:

Read what it says and pass it on.
1 out of 4 people have a mental illness, and you could be the one to help.
And don’t discriminate against someone because sanity, can be HIGHLY over rated.

This 100%

suzetteamour:

Read what it says and pass it on.

1 out of 4 people have a mental illness, and you could be the one to help.

And don’t discriminate against someone because sanity, can be HIGHLY over rated.

This 100%

25 Feb

2014 Virginia Is For Lovers 14K

Month 2 in my “12 races in 12 months” goals took me to running the VIFL14K in Virginia Beach. Originally, the race was supposed to take place on 15FEB. However, since the schools in the area had snow days, the schools had to make up the time on Saturday. This meant a lot of the registered runners wouldn’t be able to make it to the race. To mitigate this, the race directors decided to move the race to Sunday, 16FEB.

I was excited for the expo. J&A tends to put on some awesome expos. I was sorely disappointed by this expo, though. There were maybe 3 vendors, tops, and 4 charities there. Other than that, it was just the race vendor selling Shamrock and VIFL stuff. The “race shirt” was terrible. It was a “jacket” that was made out of plastic that was similar to rain poncho plastic. I did manage to get there early enough to score a beanie, though, which was great because I’ve been complaining about how I need one for the colder weather we’ve been experiencing this year. At the race day booth I was able to get 2 shirts from last year’s race for 5 dollars a piece and a Brooks running technical l/s tees for 25 dollars (on sale due to there being only 2 left and they were both small…score!). After that I left since there was nothing else going on.

Race day was a lot different than what I was used to. My race didn’t start until 0900 so we got there at 0700 to get good parking. I fueled up with a tall macchiato and oatmeal and people watched. I watched the runners take off for the 6K and the first finishers of the 6K cross the line. Before I knew it, it was time to head to the start. I was in Corral 2 so I made my way to the front.

The race started right on time. This was a wave start race so first when Team Hoytt, then Corral 1, then my corral. As soon as I crossed the start line I was met with the wall of slower runners. That was a tad bit annoying as I was trying to get by, politely saying excuse me, and they wouldn’t budge. Ugh. After about a minute I was able to get around and get into a comfortable pace. I didn’t bother looking at my Garmin as I didn’t want to see my pace. I wanted to run a pace that I felt good running in.

First 2 miles consisted of us running from the Virginia Beach Field House, past a school, and through the Farm Bureau Live. Supposedly there was an “uphill” but it was really nothing large. from there we ran through a farm, back past the FBL, down a street, loop back, down another street, out and back, and then out to the end of the sports field, turned around, then ran back to the Field House. Seriously, the entire run was nothing but out and backs. It made for a boring 8.6 miles but at least I knew where the finish was.

I crossed the finish line at about 1:15. I was aiming for 1:10 so 1:15 wasn’t bad at all. My average pace was 8:37, a great pace considering I’ve only been running consistently for the last 6 weeks. I felt great after the run and quickly got through the runner’s chute and to the bread bowl full of tomato bisque with cheese. I got to see my daughter wave excitedly at me as I crossed the line. That made the run completely worth it!

All in all, I thought this was a nice, mostly flat, run. It definitely wasn’t at the caliber that the Shamrock was but it was still nice. My advice would be to get to the expo early to get all the items you want (they ran out of beanies and shirts by the next morning). It’s definitely a good, easy run if you’re looking for something longer than a 5K but not as long as a half.

16 Feb Sneak peak of photos from the Bon Secours Virginia Is For Lovers 14K.  Stay tuned for the race report!

Sneak peak of photos from the Bon Secours Virginia Is For Lovers 14K. Stay tuned for the race report!