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Another Staycation Already and Some Running Tips

Another Staycation Already and Some Running Tips


I know, right? STUFT Daddy is off work for 10 days starting today. I feel like we just had a staycation, don’t you?

This one seems to be starting out similar to the last one with some new ginormous egg white jugs and all.

That’s right. I already had to order more. We got this delivered to our door step yesterday.

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What can I say? We love our egg white jugs. That muscle chicken is starting to grow on us too. Ha.

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You too can have some huge jugs like these. Just click here to order them online.

Disclaimer- It’s an affiliate link that I set up since I order them so often. I’m raking in the dough and have a whopping $7 credit. Score.

I got a little something else in the mail the other day too.


Oh yes. I got the new Pro Compression argyles. I wore the blue ones yesterday to the gym.

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And then to teach a PE class and then back to teach a few more classes at the Y. Ha ha.

I’m not sure how long the discount code for 40% off compression socks is good for, but check out this post for the details.

I’m not sporting any today, but did manage to sweat a good 9 miles on the treadmill at the gym after we had a little family breakfast.


Oh and hey, totally random, but I know you office working people might be a little jealous of my view during my “office hours”.

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I even have The Ellen Show in the background. Living the life.

It looks a little better today actually.


Mmmm…. sweet spaghetti squash. Today’s toppings:


My favorite cocoa powder mixed with that Torani Almond Roca syrup, almond butter and Artisana Cashew Butter.

Just fabulous.

Tomorrow it’ll be back to kabocha squash. I picked up a few from Smart and Final last night.

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We needed a few necessities.

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Ha ha.


So… on to running.

I’m leaning towards running with the boys on Sunday. It will be a spur of the moment decision I’m sure. We’ll see what happens and what kind of mood everyone is in on the car ride to the race. Ha.


I mentioned briefly about the clinic we attended at the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Festival, but never really passes along the information.

We learned four main points about running form from the CEO of Altra Footwear, Golden.


Here are the four main tips he gave us. Forgive me if they seem kind of pieced together, but I’m going off notes I took on my iPhone.


1- Forward Momentum Posture

– Gravity is your friend. Lean forward.

– Set your posture when you feel like it’s starting to get off. “Reach for the moon”.

I’ve tried this in my last race and I do feel like it helped to reset my posture a bit. I don’t have a picture, but while you’re running reach both arms up towards the sky slightly in front of you. It helps friends. It also either impresses or intimidates those racing close to you. Ha ha.


2- Compact Arm Swing

– Keep your elbows at or behind your hips, not in front and keep your arms in.

– Palms face each other.

– When you feel like you want to go faster brings your arms back and “pop”. Think about bringing your elbows back  and towards each other like “chicken wings”.

– Keep your fists high and don’t let them cross the midline of your body. (This one always makes me think of Phoebe from Friends and her running form. Has anyone seen that episode? She does NOT have a compact arm swing.)


3- Land Over Bent Knee

– You don’t really want to think about foot strike or where your foot “should” be landing. Just land OVER a bent knee. Your foot should land UNDER your body.

– Run quietly.

– Just keep your knees bent and let your foot strike the ground naturally.


4- Higher Cadence

– You want to run 170-190 steps per minute. An easy test is to do a 20 second “cadence test”. Count one leg for 20 seconds and you should get around 30.

– Height and speed don’t have an effect on cadence.

– When your cadence picks up, the impact reduces. That’s always a good thing.


Woo hoo! I finally got some useful information to you besides a million and one squash pictures as of late.

Since I’ll probably be eating pizza for the dinner the next few nights I might finally be getting that recipe to you too. Ha ha.


What are your plans for the weekend?

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  1. 1

    Running! I will definitely be running tomorrow! After that…I’m cleaning. Between work, life and work…my house is a mess. I’m sure everyone would like to know where their underwear is and they would also like to not have to ask for socks. Enjoy your family time and have a great weekend!

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    Janet says:

    GREAT tips! Thanks- form is so important, never thought about cadence but one woman next to me thought I ran 5 miles when I only ran 3-LOL- I’ll test it out but it doesn’t seem fair that shorter legs seem to have to do more work, if that is even true! 🙂
    Your pick of you in your blue argyles is adorable and made me smile! Have a fabulous weekend!

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    You took much better notes than I did on Golden’s presentation! Enjoy your stay-cation–after all your busy days–sounds like the perfect retreat–can a have a pair of cute socks?!

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    Sara Grambusch says:

    Enjoy your family time!! 😀

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    Kathy says:

    Yes..I want the pizza recipe.

    (that’s my shortest comment ever!)


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    Anna W. says:

    Hooray for staycations!!

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    Becky Przy says:

    A staycation sounds awesome right about now–I hope you enjoy all the family time:-)

    This weekend we are celebrating my moms b-day. I also have a loooong nap on the agenda.

  8. 8

    love those tips! thank you!!
    when you mentioned Phoebe’s run I knew exactly what you meant haha That was the best…and somedays I feel a little like her when I run, only it’s not on purpose 😉

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    Monica says:

    Your dedication is amazing and so inspiring. Reminds me that being healthy isn’t about luck. You gotta make it happen!

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    Morgan says:

    I am afraid you are rubbing off on me! I just left the store stocking up for the long holiday weekend and I have three kinds of squash, sweet poatoes and two half gallons of almond milk! I even remembered to go take advantage of the coupon today and ordered up some pink socks (I’m not a stalker- you just have good taste!) can’t wait to try them out on days when I have multiple classes. I think they will do wonders on the shins! I do cube apples and add them to my squash & ‘taters as they are in season here so I have to take advantage, the flavors are really complimentary 🙂 and a stay cation seems just the ticket to relaxing this weekend!

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    Jess says:

    Good luck for the race!

    Haha, my shopping trolley looks like that most of the time as well – squash hoarders of the world unite!

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    Amy says:

    10 days off work sounds heavenly…I’ll get mine next month 🙂

    Good luck at your race!! Pushing the twins in the stroller sounds mighty tough!

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    EriGates says:

    Thanks for the running tips! I just ordered the blue argyles too! I have not gotten them yet-but SO excited when I saw you wearing them! I also can picture Phoebe running-sometimes I feel like this when I am running!

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    Stacey says:

    Great running tips! How many classes do you teach a week!?!? Geezzzzzzzzz. Seems as if you are the only teacher! Also, if you don’t mind me asking what certs do you have? I’m interested in getting some type of PT cert….NASm?

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      STUFT Mama says:

      Stacey- I teach 11 classes a week. That is a lot isn’t it? 🙂 No wonder I’m tired all the time. LOL.
      I have ACE and would highly recommend it to anyone. 🙂

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    Carli says:

    I don’t know what I would do with a jig of egg whites that big. Are their eggs for one? I’ll have to look.

    Do you boil or bake your spaghetti squash. I tried spaghetti squash one time and didn’t like it but I heard Martha Stewart say she boiled hers. Thought I’d gibe it another try.

    Well, if I ever get off the coach I’m going to workout, cook, shop, blog, rinse, repeat.

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    Lisa says:

    Enjoy the staycation and family time!!! Yay kabocha! I got super excited when I saw all that!

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    Courtney says:

    hi! just found your blog recently. love it. love you. i’m also a mom that runs to keep sane. and am at the beginning of journey to eat healthier – you are so inspiring! i love to see the things you eat. and need to try some of them!

    ok. question. HOW do you run 9 miles on a treadmill. i can run and run and run outside. but on a treadmill? after 3 miles i’m SO done! any tips??

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      STUFT Mama says:

      I have to mentally play tricks or find a good movie or TV show for distraction. 🙂 Movies are key- Netflix. He he. Yay for starting your journey!!!!! 🙂


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