Monday Morning Smoothie, #MezamashiiRun Contest and Running News


Good morning!

Sunday workout:

Ran 3 miles on the treadmill. Averaged about 8:45/mile. I’m not exactly sure, I just wanted to fit in 3 miles before I had to teach my spin class. I barely made it.

Taught 75 minute spin class. Seriously, felt like twice as long as a normal 60 minute one. Ha ha.

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I sweat like crazy in spin. I’m telling you, every time I teach a spin class I love my Halo Headbands more and more. They totally keep the sweat out of my eyes. I really think everyone needs one, but that’s just my opinion.

Oh, and hey, cool phone cover huh? Judah picked it out for me. It has a little slit to carry your credit card or driver’s license. Brilliant.


Did you stop and smell the flowers yesterday? We did!

We also ate pretty well. As usual.

A couple of the eats were a breakfast scramble with egg whites, turkey bacon and kale in coconut oil


and sweetener free roasted kabocha.

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I thought for a split second about not showing any squash pictures, but hey, if you don’t like seeing or hearing about kabocha squash, you probably are not in the right place. LOL.

We also did some snacking in the car.

This Larabar was mighty impressive. I hadn’t tried the blueberry flavor before, but after that spin class it hit the spot.

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*Quick tip- You’re supposed to eat a good mix of protein and carbs within 15-30 minutes after you workout.

The little snack definitely also made our quick trip to Vons more tolerable.

We are a scene everywhere we go. Seriously.

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Hmmm… Judah added a little something to my list, but I just can’t quite figure it out. Any guesses?

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And, yes, breakfast packets means Carnation Instant Breakfast packets. Not the healthiest, but the boys get a little sprinkle of this stuff in their morning “hot cocoa”.


We were quite productive yesterday in the kitchen. Among other things, I froze a bunch of ripe bananas. Dang they ripen fast in the summer, don’t they? It’s so nice to have frozen bananas on hand though for smoothies and banana soft serve and such.


Not quite sure what this was, but whatever keeps the peace, you know?


I attempted to make seared ahi fto put on a salad for lunch. That didn’t go so well.

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If you have some tips, I’ll take them.

But, if you follow on Facebook or Instagram, you know we did a little grilling experiment last night that went pretty well.

Yep. This was a good idea.


I took some time to fill out my goal sheet yesterday. I know I say this a lot, but it’s always nice to get things in writing. One of my goals is to get 7 hours of sleep a night. Earlier to bed, earlier to rise. I attempted this before, but haven to done very well keeping it up. So, we shall try again.

Bedtime last night.

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Oh heck yes. It led to a very early wake up this morning. I was starving when I woke up so I whipped up this strawberry kale version of the egg-cellent mocha smoothie.

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Chocolate Strawberry Kale Mocha Smoothie

(STUFT Detox style)

Here’s what went in it:

handful of frozen strawberries, handful of kale, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon instant coffee, 1 1/2 cups unsweetened almond milk, 1/2 cup egg whites, cinnamon, almond extract

(It was not that sweet, so if you’re not avoiding sugar a good 1-3 teaspoons of sweetener would make it that much better.)

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It did the job.


Moving on to some running stuff.


Janet asked what the symbol on this tee meant the other day.

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It’s the Japanese symbol for “run”. Mizuno has that on a lot of their gear.

Pretty cool, huh?

Speaking of Mizuno, if you’re a Mezamashii member there is all kinds of fun stuff happening this month.

Check it out. Oh, and hey, nice shirt Heather has on, huh?

I like your shirt!


If you’re not a Mezamashii member yet, you can apply here to get in on all the contest and perks.


Mizuno also has this #MezamashiiRun Contest going on that is open to anyone.


Can you find my picture? He he.


You can win a trip to a destination of your choice to run with Bart Yasso. How cool is that?

Speaking of Bart Yasso, we go way back. Ha.

This week I’m officially back to running. (I hope all goes well.)

I have a plan to follow with the Runner’s World Challenge program. I’m modifying it a bit, especially at the beginning as my main goal is to just slowly increase my mileage without pain and I need to be careful with the full load of classes I teach. I also have some PT exercises to stay on top of to get my hip as strong as possible.

I’m still figuring out a clear picture of the training/running plan (and getting it down in writing), so once I have my act together I’ll share, but I can’t say enough good things about the Runner’s World Challenge folks who are helping me out.

I have some tentative races in the works, but will put them on here when I know for sure I have them on the schedule.

If you’ve got a race scheduled for the fall and want some guidance from the best while still training on your own, you might want to check this out.


Pretty cool.

Okay, well, my mess of stuff I have baking in the oven is done and we’ve got a full day ahead.

Better get going.

Happy Monday!


*You have until tonight to enter the Albion Fit giveaway!


What do you have written down for the week? Goals, menu, training plan, etc.?

What’s for breakfast?

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  1. 1
    Kim says:

    WooHoo – so glad that you are officially back to running. Be careful and don’t overdo (like you need someone to tell you that but still!!) – enjoy the running!

  2. 2

    thanks for sharing all your resources – i’ve been looking for some new training plan ideas lately!

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    Linda says:

    I am the list making queen! Workouts, food, personal goals…you name it! Almost obsessive about it! I am studying to get my personal training certification so reading is definitely on the list! We are off to Napa on Friday with the Napa to Sonoma Half on Sunday. Bart Yasso will be at the race expo on Saturday so if I time it right, I can pick up my bib and go hear him speak!! From everything you have said about him it sounds like a must! Yes??

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      STUFT Mama says:

      DO you keep all your lists together? I have a ton of lists, but they’re all over the place and unorganized. It’s not pretty. LOL.

      • Linda says:

        Ha! I do, but I have separate lists for different things. I like small notebooks and I’m very picky about the kind of paper and pens I use. :)

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    Jillian says:

    I see grilled romaine on the food channel all the time…always wondered if it’s as good (and easy) as it looks. I shall have to try some now. And I love freezing my bananas when I buy too many, have too many ripe ones, but then I have them for instant use later in the freezer. I made some banana ‘pancakes’ with them yesterday – just banana and egg whites. Cooked up quite tasty. Have a good day! :)

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    Emily says:

    Breakfast was a Reese’s shake: 8 oz. almond milk, 1 scoop Vega Sport (chocolate), 1 T organic unsweetened cocoa powder, 2 T PB2, tons of ice!

  6. 6

    Yikes, I just saw myself in the Mezamashii Run contest collage! Lets hope you and I both win! :-)

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    Jennifer says:

    My current list is a list of all my gifts and thankul things. Started 1000 gifts last week and ammdoing a group book study to go with the book. So good so far !

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    Yahoo for some slow running – better than none right. :) Your list cracked me up – I do the same thing!!!

    Always fun reading – I feel like I have spent the day with you!

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    Haley says:

    I have seen your blog many times and must say, I am a huge fan! I have made you sweetener free Roasted Kabocha Squash many times now and I am addicted. Topped with Peanut butter and yogurt, I could eat it all day! I am also looking for a good pair of new running shoes and appreciate your opinions on the Mizunos. They are definitely on the top of my list. Thank you for all you post!

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