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Thursday Tips- A Toddler Trick, Figs, a Thera-Band and an Expo With Halo

Thursday Tips- A Toddler Trick, Figs, a Thera-Band and an Expo With Halo


Why hello!

I have a bunch of random tips and things to pass along this fine afternoon so I’ll make it short and sweet and to the point. You know, all the things I’m really good at. Ha.


The runs lately. (That sounds nice, doesn’t it?)

Yesterday was a 7 mile run with 5 miles at MP. I tried to talk myself out of it, but thank goodness for the daily emails from the Runner’s World Challenge that not only keep me accountable, but always have a little tip or advice too.

One of my emails from last week had this little idea to make your own energy drink.

“You can make your own sports drink by mixing 8 teaspoons of sugar, two teaspoons of honey, one-third teaspoon of salt, and one teaspoon of lime juice in 24 ounces of water.”

I’ve never tried that before and I haven’t had any energy drinks since the whole STUFT Detox thing, so it might be worth a shot as I add more mileage.

Oh, and I don’t know about you, but whenever I need a little extra motivation I make sure to wear my favorite Mizuno Elixir shoes in the brightest color I own.


I swear bright colors help.

Today I had an 8 mile easy pace treadmill run. I was a little tired and hoping to make it to the gym in time for some Kelly and Michael for some distraction. Didn’t happen, but did make it through the workout, despite my not so great Barney inspired outfit of choice for the day.



Main thing that pushed me through my run today was that I have a complete rest day tomorrow. So darn pumped about that.

And really, nothing beats the feeling of completing a workout you set out to do and you think, “Hey, I did it. I freaking just did it, yeah it was hard, but it wasn’t that bad.” I say that in my head a lot. Anyone else?


So, some random tips.

I’ve written about this before, but here’s a toddler eating tip. Not sure if you do the macaroni and cheese thing, but we do occasionally around here.


Add some broccoli slaw to some macaroni and cheese the last 3 minutes the noodles are cooking.





When you’re super tired and decide you need a egg-cellent mocha smoothie first thing in the morning, yes, use a cute inspirational mug, but don’t forget the instant espresso.


Yeah, I was about halfway through that before I realized I forgot the caffeine. Dumb.


Don’t think for a second that you can turn your back and your toddlers won’t get into trouble. Earlier today I caught them eating Goldfish they got out of the trashcan. Then while I was getting lunch ready this happened.


Yep. Lovely.

Don’t even ask what happened to the lizard afterwards. No one knows.


Eat some figs. Yeah, I realize I only recently had my very first one just the other day, but the opportunities are endless and they are darn good for you. Brittany sent this to me earlier today.

5 Health Benefits of Figs


Because of your advice, I have some frozen, I’ve roasted them, eaten them plain, topped them with nut butter, you name it.

Yesterday some figs were in a yummy salad.


I added some sunflower seeds and used coconut oil and fig balsamic vinegar as dressing.


I took the same salad up a notch today by roasting a few things first.


Oops, well, maybe burning, but it still came together quite nicely.


Trader Joe’s salad bag, roasted brussel sprouts (plain, just a little coconut oil and pink sea salt), roasted figs and Trader Joe’s turkey bacon.

Oh man, it was good.


Oh, and sometimes when you hit that slump in the afternoon, you might just need a little caffeine and the kiddos might need their own little Puffin break.


Ha ha.


Try foam rolling. I never do it, but did it for the first time today when I got home from the gym.

I got this Thera-Band Pro Foam Roller from the IDEA expo last weekend.


Every day I tell myself I’m going to start doing the foam rolling thing. Well, today I actually did it. I had no clue what to do so found this printout on different exercises and made my way through the ones for the big muscle groups in the legs.

Thera-Band System of Progressive Exercise Instructions

I plan on adding this to my post run routine, so we’ll see if it makes a difference.


So, one last thing before I go.

I’m running (running, NOT racing) the America’s Finest City Half Marathon on Sunday. I ran it last year and already know it’s going to be quite a different experience this year. I’m nervous and scared since it’s my first organized race since I’ve been getting back into running. I plan on just taking it slow and making friends with all the volunteers at the aide stations. (You think I’m kidding, but I’m not.)


I’ll be at the expo tomorrow from 4-7 at the Halo Headband booth. If you happen to be at the expo or in the area come say “hi”.


Okay, I’m off. Have a good rest of your day!


Got any random tips to share?

Do you do the foam rolling thing?

Anyone racing this weekend?

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  1. 1
    Laura says:

    Darn…I wish I lived closer, I would totally come visit you at the halo expo. I am (finally) getting my hair cut next Wed. and those halo bands you are always wearing look perfect for keeping my hair out of my face- since it might be too short to pull back. I need some halo bands in my life!! No races for me this weekend….just a 9 miler with my RW Half Marathon training group 🙂 I do have a foam roller, which I use sometimes(I’ll try to remember to use it after the 9-miler), but I think I might use it more if I had one like the one you have.
    Oh, and OMG. BRILLIANT move with the coleslaw in the macaroni! I am totally stealing that next time I make mac n’ cheese!!!

  2. 2

    I foam roll and I should do it more. My body tells me when I need it…especially when I teach lot’s of cycle classes. It makes such a difference in how I feel. I was first introduced to it a few years ago in physical therapy when I hurt my shoulder (tight chest muscles) and I have been doing it since. It has really helped w/ my IT band, hip flexors, quads, etc…I love it! Although, it’s painful at first :)!

  3. 3
    heidi says:

    My PT got me into foam rolling to help me recover from a stress fracture in my femoral neck. worst. injury. ever. i swear by it now, especially after a long run.

    i’m running AFC this weekend and am nervous but excited!

    • 3.1
      • Heidi says:

        I finished in 2:19 I was hoping to be more like a 2:15 but that last hill killed me! I kept my pace at a 5/1 interval and 10:30ish pace. I’m prone to stress fractures so I’ve learned run/walk keeps me from hurting myself.

        Thank you for asking!

  4. 4
    meredith says:

    Oh my – I must must must add the broccoli slaw to the Annie’s Mac for my son! Thank you, I love this idea.

  5. 5
    Erica says:

    I haven’t made Kay Mac and cheese yet, but I’m definitely trying this broccoli slaw once I do. I love Annie’s products. LOVE the Barney outfit hehe.

  6. 6
    Heather says:

    Love the broccoli slaw idea! My husband foam rolls all the time. there’s a chiropractor in our area that recommends it for all ultra runners (and believe me there’s a lot around here). they all swear by it. My husband had some IT issues and this helped a lot. He foam rolls before his long training runs (30 some miles) and after. I use it once in awhile and it hurts like you wouldn’t believe but it does help. I really need to just bite the bullet and get a halo band. ok I’m done rambling

  7. 7
    Kathy says:

    I like the broccoli slaw idea too! Genius!

    Have a great time running…not racing….I am sure you will hit that high and just be SO happy!

  8. 8
    Kim says:

    I try to occasionally foam roll – it really does help but I’m not as consistent as I should be.
    BTW – check your shoes before you put them on lizards might like them, too!!!

  9. 9
    Natalie says:

    I make sure to foam roll after my runs. As much as I hate it, it really does help just like an ice bath. No racing this weekend, just a long run.

  10. 10
    Jenny says:

    Great tip with the mac n cheese. We do not eat it that often either…it is a nice change for my daughter sometimes….I have put veggies in it but never the broccoli slaw. I have a foam roller and use it…not consistently but when I feel I need to, which is probably way to late! 🙂

  11. 11
    Michelle says:

    You have to try the organic green figs from Trader Joe’s. SO good!
    I just had them for the first time recently, as well and I am hooked!
    I tried them broiled…Nope.
    I had them on my salad today…Nope.
    I am done trying to fancy them up. It is plain old in my face figs for this girl.
    Your boys are getting so big. Such cuties…never as dull moment at the Stuft house!

  12. 12

    I love/hate foam rolling. I actually use one called the rumble roller. It looks like a medieval torture device. It is a foam roller but has knobs that protrude to help dig into the muscle deeper….or in my case to make me wince more – ha!

  13. 13

    Cool ip on the mac n cheese for the kids & adults too! 🙂 Your boys are quite the handful! That pic on IG cracked me up – you know which 1 I am talking about!

    OH YES, I stretch, RumbleRo9ller for me & love it! I had a foam roller & then got the RumbleRoller for review & never went back. They were at the show & have these new beasties that I am in love with – got them too for review & LOVE!!!

    All I can say is as you age, you are going to wish you stretched & rolled! 🙂 Also will help with injury prevention – that might catch your eye! HUGS!!!


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