It’s Been a Really Long Time

 

And…….. hello!

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I haven’t blogged in forever. I kept telling myself I would write a recipe or write a race recap, but then I just put it off like the laundry. Ha ha.

Speaking of, the boys were in their pajamas all day today because they didn’t have any clean shorts to wear. In my defense though there were shorts still in the drawer, but all of them were too small and I was not aware of that.

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And yes, we got out the Easter eggs and did a little egg hunting outside today. It was darn fabulous.

 

I’m not even going to attempt to catch up on everything that’s gone down over here. Everything is going by way too fast.

By the way, on yesterday’s long run (18.4 miles to be exact) I legitimately forgot how old I was. I had to think back on my last few birthdays and do a little calculating. I am, in fact, 39 years old. My birthday was in January. For some reason I thought I was 37 or 38. Funny stuff.

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I was not looking forward to my long run yesterday, but with the Boston Marathon being just 7 weeks away now there really isn’t any time to keep putting things off. Once I was out there though it wasn’t so bad. I explored a new area which is always fun.

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I haven’t really been following any kind of a plan, but the other week printed one up and put myself in it at week 14 of a 22 week plan for Boston. I’m not going to be super strict about following it, but at least it gives me a little motivation and structure.

I’ve been averaging about 50 or so miles a week. Only about one workout a week with a harder effort and some speed work in there. I’m trying to build those back in, but I’ve picked up a couple more fitness classes I’m teaching at night so it’s a little tough to find the time/energy.

I don’t have any plans to race until Boston and currently am just super thankful that I can run right now as last year at this time II ‘m pretty sure I was still only able to walk and cross train.

 

I promise not to give you a novel to read, but I do have some really fun things that just need to be shared.

First of all, this awesome dress I ordered from CUPSHE.

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I wore it to church last night and I’m pretty sure everyone there was impressed. Ha ha.

This morning I baked some protein egg muffins. I wasn’t sure if they’d come out or not, but they did.

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They’re a little eggy as I only put in a little coconut flour, but if you want a low carb grain free muffin they do the trick. Recipe will be coming later this week.

 

Here are some random things worth sharing……

I’ve been going through NuttZo Powerfuel like crazy. It’s so good.

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Crunchy is my favorite. If you order some online and use code STUFT-20 you can get 20% off.

I’m currently obsessed with watching Gilmore Girls during my morning runs on the treadmill.

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I just finished season one and am so freaking excited that there are still a lot more seasons to get through. Yay! Season two starts tomorrow. I have to have something to look forward to for Monday morning at 5:00 am. Ha.

Run With Perseverance never disappoints. My friend just came out with some awesome new tanks and sweatshirts. This one is my current favorite.

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My current favorite at home workout toy is the Ab Carver.

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I forgot how amazing that thing is and am trying to use if more often. It only takes a few minutes with that little gem.

Random, but we had a school dance a couple weeks ago and decided to keep my brother-in-law (AKA Batman) company.

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It was a blast.

Roasted purple sweet potatoes are back in the rotation. Not that they ever left, but when I’m not running as much I don’t eat them as much. They were back in full force though before my last race.

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On Super Bowl Sunday I ran my 28th marathon. It was my first time running the Surf City Marathon and it was so much fun.

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It was not an easy race for me. I wasn’t really in it mentally and it felt really LONG, but the course was awesome and the logistics with parking and getting to run along the beach and having most of the course be flat, well, THOSE things were awesome.

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Yes, and so was all the bling.

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I was a little wiped out, but the Super Bowl happenings still went down thanks to my parents and a little help from Jamba Juice.

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We’ve been going there more and more lately. They’ve got some good stuff.

 

Oh my goodness friends, I almost forgot………

For all of you other Mizuno Wave Elixir fans who have dearly missed them, Mizuno has come out with the Wave Catalyst.

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They are light weight, yet supportive just like the Elixirs. They are the perfect in between for the Inspires and the Wave Sayonara. I think they’re going to be my new racing shoes. I haven’t gotten to run in them too much yet, but the running I’ve done in them has been awesome.

 

I have a weakness for The Dough Bar protein doughnuts. They are so good.

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I order them online and then freeze them. They do not disappoint.

I’m still a fan of Quest Bars too. Some people stopped liking them after they changed their formula, but I’m still a fan. I try to not have them too often, but man, they are GOOD.

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The highlight of my day every day is seeing these guys in the afternoon at work. Knowing that they come to me makes me day go by so much faster. I can’t tell you how much I love being their mama.

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That’s why I haven’t been around much here on the blog. As they get older, they really just need more time and attention. I’m putting being in the moment with them first every chance I get. This picture was from the Friday before Valentine’s Day.

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Protein ice cream has been going down on a regular basis too.

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I like to eat it while watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on the weekends. That’s my little treat time after my long run.

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The hubs and I got away for a night on the town over Valentine’s weekend. It was so fun and I really can’t remember the last time we had a “date night”.

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It was complete with fun drinks, dinner and a stop at Ghirardelli.

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Mmmmm hmm…..

Then the next day we ran stairs together.

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Then we had crab legs at brunch.

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I’ve been having a lot of those mushy mom moments lately. This day over our little winter break was one of them.

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I’ve always wanted to be that mom hanging out with her kids riding bikes and being active and laughing and having fun together.

Well………. that day finally happened just a few weeks ago. We all rode bikes together and it was just so darn awesome. I was teary-eyed following these guys.

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I was just so thankful for so much. A few years ago I wouldn’t have taken the time to go out for the day because I would have felt like I should have been working at home or writing a blog post, but sooooooooooo much has changed. It only took 6 years.

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Yes, that was 6 years ago. So crazy.

Now look at us. Ha ha ha.

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Okay, just a few more things. I promise.

This wine is new (I think) and it’s delicious. The regular Menage a Trois is really good and only $6.99 at Costco, but this one was on sale somewhere and I snagged one up. It didn’t disappoint.

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YOu know what else didn’t disappoint? This vegan protein Lenny and Larry protein cookie. It’s birthday cake flavor and it’s big.

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Yeah. Yum.

We’ve been doing a little cleaning and reorganizing. I think I’m going to put Joaquin in charge of decorating. He does a pretty good job, don’t you think?

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He hung that on Judah’s lamp for him. So sweet.

 

Handful has come out with some AWESOME new scoop neck tank tops, new Y back bras and new colors in my favorite adjustable bra.

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I’m obsessed. I mean I’ve been obsessed with their bras from day one, but they just keep stepping up their game. Aren’t these cute?

Actually, coming up later this week I have some to auction off for the Lazarex Team For Life charity that I’m running the Big Sur Marathon with. I also have a really big Vega kit to auction off. YAY!

Here’s my donation page.

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Any help would greatly be appreciated. I’m so honored to be able to run for a charity that helps so many and does so much for cancer research. We’ve lost some dear loved ones over the past few few years to cancer and being able to run to help those suffering now really means a lot.

 

And friends it’s time to regroup for the week. I always like to take some time and get my act together on Sunday nights before the new week starts. It always feels like a new beginning for some reason.

I have to remind myself often to just take things one day at a time and enjoy the journey.

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Having a little arm candy reminder helps.

Keep chasing those dreams friends. We’re never too old and there’s no limit on how many chances we get in life to go for it and get it right.

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Have a wonderful start to your week.

This is my view every morning. I do the pajama walk to the kitchen to decide what pre-workout drink I’m having. Ha ha.

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Yes, I get the evil eyes from Rocky and Mowgli until I feed them.

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What have YOU been up to?

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Comments

  1. 1
    Ms. C says:

    I have missed you this past month. Every morning on my train ride, I look forward to reading your blog. I do understand. Enjoy your boys, they are God’s gift. They grow up so fast.

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    corrina says:

    You are such a wonderful example for mother runners!

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    Jayme says:

    Love that dress!! Your cat remains one my favourites.

    Great update! Have a good start to the week!

  4. 4
    Erica says:

    Totally missed your posts but so glad you are enjoying your family. Can’t wait for the egg muffin recipe.

  5. 5
    Kathleen says:

    Really missed you! I am glad things are going well – I love any update! definitely a STUFT fan!

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    Laura says:

    Thanks for the life update, I have missed your blog but totally get it! My oldest is off to college in the fall and I swear she was just in Kindergarten, time just flies by so you are right to slow down and enjoy it!! Love the dress 🙂

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    Brooks says:

    Glad to hear from you, but so totally understand! Just curious, why do you try to limit your Quest Bars? Bc I am straight up addicted to them and didn’t know if there was something I was missing… haha!

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