39.5 miles in June and school is out!

You know you are a runner when you don’t round your mileage ;). You also know it’s killing me to see that .5 – it won’t happen again :)
  June is always a tough month, there are a million things going on. Here in the Northeast, school just got out (the last day for the boys was June 25). This means lots of fun end of the year events, field trips and school celebrations. Not great for running.  

Last night was my first night at the track. Definitely hard to get back in the swing of ovals. The beauty of the track is you can focus on intervals when you aren’t feeling it. We walked and sprinted to get back in the groove.

Previously, the boys participated in a running program and I ran with friends while they were in class. This year, we have baseball. I am still meeting my friend on Tuesday nights and will sneak in miles elsewhere :)

I realized while I was looking at my running stats how much has changed in a year. July is usually our best month because we have the set time at the track. We generally logged between 12 and 14 miles a week. Over the past year, we’ve increased our weekly runs and this is much more our norm.

The end of June taught me to take it hour by hour (day by day was a little overwhelming) and so far it is working. This hour is for chauffeuring, this hour is for teaching, beach, grocery shopping, etc. Thankfully, I included this hour is for running.

So far, we are soaking up as much summer fun as possible!! How is your summer going? Is it busy or does it slow down?

39.5 miles in June and school is out!

You know you are a runner when you don’t round your mileage ;). You also know it’s killing me to see that .5 – it won’t happen again :)   
June is always a tough month, there are a million things going on. Here in the Northeast, school just got out (the last day for the boys was June 25). This means lots of fun end of the year events, field trips and school celebrations. Not great for running.  

Last night was my first night at the track. Definitely hard to get back in the swing of ovals. The beauty of the track is you can focus on intervals when you aren’t feeling it. We walked and sprinted to get back in the groove.

Previously, the boys participated in a running program and I ran with friends while they were in class. This year, we have baseball. I am still meeting my friend on Tuesday nights and will sneak in miles elsewhere :)

I realized while I was looking at my running stats how much has changed in a year. July is usually our best month because we have the set time at the track. We generally logged between 12 and 14 miles a week. Over the past year, we’ve increased our weekly runs and this is much more our norm.

The end of June taught me to take it hour by hour (day by day was a little overwhelming) and so far it is working. This hour is for chauffeuring, this hour is for teaching, beach, grocery shopping, etc. Thankfully, I included this hour is for running.

So far, we are soaking up as much summer fun as possible!! How is your summer going? Is it busy or does it slow down?

Simply Kid Chefs: Cheese and Onion Enchiladas

IMG_1191.JPGOver the summer, our youngest enjoyed borrowing the Hank Zipzer books from the library. Imagine his surprise that Holy Enchilada included a recipe at the end of the book. He knew he would want to try it but the book needed to be returned. We decided to take pictures of the recipe for future use.

He has been deciding when he wanted to try it and this week was it! The ingredient list was nice and small, making the young shopper quite happy. The recipe was pretty simple and he could do most of it himself. We decided to make up a Southwestern salad to go with the enchiladas.

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The chef did everything (with very heavy supervision)! I held the items being cut and kept a very close eye/hand with the knife. He was incredibly proud of himself!!

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Here are the photos of the recipe we worked with…

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It was my first time making enchilada sauce and we will definitely do it again. It was easy and everyone liked it. The recipe is easy to play with. You could easily add black beans, chicken, ground meat, etc to the meal.

Our salad had lettuce, tomatoes, cucumber, defrosted fire roasted corn, avocado and green onions. We used Newman’s ranch dressing.

The entire meal was a huge success!! Both boys loved it and can’t wait to have it again :)

Have you made your own enchilada sauce? Have you taken photos of a recipe for later use?

Our time in Capri

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I traveled to Italy with my husband at the end of September. This was our first long distance, kids free trip. We’ve done a few weekends in New York City and many overnights, but it’s never involved planes or been for more than two nights.

We have traveled a bit and always walk A LOT. I packed a trusty pair of sneakers and cute shoes for the evening. Off to Naples we went!

I had heard that Naples could be a little edgy and I don’t speak the language. I decided to leave my running gear at home. Not to mention, I didn’t think I would want to run.

We arrived Sunday night at our amazing hotel. It was the rare occasion where the hotel undersold its location. We were right on the water with a pedestrian street directly in front of the hotel.
Our view…

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Being a Sunday, the Italians were all out for a stroll. All shapes, sizes, ages and family dynamics were out walking, running and riding bikes. It was fun to see a culture embrace getting out and moving together.

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As we enjoyed breakfast the next morning, we saw tons of people out running and I was actually a little jealous. I wanted to go for a run (this is definitely a new experience). Alas, I didn’t have my gear.

We ventured out for the day and walked a good portion of Naples before catching a ferry to Capri. The line for the funicular was extremely long and we decided to walk around. We saw a sign to walk up to Capri Town and decided why not. Off we went, uphill ;)

We found walking up gave us a great opportunity to stop and enjoy the view of the sea and lemon trees. We also saw cute entrances to homes. Even a cat scaling an iron gate. We were able to get a feel for the people who live between the sea and Capri Town.

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Once we reached town, we walked around and took in the beautiful scenery. After an amazing lunch, we walked around some more.

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Allowing ourselves to wander and climb some more hills. We found ourselves on the other side of the island and these amazing views.

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Eventually, we walked back downhill and went to the beach for a little while before catching our ferry back to Naples.

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Turns out I didn’t need to go running, there was plenty of exercise to be had. The ability to walk up and explore was one I don’t take for granted, but am so happy we did it.

Do you walk when you travel? What’s your favorite place to visit?

Oh October

I keep thinking, next month will be easier, it won’t be as busy. The reality – life is busy. September was the beginning of school and sports with a trip at the end of the month. October began with one trip ending and travel in the middle of the month.

November doesn’t have any travel, but the holidays are upon us. Any parent knows we are entering crunch time. All of this shows me how hard consistency in miles really is.

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Luckily, I was able to hit my goal of being consistent in October. I am pretty optimistic about November. If I can maintain my schedule while the boys are in school and know I might be shorter on miles over Thanksgiving, I should have success.

There’s even a chance I’ll log more miles in November. The key for me is to keep showing up to run with my friend. She is preparing for her first half marathon this weekend (how awesome is that?!?!) and keeps me on track.

Our runs are an appointment on my calendar. Maybe there will be more for longer distances in the future. So far, I couldn’t have predicted where my running adventure has gone and am along for the ride :)

How do the holidays affect your fitness routine? Are you consistent in your activities?

Simply Kid Chefs: Mix and Match Mac and Cheese

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Our oldest took over the kitchen this cold and stormy weekend. Seriously, it snowed! Back to cooking, he has been wanting to come up with his own creations, but still needs a little guidance in what goes together.

As we were flipping through our Food Network Magazine cookbook, we came upon the mix and match mac and cheese. Basically, they give you different types of pasta, cheeses, proteins, veggies and toppings. This is great because he had some creative control, but the ingredients all went together.

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He picked medium shells, Monterey Jack, crumbled bacon, artichokes and a toasted Parmesan topping. There were a lot of moving parts to this dinner and the chef handled them like a pro. He was able to do most of it. He needed some help cutting the artichokes and I strained the pasta; but he did everything else.

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We were a little slack on the white sauce, making it a little more liquid than creamy. Regardless, it was delicious :) The ingredients all went together well. They seemed an interesting choice by a nine year old, but he devoured it and had leftovers for lunch.

I don’t make mac and cheese very often and always stick to our family recipe when I do. It’s one of our oldest’s favorite meals so it isn’t surprising that he found a way to make it again. It was such a fun process, we’ll have to play the options a little more :)

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Do you have a favorite comfort food recipe? Have you ever tried a mix and match recipe?

Find your passion and be authentic #FitBlogNYC

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Two weeks ago (where does the time go?) I ventured to New York City to attend Fitness Magazine’s Fitness Blogger Meet and Tweet, also known as #FitBlogNYC. I was lucky enough to attend last year (you can read the recap here) and have been dying to go back! This time, I made it a little easier on myself.

Rather than waking up at 3 a.m., I went down the day before and stayed with one of my good college friends and her family in Brooklyn. Win/win – less sleep deprivation and catching up with my friend :). I was already more relaxed and knowing I would see some familiar faces made it even better!

I ventured over to the Mercedes Club in a bit of a drizzle, but not the expected down pours. As always, I was early and able to meet a few bloggers while waiting for the event to open. It was fun, but also a little nerve wracking as I hoped to see familiar faces right away.

Once we had our badges and schedule of events, breakfast was served and the seating area was set-up inside. Last year, it was beautiful and we enjoyed the roof deck. I picked a spot in the middle and center.

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First up was Betty Wong with Holly Rilinger talking about The New Formula for Fitness Success. Holly was awesome! She is a 5’4″ former pro basketball player; clearly she knows a thing or two about working hard and finding success.

Holly spoke a lot about finding a form of fitness that you like and can be passionate about. She talked about checking in with yourself every three or four weeks to see if you are still enjoying what you are doing and getting the desired results. Good nutrition and enough sleep were also important topics discussed.

Holly recommended scheduling enough sleep like a workout or meeting. She mentioned that the human growth hormone is made when you achieve REM. In other words, if you are working out hard, eating right and not sleeping enough – you won’t get the same results in energy/weight loss/muscle development.

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Next up was Dr Marci Goolsby talking about CrossFit, Mud runs, Marathons! How to Stay Healthy in a Hard-Core World. The primary take home from Marci is that most injury (regardless of the type of fitness) comes from doing too much too soon and not paying attention to nutrition. She recommended trying something out for a while before going all in.

There was a real emphasis on eating well and fueling the body. Marci spoke about women who stop menstruating and how important it is to talk with your doctor if this happens. It is often a result of poor nutrition and needs to be looked at in a timely manner.

While it’s important to keep moving, it’s also important to listen to your body. If something hurts enough to change your stride or movement pattern, it’s time to see a doctor. Always better safe than sorry :)

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The last presentation before lunch was Carla Hall, co-host of The Chew as well as cookbook author and business owner. I cannot say enough good things about Carla. Ultimately, much of it will be in another post. Her energy is infectious and she has a great sense of humor.

She is adamant that people should not give up foods traditional to their culture for a diet. Carla suggests moderation or finding small ways to keep flavor and tradition while being a little healthier. Along these lines, she was quite clear that Thanksgiving is not a good time to try a completely new menu. Try new sides, but keep the primary foods traditional.

While maintaining tradition is important, playing with different spices is a great way to change up recipes. She suggested using your favorite protein source and finding many different ways to prepare it. Carla also stated that you shouldn’t cut out all fat. A little oil, butter or cream can go a long way and will keep you from looking for it elsewhere.

After all this talk about food, it was time for lunch and it was amazing!!! I had the lemon chicken, grilled veggies and quinoa salad. All of it was delicious :)

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After eating, it was time to visit sponsors. Of course I had to plank with Aliah from The Get Fit Diva for the Tonalin booth.

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I have to say, I loved the Balance Bar and Luna bars. We also received a fun tech shirt from Eddie Bauer and it’s awesome! Of course, new sneakers from Hoka One One and lots of networking.

Sadly, my phone isn’t holding much of a charge and it spent this time on the charger with these other phones :)

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I enjoyed catching up with Nikki from Get Fit with Nikki, Nellie from Brooklyn Active Mama, Christine from Love, Life, Surf and finally met Carly from Fine Fit Day in person!! After chatting away, it was time for one last presentation.

Bianca Jade, Anne Mauney, RD and Laura spoke with us about My Digital Brand is My Business. All three women were inspirational and savvy business women. The big take home from this discussion is to find your passion, work hard and be true to yourself.

Did I mention the swag? I’m embarrassed to say, my arms were a little sore the next morning from carrying all of these fun treats home :)

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Overall, it was an amazing day!! Hopefully, I will have the opportunity to attend a future event :)

If you attended #Fit Blog NYC please leave your recap n the comments :) I love seeing everyone’s perspective on the day!