Live Like Renee 5k Recap

  
Funny story, while I haven’t been blogging, I also haven’t been running. Coincidence, I think not😉. I did run a 10k+ at the end of May and I will be sharing about that race in a later post.

Since I last wrote, I have simply been busy being a mom and getting in what I can. With school back in session and a 10k on Sunday, I’ve been trying to get back in the swing of things while not getting discouraged.

While I’m not in the same running shape as I was in the past, it is my lack of mental strength that is the most frustrating! Like all muscles, it is slowly coming along and has taken a little tough love; but improvement is improvement.This next race is the third part of a trilogy and would probably not be happening if I weren’t a crazy person. You can’t run 2 out of 3 – that’s just silly!

While trying to win the mental battle and find miles at any cost, I decided to sign the boys and I up for a local, charity 5k (my husband was traveling for business). The course is beautiful and one I run often, so it seemed like a good idea.

While my friends and I have been trying to figure out how in the world we are going to run our distances next weekend, we brought it back to basics and the reliable run/walk method. Right where I started with the run for 2 minutes, walk for 1 minute system from Jeff Galloway.

I figured I would apply the method to the 5k and see how it felt. Our youngest wound up spectating as his asthma was acting up, but the oldest and I went to the starting line feeling a little underprepared.

The oldest bolted from the start and I set into my 2/1 system right away. It worked like a charm. Not only did it keep me in a good routine, but the time flew! I wasn’t thinking about anything other than counting down to the next walk/run interval. In the end, I finished with an 11 minute pace all the way through. Certainly not speedy, but not that far off from my usual time.

 Our oldest was a little disappointed with his time (29:34 – still 5 minutes ahead of me) as he went out too fast, but he was happy to have done it and wants to train more in the future.

Sometimes I can’t believe that I can go out and tackle a 5k without a lot of preparation. Struggling through my first mile seems like yesterday and a million years ago at once. 

The running bug is coming back strong! My legs are feeling pretty good and I love running with my friends! Of course, we’ll see how next week goes – yikes!

  

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?