Oct 272013

Just a quick check in for my second week of 10K training!

10K Training: Week Two

Monday:  2.16 miles (Outdoors)
Wednesday:  2.21 miles (Indoors – speed training)
Friday:  3.80 miles (Outdoors)

Week Two total:  8.17 miles

There’s a great yoga class at the Y that I take every Tuesday morning.  It’s a mixed level yoga class, so there are people like me, who have no idea what I’m doing, and there are others who can do headstands.  I’ve been going for several weeks now, and every week I can do a little bit more, or stay in a pose a little longer.  This week’s accomplishment is that I didn’t fall over when I was sitting in some crazy lotus position.

The best thing about Week Two is that the weather finally changed in Florida.  What a huge difference it is to run when it’s 65-75 degrees outside versus the 85-90 degree temperatures we’ve had so far this Fall.  The temps will rise again next week, but for this week it was beautiful outside and I enjoyed every minute of it!


Oct 232013

We’re just over a week away from Halloween.  Since we have a four day weekend starting tomorrow I had the brilliant idea that the kids and I would sit down and finalize plans for their costumes and then shop for supplies this afternoon.  We made a list and headed out to our first stop:  Wal-Mart.

Let’s just say it did not go so well.  Even though each kid has known what he wants to be for Halloween for a while now, today no one could commit to said costume choice.

Matthew, who wants to be Peter Pan suddenly decided he wanted to be… Candy Corn. A Peacock. Peter Pan. A Lego.

Zachary, who has been asking to be the Tick Tock Croc for months decided he wanted to be… Rock Paper Scissors.  (Seriously.)

Nicholas, who was willing to be Captain Hook to keep with the theme, changed his mind and wanted to be… A White Ninja.  Ninjago. Donatello from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

I thought I might lose my mind.  I went so far as to turn the car around and head home because nobody would stop talking about what they wanted to be for Halloween.  It was bad.  Tears were involved, especially after they realized the car was heading towards home.   Eventually I turned back around and went to Wal-Mart but we came home empty handed.

The last thing I wanted to do when we got home was make dinner, but we had to eat.  So I dug around in the pantry and pulled out a bag of quinoa.  It’s become a staple in our house in the last couple of years and I knew I could pull together a quick meal with it.  I tried out a new recipe tonight, and here it is…

Quinoa Pizza

Quinoa Pizza

  • 1½ cups quinoa
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cups pasta sauce
  • ½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese, plus more for topping
  • your favorite pizza toppings (pepperoni, sausage, veggies, etc)
  • salt, pepper, garlic and Italian seasonings, to taste


  1. Rinse quinoa well. Combine quinoa and water in a medium saucepan.  Bring to a boil and then turn down to simmer and cook about 15 minutes.
  2. Prepare any toppings while quinoa is cooking.
  3. When quinoa is finished, add pasta sauce and toppings and stir to combine.  Then add shredded mozzarella. Season with salt, pepper, garlic and Italian seasonings.
  4. To serve, spoon the quinoa mixture into bowls and top with more mozzarella cheese, if desired.

Quinoa Pizza takes all of 20 minutes to make and it was a big hit with two out of three boys. Dan liked it, too.  I consider that to be a success and it will go into rotation around here, especially on crazy baseball nights, or to follow disastrous afternoons like the one we had today.

Tomorrow is a new day, and will be filled with new adventures.  Say a prayer for us as we venture into the local craft stores and attempt to make Peter Pan, Tick Tock Croc and Captain Hook come to life!

Recipe inspiration found at Girl Makes Food.

Oct 192013

Before I share about the first week of training, I need to share how I spent my summer.  Shortly after Dan and I ran the Expedition Everest Challenge (a 5K with obstacles at Disney’s Animal Kingdom) I restarted a Couch-to-5K program I had used to start running.  The goal was to increase my speed, because I run S-L-O-W-L-Y.  Not long after restarting C25K I started having pain in my right knee.  Fearing I had torn something, but not knowing what was going on I went to see an orthopedic surgeon.  Two appointments and an MRI later we found out that my knee was fine, and that I was suffering from a little arthritis in my knee from overtraining.  I spent the remainder of the summer in physical therapy.  I was released from physical therapy in August and given the go ahead to run three times a week.  I am also allowed to do yoga, ballet barre and strength training.

10K Training: Week One

I finished the first week of Minnie 10K training!  Here’s a quick breakdown of what my week looked like…

  • Monday:  2.12 Miles, Outdoors
  • Wednesday:  2.15 Miles, Treadmill
  • Friday: 5.50 Miles, Treadmill
  • TOTAL: 9.77 Miles

Week one went really well.  Really, really well.  Especially my Friday run.  5.5 miles is a ridiculous distance for someone who hasn’t run more than 3.1 miles ever. The best thing about Friday’s run is that when I was finished, after 82 minutes, I felt like I could have kept going!

In case you’re interested, I am using Jeff Galloway’s Injury Free system.  Specifically I am using Easy 10K with Jeff Galloway, an app I purchased for the iPhone.  I LOVE this app.  He tells me exactly what to do.  When to run, when to walk.  He tells me to pick up the pace and to slow it down.  He even gives me pep talks and tells me that I am strong and I can do it.  (Those messages make me laugh!)  This app even takes the music I choose from iTunes and speeds it up/slows it down as necessary to keep me running (or walking) at the right pace.  Pretty cool for something that only cost me $3.99.  It’s customizable as well.  The traditional Jeff Galloway method for a beginner is to run a minute and walk a minute and that’s what I did week one.  As I get further into my training I can change my ratios for longer runs with the occasional minute of walking to recover.

Here’s a quick snapshot of me after my first long run on Friday.


Post first long run shot!

Oct 142013

Happy 12th Anniversary to us!

Anniversary Card made by Matthew.

Anniversary Card made by Matthew.

In case you can’t read the card…

Happy Annibersary

Happy Fall

I love Annibersarys

I love you mom and dad

I think that about sums it up.  There were other cards.  Several more drawn by the boys as well as the one Dan and I exchanged.  Gifts exchanged.  (Well, gift exchanged.  I didn’t get Dan anything, but he surprised me with the sweetest Christmas ornament.  He knows me well!)  Copious amounts of sushi consumed.  Ice Cream shared.  Asleep by 9:45pm.  This might not be the most exciting anniversary on record, but I thought it was a perfect day.  Happy 12th.  Can’t wait to see what this year brings!


Oct 122013

I don’t remember when I first heard about Walt Disney World adding the Minnie 10K race to their famous Marathon Weekend, which happens the second weekend in January.  But I do know that as soon as I heard about it I knew it was something I wanted to do.

I watched the Run Disney website just waiting for registration to open.  Dan and I talked about whether or not I  could even run 6.2 miles.  I did a little research on how to train for a 10K and found a couple of different training programs I could use to get ready for the race.

Having run several 5K races over the last year as well as training to run the Expedition Everest Challenge at Animal Kingdom in May, I knew I was ready to take on a longer race.  And with that, I signed up to do the Minnie 10K on January 10, 2014. I registered to run this race with a group of people from Team Up! with Autism Speaks and I embarked on raising $650 to further research in the world of autism.

I have such an amazing group of people in my life and I managed to reach my goal last week!  Thank you, thank you, thank you to each of you who gave so generously to Autism Speaks and to those of you who support me as I begin my 13 week training!

After a quick Google search I was able to find an unofficial map of my race course.  When I first saw it I panicked thinking I would have to run along the overpass near EPCOT, but someone has assured me there are no overpasses to run!  I hope they’re right.  After all, I live in Florida.  Land of flat roads.  The closest bridge I have to run over only crosses four lanes of traffic!

An unofficial copy of the race route for the Minnie 10K, taking place on January 10, 2014.

An unofficial copy of the race route for the Minnie 10K, taking place on January 10, 2014.

Check back regularly.  I will attempt to chronicle my training as well as share with you what I learn along the way.