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a crazy week: wrapping it up!

Hey!

I want to start with a shout out to Caitlin from one of my very favorite blogs, Healthy Tipping Point.  I’m sure many of you are already avid readers, but if not you must stop by and check it out.  Today is a very exciting day in the blog world because Caitlin’s book Operation Beautiful hit bookstores across the country!!  Way to go Caitlin! Snag your very own copy at Barnes and Noble, Borders or Amazon.com.

Today has been only semi productive:(  Honestly, these last few days have been sort of tough.  I’ve just felt a little down in the dumps for no particular reason.  And it’s definitely affected my productivity levels.  I’m really hoping things start looking up soon!

Jon and I kicked off our morning with a fairly brutal 3 mile run.  We got started way too late, and therefore it was way too hot!  We actually ended up walking between miles 1.5 and 2.  But, fortunately we did finish strong so it wasn’t a complete disappointment.  Some days are just like that, ya know?

Stats

Distance - 3.o miles
Avg Pace - 10:48 (walking killed our pace obvs)
Best Pace – 7:59  (told you finished strong)

Splits
Mile 1 – 10:09
Mile 2 - 12:42
Mile 3 -9:34

After our run I was so overheated and dehydrated!  I’m certain that my lack of hydration during our runs is responsible for how tough they’ve been.  Today my mouth felt like cotton and it was hard to swallow I was so thirsty.  It’s quite the conundrum, though, because I really don’t want to carry water for short runs.  Camelback or hydration belt – neither is very comfortable, but for long runs I make it work.  I guess I really don’t have another option though – I’m just going to have to start carrying water every run…at least until it cools down some. bah.

Needless to say after we got back I couldn’t even stomach the thought of a heavy breakfast, so I made up a little fruit plate

Which of course left me starving about an hour and a half later.  Enter mid-morning snack of homemade Classic Garlic hummus, baby carrots and a few Back to Nature crackers.

Tonight Jon and I met up for a late dinner with our friends, Jonathan and Grace.  We had such a great time catching up…aren’t friends just the best thing in the world??

We went to McAlister’s, a cute deli that we don’t really hit up that often.  I used to think they didn’t have very good vegetarian/vegan options, but I have come to know better!  Tonight I went with the veggie pita with honey mustard on the side. And a side of steamed veggies.

delicious!

Okay – now on to finishing up the series of posts about this crazy last week.   If you missed it, here is part I, part II and part III.You would think after the chaos that had ensued since arriving at the lake, we would have high tailed it home.  But oh no.  We Marsh/McCoy/Fryar girls are not to be deterred when it comes to lake fun!

So after lazing around in the water for an hour or so, I decided I’d give wakeboarding a whirl.  I have been skiing since I was 6 years old, at which age they had to tie my skiis together because my little legs weren’t strong enough to hold them steady:)  I’ve wakeboarded a couple of times, but always struggled with it a lot more.

So, I dive in, get myself all fastened onto the board, wait for the rope to tighten up, and yell “GO!”

I don’t think at that point I really expected to get up.  It had been so long since I’d done it, I expected it to take me at least a few tries.  But no.

I popped right up on top of the water, wobbling like crazy and trying to maintain my balance while my mind attemtped to register what was happening.  Before I had even absorbed that I was in fact on top of the water, the front of the board dipped slightly, getting caught in the wake.  My body continued to propel forward, while my feet remained fastened in the boots of the wakeboard, causing me to violently slam into the water face first.

My first thought was that I was either A. going to die, B. have a concussion and/or C. black out.

Thankfully, none of the above happened.  But as I floated to the surface, waiting for the boat to return, I seriously could not feel my face.  The entire front side of my body felt as if it had been slammed into a concrete wall at a high rate of speed.  The wind was knocked out of me and every cavity of my body was filled with water.

All I could do was moan.

After several minutes, I began to regain feeling in my body and my mom and sister hauled me out of the water and into the boat.  No more extreme sports (as my husband calls it:) for Candice. We decided to call it a day and head back in.

Fifteen minutes of painful jolting later and we were back at the ramp to load up.  Of course only to discover that the boat trailer tire was completely flat.  Flat as a pancake.

We proceeded to spend the next hour and a half waiting, while some nice men helped us get it fixed.

I took the opportunity to get in some yoga.

And that was that.  After having the tire fixed, we said thank you to the nice men and made our way back to the cabin.  I packed up and headed back home, sad to be leaving such great time with my mom and sis, but exhausted after two full days of unexpected glitches.  And with a slight headache.

So, you can imagine my distress the next day when Olive ate an entire bar of dark chocolate and had to be rushed to the puppy emergency room.  I was this close to deciding to crawl back into bed and try again next week. lol.

I’m off to bed now, so I’ll “see” you all in the morning.  Hope you had a great day!

Back to what I mentioned at the beginning -

What do you do for hydration?  Do you carry water on every single run? Any brilliant ideas? Heck, any ideas at all?? :)

Oh, yeah – and I did something kind of fun and crazy tonight…but I’ve gotta tell my mom before I spill it on the blog. lol.  I’ll tell ya about it soon:)

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a positive negative

Good morning!

Jon and I stayed up way too late last night working on stuff.  Fortunately we were able to pull ourselves out of bed in time for a 3 mile run, per our marathon training plan.

I don’t like to be super rigid with a training plan, but most of the time following the plan we’ve chosen works for us.  There may be weeks where we rearrange our runs a bit to accommodate our schedule, but for the most part we like taking the guesswork out of it…and just stick to the plan!

As promised, I did figure out how to calculate splits on my Garmin.  It really wasn’t that hard; I’ve just never had the motivation to do it.  It was fun this morning, tracking each mile and trying to pick up our pace for the next mile.  We started out pretty slow, but we did manage to have negative splits!

Total time: 29:45
Average pace: 9:54
Fastest pace: 7:51

Splits
Mile 1- 10:21
Mile 2 – 10:01
Mile 3 – 9:23

After our run, I threw together 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup raw oats, blackberries and blueberries.

I inhaled about half of this and then flew out the door to PiYo!

Just like yoga, PiYo is all about a mind/body connection.  And today my mind was on vacation.  Somewhere tropical, I’m thinking.

I was feeling very tired from our run, and my concentration was all over the place!  By the last 20 minutes or so I worked it out, though.  I was pretty excited to accomplish a couple of poses I’ve been working on

not perfect, but I’m getting there!

I’ve got a busy day ahead because I have to drive back to the city again for another orthodontist appointment.  This should be the last one….ever, though, so I’m excited about that! Also on the to do list for today is working on some Outbox stuff and working on PiYo.

My PiYo instructor asked me to cover her class next Friday, August 6th.  That will be my first class ever!! While I’m a little freaked out, I’m super excited!  I’m the type of person who will overthink things to a fault…and with this I know I just need to jump out there and DO IT!

Hope you all have a great day!

“Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear.”~Ambrose Redmoon

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it’s race time!

Hey guys!

Hope you all had a great Sunday and that you’re ready for the week ahead!  Thank you all for your suggestions and opinions on the dresses this morning. They were really helpful in my decision!

I’m crazy.

And a bit indecisive.  Okay, a lot indecisive.  But I’m working on it.

I ended up ordering the cream Modcloth dress in two different sizes, the pink and gray Modcloth dress and the black and white Modcloth.  If you couldn’t tell, I really love vintage modern style, and I just decided that those three were more “me” than the black one I bought on Friday.  I’ll be waiting until after the Modcloth ones arrive before returning it though, just in case none of them fit well enough.

Oh, and I’ll be returning all but ONE of the Modcloth dresses.

Really I will;)

I just ordered all of them so I’d have a high chance of getting one that fits.

Rewinding to this morning, Jon and I dragged ourselves hopped out of bed at an early 5:30am this morning to go on our first training run!

We have decided to train for and run this race on November 21st. Jonathan has been creating the design (tshirts, medals, signage etc) for this race for the past 6 months, and we’ve been leaning toward running it, but finally made the decision to go for it yesterday.

We’re planning on going for our 2nd full marathon (1st full marathon recap here). But we are recognizing that there may come a point where we have to drop to the half. As much as we want to do the full, we’re a little worried about time.  Jonathan’s boss (at his 9-5 job) will be going on maternity leave starting in September, which will leave Jon to manage the entire department by himself.  Add on his second job (Outbox), and that doesn’t leave much time/energy for training!

So we may end up doing the half, but we’ll see!  This morning we started training as if we’re running the full by pounding out a full 6 miles.  I’ve mentioned a couple of times lately how hard just 3 miles has become for me.  This morning proved that it really is all about perspective. We set out to run 6 miles, and we ran 6 miles.  With flying colors I might add.  We felt great the entire run and out last mile was our strongest.  Can’t beat that!

Here is the elevation chart for our 6 miles.

Total ascent = 138 feet  (those were some serious hills!)
Total time = 1:03
Avg pace = 10:18 per mile
Fastest pace = 8:33 per mile

As long as we’ve had our Garmin, I still haven’t sat down and figured out how to get our mile splits, but I’m definitely going to figure it out before our next run.

can you tell it was hot out??

we’re pretty excited:)

I feel so excited to be embarking on training for a marathon again.  There is just something so emotional for me when it comes to running long distances.  Jon and I have now run a half and a full (among other smaller races), and we always train together.  It’s such a great thing for us and really helps us to grow in our relationship methinks.

We always compare our marathon to our year in Thailand.  There were parts where we didn’t think we’d finish, but we helped pull each other through and were much better for it in the end.  I can’t wait to experience that again!!!

Now for some eats.

As soon as we got back from our run, I realized we were out of soy milk.  NOOOOO!

I absolutely had to have a green monster to follow the run, so off to the store we went – sweat and all!  Lucky for me the husband is sweet enough to run in for us so I didn’t have to subject all the nice Walmart people to my grossness.

Finally.

1.25 cups soymilk, 2 huge handfuls spinach, 1 scoop Amazing Grass, 1.5 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp natural pb

This monster was huge!  Hence the stainless steel juicer cup:)

This held me over through Sunday School and church.  We got the chance to take Mohammad to church with us this morning, which was so fun!  He was really interested to see what the American church is like.  Of course we were happy to oblige, also praying that God would speak to his heart of course:)

After church I made up a quick black bean burger pita.

whole wheat pita, Morningstar black bean burger, spinach, broccoli slaw, hummus, guacamole and chia seeds

And then we passed out in bed.  For 3.5 hours!  I guess that run wore us out more than we realized! Bed seriously felt so good:)

veggie sub on 9 grain wheat – lettuce, tomato, onion, bell pepper, banana pepper, pickle with olive oil and oregano

I was in such a haze when we woke up that I just didn’t feel like pulling together anything for dinner, so we got free Subway!

Last Christmas we were in south Texas visiting Jon’s family and he found a $25 gift card for Subway in the middle of the road!  Obviously we don’t go to Subway much considering we still have money on it, but it totally hit the spot tonight.

Tomorrow I’m meeting my mom and she’s going to offer her moral support and manual labor to help me clean out my classroom.  I’m a little nervous because I’m thinking it’s going to be pretty emotional, but I’m ready to just get it over with and move on!

I’ll “see” you all tomorrow!

Have you ever run any races?  If so, what distances?  Feel free to leave a link to your race report!

For those of you who haven’t, are you interested in running races at all?

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it’s the little things

Wow, today was a hot one!  I about passed out on my run this morning…literally!  All’s well that ends well, though, and I pulled through.  It didn’t help that I waited until about 9 am to get out there.  Tomorrow’s goal: get my bootay outta bed early!

Here’s the stats:

distance - 3 miles
time – 29:54 yay!
fastest pace – 7 minute mile – I sprinted it in, hoping to finish in under 30 minutes
average pace – 9:58

Guys, I seriously wanted to quit on this run at about 2.4 miles.  My legs were so tired, and I’m fairly certain I was dehydrated (it was blazing hot and so humid).  I just kept thinking “pain is temporary, pride is forever.”  As silly as that sounds considering this was just a random 3 mile run, it’s the little things you do that add up to big things.  Next time three miles won’t be quite as daunting!

By the time I recovered from the run, I had about 20 minutes ’till I had to be at my hair appointment eek!  I scurried around, guzzling my green monster on my way out the door and made it there about 7 minutes late.  Check out the new ‘do

Riiiight.  So, you’re thinking it looks the exact same.  It’s shorter…you’ll just have to take my word for it;)

After chatting with my mom for a bit, it was time for lunch!

It’s tempeh time!

I heated slices of tempeh in a skillet for just a couple of minutes, toasting a slice of ezekiel bread and whipping up a quick batch of guacamole in the meantime.  I laid a thick layer of guac on my toast, topped by a layer of spinach leaves, with tempeh to finish it all off! Simple!

If you’ve never tried tempeh, you should really give it a go. It’s a great protein source for all of my fellow non-meat eaters.  It’s made out of soybeans and often has seasonings and grains, such as barley added to it.  Even though it’s made from soy as well, tempeh tastes almost nothing like tofu.  And unlike tofu, it has a very textured consistency and nutty flavor.  You can add it to stir fries, soups, sauces or eat it on a sandwich or wrap.  There really are a plethora of possibilites!  It can be found in the refrigerated section of most health food stores and maybe even your local grocery store.

These cherries were on their last leg, unfortunately.  I even had a to pick through them and end up throwing away several:(  The one thing I hate more than throwing away precious cherries is eating soft ones!  The good ones were still tasty though.

A little lunch time hangin’ out.  Like mother like daughter with the crazy hair!

I spent the afternoon working on these mysterious projects I keep referring to (I promise I’ll be spilling the beans soon)!  I’ve been thinking through a lot of things about my life lately.  I’m currently reading a book about how we should focus on our strenghts in everything we do.

What makes you strong?

Try to think of a strength as different than what you’re used to.  Instead of being something that you’re good at, a strength is something that makes you feel strong when you do it.  What makes you feel alive?  Those are your strengths.

Have you ever felt like somebody wanted you to do something because they thought you were good at it, but it wasn’t something you enjoyed?  It was something that made you feel weak or drained afterwards?  That is not a strength because it doesn’t make you feel stronger.

We should all play to and focus on our strengths as much as possible.  Life is too short to focus on the things that make us feel weak.  Of course we have certain responsibilities that are non-negotiables.  I don’t think anyone would say that cleaning the toilet makes them feel strong and alive.  I’d love to hear about it if that’s you:)

But in every situation possible, we should do everything we can to incorporate those things that make us feel strong.

What are you thoughts about this idea?  Do you think it’s a bunch of hullaballoo (yes, that’s a word;)? Or do you think there’s something to it?

Also, have you ever tried tempeh and did you like it?  What is your favorite protein source aside from meat?

I’m off to go read and then head to bed soon.  I hope you’ve all head a great Monday!

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party’in it up!

sidenote:  I wrote this post Saturday afternoon, but it didn’t publish.  So, I’m actually posting it Sunday night instead.  Can’t let a post go to waste!! Recap of the rest of the weekend to come on Monday.

I have been having a serious itch to go biking lately.  The problem is that I don’t own a bike.  boo!  So, I opted for the next best thing this morning and went to an 8am spin class.  It was not fun dragging myself out of bed on the one morning I get to sleep in a little, but it was so worth it!  I knew it would be – it always is, right?  Anyway, I realy enjoyed spinning, and I’m definitely planning on hitting up another class this week.  If you’ve never been before, I have to warn you – it is tough stuff!  I went to my first spin class soon after we ran our marathon last year, and I thought it’d be a piece of cake.  Boy, was I in for a suprise!

Speaking of our marathon, this weekend is the one year anniversary.  I cannot believe it has been that long!  My little cousin is running it this year, and we’re contemplating going to see him tomorrow.  As you know, we have friends staying with us this weekend, though, so I’m not sure if we’ll be able to make it!

Ironically, the friends who stayed with us last night are the same friends that ran the half marathon last year.  We met up with them before the race.

before the race last year

After spin this morning, we had a green monster partay!

The goods.  You’ve gotta give people options!  Everyone ended up going with my recommendation: cocoa bliss and frozen cherries…with the other usual staples of course.  I loved getting to make gms for everyone…so fun!

Spreading the GM love totally made my day:)

Our friends, Jason and Emily, and their baby Kate are coming in this afternoon as well.  We’ll be spending time with them this afternoon, and then we’re all slated to go to a friend’s wedding tonight.  It’s an outdoor wedding on our university campus, so it should be fun!

I hope you all are having a great Saturday!

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