Gobblers Gallop 10K & 5K races!

I LOVE Thanksgiving!  My favorite way to enjoy the day is to start by running (obviously!)… so a race is perfect!  Now, I’m always up for a good deal and if you signed up for one race you could pay just $3 more and do both!  So that is what I did!  We had PERFECT weather… it was about 46 degrees and partly sunny!

My dad, sister, and I ran the 10K.  IMG_8883 (1)I felt great the entire way and ended with a time of 42:55!  This is an average of 6:55 per mile pace.  I ended up getting second place overall!  It is also a PR!!!!  My competitive-ness took over and I thought I would be able to get first but was 20 seconds behind.  IMG_8886 (2)

After finishing the 10K I had about 30 minutes until the 5K started.  I changed my shirt and number and tried to stay loose!  My brother, Joe, did the 5K too and won it with a time of 17:09!  IMG_8915When I was waiting at the starting line I did not know if I would be able to run it fast, but ended up doing pretty well with a time of 22:22.  I was also first in my age group!  IMG_8929


I really think my turkey feathers helped me run faster!  Did I ever mention my husband is the best?!  He made my headband with some leftover scraps we had in less than 10 minutes last night!  IMG_8933

After the race, my mom made the most delicious (and still healthy) Thanksgiving dinner!  (And she also got a 9 mile run in by herself!)  Here’s my three turkeys AFTER their bellies are full!  🙂  IMG_8949

So much to be thankful for this year and every year!  Happy Thanksgiving to all of you too!!

I Absolutely LOVE being in pain!

It’s true… I love to be in pain!  But before you tell everyone that I’ve lost my mind, let me explain the different types of pain I’m talking about.

To me, there’s “Good Pain” and there’s “Bad Pain.”

The simplest way to describe the two is this:
Sore muscles = GOOD!
Pain in joints and bones = BAD!

You’ve all heard phrases like “No pain, no gain” or “Pain is weakness leaving the body.”  Well, those are 100% true!  You need to feel a little “good” pain to get stronger…and the stronger you become, the less you will have to deal with “bad” pain.

You know that part of your workout when you want to quit?  It’s right about then that things start to get good!  And… if you keep going you will feel awesome afterwards!  I LOVE the feeling!


Being sore is great for a lot of reasons.  I know for a fact that I sleep better after a hard workout and in turn I have more energy the next day.  Sure, sometimes it can be hard to get moving when I first wake up, but a couple minutes of stretching can go a long way!

I also know that sore muscles become stronger muscles, and strong muscles support joints.  I used to get injured easily and even when I was completely healthy I would fear getting an injury.  I was afraid to push too hard because it would probably just end up with me out completely.  Now, I am so much stronger and an injury is a lot less likely!

So the next time you dread a tough workout, think about the lasting effects!  I guarantee that the more “Good” pain you have in your life, the less you will have to deal with the “Bad” pain!

Banana Nut Muffins

These are so delicious and good for you!  My mom comes up with the best recipes… isn’t that what mom’s are for? HAHA! 😉


Banana Nut Muffins


  • 3 medium bananas
  • 3/4 cup walnuts chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Place walnuts on a lined baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes.  When the walnuts are done take them out of the oven and bring the heat up to 350 degrees.
  • Mash banana with a fork to break up large chunks.  Add the other wet ingredients to the mashed bananas (maple syrup, coconut oil, egg, milk, and vanilla extract).
  • Add the spices to the wet mixture and stir.  Mix in the baking soda and salt.  Gradually stir in the flour.
  • Fold in the walnuts and chia seeds.
  • Spray a 12-muffin pan with cooking spray.  Distribute batter evenly.
  • Bake for 25-28 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oat Cakes


I might be slightly obsessed with Oat Cakes… but they are healthy, easy, delicious, and everyone loves them!  So why not?!  (Ellie’s about to bite into all of them here! 🙂  )

Peanut Butter & Jelly Oat Cakes

Combine in a blender:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 2 Tablespoons PB2
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup egg whites
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla

What to do:

  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender.
  • In lightly greased skillet cook mixture just like pancakes. (I love the pink color!)

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She couldn’t take her eyes off of them!

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Cinnamon Apple Oat Cakes

These are easy, delicious, and healthy!


Cinnamon Apple Oat Cakes

Combine in a blender:

  • 2 cups oats
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cored apple
  •  1 cup pecans
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon cinnamon

What to do:

  • Blend all ingredients together in a blender.
  • In lightly greased skillet cook mixture just like pancakes.

I was hoping to have extra and keep them in the fridge for an easy snack! I even eat them cold!  But… all three kids loved them!  🙂

This makes about 20 medium sized cakes. One serving is 5 cakes.
If you are following the 21 Day Fix eating plan then one serving is:
💛1 yellow, 💜1 purple, ❤️1/2 red, 💙1/2 blue