Spring Thaw 20 Mile Race

Whenever I am training for a marathon I like to do a race about 2 months before.  It is a great way to see where I am in my training… but still time to improve!  FullSizeRender-2.jpg

So, I chose to do the Spring Thaw today.  They have a 10, 15, and 20 mile race.  I picked the 20 because it is an easy way to get my long one in.  It is 4 times around the lake (which is mentally tough to do four loops, but there is a lot of things to keep you motivated!)  If you do the 15 you get an extra prize… gloves!  And for the 20 you get a head/neck wrap!  FullSizeRender-1 2.jpg

I wanted to use this race as more of a workout and not a race (to prevent peaking too early!)  and I think I did a good job!  I felt great and was happy my husband even came to run a few miles with me!   IMG_8224.JPG

The rain held off and it felt warm out!  It was a windy 50 degrees!  I am thankful it wasn’t like a few years ago when we had 6+ inches coming down!

I finished 20 miles in 2:41:55 so my average pace was 8:06 per mile.  I ended up being surprised to get third female overall!  Screen Shot 2017-02-25 at 3.13.45 PM.png

I’m EVEN MORE excited for Boston now!  I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do!  FullSizeRender.jpg

Denny got a medal yesterday for finishing his basketball season… He may love medals 100 times more than me 😉  But… I love that about him!  🙂  FullSizeRender-3.jpg

Weekly Recap #11 & #12

We are almost halfway through winter and sometimes the cold or sickness (especially that my 3 bring home) can be tough but being motivated helps!  Also, rolling around in fake grass is nice 😉  FullSizeRender-1.jpg

I often get messages about how I stay motivated so I came up with my top 6 reasons that keep me motivated:

  1. An upcoming race- especially a big one that you are traveling for!
  2. To feel my best- days when I run/ workout I am happier and a lot more patient with everyone. 🙂
  3. To be stronger and better- I always want to keep improving to be the best version of myself.
  4. To eat healthier- I always make better food choices when I workout!  I think my body craves healthy foods and vitamins!  Sometimes I workout so hard that I don’t want anything bad going into my body.
  5. My daily “me time”- It is my only time that I really have alone and I don’t feel guilty about it!  I may not have time to go shopping or even doing my hair but at the end of the day those things don’t make me happy like working out!
  6. Having a group that is doing similar workouts and similar goals- I check in each day with my group and we share motivation and inspiration!  FullSizeRender.jpg

So, here’s what my last two weeks looked like:

Monday:  Recovery Run- 5 miles

Tuesday: Hammer & Chisel DVD-Total Body Chisel and Spin Bike- 45 minutes

Wednesday:  Rest Day

Thursday:  Tempo Run- 6 miles

Friday:  Rest Day

Saturday:  Sick Day 😦

Sunday: Easy Run- 7 miles

Monday:  Easy Run- 8.5 miles

Tuesday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Power and 6 miles with pick-ups

Wednesday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Balance and 6 miles with 5 x .5 miles hard

Thursday:  Rest Day

Friday: Long Run- 16 miles

Saturday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- ISO Hammer, Run- 3 miles, Bike- 30 minutes

Sunday: Tempo Run- 9.5 miles

If you are interested in joining my upcoming group fill out a few questions below and I will give you more info!

Weekly Recap #9 & #10

We have been all smiles around here and singing… Here we go Steelers!  IMG_7607.JPG

I really enjoy training for something big… and for me, Boston is about as BIG as it gets!  I want to do great and feel good on April 17th so it makes all my runs feel important and rewarding!  Sometimes it can feel like winter drags on and on but having something to work towards makes it much better for me!  A day when I run always ends up better than if I didn’t run…


If a run isn’t possible (because I have the kids, weather is too bad, or I need a day off from running) a DVD workout is the next best thing!  I can’t believe how much stronger I am now from these DVD’s!  Plus this little guy thinks they are pretty fun too!  FullSizeRender.jpg

Here’s what my last two weeks looked like:

Monday:  Rest Day

Tuesday: Tempo Run- 7 miles

Wednesday:  Easy Run- 5 miles

Thursday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Strength

Friday:  Rest Day

Saturday:  Long Run- 11 miles

Sunday: Hammer & Chisel DVD-Chisel Cardio and Spin Bike- 45 minutes

Monday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- ISO Speed Hammer and 5 miles

Tuesday: 6 miles

Wednesday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Agility

Thursday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Power and Speed Workout- 5 miles (warm-up, 5 x .5 at 3:30 pace)

Friday: Rest Day

Saturday: Easy Run- 8 miles @ 8:21 average pace

Sunday: Long Run- 14 miles @ 8:11 average pace


Pear and Pig Quiche

We have been putting all of our Christmas presents to good use!  Like my new running shoes… FullSizeRender-2.jpg

some ice skates…IMG_7422.JPG

Nate’s slack line (which he can actually do!)…  FullSizeRender-1.jpg

and my new book, Run Fast. Eat Slow. by Shalane Flanagan!  I was happy to read that we eat a lot of the same pre and post-race foods!  Sometimes I change/put my own twist on the recipes and this one has a few more steps than I’m used to, but it is SO good… I have to share!

Pear & Pig Quiche



  • 1.5 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup cold water


  • 8 eggs (beaten)
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 3 slices bacon (chopped)
  • 1/2 yellow onion (chopped)
  • 2 cups kale (stems removed)
  • 1/2 ripe pear (sliced thin)




  1.  Cut the butter into cubes and chill in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine flour, chilled butter, and water in a food processor until dough begins to clump.
  3. Use your hands to shape into a ball, then flatten slightly, wrap in plastic, and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.  FullSizeRender.jpg
  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  5. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a circle.  Rotate the dough and add more flour to prevent sticking.
  6. Lay the crust in a deep 9 inch pie pan.  Use your fingers to crimp edges.  Prick the bottom several times with a fork.
  7. Bake the crust on the middle rack for 28-30 minutes.  The bottom should be lightly golden brown.



  1. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk together eggs, feta, salt, and pepper.
  3. Heat a skillet with bacon and onion over medium heat until lightly browned (about 5 minutes).  Add the kale and cook, stirring frequently, just until wilted (about 1 minute).
  4. Place the onion-kale mixture in the crust.  Pour the egg mixture over top.  Arrange pear on top. pig and pear.jpg
  5. Place the quiche in the center of the oven and bake until the eggs are set and top is golden (about 60 minutes).
  6. Let cool 10 minutes and run a knife around the edge to loosen.  Cut into slices and serve!



Weekly Recap #7 & #8 Falling and Favorites

There is always a first for everything…  two days before Christmas I fell hard!  IMG_6860.JPGObviously I had to snap chat to get some sympathy 🙂  I ended up with a scrapes and bruises on my hand and knee… plus holes in my leggings and jacket!  A few days earlier I had a stomach bug and did not eat much… so I’m thinking I may have still been weak.

I took Christmas Eve and Christmas super easy running and super fun party wise!  We celebrated my Christmas Eve baby all morning… IMG_6993.JPG

and then a lot of my family and friends joined us for the rest of the day!  IMG_7026.JPG

We had an amazing Christmas day plus many more celebrations for a few days after!IMG_7114.JPG

And I am back to running with just some bruises and scrapes.  I love this time of year because it is usually easier for me to fit in more running!  We had a great sister run with some of our new Christmas gear…   IMG_7231.JPG

and I finished out the year strong with 10 tempo miles too!  Which gave me a total of 1,134 miles for the year!   FullSizeRender.jpg

Happy New Year from all of us (including the goofballs)!  I am SO excited to “officially” start my Boston marathon training!FullSizeRender-1.jpg

Here’s what my last two weeks looked like:

Monday:  Rest Day

Tuesday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer PLYO + Abs

Wednesday:  SICK DAY

Thursday:  SICK DAY

Friday:  6 miles (fell at mile 3)

Saturday:  Rest Day- Christmas Eve

Sunday: Tempo Run- 3 miles

Monday:  Easy Run- 5 miles

Tuesday: Tempo Run- 5 miles

Wednesday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- ISO Strength Chisel

Thursday:  Tempo Run- 8 miles

Friday: Easy Run- 3.5 miles

Saturday: Tempo Run- 10 miles

Sunday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Balance & 7 miles


Weekly Recap #5 & #6

To sum up the last 2 weeks… I would say the goal was to stay warm!  IMG_5449.jpeg

It feels like Winter is officially here and since I don’t ever run on a treadmill… I have been adding in a lot more workouts at home!  I run outside unless it is icy/slippery (which it has been)!  Honestly, I’m ok with this and love that we have the change of seasons.  I am using this time for extra cross-training and getting stronger.

Here’s what my last two weeks looked like:

Monday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Balance

Tuesday:  Easy Run- 5 miles

Wednesday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Conditioning

Thursday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Total Body Hammer

Friday:  Rest Day

Saturday:  Tempo Run- 7 miles

Sunday: Pick-up Run- 7 miles

Monday:  Stroller Run- 5 miles

Tuesday: Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Agility

Wednesday:  Snow/Icy Run- 5 miles

Thursday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Max Hammer Strength

Friday:  Rest Day

Saturday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Total Body Chisel

Sunday: Snow/Icy Run- 6 miles


I am working on my new group that starts after Christmas.  We will workout, drink Shakeology, AND get paid to check in daily!  It is awesome motivation!!  If you are interested fill out the form below and I will send you the details!


Weekly Recap #4+

This past week we had a later Thanksgiving with my family that started with an 8.5 mile run with my sister…IMG_2178.jpeg

and then a lot of deliciousness that I have to share!IMG_3243.jpeg



Now that Thanksgiving and November is over… IMG_4059.jpeg

Christmas is in full effect! This includes lots of decorating… IMG_6852.jpeg

Our Elf, PETER PANTS, even brought 25 books for Christmas! IMG_0026.jpeg

We have been eating healthy… love these apple and banana chips! IMG_9777.jpg

And some not so healthy foods for the little man 😉 I mean, we did have to collect all 8 Ninja Turtle toys!IMG_3774.jpeg


Here’s what my week looked like:

Saturday: Long Run- 8.5 miles

Sunday:  Tempo Run- 7 miles at 7:58 average pace

Monday:  Rest Day

Tuesday:  Stroller Run- 4 miles

Wednesday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Chisel Agility & Easy Run- 3.5 miles

Thursday:  Easy Run- 5 miles

Friday:  Rest Day

Saturday:  Hammer & Chisel DVD- Hammer Power

Sunday: Tempo Run- 8 miles at 8:04 average pace

I have a new group starting soon…. where we workout, drink Shakeology, AND get paid to check in daily!  It is awesome motivation to be the best possible versions of ourselves.  If you are interested fill out the form below and I will send you the details!