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Monday, October 19, 2015

Race Training with an Infant

When I was pregnant with the Bear one thing I looked forward was running again and racing.  I'm love running, but I particularly love training for a race.  The structure, the consistency, that's my jam.  Correction.  That was my jam.

Captain Obvious statement of the week: Having a baby changes everything.
I am running the Space Coast Half Marathon on November 30.  It's a great race and I'm so excited to run.  And I am not at all trained for the race.  I hate admitting that, but it's true.

Here's my new race plan:
Run as far as I can whenever I can.

I am going to finish that race.  I'm going to celebrate the heck out of my first race as a "Mother Runner".  It's not going to be my fastest race, but I'll be out there.  And I'm stoked about that! God bless the Galloway method, because it's the only thing making me feel like this is possible.  I know if I stick to my run-walk-run strategy then I can up my mileage the best I can and finish the race safely and healthy.  Jeff G - you're the man!

For those wondering how my race training got so off, it wasn't just the baby.  For those pregnant ladies or future mommies reading here's a tip - you feet will change after pregnancy.  Mine got wider and in my case that led to 2 infected toenails.  Yup, that's gross.  I finished a 6 mile training run and got home to find my toe kinda hurt.  No biggie.  Then about 3 hours later I noticed my toe was red and the redness was spreading.  I sent a pic to my Mom to get her thoughts and they were "see a doctor!".  Apparently infections can happen fast and spread fast.  2 rounds of antibiotics, 2 toenails removed, 3 weeks later, and 1 MRSA test (that was negative) and I was cleared to run again.  I have new shoes (size 9!) and I run only in Injingi toe socks.
Bear and I have been doing some stroller running together.  It's fun and she usually falls fast asleep.  It's not quite as hard as I thought it would be.  It's hard, but if I pump one arm then I can keep moving at a somewhat decent pace.  In a few months she'll move out of her car seat and fully into the Bob.  The hard part is it's just now not 90 degrees here in Orlando, so I can't stay out too long.  Hot baby = grumpy baby.

Bear and I also did our first 5k this weekend.  It was the Run For Aven which helps support beautiful Aven who is healing from a very aggressive form of soft tissue cancer.
The race went through a local park, Moss Park, and at first I was afraid of some offroad terrain but the Bob stroller did great.  So did Bear.  She was awake the whole time chewing on a toy :)
Mom and I did 2 minute 30 second intervals with 30 seconds of walking and finished in 33:24.  Actually Mom finished in 33:22....how she got those 2 seconds on me I don't know...hmmmmm.... Here's the funny part - both Mom and I WON our age groups!  Pushing a baby and we won our age groups!  Gotta love small races!
I'm looking forward to running more races on my own and with the Bear....even if my training lags as a result!

What races are you training for?
How do you train when life gets busy?

Love and 3 wheeling,
Carissa & Kyle

Monday, October 12, 2015

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal is a perfect make ahead breakfast that gives you all the flavors of fall and a healthy boost of nutrition.
You don't need me to tell you that we are in the midst of pumpkin mayhem.  There is pumpkin flavored everything!
The only person missing the trend is the Bear...sorry honey...right now you get 1 food source and it's NOT pumpkin flavored!  I truly think Starbucks started this pumpkin mayhem and while I'm not mad at it I do think 1 flavor of fall got the short end of the stick - the apple!
Fall, cider mills, apples trees...am I missing something?  Today I'm here to #BringBackTheApple with an easy, make ahead breakfast recipe.
Steel cut oats are technically not that much different from rolled oats nutritionally, but they are lower on the glycemic index which for some people is important.  They take longer to cook, therefore you just have to plan accordingly when you want to make them.

This recipe really does taste like apple pie.  I make it once a week and portion it out to be reheated in the morning.  I usually add fresh berries, pumpkin seeds, and a touch of maple syrup to mine before eating.  Kyle has is plain and it's actually his second serving of oatmeal in the morning.  He has our favorite baked oatmeal on the way to work and this as his midmorning snack.  The boy eats some oats.

If you're looking for a new breakfast recipe or just wanting to let the real produce star of fall shine give these oats a try!

Slow Cooker Apple Pie Oatmeal
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup steel cut oats
  • 2 diced apples (pears or peaches work too depending on the season)
  • 2 cups soy milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons cinnamon or *shudder* pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Dash salt
Directions:
  • Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker and stir.
  • Cook on low 4-6 hours or until liquid is absorbed
I jazz mine up before serving and I also add a little extra milk if I'm feeling like creamier oats.  It's really up to you on the cooking time.  If you like thick oats cook longer and wait until you get a consistency you like. I also highly recommend buying slow cooker liners to use.  It's an extra expense, but it makes clean up so easy!  You can find them near the sandwich bags and foil in the supermarket.

What's your typical breakfast?
What's the last pumpkin thing you ate?

Love and how 'bout them apples,
Carissa & Kyle

Monday, October 5, 2015

I'm here, I'm here!

Ummmmm.....Hi!?!?!  Hello terribly neglected blog.  I'm here and I promise I still love you.  How are YOU?
I just wanted to pop in and say hi....admit that I've neglected my blog...and promise that this time I have a plan to get back on track to consistently share all the fitness, food, and family of 3 fun that I want to share.  My goal will be to weekly post a wrap up of everything that's going on including workout tips, running updates, and some family fun too.  How does that sound?   

It might be hard to believe but little Bear is 4 months old! It's crazy!  She has grown so much and what I love most is how alert and aware she is now.  
Kyle and I have been trying to establish a routine and balance the bear, the gym, my business, travel, RunDisney, and our commitment to healthy, fit living.  It's been a challenge and a learning experience, but I think we're getting there.  I've never eaten so much take out food in my life..but..we're getting there.

Early in September I took off to California for the 10th anniversary Disneyland Half Marathon weekend.  Kyle, the Bear, and even my Mom stayed at home and I got to hang out with 2 of my best girl friends during the work weekend. They were both very unimpressed with the size of the Disneyland castle...ahem.....
It was a great weekend and it felt so good to be reunited with my RunDisney friends and family.
I took a trip down Florida's turnpike to Miami for several TV appearances and met Ryan Eggold from NBC's The Blacklist.
I've also been back to working out and running.  My first race as a #MotherRunner is coming up quickly.  It's the Space Coast Half Marathon on November 30.  Don't expect any speed records.  My goal is to get in the miles of training to finish healthy and then up my speed work game for my next race in January.  
Last weekend I traveled again and headed to Nashville for the annual national dietitian conference called FNCE.  It was tough to get away, but a really productive work weekend and a great inspiring reminder to keep pursuing my passion and doing what I love.

That's what we've been up to.  I'd love to know what's going on in your world!
I'll be back soon and we'll get this blog back in action ASAP!

Tell me something good going on with YOU!

Love and reconnecting,
Carissa & Kyle