Sunday, January 25, 2015

Our 10 Minute Dinner

I HAD to go back to Henry Cowell with a camera, so I could take pictures of the trail and the observation deck.  As soon as I got home everyone in the house went to sleep, and I couldn't get to my camera without making too much noise. So...I'll have to post those later.  Definitely found my new favorite spot to run.

In lieu of that, I will tell you abut a super fast, incredibly easy, healthy dinner we had this week.

What you need for two servings.
  • 1 Lemon (or 2 if you like a lot of lemon)
  • 1 Bag of Carrot Chips 
  • 1 head of Broccoli
  • 2 pieces of Cod
  • Olive Oil
  • Mrs. Dash
  • Salt & Pepper
I bought a back of carrot chips like this to make the vegetable steaming process go faster for the carrots.  If you use baby carrots they take a little longer to cook than the broccoli.  These take exactly the same amount of time as the broccoli (at least that's how we like them).



  1. Put the oven to 450.
  2. Prepare the fish in an oven safe dish with Olive Oil, a little Mrs. Dash and top off with a squeeze of lemon. I also slice a little lemon, and bake the fish with that too. 
  3. Cut the broccoli off the stock and throw the carrots and broccoli in a veg steamer basket.  We just got this for Christmas and it works great! --> Calphalon 8-qt. Contemporary Nonstick Multi-pot with Steamer
  4. Throw the fish in to cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Boil the water, and steam the carrots and broccoli for 5-7 minutes.  
  6. When the Veggies are done sprinkle them with Olive oil and a little salt/pepper.
Voila!

Delicious dinner in 10 minutes. We both felt great after this meal.



Thursday, January 22, 2015

Lots of Running and My Recent Favorite Pics of You Know Who!

FINALLY life is settling down and I'm getting at least a little running in.  

Let me start with my run from last, last Sunday that had the most phenomenal weather. We started at the Shaffer Road/Hwy 1 intersection. If you have ever run the Santa Cruz Half Marathon you might recognize this as some of the route, and if you haven't done this run before.....ADD IT TO YOUR LIST NOW!  It's so phenomenal. Period. 


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I wasn't able to bring my phone with me, but one of the girls was capturing black and whites along the way. 





How great are three day weekends??  I was actually able to run TWICE last weekend.  One of my new neighbors is a mega athlete, knows the area well and took me on a spectacular run in Henry Cowell State Park.   I'm not sure I could ever retrace our steps because there were so many single tracks, and ups and downs. I seriously felt like a kid in an amusement park.

See that green arrow on our route? (scroll down)

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When/If you run or hike in this park you must find the Observation Deck. It feels like you are perched in the forest. You can see beautiful mountains to one side and the ocean to the other. Another great photo opp without a camera. shoot!


And finally my run from Sunday. 

My desired range of mileage was 7-10 miles. That may seem like a big range, but I wasn't planning to run too hard....and I was just so happy to see some of my running friends I hadn't seen for awhile that I was ok running longer.  Well somehow it turned into 12 miles! (which I haven't done for months!) That big circle at the top of the map was a last minute detour that most of us thought would get us to maybe 9 miles, but it ended up just a little longer.  Thanks Lisa!  Don't worry we still want you back...but we may accidentally take you on some major hills. :)

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And even better than running is the joy she brings me. It's fun for me to look back at posts and see her pictures.   She is growing so fast!

She runs in the sand.


She paints pictures.


She waves while people watching in SF when I say "Smile" for our selfie. (Kinda looks like I'm waving too, but I was in the process of putting my arm around her).


Bring it on Friday!!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The year of the Smartwatch?

Have I mentioned before how much I love Gadgets?

It feels like (I could be totally wrong) that last year was the start of this fancy new world of Smartwatches.  This year it seems like we are about to see some amazing technology out there on the trails.

Garmin just announced the Vivoactive. It looks like it will be available in the first quarter this year.  I have been a big fan of Garmin.  It's going to be hard to resist the temptation of buying this one.


The highly publicized Apple Watch Sport is coming in early spring.  It looks to be one of the most expensive of the Smartwatches.


Fitbit Surge was released late last year. I've heard good things about this recently.



Sorry I don't have much information on these yet....remember I've been running with my big fancy Smartphone in hand for over a year?

Do you have a Smartwatch yet? Which one?

On the treadmill research front.....I found an interesting one.  If I were to get this treadmill used in the Asics treadmill Challenge, my runs would be about 45 seconds everyday.

"On the trade show floor was the Asics Treadmill Challenge, where willing competitors boarded a treadmill and ran at either 
Ryan Hall (4:46) or Deena Kastor’s (5:18) marathon pace for as long as possible before succumbing to the support of a safety harness."



Good Night!


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Just some stuff and a Treadmill

I'm not sure why I stopped stocking salad fixins in the fridge.  I guess maybe it had something to do with packing, moving and settling in a new town.  I think I FINALLY feel like life is getting back to normal.  It's been awhile since I've moved, and I certainly never had to do it with a baby, cat or dog before. Holy cow that's a lot of work.  Anyway!.....

Back to food.

I forgot how simple and delicious a salad can be at home.

  • Green Leaf
  • Arugula
  • Honey crisp apples
  • Goat Cheese
  • Currants
  • Baked Chicken (that I made the night before)
  • Avocado (oh man this one was perfect!!)
  • Sliced carrots
Recipe for YUMMY!


It's also time to break out the Garmin.  I started running with my phone after I had Isla, just in case Daddy needed something while I was gone.  I guess I just got used to it, but it's time to be hands free again  (although I do like to take pictures on my runs, so let's see how long this lasts).  It feels like we have been separated forever, but I guess it's only been since August. Anyone have a smart watch yet?


I'm still working on my 2015 goals.  I think I'm going to put together a simple list of things "I will" do, so I can print it at my desk to remind me every day.  Things like:

  1. I will drink lots and lots of water
  2. I will eat breakfast everyday
  3. I will read everyday with Isla
  4. I will save everyday to buy a treadmill
I will share when it's done, but I did decide I'm going to buy a treadmill.  I need to save up my pennies, but it's gonna happen.  It's gotta happen.  I love coffee in the morning, but it just can't replace a morning run.  It also means I need to find a spot for it....details, details.  Time to start researching treadmills. If you have any treadmill recommendations please feel free to share!

Now just some random stuff to share.  I bought this cute little fake camera today. 



I wonder if we have a little fashionista on our hands.


I wish everyday was Saturday.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Hello 2015!!

Happy New Year!! I'm so ready for 2015!!

My house didn't make it to midnight last night to watch the ball drop (probably not surprising)....but we did have an amazingly delicious family dinner to end the year.  

After some delicious breakfast and removal of the Christmas tree this morning we headed to the beach.

It's crazy how much Isla understands now. I told her to put her glasses on and let me take a picture of her.  She stood there just long enough to wait for the camera click before she ripped them off her face.  She hates stuff on her head (hats, clips, etc) and glasses on her face. Considering she LOVES shoes and jackets, if she doesn't like hats and glasses my pocket book will be happy in the long run.


I tried a different pair of glasses to see if those would stay on, but nope! Again just long enough for me to snap a pic.  

This is her Risky Business pose.


We started her in her stroller, and after about 1/4 of a mile she was ready to get out.  Freedom seems to bring nothing but smiles to her face.  I think she looks like she is practicing her surfer balance. 


If nothing else happens this year, I have this moment forever.  Our first run together. :)  She just started to understand "run", so when I grabbed her hand and said "Let's run" she did it!!  We are easily doing a 35 minute mile in this picture. And Daddy is cheering for us from behind.


To enjoy the world from her eyes....

She is so amazed by the ocean.  It makes me feel like I'm seeing it for the first time too.


Seriously could it have been any more beautiful!?


As if the day wasn't already great, my daughter (who still does not nap) went straight to sleep when we got home.  When the baby is sleeping and there is good football on for daddy to wach, what else does Mom do but go for a run!

I have a new 7.5 mile loop that I run near our house.  About a mile in there are [almost] no cars and just a beautiful forest around me. It's a perfect escape.

I also happen to run passed the campgrounds we used to go to for high school retreats.  Holy toledo that brought back a lot of memories. 


Not a cloud in the sky as I rounded the corner back home...


I hope you all closed out 2014 surrounded by people you love.  

I look forward to many more great moments in 2015.  I have to admit I haven't finalized any goals for the year, but I will.  I think it still counts if you set them a few days late.  Right?

Did you set any resolutions yet?


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Challenge

Hopefully you won't beat me up for posting this late.  Let's pretend October starts October 2. Deal?!

I like to have two part challenges for the month, so here are my two goals for the month.

1) No Sweets!  

November and December are virtually impossible to get through without having any sugar or desserts, my goal is to refrain this month. I'll let you decide if Gum counts, but everything else is off limits.


2) The second part is a goal to RUN at least three days a week. 

Pre-baby, this would have been the easiest thing for me, but now I have such a hard time getting out for a run at the end of the day, and I just need the extra push.  

As I was thinking about doing this, I was wondering if there was a 1/2 marathon plan out there that I could follow that only required 3 days a week,  I found several online, but the one that I liked the most was the FIRST plan. (here is a summary on Runnersworld) It basically includes the three types of runs I normally include in my training - Speed, Tempo and Long.

Granted I have a good base (since I just finished 80+ miles in August), but this seems like an achievable plan.  Mostly this will give me a good guide for sticking to my three days a week.



WeekTuesdayWednesdaySat/Sun
14x4003-mile tempo6-mile long run
24x8004-mile tempo8-mile long run
33x16005-mile tempo10-mile long run
46x4006-mile tempo6-mile long run
53x16004-mile tempo10-mile long run
64x8008-mile tempo8-mile long run
76x4006-mile tempo10-mile long run
84x16008-mile tempo12-mile long run
93x8003-mile tempo6-mile long run
104x4002-mile tempoHalf Marathon

Usually I adjust plans based on what I know of my body and my ability.  This one is no different, so I will be making minor adjustments. If you read the plan details on the RW website, you will see this is mostly all fast at hard effort. I do not recover well if I only do fast workouts, so I will need to back off from some of the speedwork, which will likely be slow long runs.

I haven't decided which half marathon I will do, but as soon as I find a great one....I will post it! 

Now I gotta get my butt running tomorrow!!

One last thing before I go.  Today Isla is 11 months old.  It's ridiculously hard to believe that she is almost 1!  When everyone says "Time Flies"...that is a total understatement!!

I thought this picture was fitting because the reason she isn't looking at the camera is that Dad is sneaking her a bite of ice cream right under my nose.   No sweets for her this month either! She can have a treat November 1. :)




Tuesday, September 30, 2014

September Challenge ...Check!

I know the September challenge was a little out of the ordinary, but I really hope that you were able to join me. The challenge was...."Get a friend that doesn't walk or run to complete a 5k distance with you before the end of the month."

I did the challenge with a friend who had asked me about running years ago, but we hadn't had the chance to get out together. He was nervous that he wouldn't be fast enough, or be able to talk during, or walk after. Somehow I still convinced him to go with me. 

The first time we went out we walked about a quarter of a mile to the local high school track. When we got there he said "ok, let's start running". We got through 3 laps, and he said "this is the longest I've ever run without stopping."  It all became worth it at that point. Not only did he say that, but he ran another lap after that.

It was the coolest, most rewarding thing! I think we were equally as happy and proud after. Now he texts me every week to see if we are going for a run.

Check out these results!

2.4 Miles @ 12:47 pace. I picked a 2.4 mile loop for us, and we ran 90% of it.  We stopped twice to walk for a few minutes.



3.3 Miles at 12:51!! This one we did at the local high school track.  Sometimes it's easier knowing exactly what's ahead, and we made it the 5K distance, plus a little more.  We walked a little more than the 2.4 miles above, but we ran the laps a little faster.


The time investment to get him started, was minimal AND so worth it.  Pay it forward any chance you get.

Heads up for October.....I'm going back to a personal goal.  I've been looking into a 3 day a week 1/2 marathon plan (that's a mouth full).  I'll post the details tomorrow.  I hope you'll join!