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Spartan Race Memorial Day Special!!!

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Okay, so I am a little late with this post but my friend Dan Krueger. He is a member of the Spartan Race crew. He sent me this really great offer so I think it would be nice to share it with my running friends. If you are looking for something fun or new to do, please check out the Spartan Race link below. This offer lasts until 5/29 and you get 40 dollars off any of their up coming races.

Use the Code: MEMORIAL to get the $40 off your next race.

Here is the link I was talking about.  http://spartanracemedia.com

You will find all the information you need on the link above.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you do visit the spartan race media site. They have some great races and events.

Penne Rigate with pulled Chicken

Ingredients

Chicken (2 leg quarters)
Penne Rigate (16 oz package)
Dice tomatoes (14.5 oz can)
1 teaspoon of basil
1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
1 medium onion, sliced
1 medium green bell pepper
1 teaspoon of ginger
2 teaspoons of salt
2 tablespoons of oil
parsley flakes
1 tablespoon of butter

Directions
Boil pasta with 1 tablespoon of oil for about 10 minutes.

pasta

Bake chicken leg quarters and then remove the skin and pull apart. I baked my chicken in advance to save cooking time.

Slice the pepper and onion and set aside.

Heat a skillet with remaining oil and sauté the onion and pepper. Add ginger, black pepper, salt, basil and diced tomatoes and cook to your liking.

food

Drain cooked pasta and add the tablespoon of butter, the pulled chicken then the onion and pepper sauce. Garnish with parsley flakes and serve.

pasta and chicken combo

This was a last minute dinner idea that I came up with after baking the chicken leg quarters. I was able to cook dinner and go on a nice 3 mile run with a friend. everyone loved how this turned out and I can’t wait to come up with another recipe that the whole family is going to love.

final product

Trying to make sweet lemonade with these sour lemons.

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I have been meaning to write more but this past week was one of those weeks that just seemed to go on forever. First on Monday, my family doctor diagnosed me with Fibromyalgia. This is sort of a relief because I suggested this to my former doctor but he laughed at me and then referred me to several specialists. All those specialists ordered tests and gave me prescriptions that did nothing to reduce my symptoms.

This whole journey started almost seven years ago, my son was just six months old and I was trying to lose the baby weight. So I came up with a workout and healthy eating routine. I would go run after my husband gets home from work…I was a stay at home mom at the time. I lived about ten minutes away from my alma mater (Mary Baldwin College) at the time. I loved running on campus so it made sense that I went there after hours to run on the track. It was one nice cool evening when it all began. I stretched before the run and then I ran the first mile effortlessly. The second mile felt off and so I slowed down, hoping that it would help. it obviously did not help so I stopped and walked the last couple of laps before heading home.

I got home just in time to get my little munchkins ready for bed. After they went to bed I took my shower, iced my aching ankle and drank some pain medication. This was apparently just the beginning of what has turned out to be a very long and painful journey. I have seen a cardiologist who at one point thought that I may have PAD. I have also seen a Gastroenterologist who prescribed a series of medications that he thought would help. He also advised me to change my eating habits. I have seen a neurologist for my severe headaches and they found a small aneurysm on the right side of my brain. Fast forward a few years later that aneurysm is no longer visible on any MRI. I am not even sure that there ever was one, one doctor said they it and another years later didn’t see one. I just hope that the last neurologist was correct.

Let’s see, I have also seen a psychologist because a friend and I talked and she encouraged me to see one because we were both concerned that my symptoms could be psychosomatic but that was not very helpful. I have seen an Orthopaedic and have been to physical therapy and none of it worked.

Hearing my new doctor say that she finally has a diagnoses and that she has a plan on how to handle my pain almost made me cry. I am still in pain but knowing the source of my pain is a great feeling. I know the process to finding the best treatment isn’t going to be easy either. I am very excited to know that I have finally found a doctor who actually listens and pays attention to all the symptoms because that was not the case with one of my former doctors. I might write some more about how treatment is going.

List of symptoms
Chronic pain (ankle/ right leg)
insomnia
Irritable
Anxiety
Random pain in different body parts (abdomen/lower pain)
Feminine symptoms(I rather not get too detailed about this part)
Low iron count (I take iron supplements and it is still low)
Weight fluctuates
Severe headaches
Fatigue

These are just some of the symptoms that I can recall at the moment. I have been dealing with some of them since I was in high school. Some of them became progressively worse over the years and I actually failed a class in college due to poor attendance. I would shy away from people for days at a time due to pain and some people called me lazy and anti-social. They did not know me nor did they bothered to ask about what was going on. I did not see a doctor about any of it until after my ankle began hurting. Looking back now, I know that I should done something about the pain sooner. You can’t change the past so I am hoping that my future is going be less painful.

No I have not stopped training for my half marathon. I did take a whole week off due to pain and other stressful family matters. I do plan on going back out there and train. The plan is to run no matter what. I love running and I will never give it up…it is after all my first love.

Thank you for stopping by 🙂

Yikes! I am training for a half marathon

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Yikes! I am training for a half marathon

I have always wanted to run a half marathon and in 2010 a college classmate gave me the opportunity to participate in my first half marathon. I did not have enough time to properly prepare my body for it but I did it anyway. I ran it and my toes, legs and thighs were mad at me for days. I loved the entire process and then vowed to participate in the 2011 Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon but things go exactly as I had planned. Baby number 3 aka my little flower was delivered in April of 2011, about 5 weeks before that race and so I didn’t run. So the next year was definitely going to be the year I do it. Did I do it nope? I talked myself out of it in 2012 and 2013 so this year I forced myself to register. I am really behind in the training schedule I had mentally planned but I guess I have no choice now but to push myself so I can achieve my goal of running the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon. I will actually start posting about my training on a regular basis. Well, I better get to sleep since I have to be up in a few hours to get my loves ready for school.
Thank you for stopping by 🙂

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This is the before picture, I should note that the yellow sweater is my favorite one from my college days and it always makes me want to run hard.

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This is after a 3.13 mile run in 20 something degree weather. The first 5 minutes were the hardest because my body had not warmed up yet. I like my pace and the goal is to work on my pace and endurance so that I can beat my time from 2010 but it is going to be hard.

Muffin Top No More: Update

Okay, so I was feeling really good about my recent challenge and I was very determined to see it through. Sadly I had to take a break and deal with some very weird medical issues. I am revamping my plan because I hate giving up on anything.
I am looking at low impact workouts that should hopefully give me the results I am looking for. I will hopefully have a new workout plan by tomorrow.

Muffin Top No More: Day 3

Day 3: Muffin Top No More

Run: 5.00 Miles in 56:04 minutes 🙂

100 push ups (modified)

100 reverse sit ups

4 minute planks

100 (4 count) flutter kicks

This is my “muffin top no more” challenge because I want my flat pre-babies tummy back. I am sure this is a major concern for many mommies. This challenge is open to anyone who wants to try something different. You don’t have to run 5 miles everyday but you can walk up to 10,000 steps a day. We can encourage each other by posting about our workouts everyday.

Thank you for stopping by 🙂 I am looking forward to seeing how the next 30 days are going to effect my overall health and waistline.

Here is a break down of how I usually workout.

I usually do the run first before tackling the stuff below because I might talk myself out the run if it is the last thing on my to do list.

25 push ups (4 times) –These are modified push-ups and by that it means that my knees were bent because my current fitness level can’t handle regular push ups just yet.

25 reverse sit ups (4 times) – I hate regular sit ups because they hurt my neck I refuse to do them.

25 (4 count) flutter kicks (4 times) – I love flutter kicks 🙂

1 minute planks (4 times)- I seriously hate planks but they are very effective, when done correctly.

For anyone wanting to join this challenge please consult with your doctor or doctors first because you don’t want to do something that you could potentially hurt you. My doctors know that I love to workout and I keep them informed of any major changes for my own good.

** Today’s workout was especially hard because I didn’t get enough sleep last night but I am so glad that I pushed myself to get it done.**

Once again, I thank you for stopping by 🙂

Muffin Top No More: Day 2

Day 2: Muffin Top No More

Run: 5.19 Miles under an hour 🙂

100 push ups (modified)

100 reverse sit ups

4 minute planks

100 (4 count) flutter kicks

This is my “muffin top no more” challenge because I want my flat pre-babies tummy back. I am sure this is a major concern for many mommies. This challenge is open to anyone who wants to try something different. You don’t have to run 5 miles everyday but you can walk up to 10,000 steps a day. We can encourage each other by posting about our workouts everyday.

Thank you for stopping by 🙂 I am looking forward to seeing how the next 30 days are going to effect my overall health and waistline.

Here is a break down of how I usually workout.

I usually do the run first before tackling the stuff below because I might talk myself out the run if it is the last thing on my to do list.

25 push ups (4 times) –These are modified push-ups and by that it means that my knees were bent because my current fitness level can’t handle regular push ups just yet.

25 reverse sit ups (4 times) – I hate regular sit ups because they hurt my neck I refuse to do them.

25 (4 count) flutter kicks (4 times) – I love flutter kicks 🙂

1 minute planks (4 times)- I seriously hate planks but they are very effective, when done correctly.

For anyone wanting to join this challenge please consult with your doctor or doctors first because you don’t want to do something that you could potentially hurt you. My doctors know that I love to workout and I keep them informed of any major changes for my own good.

Once again, I thank you for stopping by 🙂

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