What’s going down… Food Prepping with the Instant Pot

Wow…I actually was home for a weekend to prep our meals for the week!!

This makes me sooooo HAPPY and using the Instant Pot makes me even HAPPIER!!

Here’s the quick run down…

Shredded Korean Beef with Sweet Potato and Sautéed Peppers from Fit Foodie Finds.  I thought my son was going to eat all this beef before I could get it packed up for lunches!! I’m pretty sure I’ll be making this again.

Sweet Potatoes can be tricky, but Sweet Peas and Saffron has a great guide on choosing the right time for the size of your Sweet Potato…lifesaver!!

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Chinese Chicken with Broccoli from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen.  I’m not sure if I will make the Riced Cauliflower to go along with this, I’m not a fan yet!!

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Paleo Tumeric Chicken Meatballs w/Green Tahini Sauce from Ambitious Kitchen.  I made the sauce per the directions, but mine didn’t turn out as green??!!  We will drizzle before eating.

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For breakfast I’m going with a Spinach, Pineapple and Banana smoothie.

Cheers for the new week!!

Let me know…

Do you shy away from recipes with crazy ingredients??  What’s the weirdest ingredient that you have cooked with??

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Pensacola Double Bridge Run 15k…When your neck doesn’t make the finish line photo!!!

Pensacola Double Bridge Run 15k… 3 February 2018

Before I get to the recap, the feature photo was in the Pensacola News Journal and the first thing I noticed was that I didn’t have a neck!!  Due to the lack of neck in this photo, I intentionally held my chin up during the finish of our next race!!!

Now for the recap…

This was the 6th running of this race for me and the 4th for the Hubs.  We love this race and can’t wait to run the NEW bridge next year.  If you’re not familiar with this race, you run the 3 mile bridge from Pensacola to Gulf Breeze and the toll bridge that takes you onto Pensacola Beach.  You may see construction in some of the pictures, that’s the new bridge being built and we were told that it will be race ready in 2019.

Once again, we had some chilly temps at the start, but the throw away jackets I found while cleaning out my son’s closet helped a lot!!

We were bused from the beach (aka Finish Line) to the Wahoo Stadium downtown for the start.  Our bus driver turned left vs. right leaving the parking lot taking us towards Fort Pickens…no, no, no!!  Of course, we all told her to turn around and her reply…I haven’t been to the beach in about 5 years!!  Ummmm, there is only one way in and one way out, you need to go out the way you came in!!  We made it across the bridge and almost made it to the stadium, but first…we must rescue a turtle crossing the road!!  But , we did make it in time for a stop at the bathroom and a few meet ups.

We met up with Team RWB Panama City for the annual group photo.  It’s crazy that we see more Team RWB members at this race than any Panama City race!!??  We also ran into our friend Meghan who is about to run a 50k and we’ll see her again at Flying Pig in May.  We also were able to meet up with our friend George from Mobile, his wife Erica is running the 5k so you’ll see her later.

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Oh hey, it’s go time…let me start my watch!!

We leave the stadium for a short loop around downtown before making our way to the 3 mile bridge.  We stopped at the top of the bridge for a photo and again at the 6 mile mark right after exiting the bridge.  Right before the 5k start line is a Chik-Fil-A and the cow and calf are always out…photo op.  I hope next year they bring chicken nuggets!!

We had several friends running the 5k and they were standing out along the course to cheer us on before their start…photo op!! Kari. Dan-el

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Then it was onward and upward to conquer the second bridge!!  Mile 8 is right in the middle of the climb up…who does that???  This year I ran all the way up that sucker, I usually start walking at the mile 8 marker…but not this year!!  After reaching the top, it’s all downhill (well pretty much) to the finish!!

And there it is…that photo finish!!  With a little elbow sweat, anything is possible!! Does anyone else just sweat at the elbows??!!

We hung out and waited to see everyone finish…

Then we headed to the beach for those medal shots!!

We finished the morning off with breakfast at Polonza’s, I had a mimosa and the Toad in a Hole…delicious.  Two slices of sour dough bread, two eggs over medium, arugula, tomato, bacon, avocado, parmesan cheese and a lite vinaigrette dressing.   The Hubs didn’t have anything too exciting, eggs with cheese and a coke.

I forgot to mention, The 15k finishers received either a trucker hat or visor at the finish, your choice!!

Next up…26.2 with Donna – Booby Trap Challenge

Let me know…

When is your racing season??  Fall into Winter, Winter into Spring or Summer into Fall??  Do you have a race bucket list??  Are you checking any bucket list races off during your racing season this year??

A Louisiana Weekend with a Little Lagniappe…

***I started this post 2 weeks ago and then my son tested positive for Flu B, the Hubs ended up with a chest/head cold, and I was lucky to catch a respiratory/ear infection and head cold.  This knocked me on my butt and I did nothing, absolutely NOTHING.  So this post is later than I expected, but I’m getting it done!!

Louisiana Marathon Race weekend January 12-14, 2018

Friday we started what has become our annual road trip to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for a full weekend of socializing and running!! It’s roughly a 4 hr drive from Pensacola and we planned on getting to the Expo around 2p.

We parked along the river like we always do and took a short walk to the Cane’s River Center.  We located our bib numbers and picked up our shirts and bags.  The last few years we have been doing a race on Saturday (5k/Quarter Note) and Sunday (Half/Full).  We rallied through the race merchandise area with only a hat and a cawfee mug!!  We stopped at the Community Coffee Truck for the King Cake flavored cawfee…first of the Mardi Gras season!!

 

 

Then we had all the fun at the photo booth with Karin and Gary!!  If you don’t know Gary, you need to!!  He is 400 to 26.2 on Instagram and has one heck of an inspirational story and is embarking on a new adventure in Colorado!!

Our girl Karin is on Instagram as runner girl_1210 and has become the bestests of buds!! She toughed out 26.2 miles in Chicago with the Hubs when I couldn’t run.  She was a trooper to listen to him for 5 hrs straight!!

 

 

We then made our way through the vendors, but I have to say that this year was much smaller than in the past.  Our only purchase was are shirts from 73 Threads and I must say…they know us.  Talking about the captions on our shirts!!!  Not to mention we picked up our Gasparilla shirts as well!!

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We then ran into Jennifer (jenzenator) and the Race Announcer…Jeremy Pate!!  Jennifer is the sweetest and it was great getting to chat with her this afternoon.  Jeremy and Rick go back a few years in regards to media and Public Affairs.  It’s always comforting to hear his voice on race morning!!

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Then is was off to dinner at Chimes near LSU and to ready ourselves for the freezing temps expected for race morning.

Saturday – Quarter Note…6.55 miles

Here we geaux…25 degrees at race start!!

The start was at 8a so we were able to stop for a SHORT cawfee on the way. We were lucky to find 4 packs of hand warmers in the checkout line at WalMart and I planned to keep mine in my gloves, as well as the side pockets of the shorts under my skirt.  Yes, I opted for NO PANTS…what was I thinking??  Maybe that I would look cool??  How about COLD!!

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We sat in the car for a while until it was time to go meet all the friends!!  I did tie a mylar blanket around my waist to keep the legs warm until it was time to run.

 

It’s always fun to run into Jennifer, one of the race strategist that approached us on course in 2016 and told us that they loved following us…really it was the Hubs, I was in the port-a-potty!!  The McDonald’s (Wayne and Dee) are always a welcome sight and this year they brought the whole family out for the 5k.  I was excited to see Kansas (kansas2652) as we were walking to the start, we met her at MS Gulf Coast in 2016 and love seeing her!!  We finally met Erica’s friend Tre (thang_cay), we had only seen pictures until today!!  And our girl Erica (erica.runs31), she was one of the first friends for life that we met in 2016 and we make sure we get a little extra time with her.

And it’s Geaux Time…

 

In it for the finish!!  What is the Hubs doing to my fingers???

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And we can’t forget the medal shot!!

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We did change into warmer clothes to attend the Finish Festival, but I neglected to take any photos…who am I??  I’m thinking I didn’t want to take my gloves off??!!  But we did enjoy a bowl of Uncle Larry’s Gumbo before heading off for Café au Lait and Beignets.

Sunday – Half Marathon…13.1 miles

And 2 degrees warmer at race start today…27 degrees!!

 

Start was at 7a this morning, so no cawfee on the way, but we did get a cup from Community Coffee though, that’s the table behind us!!  The same drill with the hand warmers this morning, gloves and pockets, but I took a $5 WalMart blanket to the start line this morning…however, I did hand it off to someone in the crowd!!  We met up with Erica, Karin and Valerie (icecreamrunner) and headed to the start line where we ran into Jennifer!!

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Remember Gary (400to26.2) from the expo??  Well he ran up on us at mile 1 and stuck with us until mile 2 when he had to stop for a photo for the costume contest!!  Thanks for the action shot Gary!!

I’m not gonna lie, it was cold, I was cold…so this is what we got along the way.  We stopped for Mike the Tiger at mile 4, struck a pose at mile 7 and Mimosas at mile 11…but of course!!!

 

And we brought it in for that finish line shot!!

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The one of the best things about this Half, we got to run the whole 13.1 miles with Erica!!  There were times she would run ahead, but she always came back for us!!  We love you Erica!!

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Same drill as yesterday, we went and put on warm clothes and headed over to the Finish Festival.  Once again, no photos??!!  But we did have Gumbo, Jambalaya, Marathon Salad and Vegan Roasted Vegetable Gumbo before heading over near the finish line to watch Karin finish the marathon.  On our way we ran into Shay (funrungirl13.1) and her husband Matt, who just finished his 1st Half!!  We met Shay in Nashville last year and hope to see her in Chattanooga in March.

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And finish she did!!

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And that’s a wrap on the Louisiana Marathon 2018!!  I’d like to say that we were party animals, but after Karin and her husband left, we ate and were in the bed at 7p!!  Until next year…

Let me know…

Do you hangout after a race?? Maybe for a friend to finish or maybe the after party or maybe both??  What’s the coldest temperature that you have run a race?  Do you dress for the weather or play it cool??

Next up…

Pensacola Double Bridge Run 15k

A New Year… A New Plan

Starting the year off right…

I plan to add yoga and strength training BACK into the running rotation for 2018.  I have been having little twinges of injuries past and have been on TOTAL neglect mode with any type of cross training.

So here it goes… First week of January

Monday – I said I was re-introducing strength training into the rotation and it’s happening the first day of the year!!  I don’t know if many of you follow the Beachbody social media accounts, but there is a new workout coming later this month by Autumn Calabrese, 21 Day Fix, they put a teaser out on BOD called A Little Obsessed (ALO)…well here I go!!

Day 1 of ALO –  Cardio Core… no weights, no bands, no sliders!!  I opted for bodyweight in order not to sacrifice form with a new program.  Pretty sure I’ll feel this tomorrow.

Tuesday – Another running rest day, but I’m in for AOL

Day 2 of ALO – Booty Burn… not gonna lie, the exercises are meant to TARGET the booty!!

Wednesday – Today was the day that I would see if this cross training and running routine was going to pan out.  Let’s just say that the legs were slowing down in mile 2 and I began to wonder why I let the cross training fall by the wayside??!!

Day 3 of ALO – AAA (Arms, Abs and A$$)… I used 8 lb weights for the upper body exercises

Thursday – Resolution 5k on base this afternoon!! I’m skipping Day 4 of ALO – Cardio since I was running the 5k.  I also added 10 minutes of abs and an 8 minute stretch video once I got to the house.

Friday – REST

Saturday – 10.04 miles.  Long run before next weekend’s Louisiana Marathon’s Half and Quarter Note!!  Look at us all bundled up it was 34 degrees in Florida!!  Brrrrrrrrrrr!!

Sunday – Yoga.  I finally broke the plastic on the Yoga for Runners video that I purchased 2 months ago.  I did Yoga for Recovery and it was just what my lower body needed after those AOL workouts. This video includes exercises for the ankles and feet and focuses on the lower body.

So here it goes…Second week of January

Monday – REST

Tuesday – 3.11 miles and Day 5 of ALO – Legs.  I finally found the day to add Day 5 of ALO and let me just say that my knees were pretty cranky with all the lunges…ALL.THE.LUNGES!!  This preview is only 5 days, so I’m closing it out due to our races this coming weekend.  The mama to this baby, 80 Day Obsession, starts 15 January.  I will not be doing the 80 days straight, but I will do ALL 80 days.  I just have to figure out what days each workout will work best for.  Fingers crossed!!

Wednesday – Yoga.  Yoga for Recovery…again!!  I’m loving this stretch for the feet.

Thursday – 2.26 miles.  This run wraps up the week…Ready to Rendezvous in Baton Rouge!!

And guess what…

I’m part of the 2018 Fitletic Brand Ambassador Team!! This was the third year I put in for it and they finally selected ME!!  You rarely see me without one of their belts while running…it holds all the stuff.  Once I get my discount code, I’ll be sure to share in case you want to try one for your self!!

Friday –  Travel Day.

Saturday and Sunday – Race Weekend…stay tuned for that recap!!

Let me know…

How did you start the New Year?? Anything NEW for 2018??

All the Stats… 2017 the Year in Review

With all that happened towards the end of the year 2017 brought many highlights, a Vegas Wedding and a surprise surgery to mention a couple.
Let’s start with races ran…
30 races
5k – 9
6k – 1
8k – 1
10k – 4
12k – 1
15k – 2
Half – 10
and the two that I didn’t get to start…
DNS – 2  Chicago Marathon and 30A Half Marathon (due to surgery and recovery)
AG placements
1st in AG at Running the Highlands Half Marathon
2nd in AG at Fit 2 Fight 10k
2nd in AG at Semper Fi 5k

 

 

Timing
Fastest Half – The Half at the Louisiana Marathon  2:20:51
Fastest 15k – Pensacola Double Bridge Run  1:33:31
Fastest 10k – 30A 10k  1:03:37
Fastest 5k – Semper Fi 5k   30:36

 

 

Monthly Miles
August and September yielded the most/same miles this year, of course it was during marathon training.

 

 

Yearly Miles
I am counting running and walking miles this year since the month of October and first week of November I was limited to walking.
Running  950.3
Walking  103.0
Total =  1053.3

 

Favorite Races
Louisiana Marathon – Hands down has the best Finish Line Festival that we’ve seen!
Gasparilla – Our favorite challenge weekend…SO.MANY.RUNNERS!!!  And great medals!!
ChattanoogaWe were able to meet up and run with a few long time runner buds and watch our dear friend finish her first marathon!!
Hotlanta  – Even though this race is in June and HAWT, we plan to go back.  It was such a great weekend and I hope the lady with the cooler of icee pops will be along the greenway!!
Graffiti Bridge 5k – This was the best fun leaving our mark on the Graffiti Bridge in Pensacola!!
Chicago Int’l 5k – Since I was sidelined from the Chicago Marathon due to a medical issue, being able to walk the 5k was a welcomed gift!
Battleship 12k – This was hands down the most patriotic race we have ever attended/ran…this community truly supports it’s military members/families.
*Sadly the first five listed were all recapped in the same post earlier in the year… then I got my act together!!

 

 

Instagram Best Nine
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1 – Gasparilla Ultra Challenge
2 – Ho Ho Hustle 10k
3 – Sports Bra Squad
4 – The Hubs’ Chicago Marathon finish
5 – Las Vegas training run
6 – Christmas Prop at the Park
7 – Vegas Wedding
8 – Chicago Int’l 5k finish
9  – Panama City Beach Half finish
Most Special Day in 2017
Mr. & Mrs. Delahaya
July 26, 2017
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Most Viewed Blog Post
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 Let me know…
Any goals or special plans for 2018??  I’m trying to figure mine out!!
Happy New Year!!

Running and Recaps…

The last two weeks have flown, not to mention we are pretty much through with the current week!!!  Why is there so much hustle and bustle during December??  Well, I’m about to impart my hustling and bustling on you and I promise to keep it short!!

The first week of December gifted me with 20.5 miles run…

Tuesday – 3.10 miles

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Thursday – 4.10 miles

You can’t tell it in the picture, but I am SOAKED!!  When I started out it was sunny however, 2 miles in the rain started to fall becoming a downpour and bringing the darkness…ugggghhh!!

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Saturday – Ho Ho Hustle 10K – 6.24 miles

Can you say…WINTER in Florida??!!  Well, it only lasted a few days.  While the rest of the south was getting all the SNOW we only had the almost freezing temps, 34 degrees  at race start!!  Brrrrr!!  This was the second running of the Ho Ho Hustle 5/10k in downtown Fort Walton, Florida.  It was an easy out and back flat course.  No medals for this one, only locally made ornaments were given for Overall and AG winners.  Runners were encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to Toys for Tots.

Of course we had to dress to impress for this run…it was a themed kinda run.  We wish we would’ve thought of all the onesies everyone else seemed to be wearing.   I shoved all my hair up in that tree to try and get the star on top to stand up…runner problems!!

Sunday – 7.06 miles

I call this… Drunkin’ Blow-ups!!

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The second week of December gifted me with 23.62 miles run…

Tuesday – 2.14 miles

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Thursday – Santa 5k and 2.02 training miles – 5.12 miles

And yes… A Santa selfie at the Santa 5k!!  This Santa arrived on his bicycle when his sleigh broke down, hence the bike helmet… I knew you wanted to know!!

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Saturday  – Inaugural Running Highland Oaks Half Marathon – 13.10 miles

We woke up at 4a for a 1.5 hr drive to Dothan, AL to participate in this inaugural race, dedicated as we are.  Driving in it was dark, but as the sun came up and we were able to see some of the course around us and I may have said a few cuss words.  NOTHING BUT HILLS!!  I have since learned that Golf Course = Hills.  Yes, we ran about 11.5 miles of this course on a golf cart path.  I took it like a champ though… the GIANT hill at mile 6 was a blow to the gut, I walked that hill like I was going plant a flag on top of it!!  All was good until about mile 11 and then I just wanted to be done.   I will say that all my effort got me 1st in my AG!!!  Yes, there were only 2 of us and I’m counting it as a WIN!!

The course was gorgeous, I can only imagine all the blooming glory in the Spring/Summer.

 

 

Sunday – 3.26 miles

And smooches to you all!!  I ran in the leftover makeup and lipstick from my office Christmas party the night before.  I figured why wash my face if I’m just gonna sweat!!

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That’s it for now… I’m working on my race wrap up for 2017 and hope to get it posted next week!!

Merry Christmas!!!

 

Panama City Beach Half Marathon Recap and a Giveaway!!!

Back in the day…I had run the 5k when this race was called Run for the Red Fish.  This would be my second year running the Half under the new name and the Hubs’ first.

I picked up our race packets during lunch on Friday, now selfie bib photo with the Hubs for this one…it’s all me!!

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There was a staggered start for the three races and we were set to start at 730a.  We arrived about 45 minutes prior to start time for the Half Fanatics photo at Margaritaville that was coordinated by our region ambassador, but she was nowhere to be found so we snapped a few beach pictures before watching the start of the Marathon.

We spotted our friends Christy and W headed out for 26.2 miles, gave them a shout and a wave for good luck!!  We found out Tennessee Fun Runner Friends – Dorothy (dot032) Josie (joheady), and Tammie (tlove1967)…we selfied and chatted our way to the start line.

Once lined up we ended up beside Holly (HoHoRuns) and Karen (karenrunsva), I ran into them at this event last year!!

Can I just say that even though I trained all summer in the Florida heat and humidity, it does not prepare you for 13.1 miles in the mid 70s with sunny skies in December without course hydration!!  Yep, little to no hydration on course!!

We headed out of Pier Park to the left down Front Beach Road.  The water stops were set up every 1-2 miles, however the first three miles had no water for runners.  Coming up on mile 4 we crossed over the get water from a table set up for the runners heading back.  At mile 6 the volunteers were standing with their arms crossed watching runners pass by.  I asked for water, but was told that there wasn’t any and I’m pretty sure I cussed at that point!!

We made it to the turn around and this was the first picture we took along the course.

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I was pretty loud about no water on the course when we passed the table at mile 6 on the return and they STILL HAD NO WATER, one of the two cyclist riding the course looking for a friend offered us a drink from his water bottle and we did partake…THANK YOU random cyclist!! Also, they were kind enough to ride back and tell us that there was limited water at mile 8, they had 2 one gallon jugs dropped off!!  Ummmm, there were over 1000 runners signed up for today’s events and that’s just not right!!

Yes, I had water at mile 8, for as thirsty as I was I only took one cup.  I knew there were runners behind me that needed the hydration as well.

I made it just past mile 9 and had to start my run/walk intervals.  I could tell I was starting to dehydrate, my head was starting to thump and my energy was starting to fade, luckily I was still sweating.  There was no water at mile 10, we were told that they had some at mile 11…SCORE! At mile 11, we were swiggin’ from gallon jugs of water with other runners, why…NO CUPS!!  We passed a runner down in the road with paramedics and heard sirens in the distance.

Somewhere between mile 11 and 12 we stopped for this view.

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My walk intervals were increasing and the run intervals were decreasing…not how I wanted my first post surgery race to go.  But we’re going with it!!  Only ONE mile to go!!

Turning back into Pier Park, I was excited to see the finish line ahead.  Also, Holly was able to get a few great shots of us running it in.  Also, Josie caught me waving or is that my S.O.S to come get me??!!

 

And with all that I managed a 2:24:55!!  I was actually quicker than I thought, I wasn’t watching my watch at all.

 

I downed two bottles of water before heading over the tap glasses with our Tennessee Fun Runner Friends!!

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We didn’t hang out too long.  I was hungry, had a raging headache, and wanted a nap.  In fact, it took two days for that headache to completely go away!!

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AND…Check out my latest Instagram post for a Tifosi Optics Giveaway!!  Everyone needs some cool shades for the holidays!!

 

Let me know…

Do you have a race that maybe didn’t go as planned??  Was it something minor or major??  How did you handle it??