sicky don’t run

This was how I spent my week. Curled up next to the humidifier desperately trying to feel better and sanitize my hands each time I used a tissue. Needless to say, I haven’t run since Wednesday (and I probably shouldn’t have gone then either).

Since I was mostly out of commission all week, I don’t have a lot to report. And since I missed almost a week of 5K training I will be essentially completing a couch-to-5K in about 2 weeks. I strongly believe that anyone can run a 5K, so I’m not worried. I just won’t be shattering any world (or personal) records any time soon.

Although my week consisted of mostly napping with the cat and watching The Daily Show, I did manage to make some homemade brownies. We spent a good chunk of our grocery budget stocking up on $2 Chuck at Trader Joe’s the last time we drove through Des Moines, so we have been a little short on the snacks around the house lately and I was craving something chocolatey. I don’t normally post recipes, but these are just too good and really easy to make!

  • 1c butter
  • 1c cocoa powder
  • 2c sugar
  • 1tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2c flour
  • 1/4tsp baking soda
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1c chocolate chips

1. Preheat the oven to 350º and grease a 9×13″ pan.

2. Melt the butter and mix it with the cocoa, sugar, and salt.

3. Add each egg, one at a time, beating well after each egg.

4. Add the flour, baking soda, and vanilla. Stir well. Mix in the chocolate chips.

5. Pour into the pan and bake for 30 minutes.

Yum! (I’m going to sneak off to the kitchen for another).

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morning treadmill run

Well it finally happened. Since Kiddo came along I swore I wouldn’t have to get up in the morning before 8:00 7:30 7:00, but today I was up at 6:00. There are two reasons for this. This week we are rabbit sitting and I decided it would be best to check on them before Kiddo wakes up at 7:00 so that Paul could be home with him. (Rebecca, in case you’re reading, the rabbits are doing well. I gave them carrots and they were very happy about that). I also decided that I could get my run done during that time before Kiddo woke up.

That last part didn’t happen exactly as I planned. I was all geared up to head straight down to the treadmill as soon as I got home. I was actually happy to run on the treadmill today, even though I usually prefer to run outside. I finally got new shoes and wanted to give them a try. It snowed a bit last week and I wanted to wait until it had cleared out before taking them on the road, so I was happy to give the treadmill a go.

However, when I walked in the door at 6:40, someone was crying. It was probably for the best. One thing I had not anticipated was the more endowed physical features my body takes on first thing in the morning. Sorry if that’s not descriptive enough. Basically, since I had not fed Kiddo at this point, I was looking a bit more like Pamela Anderson than usual. So, I decided to feed him first, then we headed downstairs and hit the ‘mill.

Today also marked the first day of 5K training. I decided start from scratch since it’s been awhile since I’ve run consistently. Today’s plan was for 1.5 miles at an easy run/walk pace. I don’t know if it’s me or the treadmill, but I never do very well on it. Of course today wasn’t much of an exception and, although I ran the whole time, it still took me 18:15 to complete the run.

After my run I got the cat out from under the treadmill and we headed back upstairs to get ready for nap time. I decided to try making an iced-coffee-protein-shake since it was breakfast time, but I had just finished running (and we don’t have any chocolate milk). I don’t really have a recipe, but here are the ingredients:

  • Coffee, brewed and cold
  • Protein powder (I tried half vanilla/half chocolate, but I think I’d do just vanilla next time)
  • Milk or coffee creamer
  • Sugar or sweetener

Mix it all in the blender and voilà – look at all that foamy goodness! I actually made quite a lot so next time I won’t make so much, because I don’t think I’ll be able to finish it all.

holiday running

I hope everyone has been having a great holiday season! I managed to get two runs in this week. We’re visiting family, so I had extra people to keep an eye on Kiddo while I went for a run. Normally I like to plan out my route before I leave the house, but I was actually looking forward to running without having a plan. Both runs only ended up being about 2 miles long, but they were enjoyable. It wasn’t really cold enough for it, but I got new running clothes, so I thought I’d try them out.

Kiddo got to experience his first real snow before we left home. He was an excellent traveler and slept most of the 4 hour ride. I sat in the back seat with him and I think that helped. We also brought the cat along with us, so we pretty much exploded into my parents house when we got there.

Paul and I actually had a chance to go out alone while my parents and sisters watched Kiddo. After getting lost downtown, we finally found an amazing Indian restaurant. Paul received a new camera lens for Christmas and wanted to take some pictures at night, so we walked around an area that I knew would be perfect. Anybody know where we went?

All in all, I’d say it was a pretty good ending to a pretty good year!

no-fun run

Yesterday I had my first postpartum no-fun run. I went running last Thursday and really enjoyed the run. However, yesterday it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. At first my iPhone started acting funny and I had to stop and fix it. That really made me wish I could run without it. I really like to know how I did and I need to listen to music or I focus too much on how tired I am, so I’m stuck taking it with me. It’s really amazing how one little screw up early on can mess up a whole run.

I don’t know about other runners, but I really enjoy looking at (and inside) the houses as I run by. I’m pretty nosy, so I claim I’m just looking inside to get decorating ideas, but I really just want to see what other people are doing. For this reason, I have curtains on all my windows and I try to keep them closed all the time. I especially like this time of the year, because people get a little crazy with the Christmas decorations, and a lot of people are proud of their trees, so they display them right by the window.

I was totally looking forward to getting to see some awful decorations, and I did, but non of my pictures turned out well. So I ended up stopping to take pictures for no reason. I think there must be something about running in the snow that makes bad decorations even better anyway.

At one point my shoulder started to hurt. This tends to happen when it’s cold outside because I shrug my shoulders a lot when I’m cold and it really bothers me when I run. I decided to cut the run short and go home at that point. Therefore, I only did 2 miles, rather than 3, which is what I set out to do.

Bad run aside, the week has been pretty good. We decided to eliminate meat at home, so I’m getting used to making more vegetarian dishes. I’m not entirely opposed to eating meat, but I decided it was better for us to stop. I was also making lasagna and the ground beef looked really unappetizing. This week we’ve been trying to eat up whatever meat we had in the freezer. Today I made myself scrambled eggs with onions, peppers, and spinach for lunch. It was pretty tasty. I hadn’t been too creative, so I have been mostly eating salads this week and I was happy for a change.

Kiddo has started constantly sucking his thumb. I’m not entirely against it, but I’m not really sure if I’m for it. It’s nice that he always has his thumbs with him and it does a pretty good job of comforting him when I can’t be there right away. Judging by how furiously he goes at it, though, it seems like it might become a problem when he’s older. It’s probably a little early to determine if it will be a problem or not. Either way, he looks cute doing it!

rain, yoga, and a good book

Today has turned out to be one of those rainy fall days that makes you want to curl up by a warm fire and read a good book. We don’t have a fireplace, so I’ve had to improvise with the Christmas tree.

I decided not to run due to the rain, so I thought we’d try baby yoga this morning instead. Unfortunately, Kiddo (my nickname for the little guy) is probably still a bit to small for it. He enjoyed watching me and loves the “Flying Baby” move, but between short attention spans and breaks for changing diapers and feedings we didn’t get much yoga in before it was nap time again. I was expecting we might not finish the routine. Hopefully we’ll get through it someday.

During his nap I was able to get some lunch. It was all leftovers, but the food was worth mentioning. Paul had made Italian soup the other night which has beans, spinach, tomatoes, Italian sausage, and I’m sure a few other delicious ingredients. That alone would have made for a great lunch, but I also added a salad. I haven’t had a really good salad in a long time, so I made a simple salad with spinach, tomatoes, red bell peppers, Greek olives, Parmesan cheese, and balsamic dressing. The dressing and the olives are the key to making any salad scrumptious. I topped the whole meal off with some chocolate soy milk. One thing I love about running, is that it gives me the excuse to drink chocolate milk. However, chocolate soy milk will have to do for now, because the Kiddo doesn’t like it when I drink cow’s milk.

Now we are sitting by the tree enjoying “Cat’s Cradle” by Kurt Vonnegut (currently, one of my favorite authors) and some Christmas music. He’s a happy little bookworm!