September 29th, 2014

First post baby 5k

It was a really fun weekend here! Hope you had a good one, too.

Saturday was packed, but the highlight was the 5k for me and kids dash for L.

I couldn’t have done it without this guy.  I mean, look at him… baby on his chest, diaper bag on one arm, camera bag on the other.  He managed to get most of the following pictures too.  I feel lucky to have this kind of support system!

5k support crew

So back to the race.  I had time for a 2.5 mile warm up jog, and was already melting.  The race started at 11 am and it was close to 80 degrees!

We were off right on time.


The first mile felt surprisingly good.  I hovered around a 6:40 pace and was surprised that I didn’t feel like I was going to die. (Mile one: 6:45)  But that changed.


The course had two loops and the final .75 of each loop was an incline in the full sun that really tired me out.  This is the half way point and I was beginning to wonder how I would hold on for another loop.



Montclair 5k mile 2


The second loop was slower, but the effort was harder.  The heat was getting to me.  I was feeling the “8 weeks postpartum” thing.

I was remembering why I always decide I hate the 5k when I’m in the middle of it. (Mile two- 6:57)

The last mile was so tough.  I really wanted to catch the girl in blue but I had no final kick.  I held on as long as I could. (Mile 3- 6:59)



Whew, SO ready to be done!


Final time: 21:58.  I gave my husband a nod and headed to find water and shade immediately.

After catching my breath and feeling recovered, it was time for the kids dash.

L was unsure- she thought if she didn’t win, she wouldn’t get a medal.  I assured her that everyone got a medal and we were just going to run for fun. (She definitely has a competitive streak… and didn’t get that from her daddy.)


The “dash” was not a specific distance and not very long.  But it was the perfect first race experience for her.




Crossing the “real” finish line…



And a family shot!


As we were leaving, we heard them starting awards and decided to hang around.


I was the 3rd woman (a very small local race!!) and was surprised to find I won some goodies- a gift card to the local running store plus ear buds, Road ID gift cards, a journal and a few other odds and ends.  Sweet!


I’d call the first post baby race a success.  Not as easy as I hoped, but I did beat my pregnant self- and that was my goal. :)  The baby slept, L enjoyed her race, and we all had a marvelous Saturday morning together.


Next up, the Trenton half in about six weeks.  Time to work on endurance!

Did anyone else race this weekend?

Do you have small local races that you like to participate in?

September 28th, 2014

Weekly workout recap + meal plan link up

Hey friends,

Hope you’re having a good weekend! I’m happy to report that I survived my first post-baby 5k… barely.  It was nearly 80 degrees! But it felt good to push myself again and now I have a good idea where my speed is at and can only improve from here.  More on the race results tomorrow!

We also had my 4 yo’s soccer game and a birthday party yesterday, so it was a full day.  I’m crossing my fingers for a whole family nap time today!

Here’s the usual workout recap and meal plan:

Sunday: 30 minute strength workout

Monday: 6 mile run (in 51 minutes)

Tuesday: 45 minute elliptical/strength combo

Wednesday: 5 mile easy run (8:45 pace)

Thursday: taught 1 hour spin class

Friday: off

Saturday: 2.5 mile warm up + 5k race

5k pre race


Here’s our meal plan:

Sunday: Scrambled eggs and smoothies

Monday: Butternut Squash Chickpea Curry


Tuesday: Pork Tenderloin + Spicy Apple and Chickpea Salad


Wednesday: Morrocan Chicken Tagine

Thursday: Cilantro Lime Fish Tacos

Friday: Cauliflower Crust Pizza (again, because it’s so good!)

Cauliflower crust pizza

Saturday:  Out

And check out some of these delicious fall ideas:

Now I just need a personal chef to make all these lattes and treats for me…  :)

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How did you spend your Saturday?

What fall treats are you planning to make?

September 26th, 2014

Goals Check In

Are we really down to the final quarter of 2014? I remember feeling like it was so long until baby J’s due date, and suddenly she’s just about two months old!

So let’s see how things are going…

Running related

I’m thankful I was able to run through my [...]

September 24th, 2014

Muffin Round up!

Something about the cooler Fall air begs me to do more baking, and muffins are at the top of my list. They’re fun, delicious, pre-portioned and can be made as healthy (or unhealthy!) as you’d like!

I asked some friends for muffin favorites and came up with this delicious list. I tried to organize them [...]

September 22nd, 2014

How to return to Postpartum Running Safely

Today baby J turns 8 weeks old! We’re understanding her needs and personality better, loving her smiles and coos and starting to get a bit more sleep. But that’s for another post… today, I want to talk about getting back to running after having a baby.

I started easing back into walk/runs about 3 [...]

September 21st, 2014

Weekly Workout Recap + Meal Plan

How’s your weekend going? We had a busy Saturday, catching up on chores around the house, organizing kids clothes, my 4 yo’s soccer game, checking out yard sales and grilling for what might be one of the last times. L just started ballet and we found two leotard’s plus slippers at a neighbor’s yard sale [...]

September 19th, 2014


You know the term “fake-booking?” (…the idea that people put out their best on Facebook and you never really see or know the whole story.)

Blogging can be like that, too. I try to give the full picture with highs and lows, but of course it’s always more appealing to share the good news with [...]

September 17th, 2014

WIAW on the Reset Challenge

So, I meant to do a better job of sharing my eats from the Reset Challenge on Instagram or on here, and it just hasn’t happened. Caring for a new baby is all-encompassing! But I did my best yesterday to capture my day for wiaw.

We’re just about half way through and it’s going pretty [...]

September 15th, 2014

5 Ways to Counter Inflammation from Running

Hope you all had a great weekend!

I want to continue to dig deeper into the 7 Reasons Runners Struggle to Lose Weight. So far, we talked about how sleep can affect our cravings, weight and running performance. Today let’s look at inflammation in the body.

One of the reasons some runners struggle to lose [...]

September 14th, 2014

Workouts and Meal plan

What a beautiful, cool weekend here! Such a contrast to the 90 degrees last Saturday. Are you having similar weather? I was actually chilly at my 4 year old’s soccer game yesterday!

I’m going to keep this quick today… first up, workouts:

Sunday: 35 minute spin intervals + 15 minute upper body weights at the [...]

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