Thursday, April 24, 2014

Thursday Thoughts 04.24.14


  • Coffee. Coffee. Tate rang in his 3 month birthday early this morning at 2:58 with an early am snack. He chatted with me and chewed on his fists for 45 minutes before falling back asleep (it was the cutest thing) Then Kenny got home from extra duty and I talked to him for a few minutes. Then Tate woke up at 5:30 for the morning. Like I said...coffee. coffee.
:)
  • Throwback Thursday. I don't usually post a tbt picture, but I was surfing through my old facebook photos and I had to post one, err two (on instagram) There's a whole treasure of oldies when you start going through your photos of me.
Nathan, Adam, Beth, Kenny and I back in 2006. 
  • Froyo date with Chrissy. Mmmm. 



  • We went to visit Ariel yesterday. Tate seemed really interested in her. Maybe he's already thinking he'll be her protective older (by 3 months haha) cousin;)

  • Today is a gym day. Right after I post this, I'm going to find a workout so I'll be ready to go once I get there. I think it's an arm and stepper kind of day.
  • It's raining and cold here today. I find lighting a candle helps take the dreariness away :) 
  • I was chosen, along with 499 other bloggers, to try out Vega bars. I'm patiently awaiting the arrival of my box of bars or protein powder. I can't remember which one I am receiving :)
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  • I am so excited to really start training for my fall races. I feel good about not signing up for any Spring or Summer races. I feel I need the spring and summer to get back on my feet and work on speed a bit. I've been eyeing Hal Higdon's training programs. I followed his plan when I trained for my first half in 2009 and it was a success. Since then I've just been going on my own plans. Time for Hal to help me out with a PR;) 
What are some of your Thursday Thoughts? 
Ever try Vega protein? What's your favourite protein?
Do you prefer racing in the summer or fall? 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

20 Questions

You may have seen this survey floating around some blogs lately? I'm a total sucker for these things so a survey it is today;) Do you agree that surveys bring you back to junior high school and chain letters? Ok, let's do this!

1. What brings you the most joy?
You already know this answer. It's baby Tate. That little boy brings me a whole lot of joy.


2. What are your vices?
Starbucks // Nike Frees // cute baby clothes

3. What is on your night stand?
Umm, about that night stand. We don't have one!

4. Do you have a secret talent?
I feel like I remember people really well. Is that even a talent? I clean teeth, but that's not very secret is it? :D

5. What is your greatest indulgence?
My idea of indulging would be booking a trip. We need to do that more often, I think travelling is good for your soul and mind. Ahem, time to book another trip to Cali.


6. What should every woman try at least once in her life?
A road trip with friends

7. What makes you laugh?
Witty and quirky people. I connect with this type of person really well and they make me laugh.

8. What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
LL Cool J lived a few houses away from me while I lived on Long Island, NY. For reals.

9. What is on your bucket list?
Grand Canyon // Paris // 1:40 half marathon // sub 4:00 full marathon

10. What is on your feet right now?
Socks :)

11. How did you make your first dollar?
Mowing the neighbours lawns. I even gave them receipts haha!

12. What superstition do you believe in?
I don't know that I'm superstitious, but I always feel weird when a black cat crosses in front of me. There's like 3 on my street, too!

13. What item(s) in your closet do you wear the most?
Haha. If you could only see my closet. {I need to go on a shopping spree} I wear my coral Lululemon sweater a lot!
back in the fall...showing off my 25 week belly:)

14. What is the best gift you ever received? 
U2 tickets // Tiffany necklace
U2 in NJ '11

15. What is on your liquor shelf?
I don't have a shelf, but I have a bottle of wine in my pantry. Does that count?

16. What is on your kitchen counter?
Bottle dryer (for the baby) // Keurig + stand // olive oil // utensil holder // fruit bowl

17. What would you never leave home without?
iPhone and wallet

18. What movie has the greatest ending?
Of course I need to say Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Just because it's such a classic. Really though, I loved The Blind Side :)

19. Who is on the guest list for your ideal dinner party? 
Kara Goucher // Emmit Smith (for Kenny; his childhood hero) // our best friends

20. What is the one thing you wish you had known when you were younger?
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Answer a few of these in the comment section. I'd love to hear your answers:)

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

7km Run, The Lake and The Best Pancakes Ever

I hummed and hawed about going for a run yesterday, but then I decided to just go for it. I left Tate nice and full with Kenny so I knew I had time for a run. It was the perfect temperature outside, I wore a long sleeve shirt and I found it to be too warm.

Now that the trails are clear, that's where I run. No more subdivision running. Whoop! I am a big chicken and rarely venture past "the bridge" on the trail. After that I deem it to be coyote, bear and fox land. You'd never know I grew up on a dirt road in the country by my fear of wild animals. I met tons of people on the trail so that always makes me feel safer. Told you I'm a chicken.

3.25km out and back got me to 6.5km and then by the time I stopped my Garmin it was 6.52. Not cool if you're OCD. I thought what the heck, I'm just finishing the next .40 km to make 7km. Please tell me you've had those OCD Garmin moments too?



I felt good after my run. Slowly my pace is getting better, but I need to start doing speed work soon if I'm going to get my half marathon PR in September. I'm telling you, I'm getting it this year! Ha:)

Later in the afternoon we walked down to the lake with Rick and Max. Some big time moron almost hit the dogs on the trail. He was on a motorbike and was speeding right towards the dogs. He was trying to make a point because they were off leash, but he slammed on his breaks at the last second and skidded right towards them. The men exchanged some not so friendly words and we were on our way. Yes, the dogs were off leash, but do you seriously want to hit them? Also, motorized vehicles are prohibited on the trails now due to the soft ground. I was really ticked off, who does that to animals?!

Max and Sadie run ahead and wait for us at the lake :)
Tate and I were watching the Boston Marathon together. He just stares at the t.v, but I like to think he already likes running and will sit and watch the NYC and Boston Marathons with me :D
I was tracking Heather for most of the race. Whoo! 
Protein pancakes have been a regular here the past few days. Easy to make, really healthy and tasty! I honestly forget where I got the recipe, but I just kind of change it up every time anyhow. I usually make 2 big ones and put pb on top with a tiny bit of syrup. Mmmm. Apparently too good to wait for a picture;)
The recipe looks like this:
1/2 mashed banana
2 eggs
splash of almond milk
dash of cinnamon
1/4 cup of oats
chocolate chips. why not?

Mix everything up and cook stovetop the same way as a regular pancake. They burn quick, so be close by!

Last, but not least. My tabata (yes, they are my go-to lately!) workout this morning. Sadie was very excited when I was doing my jump squats and burpees, she kept jumping on me lol!


Questions:
Are you afraid of seeing animals in the wild?
OCD Garmin runner?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Easter Weekend 2014

 This weekend we welcomed a new little niece to the O'Brien family. Little Ariel arrived on Friday afternoon! We went down to the hospital to check her out, and she's a cute little gal:)

 Kenny holding Ariel:)
On Saturday we went to Katie + Stewart's house for a delicious peanut soup, hello dolly squares (!) and of course some games. It was a really fun afternoon and those two can cook!

Tate wasn't sure what to think of Stewart...he even has his fist all ready to go haha!
 Tate's up for the challenge of Spot It!  ;) 

Saturday also called for a 6km walk with Tate and Sadie. I even tried running with the stroller and Sadie. It was a big success, Sadie ran right beside the stroller and didn't bite the leash. This is exciting lol!

Easter Sunday I woke up to some treats left by Kenny, err, the Easter Bunny. I got orange tulips, a Mr.Solid and Tate got his own little bunny. 
 :)
Sunday night we had Nathan and Chloe over for ham dinner. My neighbour guided me through the slow cooker ham with his glaze recipe and he told me all the steps he does to get a super stringy ham. I stuck about 20 cloves in the top, mixed sugar + mustard for a glaze and also had some pineapple on the top. It slow cooked for about 10 hours ;) Mmmm. 

Church was awesome. A bunch of people got baptized! 
Today my friend, Heather, is running in The Boston Marathon! It's her second time running Boston. I'm pretty pumped because she is wearing my blue compression socks so I am going to call them my Good Luck socks from now on. Perhaps they'll come back to me with some magical speed built in them? :D

Questions:
What did your weekend look like?
Do you have any Easter traditions?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Arms Circuit, Too Many Burpees and The Park

To start off Easter weekend, here's an upper body workout for you. It had my arms burning so I was happy. The gym was packed so I escaped to the yoga room upstairs and set up shop. Other people must have felt the same way because there was 4 of us in the studio doing our own thing! 





After my arm circuit I decided to do a mini HIIT workout to finish it off. I planned on doing 30 seconds of burpees, 10 seconds  rest,  30 seconds of planks, etc., but I found it way too much so I changed my mind and only did 2 planks. Let me tell you, I was sweating bombs through this one. It is really a challenge when you only have 10 seconds of rest between burpees!

Yesterday we went down to the Park downtown. We met our neighbour who has Sadie's brother and took them to the off leash part of the park. It's so cute seeing them run off leash together, that's when  she is totally in her element. 

Can you #findsadie ? Yup, I totally stole Andrew Knapp's #findmomo IG hashtag ;)
I recommend following him on Instagram!
 The ball is their life.

 Tate and his cousin Breton on facetime :)
 Check out my mohawk, guys!

We went to Nathan and Chloe's last night, and somebody (above photo) cried the entire evening. We may or may not have woken him from a good sleep to get photos. Whoops.

Today we're headed to our friends house for lunch! Hope you have an awesome Easter weekend!
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What are your Easter plans?
Who do you recommend following on Instagram?

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