Sunshine Rd 18miler

IMG_0944 IMG_0945 Lollygagged around the house preparing myself to go drive onto base (a route I’ve never taken) to run a road I’ve never seen. That just didn’t appeal to me. The enthusiasm that was a CrossFitter’s (killed the workout) high had worn off through the night and I was staring the 18mi realization square in the eyes.

The picture on the left is what I brought for post run. I never can predict what I’ll want so I bring everything. The almonds are soaking in salt water to soften them and provide some electrolytes.  The picture on the right is my camelback and the GU I brought. Hands free for the first time.

I left the house around 730 (a full 45min later than I wanted)… The sun was rising and my gosh it was gorgeous.  I arrived to my starting point around 820.  It was 44 degrees… It was time to warm up running down Sunshine Road

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IMG_0962I started to move. I felt stiff. Felt like I didn’t belong, I’ve been having some problems with my knee and ankle and I was whining about that inside my head.
1mi in…. Where the hell did that hill come from! I mean, Paul warned me it was hilly but I thought it was just because he is carrying a ruck while he’s out here
2.33mi  Pandora stopped playing???? No freakin’ service! So I seriously doubt MapMyRun is working…. I looked at my time on mapmyrun, started stopwatch and my music, and continued trotting
Soon after, I realize there are numbers on the road and I find myself wishing I had started at 0, but I didn’t. Damn.
I decided to run 1:39 one direction and then turn around and run back. I based my calculations on 10:30/mi with an extra 9min total due to the hills (and there were plenty, I assure you).
???mi holy mother of wonton soup… these hills never end.
???mi ow. ow. ow. my quads hurt. I should probably run this route more…. I clearly need the conditioning
???mi *keep checking time* WHY AM I NOT HALFWAY DONE YET.
?mi shit. I need to turn off this road, I still need to run for 12 more min.
FINALLY… halfway… let’s go home. I started up the mapmyrun app just to test and see if it would run and be remotely accurate without service 100% of the time.
IMG_0961I wish I was as tall as my shadow, then I could take less steps!
DON’T let the pretty blue sky distract you. This hill was a pain in my ass.
Up. Down. Up. Down.
Man, I feel great. This is awesome.
GUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU
Ow! My feet feel bruised.
My marathon is gonna kill me.
HEY LOOK! There’s the car!
Stop stopwatch, glance at MapMyRun…
9.33…… hmm…
Oh damn! I gotta peeeeeee.
*looks all around and finds a spot in the woods*

IMG_0967IMG_0970I went and tracked back… I did actually run 18.66mi… and it took me 3:11:40… I’ll take it! 🙂 My second half was about 8min faster than the first half 🙂

Then I went home to an attention starved pup and made myself a small midday breakfast feast. 🙂 We played fetch until she was exhausted and then I went to hang out with a friend for a few hours. I ate wings, ice cream, and played at Toy R Us. It was a great day.

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CrossFit and Chick Flicks

Little bit of time travel back to Wednesday, because like we all know… I am a terrible blogger…

It was my off day for running with a long run in the cross hairs Thursday, it was the perfect opportunity to drag myself down to CrossFit and see what I could do, right? We looked for a one rep max of hang cleans. For some reason hang cleans are awkward for me… anywho! I FINALLY GOT TRIPLE DIGITS! On the nose. 100. I psyched myself out when trying to accomplish 105… and I did 95# 3x which was my previous record so while I felt defeated, I felt like a champ. Odd feeling. ha. Next up was “Grace” 30 clean & jerks for time. I did 75#…. I was in heat two and was just going to start on an even minute on the clock. I got 6 reps in when I was stopped.  Apparently, they were going to restart the clock. Hurray for a “warmup” It took me almost five and a half minutes, but I don’t care. I was the last one done and think my coach was just as excited if not more so than I was. It was neat to have the people in my gym cheering for me the way that they were. It was an awesome little CrossFit moment for me. The odd thing was when I finished, my feet cramped… where the “arches” are. I say it with quotations because I don’t have arches. I feel like that part of my foot is so flat it’s actually convex. It was terrible…

So, I took my husband onto base bright and early Sunday morning… so that he could leave for two weeks to try and obtain the Expert Field Medic Badge (a pretty big deal for a soldier in the medical field)…

Now I’m obsessed with chick flicks. I had this HUGE to get done list of tasks around the house. I’ve managed to run and not kill the dog. ha. I think I’m watching “chick flick” number 5 or 6 or so right now. NOT IN A ROW! Come on folks, I have standards!

I’m currently watching Love Actually (reeeeally enjoy this one). I have pwatched The Other Woman, Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds, The Rebound, One For the Money, Lovestruck: The Musical, and Intolerable Cruelty. I also have watched the Prince of Egypt, the Nightmare Before Christmas, and the Lorax! I still have more on the to view list… like Safe Haven, Treasure Island, Atlantis, Mirror Mirror, and Upside Down (because I adore Jim Sturgess)… Chick Flick and children’s films kick. Don’t judge. I’m gonna chalk it up to the fact that these are the films Paul, the hubby, would rather not see them. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 🙂

I shall share the story of my long run from yesterday later. Now it is time to get cleaned up and turn in a job application to Big Dog Running (for a part time position at a running store… YES PLEEEEEEASE) and then take the pooch for a walk. My legs are locked up and pissed off so I’m hoping to make them feel better by going for a stroll followed by some yoga and a nap when I return home. I am contemplating CrossFit this evening but the WOD includes walking weighted lunges and 400m runs, I am not sure how much of a “run” I am capable of, but it’s the new hero WOD “White”…… and I work 12hr overnight tonight… busy busy busy!

What’s your favorite “chick flick” or Disney movie? or favorite movie for that matter?
What do you do the day after a long run?

Liebster Award and Nominees! :)

ImageOkay, so I am kinda mentally incapable of grasping the concept of the massive webbing of blogs and ways to follow all the different ones on different threads (that don’t just have the awesome little wordpress follow me buttons). I don’t understand how to get the image (for the Liebster award that Becky at Trails and Ultras has nominated me for… BUT I do know how follow directions (thank goodness this award comes with directions!)

First off let me go ahead and say how insanely thrilled I am to have been nominated for this little honor! That is so incredibly encouraging for me since I have only been blogging since Oct 1 of this year and am bumbling through this as best I can.

The rules for accepting your nomination are:

  1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
  2. You must answer the 11 questions given to you by your nominator.
  3. You must pick 11 bloggers, each with under 200 subscribers, to be nominated for the award.
  4. You must come up with 11 questions for your nominees to      answer.
  5. You must go to their blogs and notify your nominees.

11 Random Questions

  1. If there were a movie based on your life who would play you and why?  Holy crap, I don’t have the foggiest idea!  Let’s go with Natalie Portman because she is beautiful and amazing (I love Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium).
  2. What was the last thing you googled? Jogging tours in New Orleans
  3. What is one of your guilty pleasures? M&Ms… ohhhhh my gosh.
  4. What is something you know now but didn’t know then? Uhm… what?! I know now that I should have never smoked that first cigarette when I was 21. 6.5 years later I have finally quit (almost 6 weeks now). I know that I shouldn’t have done a lot of things that I am glad that I did because I am where I am now because of it.  But believe me when I tell you this… it comes as a total shocker to me that I am obsessed with fitness and nutrition.  I had never moved iron or ran when it wasn’t affiliated with some sort of game. There are a lot of things I know now but I didn’t “then”… That’s the point of life… lots of mental and literal head slaps
  5. What would you consider to be one of your greatest achievements. Completing 50mi during a 12hr race on a 1.03mi track after not running for over two months… and completing the requirements to be a soldier and a medic (soldier medic)
  6. What is the one thing not many people know about you? I’m the most social ADHD antisocial… I’m socially awkward due to a significant amount of bad experiences with people. It’s a strange phenomenon.
  7. If you could wave a magic wand and change one thing about your life would you? What would it be? I would love to change a lot of things, like postponing my father’s death for several years. I would like to have known the correct path to take in college (psychology wasn’t the right choice)… I would like to have completed a degree while it was free to me. I would like to change a lot of things sometimes… but in reality I would change nothing. Every decision I made in my past has led me to where I am today.
  8. What is your favorite Disney movie? That’s a loaded question. I have several… The Beauty and the Beast… The Little Mermaid… Hercules… Mulan… I’ll stop there.
  9. What is something you’ve never done but would like to try? Snowboarding. Professional massage. Hot yoga. Kayaking…
  10. What is your favorite place to be? I don’t really have an answer to that. I am nomadic by nature. I love to be with my husband or my brother and his wife or my crossfit family… When I am with them I am happy. I am also content when I am on the road… with my feet or in wheels, it does not matter.
  11. What is your favorite blog post you’ve written? I don’t have a favorite. Each one of them is a part of who I am and represents me and the way that I think and live. But if I had to pick one, it would be a tie between “Ultramarathon Man, Pine Needle Pillows, and Neverending Hills” and “An Incredible 4day Weekend (ALMOST) Staycation.”

Here are my 11 nominations of pages that offer inspiration and incredible personalities to match. This took me a long time to compose. Some of these pages are new to me since I had to browse for less than 200 followers. I have read several posts and look forward to future posts from all of these. I found a way to learn how many followers a page had and I think it’s inconsistent and possibly correct. So I apologize to these people if they have more and I have mistaken. As I stated right off the bat, I’m kinda handicapped when it comes to this stuff.

  1. Thesecretlifeofcoachdc
  2. Run Away With Me
  3. If I Had To Do It Again…
  4. The Ambitious Fox
  5. My Heart and Hamstrings
  6. 321dead
  7. Running4two
  8. Keeping off 200 Pounds
  9. Willing to Lose [WEIGHT], Racing to Win
  10. Ramblings of a Baby Mama
  11. Why I Run Disney

Lastly, I have to come up with 11 questions.

  1. Win lottery. What is the first thing you would do?
  2. How do you escape frustrations?
  3. What’s something you would never do?
  4. What’s one food you cannot, and will not, live without?
  5. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
  6. What famous dead person do you think it would be neat to talk to?
  7. Who is your hero and why?
  8. Speaking of heroes, what is one super power you wish you had?
  9. What’s your worst nightmare?
  10. For the impending zombie apocalypse, what will be your weapon of choice and why?
  11. You have 3 days to live and an unlimited supply of money. How do you spend your last 3 days on earth?

There you have it folks! Thank you for your time. This has taken me days to prepare. But if you make it to this point you definitely have a better idea of who I am!

Sauteed Spinach Recipe

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I’m trying things from a Paleo cookbook little by little. The hubs and I love sauteed spinach and were excited to give this a go.

It has made its way into our Palatable Dynamite recipe book.

Therefore it is delicious.

Sandy Point Spinach Saute

2 bunches of spinach
2T olive oil
4 cloves garlic diced
1T fresh minced basil
1T fresh minced cilantro
1 small red bell pepper, sliced into matchsticks
1 lemon, cut in half

  1. Wash and drain spinachImage
  2. Heat oil in a cast iron skillet over medium flame. Stir in garlic for one  min.
    Toss in spinach, basil, and cilantro and mix for 2 min. Remove from heat.
    Top with the pepper slices.
  3. Squeeze half of the lemon over the greens.
  4. Devour

Mourning the Death of Peanut Butter

ImageThis is the bottom of my peanut butter barrel… I don’t even know what to think.

I feel like my world came crashing down.

I’ve been addicted to peanut butter for years.

Eat it virtually every day.

But it is not paleo…

I understand Jif isn’t the way to go for the new goods, but it was quite literally my only option at the time. Don’t judge. It’s a baby step in the right direction.

ImageI’m mourning the loss of peanut butter today. It was a good character. Filled my life with smiles. But it’s time to move on…

🙂

One small step towards change, one giant leap for Jayme-kind…

ImageI’m hoping that I am changing to gain something better…

I am not afraid to change.

**deep breath**

Soon I will explore the world of nut butters. I have my enthusiastic face on and my sense of adventure fully intact… 🙂

Have you given up a favorite food to promote health?
Any readers Paleo? What was the hardest thing to transition for you?

Pooch has a Brand New Toy!

Woke up. Drank coffee. Didn’t feel well so I watched a movie. I still didn’t feel well but I ran with the pooch for 4 mi (no excuses!!). Then did the runner yoga sequence and fell asleep at the end during the relaxation point. Oops. Cleaned up around the house some.

IMG_0922[1]I ran some errands… tracked down some coconut flour for a Paleo Pumpkin Bars recipe I’m looking forward to trying tomorrow. While I was at The Fresh Market I found myself wishing I would win the lottery… I stopped by Pet Smart to find a toy for Roxanne, my dog that tears through “tough” toys in less than a day. I settled upon a large rope. I also used the $30 gift cards to the local running store (that I won in my 10k) on a box of vanilla bean GU.

Came home to play with the pooch with intentions of going to my box because we IMG_0942[1]are doing the girl benchmark WODs this week for beast cancer awareness… but I needed to do food prep for the week… so I did that. I made a pizza casserole (with zucchini and yellow squash as “noodles”, the pumpkin bars, hard boiled some eggs, and prepped some chicken for easy meals.  I’m beat so I think I’m gonna hit the hay.  But not before I share pictures of the pooch and her new toy!

Surely this will take her a while to destroy 🙂IMG_0927[1]

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