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Sunday, January 27, 2019

This Week in Running 1/20-1/26

This past week was a bit slow. I decided to focus more of my energy towards the home and mind instead of running. The weather had been cold and snowy and I just couldn't bring myself to get back on the treadmill again over and over for the entire week so took a few days off.

I did start the week off with some indoor treadmill running. I earned two virtual race medals on Sunday in honor of the full moon for one and the other for the Blood Lunar Eclipse Moon. The full moon challenge is One mile once a month on the full moon day. I decided to do this one as a walk so it will total 12 miles of walking by December of this year.

I earned the Blood Lunar Eclipse virtual medal from US Roadrunning as you can see below. Did a 5K totaling 3.1 miles, treadmill style!

 It was National Hug Day this past week so decided to earn a virtual medal from Moon Joggers Running company. I love sloths.. Aren't they so cute! This was a treadmill run and decided to make it a 10K to kick up my workouts a bit. Two TV shows later and this baby was well earned!

The rest of the week consisted of this beautiful white powder below so stayed inside and got things caught up on the home front!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Bloomsday 2019 Registered

I have been setting up and registering for races that are out of State for this year as I plan my training for my half marathon which is out of state as well.

I registered for the 2019 Bloomsday Race in Spokane WA. I live in Montana so this is a six hour drive for me. My Mom lives nearby so it gives me an excuse to visit her and see how she is doing now that she is alone after my father passed away this past July 2018.

I ran this race once before in 2017 as part of my 1st half marathon training. I fell just 2 weeks before this race and did a number on my knee. I was super happy that I was able to make it as I thought I wasn't. I really enjoyed running this race. The size of this one compared to what I am used to in Montana is huge. I wasn't used to it but loved it all the same.

I was part of the Orange group starting. They split you up according to how long you believe you will take to cross the finish line. I estimated 1 hour 30 min so I got the this group to start. A local friend joined the race with me and she snapped this photo before the race started above. We didn't end up running together since I was a little faster than her but we met up at the end to celebrate. It was awesome.

A cool feature that I am not used to is they take pictures while your running. These were the best ones of me running. Top one is me crossing the finish line. I am the one to the left of the guy in the burgundy shirt wearing the gray hat, black leggings. Crossed at 1hour 33minutes so I was super happy with my results.

This is a 12K. 7.46 miles and in the course there is hills. The best is Doomsday Hill and they call it that for a reason. They even time you on how long it takes for you to reach the top from the bottom. I am here on the left with gray hat with sunglasses on top. 23216.

I am looking forward to running this again and see if I can chisel off that 3 minutes and make it at 1hour 30 min. We will see. The date is set. MAY 5th.. Can't wait.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

This Week in Running 1/13-1/19

I was able to get more miles in this week after being sick for several days. The cough lingered a lot longer than I wanted it to so that's what kept me from pounding the pavement, and also the treadmill belt since the weather had turned sour by week's end.

On Monday I headed outside while the weather was warm and did a 5k to earn my Winter Runderland, Yeti, Set Go medal from Flex it Pink.

On Tuesday I decided to bring my baby girl Rosie along with me for a 5K walk to earn my cute "Let's Go for a Walk" medal from US Road Running.  

On January 17, I earned one of my two Winnie The Pooh medals. This was a 2018 medal from Moon Joggers that I never got around to earning due to my work schedule so I did it on this day so I could run the new 2019 medal on the actual Winnie the Pooh Day. This ended up being a treadmill run since the weather turned on me after a few days of it being nice.

On January 18th it was officially Winnie the Pooh day so I earned my medal from Moon Joggers. This is their current 2019 medal. Another treadmill run since I didn't want to tackle the elements.

On Saturday, I finished the week by earning my New Years Gears 5K Medal from US Roadrunning. Decided to do some interval running and was super happy with my finishing time of under 11 minutes each mile.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Organizing Race Medals

I have grown a little collection of medals I've purchased but yet have earned. A lot were thrown into a basket so I didn't realize how many I had until I decided to go through it all. With that I needed to organize it all and actually earn them in 2019.

I decided to go through them all and see if I could make themes out of them.

 I then found nice zip lock bags and some white cardstock. I had a label punch that I used to punch the tabs with, folded them over and stapled them to the white cardstock dividers.

As you can see above some of the themes I chose to organize them with. I do also have a CURRENT MONTH and NEXT MONTH tab that helps me with upcoming events so I don't have to look through all these every time I want to do a race.

Here is one of the medals I am currently earning. It's my 175 miles challenge for Winter. You can see the zip lock bag I used and wrote what the medal was inside. As I started doing this I started adding to the bottom of the label area the company I purchased the medal from so I can easily go to their website and add my race time after I complete each race. Some medals don't say who they are from. Any correspondence I received initially when the medal arrives goes into the bag. Race bib, medal and race info.

I will be sharing how I am storing my past medals that I have already worked for. This will be coming soon. Stay tuned.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

This Week in Running 1/6- 1/12

A slow running week for me as I was healing from a cold that hit me the week before. I have a cough and runny nose that has kept me indoors most of the week. I did manage to squeeze a couple runs.

 On the 10th I went out and ran a 5K earning my January 2019 medal from US Road Running. Ran it in 36:19. Not bad for getting over a cold..
On the 12th I went out to run this Army Military Series Medal from Run Fierce. I ran this in honor of my husband who served 6 years in the Army as a helicopter mechanic. He used these skills to become an aviation mechanic and has provided for our family with these skills for over 21 years. So proud of him.

Ran this 5Kin 36:17 minutes.

Just two for this week. I am hoping to get at least 3 races in plus some walks and maybe some elliptical miles in this week since I just purchased a new to us elliptical to add to our very nice gym we are setting up in our basement.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

This Week in Running 12/30-1/5

This week started out real well. New Year's day put me on the treadmill since there was snow still outside and my new Yaktrax hadn't arrived yet. Did a 5k to ring in the 1st day of 2019 and earned "1st Run 2019" virtual medal by Virtual Pace Series.

The 2nd I was able to run outside. Snow was melted but the wind was pushing at 25 mph. I did a 5k which I ended breaking my fastest record which was 34:59 to 32:51. Super excited to be seeing progress with my running time. 

I earned my 2nd virtual medal of the year. Another 5K from US Road Running.

The following day I went back out to do another 5k virtual race. It was very windy at 31mph. This was the Resolution 5k run by Gone For a Run.

I had intentions to do more this week but my body said time for a rest because you are sick. Low grade fever, sore throat and now a deep cough. Hoping to be back at it again by Tuesday if all goes well. I may get a walk on the treadmill but will see how long this cough lasts before I can be 100%.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Creamy Potato Leek Soup

For 2019 my husband and I want to focus on getting back to whole, unprocessed eating. With our youngest leaving for 6 months, it will just be the two of us.  With this in mind I have to learn to downsize my daily meals since I am no longer feeding 5 people but just two. 

Since its Winter up North it means soup season. I decided to make this delicious creamy potato leek soup. I have had this recipe for years so I can't locate the exact credit. I believe it came from Organic Valley since it has their products as suggestions.

Creamy Potato Leek Soup
(This makes a big batch that fills a pot)

1 pound red potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 c. Chicken broth ( I used turkey broth)
1 leek (large)
1 c. sliced celery
1 c. washed and chopped swiss chard
2 TBS butter
2 c. sweet potato, peeled and cubed
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp paprika
1 1/2 c. milk
1/2 tsp salt


  • In a saucepan combine the cubed red potatoes and chicken broth. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, about 10 min or until they are tender. Do not drain. Cool slightly.
  • Transfer potato mixture to blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Set aside
  • Wash leeks and chard. Cut leeks into thin slices and chop swiss chard into fine pieces.
  • In a large saucepan, cook leeks, chard, and celery in butter for 4 min or until tender. Add sweet potato, and spices. Bring to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 min.
  • Stir in pureed potato mixture, milk and salt. 
  • Top with your favorite shredded cheese.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

One Word 2019

It's that time again. A new year is here and time to do some reflecting and looking to the future.. In 2018 my One Word was Commit. I posted about it HERE.

This year's word I have chosen is INVEST!

I have been doing One Word since 2011. This has really helped me reach many goals over the past 7 years and want to keep doing it.

I chose Invest this year with my upcoming yearly goals in mind.

Invest in my own mind, body and home. It's so important to invest in yourself. It's not selfish to think that way. Putting effort into making yourself better helps those around you. When you are feeling good about yourself you tend to want to help and contribute. I know I do.

Here are some goals I am looking to achieve this year. Writing it down helps me stay accountable. I have a goal planner that is helping me stay on track.

  • To complete my second half marathon in mid June with a PR around 2:50:00.
  • Earn at least 2 race medals a week for the year through virtual running
  • Run consistently a 10 min mile
  • Build muscle
  • Eat clean, get back to unprocessed
  • Run 1,000 miles by end of year
  • Blog more weekly
  • Learn my camera and get out there to photograph more
  • Paint my home, start a garden and look into getting chickens for our home
  • Learn brush lettering and loom knitting
  • Complete my temperature crocheted blanket and tshirt quilt (both have been started)
  • Never forget to laugh, and enjoy the company of family
  • Go on one intentional date each month with my love of 21 years

So here is my list to keep me motivated to make all these goals a reality.

Do you have a One Word that will help you in 2019?  Would love to hear yours..