Thursday, August 29, 2013

Fashion Friday: All about the socks!

When it comes to running, the emphasis upon choosing the right shoe is always made, but there is little mention about socks. What you may not know is that your socks are just as important. A good pair can mean the difference between a blissful run and painful blisters.

Cotton socks absorb moisture and retain it against your feet. If you run in cotton socks, you’ll likely end up with a soggy foot which will lead to the inevitable blisters and calluses. Instead of cotton, look for socks made out of synthetic fibers that wick the moisture off your feet and keep dry while running.  A good running sock is made out of acrylic/polyester and nylon which work well to wick the moisture away from your feet.

Another key factor when choosing running socks is just like when choosing running shoes—fit. Certain socks will fit certain feet well, while others will not. A sock that is too small for you size can also lead to the dreaded loss of toenails.


Here are some other sock tips:
  • When shopping for new running shoes, make sure you bring your favorite running socks with you. Try the new running shoes on with your running socks to make sure they match up well. Don’t be fooled by trying on new shoes with your regular socks. If you do, the shoes may not fit well with your running socks.
  • If you’re in the market for new running socks, pair them up with your running shoes. Choose the thickness of your running socks with your existing or new shoes. For example, if you prefer thin running socks, when you buy new shoes, you’ll probably have to stick with that sock thickness. Wearing extra thick socks for added cushioning will probably end up making the shoes too tight.
  • Thickness matters, but it’s a personal preference. Some prefer thin socks, but if you like wearing thick (or padded) socks, you’ll have to stick with that style. It’s tough to go back and forth between thin and thick socks in the same pair of shoes because the shoes probably won’t fit equally well.
There are many things that as girls we share, clothes, hair ties, no problem. But when it comes to socks, that is a different story altogether. Writing this post, I never would have thought we could all be so different. Balega, Thorlo, knee length, ankle length, or just happy to have found a pair...one thing does remain the same, we love our running socks and they are an important running investment.

What is your sock preference? Is there a specific brand you love? 

Happy Runniversary

Chick Fil A 5k 2010

Every year, the Chick Fil A 5k in Memphis comes around and it makes me feel a little sentimental (something I am not usually inclined to). It is the race the celebrates my 'Runniversary'.

You see, 3 years ago this race was the first one I ever participated in. I remember talking to a good friend and saying "My goal is to run the whole thing and not stop until the finish line." I decided to take up running after I had my second child. I love routine so running schedules and goals were right up my alley! I still remember it felt like to cross the finish line of my first 5k, I believe it is what keeps me grounded. I felt accomplished, relieved (as you can tell from the pic- I looked pooped!), and proud. I don't even think it has gotten 'easier' I think I have learned that I can set higher goals for myself and work towards them. Running has helped me believe in myself. 

Although I have completed 2 marathons since then, I will never forget what it felt like to complete my first 5k. Who knew that after that race I would be hooked and that running would take me for a ride that I never expected and am forever grateful for?
Chick Fil A 5k 2011

I have learned so much about myself and about running in the last three years and I cannot imagine what life would be without it now. Running has introduced me to some amazing people and a community that I am so glad to be a part of. I am very lucky to have found it. So, even though I considered not running it this year, I was encouraged by my friends to celebrate, to go out there and remember the first time. So, come Monday, that is where you will find me-celebrating at this race all that running has given and allowed me to accomplish. Happy Runniversary!


I want to hear about your 'Runniversary'. What date or event marks a time when you started or reached a goal?




Chick Fil A 5k 2012

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fashion Friday special edition: Girls Run the 901 Breakaway shirts and tanks!

Each week for Fashion Friday we bring you items that we truly love, this week is no exception.

You've asked for it, and we couldn't be happier to tell you: They are here! 
Girls Run the 901 Breakaway shirts and tanks!  


We couldn't be more excited about the shirts and tanks that hit the rack today at Breakaway Running! This locally owned specialty running store has been so supportive of Girls Run the 901 and we couldn't be more thankful.

If you have ever purchased any apparel from Breakaway Running, you already know they are high quality and are made for runners. If you have not, we encourage you to check them out. Not only do they sell fantastic apparel, but they have everything you need for running and more.

They have a variety of amazing color combinations in tanks and short sleeve shirts! They are available at both the Union Ave and Germantown locations.


So come on down to Breakaway Running and get these before they are gone. While you are there, check out the latest styles in running shoes, socks and nutrition. Then, if you time it correctly, come on out to one of their weekly runs.

One lucky winner will receive one free Girls Run the 901 tank or tee of their choice! Enter below for your chance to win!



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Simple Solutions

There are many things that can go wrong while running. It's almost comical how complicated we can make running, but this little technique that deals with foot pain/problems, takes me back to the elementary school playground.

Countless lessons and skills are learned on the elementary school playground, and one of the cool ones for me was braiding and tying my shoelaces in impossibly untie-able ways. It looked cool, so it didn't matter that I had to go home and spend the rest of the day unlacing and lacing my shoes.

As it turns out, there are other practical ways to tie your shoe laces other than the way they come from the store. It only makes sense that with so many different kinds of feet out there, a shoe off the factory line doesn't fit every foot  perfectly. Whether your shoe fit is slightly off or you get a little pain here and there, try out some of these ways of tying your laces. I know people who do it, and they say it works! So check out these problems and preventions, and see if you could benefit from one. Let us know how or if it helps!


Tops of your feet are sore
Problem: Shoes rub tops of your feet, causing irritation or blisters; common in people with high arches.



The fix: Skip lacing. Lace around (not over) the problem area to relieve pressure.







Too-tight toes
Problem: Your toes feel restricted.

The fix: Double laces. Tying the shoe in two places lets you make it looser at the forefoot. You’ll need two laces for each shoe. Start from the bottom with one lace; tie a bow in the middle. Then use the second lace, starting from the eyelets above the bow of the first lace; tie a bow at the top. Experiment until you get the right fit.



Sore arch
Problem: Shoes feel too tight on the tops of your feet.

The fix: Parallel lacing. Don’t cross laces over each other after each eyelet—alternate going up and across to the next eyelet like a ladder.



Loose heel
Problem: Your heels slip up and down.

The fix: Heel loops. Lace each shoe normally, but at the mouth use side holes (often left empty) to run lace up and out to create a small loop. (Don’t cross over tongue, just run lace under and up through next hole.) Then take ends of lace, cross to opposite side, and run lace up through these loops; pull to tighten.





One last tip from my personal bag of tricks. For years I have run with ponytail bands over my shoes and laces. Not once have my shoes ever come united if they are tucked under a ponytail band. And on top of that, if you ever break the one that's in your hair, you've got a spare!


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Cotton Pickin' 5K



Girls Run the 901 are super exited about partnering with Fayette Cares and the
 Cotton Pickin 5K. We are huge believers and supporters of giving back to our community and when we became aware of the Fayette Cares mission we couldn't be more exited about supporting their cause. 

Fayette Cares is a non-profit organization that embraces the mission of empowering those in need in their community with "hope, independence, and lasting solutions." This comes from offering a food pantry, Hope’s Cottage which provides services that help homeless families transition from homelessness to independent living, self defense for battered women, and several other life changing services.

This selfless organization is fully funded by donations, sponsors and fund raisers. What's "new" in Fayette Cares news is their annual Cotton Pickin 5k and the Cotton Candy 1k Fun Run. The event takes place on September 14 in the midst of the Cotton Pickin Festival. Not only do you have a chance to run and support a great cause but there lots to do with the whole family! There will be inflatables, games, music and so much more. Unique cotton bale trophies are given out to the winners of the 5k. Lots of fun to be had for sure!

Us girls will be out not only to run but to help with the pre race warm up and to hold a question/answer session afterwards about all things running!

So, lace up your tennis shoes and join the Girls Run the 901 for a day full of fun, games, and pounding out a few miles for a great cause. 

Registration is underway now, check it out here.

We will see you there!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

JUST: The new four letter word

Just


We've all used it at one time or another, but have you ever stopped to think how demeaning that word can be?

"I'm just doing 3 miles today"
"I just walked, I didn't run."

There is no JUST when you talk about what you've accomplished, or what you plan to do. If you think back to when you first started running, every new distance you covered was an accomplishment, one to be proud of, and it still is! When did that change?

Somehow when we add that four letter word to a statement, is lessens what we are doing. There are so many people out there that cannot imagine being able to run 3 miles or further, whether they are physically unable due to injury or have never tried because it seems too daunting.

So many times I hear someone say that they are JUST doing a half marathon...That is 13.1 freaking miles, there is no JUST in that. Own those miles, you deserve it.

So why do we do this? Have we forgotten how hard it was to run 1 mile? 

I was at a race recently, and a friend wished me luck, quickly I responded, "Thanks, but it's just 6 miles." What?? Why did I say that?  I was simply trying to deflect attention from myself, but not only did it lessen what I was doing, it belittled her well wishes. This friend was also a runner, and she has been sidelined for the past 6 months due to an injury. She would do anything right now to be running.

Think about it this way, the last time you went on a run that was challenging and you wanted to quit so many times, and some four letter words may have been thought or uttered, was JUST one of them? No way. So why use them now when describing your next run?

So I challenge you, let's all stop using this word to diminish our accomplishments. Let's own those runs!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Make it Monday: Superfoods

Whether you are putting in lots of miles right now or hitting the gym hard, we have talked about how food is fuel for your body! 

The words "super food" are all over the place and well..what are they exactly? 

They are simply, foods that are low in calories and high in nutrients. Since the magic health pill has yet to be invented, super foods are the body's best bet. They are full of antioxidants and  reduce the risk for fatal diseases like cancer too according to the American Cancer Society, while allowing us to meet our daily nutritional requirements.
Sounds simple enough.  Since they're low in calories, super foods are a great way to loose or control weight. Many super foods are also high in fiber, which we all know the benefit of that!

So while you are planning your meals and choosing the right fuel for your body, keep these in mind. Also keep in mind chose fresh over canned without all the added sugar, raw veggies over cooked ones and try to stay away from dips if you can. A yummy option if you are a dip kind of girl or guy for that matter, is mixing honey with mustard. That will satisfy your dip craving without the added calories.

Here is a list of the top 20 and some yummy combinations to put together.



What are your faves? Would also love to hear your favorite combos too!


Friday, August 16, 2013

Fashion Friday: Marathon Survival Kit Giveaway

It's marathon madness in the Memphis area!  Here in the 901 and beyond marathon training is in full swing. 


In a few of our recent posts we talked about the importance of hydrating and refueling for your long runs. If you are training for the St. Jude Memphis Marathon your mileage is slowly increasing and there are certain items you will need to keep you going.

We put together a few our favorite things to see you to the finish line. Everything from organic chomps to fuel you during your runs to coconut water for rehydrating after and everything in between, we've got you covered! 
Our kit includes a Camelbak water bottle, GU Roctane energy drink and gel, GU brew, Powerbar Energy Food, Honey Stinger energy chomps, Nuun electrolyte tabs, Advocare Rehydrate Gel, Vitacoco coconut water, Bodyglide (if you haven't needed this yet, you will!)  and a Runningluv.

We wanted to give one lucky runner what we are calling a "Marathon Survival kit." We can't live without these items for before, during and after our runs and we wanted to share them with you! 

Good luck and remember... We believe in you! You got this! 



Thursday, August 15, 2013

No need to do it alone

Are you in Memphis? Are you looking for someone to run with?

If you answered these two questions with a yes, then we have the answer for you! We've posted before of some of the best places to run in Memphis, but today we want to share with you some fantastic running groups so that you don't have to train or run alone.

Many of us here in Memphis are training for the St. Jude Marathon, but even if you are not, you are welcome to join in on the weekly training runs. All of these runs are for any pace, so any runner from the very beginner half or full marathoner to the intermediate and advanced runner is welcome.

Breakaway Running hosts a 7am* Saturday morning run alternating from their Germantown and Midtown locations. They have runs for both the 1/2 Marathon and Full, that are fully supported to ensure you are hydrated and don't get lost. In addition, they also have runs throughout the week from both store locations, check out this link for information.  You should really check these runs out, they are so much fun!
*Note: they will be changing the Saturday group run to 6am soon, so definitely check the link for location and time for each Saturday.
Here are the links to each of the training programs that they are using:
1/2 Marathon
Marathon

Last week, St. Jude introduced a new option to Memphis runners, they are offering a weekly training run from now until race weekend, complete with pace groups. No other race offers this much training support. Kevin Leathers from Can't Stop Endurance helps support these runs as well. In addition, they will be offering training clinics on biomechanics, proper nutrition, etc. Initially they offered this to those that signed up as a hero, but they have now said that anyone is welcome. They meet every Saturday at Shelby Farms at 7am.  When you enter the park from Walnut Grove, take the 1st right.

Both of these running groups are free and have water support, but please carry your own water as well.  It is Summer after all.

Girls Run the 901 have attended these group runs and we can't express how much we have enjoyed them! We have met so many new friends, and have had great runs every time.

Other establishments around town also offer training for the St. Jude Marathon and 1/2 Marathon, but they do this for a fee. (Fleet FeetStar Runners, Yogafest)

There are other group runs around Memphis, these are just the ones that are focused on the St. Jude marathon. Here's a link to other running groups to join around the Memphis area and when they meet. Another that is not listed is Lululemon, they have a group run on Wednesdays.

So whether you come alone or bring some friends, we encourage you to join these group runs. Memphis has a great running community and we encourage you to become a part of it. 

HAPPY RUNNING!



Wednesday, August 14, 2013

You think I can really do this?

One of the questions we get asked a lot is "Do you think I can really do this?" Short answer is yes. 


I completely, totally, 100 % believe that everybody is capable of running. I truly believe that anybody can do it. Is running for everybody? No. Do I believe that you can do it? I do. Of course, there are always medical conditions where physically people are unable, this is not what I am talking about. With a little bit of intention, motivation, a training plan, and the courage to put yourself out there to reach your goals, you can be a runner. I might not be able to swing a tennis racket, throw a ball, or shoot hoops, but I can put one foot in front of the other and you can too. You don't have to be 'an athlete', super thin or fast. Start out walking, then jogging, then running, even a slow run. Will it be hard? Yes! But, CAN you do it? YES!


I think that is one of the things that drew Girls Run the 901 together. Six girls with lofty goals for themselves in running and we figured out we could actually achieve them and enjoy it! Something I have always loved about this sport is people watching at races. Runners are such a diverse group of people and I always feel so proud to be a small part of the running community. I love that no matter your shape, height, age, or quickness, everybody is capable of being out there and getting a run in!

There are so many organizations within the Memphis community believe you can do it as well. If you truly have a desire to get out there and figure out the best way to get started there are so many resources in Memphis to help you get there and get started. Even once you get started, groups runs or a running buddy have a way of keeping you accountable and for some make the run more enjoyable. Tomorrow, we will share with you some of the resources in the 901, online, etc to get you going on the right track.

Until then, please know WE BELIEVE IN YOU and absolutely, without a doubt, think you can be a runner.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The Art of Refueling

Discipline plays a great part in training and running. Dietary discipline is one of the most powerful tools a runner can learn to manipulate and control. Good things go in, good results come out, is a very non-eloquent way to get to the point. It does seem like though that sometimes you have to give up everything you love food-wise in preparation for a race. Granted my running diet changes the closer I get to a big race and the more mileage I do training. I'm eating things now that I will not be eating in a month.

That type of discipline is the responsible runner in me. The one who wants to give up desserts and have a couple drinks a week to run stronger and be healthier. The idea sounds good theoretically (and yes, it does make a difference to do it). Practically though, I know I can eat even more desserts and drink even more beer when my mileage is consistently higher than normal. I also know from experience I get pretty darn ravenous at times, and think I can afford to eat anything because of the runs I'm logging.

Unfortunately both scenarios are quite true in my life, and it's a balancing game we all get to play. It's not the worst game either, I might add. Also, unfortunately, what you just read is not what I sat down to write about, and I have no way of transitioning into the topic of this post.

As important as what you put into your body is at determining your performance, what you refuel with and when are two incredibly important variables as well.

The power of food comes into play just as much after a run as before. Eating and drinking within 30-60 minutes of a long run helps your body recover from your run and repair itself for the next one. If you think about it this way, when your muscles are working hard, they are tearing, and the protein and carbs that you refuel with after a run help your torn muscles repair themselves. Carbs and protein should make up a large portion of your diet overall, for both fueling and refueling.

Also, even if you hydrated well before a run and took a water bottle with you, rehydrating is still necessary after your run. You can gauge your hydration based on the color of your pee or by the frequency of how often you're going to the bathroom. Drink water and electrolytes to replenish your body to the point where you are not thirsty anymore. If you're thirsty, by all means drink! You should be going to the bathroom after a long run within an hour of finishing, and your pee should look like lemonade or clearer.

Unless you're just finishing a race, you can probably get away with snacking smart or a light meal after your training runs. Eating the right combination of carbs and protein, with less sugary carbs, after a run can prevent the physical and mental crash that often ensues without proper refueling. Especially if you've another run that day or the next, repairing those muscles is a must in order to have strength and energy for the next time. I've even heard the drinking watermelon juice is a great way to refuel. Although I haven't tried it myself, I'd be curious to hear about it's effects.

How do you refuel? This post was prompted by my own poor refueling, can you relate?


Monday, August 12, 2013

Easy Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti

Well, school is back in full swing, and if you're running in the St. Jude marathon, training is too. In other words, life is busy! Here is a quick family meal that is low cal and loved by everyone!!

Crockpot Turkey Spaghetti


Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground turkey sausage (see recipe below)
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce (no sugar added)
  • 8 ounces (uncooked) 100% whole wheat spaghetti, about 2/3 of a 13.25 oz box, break into small pieces before adding to meat mixture
  • 1 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 cup skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Kosher or sea Salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • TURKEY SAUSAGE INGREDIENTS:
  • 1 lb lean ground turkey or chicken
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano


Directions

Add all the sausage ingredients a large mixing bowl and mix thoroughly. Cook ground turkey sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking into small pieces while cooking. Ensure the turkey loses its pink color before removing from heat. Drain, discard any fat and set aside. Combine meat with marinara and broken spaghetti pieces.
In a medium bowl combine cooked turkey sausage with the remaining ingredients, add to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low 2-3 hours or until spaghetti is al dente and cheese is bubbly.
Serve and sprinkle with parmesan if desired.
Serve with a salad or Italian Spinach (see one of our earlier MIM). 
Carb up and Enjoy!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Say No to Mommy Guilt

By: Amanda Drogmiller

Mommy guilt. We all have it in one form or another. My mommy guilt came in the form of training for a race or a Triathlon. I struggled every day I would leave my kiddos (all three of them) to go run or swim or whatever I felt the need to do that day. But, when I would get in training mode all thoughts except what I needed to do to successfully train went out the window. Does that make me a bad mom? Absolutely not. Quite the opposite I believe.

I get asked the question all the time “How do you find time to train?” My answer:  ME time becomes a priority.  Balance doesn’t come easy and it is tough to balance training with parenthood but it is so worth it! I find that when I come back from training that I am happier, more patient, and frankly more sane.

So, how do you do it?

For me, it’s just a few simple steps:

Let  go of the guilt. Rather than dwell on the fact that I am not with my kiddos or my hubby I think about how much better of a mommy I will be when I return. I think about the fact that my kids will see me being active and they will want to follow suit. I think about the fact that my mental health in general makes me calmer, more patient and a better wife to my hubby!  I can do all of that because I have a great support system.  So whether it’s your significant other, your mom, or dad, or even your neighbor find someone you trust to keep your kiddos while you are out training.  

Be organized.  I find that most days of the week I have at least 3 activities on the calendar. If I don’t schedule time for myself the day is long gone and I am left thinking “Man.. how did I miss the whole day?!”  So, I schedule my training on our family calendar. As I am sure most of you have, we have handy dandy IPhones that updates anytime we add something to the calendar. When I schedule a run or ride, I add it to our calendar and it sends a reminder to my hubby. There is no guess work or stress of how to fit in time when it’s already scheduled. Think of that time as just as important as a doctor’s appointment or a meeting at work so that you won’t let yourself cancel.

Involve your family in the event you’re training for. I find that when my family comes to events that I am training for it makes it that much more special. My family gets to see why I went for crazy long runs or why I biked 30 miles ;) My kids see the excitement and see the hard work I have put in and they learn to value hard work as well and for me there is no describing the feeling I get when my kiddos are cheering me on at the finish!


So, my friends… take time for yourself. Go run, walk, swim, ride… whatever makes you happy and you will find yourself a better mommy in the process.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Annie Oakley Triathlon 2013 review

We had a great time racing and volunteering for the Annie Oakley Super Sprint triathlon this past weekend, which consisted of a 400 meter swim, an 11 mile bike and a 2 mile trail run.

It all started very early on Saturday morning. So early, in fact, that most everyone had to wear a headlamp when arriving to set up in transition.  As the sun came up, everyone got ready and headed down to the dock to jump in and begin the swimming leg of the race. The weather was great, overcast, lending to cooler temperatures. From the way everyone talked about Herb Parsons, I expected the swim to be worse, but it was great, the water was warm but not too hot, a little dark, as lake water usually is, but fine other than that. I was very thankful to see our girls at the water stop just as you exited the swim cheering everyone on!

The bike was a great course, slightly hilly with one hill in particular right at the end that will take all you have left. The good thing about uphills is that you have a lot of downhills (which I love), that enable you to build momentum going back into the next hill. As always, the course was well supported and staffed leaving no questions of where to go.


After transitioning from the bike, then came the 2 mile trail run. This is the first time I have raced in a triathlon that included trails. It was definitely a nice change of scenery! For me, being on trails makes the run feel a little longer. I was so thankful to find a friend to chat with and pace along the way. We ended up chatting all through the run and finishing together. She didn't even know it, but Rachel was a huge encouragement and help in finishing strong. (And congrats to you on your healthy competition with your sister-great job!) Thank you, Rachel!

Annie Oakley is a great race to participate in! Great course, awesome shirt, very well done, and an overall great experience. This is one of the series of 4 triathlons that Start 2 Finish Events puts on over the weekend. They go above and beyond to make each individual race  exceptional. We have some friends that participated in more than one race, all with great experiences. 



As always, we love being out there cheering, giving water, and supporting the racers as well. It is always fun for us to be a part of the 'behind the scenes' of a race. So while I raced, Dana, Jennifer, Dawn and Stacey supported me and the race! Great job ladies. 

That same morning Debi spoke at the St Jude Hero's kickoff event. She did an amazing job and we are so proud of her stepping out as a leader of one of the hero teams. 

It was a great weekend for the 901 girls and many others that participated in a triathlon for the first time or reached a goal they had set. Congratulations!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

There's Only Room for One Judge Judy

By: Jennifer

You know you have plenty of room to improve when you write about what not to do because you’re the one doing it.
I confess, I am a judgy runner, and I hate it. I underestimate my fellow runners almost daily, when I should be giving them every opportunity to be great where they are, or better yet, surprise me with something more.
The past 5 Monday nights, I have had the privilege to run with a group of women training for a 5K coming up in September. For some reason, I quickly assumed that every woman out there who doesn’t look like a super-star athlete is training for their very first 5K. But as I meet, talk with, and run with these women, I find they have been doing 5Ks for years. I learn that they have had bad injuries and are easing their way back into the sport, like a smart runner should do. I hear stories of previous half marathons or being in training for an upcoming half. I hear a mom proudly say she does 5ks so that she and her young son can do them together.
I’m only embarrassing myself with my own hypocrisy when I presume that because someone looks a certain way or has registered for a certain race that I can assume their running resume. Not only that, but I had a dose of my own medicine last week as well. I was taking part in a group run, running on sore legs, having started off too fast, in 6 o'clock heat. I was struggling. I knew it, and apparently others could see it too. Someone passed me asking if this was my first time out there. Whether or not that comment meant first time running with that group or first time running ever, it hurt a lot to to be on the receiving end of it. I know I'm being a little sensitive, but it just supports my point that being a judgy runner is for the prideful, and it prevents those who do it from learning from and being encouraged by their fellow runner.
We're in this together. We all started somewhere, and no one has had an easy time doing it. There's not a single runner I couldn't sit down to coffee with and not relate to something involved in their running career. You're hard long run of 15 miles is someone else's hard long run of 3. We all struggle. We all fail. We all conquer.
Take some time and let another runner surprise you this week. Share with us what you find out about someone!


Monday, August 5, 2013

Make it Monday: Back to School Breakfast

Sadly summer is coming to an end and it's back to school time for the kiddos. Lazy days of summer are over and for my family, it's back to a schedule. Having to get the kids out the door early can make breakfast time hard, but starting your day off with a healthy breakfast is so important. It truly is the most important meal of the day. Planning ahead can certainly help you make breakfast time one less thing you have to worry about. Finding a matching sock or the lost homework, I can't help you with, however, making breakfast the night before or having healthy options on hand will certainly help make your morning less stressful! 
I like to make a few recipes the night before or even some I can throw in the freezer and just pull out that morning. For example the Banana Blueberry Pancakes, seen here, I will make a batch, store them in the freezer and they are good to go.
Here is a quick and easy recipe I made tonight for breakfast in the morning, Apple Cinnamon Muffins. An apple a day, see we are already starting off right!

Apple Cinnamon Muffins  

Ingredients
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • ½ cup coconut flour
  • 2-3 tbsp cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 T honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Grease a muffin pan with coconut oil.
  3. Put all ingredients into a medium sized bowl and mix with in a blender or whisk until well mixed.
  4. Let sit 5 minutes.
  5. Use ⅓ cup measure to spoon into muffin tins.
  6. Bake 12-15 minutes until starting to brown and not soft when lightly touched on the top.
  7. Let cool 2 minutes, drizzle with honey (if desired) and serve.

Other quick options when you're in a hurry: apples and yogurt, granola and yogurt, Larabar and a glass of milk, or a banana drizzled with PB2. 

Mornings don't have to be stressful, plan ahead and send your babies off with a full tummy. Studies have shown kids and teens who eat breakfast have more energy, do better in school, and are less likely to get irritable, restless, and tired. Your kids will thank you and so will their teachers!

Happy First Day of School! 


Friday, August 2, 2013

Fashion Friday: Bibs and Bling

It's all about the bling! Ok, it's not, but who isn't proud of that finishers medal they put around your neck when you cross the finish line? 

As I started accumulating medals, I had no idea what I would do with them. At first they hung on the corner of my dresser mirror and my bibs were stacked in a drawer. However, as a closet OCD sufferer, I knew I had to do something about them being unorganized! Turning to the ever faithful, Pinterest, I found a few ideas and headed to Home Depot and Hobby Lobby. A couple of hours later, with a board, black paint, robe hooks, and  die-cut letters from my Cricut, a Pinterest creation came to life and I had me a place to proudly display my bling and bibs! 

Tonight, I finished making one for a new friend and it got me thinking: What do you guys do with your bling and bibs? After the few minutes, ok hours, of hanging your achievement around your neck, where do you hang them once the race is over? I have seen coasters, bulletin boards, quilts, etc used to display those hard earned medals and bibs.

Most of us 901 girls have a display board of some kind but at Christmas time Stacey proudly displays hers on her Christmas tree as ornaments. Don't you love that?

This is my own personal board.


These are a couple I drew inspiration from:


Love both of these, maybe one day I will add a motivational phrase or bible verse to mine.


So tell us, what do you do with your medals? 

Post pictures of what you guys do with yours on our Facebook page. We would love to see how you display your bling and bibs! 

Be sure to check out our Pinterest boards for ideas on how to make your own!