Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Almost Wordless Wednesday...Perspective

There are days when this journey of weight loss back to my pre-mama self are awesome, and then there are those that have me discouraged.  Today has been the latter until I came across a race photo from a year ago....I would say I've come a long way baby!!!  I'm not there yet but the important part is that I am on my way forward!!
With either pregnancy I was never the kind of lady to "bounce right back"...but rest assured I get there!!!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

#ZOOMA Cape Cod Half Marathon Recap

I fear that to try to put this past weekend into words would run the risk of sounding either too cheesy or would cheapen what this weekend meant to me.  I'll try my best!! :-) 

Friday afternoon started with bus duty at school putting me leaving late from there and thus picking up Aubs late...and like any good snowball would roll...we were just late all around!  Before I knew it I heard Dani's voice at the front door as I chased Em to put her shin guards on!  Good thing it was a judgement free zone since Aubs went to soccer practice sporting a pink tutu and rain boots....hey at least they were dressed!!  Thankfully the hubby was there and was awesome to take charge as we jetted off to the Sea Crest Beach Hotel.
This sunset is amazing every year!!
What I haven't mentioned earlier was that I was part of a interview/video shoot with Feetures! which began at the expo!  After looking around quickly and of course a quick fun shot with Amy and Dani, I met up with Mary and Matt from Feetures! to start the filming. 

Dani, Amy, and I
It was certainly awkward at first but honestly they were so easy to work with and so incredibly friendly that eventually it felt like I was hanging out with friends!  I think it goes without saying that it is not an every day thing for me to be followed around with a camera, filmed running, or interviewed, but they both made it an awesome experience!!
Matt and Mary from Feetures!
After that I headed over to the Honest Tea Mocktail Party to meet up with the other ambassadors and give big hugs!  I can honestly say that this is an incredible group of ladies who I am proud to be a part of!  We spent the weekend laughing, encouraging, and celebrating each other....the best example of what runners are all about!!
Ambassadors: Angela, Danielle, Amy, me, Jess, Dani, Nicole, Jessica (and baby Will), and missing Kelly
The next day came early after a late dinner with Amy, Jess, Jessica, Dani, and Amy's husband (aka best sport ever!!).  We got to the Sea Crest (also the starting/finish line) and met up at Amy's room to stay warm and avoid the porta potties! 
Amy's porch....ambassador headquarters
Soon enough it was go time!  We took a few more pictures at the start (Jill ran the 10k last minute...wish I could have seen her more!) and then the 10k runners were off. 

Within 5 minutes it was our time to go!!  A quick wave to our camera man Matt and we were off!  I decided to run with Dani and Jessica for the half but we also started with Jess and Danielle as part of our pack!  The first 3 miles rolled through scenic Falmouth passing harbors filled with moored boats and classic Cape scenery capped off with a jog with Matt from Feetures!  His skills were impressive as he filmed and ran and didn't trip on anything! 8:33, 8:13, 8:09

We turned onto the bike path and welcomed some nice shade as the conversation flowed easily.  We talked about races, family, you name it while meeting new people (the sweetest girl who's running Cape Cod Marathon for her 26th birthday) and dealing with grouchy ladies in Beach to Beacon shirts who were pissed about being passed by some chickies in sparkle skirts!!  Seriously lady you didn't need to push by us...there was a huge open road...oh yeah and then we left you in our dust!!!  We passed a friend of mine who needs to be mentioned!  Jaime lost at least 80lbs and this was her first 10k...she however tore her meniscus the week before...but being determined she walked the whole 10k and cheered on every single person who passed her...WAY TO GO Jaime!!!!  8:27, 8:30, 8:32
Dani takes the best running selfies!!!
The miles were clicking by pretty quickly and even though I am HORRIBLE at figuring out my paces, I knew a PR was in my sights!  I was getting a bit tired and my stomach was cramping a bit partly from a veteran mistake of trying new fuel race day (duh!) and partly because the roads were beginning to roll.  A surprise showing by Matt our Feetures! camera man pushed us through mile 8 but I was starting to feel it!  He asked me how it was going to which I answered, "Feeling strong and hitting our paces...it's going great!".  After Jessica asked what paces we were shooting for...my answer, "I don't know...it just sounded like a good thing to say!!"  8:33, 8:31, 8:36, 8:38

Then the hills came and my fancy wheels fell off!  This is where I was the most thankful for my encouraging and amazing running buddies there by my side!!  Each hill brought stomach cramps and a stop to walk...as I watched that PR slip right on by.  Ugh!!  The back half of this race is not for the faint of heart...it was friggin HARD!!  I was not letting the wheels completely fall off and Dani and Jessica began breaking down the distance for me until we crested the last KILLER hill and let our legs fly down to the finish!! 9:05, 9:11, 9:19
We crossed the finish with arms raised having spent our journey together!!  I can't say enough about how awesome it was to run with these ladies!!

My partners in crime, Dani and Jessica!!
 I'm going with the finish time of 1:53:24...since that's what my watch said for 13.1.  The course was actually long and our official results are 1:54:18...if you want to get technical!  For me I'm sticking to the first time!!
Beachin it!!
After party did not disappoint...food, wine and relaxing on the beach was just the way for me to celebrate half #31 and spending the weekend with some really fabulous ladies!!  A big shout out to another friend of mine, Joan, who rocked her first 10k as well!!!  I am kicking myself for those walks since they kept me from getting that PR but I can't help but be proud of the race I ran!  This course has not heard the last of me though....next year I'll be ready to eat those dang hills for breakfast!!!  I have loved being a ZOOMA ambassador and being able to run with these ladies is icing on the cake!!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday Motivation

In all your efforts to get to your goals, don't forget to...
Running is certainly a journey for me.  From pre-children to post 2 babies, I can honestly say I'm a completely different runner than I was when I first started!  This past weekend, even though I narrowly missed my goal, I celebrated.  I celebrated the journey and the people who were there along the way...my husband, my children, my family, and my dear running friends...each of them played a part in who I am now as a runner.  We all have goals...things we want to achieve...but it is important when you get there (or almost get there) to celebrate what brought you to where you are.
What/who are you celebrating today?!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Friday Favorite

Today is Friday and what could make a Friday even better.....the fact that it is also ZOOMA RACE WEEKEND!!!!

Today Dani and I are heading to the Sea Crest for the expo and mocktail party with Honest Tea!  Then it's dinner with some of our favorite ambassadors (and ambassador hubby Chris!) 

I honestly love being a part of ZOOMA and this year I also get to work with Feetures a sponsor of the race! Seriously so excited to be a part of this for Feetures!

I love the excitement and possibility of race weekend...setting out my outfit (thanks to Dani I'll be rocking a Sparkle Skirt)...seeing all my running friends...seeing friends reach their goals...and RUNNING!  ZOOMA is no different! 

Cheers to race weekend!!!  
Are you racing this weekend? 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stars over Mud

There have been a few things going on over here in LilFancyNancy land that could certainly have me packing it all in and calling it a day!  From something small as busy schedules to baby tornado tripping and landing us in the ER Monday night, there has been no shortage of mud to wade through around these parts.  Yesterday, after taking Aubs to the dentist, I spoke with my sister about our father's health and the reality of it failing rapidly.  More mud....

As I drove to pick up Em from class with Aubs (fat lips and all!) bounding down the hallway to give her sister a giant hug, I was reminded of a chapter from one of my favorite books, "Calm My Anxious Heart" by Linda Dillow.  It's one of those books I read in college and find times in my life when it still fits in!  The chapter talks about our circumstances and how to be content within those circumstances...

“Two women looked through prison bars.  One saw mud, the other saw stars.”

There is certainly enough "mud" around here to keep me busy for a while, but my girls and my family are so full of joy that I know I need to look at the stars...focus on the joy.  I picked up Em...and we headed out on a fabulous, Fall day and ran on the bike path to a cranberry bog we have been watching on our way to school each day.  They have been harvesting the berries and it has been exciting to watch.  

The girls watched movies and I ran along loving the cool temps and leaves crunching under my feet.  I was thankful for my burning lungs and sore shoulders from pushing a heavy load...thankful for the choice to focus on the stars instead of the mud!  
Where will you focus today?

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday Motivation

This is the last week before ZOOMA Cape Cod...the last week before my last half of the year...my finish.  Last week was hard with a lot of outside stress and busyness but this week my I know what I have to do.  I need to focus on finishing what I started in January...I started the year on a mission to get back to the runner I was before Aubs and this week I need to focus on finishing what was started.  What goal are you reaching for in your life?  Why not finish it to the end?  You are worth seeing your goal all the way through to the end...you are worth finishing what you've started!!!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

WIAW...Fall Reset Eats

This September I decided to take the challenge from the fabulous Laura and do her September Reset Challenge.  It is a great way to reset the body after a summer of fun eats and drinks!  It is also a great way to really focus on your body and truly give it what it needs...to give you the second to think before you eat about how what is in front of you will effect your body.  Laura as always is super organized and clear for what is on the avoid list and even sends us a weekly menu and shopping list!  She is super supportive and so is the group of challengers as a whole!!  

For me the key to the success game is planning and prepping ahead.  Since my busiest times are breakfast and lunch, I have been choosing a few of the suggested meals and making them ahead for the whole week....smoothies for breakfast are the easiest and so it has been a staple here.  I have gone off the menu but stuck with the guidelines for a few dinners.  I am so proud of myself too since I have finally got mashed cauliflower right!!!  I LOVED it...my family not so much!

Here are a few pictures of what has been getting into my belly lately thanks to the September Reset Challenge!!

grilled chicken lettuce wraps
Turkey meatballs with zoodles (I'm obsessed with zoodles!!!)
grilled salmon and cauliflower mash (finally got it right!!!)
Fall Green Monster time!!!

Have you ever done a reset?  What have been some of your favorite eats lately?