Friday, May 31, 2013

Tri Something New Week 3: Spin

Yesterday my world was rocked.

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I hate to be dramatic, but that is how I felt after I left my 30 minute spin class dripping wet and completely exhausted.  This was the closest I have come to having a "runner's high" without running.  

Have you tried a spin class?  If not, I would highly recommend it.  Here is a breakdown of my experience:

- I had to call early and reserved a spot in the class.  No problem, the class was almost empty,but apparently this isn't always the case.  So, if you are eying a time on the spin schedule at your gym make sure to call ahead.  

- I arrived a few minutes early, in order for the instructor to show me a few things about the bike. How tall to set my seat and handle bars, how to strap my feet in, etc.

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- There are a few terms specific to spin class that I had to learn: 

  • gear - I take this to be the same as resistance.  My baseline was around 10, but don't you worry, during the class it went up to 20 at the most. Ouch.
  • rpm - how fast you are going
  • watts - how hard you are pushing - to get this to go up you pretty much have to take your gear up
  • trip - how far you have gone

-I really liked how throughout the 30 minutes, we were constantly doing something different. We climbed hills, sprinted miles, did handle bar climbs, tried to max out our watts, and raced our classmates.  The 30 minutes flew by. 

- The music was amazing.  So upbeat, and the instructor encouraged us to sing along.  When my lungs were able, I had a blast yelling out the lyrics with the two other classmates! Ha!

- In 30 minutes I went 12 miles, which is exactly the distance of the bike portion of the sprint tri I signed up for.  I wonder how similar spin biking is to actual biking.  Do triathletes take spin classes to train for races?  I obviously have so much to learn.  

- I am weirdly not sore today.  I do have a strong case of "saddle seat" but my leg muscles feel great.  Good thing, because I am running a half tomorrow. 

Tri Something New Week 2: Swimming

Tri Something New Week 1: Barre

Have you tried any new type of fitness?  I would LOVE to hear about it.  Comment below, email me (racheal@runningwithracheal), tweet me (@runningwithrach) or tag me on Instagram (@runningwithracheal).  


Breakfast - banana bread protein pancakes (following this recipe) <---- you have got to try these.  They are my new obsession. All the ingredients are power foods.  

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I always make a double batch, hoping to eat the rest the next morning for breakfast, but somehow they disappear throughout the day.

Lunch - leftover chicken, quinoa, cheese, and zucchini bake (following this recipe and adding shredded zucchini and chicken breast) with roasted green beans

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Dinner - crock pot picadillo (following this recipe) with brown rice 

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Have a great weekend!  <3

I am running a half marathon tomorrow and a little (okay, a lot) under-trained, so if you are awake at 7 am CST, pray for me!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Not Ina's Best Day

Yesterday wasn't Ina's day.  In her defense, she has been in a really good mood for the past 2 weeks, so I suppose she is due.

To start, she woke up for good at 5:30.  Usually after eating a big breakfast she gives a loud sigh of surrender, her eyes rolls back, and within seconds she is breathing heavily again and doesn't wake up until 8.  I am then free to go about  my morning routine - blog, shower, etc. 

Yesterday after she stopped eating, her eyes were wide open, staring at me, asking, "What's next, Mom?"

So, we read, and rocked, but she was still awake.

So she helped me fold the mountain of laundry I was drowning in but was still awake. 

So, I strapped her in the BOB, thinking if anyone could help, it would be my boyfriend.  Two miles in, I checked and she was still awake, however, once we had completed three, she was finally asleep.

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Whew.  I wasn't going to waste this opportunity, so I attepmted to carry her, in the BOB, to her nursery.  

I picked the stroller up over the boat hitch (because our garage is so full that there isn't even stroller rolling room to the door.  Have I mentioned how much I love my husband?)  

Still asleep, even after knocking over a lamp stand and scraping a sign on the wall.  

Then, I carried the stroller up the garage steps - still asleep.  

The dogs were howling, mad that I didn't take them with us on our run, so I quickly put them outside, and then recruited Abby - carrying that stroller up the stairs is a two-woman job.  

With Abby's help the rest was easy and before I knew it she was in her nursery and I was so excited to be able to take a relaxing shower.

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(See, I meant it when I said I was drowning in laundry.)

However, as soon as I turned the water on, I heard a loud, mad, almost painful even, "WAAAHHHHH!!!!"


The rest of the day and evening were kind of the same and putting her to sleep last night was almost impossible.  After about five attempts I gave in and brought her to bed with us. 

She woke up often, with painful-sounding cries.  I wonder if she is teething?  I know I have blamed many of her bad moods on that, but maybe I am right this time?  

Here's to a better day today!

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Recent Eats

Breakfasts - green monster smoothies and banana bread protein pancakes

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Lunches - hard boiled egg sandwhiches

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Dinners - skillet pork roast

and chicken, zucchini, quinoa mac and cheese

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Have a good day!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

No Time to Blog Today

Good morning!

No time to blog today but I didn't want you to think something was wrong.  

I will leave you with a pictures of my big girl trying to drink some H20!!!

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Have a great Wednesday!  

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tri Something New Week Two: Swimming

First of all - I donated some whole wheat zucchini bread muffins to an online bake sale at Steph's Bite by Bite to help support Sam's Fund - a suicide prevention charity.  Click here to bid on them, or anything else, or them.  


This post has been a long time coming.  Our camping trip got in the way.  If you missed the pictures I posted late yesterday - click here

I guess I should start by saying that this isn't the first time I have swam for fitness.  When I was in elementry school I was on the swim team.

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However, since then, with the exception of a semester of college, the only time I have swam I had a cocktail in my hands.  

So, although I wasn't trying something completely new, I was trying something completely out of my comfort zone.  

I was out of my comfort zone when I stripped down to my swimsuit in the locker room.

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I was out of my comfort zone when I walked up to the 21 year old male lifeguard, told him I had never been here before, and asked him if there were any rules.  

I was out of my comfort zone when the 5 Ryan Lochte lookalikes were speeding past me in the lane next to me.

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I was out of my comfort zone when I felt like I had maxed out my lung and muscle capacity, looked at the clock, and realized only 5 minutes had past. Ha!  

As soon as I jumped in the water I realized that I had no idea what to do next.  I remembered the basic strokes from swim team, but I didn't know which ones to do when.  How fast should I try to be?  How long do I need to go?  

I ended up just winging it and for 30 minutes I tried not to stop for more than 15 seconds or so.  I swam roughly 40 laps (1000 meters) doing mostly freestyle, some breast stroke, and a few back strokes.  

Although I came in without a plan, I left the pool exhausted and red eyed (still need to get goggles).  Next time (hopefully this week)  I will try some type of formal workout.  Pinterest, here I come.  

Have you tried any new type of fitness?  I would LOVE to hear about it.  Email me (racheal@runningwithracheal), tweet me (@runningwithrach) or tag me on Instagram (@runningwithracheal).  

Have a lovely (short!!!) week!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Greetings from Paris

Happy Memorial Weekend.  

We are headed out the door for a camping trip, but I wanted to share the text message my Aunt Charmen (the one who decorated Ina's nursery) sent me last night.

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This was taken in Paris at the Hotel Louvre Cafe.  Fancy, huh?  

She knew I loved food pics, so wanted to share her Pizza and Quiche Lorraine she  and my uncle enjoyed.  I think it was  a great food staging and she could be a food blogger with her excellent photography skills!

We are going to be just as fancy sleeping in our five star tent-suite tonight!  Ha!

We are all ready to go with our camping food

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our camping clothes

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and such.  

Also wanted to share this picture of Dan "helping" me get Ina ready this morning.

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He is such a help!  Ha!

I hope you have a great holiday!

See you on Monday with a recap of swimming.  Spoiler alert - I didn't drown.  

Friday, May 24, 2013

New Gym Membership + Friday Favorites

Under Armour sent me a box of goodies to help promote the What's Beautiful campaign I am working on with FitFluential.  

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it was like Christmas in May!

Receiving some UA gear reminded me of my two challenges - to train for a triathalon and to try a new type of fitness each week.  As soon as I opened the package I put the shoes and a headband on, latched Ina in her carseat, and drove to our local community center.  

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Ina and I did a lap around the almost-mile track to test out the new kicks. (Walking verdict is good - the real test will be running!)

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Afterwards I went inside and signed us up for a family gym membership!  This gym has a 1/12 of a mile track on which I used to run 5 miles a day.  Yes, that is 60 laps!  It has been so long since I have been there and things have changed so much.  

This gym has a lap pool and plenty of group exercise classes / weird looking machines for me to try to reach my new goals  

Some other Friday favorites: 

-Thanks to all who gave me some ant advice.  My friend Kim gave me some Terro (which many of you recommended): 

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Dan, Abby, and I have been watching the ants flock to the stuff, knowing they are taking the poison back to their nest to die.  I feel slightly evil, knowing they are headed to their demise. 

- Doing the dishes isn't too bad when this is your view.

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(zoomed in)

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Dan loves putting Ina in a sitting position and watching her try with all her might to stay there.  Eventually she tumbles over and he yells, "baby down!"

- We have baby bunnies in our front yard

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This one greets me when I go to run in the morning


Green monster smoothie for breakfast - I can't wait until I can make a double batch and share with Ina!

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Lunch - scrambled eggs with toast and carrots

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Dinner - baked chicken nuggets, coleslaw, and corn on the cob.  Ina had cereal.  

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Have a great weekend!  I am off to try something new - swimming!


Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spinach x 3 + Ina's Newest Trick

My employer is doing a vegetable challenge.  Eat 2 servings of fruit and 3 servings of vegetables 6 days a week for a month and I get a $20 giftcard.

Easiest $20 I will ever make. 

As I already eat lots of vegetables, I am on overload.  I had spinach for all three meals yesterday. 

Breakfast - another green monster smoothie. 

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I know that may look like a lot to you, but it wasn't after I spilled half of it on the carpet.  

Just in case you were wondering, spinach does stain the carpet green.  (Last night when we were going to bed Dan said goodnight to the stain. I asked what he was doing and he said, "Saying good night. I imagine that stain will be part of the family for a while."  Hmmpphh.)

I added a handful of spinach to my mixed greens for lunch - with a stuffed pepper, carrots, and a pear for snack.

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Dan (aka turkey burger master) chopped up some spinach to made some feta and spinach turkey burgers.  

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Served with a little bit of mayo, sweet potato fries and roasted green beans.

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I dipped into the cereal box for dessert - pb cocoa puffs that were oh so good.  


Ina and I busted out 3 miles after work.  Afterwards we recorded a video showing off her newest trick.

Two notes - 

1. We are pretty lose with the word "trick."  Give us a break. She is 5 months old.

2. Please excuse the sweaty hair - it was humid out!

Have a great Thursday! <3

Wednesday, May 22, 2013


I can't stop itching

Yesterday we found an army of ants in our pantry.  After work Abby and I emptied out the ENTIRE pantry, wiped every item down, and put it back.

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Usually, I am happy to have a fully stocked pantry.  Yesterday, not so much.  

I think we found the culprit - a halfway opened bottle of syrup hiding in the back.  I am the only one who has used that syrup, so the only logical answer in that the ants opened the lid.  

Ever since seeing those ants i feel like they are crawling all over me.  I feel a tickle on my leg, look down, and there is nothing there.  Ick.  

Any advice on getting rid of ants?  We have had a lot of rain lately, so I think that brings them in the house.  The exterminator is the last option - I don't want Ina around all those nasty fumes.

In other news - want to come over for dinner? I have a lot of food in my pantry. 

In other, other news, Ina found her feet.

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Or I should say, she found out they can reach to her mouth.

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Looks like we have to stop painting her toes for a while.  


Breakfast - a delicious green monster smoothie

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In the mix - 1.5 frozen bananas, 2 handfuls of fresh spinach, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1/2 C greek yogurt, 1 C skim milk, 1 T peanut butter

Lunch: turkey, spinach, and hummus on a bagel thin with cottage cheese and pineapple

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Snack: I grabbed a few handfuls of things in the pantry (and checked for ants) - mixed nuts, raisins, and butterscotch chips

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Dinner - salad and stuffed peppers following this recipe

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Thought for the day

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