Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween 2014

Happy Halloween from Piggy Ina!


Happy Halloween! 🎃🐷

A video posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onOct 10, 2014 at 3:20am PDT

Anytime I ask her what she is, she answers, “Ina!"

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When I asked her what she is going to be for Halloween, she answers, “Hallaway.”  

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But, when I ask when her what her costume is, she yells, “PIGGIE!”  

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Be specific mom.  

I hope you have a good night tonight!  Sadly, Dan and I decided to opt out of trunk or treat this year and instead stay home, eat soup, and hand out candy.  It has been a crazy month and we are ready for a night at home before the craziness of the next month starts. 

Have a good, safe, and tasty day!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thankful Thursday

Good morning!  

Today I am thankful to see Ina again - she was at her grandparents’ house for a few days and boy did I mss her.  When I am away from her I get scared that I have forgotten what she looks like. Weird, huh?

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But then I see her and realize that I could never forget that face.

Today I am thankful that I squeezed in a run before the game yesterday.  It was short, but needed.

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Today I am thankful for my job.  I have had a few tasks that have sucked me into the computer screen in the best possible way.  

Today I am thankful for Ina’s Halloween costume.  I can’t wait to show you tomorrow.  

Today I am thankful that the Royals.  That we had a postseason.  That we went to the World Series.  That I saw my city come together.  That Ina screams, “Let’s go Royals!” or “MOOOSE” or “Come on Shields!” whenever she sees baseball on TV.  


 This has been such a fun, exciting, emotionally draining, expensive, and exhausting month and I would be lying if I said I wasn’t a little disappointed that we lost.   But a little disappointed is all that I am.  Just a little.  Those boys showed us what they are capable of and have set the bar pretty high for next year.  I am already looking forward to it.  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

I Don't Always...

I don’t always make last minute decisions to spend a significant amount of money on World Series tickets, but when I do, it is a good idea.

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[Ina, you better start studying now for scholarships, because your college fund is dwindling.]

I don’t always talk to my dad on the phone during my run, but when our team is playing in the World Series, pitching strategies need to be discussed for at least 1.5 miles  

I don’t always wear a hat, but when I do do it is because Dan shoves it on my head minutes before we take a picture. 

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I don’t always text my mom during the game, but when I do it is brief.  

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I don’t always wear exercise pants to the game, but when the guy behind me calls me out for it, I run up the rest of the stairs just to prove their benefits.  

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I don’t always go to Royals postseason baseball games, but when I do those boys in blue win.  By a lot.  Proof here, here, and here.  

World Series Game 7, here we come!  Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The I-don't-want-to-exercise-funk

For the past 2-ish weeks, my knee has been bothering me.


Side planks make me smile. 😬

A photo posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onOct 10, 2014 at 12:44pm PDT

I can’t remember a certain moment when I injured it, but it has been swollen and sore to the touch.  It didn’t hurt when I ran, but when I bent it enough to climb stairs, do lunges, or pick up Ina, I felt a tinge of pain.  

So of course, I did the most sensible thing and just ignored it and kept climbing stairs, doings lunges, and picking up Ina.  I didn’t want to rest it because I have a very large fear of falling into the I-don’t-want-to-exercise-funk.  

My knee is magically better this morning (Yay!), but my point is that the I-don’t-want-to-exericse-funk is a very real feeling.

It is a feeling that, for me, starts with actually not exercising for a few days in a row.  I feed off the endorphins that exercise provides, and when they are gone, I no longer have the motivation to move, and then I fall down the slippery slope of having to force myself to move every day.  

It is painful when forcing myself to exercise is a daily battle.  I don’t like it at all.  But, I have been there, many times.  

I guess I am saying all this to let you know that the daily decision to exercise didn’t always come automatically to me.  However, it does now, and has for a while now, and I think it mostly has to do with the fact that I just keep doing it.

Does that make sense? Anyone else have a similar story?  

Have a good Tuesday! 

Monday, October 27, 2014

All I Am

Take these hands, I know they're empty

But with You they can, Be used for beauty
In Your perfect plan, All I am is Yours

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Take these feet, I know they stumble
But You use the weak, You use the humble
So please use me, All I am is Yours

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Take this heart, Set it on fire
Shining in the dark
I wanna tell the world of who You are
All I am is Yours

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I give You all my life, I'm letting it go
A living sacrifice, No longer my own
All I am is Yours, All I am is Yours

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I give You everything, To You I belong
Every beat of my heart, The breath in my lungs
All I am is Yours, All I am is Yours

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I lift my hands up, God I surrender
All that I am for Your glory, Your honor, Your fame

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I lift my hands up, God I surrender to You

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This song has been on my heart so much recently.  I feel like it is the anthem for my life right now - less me, more Him.  You should give it a listen, or better yet, come visit us and listen to our amazing worship team sing it live.  You won’t regret it.  

Have a great week!  

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Chicken for Days + My Food and Fitness Plan [10/26]

Here is an interesting fact:

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Dan grilled buffalo chicken [wings, thighs, breasts, etc.] three nights in a row, and during that time, the Royals won their first two World Series games.

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Last night we couldn’t grill chicken because we had a few social events to attend, and the Royals lost.

It looks like I am going to have grilled chicken for dinner until the World Series is over.  I will have to come up with some fun sides to keep things exciting.  (Don’t you just love baseball superstition?)

Friday night our friends Brad and Chessa and their son Silo came over to watch the Royals play, eat some chicken, and have a sleepover.

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Adult sleepovers are completely normal, right?

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While Chessa studied and I worked in the morning, the boys made us a loaded breakfast casserole and watched the babies.

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Of course we found them in boxes.  

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The rest of Saturday was spent lounging around, going to my dad’s company’s Halloween party, and then a retirement party.  Ina’s head hit the pillow pretty hard last night, and mine quickly followed.  

Here is my plan for the week: 



  • Sunday: yoga video
  • Monday: upper body + HIIT blitz
  • Tuesday: 3 mile run
  • Wednesday: 1000 m swim
  • Thursday: 5 mile run + core
  • Friday: 3 mile run + legs
  • Saturday: rest

What are you up to this week?

Psst - I have decided to stop hosting a weekly planning link-up and instead link up with Mommy Run Fast.  Join me?  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Five Things

Five Things I did yesterday:


A photo posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onOct 10, 2014 at 4:24pm PDT

  1. Chugged green juice (staying up late at a game makes for a painfully early morning)
  2. Got my flu shot like a champ- no crying
  3. 15 minute run + arm burner
  4. Grilled chicken wings on the front porch with Dan- we just can’t stop
  5. Watched 6 children during small group - this was interesting

Five Things I am looking forward to this weekend:

  1. Being reunited with Ina - she has been at Dan’s parents’ house since Wednesday night
  2. Watching some more World Series games
  3. Seeing Ina in her Halloween costume
  4. Going to a co-worker’s retirement party.  I am introducing Dan and Ina to the people I work with - hopefully they behave.  
  5. Church - I missed it to much last weekend

Five Cool / Funny Things About the KC Royals

  1. Our pitchers play catch with the opposing team’s fans
  2. One of the player’s wives tipped WS tickets at a restaurant
  3. We have a super fan who just happens to live in Korea
  4. Fans name their kids after the team founder - my nephew included 
  5. We sometimes fall asleep at games - it has been an exhausting month!

Five Things on my To-Do list

  1. Figure out a trunk-or-treat theme - it needed to be some associated with a special moment in TV history
  2. Clean out my fridge - it is getting serious
  3. Apply for permission to go to Argentina - hopefully they let me in
  4. Re-do our family budget - ignorance is not bliss in this case
  5. Shampoo my not-so-white carpets

Five Bible Verses for this week:

  1. Isaiah 26:3
  2. Phillipians 4: 6-7
  3. Phillipians 4: 8-9
  4. Romans 12:2
  5. 1 Corinthians 2:16

Have a great weekend!  

Thursday, October 23, 2014

World Series Game

Last night I watched the Royals win the second game in the World Series.  I don’t have many words (or much time) to express how exciting it was, so I am going to let the pictures do the talking.  

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I hope you have a fantastic day!  

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Endorphins for the Win

It is a good thing I ran yesterday because I needed the extra endorphins to deal with:


A photo posted by Racheal (@runningwithrach) onOct 10, 2014 at 1:58pm PDT

- a busy day at work catching up on the 2 days that I had missed.  It is amazing how many emails can be received in two days.

- finding a sippy cup that had been under the bed for an unknown amount of time 

- an epic “just one bite” battle with Ina at the dinner table where not only did I cry, I also gave in.  

- watching the Royals lose the first game of the World Series

- Ina completely waking up at 3 am for an hour, during which she kept on asking, “Hey MOM, what are you doing?”  

Welcome home from vacation, Racheal. 

Now that I just complained, I am going to make myself come up with 6 positive things that happened yesterday: 

- I was able to work from home and see Ina during my coffee/water/bathroom breaks.

- My in-laws are here watching Ina (because Danielle had her baby!!!), so they made us some fantastic dinner

- I was able to watch the Royals play in the World Series!  Honestly, if they lost 4 games in a row I would still be super proud of them.

- I unpacked my suitcase and washed all the clothes in it within 24 hours of my plane landing in KC - I am pretty sure this is a household record

- Lots of Ina cuddles, kisses, hugs, and giggles.  Seriously, the giggles are my favorite and completely made me forget that she brought me to tears a few minutes earlier.

- I have a house, a car, food, and a healthy family.  You can’t ask for much for than that.  

Have a good day!  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

What We Shared

The past few days I was able to experience a very special treat: a weekend of doing absolutely nothing but sitting and talking with a few of my best friends.  

We shared a limo.

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We shared many long and winding conversations.

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We shared girly drinks.

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We shared toothbrushes and deodorant.  

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We shared books.

Thanks to the hand cleaning stations throughout the ship, we did not share germs.  

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We shared a very small room.

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We shared lots of smiles, laughs, and a few tears. 

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A great recharge - but I missed my family.  Ina, who grew 4 years older in 4 days, has decided to call me “Mom” instead of “Momma” or “Mommy.”    

Have a good day! <3

Monday, October 20, 2014

Cruise Workout

Good morning!  How's it going?  

I am sitting on a dark ship in the Miami port drinking coffee by myself because my brain doesn't know how to sleep past 5 am.  

I planned on sharing all my pictures from the trip tomorrow, but thought that if I was up, I might as well say hi and share a workout I did while on the ship.  

Exercising on a cruise ship is really easy because there is a gym with a large range of equipment and an outdoor track, which is where I completed this workout.

I recommend to do this while looking at the ocean, but up and down the street would work too. 

Another way to exercise while on a cruise?  Refuse to use the elevator-12 flights of stairs does a body good.  

Have a good start to your week!  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Food and Fitness [10/19]

Hey guys!

How is the weekend going?  I am hopefully horizontal on a beach chair with a book in my hand somewhere near the Bahamas right now.  I will be back tomorrow with a recap, but until then, how about some planning?

Running with Racheal

Here is my plan for the week:


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  • Sunday: 3 mile run
  • Monday: rest
  • Tuesday: 5 mile run
  • Wednesday: total body circuit
  • Thursday: HIIT challenge
  • Friday: total body + HIIT
  • Saturday: rest

What are you up to this week? 

Friday, October 17, 2014

A Weekend Away

This weekend marks a first for our family.  

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I am going on a little weekend trip with my girlfriends and leaving Ina at home.  With Dan.  Alone.  

Will someone please volunteer to go over to our house and take pictures of Ina’s outfits?  I feel like this milestone needs to be documented.  

I know everything will be fine, but I keep on starting to pack a bag for Ina, or prep a meal for Dan, then half-way through tell myself, “Racheal, they’ve got this.” Then I leave the task halfway done, which probably sets them up to fail.  Sorry guys.  

Until packing for this trip, I hadn’t realized that Dan and Ina have never spent more than a few hours together by themselves.  So, although this trip has been a long time coming for me, it also will be a special weekend for them.  

I can’t wait to hear the stories.  

I will see you on Sunday with my food and fitness plan for the short week and then hopefully Monday or Tuesday with a cruise recap.

Have a great weekend.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Why I Go to Royals Games

When I was in elementary school, I went to Royals games with my girl scout troop to hand out the giveaways.  It was a pretty good gig because we got to keep two of what we were handing out and watch the game after the second inning.  Plus, my parents gave me $10 to spend on hot dogs and popcorn, which was my primary motivation for going.

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Some things never change.  

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When I was in my early 20s, I went to Royals games to socialize.  I mostly stood with my back to the field unless the rest of the crowd started cheering, and I would cheer too.

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Then, something happened.  I grew up and became a sports fan.  I learned the rules and got to know the players really really well.  We travelled with them.  We started watching them play every single night.  After a while, I started to feel like I know them.

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Now I go to Royals game to see them win.  


We are going to the World Series. Unbelievable! 💙⚾️👑 #TakeTheCrown #beroyalkc

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World Series 2014!  

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Good morning!  

Last night I was up late(isn) watching the Royals game and then taking a 10:30 PM trip to the police station because the strong wind blew our back gate open and our dogs took the opportunity to leave our yard during small group.   

Hashtag story of my life.

While I was frustratingly (is that a word?) driving to pick them up, I tried to picture my run that morning.

It was a beautiful morning.  I started before the sun came up, but it wasn’t completely dark.  I ran to my favorite lake trail and when I turned the corner to go back in the woods I came upon a momma doe and her three baby fawns. 

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They scared me, but I also scared them enough to make them jump/run a few yards away before freezing still to see what I was up to.   I stopped running for a few minutes and just watched them.  They also stayed completely still and watched me.  

It was peaceful, almost like looking at a painting.  

I will try to remember that “mental painting” when I get stressed, which of course rarely happens.  Ha!

I am out, lots to do before we head to the Royals game this afternoon!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Contacts and Corn

This child.

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She was in rare form yesterday.

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First, as I was blow drying her hair in the bathroom she was playing with the stuff on the counter, which she always does.  A few minutes later she walked up to me, reached into her mouth, pulled out my contact, handed it to me and said, “I don’t like this.”  

Then, a little after lunch I received a text from Danielle telling me that Ina stuck a piece of corn up her nose and she couldn't get it out.  I bet my co-workers wondered why I was hysterically laughing in my cube.

We think the corn fell out during her nap, but just to be sure, I had Danielle (who is 9 months pregnant) hold Ina down while I closed the opposite nostril and blew through her mouth.  Can you picture it?  

Thanks Dr. Google.

The rest of the day was relatively uneventful.  

- My legs are sufficiently sore after a 20 minute tempo run + a workout that set my legs on fire.  

- We had slow cooker brown rice and lentils for dinner - but no corn.

- I won in fantasy football for the second week in a row.  Watch out now, I am blazing the comeback trail.  I am now in 8th place, instead of 10th.

I hope you have a blessed day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

My Best Requires Rest

Good morning!  Happy Monday!

As I have mentioned before, our church is participating in a campaign focused on transforming 7 areas of our lives.  The week’s topic was about transforming our physical lives, so, I have to admit, I walked into church thinking I had this topic figured out.  Then, like most Sundays, I sat there feeling like our pastor was talking directly to me.  Hmph. 

The sermon was about taking care of our body physically by decreasing stress and transforming from “stressed” to “blessed.”  There were 7 tips about how to do so, but the one that I needed to hear the most was to obey God’s instructions about rest.  

Six days are set aside for work, but every seventh day you must rest completely, even during your seasons of plowing and harvest, you must observe a Sabbath day of rest.  Exodus 34:21 (NIV)

As our pastor was reading this verse, Dan was smirking at me, because he knew that driving to church I had started my checklist of what I needed to get done after church.  The smirk grew even larger when our pastor said that taking a Sunday nap was good for us.  

As it turns out, I really have no idea “how" to rest for long periods of time.  I do always take one day off a week from exercise and I also make sleep a priority in my life.  Additionally, I spend every single vacation day I have on vacation.  However, sitting down while knowing that something needs to be done makes me uncomfortable, and because we have a very hectic week-day life, many, many things are put off until the weekend.  

But yesterday I gave rest a shot.  Here were the three things that our pastor said should be done on our day of rest.

1. Rest your body.

Yesterday I spent a crazy amount of time on the couch.  Every time I tried to get up, Dan would say, “Racheal, sit back down.”  It was only slightly painful.

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2. Refocus your spirit  

Our church worship was awesome this week, and I sang this song over and over again the rest of the day.  Dan and I also read more out of our Transformed book.  

3. Recharge your emotions

Yesterday morning I went on a  3 mile run, which I will argue, was restful and did recharge my emotions.  I didn’t push my pace or distance, I just leisurely jogged with the sun coming up.

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Dan and I also took the time to cook dinner together, which was so fun and laid back.  

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The Pad Thai was also one of the best meals we have made in a long time.  

I also must admit that we did some laundry, but only because we needed all of our Royals stuff to be clean!  

Now if I could just teach Ina how to rest, I think I am good to go.


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Have a good week!  

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