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Loving all things Green

Happy St Patricks Day!

Is it Monday already?

This weekend’s highlights included:

  • Training sessions on the bike (while watching Downton Abbey)
  • Running outside (with shorts!)
  • Taking Oliver on long walks
  • A date night at a new restaurant
  • And Trying new recipes!

In honor of St Patrick’s Day, my Irish heritage and my love for all things GREEN, here are some Green things that I love:

Olivia’s Organics Baby Kale

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I could eat these leafy greens all day, every day.  Baby Kale is so versatile and can be used in Salads or thrown into any meal.

 

Oiselle ‘Fresh Green’ Distance Shorts

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My new favorite running shorts.  They are beyond comfortable and extremely cute! Love the chartreuse hue.

 

Green Mountains

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Summer hiking is the best, when everything is lush and green all around you.

 

Green Chevron West Elm Pillows

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West Elm has the best pillow covers and patterns, especially this green color (Oliver likes it too)

 

Zucchini Noodles

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I can’t get enough of ‘zoodles’ lately.. especially when paired with (green) pesto!

 

Green Tea

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I love green tea for its antioxidant properties… also great for muscle recovery.

What are your favorite green things?

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Five things this Friday!

Happy Friday everyone!  The weather looks pretty good in New England this weekend, so I am looking forward to getting outdoors for some running (and maybe snow shoeing).

Here are five things I’m loving lately:

 My new Rudy Project TT Helmet

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My Triathlon Team (QT2 Age Group Elite Team) is sponsored by Rudy Project.  As one of the perks of the sponsorship, we get a sweet deal on helmets and sunglasses. I just got my BRIGHT pink racing helmet in the mail this week and it was love at first sight!  I saw a girl racing with this helmet last summer and I knew I had to have it.  Now family members can really find me on the Ironman course.

 

Mighty Leaf Green Tea Tropical

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After my nutritionist suggested I swap out my black tea for green tea (due to antioxidant properties), I found this amazing flavor from Mighty Leaf.  I don’t like plain green tea, so this stuff does the trick!  A little secret I just learned is that I was steeping it for way too long (3 minutes).  It tastes much better (less grassy after taste) when you steep for 30 seconds – 1 minute, and you still get the antioxidants (at least that’s what I was told!)

 

Health Warrior Coconut Chia Bars

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These bars are my ‘go-to’ for a quick burst of energy.  I LOVE the coconut flavor and the texture/crunchiness of the chia seeds.  They are perfect for pre and post workout! From the Health Warrior website: Health Warrior Chia Bars are small, but don’t doubt their power. Nutrient-dense foods like Chia allow you to feel fuller, faster.

 

Downton Abbey

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I spend A LOT of time riding my bike indoors on my trainer and it helps to have entertainment! I love watching movies and shows on Amazon Prime Instant Video (amazing by the way!) and most recently have started ‘Downton Abby.’  I find it helps to have a series to watch, because it gets me hooked in and motivated to get on my bike!

 

Airstream Trailers

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Going along with my hiking post yesterday, my dream is own an Airstream one day!  I am obsessed with vintage (or new) airstream trailers.  There are all sorts of creative things you can do to decorate them.  After seeing one in person at the ‘Camping & RV Expo’ in Boston, now I really want one!  As much as I like tent camping, it would be nice to have all the amenities of an Airstream RV.. plus they are so darn cute!

 

Have a great weekend!!

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My Hiking Bucket List

If you read this blog, you know that I love to run and I’m training for an Ironman.  Besides running and triathlons, I am an avid hiker and my heart belongs in the mountains.

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My husband and do most of our hikes in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.  The ‘Whites’ as we call them, are my favorite place on Earth.  Although I love New Hampshire, there are other places in the US (and Canada) that I have on my ‘hiking bucket list.’  Our dream to to buy an RV one day and set out exploring… I’m not talking just walking around the national parks exploring… I’m talking serious exploring:)

Here are some of my bucket list hike locations:

Zion National Park, Utah

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North Cascades, Washington

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Glacier National Park, Montana

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Mt Katahdin/ Baxter State Park, Maine

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Banf, Alberta Canada

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If you have been to any of these locations, would love to hear from you!

 

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Thinking Spring. Thinking Happy.

Since all I did was complain in my post yesterday, I thought I would write some happy thoughts today!

I find that when you are injured and not performing at your best, that it’s realllly hard to get out of an ‘injury funk.’ It’s easy to let your bad thoughts get the best of you.  Today I feel much better and I am trying to think GOOD thoughts about the Boston Marathon.  I still have 6 weeks to go, and I know I am capable of running that race.  I actually went for a short run last night and my intercostal muscles (injured from coughing/the flu) felt better than they did on Sunday.  I like to think that I am on the mend!positive

One thing that did boost my mood this past weekend was the time change!  I love setting the clocks ahead, increasing the hours of sunlight at the end of the day. It gets me excited for the Spring and Summer months, where there is ample daylight for all sorts of fun activities!

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Here are some of the happy thoughts I’ve been thinking about Spring!

  • I can’t wait to run outside after work.. when it’s light (and warm) out!
  • I’ll be able to take Oliver for after dinner walks when it’s still sunny out
  • The smell of fresh cut grass
  • Our local farm stand opening up again for business
  • Wearing dresses without tights/leggings
  • Riding my bike outside again
  • Spring leads into Summer, which equals Triathlon season!

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These are just a few of the things I look forward to… there are many more!  Best of all, Spring brings new beginnings… things come to life again… the birds start singing, flowers bloom… and hopefully it means a successful running of the Boston Marathon!

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Feeling defeated.

Life has been throwing all sorts of curve balls at me lately.

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The Boston Marathon is now 6 weeks away and I am starting to lose hope in my ability to run it.

This is what I have been dealing with… and I’m sorry in advance for all of the whining, but I’m really starting to get bitter about the situation (and downright angry with my body).

I was diagnosed with Plantar Fasciitis and a ‘stress reaction’ in my foot, 5+ weeks ago.  I was told to take the 5 weeks off from running, and I actually listened. I knew that taking all of this time off, being able to run Boston would be a long shot, but I knew it wouldn’t be out of the question. Those 5 weeks went by faster than I imagined, and I was finally given the green light by both my foot doctor and my triathlon coach to run Boston. After speaking with my triathlon coach, I feel better about the situation, knowing that my fitness level is super high right now thanks to all of the biking and swimming. He thinks I can get ready for this race in 6 weeks and I think I can too!

The excitement I had this weekend about being able to run the Boston Marathon was abruptly halted when I strained my right intercostal muscle (the tiny muscles in between your ribs).  I had a serious flu all of last week and missed 10 days of training.  Not only did I miss 10 days, but once I started to recover from the flu this past weekend, I got a sharp pain in my intercostal muscles from coughing so much. Things got even worse when I tried to run on Sunday and it was impossible to breathe/move my arms.  Every breath I took, every stride, it hurt.  Cue the disappointment.  I’ve had this injury before, and I know it takes a while to heal.  Well guess what… I don’t have a while and I’m freaking out!  I went and saw my Chiropractor last night who did some mobility exercises with my ribs, and it helped, but I still can’t run without pain. I can’t help but think that this is a ‘sign’ that I shouldn’t be running.  I am trying to believe I will run this Marathon, and finish… but I can’t help but feel extremely defeated right now.  My body is rebelling and it sucks.

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Has anyone ever had this injury in the intercostal muscles before?  What did you do?