I’m Back…

It has definitely been awhile since I wrote a blog post or even opened up WordPress. I didn’t have a ton to write about and I wanted to spend some time with my family, so I am glad for the break, but now I am back. The only thing I bummed to have missed was my FOURTH blog anniversary. I can’t believe I have been blogging for this long, and I am ready to get things going in 2015. Before I start sending out new content, I figured I’d catch everyone up on a few things that have been going on!

 

BUT, Before that I am applying to be DanceFIT Studio’s Spokesperson of the Year. If you feel like I would be a great fit, I would love a nomination. All the details can be found on my FB Page.

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First we had some awesome family photos taken by the amazing Caroline in early November, and I wanted to share a few with them all of you, especially now that our Christmas cards are out.

winn_141109-2477I got my hair and makeup done at The Luxe Bar in Peabody, and I am so happy I was able to do so.

The Luxe BarThis is just the hair styling side of the salon. Makeup is at the far end, they also have manis, pedis, bronzing and a brow bar! There is also a kids and bridal section!

EVERYONE raves about them, and there is a reason! Chelsey did both my hair and my makeup, which was nice because some other places typically have two different stylists for the services and the appointment had a great flow to it and I didn’t have to wait between getting my hair done and my makeup, so I ended up being done a little earlier than I was scheduled which is always a plus.

Chelsey made some great suggestions as well, when I get a blowout I always get my hair pin straight because it is hard for me to do on my own since my hair is extremely thick (and my patience is not high), she suggest some curl at the bottom to make it bounce which I think was great for the photos we took. The only downfall was that I can usually keep a blowout looking good for 4-5 days, and with this hair style it definitely fell out after about 2 days. She also made great suggestions for my eye makeup and used my own lip gloss instead of a lipstick so that I could reapply as needed!

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In addition to taking family photos, I am also going to be an ambassador for Zooma Cape Cod for the third year in a row! (2013 and 2014 recaps), you can use code: KELLY15 for 10% off the half marathon or 10K!

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And some of you might remember that I did some work with Feetures during the 2014 race, and they released the video, this took a lot of courage on my part, as I don’t like being on camera that much, but I am so proud of myself.

I also spent a majority of my “off time” with my family and just hanging out. It was nice to not be in the social media for a while and I am glad I took some time off. I do have a long overdue Stitch Fix recap for you and some other posts that I have been working on.

I hope you all had a great start to 2015! Update me on what’s new in your lives!

Weekly Updates: 09/22/14 – 10/05/14

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Monday, September 22 – Cross Training. This was the start of my last week of training before the Zooma Cape Cod race.  I ended up taking the morning Pure Barre class, I know, no one is surprised, but man is it harder getting out of bed early, because it is pitch black out when I get up!

Tuesday, September 23 – 30 Minutes. I took an early morning Pure Barre class followed by a quick walk around the neighborhood.

Wednesday, September 24 – Cross Training. I ended up cancelling my barre class at last-minute. Some of the medicine I am currently on is making me feel nauseous (no I am not pregnant) and I just could not get out of bed in the morning.

Thursday, September 25 – 30 minutes. I took a Pure Barre class then did my 30 minutes while B was in school.

Friday, September 26 – Rest. For the most part, I took it easy. I did a little bit of running for Feetures, but other than that it was a very relaxing day!

Saturday, September 27 – ZOOMA 10K. Finished :)!

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Sunday, September 28 – Rest. A much needed rest day. I did enough to get my legs moving and the blood flowing, aka walking around the grocery store and outside, but I was definitely sore so I took it easy.

Monday, September 29 – Pure Barre. – I took an early morning class, and I just took it easy. I told the teacher in advance that I would be taking breaks as needed. The seated ab work was definitely the most difficult for me.

Tuesday, September 30 – Pure Barre. I took a late class, really I wanted to keep my body moving, and also get in my 40 classes for the Fit for Fall Challenge!

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Wednesday, October 1 – Rest. I was supposed to go to barre, but again, I wasn’t feeling good, and I just need to learn to listen to my body, not just my brain.

Thursday, October 2 – Pure Barre. My meds were at full force and I regretted that workout a little bit, not because it was a bad workout, but because I was hot flashing, sore and just all around not feeling 100%.

Friday, October 3 – Pure Barre. After going to bed super early, I hit the morning class, and even though I wasn’t feeling on my A game, I wasn’t feeling as bad as I was the day before. This was class #89 for me. Only 11 classes until I get those 100 classes and sign the bar!

Saturday, October 4 and Sunday, October 5 – Rest. We decided to spend the weekend with some family, and I decided to take some rest days from classes.

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So, some updates. I was getting some blood work done and I tested positive for Celiac, aka Gluten, this is a disease, it is not trendy it is a lifestyle change, 100%. It caught me off guard, for sure. I re-tested, and I tested negative on the second test. However the test is scaled, 0-3 is a negative, 4-10 is a positive. My positive was at a 5, and my negative was at a 3. Unfortunately, in order to take these tests you have to eat gluten, and I don’t eat a ton of it anyway. I am going to re-test, just to be 100% sure since I do have some rare markers of Celiac. That is why things in the food department have been wonky.

How was your week in workouts?

Zooma Cape Cod 10K Recap with Feetures!

Zooma-logo-FINALcrop.jpgIt’s kind of crazy to think It has been a whole year since I volunteered at Zooma Cape Cod, and now I have successfully finished the 2014 Zooma Cape Cod 10K. I am really lucky that I have been able to be an ambassador for this race two years in a row. The race is run by a great group of women, they not only enjoy what they do, but they make sure you enjoy your race. They have been nothing but supportive of me in the past year and I am extremely grateful for that.

ZoomaCapeCod2014AmbassadorsI am also really lucky to have these women beside me as ambassadors.

L-R: Jessica, Danielle, Dani, Amy, Nancy, Angela, Me, Jessica

I trained for the race, admittedly a lot of it was non-running stroller miles which ended up being a lot of walking & jogging. I stuck to my training plan for the most part while listening to my body, and I felt prepared. My goal going into this race was to finish. I needed to know that my body still had the ability to finish a longer race, I wasn’t prepared for a half, I knew that, but a 10K is still a long distance after I had been out of racing for over a year.

I made my way to Falmouth on Friday afternoon, I met up with Jane and Anna, we went to the Expo, had a celebratory drink and dinner at the hotel, and hit up the Zooma Mocktail Party courtesy of Honest Tea. I went to bed super early and my room was right next to the start line so I woke up periodically through the night because I could hear them putting the starting line together. I ended up waking up for good at 5 am feeling well rested. I fueled and tried to mentally prepare myself for the day. I hadn’t put on my Garmin since September 7, 2013 and it sort of hit me then, that this was my day for redemption. I didn’t need to feel like running a race was going to mess up my body or that running was bad for me. Today would be the day where I would prove to myself that getting back on the pavement would be good for me.

The 10K started right on time at 7:30, I started out way to fast, and it was so hard to rein it in. I knew that I needed to slow down but I couldn’t, the excitement, the people around me, I had a hard time. Of course about 10 minutes into the race my GI issues started flaring up and I started my run/walk plan of run 90 seconds walk 30 seconds. I made it to mile 2 on my target pace and that’s when the wheels started falling off. My nausea was making it really hard for me to keep on target pace, but I had someone waiting for me between mile 3 and 4 so I had to keep going. I ended up walking most of mile 3, I started run/walking about a quarter-mile before mile 4.

I saw my friends and they gave me that boost I needed, that reminder that I could do this, and I would finish strong. Once the course came off the bike path it wasn’t very shady and it started to become extremely hilly. I knew the course had hills, but I hadn’t trained very well on them, and it did a number on my quads and hips. I started walking more than running. I was a little bit frustrated with that, but I never let the negative talk creep in. I just kept reminding myself of everything my body has accomplished and this whole past year, I could make it another 1.2 miles.

Once I started seeing a ton of spectators on the side of the road, and I could hear loud cheering I started to pick up the pace, even if I felt a little sick I was going to run through that finish line, no matter what, and that is exactly what I did.

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I ended up coming in at 1:46:19 which is a pace of 17:10 min/mile (at mile 5 my pace was a full minute faster, ugh). And that time may be some people’s half-marathon personal worst, but for me it wasn’t about the time, it was about the race, and my mind, and finally letting go of the fact that running a race ruined my life.

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It wasn’t just the physical running of the race, I was working with Feetures (one of the race sponsors – everyone got a pair of socks in their swag bag) on a video project and they asked a lot of questions about my running and where I started and my goals for this race, and mentally it just got me into the right space to think clearly about what my real goals were. Mary Mac, Matt and Joe were an amazing team to work with and I am grateful that I was given this opportunity! (And if you noticed someone following me around with a video camera at the race, that’s why!).

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I am also super thankful that these ladies, and a few other unpictured friends, were at the race with me this weekend. Nick and B couldn’t make it, but I was a lot calmer than I thought I would be, and I definitely attribute that to these three. They all pretty much know what’s been going on personally with my miscarriage and pregnancy frustrations, so I didn’t have to explain how I was feeling. We all were there to have a fun time, and that is what we did, zero pressure. Having a girls weekend at a race is by far one of the best things I have ever done, and I hope that this is not the last one. The Zooma motto is Run. Laugh. Celebrate. I think we nailed this one.

pblzoomaIf you have been reading this blog for any amount of time, you know my favorite cross-training is Pure Barre. As I was hanging out near the finish line I ran into one of my favorite teachers, Kelly, who rocked her first half-marathon. It was refreshing to see so many familiar faces on Saturday!

Like I said initially, I love Zooma, I love the women that put these races on. The volunteers are always amazing, and the hotel is beautiful and accommodating.  That being said there are a few things I wish were different. Those that run the 10K don’t get a location specific medal. The half-marathoners got a cute Cape Cod scenery medal, while the 10K participants received a generic Zooma one. I also wish their was a more breakfast friendly option post-race. Last year I got a lunch when I was done volunteering, which was around lunch time. This year I got my food by 9:30 am, and the last thing I wanted was a chicken salad or hummus wrap. Overall, I couldn’t have had a better weekend, I am already looking forward to 2015!

So what’s next?  I am ready to get back into running, or at least try to. I think I might start a bit smaller with 5K’s and try to get my speed back to where it used to be before I tackle another long distance. This weekend, however, was everything I needed it to be. I feel ready to get back into running and I feel confident that my body is mine again.

Thank you to Zooma for covering my race entry in exchange for a review about my experience!

Weekly Updates: 09/01/14 – 09/07/14 (Zooma Week 5)

Before we get to this week workouts, I just wanted to share some information on the Zooma Cape Cod Race! There is a 10 Mile Training Run hosted by Marathon Sports of Mashpee, it is this Saturday, September 13 at 8 am in Mashpee, make sure you RSVP if you plan on attending!

There is also a Mocktail Party sponsored by Honest Tea on Friday, September 26 from 7-8 pm at the SeaCrest Hotel, and you will get the chance to mingle with all the ambassadors as well! Make sure you RSVP for this event as well! Now on to how I handled this weeks training plan!

weeklyworkouts.jpgMonday, September 1 – Cross Training. We were having a few people over for a BBQ so I was cleaning and prepping since 8 am. I didn’t get a chance to get to barre for a class since they had a modified schedule.

Tuesday, September 2 – 50 minutes. I took a barre class at 6am and had planned on getting my 50 minutes in after the fact, but I had a marketing call and by the time I was down it was too gross out for B in the stroller.

Wednesday, September 3 – Cross Training. I took another barre class. I am participating in their Fit for Fall Challenge, similar to the one I completed in March, it is to complete 40 classes in 60 days, starting September 2 and ending on October 31.

fitforfallpurebarreThursday, September 4 – 50 minutes. I had planned on getting this in after B’s preschool orientation, but I started feeling really sick on Wednesday night. I went to bed at 9 pm, woke up at 11 to change out of sweat soaked pj’s and take my temp (100) and then went back to bed until 7:30 am. I got B ready for school and off we went. With no AC and lots of kids and parents wandering around, I started feeling nauseous and my temp started to rise back up. I went back home and laid low.

Friday, September 5 – 5 miles. I was still feeling pretty weak, so I ended up taking another rest day.

Saturday, September 6 – Rest  Day. I felt like I had taken enough rest days, so I took a Pure Barre class with Jane, then in the afternoon I did 50 minutes at a very slow pace, just to get the time in.

Sunday, September 7 – 80 minutes. I got 50 minutes of slow walking in, I had plans for most of the day, and I couldn’t fit in the entire 80 minutes, unfortunately.

FOOD: Again, I am keeping mum on this for a bit. I had some test results that were unexpected, so until I get all results I will be postponing this section.

Are you planning on attending the Zooma Mocktail Party?

Weekly Updates: 08/18/14 – 08/31/14 (Zooma Week 3 & 4)

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Monday, August 18th – Cross Training. I hit up an evening Pure Barre class, it was one of the hardest Pure Barre classes I have ever taken. Melissa + the double tubes = insanity!

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Tuesday, August 19 – 40 minutes. On target so far with my Zooma training plan. Nick and I had some early doctors appointments so we got his mom to watch B. After Nick headed to work, I went for a 40 minute jog, followed by a Pure Barre class. Not my best plan, but I had some aggressions to work out.

Wednesday, August 20 – Cross Training. I was pretty sore and had a whole slew of more doctor appointments so I took a rest day instead.

Thursday, August 21 – 40 minutes. This ended up being only 30 minutes because of the weather, but I was pushing B, so it still counts….right?

Friday, August 22 – 4 miles. This ended up being only a 3 mile “jog”, B was getting cranky, and sometimes that’s what happens.

Saturday, August 23 – Rest. Since we had to get on the road early, I went to Pure Barre early because I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get in a ton of workouts over the next week.

Sunday, August 24 – 65 minutes. Yeaaah, no this didn’t happen at all. Nick had been super busy all summer with a big project at work and we finally had some family vacation time. We spent the first half of the week visiting family in CT, and that clearly took precedent over anything else.

Monday, August 25 – Cross Training. We spent the entire morning walking around the Mystic Aquarium, so much better than the Boston one IMO. I tracked my time and I did a decent amount of walking so I counted it as Tuesday’s workout. Also, we had an amazing lunch on the water. A few friends of ours have lived in Mystic for a few years and they took us to this great lunch place off the beaten path and away from the tourist traps.

Tuesday, August 26 – 45 minutes. I used Monday’s workout as my 45 minutes, and I did a little cross training in the pool at Nick’s parents.

Wednesday, August 27 – Cross Training. We came home from CT early Wednesday afternoon. I was able to sneak in a workout at Pure Barre. Man it felt good to have the 3-day break, my muscles really needed it.

Thursday, August 28 – 45 minutes. I took a break, I spent some time cleaning the house and doing tons of laundry. It was nice to spend time with the family.

Friday, August 29 – 4.5 miles. I took a Pure Barre class in the afternoon and a little bit of a walk in the afternoon.

Saturday, August 30 – Rest. I knew I wanted to take a class since we were having guests over the weekend and I wasn’t sure if I would be able to get out for long run so I went to Pure Barre in the morning.

Sunday, August 31 – 75 minutes. Again, I took a morning Barre class followed by a long walk. What you can, when you can.

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FOOD: I am keeping mum on this for a bit. I had some test results that were unexpected, so until I get all results I will be postponing this section.

Weekly Updates: 08/04/14 – 08/10/14 (Zooma Week 1)

I wrote this post before the tragic passing of Robin Williams. I know that some people feel like mourning celebrity deaths is ridiculous, and sometimes I feel that way too. When Paul Walker passed I read this article that explained so well why we feel more when certain celebrities pass away.

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I feel like I grew up with Robin’s works. Mork & Mindy was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid. Dead Poets is what made me want to teach. Good Morning, Vietnam made me want to learn more about history. Hook, Aladdin, Jumanji & Mrs.Doubtfire are engrained in my childhood, and Good Will Hunting is always my  favorite Boston movie, but my favorite movie about life and love. Here is a great article on the life lessons we learned from Robin Williams.

I hope people remember that Depression is a disease, one that this no cure, but that needs constant vigilance and work. If you are feeling like you have no one please call the suicide prevention line (1-800-273-8255) or tell someone. Even in times of darkness you are loved.
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So, Zooma training has officially kicked off. I am excited for the training and for the workouts!

Monday, August 4th –  Cross Training per the plan! I ended up using Monday as a rest day since I went to Pure Barre on Saturday and Sunday, and they were both tough workouts!

Tuesday, August 5th - 30 minutes running. I went to Pure Barre in the morning and when I got home I took B on a jog(ish) in town. His stroller is not a running stroller so it is heavy, and ended up walking more than running.

Wednesday, August 6th – Cross training. I took an evening class at Pure Barre with Jane, and we were rewarded with free wine at the end of the day! For my local friends, Pure Barre Lynnfield has $10 Tuesdays for the month of August for new clients, if you have been wanting to try it, this is your chance!

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Thursday, August 7th – 30 minutes running. My car started making wonky noises and we couldn’t get an appointment with the mechanic until Saturday, and he advised us not to drive unless absolutely necessary. So I did 30 minutes of running around outside our house with B.

Friday, August 8th – 3 miles. Same situation as above, and our street (and neighboring ones) don’t have sidewalks so I do not feel comfortable taking B’s large stroller out on the busy streets. We ran up and down our dead-end street for a while, I didn’t check for mileage because that seems silly, but we were out for over 2 hours, so hopefully that counts for something.

Saturday, August 9th – Rest. I knew Sunday would likely be a rest day, so Jane picked me up at home and drove me to Pure Barre. Thankful for awesome friends!

Sunday, August 10th – 45 minutes running. I was outside playing with B for a good chunk of the day, and also running around the house doing a ton of projects, it wasn’t the planned workout, but I think it’ll be okay.

Week 1 Lessons: It is not easy training with a toddler, that is something I don’t have to really explain. Where I run/jog/walk isn’t super populated during the early hours of the morning, at least not at the time that works for us. So until B starts pre-school I am going to have to fit in what I can, when I can. I also, have to keep my pace worries in check. With the stroller and B alone I am pushing about 70 pounds, plush whatever gear, snacks, toys, etc… I bring with us to keep him occupied until we get to the playground.

Food Updates:

This weekend was one of the first weekends this summer that resulted in spontaneous dinner plans. Cait and I had been trying to meet up for a while, and we both happened to be free on Friday night. She picked me up (seriously, I have great friends) and brought us to Legal C Bar at Market Street in Lynnfield.

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We took a couple of seats at the bar and had a great time, great food and conversation will do that for you. I also had a pretty healthy dinner. The combo plate hat scallops,scrimp and a crab cake full of crab not stuffing alongside a light salad.

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I still enjoyed the warm bread and some wine, but I still put this dinner in the win column.

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Do you run with a stroller? What was the best seafood dish you’ve made or had made for you?