#MarathonManiac Member #10827

Who just got their official acceptance into Marathon Maniacs (MM)? This girl!

Marathon ManiacsJust how did I do it? I ran two marathons within 16 days and earned my way into the club as a Bronze level member: Rock ‘n Roll New Orleans and the 41st Annual Tallahassee Marathon. There are eight more levels of MM to work up to.

Do you think you might be a marathon maniac??? Here are a few questions to help you realize how crazy you might be…. (taken from http://www.marathonmaniacs.com)

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#TallahasseeMarathon 2015 Recap

Third time taking on the Tallahassee Marathon (second time taking on the full) and I have yet to show up feeling 100%.  I tapered the best I could considering having run New Orleans just two weeks before.

EXPO

The Tallahassee Marathon is a smaller race that brings out about 850 half marathoners and less than 350 marathoners. Hal Higdon was the guest speaker at the EXPO and I believe runners from all around Tallahassee came to the Expo to hear him speak. With two little girls in tow and standing room only to hear Hal Higdon speak, I decided to listen for just a few minutes. There were a few more vendors at the Expo this year and it was great to see and talk to some running buddies I hadn’t seen since last year’s marathon.

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January 2015 Stridebox Review

 “StrideBox is a fun and exciting way to discover running products and accessories. Each month, as a member, you will receive a curated box of apparel, accessories, and nutrition products to fuel your training sessions, workouts, and races.” – Stridebox

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Box of January goodies:

-Stridebox – Mini Training Log, temporary tattoo & sticker
-Stridebox – Safety Stridelights
-Blueberry Smart Bar by Detour Smart Bar
-G Endurance Gatorlytes by Gatorade
-Designer Whey by Protein 2 Go
-Brew Recovery Drink by GU Energy
-Cherry Limeade Hydration by Nuun Energy
-Blister Shield by 2Toms

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Crockpot Meal Prep: Carnitas

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I miss Southern-California style carnitas and am so glad to have perfected this easy way to have carnitas any time. After a long day of school and work, every one in my house loves walking in and smelling homemade carnitas! I like to put pinto beans in a small crockpot the same day.

INGREDIENTS

1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
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Crockpot Meal Prep: Adobo Chicken

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INGREDIENTS

1 small sweet onion, sliced
16 cloves garlic, minced (I prefer to use the minced in the jar)
1½ cups of soy sauce
1 cup of white vinegar
4 chicken breast
4 skinless chicken thighs

FREEZER PREP

Divide chicken breasts and thighs into two separate Ziploc Freezer Gallon bags. Place 8 cloves of minced garlic into each bag.

In a small bowl mix the onion, soy sauce, and vinegar. Pour half into each bag. Seal and place in freezer.

COOK

Remove bag from freezer the night before and let defrost in the refrigerator. Or, my preference, place bag in crockpot and fill crockpot with cold water for 30 minutes in the morning. Rinse crockpot out and empty bag into crockpot.

Cook 6 hours on high, or 8-10 hours on low.

Serve with white rice and/or fresh bread.

#RnRNOLA 2015 New Orleans Marathon Recap

I am so grateful for mother-in-law for accompanying me on this trip, for taking great care of me and my girls and making wonderful memories. It would not have been possible without her.

I am so, so, so very glad I decided to a Rock ‘n’ Roll event and it only took me two years of talking about it before I actually did one.

I picked the Rock ‘n’ New Orleans Marathon (#RnRNOLA) for a few reasons. It was close to home (5 hrs driving distance), it was in January, the city is amazing, flat, and full of history, and most importantly it was the week before my birthday. Yes, it is one of my birthday presents to myself.

The trip ended up being a girls trip: my mother-in-law, two munchkins, and me! The Thursday before the trip I had all the symptoms of catching the cold that was making it’s way through my house; no wonder my taper week felt terrible. Continue reading

What it Really Takes to Prep 28 Crockpot Meals!

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After following several blogs and pinning many ideas via Pinterest, I finally decided to take on the task of prepping 28 crockpot meals. I have to admit, I was lured in by catchy pins that promised I could prep 8 crockpot meals in 75 minutes, or 8 meals in an hour, and my favorite… 28 meals in ONLY 3 hours!

Images courtesy of Pinterest

Images courtesy of Pinterest

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