Thursday, April 11, 2013

Some Things on Thursday

Instead of running early this morning (and because I had a tough time waking up), I took the boys out for this years' inaugural stroller run. I picked it up at my mother-in-law's early this week and we cleaned it up last night. Today is a beautiful sunny day with temps in the 40s, though it feels warmer than that. We made a couple of stops along the way to shoot off rockets and collect cool rocks and I'm grateful for the breaks. It seemed much more difficult to push them this time, though I haven't taken the stroller on a run since our family run at the Father's Day 5K last June. With the boys weighing around 80 pounds together and with a slightly flat tire (need to get the pump from the old house), it made for a good workout even though we didn't travel too far from home. We covered 2.76 miles total in 26:57 (9:46 pace). Maybe we'll go a little further next time, but those hills are killer!

My view
Shooting rockets at the dog park
Zeke captured the rocket in flight. Can you see it?
Pit stop #2 - South End Boat Launch
I can see us doing a lot of exploring with the stroller this spring and summer. I am so happy to be living where we are.

There is still plenty to time to enter my giveaway for a pair of kid's New Balance 890v3 Rainbow shoes and one-year subscription to ChopChop Magazine. 


Our review of the shoes is here and you can enter the giveaway here. You can tweet every day for more entries. Another opportunity to win is directly from New Balance at www.newbalance.com/rainbow

Have a great Thursday!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Eat the Rainbow: Fruit Kabobs

First, my sincerest apologies for not getting this post up this weekend, but it was a very busy one full of Zeke's Art and Music Show for preschool follow by almost 30 hours of work in the last three days. Anyway, here it is...part two in my Run the Rainbow, Eat the Rainbow series. You can read part one where my boys reviewed the New Balance 890v3 Rainbow shoes here.


Today I'm sharing ChopChop Magazine's healthy snack idea using all the colors of the rainbow. I had signed up to bring a fruit snack to the Art and Music Show on Saturday, so this recipe was perfect. It also seemed to be perfect timing as Zeke has been learning all about rainbows in school the past couple of weeks! 


Making sure your diet includes all the essential vitamins and minerals is as easy as creating a rainbow.


Here's what you will benefit from with a few examples of food in each color:

RED - Vitamins A and C, manganese, lycopene, and fiber. Examples: red bell peppers, cranberries, rhubarb, beets, tomatoes, and strawberries.

ORANGE - Vitamins A, C, and B6, potassium, and fiber. Examples: sweet potatoes, carrots, cantaloupe, oranges, and peaches.

YELLOW - Vitamin A, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and fiber. Examples: bananas, pineapple, and summer squash.

GREEN - Vitamins A, C, B6, and K, folic acid, niacin, lutein, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and manganese. Examples: spinach, broccoli, asparagus, green grapes, and avocado

BLUE - Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Example: blueberries

PURPLE - Vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants. Example: eggplant, grapes, plums, and purple cabbage.

I'll let Zeke introduce our little project.


It really could not be easier, just place the fruit on the skewer in the order of the rainbow and you've got a quick, fun and delicious snack packed full of vitamins and minerals. 




                  

I had mentioned this in part one, but I'll just give you a little reminder that you can still enter the Run the Rainbow, Eat the Rainbow contest by New Balance and ChopChop Magazine through the end of May. There is a monthly drawing for a pair of the 890v3 Rainbow show for kids and a one-year subscription to ChopChop, and a grand prize to include the shoes, magazine subscription, and a $400  gift card to your local grocery store. Visit www.newbalance.com/rainbow to enter! The official (and printable) Rainbow Kabob recipe page can be found there as well.

And now for the giveaway I promised oh so long ago! One lucky Maine Mom on the Run reader has another opportunity to win one pair of the New Balance 890v3 Rainbow shoes for kids AND a year subscription to ChopChop Magazine! Enter using the Rafflecopter entry form below. 

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Disclosure: I was provided New Balance 809v3 Rainbow shoes and ChopChop Magazine for the purpose of these reviews. All opinions are my own (and my boys). The giveaway on Maine Mom on the Run will run from April 9, 2013 and until midnight April 16, 2013 EST. The winner will be chosen at random and announced on this blog no later than April 18, 2013. The winner will have 48 hours to contact me at mainemomontherun {at} gmail {dot} com. If not contacted within 48 hours, another winner will be chosen. U.S. residents only.

GOOLUCK!

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Three Things Thursday: Fitness Routine

1. Running. 
So far April is going pretty well. Not even four full days in and I've already run twice. Monday's brilliant run kept me feeling good for over two days, giving me the confidence that I can still run fast after sucking in the running department for so long. I did three somewhat easy miles this morning at 8:48 pace. Originally, I had planned on five, but having a two-mile-week followed by a five and change-mile-week, I didn't want to go too crazy by upping my mileage too fast. I've done the last two runs in my Cursoris (that had previously resulted in super tight calves), but haven't experienced any issues this week. Since the weather is supposed to be getting warmer now, I'm going to get the double stroller back from my mother-in-law to take the boys out during the day too. 


2. Foam rolling and yoga. 
I've been doing better at this too, particularly at night before bed. It feels so good to stretch and release the tension in my back and legs right before settling down for the night. 



3. Core work. 
I think I can finally get my butt in gear with this. On Tuesday, I did a series of crunches, planks, wall-sits, and burpees. Not many, but I was able to get the boys involved in the exercises too which made it fun. Finn loved the jumping part of the burpees, giggled every time I said burpee and pretended to burp. Hopefully, I can incorporate these exercises more consistently on my off-run days.

Sorry, did I blind you?
Finn wanted to show you a "before" pic too.

Technically, a fourth thing, but make sure to check back here tomorrow afternoon for part two of the Run the Rainbow, Eat the Rainbow series. The boys and I will be making a yummy treat and there will be a giveaway!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Mezamashii Math

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MEZAMASHII!


BAM!!! My second fastest five-mile training run! The only one faster was a relatively flat tempo run back in December of 2011. Guess my lack of mileage does not equal a loss of fitness and I need to eat a Cadbury Creme Egg before every run. Honestly, I was just going with what felt comfortably hard and I even got faster on the back portion into a headwind!

Mile splits:
8:20
8:11
8:02
7:58
8:01

Woo-friggin'-hoo!