7 miles so far and trying to fix my face

Hey everyone! No sighting of the mountain lion/bobcat/scary beast today. I feel like I am stalking him because I have been constantly looking out of every window in my house

The week is off to a good start with running. Yesterday I wasn’t really feeling a run, but I went since I had a couple of rest days and I never regret a run. I did some strength training and 3.1 miles. Today, I got in 4.1 miles which felt really good. I even showered at the gym to head out for errands afterwards. I am such a germaphobe and never shower at the gym and I always disinfect my phone when I get home. I told Dan that I showered at the gym and he couldn’t even process it. He paused for a while and then was like…. “You showered there? With shower shoes? You just don’t do that”.

I decided to run today since we are getting snow….again. I won’t even bother complaining about it. I’ll let my text messages with my sister do the talking. Take a peak:


snow text

So…. the 2 big take aways here is that I apparently talk/text like a sailor sometimes and I learned my lesson and I only eat Taco Bell after my run now. I fueled my run with Taco Bell back in December and it was a disaster. I don’t think I am having a good week with eating! Taco Bell once every 3-4 months can’t be that bad! 🙂 Even after all of that food for lunch, I was hungry for a snack. Pistachios and Greek yogurt. Life is all about balance.  I have NO guilt about my lunch, but I am craving a gigantic salad for dinner. Wonder why….

So, big salad for dinner tonight and then a crock pot meal for tomorrow since I will be busy shoveling, snow blowing the driveway like a boss, and keeping the kiddos from tearing the house apart!

I got totally side tracked by the snow and Taco Bell talk. As for fixing my face…. I tried a face mask today. I don’t think I have ever used a face mask. Maybe back in sleep over days as a teenager? A few weeks ago, I bought some sample sized face masks to try because I felt like I needed a little extra help in the skin care department. The face masks have been sitting in my drawer so I decided today was the day! I am NOT a product person at all. I always wash and moisturize my face, but I barely wear make-up, I don’t use high-end stuff, and I don’t go for facials. I think my skin is decent, but over the past year, I have been seeing some changes and a face mask once a decade will totally fix it.

I scared the kids to death when I walked into the playroom!


Now you understand why. I was even surprised when I turned the camera on myself. Whoa. Super D said I looked ready to play football or go on a mission.

In other face news…. does anyone else have this problem?


My glasses never stay up! They are fitted properly, but I barely have a bridge on my nose so they slide down. This is why I wear contacts all of the time. Si-Guy inherited my nose and he has the same problem with sunglasses. I feel ya, kid.

That’s all for today. I’m off doing mom stuff!

Any skin care tips? I could use them!




Rest day, random day. Oh and a Mountain Lion!

You GUYS!!! I saw a mountain lion. Yeah, not on Animal Planet or at the zoo. In MY yard…by my kid’s playset!


I’m about 95% sure it was a mountain lion and not a bobcat based off the markings I could see through my sheer surprise and panic. I had Dexter outside to go to the bathroom and as we were on the deck, he stopped and was looking at the backyard and the mountain lion froze and stared at us. I got Dexter inside and tried to get a picture, but he walked over our rock wall into a small section of woods. A few minutes later, I saw him walking in the yard of the people behind us making all kinds of cat cries and calls. Holy hell. I tried calling animal control, but no one was answering so I will try again tomorrow. I’m really not sure if they can or will do anything because cats have a large territory and they might just come back? I don’t know what I’m talking about. I will report it tomorrow and see what information they can provide. I’m used to seeing deer and coyotes in our neighborhood, but a pouncing predator? Looks like I won’t be running in my neighborhood for a little while.


Ok, onto the rest day, random day stuff. Yesterday was a rest day after a good week’s worth of work-outs. I thought I would do one of those random surveys to give you some more information about me.

What did you want to be when you “grew up”?

Chips and Queso should be a food group


You got that right…. chips and queso should just be added to the food pyramid.


I’m actually half Korean, not half Mexican. My love for Mexican food is very strong. I needed a snack yesterday and while I should have gone for the almonds and mini cheese wheel, I decided to go for queso and chips. We all have our days.

My 6 second video “review” of a new class and some speed work!

Hey everybody! I figured I would talk about a few random life things today, but here is a quick update on work-outs for the last half of the week. As for today, I decided to try a new fitness class at my gym. The class is “Sha’bam” and I thought it was a high intensity dance work-out that is a little more hip hop than Zumba. I went to the class expecting it to be all ……SHA’BAM – IN YOUR FACE! It was more like this:

Monday miles….5 miles!

What up?! Yes, I got in 5 miles today. I have been hanging out around the 3.5-4.5 mile mark for a while. Sometimes it’s because of the limited time I have, but I have also had a little bit of a mental block about hitting 5 miles and I’m not sure why. It’s been a while since I ran 5 or 6 miles and I think I just got used to stopping. I felt really good today and  I went into my run knowing I was going for 5 miles, nice and easy. After I got the kiddos off to school, I made my new favorite breakfast- 2 eggs over easy and a mini bagel with homemade veggie cream cheese.


Best combination an hour before a run. I had a meeting at Si-Guy’s school so I skipped strength training (won’t get in the habit of that) today and headed up to the cardio cinema room to warm-up and run. They were playing some weird zombie movie, The Plague. I actually love zombie movies, but this one was a little….eh. I did a walking warm-up and then restarted the treadmill.


5 miles running and then .3 cool-down. I was really happy to hit 5 miles and get past my mental block. I KNOW it was a mental block because I felt good during the run, I felt like I could have run more when I was done and I was still totally energized throughout the day. Like everything else with running, have a plan and listen to your body. I have pushed too hard in the past with distance and/or speed and spent the rest of the day feeling wiped out which means I was not ready. Feeling wiped out after a marathon is to be expected, but wiped out after a few miles means you need to have a stronger running foundation which takes time and patience. I will be running a couple of 5k races next month and I hope to race my first 10k in May. I have more than enough time to be ready for the 10k, but it feels good to know that 5 miles isn’t too much for me.

What’s for dinner? What’s for dinner? Week of 3/11/18

Another week down and another meal plan ready to share! Here is what I am looking to make this week:

meal plan Mar 11

I am really excited about the buffalo chicken quesadillas. I will be using my versatile crock pot chicken recipe to cook a few pounds of chicken.  I will use some for quesadilla night and freeze the rest for other meals. I will also be using my crock pot on Tuesday for the stew because we may have another snow storm coming our way. It is so much easier having a crock pot dinner cooking when we are busy shoveling all day long! I use this recipe from Food Network and it is a hit with everyone in the house. Super D and I don’t care for Italian sausage so our bowls are filled with white beans, tomatoes, and pasta. Dan and Si-Guy love the sausage so everyone wins. It is a super simple recipe.

Progression runs: new runners and low mileage runners need training runs, too!

Hey Everybody! I had a great 3 mile PROGRESSion run on Monday. During my warm-up walk, I was really thinking about why I decided to do a progression run. It seems like something you do more when you are training for a race and I am too far out from races right now to be training for something in particular. Then I realized, over the past year I always categorize my runs as a “tempo” run, “easy” run, “hill” run, “speed work”. I usually have a plan now. I used to just hit the gym with the idea of doing some kind of cardio for 20-30 minutes and then be done. Believe me, I still have some days like that and the important thing is that I am out and getting exercise. Ever since I got more focused on seeing my own personal progression with speed, distance and endurance; I run with more purpose.

For anyone who has been reading my story for a little while, you know I am NOT a high mileage runner and so I adjust my progression runs, or tempo runs, or speed work to match the mileage I do run. Right now, I have been hovering around 3.5-4.5 miles of running at a time. Monday sounded like a good day to get in a progression run which is very simply running each mile faster than the last. First, I started with some strength training and ab work ( I neglected both last week…oops) and then my run looked like this:

5 minute walking warm-up

1/4 mile running warm-up 5.7-5.9 mph

1 mile 6.1 mph

1 mile 6.4 mph

1/2 mile 6.7 mph

1/2 mile 7.0 mph

1/4 running cool-down 6.0-5.7 mph

1/4 mile walking cool-down