Across the Bay 10K

The Across the Bay 10K goes over the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and is quickly becoming one of my all-time favorite races. I’ve run it several times and you can’t beat the view! And everyone from the volunteers to the police officers on the course to the participants themselves are so happy and excited to be there.

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Across the Bay 10K

As many of you know, 2016 has been a tough year for me mentally and physically and several months ago, it was unclear where my training and fitness level would be at this point. But there was no way I was missing this race…even if I had to walk the whole thing.

I wrote myself a training plan that I was confident would get me across the finish line as long as I could stick to it. I did…mostly!

Along with a new training plan, I decided on a new goal. Just finish. That’s it. No time goal. At all. Not even a vague “I hope to finish around an hour” kind of goal. I didn’t care if I ran, walked or crawled. Just finish.

This is not like me. I always have SOME sort of goal in mind. Vague or otherwise. I don’t always share my goals publicly but I always have them. Even the first time I ever ran a marathon and had absolutely no idea what to expect or what I was doing and had bronchitis 2 weeks before the race, I still had a time goal in my head.

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Me and my partners in crime!

But not this time. I decided to just let it go and do whatever I needed to do to finish the race. And it was great! First, I had rock-solid support from two very important people that would make sure I finished no matter what. Second, not worrying about a goal allowed me to run at a pace that felt good for me at my current fitness level. I didn’t try to push it. I wasn’t checking my GPS for pace or distance. I just ran. I sped up when I felt good and slowed down when I needed to. I was worried going into the race because of my health concerns but this turned out to be one of the best races I’ve run in a really long time.

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Just Finished

I certainly haven’t kicked the “goal” habit. Believe me, I’ve already got goals in mind for the next two races on my calendar but, I might have to “Just finish” more often! It’s a good feeling.

Happy Exercising!

P.S. Look for my Complete 10K Training Plan ebook on sale soon!

P.P.S. Comment and let me know what kind of goals you’ve set for yourself.

Homemade Yogurt Tubes

I strive to have my kids eat healthy food most of the time. We always have plenty of fresh fruits and veggies and I pack their lunches and home cook dinner most nights so I know what I’m feeding them. I’m not perfect…in fact, they’re gorging themselves on Halloween candy as I write this! We have junk food and snack food and desserts but 85% of the time, we eat healthy.

My daughters both love Greek yogurt and are happy to eat it by the spoonful right out of the carton but…they also love those oddly colored tubes of yogurt that can be frozen and put in lunch boxes. I’m sure they love them for all the sugar that’s in them. After all, who wouldn’t love a tube of sugar?! I will not buy these sugar tubes for what I hope are obvious reasons despite the begging in the middle of the diary aisle.

But, I’ve recently found an acceptable solution. I found zip top plastic tube bags on Amazon that can be used to make your own yogurt tubes or popsicle treats. Score!

Yes, its obviously more work than just buying the ones in the store but I think its worth it. My girls love strawberries so I made strawberry yogurt tubes.

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I started with fresh strawberries and pureed them in my NutriBullet.

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Then, because the girls are weird about fruit chunks and seeds in their yogurt, I pushed the puree through a strainer. An extra, unnecessary step if your kids are not freaked out by a chunk of berry…

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Then, I mixed the puree with Greek yogurt until it was fully blended. If you’re brave, you can have your kids help you with this part but in my house this would just multiply my work exponentially. How to clean yogurt off the ceiling is a post for another day!

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Filling the tube bags can be a bit tedious but if you’re just patient and use a funnel and a ladle, you can have it done in no time. The girls ate some right away and LOVED it and the rest went in the freezer or fridge for snacks and lunches. Ta Da!

The kids are happy and I’m happy. What could be better than that?!

Happy Exercising!

P.S. Look for my Complete 10K Training Plan ebook on sale soon!