Run!

Hi there!

We had such a great day today over here.  I started the day off joining some of my Stroller Strides buddies for a charity 5k/12k run.

I hadn’t been able to run that much for the past few weeks so I was a little worried about how I’d do.  Plus, I was feeling like I was starting to get a cold too 🙁  But… I did pretty good!  Finished the entire thing without stopping once at a 8:38 pace and felt great!  I’ve done a few half marathons and a ton of 5k’s but never a 12k.  I thought it was 7 miles so as soon as I hit that 7 mile marker I booked it.  But… the finish line was not just around the corner.  NOPE, a 12k is 7.46 miles!  Well now I know!  Why do we run races in kilometers anyways?

After we went to my favorite brunch spot and celebrated with a mango Bellini, yummy!

When I got home the hubby and the love nugget were all ready to go outside to work in the yard so I joined them and got some planting done.  We are doing a major clean-up/re-plant in our front and backyard right now.  So any chance we get to get a little work done we take it.  However, the love nugget was hungry so I had to head in to feed him lunch.  While he ate, I made a new granola bar.

Banana Nut Bar

1 cup raw almonds

1 cup raw walnuts

1 mashed banana

5-6 pitted dates

1/3 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup quick cooking oats

1/4 cup agave

1/4 dark chocolate chips

1/2 tsp cinnamon

dash sea salt

Pulse almonds and walnuts in a food processor until chopped well.  Dump into a bowl and reserve for later.   Chop dates in the food processor until chopped well.

Add nuts back into the food processor with the dates and add the rest of the ingredients.

Pulse until combined then press into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper.  refrigerate until firm.
When the love nugget woke up from his nap we decided to head down to The Fountains to get a treat and buy some dinner supplies at Whole Foods.

First stop, Gelato shop!

I got a raspberry and mango sorbetto.  Dairy free and fat-free, yummy!

The hubby always gets chocolate chip.

The love nugget got to try a little of mine since it was dairy free and he thought it was delicious!

He wasn’t as sure about the fountain though.

After a quick stop at Whole Foods we came home and enjoyed some down time outdoors with margaritas, chips and salsa.  You can see we’ve got some work to do in the background but at least we got some pots planted 🙂

The love nugget came out to have his dinner with us.  He loves being outdoors!

Smile!

Good morning!

Yesterday afternoon we finally got to have our photo shoot with our amazing photographer Jessica Barrie at Jessica B. Photography!  The weather wasn’t exactly perfect but… it wasn’t too cold and there was no rain!  Although we did have to battle with some massive swarms of mosquitos!  The love nugget was somewhat cooperative and gave us quite a few smiles.  I can’t wait to see the photos!

This morning I woke up bright and early and heading to spin with one of my favorite spin instructors.  It’s amazing how much an instructor can make or break the class.  I came home and replenished my body with some electrolyte packed coconut water.  Coconut water is sooo good for you after a workout.  It has more potassium than a banana, no added sugar and a ton of electrolytes.

To help rehydrate and recover after a workout, sports drinks contain the things  that your body typically uses during the workout: sugars, electrolytes such as  sodium and potassium, and of course, water. Coconut water naturally contains  these same things, but it contains more potassium and less sodium and sugar than  sports drinks. The sugars in coconut water are natural and unaltered, and there  are no colorings or flavorings added.
Read more:  Coconut Water Benefits | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6261272_benefits-coconut-water.html#ixzz1pr82UAJJ

I had big plans for today.  Stroller Strides, Hobby Lobby, the mall then lunch with a friend.  But… the hubby’s battery died in his truck so he had to take my car today 🙁  So I’m hoping to try out some new recipes for the love nugget and get some stuff done around the house.  Maybe if the weather cooperates we’ll be able to get in a run as well.  For now we’re watching the Today Show and playing “in” our toy box!  Have a great day!

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