Oops, I ….

Yes, I did it to myself AGAIN.  I was doing great with my running, I was up to 4 miles and keeping to a running schedule, running 3 or even 4 times a week.  Great, right? Right.

Then February hit and I just fell right off every wagon there is.  Stopped running, stopped blogging, stopped doing yoga, guess how great I feel about now?  Yep, not that great.  But all of that is just the start. Guess what I’m doing in the morning.  Less than 12 hours from now.

Mud Endeavor! Not just any mud run. This one is 5 or 6 miles, depending on how they decided to set up the course.  So not only is it the longest mud run and longest run I’ve done yet if I must be honest, it’s after taking an entire month off of doing anything even remotely healthy for me.

I really don’t hate me, but I CAN be my own worst enemy.  As a matter of fact, I excel at it!  Does it make it better or worst that I am super excited about the run tomorrow instead of dreading it like I think I probably should be?  Oh yeah, and I have a case of tennis elbow so bad I’ve been drinking my coffee with my left hand.

There won’t be any kicking ass tomorrow but I will still have a ton of fun!

So what exactly have I been doing with myself besides watching Netflix (I’m in the midst of a full on 4400 kick) and drinking hard cider? Gardening!

I cleared out the side yard (yet again), build a new raised garden, and planted the whole thing with non-gmo seeds.  I have lots of things sprouting and I’m planning to share pictures but at the moment it’s a wee bit too dark outside and I just wanted to share my insanity of the moment, my longest, most unprepared for mud run.

So with me luck since I’m going to need it, and come back later to see if I made it.  Ya, you can laugh.  Goodness knows that’s what I’ll be doing.

Running With the Children of the Corn

The other day I decided to go for a run.  My oldest was home and said he’d go with me, so of course the next thing I knew the younger 2 decided they wanted to run as well.  Well, this is going to be fun!

First try we all walked barefoot to the end of the driveway, realized it was oh-my-god Florida cold and all ran back in to get on some shoes.

Second try….  we all started jogging together at about the same speed.  It didn’t take long for the older two to start jetting ahead, skipping, jumping, boxing, and going in circles and the youngest to start lagging behind.  After a bit I told the older two to go back and get their brother since they weren’t running anyways, they were doing everything else.  Let the fun begin!

The rest of the run went something like this:

Want to box?  Hey! Mom, he/she hit me! You knocked me down!  (they all sprint past me like a pack of dogs hunting)  I bet you can’t do a back flip!  No back flips on cement!!! (me obviously)  I bet I can punch harder than you! ( my daughter, go figure) All of this is punctuated with frequent I’m getting tired, running is boring, I want a drink, blah blah blah.

So we get to the corner of our block and I tell the younger 2 they can head home.  But mom, we love running! We don’t want to go home!  Really????

Just one more way a parent can learn to completely zone out the circus created around them while still magically hearing the parts you have to in order to avoid a trip to the emergency room.  Seriously, who would think it’s a good idea to learn to flip in the middle of an asphalt road??

Do you ever run or do other exercise with your kids? Is it as much of an adventure as my family’s outings tend to be or is it just me and mine?

I’m not even going to tell you about how amazingly relaxing it is to do yoga with them.  (Is there a sarcasm font?)

ElectroDash 5K Giveaway!

A little while ago I mentioned that I’m planning on going to the ElectroDash 5K in Tampa March 21st.  You should go too!  And to help convince you the folks at ElectroDash gave me 3 codes for free races to give out!

What do you need to do to enter for a chance to win?

  1. Look and see if there will be a race coming to your town here.
  2. Comment below letting me know you’d like a ticket

gallery-photo-10It’s that easy. I have 3 tickets to give away, the winners will be drawn Monday night and announced here Tuesday, February 18th.

Don’t forget to check out ElectroDash on Facebook and Twitter.

Disclosure: I received race entries in exchange for posting about ElecroDash 5K.

VMM8 Buffalo Burgers

I haven’t been writing, running, or doing much at all the last couple weeks, I guess I took a mini vacation from all the little things.  It would have been very cool except for the part where I am now kind of behind on everything.  Oh well, now I have plenty to write about in the coming weeks!

I have a super simple (this does seem to be my thing) vegan recipe to share for Meatless Monday, this one is just as good as it is easy!

3 Ingredient Buffalo Burgers:

  • 1 cup dry lentils, cooked according to package and strained
  • 1 1/2 cups oatmeal, run through the food processor (after measuring)
  • 1/2 cup Red Hot hot sauce
  • oil to fry in


  • Sliced onion, tomato and pickles
  • Lettuce torn into bun sized pieces (I used red leaf)

Mix the first 3 ingredients, make into patties and cook in the frying pan with a bit of oil. I used a 1/3 measuring cup and scraped off the top to measure them into patties, then squished them down a bit with a fork.  This worked perfect since I served them on dinner rolls from the bakery.

Serve on buns or rolls with toppings of your choice.

Vegan Buffalo Burger

We didn’t use any condiments and they were really good.  My kids even asked for seconds which is a minor miracle since they saw that I made them with beans, they both originally asked if they could just have rolls for dinner.  Yes, they are THOSE kids that automatically equate healthy with oh-my-god-gross.  Lucky me!