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    I'm Lauren and this is a blog dedicated to living life with a healthy balance. I love to run, strength train, bike and just be downright active. I'm a marathoner as of April 24, 2010 and am currently looking forward to qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

    I absolutely love to eat and enjoy great food but doing it all in moderation. You'll see healthy, organic foods on here frequently but you'll also run into things such as pizza and sweets. I believe you can have it all... just not all at once.

    I'm always learning and discovering new foods, recipes, workouts and ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Join me on my journey towards becoming my healthiest self.

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In Disbelief

Here I am at 8 o’clock at night icing my knees because I conquered 21 miles! I still can’t believe it. After my disappointing attempt at 19 miles a couple of weeks ago, I have to admit, I was quite nervous heading out for a whopping 21! I started out and was dressed in long black pants and a t-shirt with a light jacket thrown over it. I quickly became way too overheated and tied my jacket around my waist. Ah, then the heaviness of my iPhone became quite apparent. I called the hubs at 3.5 miles and was practically in tears. I just was so discouraged that I was only at 3.5 miles and already wanted to stop. Maybe my mind just wasn’t prepared to run the 21 miles. He immediately encouraged me and said that he knew I could do it. I ended up carrying my iPhone in my hand and felt like a whole new woman. Those tears that almost overflowed became my motivation. I knew I could do this and I wasn’t going to let my fear get the best of me.

I ran and ran and ran… and then look who joined me at 10.66 miles?! He’s pretty cute, isn’t he?

He got his bike all tuned up and decided to ride alongside me the rest of my 10.34 miles. It made all the difference in the world. I felt more motivated, I kept pushing myself and we ended up back at our loft at 12 miles and I shed my black pants and threw on some shorts and got rid of my jacket and stuck my iPhone in the bike bag the hubs was wearing. It helps, too, that he provided me with much H2O during the remaining mileage.

I grabbed a few grapes when we stopped in the loft.

And I might have popped a couple of these bad boys, Extra Strength Tylenol.

I knew I needed these because I could feel my hip flexors locking up on me and I am so glad I took these! I think it helped contribute to the ability to finish my run.

So we left the loft with 9 more miles to go and set out to run downtown, run across the bridge to Indiana and then back to the loft.

The first trip over the bridge wasn’t bad at all but the trip back over was brutal. It all of a sudden became super windy and I was fighting the wind hard but I made it! I hit mile 18 and my body was just so tired. I kept stopping and starting and talking out loud to myself that I could do it. I was so close to conquering this run!

So I pushed through and for my reward, the hubs and I walked up the street to try out this new Mexican restaurant, Sante Fe Mexican Grill and I dived in. I really am not too hungry right after my long runs so I ended up not eating as many chips as usual.

I did order a small white queso dip to treat myself. Usually I just stick with the salsa but I figured since I burned over 1800 calories, I deserved it. The hubs helped me out with eating it!

I ordered a single chicken soft corn taco for me.

The hubs ordered a chicken burrito and it was HUGE!!

I left completely satisfied and full feeling and don’t think I over indulged at all! I might be having some fruit later tonight or trail mix. We’ll see if the hunger strikes!

We walked home and boy was it difficult for me. After sitting for a few minutes, my body definitely felt the repercussions of my 21 mile run. But I knew it was best to tough it out and stretch out my muscles on the walk back home.

Upon arriving home, I jumped in the shower to wash all the nasty junk sweat away and then drew myself a super hot bath to relax. I am now icing my knees. A much needed activity.

Bad news though: I think I’m going to officially lose both of my second toenails. The one on each foot is already lifting off the nail bed and it’s not looking good. I guess that means I’m an official runner. 🙂 But it hurts and sucks!!

Oops… I meant to say my finishing time. I finished in 3:41. I averaged a 10:27 minute/mile pace the whole time! I’m slowly but surely getting faster and that makes me so excited. I’m actually too tired right now to type out all my splits but at least you know my average pace.

Oh… I know a lot of you probably watched it but the hubs and I watched Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution last night and it just makes me so sad what these kids are eating everyday! It’s just awful. And the school systems are so reluctant to a healthier diet because it all boils down to money. Isn’t it worth it to spend a little more money in their younger years so they don’t have to spend as much money when they’re older (or still young) in healthcare because they’re prematurely dying or being diagnosed with diseases because of their diet? It’s so frustrating!

I’m off to enjoy the rest of the evening and look forward to sleeping in tomorrow and resting my body!!! I guess being sent home early really did pay off! 😉

Did you watch Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution? What’s your opinion?

or

What’s your favorite post-workout or post-run recovery meal? Mine is just whatever I’m craving at the time. Tonight it was Mexican but it changes! Maybe once I make a Green Monster I’ll crave those.

or (just one more)

If you’re a runner, have you ever lost any toenails? What did you do to make them look presentable, especially since summer is approaching! (And my beach vacay is 2 months away!)

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My Natural Dose of Speed

I was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, A.D.D., when I was in the 8th grade.  I took the drug Adderall from 9th grade until I graduated college and passed my nursing boards. I feel like there are still moments in my life where I feel like a person diagnosed with A.D.D. but for the most part, I can stay focused on the task at hand.  Sometimes I just have 500 other thoughts in my head while doing it.  And hey, a lot of people that aren’t diagnosed with A.D.D. have the same problem.  It’s called multi-tasking and not enough hours in the day.

Anyway… y’all probably wonder what I’m getting to with this little confession of mine.  After a race I feel like people would be physically, mentally and emotionally spent.  They’re done.  All you might want to do is sit on the couch, turn on the tube, sleep, eat and do nothing in particular.

I’m the complete opposite.  I have so much energy that it feels like I’m on Adderall again.  I get super hyperfocused and take off like a mad woman to the task at hand.  Today it was cleaning.  The hubs had mentioned this morning that we should totally clean the house tomorrow because it just needs a deep cleaning.  So since he’s at Disciple Now all day, I figured I’d hop to it so we can just relax until he has to head to rehearsal for leading worship at church tomorrow night.  I ended up washing 4 different loads of laundry and cleaned, scrubbed, wiped down everything in our loft.  For over 3 solid hours I cleaned and cleaned and am so excited that I was so productive and that we don’t have to worry about it tomorrow!  It doesn’t hurt that I probably burned a few hundred calories while scrubbing the shower tub, vacuuming, wiping down, etc.  🙂

I wound up taking a 15 minute nap and when I woke up I decided that I need to eat.  I didn’t eat a regular lunch after I ate the two bananas following the race this morning so I was hangry!!

The hubs had leftover flank steak in the fridge that he never ate from a couple of nights ago so I kind of did a repeat from lunch yesterday.

Whole wheat tortilla stuffed with flank steak, spring mix lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream and salsa.

Don’t you love the natural light due to it staying lighter later?! I LOVE IT!!

It’s actually not that big of a wrap when it’s all bundled up and they’re only 100 calories a shell!

I had a few chips, side of salsa and a side of cheese dip.

I was so hungry but ended up eating it pretty slow and broke the chips into pieces and put massive amounts of cheese dip and salsa on them so I would eat less chips.  I totally felt like I got the same volume.

I figured that since I haven’t had my usual mandarin and grapes lately that tonight would be a good time.

A perfectly filling dinner and side of fruit.  I am now content.

I washed our top comforter earlier today when I got on my cleaning whim and after I took it out from the dryer, I realized I hadn’t seen the kitty boys circling my feet lately.  I peeked around the corner and saw this.  Seriously?  Does it get any cuter?

I’m off to finish drying our bed sheets so we have nice clean, crisp sheets to sleep on tonight.  And maybe I’ll get lucky and a kitty boy or two will climb up on the couch with me and cuddle.  I hope you all had a fantastic Saturday!

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When do you feel most motivated to clean, study, work-out, catch up on work, etc.?