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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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Preparing for Three of Four

Good evening!!  Since we have our wonderful MacBook back up and running, I’m back to being able to take pictures with my camera and blogging mainly in the evenings again.  As glad as I am to have our computer back, it’s going to be a pain finding everything we lost like applications, bookmarks, music and pictures.  But we’ll slowly get it back to normal.  So I have major catching up to do on all of your blogs!  I feel like I’ve missed out on so much these last few days!  Eek!  Tomorrow, after my race, I shall make that my task.

The hubs apparently fixed my bike yesterday and failed to tell me until I was walking out the door this morning and it was too late to re-vamp and hop on the bike so I drove to work but knowing that my bike is a-ok makes me happy!  Can’t wait to be biking on a regular basis again!

I had some Kashi H2H and Special K granola for cereal this morning.  Oh so good.

Lunch was pretty simple.  Just some flank steak and green beans.  Nothing too special but good nonetheless.

A little while later I was starving for a snack!  My nursing friend brought me another cheese wedge to try.  Isn’t that so sweet?  I didn’t like this near as much as the Laughing Cow so I’ll stick to the Laughing Cow.

Served with a few wheat crackers from our hospital cafeteria and a mandarin.

I absolutely rushed home from work because it’s pasta (aka: carbo loading) night!!  I have race 3 of 4 tomorrow!  The Papa John’s Ten Miler.  The hubs scooped me a rather larger portion than I originally asked but somehow I managed to get it all down.  🙂

Tonight calls for a piece of garlic bread too!  What would a carbo loading night be without bread with the pasta?!

Fresh grated parmesan cheese.  Please and thank you.

I have to admit that I ended Lent a day early (or two days early, however you want to look at it).  It’s Good Friday obviously and I just thought, I’ve gone this whole time, I’ve learned a lot and tonight is the night to end this Lenten season for myself.  So I had this.

So darn good!!!  I had a couple spoonfuls and stopped.  Completely satisfying even though I probably could’ve eaten the whole carton!

Mmmm… I could never ever give up sweets forever!  I love them too much!!

I then started to busy myself with getting things ready for the race in the morning so I wouldn’t go too extremely crazy with the sweets since it’s been 43 days!  So I got all my gear ready!

Look at what the hubby bought me!

An armband to put my iPhone in so I can be safe with my phone handy, even in the spring and summer months when I don’t wear a jacket or something with pockets.  He’s so thoughtful.  I love my hubs being the Easter Bunny!  I’m going to test it out tomorrow and see how I like it!

Alright, I’m officially carbo loaded and now I need to shower, wind down and get some sleep!  We have lots to do tomorrow after the race like brunch with other runner friends, hair appointments for both of us (I’m so due for a color!), light grocery shopping and then home!  I think it’ll end up being a full day!  I’m trying to talk the hubs into switching out my winter clothes for my spring/summer clothes at the storage unit so hopefully we’ll get to that too!  Busy busy day!  I’m trying to mentally prepare myself with thinking about racing in the morning but I so don’t feel like I have a race in the morning.  That good be a good… or a bad thing!  Here’s to hoping it goes great and the weather is awesome!  We’re tackling some pretty crazy hills on this course so I’m hoping my body doesn’t bonk out!

Wish me luck!  See you after the race!!

What are your plans for this weekend?

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Rodes City 10k Race

Good morning ladies and gents’!  I am officially finished with my race!  I’m back home to relax and veg for the rest of the day!  I say veg but since I have so much energy right now I’ll probably find myself being pretty productive today.

Anyway…. I woke up like I promised myself at 5 a.m. and toasted a piece of whole wheat bread and topped it with a light spread of peanut butter and sliced banana.

I climbed back in bed and slept until 6:45.  I wouldn’t necessarily say I slept for that long after waking up and eating because I ended up lying there awake the majority of the time thinking about the race and prepping in my head.  Oh well.  I did get a few extra minutes of shut eye in there.

My friend, Glenna, met me at our loft and we headed downtown together to find a parking spot and warm up, stretch and get to the start line.

It was 45 degrees this morning so I wore my jacket there and forced myself to give it to Chad.  I knew I’d regret it if I kept it on.

Doing some stretching.

Glenna and I.

Doing some warm up jogging.

The START line.

One last one of Glenna and I before we start.

Chad got one right before we crossed the start line.  A little blurry but whatever.

He didn’t get any more pictures until the finish so I’ll tell you about the race itself.

Glenna and I started out strong but it was frustrating to try and weave through all the walkers on the course.  I think that slowed me down for the first couple of miles until I got into a good section of mostly runners.  I was shocked to see that I was running well under a 10 minute/mile pace  and got to mile 2 and looked over my shoulder and Glenna had fallen behind me a little bit so she waved to me to go ahead and keep going.  I felt bad but I kept running and ended up averaging a 9:33 minute/mile pace for the whole race.  I knew if I kept my pace that I could possibly finish in under an hour.  At mile 3 I started to feel some side splints on my right side but pushed through and before I knew it they were gone.

The minute I saw the finish line I knew I had to up my pace to make it in under an hour.  I pushed hard and as you can tell from this picture, I was looking at my Garmin right at the end to see if I was going to make it.

My Garmin said that I finished in 59:56 but my official race time came in at 59:57!  Still under 60 minutes!  YES!  I’m so excited.  Here’s my Garmin stats:

(I still haven’t figured out how to copy and paste from my Garmin training center page.  Help!!  Someone tell me how!)

Mile 1: 9:27 minute/mile

Mile 2: 9:57 minute/mile (Up a nice steady hill)

Mile 3: 9:38 minute/mile

Mile 4: 9:27 minute/mile

Mile 5: 9:27 minute/mile

Mile 6: 9:33 minute/mile

Remaining .28: 2:25 minutes (an 8:48 pace)

Glenna ended up finishing a little over 5 minutes after me.  Way to go Glenna!!

I ran into our friend, Dinah, after I found Chad.  Way to go Dinah!

After I finished!  So excited and on a complete runner’s high.

The hubs and I.  Pumped that he saw me start and finish.  Obsessed with him.

I found two more nursing friends of mine!  Sarah and Tracy.

I was so glad that I shed my jacket before I ran.  It ended up being nice and sunny and perfect temperature running weather!

Look at all the goodies I ended up bringing home.

I’m really excited about the Clif Z Bar for kids. I snagged a chocolate brownie one and will eat it as soon as Lent is over.  I’ve been wanting to try them and you can buy them in bulk at Sam’s so this saves me a couple dollars so I can try it for free to see if I love them. I also snagged 3 bananas (I inhaled two of them after the race.  I guess it’s a banana sort of day, huh?), Bear Naked Tropical Fruit Granola Bar, Panera Bread cinnamon bagel, an apple, powerade and two Dasani waters.  The other two granola bars, t-shirt, wheaties and water bottle came in my race bag.

Looks like I’m all set with snacks for a day or two.  Love it.

This is me right when I got back home.  Feeling super awesome.  I loved having my natural xanax back in my life again.

I have a sweet baby kitty boy curled up next to me on the couch.

My morning has obviously been super great and now it’s time for me to do some laundry, maybe clean a little bit and I’m sure I’ll be snacking quite a bit along the way.  I hear my stomach grumbling a little bit now as I type.

The hubs is at Disciple Now all day so I’ll have to figure out what I’m going to whip up for lunch and dinner.  Hmmm… what sounds good?!  Decisions, decisions.

Thank you all for the kind words, encouragement and sweet thoughts thrown my way.  I love living this journey with all of you to see.  You keep me motivated!!  I shall see you all later today!