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Girl Scout Cookie 5k

March 23, 2018

Got my Brooks on….here we go!

Did you know March was national nutrition month? I found out a few weeks into March so we unknowingly kicked off National Nutrition Month with a family 5k. Way to go Team Sinthusy! J

Kailee, 8, Kobe, 6, and myself started off our 5k on a cool March morning eager to run the course. I tried to convince Kailee to leave her jacket at the start line but she wasn’t interested in listening to me. L Who can blame her, really, I have made this same mistake on many runs and a few races too.

They announced the start of the race and the kids took off, flying down the course. I had already decided to let them run their race today, whatever happens…happens. About ¼ mile into the race both kids started to slow down and I could see the panic in their faces. I understand how scary it can be when you have a difficult start to a race and all you can think about is you still have the entire race in front of you. I just kept telling them; “they were ok”; “You got this” and “You can do this”.

Kobe slowed down for a minute, regrouped and then he started to pick up his pace again and he was off with the crowd. I said to him, “you got this” and “I will see you at the finish line”.

 

I decided to hang back with Kailee. At this point her breathing was out of control and her stomach was cramping. I walked with her while she got her breathing under control and I assured her she was fine! I flashbacked to my first marathon, when around mile 15 my legs were cramping so bad I could barely walk and my head was pounding, I thought there was no way I would finish. But, I did finish, in part, because of the support of the other runners that kept encouraging me.

 

Kailee finally took her jacket off  and we started out at slow pace and kept going from there. About the 1.5 mile marker we saw Kobe going around the curve, a good distance ahead of us, we yelled and screamed his name and we saw a little hand pop up in the air waving at us. J At that moment I felt so much joy and excitement for him. He was able to keep going, run at a good steady pace and finish strong. WOW!  What an accomplishment for such a little guy, he is only 6! He finished in 30:35 which landed him a 3rd   place in the 10 and younger (male) age group. Kailee also finished 3rd in the 10 and younger (female) age group. She was able to overcome a difficult start, keep going and finish strong. She finished in 34:20 not bad for an 8 year oldJ. After the 5k all three kiddos including KASH, 3, participated in the kids run. It was such a fun morning.

 

Every race is different, each with new challenges and obstacles. I always tell my kiddos to run your best race today. One thing that is always true is how accomplished each child feels after completing their race. As their mom, it’s an amazing feeling to see your children glowing with accomplishment. J

I encourage you to get out and try running with your kids and as a family. Part of the reason we participate in 5k’s is so we have something to look forward to, to keep us motivated. We love running and biking in the neighborhood and on the trails; but races are so much fun and I love that my kids love them so much! And you can support a good cause!

We have another one coming up the end of April at Bass Pro – The City of Independence holds the race every year to help encourage healthy active lifestyles. The best part is it’s FREE! J

Come on out and join us!

http://www.independenceparktrot.com/

Homemade Granola Bars

November 30, 2017

 

Homemade Granola Bars

If your schedule is anything like mine, it’s full of activities almost every night of the week., if not every night. It can be challenging to find time to make healthy, good quality lunches and snacks….I get it! When I find something I can whip up that’s fast, easy and makes enough to last for a week or more, it makes me happy.

 

Here is a homemade Granola recipe I have adapted from www.100daysofrealfood.com.

 

We are gluten/dairy free so feel free to substitute the non dairy items if desired. However, I have sampled our gluten/dairy free recipe to several people and I haven’t have any complaints. I actually got such great reviews it made it the the blog! 🙂

 

Ingredients

3 ½  cups steel cut oats (can use rolled oats for granola)

1 cup sliced almonds

1 cup cashew pieces (walnuts or pecans)

1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1.2 sunflower seeds

½ cup pumpkin seeds

½ cup dairy free/gluten free chocolate chips

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 ½ teaspoons ground ginger

½ teaspoons grated or ground nutmeg

6 tablespoons coconut oil (vegan butter or unsalted butter)

½ cup honey

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

½ teaspoons salt

 

I don’t always use the chocolate chips but who doesn’t love a little chocolate in their granola!

I have also just used the steel cut oats and sunflower seeds – if that’s all I have on hand when I decided to make a batch and it was still yummy!

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Cover a rectangular baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Mix the dry oats, almonds, cashews, coconut, seeds and spices together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Heat the butter and honey together in a small saucepan over low heat. Once the butter melts stir in the vanilla and salt.
  4. Pour the hot liquids over the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
  5. Spread mixture onto prepared pan in one even layer. Bake for 75 minutes.
  6. The granola will become crisp as it cools at which point you can break into pieces (if making bars) or break it up into small chunks by pounding it in a ziplock bag (if making cereal). Store in airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

 

Enjoy!!!

As always try changing up the recipe to meet your family’s taste.

Happy Granola Bar Making!!!

 

A New 4th of July Tradition

July 12, 2017

A New 4th of July Tradition

I got my Brooks on…

 

Every run every race is different, its own. Sometimes I feel great and I have great runs…and sometimes I’m tired and I don’t run as well.  I have been lucky so far with most of my races that I have been able to meet new people and chat for awhile. Not only do I enjoy meeting people and hearing their stories, but when you’re running 13.1 or 26.2 miles if helps to pass the time. J

Well last week I ran the Stars the Stripes 4th of July 5k with my 5 year old son.

 

(Here we are before the race, before the rain 🙂 )

 

I was truly blessed to watch him run, meet new people and enjoy his race and all the training and he did in preparation. Now I say training because he did train. When he came to me and asked to run a 5k with me I told him if he wanted to run he would have to train, so he would be prepared.  I see people signing up for races all the time. And while I think it’s a great thing to be active, for me, the race is much more about the training and preparation. Setting a goal and then working towards that goal.

Kobe’s goal was to run a 5K with his mom. While he has run several races with me and the rest of our family, this was his race.  He trained for about 10 weeks. His training focused much more on keeping a steady pace than finishing.  I knew Kobe was fast, he has always been fast. Kobe is a sprinter, he is fast and he likes to run fast.  J  I knew we would have fun and he would finish without any problems. After all, I have been running with this kid since he was 18 months old.

What I wasn’t prepared for was the impact the race would have on me. I can’t even begin to explain the pure joy it brought me to be part of Kobe’s 4th of July 5k experience, his first (solo-ish) 5k. From watching him pass the starting line with excitement, meeting people along the route, having people cheer him on and sprinting to the finish line, all with a smile of his face ; pure joy! I was so proud of him and hos accomplishment. And so was Kobe! Right before he crossed the finished line he looked back at me, smiled, and then ran right in front of me. He had to make sure he beat mom! And he did. Kobe finished in 34:20!

 

(Sprinting to the finish line)

Even though it was raining most of the race, we both had a great time. So much so, I think we started a new 4th of July tradition. Mother and son 4th of July 5k! J The other kids got in on the fun too. All three of my kiddos ran in the post 5k kids race and did a great job. But the time the kids race started it was pouring!

 

(Kailee, my 8 year old, finishing)

 

 

(Here I am with Kash as he is crossing the finish line at the kids race)

 

Whatever activity you enjoy I encourage you to involve your kids. It is a great way to spend time together. And I love being able to share something I love doing with my kids.

 

Happy Running!!!

Power balls!

April 27, 2017

 

We just made these last night so I had to share! One of the great things about this recipe is that you can change it up and they are still so yummy!

 

We have recently gone gluten and dairy free (GF DF) (more on that to come later) so these make a great snack. I left out the pumpkin and added in a cup of GF DF Koala Crisps and they were so good.

 

  • 2 Cups GF Oatmeal
  • 1/2 Cup Pepita
  • 1/2 Cup Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Koala Crisp
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1 Cup Natural Peanut Butter

 

Stir, roll into balls, freeze and ENJOY!

 

***These make a great pre/post run snack!

 

 

 

November, 24, 2015

Pumpkin Power Balls

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Just in time for Thanksgiving!

One of my favorite things about fall is pumpkin, pumpkin, everything pumpkin. So when I saw a recipe for pumpkin power balls I knew we had to try it. We got a few pie pumpkins from our CSA so I was excited to try our favorite pumpkin recipes this year with real, natural pumpkin. While you can buy canned pumpkin; the extra step of scooping out the pumpkin seeds (or guts as my kids call them) and roasting the pumpkin makes it feel so much more like fall. And the kids love scooping out the guts!

Our family loves power balls, as we call them and we are always willing and ready to try different variations.

I modified this recipe from @cleanfoodcrush  on Instagram – she has a TON of great recipes. I

  • 3 C uncooked oatmeal (old fashion oats)
  • 1 C sunflower seeds
  • 1 C all-natural peanut butter
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • ⅔ c raw honey
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp pumpkin spice (I used all-spice, because that’s what I had) 🙂
  • ½ TBSP vanilla extract
  • Combine all ingredients – Mix well.
  • Roll into balls.
  • Place on parchment paper and freeze 30-60 mins.
  • Serve or freeze. I freeze any extras in an airtight container.

Survey says = A SUCCESS. The kids loved the pumpkin power balls!

The original recipe uses chocolate chips and while you certainly could add them in – I find my kids love them so much without the chocolate, why add it? They are able to enjoy a healthy, whole food snack that is full of nutrition!

My 1st grader loves taking them in her lunch and I enjoy them as a pre or post run snack! 
Everyone is happy!

New Shoes!

September 22, 2014

Got my Brooks on, I’m Ready To Go!

New Shoes!

There is no better feeling than slipping on your Brooks and going for a run…except for slipping on a new pair of Brooks and going for a run! J

Now, I will be the first to admit I let the mileage pile up on my shoes before I retire them.  I have heard anywhere from 200-500 miles are all one pair of shoes can handle….well, to say I usually go about 3 times that is an understatement. While I understand the importance of replacing your running shoes, my bank account tends to argue with me J BUT, I am getting better. Since I do not have a gym membership that’s at least $20 a month plus gas so in 5 months = $100 and that’s what I paid for these beauties!!!

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 Happy Running!

 

 

Got my Brooks on, I’m ready to go…plus 1!

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April 10, 2014

 

33 WEEKS

Got my Brooks on, I’m ready to go…plus 1!

 

I was very blessed this morning with a very special jogging partner, my 4 year old daughter Kailee. She is normally up waiting for me when I get home in the mornings. She has been asking when she gets to join me for a while now. I normally take the kids in the evenings (weather permitting) as the mornings are normally for me. My pace is normally faster (while it is slowing down as I progress through my last trimester) and the distance is greater.  Plus it’s just been too cold. But today, all the stars aligned.  The weather was nice, Kailee was up before me ready to go, and she had a late start at school.  So today we enjoyed our first early morning jog together.  What a blessing!

I think we received mixed reviews from people driving past. Some were smiling and waving and some looked very confused. Why should it be weird that a girl is jogging/walking with her mom? I do say walking as we did complete 3 miles jog/walk.  While I have been working with Kailee on form and trying to keep a steady pace; if she needs a break, we walk. Running is a skill that needs to be learned and developed.  When Kailee first started running longer distances she had to learn to walk when she needed a break, not just stop. And she is still working on good form, and how to keep a steady pace.  But again, this is a skill she has been developing since she could walk.

I often get questions from other parents that think its crazy she can run so far and as often as she does. But like I tell everyone, she has been developing this skill for years now. I didn’t just wake up this morning and say come on Kailee, let’s go run 3 miles.  From the time my kids we born they were going walking/running with me in their strollers.  And when they were able to walk, I would let them out on the trail and let them go as long as they wanted. It’s been fascinating to watch this skill develop over the years and see them going faster and longer distances now. Kailee now goes without a stroller because she is able to complete 3 miles. My 2 year old is up to about 1.5-2 miles; however he is still limited to running on the trail, while Kailee is able tour the neighborhood with me.  My favorite part is how much they enjoy it and how excited they get when we’re getting ready to go.

I couldn’t ask for better running partners!