Strawberry Picking & 100 Miles in May

Hey y’all!  How was your weekend?  I was planning to go to Stroller Strides this morning, but Little Miss went down for her morning nap earlier than usual, so I took advantage of the time to clean up around the house and write a recap of our weekend.  It was a busy, but fun one!

Saturday morning we were up at 5AM.  For the past month Little Miss has been waking up at least once throughout the night and starting her day at 5AM.  I miss the days when she slept from 7PM until 7AM.  I tried to get her back down to sleep, but had no luck so we went downstairs and she pinned while I made us breakfast.

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We had plans with friends to pick strawberries at 9AM {to beat the heat and humidity}, so after breakfast we all freshened up and were on our way.

When we got to Great Country Farms it was slightly overcast and misting, but we all agreed that it was better than the sun beating down on us.  Once we paid the admission fee to enter the farm we hopped onto a tractor and rode out to the strawberry fields.

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Ryan and I started a tradition of picking apples every fall a few years ago, as well as other various fruits and veggies throughout the year, but neither of us had picked strawberries before.  There were rows upon rows of strawberries – it was hard not to taste a few along the way.  There were also lots of spiders {I made the dumb mistake of wearing flip flops}, but despite the creepy crawlies, we had a great time!

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Once our palate was full of strawberries, we hitched a ride on the tractor and rode back to the main farm house.  We ended up picking 6.5 pounds of strawberries!

Before leaving we walked around the farm to see the animals.  We visited just a few weeks ago, but Little Miss was much more interested in the animals this trip.

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On the way home we stopped at a local park for lunch.  Considering how hot it was, I was surprised by how many people were there.  I wish we took advantage of the local parks more often – grills, picnic tables, trails, fields to play games…  It’s the perfect spot for a summer BBQ with friends.  Plus, it’s free!

While chatting during lunch I remembered that the Herndon Festival was taking place so we dropped off the strawberries at home and went to check out the festivities.  There were tons of vendors and a handful of amusement park rides and games.  It was packed!  Despite all of the noise, Little Miss stayed asleep.

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After running Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon last weekend {coupled with a wicked sinus infection}, I took the week off from running and focused on cross-training, strength, and stretching.  By Saturday I was itching for a run, but after being on my feet for most of the day, I kept it short.  Two speedy, sweaty, treadmill miles.

For dinner we had taco hamburgers and started House of Cards.  The last series I watched from beginning to end was Friday Night Lights.  We’re a few episodes in and it’s okay, I’m not hooked yet.

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Sunday was Runday Funday.  Little Miss and I were up again at 5AM, but I didn’t mind because I had a long run on the agenda and needed time for breakfast to digest.  Two slices of whole wheat bread + peanut butter + banana slices…  It’s the perfect balance of carbs, fats, and proteins.  Yesterday I also added a few sliced strawberries – it was delicious!

At 7AM I met a girlfriend and we were off.  It was crazy humid so 5.5 miles felt like 10.

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When I got home, Ryan was putting Little Miss down for her morning nap so I quickly showered and was out the door to run a few errands.  As much as I enjoy having my little helper and husband accompany me to the store, it was nice to go by myself.  It’s been a while since I’ve gone to the store and didn’t feel like I had to rush in and out.  On the way I stopped at Starbucks for an iced coffee, but by the time I made it to my car all of the ice had melted.

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I apparently wasn’t very observant after my run because when I checked the Nike Running app in Trader Joe’s I saw that I was just shy of running 100 miles in May {2.2 miles to be exact}.  I started kicking myself for not running those 2 extra miles.

As soon as I got home I unloaded the groceries, changed back into running clothes, and braved the humidity once again.  It felt like we were running through a swamp, but we did it.  We ran just over 100 miles in May!  Thank goodness for equally crazy running friends.

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After lunch we went over to my momma’s house because my brother is home from school for a few days.  It was so fun watching him play with Little Miss.  Last week she started reaching into her toy bin and pulling out all of her toys…  She’s growing so quickly!

I planned to make spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner, but the afternoon got away from us, so we kept it simple with Trader Joe’s chicken sausage and Gnocchi Alla Sorrentina {frozen gnocchi with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese} and an episode of House of Cards.

Question:  Have you picked strawberries?  What’s your favorite fruit or veggie to pick?  Strawberries were fun, but I think apple picking is my favorite.

Question:  You know you’re a crazy runner when __________ {fill in the blank}.  You know you’re a crazy runner when you go back out for a second run in the heat and humidity because you want to hit 100 miles.

— Allison

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My First Mother’s Day

Last weekend we celebrated Mother’s Day.  Since it was my first Mother’s Day it felt extra special and I’m thankful for Ryan who made me feel extra loved.  I’m a huge fan of birthdays, but Mother’s Day might be my new favorite day of the year.  Not for any materialistic reasons {although, Ryan surprised me with a generous gift}, but for sentimental reasons.  I never truly realized how much mothers do until I became a mother myself.

Saturday morning I woke up early for my last long run before Boston’s Run to Remember Half Marathon that’s coming up Memorial Day weekend.  I’ve been running mostly with my local Moms Run This Town {MRTT} chapter and a smaller group of girls which has made training a lot of run!  Two weekends ago we ran 13.1 miles and last weekend we ran 12 miles, so I’m feeling confident that I can do the distance.

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After I finished running I quickly freshened up because we had plans to meet a friend at Frying Pan Park for their Spring Farm Day.  For a small fee kids could partake in activities such as milking the cows and goats, going for a tractor ride, riding the carousel, and various crafts.

Before we began exploring, we enjoyed a picnic under the trees and caught up with a friend who we hadn’t seen in months.  After lunch we walked throughout the park, pet the animals, saw the old cider mill, popped into the country store, and watched a few minutes of the equestrian vaulting competition.

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It was only about 2PM when we finished walking around the park so Ryan and I decided to drive out to one of the pick-your-own flower farms.  Unfortunately, when we got to the farm we discovered it was closed.  Since we had already made the drive, we decided to look for another farm in the area and stumbled upon Great Country Farms.

Great Country Farms Great is a 200 acre working farm located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It has farm animals, a huge jumping pillow {envision a moon bounce that’s built into the ground}, mini golf, gold mining, playgrounds and swings, a large maze, and pick-your-own produce.  The farm was closing soon after we got there so we didn’t have a chance to pick any produce, but we’re planning to go back for the strawberry festival later this month!

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Sunday morning I traded eating breakfast in bed for running the Devotion to Children Mother’s Day 4 Miler.  I’ve been running with Little Miss for the past couple of months, but this was her first race.  There aren’t many races that are stroller friendly and considering I wouldn’t be a mom without our sweet baby girl, I thought it was as good a time as any.

The first mile was pretty bottlenecked which made it difficult to move very fast with the stroller, but once we got around the first turn everyone began to spread out.  The course was fairly flat aside from a hilly start and small rolling hills between mile 2 and 3.  Considering I was pushing nearly 50 pounds, I was happy with my time!  Plus, it was my first official 4 miler, so it’s an automatic PR.

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On our way home from the race we stopped by Starbucks and piddled around the house before going out for lunch.  We were going to visit family later in the afternoon so we decided just to stop by Wegmans since it was on the way and they have high chairs that Little Miss can fit in and join us at the table.

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By the time we got back home from visiting with family and buying groceries it was already after 5PM so we quickly put away the food and went over to my mom’s house.  Neither my mom nor I wanted a fancy dinner, so we opted to stay in and have our first BBQ of the season.  Grilled burgers and sausages with a light salad and roasted potatoes hit the spot.

I’m so thankful that my mom lives nearby.  We talk on the phone most mornings and nights, but it’ll never replace the time we spend together.  We’ve definitely grown closer over the years and as hard as it is for me to believe that I have a baby, I can’t imagine how hard it is for her to believe that her baby girl has a baby girl of her own.  She’s a loving mom and grandmomma.

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Question:  How did you celebrate Mother’s Day?

Question:  Have you ever seen a pygmy goat?  I’m obsessed.  I want one!

— Allison

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10 Random Tidbits 4.9.15

I didn’t mean to take two weeks off from blogging, but it happened.  Every night when I go to bed, I dream of how my morning will go…  I’ll wake up before the rest of the house, sneak downstairs to fix myself a cup of coffee, turn on the news, scroll through social media, and write a blog post.  That’s what I used to do in the mornings.

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But the reality is I stay under the covers for as long as I can before I hear sweet baby babbles and hope my newly appointed blog editor shows up to work that day.

Tidbit 1:  Over the past month or so Little Miss has fallen into a fairly predictable bedtime routine.  She eats dinner around 5PM, plays, takes a bottle at 6:30PM, and is asleep by 7PM.  It’s great because I used to feed her while we ate dinner, but now Ryan and I have the opportunity to eat dinner together or spend time with our friends.

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Titbit 2:  Runners are crazy.  I’m crazy.  Paying to enter a lottery that results in running 26.2 miles is crazy.  Only 199 days until I cross the Marine Corps Marathon start line…  And hopefully the finish line, too.  Check out my race calendar here.

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Tidbit 3:  My current favorite snack: honey graham crackers + peanut butter + banana.  I can’t believe it took me nearly 20 years to make it.  I subtracted the years that I was too young to hold a knife.

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Tidbit 4:  A few friends and I started a mommy book club.  Last month we read 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works – A True Story by Dan Harris.  This month we’re reading Yes Please by Amy Poehler.

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Tidbit 5:  My love for pancakes is no secret, so if I told you that I’ve eaten pancakes {or waffles} for breakfast the past two weeks y’all probably wouldn’t be surprised.  But instead of making them from scratch, I’ve been using FlapJacked Protein Pancake Mix and I’m loving it!  Full review coming soon.

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Tidbit 6:  I ran the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K two weeks ago down in Richmond.  I haven’t written a race recap in ages, but this race is worthy of one.  It was easily one of my favorite races!

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Tidbit 7:  This article, Fathers, You can’t afford a Stay-At-Home-Mom, has been flooding my social media feeds.  I’m not suggesting that SAHMs deserve to receive a paycheck of no less than $70,000, but it puts things into perspective.  I may not go into an office everyday anymore, but I hardly sit down at home.

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Tidbit 8:  For whatever reason, we never bought Girl Scout Cookies when I was a kid and neither did Ryan.  But apparently we’re making up for lost time because we can’t make a box last for a full week.  Samoas and Thin Mints are our favorites.

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Tidbit 9:  You’ll notice a new ambassador badge on the left sidebar soon.  I’m excited to have the opportunity to join the FitFluential community!

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Tidbit 10:  Our family could use your well wishes today.  Someone is sick and could use your positive, healing vibes.  Thank you

Question:  What’s your favorite summer and/or early fall race?  East coast, preferably.

Question:  Samoas or Thin Mints?

— Allison

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