This morning I walked the boys to school then went for a five mile run. It was great. I ran the whole distance and my average pace was 11:49 minutes/mile. I have committed to running Ragnar Florida Keys next January, and the team’s average pace has to be under 11 minutes/mile. While I could be slower than that and my speedy teammates could easily make up the difference, I really want to pull my own weight (literally) and try to get my long run pace down to 11 minutes/mile. I have almost a year to do it! Ragnar Florida Keys 2013 is January 4th-5th. Yikes. I guess I am really committed to continue running. I’m very excited about being part of this team, though. Of course it is all IRunMommies, an additional team to the mostly IRunMommies team that ran this year.
Speaking of those inspiring women, they won the Facebook video contest! Thank you so much to all of you who voted for their video. I am going to share the love and pimp you guys out individually (those that commented on my begging post yesterday), but right now I am sitting in my car while the boys are in karate and don’t have internet access. I promise I’m going to do it, though, and soon! There were 40 videos submitted for the contest, so the fact that the Marathon MILFs won is really amazing. I’m so proud of all of them. My friend Kelly and her husband made the video themselves and they had never made an edited video like that before. They spent many many hours on it and learned the program as they went. It turned out so awesome.
After I got back from my run this morning I ate breakfast then headed to the gym for Bodyflow.
Afterwards, when I got back in my car, I found this rolling around on the floorboard:
I have no idea where it came from or how long it has been rolling around my car. I figured fate sent it to me, so I ate it.
I had a couple of errands to run before heading home. First up was Target. Awesome parking karma.
I was working from four different lists, which is not a very efficient method of shopping.
I got the ingredients to make Lamb with Mushroom Barley Risotto in the crockpot, using a recipe from my favorite food magazine, Clean Eating.
This is the only magazine to which I subscribe, and I will continue to keep renewing. I always know I can find many recipes I want to try in every issue. I love that the Jan./Feb. issue had a whole section of slow-cooker recipes. I’m trying to get in the habit of making a crock pot recipe every Tuesday, because we get home from karate too late to spend much time cooking.
When I got home I prepped everything and got it in the crock pot before I had to go pick up the boys from school. Lamb+mushrooms+onions+garlic+rosemary+balsamic reduction. My house smelled amazing when the boys and I walked back in.
Okay, home from karate now. The house smelled even more amazing when we walked in this time. So nice to have dinner basically all ready. I’m eating it right now.
Yum. I may start pouring balsamic vinegar reduction all over everything from now on. It also has parmesan cheese, lemon zest and a ton of arugula, all added at the last minute. I love it. The boys say that they like it, but they are never a fan of lemon zest in recipes. I still use it, though, because I like it and they can just deal. Chad will have the same criticism, I’m sure. He’ll be home momentarily then we’ll head out on the family evening walk.