Monday, February 3, 2014

Oatmeal + Winter Fitness

For Motivation Monday, I'm sharing my latest favorite healthy snack. "Moroccan Oatmeal" is one of the easy breakfast recipes I added to our meal planning schedule this month.

What is your favorite healthy breakfast recipe?

1/2 cup oats + Greek yogurt + dates + raisins + coconut + a little milk = Moroccan oatmeal

Sunlight is Amazing!

Despite the unusual cold of this winter, I was really excited to fit in a 4-mile and a 6-mile run this weekend! Maybe my tiny amount of exposed skin even got a tan. One can only hope.

After I got in from both of those runs, I had a bowl of Moroccan oatmeal to warm up because my body always "thinks" it's starving after a workout. Problem is, a little boy wants to eat my oatmeal, too. Next time I'm adding a little extra oats to my bowl to account for sharing with E ;)

YAY sunlight!!!

Both of the runs went really well and I know I need to fit more outdoor runs in along with treadmill running. Running outside, especially on snow and ice, is a great stability exercise for your legs and entire body. I'm thinking a bit more about the May half marathon coming up and I want to get my body used to running 6+ miles with ease again.

Love the frosted eyelashes look. So fashionable.

Half Marathon Adventure

I've trained for six full marathons but, honestly, I don't know too much about training for a half. My initial thought for training is just do half of everything I do to train for a full marathon... but I'm guessing it's not that simple. I adore the full marathon, but I know I will enjoy running only 13 miles as my longest training distance!

Back in a September post, I talked a bit about my motives for running a half this time. We are praying for Baby #2 and we know that everything will happen in God's perfect timing. Running a half will be a great way to work on my speed, if I'm not expecting by then. AND, if I can keep up with her, I can race with my sis-in-law. (I've never ran a long distance with someone before!) If we are expecting, I can always walk-run the race if necessary!

When we found out we were pregnant with E, the doctor asked me to back out of a challenging trail marathon I was signed up for. Might as well not chance it this time; I'm just not cut out for running 26.2 while pregnant. So, the half it is!

My trusty ole Garmin has been through a lot. Sprinklers, heat, and humidity in Boston to freezing temps up here! I'm renaming it "Old Faithful".

How do you stay fit in the winter?

Guest Post at the Marathon Training Academy

And, on the note of winter running, here is a post I wrote about maintaining fitness in the winter. It was featured last week on the Marathon Training Academy. Feel free to give it a read!

Here is a snippet from Maintaining Fitness in the Winter Months:
"Staying motivated through the winter is challenging and this winter I’m doing my best to battle cabin fever.
The cold temps and shortened spans of daylight can really sap motivation. Where I live, we have what I will call a “seasonal imbalance” where winter consumes half of the year. Staying inside and being sedentary for six months just isn’t an option. Despite my dislike for the winter, I make the best of the season.
Click here to read the entire post!

Last but definitely not least, happy 11 months to Mr. E!

6 comments:

  1. Trust me...I will be trying to keep up with you!!! :) I'm so so sooo excited though - and I'm praying you do get pregnant so that I can have another niece/nephew & an excuse to walk with you!

    Oh and I am SO trying that oatmeal soon!

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    1. :) Thank you so much for your prayers! We really appreciate it. God knows what is best for us, but I need to remind myself of that daily.

      The oatmeal recipe made me think of you! Actually, you got me started on eating oatmeal again. I burnt out on oatmeal for a while but started eating it again over Christmas!

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  2. Also you are GORGEOUS in that frosted eyelash picture!!!! Mysterious and fierce! Love having you as a sister!!

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    1. Ahhh shucks... thanks :) I almost look like a bank robber with my neck gaiter and headband around my face!

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  3. Your picture with the frosted eyelashes, twinkle in your eye, blue sky behind you is TOTALLY reflective of your blog name "Life to the Full" ... I'm not a cold weather gal, but your picture looks absolutely refreshing it almost (almost) makes me want to venture outside. Sunshine and blue skies can make such a difference in how I feel about the day :)

    Thanks for linking up with Motivation Monday!

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    1. Thanks, Jen! Those runs outside were VERY refreshing, despite it being a little cold. I've been feeling a lot of cabin fever this winter and can't wait for the temp to be above zero again consistently :) Yay summer!!!

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