Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mixed (Precipitation)

Thats the best way I can describe this post AND the weather in which I ran my 9 mile training run on Saturday.  I left my house around 6am for my long run and it was about 38 degrees with light rain.  I wasn't thrilled about it, but a little rain never hurt anyone, and since we were headed to Maine for Easter I had to get it in.  About 1.5 miles from home it started sleeting...and then snowing.  It continued to snow/sleet/rain/wind the entire run.  My face was frozen, and my fleece pants became heavier and heavier the more wet they got.  Despite all of this, it felt like a really GOOD run.  I really focused on powering up hills and keeping good form the entire way.  My training schedule called for 3 of the 9 miles to be at a 7:15/mile pace.  I had no way to gauge this because I still need to recalibrate my Nike Ipod Sensor, but I do know approximate mile markes during my run and I ran at a very strong pace for those 3 miles.  This was one of those runs where you feel really good and accomplished after.  It left me feeling like I really can meet my time goal. (Running Goals)  Something I always try to remember is that one run does NOT define you as a runner, every single runner out their has good runs and bad runs.  Its the combination of all of those runs that make you stronger, and a better runner.

On the schedule this week (Week 4 of training):
Monday--XT or Rest (I chose to rest this week)
Tuesday--7 miles @ 8:30/mile pace and strength.
Wednesday--3 miles
Thursday--7 miles w/ 3 miles @ 7:00/pace and strength.
Saturday--4 miles and strength.
Sunday--7 miles.

Its possible I may have to swith around a couple of days, depending on Shawn's work schedule, but don't you worry I'll get it all in. :)

Did you all have a good Easter?  What did you do?

We had a great Easter!  We had planned on staying home, but last minute we decided to go up to Maine to my brother Jack's and soon to be sis in laws house.  We went up on Saturday night and colored eggs with the girls.  Then the Easter bunny came:

The girls woke up super early and were very excited to see that the Easter Bunny was able to find them in Maine. :)

We go all dressed up and had an amazing Easter dinner with Jack, Amanda, my brother Pat, my sister Meaghan, my mom, and Amanda's wonderful family.  It was great, although we missed my brother Kevin :(  (He's in Afghanistan)

And then my girls and Baylee (Amanda's sister) had an Easter Egg Hunt:

All and all it was a great day filled with lots of great company! :)

I made a blackbean dip for an appetizer, and thought I'd share the recipe with you all because its always a big hit and it is super easy to make.  And my Aunt Kathy asked me for it a few weeks ago and I completely forgot to send it to her (sorry Kathy!), and now she can get it here!

Black Bean Dip

-2 Cans of Black Beans, rinsed  (I use low sodium)
-1 container of you favorite salsa
-Chili Powder*
-1/3 Cup of 2% Mexican Blend Cheese

Rinse the beans, put them in a bowl, and mash them with a fork. Set aside.  Chop up your onions and garlic, spray a fry pan with cooking spray, and cook the onions and garlic until softened.  Then add the tomatoes, black beans, salsa, chili powder, and avocado.  Cook for around 5 or so minutes, make sure its thickened a bit and everything is warmed through.  Turn off the heat, add the cheese, and mix it in.  Put it in a serving dish and serve it with tortilla chips.  You can always make your own healthier tortilla chips by cutting a whole wheat/low carb tortilla in to slices like chips, brush them with a bit of oil, and sprinkle with sea salt.  Bake in the oven until they are at your desired crunchiness.  Watch them closely because they burn really easily!

*I don't measure amounts, I just eye it, so you'll have to adjust it by your own taste!

Have a great day everyone!  What is your workout today?


  1. So cute! :) Those are AWESOME easter baskets - my poor kiddos didn't get any this year (they're only 13 months, so they just would have eaten the grass)...

  2. What fabulous Easter pics Erin!! Your girls are BEAUTIFUL!!!!

    YOu are super speedy--way to power through the less than ideal conditions for your run! rain can be handled but snow and sleet?! Boo! GOOD JOB!!