Flipping Fail

I gave my first go at some paleo pancakes, and it was a flipping fail….like literally the flipping did not work out.
Notice how dark they are, yeah that’s because it took me a while to figure out how the heck I was going to flip them…in the end I just gave up and did the best I could manage.

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I used this recipe and flavor-wise it was delicious, but it was so runny they were a mess to try to flip.

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I think next time I’ll do a little beefing up, I’m not sure with what yet though…any suggestions?

Today is going to be a very active day for me, I love those kind of days! I went out for a five mile run this morning already and will be playing in a sand volleyball tournament this afternoon. This is definitely a good thing since I have a couple potential cheat meals coming up tonight and tomorrow night for birthday dinners.

What are your weekend plans?

Paleo Challenge

As a fitness professional you may think I don’t need to work on my diet, but let me tell you pizza and macaroni and cheese are my best friends! My crossfit box is part of a national challenge, Lurong Living Paleo Challenge, and when I heard about it I knew I had to sign up.

I didn’t know if I was going to be able to commit to 100% paleo but that wasn’t my goal. My goal for this challenge is to clean up my diet and see the world of food from a different light. I am in week two of the challenge and was faced with challenges right off the bat…a wedding. Not only attending a wedding, but being in a wedding so it was a three day long thing! It was a blast, but I did sacrifice my diet a little…but in the grand scheme of things, I don’t want to stop living, and enjoying things I used to, I just want to be more conscious of what I eat. So although it was a challenge, I made much better choices then I would have otherwise.

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So what all does this challenge entail?

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Diet stats obviously. These are tracked just by entering whether each meal was clean or a cheat. Clean meals are worth +2 and cheat meals are -3. At the end of each day you login and enter this data, if you have a busy week you have 5 days to get any single day entered in.

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WODs. There are 10 WODs to do throughout the challenge. There were three in the first two weeks, and then there after it will be one per week. You can do these anytime you want, but they have to be done at a box and are supposed to be supervised by a coach. Along with the WODs you also have to get basic measurements done at your box by a coach.

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Goals. They have a list of goals you can pick from, some are very specific, like “I want to do a handstand push-up with 1 mat” , and some are very general, like “I want to workout 5times a week”. You choose, you conquer.

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Food Adventures. This is an area in which you can enter recipes you have tried and liked. I will definitely be sharing some of my favorites over the remaining 6 weeks of the challenge.

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And the final cool feature of the challenge is you can see where you stack up against other participants at your gym and across the nation in you WODs and diet.

Each of the above mentioned things has a point value designated to it. Throughout the challenge they give out prizes for various achievements and do random prize drawings, so it gives you some incentive to eat clean and workout hard.

So far I’ve really enjoyed my experience, next challenge up…my birthday weekend is this weekend! Wish me luck with all my lunch/dinner dates I have.

Ragnar Relay Review

Now that I have had a couple weeks to fully take in and think about my experience running the Ragnar Relay, it’s time to share! 

For those of you who do not know what the Ragnar Relay is, it is a 200 mile relay race, split up between 12 people (6 people if you’re really ambitious and are running the ultra distance) in one or two vans depending on your preference.  Each of the runners runs three legs of various distances ranging between three and ten miles.  My legs were 8.2, 3.8 and 5.2 miles, for a total of 17.2 miles. You run all through the day and all through the night as a team.  

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The team!

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We started in Winona, MN and ended in Minneapolis, MN… and it was no straight shot by any means. 

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We wound up into the hills and dirt roads of small towns.  About half of the race was run in areas like this and the other half was run on the side of highways.  Since the course is 200 miles long, there are major transition points along the way where Van 1 and Van 2 will meet.  Not being able to be together as a whole team was probably the most disappointing part.  This was the first time running this race for everyone on our team, so I don’t think we expected that for some reason.  

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When my van of ladies wasn’t running we posed for photo opps…

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Relaxed…

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And slept in local high school gymnasiums.  The fact that some of the local high schools opened up their schools for us was pretty cool.   The schools used this opportunity as a fundraiser and offered sleeping space, food, showers, and liquids.   Don’t be fooled though, these schools were only at some the major exchange points, major exchange points were at leg 6, 12, 18, 24, and 30.  At the smaller exchange points there was pretty much just Ragnar staff, sometimes a port-o-potty, and if you are lucky the exchange might be in a town big enough to have a Kwik Trip with real bathrooms.  

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Our team name was Afraid of the Dark, as you may have gathered from the awesome sign above that one of our friends made for our team.  Our name pin points the one thing that our team was most worried about…running in the dark!  I got pretty lucky and my “night” runs were as the sun was setting and rising, so they really were not dark for the whole time.  In hind sight I wish I would have experienced a real night run, because everyone n my van said it was their favorite leg to run.  During our night runs, runners were required to wear a reflective vest, a blinking tail light and a headlamp, or if you’re me a belly lamp because I wasn’t too keen on wearing it on my head…safety first!

 

Note the skirt.  Our whole team got skirts, I did not think I would like them…but I LOVE them!  So cute and fun to run in!

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Teams had staggered starting times throughout the day on Friday, our start time was 9:30 am (awesome start time by the way).  Our total running time was about 32 hours!  We ended up being about 40 minutes behind our projected time, based on the paces that each of us entered at registration.  Not too bad for a bunch of beginners running what is claimed to be the toughest Ragnar Relay course in the series.  

 

The medals were awesome!  In case you didn’t notice, it doubles as a bottle opener…welcome to the midwest!

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After letting things sink in and forgetting about some of the more challenging aspects of the race… timing your fueling, bathroom breaks, chaffing, stinking, bearing the heat, sitting in a van or sitting around for hours and then getting back up to run…almost all of the ladies on the team said they would do it again!  Most of them said they would like to do the Chicago relay next though, Chicago = flatter than our course. 

I knew from the second we finished that I would do another Ragnar or relay race again in a heart beat!  The hardest thing for me was sitting in the van a lot, other than that I enjoyed the experience SO much!  

Have you ever run a Ragnar or relay race?  

What is your favorite Ragnar Relay Series course?