Few Words Wednesday

WORKOUT:

8 mile run.

Moderate pace. Weird how that distance used to be my long run on the weekend and now it is part of my mid-week recovery running! Progress people. Progress.

halloween candy

Stocking up on Halloween candy that I can find on sale. Strategically placed out of my reach ;) My other strategy is to purchase chocolate candy (which I won’t eat since I’m not a chocolate lover). This is the first year that Kyle and I will have trick-or-treaters (he lived on a hill and I lived on a tiny private street) and I’m pretty excited.

Sienna

I got to see my puppy over the weekend! As you can tell she really missed me…I’m also really excited because she is going to be staying with Kyle and me for a little bit at the end of the month! Sleepover party!

Skyler

Couch sharing with a cat. I sat down first but she wears the (fur) pants in this relationship.

Anddddd the winner of my free Spartan Race entry is…

spartan race entry winner

Congrats Bob!

The winner was chosen randomly with Rafflecopter. The winner was notified via email today.

Thanks for those who participated!

What is your favorite Halloween candy?

How early do you start stocking up on candy?

That time that no one showed up to my party + Mesothelioma Awareness

If you haven’t already entered, my free Spartan Race entry giveaway (and Spartan Cruise) is still going on! Check it out!

This weekend my long run was 16 miles. Ugh. Just saying that number scares me.

To make this run less intimidating (more tips here), I ran with my friend, Shanna, again. She “only” needed to run 13.1 miles, so I ran 3 miles solo and then ran a half marathon with her. We talked about how 5-7 miles used to be our long runs, and now those are our short/medium runs. Encouraging right?

long run garmin

Nothing about that run was easy. I’m fairly certain my legs were still tired from the previous weekend’s run. So, my legs were tired from mile 1. But we got it done. So happy that this coming weekend’s long run is 12 miles. Never thought that I would say that sentence without massive amounts of sarcasm and eye rolling.

I also had a fun PJ brunch with a few girl friends this weekend. On Friday night and Saturday morning, I prepped all the food at our house (I was hosting). I set the table and had everything ready for a fun day of drinking mimosas, eating, and watching Dirty Dancing.

No one showed up…

Where the eff is my iron??

Where the eff is my iron??

After I called my friends and a lot of laughs, I found out the brunch was actually schedule for Sunday (The photo above is from the actual brunch on Sunday. I did not pour 4 mimosas for myself- although I should have…) Yep I went to college…I just missed most of my classes cause I showed up a day late…

On a more serious note, I wanted to share some info with you friends!

If you didn’t know (I sure didn’t), September 26th is the 10th annual Mesothelioma Awareness Day. I was recently contacted by a nice gentleman whose family was affected by this horrible and preventable disease. His wife was diagnosed with mesothelioma 8 years ago, only just having given birth to their daughter. Mesothelioma is a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. She was given 15 months to live, but miraculously survived after extensive surgery (I’m so pleased to report that she is currently cancer-free!).

Rockstar survivor, Heather is on the right.

Rockstar survivor, Heather is on the right. Her amazing family to the left of her (Cameron and Lily)

This amazing family has made it their mission to spread awareness! Here are some facts that I wanted to share with you:

Asbestos

  • Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that is classified as a known human carcinogen, because of its association with mesothelioma.
  • Asbestos is still NOT banned in the US
    • ~30 million pounds of asbestos are still being used in the US
  • Asbestos can still be found in many homes, schools, and commercial or industrial buildings.
  • Asbestos still remains the #1 cause of occupational cancer in the US.
  • This year 10,000 Americans will die of asbestos-related diseases such as lung cancer or mesothelioma and 200,000 people will be living with asbestos.
  • No amount of exposure to asbestos is safe.

Mesothelioma

  • Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer that attacks the lining of the body cavity called the mesothelium. The only known cause to mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
  • Navy veterans are at the greatest risk to develop mesothelioma as asbestos was widely used in Naval ships and shipyards.
  • Between 2,500 and 3,000 new cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed each year. On average, they are given 10 months to live.

Please join me in spreading awareness! Click here and here for more information.

Have you ever screwed up the dates of a party?

Favorite brunch food- go!

Did you know about mesothelioma before this? Please share the info with your friends and family!

2 Reebok Spartan Race Giveaways! {CLOSED}

I am going to gain 50 pounds while training for this marathon.

You see those elite runners and they look like slender athletic specimens who were carved out of (very little) stone. And then people assume that you naturally lose weight once you start training for a marathon. Ha.

Any other long distance runners out there who noticed a significant increase in their appetite when they started increasing their mileage?

15 mile run garmin

I swear I wake up hungry now (like the alarm goes off and the tummy is growling). I’m still hungry at the usual times, plus an additional tummy symphony at 3:30 PM now. Hopefully Kyle doesn’t mind that we switch to the senior feeding schedule (AKA dinner at 4:30-5 PM ;) ).

To avoid poundage gains equal to the number of miles I run per week, I need to really watch my food intake. Time to go stock up on nutrient dense, deliciously awesome, whole foods. It doesn’t help that my mom keeps spoiling us with goodies- which I will never turn down. It’s fun and everything in moderation right? ;)

nothing bundt cakes

Anyways, on to my fun giveaways!!

I have partnered with the Reebok Spartan Race again!! You have not 1, but 2 items you could win!

GIVEAWAY #1

Spartan Race has announced a Spartan Cruise (open to US residents only). The winner will win a trip for 2 including airfare and a 4 night (3 day) cruise to the Bahamas with a Spartan Sprint on a private island. You can check out the details here, but here’s a quick peak of some things included:

  • A deluxe Caribbean 3 day cruise from the Port of Miami to a private island in the Bahamas on March 6 to 9, 2015
  • Meals
  • 3-½ mile Sprint Race with 15 obstacles – led  by Joe De Sena
  • Kids travel FREE** (up to 17 years of age at time of booking)
  • Onboard entertainment
  • Book signing by Joe De Sena
  • Guest speakers
  • Award ceremony, finisher’s medal and professional photo and video

If you’re interested, click on this link and sign up! This winner will be chosen by Reebok Spartan Race on September 22.

GIVEAWAY #2

Want to win a free race entry for a Spartan Race??!

1 lucky reader will win a race entry to any open heat (non-confirmed start time) Spartan Race in the continental US.

I’ve blogged about them before, but if you’ve never heard about Spartan Race, they are one of the GLOBAL leaders in obstacle racing!

They offer 3 categories of races:

  • Spartan Sprint (3+ miles/15+ obstacles)
  • Spartan Super (8+ miles/20+ obstacles)
  • Spartan Beast (12+ miles/25+ obstacles)

So if you’re a bit intimidated by their big name, don’t worry! They have a race for everyone, with the proper training of course ;) There’s even an upcoming race, the 2014 Spartan Race World Championship in Killington Vermont on September 20th. This race is filling up VERY quickly, so grab a spot now!

I’ve wanted to do a race for some time now. Due to lack of funds (man houses are expensive ;) ), it just wasn’t in the budget to do my normal running races AND a Spartan. I told Kyle a few months ago that we need to train for one together in 2015. He has always wanted to do an obstacle race, but I’m assuming this is harder with a broken leg, no?

My friend Olena actually did one with her hubby and had a blast. I was super jealous, mostly because only she could look that adorable covered in mud ;)

How to enter:

1 winner will be chosen (randomly by me) on September 17th. The giveaway will close at 12:00 AM on 9/17 and the winner will be announced that evening.

Enter by clicking on the following Rafflecopter link:

A RAFFLECOPTER GIVEAWAY {CLOSED}

Using Rafflecopter (clickable link above), here is a summary of what you must do:

MANDATORY

Follow the Fitness Meets Frosting blog, either on WordPress or Bloglovin. (Clickable links in the right sidebar of my page). Leave a comment telling me what race you would pick and how you follow me!

Optional (additional points)

(+2) Follow me on Instagram: FitnessMeetsFrosting

(+1) Repost my giveaway photo on Instagram (sample of the photo below) and tag me (FitnessMeetsFrosting). This can be done 1x/day.

(+2) Follow me on Twitter: FitnessFrosting

(+1) Tweet about the giveaway, tagging me (FitnessFrosting). If you don’t know what to write… “Win a race entry to any open heat Spartan Race on fitnessmeetsfrosting.com #giveaway @fitnessfrosting @SpartanRace” This can be done 1x/day.

(+2) Follow me on Pinterest: FitnessFrosting

(+1) Re-pin my giveaway photo (sample of the photo below) on Pinterest

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Good luck!

If you don’t win, here is a coupon code you can use to receive 10% off any Spartan Race: SPARTANBLOGGER

This post was sponsored by Reebok Spartan Race. I received no compensation for this post. All opinions are my own.

How I got through my longest run

Overwhelmed. That is how I feel.

If you have been following this blog for a while, you know that a lot has been going on in my life (mostly good)!

Right now I feel like I am carrying 400 pounds on my shoulders. All day long. Every day. #dramatic

Most of you know that Kyle and I recently bought our new house! We were super excited to work on many projects to get this place feeling like our own…and then he broke his leg.

kyle broken leg

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know that Kyle fractured his fibula 2 weeks ago…yep. A few days after his 25th birthday. Poor guy has been hobbling around our 2 story house and trying to do as much as he can without aggravating the injury. I’m just happy that the injury wasn’t really serious. Glass half full right?

I know I am going to sound like a complete douche for saying this, but this is hard on me too. I am trying my best to handle everything. And I know there are a lot of single parents who handle this home-life crap much better than I. I have a good life so I have no right to complain. But man am I tired. I am responsible for yard work, garbage, moving heavy things ;) , cooking meals, packing lunches, laundry, cleaning, running errands, getting things for Kyle, etc. I love it all, but like I said, I am tired. I’ve done a little painting by myself, but mostly I just don’t have time to work on projects. So, if I’m absent from the blog world, you know why ;)

On to more fun stuff and less complaining!

Luckily I have still been able to keep up with my marathon training. I’ve only missed a couple (small) recovery runs. I do NOT want to miss the long runs.

Sunday was my longest run to date- 15 miles. Just thinking about the number was intimidating. I kept doubting myself and just KNEW I couldn’t do it. But this is how I DID get through it and learned that running is about lying.

  • Talked my friend into running with me. 

My BFF Shanna just so happens to be training for her first marathon too! Our running schedules somehow aligned and we both had to run 15 miles that day. Suffering together >>>> suffering alone. Misery loves company, or something like that? Time goes by much faster when you’re chatting away- I promise.

sj rnr

Same friend. Different run (our first half marathon!).

  • Run an out-and-back and think of it in terms of half of the distance.

For some reason, it is mentally easier for me to run out-and-backs (run from point A to B, and back to A). I had a 15 mile run but I see it as 7.5 miles. I’m either weird or stupid and don’t know math.

  • Don’t look at your watch.

Just don’t. You don’t need to see that you ran 4 miles out of 15. And then that you ran 4.19 miles out of 15.

  • Take it 1 mile at a time.

I’ve read this one before and honestly I thought it was complete bull. I was like, taking it “1 at a time” is something you tell a child when they’re doing their super hard 2+2 math homework. NOT what you tell someone who has to run 15 “1’s at a time.” But seriously it works.

Around mile 5 (ha) I started to get bored and defeated. I was NOT looking at my watch and my friend told me, “Just 1 more mile!” I asked her, “Seriously?” and she laughed and said no. I told her she needs to learn to lie to me like a parent tells a kid, “Maybe we can go to the toy section.” So from then on she said 1 more mile. Her watch actually died half way through and then I took over this role ;) By miles 7-8 I was in a rhythm and felt good so I had no problem being her cheerleader/liar.

  • When you get towards the end of your run, break it up in to distances you HAVE run already.

Once we hit 10 miles, we got excited because we were only a 5K away from a half marathon. We KNEW we could do this because we’ve done it before. Once we hit 13.1, we KNEW would could run 2 miles. We’ve done that a bazillion times! And when we hit the “1 mile left” mark, we thought of it in terms of time. We told ourselves we can do anything for 10 minutes.

15 mile run garmin

And voila! 15 miles done. And not a bad pace for me/us either. I have slowed down considerably since my last half marathon because I have not been doing speed work. My goal for my full marathon is to FINISH, so speed work has taken a backseat. I credit our speed to Shanna- I know she pushed and motivated me (I hope I did the same for her too)!

I hope this helps any of you struggling with increasing your running distance! And for you experienced runners, please leave us tips :) and by that I mean money. This girl’s got a house to pay for ;)

Do you run with friends?

Have any long run running tips?

What distance overwhelms you?

3 Words per Picture- Birthday Edition

I love HRG’s “x words per picture” posts so I thought I’d give it a try to sum up Kyle’s birthday!

Balloons in bathroom

kyle 25th birthday balloons

So he could wake up to something fun :)

Dutch Baby breakfast

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[Instagram] Yes that’s what it’s called and yes there were many jokes at breakfast

Pizza for dinner

kyle 25th birthday pizza

pizza muffins

Kyle’s favorite, Pizza Muffins

LEGO cake awesomeness

kyle 25th birthday lego cake

Through the ages

kyle 25th birthday scrapbook

Kyle and I agreed not to buy each other birthday presents this year since, ya know, we bought a house and are poor now ;) So I made a present (scrapbook) #loophole

Another oldie of my favorite person

Another oldie of my favorite person

Happy Birthday Kyle!

kyle 25th birthday lego cake

If I were to make you a cake, what would you request?

Favorite birthday dinner?