Every Runner Want’s a Gift Bag Like This!

I got the most awesome message from the Fleet Feet store manager while I was in Houston.  She sent me this picture….

….and told me I’d scream when I saw what was inside.  Well that made me want to fly home instantly and see what was inside!!! 

Naturally I planned my Sunday errands around the store opening so I could go get my bag of goodies and she was right, although I didn’t scream, I cried.   

Yes, coffee mugs make me teary eyed.  😉  Seriously though, I LOVE my coffee mug!  In the last big clean out of the house I actually got rid of the two travel mugs I had and later found that I really missed them.  So, suffice it to say this mug has gotten a ton of use the last 3 days!  It’s my go-to mug. 

There were also a few of these beauties….

Since I gave all but one hair band away when I cut it all off I actually needed some of these!  Now that it’s longer again I’m having to braid/pin/pull it back out of my face for running.  Super excited about the bright colors too! 

The thing that really got to me though and brought tears to my eyes were these beautiful new kicks!!!

My one true running shoe love adidas Energy Boost and in a color that I LOVE to pieces!  I’m not going to lie this did me in. 

My other ones still feel great, but they are getting closer and closer to 500 miles and even though they feel like they will last much longer than a traditional running shoe, I don’t know how much longer.  I was starting to get a little stressed about replacing them/adding a 2nd pair to rotate with.  (When my job status changed and I became a SAHM one of the things that had to change was making sure my running didn’t hit the family budget, the “extra” $$ for running gear/races just wasn’t there any longer).   Now I feel like my running shoe need is covered for a very long time, and I can run, run, run to my hearts content!

I really don’t even know how to say thank you for such a wonderful gift!  I really hope that Kelli (adidas rep and friend!) and adidas know that those shoes mean I can not only continue training and focusing on my upcoming PR goal race, but it means I get to continue running with Sky as well!  I don’t know if she will love running like I do, or continue to be interested in it like she is now.  But, even if she decides she hates it, she is being raised in and around the running community, and I tell you it’s a pretty great community for a kiddo to be part of!   

So thank you Kelli and adidas for the shoes!  They will keep me and Sky going for a very long time! 

As always this is not a sponsored post.  No one asked me to post about anything I was given.  I do so because I love the product, and really want to say Thank You, and let everyone know how amazing and supportive adidas is! 

P.S. – I also have to say thank you to my Dad and Fleet Feet Sports Tacoma…the support I receive is truly amazing!

Thankful Thursday – A Day Early & Wild Rice and Mushroom Stuffing!

I plan on unplugging tomorrow, from blogging anyway, so am doing my Thankful Thursday post today.  It seems wrong to skip it since it is Thanksgiving!

I can’t totally unplug though because this is happening tomorrow….

…Sky’s very first race shirt!!!  Her running career (no matter if this is one and done, or she goes on to win Olympic Gold) starts with her very first race tomorrow.  Yep it’s only a 1K, and I’m probably more excited than I should be, but I can’t help it.  Sky and I have so many good running memories together, and every day she tells me that she loves running.  So, yep I’m exited and I will not be able to keep myself from posting pics at some point tomorrow.  May not be here on the blog, but will be on Instagram and/or Facebook.  Follow me there for all the fun!  (Instagram link is to the right).

Things I’m Thankful For Big and Small:

-For the person ahead of me at Starbucks yesterday who paid for my order!

-That I got to test run the new adidas Glide Boost last night on the group run.  (I’m working on a blog post all about it and the Energy Boost, keep an eye out)!

-That I survived the run last night and this morning.  My lungs didn’t love it, and I felt slow and sluggish, but I got it done and feel better today!

-The amazing beautiful sun and warmth for today’s stroller run!

-That someone thought Mark and I would be the perfect parents for their baby.  We are not perfect by the way, just perfect for Sky, and she is perfect for us.

-For my babe and my baby.  The two people I love the most in the world.  It’s pretty amazing I get to walk through life with them beside me!

-For the family I was born into, the family I married into, and the family I have chosen to surround myself with.  I have some amazing people in my life and I’m thankful for each and every one of them.

-Fleet Feet Tacoma and all the opportunity and people it has added to my life.  Who knew a running store would end up being such in important part of my life, and Sky’s life.  I’m thankful for the personal growth, my growth/improvement as a runner, the new friends I have made, and that Sky is always welcome.  Every Wednesday on the way to the Stroller run she talks about who she gets to see, and how “super, duper excited” she is to run.

-For my amazing life.  There have been twists and turns I did not expect or even think I wanted.  But, I wouldn’t change a thing!  I’m exactly where I was meant to be and I’m happy being here!

And, I can’t not post a Thanksgiving recipes.  No pictures though because I haven’t made it yet, but this is my contribution to tomorrow’s feast.    I have made it several times before and everyone always loves it!

Wild Rice & Mushroom Stuffing
Serves 8, Prep 1 HR, Bake 1 HR

2 Large Leeks, white and green parts separated and well rinsed
4 1/2 cups chicken of vegetable broth
2 cups wild and whole grain rice mix
7 Tbsp butter – (I will be using coconut oil so it’s both GF and Dairy free for Mark).
salt and pepper
3/4 cups sliced almonds
1 lb mixed sliced mushrooms (such as cremini, oyster, morels, shiitake)
1/2 cup dried currants
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp grated lemon zest (from 2 lemons)
3/4 tsp ground allspice

1.  In a large saucepan, combine the leek greens, chicken broth, rice mix, 2 tbsp butter and 1/2 tsp salt.  Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer until the liquid is mostly absorbed and the rice is cooked, about 50 minutes.  Discard the leek greens and scrape the rice mixture (including any liquid) into a large bowl.

2.  Preheat the oven to 350.  Grease a 9 x 13 baking dish.  Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake until toasted, about 8 minutes.  Add to the rice.

3.  Meanwhile, chop the leek whites.  In a large skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter over medium heat.  Add the leek whites and cook until tender, about 5 minutes.  Transfer to the rice.  Melt the remaining 3 tbsp butter in the skillet and add the mushrooms.  Cook, stirring occasionally, until nicely browned, about 12 minutes.  Scrape into the bowl with the rice and add the currents, parsley, lemon zest, allspice, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Mix well and transfer to the greased baking dish, patting the stuffing down.  Cover with greased foil and bake until hot, about 45 minutes.  Uncover and bake until lightly browned, about 15 minutes.

Who else is running a Turkey Trot? 

What is your go to stuffing recipe?  

Who’s watching football tomorrow…who do you pick to win?

Detroit vs Green Bay – Detroit

Dallas vs Oakland – Dallas

Pittsburgh vs Baltimore – Do you really need to me to even say?  Pittsburgh all the way!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope you enjoy the food, family, running, and fun!


Thankful Thursday

Picture free post because I didn’t ask permission to post a picture of the person this post is about

Today’s Thankful Thursday is just a little bit sad.  Sad because it’s time to say goodbye to someone I’m thankful for every week. 

Jena, the manager of Fleet Feet, until tomorrow, is moving on to a dream job!  I’m so excited for her because it sounds like an amazing opportunity and she is really excited.  Not only is it the perfect job for her, but it works well for her personal life as well. 

Brooks Running is lucky to have her!

So many things about Jena that I’m thankful for! 

-Her support and guidance in getting the stroller group up and running, and walking! 

-The complete and undivided attention she gives Sky when we’re in the store. 

-Being the first person to fit me into the one and only running bra for me!

-Knowing which lines I love and pointing out the new items the second I walk in!

-The fact that she is herself an elite runner but you’d never know it unless someone else told you/you found out some other way than from her.

-That while she is a strong, fast, competitive runner she treats everyone like their accomplishments are a really big deal, and like they are elite themselves.

-In a world that sets ladies up to be competitive with each other she is willing to be everyone else’s cheerleader.

Thank you Jena for helping me settle into leading the stroller group.  I’ll admit I felt like I was getting in over my head and like I wasn’t enough of a “real” runner to lead anyone else on a run.  Your support and enthusiasm of the group and of me made a world of difference.  Thank you for being so wonderfully you!  Sky and I will miss you, but we are so excited to see all that you accomplish with Brooks! 

Thankful Thursday

Today I’m thankful for cute little girl toes…

…time spent watching it rain…

…and the reflection of her smile in the window…(now I must go clean said window!) 

P.S. I’m also thankful that the new running tights I ordered fit!  I’m always a little worried that the old ones only fit because they have been worn/washed so much. 

Tell me one thing you are thankful for today! 

Thankful Thursday

Today was one of those days that most people/parents would chalk up to being a $hitty day and skip the whole Thankful Thursday thing altogether. 

To say it didn’t go as planned is an understatement. 

It started with a trip to the ER at 9:30am and ended with this in a 2nd ER this evening…

Enough said right?  Wrong!!!  There is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. 
My list for the day:
-The ER trip this morning was to an adult ER, since they don’t see 2 yr olds very often Sky was treated like the most special and important patient ever.  It was a hard 3 ish hours, but every single person in that ER, even the other patients, gave her special attention. 
-I was reminded that while it was hard to see her in tears for the x-rays and exams at least it was only for strained ligaments and tendons, and not something worse.  I’m so thankful that she is a healthy little girl and we weren’t there for a life threatening illness or traumatic event of some sort.
On the way home from ER trip #1 for a nap and lunch before going to ER #2.
-I’m so over the top thankful to Mark’s work/boss for not hesitating to let him come home and help out.  I don’t call him to come home vey often, but when I have needed to it has never been a problem.  I’m well aware that not everyone has such an awesome work situation. 
-Super thankful that Sky loves her Daddy so much that seeing him walk into the ER brings a smile even through the tears. 
-Really thankful that I worked for a Hospital/Health Care system for so many years.  I just don’t freak out about the whole process and have complete trust and confidence in the level of care we receive. 
-I may be the most thankful about the fact that they didn’t call CPS on me.  This was the 5th or 6th time she has had nursemaid elbow.  😦  I was a little worried. 
-Super thankful that Mary Bridge has Child Life Specialists and that we got to see them in action tonight.  So calm and helpful and brought Sky a movie that gave us a few minutes of peace. 
 Watching the movie while waiting for x-ray and ortho consult.
-Really thankful that the planned run for 4:30 am was able to bump to 12:30pm tomorrow instead! 
-And, while this is not nearly as important as the health and wellbeing of my baby, I’m super thankful that we made it home from the ER in time to watch the football game!!!  We only missed about 7 minutes of the first quarter… 
-…Which means I’m enjoying the champagne and oj I got to celebrate the official start of the NFL Season.  Yep…I watch my football in style!  Believe me after a day spent in the ER with a crying 2 yr old I am over the top thankful for a drink or 20!!!   
What are you thankful for today?