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  1. <?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?><?xml-stylesheet href="http://www.blogger.com/styles/atom.css" type="text/css"?><feed xmlns='http://www.w3.org/2005/Atom' xmlns:openSearch='http://a9.com/-/spec/opensearchrss/1.0/' xmlns:blogger='http://schemas.google.com/blogger/2008' xmlns:georss='http://www.georss.org/georss' xmlns:gd="http://schemas.google.com/g/2005" xmlns:thr='http://purl.org/syndication/thread/1.0'><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821</id><updated>2017-03-29T12:11:07.247-07:00</updated><category term="Running dog"/><category term="bob revolution"/><category term="bob revolution duallie"/><category term="bob stroller"/><category term="motivation"/><category term="vegan diet"/><category term="Diva Dash"/><category term="Diva Dash 5k"/><category term="Little Diva Dash"/><category term="Run for Sherry Arnold"/><category term="Running and SAD"/><category term="Running in the wind"/><category term="SAD"/><category term="Seasonal Affective Disorder"/><category term="The power of positive thinking"/><category term="Weight Training"/><category term="Weight loss challange"/><category term="april goals"/><category term="being happy"/><category term="best running dog"/><category term="daily battle"/><category term="fat and fit"/><category term="fat fit"/><category term="fat fit vs skinny fat"/><category term="fat runner"/><category term="find sherry arnold"/><category term="finding motivation"/><category term="fit vs lazy"/><category term="found motivation"/><category term="get motivated"/><category term="grilled eggplat"/><category term="happy birthday"/><category term="healthy weight loss"/><category term="loosing weight"/><category term="missing runner"/><category term="new year new goal"/><category term="runner safety gear"/><category term="running in the dark"/><category term="running in the morning"/><category term="running safety gear"/><category term="running with bob"/><category term="running with dogs"/><category term="running with kids"/><category term="skinny fat"/><category term="the color run"/><category term="weight training for runners"/><category term="why vegan"/><category term="winter running"/><category term="workout goals"/><title type='text'>Midwest Running Mom</title><subtitle type='html'></subtitle><link rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#feed' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/'/><link rel='hub' href='http://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com/'/><link rel='next' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default?start-index=26&amp;max-results=25'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><generator version='7.00' uri='http://www.blogger.com'>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>66</openSearch:totalResults><openSearch:startIndex>1</openSearch:startIndex><openSearch:itemsPerPage>25</openSearch:itemsPerPage><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-8359136142733193380</id><published>2017-03-29T08:52:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2017-03-29T08:52:11.399-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Body Image/Perspective</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2VS1c76qP7o/WNvYBVXBC7I/AAAAAAAAF5U/k_Nf_sHj6RstZ-LwjPU7Qemlp_fuokWHgCLcB/s1600/Warning-ideas.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;240&quot; src=&quot;https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2VS1c76qP7o/WNvYBVXBC7I/AAAAAAAAF5U/k_Nf_sHj6RstZ-LwjPU7Qemlp_fuokWHgCLcB/s320/Warning-ideas.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I have been active/fit for years.&amp;nbsp; I have had my ups and downs with my weight and injuries.&amp;nbsp; But the one thing that has always stayed the same is my body image/perspective.&amp;nbsp; You see no matter how much muscle I have or how much I weigh on the scale I ALWAYS think I need to loose more weight.&amp;nbsp; I have never looked at myself in the past and thought I looked great.&amp;nbsp; When I go back and look at photos of myself I always think WOW, how did I not think I looked good?&amp;nbsp; But as always in the actual&amp;nbsp;time I never think I am thin enough or fit enough.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;table align=&quot;center&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0kv52hidcDg/WNuxOCIY7CI/AAAAAAAAF4Y/BUs9pjQM5tARq9g13rZTPmX8t2W4eBs0gCLcB/s1600/1935004_101166449899571_2713183_n.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-0kv52hidcDg/WNuxOCIY7CI/AAAAAAAAF4Y/BUs9pjQM5tARq9g13rZTPmX8t2W4eBs0gCLcB/s320/1935004_101166449899571_2713183_n.jpg&quot; width=&quot;240&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;This is me 12 years ago&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;Right now in my life I am probably at my fittest, there is not much I can&#39;t do and even though I don&#39;t run as much as I have in the past I have trained for a half in 3 weeks&amp;nbsp;and been ready for it.&amp;nbsp; My body is stronger than it has ever been, I lift weights three times a week and it shows.&amp;nbsp; Yet still I look in the mirror and see how much I still need to do, how much fat is still on this body.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;table align=&quot;center&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8YWtwILixkM/WNuxuhDFQVI/AAAAAAAAF4c/sTmR0jdBw6IKAi2GaXcRkIfaxnV0HTkQQCLcB/s1600/6Months.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-8YWtwILixkM/WNuxuhDFQVI/AAAAAAAAF4c/sTmR0jdBw6IKAi2GaXcRkIfaxnV0HTkQQCLcB/s320/6Months.jpg&quot; width=&quot;196&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;Me right after my divorce and 6 months later.&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;It is funny because I got divorced over 2 years ago and at that time I was the heaviest I have ever been.&amp;nbsp; I know the work and dedication I have put into getting back to me, yet I still can&#39;t appreciate it.&amp;nbsp; Last summer I went to Florida to visit the family and some of my family teased me about my &quot;MOM&quot; swimsuit.&amp;nbsp; For the first time in my life I felt comfortable in a swimsuit and thought I was rocking a sporty one that showed my muscles!&amp;nbsp; LOL, then I go back and look at pictures and see how much it covered up and how baggie it really is.&amp;nbsp; So I went shopping for a new bikini and though I bought it last year I am still yet to ever wear it.&amp;nbsp; I just don&#39;t have a bikini bod!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;table align=&quot;center&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ayQBLye-TbY/WNvSUq3_fSI/AAAAAAAAF44/X8WnAVTFd_A6DIdQG-PN7sB8FTqWZte7gCLcB/s1600/13781807_10208388426003097_1692957015181926077_n.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ayQBLye-TbY/WNvSUq3_fSI/AAAAAAAAF44/X8WnAVTFd_A6DIdQG-PN7sB8FTqWZte7gCLcB/s320/13781807_10208388426003097_1692957015181926077_n.jpg&quot; width=&quot;213&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;My super hot &quot;MOM&quot; swimsuit (FYI still my favorite because it covers everything!)&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I want so much to be happy with my body, to love what it can do and embrace it&#39;s flaws.&amp;nbsp; This seems so easy to do right?&amp;nbsp; It&#39;s not.&amp;nbsp; No matter how many times I tell myself that I look good or try and repeat all the awesome things my body can do, I still look at myself and see all the fat.&amp;nbsp; Yes there are parts of my body I am happy with, but truth be told not many.&amp;nbsp; And in this day and age of dating, it has to be the most sobering and&amp;nbsp;humbling experience for anyone with body issues.&amp;nbsp; For every guy out there that will tell you that you look great there is the one that is not interested because you are not thin enough.&amp;nbsp; And even though I know everyone is attracted to different things and there will always be someone that is not attracted to me for some reason or other, it still never fails&amp;nbsp;to send me to the&amp;nbsp;mirror and I&amp;nbsp;think to myself&amp;nbsp;&quot;He&#39;s right, I&amp;nbsp;still&amp;nbsp;need to loose about 10 to 15 more pounds!&quot;.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;table align=&quot;center&quot; 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At 41 my fear is that I will never like what I see in the mirror, even if I can loose that last 10 to 15 pounds I&#39;ll sill have stretch mark&#39;s and wrinkles now.&amp;nbsp; Do you have body issues?&amp;nbsp; Do you LOVE your body?&amp;nbsp; I have been following &lt;a href=&quot;https://www.facebook.com/FoodieGirlFitness/&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;color: blue;&quot;&gt;Foodie Girl Fitness&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt; on Facebook.&amp;nbsp; She looks amazing, however she still has flaws, yet she can still embrace them and love her body.&amp;nbsp; One day I hope to be able to do the same.&amp;nbsp; For now I am still on my mission to get that bikini body and actually wear this swimsuit out in the sunshine.&amp;nbsp; I am hoping that by taking pictures every month with my progress that I will see changes and come to at least appreciate the work I am putting in.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-T1F7fg9o7_s/WNvUnxdx07I/AAAAAAAAF5E/jw6wc0pvBK0qIs1m7a5IM2Bq3nZqvdDgQCLcB/s1600/March2017.jpg&quot; 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/&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/8359136142733193380/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=8359136142733193380' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/8359136142733193380'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/8359136142733193380'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2017/03/body-imageperspective.html' title='Body Image/Perspective'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-2VS1c76qP7o/WNvYBVXBC7I/AAAAAAAAF5U/k_Nf_sHj6RstZ-LwjPU7Qemlp_fuokWHgCLcB/s72-c/Warning-ideas.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-6585953231347483812</id><published>2015-05-28T13:10:00.002-07:00</published><updated>2015-05-28T13:11:19.395-07:00</updated><title type='text'>Getting Back to Me!</title><content type='html'>&lt;table cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eaRIWc_cwFU/VWd1ohy_HiI/AAAAAAAAFmg/5QilBuuIdBU/s1600/11162208_10205204799294419_4561263015625900953_n.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eaRIWc_cwFU/VWd1ohy_HiI/AAAAAAAAFmg/5QilBuuIdBU/s320/11162208_10205204799294419_4561263015625900953_n.jpg&quot; width=&quot;180&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;Garmin 1/2 Marathon 2015&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;Wow, the last year has been a tough one.&amp;nbsp; My husband and I got divorced last year and had to continue to live together till we sold our house which took WAY too long (almost a year)&amp;nbsp;and things started to get a little ugly.&amp;nbsp; But the house is sold, I have bought a new house for the girls and I, and things are finally starting to get back to a normal feel.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Last month I did my first half marathon since the &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2010/03/disney-princess-half-marathon-2010.html&quot;&gt;Disney Princess half&lt;/a&gt; back in 2010.&amp;nbsp;Because of&amp;nbsp;all the &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2010/04/its-stress-fracture.html&quot;&gt;shin issues&lt;/a&gt; I had after that it took many years to get up the courage to run that distance again, but I am happy to report that I did it injury free!&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;I am even thinking about running another one later this year.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Right now I am really focused in loosing all the emotional weight I have gained over the last year and getting back to my old self again.&amp;nbsp; It is hard&amp;nbsp;finding my new happy, but it is coming slowly and the future is looking very bright right now.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I decided I wanted to get back to my blogging. My life has taking an incredible turn, but I am looking forward to everything my new life has to offer and can&#39;t wait to see where this journey takes my girls and I.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/6585953231347483812/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=6585953231347483812' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6585953231347483812'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6585953231347483812'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2015/05/garmin-12-marathon-2015-wow-last-year.html' title='Getting Back to Me!'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eaRIWc_cwFU/VWd1ohy_HiI/AAAAAAAAFmg/5QilBuuIdBU/s72-c/11162208_10205204799294419_4561263015625900953_n.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-8022986010075169239</id><published>2012-07-05T16:57:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2012-07-05T16:57:04.241-07:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="fat and fit"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="fat fit"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="fat fit vs skinny fat"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="fat runner"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="skinny fat"/><title type='text'>Fat Fit vs Skinny Fat</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbyxg6NSmFE/T_YpCDJ7NVI/AAAAAAAAAlg/_BLNpqx0X3A/s1600/P11600331.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbyxg6NSmFE/T_YpCDJ7NVI/AAAAAAAAAlg/_BLNpqx0X3A/s320/P11600331.jpg&quot; width=&quot;222&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I am sure you have all heard the term Skinny Fat, if not it is used to describe people who are skinny but are not really in shape.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Well I was thinking today that there should be a term for those of us who are fat but are still in good shape, maybe Fat Fit?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Can you be fat and still fit?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I think so; I probably need to lose about 30+ pounds so I would be considered fat my most standards.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But at the same time I can run 8 miles, I can swim over a ¼ mile; I can bike over 15 miles, and do many other active fit things.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So even though I am fat I consider myself to be pretty fit.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I wonder though why our society is totally fine with people who are Skinny Fat but not okay with those of us who are Fit &amp;amp; Fat.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I mean really I may have some extra pounds on me but I am in much better shape than some skinny people I know, and I set the heart monitors off at the doctors because my resting heart rate is so low (that is because I AM a runner).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So why is it that people choose to judge me because I have had a hard time losing all this weight after having two kids?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Why don’t they judge the girl who sits around eating crap and watching TV all day but just happens to have an awesome metabolism?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;How is that girl better than me?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;How is that girl Healthier than me?&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Do I want to lose the extra weight I have?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Yes, but to be honest I have been trying and am really not sure at all what I am doing wrong at this point.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I even change to a totally Vegan diet and did not lose a pound.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So I have been trying to come to terms with the fact that I am now fat and maybe fat for a while (until I can figure out why I am not losing any weight).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;So as a society maybe before we decide to judge the chubby girl for letting her self-go or for being a couch potato maybe you should find out if she is just someone who is Fat &amp;amp; Fit and could maybe be in even better shape than you!&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;  &lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/8022986010075169239/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=8022986010075169239' title='7 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/8022986010075169239'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/8022986010075169239'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/07/fat-fit-vs-skinny-fat.html' title='Fat Fit vs Skinny Fat'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xbyxg6NSmFE/T_YpCDJ7NVI/AAAAAAAAAlg/_BLNpqx0X3A/s72-c/P11600331.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>7</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-4690431778765995782</id><published>2012-04-10T05:33:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2012-04-10T05:33:39.098-07:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="bob revolution"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="bob revolution duallie"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="bob stroller"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="running with bob"/><title type='text'>Our first run with BOB</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c-t7mA8T7jk/T4QmOTA6r9I/AAAAAAAAAhs/Z-fefSjPH34/s1600/IMAG0373.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c-t7mA8T7jk/T4QmOTA6r9I/AAAAAAAAAhs/Z-fefSjPH34/s200/IMAG0373.jpg&quot; width=&quot;119&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Well I ended up having to take Friday off of work since there was no school and my sitter had the day off.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And since I had the girls you know I had to go try out the new BOB right.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I was a little sad when I woke up and it was 40 degrees out, I was not sure if I should take the girls out when it was that chilly.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But I asked some of my Running Mom friends and they just told me to bundle them up and they would be fine so that is what I did.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Since I had no plans for the day I drove out to my favorite trail (Mill Creek).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;It is such a nice trail to run on and I always see other runners, walkers, or bikers which is nice too.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The kids really seemed to enjoy the run; it was Little Bit’s first run ever (how have I never taken her on a run in the past year?).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But Munchkin is an old pro at this. Even our doggie Prada was excited to go running and try out the new stroller, she was not bothered by it at all and ran right next to it the whole run.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kcUhj2oCt_M/T4QmsYU818I/AAAAAAAAAh8/RytqZo3a1Sw/s1600/IMAG0378.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;119&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kcUhj2oCt_M/T4QmsYU818I/AAAAAAAAAh8/RytqZo3a1Sw/s200/IMAG0378.jpg&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Within the first mile of out run we saw 2 deer, Munchkin was so excited she wanted to go pet them and be there friend and did not understand why they ran away.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;She just loves all animals and thinks they are all her friend (she is so my daughter).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9L_Rv4WMQM4/T4QmoCNOlRI/AAAAAAAAAh0/q_v8ZpFdMhM/s1600/IMAG0374.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9L_Rv4WMQM4/T4QmoCNOlRI/AAAAAAAAAh0/q_v8ZpFdMhM/s200/IMAG0374.jpg&quot; width=&quot;119&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I have to admit that after about a mile I was getting pretty winded.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;It is a LOT harder to push two kids than it is to run alone.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So I had to take a couple walk brakes but it was still a great workout and we all had fun so that is really what matters.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;We found an off road section of the trail and had to try it out to see how BOB did off roading.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Still a smooth nice ride for the girls and still easy for me to push, man I love this stroller!&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;After I got my run in we had to stop at the playground for the girls to play a bit.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;They were so good on the run they deserved some play time.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; 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&lt;/span&gt;My Ab challenge however is not doing so well.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Forgot all about it over the weekend and have not done my daily ab 30/30/30 in a few days.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But plan to restart that up today.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The good news is I weighed myself and I lost another 2.5 pounds last week so we are right on track.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Virtual 5k&lt;/strong&gt; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Have you signed up for the Race to Cure Diabetes?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;All proceeds of this Virtual 5k benefit JDRF, which is a great cause.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;If you have not signed up go &lt;a href=&quot;http://mommysarunner.blogspot.com/2012/03/race-to-cure-diabetes-5k-plan-b.html&quot;&gt;here&lt;/a&gt; and sign up today.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The race is later this month and you can run anywhere (that is why it is a virtual 5k).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And just by registering you are entered to win so many awesome prizes it is just crazy how many awesome things have been donated.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So sign up today.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/4690431778765995782/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=4690431778765995782' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/4690431778765995782'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/4690431778765995782'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/04/our-first-run-with-bob.html' title='Our first run with BOB'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-c-t7mA8T7jk/T4QmOTA6r9I/AAAAAAAAAhs/Z-fefSjPH34/s72-c/IMAG0373.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-4761439901022088376</id><published>2012-04-03T05:26:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2012-04-03T05:26:23.278-07:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="bob revolution"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="bob revolution duallie"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="bob stroller"/><title type='text'>Introducing my new friend BOB</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-efuMrnMxQPk/T3rrWUMfDaI/AAAAAAAAAhI/B8IW8TpWiNY/s1600/P11406411.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-efuMrnMxQPk/T3rrWUMfDaI/AAAAAAAAAhI/B8IW8TpWiNY/s200/P11406411.jpg&quot; width=&quot;157&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I have been waiting to meet Bob for a very long time.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;When I had my first daughter I looked for Bob but he was just out of reach.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;When I had my second daughter, there was no way I could even think about it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;So how did we finally meet after so many years?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I found him on Craigs List, and for an AWESOME price.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I know what you all are thinking “I check Craigs list all the time and don’t see Bob”.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Well keep looking, because that is what I thought too.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;In my town I found that most people who want to sell their Bob’s list them late at night so you need to be ready to JUMP first thing in the morning.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;As soon as you wake up check the listings.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Then send an email if they leave a number call (well maybe wait till 8am for that).&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2uLl8Ghzdns/T3rrnqjjeeI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/ZOF83RIhFbw/s1600/P11406351.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;190&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2uLl8Ghzdns/T3rrnqjjeeI/AAAAAAAAAhQ/ZOF83RIhFbw/s200/P11406351.jpg&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;You see Bob is very popular and so many people want to be his friend so if you don’t act fast and keep on trying even when you think you will never meet then you will never meet him.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I had my doubts about our meeting, but I am so glad I kept on trying because as of yesterday Bob is my friend.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;You can imagine my excitement and desire to put my girls in this new stroller and try it out, but alas my oldest had Gymnastics last night (annoying right!).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So I had to wait till she was done with that then I loaded up the girls and just ran around in front of the house.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;This thing handles like a dream.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So smooth even on the rocky road (did I mention I live in BFE).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The girls liked it, and said it was a smooth ride for them (okay only the oldest talks and she said that, but I am sure the little one would have said it too if she could talk).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;And yes I totally made my hubs stand in the front of the house and snap pictures of me running around in circles.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Hey this is a family affair ;)&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DZQOTB5Ob6Q/T3rr5Ca3NxI/AAAAAAAAAhY/0Bvh1pDdXaw/s1600/P11406381.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;151&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-DZQOTB5Ob6Q/T3rr5Ca3NxI/AAAAAAAAAhY/0Bvh1pDdXaw/s200/P11406381.jpg&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;So my first impression of Mr. Bob.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;He is a total dream.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I could not have asked for or gotten a better stroller. This thing just glides much easier to push than the single jogger I have. &lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;Next week I plan to take this baby out for a longer ride, or maybe I won’t wait that long.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And I promise to keep you all updated on my new buddy, but don’t ask to borrow him he is MINE (wow I am just a little possessive huh).&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Are you friends with Bob?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/4761439901022088376/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=4761439901022088376' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/4761439901022088376'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/4761439901022088376'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/04/introducing-my-new-friend-bob.html' title='Introducing my new friend BOB'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-efuMrnMxQPk/T3rrWUMfDaI/AAAAAAAAAhI/B8IW8TpWiNY/s72-c/P11406411.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-6646894940825288926</id><published>2012-04-02T04:46:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2012-04-02T04:46:53.343-07:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="april goals"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="workout goals"/><title type='text'>April Goals</title><content type='html'>&lt;div style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MtgE8jPjKVQ/T3mRQFy3cvI/AAAAAAAAAhA/O9A6BaSTMRY/s1600/GOAL.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;213&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MtgE8jPjKVQ/T3mRQFy3cvI/AAAAAAAAAhA/O9A6BaSTMRY/s320/GOAL.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;I have found that I do much better when I have a goal or challange.&amp;nbsp; So this month I am going to do both.&amp;nbsp; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;The group of running moms that I belong too better known as the Running Mom Mafia are doing an ab challange for the month of April.&amp;nbsp; The challange is to do three different types of ab workouts a day 30 reps of each so it is a 30/30/30 challage.&amp;nbsp; I got my reps in last night and plan to keep it going for the rest of this month.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;A lot of the moms are taking before pictures but I actually took a before picture a couple weeks ago so that I can see my weight loss as I progress. I am not going to post because I just am not happy with the way I look right now.&amp;nbsp; I knwo it should not matter but it does and I don&#39;t want that picture across the web of me, well maybe if I photoshop it but then it would not be a very good before picture.&amp;nbsp; I do promise to post it at a later date with my after picture.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;That there is my challage for April now for my goal.&amp;nbsp; My April goal is to run 30 miles.&amp;nbsp; I know not a lot but truth be told I have not even been coming close to that and I don&#39;t want to start off with a big jump in millage (still scared of my leg).&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;It is funny because when I break down the mileage by week it come to 7.5 miles a week and I am actually a little intimadated by that.&amp;nbsp; It has been a while since I ran this much so it really is a good goal that I know if I really try I can acheive, but I have to get out there and do it.&amp;nbsp; Feel free to push me, I may need it!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;So there you have it now it is all on paper and the pressure is on.&amp;nbsp; I WILL DO THIS!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Do you set goals for your self each month?&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/6646894940825288926/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=6646894940825288926' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6646894940825288926'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6646894940825288926'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/04/april-goals.html' title='April Goals'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-MtgE8jPjKVQ/T3mRQFy3cvI/AAAAAAAAAhA/O9A6BaSTMRY/s72-c/GOAL.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-779794644162357695</id><published>2012-04-01T05:24:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2012-04-01T05:24:08.229-07:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="being happy"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="The power of positive thinking"/><title type='text'>The power of Positive Thinking</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fqUya0yTUYc/T3hHgSKSe6I/AAAAAAAAAgo/ML6-u4wqXLo/s1600/PowerofPositiveThinking.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;213&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fqUya0yTUYc/T3hHgSKSe6I/AAAAAAAAAgo/ML6-u4wqXLo/s320/PowerofPositiveThinking.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;This past week has been a tough one.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I did not work out one day and well did not eat very well either.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I am an emotional eater and my emotions were going crazy.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;My hubs is being activated and will be gone for a couple months and the bitterness and resentment finally set in.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;It is hard knowing that he will get to rest and relax (he will where he is going, and the type of job it is) while I am here going crazy with the kids and trying to keep up with this house, pets, and work.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;URH, I have been very resentful.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I am a very happy glass is half full person, I pretty much have always been.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;It is not often I let myself fall into despair and let these evil little things eat away at my happy go lucky attitude.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But last week I let it all fester and was just a sad ugly mess for a few days.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;It is funny though I woke up yesterday with my old attitude back.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I was happy; I was looking forward to what the day brought, I was just glad to be alive.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I think these unhappy times are needed for however long or short they are so that I can really appreciate all the good and just enjoy my own happiness.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Does that make since?&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;It also looks like I am finally getting a Bob duallie (this will help so much with the hubs gone).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I was finally the first person to contact a seller on Craigs List.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I have been trying for a while.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And last week there were three ads I called on but the day I was back to my positive self I get it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I tell you there is something to this being positive and positive things will happen thing.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;So it is the start of a new week and life is back to normal here, I am excited to get my day started.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Am I still bitter and resentful that my hubs is leaving, maybe a little if I am to be totally honest.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But it is something I have no control over so why stay so upset it was truly only hurting me.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;So remember if you are feeling down for whatever reason,&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;it is okay to be down for a while but if you stay that way it is only hurting you.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Find your inner happiness stay positive and good things will happen.&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Oh and don&#39;t forget to sign up for the Virtual 5k to support JDRF.&amp;nbsp; It is a great cause and one that is close to my heart.&amp;nbsp; My good friend Tara is working so hard on this.&amp;nbsp; And if you registar you can stat winning prizes tomorrow.&amp;nbsp; So click the link above on the right and register today! (if you click the link you can also see all the awesome prizes there are that you can win).&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Do you believe in the power of Positive Thinking?&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/779794644162357695/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=779794644162357695' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/779794644162357695'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/779794644162357695'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/04/power-of-positive-thinking.html' title='The power of Positive Thinking'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-fqUya0yTUYc/T3hHgSKSe6I/AAAAAAAAAgo/ML6-u4wqXLo/s72-c/PowerofPositiveThinking.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-4537638141791091859</id><published>2012-03-26T04:50:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2012-03-26T04:50:56.925-07:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Diva Dash"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Diva Dash 5k"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Little Diva Dash"/><title type='text'>Diva Dash 5k</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zu6lJHqkFcw/T3BUllbp9cI/AAAAAAAAAfo/q0_nUz-oxNQ/s1600/P11404381.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zu6lJHqkFcw/T3BUllbp9cI/AAAAAAAAAfo/q0_nUz-oxNQ/s320/P11404381.jpg&quot; width=&quot;191&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I have to say this is the most fun I have had at a race in a long time.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Part of that is because I had a friend to run with and the other part is because my time was better than I thought I would have (which was directly related to having a friend to run with).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I was super excited to wear my tiara again, I bought it for the &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2010/03/disney-princess-half-marathon-2010.html&quot;&gt;Disney Princess half marathon&lt;/a&gt; but have not worn it since and this race gave me a reason to run with it again.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;There is something about running with a tiara that just makes you feel special.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I also got to wear my awesome knee high running socks that Sara got me in my running mom sock exchange for Christmas.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I SO LOVE THESE SOCKS!!!&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And I highly recommend everyone (well maybe not you guys that might just look silly) get a pair to run in, they make you feel so cute and they were comfy to run in.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;This race also had a Little Diva Dash for kids, so you know I had to sign up my oldest daughter to do it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And Kari (my friend I ran with) signed up her daughter too.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Fy02uEN9_KE/T3BUve9CO5I/AAAAAAAAAfw/gRXUQ97DJ50/s1600/P11404261.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Fy02uEN9_KE/T3BUve9CO5I/AAAAAAAAAfw/gRXUQ97DJ50/s320/P11404261.jpg&quot; width=&quot;260&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Okay on to the race report.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;After getting up and getting the kids ready (not fun waking up two kids early in the morning) we got to the race and found Kari (they were maybe a little smarter and her hubs was bringing the kids later).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;We went and picked up our race packets, then hit the bathroom (well porta potties that is). &lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;Then it was time for us to line up so I kissed my hubs and girls good bye and got ready for the race.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;We positioned ourselves in about the middle of the pack and that is pretty much where we stayed the whole race.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;This was Kari’s first race and my first one since my &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-first-tri.html&quot;&gt;Tri back in 2010&lt;/a&gt; (wow has it really been that long?)&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;We did what I promised I would&amp;nbsp;NOT do and took off to fast.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Our first mile was at about a 10:30 pace way to fast so it did not take long after that before we had to walk a bit.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The second mile had us walking three times, and then I finally said let’s just slow down a little.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;It is hard with all the excitement to go slower epically when we started off so fast. But even slowing down and walking three times mile two was at about an 11:30 mile.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;We walked two more times for mile three but they were pretty short walks (actually all our walks were pretty short).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The course was a little hillier than we both thought and after one big hill we turned the corner and found we had to go right up another hill, I just said CRAP lets walk a little.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I so hate hills, even though I run on them all the time now I still hate them (who knew Kansas was so darn hilly?).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;After that second walk we were about done with mile three, as we got closer to where we knew the finish line had to be Kari started to pick up the pace.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;If it was just me I would have been slowing down, but I had to keep up so dang it I did.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;We rounded a corner saw the finish and I said now and we took off.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Then I saw the clock and realized that we could make it in under 36 min which was Kari’s goal, so I told her to look at the clock that we could make it and we both picked up the pace. &lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;table align=&quot;center&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tQFAdUk3Wi0/T3BU6oJVWEI/AAAAAAAAAf4/_G1Xf1tvCAM/s1600/P11404311.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;277&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-tQFAdUk3Wi0/T3BU6oJVWEI/AAAAAAAAAf4/_G1Xf1tvCAM/s320/P11404311.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;There is Kari crossing I am right behing the girl in the orange&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;We crossed the finish line at 35:58 but our official finish time was 35:18 (since we were in the middle of the pack and did not cross the start line right away).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;This was way faster than I thought we would end up doing.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;As a matter of fact when Kari told me her goal was 36 I told her not to be upset if we did not make it and here we are at the finish 42 seconds faster than that.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I have to say that I really think we pushed each other on this race.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I know I would have walked more and slowed day a lot more if she was not with me.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And she told me after the race that she would have walked more too if I was not there.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I sure hope she wants to do another race; it is so much more fun when you have someone to run with and push you!&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-agZaDZolFMo/T3BV5ZZqkNI/AAAAAAAAAgI/_udQiCRjC5A/s1600/P11404411.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-agZaDZolFMo/T3BV5ZZqkNI/AAAAAAAAAgI/_udQiCRjC5A/s320/P11404411.jpg&quot; width=&quot;220&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YIMnNoygvY0/T3BXB-pio-I/AAAAAAAAAgQ/L4TFykNc-ms/s1600/P11404461.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YIMnNoygvY0/T3BXB-pio-I/AAAAAAAAAgQ/L4TFykNc-ms/s320/P11404461.jpg&quot; width=&quot;222&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;After we were done and had some time to recover it was time for the Little Diva’s to run.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;We got our daughters lined up at the start and off they went.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;My daughter just bought a new toy and had to run with it (that is what she has in her hand) so she was a little distracted for the race.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But both girls ran the whole thing.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Kari’s daughter took off right from the start (I think she is going to be like her daddy, he is pretty fast).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;My daughter ran the whole thing not quite as fast but that is okay she said she had fun and both girls think they won, which they did because it truly is all about fun!&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;We all had a great time and I know my daughter and I both want to do this again, we just hope Kari and her daughter do too… Come on Kari get the running bug!!&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;Do you have a friend to run with?&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/4537638141791091859/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=4537638141791091859' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/4537638141791091859'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/4537638141791091859'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/03/diva-dash-5k.html' title='Diva Dash 5k'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zu6lJHqkFcw/T3BUllbp9cI/AAAAAAAAAfo/q0_nUz-oxNQ/s72-c/P11404381.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-7329973945043120346</id><published>2012-03-23T05:14:00.000-07:00</published><updated>2012-03-23T05:14:19.289-07:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="finding motivation"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="found motivation"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="get motivated"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="motivation"/><title type='text'>How to find your Motivation</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qj1rutrI6-o/T2xoFVHxk5I/AAAAAAAAAfI/9VfEo95jxss/s1600/Motivation.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;212&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qj1rutrI6-o/T2xoFVHxk5I/AAAAAAAAAfI/9VfEo95jxss/s320/Motivation.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I have posted a lot about trying to get motivated.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;After I had my 2&lt;sup&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-size: x-small;&quot;&gt;nd&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/sup&gt; daughter I had a very tough time finding any motivation at all.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The past year was a tough one.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I joined weight watchers and lost 10 pounds then promptly put it back on.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I would start to work out and then find myself back on the couch watching TV and snacking.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Well I finally feel great and actually want to work out again.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;How did this happen?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;It started with my decision to go Vegan.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I know it is a major change and I for one never thought I would ever make it, but I needed a drastic change to get my booty in gear.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The change in diet really got me feeling good.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;My body felt great, there is a bit of a learning curve to going Vegan but it can be done and really once you find a few great recipes it is not that hard at all.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I truly feel this is the healthiest way to eat.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;The next step was to make and I mean force myself kicking and screaming to the gym 4 days a week for 2 weeks.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Well truth be told the second week I did not kick and scream but it was still hard to go.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Now in the third week I finally want to go, and have really started to push myself in my workouts and see my old self returning. &lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Here is my plan for finding your motivation!&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;&lt;b style=&quot;mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;&quot;&gt;Step 1&lt;/b&gt; change your diet, you don’t have to go Vegan but cut out a lot of the processed foods.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Those are the foods that make you feel bad.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;You love chips? Buy the baked chips or even better make your own.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Want a healthier alternative roast some Chickpeas in the oven at 350 for 45 min (season any way you want).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The key is to get rid of the processed crap that makes you feel bad.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;&lt;b style=&quot;mso-bidi-font-weight: normal;&quot;&gt;Step 2&lt;/b&gt; get moving, make yourself workout even if you don’t want to for 2 weeks.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I promise after the 2 weeks you will want to do it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Join a gym, or if you don’t have the money go for a walk or run.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Get on a bike, go kayaking, hiking, roller blading, play tennis, basketball, anything.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The point is to get in some cardio or weight training; the exercise will help you feel good.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I promise if you do these 2 things you will find your motivation again.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I did and for the first time in a VERY long time I am feeling like my old self again.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And the extra weight I have been carrying is just slipping off.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;On a side note, I am going to run the Diva Dash tomorrow with my friend Kari and both our daughters are running the Little Diva Dash.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I am super excited and can’t wait till tomorrow.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I have run a couple 5ks this week to see how I stand and actually ran the whole thing yesterday without walking.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I don’t plan to run tomorrow for time it is just a fun race with a friend, but I am glad that my running is getting back to where I want it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I will be sure to post some pictures and let you all know how the race goes tomorrow, I can’t wait to put my tiara back on and go for a run!&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;strong&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;How do you find motivation when times get tough?&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/7329973945043120346/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=7329973945043120346' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/7329973945043120346'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/7329973945043120346'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-to-find-your-motivation.html' title='How to find your Motivation'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qj1rutrI6-o/T2xoFVHxk5I/AAAAAAAAAfI/9VfEo95jxss/s72-c/Motivation.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-180144810468184396</id><published>2012-03-09T07:45:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-03-09T07:45:43.022-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="best running dog"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Running dog"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="running with dogs"/><title type='text'>My Running Dog</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-04aZ_vNfMlo/T1ojIYPrZII/AAAAAAAAAeE/yfUoR-GlyXE/s1600/P1060439.JPG&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;217&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-04aZ_vNfMlo/T1ojIYPrZII/AAAAAAAAAeE/yfUoR-GlyXE/s320/P1060439.JPG&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I wanted to take the time to dedicate a post about my best running buddy ever, my dog Prada.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I got her so that I could have a dog to run with and we have had our ups and downs with running, but she is still my best friend and the best running buddy a girl could have.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;table cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--fxUYvuwfag/T1ojYYg6N2I/AAAAAAAAAeM/_KzGUAxYULo/s1600/11022008+Cliffhanger+8k+2.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--fxUYvuwfag/T1ojYYg6N2I/AAAAAAAAAeM/_KzGUAxYULo/s200/11022008+Cliffhanger+8k+2.jpg&quot; width=&quot;133&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;Running her first race&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;You see back when we still lived in Florida I was followed by a van while out on an early morning run.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I was so scared after that we decided to get a dog that I could run with.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;After researching breads I decided to get an Australian shepherd, so I looked up a rescue group and got my dog.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;table cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;float: right; text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NmzuUg12kdU/T1ojkGMANhI/AAAAAAAAAeU/DHV7NpCTeb0/s1600/P1030531.JPG&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;112&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NmzuUg12kdU/T1ojkGMANhI/AAAAAAAAAeU/DHV7NpCTeb0/s200/P1030531.JPG&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;My daughter loving her puppy&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;At first we were the best running partners, but then we moved to the Midwest and I had to go through my first real winter.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So my runs were all on the treadmill (yes I was a big chicken and would not run in the cold).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So during our first winter Prada did not get to run, as a result she got lazy and fat while I got stronger and faster.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So when spring came and I tried to run with my buddy, she just could not keep up.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Our running days were over.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;table align=&quot;center&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UdNeX-8TtSE/T1okEme4ibI/AAAAAAAAAek/Wz-vyDSC210/s1600/P11108331.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;146&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-UdNeX-8TtSE/T1okEme4ibI/AAAAAAAAAek/Wz-vyDSC210/s200/P11108331.jpg&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;Running with my Oldest Daughter&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Many times I tried to take Prada for a run, I would think it is a short one just 3 miles or I won’t run faster than 11min mile.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Every time I would come home complaining because she could not keep up, hell she even sat down in the middle of a run once.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;So that was it our running days were over, I was sad and I think she was a little sad too.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;As life went on, I got pregnant and had another baby.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Then hurt my leg again (stupid leg!!!). So my runs got slower and shorter.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Then I tried to take Prada for another run, and to my surprise she did great.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Not only did she do great but she LOVED it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;We were finally back to the same level (maybe not such a stupid leg?) &lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;table cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;float: right; text-align: right;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gvU-siNFp3E/T1ojxllf-iI/AAAAAAAAAec/joboqa4asYI/s1600/P1050222+copy.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;162&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gvU-siNFp3E/T1ojxllf-iI/AAAAAAAAAec/joboqa4asYI/s200/P1050222+copy.jpg&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;Prada outside running with me&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;So now when I put my shoes and hat on for a run I am not the only one who is getting excited.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And for the first time since I got her she lost weight at her yearly checkup.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So this running stuff is great for us both.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Want to know something funny?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Of course you do.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Well yesterday when we were at the park for our run, she was pulling ahead I am actually holding her back now go figure!&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I love my doggie she is not only a great running buddy, but she is a great family dog as well.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I don’t know what I would do without my Prada!&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;table align=&quot;center&quot; cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ct0gGHsNaf0/T1okO-9dUwI/AAAAAAAAAes/385NWT4y9wc/s1600/P1040729.JPG&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;265&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ct0gGHsNaf0/T1okO-9dUwI/AAAAAAAAAes/385NWT4y9wc/s320/P1040729.JPG&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;Prada and I Best Friends!&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Do you have a running dog?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;If so tell us about your running buddy!!&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/180144810468184396/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=180144810468184396' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/180144810468184396'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/180144810468184396'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/03/my-running-dog.html' title='My Running Dog'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-04aZ_vNfMlo/T1ojIYPrZII/AAAAAAAAAeE/yfUoR-GlyXE/s72-c/P1060439.JPG" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-3490869454992219283</id><published>2012-03-06T05:32:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-03-06T05:32:32.816-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="healthy weight loss"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="vegan diet"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="why vegan"/><title type='text'>Why Vegan?</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aKyxziqCcb0/T1YRe7h7dkI/AAAAAAAAAd8/vK8mmr5NqUA/s1600/World-VEGAN-day.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;219&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aKyxziqCcb0/T1YRe7h7dkI/AAAAAAAAAd8/vK8mmr5NqUA/s320/World-VEGAN-day.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I know I have mentioned here about deciding to go Vegan.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But I don’t think I ever shared why I made that choice.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;To be honest I guess I am a little embarrassed about it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Not because it is different but because my choice was vain.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;You see I did not choose to go Vegan because of the moral reasons as most people do.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I agree that the treatment of the animals we eat is deplorable.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But like many other Americans I have been very good at ignoring it and have taken on the don’t tell me I don’t want to know attitude so that I can go on eating my meat and dairy guilt free.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;So then WHY have I made the choice to eat a Vegan diet?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;This is where I get embarrassed.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I did it to lose weight.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I know so not the right reason, but it is my reason. &lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;I needed to do something drastic to get me motivated and to be honest all of the Vegan’s I know are in amazing shape, one in particular that I admire so much did an Iron Man.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;She did all this while eating Vegan, and I can’t help but want to be in that kind of shape.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So Vegan I went.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I have to say that I have been so surprised at a side effect of this Vegan diet, you see I feel great.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I mean really great!&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;You know that sluggish feeling you have all day.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Where you are tired and feel heavy.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;You know the feeling, I remember that feeling.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Well I don’t get that feeling at all anymore, as a matter of fact my energy level has increased, last night I was actually dancing around the room with my girls till I was sweating and out of breath.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Usually by the time they come home I am ready for bed I am so tired and run down.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Not anymore I am filled with energy and the thought of sitting down and doing nothing is just not appealing to me.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;The only thing I can think of for this change is that I am getting a much healthier diet.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I eat a TON more fruits and veggies.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And pretty much don’t eat anything processed.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Yes there is a lot of preparation and cooking involved but it is totally worth it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Do I recommend going Vegan?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Yes I do, I truly feel great inside and out.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I think this is the healthiest “diet” I have ever been on.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Will I go back?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Not sure yet, the family is starting to eat a lot of the foods I am making and my kids are eating more veggies.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But you never know if one day I will choose to have meat and dairy again only time will tell.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;What do I mean when I say the healthiest “diet” I have ever been on?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Well I like many of you out there have done some crazy diets to lose weight.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;No fat, No carb, super low calorie, you name it I tried it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Even with Weight Watchers which I was very successful losing weight before having my girls I lost 40lbs.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;But with all those diets I ate like crap, epically with weight watchers I ate tons of desserts.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;This is the first time I have truly eaten healthy to lose weight.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I am giving my body what it needs and when I really need something sweet to eat I can make one of &lt;a href=&quot;http://chocolatecoveredkatie.com/&quot;&gt;CCK’s desserts&lt;/a&gt; &lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/3490869454992219283/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=3490869454992219283' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/3490869454992219283'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/3490869454992219283'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-vegan.html' title='Why Vegan?'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aKyxziqCcb0/T1YRe7h7dkI/AAAAAAAAAd8/vK8mmr5NqUA/s72-c/World-VEGAN-day.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-4648537311857143980</id><published>2012-03-02T05:37:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-03-02T05:37:10.127-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="loosing weight"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="vegan diet"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Weight loss challange"/><title type='text'>Weight Loss Challange</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pzvLwpzj79U/T1DMsq0mz6I/AAAAAAAAAc4/oiWkXD9CKCQ/s1600/weight-loss.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;196&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pzvLwpzj79U/T1DMsq0mz6I/AAAAAAAAAc4/oiWkXD9CKCQ/s320/weight-loss.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;So this new gym I signed up for&amp;nbsp;has a weight loss challange that started yesterdy.&amp;nbsp;You know&amp;nbsp;I could not resisit signing up, in the hopes that my competive side kicks in and I can finally get rid of this extra weight I have been carring around.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Since the challange started yesterday I had to get weighed in. URGH I was higher than I thought, but then this past week I was not very good.&amp;nbsp; I guess this is even more motivation to kick it up a knotch and lose some weight.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I also decided yesterday (with the help of some awesome running moms) that I am going to make myself hit the gym at 9am every day.&amp;nbsp; I get up and start work at 5am so I know I have the time to squeeze in a workout at 9am.&amp;nbsp; I also okayed it with my boss and as long as I get my work done it is all good.&amp;nbsp; So no more guilt that I am away from work at that time. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;As far as diet goes, I have been pretty sucessful in getting this Vegan diet on track.&amp;nbsp; I have to say there is a pretty big learning curve when you switch to Vegan.&amp;nbsp; It is not like a Vegitarian diet where you just cut out meat, loosing any product that has anything that comes from an animal really limits what you can buy.&amp;nbsp; But I have gotten better at figuring it all out, and my family has even really liked some of the recipies I have made.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I hope you all are doing great in your workouts and that your motivation is going strong!&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Are any of you intrested in me posting recipies?  If you are just let me know and I will post some of the best ones I have tried.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/4648537311857143980/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=4648537311857143980' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/4648537311857143980'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/4648537311857143980'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/03/weight-loss-challange.html' title='Weight Loss Challange'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-pzvLwpzj79U/T1DMsq0mz6I/AAAAAAAAAc4/oiWkXD9CKCQ/s72-c/weight-loss.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-5503712442155915696</id><published>2012-02-17T08:17:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-02-17T08:17:51.243-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Weight Training"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="weight training for runners"/><title type='text'>It&#39;s Weight Training Time</title><content type='html'>&lt;!--[if gte mso 9]&gt;&lt;xml&gt; 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/&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;Last week when my husband started coming home everyday talking about how much fun he is having working out at the gym with some guys from work, I got jealous I mean very jealous. &lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;I know it is not fair or right of me to be jealous of the fact that he is enjoying his workouts and is having fun, but I could not help it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;My workouts have sucked, come on we all know the first 3 miles of a run suck and I am only at 2.5 miles now so all my runs suck.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I want to enjoy a workout I want to have fun working out.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;It was not fair that he was having fun and I have to go out for a stupid crappy run and try to put on a big smile and say “at least I am running”.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Bull, I am not getting my runners high, I am not getting enough cardio, I am not putting in enough time working out period.&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;I did not say anything to him, I don’t want him to feel bad and really this is my issue not his. But it really got me thinking about working out and running and just me in general.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I remembered before I had kids, before I found running I use to be a big gym rat and really loved lifting weights.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Now I am not saying I was a body builder or even close to it, but I was in great shape and I LOVED going to the gym every day.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I miss it, or it could just be I miss feeling good and am looking for a way to get that feeling again.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But either way I decided to join the gym.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;We have a small gym that opened up about 3 miles from my house and it is right on the way to my kid’s sitter and school.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So I went in and signed up.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;My first workout had to be at 4am and even though I was tired it was great.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;There was no one there using weights so I had them all to myself and I LOVED IT!&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I felt great after my workout even though I was tired.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I have gone a couple more times this week after I have dropped the kids off in the morning and it is still not packed at that time and I can get the machines I want.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;Okay so I can’t go get in a good hour run, and my runs kind of suck right now.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But maybe just maybe the gym will help me get back to feeling like me again.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I think this is going to be a great way to get a good workout in that won’t hurt my leg at all.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I will keep trucking along with my runs but I will be hitting the gym several times a week now too.&amp;nbsp;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot;&gt;I am curious do you go to a gym or do you get all your workouts in without one?&lt;/div&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/5503712442155915696/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=5503712442155915696' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/5503712442155915696'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/5503712442155915696'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/02/its-weight-training-time.html' title='It&#39;s Weight Training Time'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9pHg8dX3Sns/Tz58uZAJPeI/AAAAAAAAAcw/J5xKvTTg3UQ/s72-c/images.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-6368448504742880264</id><published>2012-02-13T17:53:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-02-13T17:53:21.678-08:00</updated><title type='text'>Honor and Celebrations</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IOpdg6hk40E/Tzm9mHmU7WI/AAAAAAAAAcY/YoBi1AO1Wjg/s1600/P11400511.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IOpdg6hk40E/Tzm9mHmU7WI/AAAAAAAAAcY/YoBi1AO1Wjg/s320/P11400511.jpg&quot; width=&quot;192&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;Saturday was the Virtual Run&amp;nbsp;to honor&amp;nbsp;Sherry.&amp;nbsp; We got our first real cold spell and the temps dropped to 9 degrees for the run.&amp;nbsp; It was my coldest run ever but it was for Sherry and so an easy run just would not do.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;My mom was in town for my daughters first birthday so I ended up taking my dog and her dog with me for the run.&amp;nbsp; I was so surprised that I actually had people honking and flashing there lights at me on the highway while I was running (that never happens out where I live).&amp;nbsp; It meant a lot to me that others out there knew and were trying to support who and why I was running.&amp;nbsp; I don&#39;t think I have ever cried on a run before but Saturday I cried, I cried for the loss of a life, I cried for the knowledge that this horrible act could have happened to any one of us, and I cried for Sherry&#39;s family (I can not imagine the pain they are going through).&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Since I first heard about Sherry&#39;s disappearance I have felt a connection to her, and Saturdays run really let me get it out and feel that connection.&amp;nbsp; I never knew Sherry, but she was me in many ways.&amp;nbsp; I hope she has found peace and that her family will find peace soon.&amp;nbsp; I know that I will never forget her even though I never knew her in our lives.&amp;nbsp; Rest in Peace Sherry you will be remembered.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2M-4Ff64ep0/Tzm91whA1mI/AAAAAAAAAcg/u3b97VVsDgg/s1600/HappyBirthda.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-2M-4Ff64ep0/Tzm91whA1mI/AAAAAAAAAcg/u3b97VVsDgg/s320/HappyBirthda.jpg&quot; width=&quot;265&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Saturday was also the celebration of life in our house.&amp;nbsp; It was my youngest daughters first birthday party.&amp;nbsp; It just shows how life always goes on.&amp;nbsp; We did not have any thing major planned and as it turned out our friends that were going to come over to celebrate could not make it as the whole family was fighting the flu.&amp;nbsp; So we just did a small celebration with the family and it was actually very nice.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I am still trying to go more Vegan and have been really liking the foods and have been feeling so much better since cutting a lot of the junk food from my diet.&amp;nbsp; So even though I made a cake for the baby and everyone else I did end up making a Vegan dessert for me that was so yummy I did not miss the cake at all.&amp;nbsp; My daughter loved her first cake and got petty messy as you can see from the picture.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I hope you all had a great weekend.&amp;nbsp; Were you able to get out and run for Sherry?&amp;nbsp; Or did you dedicate a workout in her honor over the weekend?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/6368448504742880264/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=6368448504742880264' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6368448504742880264'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6368448504742880264'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/02/honor-and-celebrations.html' title='Honor and Celebrations'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-IOpdg6hk40E/Tzm9mHmU7WI/AAAAAAAAAcY/YoBi1AO1Wjg/s72-c/P11400511.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-1836818833921855311</id><published>2012-02-07T04:31:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-02-07T04:32:38.613-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="daily battle"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="fit vs lazy"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="motivation"/><title type='text'>My daily battle</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7TLATlRq3jc/TzEY0q4W6xI/AAAAAAAAAcA/6XH0nIX_CzY/s1600/goodvsbad.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7TLATlRq3jc/TzEY0q4W6xI/AAAAAAAAAcA/6XH0nIX_CzY/s1600/goodvsbad.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7TLATlRq3jc/TzEY0q4W6xI/AAAAAAAAAcA/6XH0nIX_CzY/s1600/goodvsbad.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I remember a time when I wanted to work out, I mean I got up in the morning and I wanted to go to the gym and work till my muscles were sore and push to see just how much more I could do today than the day before.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Today I need to work out, but I don’t want to.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Every day is a struggle to get myself up and moving.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I have a constant battle in my head one side says “you need this just do it you will feel better if you do”, the other side replies “FU”.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And this goes on for hours till I finally go for a run or I just get me a cookie and call it good.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;How do I get back to the time when I actually wanted to work out?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I know it makes me feel good, and I know I always feel better when I do it. So why is it so hard to just do it?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;If I knew that in 2weeks I would want to do it, or that it would be less of a fight with myself it might be easier to push to get there, but let’s face it this struggle with me has been going on more than 2 weeks and it is not getting any easier.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I hate fighting epically with myself; I mean I can’t just ignore myself like I can other people.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;How do you just not answer the phone when the phone is in your head right!&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So how do I stop this constant bickering with myself, how do I get my lazy I don’t want to do it side to get out there running without the constant fight?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;How do you do it?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Do you have to fight with your lazy side too, or are you in the workout paradise I remember where your whole self wants to do?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/1836818833921855311/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=1836818833921855311' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/1836818833921855311'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/1836818833921855311'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/02/my-daily-battle.html' title='My daily battle'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7TLATlRq3jc/TzEY0q4W6xI/AAAAAAAAAcA/6XH0nIX_CzY/s72-c/goodvsbad.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-663324906456588638</id><published>2012-02-02T15:00:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-02-02T16:07:46.656-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="happy birthday"/><title type='text'>Happy Birthday to Me!!</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QV2_yjr3agU/TysUwCA9SyI/AAAAAAAAAb4/wvSdQFaGIwY/s1600/images.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QV2_yjr3agU/TysUwCA9SyI/AAAAAAAAAb4/wvSdQFaGIwY/s200/images.jpg&quot; width=&quot;190&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;It is my Birthday today!&amp;nbsp; I am a whopping 36 years old today.&amp;nbsp;Each&amp;nbsp;year I always want to do&amp;nbsp;some awesome mileage on my birthday, my friend Anna did 30 mile on her 30th wich I thought&amp;nbsp;was totally awesome.&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;But every&amp;nbsp;year I&amp;nbsp;seem to be injured or pregnant for my birthday.&amp;nbsp; This year I am just coming off an injury and&amp;nbsp;am just not running much yet.&amp;nbsp; So when it came time for my run&amp;nbsp;I almost did not go then I thought how can I not run on my birthday so I dragged buy booty up stairs and got changed and went out.&amp;nbsp; I had a great run even if it was short&amp;nbsp;and I feel so much better after doing it. Why it is so hard some days to get the motivation I will never know. &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MrwkJmLrwWs/TysUvSLdc9I/AAAAAAAAAbw/4xp_5G1mFd4/s1600/IMAG0283.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MrwkJmLrwWs/TysUvSLdc9I/AAAAAAAAAbw/4xp_5G1mFd4/s200/IMAG0283.jpg&quot; width=&quot;119&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;When I got home, I got cleaned up and started making dinner when the door bell rang and what was it but flowers from my hubby.&amp;nbsp; He is out of town for work and could not be here so he sent flowers to let me know he loves me and is super sorry he was not here today.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;He will be home in a couple days and we will celebrate then, but it sure is nice to get some flowers and know that he cares.&amp;nbsp; Tonight I will just hang with my girls and hopefully get to bed early (I know such the&amp;nbsp;party animal right).&amp;nbsp;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;What do you all do on your birthday&#39;s?&amp;nbsp; Since having the kids I am usually happy with dinner out and a nice quiet evening with the family. Before the kids, well lets just say my birthdays were a LOT more exciting.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/663324906456588638/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=663324906456588638' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/663324906456588638'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/663324906456588638'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/02/happy-birthday-to-me.html' title='Happy Birthday to Me!!'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-QV2_yjr3agU/TysUwCA9SyI/AAAAAAAAAb4/wvSdQFaGIwY/s72-c/images.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-1962428503629480823</id><published>2012-02-01T03:56:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-02-01T03:56:35.236-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="running with kids"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="the color run"/><title type='text'>The Color Run</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lsxGcgLu7XM/TykmrLjdzNI/AAAAAAAAAbo/z5UAut5FGeo/s1600/CRslidergroup1020x400.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;125&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lsxGcgLu7XM/TykmrLjdzNI/AAAAAAAAAbo/z5UAut5FGeo/s320/CRslidergroup1020x400.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;center&quot;&gt;&lt;/div&gt;I have found my next race, &lt;a href=&quot;http://thecolorrun.com/&quot;&gt;The Color Run&lt;/a&gt;.&amp;nbsp; With my leg being so messed up I have not done a race since my TRI back in 2010, WOW has it really been that long?&amp;nbsp; After having my daughter last year, I did start to train for the Kansas City Half but my leg got hurt again on my 10mile run so I ended up back at ground 0 again.&amp;nbsp; And that is where I am at now.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;This time around I decided that I would NOT sign up for a race and I would not train for a race.&amp;nbsp; So that I can build up slow and get a good base so that I don&#39;t hurt my leg again.&amp;nbsp; This race however just looks like way to much fun, and it is only a 5k and 4 months away so I am pretty sure I can swing this without getting hurt.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I am also really thinking about doing this race with my oldest daughter.&amp;nbsp; She will just be a couple weeks shy of 5 for this race.&amp;nbsp; I think she would have a blast getting sprayed with paint, but not sure she will have a blast doing a 5k.&amp;nbsp; She loves to run, but only short distances.&amp;nbsp; We go out for walks all the time and she always wants to race, but only for a short time.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I asked her if she wanted to do this race and she said yes so if I do decide to sign her up, I think we will have to go on some 3 mile walks and see how she does.&amp;nbsp; During this race you get sprayed by pant every 1k so we will break it down by 1k then 1k and so on.&amp;nbsp; That should make it more fun for her and keep her motivated I think.&amp;nbsp; We will also walk most of this, unless she chooses to run.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Do you think 5 is an okay age to do a 5k?&amp;nbsp; Am I pushing her too much to even try to do this race with her?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/1962428503629480823/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=1962428503629480823' title='4 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/1962428503629480823'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/1962428503629480823'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/02/color-run.html' title='The Color Run'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lsxGcgLu7XM/TykmrLjdzNI/AAAAAAAAAbo/z5UAut5FGeo/s72-c/CRslidergroup1020x400.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>4</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-6371117009013198814</id><published>2012-01-31T03:45:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-01-31T03:45:33.378-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Run for Sherry Arnold"/><title type='text'>Virtual Run for Sherry Arnold</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uuTE6S_z8-Y/TyXRtkf8ZeI/AAAAAAAAMdo/btNKBXulVQ0/image_thumb1.png?imgmax=800&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;206&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uuTE6S_z8-Y/TyXRtkf8ZeI/AAAAAAAAMdo/btNKBXulVQ0/image_thumb1.png?imgmax=800&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;The tragic ending to Sherry Arnolds disappearance has touched us all in some way.&amp;nbsp; I never knew Sherry, but I have thought about her every day since first hearing her story.&amp;nbsp; I feel for her and what she went through, I feel for her family and what they are still going through.&amp;nbsp; I wonder why things like this happen, and how someone can think they have a right to hurt another person.&amp;nbsp; Somethings we will never know, but what we do know is that Sherry was a good person, a great mother, and a fantastic teacher.&amp;nbsp; Even though many of us never knew Sherry we will never forget her, I know I wont.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Beth at &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.shutupandrun.net/&quot;&gt;SUAR&lt;/a&gt; is hosting a Virtual Run for Sherry on February 11, 2012 at 9am MST.&amp;nbsp; Races 2 Remember has also donated there time in creating a&amp;nbsp;race bib special for this event.&amp;nbsp; I encourage you all to get out there and run or walk any distance for Sherry.&amp;nbsp; Lets remember what a great person she was, and let her know that she will never be forgotten.&amp;nbsp; &amp;nbsp;To get all the information on this run and to print out the bib check out &lt;a href=&quot;http://www.shutupandrun.net/2012/01/virtual-run-for-sherry-arnold-february.html&quot;&gt;SUAR&#39;s blog&lt;/a&gt; .&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I will be out there running for Sherry, I hope you will be too.&amp;nbsp; &lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/6371117009013198814/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=6371117009013198814' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6371117009013198814'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6371117009013198814'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/01/virtual-run-for-sherry-arnold.html' title='Virtual Run for Sherry Arnold'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-uuTE6S_z8-Y/TyXRtkf8ZeI/AAAAAAAAMdo/btNKBXulVQ0/s72-c/image_thumb1.png?imgmax=800" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-2239111501057551270</id><published>2012-01-27T06:56:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-01-27T06:56:02.498-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Running and SAD"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="SAD"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Seasonal Affective Disorder"/><title type='text'>Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pois13tcquk/TyK61avzwbI/AAAAAAAAAbg/__bgWJoMT4A/s1600/SAD.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;176&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pois13tcquk/TyK61avzwbI/AAAAAAAAAbg/__bgWJoMT4A/s200/SAD.jpg&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;&quot;&gt;I don’t know about you all but this year I am pretty lucky!&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;We have not really had a winter yet here in Kansas.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Usually by this time in January I am suffering the effects of SAD so bad it is hard to get motivated to do anything, much less run.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;&quot;&gt;But this year, I have got to enjoy many sunny afternoon runs in the 40’s and 50’s.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I know you southern folks are thinking THAT IS COLD, I use to think that way when we first moved here from Florida but now I love running in these temps.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Don’t get me wrong anything under 40 and I am cold, but between 40 and 60 those are the best runs.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;&quot;&gt;The best thing about this mild winter is that I can get outside for my runs or a walk with my girls, so we are still getting our vitamin D from the sun.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I think just the fact that we can get out at all is a huge help with SAD.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;This is the first year since we moved here that I have not suffered from this disorder and I tell you I am feeling good. &lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;I do worry about next year though and how will I keep this happy feeling through a bad winter.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 1;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;; mso-font-kerning: 18.0pt;&quot;&gt;Do you suffer from SAD?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;How do you cope during the winter to help with SAD?&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/2239111501057551270/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=2239111501057551270' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/2239111501057551270'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/2239111501057551270'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/01/seasonal-affective-disorder-sad.html' title='Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Pois13tcquk/TyK61avzwbI/AAAAAAAAAbg/__bgWJoMT4A/s72-c/SAD.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-6179525458344371990</id><published>2012-01-24T18:03:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-01-24T18:03:25.965-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Running in the wind"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="winter running"/><title type='text'>Running in the Wind</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CmdSlFUbv7o/Tx9iYwpBKWI/AAAAAAAAAbQ/Fh0QmCh01gg/s1600/windy-5.png&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;173&quot; src=&quot;http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CmdSlFUbv7o/Tx9iYwpBKWI/AAAAAAAAAbQ/Fh0QmCh01gg/s200/windy-5.png&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Most of the time when you talk about running in the wind you want to start off running into the wind and then have the wind to your back on your way home.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;This makes a lot of since, however in the winter this is not the best way to do it.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Today I went for a run and had to run into the wind on my way out.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And when the temps are around 20 degrees it is pretty darn cold and running into the wind just makes it colder.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;After about a mile I warmed up and the wind did not feel so bad but then it was time to turn around and have the wind to my back.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;The whole time I was thinking how much nicer it would have been to start my run with the wind at my back and finish my run with the wind in my face to cool me down.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;You see I am one of those people that gets very hot during a run.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So much so that I have been on runs in 10 degrees and had to remove my hat and gloves after a couple miles because I was just too darn hot. But those first couple miles I am usually freezing.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;How do you stay warm but not too warm during your winter runs?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Do you prefer running into or against the wind?&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;Photobucket&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Traceysig-1.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/6179525458344371990/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=6179525458344371990' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6179525458344371990'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6179525458344371990'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/01/running-in-wind.html' title='Running in the Wind'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-CmdSlFUbv7o/Tx9iYwpBKWI/AAAAAAAAAbQ/Fh0QmCh01gg/s72-c/windy-5.png" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-2250158086079476267</id><published>2012-01-19T19:04:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-01-19T19:04:30.574-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="runner safety gear"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="running safety gear"/><title type='text'>Running Safety Gear</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-en1fGM0xZzA/TxjZNpgmV3I/AAAAAAAAAak/8Xk0_aHAnEE/s1600/running_feet.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-en1fGM0xZzA/TxjZNpgmV3I/AAAAAAAAAak/8Xk0_aHAnEE/s1600/running_feet.jpg&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Times, &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;, serif;&quot;&gt;In light of the tragedy of what happened to Sherry Arnold, I think it is important to try and be as safe as possible when we are out running.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Let’s not let her death be in vain and learn what we can from what happened to her.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Times, &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;, serif;&quot;&gt;I recently polled some of my fellow running moms asking them what they felt were ways to stay safe while running.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Many said the best thing is to just run on the treadmill, but I know that most of us won’t do that. Part of what we love about running is getting out and enjoying the scenery and sunshine on our run.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;However we can do some basic things to stay as safe as we can.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Nothing will keep us 100% safe but I for one am willing to do whatever I can to give me the best chance possible to make it home after every run.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Times, &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;, serif;&quot;&gt;The easiest and cheapest thing you can do to stay safe while out running or biking is to not listen to your music.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I know it is easier to zone out and just cruse to a great song.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But that is when you are not really paying attention to your surroundings.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And as much as you think just putting one earpiece in is enough it truly is not, I know for me even with one earpiece in I can still zone out and just listen to my music and not be paying enough attention to what is going on around me.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Times, &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;, serif;&quot;&gt;Carrying pepper spray is another great thing to keep you safer, or at least give you a chance to get away. Many of you already do this; I did when I first started running alone but have strayed away from taking it with me.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;It is a pain to carry and nothing ever happened so I just got complacent and stopped bringing it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Well I have been doing some research looking for a new bottle to carry and I found they actually have runner friendly bottles with a strap to make it easier to carry during your run so no more excuses; I am bringing some &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002E6RERU/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;tag=midrunmom-20&amp;amp;linkCode=as2&amp;amp;camp=1789&amp;amp;creative=9325&amp;amp;creativeASIN=B002E6RERU&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Times, &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;, serif;&quot;&gt;Pepper Spray&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Times, &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;, serif;&quot;&gt;with me on every run from now on.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Times, &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;, serif;&quot;&gt;A collapsible baton is another idea for a great self-defense item on a run.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;It collapses to a small size so it is easier to carry and may just give you a fighting chance.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I personally am on the fence about getting one. I think it would be great to have but then I have to give up the pepper spray, because I think I can only carry one with me on my runs.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;If you are not a fan of pepper spray then a &lt;/span&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005L43TI0/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;amp;tag=midrunmom-20&amp;amp;linkCode=as2&amp;amp;camp=1789&amp;amp;creative=9325&amp;amp;creativeASIN=B005L43TI0&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Times, &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;, serif;&quot;&gt;Collapsible Baton&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Times, &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;, serif;&quot;&gt;  may be the thing for you.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Another great idea was to get a dog to run with.&amp;nbsp; Since I have a dog, I am for sure taking her with me running from now on.&amp;nbsp; She may not be the scarriest dog out there, but if some one is looking for trouble they are less likley to go after the person with a dog than without one.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Do yo have any idea&#39;s on how to stay safe?&amp;nbsp; Please share them with us so we all can stay as safe as possible.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Happy Running everyone and rember stay safe and aware of what is going on around you.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Tracey.png&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;TraceySig&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Tracey.png&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/2250158086079476267/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=2250158086079476267' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/2250158086079476267'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/2250158086079476267'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/01/running-safety-gear.html' title='Running Safety Gear'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-en1fGM0xZzA/TxjZNpgmV3I/AAAAAAAAAak/8Xk0_aHAnEE/s72-c/running_feet.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-6817255574037808230</id><published>2012-01-09T14:00:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-01-09T14:00:29.819-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="find sherry arnold"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="missing runner"/><title type='text'>Help Find Sherry Arnold</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zo3Li43rytc/TwtithDmj2I/AAAAAAAAAaY/8F_oLY5RrDc/s1600/SherryArnold.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;245&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zo3Li43rytc/TwtithDmj2I/AAAAAAAAAaY/8F_oLY5RrDc/s320/SherryArnold.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;One of the things that is always in the back of my mind when I go out on a run is, what if the unthinkable happens and I don’t make it home.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;This is a fear that I share with my husband, and pretty much every woman runner out there.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;This morning when I logged on to my Facebook to see what everyone has been up too since I last checked, I saw a post by a friend that this horrible unthinkable thing happened to a fellow runner, and mother.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I do not know Sherry Arnold who never returned home from her run Saturday morning, but she is all I have thought about since reading that post.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I shared this post on Facebook, in groups I am in and on my websites fan page.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I think that was the least of what I could do, I certainly hope that if it were me that all of you would share my story in the hopes that maybe someone you know or someone that knows someone you know may have seen something that could bring me home.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;I ask all of you to share this story here is the &lt;a href=&quot;https://www.facebook.com/pages/Help-Find-Sherry-Arnold/310293542342409&quot;&gt;link to theFacebook page&lt;/a&gt;, share it everywhere you can.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;It does not matter that you do not know this woman, or that you do not live in the same state as her.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;If we all share her story maybe just maybe someone will see it that knows something.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Remember if it were you, you would want people to do this for you and it only takes a second to share it.&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;margin: 0in 0in 10pt;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: Calibri;&quot;&gt;Sherry, I am not a praying woman but I have been praying all day that you make it home safe.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;My thoughts are with you and your family and I will keep praying.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Tracey.png&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;TraceySig&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Tracey.png&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/6817255574037808230/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=6817255574037808230' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6817255574037808230'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/6817255574037808230'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/01/help-find-sherry-arnold.html' title='Help Find Sherry Arnold'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-zo3Li43rytc/TwtithDmj2I/AAAAAAAAAaY/8F_oLY5RrDc/s72-c/SherryArnold.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-3060213583051471844</id><published>2012-01-02T18:41:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2012-01-02T18:41:06.523-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="grilled eggplat"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="new year new goal"/><title type='text'>New Year New Goal!</title><content type='html'>&lt;a href=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tVLxTPKJfbk/TwJnKpt6psI/AAAAAAAAAZw/RIIOQUEwCC0/s1600/2012.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;132&quot; src=&quot;http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tVLxTPKJfbk/TwJnKpt6psI/AAAAAAAAAZw/RIIOQUEwCC0/s200/2012.jpg&quot; width=&quot;200&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;I am not one who makes New Year’s resolutions.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;To me if I want to do something I do it and don’t wait for the year to change to start.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;But as it turns out I stepped on the scale for the first time in over a month on the first day of 2012 and was so disappointed in myself that things are changing.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So for the first time ever I am starting a new diet/workout plan at the start of a new year.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;I have struggled with a lot of things this past year and have decided that I need to get over feeling sorry for myself and just move on.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Nothing will change until I do something to change it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;And the number one thing that needs to change is my attitude and what better way to change that then to get some major endorphins going.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;I woke up today with a new attitude and a goal.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Since I work from home I find myself snaking all day which has got to change.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I have also been very lazy and not getting my workouts in.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;So today I worked out and even managed to get the hubs and my girls involved, we did some weight training before dinner.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;As far as my eating goes, my main plan is to eat healthy.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;My plan is to just add a lot of fruit and veggies to my diet and cut back on my carbs (I tend to eat way to many carbs).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;I have also been toying around with the idea of going vegan or vegetarian, those two may be a little extreme for now but I ordered a couple cook books and will start adding some of those recipes in to my meals (shhh don’t tell my hubs).&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;For dinner tonight I actually tried out a new recipe for Grilled Eggplant and everyone except my 4yr old ate it and liked it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Even my 10mo old loved it.&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;I will add the recipe below so you can give it a try, it is super yummy!!&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;Do you make New Year’s resolutions?&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp; &lt;/span&gt;Why or why not?&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 3;&quot;&gt;&lt;table cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vyLqmYEUvMk/TwJoOpesIPI/AAAAAAAAAaE/0fnVA_f7sts/s1600/GrilledEggplant.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;264&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-vyLqmYEUvMk/TwJoOpesIPI/AAAAAAAAAaE/0fnVA_f7sts/s320/GrilledEggplant.jpg&quot; width=&quot;320&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;Here is my dinner with my grilled eggplant at the bottom of the plate&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 13.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;Grilled Eggplant&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 3;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 13.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;Ingredients&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 3;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;mso-spacerun: yes;&quot;&gt;&amp;nbsp;&lt;/span&gt;1 large eggplant&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;3 tablespoons olive oil&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;2 cloves garlic, minced&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;1 pinch each thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-outline-level: 3;&quot;&gt;&lt;b&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 13.5pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;Directions&lt;o:p&gt;&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/b&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;Slice eggplant. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, herbs, salt, and pepper. Brush both sides of the eggplant slices with the oil and vinegar mixture. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;Grill about 15 to 20 minutes, turning once. &lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;320&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5QTQlsDzCq0/TwJoiEIVL-I/AAAAAAAAAaQ/LhznrnPm1es/s320/P11306101.jpg&quot; width=&quot;251&quot; /&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;div align=&quot;center&quot; class=&quot;MsoNormal&quot; style=&quot;line-height: normal; margin: 0in 0in 10pt; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto; mso-margin-top-alt: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;span style=&quot;font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;,&amp;quot;serif&amp;quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &amp;quot;Times New Roman&amp;quot;;&quot;&gt;&lt;o:p&gt;Here is my 4mo old eating the eggplant, we had to give her seconds.&lt;/o:p&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/div&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Tracey.png&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;TraceySig&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Tracey.png&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/3060213583051471844/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=3060213583051471844' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/3060213583051471844'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/3060213583051471844'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2012/01/new-year-new-goal.html' title='New Year New Goal!'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tVLxTPKJfbk/TwJnKpt6psI/AAAAAAAAAZw/RIIOQUEwCC0/s72-c/2012.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-7386935719022040482</id><published>2011-12-19T04:49:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2011-12-19T04:49:48.474-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Running dog"/><title type='text'>Running Dog?</title><content type='html'>&lt;table cellpadding=&quot;0&quot; cellspacing=&quot;0&quot; class=&quot;tr-caption-container&quot; style=&quot;float: left; margin-right: 1em; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;tbody&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JZ-Y1XIuqM8/Tu8yoflzKfI/AAAAAAAAAZc/adAljN24nTY/s1600/11022008+Cliffhanger+8k+2.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JZ-Y1XIuqM8/Tu8yoflzKfI/AAAAAAAAAZc/adAljN24nTY/s200/11022008+Cliffhanger+8k+2.jpg&quot; width=&quot;133&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;tr&gt;&lt;td class=&quot;tr-caption&quot; style=&quot;text-align: center;&quot;&gt;Prada&#39;s&amp;nbsp;First 8k Race&lt;/td&gt;&lt;/tr&gt;&lt;/tbody&gt;&lt;/table&gt;A few years ago while out on a morning run I was followed by a van.&amp;nbsp; After back tracking and some of the fastest running I have ever done I made it home okay only to be terrified of what might have happened.&amp;nbsp; So I told my husband that I needed a Running Dog, too which he agreed (it freaked him out too).&amp;nbsp; I started doing some research on what the best running dog would be and came up with the Australian Shepard.&amp;nbsp; I then found a rescue group and talked to the lady in charge, since I had a new baby an old dog and two cats I needed&amp;nbsp; dog that would fit into our already big family.&amp;nbsp; She said she had the perfect dog for us and when we met her it was love at first lick.&amp;nbsp; Prada (that was her name and we kept it) has not left my side since.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Well until our first winter in Kansas and I chickened out of running in the cold.&amp;nbsp; You see she got fat and lazy that first winter.&amp;nbsp; And I have had a hard time getting her back into running.&amp;nbsp; She keeps getting fatter and fatter and lazier and lazier while I go out and get stronger and healthier.&amp;nbsp; So this morning I decided to leash her up and make her run with me.&amp;nbsp; Since I am just starting back again I am slower and only doing two miles at a time so I thought it was the right time to get her back into it.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;My question to you all is this, do I have the right to choose if she is a running dog or not?&amp;nbsp; Should I make her run if she does not want to?&amp;nbsp; Is it wrong to not take her running and let her get fatter and fatter?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Tracey.png&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;TraceySig&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Tracey.png&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/7386935719022040482/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=7386935719022040482' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/7386935719022040482'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/7386935719022040482'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2011/12/running-dog.html' title='Running Dog?'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-JZ-Y1XIuqM8/Tu8yoflzKfI/AAAAAAAAAZc/adAljN24nTY/s72-c/11022008+Cliffhanger+8k+2.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2308578950658437821.post-7662407793177582431</id><published>2011-12-13T06:39:00.000-08:00</published><updated>2011-12-13T06:39:44.026-08:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="running in the dark"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="running in the morning"/><title type='text'>Running in the Dark</title><content type='html'>&lt;div class=&quot;separator&quot; style=&quot;clear: both; text-align: left;&quot;&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MAkF6uRpltA/Tudi4mTuZjI/AAAAAAAAAZQ/q8SfqoQi5lY/s1600/Runninginthedark.jpg&quot; imageanchor=&quot;1&quot; style=&quot;clear: left; float: left; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-right: 1em;&quot;&gt;&lt;img border=&quot;0&quot; height=&quot;200&quot; src=&quot;http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MAkF6uRpltA/Tudi4mTuZjI/AAAAAAAAAZQ/q8SfqoQi5lY/s200/Runninginthedark.jpg&quot; width=&quot;148&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;Do you run in the dark?&amp;nbsp; I usually have to squeeze my runs in before my husband leaves for work so that means I am usually running in the dark at 5am.&amp;nbsp; Truthfully I usually don&#39;t mind, there is something peacefull about being the only one up and out first thing in the morning.&amp;nbsp; &lt;/div&gt;&lt;br /&gt;Before this last injury, there were mornings when my runs were just long enough to see the sun come up and I gotta say those were my favorite runs.&amp;nbsp; There is no better way to bring in the day then out on a morning run while watching the sun rise and listening to the birds sing.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;This time of year, I usually opt for the treadmill instead of a nice run ouside because it is so cold at 5am.&amp;nbsp; But today, I was blessed with a nice warm 40 degree morning so I geared up and took my run outside. And I must say I feel awesome today, you just don&#39;t get this feeling when running on the treadmill.&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;I know a lot of people (espically us women) are afraid of running in the dark.&amp;nbsp; So I am wondering do you run in the dark?&amp;nbsp; Are you afraid?&amp;nbsp; And what do you think, if you have to run in the dark is it safer in the morning or in the evening?&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;&lt;a href=&quot;http://s149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/?action=view&amp;amp;current=Tracey.png&quot; target=&quot;_blank&quot;&gt;&lt;img alt=&quot;TraceySig&quot; border=&quot;0&quot; src=&quot;http://i149.photobucket.com/albums/s49/adar33/Tracey.png&quot; /&gt;&lt;/a&gt;</content><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/feeds/7662407793177582431/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=2308578950658437821&amp;postID=7662407793177582431' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/7662407793177582431'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/2308578950658437821/posts/default/7662407793177582431'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://midwestrunningmom.blogspot.com/2011/12/running-in-dark.html' title='Running in the Dark'/><author><name>Tracey Kite</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/11022034096042671790</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='25' height='32' src='http://4.bp.blogspot.com/__IZw0K9t4qU/S1PIpjbYZrI/AAAAAAAAADk/qV5U6KhkZXg/S220/SnowRun.jpg'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-MAkF6uRpltA/Tudi4mTuZjI/AAAAAAAAAZQ/q8SfqoQi5lY/s72-c/Runninginthedark.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry></feed>

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