Friday, November 27, 2015

Baby's First Thanksgiving!

As I look around and see so many hurting I am reminded that we have much to be thankful for and that life is a gift. It was an honor and a blessing to be able to celebrate another Baby's FIRST Thanksgiving this year.

My husband had to work today (Friday) so our Holiday has been a little different, but we are still having a wonderful time celebrating Thanksgiving!

Here is a short video of our time in Miami with my husbands side of the family.

Question of the day: What are you Thankful for today?

Monday, November 23, 2015

Workout Round Up and Weekly Chase - Thanksgiving Week 2015

Today I'm linking up with a couple bloggers to recap both my goals, and workouts from last week.

For the weekly round up of my workouts, I'm linking up with HoHoRuns & MissSippiPuddlin.


  • Family Walk (.75 miles)
  • 30 minute run with the double jogger
  • Yoga
  • Family Walk (.75 miles)
  • Yoga
  • Walk with girls (.75 miles)
  • 30 minute with with the double jogger
  • Yoga
  • 6.5 mile run 
  • Outlet Mall shopping with a toddler (that's a workout - trust me!)
I was quite proud of my activity this week.  One of my goals from last week's weekly chase was to stretch daily, I didn't quite get that accomplished but 3 out of 7 days is a start! 

Road Runner Girl

Linking up with Mindy

Here are my goals from last week.

1. Track Calories on My Fitness Pal - I'm going to say about 80%... I did track my goals, but it wasn't whole-heartedly. I could have done better. 
2. Finish Turkey Craft with girls - Well, they finished their part. Now I need to assemble it! 

3. Stretch Daily - I did some stretching daily and yoga three times but I need to stretch more. My legs have been feeling heavy during my long runs! 

  1. Continue to track food in MyFitnessPal (@StorybookErin)
  2. Finish packing for our TWO trips this week... (yikes)
  3. Make baby food for our trips
  4. Hydrate for Turkey Trot on Thursday 
  5. Start packing for New York trip (early Dec.)
Question of the day: What goals are you chasing? 

Monday, November 16, 2015

Weekly Chase and Workout Round up!

We made it, it is officially one week after the Fort Myers Half Marathon. If you missed the recap, you an check it out over here.

It was fun to do the 6 week "Hooray for Monday" series, but now that the Fort Myers half is over, I thought i'd go back to linking up with Mindy and Molly for the Weekly Chase. Back before my back-to-back pregnancies, I was linking up every week. Now that we are settled, I thought i'd get back on the weekly chase.

If you aren't familiar with the weekly chase series, check out information over here. :)

Before we get to my weekly goals, here's a quick recap of my fitness pursuits from last week!

Last week was a pretty interesting week in the Storybook household. Due to Veterans Day falling on a Wednesday I felt a little off. 

Monday was a much needed rest day and household catch up day. My mom and dad in law were in town over the weekend (spoiling us and our girls- as always), so I had some extra laundry to do. 

Tuesday I ran a 5K on the treadmill and finished up packing for our adventure on Wednesday! 

Wednesday we got up around 6:30 a.m., had a lovely breakfast and then loaded into the car for our adventure. We told our little lady that we are going to "Mickey's Playground". We parked at Disney Springs, explored for a bit and then hopped on a boat over to Sassagulas (our favorite disney pizza place) for pizza! After lunch in the French Quarter, we played on the playground and then walked over to Port Orleans Riverside for more playground fun. 

We then caught a bus to Magic Kingdom and walked over to the Contemporary to explore some more. Here is a short video of our adventure! 

Thursday my husband surprised me by running with me, I only went out for a quick 30-35 minute run because it was an awful day, and I was ready for bed. 

Friday We took a family walk and watched a movie together

Saturday The baby had us up all night, finally at 4 my husband just got up and started to get ready for his 10 miler. I only needed to run 3 miles, so I stayed home with the girls. Around 1:30, my daughter climbed into the jogging stroller and wouldn't come out. She just kept saying "go, go, go!" .. so, since we were having a cool front, I went for my run. 

We also did some shopping at our local outlet mall. I scored some deals on clothing, and started my Christmas shopping! 

Rest day! 

It was a pretty good week of activity, I'm pretty excited to be back in low mileage and building everything up again, I have several half marathons coming up over the next few months so I'm ready to keep training and get faster!! 

Road Runner Girl

I have a couple of goals I'm working on for November, so I'll incorporate them into this weeks goals! 

1. Track calories on My Fitness Pal (Let's be friends! I'm @StorybookErin)
2. Finish turkey Craft with the girls
3. Stretch daily

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Fort Myers Half - Recap

I remember registering for the FM Half a few months ago, and thinking how wonderful running in November was going to be. November is typically full of rain and cool-fronts. If you hit it JUST right, you have AWESOME running weather (if you don't hit it right, you have Splash and Dash or...Wine and Dine.) Never did I think we would be running in 97% humidity and temperatures approaching the 90's... (so miserable).

The race was scheduled to begin at 7:00 a.m., but for some (unannounced) reason the race began late. Our pre-race instructions encouraged you to line up with your pace, but there were no signs or pace groups to line up with.

Mile 1 felt GREAT! Perhaps a little too great, because it was my fastest mile (11:21). I hit my groove and made a friend for miles 2-8. My pace was slowly creeping up from low 12 minute per mile to low 13 minute per mile, but I wasn't too concerned about that. It was starting to get REALLY hot and I was starting to get a head ache.

Just after mile 8 we turned a corner and started up a ramp... "just like Disney" I told myself for the entire time. Disney is always throwing ramps and over passes in the course (just for kicks and giggles I suppose). When I reached mile 9 I was exhausted. So I decided I'd walk until 9.5... that turned into walking until mile 10,... and then eventually walking until mile 11.

At mile 11 I made myself promise I'd go back to running 30:30's. 30 second running and 30 second walking. I kept my promise and mile 11 proved to be the most grueling of them all... (a 17:12 mile pace).

During mile 11 we started the climb up and over the second bridge of the course, and had now been in direct sunlight since mile 9. By this point, I was just ready to be done - I couldn't imagine how the runners doing the full marathon were feeling, but the finish line was coming.

Even though I could see the finish line for the last mile, it took all I had in me to cross the finish line.

After the race I walked directly to the nearest curb and plopped myself down to hydrate. It was during that time while talking over the race with my husband that I realized I had missed my sub 3 hour half marathon by a few seconds.

I'm sad but not upset, I gave it my all. It was hot, it was humid and I was running on less than 4 hours of sleep.

When I look back on this race, I will remember the older woman who cheered me on throughout the race, the fire fighter running in all her gear to raise awareness for cancer and watching the Marathon winner cross the finish line!

Official time: 3:00:10

Thanks for the memories and the PR Fort Myers Half!

p.s. I think you should consider starting the race at 6:00 a.m. next year; especially if it's hot like this year.
The current 13.1 time to beat!
November 2015

Monday, November 9, 2015

Fort Myers Half Marathon - Packet Pick up!

Saturday morning arrived far too early, and my husband headed out the door with both girls for a shake out run while I did some speed cleaning around the house.

While he was out, I was able to get the bathrooms cleaned, floor vacuumed, laundry moved along and started to unload the dish washer. I raced around the house dreaming of lounging on the couch with a cup of coffee. Someday I'll be able to enjoy that coffee, and that day will be sad because it will mean my girls are in school...

Around 12:30 my husbands parents arrived, I pulled a frozen pizza out of the oven (I'm quite the chef, I know) and we headed out the door for packet pick up.

Packet pick up took place at a crab festival in town, and if you wanted to park it was 5.00. Since we were only picking up our packets and heading over to Target we decided that I would jump out and get the packets while my husband drove around the block .

Well,... I jumped out of the car and only took my drivers license (oops). I picked up our packets and then walked around the perimeter of the crab festival looking for my husband. My love was calling me, but I couldn't answer because my phone was on silent in the car.

Eventually we found each other and we headed over to Target.

All the Halloween costumes were 90% off so we may have had a little fun in that department (We were without kids you know...). I also found a Star Wars shirt to wear to the movie in December and some other random things ( like stickers and Mickey tissues from the dollar spot).

After Target we headed home to visit with our family, and then decided to order dinner from Jason's Deli. After dinner we put our littlest love in bed and watched Inside Out before all going to sleep around 9:00 p.m.

Question of the day: Have you ever had to pay for parking at a packet pick up?

Race Week!! - Fort Myers Half Marathon.

Race week!!!

I thought I'd take an opportunity to welcome any new readers from the Blog Hop I participated in over the last two weeks, and thank Kristy for being a great host! I loved exploring other blogs, and learning the stories of so many people. Thank you so much Kristy!

For some reason, the weather got EXTRA hot this week so I wasn't able to go on daily walks with the girls. The humidity was at 100% most days and the feels like temperature was at 108 for most every day this week. It was just too hot for me to walk outside with the girls, poor babies would have been miserable.

That being said, my fitness and running really took a hit.

Monday -
Yoga 2X.

Tuesday -
Run 1 mile on the treadmill

Wednesday -

Thursday -
Rest Day.

Friday - Rest Day

Saturday - Family walk (.75 miles)

Sunday - Fort Myers Half Marathon. (recap later this week!)

I wasn't able to run much or get outside with the girls as often as I'd hoped, but we had tons of fun playing inside! 

Friday, November 6, 2015

November Goals!

So we are only a week into November, I can still post my goals right? I was so successful with my October goals, and then... Halloween Candy.

Since I'm not willing to let a couple winter pounds creep on, Im setting some more goals.

1. Track food with MyFitnessPal-@storybookerin
2. PR in my upcoming half marathon!
(find the time to beat here.)
3. Complete 2 Thanksgiving crafts with my toddler.

I have some ideas, but need to go grab some supplies. She is very crafty and loves to create things so I'm excited to have some fun talking about being thankful with her this month!

question of the day: what are your goals for November?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Recipe Review: Butternut Squash Ravioli

My husband recently requested ravioli's for dinner. He doesn't often make a dinner request, unless he's willing to fix the dish (it's one of the things I love about him). Since you can buy ravioli frozen, I agreed to make it for him!

Unfortunately, I didn't read the package and need up home with squash ravioli...


I will be the first to say, in the last few years I've proven to be an awful cook. I don't enjoy cooking, I don't enjoy things that have a lot of ingredients or steps to make, and with two small children my desire to cook (and apparently ability to make beautiful creative dishes) has dwindled to nothing.

[poor hubby]

So, knowing I couldn't smother these raviolis in red sauce and cheese, I read a couple of recipes and searched for an idea. 

It seemed that sage and butter were a theme of ingredients when searching for a recipe so I literally melted butter, cut up some FRESH sage and poured it on top of the cooked pasta. 

It was actually really tasty! 

My husband said it was good the first night but his lunch the next day was a little gross. So, it's great fresh but doesn't reheat well. 

Question of the day: have you ever tried squash ravioli? 

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

October Goals - Results!

The Results are In! 
In early October I set three goals for myself. 

You can read the details of my goals here, but let's get on to the good part (the results!)

1. Lose three pounds - CHECK! (5.4 lbs)
2. Follow Training Plan - CHECK (with a few exceptions, but stayed active even when I couldn't follow the plan. 
3. track food - CHECK

I am pretty proud of myself, I was nervous about these goals, mostly because even though they are "easy goals" they are also easy to let slide. It's easy to skip tracking some meals, and sometimes losing weight comes to a plateau BUT I made it! I accomplished my three goals. 

Question of the day: What are you most proud of in yourself for the month of October??

Monday, November 2, 2015

Hooray for Monday - 1 more Week!!!

One more week until my first (non-pregnant) half marathon since April 2013! I'm SOOO excited, my in laws are coming on Saturday to watch the girls while my husband and I run. It's going to be FABULOUS!

Here's a quick run down of my training and fitness from last week.

Monday -
Took a walk with the girls to feed the turtles and then ran a 5K on the treadmill after dinner.

Tuesday  -
Core training and stretching with an afternoon walk with the girls.

Wednesday -
Unplanned Rest Day. I'm kind of fuzzy on what happened, but I'm pretty sure it had to do with a teething baby.

Thursday -
2.28 mile run with the double jogger

Friday -
Rest Day

Saturday -
I skipped my long run, but we had a great (Baby's First) Halloween! Here's a short video of our day.
Sunday - Rest Day.

Question of the Day: Do you decorate for Thanksgiving?

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