<![CDATA[Running, racing, and randomness with rachel - Blog]]>Tue, 26 Jan 2016 23:29:22 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Lots of Randomness]]>Tue, 08 Sep 2015 22:26:00 GMThttp://racingwithrachel.weebly.com/blog/lots-of-randomnessSorry for my absence the past couple of days! With an injury (I think they're shin splints), and the start of my junior year of college, it has been a busy first couple of days this week! I went to the doctor's yesterday to get my leg looked at, and X-rays showed nothing wrong, (i.e., stress fractures, cracked bones, etc) which is always good, but I don't know what shin splints feel like so I'm not so sure that I have them. 

With this being said, Monday I hopped onto my bike for a nice long run, followed by some core work:

Back to school for my junior year of college! I am a vet tech major, and this semester I am taking surgery class, veterinary clinical language, veterinary management, and statistics! It's gonna be a loooong, but great semester, I can feel it!

I've obviously been eating the past couple of days... (YUMMY food)

Darla still manages to find the warmest spots in her new home!

Call me crazy, but around this time of year, every time I look at the clock, the distance I've run on my running watch, the time I've been running, and the clock on the TV, I see 9:11. Not many people know this about me, but my uncle was killed during the September 11th terrorist attacks in 2001. He was my mom's only brother, and he was about 8 years older than her. I honestly don't remember much about him, but I do cherish some of the moments I do remember, like him driving me around the neighborhood in his little Mercedes convertible, and swimming with his yellow lab and westie at his home in Connecticut. Back to the point, I think seeing 9:11 on the clock is him letting us know that he's here with us. This is a really tough time for my family, as September 23rd marks 3 years since my grandmother passed away, and a couple years since my grandfather got really sick. He is no longer with us anymore either. The number symbolizes so much more than a number, and it really makes me feel connected to them. I miss all of them terribly, and wish everyday that I could bring them back, especially for my mother, who has no family members left anymore (besides her AWESOME kids ;) ))) 

Well, that's the end of my random rant! Hope you enjoyed it and learned a little bit about me :)

Questions to ponder:
What to you do for exercise when you can't run? What is the yummiest dinner you've eaten this week? Is there any number that has significance to you?

Happy Tuesday! :)))
<![CDATA[Being a Smart runner Pays off in the ~long run~]]>Sun, 06 Sep 2015 12:53:15 GMThttp://racingwithrachel.weebly.com/blog/being-a-smart-runner-pays-off-in-the-long-runI am really glad that I took yesterday off from running, because this morning I was able to complete my 2nd 16 miler! I felt really good through pretty much the whole thing, except for around miles 9-11 where I always seems to hit a little mental wall. I ran this one a bit faster than my first one, and it was so much cooler out. I LOVE September running in New England. There is nothing like it! I was so nervous waking up this morning not knowing how my knee/calf was going to feel, so I taped up with KT tape (LOTS of it), and threw on my compression sleeves. I started running around my neighborhood to make sure it could handle at least a few miles, and it felt pretty good. From there on I said, "I will run 2 miles and see how I feel," and "I feel good, so I'll run another 2 miles." I carried this out for 16 miles, and had my phone with me to call my mom if my leg started acting up. It's funny though, the further I got into my run, the better my leg felt. Go figure! 

My KT tape didn't last long. It never does. So I pretty much ran with KT tape dangling on my leg for 14 miles.
I felt tired, but AWESOME, after my run!
The splits for my run went as follows:
8:59, 8:43, 8:53, 8:53, 8:57, 8:56, 8:49, 9:05, 9:04, 9:50, 9:22, 9:19, 9:02, 9:02, 9:05, 9:17, 9:17

As you can probably tell, I faded a bit in the last couple of miles, but that's ok! I felt strong the whole time. 

Fueling went as follows: 
50 minutes in: Salted Caramel GU
1:40 minutes in: Chocolate Peanut Butter GU
2:10 minutes in: 2 Fruit Punch Honey Stingers
I drank water pretty much every 1/2 hour and whenever I felt thirsty. 

Breakfast after my run: Cinnamon Kodiak Cakes.... They are my absolute FAVORITE!! I topped it with peanut butter, maple syrup, banana, cashews, and pecans. 

Darla spent her first night at her new home last night.... :( I miss her already! 

I had my last night of work last night so my coworkers got me an ice cream cake! They are the best. It says "We will miss the Twizzler Ghost" because I brought Twizzlers every snack Saturday and they always thought I was sneaking them so no one saw me drop them off! 

I put in the work this morning, now I'm putting in the laziness for the rest of the day!!

What is your favorite long run distance? How do you fuel during long runs? Do you have awesome coworkers like me!?

Happy Sunday! Enjoy the rest of your holiday weekend! 
<![CDATA[Being a smart runner]]>Sat, 05 Sep 2015 12:36:03 GMThttp://racingwithrachel.weebly.com/blog/being-a-smart-runnerSo I wish I could tell you right now that I finished my 16 mile run and that it was awesome... BUT, I can't, because I didn't. In fact, I didn't even start it. As I mentioned yesterday, I am having some pain in my calf/knee, and I rested and iced yesterday in hopes that I would wake up to it feeling better, but no such luck.. It's not excruciating by any means, and I could probably bang out a few sore miles, but why? For what? So I can injure myself and not even have a chance at my marathon in 5 weeks? Normally, my long runs are on Sunday anyways, so I figure, why  not rest another day and see how it feels tomorrow or Monday? I skipped an 8 mile run this morning. Do it regret it? No. I'll be honest in saying that it is bothering me a little bit. I HATE not being able to run, and now with 5 weeks until my marathon, my leg decides to act up. Go figure. But, I have learned from past experiences (i.e my foot), that it's better to take a little time off and recover than try to run and then totally injuring yourself and not be able to run at all. 

Since I have to take the day off (woe is me), I decided to sit here and think about the added benefits of not running for 2 days in a row. It's hard when you want to run but can't (or shouldn't). I had every intention of getting up real early, eating my whole wheat bagel with peanut butter, popping a couple of gels, throwing on my camel bak and new, bright yellow, polka dotted New Balance shorts and going out the door. I had my salted caramel GU and chocolate peanut butter GU packed and ready, a brand new playlist on my brand new iPod Shuffle, and it was a beautiful and chilly 50 degree September morning. And here I am, sitting here with an aching leg, wishing I was running or finishing my run with the greatest thing ever: The Runners High. But, I finally did what I knew was right, and I listened to my body... It's not what I wanted to do, but I have to be a smart runner! 

Here is why I am grateful for these rest days:

1. My whole body is getting some much needed rest- For the past 3 months, I have been running (high mileage) 5 days a week, plus cross training and strength training. Naturally, my body is tired, so having a couple days off to not do anything is great. 

2. I can sleep longer- When I go for long runs, I am out and running around 5 AM, so not having to get up lets me get some more rest, which is always nice. 

3. I can spend some time doing other stuff I love- This morning, I woke up, got a coffee, made breakfast, and popped in a movie. I don't get to do that often because I am always running, but since I had the morning free, I thought, why not?

4. I can think about other meaningful things- Usually when I get up, the first thing I think is, how long is my run? How does my body feel? Will this run go well? But when I'm not running, I can think, what's for breakfast? What am I going to do today? What type of coffee should I get? It may seem small, but it can be exciting for a runner!

5. I can move easily- Sounds funny, but often after a long hard week of running, moving is not the easiest. Everything is sore and tired, and moving takes a lot of strength. After having a couple of rest days, your body feels back to normal and is ready to tackle another week of running. 

As you can see, I am trying to make the best of not being able to run because of a potential injury. It's not easy, but sometimes it is just what you have to do. Sitting here and dwelling on the fact that I was supposed to run 16 miles this morning in beautiful fall feeling weather is dumb and only making me more upset. I am looking at the glass half full rather than half empty!! 
Always stay positive and don't give up!!

Questions to ponder: Have you ever had an injury? How long were you out for? Do you feel bad when you take rest days?

Happy Saturday! :)))
<![CDATA[Rest, Food, and Bucket List Races]]>Fri, 04 Sep 2015 13:13:45 GMThttp://racingwithrachel.weebly.com/blog/rest-food-and-bucket-list-racesTo start, today is my rest day. I am really taking rest to a whole new level. My knee/calf is really bothering me, and I am not sure why. I have a bump (I'm guessing it's a calcium deposit) on my knee, and I think it's causing some pain. I researched it, and it says: 
"Calcium deposits are the collection of minerals that can occur around the joints of the body. As the calcium deposits               grow larger, they can cause different symptoms like pain and inflammation" (http://www.livestrong.com/article/38574-prevent-calcium-deposits-joints/)

My plan of action is ice and iced coffee ;) Just kidding, but I am going to ice, take some anti-inflammatory medication, and rest it. 

Dinner: Chicken muffins with feta, green beans, couscous and fresh corn "off" the cob.
Nighttime snack: Cornflakes, peaches, and banana with cashew milk.

~Bucket List Races~

People are constantly asking me, what races do you want to run? Do you want to run Boston? What about New York? SOoO, with these questions, I decided to write up a blog post about my bucket list races. Some are probably obvious, while others are kind of random. Here we go!

1. Boston- Here's an obvious race. But in all honesty, what runner doesn't have a dream of running Boston? Eventually I would love to qualify, but I would also love running it for a charity group. Something about raising money for a good cause while doing what I love (running) sounds SO amazing. 

2. Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon or Half Marathon- This race is one people probably don't know much about. It is a race in Alaska that is held every year on the Saturday closest to summer solstice, and as the name suggests, it is run at midnight. Even though it's midnight, it's still light out! 

3. Disney Races- I would love to run all of the Disney races. They seem so magical and fun. I dream of completing the Goofy Challenge, which is a 5k on Thursday, a 10k in Friday, a half marathon on Saturday, and a marathon on Sunday! Crazy? Yup! Fun? Definitely!

3. Red Rock Canyon Marathon- This race takes place in Nevada every March. It runs through the beautiful red rocks of the Grand Canyon, and it supposedly one of the most beautiful races in the country. 

4. New York City Marathon- Another obvious marathon. This race runs through all 5 boroughs of the city. There are over 50,000 finishers, and it's a great way to tour the whole city! 

5. Cherry Blossom 10 miler- This race runs through Washinton D.C., which is cool in itself, but it is during the season of cherry blossoms! 

6. Honolulu Marathon- This race is in Hawaii, what more do I have to say? My dream is to travel to Hawaii, so why not run a race while there? 

There are hundreds of races I would love to run, but these races are definitely at the top! These aren't even the international races that I want to run. I will do a blog post of those races another time because there are a lot!! 

Questions to ponder:
Have you ever had a calcium deposit? Did it cause pain/inflammation? What's your favorite type of cereal? What are some races on your bucket list? 

Happy Friday! :)))
<![CDATA[Peak Week Pain]]>Thu, 03 Sep 2015 13:14:12 GMThttp://racingwithrachel.weebly.com/blog/peak-week-painSoooo, I am on my second peak week, and yes, there is pain. The high mileage is just so tiring, and my bones just feel like they're cracking every time I walk, while my muscles are extremely tight. Today I had an 11 mile tempo run on the schedule, but I knew that was unrealistic. I have been having a little aching in my right knee, so I figured I would cut it a little short and do some extra strength instead. I ran a 7 mile tempo, with a mile warmup, 5 miles at tempo, and 1 mile cool down. The splits were all over the place:
1 mile warmup- 8:50
Mile 2- 7:50
Mile 3- 8:21 
Mile 4- 7:58
Mile 5- 8:16
Mile 6- 8:28
Mile 7- 8:47

I am very happy with what I was able to do today, and I didn't want to risk hurting myself running the 11 miles. 

After the tempo run, I did the alternating between 400 meter sprints and strength training. This is how it went:
30 walking lunges
30 meters of high knees
30 meters of butt kicks
3 jump squats, 5 sumo squats, 3 jump squats, 5 sumo squats
4 pushups, 4 mountain climbers, 4 pushups, 4 mountain climbers
400 meter sprint
10 pushups
20 crunches 
400 meter sprint
10 4 figure leg lifts, right side
10 4 figure leg lifts, left side
10 normal leg lifts
400 meter sprint
20 knee tucks
10 plank toe touches
10 plank hip dips
400 meter sprint
30 walking lunges
30 meters high knees
30 meters butt kicks
3 jump squats, 5 sumo squats, 3 jumps squats, 5 sumo squats
4 pushups, 4 mountain climbers, 4 pushups, 4 mountain climbers

So although I didn't do the exact workout that I had wanted to, I am grateful that I was able to complete an awesome workout. Being a good runner takes more than just running. You also have to strengthen your major muscles (butt, thighs, calves) to be an efficient runner. The bursts of speed were also a good change of pace for me. Sometimes you just have to switch it up! 

For lunch yesterday I made a yummy tuna wrap. I mixed the tuna with light miracle whip, mustard, sweet relish, and onion. I put it into a honey wheat low carb wrap with a slice of provolone cheese. It was delicious and hit the spot!! 

Dinner last night= perfection. I made my mom and I some chicken muffins. All I did was mix ground chicken with feta cheese and put them into a muffin pan. I then baked them until they were cooked. Once cooked, I turned on broil to brown and crisp them. I sautéed spinach on the side to put on top because when I put it in the muffin, the muffin falls apart. I also had some couscous and a small bowl of kale salad consisting of broccoli, kale, cauliflower, pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, and a poppyseed dressing. 

Darla and I had a photo shoot while laying on the floor at my sisters new condo. (We're just making ourselves at home ;) ) 

Tomorrow is my rest day, and then Saturday I have 16 mile on the agenda. This will be my second 16 miler, and I am looking forward to it. My goal for today and tomorrow is to rest my knee and ice it and prepare for Saturday! 

Questions to ponder:
Have you ever cut a planned workout short? Do you have any fun strength training workouts? How many miles are you running this weekend?

Happy Thursday :)))
<![CDATA[Out Of the Box]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 13:06:43 GMThttp://racingwithrachel.weebly.com/blog/out-of-the-boxBeing new to the Sweat Pink community, when I saw the opportunity to get involved and try out some healthy products, I couldn't resist. All of these reviews are from my own opinion and may be liked by someone else or work differently on someone else. 

What is a Bulu Box?
The Bulu Box is a monthly health and weight loss box where subscribers receive 4-5 vitamin, supplement, and healthy snack samples to try. This gives people the opportunity to figure out what they like without buying a large amount for way too much money to find out they don't like it and never use it again. 

What are some benefits of the Bulu Box?
There is a Rewards Points program where subscribers each month take a quick and easy survey about their box, and then receive 10 Rewards Points for each item. This gives a hefty 50 Rewards Points, and every 50 Rewards Points is equal to $5, which can be used toward the purchase of any full size products on BuluBox.com. Pretty great, huh?! 

Here is a look of the box from the outside. I thought it was pretty cool with all of the motivational quotes on the box. One of my personal favorite quotes if "Go the extra mile, it's never crowded," and it is right there on the box!

On the inside:

1. Movit Energy Gummies- These are energy gummies used (as the package says) for swimming, biking, and running. I took them on my 16 mile long run last weekend, and I consumed 2 before my run, 2 an hour in (in combination with my GU gels), and then 2 more 2 hours in. They are supposed to be citrus flavor, but I do not think they tasted like that at all. I really did enjoy the gummies though. They seemed to provide me with good energy, as the run went really well. What I liked the most about these were that they were not incredibly hard to chew like most energy gummies, and didn't take all my energy to consume them! 

2. Quest Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder- As a Quest protein bar fan, I was psyched when I opened my box and found 2 servings of their vanilla protein powder. I do not normally use protein powders, but I am always intrigued by Quest products, so I thought, why not? I used the powder to make a protein shake, mixing it with frozen cherries, strawberries, blueberries, and cashew milk. I thoroughly enjoyed the shake, and the vanilla flavor was perfect. It wasn't too fake, and it tasted like dessert. It also kept me full for a good amount of time, and not many things can do that, haha.

3. Earth's Care Anti-Itch Cream- I'm not a huge fan of creams and lotions, but I figured I would give this a shot when I discovered I had some itchy mosquito bites from a late night concert near the woods. I really didn't notice a difference, but I found that it was a pretty cooling. It had a nice menthol-like smell to it, kind of like Vick's.

4. RUNA tea- This Mint Guayasa Tea is made from a native Amazonian tree leaf. It offers as much caffeine as one cup of coffee, but twice the amount of antioxidants than green tea. I tried this tea, and I really enjoyed the sweet mint taste, however; I can't say it really provided me with that much energy. I drink coffee everyday, so I am sure it takes more than one cup of tea with caffeine to provide more focus. I would buy this again merely for the smooth, mint taste. 

5. Shapeology Garcinia Cambogia- This product contains 2 capsules and is used to support weight loss. You are supposed to take them 1 to 2 times daily 30-60 minutes before a meal. The benefit of this weight loss pill is that it does not cause a jittery feeling and is stimulant free. I cannot give a personal review of this product, as I am not attempting to lose weight. I will most likely give these to someone who is trying to lose weight, and I'll see how they like the product. 

Thank you for taking the time to read my review, and I hope it is beneficial to you. The Bulu Box is a great idea for someone who would like to test out a variety of products to see what works best for them. Check out BuluBox.com for more information! 

Have a great day! 

<![CDATA[Sometimes shorter is betterĀ ]]>Wed, 02 Sep 2015 11:59:54 GMThttp://racingwithrachel.weebly.com/blog/sometimes-shorter-is-betterAfter a hard workout yesterday, all that was on the training schedule today was an easy 7 miles. This run is the shortest run I have completed in probably 2 weeks. It felt so good to not run 10 miles haha. It was a nice and cool 59 degrees this morning as well, so I just felt like I was floating on air. It was such an effortless run, something I haven't experienced in a while, between hot/humid weather and high mileage day after day. This was definitely a confidence boosting run! Sometimes short is better :) 

I ran a bit faster than I should have, but my body hasn't felt that good in a while, so I just went with whatever my body felt like it could handle. Then splits went: 8:38, 8:31, 8:43, 8:41, 8:51, 8:46, and 8:53. 

The best part about this run is that I explored the streets in my town that I have never been down. Doing this keeps it interesting and always makes it funner! 

Another fun part about this run is that I wore my ankle high penguin socks. Don't ask why, because I have no idea. I found them in my dresser last night and got all excited and just had to wear them. I may have gotten some strange looks, but I don't care, at least I was having fun and enjoying my run! 

Dinner last night was a spaghetti squash baked with parmesan cheese and pesto, then top with chicken, broccoli, onions, peppers, and carrots, and sprinkled with mozzarella cheese. It was so delicious! 

After another busy of going back and forth to her new home, Darla passed out on my bed. I guess she wanted to control the clicker too? (She's the cutest, isn't she?)  

Stay tuned for my Bulu Box review. It will be posted sometime this morning or early afternoon! 

Questions to ponder:
What do you consider a short run nowadays? Do you ever where fun socks just because you want to? Do you have a dog?

Have a wonderful Wednesday friends! 
<![CDATA[It's just another track Tuesday, and another move-day]]>Tue, 01 Sep 2015 13:13:19 GMThttp://racingwithrachel.weebly.com/blog/its-just-another-track-tuesday-and-another-move-dayToday I had yet another track workout. These are so tough but always make me feel so good after. The workout was 3 X 2 mile repeats with 800 recoveries. Luckily, it wasn't too warm when I started my workout, and I felt really good throughout the whole run. 
Here are the splits:
1 mile warmup- 8:41
2 mile repeat- 15:51
800 m recovery- 8:53
2 mile repeat- 15:53
800 m recovery- 9:03
2 mile repeat- 16:04
800 m recovery- 8:55
1.5 mile cool down- 12:51
=10 miles total at 8:17 average pace

After I finished the track workout, I drank some water, walked a little bit, and then did 2 sets of bleachers. Bleachers KILL me, but I know how beneficial they are, and the burn feels oh-so-good! 

I just want to take a second to appreciate a good sandwich... Seriously, who doesn't love a nice sandwich. They provide protein, carbs, fats, and are very filling. You can even load them with veggies if you want. This one that I had for lunch yesterday was an Italian sandwich (ham, salami, provolone cheese) on whole wheat bread with dijon mustard. It was soooo yummy and it may be a repeat offender today!

I had an amazing dinner last night! I decided to bake a nice spaghetti squash. Once it was cooked, I mixed in pesto and parmesan cheese, and put it back into the oven. I then took it out, removed it from its shell, put some tomato sauce on top, and ta-da! I had a couple pieces of turkey pepperoni (protein, duh), and some garden fresh tomatoes and cukes. Obviously I had a nice hunk of ciabatta bread too, because carbs. 

Finally, my sisters are moving into their new condo this week. They got the condo yesterday and now it's all about moving, painting, fixing, more painting, and more moving! They are only about 5 minutes from home, but boy do they have a lot of furniture!! The funnest part about this for me is that I get to bring the dog back and forth! She needs to get used to the new condo, so I bring her over multiple times of days. She has a ball running around, up and down the stairs, all around the rug. She had so much fun yesterday she zonked out on my bed!  

Questions to ponder:
What is the hardest track workout for you? What is your favorite type of sandwich? Do you like squash? Have you ever moved?

<![CDATA[Ohhhhh...Back To School, Back To School, To Prove To Dad That I'm Not A Fool]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2015 12:36:58 GMThttp://racingwithrachel.weebly.com/blog/ohhhhhback-to-school-back-to-school-to-prove-to-dad-that-im-not-a-foolGood morning and cheers to a new week! On today's blog, I am going to talk about the usual randomness that I usually do, like my workout, food, and random thoughts on my mind, but I'm also going to talk about healthy eating at school and work. Sit back and relax!

Today was a nice 10.35 mile bike ride. I rode 8 miles (on as many hills as possible), and then stopped at the local high school to do 4 sets of squats, 4 sets of lunges, 4 sets of pushups, and 4 sets of tricep dips. I did 3 hill sprints and then finished with 20 ab rows, 20 figure 4 leg lifts, and 20 spider/knee tuck combinations. I then hopped on my bike and rode 2.35 miles home. 

These things are great, go out and by some right now!! 
I always get so excited when I find a new running magazine at the grocery store! This one is all about trail running, and I have always wanted to try it. Unfortunately, there aren't many trails around where I live, so I'm kind of stuck on the roads (which I love) so it's ok. If I ever move to an area with trails, I will definitely give it a go. I already have a camel bak, so why not?!

I swear, the worst part about college is the books. We spend hundred of dollars on these suckers to only use them one time. Luckily, I sell mine back to Amazon at the end of the year, but still, what's the point if we don't use them?

Eating healthy at school and work can be difficult when you don't have much time, are busy with a job, or are studying for a test, but it can be done and will make you feel so much better!! I am no expert, but I am going to give you some tips that help me to eat healthy at school and work, as well as some staples that I bring with me. Here we go:

Breakfast- I usually eat breakfast at home before heading to class, but there are many ways to eat a healthy breakfast on-the-go. Whole wheat toast with peanut butter, jam, or avocado with an egg is a satisfying and healthy breakfast. A cup of oatmeal topped with a nut butter and some fruit is also filling. If worse comes to worst, a protein bar with a piece of fruit such as an apple or banana is not a bad idea. Obviously, whole food is healthier and more fulfilling, however; if that is all you have time for, then eat it. You should NEVER skip breakfast. 

Lunch- Lunch is a very easy meal to make healthy. All you is some tupperware and you're golden! The night before, you can whip up a salad with all sorts of veggies. Remember though, always had some sort of protein to your salad. This could include a boiled egg, some deli meat, grilled chicken, beans, tuna, or salmon. The options are endless! Some roll-ups are also a good lunch. I use Tumaro's Low Carb wraps with deli meat and cheese. On the side I'll have some veggies and hummus. Fruit is also a part of my lunch! 
Just throw this into some tupperware and you're good to go! It's filling, healthy, and nourishing!

Snacks- Snacks are so important at work and school. If you're hungry, you're not going to be focused. Some good snacks to bring with you and always have on hand are nuts (I like cashews, almonds, and pecans), jerky (I like chicken), and fruit (I love apples and peaches). Protein bars are also a good options, as well as dried fruit and dark chocolate. You just need to find what fills you up and keeps you focused! It will take trial and error but you will find what works best for you! 
Here's a bunch of easy snacks to pack with you for the day

These are just some tips/meals/snacks that I have used over the past fews year and months at school and work. It can be so tempting to just go to the vending machine and grab a candy bar and soda, but if you have everything with you, it makes choosing so much easier! Failing to prepare and preparing to fail! Remember that :)

Questions to ponder:
What is your favorite running magazine? What are your favorite healthy snacks for school/work? What are your favorite lunches for school? What are your favorite breakfasts on the go? 

Have a lovely Monday and make it a good week!   
<![CDATA[sunday's, college, food, family]]>Sun, 30 Aug 2015 17:50:12 GMThttp://racingwithrachel.weebly.com/blog/sundays-college-food-familyI've probably said this before, but, I LOVE Sunday's!! I'm done with work for the weekend, I always have a nice run, I go grocery shopping and stock up on food for the week, and I just get to relax. Today's run was another 10 miler. I ran 4 10 milers and an 11 miler this week, you could say I am a little tired. 

I also completed a BeFit lower body workout and a circuit I made up on my own. My legs are so so tired. 

Last night I tried a brand of frozen meals that I have been dying to try. This was butternut squash raviolis with kale in a garlic sauce. It was phenomenal! 

It's hard to believe I start my junior year of vet tech school in a week! I am so excited to see what this year brings, and I really look forward to getting back to see all of my tech friends :) 

Finally, everyone in my family is getting so old! My cousin is going off to his freshman year of college tomorrow, so the family is having a get together to send him off. Another cousin is going into her freshman year of high school, and my youngest cousin is going into middle school... Where have the years gone?!?!?!

Questions to ponder:
What is your favorite thing about Sunday? Do you ever eat frozen meals? How old is your youngest cousin? 

Happy Sunday :)