Two Lives, One Lifestyle

HEAT WAVE! by Kelli
July 7, 2010, 6:48 am
Filed under: Biking, Breakfast, Eggs, Food, Kelli, Lunch, Workout

If you live anywhere from Washington D.C. to Boston on the east coast you KNOW what I am talking about!  The Hartford area is seeing temperatures we have no seen in about 10 years!

Yes, that says 80*.  At 6:30 this morning.  Last night our bedroom got so hot the Husband actually slept in the basement since it was cooler!  Because of the extreme heat I do not think I will be cooking a lot this week.  Meals will consist of Green Monsters, sandwiches, and cool salads.

This morning, however, I did decide to cook.  I woke up STARVING and decided on an egg white omelet.

My breakfast consisted of

1 Egg

2 Egg Whites

1/2 green pepper

White onion

1 cup spinach

2 Tbsp shredded cheese

Oh man, this made my kitchen HOT!  At the same time I was making some mushrooms to put in a veggie wrap for lunch

I packed up all the ingredients so I can put together the wrap at my desk:

Portobello mushrooms

Green Pepper

Artichoke Hearts




Should be a good day 🙂  I am off to work!  I am enjoying a bikram class after work today.  Although, with this heat I could probably just do some poses in my backyard and get the same effect!

Working It Out by Kelli
June 29, 2010, 10:43 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Food, Kelli, Workout

Happy end of Tuesday!  I hope you all had a wondrous day.  Mine started out hot and sweaty with a workout in my  home made gym!  Here was my workout…

Warm Up

5 minutes on the treadmill @ 3.5 – 5.5 mph


Incline bicept curls- 3 sets of 12 with 8lbs weights

Tricept dips – 3 sets of 15 with my own body weight


5.5 mph for 1 min

7 mph 45 seconds

5.5 mph 1 min

7 mph 45 seconds

4.0 mph 1.5 minutes


Bent over fly – 3 sets of 12 with 8 lbs weights

Bent over row- 3 sets of 15 with 15 lbs weights

Repeat Previous Cardio


Chest Press- 3 sets of 10 with 15 lbs

Push ups- 3 sets of 10

Repeat Previous Cardio

Lunges and squats

8 minute abs video


The whole workout took me just over an hour.  When I was done I was sweaty and ready to dig into a delicious protein filled breakfast…

1 egg, 1 egg white scrambled with mushrooms and onions and hot sauce.  All served with a side of grapes.  My meal was enjoyed out on my back patio, which is quickly becoming my favorite place to enjoy breakfast while looking at my new back yard.

I have really been trying to cook healthy dinners that both the husband and myself like.  He is a pretty picky eater so it has been quite a challenge.  My new goal is to cook an actual dinner (find a recipe, shop for specific ingredients, etc.) twice a week.  If it is a dinner the husband likes he will be able to take for lunch the next day as well.  I will get him to eat healthier and save money!  WOOHOO!  Another goal I have is to spend $150 a week or less on ALL food.  That means groceries, dinners out, and I am even including lunches in that number.  I am confident that by planning ahead and shopping more efficiently I will be able to achieve this goal 🙂

Do any of you have money-for-food budgets?  How do you stick to them??

Dinner was a meal that is quick, easy, delicious, and healthy (4 of my all time favorite words!).

I mix broccoli, walnuts, some parmesan cheese, and about 2 Tbsp olive oil in a casserole dish and roast everything for about 30 minutes.  The broccoli comes out nice and crispy, the walnuts warm, and the cheese melted.  Serve over pasta or brown rice and you have quite a meal 🙂

Delicious, and best of all, MEAT FREE!

All Things Green by Kelli
June 28, 2010, 10:14 pm
Filed under: Food, Kale chips, Kelli, Lunch, Spinning, Workout

Hey all!  I hope you had a wonderful Monday!  Mine flew by, per usual, in a whirlwind of emails, phone calls, and stress.  No worries though, it was the good kind of stress.  The kind that makes you really motivated to get everything done 🙂  After work I went to my 6:30 spinning class and hit the grocery store.  After texting with Katie I decided something tonight while grocery shopping.  I am going to make this week MEATLESS.  I honestly feel like my digestive track could use a break, and there are also lots of vegetarian recipes I would like to try.  So there we go, this week will be without meat (for me at least.  I don’t think I could ever convince the husband to give up his BEEF!).  At the grocery store I loaded up on tempeh, fresh whole grain bread, beans, and lots of veggies.  My cart was very GREEN!

I came home to something else that was green…

My dining room!  The husband got the first coat of the light green paint done tonight while I was at work, spinning, and grocery shopping!  This man moves at lightning speed.  He also go the entire section of brown wood paneling in the living room painted.  Just so you can appreciate what a difference painting brown paneling has made, here is another before picture:


(Picture taken when the previous owners were still living here)


(This isn’t really an “AFTER” picture.  It’s more like “at the first rest stop on a long decorating journey.”)

I love the beige that we picked out!  It made the room a lot brighter!!  Needless to say, I was very impressed with the husbands progress.  I wanted to jump in and help but I had wanted to start making moves in the kitchen.  I had some plans for more green…

KALE CHIPS!   I have never made these before and am really impressed with how crunchy and delicious they turned out!  I used Kath’s recipe and am in love.  I only ended up using about 1/3 of the kale tonight, so I am looking forward to using the rest tomorrow night!

While these were baking I made two black bean quesadillas.  One for dinner tonight, and one to put in the fridge to take for lunch tomorrow.  I found the recipe in this magazine over the weekend.

Easily the best impulse purchase ever.  This magazine has so many great recipes in it and I cannot wait to try them all!!  Please excuse the mess behind the mag.  With this many re-decorating projects going on at once organization is no where in sight!

Well I am off to bed.  I am waking up early for a workout in AM in my new home gym 🙂 .

New Workout. by Kelli
June 28, 2010, 1:24 pm
Filed under: Kelli, Workout

Hey all!  I hope you are having a great Monday 🙂 .  Mine is flying by!  I am excited to post about my new workout schedule.  During marathon training SO much of my workouts were dominated by intense cardio and long runs.  I am excited to concentrate on speed and strength for a change.  And here :::drum roll please::: is the new schedule…

Monday: The return of my FAVORITE 6:30 PM spinning class!  SCORE!!!

Tuesday: An interval cardio workout with full body toning weights.  I will be changing this up week to week and I’m excited to put my own workouts together!  The cardio will total 3-4 miles of sprinting and slow jogging.

Wednesday: Bikram yoga.  Thank you God 🙂

Thursday: A longer run (between 4-6 miles) and lower body toning/weights.

Friday: 6AM spinning.  I went to this class last week and really love the instructor!  Score!  I will also do upper body toning/weights after spinning.

Saturday: Bikram yoga or a longer run (between 7-10 miles)

I am really excited about this new workout plan.  It is funny to think that 6 months ago I was really excited about marathon training and really wanted to focus 100% of my time on running.  I think it just goes to show the importance of switching up your routine so you are always excited about what you are doing!!  Have a great Monday!

Post Marathon Life by Kelli
June 10, 2010, 7:39 am
Filed under: Kelli, Workout

Hey all!  I hope you are having a lovely week!!!  I cannot believe it’s already Thursday!!  That is probably because I am only working Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday this week 🙂 .

I am slowly starting to get back into a new routine after spending so many weeks some what obsessed with marathon training.  Especially in the last 5 weeks or so my life has completely revolved around marathon training.  Blocking time for long runs on the weekends and runs throughout the week, increasing my portion sizes to help control my uncontrollable hunger, and going to bed super early due to the exhaustion.  I was looking forward to a less intense schedule, but last night I started to wonder…  Whats next??

Whats next for food?  My portion sizes will need to shrink because I simply do not NEED that much food anymore.  I will also be able to re-introduce things like dairy and beer during the week (REALLY looking forward to that one 🙂 ) .

Whats next for exercise?  I am looking forward to going to spinning and Bikram yoga classes again.  But I also do not want to lose a lot of endurance when it comes to running.  I have always been a slow runner, so I think I will work on speed next.  I want to get my 5K time down to 30 minutes or under.  I also am looking forward to strength training.  My strength training took a back seat when I got heavily into marathon training, and I’m looking forward to getting toned all over!!

Has anyone out there run a marathon??  Did you have trouble adjusting to a regular exercise and eating schedule afterward??

20 Miles. Done and Done. by Kelli
June 1, 2010, 7:28 am
Filed under: Kelli, Run, Uncategorized, Workout

Hi friends. So, I did it. I did my 20 mile training run and I am on my way to taper land. Taper land sounds like a wonderful place and I am really excited to dive right in.

The 20 miles took me 4 hours and 3 minutes. Needless to say, I had a lot of time to think. I was running on a beautiful paved trail and was able to get into a very zen state of mind very early in the run. I got to thinking about how a long run like this is kind of like marriage (Ok, I understand if you want to stop reading now. But seriously, bear with me). Here is how I think the break down goes…

Miles 1-5: “The Honeymoon.” Wow! I love this! This feels great! we have plenty of money from the wedding (running equivalent= energy)! We have sex every night! Even when we have a headache! Lots of spooning! Yay marriage and running!

Miles 6-10: “The Routine.” You have fallen into a nice routine with your new spouse. Wake up, go to work, work out, eat dinner together, watch your usual shows on TV, bed. The routine is nice and easy and comfortable. Sometimes it gets a little boring, but you can always mix it up with a little dance party! On your run you have fallen into a nice pace and you are feeling pretty good. You get bored sometimes, but hopefully you have some distractions such as music and nice scenery.

Miles 10-15: “The First Fight.” You have stopped being polite. You have both fallen into your respective bad habits (ie: leaving the damn toilet seat up). You might realize you really don’t like the same TV (hopefully you knew this before you got married). And its inevitable, you will have your first big fight as a married couple. You might yell and you might get your feelings hurt. You end up discussing it, pushing through it, and everything is ok once again.  And who doesn’t love make up sex?!?!

Miles 16-18: “The Unemployment” miles.  As many of you know Stephen lost his job lats year and was out of work for close to 6 months.  It was hard.  Like really hard.  We ended up living with Stephen’s parents for a little while.  And even though I appreciated having a place to live, we pretty much turned into really good roommates rather than husband and wife.  Miles 16-18 were tough, like really tough.  I hit a major wall and starting counting my steps out loud in order to get through each painful step.  But just like that brief period of unemployment, I pushed through and took everything minute by minute, sometimes even step by step.  But in this run, just like in my marriage, when you get to the other side of any VERY difficult situation your legs, and your relationship, will feel better than ever.

Miles 18-20: “Buying your first house.”  There is no two ways about it, this is a HUGE milestone!  When I first got my training schedule I remember circling the 20 mile week.  It seemed like a unattainable goal.  When Stephen did not have a job, a house seemed like an unattainable goal.  It’s crazy the difference a year can make.  Especially since we closed on our first house the night before my 20 miler 🙂 .

So there it is!  I did it!  20 MILES!!!  Marathon, here I come!!!

A Bit Mental by Katie
May 26, 2010, 1:11 pm
Filed under: Katie, Marathon, Motivation, Run

Last night at track practice, our coach invited a professional runner motivational speaker.

She talked about visualization and positive thinking as keys for any run, though especially long distance where the mental factor is key to a successful race.  Positive begets positive.  I think this is true for many if not all areas of life but especially for a physical task. I mean, it’s almost always easier to walk than run and I can stop at any time but… well, why?! If I don’t need to!


One tip I liked was to have a few time goals in mind.  First, the time that would happen if all the stars aligned, you were well rested and at race pace, there were no injuries, and you hydrated and fueled, etc.  The second goal should be training pace, which is technically slower than race pace.  If it’s windy or maybe a knee is acting up but not quite hurt, this might be more reasonable.  Last, a “just finish” goal, in case the weather is way beyond any training conditions or you’re sick or injured.


Another point she touched on is to stay in the moment.  Try not to think about after the race, or the next 20 miles ahead (yikes).  If it’s hard to focus, then count something quicker than miles- like number of spectators drinking beers!


My stepdad taught me to “look at where I want to go and not at the rocks I don’t want to hit” when mountain biking, and I think that’s a good carryover in terms of running: “think of what you want to do, not what you don’t want to do.”  Don’t think about walking (unless of course your strategy is run/walk!), don’t think about how you might puke, don’t think about how you’re bad at hills.

Boulder!! 079

Oh and how she ended this talk?  Just casually mentioning that she was one of the first women pushing to allow women to run in marathons.  I didn’t realize women were barely allowed in any marathons until the late 70s and a women’s marathon event was not added to the Olympics until 1984!! That’s not that long ago!  My personal favorite reason that women were banned?  Their uterus might fall out on those long runs!  Or it means we want to be men.  Riiiiiight.

joan_benoit_231701aJoan Benoit winning the 1st Olympic Women’s Marathon

Jane Welzel, our speaker, was a professional marathon runner for years and now has a sports psychology practice, specializing in treating athletes with eating disorders. The article is true, she still does Tuesday night track workouts in Fort Collins— I’ve been there the last few months!  She is the 4th from the left, and this is not my running group!

running_Jane Source

Her and her sister used to travel all over the country to find marathons they were allowed to run in.  Her sister helped organize a fundraiser for an all-women half-marathon in Maine called “One Lucky Man” (don’t google that phrase, I warned you).  Any man that wants to run pays $10 to enter a lottery and one is selected to run with all women!  Once I move back to the east coast I want to participate, especially if I’m in Boston.

Learning all the history about women’s running made me want to run more. Another reason to cross that finish line!  What motivates you?

A Slow Six by Katie
May 20, 2010, 10:15 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Run

It blows my mind how one day I can run 21 miles and then 5 days later have a hard time with 6 miles.   All week my legs have felt pretty tight and heavy, so I cut myself a break and ran at whatever pace happened.  I usually try to do this but get too competitive with myself.  The weather was perfect and I love me a nice breeze!  I just enjoyed being out there as much as I could (oh yeah I can’t give up cheese and accidentally ate cheese at lunch) with my upset stomach and tired legs.

This spa I’ve gotten a pedicure at once or twice sent me a birthday coupon so I might go get a half priced massage tomorrow.   I mean, it was suggested by the coaches after all.

There have been no food pictures all week but this is what I’ve been eating, or a variation on the theme.  I cooked way, way too much pasta on Monday so I’ve had some everyday (until today!).

Pasta with sauce, made more delicious with onions, garlic, bison meat, and pepper flakes.  I added random vegetables too- broccoli, spinach, artichokes. Single living, so glamorous! I eat the same food for 4 days ;).

How do you handle massive amounts of leftovers? Usually I stick stuff in the freezer but I’m moving next week and gotta eat it all up!  Plus, frozen pasta never reheats that well.

Zen Running at 21 Miles by Katie
May 18, 2010, 2:09 pm
Filed under: Katie, Marathon, Run

This post is all text and all about running.   As someone who is running a marathon soon, I’ve been greedily reading every sentence of every long run and race recap I can, but if you aren’t into running or racing, this could get boring.  Or maybe it could inspire you! Feel free to skip it or read along with my play-by-play!

Preparing for 21 Miles

Training has made me hyper aware of how a few nights of not enough sleep or too much indulging really impact the body.   Since my last long run was a bust, I really wanted to be better prepared for my longest long run.  All week, I kept my stress levels in check and made sure I got enough sleep not just the night before, but all week.  I had a glass of wine on Tuesday and Wednesday, but then avoided drinking any alcohol after that.  I avoided dairy all week because it just doesn’t digest very fast for me.  It doesn’t give me too much of a stomach ache but it does cause some issues with “regularity” and gaseousness (haha sorry, trying to be honest!).   Normally it’s not enough of a problem to make me stop eating cheese and yogurt and ice cream (!!) but running seems to exacerbate everything.  That’s just me though.

For food, I kept in mind what the coaches have said: increasing carb proportions rather than just taking in more calories in the form of carbs.    Certainly carbs are important for endurance athletes but carb loading is becoming more of discarded myth since your body doesn’t store more glycogen just because you eat more.   Once your glycogen stores are full from a normal sized meal, the rest of the carbs/sugars are just converted to fat.

The night before, Team in Training Denver members got together and had dinner.  The coaches went over some 6 pages of pointers with us.  Here are some points that really hit home for me:

  • Whatever you have been using- clothes, energy sources, drink, iPod, etc., use for the 21 miler, and for the marathon. Anything “new” will cause that much more stress and those last few tough miles you will be wondering “maybe if I wore the other socks my feet wouldn’t hurt.” 
  • Bring ALL the necessary gear with you on the plane (good point)
  • Get a good nights sleep for a few days before the marathon because there is a good chance you will only get a few hours the night before
  • If possible, work at home if anyone is sick in your office. Avoid sick people in general, 2 weeks out since it takes that long for sickness to show up.  Wash your hands a lot, stay warm if it’s cooler outside, vitamins, and other prevention, etc.
  • Don’t lean forward to stretch right after running for so long.  The blood rushing to your head can make you pass out.  Apparently the coaches have seen this numerous times.
  • Hold on to hand rails going down stairs. All the people that have run marathons before said the day after they have seen lots of people fall down stairs from muscles buckling or giving out! Yikes.  My knee actually gave out a few times Saturday evening, not bad enough to fall down but I definitely looked like a fool.
  • The 21 miler shouldn’t be run at race pace since our muscles aren’t rested and repaired enough
  • Don’t overdo it in taper! Apparently we will be antsy to run more than the schedule says but it’s important to stick to the plan and let our legs rest.

After sleeping surprisingly well, I woke up early for my usual toast with PB and J breakfast, plus ample time to “digest” and wake up.   I broke the “don’t change anything” rule and tried Gu during the run (I only had two Stinger gels and the dinner had ended too late to buy more) and what do you know? It was okay.  I don’t know the reason but my stomach handled the Gu better than in the past.  I did stop to walk about 20 seconds at one point because my stomach was churning but it went away fast once I slowed down.  I had my first gel after an hour, then again each 40-45 minutes.  I might go every 30 minutes in the race but they hurt my stomach for like 15 minutes after each gel so I don’t like eating them so often.  Fueling is by far my least favorite part.  I’m more nervous about my stomach holding up than my legs, how ridiculous!

The Run!

Immediately before the run, we had “Mission Day” which involved all the Rocky Mountain runners coming together.  We stood in a big circle and went around each saying who we were running for.  Um, everyone was crying. The 10th person was a mom and her daughter, who just lost their other daughter/sister this past winter to leukemia.  After that, no one could keep it together. Then at least 2 other people said that the person they had set out to run “in honor of,” they now had to run “in memory of.”  I realized awhile ago there was a huge proportion of nurses involved and I wasn’t sure why but it became really obvious as they all said they had seen too many patients die from cancer.  I also found out my coach Andy, who I’ve come to know pretty well, is a survivor as well! He’s been cancer free for 2 years.

So after I’m thoroughly teared up and realizing how unimportant it is if I run this run in 5 hours or 3 hours, it’s just about the reason I’m doing it.  What a great way to start!  Then the whole group ran the first mile together in silence:  7:30 AM, 60+ people, all silent and running along with tears in our eyes.  We had to be a sight to see.  Oh I should mention here that I forgot my iPod.  Also, despite there being 60 people, apparently I run at the same pace as no one.  In some ways, I think the silence actually made the run better though.

I was really reflective and let my thoughts wander, my pace wasn’t going all over the place with music tempo, and I thought a LOT about all the people supporting me and all the people I know that have had cancer.  While dirty rap music or techno music full of college memories have made running bearable before, this was a good change after our meaningful start. I thought a lot about my mom’s friend Dianna, who has MS, and how proud she is that I am running this.  It made me appreciate the  sheer fact I was running, that I have the choice to run for 4 hours.  You never know, someday I might not be able to walk.  I thought about her a lot, it was just what was on my mind that day.

I can’t even explain how fast the run went by. Well, fast is maybe the wrong word but it didn’t feel like I really ran for 3 hours, 24 minutes.  I was off in another world!   One of the coaches mentioned focusing on the here-and-now rather than thinking about what you are going to do after the run, all the things you have to do for work or your spouse or moving; it doesn’t let you escape on the run.  She said this a few weeks ago and it has really helped me.  I used to think “one more mile and I can go do x y z” but I’ve tried to switch my mentality.  Thinking about the nice shower, nap, meal, or glass of wine later just make me dread the rest of the run.  I focused on staying in the moment and thinking about my surroundings and body, rather than making mental to-do lists.  Another thing was that I went out not expecting it to just be another run.  It wasn’t like okay, just have to get through these couple of hours.  Since you don’t just “get through” hours of running.  It’ still shocking me though just how the run just happened, my body could handle it, it was tiring but I wasn’t in pain or exhausted.  How did I get to this point?!

Mile 1-4 my pace jumped around a lot as I found my natural rhythm.  At 7, I was in awe that I was 1/3 through my run.  Miles 5-12 really flew by as they usually do (well usually it’s 5-9 but it was extra long on this run, thank goodness). Miles 13 and 14 were when my stomach was having issues so I slowed down, and around mile 15 I realized “only 6 more!” I thought about my normal 6 mile loop and reminded myself that it wasn’t quick by any means, but I know exactly what it feels like.  15-17 went by pretty easily, and I tried not to look at my watch.  There was a light breeze through these miles and since it was unusually humid that day, the breeze was wonderous.  I was in a goofy, weird mood and would stick my arms straight out (partly to cool off my armpits because I was chaffing, partly because it felt nice, and partly because I think I was going a little insane) and close my eyes just taking in my surroundings.  Time was going soooo slow for 18 to 20 because I knew how close to the end I was but I still had  20 minutes of running!  Around like 20, they had signs on the trail that said things like “Hi I’m Mason and I’m 9 years old! 2 weeks ago I finished my chemo treatments and I can’t wait to finally play soccer this summer with my friends!”  Um, you bet I cried.  After 3.5 hours of running and deep thinking, I was a basket of emotions.  Laughing and crying. I hit 21 miles and it was weird because I didn’t want to stop.  My quads and butt were feeling it but I knew how much more tight and sore everything would get once I stopped!!  At 21.2, I slowed down and walked for another 0.5 miles to cool down.  Many survivor kids were at the “finish line” and placed a “medal” (really a bagel on a string, much more delicious!) around my neck.  It was too cute and knowing that they were survivors, I was all emotional again though I just smiled and cheered with them because they were so happy!

And the end.

After tons and tons of stretching, I took an ice bath as soon as possible and then took some strong ibuprofen ;)!  I took a short nap (I really hate how I feel taking a long nap after running, all swollen and stiff) and just kept standing up all day to stretch and move, I was really nervous about getting tight.  For once, I was super hungry right away. Usually, it takes a day or two for my appetite to really come back.  Overall though I felt no worse- actually, better- than after 18 or even 15.  My muscles just felt like they had nothing in them.  They weren’t sore but they were definitely exhausted.   I had one margarita at dinner and almost fell down after just from the weakness in my legs. I looked like such a drunk! I wanted to tell everyone I had run 21 miles that AM to explain!

I know people go out and do these long runs or races with a lot less preparation. It is not always possible to get the sleep you need or carefully plan food intake.   A lot of people aren’t as sensitive to food and sleep maybe, or they are just used to training.  Being new to this endurance running, I tried to do everything I could to make it go well. I’m sure I could have gotten through the run on less sleep and less planning but I don’t know if I would have enjoyed it the way I did.  Do you put much thought and planning into training or just wing it?

21 Miles, Run and Bike by Katie
May 17, 2010, 10:35 pm
Filed under: Biking, Katie, Marathon, Run

The weekends just do not have enough time!  On Saturday, I completed my longest training run- 21.2!  I did the extra 0.2 miles because I was feeling strong and really pumped about the marathon.  After an ice bath, some ibuprofen, and a short nap, I felt pretty great! Yeah, my legs were exhausted and my muscles were shaky but nothing hurt.  I planned to blog about it right after because I was one some ridiculous running high, but I fell asleep on accident.   Understandable?  I hope so!  I’ll be back soon with a full recap.

Sunday was gorgeous and I requested brunch with mimosas!  I’m going to stay away from alcohol for the two weeks before the marathon so why not enjoy it now?!  Then John and I rented some bikes for the day and leisurely rode around Denver.  I totaled it up today and we rode about 21 miles.   It’s pretty amazing how different 21 miles of running feels than 21 miles of laid-back bike riding!

I need to apply to more jobs right now and while blogging is fun, I have to get my priorities in order.  I’m way behind on reading (and commenting) too.  Let’s hope it all pays off soon!!  See you back here later.