Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Skiing Edition Updated: NOT WORDLESS

Before Christmas George and I looked over the calendar and picked a day he could take off work and I was going to let the kids play hooky from school so we could go skiing.  That day was today, the coldest damn day of the year.  -5 degrees and up to -25 degrees with the windchill.  PERFECT.  

We thought about not going, but really with after school activities Wednesdays are the only days we can go and no other Wednesday worked.

We decided to just suck it up and just go.  And I'm SO GLAD we did.

No matter what way you slice it, negative temps are cold, but I'm telling you I'm a firm believer in buying a quality expensive product when it works.  North Face coats are on all five Tirch bodies and we were warm and toasty!

The face masks (most of us have the Under Armour) were also a MUST have for temps that low.  I took off my gloves to take pics and had to put it back on immediately because it was so cold.

We started off with a 1 hour group lesson (with just our family).  Looking back, us skiers (Ella, Jack and I) probably could have done without it.  This was my third time skiing ever in my life and Ella and Jack's fist.  I lied.  Ella went one time when she was 3, but she lasted about an hour and was HORRIBLE.

George's and Nicholas' lesson was helpful because they were learning to board.

Jack was ALL IN right away.  Being an ice skater definitely helps with skiing. You use the same motion to "hockey stop" on ice skates as you do to snow plow (aka stopping).  Also you lean on one leg to turn in hockey as you do in skiing.  The similar motions made it easy for him to pick up.  He was a pro from the start.

Ella was a little more timid.  She wouldn't come out of the snow plow to save her life.  I think at one point a snail could have moved at a faster pace.  But after the lesson was over (1 hour) she really let loose and got moving.

I asked Ella and Jack if they wanted to move to an actual hill and they both were a little scared.

They asked for one more time down the bunny slope before we headed to the lift.

But that's all it took and we were on our way.

They were definitely both nervous heading up on the lift.

Jack even said, "what if I can't do it?"  I told him that he was already on the lift and there was only one way down, so it was too late now.  Luckily he accepted that.  It was almost like he looked at me and said, "good point."

I was so afraid of what Ella would do once she was up there and I'll admit, it was a little slow going at first.  And she did cry once going down because she thought I wasn't waiting for her.  Um.. I'm not that good at stopping either Ella.  Jeeze!  haha

After Ella, Jack and I going down the big hills two times, it seemed like Nicholas was picking up steam on the bunny slope.  He would have been going gang busters on skis, but he was determined to learned to board (not as easy … in my opinion).  Anyway, I asked if he'd be willing to try a big hill and he jumped right on it.

Nicholas' biggest difficulty was getting going at the top of the hill or when it flattened out.  It's hard to manipulate that board, but he really did GREAT for his first time boarding.  I couldn't have done as well.  

We were at the resort for almost 7 hours and we took 2 breaks (one for lunch and one for drinks).  I can't believe we lasted so long, and I'm so glad we didn't cancel.  We had a blast!  The cold temps kept everyone else away too.  I swear there were about 50 other skiers there and that's it!  

I'm so proud of my kids and their bravery and willingness to try new things.  Let's face it, I'm always just proud of my kids, but I'm their mom so…

Oh and just so you know, school was cancelled today so we didn't even have to play hooky.  Win win!

I do have to tell a funny Jack story.  Jack got on the magic carpet (the lift for the bunny hill, pictured below) 

I was down at the bottom waiting for George so he was headed up alone (well Ella and Nicholas were behind him).  Anyway, I was worrying waiting for George and focused on the watching out for George to come down.  I finally look back over at the lift and Jack is on the lift like a turtle on his back, all limbs flailing.  I'm trying not to laugh, but I can't help it.  He's trying to get on his belly so he can stand up, but he just can't manipulate it with all the equipment.  I yell at him to take off his skis, but he can't seem to do that either.  He's screaming back to me, but I can't even hear what he says.  FINALLY (after this goes on for a good 2 minutes), the ski attendants realize what's going on and stop the lift.  They give Jack another 2 minutes to try to fix himself up, but he still can't get up.  A ski instructor had to come down and help him, but finally he got upright again.  Only Jack!

Oh and as for George, I think he'll be in traction tomorrow.  That's EXACTLY why I didn't board.  Too many falls on cold, hard snow are not good for an aging body!

Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekly Workout Wrap Up

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I kind of got away from my weekly workout wrap ups when I got injured last year, but I wanted to get back to them.  As far as some of you know, I don't even work out anymore.  NOT TRUE!  I do post my workouts daily on Instagram (@momswimbikerun --> follow me) and on my Facebook page.  You can also follow me on Dailymile.  But if social media is not your thang then I'll try to do a weekly wrap up again.

Monday:  CrossFit 

WOD 1 (Workout Of the Day):

1000 m Row
50 Thrusters (45 lbs)
30 Pull-ups
Finished in 14:31

Holy shit y'all 50 thrusters and I used 45 lbs for those bitches and they killed me!!!!  Killed

WOD 2:

3 sets, 3 reps each of OHS (Over Head Squats) I didn't record my weight?

WOD 3:

4 Hang Power Cleans (55 lbs) 
4 KBS (36 lbs) 
4 box jumps (24 in) 
Finished in 5:41

Tuesday:  CrossFit

15 minute Snatch technique. Worked my way up to 55 lbs
WOD: 20 minute Cap
30 OHS 35 lbs (65 rx)
30 BF (bar facing) Burpees
20 OHS 45 lbs (95 rx)
20 BF Burpees
10 OHS 45 lbs (125 rx)
10 BF Burpees
10 MU or C2B pull ups (assisted)
Finished in 13:48

Wednesday:  5 miles on the Treadmill 

Thursday:  CrossFit and Run 

Skill: Goat-- worked on my beat swing which is just horrible (still my goat)
WOD 1: EMOM 6 min (Every Minute On the Minute for 6 minutes)
6 strict pull ups
10 strict HSPU
WOD 2: 15 min AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible) 
10 HPC (hanging power clean) 115 rx I used 65lbs
15 HRPU (hand release push ups)
I got 6 rounds + 4
This weight was tough for me, but I felt like I should have done more b/c I got 6 plus rounds. The Rx men got 3 rounds, so I feel like I should have pushed myself more. Live and learn.

Right after CrossFit I met my friend Kim for a 30 minute run, it was the perfect cap off to my workout day.  

Friday:  Rest Daaaaay!  Said like Hump-Daaaay 

Saturday:  CrossFit Primal Mayhem 

Saturdays at CrossFit aren't like other days.  I think there must have been 30 people there.  We did 3 mini workouts including 1 round of Elizabeth.  


Finished in 5:52

I used 53 pounds (should have gone heavier and not been a wimpy) 

Sunday:  Long Run (10 miles) 

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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Pittsburgh Marathon Training Long Run: 10 Miles

Hello lovely ladies and gentlemen (man?  haha).  You may not have realized this lately, but this is a health and fitness blog and there's supposed to be fitness posts up in here.  Well today is your day.  (By the way, I do post all my daily workouts on Instagram (@momswimbikerun --> follow me) and my Facebook "fan" page.  So if you're not getting your daily dose of Susan's workouts, check me out there. 

Anyway, today was the first double digit long run of Pittsburgh Marathon Training (I'm running 26.2 in May).  We knew it was going to be cold and we knew it was going to be snowy, nevertheless I wasn't happy about seeing this when I woke up.  

Feel like -4?  Really?  Really?  I quickly checked my phone in hopes that Tracey or Charlene would have cancelled, alas they did not.  Bummer.  So I was going and I was scared.

As per usual, my legs were sore from my weeks worth of workouts (I did CrossFit 4 days this week) and I was worried how this run would go.

When we pulled up to the park the roads (and running path) didn't seem that bad.  As you can see in the pic below the road was pretty much clear and we tried to run there when there were no cars coming.

That didn't last however and most of the 5 mile loop was slushy, snowy and downright HARD to run on.    

But we were there and we were determined to get our 10 miles in. We did the 5 mile loop 2 times.

Like I said, my legs were really sore and my ankles (an ongoing problem) were really sore.  The good thing is they usually loosen up and feel good, but that's not until mile 3 to 5.  I kept falling behind Tracey and Charlene, but I really was doing the best I could all things considered (snow, legs, temps).


It was really cold and I can't help but think that affects things as well.  We all had face masks that we used, but out eyelashes and eyebrows were accumulating ice.

Nevertheless, we made it through the first loop, slowly, but we made it.

Mile 1:  11:12
Mile 2:  11:13
Mile 3:   11:21 (big ass hill)
Mile 4:   10:48
Mile 5:   11:06  ---> Gu

Tracey informed Charlene and I that we had had a slow first 5 miles.  She said we had to pick it up and make our 2nd loop faster than the first.  After our Gu, I thought it might be possible.

I actually started feeling better physically, but I was cold and a little cranky.  Tracey let us know we had just a 5k left, but to me that sounded like an eternity.  

With the terrain a little flatter after the HUGE hill, I was able to pick up the pace a little (or so I thought).  I thought maybe we'd make up time on our second loop.  The roads were really bad, however, and I think it slowed us down.  We moved out on to the road when we could and even got yelled out by a vehicle coming the same direction we were (i.e. NOT on our side of the road).  Tracey yelled a few expletives at him and that gave a boost to finish the last mile strong.

Mile 6:  11:06
Mile 7: 11:01
Mile 8:  11:30 (big ass hill the other way)
Mile 9:  11:35 (really bad roads and a hill)
Mile 10:  10:16 --> boom

Total:  10.00
Average:  11:07 

We didn't wind up having a faster 2nd half, but at least I FELT better.

Today definitely wasn't the ideal conditions for a great run, but we got it done.  It was definitely slower than I would have liked, but it is what it is.  We ran 10 miles in adverse conditions and we survived.  To me, that's a win.  

Until the weather breaks, we can just dream of warmer weather ladies!  Remember this?  

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Three Things Thursday

Three things Thursday means I tell you three things.  Most likely you don't care, but continue reading anyway.

1)  I helped my friend Jami throw a baby shower for her brother's girlfriend.  Jami had this beautiful vision and I was so pleased with the way it turned out.  The favor was a bakery box with a thank you sticker on it and the guests got to load up with homemade cookies, mini cupcakes and cake pops.  Winning!

I made the cake banner


Dessert/Favor Table

2)  I have to tell you something and please don't think I'm being all braggy mcbraggerson, but I've been kicking ass at CrossFit lately.  I think it's the socks!

No seriously, I think I finally committed to CrossFit and trying not to suck at it so badly.  I've been going three days a week and I'm already showing improvement.  My awesome coach Tammy has even told me she's noticed I've stepped it up and she's complimented me on my form and for "throwing on some weight".  THAT has never happened before.  I think I'm finally getting it!  Don't get me wrong, I still have a LONG way to go, but for now I'm happy, happy, happy.

3)  I went running with my new friend Kim today.  I met her basically through my blog, but I think she found my blog due to the fact that we have mutual friends and our kids go to the same school.  Anyway, I gently encouraged Kim to join a local running group and she did.  She's running her first 5k in March.  When she shouted out on Facebook that she could use a running partner today, I jumped at the chance. I love that running has brought me so many new (and GREAT) friendships.  

I forgot my hat and had to wear this piece of poo I found in my car (left by my friend Tony from TX) 

Oh and just so you know it's cold here in PA lately, but that hasn't stopped me from running outside.

I've been running in cold and snow and wind and everything else.  Marathon training doesn't care if it's -7 degrees and snowy.  I've got to get those miles in.

I even managed to run ALL BY MYSELF for my long run last weekend.  That has not happened in a long, long time.  It felt nice.

So there you have it.  3 things and it's Thursday.  My work here is done.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Baked Oatmeal Recipe

Y'all I have a confession to make.  I hate oatmeal.  I know it's good for you and all, but I've tried to eat it and I just don't like it.  Like at all!  One day I was browsing Pinterest (follow me) and I discovered this pin.  Baked Oatmeal, y'all and it's pretty awesome.

I guess it's really just the texture of Oatmeal that I could never get behind.  But the baked version is NOT runny and the top layer gets almost granola bar consistency.  At first I tried the Blueberry/Walnut that the recipe called for, but it inspired me to create all kinds of flavors.

Here's the link to the original recipe from Leah at So, How's It Taste?  Trust me, if you try this recipe you won't be disappointed.  Click here for the recipe link.

I like to make mine ahead of time and put mine in individual storage containers and reheat them for breakfast each morning.  I serve it with a little greek yogurt.  Finally, I get the benefits of oatmeal AND it tastes yummy too.

Here's the flavors I'VE come up with:




uncooked in this photo 

uncooked in this photo 

All of them have been so yummy.  I encourage you to try.

What's your favorite way to eat oatmeal?  What combination do you think I should try next?