Thursday, July 26, 2012


have you heard of nerd fitness?  until a few days ago, neither had i.  but then their post about walking crossed my path.

you see, i haven't been running lately.  i've been walking.

and i've felt guilty.

but now i don't.  i feel empowered.  i hope you'll read the post and feel that way too.

Monday, July 16, 2012

na-cho ordinary taco salad

tomorrow night, we were supposed to eat out at my favorite mexcian place, but the boys have hockey practice from 6:30 to 8:00.  second best thing?

taco. salad.

this is not any old ordinary taco salad.  this is the taco salad that went to every family function or potluck i ever went to.  it's list of characters is always the same.  don't try to change it.  it is what it is.

they include:
shredded carrots
kidney beans
diced chicken
shredded cheddar cheese
crumbled nacho doritos
dorothy lynch dressing (you can't skip this part!  it always includes dorothy lynch dressing.)

my mom says i've ruined it because i add cukes and avocado to my version, but i think it makes it better.  you won't find this taco salad in a restaurant; this will blow your mind and leave you begging for more so make plenty.  skip the ground beef, the fried tortilla shell, the sour cream, the black olives.  try this version instead!  (you'll thank me, i promise.)  it's sweet and crunchy and tangy and delicious.

**what do you normally add to your taco salad?

Thursday, July 12, 2012


this confession isn't going to shock anyone.

i am a slacker.

it feels good to throw it out there.  get it off my chest and out in the open.  i know that i know.  you know that i know.  now i know that you know.  hopefully there is some karma in there.

i have an obstacle course run in two weeks that i have done absolutely nothing to prepare for it.  3 miles.  11 obstacles.  mud.

am i likely to have fun?  probably.
am i likely to find other slackers as unprepared as i am?  possibly.
am i likely to want to do another one?  maybe.
am i likely to complete all the challenges? probably not.

this morning, i set out to prove to myself that even without training, i would still be just fine.  that i could do 20 push-ups no problem.  at 7, i fell on my face in a heap of disgrace.  disappointing, to put it mildly.  at least i did the army crawl convincingly enough that my dog joined in.  (or maybe i looked so pitiful, she just felt sorry for me.  i am not going to speculate.)

what can i do in the next two weeks to get me ready for an obstacle run?  any super-human tips to be able to do a pull-up by then?

**do you have any fitness confessions to make?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

strawberry chicken salad for one

delicious, light and crisp

4 oz leftover rotisserie chicken
1 diced celery stick
2 medium diced strawberries
2 oz  2% fage greek yogurt
1 teaspoon honey
1 splash lime juice

tortilla wrap with melted cheese and butter lettuce

Friday, July 6, 2012

hiking in the mountains

we went hiking at red rocks for father's day and at golden gate canyon for the fourth of july.  the boys seem to love it.  i think this is something that we can enjoy as a family, instead of me doing races and paul hiking 14ers without the kids involved.

what is your favorite hiking trail?

Monday, July 2, 2012

changing routine

it has been SO HOT here.

i have only been running three times total, including the pcec race, since the deadwood half.  ugh!  instead, i have been meeting my friend at lake arbor and walking around the lake (4 laps = 5 miles) twice a week.  i know there is no substitute for running.  i know i should get out there and put in the miles, but i barely have the energy to force myself outside as it is. 

i got out my calendar and counted down the weeks until the georgetown to idaho springs half.  i am in  trouble!

i need some tips on how to train during the heat without a gym membership.  what do you do when it is too hot to move?
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