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Working on the Celebrations launch team has been so much fun! This book is the ultimate guide to enjoying all the holidays and celebrations without missing on favorite dishes. Whether you have Celiac disease, enjoy a gluten or grain-free diet, or just want to adhere to Paleo guidelines for health purposes, this book is full of recipes to help us enjoy those family celebrations. With staples like green bean casserole (without the can of Cream of Crap), carrot cake, and lemon bars, I am looking forward to fall and holiday cooking with meals I can enjoy. Danielle Walker of Against All Grain has done it again and she has captured the best of the celebrations in our lives.

This week, I made a pumpkin-spice latte. I loved it so much, I’ve made it for breakfast.

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The flavors are the ultimate fall flavors. But the recipe is exact, and I was in a hurry and tried to eyeball it. Yeah, stick to the recipe. Which means, pre-order the book NOW! Smile 

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While drinking this in a pumpkin cup is fun, it is not required. But really, why wouldn’t you find a pumpkin mug to drink this? Doesn’t everybody have a supply of these?

Next up is BACON JAM. Bacon. Jam. And Brussels sprouts, but the shining star is bacon jam.

I can’t give away this recipe, but there is a part of the steps that read “in bacon grease”. Nobody should be surprised that I did a fancy jig in my RV when I read that.

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Bacon jam, y’all. It IS a thing and It IS staying in a jar in my fridge. It’s great on chicken. Pork loin. Breakfast potatoes. The list goes on. In my humble opinion, this recipe takes this cookbook beyond the ordinary.

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There are only a few days left to get the pre-order special. You’ll get 7 never-been-released recipes that are NOT in the cookbook. So this is the one-time chance to get these. Danielle Walker is one of THE pillars in the cookbook community and I’m so glad I had the chance to work with her team on this cookbook review.

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Running and Food

September 19, 2016

Fall race training is off to a good start. I have been doing a mix of morning and late afternoon running at the park and at the trails. I have a couple of fall races with Rock ‘n’ Roll coming up and I hope to go back to my old stomping grounds with some local races. Running is definitely easier as I’m losing fat. I climbed a mountain at my highest weight. I’m slowly getting back to my prime running weight. This fall is going to be fantastic!

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Living in limbo right now. I have my most-loved running shoes close by. The rest are packed up until the house is finished. Because my treadmill is in the shop, I keep my shoes in there, as well. I can do without a LOT of things, I’m learning. However, access to a variety of shoes is non-negotiable.

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Food is glorious. The Tuscaloosa foodie scene is exploding. We have a few great new restaurants that cater to Paleo eaters. And we have chains that include protein-heavy meals. Zoe’s will always be a favorite with their protein-power plate. Slaw, caramelized onion, grilled chicken and feta. This could be two meals….but I ate the whole thing.

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I may be living in an RV, but I’m still cooking when I can. I’m eating a lot of chicken, steak, ground beef, and vegetables. Butter is constant. Coconut oil is on the shelf daily. And my weight is averaging 2-3 lbs a week. Running and food are working for me Winking smile 

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A few days ago, I got some exciting news. I was chosen to be part of the launch team for the upcoming Celebrations cookbook!

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Danielle Walker, of Against All Grain website and cookbooks, is one of my favorite people in the Paleo and grain-free world. I met her at Paleo FX a couple of years ago and I have been a long-time fan ever since.  I had the opportunity to preview her Meals Made Simple book and I loved every recipe I have used. Both of her books are staples in my cookbook rotation. In fact, when I had to narrow down the field of cookbooks to use in the RV for a few months, both of hers made the cut. Obviously, I am VERY excited to work with her again on the pre-release of Celebrations. The book will be available September 27 and it’s available for pre-order from Amazon. If you pre-order the book, you’ll receive 7 extra recipes that are NOT in the book. That’s a great reason to pre-order now.

As for this book, here is a peek at a Peach Cobbler that has replaced my dog-eared recipe I’ve used for years. I’m a true Alabama southern girl and I had my doubts about a grain-free cobbler. Peach cobbler is a summer staple in our house. And yes, I made this in our RV stove.

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What I loved most about this was the crust on top. I was crunchy around the edges and gooey in the middle. Nobody would believe this is grain-free. There is truly a secret mix of ingredients to get a cobbler batter this good. Danielle knocked this one out of the park.

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Another recipe I tried was BBQ Ribs. These were fantastic! Slow cooked with a finger-licking sauce, these were perfect for late summer tailgating. This was an easy recipe, but with complex flavors without the HFCS and weird chemicals.

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More sneak peeks are coming up! Have a GREAT Weekend! Smile

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Friday’s Feeling Fancy

September 9, 2016

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The days are getting shorter and this is a common site from my ridge. Alabama is still ignoring the pleas of all the basic girls around the world. Football is about the only thing I’m crossing off my fall bucket list. That and of course, the first sip of PSL. I managed to get mine early this year, again. It helps to know who to ask at Target Winking smile  This year’s PSL is the first sip of sugar I’ve had since July 1. It was too sweet, but the pumpkin spice flavor was perfection. I can’t indulge in these weekly like I did in previous years. I’ll have to come up with a better option.

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Another thing on my fancy list…my long-running tradition of buying the latest JD Robb on release day. Every September and February, I hit the bookstores for the latest crime adventures of Dallas and Roark. I’ve been doing this since the Memphis years. I have original blue lady covers of the first books in the series. That’s how far back I’ve been reading these. I was always a Nora Roberts fan. When the lady at the used bookstore kept trying to convince me to give JD Robb (Robert’s pen name for this series), I balked for almost a year. Futuristic fiction is not my forte’. But after I read the first one, I was hooked. Dallas and Roark ARE my  favorite fiction couple.

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Fancy flowers for our anniversary. He worked the whole weekend, I was sick and slept through all 567 football games. Just like my birthday this year, we are declaring next year a do-over. 2016 is a wash with big milestone dates.

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Yes….I could be this person. I’m almost ready to pull out the flannel.

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Happy almost-maybe-one-day-closer-to-fall weekend!

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Jalapeno Lime Chicken

September 3, 2016

It’s FINALLY time for college football and I am so ready for this change. Football brings in fall weather and moves us closer to the best part of the year for me: holidays. I love everything about fall in Alabama, including the first football weekend being hotter than blue blazes.

While I love rich hearty soups and stews on football Saturdays, I just can’t enjoy it with temps in the 90s. This weekend, I’m bringing out this Jalepeno-lime chicken dish. It’s full of flavor, but not so heavy that I feel like a slug afterwards.

I did make these in my tiny RV oven and they were perfect. These are  gluten-free and work great for Paleo and Whole30. I served mine with a spicy ranch dipping sauce. I could feed a crowd with these and some loaded potato skins. Bring on the touchdowns! ROLL TIDE!!

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Jalepeno lime chicken
Spicy jalepeno and fresh tart lime juice combine for a flavorful and easy tailgate dish. Perfect for quick week night meals, too.
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  1. Prepare the marinade. In a blender, add oil, lime juice and zest, jalapeno, chipotle pepper, garlic. Pulse until completely chopped and blended.
  2. In a large zip top bag, add all the chicken drumettes. Pour the marinade over the top. Zip close and marinate in fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes up to overnight.
  3. Preheat oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Lay the chicken in a single layer. THROW AWAY BAG OF CHICKEN MARINADE. Bake 15 minutes. Remove. Turn the chicken. Bake another 15 minutes.
  4. Remove chicken to a cookie drying rack and let sit 5 minutes. Then serve immediately.
  5. Keep leftovers in fridge up to 5 days.

Note* the high amount of fat and calories is due to the marinade.

Nutrition Facts
Jalepeno lime chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 529 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 62%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 17g
Cholesterol 280mg 93%
Sodium 681mg 28%
Potassium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 0.2g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0.02g 0%
Sugars 0.01g
Protein 48g 96%
Vitamin C 0.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sausage and Peppers

September 1, 2016

I love recipes that could work for almost any occasion. Spring grilling? Summer holidays? Dressed down in a sandwich bun for a tailgate? Thrown on a plate of fancy rice and linen napkin? This recipe works for all of those. And, it’s super quick. When I make this, I look for the best and most flavorful sausage because that is going to provide the base flavor for this dish. Pick out bright peppers and sweet summer onions to balance the spiciness from the cayenne. Including cutting the vegetables, this dish goes from fridge to table in 30 minutes, making it perfect for this weekend’s football games.

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Stir fried sausage with peppers and onions.
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  1. Preheat skillet. Add oil and swirl to coat.
  2. Add sausage and cook over medium heat 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add peppers, onions, garlic and spices. Stir together. Let this cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables are crisp-tender and still vibrant in color.
  4. Add a few tablespoons of water to deglaze the pan, if needed.
  5. Remove from heat and serve immediately.
Nutrition Facts
Sausage and Peppers
Amount Per Serving
Calories 607 Calories from Fat 495
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 55g 85%
Saturated Fat 22g 110%
Trans Fat 5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.5g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 121mg 40%
Sodium 1652mg 69%
Potassium 179mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 23g 46%
Vitamin A 6%
Vitamin C 77%
Calcium 5%
Iron 19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

I’ve been busy….

August 26, 2016

working some fat off! This is me in my school group picture. I cried when I saw it and immediately made a copy, cut out the kids, and kept this in my planner for “inspiration”, I guess you could say. I wasn’t ready to do anything about it then. I was still struggling daily, hourly, it seems, with depression. It took another few months and literally climbing a mountain to finally pull out of that dark place and start living again. The right side is me last night. I feel so much better!

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So, what is the secret? I wish I could say that it’s easy.

1. Keto. I cut the sugar completely. My sugar, I mean my daily Coke habit, sweet tea, most fruits, and all other sources like stress jar candy. (yes, it’s a thing. Don’t judge Winking smile )

2. I am eating/drinking a lot of FAT. Good fat.

3. I do not think or count calories. I just eat protein, vegetables, and fat. I will occasionally add some starchy vegetables like potatoes.

4. I walked a ton and ran a few miles a week. I did not up my running mileage but I did greatly increase my walking.

As an avid Whole 30 and Paleo fan, I’m ashamed to put these pictures out there. I was at my healthiest weight and loving a 2 year journey with those 2 approaches to health. After we lost the baby, I kept thinking the depression would gradually go away and it DID NOT. A year and half later, I finally started to see and feel some changes mentally, emotionally, and physically.

So what’s next? I have a ways to go. These pictures are a great starting point, but I’m not done. The weight fell off so fast with the first weeks of keto and now I’m slowing down to 1-3 lbs a week. I’m also not strict keto because I’m adding more starchy carbs as my half marathon training is ramping up. I also know from experience that training for a race can cause my body to hold on to every calorie. I won’t panic over stalls and plateaus but I’m so glad I’ve now removed 30lbs of weight off my frame.

I’ll share more as I start posting more. I have recipes and book reviews and racing tips and training plans to talk about. I also plan to start the very large September Whole 30 that’s coming up soon! More details soon Smile

Thanks for reading, those who still check in!

Trucks by the Tracks

August 25, 2016

One of the things I’m ecstatic about seeing around town is the increase in food trucks! I have seen them at farmer’s markets in Birmingham and they are a mainstay in markets out west. I thought it would take a few more years to see Tuscaloosa and Northport allow food trucks to operate, but they have gained a steady popularity this summer. While Tuscaloosa is still meeting and discussing the downtown district, Northport created a local event once a month just for food trucks. A few weeks ago, I got to visit Trucks by the Tracks and I am hoping for a few more dates this fall.

The “Tracks” refer to this wonderful section of train trestle at the end of historic Main street in downtown Northport. The live band played right along with the whistles and the sounds of trains on a wood trestle.

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Several different varieties of food trucks lined the large area down the street. There were some seating bleachers and picnic tables in the shade.

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Two of my favorite food trucks. Tea Town Alabama and Local Roots. I can not say enough about Tea Town. I have a post just for my favorite food truck in the works. There have been some hints about their store front fall events. You want to get in on that, trust me!

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A hot summer night with some cold Watermelon mint. I might drop by later and see if the Gardners can make a Peach mint for me.

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I have major love for Local Roots. They have a great menu of a few key dishes that rotate depending on their ingredient availability. The “local” part is legit. They source from area farms, which is right up my sweet southern sustainable alley. I love reading that my arugula came from the same farm that I get my CSA basket from each week.

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This is a thing of beauty. This is the Honey Pig (no bun..gluten…a big nope). I’m not sure which part was my favorite. The homemade pickles stood out first and then the sauce and pork took me to happy places. My only regret was not ordering 2 so I could have it for lunch.

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Even though the weather was sweltering (as is common in July in Alabama), this food truck event was fantastic. I certainly plan to be back and to stay a while to take in the changing of the seasons and the simple pleasures of good food with good people. That’s the Alabama way.

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Whole Foods Favorites

August 23, 2016

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Vacation is over, so it’s time for the post-vacay, return-to-real-food, shopping spree at Whole Foods. Traveling an hour to the closest store is a great excuse to visit Pepper Place market, Trader Joes, and Lush. A girl’s gotta have some me time, you know. I did pull out an older shirt that now fits me!

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My list of staples from Whole Foods has evolved over the year. With the growth of our local farmer’s market, I’m no longer filling my cart with produce. Most of it is more regional, not local. And a large portion of produce is not regional at all. Unless I see some greens from this area of the state or sweet potatoes and peaches from Chilton county, I usually move on to the rest of my list.

Tessemaes is still a big favorite in my house. I can do many things with chicken, vegetables, and a bottle of Tesses. That lemon chesapeake is great with shrimp, too.

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Next on my list is a new company in Alabama called Harvest Roots. I first heard about them from Jonathan over at Tea Town Alabama. He had some of their kombucha on tap and it was an instant favorite. Harvest Roots is the first legal wild fermentory in Alabama. True story. Fermented foods are a crucial for healing the gut. So much research is pouring out lately about the gut-brain connection. With Celiac disease, I’m always mindful of taking steps to keep my gut lining happy and fermented foods like kombucha, sauerkraut, kimchi, etc are great sources of fermented foods. And they make a fabulous elderberry kombucha. I also found some these to try. I look forward to sharing some recipes using these.

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Harvest Roots

When I turned the corner and saw this Wall of Magnificence, I think I squealed a little. I’ve been buying Steve’s Paleo Goods online for a few years now and I was so excited to see it in a store. Stephen always keeps a bag of granola in his lunchbox because “a handful goes a long way”. Protein, my dear. Protein. This store had a limited variety and the nice guy I talked to said they are pleased with the demand so more items should be coming this fall.

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The other staples I stock up on include frozen vegetables (check the labels for grown in USA), bulk packages of chicken and beef, gluten-free cider, almond butter, coconut butter, Amazing Grass greens powder, coconut aminos, fish sauce, sunflower butter, olive oils, and the occasional huge jug of cold brew coffee. Today’s haul was not very big, but it was hefty in flavor and nutrition.

Whole foods haul

The next stop was the hot bar. Bacon-wrapped jalepeno cream cheese chicken things. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE??? I added some collards, spicy chicken and a piece of fried plantain.

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These are some favorites and I’m sure I’ll have another list once fall gets going and soup season arrives. Have a great week!

Morning miles

August 22, 2016

Now that I live closer to the local park, I am trying to work in my morning running. I was  little worried that I might be alone out here at daylight, but I was one of about 8 people taking trips around the track. There is a quiet solitude about running at dark. I actually like it more than I thought. It brought back some happy memories of my first years of running Smile

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After my shower, I needed my coffee fix. This is the second full week of kindergarten and I’m definitely feeling better without all the sugar that I depended on my previous years of teaching. But if I don’t have coffee….

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This afternoon, I finally checked out my CSA share from Snow’s Bend. During these few weeks of hot summer, the shares are a little smaller because only kids and kudzu love this heat. Vegetables are not a big fan. I’m ready for the abundant fall crops to harvest! For this share, I’ll make the okra for Stephen. I’m making eggplant lasagna, an arugula sauce to go with something roasted, the peppers are for stir fry, and the cucumber is for my face and for dipping into some herb dip mixes we bought in Colorado. I may make a yogurt tzatziki sauce with some leftover cucumbers.

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Happy Monday everyone. May it be kind to all. Open-mouthed smile

A sure sign of creeping closer to fall is when I start race training. June, July, and most of August are miserable and I’m usually maintaining mileage on a treadmill or getting in some dawn miles. I HATE training in humidity, but there is not much I can do about early humidity training except move and well, I love living in Tuscaloosa. This weekend, I finished my first long run to train for Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah in November. I’m also going to make a trip to St. Louis in October for a remix. I’m running the 5K and the 10K back-to-back days. It’s my first remix and I’m so excited about trying this. If anyone wants to join me, use the code KATRINARUNS to register at a discount.

Because it’s the first long run, I had to join the masses at the Riverwalk. I love this stretch of running path. I just wish it was longer or that it connected to longer paths. I can run the loop twice and get 8-9 miles so I have a few more weeks to enjoy this route. Then, I’ll pick up trail training at Lake Lurleen. The long loop is 16 miles.

The trees are green for now. But I know soon, I’ll enjoy tons of great color. The city planners used a wide variety of beautiful trees to line the entire path. I’m so ready for those colors!

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First week of training is in the books. Bring on week 2!

The Power of the Plank

July 15, 2016

I often hear various reasons or barriers of why people do not want to try CrossFit or other heavy-lifting classes. One of the most common is the idea that people MUST already be in great physical condition before trying a class. I know there are many different CrossFit franchises and each one is different. One thing they should have in common is the ability to scale ANY workout for ANY fitness level. If your CrossFit gym is not beginner-friendly, it’s time to find a new one.

That being said, I understand that inner voice that says “you don’t want to be the (insert adjective)______ in the room”. It should be that way. We should feel confident and confortable taking those first steps into a new fitness journey. But if it was that easy, everyone would be joining us. So what’s something we CAN do?

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If there was 1 exercise that works many different muscle groups, it is the plank. It won’t get you ripped in 2 weeks, but it does something even better that the mirror won’t immediately show. CORE STABILITY. Just a few minutes a day works on strengthening the core ab and back muscles. You NEED those for CrossFit. You NEED those for posture, walking, breathing. You NEED core stability for injury prevention. So while you are working up the brass tacks to walk into a new work of fitness/strength training, grab 5 minutes in the bathroom if you have to, and drop into a plank. You will be AMAZED at the muscles you’ll feel the next morning.

The BASIC forearm plank is a great place to start. Don’t be discouraged if you can’t hold it long. Get your phone timer and time your first attempt. Rest 1 minute. Repeat. Do this for 5 minutes. RECORD your times. Nothing and I do mean NOTHING is more motivating than seeing rock solid proof in print that you are improving. Those non-scale-victories will happen sooner than the ones measured by compliments or mirrors. Better yet, you’ll feel awesome because you’ll be walking taller with a stronger core.

 

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Jazz things up with a straight-arm plank. Follow the same workout as the basic. WRITE IT DOWN!!

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By the time you are ready for this variation, you should be consistently doing strength work (home, gym, class, etc). This is so much harder than it looks. And it is absolutely a goal to put on your vision board and strive hard to reach.

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The power of the plank is usually realized a few weeks of steady use. I love heavy lifting. I love using weights for legs. What I lack the most is core stability and I know from previous experience that the powerful plank is the first key to improving that stability.

Happy Friday!

runcation eagle creek

One of the best parts of being a lifelong runner is taking advantage of the infamous “racecation”. That is a getaway for the purpose of running a race. It can be a one-night stay in a budget hotel filled with band campers or biker convention participants or it can extend to weeks-long trips to exotic places. No matter which form of racecation you choose, packing is an endeavor. Packing for a race can be like packing for a month with 5 toddlers. There are bags. And lists. And “must not forgets”. We runners are a superstitious breed. Leaving the house without the lucky socks is tantamount to athletic treason.

After 10 years of running and racing, I finally have the whole thing nailed down.

Check out this display of beauty.

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That, my friends, is a clever Tetris of packing cubes. I am very new to this way of packing and I will NOT be going back to the dig-and-hope method. A few weeks ago, Eagle Creek sent a sample of some of their packing cubes to the Rock ‘n’ Roll Ambassadors. What better group to try out travel cubes? At the time, I had just returned from Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville and my suitcase was a giant mass of shame. And of course, I left my favorite running shirt behind so I had to buy a new one at the expo. I wish I had these with me. A shoe locker is perfect for keeping the sweaty shoe smell (the true sign of a perfectly broken-in shoe) away from the clean clothes. It’s also great for packing the muddy shoes for the ride home.

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After my race, I had to pack for a trip to New Orleans. I had already ordered more cubes because I wanted to try packing this way before our month-long trip out west. As you can see above, keeping all my clothes organized is WAY better than my previous method. I ordered even more sets for the Colorado trip.

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Eagle Creek packed

What I loved best about the cubes and sleeves is the organization. I could easily roll up my clothes and then FIND them easily when I’m digging in the dark or just plain trying to find the bottom of a massive suitcase. For shorter trips, these cubes organize race clothes, street clothes, and keep wet clothes separate.

The next racecation for me is Rock ‘n’ Roll St. Louis in October. If you want to join me or register for any remaining 2016 races, use the code KATRINARUNS for 15$ off.

beat the heat

 

We’ve all heard of the usual things regarding working out in the summer. No-brainers like drink water, dress for the heat, etc. This list is not that different except this is my brutally honest advice. Expert level: Absolut…

1. Just don’t do it.

Stay inside between 10am and midnight. In fact…just stay inside during waking hours. If you MUST workout or run outside, do it between 2am and 6am. If you live in the south, give up the dream now. Resurrect it in October when the humidity will not melt the pores off your face.

2. Drink vodka.

No, not while working out. Save the alcohol for those lazy summer nights when you regret not risking boiling bones to get that training run in. Soak your pity in blueberry vodka. Promise to try again tomorrow. We all know tomorrow is full of promises and the whispers of previous failures. That means that tomorrow is just as hot and miserable as today so save some shots for tomorrow night.

3. Dress in appropriate clothing.

The advice to wear “wicking” and “breathable” clothing is valid for most months of the year. But during the hottest parts of a southern summer, no amount of wicking is going to lessen the severity of that dog-breath feeling that happens while trying to breathe outside.

However, those crazy UK people have an idea..

Ice bras.

 

4. Move

Antarctica. Canada. Greenland. Iceland. Take your pick. Pack your essentials and move.

5. Get up off the couch and woman up.

This is the honest-to-goodness truth. I’ve lived many summers in the south, and most days I just have to ignore the wailings of my previous unhealthy self. Excuses are everywhere and I’m not letting the weather be one of them. I stay hydrated. I wear as little as decently possible. I choose less-miserable times of the day. I go out and get it done and then I drink my nightly cocktail or…..crash for a nap.

Happy Monday everyone!!

Mt. Evans Colorado

June 20, 2016

It took 3 years of trying, but I finally climbed my first 14er. On our last week in Colorado, we attempted to summit this one with the shortest, but steepest route. And many times, I thought I couldn’t do it, but Stephen kept telling me I could. And I did!

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Summit Lake

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Mt. Evans summit marker

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Summit lake storm

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The climb back dow, was harder in spots because of sliding rock. I got more scrapes from the descent than I did on the ascent. We drove out of the park area and ran into some hail, sleet, and snow. We stopped into Echo Lake lodge for some ice cream and hot chocolate. After a hard climb, it was well worth the calories.

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Now that I’ve done 1 14er, I’m not sure I’ll do another. Stephen is great at these and he’s made the summit to 4 of them. We will see how next year plays out.

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