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I ran my second Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon for 2016!! This year is already my best year ever with training and racing with Rock ‘n’ Roll. The last time I raced Nashville, it was dubbed the “monsoon marathon”. Flash flooding was interesting. Lightening was not. This year, we were going to deal with heat, humidity, and storms. Good times.

My training was so-so with this one. In March, I had the flu and then pneumonia. My lungs take forever to recover from that but I managed a couple of good long runs the last 2 weekends so I knew I could do this one. I just wasn’t going to PR and with those Nashvegas hills, I wasn’t going to PR anyway. So, goal race was to finish! Injury-free finish, I should add Winking smile

What I love about Nashville is the easy access to the Expo and race start. I had to deal with some stop-and-go traffic, but I parked easily (and free!) and was able to get through the expo without rushing or frantic stress. I bought a shirt and some Glukos gummies.

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We had been receiving email updates about the weather so we had the opportunity to be well informed and dressed for weather surprises.

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After the expo, I drove 10 minutes to my hotel. I often use my education discount code for hotels when I drive to races. Since this was just me, I scored a great hotel close to the race. Pre-race meal of Panera chicken salad. I don’t get fancy before a race. I stick to what works for me. I need things that have no chance of gluten contamination.

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Race day shenanigans were kept to a minimum. We were packed in like sardines. I know from experience to NOT get in the corral until start time. I wait for my corral to move up and then I get in with the crowd. This reduces the chances of me shanking somebody for stepping on me. We were off and running! Rain and humidity were in full force so it felt like a smaller-scale repeat of 2013. It wasn’t a constant monsoon, but the alternating rain, steamy sun, and zero wind made for a swampy mess. I did not get many pictures because of the rain and because my foot hurt and I was hobbling a lot towards the end.

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This race had fantastic support. Fully stocked water and Gatorade, plenty of offerings from local businesses, private residents, Elvis’ impersonators, happy tipsy people, awesome music, maybe some pot aromas, and anything in between. It really was a party. The orange people were at mile 12 and it was the best stuff ever. Just oranges. Lots of them. The champagne couple are often seen at this race. One group of people had free beer shots. And again, I was thrilled with the option of Gatorade at every other water stop.

Finish line was at the Nissan Stadium. This year, we parked (free!) at the stadium and walked to the starting line. We finished in the stadium so we were able to quickly find our parking spots after. The finishers’ coral was full of anything and everything. Water, gatorade, chocolate milk, bananas, bagels, a guy who was one inch of shorts shy of being an exhibitionist, PowerBars, chips, cookies, and that’s all I remember. I was tired. But there were a ton of boxes left when I finished. I grabbed a Gatorade, banana, and chocolate milk. I found my parking spot, changed my clothes in the car and got back on the interstate back to Tuscaloosa. Smiling HUGE! I absolutely love the feeling after a hard race. And Rock ‘n’ Roll knows how to bling out the finisher’s medals.

If you are interested in a Rock ‘n’ Roll race, they have many locations and all distances from 5K to full marathon. Use my code “Katrinaruns” to save 15$ off registration.



Rainbow Chard and Onion Omelet

May 3, 2016
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If I had to choose one food to eat for days in a row, I would choose an omelet. They are so versatile and easy to make. I can pull any vegetable out of the fridge, add some sausage or cheese or both, and make a quick protein dinner. I especially love them in the spring because I have a lot of various produce from CSA boxes and farmers’ markets. This one is made with rainbow chard and caramelized onions. I made the onions over the weekend because they take a lot of time to properly cook. The rest of the veggies are quick sautéed and I added the cold onions to the pan so they could reheat and mix with the greens. Add eggs and cheese and flip it! Rainbow Chard and Onion Omelet   Print Author: Katrina Runs […]

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Orange Ginger Salmon

April 29, 2016

Tonight’s culinary experiment involved baking fish in a tiny RV stove. I think I accomplished the challenge with little problems. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been off my cooking routine simply because we’ve been trying to get moved from a larger house to a tiny RV. Full time Rv’ing has its advantages, but the stove/oven combo is NOT part of that list. I’m learning to do a lot with a tiny space and some state-of-the-art organization skills so I ventured into new territory. Preheating my oven and making sure my unglazed tiles were in the oven both contributed to a flawless dish. Using citrus and ginger created a salmon that wasn’t dry and was slightly caramelized from the sugars in the orange. If I were to make this again, I would try lemon and garlic. Whether you have a […]

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Snow’s Bend Farm

April 28, 2016
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This year we joined one of our local farms for a CSA box each week. Community-Supported Agriculture is a partnership between farms and buyers and it’s a fantastic way to “know thy farmer”. I know where my food is grown and how it’s grown. I do not have to find a sticker to find the source. I can communicate with the farmers and have all my questions answered about my share each week. I’ve been buying from Snow’s Bend from their stall at the farmer’s market each week so I already knew I loved their produce. This year, we just made the final step to having a share in the farm. They also raise pastured pigs. Happy pigs. Pampered pigs. Next year, we plan to buy our pork direct from Snow’s Bend. I’ve been super pleased with the shares so […]

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Welcome to Katrina Runs for Food!

April 26, 2016
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I’ve never been known to stick to the rules. With a title like that, one would think this is my first blog post. Interestingly enough, my first blog post is titled “The Flu is a lovely thing”. I seriously just opened up a Blogger account and started with stream-of-conscious words about running and dealing with a long battle with IT band problems. So why now? After almost 2,000 blog posts why am I now using this title? Mostly because I know I have taken a long break since the house selling and move 4 weeks ago and honestly, my posts have been sporadic since January. I have used this time to really reflect on my blog from a personal and professional viewpoint. While this little corner of the internet started out as a place to talk about running, it became […]

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Meal Prep in an RV Kitchen

April 3, 2016

Today was my first attempt at doing a long meal prep for both of us for the week. Today is the first time I tried to do this on this stove and tiny oven. I had grand illusions that I could do this, but it would just be an adjustment of total time. I knew I would only be able to use 2 stove burners and 1 9×13 pan at a time. I usually have 2-3 large sheet pans at the same time along with all 4 burners in my last kitchen…that I loved…and miss a lot. I had all my ingredients, my menu, my camera charged and ready, my phone ready, washed storage containers, a Netflix binge in progress,  and a fresh headband to keep the hair out of my face. I was prepared. What could go wrong?? Obviously, […]

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Erin Condren Planner March

April 2, 2016
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Welcome to my Erin Condren planning life! If you are new to paper planning, click this link for $10.00 off your first Erin Condren purchase. March was the most out-of-control month I’ve had in a long long time. We sold the house, moved to an RV, I had a birthday, Divergent-Allegiant was released, and I also got flu and pneumonia. And through it all, somehow I managed to close on the house the last Friday of March. I still have very little memory of the last couple of days of moving. Let’s hope April is a little more calm   Beginning soon, I will start posting Etsy shop reviews and give some information on a HUGE upcoming planner conference.

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New Beginnings

April 1, 2016

  Here is what we started with. The shop is huge, but so is all our stuff. All the furniture is here and everything else we own. Over the next week, we hope to organize it and get a small sitting area ready next to the fridge, washer dryer, large sink for washing dishes. Here it is about a week later. Couch and treadmill, our recliners, dining area set up when we have family over, the “box closets”, shoe organizer for some of my running shoes, and chest of drawers for stuff we need, but not everyday stuff. I have found a few things that I really like about our RV. This spice pull-out is amazing. I want to build something like this in the new house. I have all my Penzeys in clear view and organized by savory, heat, […]

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New Endings

March 25, 2016

  Today is the day. We closed on our house. This was our very first house that bought in 2005, 4 months after we moved to Tuscaloosa. I honestly thought we would be here forever unless we had 5 kids. This is where we brought Frankie home, where he build his shop from the ground up, where we had the bright idea to refinish a table we bought from a lady in Memphis. We’ve had our share of heartbreaks but so many more laughs. This picture is the one that broke me. I have spent the past 2 weeks extremely sick from flu, bronchitis, then double pneumonia. I celebrated my birthday passed out from cough medicine. I do not remember much about how we managed to get all our stuff out and this house cleaned. But this picture of Stephen […]

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What I’m eating lately

March 14, 2016

Not sugar. That’s what I’m eating. And let me just say, I’m not thrilled. Sugar is my kryptonite. This is why Whole30 works so well for me because within a few days of cutting sugar, my body literally deflates. My face stops looking so puffy, my hands are normal, and my stomach loses a lot of bloat. Enough about that. In the middle of not having time (or finding pans) to cook with, I’m making do with random stuff. Chicken salad on a salad. I bought the chicken from Mary’s Cakes and Pastries. She is a fantastic gluten-free and Paleo baker, too. She has a great lunch menu depending on what she finds at the local River Market each Saturday. She was farm-to-table before it was cool Breakfast for lunch/dinner. If I have a basket of fresh eggs on the […]

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A brief hiatus..I promise.

March 11, 2016

This is my life. Chasing Frankie out of boxes. As soon as I get one taped and ready and/or packed, he needs to “help” me. We are packing furiously trying to get moved into the camper by next week. With Spring Break, my days and nights will be spent packing the house. Stephen is setting up the camper and wiring the shop (electrical and hot water) for his night-shift cell, the fridge, washer/dryer, freezers, my tub, the real toilet, and deep washing sink. And yes, we know it sounds like we should just live in the shop, but it’s not insulated and will not heat or cool. It’s huge and built to be a shop. We both have a herculean effort to give next week and I do not know if I can do much blogging…or cooking…but yes to running. […]

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Read Across America Week

March 4, 2016

It’s a hectic week. I’m recovering from the race and trying to get quality sleep. With Read Across America, Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and Adopt-a-School appreciation lunch, we are all pulling our hair out. Spring fever is taking over for all of us. Yesterday, a nice parent brought us a plate of these, along with a very complimentary note about our school faculty. Things like this help balance out the chaos of wild 5 year olds Today was Pajama AND Crazy Hair day. I participated fully. The amount of Hair Freeze (the closes thing to Aqua Net) needed for this ‘do is hilarious. But wearing pajamas to my job is certainly a perk. And of course, I ran into wal-mart just like this. Sock Monkey house shoes included. Happy Friday!

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Mission Accomplished! Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans

February 29, 2016

I have so many emotions going that I’m having trouble with the words. I’m absolutely ecstatic to have this medal in my hand. It means 2 years of doubt are over. Those lingering questions about whether or not I could return to running are over. The answer is definitely YES! As far as the race, this one was almost perfect. The crowd support was fantastic. We had people offer us beer, King Cakes, beignets, Chips Ahoy and other stuff that I could not eat. Gluten forever! I would have paid some coin for a banana. I committed almost every racing sin, including NOT having my own fuel. It’s like I forgot how many ways things can go wrong when running with a cranky pancreas. I had no gummies, gels, money, etc. The Gatorade and the 1 Glukos station were lifesavers…literally. […]

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Erin Condren Planner February

February 27, 2016
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New to the work of paper planning? Click this link to get $10.00 off your first purchase from Erin Condren. February planner spreads are pictured below. I guess I’ll have to wait until summer in Colorado to see snow . I did have a fun race in New Orleans! Oh and we sold our house. In 2 hours. This might explain the haphazard blogging schedule lately.

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On the road to NOLA

February 27, 2016

This weekend, I have a half-marathon in New Orleans. It is the first Rock ‘n’ Roll race of the year and my first half marathon in 2 years. This was supposed to be a 4-day race-cation for the both of us but it turned into a mad dash down to the coast of Alabama and then a 1-night stay in Nola before the race. We just sold our house and we have a very short window to find a temporary shelter (most likely a camper, park house, or tiny house) to live in until the house is built. A luxurious 4 days away from Tuscaloosa just isn’t going to happen. We stopped at 3 places and we think we found a true diamond among luxury cars. We learned that Camping World just isn’t for us. It was a bit on […]

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