Over the summer our friends picked the local Jolly Jaunt as their running goal. We decided to join them, but we were a little weary of it falling on our youngest’s birthday. Well, it did. We asked him what he thought about it. He wanted to know if he could race too. We looked it up and there was a kids race. He wanted to run on his birthday like Daddy did on his.
We signed everyone up and recruited some more friends to join us. One of my awesome co-workers even made tutus for the event.
The day of the race was a balmy 34* with some wind, but no snow. We geared up after a morning of birthday presents and went to the race.
The boys ran first. They loved it! Our oldest came in second and our youngest was right behind him as he came in fourth. They were so proud of their numbers, medals and t-shirts. Our oldest put his shirt on the minute we got home and our youngest wore his shirt to school.
When the kids were done, we met up with our friends and put on our tutus. This was one of the bigger 5ks we’ve run. There were people of all shapes and sizes. The outfits were pretty awesome. There was everything from Santa hats and tutus to full costumes.
The course was pretty straight forward. There was a small loop before running back, so there were a few high-fives with my hubby and friend as they were heading back. Thankfully, we ran towards the water at the halfway point. It always makes it a little more fun. Of course, the water at this time of year means more wind (it was worth it).
I was able to keep a pretty steady pace and found my warm gear the perfect level of warmth for me. I get cold easily (it makes me a little grumpy) and wanted to be as comfortable as possible.
While no race is easy, I’m beginning to hit my stride. I finished feeling pretty strong and not as exhausted as I have in the past. I was able to give the finish a solid sprint and not worry that my legs were going to give out. I’m always a little nervous that I’m going to face plant at the finish.
Thankfully, no face plant in front of my amazing friends and family. It was cold and when you’re done running it is freezing! My friends and family all stayed to cheer me across the finish. There is such a great feeling of accomplishment and it means a lot to share it with others!!
Like many little girls, I grew up dancing. I had loose ankles which gave me a unique talent for tap dancing. These loose ankles were not an advantage for ballet. As my peers moved into pointe shoes, I stayed in pre-pointe. My teacher was kind and helpful.
It was hard to have taken all the same classes and not have the strength and ability to move on. At that time, with encouragement from my teacher, I began working even harder. I was determined to get those shoes! Each week, I strengthened and practiced. Eventually, I made it into those point shoes.
That was the beginning of my determination. As the years went on, I continued to work hard. There were many challenges. I wasn’t as flexible or strong as many other dancers. It wasn’t until I was nearing college graduation that it all fell into place.
I finally learned to let go and trust my body. I had built the strength and found some flexibility. It was in letting go that I found my true strength! Once I trusted me body, my dancing improved by leaps and bounds. Letting go and simply moving was one of the most freeing moments in my dancing career. I hold onto that feeling as I try new adventures. I know I need to build the strength and believe in the process.
Somewhere along the way, we have to let go and trust the process. We need to have faith in our bodies and our instructors. This is often the hardest part of the process. We worry about adding weight or speed to our workouts. We need to trust the process and try something new, take that next step.
Do you find it easy to trust the process?
Yesterday, our oldest selected tacos to make for dinner. We decided to use an Old El Paso dinner kit. He wrote out his list and off to the store we went. We grabbed ground chicken, a dinner kit, cheese, cilantro, guacamole, tomatoes and lettuce (we have a lot of amazing onions from our CSA).
After an afternoon of bowling, we got to work making dinner. He grated the cheese, chopped the cilantro (with heavy supervision) and cooked the ground chicken. I drained the meat, but he did everything else. He was so proud of himself! Dinner was a big success. His younger brother even went back for more
We had a lot of fun in the kitchen together. I love that he’s learning all of the different steps and enjoying the process.
I haven’t made my own taco seasoning, but am planning to try this recipe the next time around:
Original recipe from AllRecipes.com
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, red pepper flakes, oregano, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Store in an airtight container.
What’s your favorite taco recipe?
I’m not sure if I’m relieved or a little sad. Writing everyday was definitely out of my comfort zone, but it feels great to have accomplished my goal. There were days I REALLY wanted to give up, but I found a way. Some posts were better than others, that is true with everything in life. When we are reaching out of our comfort zone, there will be slip-ups but the decision to keep moving forward is the victory.
I hope you enjoyed the journey and maybe learned a little more about me. I am so thankful to all of you supporting me through the month. I’m looking forward to some fun holiday posts – although not daily
While many people were shopping this morning, I taught yoga. I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the gym could be busy or quiet. It was hopping! I was so impressed by the number of people who were working hard.
I entered the studio and began to set-up. As my students came in, they introduced me to their sisters and daughters. Almost everyone brought a family member. I couldn’t have been happier or more honored. What a great way to celebrate family!
Not only was there a great sense of community, people seemed more at ease. Everyone went a little further out of their comfort zone. People were willing to try a different variation and didn’t worry if it didn’t go as planned.
Our boys enjoy yoga and exercising. They aren’t ready for a full class at the gym, but I look forward to sharing a class or workout with them in the future!
Do you share exercise with your family?
Like many people, I try to express my gratitude often. It is still nice to take a moment and put them into words.
I am lucky to have an amazing husband. We laugh, run, and explore the world together. Our kids are truly a gift! They snuggle, make jokes (that are actually funny), explore and share their wisdom with us.
My parents don’t only help out with the kids, they are sounding boards for everything from sports and parenting to running a business. They are our rock. My sister is always there when we need her and openly accepts and laughs at all the silly things I send her from pinterest.
I have an amazing network of friends. My friends come from all aspects of my life. Some are childhood friends, colleagues and fellow parents. I can’t say enough about the strength and fun they bring me everyday.
Many of my students can fall in the friends category. They show up each day and allow me to do what I love. I couldn’t do it without them.
I’m off to spend time with my family!! Enjoy your day
Years ago, I made dinner for a neighbor and she told me that dinner was good and went on to tell me all the ways she would alter the recipe. I smiled and wondered what was wrong with the dinner I had prepared.
While I would never tell someone how I altered their recipe, I find I’m changing them up myself. I have never changed a recipe based on taste. It generally has to do with what I have on hand or making it a little healthier. When I’m not sure about flavors I follow the recipe to the letter.
Tonight we are trying squash kale stuffed shells. Because I had spinach instead of kale, we already altered the recipe. For the most part I followed all of the instructions. If it’s yummy, I’ll share after the holiday
Do you alter recipes? What motivates you to use a recipe?