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Fierce in 2015

Photo found on Pinterest.

Photo found on Pinterest.

I stumbled upon this on Pinterest and it was simply too perfect.  It sums up everything I hope 2015 will be.

Wishing you a smooth transition from 2014 to 2015!  I’ll be starting it off with a nice run at the Fairfax Four Miler followed by some fun with friends.

I will also make sure to follow two traditions:

  1. Writing down and burning a trouble from the past year.
  2. Writing down a personal and professional promise for the new year. (Every time I have done this they have come true!)

I wholeheartedly believe in the power & concreteness of physically writing something down on paper.

Tomorrow starts the resolution game.

Keep it safe & fierce!

-Little Red

Have you ever used a year long motto?  What traditions do you have for ringing in the new year?

2,015 in 2015… I Might Be Crazy

Just as I was getting back from my easy run today I got a text from a friend challenging me to run 2,015 miles in 2015. The text included a link to Run the Edge and asked what I thought.

Credit: Run the Edge

Credit: Run the Edge

I looked through all of the information on the website and was reassured when I saw you could walk, run, or use a combination to reach the miles. According to the comments the jury is out on whether elliptical counts, so you have to decide for yourself. You also have to option to split the miles various ways as part of a team of 2 or 3.  This would be an awesome idea for friends, couples, family members, etc to help motivate each other to move more in the new year. One of my goals/resolutions for 2015 is to up my mileage game and this would certainly be motivation. So I sent this sucker back: challenge-accepted-2 I may have made a rash decision but this will be the equivalent for me this year of The Dopey Challenge (since I won’t be there in January) or an Ironman (since I don’t know how to ride a bike… yet.) Up to the challenge? Get all the information & sign up here! Keep it challenging & fierce! -Little Red What are your running goals for 2015?  Are you planning to take on this or a similar challenge to help motivate you?

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Weekly Report + Something New

After a week of recovering from the flu I was thrilled to jump back into my normal schedule.

Even better Santa came a little early with a super relevant present.

Someone must have been reading my blog.

Someone must have been reading my blog.

Yes, I got to play with this puppy before Christmas.  My dad had it mailed to me (even went to lengths to have my grandmother intercept it to wrap it first).  Later that day he called and seemed far too excited to see my reaction.  Considering that and the fact that him and his fiancee would not have great service on their Christmas travels I opened it that night over FaceTime with the two of them.

Needless to say I was completely shocked and overwhelmed with such a generous gift.  It also had the added benefit of me not being able to wait to get back into my training.

Motivation sometimes does come in a box.

Motivation sometimes does come in a box.

Sunday – Cycling/Arms & Shoulders – Nice and easy 30 minutes on the indoor bike followed by a tough biceps, triceps, and shoulders circuit. I definitely felt week coming back from a week off.

Monday – Rowing Machine/Legs – Easy 30 min rowing machine workout that was a bit tough to motivate, but remember I had the fish game to help me.  I really think breaking it up into smaller segments made all the difference between me completing and deciding to cut it short.  Also managed to slog through a legs strength training circuit.

Tuesday – Run/Abs – My current training schedule only calls for 30 minute maintenance runs between long runs.  Ooof was this one slow for me as I only managed 2.29 miles.  Finished with a quick abs workout. Garmin was great!

Wednesday – Elliptical/Chest & Back –  30 minutes easy on the elliptical followed by a chest & back circuit! I was getting oddly hot during the elliptical which was making me worry but frequent water breaks seemed to work.  I could feel my regular strength level returning for the weights portion.

Thursday – Run/Abs –  30 minute maintenance run for 2.4 miles.  This is closer to my normal pace and again the Garmin was rocking.  The beautiful Christmas weather didn’t hurt either.

Friday – Foam Rolling/Yoga – Active recovery y’all, its a thing.  My legs were feeling ridiculously tight, especially my hamstrings and right behind my knees.  I was in some pain but I really needed to work out some of that soreness & stiffness.

Saturday – Long Run/Abs – 6.5 miles out and back in Old Town on an absolutely stunning day!! Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for better conditions, except maybe for less people to be out enjoying the weather.  There was a lot of dodging random people who walked in front of me along the marina section of the trail. I managed to finish in about 1:10 according to my watch, but my brand new Garmin started acting up around mile 3.  It was pausing like every 5 seconds and not restarting for a while and then pausing again. At one point it buzzed a mile lap saying I had run it in 5 minutes: ummm sorry I am not nearly that fast.

Apparently this is a known issue and I did a hard reset like suggested.  We’ll have to see if this fixed it next week!

Keep it fit & fierce!

-Little Red

How was your week?  Did you receive any fitness or health related gifts this holiday season?

Somewhat Lazy Saturday

Honesty time: I have spent a fair amount of time this holiday break lazing about on my couch.  On the plus side that time spent being lazy has also included research/planning for the big Disney trip in May.

Spending some quality time with this.

Spending some quality time with this.

Lazy but productive means it all cancels out anyway, right?

I have also been keeping up with the training routine and enjoyed the most beautiful 58 degree long run this afternoon.

National Harbor is so close... and yet so far.

National Harbor is so close… and yet so far.

Spider defense 101

Spider defense 101: Little Red Style!

When I came home to drink ALL OF THE WATER I also saw a spider in my apartment.  Yet again things are canceling out: unseasonably warm weather… spiders coming back out. But I put on my “spider stomping boots” so I think I will survive.

I truly believe we all need a break to be lazy and relax a bit.  I certainly hope this holiday has given you that.

Keep it lazy & fierce!

-Little Red

What is your lazy day guilty pleasure?  What Netflix shows should I be watching?

Ginger Candied Carrots

Happy Boxing Day everyone!  I hope your holiday celebrations were as relaxing as mine.  I did complete my training run and came across someone moving: Crazy right?!?!?

moving on Christmas Day, oh my

moving on Christmas Day, oh my

Afterwards it was time to cook the side dish we were contributing to the holiday festivities. Does anyone else have a food that for them just embodies a holiday?  Well for me it’s Ginger Candied Carrots which my family has been making as long as I can remember.

I’m sharing the recipe below, but don’t be fooled these are not what I would consider healthy holiday eating material (unless you skip the sauce, but that is just crazy talk.)

Enjoy!

Ginger Candied Carrots

Makes about 6 servings

1 lb carrots

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds

  1. Peel and cut carrots into matchstick size pieces (tip: a bag of baby carrots makes this super easy just cut each carrot in half length-wise and then each half length-wise again for 4 matchsticks)IMG_2137IMG_2138
  2. Place carrots in a pot and fill with water to cover.  Cover pot and cook carrots until tender (about 25-30 minutes).IMG_2139
  3. About 5 minutes before carrots are done make the sauce: Combine butter, brown sugar, ginger, and caraway seeds in a  small saucepan over low heat and stir together until butter is melted and ingredients well blended.IMG_2140
  4. Drain carrots cover with sauce.
  5. Serve immediately!

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Pictured above is double the recipe.  Trust me you will want leftovers!

Keep it delicious & fierce!

-Little Red

What is your “must have” holiday food item?