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Half Marathons and Portobello Pizzas

Hello again!

After a bit of experimenting, I’m proud to say that Adventures of a Mother-Daughter Running Duo is now on Instagram! Now you can follow along with me on ALL forms of social media.   I’m excited to share some fun photos, and stay more in-touch with the blog, even while out and about.

On that note, I’m happy to announce that there is already another big race on the calendar for my mom and I. We will be running the Runners World Heartbreak Half Marathon in Boston in June (!!!). As I mentioned in my post on the Shamrock Half Marathon, my mom and I LOVE Runners World magazine – the recipes, the training tips, the inspiring running stories – all of it! And we really enjoyed the talk we heard by Bart Yasso on the joys of running. In his speech, he talked a little about his friend Sarah Reinertsen, the first woman to finish the Ironman triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, 26.2 mile run) with a prosthetic leg (next time I complain about running in the snow, remind me to suck it up.). Sarah is the keynote speaker at the Heartbreak Half, and after learning a bit more about her, my mom and I were beyond excited to register to hear her talk about her experiences.

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The Heartbreak Half should be a really fun intro to the racing season this summer, and I look forward to getting some training runs in as the weather starts to warm up again (it’s supposed to be 60 degrees tomorrow!).

I also thought I would share a few of the tasty meals I’ve cooked up recently since I haven’t posted about that in a while. The other night I made these delicious Portobello pizzas.

portobello pizza

So good, except they came out a bit soggy. If you’re going to try doing something along this lines, I definitely recommend washing your mushrooms at least 2 hours beforehand, and then letting them drain wrapped in some paper towels. I was hungry and didn’t want to wait, so a lot of that moisture came out when they cooked and it was a bit messy. I put artichokes and sundried tomatoes on them along with red sauce and cheese, but you could really get creative and put whatever toppings on you prefer! Then, just 12 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees.

Tonight I had a spinach wrap with a sautéed veggie burger, lettuce, tomato, and topped off with a little bruschetta.

wrap dinner

Good eats. 

Do you have any fun twists on pizza recipes that you swear by? Any exciting races on the calendar?

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Taking a mental chill pill

Hey there 

So yesterday, as planned, I accomplished my first brick workout- a 10 mile bike ride followed by a 20 minute run (roughly 2 miles, I’m guessing).

I knew it wasn’t going to be super easy to run after biking that distance, but SERIOUSLY! OUCH. I cruised down my street after finishing up the biking portion, already mentally celebrating being almost done with the workout- a 20 minute run? EASY AS CAKE.

I traded my helmet for a baseball cap (to hide my embarrassingly sweaty hair), chugged some water, and set off. 3 minutes later, I was huffing and puffing. The mental celebration quickly changed to mentally cursing myself. I may have even questioned whether I would be able to run the full 3 miles on the actual day. The doubts were swirling, and I was not in a happy place.

After roughly 7 minutes, my legs did loosen up, and it wasn’t HORRIBLE. It sure wasn’t pleasant though. In fact, it was nowhere in the vicinity of the pleasantness spectrum. I don’t think it helped that my legs were still a little fatigued from my 15 mile ride the day before. Oops.

BUT I GOT IT DONE. I gutted out that 20 minute run, surviving to run another day! The heat was really bad again, but I think with some cooler temps on race day, I should be able to make it. I’ve already registered, so I’ve got to at least “tri” (har har har, I love me some good triathlon puns! )

In the evening, I was lucky enough to get to hang out with a couple of my girlfriends! My friend had the idea to do something a little different from our usual routine of just hanging out at each other’s houses- we went bowling. Let me just say, I am a terrible bowler. Absolutely dreadful. Thank god for the bumpers!

Here I am, about to bowl a strike! Just kidding.

Here I am, about to bowl a strike! Just kidding.

While my bowling skills leave a little something to be desired, it was pretty fun to just relax and NOT think about something triathlon/running-related for a while. Instead, I focused on my trash-talking skills.

Unfortunately, this didn’t help my game, as I lost quite soundly.

The final score... Note that I came in last.

The final score… Note that I came in last.

After the bowling, we went back to my friend’s house and made a grilled veggie pizza! Homemade pizza is a regular staple in my cooking at home, so it was fun to introduce my friend (and her family!) to my tips/tricks for a delicious (and healthier) pizza than the ones you get from fast-food restaurants.

Pizza made up for my failure as a bowler.

Pizza made up for my failure as a bowler.

All in all, it was a super fun evening, and a wonderful way to kickback from the morning’s tough workout. I feel mentally refreshed and ready for my tapering week before the big triathlon on Sunday!

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