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Meal Planning + Shopping List

Merry Monday, Everyone!!!

We just got home from another eventful weekend of chaperoning a volleyball tournament. Since we did not get back until late last night I am doing my meal planning today. I know it has been awhile since I posted about meal planning but I am now back in the game! This week’s plan and shopping list is going to be a little short since I am going home to Texas on Thursday! The plan is to make double batches of some yummy dishes so Kyle can just reheat dinner while I am gone.

Oh She Glows Creamy Pasta

Monday: 

Recipe: Indian Lentil-Cauliflower Soup {Pg. 133 Oh She Glows Cookbook}

Shopping List: Nothing, last week I was planning to do a big meal swap and was going to make this recipe but I did not have time. So now I have triple the ingredients:)

Tuesday: 

Recipe: Veggie Burgers {1 package of veggie ground beef, one package of firm tofu, once diced onion, 2 cups of quick oats, 2 packs of seasoning broth (I use George Washington Golden Brother), 1/4 cup of flour, 1/4 cup of bread crumbs, 1 TBSP of Braggs Liquid Aminos, 2 TBSP of Vegenaise (or regular mayo)}

Shopping List: Package of veggie ground beef (my fav is Trader Joe’s but I don’t think I will make it to Bellingham today) + bag of oats + burger toppings – I have everything else.

Wednesday: 

Recipe: Luxurious 7-Vegetable and “Cheese” Soup ***New Recipe for the Kay Household***

Shopping List: Bag of carrots, 2 bunches of broccoli, and a squash

Extras:

 I’ll also try to make a few snacks for my flight and have some ingredients for some of our go to favorite recipes.

Snacks: Present Glo Bar {Oh She Glows Cookbook, Pg. 217}

Super Simple Recipes: Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese +  Creamy Avocado Pasta

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{Race Recap} Victoria Marathon

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Hello Strangers! We just passed the four week mark since my cousin, Erin (in the blue), friend, Marie (in the black), and I finished the Victoria Marathon. I finally told myself I have to sit down and write this race recap while the pain and suffering memories are still fresh in my mind. So here it goes…

Victoria 26.2 from c0achkay on Vimeo.

Traveling to Victoria

Let’s start with our experience getting to Victoria from Abbotsford. For those of you unfamiliar with Victoria it is on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and since we live on the Lower Mainland, BC we have to take a ferry to get to Victoria. We decided to save on hotel costs and just go over on Saturday and come back on Sunday after the race. Pretty much our Saturday morning went like this: we drove an hour+ to the ferry, sat on the ferry for two hours, took the bus (#70) from Swartz Bay into Victoria, and took a stroll to our hotel. By the time we were in our hotel I believe we had been traveling for over five hours – definitely not something I would recommend for only a day in Victoria.

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The Expo + Lunch at Hernande’z 

Our hotel’s location was perfect (thanks, Erin!), we were a block from the expo and a few blocks from the starting line (made for the perfect pre-race warm up). After settling into our hotel we headed to the race expo. The last few expos I have been do were so-so or just straight bad (Ironman Cabo), so my expectations for this one were pretty low. However, this one ended up being a bit nicer than the others. After picking our packet and commemorative jacket and of course, took a photo by our name on the banner. We wandered through vendors offering free samples or demonstrating their product.

Once our wondering was complete, we headed out for food. The last time Kyle and I were in Victoria we had the most amazing tacos and Kyle was determined eat those tacos again. Thankfully, a couple overhead us talking about the tacos on the ferry and gave us the address. So when it came time to eat, there was only one option, Hernande’z. And let me tell you, it was just as delicious as we remembered from four years ago. The time and anticipation did not cause any disappointment.

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Our post meal walk back to the hotel included an obligatory shot in front of the Empress Hotel and a look at the lovely Victoria Harbor. Although not quite as stunning at Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor, it’s still a fun place to visit:)

Pre-Race Dinner

We had quite to low-key evening, consisting of take out and Netflix. Our hotel was conveniently  located a few steps away from an Old Spaghetti Factory, so deciding what to eat for dinner was a no-brainer. Although there was a plethora of delicious looking restaurant surrounding us in the downtown area, we opted for the save digestive choice.

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Race Day!

Different from any other race I’ve run, this marathon did not start until 8:45 am. Meaning we did not have to wake up early or dress in trash bags to stay warm. We hung out at the hotel and walked over to the starting line just a few minutes before race began. I have to say I really did not enjoy the race starting this late, I would much prefer to wake up at 4am and start at 6am! Marathoners did have the option of starting two hours early but that was only for the runners who were going to finish over 5.5 hours. However, for those of use aiming to finish between 4:30-5:00 that put our finishing time quite late into the day.

Victoria Marathon }| Nike Plus

The Race

Now to the good stuff (I say good loosely because my race was anything but good). Erin had been faithful with training was hoping to finish around the 4 hour mark (she has a half PR under a two hours) so we parted ways at the starting line and hoped to cross paths as we got closer to the turn around point. Marie and I had a bit more of a rocky training schedule…Marie decided to run a month before the race and my training was simply terrible. I ran almost of my long runs as planned in this post, however, I neglected to run as outlined in my training plan during the we. Plus, I got sick after both my 20 and 14 miler runs. So I went into this race with low expectations, I knew I would finish but I did not know how ugly it might get.

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Nathan, the ultimate cheerleader!!!

Miles 1 – 16

The first 16 miles were good. Marie and I were running a mile and then walking a minute. We had settled into a nice pace and I was feeling confident. Kyle and Nathan both brought their bikes, so they were able to find us every few KMs. It was like having our own video and support team! We kind of felt like rock stars:) However, I must have hit the wall at mile 16 because a change in my energy level came almost instantly. I had been fueling with Shot Bloks and taking in liquid at each station but I still seemed to be completely depleted. I also started to get this sharp pain in my side (Kyle even texted a photo to my PT school brother for advice….He said to just keep going). It was also at this time that I realized just how many rolling hills were on the course. There were no giant mountains like in San Fran last year but the hills were nonstop! The combination of my lack of training, pain in my side (probably a direct result of not properly training), and the hills made the race kind of brutal. However, it was a different torture than last year’s Nike Women’s. Going into NWM I had high expectations. I had trained well, very well, so I was devastated when it did not go as plan. Whereas in Victoria, I knew doom was mostly likely coming for me:)

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Sorry for the blurry picture of Erin but it was the only one I was able to snap.

Miles 16-26.2

No way around it, these were some hard miles! This is where I started to feel the pain of my insufficient training. Marie keep me going. At one point I let her drop me but a few seconds later I realized I needed to be mentally tougher and I fought to catch up to her. After that moment, we stayed together the rest of the race. As we got closer to the finish Nathan rode ahead to the finish line (Kyle left much earlier to try to catch Erin finishing). I wish I could say those last few KMs flew by but they seemed to drag on fooooooorrrrreeeeevvvvveeeeeerrrrrr. But finally we started seeing the “800/600/400 meters to go” signs and I just had to visualize running around our local track. And then it was there, the finish line….and just like that the pain was gone and the glory of finishing began to sink it:)

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Yay another 26.2 in the books!!!

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Reflections

Almost as soon as I crossed the finish line last year in San Fran I told myself I wasn’t going to do another marathon until I was finished with grad school. Well fast forward a few months and in the emotion of Jordan’s Ironman, I signed up for Victoria. Although I successfully crossed the finish line, the race was no where near what I had hope it would be when I signed up last May. Moral of the story, don’t sign up for a marathon during the emotional high of an Ironman.

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Now that Victoria has come and gone, I have my eyes and heart set on one city, New York, New York! I promise the next marathon I ran will be the NYC marathon! Let’s just pray I get chosen in the lottery in the next few years:)

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My Heart is Full…

It is way to late for me to be awake but my mind is going and I need to type. Kyle and I just spent the last three days with 40+ kids at a flag football tournament. What an incredible experience! Each time we take our students on this trip, it makes me stop and reevaluate my life. Jackie Robinson said, “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” Wow, talk about a reality check.

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I love these kids and am so grateful for the opportunity that Kyle and I have been given to be apart of their lives!

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#RunVictoria

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Greetings from Kelowna, we are here for an elementary/high school flag football tournament! It’s going to be a fun and very busy weekend. So before the craziness begins I wanted to quickly update the blog. I know, it has been forever since I was on a regular blogging schedule. Unfortunately, with work, school, and training for the Victoria Marathon, blogging has fallen to the wayside. Well, last weekend I ran Victoria (more accurately I would say I finished Victoria as the last four weeks of training were nearly non exists due to sickness and busy with work and school schedules – more on this later) and I just submitted my final paper for my seventh grad class, so I am refocusing my energy into blogging. I don’t have time for a full race recap tonight, so I’ll just share the video my amazing husband made from our weekend. I hope you enjoy!

Victoria 26.2 from c0achkay on Vimeo.

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{Product Review} Fitness Games App

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Recently, I have been testing out the Fitness Games App. This is an app that turns everyday workout routines into a competition with the integration of social media. The design of this app lets you challenge your family, friends, or strangers across the globe. Whether you like to get your sweat on at the gym, in your home, or outside there is a routine for you!

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Since I don’t have a gym membership, the workout and challenges I have done fall under the “cross training” and “cardio” categories. When it comes time to workout you have a couple of options: 1) You can challenge a friend, someone near by you, yourself, or someone across the globe. You can use this feature when you go out for a bike ride, hit the gym, or go to the track. This app makes it super easy to tap into your competitive side.

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Overall, I thought think this app is a really awesome concept…

- It’s easy to navigate.

- Fun to challenge people and earn points.

- GPS works well and it offers a number of cardio activities.

However, there were a few things that I was not too fond of…

- Everything cost $$$, even after receiving an upgrade as a Sweat Pink Ambassador there were upgrades to buy

- A major portion of the activities require a gym, which made it very difficult for me to fully test out the app

- The idea of competing is fun but it would work best if it is against people you know. As the app grows it will be easier to connect with other fitness junkies:)

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I recommend this app to anyone who is looking to switch up their current routine! I will definitely keep using this app, especially if they offered more free workouts within the “cross training” category!

Tweet: Challenge your fitness with #TheFitnessGames! Check out @TFGapp and let the games begin! http://ctt.ec/gd5dj+ @fitapproach #sweatpink

Disclosure statement: This post was sponsored by The Fitness Games through their partnership with Fit Approach. I was not compensated monetarily, but was provided the Platinum Version of the application for review. As always, all opinions are my own.

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