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It’s been a crazy hectic week, but we are managing to throw some fun into the mix. I’ll post workouts and such later. Just a couple pictures from our flying adventures. I’ll be updating the nutrition page with some gluten-free favorites too.

Out and about, no where in particular.

Flying to Indianapolis to go shopping.

Heading back.


A New Way


Wednesday (6/8):

6 Tempo (Treadmill, 2 Warm Up 2 @ LT 2 Cool Down, 49:07, 8:12 Pace)

Thursday (6/9):


Friday (6/10):

6 General Aerobic (Const Trail, 48:16, 8:03 Pace)

Saturday (6/11):

6 Easy (‘Hood, 52:21, 8:44 Pace)

Sunday (6/12):

0.91 Warm Up (8:41, 9:33 Pace)

4 Mile Race (Peoria Chiefs, 27:49, 6:58 Pace, 1st Female Overall)

0.63 Cool Down (5:33, 8:49 Pace)

Monday (6/13):


Tuesday (6/14):

5.15 Tempo (Treadmill, 2 Warm Up 3 @ LT .15 Cool Down, Tummy troubles cut cool down short)

Wednesday (6/15):

6.4 Easy (‘Hood, 56:11, 8:47 Pace)

Sunday after the race we headed over to dinner with Drew’s family. They are so sweet and made us feel right at home. Rob and Drew’s dad went for a flight in his Archer.

Work priorities are still filling my plate the most, but I’m also trying to focus on my lifestyle change to gluten-free. It will take a bit more planning, but luckily the changes so far don’t seem super dramatic. It’s just figuring out a new way to make recipes at home. I’m trying to look at it as a discovery of new grains and foods to try. I will be updating my nutrition page with my favorite gluten-free finds. šŸ™‚

Here is what I made for dinner the other night. I used polenta sliced and heated in a pan with olive oil. Then I layered the slices withĀ fresh basil from our garden and topped it with a little herbĀ olive oil and hadĀ gluten-freeĀ pasta sauce on the side. I also had a gluten-freeĀ “wheat tasting” baguette that was super yummy for dipping.

Rob’s version had basil herb cheese in between the layers. I’m still staying lactose free until my stomach is better. I may try a little when I’m feeling better to see if it’s something I can have moderately.

It was delish! The only thing I would change is I would use a little less olive oil next time, the polentaĀ didn’t need very much.Ā  Polenta is very versatileĀ and it says that it can be used in dishes that call for pasta or grains. If you have any great polenta or gluten-freeĀ recipes, please share!Ā I’m sure restaurant choices will be a bit trickier. I’ve started mapping out some gluten-free menus. If you have a fave place give me a shout! Thanks! šŸ˜€


Spit Shine


Monday (5/23):

Bike 8.6 Miles Interval (30:00, 17.2 mph, P2, L5)

Tuesday (5/24):

5.2 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 48:36, 9:21 Pace)

As you can imagine keeping an airplane is not a cheap expense on theĀ ‘olĀ pocketbook. It’s a serious choice to build a plane and try to manage the expenses of maintaining it, let alone fly it. Gas prices for AV Gas are crazy high, $6.50/gal, up from $4/gal when we were complete with the build in 2008. Insurance, hangarĀ space, it all adds up. It’s something we have looked at as a long term part of our lives, even if we don’t get the time (or the fact that it’s costly) to fly as often as we would like. It’s those moments were we get up even for a small flight that remind us that it’s very much a part of who we are. The plane is something we created together and I hope that we can keep maintaining it for many years to come, even if it means only short flights for the next couple of years. The smile it brings on those clear, crisp days happen regardless of the location we are going. So it was just one of those times where we re-evaluated our situation, is this something we want to continue to invest in at this time, and luckily we are planning to keep the plane in our lives. With that, we got to cleaning the plane for an upcoming polish. Next will be finishing the paint job. The projects never end and that’s a good thing!

Also, Monday was Coco’s birthday! She’s a 6 year old and growing up too fast! We gave her special treats, a toy and lots of kisses. She came out to the hanger with us to supervise. šŸ™‚

Today after work I went for an easy run around the neighborhood and ran into my neighbor as she was on her recovery run as well. So we spent a few miles together and caught up on how our latest race adventures. Too bad for her that meant listening to all of my tummy issues with running, but that’s something a fellow runner can understand. Hopefully next time, I will have a better report from my next set of races. šŸ™‚




Sunday (5/15):
26.2 Race (Chicagoland Spring Marathon, 3:42:52, 8:30 Pace, terrible stomach – two bathroom stops)

Monday (5/16):

Tuesday (5/17):
57 Mins P90X – X Stretch

Wednesday (5/18):
4.74 Miles Easy (Live Well Be Well, SF Lake, 44:32, 9:24 Pace)

Thursday (5/19):

Friday (5/20):
6.2 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 51:37, 8:20 Pace)
50 Mins Yoga

Saturday (5/21):
12.5 Mile Bike Easy (45:00, 16.67 mph)

Sunday (5/22):
5.21 Miles Easy (‘Hood, 48:42, 9:21 Pace)

This week was more restful and so needed. Wednesday afternoon was our work wellness run around the pond. I got to run with our friend Jessica and we caught up since we rarely hang out. That night Rob, Amanda, Chris, AbbyĀ and Grant went and saw Bridesmaids, it is freaking hilarious!! It was one of those movies where you halfĀ cover your eyes because they take it too far and then laugh so hard your stomach hurts, it was great! Thursday Rob and I went out of town to do some shopping. Friday was crazy busy including a 6 mile run in the neighborhood, went to Yoga with Rob, then to the salon for me and finally we went for a quick flight for a transponder check for the airplane.

Saturday was all about plants and getting house work done. That morning we took Coco to the local Farmer’s Market and she enjoyed all of the attention that people gave her. We got some veggies and coffee and then I got to work on landscaping and potting my own vegetables! This is a first for me, trying to keep actual vegetables alive so we will see how this goes. I’m starting very small. I have cherry and roma tomatoes, sweet basil and cilantro.

Sunday was more house cleaning and doing some work from home. Rob and I went for a casual run around the neighborhood at the end of the day. It was such a nice weekend altogether!

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Saturday (5/7):

2.19 Mile Easy (Warm Up for Race, Lake Bloomington, 20:25, 9:20 Pace)

12K Race (Lake Bloomington, 54:01, 7:15 Pace, 5th Female Overall, 2nd Age Group)

1.75 Miles Easy (Cool Down, Lake Bloomington, 16:12, 9:16 Pace)

Sunday (5/8):

15 Miles Long (‘Hood, 2:00:52, 8:04 Pace)

Today is Mother’s Day so Rob and I got in our long runs before we went for a flight to each of our families.

We got Rob an app for the iPad that has flight maps, in-flight GPS of our location, and all sorts of pilot-y stuff. šŸ™‚

Almost back home.

Happy Mother’s Day to all women out there!! Whether you have 20 kids or just a pug and cat (like myself). All women mother the world by being a positive role model and nurturing others. I hope you all had a great day!!