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What’s in a RunnerBox?

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Recently I partnered up with a wonderful company The Runner Box and I am excited to finally tell you more about them!

Did you ever wish it was easier to hear about products that might benefit you as a runner? You know, when you find that one thing and wonder why hadn’t you ever heard of it before?!

Or you want to try some new fuel or electrolyte water enhancer but don’t want to commit to a whole box of them? How do you try just one?

Don’t worry, I have just the answer for you. You have someone else do all the work, put it in a nice little box and ship it right to your house.

Yes, you heard me. A box of samples shipped right to your house.  And not just any samples, but samples runners, or tri-athletes or cyclists.  I thought this was such a great idea! They do all the research, find all the cool products and send us samples.

Unlike other subscription box services there is no pressure to buy the products after, and pressure to review them for points!  Which I love! If I like the product I will buy it, if I don’t then I won’t.  And Runnerbox knows it.

So what do you get in a Runnerbox?

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Inside the lid of the box is a motivational quote, always needed, I am a running quote junkie.  There is also a sheet that lists all the samples with descriptions of the products and where to buy them directly.

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Runnerbox doesn’t just put 4-5 samples in a box for you.  They jam pack it full to bursting.  They stuff that box completely full.  It’s like a tent, once you take it out, the items never fit back in.

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There are snack bars, mid-run fuel, electrolyte drink enhancers, ice pack, pain patch, sunscreen wipe, healthy chips and granola, to name a few.

If you want to give a gift of a Runnerbox but not necessarily a full subscription they also have birthday box! You can send someone one box that is specially designed for a birthday present.

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It comes with confetti, birthday mints, a birthday card and those streamer party poppers to help celebrate.

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The birthday kit not only comes with all the great running samples but other sample as well.  There was a whey protein shake in cupcake flavor.  Vitamins for woman (because I got the box for women), shampoo & conditioner, a set of running lights for running at night and an awesome bottle opener.

Know someone who is going be running their first (or fortieth) race? You can get them the gift a Limited Edition Race Survival Kit.  Full of items that have been well thought of for pre- and post-race.

Picture of Limited Edition Race Survival Kit

Image from RunnerBox

 

For my loyal readers RunnerBox is offering 10% your purchase by using the code RUNMSRUN so go start your subscription today, or go buy one for that runner in your life.

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Just a reminder that with my running I am raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, click on the picture below to donate.

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Be a HERO by clicking picture and donating today.

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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Menu Plan Monday Aug 24th

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Today is Monday and I am back at work after the longest shortest weekend.  It wasn’t a long weekend, no holiday, no extra days off or anything.  The weeks before were hectic, we had a long 4 day weekend, me and the kids going out-of-town Fri-Mon, coming home to a husband out-of-town, me working on Tues.

Off Wed, taking my nieces and kids to OMSI & going to grocery store for upcoming camping trip.

Working Thurs (husband is still out-of-town till upcoming weekend, when I will be gone again) only to come home and pack for camping.

Work all day Friday, longer than expected, pick up boys. Stop at grocery store for three needed items (water, ice & newspaper), 40 minutes & 3 bathroom trips later leave store with water, ice, cookies, rice krispie treats and one missing shoe (no newspaper to start camp fire, but I did get a paper bag so it worked out).  Stop one mile down the road for another bathroom break and finally head up the mountain to meet up with my cousin and her kids for our weekend camping trip.

So I am back at work and not wanting to think about cooking or all the projects I have coming up, how summer is basically over.  How I completely missed out on August, school will be starting and Ian will be in Kindergarten.

I have meal planning I need to do, grocery shopping, bills to be paid, actual work at work that needs be done.  I have loads and loads of laundry at home because here in the Pac NW all the Forest are on fire (well it seems like it) and our camping trip was visited by smoke, so everything I brought with me smells like camp fire.  I am pretty sure the only I know is that we are having tacos tonight because it is the only thing I don’t have to go to the store to make.

*sigh* I feel to tired to think or do any of that….

 

but I have a plan!  Because Aug is almost over, I am going to sit down and figure out my meals for the rest of the year.  This seems pretty daunting when I put it like that it is.  But really it is only 4 months left, and each month has about 4 weeks and each week I only cook 5 meals.  And I don’t have to have new meals each month.  So really I need about 20-30 meals to organize over the next 4 months.

With Plan to Eat online meal planner it is super easy to do just that.

First I just go through all my recipes (400+ dinner recipes) and pick some that sound good and add them to my queue.

My Plan to Eat queue

My Plan to Eat queue

 

 

Here is where I will have the meals; main courses, side dishes, soups, back up, etc, that I will be adding to my planner over the next 4 months.

See the recipe? The little picture of the food? The check mark in the bottom left means ‘add to queue’ the clock means ‘add to planner’.  So when I am scrolling through my recipe book and see one that might be yummy, I just click on the check mark and it is added to my queue. Easy-peasy-lemon-breezy!

My next step is to plan.

The planning calendar

The planning calendar

So once my queue is full to my liking I head to the planner and I can just drag and drop the meals where I want them.  If I have a main course and a side dish, I drag both recipes to that day.  If it is something I don’t have an online recipe for, I can create my own note on the day to.

For every recipe I add to the planner the ingredients automatically get added to a shopping list for me.  I can then access that list from my phone while at the store.  I can also alter the list, adding and removing items as needed, like telling it that I already have water and won’t need to get it at the store.  If I say I have salt, then salt will not be added to my shopping list until I remove it from my shopping list.

an old example of a shopping list

an old example of a shopping list, I hadn’t updated my pantry yet

I have been a member for over 4 years now and I absolutely love it.  It does take some time collecting recipes but I use it all the time, and I think it is very easy to use.  It is also really easy to share recipes with friends.  Plan to Eat offers a 30 day trial to see what they are like, and also you can do a month-to-month payment, but when you purchase a full year it is a much better price.  I will also let you know when they offer their black Friday 1/2 off sale! It is an awesome deal1

When I plan my month-long meal plans I will still post them on a weekly basis.

 

Now, what to cook the rest of the week…..

 

Menu Plan 8/24-8/30

Mon: Tacos and Spanish Rice

Tues:

Wed:

Thr:

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is Closed

Sun:

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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Menu Plan Monday Aug 3rd

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I am in a recipe rut.

I can not find the desire or drive to cook.  I really don’t even want to bother with eating at this point, it is such a hassle!

So I have been trying really hard to find new things to cook, but they all look either to time consuming have too many ingredients or it is just to damn hot for me to turn the oven and stove on.

Everything I make is basically chicken, cheese and pasta.  I love summer, but I realized this year that my cooking really goes downhill in the summer.  I just don’t want to take the time.  Rant. Rant. Rant.  Listen to me complain…..

Sigh, get over it girl. I am grateful that I have the ability to make my family food, and to feed them. (but really I just want to feed them fall-spring and have someone else do it in the summer. Is that really too much to ask?)

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Menu Plan 8/03-8/9

Mon: Spaghetti & Meatballs

Tues: Teriyaki Chicken Sub Sandwiches 

Wed: Balsamic Beer Braised Pork Roast with Potatoes

Thr: Chicken Enchiladas or Tacos

Fri: Leftovers

Sat: Kitchen is Closed

Sun:

 

Happy Cooking

Dawn Marie

 

 

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Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

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Running Log ~ July 21st ~ lead feet

Lead Feet and Injuries

The heat, the humidity and the allergies have been hitting me pretty hard this summer and my runs have been getting slower.

The last week in June I started running early in the morning at the gym on the treadmill. It was horrible, but at least I was running, because when it was already 70° at 6 a.m. there was no way I was running outside that day.

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But I had a virtual race and a long rung scheduled just before the July 4th holiday and didn’t want to do 8 miles on the treadmill.

So I got up early and hit the road, I picked a route next to the river for some cool air.

But my feet felt like lead weights.  It was still too hot, my allergies was making it hard to breathe.  It was the slowest run I had done in forever.

And I say that like I have been running forever…when really I started running again only a year and a half ago, and hadn’t run more than 8 miles before Aug of last year.

So I got my run done, and I was so disappointed in myself, but decided that I needed to get back to the gym and start using the treadmill again.  This way I can set my pace, turn a movie on and just keep going.

After the holiday we went on our friends boat and slammed my knee on the fishing pole rack.  I didn’t think it was that hard, it didn’t hurt, and I didn’t think anything of it.  Then I woke up in the middle of the night with excruciating pain in my knee.

I couldn’t keep it bent for more than a minute, two at the most.  If I hyperextended my leg it was equally painful, so when sleeping and stretching my leg I would wake in pain.

I couldn’t go up or down stairs, I couldn’t sit, and it was painful standing from a sitting position. I couldn’t drive without something propping my foot up (it was my left knee and I have an automatic). My leg at a 90° angle brought swear words flowing out of my mouth.

At first I didn’t realize what happened, how I hurt myself, but then I figured I must have bruised my kneecap (patella) when I hit the fishing pole rack.  I don’t know if you have ever bruised a bone, but it isn’t sunshine and daisy’s.  Walking was fine as long as I didn’t bend my leg too much, but running was out of the question.

That’s OK. I can rest an injury, as long as it isn’t too long…

Two weeks go by with no running and I can finally sit with my leg bent for longer than a few minutes.  I can do stairs, my knee still hurts, but it is healing.  I think I am finally safe to try running again…when I hurt my back and my allergies might really be a cold (but don’t tell anyone, cause I don’t actually get ‘colds’).

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*sigh*

this too shall pass.

But I am feeling slightly depressed about not running. Okay, I am feeling really depressed about not running.  I am tired and I am grouchy. So this week is also going to be a rest week, and next week I will come back with a vengeance.

Going for a run is like having a cup of coffee... I'm much nicer after I've had one.

But there is good news in here too.

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Recently I partnered up with a wonderful company The Runner Box.

 

This a subscription box company for runners, cyclists or triathletes.  They send you a bimonthly box full of products and discounts like nutrition bars, gels, energy boosters, snacks, personal care and other running accessories.runnerbox_Birthdaybox

For my loyal readers RunnerBox is offering 10% your purchase by using the code RUNMSRUN so go start your subscription today, or go buy one for that runner in your life.

*stay tuned to find out what came in my first RunnerBox

 

 

Just. Keep. Running.

Just a reminder that with my running I am raising money for St. Jude’s Hospital, click on the picture below to donate.

Click to Donate now

Be a HERO by clicking picture and donating today.

Want to find out what races I’ll be doing next year?  Check out my list.

Dawn Marie

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