January 16, 2013

Dark, rainy runs and a Happy Family winner

This morning I took to the streets before the first dash of light hit the streets. Usually my husband takes the morning gym slot, but my niece is visiting us (see the tallest happy-faced kiddo below) and going to an early-morning scripture study with other kids her age from 6 to 6:45 every weekday while she is here.

My kids and their cousins throwing down at the heezy this weekend. 

She only has a permit for driving, so guess who gets to drive her to her early class: me! That means one more opportunity to run outside every day while she's in class. So far I'm one for one: one nap in the car and one run. I think I'll go with nap tomorrow because it's a cross training day. Plus it's been raining since I can remember with no sign of giving it a rest. 

Another new adventure I'm experimenting with is creating a Yo Momma Runs logo. Pretty much my main idea is to bribe my kids to draw me a logo. I told them we were having a $5 logo contest. Whoever draws the winning logo gets a sandwich. It's just called the $5 logo contest -- that's not the prize. Naming of the contest was inspired by this Portlandia episode and the 6.5% loan

So here's what my daughter came up with. A lot of running sumo wrestlers, a princess, a fish, and two ghosty goblins. See any logo potential in there? I'm thinking goblin with motion streaks behind their cape.


Something else I was trying to figure out this week: how to eat spaghetti without eating processed foods or gluten. Enter the spaghetti squash. I roasted up a whole one and stored the leftovers in the fridge so I can eat this at least a few more times. For the sauce, I just threw red onions in a pan with olive oil to brown, then added cherry tomatoes. Once the tomatoes got hot, I popped them so that their juice would flavor all of the other ingredients. Then I added spinach, mushrooms, oregano and sea salt. 


The tomatoes and oregano gave it the red sauce vibe that I wanted to recreate, and the squash gave me the pasta texture (sort of) that I was craving. But together it was so much better than any pasta dish, and I didn't need a nap 10 minutes later. 

The most fun I've had with my new eating plan (New Year New Rules) is just throwing fresh veggies in a pan together without a recipe and seeing how the simple, real flavors of food combine to make something amazing.

I just got a message tonight that Prescribe Nutrition, who hosts New Year New Rules, is going to host a second session of this two-week program. If you're interested, you can get 20% off with the code NYNR20. Go here to register. Going into this program, I definitely underestimated the impact it would have on me. My energy levels are soaring. I've lost a few pounds, and I'm seeing food in a whole new light. Food is becoming more real to me, instead of something you add water to from the box.

And on that note, let's see who is going to win some handy organic snacks for their family from Happy Family.



Congrats, Hiker Mom! Email me your shipping address to yomommaruns at gmail.com so we can get those right out to you. 

Do you run in the dark? What safety gear do you wear? I wore a neon shirt, white hat, and flashing light on my belt during today's run. But so many things I own are black, which feels so dangerous to wear in the dark. 

Which logo would you pick? My son didn't enter the contest so no matter what my daughter gets her sandwich. 

When was the last time you ran in the rain? How did you cope? This morning, but it was a light sprinkle. The hat helped keep the water out of my eyes, and I tried to avoid puddles so that my feet would stay drier.

23 comments:

  1. I wear a neon shirt and a reflector belt when I run in the dark in winter. Luckily it is summer here and there has been no running in the rain or the dark for a while!

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  2. I wear neon, carry a small flashlight and have a blinkie light clipped to me. At Ragnar, I saw some runners with strappy, belt-like vests. Very reflective and much less cumbersome than the full vests we wore. I might spring for one of those.
    The fish logo is my favorite. Not terribly fitting, but really cute, nonetheless.

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  3. I wear a blinking arm band and a headlamp. I don't worry too much about clothes. I read this in the local paper about bicycling at night: "Not using lights is like driving a car without headlights. Using lights and wearing black is like driving a black car with headlights." Which I think makes total sense to me. I still wear lighter colored tops if I can, but don't stress about wearing black if that's what happens. I will say that I noticed a dramatic difference in cars seeing me after I started wearing the flashing armband.

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    1. Makes sense to me to. Now I feel like I need to add a tail light. I only wear one in the front.

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  4. Ha love the logo competition! Really like the fish that she drew! :) I have a reflective vest that I wear when I run in the dark... I used to run in the dark on the highway and would carry a small flashlight with me. You can never have too much reflective gear, that's for sure!

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  5. Yay so excited I won:) Just emailed you. I don't run in the dark but I do have to run in the rain sometimes since I live in Seattle:) I find that as long as I wear a hat or visor, I don't really notice the rain (unless it's pouring).

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  6. I wear lots of reflective clothing, an obnoxiously orange jacket and a head lamp. I haven't run in the rain recently but I've run in the snow. Fun times.
    I make a spaghetti squash dish like that except I use canned tomatoes, which I'm sure probably have sugar in them. I've been eating relatively "clean" for the last 2 years and I lost almost 20lbs. I didn't think I actually had that to lose but apparently I did. I weigh pretty much what I weighed in HIGH SCHOOL and that was over 20 years ago!

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    1. Snow, now that's an entirely different beast. At least for me because I have really never done it. We're not getting much snow around these parts.

      And, wow, that is a great incentive to eat clean!

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  7. Running sumo wrestler, hands down. Your experience with this eating change has me wanting to do something different. Especially the soaring energy!

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    1. Except I did take a nap today. Apparently, you can't only sleep three hours and expect the clean eating to make up for it.

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  8. Ai strap a Petzle headlamp on and clip a blinky red light to the back of the strap. That way, I'm visible coming and going! (Plus, I can, you know, see)

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  9. There is definitely logo potential there....definitely. Spaghetti squash rules. For dark running I have a headlamp, blinky light armband and lots of reflective stuff. Soooo many crazy rainy races this past year. Too many.

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    1. I would just like one cold, clear race, on a flat course. Is that too much to ask?:)

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  10. That is one dedicated girl, going to a Bible Study at 6am! I could learn a lot from the younger generation!

    I rarely run in the rain here but I'm ready for it. I wear my cycling rain-jacket with just one t-shirt underneath and then a baseball cap to keep the rain out my eyes. And waterproof mascara!!

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    1. I love having her here because I think it makes me a better mom. She's so sweet that it rubs off on me just a little bit.

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  11. For dark outside runs I wear my headlamp because it makes me feel all Mission Impossible.:) Great job on the spaghetti squash. I love using it. I have been gluten free for a good 6 months and it has been well worth it for my belly. I also avoid the processed foods and refined sugars. I love rainy day runs. Would love to get out in the rain today, but am getting over a sinus thing. So will most likely hit the treadmill so this cold does not get worse.

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  12. We run at night all the time. One of us wears a headlamp and the other a flashing arm band. Brian has lighter colored clothes but I usually end up in black. We actually had one car stop and lecture us (really me) on not wearing black because she "could see Brian but couldn't see me and I could have died." I was not persuaded. When it's raining we just wear rain jackets and hats on top. And I vote for the runner with Mickey Mouse ears. Who wouldn't love seeing a runner with those things on!?

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  13. Your spaghetti squash dinner looks so good! I've never ran in the dark before. I have ran in the rain a few times. Only one time (my last half) was it a downpour, and that was NOT fun! Other times it's just been a light rain, and it's wonderful!

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  14. I always wear my blinking light when I run in the dark. It makes me feel safer.
    I love the idea of incorporating something your kids did into your logo.
    Heck you are a running momma even the blog name says so.

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  15. I really avoid rain in the US. Too cold. Lol. I don't feel good about running after dark in Denver, but I used to in Minnesota.

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