March 26, 2013

Goodbye, road trip. Hello, runner yoga.

After six interstate wrecks, a two-hour Ikea stop, and 801 and a half (approximately) tacos from the Bell, we made it home to sink into our cozy beds after nine days away. Your bed will always feel better if you leave it for nine days. Unless it doesn't. 

Road tripping with my four kiddos (solo parent because my husband stayed behind to work, which we were all equally sad about) was nonstop adventure, but I pretty much gave up on sticking with clean-ish eating after a few days. I made good choices when it was easy to do, but there were lots of times when it wasn't. 

This snack of brown rice cakes, cashew butter and bananas saved me from scarfing entire bags of Cool Ranch Doritos on more than one occasion. It was easy to pack the rice cakes and cashew butter too. The bananas are smush-prone (not in the Jersey Shore way), so you have to be a little more careful with them. Plus you have to have access to some kind of utensil. This snack is sounding more and more high maintenance, but I still consider it a pretty easy, filling snack for road tripping. 


Somehow we only ate green vegetables one day out of the nine. We should have just bartered for this wagonload of cabbage (??) while we had the chance, at our first interstate exit stop in Florida. Do you think they would trade stepped-on Craisins and backwashed water? 


On the way back, we could have offered a forgotten plastic bag of soiled clothes. Tip: if your kid pees their pants on your road trip and you place those dirty drawers in a plastic grocery sack, try and keep track of that bag so you don't vomit three days later when you rediscover it. 


There was that one time the kids ate carrots, so all hope of ingesting some of nutrients was not lost. 


To make up for the unintentional veggie fast, I headed to the store today to get some essentials. You can't really tell from this picture, but there are a lot of green veggies stacked in the cart. And eggs are $.99 at our Target, so I stocked up even though we have another 36 already in our refrigerator. Not exaggerating on that one. We high roll with some eggs.


On my last few trips to the Super Target, I've been getting these coupons, which I'm super excited about using. I don't buy a ton of food at Target, but they'll sometimes have some produce and other items that are convenient to buy when I'm picking up some other non-food items. And now that they are five minutes from my house, this will be even handier. Usually I get the coupons for diaper rash cream and pregnancy tests, so I really feel like I'm moving up in the Target direct marketing world. 


Side note: calling all botanists, poison ivy or not poison ivy? I found these along a path we hiked in Florida. This was right before I got swarmed by a wicked gang of mosquitoes. Turns out that no matter what you do to protect yourself in Florida, you will leave with a rash. And that is not a college spring break joke. 


Also, I basically took the entire week off of running and traditional exercise. After the trail marathon that I ran the day after we arrived, I was ready to just relax and enjoy all of the minutes with family and friends. Though I did go play soccer with my old league one night, and that almost made a real tear well up for how much I miss them and soccer. And the sprinting killed me. I should just play soccer for my speedwork from now on. It's like a million fartleks in a row, but cooler. 

After the break, I'm feeling much more ready to hit the skreets with my sneaks again. I went for a sixer on the new treadmills with my running buddies. Yes, we often do group treadmill runs, and yes, I often almost fall off trying to turn my head to talk to someone. 

Then, bonus, I made it to yoga class tonight at the new Resolute Running Center

Kevin the yoga master (he's the bearded one in case you are bad at guessing) and his yogis. 
Yoga is pretty much a fail-proof way for me to have a better day, and this class is specifically designed for runners. Yoga for runners is a lot like yoga for non-runners, but with a focus on stretching the typical runner trouble spots and with an instructor who is a runner and can help connect your yoga practice with your running obsession. Plus, he has a really cool beard. Look into trying a class if you're local!

Also, if you're in Birmingham, check out the Trail Running Festival at Ruffner Mountain on April 27th.  This one is cool because it has a 5K, 10K, 15K and 8-hour option, and all the races are the same price -- $30. If you're like me and decide races on best value of dollar spent per miles ran, you would definitely pick the 8-hour option. 

Who here has run eight hours before? I am giving you a very solid e-high-five right now. Seriously, you are awesome. 

How do you fit in more veggies on a road trip? 

Is yoga a yes or no for you? Which poses are your favorite to stretch weary running legs? A huge yes for me, and pigeon is definitely my favorite pose for my runner legs. And I also love triangle pose.

Do you ever buy groceries at Target? What do you get coupons for? Please say adult diapers. 

29 comments:

  1. ALMOND MILKKKK<3
    I need to try that yoga place one day soon! I've never been to a yoga class! I TRY to do 5-10 minutes of yoga after a run, if i have time. I could use it right now.
    If I'm on a roadtrip, usually we stop to eat at a restuarant and I order a big grilled chicken salad with the dressing on the side. That usually gets me some veggies.
    The city I live in, we have a target, but no super target. Can't buy produce and stuff. It sucks. I can't wait to go see the two story target in Brookwood though!! I haven't seen it yet:)

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    1. You should come check out the yoga there! I'll try and remember to post when I here what the regular schedule will be.

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  2. I take hummus if I want to get veggies in on the road. But unless you're a trucker, road trip snacks don't make a lifestyle anyway, right? I really want to try cashew butter too and I'm obsessed with bananas so your snack looks great to me. You are awesome for pulling that trip off and coming back with the same number of happy kids you left with (at least I'm assuming that was the case).

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  3. The cheapest egg I've found in TN are at Aldi here 68 cents.
    Veggies road trip does not compute.
    I usual get clothing coupons, save $5 with $25 purchase.

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    1. That is a great egg price! Hahahaha, there is a reason it doesn't compute -- it's too darn hard to accomplish.

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  4. Quite sure you have poison ivy there my friend. Sorry I missed while you were here!

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    1. Me too! I was sad you couldn't make it on Tuesday!

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  5. Packing for a road trip right now - staying in a hotel, so eating healthy is pretty tricky! My kids made grocery lists and let me tell you, it does not include a whole lot of clean eating!!! Do you ever road trip north?? Would love to meet you!
    I once ran 10 hrs and 20 min! Craziness!

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    1. Yes, we usually go to Indiana for a family reunion, but that still might be too far.:( And you are the first recipient of the e-high five. Double high fives for you -- that is amazing!

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  6. Veggies are so tough on road trips! I'm always ready to get back to normal food when we're home from traveling. Glad you all had a good time! The yoga looks amazing... thanks for the reminder to try to get myself there again soon!

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  7. Yeah, I think that looks like poison ivy! Sometimes poison ivy gets confused with Virginia Creeper, but that looks like the bad stuff to me! I try my hardest to get my fruits and veggies on a road trip, but unless I'm staying in a condo where I buy my own groceries to cook for the time I'm there, it doesn't happen as often as it should. I do usually bring a cucumber with me as a snack in the car.. as weird as that may be.

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  8. Haha I love the description of soccer as a million fartleks in a row. It's so true! My legs are TIRED after an hour of soccer. It looks like the trip was great (except for the pee-pants. Eek!). Soooo... when's the next race?!

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    1. April 13th I have a half marathon in my town. So excited to use my own toilet before a race!

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  9. I always wish that my high school would have had soccer when I was there (I was in HS before soccer was cool) - I think I really would have liked it!!
    The longest I've run is about 7.5 - on the treadmill though not a trail.
    I try to do yoga occasionally - would be very cool to find a class geared to runners!

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    1. Our school just barely had a dude's team, and they let some of us girls play on it. We were feeling pretty cool about that. :)

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  10. You must have extremely well-behaved children to go it alone on a road trip. Either that or you are the original Super Nanny and the TV one learnt everything from you!
    I'm so stoked to start yoga again. I received an email today for a $40 welcome back pass good for unlimited yoga for a month! Woohoo! I would tell you my favourite pose but I concentrate so hard on getting into it that I can't remember the names.

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    1. I think neither!:) They are very loud but with sometimes acceptable behavior, and I am good at tuning out the loudness and sometimes reeling in their crazy antics.

      Love those coupon deals. They inspire me to go every day!

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  11. Huge props to you for taking 4 kiddos on a trip by yourself. I try to cut up tons of veggies (carrots, celery, bell peppers, cucumbers) before road trips. Luckily my kids like to munch on them, but once we run out, it's Cool Ranch Doritos all the way!

    I love the same price race entry for all those different distances. I don't know if I could run for 8 hours straight, so I would like a distance in between the 15k and 8 hours!

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  12. I think it would be great to have a yoga instructor who runs.. who better to stretch out the quads and hips for you? I love pigeon pose too.

    We are just getting Target in Canada and looking forward to it. I have been to Target in WA state but not a Super-Target. Is it like Super Walmart?

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    1. Exactly! It's an awesome concept!

      And, yes, the super part of it is the grocery store they add to it. The selection isn't quite as large as super walmart, but it has all of the basics.

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    2. I love Yoga! Is it bad that my favorite pose is Child's pose? Haha! (not for the stretching obviously)
      I'm going to try and talk my husband into making the trip to Birmingham for this trail run - sounds like fun!

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  13. We stayed at a hotel Saturday night and I was super proud of myself for grabbing a container of pre-cut fresh pineapple from the store to snack on. I was a little PO'd that while I was not looking, my daughter devoured most of the container. And then I was happy that she opted to eat the pineapple as opposed to the bag of chips my husband picked up. I do shop at Target and I get random coupons sometimes but have seen the coupon for produce!

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  14. All the best races are happening on April 27 when I have a wedding that I have to be in! I'd choose the 8-hour option too. I'm all about value! We try to have salads when we go out to eat when we travel so we can get in some greens. Pretty sure the last coupon I got at Target was for baby diapers.

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  15. Your kids must travel really well, based on that picture of the three boys right next to each other. My 8 yo and 6 yo have their moments that make me think hard about going on a trip of the three of us. That is great that Target gave you a produce coupon, wish there were more of those around.

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  16. Wow. Ridiculous road trip, glad you are back in one piece and your recap had me cracking up tonight. Love your sense of humor.

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  18. Pigeon, pigeon, PIGEON! And cow face for sure. But then, MOAR PIGEON!

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  19. I too have attended a Yoga marathon. Its fun..

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