minutes per mile blog http://minutespermile.com having fun and getting fast | Nashville, TN Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:36:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 new post, new week http://minutespermile.com/2017/06/19/new-post-new-week/ http://minutespermile.com/2017/06/19/new-post-new-week/#comments Mon, 19 Jun 2017 11:36:08 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=20640 Hello! I don’t know where last week went. I clearly didn’t even have time to put my hair in a proper ponytail so blogging didn’t happen either.


But it’s Monday morning and I have a sleeping baby so here we are! Speaking of the little lady, check out her new look. This girl is rocking her glasses.


Other cute things I saw this week include turtle man. I spotted him at mile 2 and then at mile 4 after I’d turned around — he hardly moved the whole time. Must have been waiting for me!


After a couple wonder weeks with temps in the 50s and 60s, we’re now reaching the 70s and 80s (and even 90s!). 7 a.m. is my summer running cutoff time and I dashed out the door on Thursday with one minute to spare :)


Luckily I found a nice set of sprinklers nearby. Free refreshments!


And (almost) free recipes. Cook Smarts only costs us $7 a month and boy is it worth it. You can still use my ambassador link for three free meal plans!

We tried a lot of fun, quick meals last week. Shakshuka and hummus/veggies:


Shrimp po’ boys! Yum. Chips and pickles needed to happen (and those are roasted carrot “fries” on the side)


Fancy flank steak + tortellini. PS, remember when I used to take nice photos with an actual camera? Don’t think that will be happening again until the kids are in college so I hope you don’t mind my phone snapshots :) #notaphotographer #notafoodblog #justagirlwholikestorunandeat


And since we’re keeping it real over here, let me show you a pile of eggs on a paper plate. We discovered a mountain of disposable plates and cutlery during our move and are trying to use it up. Yesterday we had a father’s day feast for Anthony!


And today we’re back to the usual routine. One last pretty run photo and then I’m outta here.


Hope to see you guys soon!


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weekend food + fitness http://minutespermile.com/2017/06/12/weekend-food-fitness/ http://minutespermile.com/2017/06/12/weekend-food-fitness/#comments Mon, 12 Jun 2017 18:04:18 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=20627 Greetings! How’s the start of your week going so far? Mine kicked off with a run:


Three and a half quick miles for the day! My feet were dragging a little after a late night (aka past 8:30 pm) involving House of Cards. This season is so good!


When we weren’t binge-watching or babysitting this weekend, we did get outside! It was hot but sunny and cool enough for some morning runs.


I broke out my new Sauconys!


This beautiful blue color was on sale for only $50 at Running Warehouse. I consistently find that Running Warehouse, Amazon, and 6pm.com have the lowest running shoe prices BTW. I always order old versions (for example, these are Kinvara 7s, not 8s) to save even more cash. I figure the less I spend on shoes, the more I can spend on race registrations :) #runningonthecheap


Weekend eats revolved around the grill! We are back on the CookSmarts bandwagon and I’m loving their summer recipes. Here’s some fancy cornmeal-crusted flounder with a poblano/corn salsa. Grilled plantains on the side — a favorite food I discovered during my 10-day elimination diet!


And a long-time favorite: chicken fajitas. Sides of La Croix and sleeping baby.


And here’s a cobb salad eaten on the bed with a side of awake baby! These days my dining table extends to the floor, the bed, the couch, and the play mat. :)


Off to enjoy a summer day, followed by another evening with the Underwoods I’m sure!

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slice of life http://minutespermile.com/2017/06/07/slice-of-life-2/ http://minutespermile.com/2017/06/07/slice-of-life-2/#comments Wed, 07 Jun 2017 10:06:45 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=20611 Coffee date!


A Starbucks recently opened down the road from us and it’s going to be dangerous. Baby and I strolled there yesterday morning right after my run. After a toasty three miles, cold coffee sounded just right.


I’m still loving the local Ashburn trails! Some are better than others but at least there are a few shady green spots to jog along. One day I’ll drive out to the W&OD trail nearby for a “real” run longer than 5 miles, but for now I’m squeezing in as many short jogs as I can close to home :)


Another day, another run:


I felt a little sore for a couple days after my 5k last week, but other than that the legs have been feeling great lately. I definitely run a lot less these days and think it’s probably a break I’ve needed for a long time.


That being said, I am looking at half marathons for the fall and perhaps a full for the winter… any recommendations ? :)

Moving right along to snack time. When I was pregnant I had very few food aversions — I think yogurt might have been the only one! One year later and we’re finally friends again.


Other summery eats = grilled everything. Anthony got a hibachi grill that is awesome for grilling flaky fish, tiny chopped vegetables, and (most importantly) pancakes. And steak!


^^ Mashed potatoes simply don’t photograph well. Sorry!

Is anyone watching the new season of House of Cards? The only way to get through the drama is with beer and pizza. I thought the rat Baltimore glass was fitting, too!


As for the pizza, look at this gem we got at Wegmans (the best grocery store of all time). It had a yummy mix of meats and cheese and we added some grilled eggplant on top.


And that’s my little slice of life for the day. Talk soon!

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marvelous monday (5k race recap) http://minutespermile.com/2017/06/01/marvelous-monday-5k-race-recap/ http://minutespermile.com/2017/06/01/marvelous-monday-5k-race-recap/#comments Thu, 01 Jun 2017 11:04:57 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=20590 I know we are nearing the end of the week, but I want to rewind to Monday! It was marvelous and started off with a 5k race!


The Ringing in Hope 5k took place less than a mile from my house so I figured it was the perfect fit. I haven’t raced in over a year (!!). Now that I’ve had a couple of months to get back in semi-shape after giving birth, I was curious how I would do. There are rumors that women get faster after they have kids and I’ll have to do another post discussing that soon. 

Anyways. Other than some muggy weather, the race conditions were pretty good on Monday and the race route was nice and flat. I had time for a very short warm-up (more like no warm-up… oops) after waiting in line to get my bib (because I registered the night before… oops). I wiggled my way toward the front of the pack and set off at a pace that felt challenging but sustainable for three miles.

After the first mile I thought I might be the first female since I didn’t see any other ladies ahead! Which was exciting. BUT THEN at the turn-around point I saw a woman running back toward me who had already completed the turn. Knowing she was a good minute ahead of me, I focused on holding my pace to secure a second place finish!

The last mile was a tough one and I could tell my legs were getting tired. Luckily I was also tired of being stuck behind this teenage boy who was JUGGLING three hacky-sack balls while also maintaining a 6:40 pace. I was scared he would drop one of the balls and I’d trip, so I found some additional energy to speed up and pass him!


Just before mile three I saw Anthony and baby cheering! (Here’s a photo he took from the start of the race)


And I also heard the third place woman coming up behind me. It was a sprint to the finish, and I only beat her by a few seconds! Phew.

I didn’t look at my Garmin a single time during the race and just ran based on effort. I was happy to see this when I crossed the finish line:


Official finish time was 20:43 (6:41 pace). Happy to take home some second-place prizes and a new PR! As well as a half-eaten apple and perfectly ripe banana.


I had time for a quick shower before the party continued. Meredith and Alanna came to town to visit!


We walked around, had lunch, played with Baby A, and ate a cake for Meredith’s birthday. (I’m still obsessed with this white cake recipe btw.) Thanks for visiting me, ladies!


If only all Mondays could be as marvelous :). Here’s to a happy Thursday — see you soon!

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an update http://minutespermile.com/2017/05/31/an-update/ http://minutespermile.com/2017/05/31/an-update/#comments Wed, 31 May 2017 11:20:32 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=20578 I’m back after a long break! (And wearing my DMV shirt with Virginian pride.)


The past couple of weeks have been challenging for us as we work on helping Alice overcome some eating difficulties. Per the recommendations of the dozens of doctors we’ve seen, we went to the hospital last week for her to receive a feeding tube. The procedure is actually quite simple and we’re relieved that Alice now has an easier, happier way of getting the nutrients she needs. We are hoping for a long-term solution soon and are still quite busy with doctors’ appointments, but in the meantime she’s very happy and very cute with her new accessory!


Needless to say I haven’t been getting a ton of sleep lately, but I have found a few bits of energy here and there to get outside and run. (And even race!)


Anthony found a nice little trail nearby and introduced me to it the other day!


I’ve been back on it a few times since and caught this pretty sunrise last Wednesday (or Thursday? Tuesday? Friday? I’ve lost sense of time!):


On the food front, I had a really lame 10 days a while back as I tried an elimination diet in order to test Baby A for food allergies (which we found out she does not have). No dairy, nuts, soy, gluten, or eggs for me — aka I was starved and sad all day long. Ha! We got creative with lots of rice, corn, and potato-based dishes and of course stocked up on fruits, veggies, beans, and meat. Even though I wasn’t trying this diet for my own health or anything, I was curious whether I’d feel any better physically since I was cutting out what some people consider “evils” like dairy and gluten.

The answer was a big fat no. I felt totally the same except especially hungry :)

(Note that Chick-fil-a waffle fries, sweet potato chips, wine, and hard cider did manage to pass the elimination test…)

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So, that’s where we are right now. Once we settle into a routine (something I’ve been saying for four months now… oops), I do hope to get back to daily posting. In the meantime, thanks as always for following along!

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some snapshots. http://minutespermile.com/2017/05/11/some-snapshots/ http://minutespermile.com/2017/05/11/some-snapshots/#comments Thu, 11 May 2017 08:31:46 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=20550 Morning!


Thought I’d pop in and share a few snapshots from the past few days. ^^ I finally made it out for a sunrise run!


^^ It was chilly! Got the gloves out and wasn’t happy about it.


^^Anthony’s parents left earlier this week so it’s just the two of us. Which means I have to start cooking again! I kept things simple the other night with crumbed chicken, a brown rice/cous cous mix, and veggies.


^^ Did I say “two of us?” I meant THREE! Miss A just turned 3 months old. Happy girl. She’s more and more alert every day, and it’s been fun to see her little personality start to shine!


^^And another happy girl. There are some great little trails around our new neighborhood that Anthony and I have been exploring.

20170509_112705 ^^The downside of moving into an area that’s newly developed — a number of these trails literally dead end in the middle of nowhere. Lots of out-and-back routes happening around here! Ha.


^^ Lots of leftover salads too. Here’s that same chicken, salad-ized the next day with all sorts of yummy toppings. Sundried tomatoes are in my top 10 favorite foods list — thank goodness Costco sells them in quart-sized jars.


^^ And finally, my closet is unpacked! I never read The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, but I have heard about the author’s unique vertical drawer-stuffing approach multiple times. Thought I would give it a try and have been loving it so far. #TheLittleThings

Let me leave you with a question: What are your recommendations for baby-friendly cleaning products? The tidying up continues and we’re looking for sprays, soaps, and solutions that get the job done but aren’t too harsh. Tell me your mom secrets!

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old school blog post http://minutespermile.com/2017/05/03/old-school-blog-post/ http://minutespermile.com/2017/05/03/old-school-blog-post/#comments Wed, 03 May 2017 10:32:11 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=20539 Good morning! I’m here for some old school blogging. Here’s a live recap of the past 24 hours or so. I hope to get back to daily posting soon, but to pull off this post I woke up at 3:45 a.m. — something I’m not sure is sustainable for the long-term! Ha.

We joined an amazing gym! No shortage of treadmills:


I headed to a 5:30 boot camp this morning and had a few extra minutes before class began. I did a quick mile just to get a feel for these fancy machines which feature virtual city and trail tours. I ran through downtown Auckland! It was pretty cool but also a bit nauseating. I’ve never been a screen-watcher while treadmill-ing. What about you?


Solitaire on the run?! WHY NOT?! (Again, I’ve been awake since 3:45)


As for the boot camp class, it was a killer! 30 minutes of non-stop jumping, burpee-ing, and mountain climbing.

In other workout news, I’ve had fun creating some new routes in our neighborhood. Look how FLAT this is! I’m in heaven after three years of East Nashville hills :)


20-40 minutes is about all the time I have these days for fitness. A quick four miles during nap time yesterday!


Plus a stop to look at pretty flowers.


Now that we are somewhat settled, Anthony and I are working on getting Baby A into a routine. The plan is stroller walk + bath + bed by 7:30 p.m. Anthony and I are totally on board with the schedule whereas A still seems to think she’s running the show around here 😉 (And she totally is.)


In other news, my parents left yesterday and my in-laws are leaving next week. This means I’ll actually have to cook again soon — something I haven’t really done since 2016! Ha! In the meantime I’m enjoying lots of leftovers. Steak on a salad!


Tell me what you’ve been up to this morning! I’ll come back and read the comments after an afternoon nap :)

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what’s keeping me awake: late-night entertainment faves http://minutespermile.com/2017/05/02/whats-keeping-me-awake-late-night-entertainment-faves/ http://minutespermile.com/2017/05/02/whats-keeping-me-awake-late-night-entertainment-faves/#comments Tue, 02 May 2017 20:19:29 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=20531 A while back, someone asked me to share some of my favorite books and shows that I’ve encountered during motherhood. In the wee morning hours of feeding baby A I’ve read, watched, and listened to quite a few stories. I’ve listed some of my favorites below — let me know what I should pick up next!

S-Town: When I heard the makers of Serial were coming out with a new story, I immediately downloaded all the episodes and started listening. The (true) story follows an eclectic man in a very Southern town — through a winding maze with antique clocks and a pot of gold. Weeks after I’ve finished the series, I’m still pondering parts of the story.

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The Red Tent: I read this book almost a decade ago and picked it back up for a second time recently. It describes the lives of Biblical women, much of which were spent in the “red tent” once a month. As a new mom, it was fun to read tales of birth and women’s issues in the BC days. Boy am I thankful for modern medicine!

The Red Tent - 20th Anniversary Edition: A Novel by [Diamant, Anita]

The Husband’s Secret: A light read that helped pass the time during weeks 6 and 8 of A’s life — when putting her to sleep became a lot more difficult and many hours were spent rocking and swaying as I waited for her eyelids to sloooooowly close! I read the entire book on my phone using the Kindle app. Again, very grateful for the time period that I live in because it’s possible to read a book with only 1 finger required to swipe :)

The Husband's Secret by [Moriarty, Liane]

Kellymom: I wouldn’t categorize Kellymom as entertainment, but I want to give this website a shout-out anyways because I’ve spent countless hours reading and re-reading posts on breastfeeding and all things baby. I don’t know who Kelly is but she is the mom bomb. She’s answered so many of my questions and her blog is my go-to source for, well, pretty much everything in life.



Parenting, MD: As much as I love Kellymom’s in-depth posts, this book (which I have loaded into my Kindle app on my phone) is great to have for quick answers and guidance. Different chapters highlight weekly and monthly baby developments as well as red flags to watch for. If I have a simple question about feeding, sleeping, or diapering, Natasha has a straight-up answer ready to go!

Parenting MD: Guide to Baby's First Year by [Raja M.D., Natasha]

The Cuckoo’s Calling: I finally got around to reading (well, listening to) JK Rowling’s adult book! I can’t say I loved it, but I didn’t hate it either. Then again, I’m not a huge mystery reader — and I admit I had very high expectations as a Harry Potter fan. Perhaps if I’d gone for the real book over audiobook I would have enjoyed it more? It was difficult to follow without being able to flip back and forth to look for clues!

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike Book 1) by [Galbraith, Robert]

Big Little Lies: Ahhh love this show! I have one episode left, and it’s been hanging over my head for the past few weeks while we’ve had spotty internet during our move. The suspense is killing me! Beautiful scenery, interesting characters, and addictive story line.

Bossypants: Cuckoo’s Calling wasn’t a good fit for audio format, but this book was! During my first few weeks of crazy emotional/sleep-deprived/stressed out motherhood, Tina Fey kept me awake and smiling in the wee hours of the morning. She even has a chapter on parenting which I loved!

Bossypants by [Fey, Tina]

What are you reading/watching/listening to these days? I’m open to recommendations!

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a few notes from 2 crazy weeks http://minutespermile.com/2017/04/27/a-few-notes-from-2-crazy-weeks/ http://minutespermile.com/2017/04/27/a-few-notes-from-2-crazy-weeks/#comments Thu, 27 Apr 2017 12:59:52 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=20524 Hello, blog land! Checking in after two crazy weeks. We survived our stay in the short-term apartment, packed up our stuff again, and finally closed on our house!


I signed all 1,000 papers standing up so that I could rock Baby A in her carrier at the same time. The closing agent said he’d never seen anything like it!


On the workout front, this week’s plan is all about opening, unpacking, and breaking down boxes. How did we accrue so much stuff?! Yikes.


Luckily we’ve got my parents and Anthony’s parents here to help. We’ve made a lot of progress and are down to those random Pandora’s boxes full of odds and ends. We’ve even squeezed in a few baby and box breaks to get outside and run.


Yesterday morning I explored our new hood! There are a few fun trails and lots of wide sidewalks near our new house which was a huge reason we decided Ashburn was the right fit for us. Apologies for the blurry photo — nap time was coming to a close and I was in a rush!


A rush indeed! Lots of short, fast runs in my motherhood journey so far. Maybe I should sign up for a 5k? My least favorite distance in the past, but it looks like that’s changing…


Speaking of which, I think I see some movement taking place on the monitor so I’m going to hit publish while I still can. Let’s end this post with some burgers and I promise to be back soon.


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favorites of late: baby edition http://minutespermile.com/2017/04/07/favorites-of-late-baby-edition/ http://minutespermile.com/2017/04/07/favorites-of-late-baby-edition/#comments Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:19:51 +0000 http://minutespermile.com/?p=20506 Happy Friday! It’s been a while since I’ve done a favorite finds list so I thought I’d share some top baby products. Now that I’m eight weeks into the mothering thing, I’m by no means an expert — but I have come a long way with the help of a few magic tools. Here are some of my top picks below. If you’re a new or soon-to-be mama, I hope this helps!

Frida snot sucker: My sister-in-law recommended this amazing tool to me and it’s been a dream! Baby boogers are the worst and this thing gets them out in seconds. Here’s the best and weirdest part: You use your own breath to suck them out! Kind of gross but great at getting stuff out!

OXO wipes dispenser: Since we already talked about snot, why not move right along to poo? Nothing’s more annoying than trying to get a single wipe out of a bag with one hand and ending up with three wipes stuck together! This handy little box solves that problem. Wipe and go.



UPPABaby Vista stroller: I spent a loooot of time researching strollers and am glad we splurged on this one. The main difference the UppaBaby has against its top competitor (the BabyJogger City Select) is that it comes with a bassinet. A lot of reviewers said they felt that bassinet wasn’t necessary since their babies outgrew it quickly — but as a mom of a “sweet petite,” I think we’ve definitely gotten value out of it and I think a lot of others would too. Plus, the bassinet is sleep-approved so you can use it for naps even when you’re not strolling.

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HALO fleece sleep sack and aden + anais swaddles: We’ve tried all types of swaddle blanket brands and swaddling techniques over the past eight weeks to ensure Baby A gets the best rest. I think we’ve finally settled on these two swaddles as our top picks, at least for now! The HALO sack is nice and cozy for nighttime. Plus it takes seconds to put on and off, which is exactly what you want when it’s 2 a.m. The aden + anais swaddles are breathable for the day and big enough to double as blankets, nursing covers, etc. Plus the prints are just adorable.

Baby Manager breastfeeding + sleep tracker: This app makes it easy to track all of baby’s sleeping and eating! I use it every day. It’s really simple to use but also provides some in-depth data that’s fun to review. For example, I can look at a bar graph comparing this week’s total sleep hours to last week’s, or tally up the total number of hours I’ve spent breastfeeding for the day.

DYNAPro exercise ball: A friend told me that holding her baby while bouncing on the exercise ball was a great soothing technique. We tried it and the tears disappeared in seconds! Anthony and I probably spend at least three hours a day bouncing on our exercise ball because A loves it. Our core strength is at an all-time high 😉


LectroFan micro white noise machine: Another sleep saver to add to the list! For a while I was playing white noise tracks off of YouTube from my phone but then got annoyed having to pull it up on my phone, skip ads, etc. We invested in this little white noise machine and use it all the time. It’s simple and has a whole set of white noise “songs” to choose from. Our favorite is track 4, the low-tone fan :). 

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Moms: What other products and tools am I missing? Let me know in the comments!

Images: Pediablog | OXO | Amazon | Target

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