Falmouth Road Race Weekend!

Falmouth Road Race

The beautiful view from Mile Marker 1

I can’t believe it;s already Falmouth Road Race Weekend! I am not running the race this year, but I will be cheering everyone on at the end of my street. It’s always a fun weekend here in Falmouth, but SUPER crowded. If you think traffic is bad on the Cape in the summer, it definitely reaches a peak on road race weekend!… 

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5 Easy Make Ahead Breakfasts for Back to School

Both of my older boys like to have eggs, French toast, and other items that I can't exactly whip up in 30 seconds! Here is a list of 5 easy make ahead breakfasts, including some of our favorites.

Since the start of school is right around the corner, I am starting to think about ways to streamline our day and stay organized. One way to do this is to start prepping meals ahead of time. I usually do this for dinner, but this school year, I am going to start doing it for breakfast too. Both of my older boys like to have eggs, French toast, and other items that I can’t exactly whip up in 30 seconds! Here is a list of 5 easy make ahead breakfasts, including some of our favorites:… 

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Ladder Speed Workout – Check!

On Monday I did my first key workout of the week: a ladder speed workout. I discovered that I actually really liked this speed workout! It consisted of a 400m, 600m, 800m, 1200m, 800m, 600m, and 400m with  a rest interval 0f 400m in between. I did a 1 mile warm up and 1/2 mile cool down to make it an even 6 miles for the night! I think the change in distance and pacing of the repeats helped to make it go by faster–because we all know how speed work can seem to last forever sometimes, ironic huh?!… 

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Fisher Price Laugh and Learn® Smart Stages™ Toys

Toys that Grow With Your Baby!

Lately it just feels like we are drowning in too much “stuff” for the kids. I am trying to limit the number of new toys coming into the house, until others go out–which is quite a process with my 6 year-old who refuses to let go of anything. I was so excited to learn at Sweet Suite last month that Fisher Price has come out with a line of toys called Smart Stages that grow with your infant! One toy that could potentially replace several–GENIUS!

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Train

We recently received the Fisher Price Laugh and Learn® Smart Stages™ Train to check out with William. Although it’s recommended age starts at 6 months, for obvious reasons—I mean how much does a three-month old really do?! Surprise–William was actually really into it. Even my Mom remarked that he seemed really interested in the train. I put it down next to his play mat and he will stay focused on it for quite  a while.

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Train

What makes the Smart Stages toys different? As I mentioned above, they grow with your infant. For example our train has a switch with three different settings, corresponding to different age ranges. Stage 1 is from 6 months plus, Stage 2 – 12 months plus, and Stage 3 – 18 months plus. The train plays 50 different songs and provides learning content that is appropriate for each age, i.e. colors, shapes, numbers, etc.

 

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Stages Train There are number of different interactive components of the train including the ability to push the chimney and make the train move; slider ladybug, ABC spinner, and number roller. The set includes puppy, monkey, and froggy rattle figures and requires two C batteries (included). William absolutely loves train, and so do his 4 and 6-year old brothers! :-) 

30 Something Mother Runner received a Fisher Price Laugh and Learn® Puppy’s Smart Stages™ Train for the purpose of this review. All opinions and writing are 100% my own. 

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Long Run Recovery Tips

Long Run Recovery Tips

I know many of you probably completed a long run over the weekend, as I did on Saturday. It was my longest run postpartum–8 miles–and my God, my legs were feeling it on Sunday! I made a few mistakes on my longest run back, the first of which was starting at 9:30 a.m. It was a lot cooler earlier in the morning.

Even though it was only 73 degrees when I started, it was up to 78 degrees at the end, and I was in the blazing sun. It zapped a lot of my energy, and I had to take a few walk breaks. I did finish, but my legs felt like dead weight afterwards! This motivated me to share some long run recovery tips for helping yourself feel somewhat normal the day after a long run!

  • Becoming fast friends with your foam roller, Stick, or any other torture device that can help break up tightness and relax your sore muscles. WARNING– it WILL hurt! It’s a good kind of pain though, and I promise you will feel better in subsequent days!
  • Make sure you have a post-run recovery snack with a 4:1 carb ratio when possible. The recovery snack should ideally be consumed within 30 minutes of completing your long run.
  • Fuel yourself appropriately on your long run. Have your energy replacement snack starting at 45 minutes into your run, and every 45 minutes after (this is not an exact formula for everyone, tweak as necessary). By fueling well on your long run, you won’t feel as crummy when you’re done.
  • Wear compression socks/sleeves during the rest of the day after your long run. Compression socks/sleeves will help to increase blood flow in your lower legs.
  • Take a nap! I usually take a nap during the afternoon after a long run, and I do think it helps me recharge my batteries. Long runs can take a lot out of you, and a quick nap helps put some of that back!
Shining Sea Bikepath

This is the view from the midpoint of my long run Saturday!

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Training Tips Newsletter

I recently decided to start doing a Training Tips newsletter that I will send out on the first of every month–look for the first edition in September. My goal for this monthly newsletter is to provide tips on training, racing, gear, and nutrition. I would love to grow the subscriber base such that I can offer discounts through certain companies and other subscriber only benefits. If  you would like to sign up for the newsletter (I will not use your e-mail for any other purpose than the monthly mailing!) you can click on the Training Tips tab in the menu above…. 

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6 Tips for Getting the Kids to Do Their Chores

Getting Kids to Do Their Chores

We have had a heck of a time getting the kids to do their chores until we started implementing a task list and reward system. I honestly think I waited too long to start giving them daily tasks, and I really wish I had started sooner. I didn’t realize that they were capable of doing more than I thought! If you need some guidance regarding what your children can do, here are some age-appropriate chore suggestions. While some of these suggestions seem less likely than others to get done in this house, it gave me a nice framework for our chore chart!

Here are some tips for getting the kids to do their chores:… 

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Half Marathon Training has Begun!

Gore Tex Philadelphia Marathon

I am super excited to share that I will be traveling to the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon in the end of November to be part of Team Gore Running Wear! Gore-Tex is the lead sponsor of the Philadelphia Marathon, and I will be running the half marathon there on November 23. I have heard so many wonderful things about both the full and half marathons, so I am very pumped to check them out first hand. Over the course of my training, I will also get to share some of the cool new Gore Running Wear I will be wearing!

As I wrote a little while ago, I will be using the Runner’s World’s Run Less, Run Faster plan to train for this half. On Monday I did my first workout of the training week–my speed workout. It’s been 3 months since William was born, and I think my legs are finally starting to feel some sense of speed returning! :-)

I did a 10 minute warm up, followed by 12- 400s at 7:53 pace with a 90 second rest in between. My legs felt really tired afterwards—in a good way! They were also sore yesterday! Tonight’s workout is a 2 mile warm up with 3 miles at tempo pace and a 1 mile cool down. It will be my first tempo postpartum. I actually love tempo runs, so I’m kind of excited (total runnerd!).

In other news, I still can’t believe that it’s already been 3 months since William’s birth. I have always said that each year you get older, time goes by faster. I think the same thing applies for your children. By the third one, time is flying by! I guess you are just so busy with every thing else going on in life with your other kids. Every once in a while, I have to remind myself to stop and cherish these fleeting moments with my chubby little infant! :-)

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HUGE Back to School Tech Giveaway!

Back to School Tech Giveaway

I am somewhat cringing as I write that my sons will be headed back to school in a month! Since I realize some of you have children heading back even earlier, I wanted to share this giveaway from Sol Republic and Speck Products! Here is what one lucky reader will win for their children (or themselves!). The first part of this back to school prize pack is the Deck, from Sol Republic and Motorola. My husband has one of these, and I LOVE it. It’s compact and allows the user to connect up to 6 devices via Bluetooth…. 

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Organizing Your Car for Back to School

organizing your car

The Morrison swagger wagon is usually in a state of complete disarray. Every few months I give her some TLC and a deep clean, which lasts about 6 hours in a house full of three boys! Since I spend a lot of time in the car schlepping kids around from school to activities and home, and then back again, I am on a mission to keep the minivan cleaner and more organized this fall. If you would like to play along, see below for some tips and tricks for organizing your car or kid taxi. I think we could probably all live in our cars for a few days, living off the random bits of food that find their way under the seats and just about everywhere else! ;-)… 

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