Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Hard Cider Run Recap

I ran the Hard Cider Run over the weekend for the 3rd time. This race for me, is one of the harder races I actually run in. In Charlottesville it has this huge hill up a mountain you get to go up between mile 1 and 2 and to be honest, if you can run up that beast, more power to you because after losing so much weight, this was first time I was even able to walk super fast up it without stopping.

The race was 3 miles/5k. I went in the first wave, the 9:00 A.M. heat. That is a runners only wave. I never go in that wave but figured why not. This was my second race since losing so much weight. I was able to run all of it (except said previous hill) and it felt amazing. I had a good pace and stamina the entire time until the very end. I did lose my speed and energy right at the end before the finish line and had to really push myself to finish and not walk but I did it and it felt great.

 The big thing that was good was it did not rain on Saturday morning. It was calling for downpours and we missed it. It held off until the afternoon so we got to run in a nice cool morning which was great because once I got running, I was burning up. 

My time was around 40 minutes. The first year I ever ran it was in 2015 and my time was 57 minutes and last year in 2016 it was 45 minutes. I am hoping next year in 2018 I can get it under 39 minutes. 

Don't forget you can still use the code RACHEL1 for $5.00 off you registration to the Hard Cider Run. Let me know if you are running or have ran the race. I would love to know your thoughts on it!!. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Corn and Potato Chowder Recipe

One of my all time favorite meals is Corn and Potato Chowder. I eat it every time when I am in Maine. Well unfortunately the place I get it at, stopped serving so I had to find a recipe I liked and make it. It is very Delicious and super easy to make!

Here is what you need: 

    • 1 medium yellow onion, small dice
    • 3 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels (thaw if frozen) (I used 2 cans)
    • 3 cups whole milk
    • 1 pound russet potatoes (about 2 medium), peeled and medium dice
    • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more as needed
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • Finely chopped chives, for serving
    • Place 1 cup of the corn and 1 cup of the milk in a blender and blend until smooth; set aside.
    • Set heat to  medium high, add the corn-milk purée, remaining 2 cups of corn and 2 cups of milk, potatoes, and measured salt and pepper. Stir to combine, then bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are just cooked through and the soup has thickened slightly, about 10 minutes.
    • Add the cream, stir to combine, and return to a simmer. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve garnished with the chives.

    Some people like to make bacon with it and add it in. I don't. 

    For a printable copy, go here!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Weight Loss Update

I have hit my lowest weight..again! I am currently sitting at 153! That is 42 pounds gone officially. It is taking so much hard work and dedication to lose this weight. It is not easy and for anyone that says losing weight and dieting is easy...screw you because it is not. I have 8 more pounds to go to get to my new goal weight of 145! 

I am not starving myself or anything like but right now but currently, I am not eating dinner a lot. My appetite has changed so much that I am never hungry in the evenings anymore, especially after a good workout. I typically eat some fruit at night and that is about it. My biggest meal is lunch. I try to eat healthy at lunch but eat a good bit when I eat. 

I am working out 5/6 days a week for a hour or more a day. I am either at the gym doing cardio with 3+ miles a day and 30 to 40 miles of machine weights and free weights or I am playing softball for 1-2 hours a day which is so much cardio. Either way, I am running, sweating and using my arms so much.

I also have a good bit of 5's and OCR races coming up. I am super pumped about them. Saturday I have the Hard Cider Run and in a few weeks I have my first OCR of the season, Rugged Maniac. I am really hoping to cut down on my time finally since I have lost so much weight and I am in a much better physical shape this time. I did much better the last Rugged Maniac due to losing weight but I was still about 15 pounds heavier so I am hoping since I have lost more, I will do better. Fingers crossed! 

I am hoping to hit my goal weight before my cruise this fall in October so I have to keep pushing, washing what I eat and working out hard every week!! 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Easter Weekend

This Easter Holiday flew by so fast! I sucked on the picture taking due to the fact that we had a big cookout at my house on Saturday and I was the host which translates into me not having any time to take any pictures or have a chance to sit down and breath. We had a ton of food, a egg hunt and it was a blast. To bad I don't have pictures right? You just have to take my word for it. 

On Sunday, we spent the day with Chris' family and I actually conned him into taking a picture with me. 

We went to dinner at the Bavarian Chef which is this amazing German restaurant here that I love. It is so delcious but you have to go in with your belly empty and ready to eat because they give you enough food for 3/4 people per meal. It is pretty ridiculous. 

This week is going to be quite busy so I hope I have more interesting post for you. I have 2 softballs games this week and the Hard Cider Run on Saturday! Sorry for the short post, but I had to share the picture of me and Chris because I love it!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Bow Wow Walk 2017

For the past three years I have participated in the Bow Wow Walk. It is a fundraiser to help raise money for the local SPCA. Every year I try to raise money and reach a goal of at least $250.00. I take my dog, Itsy, and we have a blast. The walk is about a 1.5 miles which is not bad for a dog. They have vendors from all over central Virginia. There was a dog costume contest, look-like-your-dog contest, and even doggy ice cream. It really is a fun, well ran event. 

This year, my team raised over $10,000 and the event it self raised over $70,000. That is a good bit of money for the SPCA and all of the animals that are there. They need all the help they can get so every penny really does matter in this. 

Saturday was not really hot. It was kind of the perfect day for a dog walk. I even strapped a GoPro to Itsy but I have not had the time nor the patience to actually edit it yet. Hopefully I can sit down one day and actually edit the footage instead of putting it off. 

If you are from the area and want to walk, comment below and I will let you know next year about it. You do not even need a dog to come. Just come and have fun. Also check your local SPCA/animal shelter and see if they have any events like this. They are a blast and it is so much fun to see all of the dogs that show up.  

Monday, April 3, 2017

Weekend Recap

Can the weekend please come back?? Man it went by way to fast. Partially it is because I was busy non stop all weekend long. I felt like I was going going going and I did not really get a chance to just sit and relax at all until around 9:00 P.M. last night. I crashed out before I knew it. 

Saturday we had a fun eventful trip to the vet. Willow had her last puppy shot and she made sure the vet knew she was there. She whined the entire time she was in there and anytime someone wanted to pet her, she peed on the floor. I have the wussiest dogs ever. She is now set to be spayed in about a month. I am going to be a total mess and cry the entire time when I drop her off until I pick her up. I hate having the dogs spayed because of the surgery but they really need it done.

Saturday evening we took one of our tractors to a friends house. Now we live in the country and it is not easy to take farm equipment around to other people's houses. We could put it on a trailer..that is the easy method. My husband decided to actually drive it there. A 10 minute drive took  us a hour due to the fact that the tractor doesn't go over 8-10 mph.  I had to follow behind him the entire way going so slow with my flashers on. That was a fun drive.

Sunday I had softball all day long. I am playing on a co-ed softball league with some friends. Now, I will admit I am not that good but my skills are improving since starting and I am getting better each week. The one dumb thing I did during one of the games yesterday was I had the ball right in front of me and instead of catching it with my glove, I tried to get it with my hand. That was dumb. I forgot to wear sun block as well which now, I am rocking a pretty schmexy farmers sun-burn which will turn in a farmers tan. I know you are jealous right?

I have two softball games this week and practice this Sunday. As you can tell..I jumped head first into the softball pool. Wish me luck...I am going to need it.