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Long time no see…

I cannot believe it has been over 4 months since I posted anything…I guess that goes to show how boggled I have been!  Lots has been going on and lots is still piling up on my plate.  This is just to post a basic update, and some news for things to come!

Things that have been going on: I did a Tough Mudder with my husband and 4 of his USAF co-workers

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I am signed up for the Saarbrucken Half Marathon in September and am looking forward to all of the pretty sights I should be seeing on the course!!!!

I signed up for the StrongmanRun in Luxembourg, and am now gathering others to make a team and enjoy the world’s “Largest Obstacle Race”!!!

I am pre-registered for the Spartan Beast that should be taking place in Stuggart next spring…I am praying they go through with it and hold this event, because I really want to do it!!!

Last, but not least, I am registering for the GoRuck Light which will also be in Stuggart next year.  This will be my April race and I believe it will be a great challenge since my biggest obstacle is always my mind and self-doubt…this should crush that!!!

So, my update is all about racing…but that is what keeps me sane these days when I am taking classes, moving to a new house and trying to prep for a much better school year for James!  Whatever keeps us going and keeps us from losing our minds is what matters most.  Of course, some of the best little things that keep taking place are the funny moments with my kids when no one is around to believe the things they say and do, and of course just watching them become miniature versions of myself and my husband!!

 

Birthday wishes….

Today is Eric’s 35th Birthday! I wanted to make it special- even though he prefers me not making a big deal out of his birthday! I decided the best way to make it special was to tap I to his deepest desires and wishes…

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So, I gave him a Justin Beiber birthday party!!! EPIC!!!!!

March Foodie Pen pal!!!!

It is that time again!!!!  The time of the month (no, not that time of the month) where I receive a very exciting package in the mail!!!  I get my foodie pen pal goodie box.  This is now something that I get so excited about!!  I love trying new things and seeing what people come up with to send me!!  I received wonderful goodies this month…so without further ado…

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It was a great balance of local  yummy items and delicious chocolate to feed my 24/7 cravings!!!  Of course, we opened it in the car after our speed run, which meant we had to taste test every little thing we saw!!!  First I went right for the granola…a huge favorite of mine!

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I loved the cranberry orange pecan…it was a nice mixture of flavors and I will be adding it to my yogurt for sure!!!!  The Vanilla Almond will be making it’s way into my tofu pudding that I just made a huge batch  of!!

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I busted open the pretzels for Eric to try out first!  They were a thumbs up and were also a yummy treat for Gavin as well.  He loved them.  I have to hold off on my chocolate indulgences, so I will be waiting until Sunday to try a few and make them into a nice little trail mixture with my new granola and some yummy yogurt!  The Clif bars will be gladly used for my post long runs!  I am not sure which to eat first…I think I will take half of each and then I get the best of both!!

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This chocolate bar was totally different than anything I have ever tried!! It had a hint of lime to it, and it was actually a nice little blend!!  It had some sort of kick to it while still being sweet!!  The truffles are going to be the death of me!!

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These received a huge squeal of delight!!  Some local yummies for me to bake up and enjoy!  It is a Double Chocolate Scone Mix, then a Chocolate Dessert Mix, plus a Chocolate Raspberry Spread!!  I think I need to make sure all three of these go together!  I plan to bake the scones for Easter morning and then add the sauce for a nice little dipping action!!!  Oh, so many yummy snacks and treats to enjoy!!!  A huge thank you to my foodie pen pal who sent me this wonderful package!!!  Now, to sign up for April!!  Hooray! 

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Seriously, you need to give this a try!!  Click on the button in my side bar or on the link above!!!!

Meeting Goals…

I have been trying hard to meet the goals I set for myself this week.  Not that they were too hefty, but the food tracking one is always the hardest to meet.  Mostly because of my ability to eat everything around me when I have PMS (which of course, was this week).  There is only one goal that will not be met and you will hear why….

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I changed up my running goals for this week.  Instead of two 3.5 mile runs and a 5 mile long run, I planned for a 2 mile (speedy run), a 4 mile (average pace) and then a 6 mile long run.  I did the 2 miles on Tuesday with Eric and was able to keep a 9:10/mile pace….that is very fast for me.  I was shocked and very happy that I was able to run that without feeling like I was going to die!  Then, I did a hilly 4 mile run with Eric on Thursday.  This was a little more tough for me.  My knee was hurting a bit and I was finding the frequent, short, steep hills a little tough.  HOWEVER, I will keep this as my 4 mile route, because I know the hills are good for me and my endurance!!  I finished this run with a 10:34/mi pace.

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I was pretty happy by the end of the run when I saw my pace was not as slow as I was thinking it would be.  It is funny that 10:34/mi is slowish to me now, since that is actually faster than my ordinary pace as of a few weeks ago.  I am hoping to run my 6 miles at no slower than a 10:15/mi pace.  My overall goal is to be able to run my half marathon at a 10:30/mi pace…that would give great meaning to the term ‘Run Happy”

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The one goal I know I won’t be meeting is my cardio day at the gym.  I did Pilates (instead of Yoga Meltdown) on Monday, running on Tuesday, The Shred and Tabata on Wednesday, and then Running Thursday.  Friday was my rest day/ family day and today (Saturday) was when I was planning on going to the gym.  Since Wednesday my knee has been feeling pretty rough.  It has been achy and tight when I try to bend it.  It wasn’t hurting while I was running, but at all other times, it was in rough shape.  I decided to take rest from cardio and do stretching today instead so I can be sure to be in ship shape for my run tomorrow. Other goals were to do a massage swap day with the Hub (he didn’t want one, but I did) which I got when my leg was hurting Thursday evening.  I think that with the heat pack, helped a lot!  Even though he was having issues with his neck and legs, he ran and massaged like a trooper!

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I also planned an art day with my boys.  I wanted to have some fun with them while not worrying about making a mess or keeping it controlled!  We did that by decorating Easter Eggs and paining Easter pictures today.  It was a free for all and I just tried to enjoy them being silly and having fun with their imaginations!  I attempted to get them involved in the Easter cookie decorating, but they both were truthful by basically telling me they didn’t want to decorate the cookies, they only wanted to eat the sprinkles…can’t say that I blame them!!

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So for now, I will sit on my arse, heat my knee, watch Shrek 2 with my boys and then plot the ways in which I will hide these Easter eggs!! 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter!!  Here’s hoping the sun is shining for the day (and for my run)!!

Markets, Festivals and Nicholas, Oh My!!

It was a busy long weekend in the Groff house!  We hosted Thanksgiving dinner Thursday and basically laid around until late afternoon on Friday…then it was off to the Trier Christmas Market, followed by our own village’s festival Saturday night to see Nicholas!

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The Trier Market was gorgeous!  We were there at  night, so we got to see all of the pretty lights and displays.  We also got to warm our freezing hands with mugs of Peppermint Hot Chocolate and Bailey’ Coffee!  The market looked like a display you see on someone’s mantle at Christmas!  It was so amazing to see these things in larger than life size!

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As soon as we got there, James spotted the Carousel.  He was  non-relenting in his begging to go on it!  After we warmed up with drinks he had a turn and smiled from ear to ear the entire time.  I am not sure if the smile was from the ride or from the girl he decided to sit with in the little carriage seat!  He loves the ladies, whether they speak English or not!

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The boys enjoyed their treats…James was overwhelmed with excitement and Gavin was just wonderstruck with all of the lights and toys!  He just starred at them and you could see his little mind just reeling with the wonderment of it all.  Then he was all about the Sus Popcorn…it was mighty tasty!

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We got some nice photos together and then decided it was time to get back to the warmth of our Jeep for the 90 minute drive home.  Two hours at a market flies by when you are busy looking at all of the ornaments and wooden crafts!  The next day was spent tidying up, relaxing some more and then visiting our own village’s festival!  We had a visit from Nicholas who gave out goodie bags to the children while the parents enjoyed some Gluwein…I am not a fan, so I left that part up to Eric!  Meanwhile, we played, tried to stay warm, and practiced running up hills with Gavin!

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It is so amazing to have markets and festivals every weekend all over Germany to enjoy with our friends!  Now we get two special friends coming this week from Japan, and we cannot wait to share the in the Gluwein, wursts, waffles and celebrations with them!  Up next…the Landstuhl Christmas Market Race…

What did you do this weekend?

My favorite holiday in the whole world….

So it is getting close to Christmas and this is always a time when I get more sappy than usual, more hyper than usual, and more over the top with my acts of kindness.  Something big happened in my life on Christmas Eve 23 years ago, and since then it has always had a more than special meaning to me.  It is a time for renewal, for being thankful, for being open to the idea that something good can always come from a bad situation.  I became somewhat obsessed with the love I have for my family ever since that year…it was also the year I got to give up the mushroom cut! 

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Not going into big details, but I will say that my father made a big decision that made a huge change in our lives and the lives of others that day 23 years ago.  We left our blended family and began again as a family of three.  A new apartment, school, babysitter, etc. were all waiting for us that Christmas Eve day.  We have always been close to my grandparents (I have talked about Nanny quite often) and so when Dad pulled into the Ultramar parking lot to call them, we knew it was going to be a great Christmas.  My Dad drove us there (after breakfast at McDonalds) and then we set out my slippers (long stocking type ones) to be filled.  There were not many presents, but we didn’t care.  We were with our Nanny, Papa, cousins, Aunts and Uncles…it was truly just about family!  Since then we have formed fun traditions with both my father and mother!n534805522_1883745_7094[1]

Christmas at my Moms….this snow globe is the reason “Oh Holy Night” is my favorite Christmas Carol!

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Back when getting a cordless phone was super amazing!

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Me and my niece, Lena, way back in 2000

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The last Christmas I spent with my family before moving away!

Some of my best Christmas memories are going to the Sheraton or Delta Barrington with my mom and sister.  We would stay for the weekend, walk through the ped-ways to go shopping, go see plays at Neptune Theater (or Nutcracker, something I can only share with my Mama <3), getting cookies, going to the spa, and getting etiquette lessons from Mom at the hotel dining room!  I have since started my own family traditions and fun with my husband and two boys.  I am proud to say they love watching Christmas movies starting in September, just like me!  They love hot chocolate, Christmas songs, Christmas crafts, and all the baking I get into.  They get super excited and also share in the joy of giving!  It is really fun to see their faces, when they look at ornaments, or huge trees in the shopping centers.  It is even more special we get to spend Christmas in Germany….there could not be people who love Christmas more than Germans…..I am with my kind of people!  Here are some pics of my own little family through the years

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I cannot wait to do a ‘Christmas in Germany’ post!!!  We start the decorating this week, so prepared to be overwhelmed with my love for everything Christmas!!!!  In the meantime, I am getting ready for my first run since the injury….pictures will be taken, turtles will be passing me, and I will be as happy as a pig in sh!t myself on Christmas morning!

What is your favorite holiday?  What makes it special for you?  What new traditions do you come up with as you grow older?

Thursday Runnin’ with the Ramstein Runners!

Well this is the second week I was lucky to run with a great group of ladies!  I am glad I have a group to run with…those hills were not as challenging today as they would have been if I was running them solo!  Besides, it is fun to let others hear my constant trail of ridiculous thoughts and ramblings!  I think I might look crazy when I think them on my own and then laugh out loud….alone.

It was a bit nippy out; however, I had my new cold-gear that my neighbor bought me…so I was happy!  She got me pants and a jacket from an online German store: Tchibo!  I was so excited to get them, because I am not used to running in the cold, and my butt has been getting little bit chilly!  (Review: They were great items; but, the downfall is I am like 2ft tall so the pants with zippers at the ankle are a bit bunched up on the bottom and started to chaff my achilles a little.  Ah well, for shorter distances it is not going to be a problem!  I will just make sure to get another pair when my mileage starts to increase)!

After dropping James off at school and Gavin at the sitter’s I was on my way to meet up with the ladies of “Ramstein Runners”.  After a 2 miler in my Vibrams on Tuesday, this was my first time really going out to run in them!  We split into our running groups and then headed out with a quick warm up and then 6:2 splits.  At the end I skipped the interval and just kept going to the end with another runner because I was feeling pretty good.  We walked to cool down and then saw the other ladies again, so we all ran back to the end together!

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Look at those fierce ladies after running in the cold!

We ended up with 3.9 miles total (I think) so it was about 3.5 miles of running, which is quite good for my first real run in the vibrams!  We were all happy to get out in the fresh air, share some laughs, some great exercise and the support of one another!  This is one bunch of ladies I will look forward to running with every week!

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What do you love about running with others??