Let No Veggie Be Left Behind.

I will admit. I am cheap. I like to save money and I really hate wasting things especially when it comes to food. It seems my grocery bill gets higher and higher with less in the bags. So when I go for the good stuff like fresh organic produce I want to make sure I am using every last morsel. Here are some tips that I use to make sure I am using up what I buy before it goes bad.

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Freeze it
Frozen bananas are great for smoothies, baking and making a low fat ‘ice=cream’ like treat. Frozen spinach can be kept for smoothies and sneaking into meatloaf and meatballs. Even fresh herbs can be blended with olive oil and frozen for later use. When I feel something is getting close to its end date and I don’t like it will be used soon I throw it into the freezer to have on hand later.

Buy less
I love fresh produce but as one of four in my family that eats most of the veggie part of it I know I can’t go overboard shopping at the store. Each week, I try to stick to 2-3 fruits and veggies that I know have a shorter shelf life (berries, spinach) 2-3 that have a longer shelf life (apples, oranges, squashes) and then buy frozen items so I know I always have something on hand (Broccoli and brussels sprouts are my favorite).

Plan meals for what you have, not what you want
Take a look in your fridge and see what needs to be used up and base your meals off of that. I have gotten creative with stir-fries, omelets, soups and crockpot meals just based on the veggies I had on hand. I have found the end products to be fascinating, but my husband might beg to differ.

In the end, the important thing is that you are eating your veggies and not throwing away those important nutrients to fuel your body. What are your favorite ways to save the veggies? Any favorite recipes to share?

Fitness Coach Sarah Ward is a full time mom who admits it has taken almost 40 years to like vegetables. She is passionate about helping others find what they need in their lives to achieve the best life they can with clean eating and daily movement. You can follow her thoughts or food adventures on Facebook or Instagram at Lifestyle Forward.

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Meet Our Mother Runners | Lora W

Name: Lora W

How many kids or furbabies you have: 2 children: 4 year old girl boy twins

Location: Derry, NH

One thing you love you about our MRTT chapter: I love the support and motivation I get from the group.

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  1. When did you start running consistently? What prompted you to start? April 2013. I had always wanted to run. I had tried on and off but had obviously never found the right reason. Around April 2013, I was playing with my children in our yard and realized I was getting very winded just by running with them. I didn’t like that at all. I started running to be in better shape for them. It has spiraled from there and I truly feel that I found out who I really am through running.

  2. Where is your favorite place to run/workout? I love running on Cape Cod. My inlaws have a home in Mashpee on John’s Pond and I love to run around there.

  3. Do you have a favorite race? If not, what is on your bucket list? My favorite race so far was the Tufts 10k For Women in Boston on Columbus Day. It was my first 10k. I ran it with my friend Shannon. I would never have signed up for a 10k without her asking me. It was not a distance I thought I could even run. I loved every moment of it! It was inspiring to see so many women running.

  4. What is your current running/fitness goal? I am training for a half marathon in May: Boston Run To Remember. Honestly, I am petrified about the distance. But, as my husband said the other night, I was scared about my first 5k and then I was scared about my first 10k. So I’m sure I’ve got this 😉

  5. What motivational quote or motto keeps you working hard?  “I find PEACE on the pavement”

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Free Choice Questions:

What is your favorite distance to run? I loved the 10k. Right now I think that is my favorite distance. Maybe after my half, I will change my mind.

Why do you run? I started running to be in better shape so I could play with my children. That is still a reason but now I run because I crave it. I can feel every ounce of me wanting to run. I love picking out my running clothes and then getting all my stuff together to just run! I love getting out the door (or on the treadmill these days), turning my music up loud, and picking a direction to start. That first mile is always tough and I talk myself out of running with every step. Mile 2 is where I am the happiest and feel like I could run forever. I always feel better after I run, and I am always grateful that I am able to run.

Lunch Dates | Tips on Running at Lunch aka “Runch”

Barring the coldest days of winter and the hottest days of summer, I have a standing lunch date three or four days a week. His name is Linus.

Linus is the nickname I gave to my running bag when I realized that it was the same shade of blue as the beloved Peanuts character’s signature blanket, and like Linus, I carry that thing everywhere.

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Nearly every workday, I pack Linus up the night before (ok, sometimes that morning) – stocking him up with everything we’ll need for our lunch date: sports bra, socks, headphones, and of course, my precious Mizunos.

I’m going to fully admit before I go any further that I realize that “runch” (running at lunch) isn’t an option for everyone and even if it was, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Before I started doing it, I had some hang ups – thoughts like, “I’ll be sweaty and nasty for the rest of the day” and “will I even be able to even get a decent run in with only an hour’s time?”

I have been blessed with a flexible lunch time and bosses who came to understand that I am much more pleasant and functioning when I run regularly. My daughter was about six months old when I started running at lunch and I swear at first I did it out of simple lack of any other time. I commuted nearly an hour with an early start time and was rushing to and from daycare on both ends of the day. So, along came Linus, lugged in over my shoulder, to be tucked under my desk until we could start suiting up come noontime.

My first concern was where to go, but some time scouring over Google Maps and a little experience showed  me varying routes and I quickly knew where I’d hit a mile in every direction.

There is something that feels incredibly special about hitting the pavement mid-day. The sun is high in the sky, traffic is moving, and people are in the midst of their business. Life is going on – and there I am – out in the light and free of my computer screen – running through the center of it. This is my time.

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There have been busy streets and quiet neighborhoods on my lunch runs. There have been shaded bike paths covered in Fall leaves and road shoulders thick with the remaining road sand of Winter. There have been sweltering days when I literally ran for the shade and there have been days when I couldn’t feel my freezing toes. Like every runner, each day I get out is a blessing. Once I’ve found my cadence and settled into the fact that, yes, I made it here, I’ve never once regretted lacing up. I’ve been lucky enough to see some cool things during my mid-day journey: a hawk perched on a fence not three feet from my shoulder, a retiree who clapped for me as he went to get his mail, faces of fellow runchers who became familiar. This is sacred time to me.

There is a dark side to runch.

I return and stop by App. I evaluate my time and catch my breath. I stretch a minute… and then like the cold freeze of mid-summer AC, it hits me. I have to go back…to work.

This is the hard part and, I imagine, the part that turns some away from runch. It’s hard to switch gears again, and there isn’t much post-run downtime to bask in your effort and enjoy the endorphin high. At this point, it’s time to face both the time crunch and the odd looks from your co-workers.

Logistics

This is the nitty-gritty of runch and where Linus and I get close. Somehow, I have to transform from the sweaty, red-faced superhero I have become back to the mere mortal who occupies my desk chair.

Planning helps and here are my best tips.

  1. If you have long hair, take it down as soon as you get back. Any sweat there needs air and time to dry and ponytail bump is never cute. A few spritzes of dry shampoo make all the difference for the rest of the day, but you need dry hair to get the benefit.
  2. When changing, get naked. I don’t recycle any of my daywear into running clothes or vice versa. Not even underwear. I try to keep a plastic shopping bag handy to wrap up any worn clothes and keep them separate from anything clean in my bag.
  3. If you can’t shower (I don’t unless it’s stupid hot out, mostly for time reasons) it helps to cool your body down as much as you can so that you stop sweating. When changing, I find that a cold, wet washcloth helps to accomplish this. As all moms know, baby wipes are your friend, and if you’re inclined, there are wipes designed specifically for post-workouts. I utilize a toiletry bag which hangs up for easy access to these as well as cleansing face wipes, fresh deodorant and a travel size bottle of a lightly scented body spray.
  4. Linus is also packed up with other handy necessities only for him, which keep my excuses at bay:
    • Hair ties , comb and brush
    • Phone carrying options (Flip Belt, Arm Band)
    • Hand held water bottle and fuel belt
    • Gels and protein bars
    • An emergency extra pair of socks and underwear kept in a secret compartment (there is nothing worse than going to change and having no socks!)
    • Zippered pouch for bandages, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, travel pack of tissues
    • Tampons
    • Hat & gloves in cold weather
    • Extra washcloths for warm weather

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Again, this type of routine isn’t for everyone. I’ve been told more than once that “I could never do that. I have to shower.” I respect that. Truth be told, I’ve had some brutally honest cubicle mates who couldn’t tell an hour after my return if I ran or not, and I’ve passed their sniff test, but I still worry people think I’m gross. The endorphins help with this. It helps to feel accomplished that I’ve got my run in.  It helps to know I am training and getting stronger and faster.  It helps that returning to my desk means guilt free lunch (I heart food).

It helps to know that anytime I’m feeling antsy, or I’m trying to get miles in for the week, or I’m simply having a rough day as a single, working mom Linus is there to be my lunch date.

-Carrie V.

Great Bay Half Marathon | Race Recap

Race Location: Newmarket, NH
Date: Sunday April 12, 2015
Managed by: Loco Sports
Race Timed by: B-Tag  Timed by Loco Sports
Organization:  Loco Sports. Sponsored by Exeter Hospital
The Course:  

The course is challenging but beautiful as it winds its way along a designated scenic road. The race is large enough to close down the entire downtown for a spectacular finish with thousands of cheering fans. Over the past years over 8,500 runners have completed this course with its roller coaster hills, great downtown finish and simply spectacular back roads. 

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Hills!
Hills!
Swag:

Purple long sleeve tech shirt for women (navy for men) and a finishers medal! I was pretty intimidated when I saw the back of this shirt while we were waiting for the shuttle. But we did conquer it!!

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After Party:
We didn’t have a chance to enjoy the free beer but it was offered at a couple of places downtown. We did enjoy free pizza, yogurt, Hint water, homemade breads and baked goods. Did I mention they were also giving away free bags of rolls, homemade loaves bread and sheet cakes to take home? Some of us went “grocery shopping” and came home with armfuls of food.  Honestly the food offerings were one of the best I’ve seen. I finished near the end and there was plenty of food left and partying taking place.
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Other comments/thoughts:
From the moment we hit downtown Newmarket we knew this race was going to be awesome. The energy downtown by runners, spectators and Loco was exciting. I had never been to Newmarket and it had a great small New England town feel. The entertainment on the course kept the excitement flowing .  It ranged from locals playing music and having a party with friends to hula-hooping-roller blading-fiddle playing men and belly dancers. The fun never ended. The course was tough but absolutely beautiful! We traveled on city streets and dirt roads with bicycle support the entire way. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this race. The organization of the race, the entertainment and community support made this one of the most memorable races I have run.
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-Alicia W.

15 Boston Marathon Facts

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  1. The Olympic Games provided the inspiration for the first Boston Marathon, which culminated the B.A.A. Games on April 19, 1897.
  2. John J. McDermott emerged from a 15-member starting field to complete the course (then 24.5 miles) in a winning time of 2:55:10. The Boston Marathon has since become the world’s oldest annually contested marathon.
  3. Since 1969 the Boston Marathon has been held on Patriot’s Day, which is the third Monday in April.
  4. Record Size Field- The all time world record for finishers for the Boston Marathon was in 1996 with 35,868 finishers out of 36, 748 official starters that participated in the 100th running of the Boston Marathon.
  5. John A Kelley ran 61 Boston Marathons, he finished 58 of them and ran his last on at age 84 in 1992. He holds the record for running the most Boston Marathons!
  6. The Boston Marathon is the first major marathon to include a wheelchair division. They officially recognized Bob Hall in 1975.
  7. The Boston Marathon is the second largest single day sporting event in terms of media coverage.  It ranks only behind the Super Bowl!
  8. There are usually 500,000 spectators lining the 26.2 mile course on race day.  It is the most widely viewed sporting event in New England.
  9. The Boston Marathon Charity Program enables selected charitable organizations to raise millions of dollars for worthwhile causes. In 2012, 31 charities raised more than $11 million!!!
  10. The marathon distance was later changed as a result of the 1908 Olympic Games in London. That year, King Edward VII and Queen Alexandria wanted the marathon race to begin at Windsor Castle outside the city so that the Royal family could view the start.
  11. The distance between the castle and the Olympic Stadium in London proved to be 26 miles.
  12. Organizers added extra yards to the finish around a track, 385 to be exact, so the runners would finish in front of the king and queen’s royal box. Every Olympic marathon run since the 1908 Games has been a distance of 26 miles, 385 yards.
  13. In April 19, 1924 the Boston Marathon course was lengthened from 24.8 miles to 26.2 miles
  14. In 1966 Roberta Gibb was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon but she was not an official entrant, meaning she didn’t have a number to run. She finished in 3 hours, 21 minutes and 40 seconds and finished 126th overall.
  15. On Monday, April 17, 1972 women were officially allowed to run the Boston Marathon. Only 8 women started and finished the Boston Marathon that year. Nina Kuscsik won for the women with a time of 3 hours 10 minutes and 26 seconds.

April Fool’s 4 Mile Road Race |Race Recap

Where: The Winner’s Circle Running Club
When: 3/28/15
Managed by: Loco Running
Professionally timed by: Lightbox
Proceeds to benefit: The American Red Cross and The Alzheimers Association
Part of the Will Run For Beer Series and the Speed Series 4-3-2-1
This race was my third in the Will Run For Beer series, and my first ever 4 miler (hooray for automatic PR’s!). I was interested to find out that it is part of a long standing running club, and this was it’s 34th year. It’s flat course attracts some top runners. And the record holder happens to be our own John Mortimer, who ran it in 18:33!!
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April Fool’s it’s snowing!
Organization:
We received emails with race details prior to the race. The parking was free and ample, but with a slight walk. There was bib pick up both the night before and morning of. My group opted for race day bib pick up, since we had the drive from NH. Bib pick up was inside the Winner’s Circle Running Club. We were happy it was inside because once again it was a cold, snowy day. The space was a bit cramped and confusing but we found our way through it and got to use indoor bathrooms. I was intrigued by a running club having it’s own headquarters, with a bar no less. I hope Millennium has something similar in the works. 😉 We did have to walk across the street to the race start, which we grumbled about just because of the yucky weather.
My favorite race buddy and fellow MRTTer Donna S. and I ready to run
My favorite race buddy and fellow MRTTer Donna S. and I ready to run
Swag:
Runners got to choose a tech hat or shirt. I opted for the hat and also got a tech shirt from a previous year. In addition we got bags of goodies. Chips, Luna bars, coupons, trail mix, and my personal favorite was a sample of bio freeze. There was an awards ceremony after the race for top finishers who received cash, age group winners who received medals, as well as a raffle. Some lucky people were randomly picked to receive various goodies. At one point they asked any runners named Mary to raise their hand and I was rewarded with a gift card to a Newburyport restaurant. 🙂
The swag
The swag
The course:
I for one was beyond unhappy to be running yet another race in the snow. But the DJ at the starting line had us laughing about it being a “warm snow” and a good April Fool’s joke. And once we got going I didn’t mind it much at all, even got a kick out of it, which is typical of me. The course was basically running through neighborhoods. Nothing picturesque. But it was nice and flat, a bit downward sloping, and productive to fast running, even in the unpleasant weather. Lots of volunteers directing the way and 2 water stops. When we finished there was lots of good food – pizza, bagels, cookies, fruit, and crackers. There was a truck which read our timing chips and gave us our times immediately. Later that day they were emailed to us as well.
The After Party:
The after party was back at the running club. We got our free beers and were very pleasantly surprised to see the race being replayed on TVs throughout the bar. The awards ceremony was especially fun, plenty of laughter. All in all a good time.
After party at the running club
After party at the running club
This is definitely a race I will want to do again, and would recommend. I went into it with a goal time of 34 minutes and was thrilled to do it in 32:05. Ended up being a great day, snow or not. But I would rather not run any more races in the snow this year!
-Mary Beth S.

Meet Our Mother Runners | Tracey C

Name: Tracey C

How many kids or furbabies you have: Two daughters- ages 3 and 8 months and two furbaby sons- ages 14 and 8

Location: Live in Nashua, grew up in Holderness by Squam Lake

1 thing you love you about our MRTT chapter: The inspiration all the members continue to give daily to keep me motivated!

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1. When did you start running consistently? In 2012 after having my first daughter.  I looked in the mirror one day and decided it was time to take my mind and body back. 
What prompted you to start?  I wanted to lose the baby weight, get healthy and once I started I realized what a wonder it did for the mental health too!

2. Where is your favorite place to run/workout? I love running on the coast of Maine, in the city of Boston and around Squam Lake in NH.  I am inspired by the views. The day to day I love running in Mine Falls.

3. Do you have a favorite race? Most memorable run was being part of the One Run for Boston in 2013. Favorite race so far, I loved the Market Square 10K in Portsmouth What is on your bucket list? The Boston Marathon–shooting for 2016

4. What is your current running/fitness goal? Training for the Run to Remember in Boston and trying to get fit again after having my second daughter.

Free Choice Questions:
What is your go to pump you up song? Turn all the Lights on – T.Pain or Know your Enemy- Rage Against the Machine

If you could run any race in the world, regardless of price or 
logistics, what would you run? The Paris Marathon—I can’t even imagine what you would see on that course!