My first HILL workout & kids training update

I took a mini unplanned blogging break :), but I am back! Summer is just busy and schedules are different! We have had a lot going on at church and I have been spending the extra time with the family or running. Late dinners and fun nights outside with the family have left almost no time for blogging in the evening….but hey, that is life! 🙂

Here are some summer swimming pictures 🙂




I am now 8 1/2 weeks away from my half marathon and 18 1/2 weeks away from my full. I have come up with my own training plan for both and am starting to incorporate hills into my training.

This also means the girls are 8 1/2 weeks away from their first 5k!!! They are super excited! I am doing a very basic plan for them and trying to make it really fun! They have done 2 training runs so far that were 3/4 of a mile running and 1/4 walking.

They want to get one of these to monitor activity…I am thinking about it. Does anyone have one, I would love feedback…


You know, there is a reason that I have never actually done a hill workout before….THEY ARE HARD!!!!!!!

I am not a big huge fan of hills so the thought of repeatedly going up and down them for miles sounds horrible…..but I did it, I survived, and it wasn’t that bad (after the fact).

I found this hill near my house… is big!



I did a 3 mile warm up followed by 6 hill repeats. I wanted to do 8, but it was pretty hard and it is my first hill workout so I went with 6. Then a 3 mile cool down. I ran up the hill about as fast as I could and that was an average of about a 7:30 pace and jogged really easy down it at about a 9:30 pace. I had to stop at the top a few times just to catch my breath!

I found this article on hill training:


I am not sure love is a word I will ever use to describe hill training, but I know it will only make me stronger and I love that :)!

Speaking of stronger, I also got a pass to a local gym so I can work on some strength training. I only got a 7 day pass for now and we’ll see how it goes. My husband and I went last night (yes, we are that crazy couple that does date nights at a gym and gives each other a marathon as an anniversary gift :)). We did about 30 minutes of weight lifting and I am definitely feeling it in my arms and shoulders today!!!



And….this happened to my phone! It is amazing how accustomed we are to having a phone…. it is hard to go for only a few days without one! I have to just ask what people who buy these phones on ebay do with them?!!! So….I had some pictures on my phone that I was going to use in my post…but gonna have to wait :)!



We had some friends visit for  a few days and I tried out this recipe for making brown rice and I LOVED it!!!! This is definitely my new go to recipe for brown rice!


1 1/2 cups brown rice
2 1/3 cups water
2 teaspoons unsalted butter or vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Spread rice in an 8-inch square baking dish.

2.  Bring water and butter or oil to a boil, either in a saucepan or in the microwave.  Keep an eye on it and take it off heat immediately after it starts boiling.  Immediately stir in salt and pour water over rice in baking dish.  Cover baking dish tightly with 2 layers of foil, or heavy-duty foil.  Transfer baking dish to oven and bake rice until tender, about 1 hour.

3.  Remove baking dish from oven and uncover.  Fluff rice with fork, then cover dish with kitchen towel and let rice stand for 5 minutes.  uncover and let rice stand 5 minutes longer.  Serve immediately.


We also made these for dinner last night and they were easy and great…and super healthy!


All we did was:

cut up some zucchini, and a few different kinds of squash, cut up some strips of chicken, seasoned it all, wrapped it in tin foil and grilled it for about 20 minutes and ….done!

This is now another easy go-to summer meal for us!

So, it has been awhile ….how is your summer going?

How is your training going?

Any favorite summer recipes for Squash and zucchini?




  1. says

    That hill looks never-ending, great job on your workout! Though I love hill workouts, I don’t do them very often- but when I do I like to think of them as a leg strength workout 🙂
    Sadly all of my meals including any type of vegetable are just cooked on a stovetop with spices and some form of meat. I really wish I had a grill though, grilled food always tastes so much better!

    • Jen says

      The hill is never ending :). SO I know it is not the same really but I also have a panini maker that has grill plates and can be folded out flat to act as an indoor grill :). It isn’t quite the same, but better than nothing!

  2. says

    Holy wow that is a HUGE hill. I totally get your tweets from earlier now – yikes!!! So awful about your phone too. I’m so dependent on mine, I would completely freak if that happened.
    Love the swim pictures. That looks like a very cool place with those huge water slides. My boys would love it!

    • Jen says

      I know! Huge pretty much sums it up! I told my husband I was looking for a hill about 1/4 mile long and he found that one for me :)! When I came home I asked him if he was trying to kill me :)!…I am sure it is the perfect hill…just rough for being the first hill that I do hill repeats on!!!
      At first I didn’t mind not having my phone…kind of peaceful almost, now it is just annoying!

  3. says

    Oh Jen, that hill!!! That is an ambitious hill for your first hill workout. I actually have a hills workout tomorrow morning and while saying I ‘love’ it would be a stretch, it’s definitely one of the workouts I kind of enjoy…is that weird? Oh and YAY that you joined the gym! Strength training is SO important, especially for runners! You’re going to kill that marathon. 🙂

    • Jen says

      I know!!!! It was hard! Funny thing is though, while it was really hard… it felt pretty good to have done it! So while I am not necessarily looking forward to my next hill workout, I am looking forward to the feeling of accomplishment when done :)!!!!!

  4. says

    Blogging breaks are a must particularly when you invest your heart and soul, sharing the good, the bad and the ugly with your audience…

    Haven’t tried any Squash recipes yet, I’ll do it ASAP 😉

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