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I'm a Level 2 Assistant Apprentice House Building Helper!

Somehow I missed the memo on resting after Saturday's race and hubs and I have spent the last 2 days on our land getting the siding up all around our house. I graduate from Level 1 (only being allowed to pass things) to Level 2: being allowed to use the nail gun. I'm super excited. I don't understand why hubs didn't make me a certificate of achievement or anything. It's obviously a HUGE deal.

Level 3 is using the table saw. I'm DEFINITELY not there yet.

Whatever. I'll let bygones be bygones! Today was my first run after the race and I hopped on the treadmill at lunch time for an easy 4.5 miles. I was pretty tired from working on the house, but my legs felt fine which was a pleasant surprise. Easy pace of about 9:40 for the run.

I've been trying to stick with some gluten free meals, and made the best purchase ever today of Rice Chex!


This may become a new favorite! I'm not a fan of cereal with milk, but this stuff dry is addictive! Tonight all I wanted was something cold for dinner so I made Greek yogurt combo with strawberries, grapes, almonds, flax seeds, dried cranberries, and rice chex. Yeah, that's basically everything I could think of to toss into a yogurt!


So I'm curious: how long do you wait until you run after a long race--half? Marathon?
I took Sunday off from running, but today I was feeling alright and decided to try an easy run. I just wondered if I should have taken another day off or if it's ok to get the legs moving again. 

I know tons of you are yogurt/Greek yogurt fans. Do you eat it plain or with mix-ins?
I love Greek yogurt and somehow always end up eating it with fruit--it's perfect! If I need it to be a bit more filling then I'll add in some extras like almonds or cereal (or both!)

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  1. Congrats on graduating to level two of housebuilding. Did I mention how cute it is that you two are building your house together. So cute!
    And huge congrats for finishing your half.

    Love greek yogurt. I always add in fruit and flax seed. I love the idea of adding rice chex, especially to add some sustenance.

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  2. I took one day off after my half, I guess it depends on how your legs feel. I read in kara's book that you get one day off for each mile. Not totally off but just easy runs.
    I always eat my yogurt plain, I thinks it's because I'm too lazy to put it in a bowl.

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  3. I lov this cereal and the honey chex probably my fav. The cinnamon ones taste like cinnamon toast crunch.

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  4. Ha, sorry that had a lot of typos

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  5. If I do a 1/2 on Sunday my first run back is usually that Wednesday. And a nail gun, huh? Not too shabby.

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  6. I love Greek yogurt, but I think it tastes too much like sour cream to eat plain. I do use it like sour cream, though! Like on baked potatoes and stuff. But for a cereal bowl, I need to sweeten and add fruit.

    I love that you guys are personally doing so much for your house! That is really cool!

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  7. I usually wait about 3 days after a half to get a run in. But if my legs felt less sore I'd probably start sooner. I always seem to be most sore 2 days after a race...dunno why!

    I love greek yogurt and always mix stuff in - granola, fruit, honey...m&m's when I'm feeling naughty ;)

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  8. After my half I took 1 day completely off, then on day 2 I did just yoga and then the 3rd day I did a light run.

    On another note, I just purchased Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free cereal! Can't wait to try it out tomorrow!

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  9. For a half I only wait a couple of days... But for my first marathon I waited a week before I started running again. I couldn't even walk up and down the stairs for the longest time. It was soo painful!

    Congrats on achieving Level 2 status :)

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  10. Congrats on the level 2 achievement :) For a half I normally just make sure to take at least a day off and then take the first day back easy. I have not run a marathon yet so I have no idea how my body will react! eeek.

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  11. So at the race Sunday we got these free mini packages of granola. Perfect to take to work with my GREEK yogurt. I took like 10. I like Fage the best because there is a little piece of plastic on top so when you open it it doesn't spit on you. Is that just because I live at altitude????It fills me up until lunch and it tastes soo clean I love it!

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  12. Be careful with that nail gun!

    And have fun. Your cereal looks very good.

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  13. I think nail guns are fun! Congrats on getting to Level 2! I would be giddy too!

    I just tried the greek yogurt from Starbucks and it was out of this world! I loved it. Honey, granola, and other bits! GOOOD! That is usually how I eat it... I add a banana in there too!

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  14. Oh Greek yogurt, how I love thee!!! I eat it every day with Kashi Go Lean.....of course it is better with granola but, I try to cut down on my sugar soooo.....

    Congrats on your "promotion"!

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  15. After a race or a long run I'll try and do the elliptical for a few days. It's still a good workout but it gives my joints a break (from all the impact). Congrats on the promotion :-)

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  16. I love love LOVE the gf cinnamon chex. soo yummy! And I feel silly for complaining so much about painting one room when you're building a whole house!

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  17. Haha, how funny - you definitely should've gotten a certificate!

    I *love* mixing things into my yoghurt...it's the best!

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  18. Congrats on moving up to level 2!! I've never run farther than 5 miles YET!!! Im actually not a huge yogurt lover, so I eat it as is, maybe that's my problem!

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  19. MMMmm I love rice chex too!

    Depends on how sore I am, if I am not bad I will just take a couple of days and low milage when I am back at it. If I am way sore, I mean sore for a few days after I will take a week to 2 weeks off!

    Love greek yogurt. Will mix in bananas, apples granola, honey, syrup, vanilla, berries...So many things I could go on and on!
    Sarah

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  20. After my last half I took 2 full days off from all activity. I think it just depends on the person and how you are feeling. Some races I am more sore after so i take more time off.

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  21. Congrats on your promotion! Your trail race has me excited for mine in less than 2 weeks - yikes! I took a day off after my last half, but after a marathon I do a full week. I love plain greek yogurt with fruit mixed in, and maybe cereal, yum.

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  22. When I was eating GY I always used a TON of mix-ins. And now to replace that I eat super thick smoothies with a ton of mix-ins ;)

    Congrats on the level 2!!!!!!!

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  23. Had to laugh at level 1 "only being allowed to pass things" - been there!

    That Chex dinner looks DELISH!! Perfect for a summer evening.

    I took 3 days off after my recent marathon, and usually just take 1 day off after a half.

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  24. I have not tried the greek yogurt but I hear it's pretty yummy but also a little on the expensive side. I don't eat regular yogurt very much, but I will make it a point to try out the greek yogurt at some point!

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  25. Hey Vanessa, you won my giveaway of the Allied medal hanger. Send me an e-mail at kaylajean87@yahoo.com so I can tell you what to do to get it.

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  26. My boyfriend won't let me even use a hammer to hang a picture on the wall, so you go girl :)

    I listen to my body, but I do like a nice short, slow run at least 2 or 3 days after a long race (half marathon) After the relay, I was super sore in the quad, so I waited 4 days I believe to run. It feels good to get the legs moving, and it makes getting back into longer runs easier.

    I love to mix w/e dried or fresh fruit, bananas and dry cereal I can find into my yogurt, in fact I had another yogurt bowl today with peaches, dried fruit, banana, vanilla almond special K and flax seeds!

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  27. I learned a lot when we built our house, too, and that was after years of home improvement on a 1950s home! That saw in the picture is a compound miter saw for making angled cuts...you can totally use it now! It is a level 2 power tool. A table saw has a giant blade coming out of a table that is used to trim down longer pieces of lumber - level 3 for sure. :)
    Home improvement is so much fun and I hope you're enjoying yourself.

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  28. I'm tackling some home improvement in the coming months and I am facing it with fear and excitement! Hopefully we have a great result!

    :D Good luck with everything!

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  29. I definitely like my Greek yogurt with mix ins. Usually fruit, sometimes granola or cereal.

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  30. I am a recent greek yogurt addict! Usually, I add in some splenda, raspberries or blueberries and chia seeds!! delish!

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  31. i usually wait about 3 days before running after a half. i'll take one total rest day, and then i'll do some cross training, usually biking.

    i love greek yogurt! if i'm at work i usually just eat it from the container, but at home i like to mix in other things. mixing in frozen fruit is really good bc it gives it an added crunch! frozen mango and frozen cherries are my latest favorite.

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  32. Greek yogurt: fage 0% with blueberries or strawberries and chopped up dates. Or honey if you don't have dates.

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