When my kids were younger, I thought my time would free up as they got older. How wrong I was! With a tween and a teen, I find that I am constantly on the go taking them to soccer, basketball, refereeing, choir, work and – oh, yes – school. Combine that with marathon training, a new grade to teach, and coaching teams, and you have the perfect recipe for a tired working mom.
After running Boston, I realized something had to go. So I dropped my mileage to 25 to 30 miles a week – just enough to keep my legs happy – and finished the school year feeling ready to push myself again with my running, to keep chasing my dreams.
Last week was the first of my Summer of More: more sleeping, more eating and more running. Of these, it is running that is my main focus; the other two naturally come into play as my mileage climbs and my intensity increases. Last week was the first in a long time that I was able to run with Zeda, coordinate time to run with friends and get in a 10 solid miler. I was so happy to finish the week with over 35 miles; I have just a few miles to go to reach 40 miles a week, when Coach and I can start focusing on some fall goals.
On the weekend, I ran into a parent from school who asked me how my first week of summer was. I answered truthfully. “I feel like I have been drugged. All I want to do is sleep.” To that she laughed, and I added, “Seriously. All I’ve done is eat, sleep and run. It’s my Summer of More.”
Yesterday, I wrote about Hemp Hearts, produced by Manitoba Harvest. They are an easy and delicious way of adding protein and omegas to your diet – and they taste great! If you missed it, you can read all about them here.
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Getting protein in my diet is a struggle. Don’t get me wrong; I love my meat. But I don’t eat a lot of it and I am not a huge fan of meat alternatives. So when I came across the opportunity to try Manitoba Hemp Hearts, I jumped at it.
There are a few things that pulled me towards Hemp Hearts. First, it is a Canadian product. The hemp seeds are grown in Canada and products are manufactured in a hemp-only facility in Manitoba. Before I even tried them, I knew that I was heading into a romance between Hemp Hearts and this former-Manitoba girl. I also love that they are packed with protein: 10 grams of protein and another 10 grams of omegas in a 30 gram serving. Lastly, it’s an easy protein fix. There are lots of recipes that use Hemp Hearts that I can try but, for me, nutrition has to be easy. I love that I can just open the bag and sprinkle them on my salads, pasta (my favorite way to eat these) and even hard boiled eggs. I wish that I had found these last winter when my running accident meant that I had to spend a month living off smoothies. Hemp Hearts add a delicious sesame taste to my food. Yum! Check out their website for other great nutrition ideas.
Other great things about Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts is they are vegan-friendly and they are non-GMO certified.
Often, when I come across great looking products on the web, I end up being disappointed because they are hard to find in stores. This is not the case with Manitoba Harvest; there are oodles of local stores which carry Hemp Hearts and other yummy hemp products. I know that I’ll be heading out soon to pick up some of their Hemp Heart Bites for my mid-afternoon snack at school or Hemp Heart Bars for my son with the teenage bottomless pit.
You should try some too. Use the promo code HHSP1015 for a 20% discount off the entire web store at Manitoba Harvest. (expires December 31, 2015)