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My 5K Training: Day Three

Sunday, March 27, 2011: Below is my Day 3 5k Training Run, with notes only that differ from Day One. 46 F, Brooks shoes with inserts, Sweatshirt Sore spots: dorsal flexors (top of foot) and R hip, Ab Cramp at 1 ½ miles 6500 Steps Total: 6:30: Warm Up 6:35-6:55: 1.6 miles 6 1/4 mile hills (down up, up down, down up) 6:55-7:12: 1.6 miles 6 1/4 mile hills (down up, up down, down up) 7:12-7:19: Cool down Notes to Self: Get new ear buds for my MP3! Double tied laces are awesome. I ran 3.2 miles in 37 minutes: 11.5 minute miles.

Mini-Workout: April Fool's Day!

Here are some silly fitness gags and games to kick your April off on a high note! Be warned: Those around you require a sense of humor“ Creative Travel: Tip-toe like a ballerina, skip and gallop like a cowboy, move in slow motion, or shrink down and move as if the ceiling is low. Play this with your kids while you run errands or when walking to and from offices at work.

My 5K Training: Day Two

Thursday, March 24, 2011: I plan to run 3 days a week in April and practice P90X on off days. Below is my Day Two 5k Training Run, with notes only that differ from Day One. 40 F, Brooks shoes with inserts, gloves for my hands Sore spots: dorsal flexors (top of foot) and R hip, Ab Cramp at 1 ½ miles 5 AM: 200 mg Ibprofen (accident, I meant to grab my Levoxyl!) 5:30 AM: 8 oz water, 6 animal crackers 6000 Steps Total 6:25: Warm-Up 6:30: 2 miles ½ mile segments or ¼ mile hills (Down Up/Down Up/Up Down/Down Up)

My 5K Training: Day One

It has been one year since I started running for the first time in my life. My passion was dance, a my body is built for short power/agility bursts rather than endurance. I've been practicing P90X for the past year as well as monitoring my aerobic activity by wearing a pedometer for about a month now. I'm recently averaging 10,000 steps most days.

The Frame Giveaway WINNER is: to everyone that commented and entered at!I'll have another giveaway soon. You've expanded my vacation to-do list, YES! The winner was selected by To celebrate Spring break, I posted last week about teaching home school with your kids and my friend Mindy Evans from Stampin Up donated this picture frame for a fun raffle.

Preschool at Home: Sample Classes

Here are some recent classes I put together for my 2 and 5 year olds, with links (all at to the free handouts and books and music you can buy or check out from your library.  Now that you have some guidelines and a budget to create fun 30 to 90 minutes classes at home, you can see how fun and easy it is!

2 Rainbow Recipes and More for St. Patrick's Day

www.meganmerchant.comHappy St. Patrick's Day!  The following two recipes have a full platter base ingredient followed by the items for the rainbow colors.  Plan out your shopping list by letting your kids help you draw the recipe as you make your list, like our picture for fruit pizza below.  Skip to the end for some fun St. Patrick's Fun web links and a great field trip tip.  Rainbow Fruit Pizza:

Preschool at Home: For $10 a Month!

So now you know the components of a basic preschool class at home, here are supplies to purchase that will last for 6 months under $60!  All of my recommendations are on the bottom of this post at for easy searching (and price verification).

Preschool at Home: A Tribute to My Daughter

www.meganmerchant.comIf your barrier is simply, “What would we do?” here are basic pieces in creating your own 2-5 year-old preschool class.  The more frequently you hold school (2 or 3 times a week), the easier it is to incorporate the whole list; the length of class can be from 30 to 90 minutes.  In upcoming posts I’ll share how to run 6 months of classes under $60, and two lesson plans to get your thoughts flowing:

It's Spring Break: Frame Giveaway!

www.meganmerchant.comIt's Spring Break; let's celebrate!  This week I'll be posting about finding classes for your passions and interests, teaching home school with fitness for your kids, and more. To kick off the week on a high note, my friend Mindy Evans from Stampin Up
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