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Getaways are Good
April 2012
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Triathlete Training Workout: Cycling
Rather than just get on your bike and ride, add in a little bit of focus to your 2 hour loop. After 15 minutes of easy spinning, add in a 3 minute higher intensity set, followed by an easy 5 minutes. Repeat this 6 times and then continue on with your ride as planned.  

Getaways are Good! 

Less than three weeks ago, my husband and I closed on a wonderful house in Granby, CT. We had spent the past year working with a fantastic Realtor to find a home. The journey was certainly a roller-coaster ride of emotion. Now it is ours and I'm excited. I've said goodbye to the little tiny kitchen and welcomed the spacious kitchen with granite counter-tops and quality appliances into my daily life. The house has a deck for growing potted herbs and containers of flowers. The expansive southern exposure lawn is ripe and ready for a veggie garden. We happily took a four day weekend for our first stay-cation in the new house. We painted, shopped, cleaned and unpacked boxes. 
As wonderful as all of this is, I realized quickly that these ambitions require resources, namely time and money. I need to remind myself to walk away from it all, to get out and run. As many of you know, it can be easy to get bogged down. It is OK to take time to get outside. That's why I think a weekend training camp is a perfect idea. For a weekend put aside the household to-do list and enjoy what you love. Renew that passion for the sport. 


Train, Eat, Recover...Repeat Training Camp

June 8th- 10th

Still Waters,Voluntown, CT


Check out the Get Out N Play website for more information. 

Procrastinating can cost you $50

Saturday April 14th, is the last day to register for the Train, Eat, Recover...Repeat Training Camp at the special low rate of $399. On Sunday the price increases to $450. 


Still not sure this camp is right for you? Come to Fleet Feet in West Hartford on Thursday, April 12th at 7 PM for a Train, Eat, Recover...Repeat Info Night. Learn about what this weekend camp involves and get excited for a weekend of quality training, healthy eating and enjoyable relaxing. 


Undecided? Check out the itinerary and the awesome location at Still Waters Pond

Five Surprising Sources of Home Air Pollution 

As we get settled in our new house, we are making a conscious effort to reduce pollutants inside the house. It is easier for us to start down this path as a new homeowner, because we are making a large number of purchasing decisions from the paint on the walls, to the bookshelf in our bedroom to the air quality within the house. Rather than rid your home of everything thought to be toxic, over time slowly make purchases that enhance the air quality in your home. 

  • Air Purifiers - Most air purifiers emit large amounts of ozone to kill the germs. Studies have shown that ozone, a key component of smog, is linked to numerous health risks. Fill your house with indoor house plants instead. There are many varieties that work exceptionally well at purifying and humidifying the air.
  • Paint - The smell of new paint can be troubling for many. Choose a paint that has low or no- VOCs (volatile organic compounds). We used Benjamin Moore's Natura line and we pleased with the results.
  • Carpets - Aside from the hair, dust, and critters lurking in the carpets, the greatest hazard comes from the "off-gassing" of chemicals, especially formaldehyde. Studies have linked them to various diseases of the respiratory tract.
  • Cleaning products - Many household cleaners are unnecessarily hazardous, full of toxic solvents, antibiotic pesticides, and other nastiness. Investigate using natural cleaners like vinegar and baking soda to clean away grime.
  • Cabinets and Furniture - Many household furnishings, like cabinets and bookcases, are made of pressed wood, which has been glued together with formaldehyde. Buy products made of solid wood and skip the glued together sawdust varieties.
Recipe: Spicy Moroccan Carrots

I am very pleased to report that on the day we moved in, I cooked dinner. The kitchen was the first room to be unpacked and usable.We had a fridge full of produce from our CSA and cabinet full of spices and vinegar's, so I searched my own blog for this recipe and we ate this and some sauteed greens, along with a glass of wine to celebrate the occasion.


Spicy Moroccan Carrots
  • 2 pounds carrots
  • ½ Tbsp cumin
  • ½ Tbsp paprika
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil


  1. Boil carrots in a large pot and cook until slightly tender, about 15 minutes. 
  2. Drain and cool under cold water. 
  3. Slice into small rounds. 
  4. In a large pan, sauté carrot slices in olive oil until slightly brown, about 5-10 minutes.
  5. While they are cooking, combine the remaining ingredients together in a bowl and mix well. 
  6. Add the carrots and serve.
Thank you for spending the time learning to nourish your health.

Aubrey Schulz
Get Out N Play

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