Monthly Archives: November 2012

Where did that come from?

I got sick out of nowhere yesterday. And I’m not talking about just a stuffy nose and a sore throat — I had body aches, a fever, the chills and a pounding headache. Needless to say, my run streak didn’t make it past day six. There was no way I was running even one mile yesterday.

But it’s amazing what some quality sleep can do for a person. After two naps and a full night of sleep, I woke up this morning feeling almost good as new.

Today I was lucky enough to have an off-site lunch meeting for work at Cooks of Crocus Hill, a local “all things culinary” store. They also have cooking classes at their two locations and do corporate events. Part of my job right now involves working with Cooks on a pretty cool project trying to help older adults (read: senior citizens) eat better.

YUM. Words cannot describe.

After work, I was excited to find out that my Cyber Monday purchase came today already! After sending out an email to some of my most trusted shopping advice gurus on Monday, (Kate, Erin, Jen and Mandy) I purchased a half-zip pullover, perfect for nighttime running. I also may have bought some matching gloves 🙂

No, I’m not giving a thumbs up. That’s my thumb on the pepper spray trigger. Don’t f*** with me.

I decided that since it was already dark out when I got home around 5 p.m., it was the perfect night to try out my new jacket! There really is something invigorating about running at night.

My shins have been bothering me lately on my runs. It seems to be mostly when I wear my Asics. I should only have roughly 200 miles on these shoes, so I don’t think they need replacing.

Finally, kind of random…look what I got in the mail the other day…

 

I’ve never ran a race before that’s done this, but the Grandma’s marathon and Garry Bjorkland half sends this out and it has all of the race results from both races.

Oh, one more random note: make this recipe. It’s delicious and you will thank me.

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Top ten gifts for runners

I got sick out of nowhere (which made my Runners World Run Streak come to an abrupt end after just six days) so  I’ve been laying around on my computer doing a little “window shopping.” It made me decide to put together a “top ten” list of the best gifts for runners. Inspiration for this post also comes from the FitFluential #GiveHealthy chat the other night.

In no particular order:

1.       Garmin (or other GPS system): I have the Forerunner 10 which is a relatively inexpensive option.

2.       Nutrition: I love GU recovery brew, Chomps and energy gels.

3.       Compression socks/sleeves: My Zensah compression calf sleeves are miracle workers

4.       Cold weather accessories: hat, gloves, face warmer, yaktrax

5.       Race entries: This time of year, entries for spring races are pretty inexpensive!

6.       Night running accessories: safety and reflective gear like reflective vest, headlamp, pepper spray, etc.  (will be good for my Ragnar training!)

7. Fuel belt: I love my Nathan fuel belt

8. spiBelt: one size fits all and comes in lots of colors

9. Foam roller: enough said.

10. Gift card for running stores!

Other fun ideas could include a special leash for running with your dog, Lululemon or Athleta giftcard, BodyGlide, special running socks, etc. Now it’s your turn! What are your ideas of what to add to this list?

I need an assistant.

So the first Sex and the City movie was on during my 5 miler on the treadmill today. I saw Sex and the City 2 but never saw the first one (until the hour-long part of it I saw today). Remember how Carrie gets an assistant in the movie? I decided that I could use an assistant, but I’m probably too controlling to let them do anything for me. Random thought for the day.

I know everyone is thinking this same thing, or they had to work this weekend (so they are thinking “shut up”) but I reallllly don’t want to go back to work tomorrow. Even though it’s been a super busy weekend, it’s been nice to have time to workout without rushing to get home to make dinner or to get to work, etc. I’m 4 of 4 for the Runner’s World Run Strek and I got a fantastic 5 mile run in today.

480 calories doesn’t undo the pumpkin pie, cherry cheesecake, cheesy potatoes, etc but it’s a start!

Speaking of cherry cheesecake…

 

My mom’s cherry cheesecake is delicious.

I also can’t believe that it’s almost December. Between now and the end of the year, time is going to fly. I have my cousin’s wedding coming up in Charleston, SC in a couple of weeks and then it’s all of the holiday madness!

Finally, stay tuned for my Slox review and giveaway this week! I actually already have my review done, I just need to take some photos.

…OK so I guess I need an assistant and a personal photographer..

Is anyone doing any Cyber Monday shopping? I have my eye on this sale.

Good food and Lifetime Fitness Turkey Day 5K race recap

Right now you can’t smell it, but you’ll have to take my word that my house smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! The turkey is roasting, two pumpkin pies are cooling on top of the stove a cherry cheesecake is in the fridge and we’re going to start the cheesy potatoes and green bean casserole soon. We were aiming for traditional Thanksgiving this year and I think we’re going to nail it.

My parents got into town yesterday afternoon which meant that J and I had to leave his parents’ house kind of early yesterday to get home to clean and get a quick trip to the gym in. Then last night my parents, brother, J and I went out for a delicious meal at Glockenspiel, a German restaurant.

My mom’s apple strudel.

The beer sampler

I got the stroganoff which didn’t even come close to touching my mother-in-law’s stroganoff but it was still pretty good. My brother’s pork shank was definitely my favorite thing I sampled.

Thanksgiving was pretty wonderful this year. First, the food. My in-laws made BBQ pork bacon tenderloin, asparagus pizza, mashed potatoes (best ones ever), spinach and strawberry salad and squash.

Cole also had a good time, mainly because my nephew brought his new pet gerbil.

So curious.

We spent hours with the ads and didn’t find anything too exciting. I only ended up hitting up the Gap outlet and ordering a new work dress on Limited.com. Trying to keep my spending in check — so I’m pretty proud of myself 🙂 We’ll see how well I do with Cyber Monday coming up.

Today was day three of my Runner’s World holiday running streak. I only ran one mile  yesterday and 1.07 miles today, but I got it in! I’m hoping for a long run on Monday maybe.

I kicked off my run streak with the Lifetime Fitness Turkey Day 5K on Thursday. My friend Jen and I ran it and it was a beautiful day! There’s SO many people that run this race, so we definitely didn’t worry about our time, but we were pretty happy with the 37:50 we ran it in. Jen just keeps getting faster and faster!

 

(Most pathetic “race recap” ever)

How was everyone’s Thanksgiving?

Running with the pup + giveaway preview

I had 5x400s on my training schedule for last night’s workout. I did a ten minute warm up and then cranked it up to 8.0. I have a long ways to go, but I felt pretty good for starting at this point and actually just doing speed work of some kind. I did my last 400 at 8.1 🙂 

Then, after the gym, I fought the parking lot and crowds at Lunds only to get to the checkout, reach in my purse and find NO WALLET. I spent the next five minutes searching my car, calling co-workers who I thought might still be in the office and who could check my desk before realizing that I put gas in my car after work so I had to have had my wallet at some point. (It was under the seat of my car.) After that “fun” adventure I headed home and made TWO recipes I found on Pinterest and they both turned out so good.

The weather is amazing here today in Minneapolis, so after work a run was in order. PLUS, my Slox that Ahemlie sent me arrived today!! (Any guesses as to what my next giveaway will be?? 🙂 )

I had MySpace flashbacks..

The pup needed to get some energy out, so I decided to take him along. I haven’t run with him in awhile and man I had to work to keep up with him today!

 

I blame it on the fact that he’s been running with my much faster husband lately. He’s turning into quite the little runner! Because today was going to be my “easy” run day and the water has already been turned off along the running path, I cut the run a bit short. 2.1 miles in 18:20 = 8:43 min/mi avg. pace.

 

 

Off to make dinner and clean the house for my family’s arrival on Friday. Oh, and change of plans –I am no longer am bringing Brussels sprouts to my in-laws tomorrow, but my “famous” spicy pretzels instead 🙂 Bed early tonight — up early to run the Turkey Day 5K tomorrow!

New look + Thanksgiving traditions

I love Thanksgiving. It’s been a long-standing tradition that my family comes from Wisconsin to wherever I’m living at the time to make a big Thanksgiving meal on Saturday of the holiday weekend. This has included super tiny college apartments to our current home (with a super tiny kitchen).

One year, while we were doing a lot of renovating, Thanksgiving looked like this.

And ever since I’ve been with my husband, we’ve done Thanksgiving Day with his family. Also tradition is fighting over the ads all day and then heading out (after a few adult beverages) to do some Thanksgiving evening shopping at the local outlet mall. I usually sit the Black Friday early morning craziness out.

This year, I was also planning to bring, as our dish to share, a traditional Korean dish. However, a lack of planning has made me re-think my plans. I’ve decided to go with the safer option of doing a Brussels sprouts recipe I found.

Hope you like the new look I’m playing with! I took a cue from Erin who just updated her blog’s look. Also, I updated my About Me page and added some of my fave blogs to my blogroll. Enjoy!

What are everyone’s plans for Thanksgiving? What are your traditions?

Weekend recap and Girls on the Run 5K

First of all, I wanted to give a shout out to Michelle over at NYC Running Mama and her very cool Race for Recovery virtual race. I just signed up today and I’m SO excited for December 8! Check it out.

Wow — where did the weekend go? It was a busy one that started with our first very own Girls on the Run 5K on Saturday morning. Thanks so much, Erin, Mandy and KJ for volunteering to be running buddies! And thanks to Nick, who came out to cheer everyone on!

Stretching!

Goody Happy Hair station

 

Saturday afternoon, we made a lot of progress on our bathroom.

Saturday night was pretty relaxing. J made his famous chili and I did some fall baking.

mmm Carrots n Cake loaded pumpkin cookies!

Sunday morning started with a trip to the grocery store and gym and then a very exciting meeting for a new project I’m working on! At the gym, I did an interval program on the stepmill and was a sweaty mess when it was over! GREAT workout.

More work on the bathroom and then we went to see Skyfall! I love Bond movies and I was definitely entertained by this one — but I think my expectations were too high. I also think the new Q is pretty adorable and oh yeah, Mr. Craig isn’t so bad himself.

This weekend I also had a successful first attempt at making Bulgogi. I will learn to cook Korean food someday 🙂

This week I’m running the Turkey Day 5K on Thanksgiving which kicks off my Runner’s World run streak!