Sunday, December 30, 2012

Weekend Happs | 12.30.12

A run: 8 miles in the morning, sans rain. It was too nice.

Here are some visuals from the weekend. It was a lovely one - I got to meet up with three of my favorite people that I don't get to see nearly enough of as I would like. As I would like = 5x/week. I'm a high maintenance friend.

I hope you had a fantastic weekend! Enjoy the New Year.

Thursday, December 27, 2012


No run today! The day had been a little wild with constant go-here, go-there so that was the activity that got the cut. What did not was a sharing of vegetable fajitas from Azteca with the husband. Thanks to my brother-in-law for that gift card.

Now, some 100% (un)important thoughts!

1. I had the recent pleasure of trying homemade marshmallows for the first time and whoa. Hot chocolate has never tasted better.

2. Gillian Flynn is my new favorite author. So far I have read "Dark Places" and am halfway (and quickly devouring) "Gone Girl." She is brilliant, and has this way with her writing that makes you feel like you could be right there watching the scene unfold. It's the closest I've come to feeling like I'm watching a movie, when I'm really reading a book.

3. I'm scared for my Thursday night life next year when there is no Office OR Parks and Rec. I should start saving for therapy now.

Have you ever tried homemade marshmallows? Also, I need to hear some good book recommendations so life can go on until the next Gillian Flynn book.

Enjoy your evening!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

And on to the next one

A run: A lovely 3 miles in the morning before work. I wished I could have gone longer, but I was already allowing myself only 29 minutes to get ready after the run, so I really should't push myself to go any further.

Tear - it's always a little heartbreaking to return to work after Christmas. After all the prep and family and downright fun, it can be tough to get back into a regular routine. In fact, I blocked it out so well that I sorta forgot about that whole early morning wake-up call and decided to go see "Django Unchained" with these fancy folks:

'Staches for all! Don't worry, we left those at home and decided it would be a much better idea to bring outrageously full bellies to a 3-hour movie. I'm the "sweet, there's no one sitting in front of me so I'll rest my feet on the back of the seat" girl, which is quite comfortable. However, this movie was off the chain (pun intended), and the theater was packed so there was none of that. The movie was very well done, as all Quentin Tarantino flicks are, so it was a worthwhile night that lacked of sleep.

The most important thought I've been reviewing lately is which marathon training plan to use for my next marathon in June. I really liked my first training plan, which I got from Runner's World, but I would like to try something different and maybe a little more challenging. Hal's Intermediate 2 plan caught my eye, except for 2 things: I don't cross train and I like my long runs on Saturdays. Do you think it's possible to switch Saturdays short run and Sundays long run? 

I would love to hear what marathon plans have worked for you!

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry CHRISTmas!

I hope you have a very merry day filled with the people (and cookies) you love the most!

As for me, I got my wish of magically getting Ambrose Burnside as a husband. In my mind, it's temporary, but in his, I think he's really hoping he'll stick around awhile.

Enjoy your day.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bears, Beets, Battlestar Galactica

 **Whoever names the source of this post's title wins my heart for-ev-er. It's only one of the greatest shows ever.

A run: 4 miles outside in the pouring rain. I discovered that wearing a hat with a visor seriously helps keep the rain off my glasses. You would have thought I came to realize this sooner since it rains  good half of my runs. Winner, winner.

I did Fitnessistsa's Tabata workout yesterday morning, which had me walking similar to Frankenstein today. I love these quick, 4-minute workouts because you can do them in the comfort of your own home and don't require any equipment. I've gotten used to doing them more in the morning when it's dark, cold and rainy, and then save my run for the afternoon.

In other news, I love beets. Everything about them! They are so pretty and pink, and taste a lot better than I had ever imagined. In even better news recently, research has been done that these suckers may increase a runner's endurance and speed. Two things that I could always certainly use more of.

This morning I threw a party for these precious beets and invited a couple of our good friends:

I'm seriously addicted to roasting vegetables. I forgot to label it, but that clump of tinfoil in the  back is garlic. My husband really enjoys his wife to reek of beets and garlic.

I'm off for now - those Christmas cookies aren't going to eat themselves. ;) Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 20, 2012


 #1. I thoroughly cleaned out my car for the first time since July 2007. (The operative word being thoroughly - please don't think I'm gross.) My CD carriers were having a hard time shutting, so I took the big step of taking out the CD booklets.

Ta-da! What gems. Bye bye booklets, long live compact discs.

#2. The first snowfall of the season arrived today, and I didn't even catch a picture! The schools were closed but my work was open. The rain came hard and fast later on in the morning, but it was sure pretty to see when I woke up.

#3. I'm getting really excited for marathon training to begin at the end of January. I love having a running schedule instead of going by how I'm feeling. Basically, it's my not-so-secret stubbornness that keeps me pushing when some days I just don't wanna.

So tell me! What past musician loves do you have hiding in your car? Also, I'm eager to hear about your thoughts on training plans. Do you like planning each running day down to the mile, or do you take more of a go-with-the-flow approach?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Breakfast Lately: Steel Cut Oats |Gluten-Free

 A run (yesterday): A very cold but sunny 6 miles outside. I felt pretty unstoppable, thanks to my grande peppermint latte.

I want to chat about breakfast! It can be a tricky meal to fit into the day, given that it's due around the same time you're trying to rush out of the house. Between checking your backside in the mirror for runs in your nylons and trying to shove a semi-clean sports bra in your gym bag (why is this so difficult sometimes?!), the mornings can get cray.

Enter: Bob's Red Mill Steel Cut Oats. A gluten-free dream. Not only is a giant batch of this easy to prepare, but it is filling and tides me over until lunch. That is so small feat, seeing as how a bowl of cold cereal leaves me famished after 2 hours.

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I found a great recipe for preparing these in the Everyday Food magazine that I've adapted slightly and used for the past 2 weeks. These are slightly chewier and more hearty than their cousins the old-fashioned oats, which I like. I always toss in a sliced banana or whatever fruit I have laying around to amp up the fiber and flavor. Plus, it's Bob's Red Mill, so you know this is 100% guaranteed to be gluten-free. Amen to zero chances of an allergic reaction.

Overnight Steel Cut Oats
4.5 cups water
1.5 cups steel cut oats
dash of salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
splash of milk
Fun add-ins: raisins, banana, peanut butter, diced apples, whatever floats your fancy.

How you do:
1. The night before: In a large saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Stir in the oats and salt and let boil for 1 minute. Turn off the heat, let cool and then refridgerate overnight.

2. In the morning (before you jump in the shower or start to get ready), put the oats on the stove over medium heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed. Stir in the cinnamon and milk. Divide into bowls and add in whatever else floats your fancy.

**If you have leftovers like I have every single time, pop them back in the fridge to keep. To reheat, microwave in 30 second intervals, adding a little milk to make it creamy.

Peace. It's weighed heavily on my mind lately, and I won't stop praying that our world will find it one day. Be nice to each other and enjoy these last few days of the holiday craze!