Category Archives: Running

Mango (not so) Green Smoothie

This weekend has just flown by for me! Anyone else? While I won’t bore you with every single thing that we did this week (or still plan to do!), here’s a quick rundown of this weekend’s festivities.

Friday night, as I blogged about here, we had a pretty low key night. We are addicted to Breaking Bad. Can.not.get.enough. We had to run out to Target this morning and buy Season 3 because we couldn’t wait to start watching it. If you haven’t seen it, I highly suggest you do!

Saturday was a bit more productive. We started our morning by taking Peanut for a quick walk and then headed to a local breakfast place called The Farm at South Mountain. Their Morning Glory Cafe is delicious and has a dog friendly patio, so we took Peanut along. If you live in the Phoenix area and have never tried The Farm for breakfast or lunch, definitely do!

After watching a few more episodes of Breaking Bad, I headed out for my 8 mile run. And run I did. This was a new PDR for me, so going in I was excited and nervous at the same time.

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To keep it interesting, I drove about ten minutes down the street to a local park for my run. When I first started I created a loop that was a little over 2 miles and so I just repeated that about 4 times…this strategy worked for me. It spiced things up but also let me know exactly how much actual ground I had left to cover. Even though I was wearing my watch, this physical distance reference kept my head in the game.

And, I finished! And honestly, I felt pretty strong. I won’t say I was speedy…because trust me, I wasn’t I covered 8 miles in about 1:27. But I’ll take it! My race isn’t until March 2, so I still have plenty of time for training!

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Came home and was starving so I made a quick snack of cheese, tuna fish and crackers. And a few sour patch kids snuck their way into my mouth too.

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After snacking, more Breaking Bad, and a quick shower, we headed out to Four Peaks Brewery with a couple of friends for dinner. The place was packed! But we ended up waiting and had a good time chowing down on some delicious food and chatting.

This morning Justin and I hit the gym for a quick workout. I ran 3 miles in about 28 minutes and let me tell you, they were a tough three miles. I think my legs just wanted to rest.

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After our workout, it was smoothie time! and spoiler alert, my green smoothie for today, didn’t turn out so green. But it tasted delicious, so I’ll take it!

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Mango Green Smoothie

1 cup mango (fresh or frozen, I used frozen)
1 cup strawberries
2 cups spinach
1 frozen banana
enough very vanilla soy milk to move it around (i probably used about 2 tblsp)

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I’m pretty sure my smoothie went wrong in the spinach department. I definitely overestimated the amount of spinach I had left in the fridge, so while you should use 2 cups for this recipe, I probably only used a little under a cup. I think if I had had the correct amount, it’d be more green! 🙂

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I’ve got to get started on taking down these darn Christmas decorations…my motivation? More Breaking Bad!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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It’s been awhile…a long while

Well hello everyone! It has been over a year since I last posted. Crazy how time flies. Anyway, while I was away, I never stopped reading the blogs that I know and love, and I didn’t stop running or taking yoga or any of the fun stuff I blogged about in the past. I guess, my life just sort of took over and for the past year I was busy with things relating to me, my career and my family and that was where my time and energy was focused. But, I’m back! I’ve committed to making this blog a part of my daily priorities again because I’ve felt myself yearning to write again!

But first, let’s have a short recap of what’s happened since I’ve been gone.

First, I got MARRIED! That’s right! On March 3, 2012 I married the love of my life in Phoenix, AZ. It was a beautifully sunny day filled with family, friends, laughter and love and it was honestly the best day of my life to date.

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All wedding photos by the amazingly talented Kim Bee at Bumble and Bloom Photography. (bumbleandbloom.com).

And after we got married, we went on a fabulous 14 day honeymoon cruise through the Caribbean all the way down to South America! It was honestly the most amazing trip of my life. To unplug and be so far away from our normal lives was seriously a once in a lifetime experience.

Boat in Cozumel

Deep Sea Trek

Cave Tubing

Kayak

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Parasail

After coming back to reality renewed and refreshed the husband and I had a whirlwind of a spring/summer. With a few close friends celebrating their own weddings we had quite the travel schedule. And in the midst of all of that, we added a new member to our young family. Our wonderful dog, Peanut!

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She has truly become a part of our family and I can’t imagine our life without her. She is quirky, energetic, yet very lazy at times and just so much like us it’s crazy! We adopted her from the Humane Society and it was one of the best decisions we’ve ever made. Oh, and if you’re wondering about her cute little tongue sticking out of her mouth, understand that I didn’t just catch a good pic of her…she literally has her tongue sticking out ALL the time. It’s the cutest thing ever!

Other than those big updates, I have just begun training for the Phoenix Half Marathon on March 2. This will be my first half marathon to date and I’m super excited to reach this new milestone in my running career!

Stay tuned for more…I promise I’ll be back!

And…I’m Off!

To say today was crazy would be an under statement. It went a little something like this…

Woke up, had a quick bowl of Blueberry Frosted Mini Wheats….(and I scarfed this down, mind you)

Look at my cute Halloween inspired bowl! (Target for like $1.50, score!)

Once we were ready, Justin and I ran out the door and carpooled to work. Thank goodness for the HOV lane in Phoenix…we flew all the way to downtown (where Justin works) and then I headed on to my office. My day at the office was a blur. I’m pretty positive I was either in a meeting or slaving away at emails every second I was there. In fact, my lunch consisted of Cheez-Its, a string cheese and half an apple. Not of that is pictured because I’m not even sure I chewed any of it. I’m pretty sure it was inhaled and I moved on with my day!

I was in the office til around 6:45 and then headed home, ran a few last minute errands because I’m taking off for a work/fun trip tomorrow and headed home. When I got home, Justin let me know he had ordered pizza. Yum. Fast, easy, I’ll take it.

After inhaling my second meal of the day, my night consisted of dealing with more of this.

To ensure that our apartment soon looks like this…

And don’t worry, I think I’ve had like 5 handfulls of these throughout the night as well…(peanut butter M&M’s, yummmmm)

Now, I’ll need to pack my suitcase for NYC (blah), finish up a few work things and hit the hay. I totally woke up with a splitting headache this morning so I didn’t get to my run so I’m making that a priority tomorrow morning. 4.5 or 5 miles here I come!
Okay, I’m off! Expect some updates from the airport/East coast soon! 🙂


Me at the Guinness Factory in Ireland about this time last year.

Chocolate Chip Dough Balls

Happy Sunday everyone! Today was a busy day for us. After sleeping for about 9 hours last night. (Ahhhhh sleeeeeep) We got up, got ready and promptly headed to Buffalo Wild Wings to watch the Lions game. After a nail biter, the Lions walked away with a W, yippee! We came home and headed right back out to Target to get a bunch of these…


…in order to start packing our apartment = booo. But moving into our new house = yay!

However, while at Target, I also bought the last two ingredients needed to make these…


Chocolate Chip Dough Balls! I literally copied the recipe from Diana at The Chic Life, so hop on over here to find the recipe!

However, I snapped photos my whole way through the baking process so here is the recipe in picture form for your viewing pleasure!

True to cookie baking form…gather all of your ingredients and mix all your dry components together…

Then, add your sugars and wet ingredients into a medium sized bowl and stir until well mixed…

Then mix your dry ingredients into your wet…it totally seems as if you did something wrong and measured out your wet ingredients incorrectly…however as the recipe states…keep mixing and it’ll form a stiff dough…

Then mix in your chocolate chips…I used 1/2 cup Nestle Semi-Sweet

Then you are supposed to chill your dough for at least 20 minutes…I can say I literally threw them in the fridge for 20 minutes on the dot and it worked out fine. I used this time to clean up the kitchen…see?
From this…

To this….

Clean counters make me happy.

Once 20 minutes had passed I popped the dough out of the fridge and started rolling them into balls. I believe the recipe says to use a small melon baller or sorbet scoop but I didn’t have either so I used a 1TBSP scoop. It worked perfectly. Scoop and roll….scopp and roll…

and then I sprinkled some sugar on top, for good measure, and popped them in the 350 degree oven for 10 minutes on the dot.

They came out golden brown on the bottom and just the right amount of doughy on the inside…mmmm mmmm goood.

All the while, Justin was couching it…playing on our iPad…

Lucky him! Yummy treats and he didnt even lift a finger! Anyway, these are seriously delish, so I highly suggest you head on over to The Chic Life and make.these.now.

The rest of my evening was spent packing, packing and more packing…trying to pack for a week out of town while also packing up everything you own have proven to be challenging.

In other news, I totally didn’t get my run in today. Boo. But I’m planning to get one in tomorrow morning (going for 4.5 miles) and again on Tuesday morning. I leave Tuesday afternoon for a work trip in NYC, so I wont have much time Wed-Fri (or the weekend for that matter, staying in NYC with a friend) to get any runs of decent distance in, so I’ve gotta pound the pavement while I can before I leave!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! I’ve totally spend my free time today reading everyone’s race recaps and have been so inspired! There are so many amazing members of the blog community it’s unbelievable! I’m so thrilled to be a part of it all. 🙂

What’d you do this weekend? I’d love to hear about it!

Race Recap: Moon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5K


Welp, my second 5K is officially in the books and I set a PR! (not too hard considering this was my 2nd ever 5K but I’ll take it!)

This morning started like any morning I head out for a run. Got up (just a tad earlier today than normal, 5:40 am, argh!) had a bowl of blueberry frosted mini wheats, threw on my running gear and gathered all of my necessary electronics…and Justin and I were out the door!

We arrived at the race with plenty of time to pick up our bibs, D-chip, race packet and t-shirt! It was such a beautiful morning and there were a lot of other fellow runners out enjoying the wondering running weather.

After we sucessfully pinned our bibs on, drank our last sips of water and secured our D-chip, it was time to get ready to line up at the Start.

Justin and I actually started together during this race, even though we had no intention of running the race together (he is wayyyyy faster than me)…but it was nice to line up together and cross the start at the same time! After tha national anthem was done, we were off! We started out sorta towards the middle of the pack, which was fine for me, who was planning to run around a 9:30mm but for Justin, it slowed him down…I could see him for far too long once we started running and I knew he was just bobbing and weaving in and out of people. From now on, he’ll start at the front where he belongs, but this race was all in good fun so it didn’t really matter either way.

Rounding the first corner of the race there was a band drumming away and many many spectators out in their driveways cheering us on! For it being 7am, I was suprised at the number of people who came out to support the race. The entire course (except for about the last 1/2 mile) was on the road, and honestly…I prefer it that way. I got off to a good start and my legs were feeling strong. At one point, I glanced down at my Garmin and I was running at an average pace of an 8:30mm. I about fell over…I was exccited but at the same time worried I would wear myself out and run out of steam during mile 3. I decided to not thing negatively and just keep on truckin…

That is my I refuse to slow down to take this picture face and a face that was realizing that my hair tie had just fallen OUT OF MY HAIR as I snapped that photo. Thank goodness I had a hat on, so my hair was kept out of my face. Note to self, never run another race without a spare hairtie around your wrist. Lesson learned, moving on.

My ipod was pumping and my legs were feeling great…I was breezing right along, mile 1 turned into 2, 2.5….and before I knew it I could hear the spectators and the band playing near the finish line.

I crossed over the famous Grasshopper Bridge (not pictured, I was just too in the zone to bust out the camera at this point)…

And, boom! I was done! I was way too enthused that I finished under 30 minutes when I crossed the finish line to remember to stop my Garmin right away so my Garmin time is a bit off my chip time, oh well, I’ll take it!

Final Time: 29:34
Average Pace: 9:31

My pace was right on target…I haven’t plugged the Garmin into the computer yet but I’m pretty sure mile 1 I averaged an 8:45 or 8:50 pace and sadly my splits were positive from there…oh well, something to work on for next time!

After I crossed the line and found Justin we headed over for some ice cold waters!

And of course there were lots of post-race goodies…bagels, bananas, granola bars. We grabbed a banana, a water and headed over to see our official chip times. There was even live entertainment to enjoy!

All in all a great race! Moon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5K, I do believe we will be back next year!

Once we headed home we relaxed for a bit then headed out to one of our favorite local breakfast spots and had a quick bite to eat. I demolished some toast and a huge bowl of oatmeal, came home and promptly passed out on the couch. After waking we headed to the mall and did some light shopping. After about 2 hours of that we were both famished again, so we headed out for a midafternoon snack dinner and then came home. Ever since, we’ve been posted up on the couch. Justin’s been watching endless movies and I’ve been catching up on blogs and race recaps from today!

I’m still on the fence about signing up for the Iron Girl 10k in December, but since the next race I’m registered for isnt until November 6 (the Phoenix 10k) I defnintely see at least another 5K in my future before then!

Okay, I’m out! I need to chug some more water and rest up. I think I’m going to try and get a long(ish) run in tomorrow morning before we head out for some Lions football! G’nite!

Did you race this weekend? Or if not, is there a race recap from the weekend you want to shout out?

It’s Official – We Own A Home!

Well it’s official! We bought a house! After our walk through this morning, we got a call from our title company this afternoon that the loan docs were ready and we could come to the office to close!

(so we totally forgot to take pics while signing documents…but that folder right there folks contains a copy of it all! Signed, sealed, delivered, I’m yours it’s ours!)
The walk through was so exciting…we didn’t take any pictures becausae as of right now the appliances are not installed…so it just didnt seem complete. However, the tile, carpet, countertops and blinds are all installed and they looked great! We are so excited to see the finished product soon and to start making a life in our new home!!

Moving day will be here before we know it. We plan to move soon! Maybe even next weekend! Which would sort of rock because I won’t be here. I’m headed to NYC on Tuesday for work throught he end of the week and then staying the weekend to visit my good friend Stephanie! I can’t wait to spend a weekend in NYC during the fall…this midwestern girl misses her favorite season.

So anyway, back to the move…hopefully, if all goes well with the finishing touches on the house, Justin can move while I’m gone Saturday and I’ll come home to our new home Sunday evening…what a great end to a week away from home!

The rest of the evening we ordered take out from PF Changs and parked ourselves promptly on the couch. After watching lots of DIY Network and HGTV (we’ve been bitten by the house bug) we dipped out for a quick trip to Target. We were out of Blueberry Frosted Mini Wheats…my breakfast of choice before a run so we needed to stock up before the Moon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5K that we are running tomorrow. On the way home we swung through the drive through at Starbucks for an evening treat. Justin went with a chai tea latte and I grabbed a Pumpkin Spice…and this time it tasted deeeeeeeeeeelish!

The rest of my waking hours today will be spent laying on this couch, toggeling back and forth between the TV (aka HGTV) and my book. Fly Away Home by Jennifer Weiner. So far, so good. For those of you who don’t know her, Jennifer Weiner is the brains behind the book ‘In Her Shoes’ which I’m sure most of you have seen by this point…the movie was pretty good, the book was better. She’s been one of my favorite authors for quite some time, and I have to say her first book Good In Bed was definitley the best….if you’ve never read it…you should. While I’m trying to relax this evening, I’m definitley excited for the race tomorrow. Now that I’ve really gotten myself focused on this whole running thing, I think I’m hooked! There was a bit of talk on Twitter a few days ago about running the The Iron Girl 10K in Scottsdale on December 11 and I’m seriously considering it! I have the Phoenix 10K scheduled for November 6th, so that’d be a nice break inbetween races and you can’t beat the weather in Phoeinx that time of year…sooo I may have just talked myself into it!

Alright, time to relax some more and then hit the hay! Look for my 2nd Race Recap tomorrow!

What do you do the night before a race? Do you follow a routine? Chill out? Go for a short, easy run?

Fit Frappe Friday!

Happy Friday everyone! Today is an exciting day. We are headed to our new house! (well it’s not officially ours, butttt word on the street is that our paperwork will be ready to sign for closing either this afternoon or first thing Monday morning!) Today is the official final home inspection which means we get to see all of the finishes that we picked out in place! The granite countertops, carpeting, tile, blinds, appliances…the whole nine yards. I CAN NOT WAIT! I’m just dying to see what it looks like! Hopefully our inner design goddesses were working when we picked everything out! 🙂

But let’s back up a bit. Yesterday I headed out for my first outdoor run of the season with my brand new Garmin Forerunner 110! yippee! It was a beautiful morning for a run…the sun was just coming up and it was about 75 degrees, love it! I ran about 2.4 miles slow and steady…

…but the watch worked just great! I could barely tell it was on my wrist and it was so nice to just glance down and see my time, average pace and mileage. Totally takes the guess work/stress out of running outdoors. I think I will really enjoy having it with me during the Moon Valley Grasshopper Bridge 5K that Justin and I are running tomorrow!

sweatttttyyyyyy…

After my run I finally tried the Fit Frappes that I won a while back! The drink was definitley tasty, I tried the mocha flavor, and it was super easy to prepare.


7oz of water into a cup
add 1/2 the contents of the packet
shake
shake
shake
(your booooooty! No? Ok.)
Pour over ice.
Viola!

I do have to say typically when making drinks over the powder variety, I like more water, less powder. With Fit Frappe, I wanted all the powder I could get. I think I added a little more than half the packet…and it was perfect. THe whole packet would have probably been a bit strong though.


All in all, delicious! I was hungry a little before lunch…they say you can use Fit Frappe as a meal replacement, but I think some of my hunger was due to the fact that I ran…otherwise I probably could have held off until lunch!

Well, I’m off! Have to get to the house for our inspection! Then it’s to the office for the rest of the day and probabaly a yummy dinner out tonight with Justin. Afterall, we have a race to run in the morning and that requires butt on couch time tonight to save our energy!

Here’s to a great Friday! 🙂