Snow and Steady

This morning the forecast predicted snow, but I really really wanted to run outside. I love the outdoors and am so sick of having to stay inside :(

I put on layers and layers of clothes and went out to brave the cold. My knee started hurting around mile four and then it started to snow. So, I turned around and headed back home. I did 7 miles total – they were very slow, I averaged almost 9:30 miles. It’s kinda discouraging, but I’m considering taking a week off of running after the half next weekend and then starting a speed plan.

I cannot believe I was running in the snow! I felt so hard core I was smiling. I am going to look back on this whole Maryland thing as a huge life experience (but I’m still counting down the days…).

Before I left I had some cereal.

While I was running I thought about breakfast I really wanted a Panera bagel. So Ben and I hit up Panera at the mall after a quick shower. But by that time it was after 11am and I just went with lunch. I got the  “choose two” with their new salmon salad and black bean soup. Salmon and tuna are the two reasons I am not a complete vegetarian, every now and then I love it (and I don’t feel that much sympathy for fishies).

We also split this chocolate chip cookie.

We walked around the  mall and got Ben a complete make-over of clothes! He’s got a business conference next week in California (that’s part of the reason I’m going to CA next week) and wants to look spiffed up :)

When we left the mall it was a winter wonderland! Snow is so pretty as long as you don’t have to actually be out in it.

Here are a few short answer anonymous questions:

Question: What was the scariest moment of your life?

Monica: I am a big scared-y cat actually. So, I kinda have a long list of smaller type scary experiences. So far the scariest is how  I felt before the two marathons I ran. The day before, and up until the actual starting line, I was so scared because I didn’t feel ready and wasn’t sure what was going to happen!

Question: Do you track your sugar in take?  It seems like you take in a lot!

Monica: No, I don’t track my sugar intake. I realize I eat a lot of sugar and it’s something I would like to work on.But, I do not want to keep track of my sugar intake specifically.


  1. says

    Ah gosh, I know all about running in snow! The other week I did a full 12miles in it – it was slow and hard and slippy, but I think the achievment you feel after is way better :)
    It;s just scary trying not to slip on your ass the whole time!!
    Salmon is one of the reasons why I’m not veggie too -that fish tastes GOOD 😀

  2. says

    Congrats on getting out there this morning. I haven’t stepped foot outside all day.
    I feel the same way about snow; it’s pretty, but inconvenient at the same time.

  3. says

    I am the same way….any other meat I can do without. But salmon and tuna (and other seafood too) I absolutely couldn’t give up!

    You are hardcore running in the snow…but we all thought that before after your marathon experiences!

  4. says

    i tried to run today: epic fail. i give you credit for making it for 7 miles! and i completely agree; i can never be vegetarian because i love fish too much!

  5. Carrie says

    I’ve been reading your blog for a few months, and I love it! I am not a runner, but I feel that I can relate to many of your food “issues” (I hate that word!). I really applaud your honesty, especially with answers to questions like the sugar one in this post. You’re a bigger person than me, and I hope you won’t mind if I’m offended on your behalf by that question–well, not the question per se but the comment that came with it. Two big old thumbs down to the author and two big thumbs up to you!

  6. says

    I missed that you are going to CA, so cool! Have fun! I know you will be soaking up the warm weather :) And I’m thoroughly impressed that you ran in snow. Hardcore, girl!

    Black bean soup sounds yummy. And salmon is also a reason i’m not a complete vegetarian.

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