12 Miles in the Early Morn’


I set my alarm for a few minutes after 5am to get up and out the door. I have 12 miles on my schedule for today and since we’ve had a change of plans I needed to get it done early! I did the usual pre-run ritual… coffee and PB&J toast. Then, I was off! I didn’t feel good, didn’t feel bad. It was okay. I think I’m getting to the point where I just want to be done. Luckily, … [Read more...]

Freddy Kreuger and Fro-Yo


How was your Friday?! Mine was super great because I got word that my little brother, Matt, won his student council election! I wrote the catch phrase for his speech, so I’m taking partial credit I really think I should be a speech writer. Especially if speeches only required 140 characters. Congrat’s Matt! I didn’t win any election, but I did spend some time sipping iced … [Read more...]

Fro-Yo Friday


I am hungry this week. It might be early marathon carb loading, it might be my period, it might be depression from taper time, it might be that I like food to much. Either way, I’m hungry. Mid-morning I had honey dew and cereal (not together). That held me off until around 11am so I chugged some water and kept busy. Finally! Time for lunch. On the side I had some pizza … [Read more...]



Hello and Happy Friday! First things first, the winner of the Champion Shaping Active Gear is… Send me your information (sizes and address). Since I can’t do the race tomorrow after all I considered doing my long run this morning. But, I wasn’t mentally or physically prepared so I didn’t. The funeral we are going to is 2 hours away and starts at 11am – I’m going to be up at … [Read more...]

No Practice Race


I was scheduled to do a small half marathon this weekend. It’s about 3 hours north of us, but the only half marathon in soCal I could find this month   I signed up and figured we’d make a weekend out of it. But, Ben has to attend a funeral and I would have to drive 3 hours out and 3 hours back alone. That doesn’t really make sense, plus Ben needs to use my car since a part … [Read more...]

Fitting Dessert in Your Diet


It’s no secret I LOVE sweets! I love frozen yogurt and dark chocolate and chocolate chip cookies and… you get the idea. It’s also no secret that I’m not happy with the amount of fat on my ass my weight. After my recent indulgence in the Sonic Pumpkin Pie Shake I got this question from a reader and wanted to address it… “How do you balance treats like that in your diet? Do … [Read more...]

Kara Goucher’s Running For Women Review


Happy Thursday! Today is a rest day from running so I took a little walk and am going to hit up the gym for some strength training later. Last night I used crockpot salsa chicken to make enchiladas. I don’t know where it came from, but I’ve had a mean craving all week! I also finished off the last of the cinnamon crunch cereal. Yep, that lasted me all of 2.5 days. I should be … [Read more...]

Things (This) Blogger Doesn’t Tell You…


I LOVE soy sauce and don’t know why it took me so long to buy Bragg Liquid Aminos! I picked some up at WF this weekend and am already drinking it straight up. Today I took my usual salad up a notch by adding some Bragg’s and lime juice to the Peanut Dressing. OMG. Yeah buddy! But, I still had a salt craving so I made some popcorn to go on the side. I really appreciate that I … [Read more...]

Champion Shape Wear Giveaway


Happy Humpday! I have a fun giveaway to get us out of the mid-week slump! Last month I worked with Champion to test out and review their new line of active shape wear. After just one karate kick try I fell in love with their shaping knee pant here. It helps prevent jiggle and self-consciousness I also love their high impact sports bra. Now they are letting you try my … [Read more...]

Ask a Monican for Cupcakes


I had to be back at work at 6pm so I had leftovers with a side of amazing garlic cheese bread x2 before I left. When I got home I went to make a snack, but I noticed a bakery bag in the fridge. Ben got us a cupcake from Frostings to share! He said he LOVED it when I got it for him for is b-day and needed another one. I ate 1/4 of it and scrounged around for other snacks. Ask … [Read more...]

Very Eccentric


We had a noon meeting at work and I didn’t have any clients after so one of my co-workers suggested going out to lunch. Yes please! We hit up Wahoo’s – famous for their fish tacos.My co-worker and I had never hung out before this so she thought it was weird I was taking pictures. I told her, “Yeah, I take pictures of everything.” Without any judgment in her voice she said, … [Read more...]

Vegas Sleeps In


Ben has a big project at work so he came home late last night and was up at 5:30am this morning to get back there. I’m a light sleeper so I ended up getting out of bed too. Vegas decided to sleep in…shocker. After Ben headed out I went on my run. My schedule was supposed to be 8 miles, but I turned around a bit early because I’m sick of myself. I guess an entire marathon … [Read more...]

60 / 40


This afternoon I had a big green smoothie in a mug. I had a couple of handfuls of cashews earlier so this just had ice, protein powder, almond milk and spinach. Drippy, delicious mess. Isn’t it weird when you have a major can’t-get-it-out-of-your-mind craving?! Today I was not stopping until I had spaghetti squash. I made a special trip for one after I had wrapped up all my … [Read more...]

Costco Essentials


Hello Friends   I wouldn’t call myself a true foodie since I’m not fancy, have no idea what the hell a truffle is and drink $2.00 bottles of wine (note bottles is pluralized). But, I LOVE FOOD! I love eating and cooking and buying food. And since I’m so loud and proud about my favorites I get a lot of questions about my “must-haves” from different stores. Here is my … [Read more...]

Monday Mini-Goals and Mini Meals Giveaway


Happy Monday! I had a cancellation late last night for this morning’s 1st appointment so I don’t have to be at work until later. But, I made sure NOT to stall and went for my 5 mile run as per my schedule It was okay. I always take the runs after a long run easy so check in with my body Then, I made breakfast. I wanted sweet (as always!), I wanted salty, I wanted an egg. … [Read more...]

Dream House Hunters


Remember how I gave up diet soda this month? Apparently, I don’t because I passed by Sonic during Happy Hour and made a pit stop. No excuses, just having a bad day overall. But, fate caught up with me because I dropped it as soon as I got home! Boo. Luckily, I was trying to be nice and bought Ben one too! Aaand he wasn’t home when I got there so I drank his. Ha! Lunch. I … [Read more...]