When and What Should I Eat on a Run?


How’s your Wednesday?! I ate another leftovers salad – but this time with avocado. It makes all the difference. PSA: Watermelon is NOT good right now. Save yourself some money and heartache. And had an energy drink and popcorn a little later. The drink was not carbonated, so I was very disappointed. I like bubbles. (That reminds me of a dirty joke…never mind.) I get … [Read more...]

Weight Loss Wednesday–Carb Lovers Diet Cookbook


*I just lost this entire post and my laptop restarted itself twice. I need a new laptop and some computer skills. Boo. Okay, where was I?! Oh, I was on Thursday because all week I’ve thought it’s Thursday. Maybe tomorrow I’ll get it right. I had to be at work earlier this morning, luckily my schedule only called for 3 miles and strength. I did my 3 and then rushed home for a … [Read more...]

Trillion Tangent Tuesday


Hello! How was your Tuesday?! This post is super random, so I’m taking a cue from my favorite Hungry Runner Girl and calling them tangents (instead of unsettling thoughts from the brain of a crazy person). First, lunch - to further prove I am not above putting anything and everything in a salad, I present… Enchilada Salad! And a little dessert – ww tortilla with PB & … [Read more...]

Trash TV Tuesday


I LOVE love love reality TV. It’s like reading blogs, you know if all the bloggers were super rich, always had hair & make-up and fought with each other… So yesterday I got a double dose of fun when two of my favorites came back - Basketball Wives (image source) and Bethenny Ever After(image source) Trash TV thoughts – I am sad that my fave B-ball wife, Evelyn is so … [Read more...]

Enchilada Casserole and FAT Tuesday!


Okay, let’s go back to yesterday for a minute when I went grocery shopping and scored this case of seltzer at Smart Co. And I made salsa chicken in the crockpot. But, I make this fairly often so I decided to use the meat for chicken enchilada casserole. Sometimes my grandma would make this growing up because she said it was easier than “real enchiladas”. Oh, she would make … [Read more...]

Meatless Monday Giveaway–Quorn Vegan Burger


After my clients this morning I had a BIG apple and little pack of almonds. Then, did a chest/triceps workout. I didn’t feel like it was a good workout until I started making lunch and my arms felt all weird. Workout Tip: “Weird Arms Syndrome” is the sign of a good workout. Or, a stroke. Know the difference. Ben came home for lunch and as soon as he walked out the door back … [Read more...]

Smart Snacking Challenge Continues


Happy Monday! I feel so great after a good night’s sleep I never sleep well the night before races so last night was much needed. I got a call last night that a new gym member needed a fitness evaluation this morning so I’m headed to the gym at 8am today, usually I don’t go in until 9 on Mondays (every day is different). Since I didn’t do my usual Sunday Set Up my planner is … [Read more...]

Sunday Power Hour


We’re finally home! Ben drove the first leg of the trip while I read more of Mile Posts. I am in love with this book and read parts out loud to my driver when I was particularly moved  I love one “Post” where Armstrong says you can’t be a good runner without running a few bad races, and another about body image. Then, we switched and Ben took a little nap Since I was … [Read more...]

IMS Arizona Half Marathon Recap


Even though I only had to wake up at 5:30am (not early by race standards) I still cringed when my alarm went off this morning. Reluctantly, I rolled out of bed and did all my pre-race rituals – bathroom, change, eat Luckily, our hotel had a full kitchen so I was able to toast my bagel. It makes all the difference. And I broke the #1 rule of racing – Don’t do anything new on … [Read more...]

Chino Bandido for Lunch


After breakfast and a shower I went to get my bib for tomorrow’s half. The race expo was part of a bigger community health expo so there were a lot of booths – but not the usual race themed ones. Need some medical care? Go to Mexico! I didn’t spend too much long here, just grabbed my bib, walked through the giant colon and was on my way. We had grand plans for lunch so I … [Read more...]

Free Breakfast


Good Morning! Ben and I started our day with a nice little walk around our hotel. I like the desert - cool crisp mornings, warm days, and weird trees We worked up an appetite and hit the hotel’s complimentary breakfast as soon as we got back. Hotel breakfasts are impressive these days! There was a waffle maker, oatmeal, many bread options, yogurt, juice, coffee, fruit and … [Read more...]

Palm Springs Pit Stop


Hello from Arizona! Ben and I just got to our hotel and I’m blogging at the desk in our room. I don’t know if it’s the lack of clutter (that is always covering my own desk at home), the buzz I get from traveling or the tiny little bottles of conditioner, but I love hotels! We left home around 11:30am and packed a bunch of snacks to hold off lunch. I snuck into the bulk bin … [Read more...]

Off to AZ


Happy Friday! I started my day with a very slow 6 miler. I had a random cramp in my upper back and just felt like my legs were tired the whole time. I’m thinking I need a massage – that’ll cure it right? Last night I made Pizza Eggs for dinner – an open omelet topped with marinara and cheese. It was delicious! This might be my newest “food phase” because I already want another … [Read more...]

National Almond Day and Ask a Monican #29


Today is National Almond Day! I didn’t even realize until after my morning snack (blubes and almonds) so I celebrated double-y with almonds on my Peanut Dressing and Turkey salad. Oh, and some mustard pretzels from the bulk bins – I’m not normally a salty snacks kinda person, but I can make those disappear. Vegas kept me company during a conference call. And by “kept me … [Read more...]

Dentists and Personal Trainers


Happy Thursday! My legs are feeling a little tired so I decided to switch today’s run for tomorrow. I just dropped my car off to get the brakes done and walked home from there. I’ll walk back to get my car later, so about 4.5 miles of walking is my workout today and maybe a little strength this evening. I almost had eggs for dinner last night because I’ve been craving them so … [Read more...]

My First 5K


When I signed up for the Carlsbad 5000 at the Tinker Bell Half expo I swore it was my first 5K. My first race ever was a 10K from there I jumped straight to half marathons and fell in love with lucky number 13 (point one). But, it turns out I ran a 5K on Fourth of July two years ago! The thing is, it was a last minute run with a friend so I didn’t pre-register or train or … [Read more...]