A Big Hot Bowl of Oats


Happy Halloween! (nataliedee.com) Despite the fact that I stayed up until 11:15pm last night finishing The Hunger Games, I woke up at 5am today ready to go. It still looked pitch black outside, but I couldn’t fall back asleep. I stalled a little then, put on my running clothes and decided to face the dark. But, have I mentioned that I’m scared of the dark?! Yep. Totally … [Read more...]

No Glove No Love


The other day (after I wore my Poor Girl's Gloves) Ben surprised me with a pair of Nike running gloves! My hands were very happy and I've been wearing them for every run since I got them! They have a key pocket on the inside of each hand, but it is facing down. So, if you use it and put in a key in there make sure to keep a fist so it doesn't fall out. Marathon … [Read more...]

Blurry Vision


I made it back to Maryland around 6:15am, Ben picked me up from the airport, I dropped him off at work, stopped at home to change and now I'm at work. I didn't realize how tired I was going to be. Right now it's a fight to stay awake. I got some coffee from Burger King, but it was really bad. I may need to get another caffeine enhanced beverage! That Red Eye gave me blurry … [Read more...]

4 miles slow, 2 miles fast (kinda)

My training plan called for 2 miles easy, 2 miles at short tempo pace and 2 miles easy. My short tempo pace should probably be around 7:50 miles? based on my half marathon time, but I have not been able to get even 1 mile that fast yet! I did the tempos at 8:34 and 8:15 -- I'll be faster next time! Once again we were running late so I had to throw together a quick lunch and … [Read more...]

A new runner?

I needed to go to a running store for fuel belt replacement water bottles and ended up at Roadrunner. Anytime I go into a running shoe store I check out any clearance items they have in case they are selling something cheap in my shoe/size. Luckily (?) I have massive feet and often score!!! I got this pair of Supernovas for $60.00 - Nice! I also got my water bottles. The ones … [Read more...]

Sunken Treasure

Rest Day from running meant a visit to the apartment's gym today. It's pretty small, but it was completely empty, which is nice. This was my first visit so I wasn't sure what to expect. It has 2 ellipticals, 2 treadmills, 1 recumbent bike and some weight machines. I stuck to the elliptical for about 40 minutes before it was time to get ready for work. It was a nice change from … [Read more...]

Back to work

I left my old job 2 weeks ago and in that time I've packed up all my stuff in Southern California and drove all the way across the US to Maryland. It still feels like a vacation, but today I'm going back to work. I start my new reporting job and I will keep you all posted with my stories :) Mary Training: I did an easy 4 miles this morning and came home (that feels weird to … [Read more...]

How ya feeling?

I'm not feeling so great because I've been eating a ton of crap - processed foods, too much sugar, too many empty carbs... Since losing weight is sort of on the back burner right now (orders of the RD) my priority is feeling good. Well, too many processed, empty calories are making me feel bad. I'm switching my focus to whole foods! I have decided on my next race - The Marine … [Read more...]

Cupcake Tease

Happy Monday Morning :) I started the day with 5.8 miles, it was actually pretty slow, but it's all good. As I mentioned before I have a lot of things the RD wanted me to work on. This week I am focusing on 2 things... 1. Eat more calories at Breakfast & Lunch - she wants me to shoot for 600 each, but I think today I'm gonna make it around 500 and see how that works for … [Read more...]

Old vs. New

This Sunday was a day of trying new things and enjoying old ones... No Run: Rest day. After breakfast I did some blog reading and went to yoga :) It is so nice to just have a good "stretchy" yoga class after a long run day! I really don't stretch often and appreciate when I have to do it in yoga. Old : Oatmeal, same as usual... New :This Pulled "Chicken" from TJ's - which I … [Read more...]

Taking sides

I slept in a bit today & had to rush out the door to my run. It's good that I rushed out because if I had time to think about it I might have talked myself out of it since I wasn't exactly looking forward to running so late and being rushed today. I did 5.5 miles or so. When I got back home I ate a handful of cereal and did 30 Day Shred. I had to take a shower since … [Read more...]

With a cherry on top

Since Fridays are rest days from running I was in no rush to get up this morning. I think I took too long though, because I took a quick walk to the store to get milk and on the way back I was starving! I wanted milk to have cereal for breakfast, but I knew I needed something more filling, so I ended up making oatmeal. This is Ben's oatmeal, mine always look the same and I … [Read more...]

My new bathing suit

I bought a bathing suit to inspire me to get it together & drop some lbs. I figured the reality of trying it on would make me realize I have a beach vacation coming up in 3 months!  I was going to post a pic of me in it as a "Before" and hopefully lose some weight so I could redeem myself with an "After" picture, but I thought this would be more fun... My ridiculously … [Read more...]

And by Half I mean Full…

Half Marathon Training Clarification : The mileage on my weekly long runs is actually the mileage I would run to train for a FULL MARATHON. My training program is almost treating the OC Half as a practice run for the full marathon. I am considering running the SD RnR May 31st, so I need to have a lot more miles logged than if I was only doing a half mary. Basically, I am … [Read more...]

This is your foot on running…

This is my foot. This is my foot on dropping a can on my big toe and running a marathon. Any questions? My blue toe is still tragically blue (actually it got a lot worse) and now my middle toe nail has turned a sad shade of black and will not be with us for much longer. The middle toe on my other foot will abandon ship soon too. This is what happens when you run 26.2 miles. … [Read more...]

Finally Friday & Wedding Menu Ideas

I am so happy that it's Friday. I don't get to to see Ben during the week since we live kinda far from each other (with traffic it takes too long!) so I'm happy to go straight from work to his place. Since he does live a ways from my work too I am trying to change up my schedule to get here earlier so I can leave early. Workout - I woke up at 5am this morning, did 30 Day … [Read more...]