Monday, April 30, 2012

Meal Plan Monday {April 30}

We are back home from the Monterey Peninsula and the Big Sur Marathon weekend.  We had an amazing weekend and I can’t wait to share all about it soon.  For now, I will say this --- while I enjoyed every single step of the 10.6 mile run with my running buddy Kat, I wish I had run the full 26.2 and I can’t wait to go back and experience the full marathon!



Monday ~ TBD, we are still very full from a big lunch before heading home today so we’ll probably scrounge up some snacks

Tuesday ~ Chicken & Quinoa with Asparagus

Wednesday ~ Tofu Tacos 

Thursday ~ Lentil and Black Bean Stew 

Friday ~ Pasta with semi-homemade marinara sauce 

Saturday ~ Turkey Burgers

Sunday ~ leftover pasta


Have a great week friends.  I’ll be back soon with trip & race recaps and lots of photos to share :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Three Things Thursday

1.  Race Goals

This weekend we are headed down to Big Sur/Carmel for the Big Sur Marathon.  The husband is running the full 26.2 and I’m running the 10.6 mile event.  We are both pretty excited.  Though, I have to be honest, I’d much rather be running the full 26.2 with him --- someday folks because Big Sur is definitely on my Race Bucket List (which I’m putting together for a blog post soon).

Anyways, my race goals = have fun, take photos, enjoy every single step.  It’s going to be a great weekend getaway.  We are staying in a little cottage in Carmel for three nights, I’m running the race with my running buddy Kat, lots of our running friends will be there running the event(s), Dean Karnazes and Bart Yasso are scheduled to be at the expo (I’m brining my Dean books in the hopes of getting an autograph – and a photo with him), and the weather is looking fabulous.  The husbands goals are the same for his race.  He has been training hard for this race and he’ll be running with two running buddies that he’s been training with all spring. 

2.  Plank’ing, Running, Upcoming Training

Boo.  I broke my plank-a-day streak.  I made it to 110 days and then forgot last Friday.  Not only did I forget last Friday but I havne’t done once since I broke my streak.  Fail.  I’ll be starting up again on May 1st. 

My running has been sporadic lately and I haven’t really been feeling it.  I’m in a little funk that I’m hoping a scenic destination race this weekend will help me get out of it.  I got home from work last night, got changed and ready to go run, opened the front door and it was raining.  I closed the door and said forget it.  I figure it’s one of the last rains of the season so I’d much rather not run in it.  How’s that for some motivation?  Ugh.

Hopefully I find my running mojo soon since SFM training starts … next week.  I’m putting the final touches on my training calendar and I will post it once I’ve got it finished.  I’m really excited for SFM in July!

3.  Writers Block

One final topic for today … I just don’t feel like I’ve had much to share lately.  The transition from stay-at-home-wife (?!?) to working girl was a lot harder than I thought it was going to be (which really isn’t all that surprising since I was unemployed for more than a year).  I am really enjoying my new job and I just recently finished the second phase of my training so I’ve taken on more work and I’m really starting to learn the in & outs of the position.  It’s not just blogging that has taken a back seat during this transition … I haven’t read more than 20 pages in any book I’m reading, I’ve only been to the gym a handful of times, I haven’t ran as much as I’d like, my house is full of clutter, and several projects sit waiting for me to work on them.  It’s pretty much sleep, eat, work, occasionally run, and repeat over here lately.  Not very exciting.  Hopefully I’ll find my “writing/sharing” mojo wherever my running mojo is.  Until then …

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Adventures in Running Long














Lake Natoma & the Pioneer Express Trail – Folsom, CA – Saturday April 21st, 2012

Monday, April 23, 2012

Meal Plan Monday {April 23}

It’s a big week here in the Journey Thru Life house … the husband will be running his 3rd full marathon on Sunday down in Big Sur!  We are both very excited and really looking forward to the weekend. 

This month has really flown by.  I can’t hardly believe that it’s Big Sur Weekend already and May is just around the corner.  Wow.


Monday ~ Tofu & Veggie Stir Fry over Brown Rice

Tuesday ~ Chicken & Rice Bowls 

Wednesday ~ Pasta with semi-homemade marinara sauce 

Thursday ~ leftover pasta

Friday-Sunday ~ TBD


What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan?
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try? Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover! There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weigh in {04.23.12} = 140.4 lbs
Loss/Gain from previous week = +2

Friday, April 20, 2012

Thankful - Wk15

It’s all the little every day things that make life so extraordinary and this year I want to make sure I am appreciating and focusing more on them. In an effort to remember to slow down, let the little things go, and enjoy every moment of this life I am going to share what I’ve been thankful for each week.

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This week I’m thankful for …

  • Fun nail polish
  • Waking up early and having some free time in the morning before work
  • Having a job that challenges me
  • Iced coffee
  • Cooking dinner and sharing it with family
  • The warmer weather this week
  • The husband!


Each day is a blessing, enjoy it.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Thankful - Wk14

It’s all the little every day things that make life so extraordinary and this year I want to make sure I am appreciating and focusing more on them. In an effort to remember to slow down, let the little things go, and enjoy every moment of this life I am going to share what I’ve been thankful for each week.

be joyful 2 copy {Source}

This week I’m thankful for …

  • Sharing my love of baseball with my dad
  • Spending quality time with family just enjoying each other’s company
  • Living in a town that is “large” but “small” enough to walk to local establishments
  • My amazing running buddy Kat and having her by my side while doing hill repeats last week
  • My growing circle of running friends, virtual and IRL, whom I can share my crazy running goals with
  • Finding the motivation to get back to the gym
  • Chatting on the phone with my mom talking about everything and nothing at the same time :)


Each day is a blessing, enjoy it.

Meal Plan Monday {April 16}

Happy Marathon Monday and Good Luck to all the runners in Boston today!

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I finally posted my recent half marathon race recap here --- read it HERE.

I just realized I forgot to post my Thankful post on Friday.  Boo.  Look for that tonight.

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Last week:

Three successful days at the gym for a total of 2 hrs, 11 minutes of cardio (stationary bike, elliptical, stair climber)

One day of yoga stretches

Four successful days of strength/PT Exercises

Three runs:

Plank-a-day continues, going strong on day 107

Here’s this weeks “plan for the week”:

Monday ~ AM: gym; PM: run 3 miles

Tuesday ~ AM: gym

Wednesday ~ AM: gym + PM: run 4 miles

Thursday ~ AM: gym + PM: run 4 miles

Friday ~ AM: gym

Saturday ~ Run 14 miles

Sunday ~ Recovery run or walk

I already went to the gym this morning even after laying in bed for an extra 30 minutes telling myself I could skip today.  I’m glad I got up and went.  I plan to walk as many days as possible this week since we are expecting beautiful weather.  Hopefully if I don’t get a chance to take her for a walk then the husband will :)

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Monday ~ Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini, & Polenta with Marinara Sauce

Tuesday ~ leftover pasta from last week (we ended up having pizza the night we were suppose to have leftovers)

Wednesday ~ Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Zucchini & Potatoes

Thursday ~ Chili (freezer)

Friday ~ Pasta with semi-homemade marinara sauce 

Saturday ~ Turkey Burgers & Mashed Potatoes

Sunday ~ leftover pasta

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan?
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try? Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover! There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weigh in {04.16.12} = 138.4 lbs
Loss/Gain from previous week = +0.6

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Race Recap: Running of the Elk Half Marathon {04.01.12} + a NEW 13.1 PR

Race:  Running of the Elk Half Marathon 

Date:  Sunday, April 1st, 2012
First Annual – Inaugural Event

Official Results:

The Jesse:
13.1/2:12:14/10:06 avg
(Garmin – 13.21/2:12:19/10:00 avg)
Females 30-39: 58/166
Overall: 415/885

The husband:
13.1/1:40:01/7:38 avg
(Garmin – 13.17/1:04:05/7:36 avg)
Males 30-39:  9/125
Overall:  36/885

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The first annual Running of the Elk Half Marathon (the inaugural event) took place on Sunday April 1st in Elk Grove.  I had been looking forward to this event for a long time – ever since our city council member, and fellow training group member, announced the race (he was race director!) last year.  This even was held locally, less than 2 miles from our house.  The course was flat and fast.  This event was my “comeback” race after my injury last fall.


Race morning started much like any other race morning … up early and out the door by 6:20 a.m.  We jogged about half a mile to the nearby shopping center and picked up our friend, and fellow running buddy, Kelly who joined us for the rest of the jog/walk to the race location.  Once we arrived at the race start we had plenty of time to use the restrooms, find our running groups tent, take a group photo, chat with friends, and warm-up before the race began.

04.01.12 group photo The Running Zone Spring 2012 Training Group

When I posted my race goals I was seriously about how conservative they were.  After really pushing hard at my last 5k (and PR’ing) I just wanted to run a comfortable pace at this half marathon and enjoy the event.  I was happy with my previous half marathon PR (from last October) and didn’t think I would be running a PR race at this event.  Little did I know …

I lined up at the start with Kelly and right before the starting gun went off the pin that holds my Garmin onto it’s velcro strap came out.  I spent the first several minutes trying to fix my watch and successfully got the pin back quickly.  I was caught up in the excitement of the race and my adrenaline was pumping.  I was excited to be running a half marathon --- I do love that distance after all.  I was running with Kelly and even though we were keeping a great pace I knew that if I didn’t tell her to GO then I’d be holding her back from her PR attempt.  Around the half mile mark I told her to go and get her PR.  I was feeling great and the first mile came up quickly, my Garmin chiming in at 10:21!  The pace felt comfortable so I decided to hold on for as long as I could then slow down in the later miles if I needed.  I had no idea that I would be able to hold that pace, and go faster.  It really wasn’t my initial plan.

The second mile was much like the first.  I continued to feel great and not like I was pushing too hard.  I saw a lot of familiar faces during an out and back section of the course and when my Garmin beeped at mile two and I saw 10:13 on the screen I was surprised how good I was still feeling considering the pace I was keeping!  I usually can’t hold on to a 10:xx mile for so long.  Around mile 3 I saw my old boss from my restaurant job in college just ahead of me (I had seen him pre-race in the morning and wished him good luck).  I had a feeling I’d see him out on the course.  At first I tried to pick up the pace to catch him so I could chat with him and maybe run with him for a while but I quickly realized that I would get too tired and burn too much energy if I did that so early in the race.  I kept him in my sights for the next couple of miles.  Mile three came in at 10:09. 

By mile four we had turned onto a long stretch of a flat, straight road.  While the course was flat, it really wasn’t that scenic.  And thankfully it wasn’t too hot since there was virtually no shade.  By this point in the race I knew if I kept up this pace and tried to pick it up even more then I could PR.  I was still feeling great and keep repeating to myself “you can do this”.  In the back of my mind I knew I could slow down if I needed to and still reach my original goal of a 2:30 finish … but I also knew I could attempt a PR based on how my first few miles went.  I decided to run for the PR.




Mile four came in at 10:14, mile five at 10:09, and mile six at 10:05.  Right at mile six we turned off the long straight road and there were several spectators in this area.  I knew the half way point was just ahead as well as the relay exchange point.  Right around the half way mark I saw a fellow running group member (who wasn’t running the race) and that really gave me a little boost of energy!  I pasted the half way point right around 1:06:xx.  I crested the only “hill” in the race and knew I’d be turning again soon, right by the relay exchange.  Mile seven came in at 10:14, then I made the next turn, heard a few running group members/spectators yell my name at the exchange point and I noticed my pace picked up a little.  I was on another stretch of flat, straight road that curved at the end before turning again.  I had lost sight of my old boss, was running into the sun (it had been at my back or side earlier in the race), and was starting to get tired.  And then mile eight came in at 9:54 and I knew I had to try to keep the rest of my miles sub-10.  I started to play my speed games (fartleks) and would pick up the pace and hold it as long as possible then recover for a minute or two before picking it back up to get a sub-10 mile. Then I would recover when the Garmin beeped at each mile for a minute or two again.  I kept repeating this all the way to the finish!  Mile nine was 9:51.  Half way into mile 10 I saw my old boss ahead of me, walking.  I knew I could catch him, and that’s exactly what I did.  Except I was in the middle of a fartlek and he was walking so instead of chatting I just yelled his name and we exchanged waves as I sped past him.  Mile 10 came in at 9:57 except now the course had turned again and I was running directly into the wind.  I knew I only had a 5k to go and I was hoping when I turned again in about a half of a mile the wind would not be directly in my face.  I was wrong. 

The last 5k of the race was almost entirely with a head wind.  After only a few short minutes of running directly into the wind I felt exhausted.  I kept pushing when I could but I wasn’t able to pick up the pace for long before needing to slow down to recover with the strong head wind.  Mile eleven came in at 9:54 and about a half mile later we turned again and the wind was not as bad.  I was really starting to feel fatigued and didn’t think I was going to end up with a PR after all especially because I loose all ability to do math when I’ve been running for that long, LOL.  I just kept pushing, recovering, and telling myself that “I felt great” and “I can do this”!  The aid station at mile 12 had some volunteers from the armed forces and they were yelling and encouraging all the runners … it really gave me a little push.  Mile twelve came in at 9:55 and I knew I was in the home stretch to the finish.  I was now on the same course as our local fun run 5k’s that we run four times a year.  I knew where every turn was and what to expect for the rest of the race.  I hunkered down, pushed hard, and ran.  Mile thirteen was a 9:34 and when I saw that final mile marker I started running as fast as I could.  There were a lot of spectators lined up along the last 0.10 of the race and into the finish chute.  I saw a lot of familiar faces including the husbands.  I just wanted to be done.  I really picked up the pace and chicked 5 guys before finally crossing the finish line was a brand new half marathon PR. 

Official Results:  13.1 / 2:12:14 / 10:06 avg

2:02 PR --- previous best was 2:14:16 from October 2011


 Running of the Elk - Garmin splits


The husband PR’d.  Kelly PR’d.  Several members of our running group also PR’d.  My old boss finished his first half marathon!  The course, while boring at times, was great – except for the wind (though there wasn’t anything anyone could have done about that).  The weather was perfect.  The post race expo was great with lots of vendors and lots of food/snacks.  There ended up being 2300 race participants between the three events (half marathon, half marathon relay, and 5k).  For an inaugural event, I was extremely impressed with how well everything was put together.  I’m already looking forward to next years event!

After the race we hung around for a while … eating, chatting, spectating.  Eventually we made our way over to Starbucks for a post race coffee and then walked home.  After showering we headed out for lunch then we went and got relaxing hour long full body massages.  Later than evening we walked to our local pizza parlor for pizza and a pitcher of beer … and, of course, celebrated our new 13.1 PR’s with a bottle of champagne that night :)


Two weeks later and I’m still on a runner’s high from this race … and still basking in the glory of my new PR :) 

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What I learned:  Speed work pays off; pushing hard it worth it even when it hurts; I’m a stronger runner than I thought I was.

What I would have changed:  Nothing.  I know I ran a smart race and I blew my conservative goal out of the water!

How I was brilliant:  I ran a smart race and ended up with a new PR. 

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EG Citizen Jon
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Three Things Thursday

1.  Tuesday = hills.  Wednesday = 4.60 miles in 47:17 (10:16 avg) and it hailed on me (a first).  Thursday = stair climber.  I’m determined to get into hill busting shape.  Friday will be 5 miles in the evening after work and Saturday will be 11+ miles on a hilly route.  Also, planking = still going strong and today was day 102. 

2.  I’ve been at my new job for over a month.  35 working days (including today) and thanks to my extensive wardrobe I have yet to wear the same top, or dress, twice.  Honestly I could probably go another month without repeating anything but some of my shirts are not my favorites so it’s only a matter of time before I wear something I have already worn.  I did not plan to do this but after 2+ weeks I realized I had not worn the same thing twice so I decided to see how long I could go.  Y’all know I like a good challenge :)

3.  Why can’t I think of a third thing?  Probably because I’m exhausted (up at 4:30 or earlier every day this week to workout) and my mind is swimming with knowledge from training at work.  I started going in at 9 a.m. this week which means that I’ve been up for anywhere between 4 to 4 1/2 hours before I even start work.  I’m not really a morning person but I am an earlier riser.  I like have all this time in the mornings to go to the gym, blog, Facebook … though I should probably be doing laundry, dishes, and cleaning.  Priorities people … priorities :)


What’s on your mind today?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Hills are speedwork in disguise

Or so they say.  I tend to agree.

I’m running the 10.6 mile event at Big Sur at the end of the month and it’s hilly.  I’m also running SF Marathon at the end of July and it’s hilly too.  Unfortunately I don’t live in a hilly area.  So how do I do hill repeats, you might be asking yourself.  On an overpass.  Yep.  An overpass.

My running buddy, Kat, lives close by the “hill” we choose to use for our hill repeats so the husband and I drove over to her house last night after work and ran the 1.5+ miles to the hill for a warm-up.  We then proceeded to do a few repeats (4 for me and Kat; 6 for the husband) up and over the overpass before running the 1.5+ miles back for a cool down.  Our overpass of choice is a half a mile from one side to the other and goes over the railroad track at a busy intersection.  Thankfully it’s a wide street with a big sidewalk. 

When we headed out for our warm-up it was drizzling rain but thankfully it stopped and we stayed dry for our workout.  The warm-up was easy and the chatter was constant (1.56 miles @ 10:53 avg).  Once we made it to the “hill” we did some dynamic stretching and plyos and then charged up the hill and down the back side.  The husband took a break in-between each up and over … I only took a break in-between each “set” (up and over twice back to starting point). 

Each up & over was half a mile:

  • 4:51 (9:38 pace) – felt good, pumped my arms and cruised down the back side
  • 4:53 (9:46 pace) – slowed down even more on the downhill as its more steep on this side
  • 4:41 (9:22 pace) – back up the steeper side, pumping my arms, fastest pace of the night
  • 4:49 (9:40 pace)  - starting to feel fatigued and my right hamstring was getting tight

The husband proceeded to do another repeat and we waited for him while discussing our upcoming training schedule.  (Kat is running the 10.6 in Big Sur, the SF Marathon, and an assortment of other races this year with me.)  Once the husband was done we did a cool down back to Kat’s house.  Except anytime I do speed work, which hill repeats are in disguise, it feels easier to keep a faster pace afterwards.  Which means our cool down was faster than our warm-up (1.56 miles @ 9:58 avg).  Anyone else feel this way after a speed work session?

Overall this was a great workout.  I felt good powering up the hills and I’m looking forward to moving my long runs from the flat land (where I live) to the rolling hills on the American River Bike Path starting this weekend.  We’re planning on running a lap (11+ miles) around Lake Natoma on Saturday … I haven’t ran that route since my stress fracture race last October. 

How do you train for hills?  Since I’m not planning on doing formal speed work for the next several months I’m looking forward to weekly hill repeats and to moving my long runs to routes with rolling hills.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Meal Plan Monday {April 9}

My MIL gave us a ton of Easter Candy and I think I still have a sugar high from eating most of it on Saturday!  It was quite an indulgent weekend including a trip to Cold Stone Creamery for ice cream after dinner on Sunday for our end-of-Lent ice cream treat (ice cream was one of the things we gave up for Lent).  I am looking forward to getting back on track and eating for fueling my body instead of eating to indulge.  I started the week off on the right foot by getting up this morning at 4 a.m. and going to the gym.  Let’s hope I’m successful with the rest of my workouts this week!  One day at a time … here’s my Plan for the Week (a la Giraffy at 365 Days of Awesome):

  • Monday ~ AM:  gym; PM: walk Lucy 
  • Tuesday ~ AM:  yoga/stretching @ home; PM: run hill repeats
  • Wednesday ~ AM:  gym; PM:  run (3 miles)
  • Thursday ~ AM:  gym; PM:  walk Lucy
  • Friday ~ AM: gym; PM: run (5 miles)
  • Saturday ~ long run (10-12 miles) + walk Lucy
  • Sunday ~ recovery run (2-3 miles) + walk Lucy

Do you plan out your weekly workouts? 


Monday ~ Tofu Stir-Fry over Rice

Tuesday ~ leftover stir-fry

Wednesday ~  BBQ Chicken with Grilled Asparagus

Thursday ~ Turkey Burgers

Friday ~ Pasta with semi-homemade marinara sauce 

Saturday ~ leftover pasta

Sunday ~ Shirlee’s Tacos

What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan? Why or why not?
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try? Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover! There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weigh in {04.09.12} = 137.8 lbs
Loss/Gain from previous week = +0.2

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Regular blog posting? What’s that?

Oh, hi.  I have a blog?  Yikes.  It’s just one more thing that’s been getting swept under the rug lately.  I am determined to get back into the groove of things sooner rather than later.  I miss blogging!  I have been catching up on my Google Reader lately during my lunch break via the iPhone but I’ve still got over 800 unread items.  Eeeek!

Let’s see … here some randomness, bullet point style:

    • Weekly recaps?  Hmmm.  Maybe.
    • Monthly recaps?  More likely.
    • Race Recap?  Definitely, but probably not for a few more days.


  • I love my new job.  I just completed the first stage of my formal training and I am slowly being assigned more work.  I start the next stage of training next week. 


  • I am having a harder time than I anticipated getting into a groove with my schedule and finding the right balance for everything.


  • My motivation is seriously lacking lately.  I’ve only been to the gym once since I started back to work and this week I noticed that I didn’t even have the motivation to run.  Hmph.  My goal for next week is to get back to the gym and to give myself, and my motivation, a swift kick in the behind! 


  • I don’t really feel like I’ve had much to share lately.  This past couple of weeks were quite a roller coaster.  Unfortunately the new puppy, Linus, didn’t transition well into our little family.  He had a lot of separation issues and possessive issues.  Our older puppy, Lucy, was starting to regress more and more and we finally had to make the hard decision to take Linus back to the shelter and surrender him.  It was a sad, emotional day.  He has since been re-adopted, hopefully into a family that will have the time to dedicate to him and help him with his behavioral problems.  That decision was one of the hardest decisions we have ever made.


  • That last one is a doozie.  I still cry when I mention it. 


  • I ran a half marathon PR … what’s next?  Well … I’ve got a little 10.6 race on 4/29 in BIG SUR with my buddy Kat while the husband runs the full marathon.  Hill training starts next week.  After that SF Marathon training will officially begin, and hill training will continue, and in mid-May I’ll be running another half marathon in Lodi wine country at Woodbridge Winery.


  • I was serious about my conservative half marathon goals for last weeks race.  But once I got going I just got caught up and decided to go for it.  I am proud of myself and I have spent the last week recovering since everything was achy and sore from running that fast after not really training to run that fast.


  • My job has a “cake day” on the last day of the month, each month.  A local bakery caters it and brings in cakes for the whole company.  It the companies way of celebrating service anniversaries and employee birthdays for the month.  Last week was my first cake day.  I was very excited!


I’ve got another busy weekend this weekend.  We are spending today with my MIL, whom we haven’t seen in two months even though she only lives 1 mile away.  Tomorrow we’ll be going to Easter Sunday church service at the new church we’ve been attending for the last few months and then spending the afternoon/evening with my FIL.  Somewhere in there will be meal planning and grocery shopping and laundry washing.  Boring.

What are your Easter plans (or weekend plans if you don’t celebrate the holiday)?

Also, how about a big SHOUT OUT to the racers at the AR50 today!  SO exciting.  The husband ran the last half of the course backwards yesterday as a training run with his Big Sur running buddies.  He said it was a lot of fun, and super challenging, and that he has a new appreciation for ultra runners (I can’t wait for him to run his first ultra in August!).

Thankful - Wk14

It’s all the little every day things that make life so extraordinary and this year I want to make sure I am appreciating and focusing more on them. In an effort to remember to slow down, let the little things go, and enjoy every moment of this life I am going to share what I’ve been thankful for each week.

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This week I’m thankful for …

  • My faith. 


With the Easter Holiday upon us I am taking this time to reflect.  There are many things I am thankful for each and every day – the roof over my head, the food on my table, my job and my husband’s job, my family and friends; the list goes on and on and often includes little things like coffee creamer and knee high socks, puppy kisses and jelly beans.  Each day is a blessing, enjoy it.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Meal Plan Monday {April 2}

Last week’s race week detox did not go as planned.  In fact it was pretty much derailed by mid-afternoon on Monday.  I’ve consumed more than my fair share of alcohol and candy in the past couple of weeks and I’ve had the headaches to prove it.  Between the Easter candy we bought at the store, the treats available for snacking during my afternoon training classes at work, “cake day” at work last Friday, and a couple of days of extreme volume eating … this morning I literally feel like I could burst!  Here’s hoping this week is better because I am not enjoying seeing the number on the scale crept up more and more each week. 

Speaking of race week … I haven’t had a chance to blog about my race yesterday but I did want to share that I had a great race and even managed to PR by 2 minutes!  My race goals were conservative and I was not planning on pushing my pace and PR’ing but I got caught up in the race day excitement and started faster than I planned so I just told myself to hold on as long as I could … never really thinking I’d be able to hold that pace, or faster, and PR.  For an inaugural event, I was very impressed with the race and I’m already looking forward to next years event!  Look for my race recap sometime this week :)

Back to this week … I’m not sure what our plans will be for Easter Sunday.  We’ll have plenty of leftovers to choose from but in case we end up having dinner with family then we can always roll the leftovers onto next weeks meal plan.

Do you celebrate Easter?  What are your plans?  I know that we’ll definitely be eating some ice cream at some point on Easter Sunday since we gave it up on February 1st through Lent. 

Monday ~ Crumbled Tofu Tacos 

Tuesday ~ leftover pasta

Wednesday ~ Soup or Chili (from the freezer)

Thursday ~ Risotto (based on this recipe)

Friday ~ Pasta with semi-homemade marinara sauce 

Saturday ~ Marsala Chicken and Mushroom Casserole

Sunday ~ Easter ~ leftovers or dinner with family


What’s on your menu this week?
Do you meal plan? Why or why not?
Got a favorite recipe that I’ve got to try? Please share :)
Don’t forget to check out the links … you never know what you might discover! There are some GREAT food blogs & recipe websites out there :)

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Weigh in {04.02.12} = 137.6 lbs
Loss/Gain from previous week = +0.2