Running, Eating, & Good Reads

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Hello everyone!  How’s your first week of 2016 going? (I actually remembered to write 16 instead of 15!) AmazonMine has been pretty normal, which I was looking forward too.  I have been running, eating, and reading.  As much as I love the holidays, I need the normalcy and consistency so I can stay on track with my running and eating. 

So, let’s talk about that.

Monday morning started early.  I was back at work after being off for a while, and I did not want to go!  5:30 am came really early and I was tired!   I had some oatmeal for breakfast.

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Then I had some turkey and asparagus roll ups for lunch.  (All I did was take two pieces of turkey, put a tiny bit of Skinny Cow light cheese on them, lay two pieces of steamed asparagus on them, and roll them up.  Super simple and good!) 

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I also had some of my Margaritaville trail mix.

Since Monday was a rest day from running, I took Jake for a long walk. 

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We had to walk down the road, and then to our small pasture.  Jake ran around sniffing all the trees for a while. 

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I got really cold, so we headed back home where I had some hot chocolate to warm up.   

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Jeremy had a ballgame, so I was on my own for dinner.  I had some scrambled eggs and toast. 

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I also ate low sugar jelly!  I’m really trying to cut back on sugar. 

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I know it will get easier, but right now I’m craving it!  I ate dinner while I watched the new Bachelor.  I really like Ben.  He seems really genuine, and I think he will make a good season, I hope.  It has been getting crazier and crazier the last few seasons. 

I could not get warm on Monday night.  I wrapped up in a blanket and cranked the heat up and I was still freezing.  I took a long hot shower, but as soon as I got out I was freezing!  I finally bundled up and got in bed, where I started to warm up.  Once I was warm, I had a date with my foam roller.  I have sadly decided that I am going to have to retire my Uggs while I am training.  The last couple of times that I have worn them, both of my shins and ankles hurt bad afterwards.  I hate that because they are so warm, and I love them!  But, I would rather be able to run and not be in pain.  Or, I may try some insoles in them and see if that helps.  I watched NCIS Los Angeles, until Jeremy got home.  I made him some dinner and went to sleep!  It was a pretty relaxing evening!

Tuesday, I thought the sunrise was beautiful!  I love being able to see it each morning.  I do enjoy the mornings, I just don’t like the getting up early part.  If that makes any sense at all.  (It’s perfectly clear to me. ) 😉 

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I had the same breakfast and lunch as I did on Monday.  (Back to normal!)

Tuesday afternoon, Jeremy was getting ready to leave for his games, and Jake and I were out in the garage with him.  Next thing I know, Jake is yelping and running to me.  There was a black cat that snuck in the garage, and it scratched him.  I think it scared him more than it hurt, but I can’t stand to hear him yelp.  It scared the cat too, so hopefully it won’t come back. 

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I was scheduled to run 3 miles, so I did.  I ran in the middle of the afternoon, and I ran outside.  My last couple of runs have been on the treadmill, so I was ready to get back on the road again.  I did not realize how cold it was!  I had to call Jeremy and have him bring me some gloves, my fingers were frozen! 

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The weather has gotten significantly colder this week.  One of my neighbors was out walking her dogs, and she stopped to talk.  She was completely bundled up with everything but her eyes covered!  I was that cold, but I can’t wear a mask over my face when I run, it makes it hard to breathe.  As long as my ears are covered, I’m good.  I actually ended up running almost 4 miles.  I felt good, and wanted to keep going, but then I remembered “not overtraining”.  This has been in the back of my head since I started training.  I know you’re probably thinking that I am not running very many miles, but that is exactly how I injured myself last year while training for a half marathon.  If my plan said 3 miles, I might run 4 or 5.  Then the next day if it said 5, I might run 6.  Before I knew it, I was having all kinds of pain that wouldn’t go away with ice and rolling.  So, I’m trying to take it easy this year and really follow the plan so that doesn’t happen again.   Plus, I’m not really into the BIG miles yet, so I definitely don’t want to get hurt doing all these small miles. 

After my run, I took Jake for a quick walk.  He usually likes the cold, but he was ready to go back home pretty quick! 

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Tuesday night I made an awesome dinner!  I know I am waaaay behind the times on this, but I have not tried spaghetti squash before.  Shocking, I know!  I have been missing out!! 

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I just had the squash and marinara sauce.  I did caramelize some onions, and ended up eating them mixed in and it was incredible!  YUM!! 

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This is my new food obsession.  I found a ton of recipes on Pinterest and I am going to try a bunch of them. 

After dinner, I started a new book.  It is called Tell No One by Harlan Coben.  It’s a mystery/thriller, and it is very good.  I was hooked after the first page.  It keeps you on the edge of your seat trying to figure out what’s going to happen next.  I had a hard time putting it down and ended up staying up until 11:30 reading!   


Yesterday came early since I stayed up so late reading.  I had oatmeal again for breakfast, and then I had spaghetti squash for lunch. 

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Yesterday afternoon, I ran 5 miles on the treadmill.  I wanted to run outside, but it was 29 degrees, and I did not feel like freezing!  I made a new playlist, and that helped the time go by.  I was also playing mental games.  Every ten minutes, I kept telling myself 10 more.  And, one of my readers suggested intervals, so I tried that.  I think that did really help make it go by faster.  Plus, I would push myself to keep going at the faster pace for one more minute.  All of that sounds ridiculous, but it does get really boring! 

Jeremy did not have to work last night, so we ate breakfast for dinner and watched a lot of tv! 

Today I’m supposed to run 3 miles. It’s supposed to get up to 56 degrees today, so I’ll be able to run outside! 

Have a great Thursday!

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2 thoughts on “Running, Eating, & Good Reads

  1. Heather @ Polyglot Jot

    I saw good reads and got so happy– i love books!!! I’ll have to add this one to my must read list…i love thrillers! Have you ever read a Sandra Brown book? If not, I’d recommend Chill Factor if you’re looking fora next book! 😀 Those little asparagus wraps look good! Did it keep you full? I’d probably have to eat like 6 haha!

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      I’ll check out that book! Thanks!! The asparagus wraps are awesome but I think I did end up eating 6! But after that they kept me full. Lol

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