TJ’s Pizza, Candy Corn= Running Fuel & Todd Has a New Co-Worker

27 Oct


So I know I brought this section back after I was able to start running again, but since I’m literally doing the same things every week (1- 6 mile run, 3 to 4 four mile runs and 1-2 Body Pump classes) I figure I’ll get rid of the workouts for now. If I was doing tempos, intervals and pace runs, I’d be sure to share, but the same ole 4 miler gets boring to read about. I’ll just allude to my runs in my posts.


Let’s start with the weekend. I tried the Trader Joe’s Roasted Vegetable Pizza for lunch on Saturday and it was delish! It’s cheeseless, but still had great flavor. You could really taste the balsamic and roasted onions. The directions say to place it right on the oven rack, but I put it on a pizza stone that I had o=in the oven while it preheated. The crust turned out perfectly crisp on the bottom, but still bready when you bite into it.


On Sunday I did my 6 mile “long run.” The weather was gorgeous, so I slept in and didn’t start until 8. Before heading out I had a handful of candy corn as some pre run fuel. I know candy corn is horrible for you and is all kinds of fake, but I like it and won’t deny it. Last year, Ashley got me Candy Corn M&M’s that were addicting!


I spent the better part of the day decorating a pumpkin- more on that later- and capped off my weekend with dinner at my parents… Roasted chicken, broccoli and a combo of roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes with onions. Very Thanksgivingy :)


Moving on… New people are hired every now and then at Todd’s work, but recently, he got a really awesome new co-worker…

Todds Co Worker

^^^ This girl! Yup! Todd and I are co-workers now. How exciting! I wrote about what he does HERE, but to sum it up, the company makes flight simulators for the military. They build them from the bottom up: the design, the architecture, and the software.  Todd writes the software and code and then integrates it into the hardware of the actual simulator. He then sees the program through to the final site and makes sure everything there works… hence, all the travel he does.


The sims are like real life video games. They literally teach pilots how to fly an aircraft in these! It’s a great company with great people and I’m happy to be apart of the team :) Obviously Ry girl is not too happy about it. She’s used to me being home half of the day and taking her on long walks. Don’t worry though… I’m still spoiling her and getting her out on walks daily, they just aren’t as long. I’ve actually been running her for a mile on most nights.

Ry Lunch Walk

I’ve been breaking up the day (for both her and I) by coming home at lunch. We are lucky enough to live close to work, so I use my hour lunch to come home, play with Ry and grab lunch. On the weekends, I’ve been taking her to my parents to play with Maddie, my sisters dog. It’s a good change up and she loves my parents!

So far, I’m loving my job and the people I work with :) It’s definitely a change from my normal lackadaisical routine, but keeping busy is really keeping my mind off of the whole baby thing, which is a good thing!

Have you ever worked with a significant other?

Stuck in the Middle, Tagalong Challenge

24 Oct


Wednesday: 4 miles @ 8:40 pace outside

Thursday: Body Pump

Friday: 4 miles @ 8:30 pace on treadmill


For those of you who haven’t followed my blog for a while, here’s a quick run down of my current life/running situation… Todd and I have been trying to get pregnant for over a year. Because of my intense marathon training, low weight, previous period issues and being on birth control for a long time, I haven’t had a period since getting off of birth control in April of 2013. After taking 3.5 months off of all physical activity and gaining 10-15 lbs, I have resumed light running (25ish miles a week) and lifting.

The plan is to wait 6 months to see if I’ll get my period naturally and we are 4 months into that 6 months, still with no period. Here’s where the “Stuck in the Middle” part comes in. Todd and I really like the band Boys Like Girls. I may be the last person on earth to listen to CD’s, but I have their’s and listen to it on repeat all the time. To me, their song “Stuck in the Middle” explains my life right now. Have a listen…

A part of me wants to start training again. I really miss the endorphin rush and accomplishment I feel. The other part of me really wants a kid! Another part of me wants to lose a few of the LBs I had to gain so I can feel normal in my skin again. To reiterate, I want to train, but can’t. I want to have a baby, but can’t. I want to feel normal, but can’t. I’m stuck. I’m stuckin the middle, in this waiting process to see if I’ll get my period. It sucks.

Is it the end of the world? No. There are MUCH WORSE PROBLEMS. But do you see how I can relate?  As the song says, “I guess this time I’ll wait it out,” because what else can I do? And the best part of the song… “Some day things will be PERFECT, it will be WORTH it all this time. I know things WILL get better, I just need to hold it together and take my time.” Seriously. This is my theme song for this baby. I had Katy Perry’s ROAR as a theme song for Space Coast and since, as Todd says, I relate everything to running, picking a theme song for this journey is only fitting :)

To end on a good note… here’s a little challenge we did. Which is better- Girl Scout Tagalongs or Keebler brand?


I made it a blind taste test for Todd, as these are his favorite cookies. Right away, I noticed the big difference of cookie flavor. The GS ones are a vanilla cookie and the Keebler are chocolate.

Tagalong Challenge Tagalong Challenge Inside

Oddly enough, Todd liked the Keebler brand better and I’ve got to admit, I liked them better, too. Kind of funny how we put certain seasonal food on a pedestal and will pay more for them, but then in reality something you can get year around (for cheaper) is better. Of course that doesn’t apply to my beloved pumpkin stuff ;) And I’ve got to note, at least the “more expensive” part of Girl Scout cookies is for a good cause and not just more profits for a large corporation :)

Do you use “theme songs” to get you through tough times?

My Birthday Weekend: Pictures, Food and Snippets

21 Oct


Sunday: 6 miles @ 8:32 pace on trail

Monday: 4 miles @ 8:40 pace on treadmill

Tuesday: Body Pump



Ran outside, ate pancakes, went to Body Pump. Did a little too much shopping, which I actually dislike very much.

Limited Bag

Dropped by a 90’s theme party.

Pams Party

Ate dinner at my parents. Yummy stir fry and brown rice. The Trader Joe’s Jasmine Brown Rice is so easy to cook and the fluffiest brown rice I’ve had.

Stir Fry TJs Rice

Watched Rich’s (my sister’s BF) baseball game, while consuming Pop Rocks from the 90’s party. His team is in the playoffs and they won, so next week will be the Championship. Holler!



Woke up to gorgeous weather (one of the best presents a runner can get). Got to the trail and found these ladies, before running an awesome 6 miler in my new Nuun tech T. Boom.


Had Riley fetch sticks. Yes, my dog really fetches and brings it back. She’s amazing.

Riley Retching

Went to Cristino’s for some coal fired birthday pizza with the family (minus (the best) one).


Recovered from my “long run” with PRO and my dates, Ben & Jerry… thanks to my wonderful BDay surprise from Christina.


Remember when I chased down the Ben&Jerry’s Core Tour Truck? Good Times. You would think that’s the end… but nope! I also had some freaking delicious cookies that Rich’s mom made. They might just be the best cookies I’ve had. They are like a combo of fudge and brownie in cookie form. There’s chocolate and peanut butter chips, as well as nuts and raisins, which surprisingly taste like marshmallows. Little hockey pucks of chocolate goodness.


So there, you have it. My birthday weekend in a nutshell.

How was YOUR weekend?

Police Memorial 5k

18 Oct


Wednesday: 4 miles @ 8:45 pace on treadmill

Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:30 pace on treadmill

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 4 miles @ 8:40 pace outside/ Body Pump


LAST Saturday, I ran in the Tampa Police Memorial 5k with Melissa. It was a great event to honor the fallen police officers in Tampa. It started in front of the Tampa Police Department, where there is a really cool memorial…

Tampa Police MemorialRight before the start, a deputy sang the National Anthem while two officers repelled down the side of the building with the flag. So cool.

police 5k flag

The course was mainly on Bayshore, a road that is commonly used for races in our area, like the ever popular Gasparilla Distance Classic that my parents ran last year and was my first 1/2 marathon years ago :) It also has the longest continuous sidewalk in the world at 4.5 miles. Anyways… there is no shade on Bayshore and it was hot and sunny with an 8AM start. Yes, I know, FL hadn’t gotten the memo that it’s fall yet.

FITniche boothMy only goal for this race was to beat my time from the Thin Mint Race that I did in September. Have I trained or done any speedwork? No. OK, maybe once I ran a few half mile intervals at 7:30 pace, but only once. My time in that race was 24:11 (7:45 pace).

Police Memorial BibWell my friends, not only did I beat my time, I placed 2nd in my age group (hence the two medals) with a time of 23:21 (7:30 pace.) Woo hoo! I may not be fast anymore, but at least I can still be a few people ;) All my “hard work” deserved a plateful of yumminess…

Columbia Restaurant Post Race

It’s hard to see all of the deliciousness, but there’s black beans and rice and Cuban bread from the Columbia Restaurant (the best Spanish food in Tampa) as well as a few chocolate chip cookies. So. Good. I know Todd’s jealous he didn’t get some :)

Melissa and I were also treated to a free post race massage. A lot of races offer these and it’s awesome to be able to take advantage of it. It really helps recovery, in my opinion, just like compression socks. PRO Compression has a new totally rad Sock of the Month out…

You can purchase them online HERE and save 40% when you enter coupon code BOOM at checkout. Free shipping is available for your purchase over $20 (after discount), shipped to your US address.

What is the last post race food you had?

WIAW: Last Wednesday’s Eats

14 Oct


Sunday: 5 miles on trail @ 8:29 pace

Monday: 4 miles @ 8:40 pace on treadmill

Tuesday: Rest


Happy What I Ate Wednesday, folks!!! Here are my eats for LAST Wednesday. I had the day off and got to run with Jolene in the morning, so lets start there…

7:30 AM: I had a cup of coffee, followed by half a banana around 8AM. Any Military peeps out there recognize the infantry on the mug? Todd worked on that base for a while and brought me back this mug. It always reminds me of him :)

NightStalkers.jpg8:30-9:30 AM: Run with Jolene.

9:45 AM: Iced coffee with almond milk and a tad bit of creamer and frozen grapes while stretching. Same routine as in THIS POST.


10:15 AM: Pancakes! Made with Hodgson Mill Insta-Bake Whole Wheat Baking Mix. There are three carb manholes in that stack :)


11 AM: Walk Riley in Carrollwood. This is her favorite place to walk, because she’s let off the leash and gets to catch lizards and run around like the silly dog she is!

Catching Lizards

12:15 PM: Finally shower and start a load of laundry. Don’t act like you’ve never waited 3 hours to shower after a run ;) Riley got a doggy ice cream and mommy got a couple of Pumpkin Joe-Joe’s before vacuuming… Hey, it was a hard walk and I need some glycogen before tackling my chores!


1:30 PM: Lunch time snackage. When I’m home during most of the day, I tend to eat more snack-like “meals.” This day, I had left over black bean salad from my birthday dinner and a protein shake with lots of spinach and PB2 while watching DVRed episodes of Ellen and recovering the right way :) It’s amazing how much black beans can fill you up!

black bean salad PRO socks and Protein Shake

3:30 PM: The laundry was done, sitting in the dryer, waiting to be folded- the worst chore there is. Before I tackled that, a few handfuls of nut as an afternoon snack really hit the spot! This picture doesn’t do it justice, but this nut canister is HUGE!


Large Nut Jar

 6 PM: I was on my own for dinner, so I had eggs and a piece of toast with a separate bowl full of veggies- broccoli, cauliflower and egg plant.

Eggs and Toast

veggies with sauce

7:30 PM: Ya, buddy! I had an ice cream date with Melissa and Pam. I got a large (as usual) with Key Lime Pie, Chocolate Macaroon and Brownie Batter.

DLitesDate.jpgNow THAT’S a fun food filled day!


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