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…

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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!

Is it Summer or is it Fall? And My Abundance of Pumpkin

11 Oct


Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:45 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump

Friday: Rest

Saturday: Police Memorial 5k @ 7:30 pace


Wednesday morning I had to chance to run with a blog reader turned friend, Jolene. I met her last year at the Space Coast Marathon and we’ve been e-mailing back and forth for a year now. It still amazes me how blogging has created cherished friendships that never would have happened. Jolene is a mother of 4, yes 4 children, who balances her running with running a family! Not to mention, she’s getting wicked fast. She had to drop the kiddos off at school on Wednesday, so we didn’t meet until 8:30AM.

Remember that cold front I was telling you about last Sunday? Ya, well, it lasted all of 2 days. By Wednesday, it was back to lows in the mid 70’s with moderate humidity. I thought I heard/read somewhere that it was fall?! Ohhhhh yaaaaa… that doesn’t apply to Florida, haha. Regardless, it was a great run and we chatted the entire time.


It was a sweaty run for sure and I made sure to replenish the only way I want and know how to…

Nuun Mix

Look at those rays of light! When I use my big water bottle for hydration, I usually use two Nuun tablets to get enough flavor. This go around I choose Cherry Limeade and Watermelon.

The weather in FL is back to summer like temps and it feels like summer, but everything around me screams fall: all the stores have fall decorations, Facebook/Bloggers post pics of long sleeved runs and beautiful changing leaves and most evident, everything pumpkin! I’ve tried Trader Joe’s Honey Roasted Ravioli and it was delicious! You’d think after the Think Mint Sprint race and the abundance of cookies I got I’d be over them, but nope! TJ’s Pumpkin Joe-Joes are the BOMB!

TraderJoesPumpkinJoeJoes.jpgThe cookie part is slightly spiced but the cream in the center steals the show. It’s just perfect. It’s fluffy and actually pushes out when you eat it. instead of being a hard, lard center like “other sandwich cookies.” More pumpkin goodness are TJ’s Pumpkin O’s…

Pumpkin O'sThese were awesome! I loved the hint of pumpkin spice on the whole grain O’s. If you want a yummy recipe using the O’s, check out Brittany’s Pumpkin Pie Cereal Clusters. Or just eat them by the handful like I do :) Trader Joe’s impressed me again with their Mini Ginger Pumpkin Ice Cream Mouthfuls.


These were unbelievable. The cookies were soft and almost gooey and I loved them that way because they were easy to bite into. It’s hard to screw up pumpkin ice cream and TJ’s did not disappoint. These are a total win in my book!  Can you tell they were halfway defrosted by the time I got home?! haha.

Pumpkin Spice creamerAnd what would my coffee be without a seasonal creamer? Who needs a PSL when you can just add this stuff… it’s not like real pumpkin is in the lattes anyways ;)

So what’s a girl to do when everything online, in stores and on TV is Fall, but it’s clearly still summer outside? Indulge in all these goodies and be grateful that I won’t have to shovel snow in a few months, haha.

What’s your favorite Pumpkin treat?

WIAW: Saturday and Sunday Celebrations

8 Oct


Sunday: 6 miles @ 8:33 pace on trail with Todd :)

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 4 miles @ 8:00 pace on treadmill/ Pilates

Wednesday: 5 miles @ 8:23 pace on trail with Jolene


I’m jumping on the What I Ate Wednesday wagon again and linking up with Jenn at Peas And Crayons, to bring you my delicious eats from this weekend.

My birthday isn’t for a few weeks, but due to some unfavorable circumstances, we had to celebrate this weekend. Saturday started with a run on the treadmill and the usual oatmeal/protein shake combo for breakfast. Lunch was ham and turkey sammies with chips for Todd and veggies for me… sorry, no pictures. The star of the show was dinner and dessert. We went to my parents and had fajitas (mine as a salad so I could have more dessert ;) ) and black bean salad for dinner.

Fajita salad Long time readers of HRF know what comes next when it comes to celebrations in our family…

Moms Chocolate PB cake

My mom’s famous chocolate cake with chocolate/peanut butter frosting. So decadent and so delicious. And yes, I take a new picture of the cake every time! Other posts including cake: Here. Here and Here… to list a few. And what is cake with out ice cream?

cake with ice cream

Sunday began in the best way… a “long run” with the hubby. Outside. On the trail. After sleeping in. Yes, you read that right. We slept in and ran around 8:30 AM because a WONDERFUL cold front came through and it was still cool and NOT humid at 8.


For breakfast I made Todd pancakes and I had oatmeal and a protein shake. I was saving room for our stay at home lunch date of Buccaneer football and sushi!

TheBucs.jpgThe Bucs lost again, but it was a good game to watch. There was a little too much showboating, which resulted in several 15 yard penalties. Disappointing. What wasn’t disappointing… lunch.

IMG_20141005_143044120We love sushi and there’s a place close to our house that has a lunch deal that’s $12.95 for 3 rolls, miso soup and ginger salad. I’m all about a good deal. In order of my favorites, I got a bagel roll, spicy tuna and tuna cucumber. All this sushi kept us full until dinner, so we kept it light and just had eggs and sauteed veggies for dinner.

Eggs and asparagusI’d be lying if I didn’t tell you that we had froyo to complete our date day. We stuck with the stay at home theme and enjoyed it on the couch while watching the new Big Bang episodes. Froyo and PRO Compression socks for the win- I DID have a long run that day, haha!

Froyo and ProWell phew! There’s how my weekend went down… food and all. Hope you guys are having a great week! Happy Hump Day :)

What was your favorite meal from this weekend?

My Confessions

4 Oct


Thursday: 4 miles @ 8:45 pace on treadmill/ Body Pump

Friday: Rest

Saturday: 6 miles @ 8:32 pace on treadmill


My girl Brittany over at Blissful Britt does a weekly-ish post called Confessions, in which she “confesses” (shocker) things going on in her life. I always look forward to reading those posts and thought it would be fun to copy her. Ya I said it… copy her. They say imitation is the best form of flattery :) So here they are, my confessions…

1. My friend Pam always drives us to our ice cream dates (about 30 minutes away) because I work close by and hate making the drive twice in one day. I am super grateful she does this and so I like to “pay her back” in the form of treats. I bought a Dark Chocolate Speculoos Cookie Spread bar from Trader Joe’s for her last week, but I ate it before our next ice cream date. It was really good. I WILL buy (and not eat) another one for her :)


2. I have a horrible vice. Sugar Free coffee creamers. Specifically the Coffee-mate brand. I know, I know. No lecture needed. I’ve tried to quit cold turkey, but that didn’t last long. So I’m trying half creamer half almond milk to help the transition.

Coffee-mate Creamer3. To offset my enormous intake of teeth staining coffee, I’m still going strong using my Arm & Hammer Advance White toothpaste and Spinbrush. I had a dentist appointment last week and you know your teeth are white when the dentist tells you they are!

Arm&Hammer Advance Whte4. I randomly take pregnancy tests. I still haven’t gotten Aunt Flow yet, but the way I see it, you never know when we could catch it in time and not get my period because I’m pregnant. Is it far fetched? Sure. But it doesn’t hurt to hope :)

Pregnancy Test5. I couldn’t help but laugh at Riley the other day. Is that mean? Maybe. But come on… look at that cone.


6. I can’t master the running selfie. This is the best I’ve got. I’m running on the treadmill and trying to take a picture of myself in the mirror on the wall. I guess I shouldn’t be too bummed, I mean, who really needs to take a running selfie?

Running Selfie

7. Todd and I finally finished Breaking Bad- ya, I know, a little late- and we weren’t that impressed with the finale. Maybe it was just hyped up so much? It was supposed to be the best finale EVER and neither of us could understand why.

Do YOU have any confessions?



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