Books, Daily Happenings, Running

5 Miles + An Old Favorite

Hi friends! I hope you had a nice Monday and your week is off a good note. I’m checking in a little tired today but nothing some tea won’t fix. Have a great day 🙂

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After a long weekend, I was tired Monday morning. Luckily (or maybe I should say unluckily), having a job forced me to get out of bed to start the day. A breakfast of eggs and a muffin was consumed before heading off to work.

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During my lunch break, I started my next book. The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz is the story of Allison. She was one of seven orphaned or abandoned children that were taken in by the brain surgeon and philanthropist, Dr. Capello. Her life was almost perfect until she almost died one night and then taken in by her elderly great aunt. 13 years later, she receives a note from Dr. Capello’s oldest son explaining the doctor has just weeks to live. That’s as far as I’ve gotten so far and I’m hooked!

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When work ended, I headed home to change and quickly got my run going. It was a tough one but exactly what I needed in order to jump start the week. After a mile warm up, the next 3 miles were 2 minutes at 5k pace followed by 2 minutes at half marathon pace with a mile cool down. Once it was done, I grabbed my resistance bands to work on legs. It was tough and my legs were feeling all of it at the end. A long foam rolling session was necessary after some stretching.

Broccoli and Sausage Cavatelli

The next little bit was spent doing some housekeeping before it was time to make dinner. Alex and I went back to one of our old favorite dishes. We haven’t had the broccoli and sausage cavatelli (or whatever shape of noddle I have on hand) pasta in so long. It hit the spot!! This recipe is one that my Dad found on AllRecipes.com years ago. I’ve made it so often I don’t even need to look at the recipe any more.

We finished watching American Made before calling it a night and heading to bed.

Question of the day: What’s a dish you’ve made so many times you don’t even need to look at the recipe?

Daily Happenings, Running

I Almost Screamed

Hi friends! The sun ended up coming out yesterday which did wonders for my mood Getting some Vitamin D on a Monday is good for the soul. A doctor somewhere probably agrees with me on it too 😉 Monday started off on a slightly startling note so let’s just get into it shall we? Have a great day!

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I bet you thought you would see a picture of my typical breakfast but surprise! After a routine morning I went to work and when I turned the little cubicle wall to my desk I saw something near the garbage can. When I saw I almost screamed, I wish that was a joke. I’m not a bug person and at first I thought it was a cockroach but after my heart stopped racing I realized it was just a beetle. Since bugs and I do not get along, I just took the garbage can that I share with the person next to move and moved it over the bug. Out of sight, out of mind was the motto for the day…

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The rest of work was pretty calm and no more surprises which is always a good time. When I got home, I changed into my running clothes and headed out the door. The humidity finally went down so it was actually enjoyable to run outside without dying. After 3 miles and some strides, Bailey and I leashed up to go for a walk. Home girl did not feel like walking far though… We’re working on it though!

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Once we were all cleaned up and in pjs (after an emergency grocery store run) it was time for dinner. We heated up leftover Thai from Saturday night. I had the rest of my Pad Sew and a little bit of the Pad Thai that they originally thought I ordered. I wasn’t a huge fan of whatever sauce was on the Pad Thai to be honest with you and probably wouldn’t order it in the future.

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After dinner, I FaceTimed my friend Sarah and then settled in on the couch with Alex to finish The King’s Speech. My sweet tooth was screaming so I grabbed a blondie that I made Sunday to eat during the last little bit of the movie. It was really good! Colin Firth was amazing and I can understand why he one an Oscar for his role at King George VI. When the movie ended, I got ready and headed off to bed.

Question of the day: Are you a bug person?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

Bacon, A Wrap And Pesto

Happy Saturday! The forecast calls for thunderstorms today but I have  my fingers crossed it won’t be raining on my run this morning. But who knows haha. Hopefully the sun is shining for you today. Have a great day 🙂

Scrambled Eggs and Bacon

Alex decided to work from home yesterday and we somehow had extra time in the morning. Extra time before work meant that we got to make bacon and eggs for breakfast. Any Friday that starts with bacon means you know it’s going to be a good day.

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We ran out of bread the other day so yesterday’s lunch looked a bit different. Instead of my usual peanut butter sandwich, I made a wrap with some deli meat, cheese, lettuce and mustard. I’ve decided that wraps need to make a come back in my life because I love them but haven’t made them at home in forever. The rest of lunch was my usual carrots, pretzels and spicy hummus.

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After work, I changed and headed out for a hot and humid run. The workout started off with two faster warm up miles before alternating between 200m at 7:40-7:50 pace and 200m recovery walk for 3 miles. Since it was so hot I was dripping in sweat which means you know it was a good workout! Alex, Bailey and I went on a walk once I had stretched and foam rolled.

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Once I took a much needed shower, I kept reading my book. During lunch I started The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti. It’s the story of high schooler Hawthorn who becomes fascinated by Lizzie Lovett’s disappearance. Hawthorn thinks it’s the best think to happy to her sleepy town and ends up inserting herself in the investigation. Shortly after Lizzie disappears, Hawthorn comes up with her own theory on what caused the disappearance. It’s a great quick read so far.

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For dinner we kept it super simple and just made pesto and tortellini. We watched a bit of The Office after dinner before playing with Bailey. To end the night, we watched the Steve Martin and Martin Short comedy special on Netflix. It was pretty funny and there was no crude humor and almost no swearing which was nice. Definitely worth a watch in my opinion.

Question of the day: What was one of the best things you ate yesterday?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

Reading, Reuniting and Running

Hi everyone! Today is my Friday at work since I have the day off tomorrow and my fingers are crossed the day goes by fairly quickly so I can head out. Have a great day 🙂

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I woke up and cuddled with Bailey for a little bit before getting ready for work. When I had finished breakfast, I looked at my phone and say Alex had landed woohoo! To say heading to work took will power it definitely did. But you do what you gotta do.

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During lunch at work, I busted out my Nook to read. I don’t really know how to describe the plot of this book because I haven’t finished it yet and don’t want to create spoilers. What I will say is I’m really enjoying The Wife Between Us. A brief synopsis that is taken from the book’s description is that you will assume the book is about a jealous ex-wife who finds out her ex-husband is engaged to someone else. If this book is one your to read list, I highly recommend you pick it up.

When I got home from work, Alex and I hung out for a bit and caught up. I heard all about the work conference he had been at while I filled him in on the past few days with Bailey. We leashed Bailey up and went for a walk around our complex since it was pretty nice out.

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We had crockpot chicken planned but the more we talked, the more we felt like it made sense to freeze the chicken for next week since we’re leaving town for the weekend and order takeout instead. So a short bit later, we had our cheesesteaks and fries delivered to us. It was quite tasty but man they loaded mine with hot sauce haha. I think it may have been the hottest one because it got to me by the end of the sandwich. Still delicious though!

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While I was doing a bunch of stuff after dinner, I started to get stressed. Does anyone else get that way before heading out of town? Even though it was 8 pm, I decided to get dressed for a run and go. The sun was starting to set towards the end of my 3 miles but I felt so good once I got back. Moving my recovery run up a day was just what I needed. 3 miles at a 10:19 pace. Also I promise it was not pitch black when I was running haha. The flash went off on my camera and it made the background black.

Once I was showered and in pjs, I cut myself a brownie and read a bit more. After a few chapters, we decided to head to bed and watch an episode of The Office.

Question of the day: Are you going away for Memorial Day weekend?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

Decent Running Weather

Hi friends! How is your week so far? Mine started off fairly well because it was hot but not boiling or humid which was perfect for my speed workout. Have a great day 🙂

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When my alarm went off yesterday morning, I was wide awake and ready to start the day. I absolutely love when that happens and for it to happen on a Monday is even better. For breakfast, I scrambled eggs and had an oatmeal muffin.

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After work, I fed Bailey before heading out on my run. Even though it was hot, there was no humidity that I could feel so it made for a pretty great run. Once my mile warmup was complete, I had two 10 minute intervals at 7:50-8:00 pace with a 3 minute walking recovery in between. While hard, the weather didn’t make it impossible which I needed after the last few weeks. I ended the day at just about 4.75 miles which was perfect to start the week off with.

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For dinner, I wasn’t that hungry so I grabbed some leftover black beans and put them in a quesadilla. Of course later I was still hungry so I took the two leftover meatballs that we had and heated those up. An interesting combination for sure but what can you do haha. You can’t always have a perfectly in balance meal where each part goes with the other.

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I downloaded a new book that is fairly new so I was pretty surprised it was available to borrow on my Nook. The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen has an interesting summary online. It’s a novel where you assume you are reading about an ex-wife who is jealous of her replacement but you shouldn’t assume anything. Since I was reading in bed, I didn’t get too far into it but based on the prologue I think I’ll really enjoy this one.

P.S Make sure you check out yesterday’s post.

Question of the day: How is the weather by you?