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The Big One

You know what makes a Monday better after you’ve spilled coffee all over yourself and sat through the most boring 2.5 hour lecture?

A killer leg workout and a killer salad.

Am I the only one that craves salad?


mmmm chickpeas, tuna, tomato, bell pepper, spring greens, and tarragon vinaigrette. 


paired with carrot sticks, cucumber, and Trader Joes Chipotle Hummus.  Man did that baby have spice!  Whew 🙂


Perfect lunch….wait…did you say “too many vegetables”!?!  Blasphemy!

I’m actually considering buying this shirt:

If you are weird like me, then you should click on the image and purchase one.  :)  They have special sizes for your pets as well, and a fun tote.  Christmas present ideas PEOPLE!!! Your welcome

So,  you’re probably wondering….what’s “The Big One”?

Well, since March 2009, I have raced 5 half marathons.  After a horrible fall out from training with my first marathon (helloooo MONO), I have decided to give the Full Marathon another shot.


May 15, 2011 is the set date for my first marathon.  I have run the half marathon in Pittsburgh the past 2 years.

I PR’ed this past year: 2:00:31…that 2 hour time mark is elusive to me 😦

So, as I get ready, I’ll share my training plan…I’ll probably use a Hal Higdon plan (very doable). 

You’re probably wondering about the knee/IT Band?  Well it’s getting better!  Slowly but surely.  I did some strength training on it today, and I ran on Saturday (3 miles). 


Oh and I ice it a lot.  Yep that’s a bag of frozen corn.  Trust me, for 99 cents, you have instant therapy.


Are you a runner? 

If so, what’s your favorite race?


Good Finds

I love when I find new foods


I started my morning off with some peanut butter toast thanks to Trader Joes Sprouted Wheat bread.  60 calories per slice, 3 g of fiber, and 5 g of protein.  It had a simple ingredient list: Sprouted wheat, wheat flour, water, honey, wheat gluten, yeast, molasses, and salt.  I believe its good to eat foods that you can not only identify all the ingredients but also pronounce them.  


Mmmm the start of a beautiful day!


Only this could make it better.  Thank you Green Mountain Coffee for getting my through my 8 am statistics class!  Did you know you can order K-Cups through Keurig and get 24 per box instead of 18?  Plus free shipping after $50 in coffee (yes I do drink that much coffee…)  Try it out, I’m stocked for A LOOOOOOOONNNNGGG time.  Join their Coffee Club and you get their discounts. 

Classes went fine today.  Jujin and Yumi took my picture on their iPhone today.  They have an app that matches your facial characteristics with famous Korean actresses, actors, etc…  I look like a 51 year old beautiful Korean actress according to the app.   Yumi couldn’t stop laughing!  They’re too cute.

Lunch didn’t disappoint.  It was also a great find and combo:


V8 Golden Butternut Squash Soup + Amy’s Organic Chunky Tomato Bisque

It’s a 1:1 ratio, nuke it, top with crackers, parm, or croutons.


I had some more Great Harvest bread on the side.  The bread may be expensive, but there is A LOT in that loaf 🙂

Charlie had to go see the vet today.  I have battle wounds from trying to get him in his “house”.  I think he was worried I was going to get rid of him.  His previous owner gave him up because the new cat didn’t like Charlie (awful person.)  It broke my heart to see him shake the whole way.  But the vet was super nice and Charlie seemed to like him.  Thank goodness, phew.


The rest of the afternoon looked like this (intermixed with chatting with my Shawna-na-na!  Miss ya sweetie, can’t wait for the Turkey Trot).  Stat homework, reviewing Biochem notes, and Tweetdeck hehe


Stacy’s Pita Chips and a large honeycrisp apple fueled me. 


Can you see all the delicious cinnamon sugar on that puppy?  mmm mmm satisfies the salty and sweet cravings.  Get a bag…you won’t be disappointed.  Trust me 😉


Since I’ve shared, what foods have you recently discovered??? 

‘Tis the Season

‘Tis the season to be thankful 🙂

Today was All Saints Day at church.  Not all of us may be Christian, nor religious, but I believe that most of us find the importance of remembering those who have positively impacted our lives and being thankful for them.  In this way, they have acted as a “saint”.

I love that this religious celebration comes at a time when the whole country is preparing for Thanksgiving and the Holidays.  This time of year is for being with family and friends, and being thankful.  So why not be thankful for our family and friends? 

My family has supported me, cheered me on, taught me right from wrong, led me on a successful path, and loved me with every ounce of their being.  For this I am thankful, and I love them with every ounce of my being. 

I hope today you will reflect on those who have positively impacted your life (alive or passed away) and show thanks.  Gratitude opens up so many doors 🙂


‘Tis the Season to be Merry 🙂


I love coffee, tea, hot chocolate, you name it, if it’s cold outside and the drink is warm, its in my mug.  So ‘Tis the season to bargain shop!  I found these two winter mugs for $3.99/each!  The snowman is from Target (one of my favorite stores!) and the red and white one is from Homegoods/TJMaxx (a bargain shoppers heaven for cooking/decorating stuff).  I love to bargain hunt!  Do you?


Sur la Table usually is not the place to bargain hunt, so I bought $1 cookie cutters to make sugar cookies for Christmas.  A snowflake, a tree, and a snowman will be so much fun to decorate!  Do you bake your own, or eat everyone else’s cookies??


$1 ornaments!  Total steal :)  I decided to redo my decor for my Christmas tree (it’s been blue white and silver for 4 years – Penn State tree), but my living room is deep orange, so I’m going with the metallics – gold, silver, and bronze.  I think it will make a classy tree!  How do you decorate your Christmas tree?


I found “Miracle on 34th Street” at Target today for $8.99!  I haven’t seen the original, so I figured for that price, I can watch it and rewatch it, and rewatch it.  But I have to say that “It’s a Wonderful Life” is my favorite all time Christmas movie, but the claymations (ie Rudolph and The Year Without A Santa) always make me read for Christmas.  What’s your favorite Christmas movie?

Sorry if you’re not ready for the holidays yet, but it’s coming fast and I just want to enjoy it for as along as possible….2 months isn’t too much right?  That’s still only 1/6 of the year!


Tis the Season to Eat GOOOOODDDD Food !

Caprese Panini ala Great Harvest


Ina Garten totally inspired my latest creation.  I had these sandwiches A LOT while I was in Italy and it reminds me of a caprese salad on a sandwich. 


You need:

  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • pesto
  • provolone or mozzarella cheese (I like provolone better)
  • your favorite bread
  • butter

I used Virginia Savory bread from Great Harvest and it was perfect!  Do you have a Great Harvest near you?



Spread pesto on both sides, layer with tomatoes and cheese.  Butter the outer sides of your sandwich.


Use your panini maker and squish and cook until the outside is golden and crusty!  (Squish is a technical Panini term that only the best Panini makers in Italy use 😉 )


Serve with your fav veggie!  I ate broccolini for the first time with it.  Come back for that recipe later (regular broccoli can be subsituted).


HELP !!!

So my running lately has been on hold.  I hurt my knee last week and then ran my half marathon…and it still hurts!  It hurts on the outside and only when I run on it!  Do you know what I did to it?  Can you help me solve the puzzle??  If so leave a comment or email me (you can find my email under About >>Contact Me )

You’re From the Future

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On a Saturday, I got my bum up at 530 am to drive to a dairy farm.  Why???  To run a 10K of course…ON A DAIRY FARM!!!  All packed and ready to go, I ate my power breakfast (Nature’s Pride Nutty Oat bread with PB and Jelly with amazing Donut Shop coffee from The Coffee People) and jumped in the car with Tiff.  Neither one of us had been to Fair Oaks Farms, but how hard could it be to get there????

HARD!  Not only did we experience downpours in the dark driving there, but then we got lost and drove around for an extra 40 minutes.  Race start was 8 am.  By the time we pulled into Fair Oaks, the clock of my SUV read “7:57 am”  …. major fail.  Guess what though.  We crossed the time zone.  It was actually “6:57am”  and we were 1 hour early.  PERFECT! 


The weather wasn’t looking too promising, but we were optimistic.  The lady at check-in had a pretty good laugh with us about our cross over in time zones.  She giggled and then said “Oh you’re from the future”.  I thought “Yep, we already experienced this hour and it wasn’t too bad :)”.

After getting some coffee and exploring our after race eats at the cafe on site, we went back to car to pin on our numbers, layer up, and head to the start line.


LOOK!!!  A break in the clouds.  And yes, we did have partly cloudy skies the entire 10K. 

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All decked out and ready to go, we headed to the start.  1 mile in, the clouds broke enough to reveal the prettiest rainbow.  I knew it was going to be a good race.  And it was.  I’m not sure of my exact time yet, but I’ll post it when it comes up.  There were parts of the race that went into trails and grass (we were on a dairy farm for goodness sakes).


It was the perfect fall morning. 


Happy finishers with the cow :)  We definitely were a little wind blown.


Once we got ourselves stretched out, we went over to the cafe again.  I wanted to take home some cheese!  What did I get???  Veggie Havarti, sooo yummy!  I’ll definitely be coming back for more.  They had the most amazing cheddar too. 

What kind of swag does one get for a dairy farm race???  HONEY MILK!

DSC00764It had an outrageous amount of protein – 20g for 150 kcal in the chocolate.   Also, the calcium in it was 60% of your Daily Value.  Real milk has 30%.  It was ok.  I looked up the price for it: 12 pack for $35.  Why not just have a greek yogurt?  But it was fun, and I took 3 of them at the end of the race.  Might as well bump up my calcium and protein intake this week by adding it to my smoothies.

What else did we get?


Well a cow bell medal of course!  🙂



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Cheesy toasted bread with Tomato Bisque.  Great for a fall day. 


Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and doing a few fun things.  Are you running any races soon???

Mamma Mia!

How I spent October 1st – World Vegetarian Day:

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All thanks to my wonderful mama :)  She made the beautiful (and delicious) pasta sauce you see in the bottom right.  Hope you’re starting to feel better! 

Tip:  If you have a Target around you, go buy the Garlic and Herb Dipping Spices by Archer Farms.  Absolutely fantastic!


The evening before, I received a package from home with quite a few of my favorite things!


Yep!  It’s a lot of Penn State stuff plus one of my fav magazines … Food and Wine

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I usually drink Celestial Seasonings “Sleepytime” tea, which really helps me to relax before bed.  Now, they are getting into the Keurig business which totally pumps me up.  I love my Keurig!  I’ll let you know how the Mandarin Orange Tea is once I try it (probably fantastic though).

DSC00749 <—- I’m ready for game day!  Got my JoePa button and my face tattoos.  I need to stop thinking about it (6 more days) because I just want to crawl out of my skin in excitement that I’m going home


TOO FUNNY!!!!!  Can’t believe Mom sent me a Blue Book.  hahahahaha


Hope you’re enjoying your Saturday.  I just ran a 10K this morning, so it’s time for me to do some yoga to soothe my hippies (aka hips) 

Ciao Ciao!