Thursday, February 8, 2018

Meatless Monday?

Have any of you heard of "Meatless Monday"?

I think I've heard about it once or twice but I never thought too much of it. You see, I eat meat, and I cook dinner everyday for myself and my meat eating husband. I also didn't think my husband would really be interested in cutting out the meat for a day or two a week, so I haven't really considered it.

Well, color me shocked, he asked if we could try going meatless for a week! I LOVE this. There are so many delicious looking meals out there.

Here's a few I think I'm going to try.

Slow cooker creamy tortellini soup- This looks so rich and smooth

Portobello fajitas- YUM! I love the idea of using mushrooms as the "meat"

15 minute vegetable lo mein- Who doesn't love Asian food!

Minestone soup- This is my favorite soup at Olive Garden and this is supposed to be a great copycat
So these are the one's that I'm hoping to try over the next week or so. What do you think? Have you ever tried meatless Monday? or have you gone meatless for longer periods of time?

If you have any good recipes please let me know in the comments!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Happy New Year! 2018 Goals!

Can you believe it's already 2018!? Part of me thinks 2017 went by slowly and dragged on, but then at times it feels like I blinked in 2012 and now its 2018 and I don't know how we got here!

So, nows the time of year where people make resolutions. Some people love it and do it each year, some think it's unnecessary. I guess I'm somewhere in the middle.

See, I think it's always a good thing to want to improve as a person, but I don't think it can all be decided on what that looks like till more in the day to day. I like to think of 2-3 big goals then from there break it into smaller steps and changing habits.

I sat down and really thought about what I want out of this year, and what kind of wife, daughter, runner, friend, and person I want to be.

This is me researching resolutions.....

My main goal is to be more consistent:
1. With reading Scripture and praying, I want to be closer with God and more consistently working on that relationship.
2. With organizing, keeping my house clean and tidy. I want to get on a routine with laundry, cleaning, and clearing out clutter.
3. With running! Stick to a training plan and keep time off after races to a more reasonable length. Mileage goal: 750 miles.

For the first 2 points on my list I plan on investing in a good women's devotional, and daily scripture reading. I also plan on finding a good cleaning schedule (I'll check out pinterest) and sticking it up on my fridge!

For my final sub-goal, running. Ah, I love running....till I get out of the habit, then it's so HARD to get back to it. Which is exactly why my goal is to run consistently, so I don't have to struggle to get back into it every couple of months. 

My sister got me this awesome 2018 planner designed specifically for runners! I found a goal race (March 31st, Cook Forest-it hasn't opened for registration yet though) a half-marathon, I went onto my Garmin Connect and found a great training plan, and started filling in my new planner! 

All in all, I have a very good feeling about this year!

So, how about you, any resolutions? Or goals?

Did you make life resolutions and running resolutions?

Do you have a mileage goal for 2018?


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Christmas 2017!

Hello! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

I know I sure did! I also had some fun before Christmas and I thought you may like to see what we've been up to.

First we got our Christmas tree! Isn't Sydney cute in this picture!?

Eric and I went with our friend Martin to see the light show in town, it's the 3rd year the three of us have gone together. One of my favorite traditions!

We went out to eat together first, isn't this sushi just beautiful? Sushi is one of my top 3 favorite foods!

Cookie decorating for our nephews 5th birthday! I think they ended up being more icing than cookie.....

We had some snow before Christmas this year, and we had a white Christmas!! Finally! It's been a few years so I was so excited to wake up to snow yesterday❤

Eric and I after our Church Christmas Eve candlelight service. I love this man, this was our 5th Christmas together. We actually got engaged right before our 1st Christmas 2013, we had only been dating 6 months but we knew this was it for us. So, I think I've always loved this time of year, but add an engagement memory and it really makes it special.

So, that's a quick look at our holiday season, I hope you had as much fun making memories as we did!

Mine are my mother-in-laws cinnamon rolls!!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A more relaxed approach.....

As some of you may have noticed my running has been, well, less than impressive. Well, it's true, last fall/winter I was running 23-29 miles a week and sticking to a training plan for my first half-marathon. This year my average weekly mileage is 10. that's it. 10 stinking miles.

Part of me is really embarrassed by that, and I feel like I should have an explanation for it. Then there is part of me that really gets it.

I love to run, it's a fun and healthy hobby. It gives me both a mental and physical boost that I think I'll be going after for my whole life. But guess's just my hobby. So I don't HAVE to run. I get to run when I feel that desire, or I can skip.

Lately I've chosen more and more often to just hang around at home with my husband and my dogs. We both work full-time, have obligations at the church, and have other interests, so I genuinely want to just hang out with Eric. I've also had some health related stress, nothing serious, just an issue that requires a lot of visits with my doctor and planning for the future. So, due to all that, I'm choosing at times to just not run.

Ok, now that all of that is said.....I really miss running consistently. I want to be back to it. I've been trying to run at least 3 days a week. Even if it's just a few miles.I know what I need to do. Pick a race. Sign-up for it. Find a training plan. And get going!!!

So now I need your help PLEASE!

Please COMMENT  with either an idea for building up base miles or where to find a great training plan!




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Launch 4 Review

I've put about 250 miles on my Brooks Launch 4's so I figured I'm over due letting you know what I think of them!

I really love my Pittsburgh shoes!

These shoes are really great at supporting my high arches, and giving me enough cushion to put in a lot of miles.

It's a neutral shoe and it definitely supports me well even though I have some issues with under-pronation.

The fit is great, I stuck with a size 7 (same as my ghost 9's), but this one felt like it fit better. My foot wasn't moving around in my shoe causing blisters.

If I were to compare them to my Ghost 9's again, I would say that they were a lighter and less bulky shoe.

I truly believe that the Launches are going to be my go-to shoe for a very very long time!

What shoes do you run in?

Have you ever ran in the Launches?


Thursday, November 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday

So as some of you may know I used to run track and cross country in middle school and high school. I thought it would be fun to share a few pictures from those days!

Some of my teammates and I grabbing lunch after a race! (I have the white headband 2005)

Braids with my girl Calley & I think our friend Brittany got them done too, I'm guessing Junior year right before district 10 invitational (2006) 

I think this was taken at PA State Championships 2005...(I have bib 238)

This was at Niagara falls after a race in Rochester, New York, we begged our coach to take us and he gave us 15 minutes there! I believe this was 2006 (I'm in the plaid PJ pants)

I hope you enjoyed some of my pictures from back in the day!


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Home makeover and what I've been up to

This month Eric and I had our house painted! It's been needing it for awhile and we decided 2017 would be the year. Our house was built in the 1920's and was owned by his grandparents, they ran a gas station out front and had penny candy inside, then later on they sold antiques! Eric's parents then owned the house until their family outgrew it. Eventually it was rented to some family friends till Eric bought it 13ish years ago.
It's been red, tan, and now it's blue! Eric and I picked the color because it's what our front door was already and we both loved the color.


After: (they had to scrape a lot of chipping paint)

We hired 3 Amish men from a town nearby to paint the house. We had to pick them up in the morning and drive them back at the end of the day. After 6 days together we were pretty close. I miss those guys.... I don't have pictures of them because, in case you are unfamiliar with Amish beliefs, the Amish don't allow their pictures to be taken.

Besides the house project, I've been staying busy in other ways.

New training plan for the month, very loosely based on the run less run faster plan, in preparation for the Mario Lemieux 6.6k in October.

I've also been reading.

Can you see a theme?
Confession: I am very interested in the Amish way of life. I especially love their quilts!

Anyways, that about enough about what I've been doing lately.

What have you been training for?

Read any good books lately?