Running Survey (Sent from my iPhone)

Hello from my iPhone! Sadly, my laptop charger is broken and my laptop is almost dead. I’ve been planning on getting a new laptop for a while anyway since mine is old and slow, and I don’t want to buy a new charger for a laptop I plan on replacing soon anyway. I think this is the universe telling me to finally bite the bullet and just get a new one already (planning on making the switch from Mac back to PC 😬). Anyway, I could post from my mom’s laptop, but why upload a bunch of pictures from my phone to her laptop that she doesn’t want when I could just post from the handy little WordPress app?

Anyway, I recently saw the Running Survey as a post on Lean, Clean, and Brie’s blog. Though I wasn’t personally tagged in it, I thought it was an interesting and fun survey, so I figured I’d do it here!

Would you rather run along a beach path or a mountain trail?

Though I haven’t done much of either, probably a mountain trail. I’ve done a couple of hilly trail runs and they’re definitely challenging (mostly because I am pretty clumsy and have to watch out not to trip over a root or something and like, break my ankle). However, I hate running on the beach. It hurts my knees, there’s no shade, and really just no fun. When I’m at the beach I like to be as lazy as possible: lounge chair, good book, and maybe a beer. I will walk on the beach to get ice cream though…

If you could choose the flavor of Gatorade at your next race’s aid states, what would it be?

Ummm, how about we replace it with like water or something that’s not Gatorade? The flavor doesn’t really matter, I really just don’t like Gatorade.

If I have you a $100 gift card to a running store, what would be the first thing that you would purchase with it?

OMG if only. Probably more spandex shorts in ridiculous colors and prints. I steal my sister’s Nike Pro ones she has for volleyball occasionally, and snagged a pair of Under Armour ones from Marshalls recently (and I may or may not be going back for more today) and I’m so into them. For some reason I feel like more of a badass when I run in them compared to when I’m wearing just regular running shorts. Is that weird?


New fave shorts. May be planning another trip to Marshalls for more in the near future…

Do you prefer to follow a training plan of wake up and decide then how far and how fast you want to run?

I make a rough plan for the week and usually like to have one long run + 2 shorter runs a week (the other days consist of strength training, yoga, and one rest day). However, since I’m currently training for a half marathon, it is nice to have all of my long runs mapped out for me already.

Would you rather start your run with the uphill and end on the downhill or start your run with the downhill and end with the uphill?

I feel like almost everyone would have the same response to this question (myself included): start uphill, end downhill.

When you can’t run, what type of cross-training do you choose to do?

Strength training, hot yoga, and I’m trying to incorporate more burpees/jump squats/other jumping moves into my routine, even though I really do kind of despise jumping. I also want to try a barre class and get back into spinning (which was a staple of mine Freshman year of college).

What is your preference: out and back, point to point, or loop runs?

Definitely loop runs.

If you could recommend ANY running related item to a new runner, it would be a…

Good pair of running shoes. Seriously, go to a running specialty store and get fitted. You’ll have the best pair of shoes for your needs. You’re probably gonna be spending a lot of money on running shoes whether or not you get fitted (and fittings are typically free), so you might as well put in the extra 10 or so minutes to make sure you’re splurging on the right shoes. I LOVE my Mizuno Wave Inspire 11s.

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Love these puppies.

 Do you ever see any wild animals while out on your runs?

No, thank god. Though I’ve been chased by a few dogs that got loose in the neighborhood before.

Ever gotten lost while out on a run?

Yup. When I was studying abroad in London last summer (please take me back), I made a wrong turn and got lost while running one evening in Southgate (where I lived). I didn’t have a GPS or anything on my phone because I didn’t have international data (which is helllllla expensive). Luckily, I was able to retrace my steps and get back to the area I knew. Really it just added an extra couple minutes to my run, but it was a little scary to be lost in a foreign country (even though I speak the language and someone probably could have pointed me in the right direction had I asked for help).

 
Not the worst place to get lost in.

If you could have one meal waiting and ready for you each time you got home from a run for the next 30 days… what would that meal be?

A protein smoothie bowl with granola. Different fruits every day. Super boring, but really all I want after a run is something cool and sweet. I suppose ice cream would work too 🙂

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Capris or shorts… what do you run in most often?

Usually shorts. I only run in capris if it’s between like 45-55 degrees out, colder than that I go with pant-length leggings, and warmer than that (aka right now) I go for shorts. It’s kind of a treat to run in capris since I rarely ever do.

At what mile (or how many minutes) into your run does your body start to feel like it is warming up and ready to go?

Probably right after the first mile. So like 9ish minutes into running (plus I usually do a 2-3 min walk before I jump into running).

What do you do with your key when you run?

Put it in my sports bra or arm band.

If you could relive any race that you have done in the past, which one?

Well, as of now I’ve only actually been in one race (Live for Liv 5k earlier this month), but it was a lot of fun, so I’d totally relive it (here’s to hoping I have similar feelings towards the upcoming half marathon)!

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Pre-first race smiles. We were still smiling post-race, just a lot more sweaty.

What type of run is your least favorite type of run?

Honestly, I haven’t really done a tempo run or hill repeat type run (though my neighborhood is pretty hilly, so I do hilly runs a lot). As of now, my least favorite type of run is a humid run.

What has been your biggest motivation lately to get out the door to get your run on?

1. Early=less hot and humid.

2. Early=it’s prettier outside.

3. Early=I’ll feel accomplished all day!

When you go for a run, do you leave right from your front door or do you drive somewhere to start?

95% of the time I just leave right from my front door, but occasionally I’ll change it up and drive elsewhere.


A couple of my favorite, not-right-outside-my-door running routes (though the second one used to be right outside my apartment when I lived at school…man I miss those days 😭).

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Though this is part of my neighborhood route, not too shabby either.

When running in daylight: are sunglasses a must or an annoyance?

When you get as sweaty as I do, an annoyance.

When you get tired, what keeps you from quitting?

Hmmmm, I just tell myself it’s in my head and I’ll be so happy that I pushed through when it’s over. Not gonna lie, sometimes my self-talk does get a little mean, which probably isn’t the best, but it gets me through.

Okay, now it’s your turn! Post this survey to your blog, or answer some of the questions in the comments!

I also have a couple other questions, if you’re interested 🙂

1. Do you like Gatorade?

2. Do you sometimes get mean to yourself when you’re pushing yourself through a tough run?

3. Any laptop recommendations? My friend Elizabeth is helping me pick one out because she is tech-savvy and knows what she’s doing, while I can barely turn on a computer (it’s seriously a wonder I am able to make blog posts). However, any helpful tips are welcome!

BYEEEE

Julie

WIAW #4: Going (slightly) Out of the Box

Hello and happy Wednesday! Half way to the weekend, holla! Today I’m joining the WIAW party again, and sharing my day of eats/a little look into my day yesterday.

Thank you Laura (at Sprint 2 the Table) for hosting. You rock!

PRE RUN BREAKFAST:

Although this week is a step-back week, I did have a long-ish run on deck Tuesday. I started my day with the usual pre-run breakfast, Ezekiel toast + PB + banana + drizzle of honey, and a small cup of coffee to get me going. I usually eat the whole banana before my run, but froze the other half for (spoiler alert) a post-run smoothie bowl.

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I probz have like 5 photos of this same meal.

POST RUN BREAKFAST:

After my run, I had a protein smoothie bowl consisting of: 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 1/2 a frozen banana + 1/2 cup frozen blueberries + scoop of vanilla protein powder + 2 tsp ground flax seed, and topped it with some Puffins for crunch. Oh, and some unpictured iced coffee, but you probably knew that already.

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Apparently dramatically lit pictures of smoothie bowls are becoming a thing on this blog.

LUNCH:

I spent the rest of my morning doing some stretching and foam rolling, blogging, and homework. I was feeling something a little different than my normal turkey wrap for lunch, and made a version of my creamy quinoa recipe. Most of the ingredients are the same, but since I can’t stay away from deli turkey completely, I used deli turkey instead of chicken sausage.

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SNACK ATTACK:

After lunch, I went to Marshalls (and got some sweeeeet Under Armour spandex) to give myself a break from homework (endless reading about behavioral therapy). Upon returning, I really wanted cottage cheese + PB. Usually this is what I’ll have for dessert, but the stomach wants what the stomach wants, and at that moment it wanted cottage cheese + PB. Hey, sometimes it’s good to step out of the everyday routine!

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I’ve pretty much given up trying to make this look appetizing.

DINNER:

My dad made grilled chicken, so I chopped up a piece and threw it in a salad with baby spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and a mix of balsamic vinaigrette and lite caesar dressing (there wasn’t enough dressing in the balsamic bottle, so I got a little experimental and added in the lite caesar…it was a pretty good combo if I do say so myself).

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Eaten outside, aka the best eating location.

LATE NIGHT SNACKS:

After dinner, I hung out with Elizabeth and watched a lot of Real Housewives of New York (never seen this city before, and I really like it, pretty good for trashy tv 🙂 ). Before bed, I snacked on baby carrots + hummus, and, because I can’t completely throw all of my little food habits to the wind, a spoonful of PB.

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So that was my Tuesday eats in review! Hope you enjoyed, and let me know what the best thing you ate recently was!

Questions for you lovely humans:

1. Do you have any eating habits that you feel kinda weird going outside of? Not gonna lie, it felt a little weird eating cottage cheese + PB at 4:00 in the afternoon rather than right before bed.

2. If you’re a Real Housewives fan, what’s your favorite city? I only watch it occasionally, but I really think NY might be my favorite, although I do have a spot in my heart the Atlanta housewives.

Coffee Talk: Step Back Week, Frizzy Hair, and Whatnot

Hi friends! Another day, another iced coffee. So why not post a little coffee talk with y’all? Just some little tid-bits from my week, my thoughts, and whatever else comes to mind (I legit have no outline for this, I’m just stream-of-conciousnessing right now).

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Today’s coffee selfie (side note: I am not gr8 at taking selfies).

  • Today was my “long run,” but it was also a step back week. Technically my long run this week is supposed to be a 10k race, but considering a) there aren’t many races on Tuesdays (when I like to do my long runs), b) I usually work on weekends when there are races going on, and c) I was too lazy to look up any races anyway, I figured I’d just run a 10k around the neighborhood instead. I ended up doing a bit more than a 10k, about 6.75 miles. I had to take a quick bathroom break right around mile 4 (which I’ve noticed is usually about the time I need a bathroom break), but no walking breaks other than that. I got up later than usual, so I was definitely feeling the heat/humidity by the end of my run, but I got an extra hour of sleep which was probably necessary.
  • Speaking of sleep, as an anxious person/someone who has dealt with insomnia on/off since I was like 8 (seriously, I remember being 8 and watching old black and white movies with my mom at like 11 PM because I couldn’t sleep and needed to not be in my bed…I’ve always been a very anxious being), I now have a weird routine I follow when I can’t sleep. Luckily, insomnia only hits me once every couple weeks/once a month right now, but I always get out of bed, go to the couch, watch Food Network (usually an episode of the Pioneer Woman On Demand, Ree Drummond is my spirit animal), and eat a bowl of corn flakes. I’m not sure why this works, but it totally does. Once I finish that bowl of corn flakes and lay down on the couch, I’m out like a light. Maybe it’s bad gal Ree Ree’s soothing voice that sings me to sleep?

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Corn Flakes? More like Ambien Flakes (I’ve never actually taken Ambien, that stuff seems intense).

  • I’m wearing a cute outfit today (at least imo), so here’s a quick lil OOTD:

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Tank: Forever 21, Shorts (which look like a skirt but they’re shorts, so I don’t have to “sit like a lady” in them): ASOS, Sunnies: Forever 21

  • Okay, so this humidity is noooot working with my hair. I have the equivalent of “skinny-fat” hair, aka “straight-frizzy” hair. It’s like a tiny bit wavy, but basically straight, yet hellllla frizzy. If you have any de-frizzing products that won’t make my hair look really flat/greasy, send them my way!
  • Like, a week ago I went to probably the best ice cream place ever. It’s called Dairy Delight and it’s either in Melrose or Malden, MA (not sure which one, I was visiting a friend in the area and we walked there, I think it’s right on the line?). I digress, it’s amazing, and if you’re ever in the area definitely try it. I mean, look how adorbs the outside is:

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If this doesn’t say “we have bomb dot com ice cream,” I don’t know what does.

  • Side note: at Dairy Delight I ordered one scoop of coffee oreo and one scoop of PB cup (PB + coffee + ice cream in one bowl, is anything more perfect for me?). I’m assuming this is the food they serve in the Great Beyond (or wherever we go when we die and we were generally a good person, but that’s a post for another day).

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From now on, I’m traveling 30 minutes for ice cream.

  • I’m weirded out that it’s almost August. Like, I’ve only been to the beach once. I guess that’s what happens when you work all summer so you can save up to move out. Hopefully by next summer I’ll be living in a crappy apartment in the Boston area with my friends, and maybe I’ll be able to get in two beach trips before August. Eyes on the prize Julie, eyes on the prize.

Well, I think that’s all that occupying my brain right now. I really enjoy doing these Coffee Talk posts, it’s a good way to get some of my random thoughts out. Hopefully you’re all enjoying them too (I live for approval).

Questions for you lovely humans:

1. Do you ever have trouble sleeping? Any weird go-to methods that help you finally hit the hay?

2. Just a reminder: if you have any frizzy-hair-fixes send them my way 🙂

3. How do you take your coffee? I like mine really strong, and just skim milk if I’m going iced (which is like 90% of the time), and skim milk + a packet of truvia if I’m gettin’ cray and going for hot coffee.

4. What’s one random thing that’s been occupying your mind lately?

BYEEEEE

Julie

One Pot Creamy Quinoa Recipe + Weekly Workouts

Hello lovely people! Today I have a suuuuuper easy one-pot meal to share with you. I used to make this a lot when I was living at school. The recipe is for a one person serving because I’m a single girl cooking for one, and, TBH, I don’t like making a big meal to eat throughout the week. My meal prep consists of chopping up veggies for salads and sandwiches, and maybe making one or two big servings of protein (like shredded chicken) to throw into my weekly dinners. Even though I’m back at home now (and my parents, bless their hearts, do a lot of the dinner cooking), this is still one of my go-to meals when I want something quick, easy, tasty, and with very little clean up involved (one pot meals are where it’s at).

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This recipe is really customizable as well. You can basically throw in whatever veggies and spices you want to make it your own (and use whatever you’ve got in your fridge/freezer). So, without further ado, here’s the recipe:

ONE POT CREAMY QUINOA RECIPE:

Servings: 1

Cook time: 20-25 mins

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup quinoa, rinsed

1/2 cup chicken broth (or any other kind of chicken/veggie broth/stock you have on hand, or water)

1 cup frozen broccoli

1/2 cup sliced mushrooms

1 link chicken sausage (I used Thin N Trim spinach and onion, you can use whatever sort of protein you’d like, I’ve made this with chicken, ground turkey and beef, just make sure it’s already cooked)

1/2 cup chopped-up tomato

1 handful baby spinach

1 wedge Laughing Cow Light Swiss cheese

Spices I used (adjust to your taste): pepper, garlic salt, dried oregano, smoked paprika

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Directions:

1. Put quinoa, chicken broth, and your spices of choice into a small pot. Bring the quinoa to a boil.

2. Once quinoa is boiling, reduce to medium-low heat and add in the mushrooms and broccoli (as well as any other frozen veggies you plan to use). Cover the pot and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the broth is mostly absorbed (about 10-15 mins).

3. When the broth is mostly absorbed, add in your chicken sausage (make sure you slice it up), tomatoes, and spinach. Once again, cover the pot and let it cook until the broth is fully absorbed (about 2-3 mins).

4. When the broth is fully absorbed, remove the pot from heat and stir in the Laughing Cow cheese wedge (tip: break up the cheese wedge a bit as you put it in the pot, it is easier to stir in that way).

5. Now that the cheese is fully combined, put the quinoa mixture into a bowl and enjoy!

This recipe works with so many combos of veggies and protein. A great vegetarian option is to use an egg instead of meat. I personally like when the yolk is runny, it combines with the cheese and makes the quinoa even more creamy!

Also, since this past week has ended, I wanted to leave you with a quick weekly workout update.

WEEKLY WORKOUTS:

Monday: Rest

Tuesday: 9 mile run (9:19 pace)

Wednesday: Total body strength workout at the gym

Thursday: 4 mile run (10:26 pace…super slow because my first two miles were on a random trail in Maine with lots of hills/rocks/thinks I could trip and sprain my ankle on, I got much faster for the second two miles on the street) + Nike Training Club Better Butt W/O + Caroline Jordan abs W/O

Friday: Nike Training Club Super Fusion W/O + Blogilates 5 Min Ab Express W/O

Saturday: The Blogilates Calendar Ab day (I think it was the one from 7/20, not sure though) + Lululemon Yoga Video (wasn’t able to get to hot yoga this week, so this replaced it)

Sunday: 5 mile run (9:45 pace…another slow run, maybe it was a combo of tired legs, just-woke-up-from-a-nap brain, and humidity, or maybe I was just slow and that’s that) + Blogilates Perfect Legs W/O

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and I hope this week brings good things as well. Let me know if you try this recipe and if you made any adjustments!

Questions for you lovely humans:

1. If you cook for one (or just two), do you like to meal prep a big meal to eat during the week, or are you more of a prep a few ingredients but make a smaller meal throughout the week kind of person? Usually I’m the latter, unless I know I have a busy week ahead and need to have something I just need to reheat throughout the week.

2. What is your idea of the perfect day off? Super random, but just a thought that crossed my mind. I think mine involves running in the morning, hanging out with friends outside during the day, and going out at night. Pretty generic, but it works!

BYEEEEEE

Julie

Friday Favorites #2: AKA Saturday Favorites

Okay, soooooo this was supposed to be my Friday favorites post, but I had to postpone this post (postpone the post, HAH…I forgive you if you didn’t laugh) because I (obviously) put off all of my homework due at 11:59 on Friday until Friday afternoon, and then at night, well, you’ll see shortly (I’m sure the suspense is killing you). So even though it’s Saturday, I’m going against the grain and giving you my Friday Favorites.

Also, I’m linking up with Heather, Clare, and Jill. Head to their blogs to see more fun Friday posts!

TAYLOR SWIFT CONCERT

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Okay, so maaaaaybe I went to the Taylor Swift concert at Gillette Stadium with my sister instead of writing up this blog post last night. I figured it was worth a late Friday Favorites. No, but really, the concert was amazing. Tay Tay was fantastic, she had a 2+ hour set (which I feel like is pretty freaking long, but it went by so QUICK), and was perfect for all of it. My favorite song from the show was Wildest Dreams (which is probably like one of my top 3 from her album), but honestly even the songs I didn’t really like were fun. We had the epitome nosebleed seats, second-to-last row in the highest section, but we had a clear view of the stage, plus Gillette had huge monitors, so we could see Tay Tay in all her glory. TBH I’ve never been to a big concert and actually had nice seats (minus being on the floor for the last 3 songs of a Lana Del Rey concert), as long as the crowd is fun (which it was), I’m all good. And if you’re ever considering going to a Taylor Swift concert, GO. Seriously. Get the cheapest nosebleedy-est tickets you can find and you’ll still have fun.

MAINE

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This week, I snuck in a quick trip to my family’s lake house (think cabin-in-the-woods more than, like, a nice lake house). It was so nice to chill in Maine with no responsibilities (can’t do online homework when you don’t have internet…right?). I basically just hung out with my family (we all seem to get along better up there), read, napped, and ate. I wasn’t completely lazy, I did get a run + quick workout in while I was there. When I was younger I totally did not appreciate Maine (I’ve always called the lake house “Maine,” I realize it’s an entire state, but to me Maine = lake house). I was stuck up there with my family for a week with, *gasp,* no Internet. Now that I’m older and don’t have as much time to spend doing nothing, Maine is a welcomed break. Not gonna lie, it doesn’t hurt that now I can drive and can get Internet on my phone pretty much anywhere.

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Sunsets and craft beer, doesn’t get much better.

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A couple family pics. This is my dad’s “signature pose.”

THE NIKE TRAINING CLUB APP

I have been all about the Nike Training Club (NTC) app lately. The workouts are seriously challenging (especially for someone who hates any form of jumping, like me), but I’m always left feeling like a badass once I finish one. The one thing that would make these workouts even better would be if I finally got weights heavier than my current 5 pounders. I know, I’ve been saying that for a while, but I really do need to get on that!

SMOOTHIE BOWLS

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The most dramatically lit picture of a smoothie bowl ever.

I’ve been eating protein smoothie bowls like craaaaazy lately. I always add granola (my fave is Bob’s Red Mill Honey Oat granola) for a bit more crunch and staying power. I eat smoothie bowls year-round, but in the summer when it’s hella hot and humid, they’re the perfect post-workout breakfast.

ICE CREAM

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I’ve definitely gotten ice cream at least 4 times in the past week. I’m usually pretty healthy during the day, but as soon as someone suggests ice cream I am IN. Especially when I’m in Maine, my parents are paying, and we’re getting Gifford’s ice cream (Peanut Butter Pie ice cream = heaven on earth). If I eat healthy during the day and workout, then a little ice cream’s not hurting anything. It’s good for the soul, really.

READING

I have an on-and-off relationship with reading. For years I used to read every night before I went to bed. Once college hit and I had roommates, more homework, and more school-related reading, I started going in-and-out on reading before bed. Opting to watch something low-key on Netflix or YouTube right before I fell asleep instead. However, in preparation for going to Maine, where I knew I’d want something non-Internet related to do by the lake and before bed (not trying to use all of my data), I borrowed The Last Summer (of You & Me) by Ann Brashares (aka the woman who wrote Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants) from Maddie. It’s a pretty light read, and I’m only about a quarter of the way through, but I like it so far. I wouldn’t necessarily say this book is a favorite of mine, but since coming home from Maine, I’ve been reading instead of watching my show-of-choice (which is currently Barefoot Contessa, nothing is more soothing than watching the fabulous Ina Garten cooking & entertaining for her friends). It’s probably better for my brain to read than mindlessly watch a cooking show.

“WHICH WITCH” BY FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE

I mentioned in my last favorites post that Florence and the Machine’s new album was a favorite of mine, even though I hadn’t even finished my first full listen-through. Now that I’ve actually listened to the full album, I have a new jam/play on repeat song: Which Witch. I can’t even describe it other than to say it’s amazing, intense, theatrical, and beautiful all at once. Please just listen to it for yourself and experience the greatness.

THE 26 OZ JAR OF TEDDIE SUPER CHUNK PB

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Until recently, I had never seen Teddie Super Chunk PB (my PB of choice) in anything other than a 16 oz glass jar. I’d say that jar lasts about a week for me. On a trip to Target, I found this gem: a 26 oz, plastic jar (don’t really care about the material it’s made out of, but I guess it’s worth noting) of the good stuff. A whole 10 more ounces of PB in one jar. That’s like, at least another 3 days of PB before I have to run to the store to feed my addiction once again. Plus the unit price was lower per-pound (or however it’s measured) compared to the 16 oz jar. More PB and saving a little bit of money. I’m so down.

Phew! That was kind of a lengthly favorites post. I suppose that’s a good thing though. Better to have an abundance of favorites than only a few. Let me know some of your favorites from the past week or so in the comments!

Of course, I can’t leave you lovely readers without some questions:

1. What concert did you go to most recently?

2. What’s your favorite ice cream flavor? I switch between anything peanut butter flavored with lots of chunky good stuff in it to anything coffee flavored with lots of chunky good stuff in it.

3. Now that I’m back on reading, any book recommendations? I really like witty fiction, and funny or super depressing (it’s a big gap, I know) memoirs.

BYEEEEE

Julie

WIAW #3: Healthy Fuel

Happy What I Ate Wednesday/Hump Day to everyone! I’m sharing my day of eats from yesterday (aka Tuesday). Man, I love WIAWs. Maybe it’s because I’m super nosy and like to see what people eat and take a peek into what someone’s day looks like. Is that weird?

As always, I’m joining the  What I Ate Wednesday Party and linking up with Arman from the Big Man’s World. Thanks for hosting!

BREAKFAST #1 (PRE-RUN):

As I blogged about yesterday, I had my weekly long run (9 glorious miles!) set for Tuesday. My pre-long run breakfast usually looks about the same: a piece of Ezekiel toast + PB + banana + a drizzle of honey and a small cup of iced coffee to wash it all down. It fuels me up for my run, but isn’t toooo much. I’ve made the mistake of eating too much right before a long run, it’s not fun, trust me.

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RUNNING FUEL:

During my long run I ate 4 orange flavored Pro Bar Bolt Energy Chews. They’re pretty good, I guess. I’m not gonna lie, I’m not the best judge of taste when I’m trying to run and chew at the same time. They definitely give me a boost of energy, so they’re doing what they’re supposed to in that sense!

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BREAKFAST #2 (POST-RUN):

After showering, I quickly blended up a smoothie bowl consisting of: 1/2 cup (ish) unsweetened vanilla almond milk + 1 handful baby spinach + 1/2 cup frozen mango + 1/2 cup frozen blueberries + 1 scoop vanilla protein powder + 2 tsp ground flaxseed. I threw a handful of original Puffins on top for a bit of crunch.

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LUNCH:

I worked from 10-2, and I would usually eat a snack at some point during work, but it was super busy and I didn’t get a chance to eat a snack real quick, so I was pretttttttty hungry come lunch time. I ate a super typical Julie lunch: a whole wheat wrap with a Laughing Cow Light Swiss wedge and spicy brown mustard, and deli turkey + red bell pepper + salsa inside. In addition, I had a side salad and, of course, baby carrots and hummus (I ended up polishing off the container, note to self: go to grocery store for more hummus).

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SNACK ATTACK #1:

I spent the afternoon foam rolling and stretching, since I was in kind of a rush to get to work and didn’t have time to do all that jazz right after my run, as well as cleaning up my room, doing some homework, and just organizing my life a bit. Somewhere in that time frame, I ate cucumber and tomato (straight from my mom’s garden) with lite Caesar dressing. You could say it was a small salad, but I feel weird calling something a salad when it doesn’t have some sort of lettuce-y base. Who’s with me on that?

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DINNER:

Dinner was AWESOME today because I went to Life Alive with Elizabeth. Life Alive is a semi-local, vegitarian, and organic restaurant (we went to the one in Lowell, but there is one in Cambridge and one in Salem, MA as well). It’s aesthetic (I love that word) is super hippie-dippy and it’s amazing. I got the Rebel Filling Bowl, which had quinoa + tofu + legumes + kale + carrots + beets + broccoli + their BOMB ginger nama-shoyu (don’t think I spelled that correctly) sauce that is one of the best things ever. If you’re ever in an area where there’s a Life Alive please go. It’s healthy and delicious, so really what more would you want in a restaurant?

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LATE NIGHT SNACKS:

Obvi, I ate my cottage cheese + PB dessert and a spoonful of peanut butter (I am a creature of habit). It’s also worth noting that throughout the day, I’ve been doing some serious snacking on grapes. I never grabbed a bunch and sat down to eat them, but whenever I pass by the fridge, I find myself picking a few out of the bag and eating them. I try not to do a lot of mindless snacking, but the batch of grapes I got is really good, and, honestly, there are worse things I could be mindlessly snacking on.

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That wraps up my Tuesday eats! I’m heading up to my lake house (more like a cabin in the woods, TBH) until Friday, thanks to a random couple of days in a row off, but be on the lookout for a recipe post soon.

Questions for you lovely humans:

1. Are you nosy like me and find WIAW posts help your nosy fix?

2. What have you been mindlessly snacking on lately? In addition to grapes, I’ve definitely been munching on the Slightly Sweet Boom Chicka Pop popcorn. It’s semi-addictive.

3. What is your usual pre-long run/intense workout breakfast (if anything)?

BYEEEEEE

Julie

 

Maybe I am a Morning Runner? (9 miles before 9 AM)

Okay, so obviously from the title you can prooooobably guess that I ran 9 miles this morning. If so, good job using context clues. I’m proud of you.

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Couldn’t stop myself from shouting it from the SnapChat rooftops. I’m that person.

Anyway, YES, I ran 9 miles today at a steady pace (9:19 overall).

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I almost didn’t go out this morning because I was worried it would be too hot/humid (we’re in a bit of a “heat wave” here in MA), but the weather seemed cool enough when my alarm went off at 6:30. After the usual pre-run breakfast (piece of Ezekiel toast + PB + a banana and a small cup of coffee), some stretching, and pumping myself up with some Taylor Swift (does this make me a “typical white girl?” Probably.), I put on a podcast (The most recent Rob Has A Podcast Spyson Hour), and headed out the door.

I felt so good during this run. I’ve been wanting to get better at pacing myself because I’ve always had the issue of starting too fast and losing steam too quickly. Today, I made myself slooooow down in the beginning. My run starts right off with a hill, and I usually almost-sprint up it just to get it over with. I made myself go up at a steady pace, and just keep trucking along at that pace. I didn’t stop to walk, though I did make a quick bathroom pit stop about half-way through (S/O to my friend Elizabeth’s mom for letting me use their bathroom 🙂 ). I’m in the middle of my bag of Pro Bar chews, and I ate 2 around mile 4.5, and another 2 around mile 6.

Looking at my splits, I did a pretty solid job of keeping a steady pace (ignore the “mile 10” split, it took .01 miles for me to press “stop” on RunKeeper).

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My pace gets a little slower towards the end, and I’m pretty sure the last mile is my fastest only because I sprinted for the last 0.15 of that mile. However, I felt strong after this run, like I could keep going, and I haven’t felt that way after all of my long runs. Pacing makes all the difference between feeling like death after a long run and feeling like, well, alive after a long run. Maybe 13.1 miles is attainable after all?

Another interesting thing I’ve noticed is that I actually seem to perform better during my absurdly early (at least in my mind) morning long runs compared to my evening long runs. It’s weird, because I’ve always felt like I am a better exerciser in general later in the day. Maybe it has to do with the summer weather, when it’s coolest in the morning, or maybe running longer distances requires those freshly-slept in legs that a shorter run or strength workout don’t require. Whatever the case may be, I really enjoy getting my long run done in the morning and being able to think to myself all day about how I ran _____ miles. I was even in a better-than-normal mood at work today. Perhaps the fact that I got my run done was why.

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Picture I took right after my run on my walk back to my house. If you look closely you’ll see that there is a wooden carving of a horse’s head on top of that mailbox. Unsure of its purpose.

Welp, that about covers it for now. Once I got home from my run, I stretched, showered, and ate a protein smoothie bowl before rushing to work. Now that I’m back from work, I’ve foam rolled and done some “yoga for runners” (loving this Yoga With Adriene video). Be on the lookout for a WIAW tomorrow, and a recipe post sometime later this week!

Questions for you lovely readers:

1. Do you listen to podcasts when you run/in general? What are some of your favorites?

2. On a scale of 1-10, how awesome do you feel after you finish a tough morning workout (whether it’s running, strength, swimming, yoga, cycling, whatever your groove is)? Not gonna lie, I’ve been at a solid 10 on the feeling awesome scale all day.