The little runner that could.

On Friday morning, I woke up 2 hours before class and studied/finished up some last minute homework. It’s nice to have a 9:30 class because it’s just late enough that I can have 30 min-1 hour {depending on when I wake up} to cook, blog, or do any homework I haven’t finished.

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^For breakfast, I noshed on some Roasted Red Pepper soup, with Udi’s Gluten Free toast and some egg whites on the side.^

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^Lunch was eaten in the Dining Hall– salad, followed by some fruit, greek yogurt and cereal. It was pretty delicious, especially because I was starving by the time I ate it. I think I need to get some bigger breakfasts in..^

My afternoon was toiled away in the Research Lab, working on our video, and learning how to use all the fancy lab tools. I am so excited to start our real research this coming week!

After finishing up in the lab, I headed over to the gym for a quick workout- 35 minutes on the Arc Trainer and 20 on the Elliptical

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A quick shower and change later, and we were all off to dinner. My roommate’s boyfriend is in town so a whole group on us went out to Whole Foods and noshed hard on their salad bar. I love getting anything I want– I usually get a bite of almost everything- how could you resist?

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^Some Zevia. Delicious!^

Saturday:

On Saturday morning, I woke up much earlier than I had planned, but I just rolled with it. I worked on emails and such for a while, before putting on some Downton Abbey and starting breakfast.

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^I made pancakes for myself and the boy. Whole wheat. It was a little experiment for my gluten free life. The boy has been reading some things about how processed gluten is what really usually bothers people , as opposed to more natural foods like whole wheat flour, or just the plain grains. I used whole wheat flour, and ate a couple of them. I didn’t feel too bad afterward, but I don’t know if I necessarily felt amazing.^

A little homework, and some cleaning, then it was off to the gym for the 10 mile run! I usually do my long runs on Sundays, but I wanted to get it done for the weekend, especially because I have a lot of homework that I need to be working on today.

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Unfortunately, because of the cold {freezing} weather I had to run inside. Ugh! I plan to do most of my runs outside for the last month of training, but I just hope it warms up a bit! I stopped about halfway to refill my water, and go to the bathroom. Then restarted for the rest of the run. I wasn’t running fast by any means. It’s so odd to me how one run can be great {like my 9.5 last weekend}


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My amazing boyfriend showed up and ended up running the last 2.5 miles next to me. It was such a treat, and great encouragement to have him there smiling, and telling me that I could do it! I was also texting my mom the entire time.. she always makes me feel better!

After my run, I headed back and ate a banana, and chugged lots of water. I did laundry, and then proceeded to lay on my bed until I began to feel nauseous. I realized that I hadn’t really refueled after my run, and that was probably why. I drank some water + Nuun and ate another banana + some trail mix. After laying down a little more, I felt much better. I’m upset with myself that I didn’t refuel better!

The rest of the evening was Mexican food {I had tilapia, and LOTS of chips + salsa, plus the rice + beans from NMK’s fajitas. Score!}, and then hanging and playing games with the friends. We played Head’s Up {Ellen Degeneres’ App!} and then just talked. I headed to bed around midnight.

 

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Quinoa and Beyonce.

Yesterday started off later than I expected. I had planned to wake up and head to church with my dad, but I slept almost an hour and a half later than I had planned, and completely missed church! I guess my body was trying to tell me something. I think I’m subconsciously preparing for classes {which start a week from today!}. On top of oversleeping, I was exhausted by 10 last night, and asleep by 1030. What?! I never sleep this much. But, it’s way more awesome than I realized…I may just be getting better at this whole sleep thing!

After moseying around and Pinterest-ing for a while, I headed downstairs to have a quick breakfast. We have a huge tupperware of cooked quinoa in our fridge, so I mashed it up with some banana for a more breakfast-y vibe. It was quick and easy. And pretty tasty. I downed this giant mug of coffee– LA style. It was aweosme. I need to do something about my caffeine addiction.

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After my breakfast, my best friend came over and we spent a few hours just chatting and catching up. There’s nothing better. Unfortunately, by the time Krista left my house, my stomach was in incredible pain and I basically laid around for a few hours waiting for it to pass.

After a few hours of rest and lots of water, I felt a lot better, so I broke out some toys:

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^An amazing orange Ralph Lauren bag, which my mom gave me for Christmas. It is the cutest, and so so perfect. I love orange, and this is me in bag form…love it.^

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^Finally listened through the Beyonce CD, which I also received for Christmas. I’ve listened to some songs here and there but haven’t been able to listen to all of them until now! I love my Queen Bey!^

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^After that, I headed out to the gym, to sweat out some of the cramps. It worked! I just did a 1 mile run, followed by 12 + 8 {20} min on the Elliptical. Not too intense, but perfect to just get sweating.^

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^Dinner- prepared by my lovely mom. Tilapia, asparagus, and a sweet potato.^

The day ended with some Bachelor and crafting. Simple and fun!

Questions:

What are your go-to solutions when feeling sick?

Back home. And lots of driving.

December 31-January 2 were spent driving home for my mom and I. Jacksonville to New York– about 996 miles. My conference ended on Tuesday, the 31st, and my mom and I decided to get some miles down and make the next days a little bit shorter for ourselves.

Early that morning, I did a 60 min treadmill interval workout. I knew I would be in the car all day, and I wanted to get my sweat on before being stuck!

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Before leaving, we stopped at Zoe’s Kitchen, a Mediterranean style restaurant. I had a quinoa salad and it was so so good.

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Quinoa and veggies any day! Zoe’s Kitchen is a chain, so if you’re lucky enough to have one, go check it out!

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The drive from Jax to NY is 99% on I-95. It’s insane! Driving on that one road for 6+ hours….it gets very monotonous. Luckily my mom has me to jabber away and keep her entertained! 😉 We drove from about 12-7 pm, with only one stop!

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For our big New Year’s Eve party, mom and I headed out to Olive Garden. We thought it would be fast and easy, but it was so crowded! Oh well, more time for us to hang out 🙂 For dinner I went with the tilapia and shrimp off their Lighter Italian Menu. It was delicious!

After dinner, my mom and I headed to our hotel and conked out long before midnight! Oh well, haha. We needed to be prepared for another long drive the next day.

On Wednesday, my mom and I got up early to get in a little sweat sesh together. I did another treadmill workout, more incline walking than running this time. I would have preferred something different, like biking, but the options are limited when you’re in a tiny hotel!

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Breakfast was eaten at our hotel before we hit the road. A little oatmeal, fruit salad, and some eggs. Plus some trail mix once we were in the car.

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About an hour before we arrived in Baltimore {our stop for the day– to visit cousins!} my mom and I stopped at Applebee’s for some lunch. I had tilapia, vegetables, and potatoes Nothing special, but it did the trick.

After lunch, we stopped at Target- who can resist?! Then we headed up to Baltimore where we spent the rest of the afternoon with my family. It was great. We just talked and hung out, and enjoyed each other. I had some delicious chocolate covered pretzels, and some steamed shrimp and vegetables {we ordered Chinese for dinner}. It was a great night!

Thursday morning, I woke up before everyone else, so I got in an elliptical workout. It felt good to finally get something other than the

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Mid-workout photo…. always interesting.

After realizing that a snow storm was heading towards us, we packed up as fast as we could and got on the road. Thank God, we didn’t hit any bad traffic and made it home before any real snow was coming down!

After we got home, my mom and I spent the rest of the afternoon crafting. My dad was packing up Christmas decorations like a good little elf! We watched the movie Munich. It was really intense, but very good. If you don’t mind some violence and love some suspense- you should definitely watch!

For dinner I had some homemade soup– my dad is a little chef! This was all vegetables and potatoes. Perfect for such a freezing winter night.

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After the soup I also had a few peanut butter cookies! Oops.. haha today I’m starting a new challenge for January which I’ll share soon. Time to get a new plan for 2014!

Question of the day:

Do you craft with your family?

Any good movies you’ve seen lately?