Yummy lunch!

It’s no surprise that I will do just about anything to avoid actually doing my work.  I mean, people can’t be productive all day, right???

While perusing the internet, I inspired (and my stomach started grumbling) as soon as I saw the amazing pasta salad posted by the Fitnessista! I love pasta salad in the summer but don’t necessarily think about making it a whole lot when it comes to fall/winter.  But, like typical Indiana – our temperatures have been in the 80s, which I think is hotter than it was all summer.

So, I made my own little delicious lunch! I didn’t follow the Fitnessista’s recipe, but made do with what I had! The best part about pasta salad is that it’s delicious right after it’s made, and it’s even better after it has sat for a day in the fridge!

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Here’s what I added:

  • a mix of noodles to finish off what was already opened…
  • 2 roma tomatoes
  • half of a GIANT green pepper
  • a can of chickpeas (drained and delicious)
  • 2 pieces of chicken breast (leftovers)
  • 1 T of ranch dressing
  • 3 T of italian dressing
  • Bragg’s organic sprinkle seasoning (no measurement, spread til I was done)
  • Fresh basil off my plant

So easy, delicious, and [relatively] healthy! The unhealthy part is that it’s so delicious I can’t stop eating it. Everything in moderation, right? Ha! 🙂

Have a great rest of your day and weekend! Try out some pasta salad and let me know how it goes!


Hello DOMS.

DOMS = delayed onset muscle soreness = excruciating pain = walking like a duck = not being able to sit in chairs in under 6 seconds = not wanting to laugh because of abdomen pain = unable to walk up/down stairs….

shall I go on?


I have a major case of the 48 hour DOMS setting in right about now. If you have worked out before, and have been sore the next day, that is DOMS: delayed onset muscle soreness.

Yesterday (the day after the race) was bad, but today is worse.

DOMS is caused from microtears in the muscle fibers that occur because of prolonged exercise.  Most of the time, DOMS is caused from eccentric activities.  Eccentric means that the muscle is going to be lengthening…. think: when you squat, your quadriceps muscle group is lengthening and when you run, well, it’s all lengthening at certain points.

As I stated in my earlier post, I did not train very well for my half marathon… which is a huge reason why I am suffering the way that I am! You can also prevent (or decrease) DOMS from stretching prior to exercising, hydration, and proper nutrition.

My plan for now….ride out the storm.  Stretch when possible (not to the point of pain!), drink lots of water, avoid eating the brownies, and stare at my finishing medal.

***If you have had symptoms of DOMS (pain, swelling, stiffness, etc.) for more than 3-5 days, you should probably seek medical attention as there may be an underlying injury.  The line between soreness and injury can often be a fine one – which is why there are people out there to help!


Alright – I’m about to go sit in a car for an hour and drive to class. Then attempt to waddle up 3 flights of stairs.  Hopefully your day is less painful than mine! 🙂 

((This information came from my own athletic training educated mind and I also found this handy resource from the American College of Sports Medicine))

Half #2 in the books.

I haven’t blogged in 21 days.  To those of you who read this, I’m really sorry.

Truth is, I am really embarrassed about the (lack) of training that I did to prepare for this half marathon.  Here I have been, writing all these posts about how motivated I am and dedicated to fitness and continually striving to live a healthy life…. and I just didn’t follow through.

I admitted this in my last post, my training has been awful.  In fact, here is picture evidence of how terrible my training has been….

Sorry about the bad picture quality!
Sorry about the bad picture quality! Notice all the areas that have no writing? That’s because they weren’t completed.

Embarrassing, right?   

But heading into the race, I knew my training was terrible and I knew I was very unprepared.  So my goal went from running the race in under 2:15 to running the race to finish.

Man, did that make things so much easier.  In fact, my friend Lindsey and I actually had fun. Can you believe it? FUN….running a half marathon…. Never, ever, ever in my life did I think I would say that.  We talked wayyyyy more than we did our last half, we joked around, we sang “The Fox” song, we people watched….Additionally, we walked.  Much more than we did last time.  Mostly because there was an incredible amount of hills.

We ran the Brooksie Way Half Marathon in Rochester, Michigan.  When we signed up for the race, we heard it was pretty hilly, to which I thought “psh, I can handle hills”.  It wasn’t until about a week ago that I actually looked at the elevation page on the website.  Whoops.  Apparently “hill training Monday” (which as you can see above really didn’t happen…) wasn’t going to be enough for this race.  What’s that phrase? What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger? Right? Ha.

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I felt the race was pretty good.  It did seem a little disorganized, parking was a little chaotic (I don’t know why people don’t just get there earlier), one of the dirt roads was very wavy and bumpy, and I wish there was a little bit more rah! rah! along the course… BUT I appreciated the change of scenery (from downtown to suburbia to trails), the change of running surface, and I did appreciate the hills, despite my lack of preparation.

I finished my 2nd half marathon in:

ResultsThis was 11 minutes worse than my last race…. but I am totally okay with that. Obviously there is a bit of disappointment that I wasn’t able to beat my last race time (human nature) but given my lack of preparation and especially my lack of preparation for the hills… I’d say 11 minutes ain’t so bad.

I learned a lot this race, isn’t that what is most important? I learned that:

  • Training is really important, but sometimes it’s okay to let life get in the way. PRs don’t always need to be obtained.
  • Hills aren’t something to be messed with.
  • The race was so much more enjoyable when my nervousness was gone and I was able to relax, enjoy, and appreciate my run.
  • I think races are incredibly inspiring.  If you run a race and aren’t inspired, you aren’t taking it all in.
  • Friends are important.  I wouldn’t have been able to finish when I did, with a smile on my face, if it wasn’t for my friend, Lindsey.
  • I can do this. I did do this.

There is so much about running that needs to be put in perspective. While September is over, it marks the year mark of my running journey.  That’s it – 1 year.  In 1 year, I have run three 5ks, a 4miler, and two half marathons. Seriously? That’s incredible.  When training for this half, I came home from a run and told M “The run sucked, I only got 5 miles in and I had planned for 6”.  And then I stopped and thought… “I just ran 5 miles.  A year ago, I never could have even imagined running 5 miles.”  Running truly is an amazing sport.

Now, with this 2nd marathon under my belt, I plan to take the next two weeks few days and recover (meaning I need to be able to move fully as I am so incredibly sore and suffering through a bit of a knee injury I haven’t blogged about).  I might take a little time off training for a big race and just focus more on exercising for the health of it.  We’ll see though, I can be talked into just about anything.  Because I know I can do it.

Thanks for listening to me – my journey is continuing and I can’t wait to see where all I go.  With school madness in session, I hope to be blogging a bit more and sharing my life.

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20 days is enough to train for a half, right?

Yes, for all you runners out there, you read that properly.

I’ve boasted before about how I have signed up (well, was forced to, due to a wedding present ;)) for my second half marathon.

When we signed up for the half, we were both incredibly excited and ready to get training.  I created a training plan from a few others that I have been researching – I needed it to fit our lives a little bit better.

Well, I’ll be the first to admit. The training for this half marathon has SUCKED. 

Listed below is all of the ridiculous thoughts I have had/should have had/need to have:

  •  “oh, I’ve done this once already so I should be able to do it again”
  • “I can definitely do this after taking 1.5 months off of running and getting married i.e. eating, drinking, and being merry”
  • “Sure, it’s okay to gain 12 pounds after the last half – your knees can definitely handle it”
  • “You will definitely run every day while on your 2.5 week long honeymoon and for sure follow your training plan”
  • “You have 10 chapters and 4 journal articles to read for class? No problem, you can run tomorrow. 3 rest days in a row is good”
  • “Go ahead, catch up on all of your tv shows, have your coffee and your breakfast and plan to run at 3pm when it’s 90 degrees out”

Yes, I know, completely irrational. But so so so so so what is happening in my life right now. 

Reality: I have 20 days until the half marathon. 

My Goal: FINISH. 

I think FINISHING is the moral of the story.  It’s so incredibly easy to get down when I don’t run as long or as well as I would like to.  I think it’s so normal for you to want your body (and your mind) to be able to accomplish something and then being disappointed when it doesn’t happen.  I am absolutely there. 

I really need to remind myself of the following things:

  • It’s been one year since I have really been running for “fun”. That’s it.
  • I’ve already completed one half marathon – the second one is just for the challenge.
  • My mind is my biggest challenge when I am running.  If I could just shut off the little devil, I would have no problem.
  • I know I run an average of a 9:30-11:30 minute mile. I don’t care – I AM DOING IT.
  • I CAN DO IT.  Whether I run, walk, or crawl to the finish line. I will finish.
  • There are so many who can’t run.  Why should I complain about a voluntary sign up for a race?
  • It’s not about the can’t. It’s about the can.

I should take a picture of my training plan to let you all see how atrocious it is.  But the reality is that I have been getting out there. I have been thinking about it, I have been planning for it.  I can do this. I just need to head and my legs to follow my inspirational words. 

Easier said than done, right? 


Related links:

Motivational Quotes by Carrots n Cake

Clean Eating and Motivation by Half Virgin

How to Train for your First Half Marathon by All in Stride

I’m BACK on my Blogiversary!!!

WOW! I’ve been gone for quite a while… I know I’ve been missed, right? 🙂

I had a pleasant surprise last night while I was checking on my favorite blogs that yesterday is my ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY! 🙂 How exciting!!! I have incredibly enjoyed writing on my little space of the internet. My posts might be super random, get a lot (or very little) hits, and/or just be my way to talk about my life – I appreciate this little slice of heaven.  It has been a great escape for me, a great way to boast or to talk about hard times, and to track the healthy life I am seeking.  Thank you to anyone who has read this blog over the last year – I love sharing my thoughts with you all and can’t wait to continue to do so!!! Maybe one day I’ll become popular enough to have give-a-ways on my future blogiversaries…. Instead, you get a story. 

I didn’t post too much about my absence, but my husband and I were finally able to take our honeymoon!! We were traveling for 2.5 weeks – insane right? But, we figured that before (God-willing) we have kids and life gets in the way, this would be our one chance to take a long trip for just the two of us!

I am not going to go into full detail of the honeymoon, yet.  I haven’t adjusted to the time change, haven’t uploaded all of the pictures, and started 2 more jobs this week (plus school full time, but who’s counting that?)

We flew from South Bend, Indiana to San Francisco.  We only spent one night in San Francisco but managed to get in a great few hours of sight-seeing and experiences! After San Francisco came Sonoma Valley…yum, wine! We spent 2 nights in Sonoma before heading to Napa Valley…yum, more wine!!! We left Wine Country and headed to Northern California, driving straight up 101 North, along the coast, AMAZING views.  First stop was Eureka, California.   After a night stay in Eureka, we went a little further north to Crescent City, CA… hellllloooo Redwood Forest!!!!! After Crescent City came our uneventful transition into Oregon where we stayed in Coos Bay, OR.  Next stop (after the unbelievable Oregon coast) was Lincoln City, OR. We took the next day to make a little bit of a longer trip and went to Elma, WA. Let me tell you, Elma was the cat’s meow. ;-)…. Elma was our transition to our 3 day trip to Seattle, WA where we spent some quality time with one of M’s friends and groomsmen, Ryan – and where I got to spend my birthday! 🙂 After our stay in Seattle, we headed to George, Washington (yes, that’s a real place) for a 3 night camping stay at The Gorge Amphitheater to see our beloved Dave Matthews Band.  

We had an UNBELIEVABLE time.  This post is meant to just give you a little bit of an update on the trip – my plan is to be able to go through the places we stopped and ate and really give some good reviews! Hopefully I’ll be able to get to it this weekend – my Higher Education Law book is calling my name!

Enjoy the pictures, more to come! 

Thank you for all you do to support my little sweet slice of heaven!


Bliss: perfect happiness; great joy.  Something providing such happiness. 

Last night, Mike and I were going through some Mad Libs that we had out for our guests to fill out… some where hilarious others were incredibly heartwarming.  Two words kept being repeated…infinity and bliss. 

I really thought long and hard about this word. Isn’t it awesome? I need to use it in my life more often, isn’t life blissful?

Have a fantastic day – find some bliss. 


Oops! Wine Wednesday!

Good evening!! It’s Wine Wednesday already!!

Tonight I want to brag about Mad Housewife Merlot… We have gotten this wine before and I just love it! The label is adorable, the name is catchy, and the wine is delicious.

I picked this wine tonight because oops! We were surprised to realize that, as of yesterday, we have been together for two years!!! We totally missed it…. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re old and married 😉

We celebrated our night tonight the best way possible….. Wine, Monsters Inc. macaroni and cheese, hot dogs, and Brother vs. Brother on HGTV.

Couldn’t have asked for a better night, a better 2 years, and a better husband. I am so lucky and blessed!!!!