No Basil? No Problem

Somehow Whole Foods was out of fresh basil! What? And my heart was set on pesto pasta.

I’ve never dabbled in other greens in a pesto before, but when I realized basil was not happening, I decided to use the fresh arugula already in my cart. Delicious! I’m on the fence of actually saying I prefer arugula to basil pesto! Very unexpected. Having difficulty refraining from finishing the entire pot. Check out my recipe at the end of this post.

I am loving this mild winter weather in Boston right now. It was a gorgeous weekend for running. On Saturday I ran a lovely 5 miles along the Charles and this morning I ran 3 around Boston Common. One of my favorites in the park is the small section where all the dogs run free, leash less. They are SO happy and on an early Sunday morning there are so many dogs to see.

As you may or may not know, I have a bit of a dog obsession. Sadly, Ben and I do not have one yet due to the difficulty of finding rentals that allow them, but next place I live will ABSOLUTELY allow dogs. I refuse to compromise on this one anymore.

Sometimes my dog obsession might go a bit too far. I might recommend that you may not want to pet a dog without checking with its owner first, since it may surprise you as being the world’s unfriendliest bulldog and bite your hand. You also might go to your doctor and find out you have to get four rabies shots. Purely hypothetical of course. 🙂

I don’t care, I still love dogs and my heart is set on owning one soon. Just in case anyone was doubting the value of dogs, you should probably give this article a read. I dare you to be unconvinced.

How Dogs Spread Happiness

Anyway, I got off topic. I am thrilled to have my loving of running return to me. I don’t know if you could tell, but running was not as much my friend the past couple of months. When I get off target and let my running abilities lessen it is SO INCREDIBLY HARD to get back on track. Honestly, I don’t enjoy running until I am easily pulling off a straight 4 miles (albeit slowly). Before the 4 miles, it is a struggle for me. Not to say every run is fun from that point forward, but I feel so much more positive and energized by runs. And I am super excited for my next one.

So that said, I’m feeling good about my workout recap this week.

  • Mon – Accidental rest day Obviously
  • Tues – Run 2m Done
  • Wed – Quality treadmill time Yes, checkout my workout here 
  • Thurs – Strength training Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Level 2
  • Fri – Cardio, including some miles Rest
  • Sat – Run, run, run Ran 5 miles
  • Sun – Run, run, run Ran 3 miles
Now, for this week:
  • Mon – Strength Training
  • Tues – Treadmill workout
  • Wed – Strength Training
  • Thurs – Cardio
  • Fri – Rest – I think I like my rest days on Fridays
  • Sat – Run 6m
  • Sun – Run, run, run

Don’t forget to sign up for Daily Mile and send me a friend request! I find the site to be super motivating and I bet you will too!

Arugula Pesto

Makes more than enough for a pound of pasta

  • 2 cups fresh packed arugula leaves
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan

Blend in a food processor and enjoy!


Only 987 More Miles

I seriously work way better “under pressure”. I’m really hoping not to follow my usual trend for this 1,000 miles resolution though. Can you imagine if I got to December and had left 500 more to go? Let’s skip that.

Saturday I literally had all day to get my run in, ALL DAY, and the time that I was to go out to run kept getting pushed later and later and before I knew it, no more time left in the day. Then comes Sunday morning,  I know I have a deadline to run in order to get home and ready for church in time, AND it is eight degrees out, but I made it! Does anyone else do the same thing?

Anyone else in Boston run outside this morning? I had some serious layers on, amongst them my brand new pair of Wunder Unders from Lululemon. I’ve always been a huge fan of Lululemon, I wish it was a little more affordable, but I have to say, their clothing really does hold up and doesn’t fade at all. I was a little skeptical of the Wunder Unders pants due to the snugness level (they are supposed to be tight), but they are amazingly comfortable. Definitely happy with my purchase!

Check out how scary I looked for my run this morning, hilarious!

After church Ben and I met up for brunch at The Otherside Cafe, conveniently located just 5 minutes from our place. I am such a fan of this restaurant, especially if you are looking for a variety of healthy options. If you are vegan or vegetarian there are also many options on the menu or easy substitutions.

I had the Diner Breakfast, two eggs scrambled, home fries, biscuit with butter and I selected the vegan sausage.

I especially enjoy this place during the summer since the outdoor seating allows for dogs to accompany their owners, and as you know I am obsessed with dogs!

If you are as obsessed as me, sign up for Ben signed up on my behalf and I am very happy with my daily emails! Today’s is too cute not too share!

It’s workout recap time!

  • Mon – Run 3 miles & 15 min Stairclimber Ran 3 miles & 10 min on the Stairclimber
  • Tues – Strength Training Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 Level 2
  • Wed – Run 3 miles & Cardio Ran 3 miles & 10 min on Stairclimber
  • Thurs – Strength Training Miss
  • Fri – Cardio Miss
  • Sat – Run outside Ate Pinkberry instead
  • Sun – Run 2m & Strength Doubled up, 2.6 miles in the morning and this circuit in the afternoon
What’s in store this week?
  • Mon – Run 4 miles
  • Tues – Strength Training
  • Wed – Run 3 miles & Cardio
  • Thurs – Strength Training
  • Fri – Cardio
  • Sat – Run more miles!
  • Sun – Run more miles!

I’ll end this post with the dinner of champions. Ben wasn’t home for dinner and I wasn’t feeling the chilly walk to the grocery store so two sweet potatoes with earth balance butter and a beer. Perfecto!

Chances I’ll be hungry shortly after this, 99%.