Just Call Me the Crazy Dog Lady

This morning, after talking myself out of bed for 45 minutes, I managed to get two miles done outside. I had three on schedule, but only would I get out of bed for two. Really, impressive, I know.

What else was really impressive? My look obviously. I’m sure I don’t look scary at all rolling out bed, oversized hooded sweatshirt and I’m sure I forgot to wipe the mascara off my face.

And then I start running and see an adorable little pug! Obviously I had to stop and ask to pet the dog. I’m sure the dog owner wasn’t scared at all that some terribly dressed, mascara smeared running lady in the early morning hours stopped to pet her dog. Pet owners of Boston, I promise, I’m not scary, just call me the crazy dog lady.

I didn’t cook as much as I hoped this week, but Wednesday night we enjoyed these fish tacos from How Sweet It Is.

Kiwi Salsa

And voila! Fish tacos…

Well, time for me to go, I am very busy eating crab rangoons, vegetable lo mein, cadbury eggs and wine. Clearly, the self-control is on full force tonight. How many cadbury eggs are too many cadbury eggs in one sitting you think? Actually, don’t answer that…


Half Marathon Training Begins

Hurray! Half marathon training begins today!

And I am kicking off the week with NOT running! I know, doesn’t sound like the brightest idea, but I ran Saturday and Sunday and I can feel the all too familiar tenderness in my achilles. I’ve learned it’s best not to ignore this, take a day off from running with some eccentric strengthening (I think I got that right?). Along with my orthotics, this normally does the trick. So here is my plan for the week.

  • Mon – Yoga
  • Tues – 5 x 400 @5k pace
  • Wed – Run 3m & strength
  • Thurs – Rest
  • Fri – Run 3m
  • Sat – Run 5m
  • Sun – Strength
My training plan is based on Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Half-Marathon Training Program. The main change I made is to move everything up by a day so my long runs are on Saturdays. Running on Saturday mornings are just so much more realistic for me so I don’t have to get up super, super early in order to squeeze in a long run before church on Sunday, and the half-marathon I’m signed up for in Gloucester is actually on a Saturday. Perfect!
Make sure to check out the list of races I’m signed up for so far. Don’t forget my 1,000 mile resolution either and follow me on DailyMile. And yes, I am painfully aware how behind I am on that goal, but I’m not scared, I’m going to do it! 958 more to go.
Are you ready for some food talk now?
Earlier in the week I made this mac & cheese recipe. It is a great make ahead recipe if you are low on time and also can be frozen. I am really not big on freezing anything, I swear I can always taste that lovely freezer taste, but I have done this one before and it also works well.
Yesterday I did a good job of using up leftover food in our fridge. Normally on the weekends there is not much food left in the fridge to do this, since I buy according to my recipe plans for the week, but I was proud of my accomplishments yesterday. 🙂
For breakfast, scrambled eggs with fresh mozzarella, spinach, sautéed onion and pancetta. Yum!
And for lunch, lettuce with olives, hardboiled eggs and avocado. I whipped up a quick honey mustard dressing with some dijon mustard, maple syrup, plain yogurt and honey. Seltzer with blood orange juice on the side.
Now, for dinner (after my weekly trip to the grocery store). I tried out a recipe from my recent issue of Food & Wine; Chicken & Barley Stew with Dill & Lemon. I liked it, good for a winter evening or a winter cold treatment, but it wasn’t anything amazing.
Time for me to get ready for a girls day in the city! Hope you all have the day off today!

A Bit Behind

I know you’ve been on pins and needles waiting to find out things like:

  • Did Jess earn a gold star this week?
  • What is the salad of the week?
  • What is Ben having for lunch?
  • Where is the workout recap?

Well, don’t you worry, I will tell you all.

  • Did Jess earn a gold star this week? Nope, both on the workouts and the weight. Bummer. 
  • What is the salad of the week? Romaine, roasted beets, walnuts, chickpeas, olives and balsamic vinegar. 
  • What is Ben having for lunch? Orzo, spinach, kalamata olives, cotija cheese, rotisserie chicken and Italian dressing. Ben loves orzo!
  • Where is the workout recap? Oh here it is, running FAIL. 
  • Mon – Run 4 miles Done and felt great!
  • Tues – Strength Training Rest day #1
  • Wed – Run 3 miles & Cardio Cardio Circuit
  • Thurs – Strength Training Rest day #2
  • Fri – Cardio Rest day #3
  • Sat – Run more miles! Cardio Circuit
  • Sun – Run more miles! Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones, OUCH!
Question? What do you make when you want to spend minimal time, use few ingredients, eat healthy and possibly might ask your significant other who doesn’t cook to be the chef that night?
My go to is what I have deemed “turkey pasta”. I would love to hear about yours!
Turkey Pasta
  • 1 lb whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 – 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 28 oz San Marzano crushed tomatoes

Boil pasta. Sautee minced garlic in olive oil. Add ground turkey and cook until done. Add crushed tomatoes and simmer while pasta is cooking. Mix altogether. DONE.

Tonight’s dinner, a repeat, but delicious – Soba Noodle Salad with Sesame Vinaigrette from Beth’s Journey.

This is my new favorite place, The Salty Pig. Somehow I have been there three times and I finally managed to take a couple of pics. Love everything I’ve eaten there and an awesome wine list. Also, you can practically drink the olive oil, it is SO amazing.

Although this pizza almost made me, but I haven’t forgotten to release my workout plan, here it is…

  • Mon – Accidental rest day
  • Tues – Run 2m
  • Wed – Quality treadmill time
  • Thurs – Strength training
  • Fri – Cardio, including some miles
  • Sat – Run, run, run
  • Sun – Run, run, run

You know that I HATE the treadmill, right? Serious hatred.

Well, this morning I was loving it so I thought, for those that hate the treadmill as much as me, try this plan out (6.0 is my typical pace, so you might want to increase or decrease the MPH as needed.)

I did this with my usual 1% incline. Try it out and let me know what you think!