I freaking owned this week!
I am hoping to do a full overview on Monday, so instead of hearing some shit come out of my mouth look at what I put in it this week:
Loaded bananas for breakfast…I’m indecisive so one has sunflower seed butter, raisins, and pecans and the other one has Justin’ Chocolate Hazelnut butter. I don’t love hazelnut butter, but I had to toss my Mara Natha almond butter after the recall. First world problems y’all.
I am usually all sweet potato all the time, but this week I was craving russet potatoes. I grabbed 2 when I was pillaging the sweet potato section at Giant Eagle and I have a ton of frozen broccoli so this made sense for lunch a few times this week:
And you know I had to take advantage of pumpkin spice being back – I allowed myself to get a dairy-based drink one time! It would be more often, but Starbucks has yet to switch over to organic, GMO-free milk. Which is a little crazy considering how much they charge per cup…I swear I’m parked and not driving while taking this picture! 😉
And then I forgot to take pictures of everything else. The end.
Remember that time I convinced myself that I could just workout at home and I would totes be fine?
Since the Crunch Fitness that opened down at the Waterfront has early morning and late night hours, PLUS they now offer a Barre-based class I decided to bit the bullet. You gotta do what you gotta do, right? More on this later.
Also, last night for the Steeler game we had a puppy play date with the emojii dog, Miss Vivien Leigh. She is that ball of white fluff underneath Bea. I could not get the girl to sit still long enough for a pic! She is absolutely adorable and I think you should go follow her on Instagram. Liberty supervised my flip flop and the puppy chaos.
I was dealing with some serious internal conflict on Saturday night about what distance I should run on Sunday. First world problems all up in here. Earlier that day, I had decided that my 2014 inaugural race should be the Ole 5K again. I plan to train harder than I did last year as I think I’m a bit more advanced this time around as the beginner program seems too easy now. So, Hal Higdon’s Intermediate 5K Training Plan it is! The problem is the first week’s scheduled long run is 5 miles. I’ve peaked at 3.5…
I was hesitant on Sunday because I had been on the treadmill all of last week. I had serious doubts about 2 miles. But, if I want to build up to 5 miles before training begins then I have to jump up to 3. There was really no point in putting it off, so I knew I had to swallow my fear of failure and just try as hard as I could. I took a water break after 2 miles at the car, then pushed onward into Frick Park. #blueslidepark
And guess what? I friggin’ did it! I’m not putting any pressure on myself about it. For the next 27 days I will see how far I get with base building and go from there. With a little practice and a lot of persistence, I just know I can beat my previous time for the Ole 5K.
I went home and rested for a few hours, hydrated, and watched some extra greasy reality TV. A few hours later, Liberty and I hit the road to meet up with some of our friends.
Actually the dogs had never met before, so they weren’t friends before the walk. Katie was my roommate in college for a few years and is one of the only people I am still in touch with.
It was really fun! We discovered some homeless people camps and also a dog park, which was super muddy. Just the way Liberty likes it.
This trail is part of the Great Allegheny Passage, which I’ve written about before. If we had kept going, it would eventually connect with the trail that I run down at the Waterfront. Pretty neat! Since we were walking with absolutely no concern about speed or distance, I was able to give my muscles a nice cool down. I am going to stretch out like crazy tonight after work and hopefully get 2 in in the morning!
We added a new member to our fur family over the weekend!
This tiny little thing is full of so much sweetness you wouldn’t even believe it. She’s an apricot and white mini-labradoodle with beautiful green eyes. When she grows up, she will be between 20-25 lbs. and be about knee height (think Cocker Spaniel size). That seems like a long time away because she is only about 5 lbs. at 10 weeks old right now!
I cannot get enough of her and I’m afraid she may not ever want to walk again because the only time I put her down is to take her picture.
We picked her up from the breeder Sunday afternoon and spent the entire rest of the day/night getting to know her a bit better. Basically, we cut her nails and then cuddled with her until we couldn’t keep our eyes open any more. She didn’t mind the trim and all, and man was she a big fan of the cuddling!
How can you give someone a name that will last them their whole life when you just met them!? She is very curious about us, inquisitive and observant. I see so many poodle qualities in her and I just adore her. My mom says that her hair looks coarse and wiry in these pictures, but I swear it is the softest peach fuzz I’ve ever felt. Nameless and very shy, she is starting to settle in among her giant new friends.
So far, she loves to follow Liberty around, wag her tail, and take naps. Every hour, I feel like a little bit more of her personality comes out and I am holding my breath until she feels comfortable enough with us to turn into the wild puppy woman I know is lurking beneath the surface.
And then, she fell asleep in my slipper. The End.
1. Since Christina and I will have flipped our second house on Tuesday, we decided it was time to upgrade to a better house. We’ll be slumming it here until further notice:
I wish. Except I’m almost sure this building is haunted. Liberty and I made it a point to pass by this place, The Carnegie Library of Homestead, yesterday during our walk. It got me thinking that I might want to rejoin the athletic club. They offer no-contract memberships, where you can pay month to month for $35 a month. This includes access to the pool and all group classes (which are mostly geared towards Silver Sneakers). Still, its quite a deal and they do have some really nice equipment.
2. I’m like practically a farmer now.
Last night, when we got home from working on the rental house I noticed that my jalapenos were starting to get these dark patches on them. I assume that means they are ready to be picked, considering they are approximately 3 inches long. I’ve still got around 4 peppers not quite ready to pick, so if I messed up it won’t be a total loss.
3. This morning was my first attempt at a kale smoothie.
It was delicious, but I won’t be sharing the recipe until I like it better. The kale was not quite processed enough and to be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the yogurt/almond milk base that I used.
4. The Great Race offers a free running clinic for racers, which I of course signed up for. I am excited to head down there tomorrow and find out what kind of running shoes I should buy. I know my current shoes are the reason for my horrible shin splints and I’ve put off getting new ones until I can talk to someone about my pronation.
5. All week long, I’ve been taking one of the dogs with me on my runs/walks. It has made all the difference in the world. It’s so much better than running with another person – different paces can present problems and I prefer solitude. My little buddies go at my pace and stop when I want to stop and take breaks when I want to take breaks. Their enthusiasm and excitement never wavers. And honestly, I’ve taken far less walking breaks this week because I can see how much they love to keep going. On top of all these reasons, its good for them. They are cooped up inside most of the time, aside from running at the dog park every other week or playing with each other in the backyard. It’s been a great change for everyone!