Food and Fitness Plan 2.26.18-3.04.18 + Week Five of 50k Training!

February 26-March 4

Annnnd just like that, it’s back up to 70 degrees this week. After an icy weekend, the weather has perked up a bit.

Monday: A Trader Joe’s Night: Multigrain Blend with Vegetables and Smoked Apple Chardonnay Sausages
Tuesday: Chickpeas and Pasta (just using spaghetti!)
Wednesday: Skinnytaste Egg Roll Bowls
Thursday: (I am attending a class for my leadership program- Chipotle for dinner this week!)
Friday: BF is getting adventurous – Guinness Beef Stew for a cocktail party!
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: TBD

Monday: DOR
Tuesday: 4 miles (have to be in a.m.)
Wednesday: Shape Up + 5 miles
Thursday: 6 miles
Friday: Shape Up + 2 walking treadmill miles
Saturday: Week 5 Long Run – 11 trail miles
Sunday: 7 group miles

Got PT scheduled for early March. Have been feeling very run down the past few days, and this has been affecting my end of week/long runs. My goal this week is to just get something done every day as much as I can. I’m a little worried that I might have to go back to taking an iron supplement, which wrecks havoc on my GI system for awhile, but I have been SO sluggish and blah recently…

Hope this is a good week, friends!


Food and Fitness Plan 2.19.18-2.25.18 + Week Four of 50k Training!

February 19-February 25

Annnnd just like that, it’s back up to 70 degrees this week. After an icy weekend, the weather has perked up a bit.

Monday: Day Off! Chicken Chickpea Masala (yummmm)
Tuesday: Low Country Boil (very similar to the recipe here – SO tasty)
Wednesday: Steak Salad using the cold brew marinade
Thursday: Thai Turkey with Carrot Noodles
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: TBD

Monday: DOR
Tuesday: 8 Miles + Hills
Wednesday: Shape Up + 5 miles speed work 3 miles speed work on TM
Thursday: 6 miles
Friday: Shape Up + 2 walking treadmill miles
Saturday: Week 3 Long Run (9 trail miles)
Sunday: 7 miles with my training group depending on mood


I went to a sports medicine doctor today because my left knee has been bothering me with low grade pain for about 2 years. Without a definitive answer, it is officially “runners knee” and I am off to try some Phyiscal Therapy next week! I report back to the doc in 6 weeks to see what’s up.  Wish me luck!


Food and Fitness Plan 2.12.18-2.18.18 + Week Three of 50k Training!

February 12-February 18

Frozen footsteps on a cinder trail
Frozen trail

What a week to be an all weather runner.  When we say all weather, we mean all weather which includes rain on top of a few inches of ice. I ran a 10k at the Rocks and Roots trail series on Sunday, then got my long run in this Monday over this treacherous terrain. No falls, but a lot of tension just trying to stay upright.

The weather has improved, so here’s hoping the week will look a little brighter!

Monday: Valentine’s Day Surf & Turf
Tuesday: TBD – Volunteering at a local food pantry where dinner is provided
Wednesday: Three bean chili (cutting recipe in half and not using turkey)
Thursday: Honey mustard chicken and sauteed collard greens
Friday: Out
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: Hot Honey Shrimp (never got around to this one last week and we still have all the ingredients! Recipe to follow (NYT Food is behind a paywall but did you know you may have access through your local library?!)

Monday: Week 2 Long Run (10 trail miles – on ice)
Tuesday: Rest Day
Wednesday: Shape Up + 4 miles speed work on TM
Thursday: 5 miles – hills in my neighborhood
Friday: Shape Up + 2 walking treadmill miles
Saturday: Week 3 Long Run (12 trail miles)
Sunday: 5-8 miles with my training group depending on mood

Recipe – Hot Honey Shrimp

1 tablespoon honey
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon grated lime zest
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 garlic clove,  finely minced
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 pound cleaned extra-large shrimp, patted very dry with paper towels
1 tablespoon very cold butter, cubed
Lime wedges, for serving
1 jalapeño, halved, seeded and very thinly sliced, for serving
1 tablespoon chives or scallion greens, finely chopped, for serving
Mayonnaise, for serving (optional)

1. Heat oven to 500 degrees.

2. In a medium bowl, combine honey, cayenne, lime zest, ginger, garlic, salt and pepper. Toss in shrimp to coat.

3. Spread shrimp on a large rimmed baking sheet and dot with butter. Roast until shrimp is pink and opaque, but before the edges have started to curl, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle generously with fresh lime juice and toss with jalapeños and chives or scallions. Serve with mayonnaise if you like.

Yield: 2 servings


Food and Fitness Plan 2.5.18-2.11.18 + Week Two of 50k Training!

February 5-February 11

Super Bowl Super Snacks

Running was very good this week! Made it to three gym workouts and got my runs done on time. With the Super Bowl last night, I can fully admit that my eating was not 100%. This is a new week with a new plan. (Also, the red lentil chili turned out great but the recipe made a boatload!)

Monday: Instant Pot Barbacoa Beef Tacos
Tuesday: Baked spaghetti and salad
Wednesday: BLTs and Roasted Broccoli 
Thursday: Out to dinner
Friday: TBD (might be going to the movies, might be going out!)
Saturday: Gumbo – visiting friends for a Samedi Gras celebration
Sunday: Hot Honey Shrimp

Monday: DOR
Tuesday: 5 miles – hills in my neighborhood
Wednesday: Shape Up + 4 miles speed work on TM
Thursday: 10 mile long run
Friday: Shape Up
Saturday: DOR – Work
Sunday: 6 miles (either a 10k race or run w/my group)


Food and Fitness Plan 1.29.18-2.4.18 + Week One of 50k Training!

January 29-February 4

New Year New Goals!

It’s officially a clean slate and a new week of training. I had to adjust my 2018 race schedule and cancel my 24 hour endurance race due to my work schedule. I am a little bummed because I had this niggling feeling in the back of my mind that I would go for a 50 mile run at O24, but it will have to wait until next year!

Here are the meals planned for the week ahead. Heavy on featuring Skinnytaste this week, Monday-Wednesday are all from the Cooking Fast & Slow cookbook –

Monday: Roasted Red Pepper & Orzo soup (added rotisserie chicken for extra protein)
Tuesday: Roasted Brussels Bowls with Spicy Sausage (served over brown rice – a huge hit!)
Wednesday: Chicken Taquitos
Thursday: Steak Salad
Friday: Happy Hour outing with friends (so many options for dinner!)
Saturday: TBD
Sunday: We are hosting my brother and his family for the Puppy Super Bowl! BF is making wings, and I am making Isa Chandra’s Red Lentil Chili for my niece (who is a vegan) and myself (because I rarely get to make dishes with sweet potatoes)

Monday: DOR
Tuesday: 5 miles with my B(est)R(unning)F(riend)
Wednesday: Shape Up + walking on TM
Thursday: 5 miles speed work on TM
Friday: Shape Up
Saturday: 8 miles
Sunday: 6 miles


2018 Race Calendar

Looking forward to a year of fun races with a mixture of trail and road races. With special registration deals and deferred lotteries, my race calendar is looking pretty substantial already. Here is what I have on the books for 2018:

January – Rocks and Roots 40k

February – Rocks and Roots 10k

March – Seamus O’Possum 30k

April – Pacing @ Umstead 100 miler. Athens Half Marathon

May – O24 24-hour endurance race. Playin’ Possum 50k.

October – Chicago Marathon!

December* – Huff 50k

After my January race (this Sunday) I am planning on taking a little bit of time off to relax, then I am going to write up a 50 mile training plan schedule for my May race. The O24 course is a one mile loop with aid at the start/finish. There will be camping at the race, and a lot of great company. My BRF (best running friend) will be there as crew/pacer for a lot of us – we paced her last year and now she is helping all of us out! There will also be a lot of other local ultra-running friends that I have been getting to know over the past few years who are planning to be there too. I am also dragging my boyfriend along and I hope he enjoys it as much as I do!

*This is a big MAYBE race. If I’m feeling up for it post-Chicago, this will be my big end of season race!


2017 Year in Running Review

2017 – The Year of BIG DECISIONS.

This year was a challenge, in some of the best and worst ways.

The biggest thing about 2017 was that it involved a lot of BIG decisions and major life changes. We found and bought a house, and I started a new job. As in, we signed all the paperwork in the morning, and I got a job offer in the afternoon. Those kinds of decisions are challenging but have ultimately been so rewarding! With those sorts of changes, our travel schedule was a little altered this year. We managed a couple trips to Chicago (my BFF got married!), a weekend of camping and watching movies, and an excellent time decorating for Halloween and Christmas in our new home. 2018 shall be The Year of Entertaining at Home! Come visit, ’cause we’re saving our money and getting the house in tip top shape.

Of course 2017 was full of running too!  A 50k finish (!!!!), 2 marathons and a good mix of road and trail trainings. I also started a strength/cardio circuit class that I have been almost regularly attending twice a week all year.

Miles run in 2017 to date: 1088!

Races run in 2017: 12 – I think?

January – Rocks and Roots Trail Series 20k

January 2017 Rocks and Roots – Everything froze.

January – Brokeman’s Running Co. Winter Warm Up Half Marathon

I took no photos at this event but found a stranger’s photo of me picking up my packet…

February – Rocks and Roots Trail Series 30k

Rocks and Roots Mudfest 2017

March – Seamus O’Possum 30k

Possum Up!

April – Athens Marathon

My worst race of the year.

May – Playin’ Possum 50k (!!!)

All the emotions of finishing a 50k!

June – Gary Smith Worthington Classic

Librarians Who Run! (that’s what the shirt says and why I run this race!)

September – Squatch Trail 10k

I fell down hard at this one. Here’s my bruise.

September – Yo Momma’s Old School Trail 25k

I loved this race!

October – Columbus Marathon

Another really tough race. Road marathons are my new goal to tackle.

November – Hot Chocolate 15k

Not bad, Hot Chocolate.

November – Salt Fork Trail Challenge 10 miler

Another favorite of the year

That’s it for all the races I paid to run this year! Some great ones, some tough ones. I am happy with the mix of trail and road races, with the early part and the later part of the year being mostly dedicated to trails and trail training. Rocks and Roots 2017 was still cold cold cold, so cold all my water froze in to slushies. But there were no tears this year, and also no unexpected snow storms!

February warmed up for Rocks and Roots. Enough to turn the course in to a sloppy disgusting mud pit. Every step of that race was a challenge in staying upright and moving forward. Seamus O’Possum 30k was a lot of fun, it’s one of the first trail races I’ve ever done where I was running completely on my own. I knew some volunteers but none of my usual running buddies were there. The 30k felt like a great distance to me, and was a good preview of the later 50k course. April brought me to the Athens (Ohio) Marathon. I thought I was pacing myself well, but something went off the rails at that race. I was slow and sluggish, and started feeling nauseous around mile 20. Things just didn’t feel right that day at all.

I did get to finish my first 50k! I put the frustration of the Huff behind me, and enjoyed the excellent course and company for the Playin’ Possum 50k race. This race is put on by such a great group of people and it benefits the Special Olympics of Delaware County. Knowing that your race dollars go to a great cause makes all the pain and suffering worthwhile.

In June, I ran the Gary Smith Worthington Classic, and this year was especially meaningful because it was my final run as a librarian in Worthington. Things on my race schedule really slowed down as we moved in to the house and I started my new job in July.

September had two trail races that were so much fun I almost questioned why I was running another dang road marathon. But the Columbus Marathon is a special privilege and even when it’s hot and humid and it hurts, the Children’s Hospital patients make this another rewarding race experience.


Aside from my own races, I also had the excellent experience of pacing at crewing at a 24 hour endurance race this year.

 My BRF (best running friend) had a rough start to 2017 and was coming off of a few injuries. I really missed running with her and was so happy to share the experience of O24 (Outrun-24) with her. She was going for a distance PR of 100k and dammit we got her there. I loved the course so much that I’m going back to try my hand at it in 2018. I don’t think I have 64 miles in me, but my two goals are to 1. Run more than a 50k and 2. Have Fun. There is a great group of runners (many seasoned O-24 runners) attending this year, and I will have my boyfriend along for the ride. He will get to camp and meet a lot of my running buddies. I hope he enjoys it!

Additional races/goals for 2018: Rocks and Roots 40k in January, 10k in February, Seamus O’Possum in March, possibly Playin’ Possum in May, and the Chicago Marathon in October.

Hope you all have a happy and healthy 2018. Keep on runnin’.2017 Year in Running Review