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To run or not to run?

Well, this sinus infection is really kicking my butt. I was praying so hard that I would wake up this morning and feel like a new woman- nope, still sick.  Boo!

I have 12 miles scheduled for today.  So, the question is: to run or not to run?

Tomorrow my day is packed, so if I am going to to do it- I must do it today.

I think I am going to try- go slow, and see what happens.  I will run around my neighborhood and loop around my house to give myself an opportunity to bail if necessary.

When this beast is over, I am parking on the couch for the rest of the day.


I knew that I wanted pasta last night to gear up for my run.  I think that a Friday night pasta tradition sounds like a great idea during my marathon training 🙂

We need to go to the produce store- so our pantry and fridge were pretty sparse.  So, I decided to get creative.

I chopped up the last onion and green pepper….


I sauteed the onions and peppers and added 2 chicken breasts to the mix with a box of frozen spinach…


I felt like it still needed “something”, so I cut up canned whole tomatoes and added them to the mix…


I combined on jar of sauce with it, and, viola! A chicken primavera sauce. It was really good and a great way to use up all of the “end of the week” stuff in our pantry and fridge.


Beeker’s plate


Hopefully the pasta gave me the fuel I need for this run! Headed out the door now!

When you are sick- do you still work out?

What is your favorite kind of pasta?


11 {rainy} miles

 Well, the good news is that I did not melt.

11 miles- in the rain- DONE.


Thumbs up before I went out the door!

This was my first official “long run” for marathon training and it felt good.  Even though it was cold and rainy, it was a great run. My mom bought me these running clothes for my birthday.  At least I don’t have to worry about being unseen! 😉 I love this jacket- it is warm, but not hot, and has thumb holes so I can pull it down over my hands.

I ran around my neighborhood and finished in 1:41:00 exactly.  Feeling strong. However, I need to get out and experiment with different routes when my runs get longer. I cannot imagine running 20 miles around my neighborhood- I would die of boredom. 

Before I left I had my oatmeal with a cut up banana, apple, and 3 egg whites mixed it.  It did its job and kept me full during my run.

By the time I got back, I was SOAKING wet and FREEZING.  I took a long shower and then refueled with grilled chicken tacos, salad, and a banana.


All my lunches and dinners are looking the same this week!

I need to focus on proper refueling during this marathon.  This is so hard for me- I usually have a bad stomach after my long runs.  If I eat immediately after and chug water, I tend to feel better. I am still feeling so cold, so it is hard to drink all my water. Plus, I caved and just drank 2 huge cups of coffee-an idiot move since caffeine dehydrates. Help! I am addicted to coffee….

Relaxing now and gearing up to go help at the Youth Spaghetti Dinner tonight at church.  Hoping for a good turn out and that they can raise a lot of money for their mission trip to Belize this summer! 

Happy Saturday!

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