Books, Daily Happenings, Running

We Both Ran Today

Hi friends! I hope you’re checking in feeling a little more well rested today than yesterday. It’s currently snowing here in New Jersey but I’m hoping it stops soon. They’re claiming only about 3 inches so fingers crossed that’s all we get! Have a great day 🙂


When my alarm went off yesterday morning, I wanted to pretend I didn’t hear it and sleep the day away. Unfortunately a job doesn’t really lend itself to that. I dragged myself out of bed and got ready before breakfast. Not surprising, I had eggs and a muffin. Even though I was dragging, I didn’t make it to work more than 5 minutes late. I call that a win.


During my lunch break, I finished Daphne du Maurier’s My Cousin Rachel. The book was good. Towards the end it makes you think about what Rachel is really trying to accomplish with Philip (the narrator). Now I need to get my hands on a copy of the movie since I want to see how it all plays out on screen.


After work, I headed home to change and run. It was only 5 miles but 4 of it was speed so it felt hard during. Although the endorphins after were awesome. Alex got home from work while I was doing my circuits and got ready for a run. He’s using the app Couch to 5k to get into a more healthy lifestyle. So we both started the week with a good workout which is always nice.


Once I was showered and in pjs, I prepped some veggies for dinner. While broccoli and potatoes roasted, I made lunch for work and then got out the George Foreman to grill Italian sausage. By the time it was all done, I was ready to dig in! It all tasted really yummy.


While Alex cleaned up from dinner, I started on a new book. I forget what blog I first saw The Knockoff on but it seemed like a good break from my typical thrillers that I read. It’s the story of a magazine editor, Imogen Tate, who comes back to work and finds that a lot of the staff has been replaced with younger employees. With the internet and social media being used, Imogen has trouble finding her role in the magazine. I read for a while before heading to bed.

Question of the day: Do you and your SO workout together?

Daily Happenings, Running, Weekend

Long Runs And Cocktails

Hello! How was your Saturday? Mine was pretty good to be honest! I have nothing on the agenda for today aside from a Target run. Let’s be real though, the Target run will last me a solid hour at a minimum. I’m not complaining though. Have a great day 🙂


I got up and at em’ in the morning to crank out my long run. The run was a little intimidating to be honest. It was a 10 mile lactate threshold which is definitely the longest speed work I’ve done to date. After a 2 mile warm up, I had 2 x 5 minute at 8:45-8:55 pace (8:40, 8:39 actual pace), 3 x 3 minute at 8:30-8:45 pace (8:27, 8:29, 8:23 actual pace), 4 x 2 minute at 8-8:15 pace (7:55, 7:54, 8:04, 7:59 actual pace) and 6 x 1 minute sprints (7:06, 7:09, 7:40, 7:30, 8:02, 7:33 actual paces). I cooled down to 10 miles and my legs were dead after but I got my circuit training done. When I was inputting my times to the computer, I realized my average pace was a second faster than the pace I ran at my 10 race in October. That’s crazy to me!! I love seeing progress 🙂

Teddy's Grilled Cheese

Alex and I originally planned on grabbing breakfast sandwiches but the place was closed because of the storm earlier in the week 😦 Luckily his mom told us when we stopped by to drop off the shovels they loaned us to dig out our cars. We ended up going to our favorite diner. Even though it wasn’t lunch we both got grilled cheese. Post 10 mile run it was an amazing meal.


We got home and I took an epsom salt bath then showered before heading to the grocery store. It ended up being a quick trip which was perfectly okay with me. I read on the couch for a while before my stomach told me it was time to eat again. I quickly threw together a tortilla pizza and had it with celery and hummus. Alex and I watched an episode of The Office while I ate then I read the rest of the afternoon.


Alex’s parents invited us over for dinner so we headed there for a while. His dad made me a cosmopolitan which was a fun cocktail to sip on after an active day. We had tacos for dinner which were delicious! When we got home, I sipped on a beer while reading more of My Cousin Rachel.

Question of the day: What was Saturday’s workout?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

An Easy Run And An Easy Dinner

Happy Saturday! What are you up to today? I was going to meet a friend for lunch but we had to reschedule. Now I have an open agenda and I don’t know what to do with myself haha. I’m sure I’ll find something fun to do though. Have a great day 🙂


Friday started off on an exhausted note. I have no idea why either! Maybe the shock of no power, a camp out in front of the fire, stuck car, last minute work from home and then a run in the snow caught up to me. That’s just a normal winter day in New Jersey though right 😉 Luckily I was ready to go by the time I was cooking breakfast. I had some scrambled eggs and an oatmeal muffin.


During lunch, I kept reading my next book. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier is a pretty old book and was published in 1951. I thought my grandma told me to read it so I grabbed it from the library. It’s about Philip Ashely whose cousin Ambrose dies a little under 2 years after marrying Rebecca. Philip thinks Rebecca had something to do with his death and now she is at his estate in England. It seems like it’s going to be a tale of deciphering the truth.

Foam Roller

After work, a 5 mile easy run was on the agenda. It was nice and easy miles which was fine by me. Granted there’s snow on the ground and occasionally some wind but there’s been less people out recently. Due to that, the past few days have been really peaceful for runs. When I was about half a mile from the apartment, I saw Alex out! He’s currently doing the Couch to 5k app so we both got a run in today. Afterwards, I was really generous with all of my stretching and foam rolling.


Once I was showered and ready to go, I worked on dinner. Contrary to what I thought, chopping broccoli into small pieces for pasta is kind of a pain. But I wanted some sort of veggie with our meal so I can only blame myself. I cooked up some ground turkey while the pasta boiled. With about 3 minutes left on the pasta, I added the broccoli to cook. Topped with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese for a really simple and easy dinner.

Alex and I have a “rule” that whoever cooks doesn’t clean so I sat on the couch while he scrubbed all the dishes. If you don’t have this rule in your house you totally should. It’s so nice!! I read more while Alex got a fire going.

Question of the day: What was for dinner last night?


Rutgers Unite Half Marathon Training Update

Happy hump day! I hope you are all having a great week so far. Today we’re supposed to get 8-12 inches of snow… I called another snow storm happening when February was way to warm for normal so I shouldn’t be so surprised. Fingers crossed it doesn’t stick around long and bring a lot of ice. I hope the weather isn’t as bad near you! Have a great day 🙂

Today I wanted to check in on my half marathon training. The Rutgers Unite Half Marathon is now 39 days away. It’ll be here before I know it though! I’m really excited for it and think I’ll be able to accomplish my time goal. I actually have amended my time goal to be faster with how my speed workouts are going and think it’ll be in the low 1:50s.

My current schedule has me running 5 days a week. Typically that’s two speed workouts, two recovery runs and a long run. On average I’m running around 30 miles each week and it works for me. Mondays and Thursdays are typically 7 miles with speed in it. Tuesday and Fridays are recovery runs that are about 4 miles. Sometimes those days are 5 and some are 3 but it’s been 4 for a while. Saturdays have been either 8 or 10 miles. This isn’t always the case but it’s been that way for a few weeks now.


Recently, I started adding in strength training after my runs. I was going some workout videos for a while and they were good. The only complaint I had was that I had no idea what the moves were so I was learning as the instructor was showing them and if I needed to modify for whatever reason it would take up half the time by the time I got the move down. Plus I had to spend the time setting up Chromecast then queuing all the videos on Youtube.

It took too much time. I wanted something faster and easier with less thought required. So I broke out my copy of bikini body guide from Kayla Itsines. I bought this 2.5 years ago and followed it hardcore for a few weeks. Then I got bored and stopped. I figured I would break it out and try it again. Now I’m not following the program exactly by any means for a few reasons which I can write another post about if that’s of interest. It’s week two of doing this and so far it’s working how I want so I’m happy with it.


This is what last week of training looked like for me:

Monday: 1 mile warm up, 2 miles lactate threshold (8:25, 8:34), 1 mile recovery jog, 2 mile lactate threshold (8:13, 8:07) and 1 mile cool down followed by a leg circuit for 15 minutes.

Tuesday: 5 mile recovery run at 10:17 average pace. Arms and core circuit for 15 minutes

Wednesday: Rest day but stretched and foam rolled

Thursday: 1 mile warm up, 5 mile tempo pace (8:28, 8:27, 8:17, 8:12, 8:15), 1 mile cool down plus a 15 minute leg circuit

Friday: Supposed to be 4 recovery miles but the nor’easter made it unsafe to run so I just did an arms and core circuit for 15 minutes.

Saturday: 2 mile warm up, 1 mile 8:50-9 minute pace, 1 mile hard effort (ideally 8:10-8:20), 1 mile 8:50-9 pace, 1 mile hard effort, 2 mile cool down. The middle four miles had paces of 8:54, 8:32, 8:53, and 8:35. So a little slower than intended but it happens and that’s okay! When I got home, I got in 15 minute of full body work.

Sunday: Rest day.

So that’s a little peak into what the past few weeks have been like for me! I’m really excited for the half to be here. With training in the winter, I’ve been able to trained in snow, wind, rain and 60 degrees so in terms of weather I think I’ll be pretty prepared for race day with that. In a week and a half I’ll have my longest run (12 miles) before race day and I can’t wait to tackle a new distance. Now there’s a few more weeks of hard training before tapering and then race day!

Question of the day: How’s your training going?

Books, Daily Happenings, Running

Mondays Are For Speed Workouts

Hello! How was your Monday? Mine was pretty good. I got in a nice run and then relaxed the rest of the night. Now I’m soaking up the last bit of sun we’ll have since we’re supposed to get hit with another nor’easter. This time they are calling for 8-12 inches… I knew the nice February weather was too good to be true! Instead of dreading the weather, let’s go back to yesterday when snow wasn’t on my radar. Have a great day 🙂


Staying up later than normal to watch part of the Oscar’s came back to bite me in the butt Monday morning. I was a little sluggish getting out of bed. Luckily hopping in the shower really woke me up before I got ready. Breakfast was some scrambled eggs and an oatmeal muffin. Am I the only one who eats the same thing for breakfast months on end? I kind of hope not. It’s just so easy to get into a morning routine with this!


At work, I was excited when I looked at the clock and saw it was 11:45. So close to when I take my lunch which meant I was close to my reading time. Come Sundown has me hooked. I enjoy that it’s mostly told in the present day but there are flashbacks to the 90s with one of the characters who was abducted. I’m dying to see what happens in it!


Once work was over, I threw on my running clothes and headed out to run. The workout was a lactate threshold with 8 x 1km repeats. Aside from accidentally lapping my watch halfway through on of the repeats, it was a great workout! There was wind so part of each interval was into the wind. It was resistance training and cardio in one. Total for the day with warm up and cool down was 7 miles plus a quick circuit when I got home.

Roasted Potatoes

Alex was at a work event in northern New Jersey so it was just me for dinner. I roasted two potatoes (I was hungry!) while I got everything ready for my day. Once the potatoes were done I topped it with lots of nutritional yeast, ketchup and hot sauce. I really liked the cheesy flavor from the yeast and will be adding it from now on. While I ate, I finished Chicken Little because that’s what us mature 22 year olds do with our time.

After dinner, I got comfy on the couch and typed this post up. Then I grabbed my book to read more. Let’s keep this between us but I fell asleep for a few minutes before Alex got home 😉 Once he was home, and we turned on an episode of The Office before heading to bed.

Question of the day: What’s a good movie or show to watch on nights when it’s just me? I’m in the market for a good one!