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?

Sunday In Pictures

Sunday In Pictures Vol. 22

Hello friends! I hope you had a great weekend and the time change didn’t hit you too hard. I’m checking in after a relaxing Sunday. It’s a new week so I hope you are all ready to crush it. Also if you could send good vibes that the snow we may get Tuesday morning doesn’t come that would be amazing. Have a great day 🙂


Sunday mornings are for waffles.


I made a list and still managed to forget things at Target. I will never learn.

Cranbury Pizza - Margharita and Sausage

Alex suggested pizza for lunch and he didn’t have to twist my arm for that one.

Strawberry & Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Another batch of oatmeal muffins to have for breakfast this week.


More reading of My Cousin Rachel. Stephanie and my grandma both informed me that it’s a movie so now I’ll have to watch that.


Ham and potato soup plus leftover homemade bread (via the freezer) for dinner.

Fire 1

Ended the weekend by enjoying a fire and watching The Crown.

Question of the day: What’s the highlight from your weekend?

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?

Weekly Obsessions

Weekly Obsessions VII

Happy Friday! I’m happy to report that our cars are unstuck from the parking lot. I know that you were all waiting on the edge of your seats for that one 😉 I have a few things on the agenda for this weekend but I plan to have lots of down time to relax as well. For whatever reason, I woke up exhausted this morning. Considering the clocks spring ahead an hour this weekend, I hope to get back to my normal self. Have a great day!

Free Military Care Packages

Crown Royal Military Care Package

When I was on Facebook earlier this week, someone posted a link for sending a free bag to deployed service members. It seemed too good to be true but I clicked on the it anyways. Crown Royal is partnering with Packages From Home to send free bags to those overseas. You can follow the link and select four items to put in your care bag. The items are some of the most requested by service members overseas. Then add a personal message to be sent with it and viola! You can brighten up a service members day. I absolutely love this and hope you’ll take a few minutes to send a package to those protecting our freedom.

I did a little research on Packages From Home and love the organization! It’s a non profit started by a woman named Kathleen Lewis. She started sending care packages to her son who was deployed after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. He wrote back that the packages reminded him that someone was thinking about him while away but a lot of the people he knew weren’t getting anything. His mom had her friends “adopt” his troop to send packages and it has grown from there. Here is an excerpt form the website so you can learn a bit more: “The mission of Packages From Home is to send care and comfort packages to deployed American military heroes who are stationed in active duty theaters around the world, as well as to facilitate activities that elevate morale of all veterans.”

Raspberry Lemonade Drink Mix


I am constantly sipping on water. It’s rare that you’ll see me without my water bottle. Sometimes plain water gets boring though. This past week, I found these raspberry lemonade drink mixes tucked back in the cabinet. I pulled it out and have been enjoying it this week. I like it after dinner for a little something extra to sip on before bed. This brand is just the local grocery store brand but this one from Target looks like it will be making it’s way into my cart next time I’m there.

The Rambling Runner Podcast


Podcasts are something that I love to listen to. On Instagram, I have been seeing a lot of people I follow talk about The Rambling Runner podcast. I decided to download Elizabeth Jansen‘s episode to try it out. Elizabeth started running when her brother was unexpected killed in a rockslide. She’s currently trying to become a Boston Marathon qualifier and working towards a sub-3 hour marathon.

If her story doesn’t seem like something you would enjoy, I’m sure there is someone that Matt Chittim has interviewed that you would like to learn more about. He asks a bunch of questions to his guests and it’s really interesting to hear their answers. If you like running or just hearing how people work towards a goal then I highly recommend checking out this podcast.

No Power


This might seem like a weird thing to love but hear me out. Yes it was a pain to not be able to see anything as it got dark or to have heat for 7 hours when it was below freezing. It was fun though. For a while it was Alex and I just hanging out and talking with no distractions. Then one of our neighbors asked if we all wanted to play Cards Against Humanity which seemed like a nice way to spend an hour. Now I don’t want to lose power again because we honestly didn’t know how long it would be out (some New Jersey residents are still without power) but it was a forced disconnect that I think every can use every once in a while. Plus we ended up moving our mattress to in front of the fire we had going in order to have heat while we slept. If we had power that would not have happened and it was fun! A different way to spend the night but so enjoyable.

Question of the day: What’s one thing you’ve been obsessing with this week?