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Busy, Busy, Busy.

SO. I’ve been pretty busy as of late.  Winter break was fun but I guess life is called “life” for a reason, right; time to go back to studying non-stop. Hah!

So why don’ I just do a recap of this entire week?

Monday I had a GREAT workout in my Newtons.  It was a 6×3 minute, with a 20 minute warm-up and 20 minute-cool down. roughly 9.5 Miles or so?

I also received an entire loaf of PANERA WHOLE GRAIN bread from a good friend! (Isn’t it gorgeous?)  It’s so so good toasted with some peanut butter or just used as sandwich bread.  You can even make it into cinnamon french toast!

Tuesday was an easy 60 with 4 strides at the end.  It was -16 Degrees Out. Brrr.  This meant two pairs of socks, two pairs of gloves, a face mask, and uhh…how many layers was I wearing?

Wednesday I had a two-a-day.  The morning run was negative temperatures outside but still managed to squeeze in around 5.5 Miles.  The afternoon run was a little more relaxed, did about 4.5 or 5 miles there and 4×100 strides.

Thursday I could NOT run outside.  The windchill brought the temperature down to -40 degrees for most of the day so I did a modified hill workout on the treadmill 🙂 this was about 70 minutes total, average 7:30/mi pace.

Recovered with my Homemade Banana-Chocolate Vivanno

1 banana, 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 scoop chocolate whey, 1 c. skim milk, 1 tsp. instant coffee granules (and opt: 1/2 tsp. cinnamon)

Today (Friday), same deal as yesterday.  Windchill of -40 (how long is this going to go on???).  SO I did about 4.5 miles on the treadmill, 7:45/mi pace with 4×100 strides at the end.

And a few random other food pics from the week….

I’ll try to post a little more often, but if you don’t hear from me for a while, I’m probably somewhere under a pile of books!



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Newton’s = LOVE.

The Newton’s (see previous post) are WONDERFUL.

I did my first run in them yesterday, an easy 4, and I felt like this was how I was supposed to run my entire life!  And then I finished it up with 100 strides and man, my legs have never had such a fast turnover. ever.  Today it was very snowy, we got around 5″ so I decided to take back out my Nimbus X’s and not risk ruining the new Newton’s.  Even running in the X’s on the long run, I emphasized a mid-foot strike and it seemed to come more natural after a while.

RUN: 10.5 miles, conversational pace.

EAT: Went back to Starbuck’s for my Saturday ritual of a Vivanno with Espresso Shot.  Then I browsed by Jamba and noticed…

STEEL-CUT OATMEAL??? WHAT???  Yeah, this stuff trumps whatever “perfect” instant oatmeal that Starbuck’s offers.  That’s right, straight up Steel-cut Oats with Blueberries, Blackberries, and a Brown Sugar Crumble from Jamba Juice <– That is where it’s AT.

Today, a perfect snowy Saturday is also a joyous occasion to bake.

Banana Bread, anyone?

Here’s what I did (adapted from allrecipes.com):


  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons apple sauce
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 very ripe bananas, mashed
  • 16 ounce plain yogurt (or low fat sour cream)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 C. Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.  Grease pans. In a small bowl, stir together 1/4 cup white sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Dust pans lightly with cinnamon and sugar mixture.
  • In a large bowl, mix applesauce and 3 cups sugar. Mix in eggs, mashed bananas, yogurt, vanilla and cinnamon. Mix in salt, baking soda and flour. Stir in nuts. Divide into prepared pans.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Very moist, as you can tell!  I added diced bananas on top before baking for an extra flair…you can add chocolate chips or whatever into this recipe if you want to.


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Ringin’ into ’09, what are your new year resolutions?  I have a  few I can think of right off the top of my head…

1) Continue getting stronger, faster, better.

2) Fuel my body properly

3) Balance academics and athletics

4) Spend more time with the family

5) Get Organized

…Among many others.

Anyways, this past day has been crazy.  This morning,


Was with a bunch of good friends.  We went a very conversational pace for around 7 miles and called it a day.  What a great way to catch up, huh?


Ohh man do I have a lot for you guys today.

After the run, I had a good ol’ cup of Hot Chocolate made with Skim.

Then I had a High Fiber Whole Wheat Tortilla with SB PEANUT BUTTER and bananas, warmed in the Microwave. (Yummm)

Went out shopping a little for New Year’s Eve clothes.  Ended up spending around $42 for a top and something to go over it.  Came home at around 2-ish to make lunch which was, in all honesty, the same thing I’ve been having for the past three days which is a Ham & Swiss on Rye.  (No point in taking a picture of that!)

Throughout the afternoon I snacked on Baby carrots with homemade hummus,

And some mixed nuts,

Another cup of Hot Chocolate, and a large Red Delicious Apple!  This was all during my BAKING BONANZA.  Made three different types of cookies, as you can see…

1) Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies

2) Chewy coconut cookies dipped in Semi-sweet Chocolate

3) Chocolate Frosted Sugar cookies with Crushed candy cane

DINNER was this:

A Tuna melt on Rye, along with my own vegetable stir-fry!  A few handfuls of dry Kashi Heart-to-heart came soon after.

After this, danced it up a little at a New Year’s eve party:  There I snacked on some almonds, M&M’s and sipped on some good ol’ H2O.

When I got home, tired and kind of hungry, there was chocolate chip cheesecake, and ice cream pretty much calling out to me.

So I thought- Heck, why not! It’s New Year’s Eve!  So watching the Big Apple Drop, I had another warm PB-Banana Tortilla, had some 2% Cottage Cheese with more SB Peanut Butter, and had a large slice of Chocolate Chip cheesecake along with a big ol’ scoop of Butter Pecan Ice Cream!  “Stop eating sweets” isn’t one of my New Year’s resolutions now, is it? 😉
PICTURES of the Chocolate Chip cheesecake in all of its glory are to come!

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