What’s for Dinner? {Week of March 19}

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It’s Sunday so it’s time to figure out what’s for dinner.

But first, let’s chat a bit.

I hope you are having a great weekend.  Despite still having a ton of snow on the ground from last week’s blizzard, it’s been really nice so far. Having blue skies and sunshine makes all the difference.  You know it’s late in the season because the sun feels so much warmer.  I thought about snowshoeing but then changed my mind. It’s funny how it doesn’t even interest me now.  I’m sooooo over winter!

Friday night we went out to dinner for my birthday.  It’s been forever since I had lobster so I went with the Maine Lobster Gratin and roasted veggies.  SO good with big chunks of lobster meat.  I’m not the biggest fan of lobster by itself but when it’s mixed in with something, it’s all good.

What’s for dinner this week?

Sunday: Salmon + Massaged Kale Salad

Monday: Pick your choice of eggs + veggies

Tuesday: Roasted Cauliflower Shells and Cheese

Wednesday: Crockpot Roasted Chicken over Pesto Zoodles

Thursday: Honey BBQ Baked Salmon Bowls

Friday: Pizza night

Saturday: Leftovers/wing it!

What’s for dinner at your house this week?


High Five Friday

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I’ve got the quadruple whammy of good news today.

It’s Friday. Yay!

I ran 3 miles pain free yesterday. Yay!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day. Yay!

It’s my birthday. Yay!

I’m kicking off my 39th year on a good note. That definitely deserves a High Five Friday!

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1 ) Snowstorm running.  It’s funny that I had absolutely no desire to do run in the blizzard that dumped on us this week. I am SO over all things winter.

2 ) Waffles for breakfast. Easy like Sunday morning.

3 ) Daylight savings time – I love you in the evening, hate you in the morning.  It’s so freakin’ dark in the morning. I can’t wait till the long summer days of sunrise at 5 a.m. It makes the mornings so much more enjoyable.

4 ) New Saucony spring gear!  I’m absolutely loving the prints and colors.  Definitely puts me in a springy mood. And I think I need to order THESE crops.  So cute!

5 ) After seeing my PT Thursday morning, he gave me permission to test out a short run.  You know you have a PT that works with runners a lot because he quickly gave me a specific number to run.  He knows for distance runners, short could mean anywhere from 5-30 miles. Lol!

5 Things

1 ) Why You Should Never Date a Runner – This post is a couple years old but it is all still relevant.  You could easily change date to marry and still have the same situation.  When Ron and I first met, I wasn’t a runner.  I wonder if he still would have married me if he knew what was coming down the road.  I know he hangs on every word I say when I talk about running. Lol. For better or worse baby!

2 ) What Would Americans Rather Do Than Run a Marathon?Allie shared this post earlier in the week and I knew I had to share it as well. It blows my mind that people would rather watch C-span for 24 hours than run a marathon.  Or that you’d have to pay them over $200,000 to run 26.2 miles.  I’m guessing the respondents of the survey were not runners.  Lol!

3 ) 5 Steps to Becoming an Instagram Running Sensation – This post is so spot on!  I was doubled over laughing at every single point even though I’m completely guilty of it all.  Except #blessed or #soblessed.  Never used either of those and don’t plan on it anytime soon.  What about you – Are you guilty?

4 ) Life In A Day – I’ve had so many friends share this recently that I knew I had to watch it.  Even if you have zero plans on running an ultra, you will be motivated by these 4 women featured in this video.

5 ) Stop Freaking Out About Sugar – I’ve always like Alexis for her recipes but her recent shift towards honest posts make me like her even more.  If you only read one post from the 5 that I share today, make it this one.

“Scrolling through Facebook will have you believing you might as well smoke a cigarette before eating anything with high fructose corn syrup. Or better yet…a brownie made with GLUTEN (insert mortified emoji here). The fear mongering has reached another level of ridiculousness. Eating pretty much anything has become such an anomaly that we can barely listen to our own bodies anymore.”

What would you like to High 5 today?


Running Tidbits, Lessons Learned and Foot Drama

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Hey guys!

So the snowstorm yesterday was crazy.  So much snow. So much wind.  We hunkered down at home. Our power flickered a few times but thankfully, we didn’t loose it entirely.  

You know it’s a bad storm when the New Hampshire State Liquor Stores throughout the state shut down at 3 p.m. As commenters on Facebook were saying – Shit got real. Lol!

I’ve got a ton of running related tidbits floating around in my head right now so I thought I’d share them with you along with some other randomness.

As I mentioned on Monday, along with my foot drama, I’ve been having some shoe drama.  I’ve been running in the Saucony Guide for years.  Back in January it was time to get a new pair.  I wanted to stick with the Guide 9 rather than going up to the newest Guide 10.  In an attempt to be frugal, I bought a pair of Guide 9’s from Amazon.  

It was my usual shoe so it was going to be the exact same thing, right? 


From the moment I tried them on, I thought they felt completely different than my old pair.  They felt very stiff and rigid.  I thought maybe they needed to be broken in a little bit even though I know that running shoes should not feel like they need to be broken in.  I was still running in my old Guide’s and running in the new Guide’s for shorter runs here and there.  A few times I got a pain on the top of my foot like my shoe was tied too tight.  Basically, I hated the shoes and only ran in them maybe 5 times.


Two weeks ago, I wore those shoes for hill repeats.  That’s also the day that my foot/ankle pain started up.

When I went to my PT last week for new orthotics, Jen thought my (new) shoes were way too rigid for my foot.  There was hardly any bend in the forefoot.  She said I should definitely NOT run in them again.

Over the weekend I went to Runner’s Alley and got fitted for new shoes. I asked the sales guy what he thought about my (new) shoes.  Could there be that big of a difference between the two shoes even though they are the same style/make?  He said no BUT the big difference could be because my original shoe came from Saucony.  The newest shoe came from Amazon.  It could have been sitting in a warehouse for the past year or longer since it came out. Who knows what types of conditions it could have been in that could have possibly made the soles stiffen up.

I don’t know if that’s what happened but it seems plausible.

Lesson learned: Buy your running shoes from reputable websites and stores.

Yamuna Balls

Check out my balls!  My friend Nicole mentioned these balls to me recently.  In fact, she told me I needed to step on her balls sometime.  I couldn’t wait for her balls so I bought my own and am so glad I did.

FYI – I couldn’t help myself with all the ball references.  It was just too perfect. 😉

So the balls are accupressure for your feet.  When you first step on the balls, it’s not a pleasant feeling.  But then you feel things start to loosen up.  I like to stand on them when I’m making dinner or getting ready in the morning while blow drying my hair and putting on makeup. I feel like I’m in much better alignment once I step off of them.

yamuna balls

Homemade Strassburg Sock

Of course I have consulted Dr. Google numerous times since my foot started hurting.  Never a good idea but you can find some really interesting things.  With my mysterious foot pain, I have also had some Achilles pain in my right ankle.  The Strassburg Sock is recommended to wear at night for not only Achilles issues but Plantar Fasciitis.  I was curious to see if that would help me out but I didn’t want to fork over the money for one.  Again, I’m being frugal. And I wanted it right now, not two days from now.  Enter the homemade version of the Strassburg Sock.  Google, you are a blessing.  All you need is a pair of tall socks (I used a pair of snowboard socks).  You put one sock on normally.  You place the other sock half way over your foot and tuck the toe portion of it into the top of the other sock. Super simple! I have slept with it on for 3 nights so far.  I thought for sure it wouldn’t stay on all night but it doesn’t budge.  Funny enough, I have noticed a difference on how I feel walking downstairs in the morning.  I don’t need the death grip on the banister as I hobble down.

homemade strassburg sock

New Physical Therapist

Yesterday I had an eval with my new physical therapist.  He tested, poked around in my foot, ankle and calf, filmed me walking and running and still wasn’t really sure what’s going on with my foot.  The only time I had pain was when I ran on the treadmill.  Nothing else could reproduce it.  My Achilles doesn’t feel tight.  My calves aren’t that bad either.  I go back on Thursday where hopefully he’ll have more answers after reviewing my running film.

He told me to lay off running at least until Thursday.  In the mean time, I’ve been told to do whatever cardio I can do hard to keep my cardiovascular endurance up. I had planned on getting to the pool yesterday for some pool running but snowstorm Stella shut everything down. I really don’t want to go to the pool but I know it’s the next best thing to land running. Sigh.  The things we do for running.

Linking up with Wild Workout Wednesday and the Coaches’ Corner.

Have you ever had a huge difference in running shoes of the same make/model?

What sounds more fun to you – running on a treadmill or in a pool? Hands down it’s the treadmill for me.