8 Miles: Run & Done


No dinner post last night + No breakfast post this morning = Catch up time! 


After work yesterday, Ryan, Sadie and I piled in my car to head to my parents’ house in St. Pete for Father’s Day weekend. 

We arrived a little before seven and immediately sat down to a seafood feast of crab legs, mussels and clams, with corn on the cob and asparagus on the side. 

Seafood Feast

(The two plates with a bit of food on them already are mine and my dad’s. We don’t like to wait!) 

Crab legs and shellfish are probably my favorite dinner of all time. 

My Plate (Round One)

I probably had ten times the amount of clams and mussels than you see pictured on my plate above. I also had another 1.5 crab legs. What can I say? Seafood is apparently my best friend. 

Baby We Were Born To Ruuuuun 

This morning, everyone (minus my sister) was up bright and early! 

Ryan’s dad came in town around 6:30 a.m. because Ryan, his dad and my dad had plans to to get out on the boat and spend the morning on the water scuba diving and spear fishing. By 7 a.m. they were off! 

Boys on the Boat

When the boys headed out, my mom headed to the gym and I leashed up Sadie to tackle an 8-mile run. 

Sadie and I may be insane. Who runs in 85-degree weather? This doggie-duo, apparently. 

Fortunately I had a rockin’ ’90s playlist to motivate me along the way. 

I started to really feel the heat around mile 5 and Sadie and I stopped for 30 seconds or so to stretch, sip some water and eat a Stretch Island fruit chew for a little extra fuel. 

Fruit Chew

I am really trying to incorporate some kind of carby fuel mid-way through my long runs as I train for the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll half marathon because I think a little somethin’ somethin’ will really help me feel energized as I tackle 13.1 miles. This fruit chew tasted great and had a decent amount of carbs and sugar to keep me going. 

The last two miles of our run were supa-hot! There was no shade for the final two miles which made me supa-sweaty! 

Fortunately there were quite a few things that made me smile throughout the run which took my mind off the heat: 

  1. Two rainbows
  2. A man that was somehow sweatier than me
  3. A sting ray in a canal
  4. A 10-year-old boy running who left me and Sadie in the dust
  5. My mom waving to us as she drove to the gym

Sadie also had a list that she wanted me to share: 

  1. Squirrel
  2. Squirrel
  3. Guy that looked like Ryan from a distance
  4. Lizard
  5. Squirrel

Here are our running stats: 

8-Mile Stats

When we arrived back at the house, my sister was awake and greeted us with a “Holy cow! I’ve never seen you so sweaty!” 

I immediately jumped in the pool which felt ah-maze-ing. Phew! 


Clearly my body was craving carbs because Stacy’s cinnamon sugar pita chips were calling to me. 

Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips

I probably had three servings. 

I also enjoyed a cup of Chobani raspberry yogurt with a cup of fresh blueberries. 

Raspberry Chobani


I inhaled this! My body wanted food! 


After breakfast we headed out to run some errands. I’ll be back in a bit with an update, but I wanna get out in the sun for a bit first! 

Hope you’re enjoying the weekend so far! 🙂

Comfort Food

I’m not one of those people who dread leftovers. I actually love them!

I think this stems from my childhood when one of my favorite breakfasts was leftover spaghetti… I’d even eat it cold.

What are your thoughts on leftovers? Love ’em? Hate ’em?

Today my lunch included a hunk o’ BBQ meatloaf from last night’s dinner with sauteed portobello mushrooms and carrot sticks.

Leftover Lunch

Comfort food to the max!

Comfort foods like mashed potatoes, pot roast and homemade chicken noodle soup make me smile. 😀 For me, meatloaf is one of those smile-inducing comfort foods. What are your favorite comfort foods?

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