Update Your Readers!!

Hellooooo SoS Readers!!!

I’ve changed hosts, so PLEASE update your readers. It’s the SAME address, but unless you resubscribe in your reader (or directly through the blog or RSS) you will no longer get updated posts after this!! You will think I fell off the face of the earth instead ;)

So update now! http://www.sideofsneakers.com

Feel free to spread the word if you feel so inclined!

March 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm 1 comment

Technical Difficulties

Well I’m still a little broken but at least I’m here!! Still working out some kinks, but hopefully I’ll get it figured out soon. Thanks for bearing with me. If anybody’s really good at website stuff let me know;)

I’m munching on a bagel thin with peanut butter, almond butter, and sunflower seeds while I try to figure this stuff out!

bagel bagel with peanut butter

(I know- no oats!!)

I’m so excited it’s Friday—which means I get to see my most favoritest person in the world tomorrow- my momma!!! :)

 

Ok back to work on this blog-nonsense ;)

Have a great Friday!!!!

March 26, 2010 at 8:32 am 1 comment

To Publish or Not…

Did anybody see last week’s Parks & Rec with the overly loud park security guy Carl? That was my life tonight.

To say the husband is a diehard WVU fan is an understatement. He HAD to see the game tonight, and when we found out it wasn’t going to be on our tv, he was on a mission to find it. Three restaurants later, we ended up at Cooper’s Ale House, which is quite the interesting weeknight scene. I’d say it’s full of “regulars”. By regulars I mean drunks. And by that I mean they thought they were our new best friends. It was an odd combination between pure entertainment and utter discomfort.

Anyway, the one guy that insisted on sitting at our dinner table YELLED REALLY LOUDLY every time he talked. Just like Carl.

I decided to distract myself with some nachos. Pretty much the exact inverse of my taco salad lunch. Reverse ratios of lettuce to tortilla chips :)

nacho chips nachos

This salsa was amazing! I ate most of it (minus the olives) but brought a little bit home along with some of the husband’s fries.

 

Well, I’m going to keep this short because I’m pretty sure I completely broke my blog earlier, and I have no idea whether this will even making it past publishing. Cross your fingers…..

March 25, 2010 at 10:29 pm Leave a comment

Taco (Salad) Thursday

I love salad but almost never eat it at home for 2 reasons:

1. I can’t find good looking lettuce

2. I’m too darn lazy to wash it and cut it up (and I don’t like most of those bagged ones that give you maybe half a bowl of salad.)

But luckily I thought ahead the other day and chopped & washed the whole head of lettuce for my taco salad!!

I already had the seasoned corn & black beans mixed in with the lettuce, so I just added some avocado, jalapenos, tortilla chips, salsa, and some Caesar dressing just for kicks.

taco salad

I wanted some Morningstar Farms Chik’n Nuggets on the side, and was so sad to see only 2 lonely nuggets in the bottom of the box. :(

chik'n nuggets

This salad really has me craving some real tacos…

taco salad lunch

I wasn’t quite filled up by that, so followed the salad up with a Quaker True Delights toasted coconut banana macadamia bar and some Jello Rice Pudding. This True Delights flavor is starting to grow on me….I sure wish they’d come up with a shorter name instead of listing all the ingredients. The rice pudding was…ok. Good for convenience, but kind of had a watery aftertaste.

snacks

(Hello somebody needs to wash her placemats….)

Well I’m glad I decided to take it easy and just go for a walk instead of run yesterday- not to be a baby, but my I woke up with my feet hurting 10x more than after running Sunday. Good thing I didn’t run! I think I’m going to stick with non impact activities the rest of the week, then start up a new training plan on Monday.

March 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm 5 comments

Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!

Today started off with a huge new container of chia seeds!! I mixed up some more pre-mixed oat combo, and then made some pumpkin-chia oats for breakfast.

chia seeds

oats

Oatmeal, cottage cheese, pumpkin, almond milk, chia seeds, pecans, and peanut butter!

pb & oats oatmeal

Along with a nice foamy mug of coffee.

coffee

Race Photos

Ok I promise this is the last time I mention the half marathon, but official race photos were just posted. They actually weren’t as bad as typical race photos haha…well maybe they were…

running

<—I’m in the background there

running half marathon

playing gazelle

<–What the heck am I doing in this picture?!? Maybe someone should tell me that you don’t have to literally prance over the finish line- it’s ok to step on it.

post race

March 25, 2010 at 6:07 am 17 comments

Croak Monsters

As I was getting dinner ready, the husband walked in and asked what was for dinner. I said “croque monsieurs”. He looked at me funny and said “croak monsters?” Oh jeez.

So I guess we had croak monsters and soup for dinner. It’d be a lot better story if it came from a 2 year old and not my husband.

To make the croque monsieurs, I heated up some milk on the stove, and stirred in some Smart Balance & spelt flour. Once it had warmed up, I mixed in some grated Fontina cheese. I kept whisking until it had made a nice, thick sauce.

While the sauce was heating up, I toasted some whole wheat bread, then topped it with brown mustard, provolone, and sliced avocados. I spread a little of the sauce on top of the cheese & avocado, then some more on top of the whole sandwich. Under the broiler for a few minutes and yummy, grown-up grilled cheese was served!

croque monsieur  

Mmm avocado grilled cheese sandwich- something I never thought would taste good a few years ago….

soup and sandwich

I also had some Campbell’s Light Mushroom Barley soup. It was just so-so.

 

Snack

I was extra hungry this afternoon, so I did some snacking: Oikos Caramel Greek Yogurt and Kashi Stoneground crackers.

greek yogurt

kashi crackers

I’m not gonna lie- the yogurt was expired. I ate it anyway. Oh well- I’m still alive ;) I figure yogurt’s cultured anyway…..

 

Recovery

I am just itching to run!! But since I said I was going to take recovery seriously, I didn’t run. Yet. I had to get outside for a bit after work since the sun was shining, so I went for a short walk around the neighborhood, followed by a quickened version of Yoga for Runners. (Meaning I just did some of the poses, I didn’t listen to the class…don’t tell anyone I cheated;))

 

If the sun is shining tomorrow though, I’m gonna have to get moving a little more ;)

 

Happy Wednesday!! Hope you have a great evening :)

March 24, 2010 at 9:35 pm 12 comments

Running Inspiration

Pizza time!!

Lunch was a conglomeration of leftovers. The last two slices of pizza, some lima beans, and the very few remaining veggies from my tropical rice dish.

lima beans pizza

Work is an insane madhouse today!! I keep looking longingly at the sunshine through the window…..

How’s this for inspiration?

No matter how much you love running (or other workout), we all have our days when we don’t want to do it, or think we can’t. Thinking I can’t gets in my way more than I’d like to admit.

I know there are a TON of inspirational running stories out there, but this one hit home more so than usual, because this guy was running in the same race I was….and he went twice as far. With a brain tumor.

Not even brain cancer could stop this marathoner

I’ll leave you with 3 of my favorite running quotes:

“Racing teaches us to challenge ourselves. It teaches us to push beyond where we thought we could go. It helps us to find out what we are made of. This is what we do. This is what it’s all about.”   -PattiSue Plumer, U.S. Olympian

“If you want to become the best runner you can be, start now. Don’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you can do it.”     -Priscilla Welch

“Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never give up.”  – Dean Karnazes

What inspires you to run?

March 24, 2010 at 12:07 pm 18 comments

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