Brrr!!! It was cold here today!!

Mid-50s, cloudy, rainy, and windy. . . . .I’ll take my sun, 80s, and warm weather instead!

I had to pull out the long-sleeve turtle-neck top this morning for my run.


I did wear shorts though. 😕


Prior to heading out, I had 3 Clif Shot Bloks. I don’t like eating a full breakfast, but I wanted something to hold me over for the run.


I knocked off 9 miles this morning in 1:17.

It was a good run. I feel like I have been recovering quite well from the marathon.

I also chose on of my favorite routes to run this morning, so the familiarity was a welcomed sight. As much as I love new routes, times goes by a lot faster when it is a familiar route.



It feels good to be back to eating my own food again! (Although it was nice not to have to prepare my food.)


Last night I cooked up a batch of steel-cut oatmeal.

If you remember, I had a bowl of old-fashioned oats before leaving for Minnesota but had to practically choke them down because frankly, I’m tired of old-fahioned oats. I wrote that I was going to make some steel-cut oatmeal when I got back, and I am a woman of my word!


I am amazed how different each type of oatmeal can taste: old-fashioned vs. steel-cut vs. Scottish oats. One would think they would more-or-less taste the same, but I don’t find that to be the case as all. I am glad because I love oats for breakfast!

I know many people don’t like preparing steel-cut oatmeal because it takes too much time, but I often make a large batch on the weekends and then reheat it throughout the week. Trust me, the taste is not compromised.

Peanut Butter & Jelly Steel-cut Oatmeal

steel-cut oatmeal + milk + cinnamon + brown sugar

toppings: Trader Joe’s Almond Butter with Roasted Flaxseeds + raspberry jam + sliced banana + chia seeds


So glad you are back in my life–one of my favorite almond butters out there.


This is a more expensive brand of jam but totally worth it in my opinion.


After breakfast, I spent a lot of time stretching and using The Stick to massage my muscles.

I did not bring this guy along to Minnesota, and boy was he missed. I don’t know why I didn’t bring it along because it could have easily fit in my suitcase seeing I have the travel size.



Lunch was also a winner!

I have a hard time eating just a salad for lunch. My true love if for sandwiches.


This sandwich was amazing all around: Great Harvest High 5 Fiber bread, ham, provolone cheese, tomatoes, green pepper, spinach, and avocado!

So good!


And a side salad to increase my vegetable intake.

mixed greens + nectarine + sunflower seeds + Trader Joe’s Goddess dressing


For many months I held off buying dressing. I had good intentions of making my own and just try to use a simple olive oil and balsamic dressing. But I rarely made my own, and I quickly got tired of olive oil and balsamic, which then meant I was eating less salads. Not a good thing.

So, when I went to Trader Joe’s, I picked up this bottle of dressing.

I now know why it is a “best seller.” It is delicious!



More Running

Today was a “two-a-day” for running.

This afternoon I busted out 3 more miles in 24 minutes for a total of 12 miles today!

I wore my new Saucony Ride 4 shoes!



I wasn’t able to watch The Bachelorette last night because our antenna couldn’t pick up a good signal, so that’s next on the agenda!

Good night!


8 responses to “Two-A-Day

  1. I am going to have to try steel cut as well. Normally, we just have bagels because they’re easy and the BF can wait til he gets to his desk to eat it, but I think I need a break, majorly. Go you with your two runs! I feel like a dork only squeaking out 2.6 the other day!

  2. Great day of running! Glad to hear that you are recovering nicely from the marathon!

    We buy that same jam. SO good!

    Glad you had a fun & safe trip!!

  3. Your almond butter piques my interest, does it have sugar in it?

    As well as THE STICK, I use a foam roller, but when you mentioned it would easily have fit in your suitcase, you had me. Tell me about it as well, if you don’t mind.

    Thanks and welcome home.

    • No, the almond butter does not have sugar in it.

      I use my Stick to massage my muscles. Its diameter is a lot smaller than the foam roller, so it is easier to pack into a suitcase and transport. You should check out their website.

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