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Creative Cooking

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...or alternatively titled "The night I had no real food in my house and used everything in my pantry."

Last night, due to the recent massive and never-ending snowfall, my plan of grocery shopping for the week got derailed when I went out to my car and discovered the two foot snow drifts that surrounded it. Being sans shovel, I quickly retreated back indoors.
Dinner was comprised of a can of black beans, a can of corn, a mason jar of some tomato concoction that my mom gave me and half an onion. I figured it was pretty close to chili. I topped it off with plain yogurt, shredded cheese and crumbled saltines.

There may or may not have been wine involved. And some Bachelor watching. (I totally called who he sent home, by the way.)
This morning I warmed up for my run by digging my car out of it's spot, followed by 30 minutes on the stationary bike and then a little 4 mile run. This week will be my highest mileage week in nearly four months- a whopping 30 miles. I've been b…

2011 Races- The Tentative Schedule

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  Why is it that Minnesota always gets slammed with bad weather when I have off work? I have errands that I wanted to run today!  This picture doesn't even do it justice. I think we've gotten somewhere between 12 and 15 inches and it's still snowing!  I have yet to even venture outside, trying to delay the inevitable digging out process. Instead, I'm fantasizing about spring and being able to run sans snow!

4/16- Trail Mix 50K Relay: I'm running this as a training run with my dad, brother, and sister as TEAM FFF (Forced Family Fun). See Fargo Marathon for further information.

5/7- New Prague Half Marathon: I ran this last year and I thought it would be a good test of how much my fitness has improved. I’m hoping for a sub 1:35. (I ran a 1:42 last year.)

5/21-Fargo Marathon: TEAM FFF reunites for what is sure to be the most epic race. Brother Andrew (28, and actual sibling, not monk)  will be tackling his first 26.2. Juli (sister, 24) ran Fargo last year a…

Three years

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I wasn't there for Joel's birth so it was ironically appropriate that I wasn't there for his death. The day he died, February 15, 2008, I was traveling for work. For the following two anniversaries, I was living in North Carolina. This year, finally living back in MN, I am again traveling for work, down in San Antonio for the Running USA conference. Three years today without our sweet boy.


At times it feels like yesterday. I can still clearly picture his mannerisms, the way he smelled, his little Joel voice, the way he used to touch his eyelashes, his "scary" face, his laugh, still feel the weight of his body when I would hold him ... And then there are days where it feels like a different life.



I feel as though I've spent much of the past three years angry about losing him, for the suffering that he had to endure while he was here and why God wouldn't let me take his place. 

The problem with anger is that it's exhausting. It eventually subsi…

Another Day, Another Dollar

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On Sunday my company put on the Valentine's Day TC 5K. It's a 'fun run' (i.e. not chip timed) and it was part of my job to incorporate "fun" into the event. Since the race has a Valentine's theme, I ran with it (no pun intended). Runners were able to select back tags that showed their relationship status: Single, Taken, or the ever popular It's Complicated. We also had Cupid on-site to facilitate some match-making and instead of a water stop we made a Love Stop where we passed out cups of candy conversation hearts and runner-themed valentines.


Since the weather was "warm" here (30 degrees) compared to what it had been earlier in the week (-8 degrees) people came out in droves, including a few of my family members. My mom took my Joel picture that I usually run my marathons with a wore it during the 5K. It's the three year anniversary of his death tomorrow and we're all feeling it in very different ways. More on that later... …

The Dreaded Stairs

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I found this video the other day and loved it! After being confined inside on the treadmill for the past two months due to the snow, cold and fact that I'm a baby, I'm always looking for ways to take the dread out of the treadmill. What are some of the ways you add "fun" to your workouts?

Damn you, winter!

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It finally cracked me. After another hour+ commute home last night, I did this:



Where is Spring?