Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.

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20 Miles

I ran 20 miles today. This is something I never thought I would be able to do. The human body amazes me. With proper training, nutrition, and a whole lot of patience and determination, you can run a long distance. Ultramarathoners cover 50 miles at a time. I will never become that crazy, but it’s still an amazing feat.

I suppose it’s also amazing that the human body can do this too.

On your toes



Side note: I need to do more ballet again. Post-marathon I hope this will happen.

I woke up at 6 to give myself time to a) wake up b) eat something, and c) use the bathroom at least twice. Runners, you know what I’m talking about!

My pre-run fuel was a piece of wheat bread with plenty of peanut butter.

Pre run snack

I left around 7 to meet my dad at 15th street on the boardwalk in Newport Beach by 7:30. He had gotten there an hour before to get 6 miles in before meeting me – he had 26 miles planned for the day! He had to have such an early start because I needed to be home by noon to get ready for a 2 pm hair appointment. He said it was all good training though because these races start early. So true.

We definitely took some walk breaks and paced ourselves pretty slow in general. He actually has been going a little slower than I generally have, but it was good for me to do that. When we were done, my knee wasn’t nearly as stiff as it had been last time. We kept just under a 10 minute mile when running. I had a Clif shot gel at miles 8 and 15, and drank a Gatorade/water mix that became less Gatorade and more water as the run went on.

We started at 15th street and ran to the wedge where I had taken this picture last week.


Today was much more foggy and I didn’t a picture. You could hardly see the water.

From there we went back down the boardwalk and all the way to the Santa Ana River Basin. We crossed the bridge and knew that we had to go until my Garmin said 12.7 and then we would turn back. Here was the view in Huntington Beach at mile 12.7.

12.7 mile view

Daddy eating Gu, not getting tired at all. ūüôā

Daddy at 12.7

Me at mile 12.7, also not getting tired at all.

Me at 12.7

Not sure what’s going on with the red skin. ¬†Or my half-closed right eye.

We kept running, or as Daddy called it, trotting, stopping to walk when necessary. Eventually we made it back to the Santa Ana River Basin and were officially back in Newport Beach. The entire way back was much easier mentally because we were going toward the cars rather than away from them. The Garmin beeped 20 miles a couple of blocks ahead of where we thought it would, and we walked back to the cars. Daddy still wanted to cover about a mile more because he hadn’t quite done the full 6 before meeting up with me. I thought he was crazy, but I also totally understand wanting to finish what you set out to do.

When we hit 20.

20 miles done


I got home, foam rolled, and drank a protein shake made with chocolate protein powder and chocolate coconut milk. ‘Twas delicious. I didn’t snap a photo. Oops.

After my shower, lunch was a banana and overnight oats. With well-deserved milk and Hershey’s iced coffee.

Post run food

I’m SO proud of myself for this run. I was nervous, and it was tiring, but I did it. Running it with my daddy helped immensely. Perhaps we can do it again before the race. My longest run before the marathon will be 22 miles, but it won’t be for a few weeks. I’m running the Surf City Half next Sunday, and I plan to treat it like a training run and either take walk breaks or just run it nice and slow. No PR goals for this one.

And now it’s time for a relaxing evening at home. Chipotle and Yogurtland are on the menu tonight!

Oh, and here’s a picture of Oakley trying to steal more hair elastics. I moved the basket of them from the counter to under the sink so she wouldn’t get them, but she promptly figured out where they were and now every time I open the cupboard for something she comes looking.

Kitty thief

What did you do today? Run? Something else? Rest? Share with me!


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The First Day of 2013

Today was certainly a relaxing day. Almost too relaxing. And yes, there is such a thing.

I started off the day and the new year with a 4.5 mile run. I felt pretty fatigued at the beginning, but during the second half I managed to pick up the pace and finished in about 38 minutes.

Breakfast was peanut butter chocolate oatmeal with ground flaxseed and a pear on the side. Coffee was part of breakfast, naturally.


The rest of the day was spent reading books and blogs (I’m reading Fifty Shades of Grey right now…finally decided to see what all the fuss was about) and watching the Rose Parade. I had the Rose Bowl on afterward so we could feel like real Americans even though we don’t care about football. At all. Sorry.

Mat played Xbox too.

And by played Xbox I mean totally geeked out. ūüėÄ

Eventually it was dinner time, and we reheated some of last night’s cheese fondue. It doesn’t work quite as well the second time.

Dinner was salad and leftover spaghetti soup, except it wasn’t really soup anymore. It looked weird, but it still tasted good!

And with that, it’s time to sit around some more and watch The Lorax. We haven’t seen it and Mat got it for me for Christmas. Bonus: it’s only an hour and a half long which is good for Mat having to work early tomorrow morning.

Happy first day of 2013!

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OMG Overnight Oats

For breakfast this morning, I had my beloved overnight oats in a jar. This time, I did it the proper way with an almost empty jar of peanut butter. I used the last of the white chocolate peanut butter that came in my foodie penpal box last month.

I put 1/2 cup of oats, chocolate chips, 1 tbsp ground flaxseed, and milk in the jar last night. It was delicious!


In other news, prop 30 passed and prop 32 went down. I can’t even express how thankful I am for that. I now don’t have to be (quite as) scared about losing my job or getting a pay cut. HUGE RELIEF!

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Comfort Food!

A week or two ago we had eggs and pumpkin oatmeal for dinner. ¬†It was one of those random, on a whim dinners that’s oh so good.

Since it was raining today and FINALLY felt like fall here in SoCal (even though it’s supposed to be in the high 80s again on Sunday, on my birthday for goodness’ sake!), I was craving something homey and comforting. ¬†I instantly thought of fall oatmeal and eggs. ¬†I texted Mat my suggestion earlier today, and he wholeheartedly agreed.

It’s one of those nights where you have to make something random. ¬†Tomorrow Mat will bring food from somewhere to the Homecoming game, Saturday we’re going to Kelly’s wedding, and Sunday Mat is making me yummy birthday dinner (and dessert!). ¬†Tonight’s dinner also needed to be easy because I was at ballet until 8:30 and Mat was on his own. ¬†Not that he can’t make complicated things, because it’s been proved multiple times over that he can, but it’s just easier on a Thursday night when you’re eating later to make something simple and that doesn’t require thought.

So easy and comforting it was.

Eggs with plenty of ketchup and a bit of hot sauce:





Then I decided to add chocolate chips to it ¬†ūüôā


Tomorrow is going to be a long day.  Check out this schedule:

  • 6 am: arrive at school and help get dance kids ready
  • 8 am: be in gym and run through assembly
  • 9 am: first assembly
  • 10 am: second assembly
  • 11 am: back to class and teach 3rd period, have lunch, teach 4th period
  • 5th period prep: make copies that didn’t get done today
  • 6th period: chill with dance team in my classroom and kill time until 4:30
  • 4:45: be on bus and leave for stadium
  • 5:30/6: Mat arrives with FOOD!
  • 7 pm: Homecoming game starts – dance performs at halftime
  • 9:30 pm ish: get back on bus, get back to school, make sure all kids are picked up/have a way home
  • go home

WHEW. ¬†I’m so happy I have a fabulous weekend ahead of me after this crazy week. ¬†I can’t wait to see big sis Kelly get married! ¬†I can’t wait to spend my birthday with my husband – my first married birthday!

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Chocolate Wasted

Chocolate wasted is how I would describe myself lately. ¬†I DON’T KNOW WHAT’S GOING ON. ¬†I keep craving chocolate and just NEED it now.

Stress? ¬†Lack of sleep? ¬†Yes, always. ¬†But the last week has been particularly bad (money issues). ¬†At Misty and P.K.’s wedding yesterday I grabbed a bunch of chocolate from the candy bar. ¬†I ate a bunch yesterday along with chocolate cake. ¬†We came home and had ice cream.

Today I had cereal for lunch (and coffee).



Notice our new placemats? ¬†ūüôā

At some point a couple hours later, I munched on a bunch of leftover candy.


And later, when I realized I should probably eat something else that was “real” since dinner wouldn’t be until Mat gets home around 8:30, I had a banana with almond butter and couldn’t resist adding chocolate chips.


What the heck is going on with me?

A few minutes before writing this post, I had a few MORE ¬†m n m’s. ¬†It’s like I can’t stop until I just finish the dang things. ¬†Which, sadly, is very likely to happen.

Do you ever have days where you have ridiculous cravings? ¬†(Please say yes…tell me I’m not alone!)

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Mini Date Night

The other day Mat suggested that we go out tonight. ¬†NOrmally I’m not a fan of going out on Fridays because I’m generally pooped from the work week, but we haven’t had a night out just the two of us in a long time and won’t have an opportunity (on a Saturday anyway) for a long time. ¬†So, we decided to go for it.

We ran to Hallmark and Target first. ¬†I got some fun decorations for Halloween/Fall that I’m really excited to play with and set up on Sunday. ¬†Pictures will wait until then. ¬†ūüôā

Then it was dinnertime. ¬†We decided to go to Corner Bakery since it’s close, easy, and inexpensive. ¬†Plus, I got an email for a free sweet for my birthday. ¬†Two weeks early? ¬†Fine with me!

Usually I get a salad or a half panini with soup or salad, but today I was in the mood for pasta. ¬†I’ve really been craving comfort foods and sugar lately. ¬†It’s not good, but at the same time when this happens it’s usually fairly short-lived. ¬†I’ve also had some pretty good stress lately, so that could be part of it.

In any case, I decided to try the Mac and Three Cheese.  I had the combo, which meant the pasta was a lot smaller and it came with a salad.  Gotta make it healthy where you can!


The bread wasn’t on the menu, but I was excited about it. ¬†I love bread!

My free sweet was the fudge brownie.  Yum!


And now it’s time for the couch and last night’s episode of Glee. ¬†Going to a wedding tomorrow night!!

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But before we talk about pizza, can we talk about this??

That beauty is a venti salted caramel mocha frappuccino (light, of course, because not light would be excessive).  I got it for free.  It was amazing.  A perfect Friday morning coffee.

On to the pizza. ¬†We haven’t had Costco pizza in forever, so tonight we indulged.

Pizza and salad:

A glass of Riesling:

And leftover birthday cake from the freezer with homemade cookies ‘n’ cream ice cream:

I didn’t finish the cake though. ¬†It was a pretty big piece.

I’m hoping tomorrow’s run is better than last week’s fail. ¬†I’m planning to get up at 5 (Lord have mercy) because it’s just too dang hot right now. ¬†It was 90 in Irvine today. ¬†We’re 10 minutes from the ocean. ¬†I have roughly 13 miles planned and this time it doesn’t involve a strange loop right back to home before taking off for the real 11 mile part. ¬†there’s something mentally ick about passing home again when you’re only 3.5 miles into a 14 mile run. ¬†I can’t believe I did that many times back in the spring.

Mat has an early shift (3:30 am) tomorrow and theoretically should already be in bed. ¬†It doesn’t hurt me to go to bed either. ¬†Good night!