Dancing for Food

Overcoming the ballet body image.

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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Today was a rest day.  It was much needed after yesterday’s 22 miler!  I also realized today after reading Skinny Runner‘s post that we totally ran past her yesterday.  Not that I’m a creeper or anything.


I gorged on cereal and also had coffee.  Nothing unusual.



During breakfast the cat posed for me.  Also not unusual.

cat 2

cat 1


Tonight’s dinner was delicious and oh so easy.

dinner 1

It was yet again a crock pot recipe.  If you want some good teriyaki chicken that takes about 5 minutes to prep, make this recipe.

chicken 1


Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken


4 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce

1 20-oz can pineapple chunks

dash ground ginger


1. Put chicken in crock pot.  Cover with remaining 3 ingredients.

2. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6-8 hours.  Serve over rice.

crock pot teriyaki chicken


We served it with steamed zucchini that I covered in Parmesan cheese.  Obviously.



And finished the evening off with some ice cream while catching the end of the Oscars.

ice cream



Did you watch the Oscars? What did you think of the winners?


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Celebrating V-Day

It’s that lovely (haha, get it?!) day of February when love is in the air.  To be honest, the teacher Melissa is not much of a fan.  Students are beyond hyper all day and the school looks like it threw up pink and red balloons, flowers, and candy.  It’s annoying.

But the non-teacher Melissa enjoys the holiday.  I’m not a huge sap when it comes to Valentine’s Day, but it’s a nice reason to buy your special someone a little something and celebrate.

For our first married Valentine’s Day, we actually aren’t going anything special.  It’s always so crowded at restaurants on the actual day, so we opted to enjoy a relaxing evening out this Saturday instead.  I’ll be sure to post about it!

At the moment, the plan is to take a walk and perhaps enjoy some half off Starbucks thanks to this little beauty.

starbucks coupon

We also have gifts to give each other.  😀  A girl always loves gifts on Valentine’s Day!

Ooh and guess what else?  My Kate Spade purse should arrive!



Oh heck yes!  It should be a good day!


How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

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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. 🙂

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. 😀

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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Running and a Wedding

This morning started with a 7:00 alarm and a pre-run snack of a graham cracker with peanut butter and pumpkin butter.

I ran 8 miles to complete week 1 of LA Marathon training. It’s funny-8 miles used to feel like nothing back when I’d run 14 miles every other Saturday no haven’t run 14 miles since before our wedding. Now that I’ve been taking it a little easier in preparation for some tough training, it feels like a decent amount. Weird how training skews your thinking about what a normal amount of exercise is. Monica was just talking about the same thing today.

When I got back, I made a protein shake since my calves had been pretty sore the whole run.


And then Oakley helped me foam roll.



She’s a very silly kitty – something I tell her frequently in a baby talk voice. I’m not ashamed.

After washing some dishes and changing the bedsheets, I ran over to my sister’s place to borrow some dress options for the wedding we’re going to tonight. I have plenty of dresses, but I don’t like re-wearing them to nice events when I’m around the same people. There’s been a lot of weddings and wedding-related events this year, so I’ve maxed out my dresses.

Amanda to the rescue!


That was a picture from right before we left. The dress and sweater are hers and the shoes and belt are mine. I think it works!

(Side note: my legs have clearly lost their summer tan. Bummer.)

Before getting ready, I finally ate lunch. Banana and peanut butter and jelly with a leftover Halloween Oreo for fun. And coffee in a red Starbucks mug. 🙂

And now we’re off to the wedding! Have a great Saturday!

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Perfect Running Weather

After the field trip yesterday, I managed to get up at 6:30 this morning.  The Weather Channel app told me it was going to be in the low 60s this morning, so I figured there was no need to get up stupid early.  Thank God.

So I got myself ready and all that good stuff, not bothering to eat a snack because I had pizza for dinner and was only planning 8 miles. I did down some water though since I felt rather dehydrated.

Then I headed outside to discover some lovely overcast and drizzly weather.  It stayed that way the entire 8 miles, and I felt pretty good the entire time minus a little bit of calf tightness.  When I got back it was still lovely and overcast and drizzly.


Since I’ve been reading lately how you’re supposed to, you know, actually eat something as soon as possible after a run so your muscles can recover quickly, and since I knew I wanted to get some cleaning done before my shower, I made a small protein shake with milk and protein powder and gave it a quick blend with the stick blender to froth it up.


I also rolled out my legs after my run.  I’m hoping that between the shake and the rolling I won’t be super sore and won’t be too tired on Monday.

Then I cleaned.  So exciting.

And finally ate real food.  Fruit (sort of started chowing before I took the picture), peanut butter and jelly (totally had a craving for my go-to post running meal of last year), and iced coffee with milk and Hershey’s (duh).




I’m getting my hair done today.  As in roots.  Finally.  For the last three weeks my hair has looked dirty and nasty immediately after  shower because of the lovely dark roots showing through.  And when you teach high school you get comments.  It’s good times.  So yeah.  Hair is begin done today.  Just in the nick of time!  Ha.

But getting my hair done means leaving in 25 minutes and my face is devoid of makeup.  The combination of inch long dark roots and no makeup on a face that’s recovering from the once monthly breakout is just not cool.  So I’m going to go remedy that.  And then remedy the roots.  Or pay someone to do it anyway.

Woo Saturday!


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I Didn’t Run Today

It felt really strange, yet also nice, to wake up when my body wanted to on a Saturday and NOT go for a run.  I’m not being lazy though.  My body needed the rest.  Plus, the real reason for not running today is tomorrow is the Long Beach Half Marathon!

Mat and I went to the expo yesterday with Amanda and Conor.  Amanda is running the 5k with my mom as Mat, my dad, and I run the half.  I didn’t try taking pictures – it was crowded and hard enough to not lose track of each other as we walked around.  We picked up our bibs and shirts and took advantage of the free samples.  I swear, it’s one of my favorite things at the expos.  I love free food!

I also bought a new BicBand.  Isn’t it cute!?


We don’t have a dog (yet) but I couldn’t resist the cute little footprints.  And, I just realized (literally, as I was typing) it matches perfectly with an old Kappa sweatshirt I have.  I’ll have to pair them together and be all doggy obsessed.  🙂

I also have been putting M & M (or M + M, it varies) on my bibs.  I did that with my first race (Long Beach) last year and it’s stuck.  I think Mat has done it on his too.


I really like the shirts this year!  Queen Mary on the front and “make your footprint” on the back!


The OC Marathon booth was there offering $5 off registration and waiving the online fee.  Even though we just registered for Surf City and will have to pay that off soon, it made sense to just register for this one too since it was so much cheaper.  Plus, the credit card won’t actually be charged for at least a week, so it will go on the next month’s bill and won’t be a big deal.

Another perk of registering for it at the expo?  A free shirt!


It’s the shirt from the 2011 race which I didn’t run.  Generally it bugs me to have a shirt from something I didn’t actually participate it because you don’t have that pride in finishing it, but for the sake of another bumming around the house or running shirt?  I’ll take it!

So now all that’s left is making the final decision on the LA Marathon.  I’ve got the Surf City Half Feb 3rd and the OC Half May 5th.  LA is March 17th.  I purposely didn’t even contemplate doing the full for Surf City or OC because I know if I decide to do the LA Marathon that would be the only full I could handle.  Plus I’m also contemplating the LA/SF Challenge.  I found out that you can do the half in SF and have it still count, but I’d almost want to just go for the full (I say this now, before I’ve even done one) because I’d get to see so much of the city.

I still have time to think.  A few days anyway – I want to register soon so it’s done.

Now onto food!

Breakfast was cereal and iced coffee with milk and Hershey’s.



Yes, that bowl of cereal is overflowed.  Yes, it’s sitting on a paper towel.  I knocked out all my chores this morning right after I woke up and didn’t want to get anything on the coffee table.  Yes, the coffee table.  I’m sort of ghetto when I eat breakfast on my own.  I park my butt on the couch in front of the tube and check email while I eat.

The rest of the day?  Mat gets off at noon and then we’re planning to just BE.  For the first time in weeks we don’t have to go anywhere.  We’ll make something yummy and comforting and filling for dinner and go to bed early.  After the race tomorrow we’ll have all day together too.  It’s almost unreal!