What’s Getting Me Through

Happy Wednesday! I’m not sure where the week is going… or if it is going by slow or fast… it’s hard to tell this time of year. The best news this week is…. IT HASN’T SNOWED ALL WEEK… Wait a second. it snowed last night… but we only on an inch so that doesn’t count.

This week I’m allowing myself to not think about studying for my CPA exams since I just took one last Saturday. Next week I’ll start up on the next one… maybe.

This week started out pretty well when I celebrated National Margarita Day with some chicken fajitas and fresh salsa on the side:

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I took the time to paint my nails on Monday (and they haven’t chipped yet!)

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I found an inside treadmill to use to get me through winter (and it’s only located a mile from my house!)

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And PRO is having a sale and a giveaway! Feeling lucky? 2 ways to enter… you don’t even need to make a purchase (but you should since 40% off is just as good as winning this contest… which makes everyone a winner)

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WHAAAAHHOOOOO WEDNESDAY!!!!!

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Pancakes, Two Ways

Lately, I have been craving pancakes. Maybe it’s been the cold weather we have been having lately. Nothing seems to represent a snowed-in weekend morning better than heating up the griddle and brewing a hot pot of coffee. After many experiments, I have come up with two recipes that are going to be my “go to” recipes from now on. The first one is a classic fluffy recipe. This one is perfect when you want a relaxing Sunday brunch or are looking for a crowd pleaser. The second one is a heartier pancake that would be the perfect fuel before heading out on a long run. They will stick with you and provide plenty of carbohydrates.

Fluffy Pancakes

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  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • cooking spray
  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Whisk egg and butter into “soured” milk. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Serve with toppings of your choice. Special points if you serve with bacon.

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Multigrain Pancakes

(adapted from the Runner’s World Cookbook)

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  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup wheat flour
  • 1/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • toppings of your choice (I like to go with a variety of smooshed and warmed fruit or a nut butter!)
  1. Combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, oats, sugar, salt, baking powder, and soda in a bowl.
  2. Pour the buttermilk and milk into a 2-cup measuring cup and microwave on high for 30 seconds. Which together with the eggs, oil, and vanilla extract. Pour into the dry ingredients and which until just combined
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.
  4. Cover in toppings of your choice.

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Happy flipping!

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See ya Sunday

I’ve been a bad blogger. Note to self: don’t try and take a CPA exam… During tax season… While running…. With blizzards…. And blog. So, the good news is the biggest pain on that list will be over with. Saturday, At 1:30 I have an appointment to take my exam and then I can move onto doing more than studying every waking moment. I have a lost of so many great topics and ideas to post about I can’t wait to get started!

So. Since it is Monday, I will leave you with some jokes (I really need these at this point)

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Be thankful I just didn’t tell you five different ways to depreciate an asset or how to tell if goodwill is impaired! See ya Sunday!

Life Lately

Happy Saturday!!! I actually have no idea what day it is… I just wrote Friday and earlier today I could have sworn it was a Tuesday. Tax season is really throwing me for a loop and a half here. At least I have tomorrow off and I plan on making it feel as much of a Sunday as possible. After a few rides on the trainer and runs on the treadmill this week, I was happy to get out this afternoon and breathe some fresh air.

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A nice easy three was just what I needed to feel loosened up. However, I definitely should have made today my long run since it looks like there is a chance of snow tomorrow. By chance I mean there is. There always is. In fact, it’s even snowing a little right now.

Meanwhile, while I am running around all week and every week from now until April 15th, Coco is doing what she does second best. Sleep. (Barking is what she is best at)

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After taking that photo, she gave me the worst look for waking her up. She wouldn’t last a day in my shoes, but I would gladly trade places with her for even a few hours.

As you all know, busy schedules come with weird eating habits. I’ve eaten lunch out the past two days and I hate myself for it. Not only does it add up, but it’s hard to pick the healthiest options all the time. Packing my own lunch generally saves me money and calories. Please feel free to leave me suggestions on what to pack for lunch that is easy, delicious, and I can possibly make ahead of time! I need all the help I can get. I’m also not picky.

Breakfast on the other hand, I can handle. I can’t eat right when I wake up so I usually pack that to go as well and eat it when I get to work. Lately, I’ve been making a lot of nutrient packed smoothies and overnight oats:

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Ok that doesn’t look appetizing at all… but it tastes delicious! It was pretty tragic when I ran out of oatmeal in the middle of the week. My favorite part of overnight oats is that all I have to do is remember to grab the mason jar out of the fridge in the morning before heading out. Right before leaving I through in some frozen fruit which keeps it cold on my 45 minute commute.

Not sure when I decided to turn this into a post about food… but other things I’m loving lately are blueberries and hummus! (not together…) Maybe it was just that I read Tom Brady eats a lot of both, but I’m addicted. I buy the party size tubs and go through them so quickly with pita chips and carrots. What I really want to do is make my own… So if you have a recipe for that, let me know! (Ok… this is also quickly become an “help me!” post”)

Other things I’m loving this week include the fact that Pro Compression came out with their sock of the month earlier this week and I heart it with all my heart!

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Sizes are selling out, so if yours is still available, act fast!

One final thing I’m loving is this quote:

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With everything going on in the news, work, life… everything… it’s very easy to lose faith in human nature. However, when I think back to my marathon (and every race I’ve ever done), nothing beats the excitement around the finish line and the support along the way. You can’t control human nature in general, but you can control the humans you surround yourself with, and the most important human of all: yourself.

Have a great weekend! Go eat some oatmeal!

The Cold Never Bothered Me Anyway

I’m not sure where this adventure Brittany came from… but I like it. I think. A few years ago, if it was anything beside a bright clear day outside, you wouldn’t catch me running at all. Lately, I’ve really been embracing the cold and snow. I only have a chance to run outside during the weekends, so I really feel bad missing the opportunity.

Snow storm running is quickly becoming my new favorite activity. I like to try and come out with a serious “ice face” yesterday’s flurries were on the warmer side, so I went with the “ice feet” instead.

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Today, the windchill was a little more extreme. It involved multiple layers. My house was also feeling the wind gusts as well, so I plopped everything on my heated blanket before I got dressed. I went with my Lulu brushed speed tights, Lulu think fast long sleeve, Lulu neck warmer, my Nike headband that is as old as the hills but I can’t find anything that comes close to replacing it, a simple Nike dry fit long sleeve, PRO Compression marathon socks, and a jacket from T.J. Maxx that I received as a Christmas present.

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I was plenty warm! The only thing that suffered a little chill was my thighs. I could have used an extra leg layer for sure. I alternated having my neck warmer on and off which was good temperature control since in the shade felt about 20 degrees colder than the sunny spots.

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The wind was causing these snow drifts on the side of the road. It almost looked like sand dunes. It was like I was on a tropical island (I had to keep warm by these thoughts…).

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As you can see, my town is really good at plowing and sanding….

Here’s a few tips I’ve learned while cold weather running:

1.) You aren’t going to get fast times. It’s 100 times better (and safer) to go at a comfortable speed than risk slipping and sliding and breaking an ankle. Go slow.

2.) Layers are key. If you really get too hot, you can take a layer off. If you are too cold, you aren’t going to find extra layers hanging around on the side of the road.

3.) Just because it’s cold, doesn’t mean you don’t need to be hydrated. You are still sweating, your body still needs water. The end. Rookie mistake on my part.

4.) Wear shoes with good traction. Trail running shoes work well. You can also buy add ons for your sneakers or put some hexagon screw in them for a cheaper alternative.

5.) Be aware. Especially if you are running while it is snowing. There is no bigger day ruiner than getting hit by a snow plow. More snow also equals no shoulders to run on. Make sure every car going by can see you. It’s a lot safer for you to jump off the road than it is for a car to swerve off of it.

So if you live somewhere warm and never see snow, you really are missing out on a good adventure. Also, you are pretty lucky that you are missing out at the same time. It’s a toss up.

So if you are faced with a snowy climate, remember; there is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing. Happy Running!

PRO Compression Ambassador (and sale!)

Good evening! (or good morning… it’s 12:22 a.m…) This is obviously the time that I finallllly have some time to myself to sit down, relax and confront you all about my very eventful week. Stay tuned.

accounting-image-3Event numero uno: Work has been nutzo. Not only is it the beginning of filing season, but all payroll quarterly reports, W-2s and 1099s have to be distributed by the end of January. My office + short staffed + someone out on maternity leave + a “blizzard” + 1,000 clients = one very nice paycheck and a mentally exhausted human. In all seriousness, I really am thankful during weeks like these. In my office, we all have our own work to do and our own deadlines with our clients, but when a deadline crisis hits us, everyone is willing to help each other out and somehow, by the help of a higher power, everything gets completed on time. Then we can breathe for .2 seconds before we dive head first into the next deadline. Times like these really show the importance of teamwork (and a lot of patience). It is also job security at its finest.

Event number two: Earlier this week, amongst the chaos, I got a very exciting e-mail. I was chosen to be a PRO Compression Ambassador for 2015!!!! I found out about these AMAZING compression socks from a past ambassador last year (how appropriate), and my collection can’t grow quick enough. I was extremely skeptical about compression socks when I first head of them, but these are by far my favorite. They have become just as important to me on long runs as wearing sneakers.

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Event 3: PRO Compression is having a flash sale this weekend in honor of me!! JUST KIDDING… it’s in honor of the Superbowl. SO, this weekend only, you can get 40% off your entire purchase and free shipping over $20 with the code “SUPER”. So go ahead, knock your socks off. Get a touchdown on a great deal. Think of your own bad jokes while browsing their website.

So let’s recap; accounting, socks, bad jokes… yup, that just about sums up my life lately! This weekend I’m looking to spend a lot of time getting studying done for my CPA exam as well as a few long runs. There’s also some football game on, I’ll probably watch that. And eat. Helloooo wings and nachos!

The Best Advice I Can Give

Hello there! I’m always being asked about what sort of tips and advice I have for beginning runners or training for a big race. I never know what to say… and then I start to say something and I could just type out a short book which just looks ridiculous. So I’m going to put some thought into this, and actually make a nice concrete list.

Now, by no means do I know what I’m talking about, know anything about how the body works, or should be taken seriously. This all comes from my own trial and error and is what works for me. With any luck, it will work for you as well!

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1.) Shoes. Having a great fitting running shoe is key to happiness. Small, local running stores are full of trained employees to help you find the perfect fit for your running style and foot type. It is also important to change your shoes every 300-500 miles depending on the make. At one point I had a pair of Nikes that I thought looked like they were still new, but the stability cushioning had compressed over time and the shoe was no longer providing the support my flat feet need. The better your shoes fit and feel the less pain and risk of injury for you! It is also important to remember not to buy your shoes too small since your feet can swell half a size up during long runs (and no one wants squished broken toenails… ew.)

2.) Assess your fitness level. Should you really start out running twenty miles a day on your first week of running? Probably not. Start out running with lower mileage until you build up your stamina. If you already lead an active lifestyle, running may come easier than someone who makes little to no time for exercise. You don’t want to overdo it on your first few weeks of running, that’s a sure way to hate it. If you can’t run far in the beginning, it’s ok to walk! It gives you body a few seconds to recover. There are good programs out there like “couch to 5k” that are literally designed to take your from the couch to a 5k. This one in particular starts out with alternating walking and running.

3.) Tying into the last point… Find a training plan that works for you. Having a schedule is a great way to keep on track and record you running. There are A LOT of schedules out there. You may even need to make your own up based on a few. They are generally formed on levels like beginner, intermediate, and advanced. I’m a fan of the programs incorporated through the Nike+ running app. I think they do a good balance of days off with cross training and long runs. For me, the more distance I cover in a week, the more confident of a runner I am. If you have less time during the week, there are training schedules out there that put a bulk of the milage during the weekend.

4.) Get into a routine. Morning bird? Night owl? Find your happy time to run and make it part of your daily routine. I like running right after a long day of sitting at a desk. It loosens me up and relieves any stress I gained at work. However, when it is in the middle of the summer, I like waking up early to run before the heat hits the pavement. Find the best time that works for you and your schedule.

5.) Don’t skip those long runs! These are KEY to building up to running a marathon or half. Distance will come with time, and then speed will come with distance. It’s like a formula.

6.) Listen to your body. I may have just said stick to a schedule, but it is okay to skip a day (or even rearrange your running schedule). If you spent all day at the beach and are sun burnt and dehydrated… it may be in your favor to take the day off instead of going out for a 20 miler. Are you having a pain in your ankle? DON’T RUN THROUGH PAIN. I REPEAT. DON’T RUN THROUGH PAIN. I’ve made this mistake. “Oh! It’s just my knee, it will be fine tomorrow” followed by hobbling around the office. If you are feeling any kind of pain it is best to rest, ice, and see a doctor if the problem persists. Sometimes taking a day off is more beneficial than having a crappy run.

7.) Get motivated. In a running slump? Get some new music. Find a running friend. Treat yourself to a new pair of socks. I like PRO Compression socks. Be all like “If I stick to my running schedule this week, I’m going to get a new pair of shorts!” Little things like that really help me stay motivated. Remember, this is not high school, there is no one telling you when or what to run. You are your own coach/cheerleader/motivator. When all else fails, read about other people running. You will get jealous of their awesomeness.

8.) Do some research. There is a lot of stuff out there about running! If you want to know what someone’s big race day was like, read a blog! There are thousands of race recaps out there. I know I used strategy when I was planning for my marathon. I wanted to know when people to GUs, drank water, if they had to pee, what they wore, etc. etc. You can read about my marathon recap here! I can get wrapped up for hours reading about running, nutrition, racing, gear, gadgets, you name it!

SO, hopefully you found some of that information useful. Or at least entertaining. PLEASE share with me any advice you also think is important! I’m always looking for new tips and tricks!

Happy Running!!!

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