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Marvelous Monday Musings

Posted Nov 11 2012 5:55pm

It’s about time I joined this little link party.

I love doing “Monday Musings” posts, because I’ll jump at every chance to ramble about random things – especially when food and other lovely things are involved.  So here we have monday musings – marvelous!
1. I love this girl (Hi Heather!).  A while ago, I won her bloggiversary giveaway, but somehow the package got lost in the mail. So, a little while ago, she insisted on sending me a box of goodies to make up for it!


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Good stuff indeed – most of which is already gone!  I especially loved the Bobo’s oat bars, TJ’s chocolate, and FROG preserves(!).  So excited I finally got to try the FROG, and it definitely lives up to the hype!  There was also a chocolate Quest bar, but that one didn’t even make it to the photo…

2.  Being a real new yorker – I had pizza for lunch the other day.  Which is weird, because I’m not really a pizza person.  I almost never crave it, so when the craving hits, you can bet I’ll be satisfying that one.

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Pizza from Two Boots, #plantPOWER style of course – the folded one is the “v” for Vegan – with super melty Daiya cheeze.  The left is full of roasted veggies, tons of tomato sauce, and garlic breadcrumbs.  So good.  I think that will keep my “real pizza” cravings at bay for a while.

3.  New water bottle!  And I love it!

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S’well insulated bottle. All steel, no plastics, double walled, and fits in bags super easily.

4. This dinner. Ohman.

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Included this.  Not that I need gluten-free pasta, but made from black beans, it’s super high protein – meaning I don’t need to add any other proteins to include it in a well-rounded meal.

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Served with a generous helping of my butternut squash pasta sauce .  If you like to make your own pasta sauce, you have to try this one.  It’s probably the recipe I’m most proud of!

5. Simple dinners with delicious fall produce.

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Greens, roasted brussels sprouts and tricolor carrots, salmon burger, balsamic glaze and nooch.  Yes, this is my kind of comfort food.

6. I want to run a half marathon.  I’ve particularly got my eye on the NYC Half  in the middle of March, but a few things are deterring me from signing up:

  • winter training. I already have a base of 8-12 miles/week, so if I did a 12 week plan, I’d start really training in december.  I wouldn’t mind taking some of my shorter runs inside, but I never know what the weather will be for those long runs.  Cold doesn’t bother me, it’s the ice and snow I’m worried about.
  • training alone. at the moment, I don’t have anyone to train with, and don’t really have the time to join a running club.  This is not that big of a deal, as I like to used running time to think and reflect, but it would be nice to have a long run buddy here and there.
  • entry fees.  races are expensive! I can put aside some money for it no problem, but it’s still something on my mind.
  • hills.  The first 6 miles of the race is the Central Park loop – and I’d definitely have to train on hills.  Again, can do, but must be considered.

Aside from that, I’ve really hit a comfortable spot with running where I know how much is too much, how fast is too fast, and what my legs can do.  And I’m pretty confidant I can run 13.1 miles, but I want the challenge.  It’s something to work for, and something to keep me sane, that won’t take a ton of my time.  I have a month to decide.

What’s marvelous in YOUR monday?

Help!  Thoughts or advice on running the NYC Half? 

P.S. – if anyone knows of other good NYC half marathons? or anyone know how to get on a charity team for the NYC half?


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