My weekend in a nutshell.

Here is my weekend in a nutshell…

nutshellNot funny?

Well, I think it’s funny and I am laughing.

So there!


I woke up and did a track workout with my friend Heather, which was SUPER fun!

I didn’t get to do my most favorite thing ever though…cupDrink a salted caramel mocha and read Runner’s World.


  1. I can’t have a salted caramel mocha right now.
  2. I went running instead of reading.

The track workout was surprisingly fun! We did high knees, sprints and talked each others ears off (as per usual). It was about 5.5 miles.

Then, I came home and took a nap.

I love naps.

When I woke up, I knew it was time to “get it on” with all of the food I bought the day before at Trader Joe’s… so I did.

I turned on my Arcade Fire Pandora station,

(love them)

and I became a cooking machine!

photo_zps720d757aYep, I cooked all of this!

photo_zpse7fd900cBaked chicken drumsticks

photo_zps06132dfbPecan crusted salmon

photo_zps79856a62Roasted vegetables

photo_zps70a07326Roasted brussel sprouts

photo_zps4c31c7e0Sauteed fennel

Amazing huh?

My question is… how the heck am I still single?

Exactly… I know.


consisted of a 14 mile run with my friend Heather, followed by a jaunt in her hot tub.

It was very much needed… but made me sleepy again.

I almost did this during my lunch, seriously.

So, I napped again and watched a few movies on Netflix.

I must say that the majority of the movies on Netflix suck.

For those of you who don’t follow my Whole30 blog,

I will tell you that I am on day 9 and feeling good! I am sleeping much better, my acne is clearing up, I am no longer craving sweets and I don’t do the 3 o’clock tank anymore either. My blood sugar levels have been very constant, so I don’t experience the energy rollercoaster that I used to. My digestion is also better and I have lost about 4 pounds, which is great! I don’t, however, feel like my running has benefited… yet.

But, I bet it will in a week or so.

In other news,

I started school again.


Yes, I am in school! I am getting a Masters degree at National University in Human Resource Management. It is a 14 month online program, and each class is 1 month long (with 2 breaks somewhere in there).

I just finished my second break and I will continue on until December. At that time, I will write my Thesis and graduate. It’s a lot of work, but in the end I know it will be worth it.

Let’s recap:

  1. I work full time
  2. I am training for 6+ half marathons and a full marathon
  3. I am a full time student
  4. I am a blogger

Have I lost my mind?

It’s quite possible.

If you ever hear anyone say that they don’t have time to work out…

slap them.

Anyway, that is all for now. I hope you had a great weekend!

What did you do?

How far did you run?

Did you become a crazy cooker, like I did?



35 thoughts on “My weekend in a nutshell.

  1. hylaridenour says:

    You are amazing! And had a very productive weekend! I admire your ability to balance it all. Right now I’m balancing my teaching (yoga) schedule which consists of about 6-8 classes a week, training for a July marathon, in the middle of selling my house, and flying solo as a parent to my children, one of which is a teenager(!!), while my husband is working in another state. I swear, the only thing that feels normal right now is running and I’m so grateful! xoxo


  2. Mariajose says:

    I thought the picture was funny! 😀
    Looks like you had a great week. I cook every day lol it’s crazy. My parents and I (because they taught me) don’t believe in cooking for more than one day at a time lol and we don’t trust frozen food either, even if it’s homemade lol When I feel lazy I steam frozen veggies and well, it takes them a while to touch them lol
    And I agree about slapping people who say they don’t have time for anything, not just working out. I include my boyfriend in this. I work the graveyard shift, sleep during the day and wake up halfway to cook lunch for my dad, to then wake up and wash dishes, clean the house and any other chores. This past semester, I would get out of work at 6am, be at the gym at 6:05, get out at 7:15, go home, brush my teeth & take lunch on the go to make it to my 8am class and then come home and shower, cook lunch and knock out till 6pm at which time I would cook dinner. That was once a week. The other days included the same activities, sometimes longer days at the gym and everything else shifted around. We live crazy lives!


  3. Whitney says:

    I love the last picture!!! It really is the grown up version of “mud of ate my homework!” Dang! Now I can’t use that excuse! It’s amazin how much you’ve got going on! You go, girl!!


  4. Dawn H. says:

    MM the salmon looks really good. I didn’t do any running this weekend, but I have a 7 miler penciled in this Sat! Low mileage until my marathon training starts in June. Okay, I guess I have no excuse not to work out today after work…


  5. jvday says:

    My mouth is watering from those roasted brussel sprouts and salmon! Sounds like a good weekend! I accomplished a 3 and 8 mile run this weekend and am now totally motivated to cook it up!


  6. OneMotherofaDay says:

    You got some great runs in this weekend! Great job! What races are you training for? You got a lot on your plate, sounds like, but It is good to be busy. Will this be your first full marathon?


    • ratherberunnin says:

      Hi Lindsey, This will be my 2nd marathon and 6 through 11th half. If you go to my races page, there is a full list, but three special ones I am doing this year are the See Jane Run in San Francisco, Santa Barbara Half and the Long Beach Full marathon in October. It is 2 days after my 31st birthday, so I am super stoked to celebrate it this way. I actually celebrated by 27th birthday in the same fashion, but it was a half marathon in Long Beach. This one is pretty special to me 🙂


  7. fitin52 says:

    Well, since you asked, and since I can’t get over how awesome I am, I will tell you that I ran my 5th half marathon on Saturday and beat my former PR by 7 minutes and 55 seconds! I know, right?!?!
    P.s. I think you’re super funny 🙂


  8. barefoottc says:

    Top cooking! I managed a 12 miler over the weekend (Sunday VERY early morning, left at 6:10am – Yes I can confirm such a time does exist) and really pleased myself with the effort I put in. I love the ‘I don’t have time’ being the adult version of ‘the dog ate my homework!’ – I’m going to have to use that line some time soon!! Just saw you have over 1,200 followers…wow, that’s amazing!! You should give yourself a big pat on the back! 🙂


    • ratherberunnin says:

      Congrats on your 12 miler! I love running early in the morning, it is my favorite! And thank you for the compliment! I still can’t believe how many followers my little blog has… I have to pinch myself to make sure it is real. I always think to myself, how it is possible that over a 1000 people actually want to read what I have to say. It’s crazy!


  9. liveandbeawesome says:

    I didn’t know about the Whole30 blog! Excited to read along as you continue the journey. Also, us single women have to stick together! Those men (or other ladies… whatever you’re into!) don’t know what they’re missing.


    • ratherberunnin says:

      Yep, I have a blog for my little challenge. It is pretty boring, but I like to take pictures of what I eat and give my honest opinion about how I feel. And yes, those stupid men don’t know what they are missing. Dummies. 🙂


  10. sochac says:

    Best of luck with the schedule you are taking on- good to have it one class at a time and be able to put the focus just on the one then having 2, 3, or 4. The food looks really good, and am wondering what your take is on the salmon. I’ve done that style with the almond crust on numerous types of white-fish i.e. flounder, tilapia, etc. but not on a heartier fish like salmon (which I usually do more of a cedar plank and something like a reduced balsamic glaze or honey based sauce).


    • ratherberunnin says:

      Yes, I totally agree, the fact that each class is one month long is good, I like to be able to focus on one things at a time. The salmon was so good! It was a little fattier (salmon plus nuts = a much fattier meal) than I usually eat, but after my 14 mile run I think it is okay. Salmon is however, one of my favorites so I am kinda partial.


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