I PR’d with the Wrong Bib Number

Only I would do that… But back to that in a second.

The conditions were NOT good for a PR:

  • I was sick
  • It was cold
  • It was windy
  • I was sick

…but somehow I got a PR!!

The race didn’t start until 1:00 pm, and around 11:00, my stomach still felt pretty upset. So I looked into the depths of the medicine cabinet for some Malox. Turns out we don’t frequent the Malox bottle much in this house, seeing as how the bottle expired in 2004. Don’t judge.


So I made a quick trip to Jewel for a new bottle 😉

This takes pre-race fuel to a whole new level.


bahaha. Just kidding – I also had a delicious snack of a sliced banana with a little almond butter and honey and then some wheat germ sprinkled on top.


Worked perfectly!


This is a super tasty and energizing snack, by the way! I recommend trying it! The wheat germ gives it a little nutty flavor and a bit of protein. I also eat it without the almond butter if it’s closer to race/workout time.

Since Shane and I live just a mile away from the race  start line, I jogged over as a warm up mile while Shane rode the bike.




It was a perfect warm up! And boy did I need it – it was SUPER windy and cold. I’m glad I wore long sleeves:)

After finding a spot in the start line (I always find a spot huddled down in around other people to keep warm)



we were off!


The course wasn’t a great course to try to PR on. It was congested, had weird terrain at times (we ran through a baseball field..?) and there were lots of runners who were stop and go – or run and walk – and would stop right in front of people. However, it went by in a snap!!

And somehow I finished with a PR of 26:23 with a pace of 8:31 😀


I guess it just shows that training really helps – even when the conditions aren’t on your side.

And well, officially, Amber finished with a time of 26:23.


You see, yesterday when picking up my race packet, I picked up my friend Amber’s for her, too since she’d be at a baby shower. Turns out she sprained her ankle and wasn’t able to run yesterday but came out to cheer us on anyway. Well,the dummy I am gave her my packet and I accidentally took her packet – and put her bib number on my shirt today. So officially, “Paige” didn’t run yesterday, but “Amber” did. Only me, only me. It’s a funny story, but I sure was bummed out when I looked at the results online.

Question: Would that scenario bum you out a little bit? Even though it’s just a silly 5k? The husband couldn’t  figure out why I was a little peeved at myself for not officially having a time – a PR time at that. I think it goes back to playing sports in high school and college and being competitive and all about the stats. Even if it is a little ol’ home town 5k… meh.

After the race I stuck around a bit to chat with some friends who ran in it, but headed home because I wasn’t feeling too hot. I knew the mile “cool down” run home would be frigid and I just wanted to get it over with!!

Plus, my family was coming over for another birthday celebration for Shane! We wanted to take it easy seeing as it was a Sunday and I hadn’t been feeling well, so we decided carry outs would be the best option:




Mmm Potbelly’s! Their sandwiches are SO delicious. I just got a regular vegetarian sub on ww – but it was still amazeballs.




After a couple hours of catching up – and a couple undocumented mimosas (yes!) the fam headed home and the husband and I settled in downstairs to watch The Proposal.

We recently picked up Netflix again and wanted to download a movie. Against my better judgment, I recommended The Proposal based on the feedback I’d gotten on Twitter. The husband and I aren’t very big romantic comedy fans. I mean, with a few minor tweaks the story line is ALWAYS boy meets girl, boy wants girl, boy gets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl back. They’re so predictable and cheesy. The only one I’ve ever ever ever liked is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Oh, and Shopaholic, if that counts 😉

Movie snackage:


brown bag popped popcorn with a little olive oil and sea salt – perfect crunchy movie-watching snack

Despite the yummy movie snacks, we both wanted back those two hours of our life. We have better things to do…like wasting time watching 24 😉 heh

After the snoozefest movie I felt pretty beat and we both called it a night pretty early.

Do you like romantic comedies?? What’s your favorite one?  I see why people like them, I just don’t like them myself.

I’m off to continue my day! It started early this morning – and is going to go pretty late tonight, but it should be a good one 🙂 Got a volleyball game tonight!!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Did you guys do anything fun? Run in any frigid cold races? 😉


Go Away Sickness, I’ve Got Plans!

After a solid 11 hours of sleep, I woke up this morning feeling much better and with a fever of only one degree higher than normal!



This is fantastic because…




The Jingle Bell 5K is today!! I know, I know. You guys are probably thinking more rest is in order, and I agree. However, there are several reasons why I’m thinking about running the race anyway:

  1. I feel better than I did yesterday!
  2. I had to drop out of the race last year
  3. The race is only 5 minutes away from my house – on foot
  4. The start time is at 1:00 pm

Yesterday involved little movement. At work, I was actually thankful no one stopped in to inquire about the gym. Once I picked up my race packet and headed home, I remained horizontal for the rest of the night watching VH1’s Entourage marathon. I tried walking Niko <—bad idea. I tried doing laundry <—bad idea. Ergo, I gave in and gave my body what it was loudly requesting –>REST! <—good idea 😉

Plus, my appetite was no where to be found yesterday!! It was craziness. And every time I did eat a little something, I experienced more stomach pain.



I wanted nothing more than to demolish this Fresh Market Vegetarian Pizza!!!


I didn’t get very far…

Luckily, my stomach troubles didn’t get in the way of the husband’s birthday on Friday.


While Shane was at work, I was up to birthday mischief!

I think this is his favorite present I’ve ever gotten him. Ever.


He’s thanked me at least 10 times this weekend. It’s the G25 wheel and clutch/shifter for car games.

Fast forward 5 hours of Shane playing Need for Speed, and it was wine time!


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We caught the very last rays from the sun as it was heading toward the west.




No, Niko! That’s my wine!

Clarabelle always gives us the stinkeye when she’s the only one not on the back patio.



After having one small pour on the patio, I took Shane to a little wine cafe here in town called, A Renee’s.



They have a wine shop attached to it – my favorite wine shop – and this year they opened a cafe!


While there, we split a cab franc and a petite syrah.


I loved the syrah! I must buy a bottle soon!

For dinner, we headed to Baxter’s, Shane’s favorite steak restaurant here in town.



It’s a pretty snazzy restaurant located next to the airport.



This is where my stomach started talking to me. However, it didn’t stop me from eating a roll and a half and ordering the only vegetarian thing on the menu:




Salad – imagine that! 😉 It was a delicious salad with apple and smoked gouda, though.

By this point, I wanted nothing more than to end the night with some half caff coffee.


The perfect way to finish off an indulgent night!

I’m sure glad my sickness waited until the end of the night to rear its ugly head. The weather also did a 180! On Friday it was in the 70’s and today, the high is only 40 something… That will sure make for a collllld run this afternoon! Better bundle up 😀 And after the run, my family is coming up for another birthday celebration for Shane! Hear that sickness? Go away, I’ve got plans 😀

Hey…I think that’s my appetite!! Better go test it out with some breakfast 🙂

Raspberry Ricotta Tofu French Toast

Hi guys! It’s Friiiiiday 🙂

I woke up this morning not so hungry. I had a dessert of chocolate covered banana chips before going to bed, and it left something to be said for my appetite this morning.

However, while drinking a cup of coffee and finishing off the chapter in my book, I thought of something amazing.


When I think of tofu, I always think of dinner or leftovers for lunch. As far as breakfast goes, there are plenty of tofu scrambles recipes floating around the internet and blogosphere. But I didn’t want a tofu scramble.

I wanted french toast.


But I wanted more than French toast. French toast always leaves…something to be desired for me. A little protein wouldn’t hurt this breakfast staple.


That’s not an egg sticking out there!

Neither would a bit of raspberry ricotta filling…


Raspberry Ricotta Tofu Stuffed French Toast


serves one

1/4 block of drained and pressed (for just 10 minutes or so) extra firm tofu

2 T. whole wheat flour

1 T. olive oil

Two pieces of whole grain bread

1 egg or flax egg

1 t. vanilla extract

1 T. milk

2 T. raspberry jam (or flavor of choice)

2 T. part skim ricotta


Slice the tofu length wise into three 1/4 in sliced (down the widest part of the block to get a thin slice of the whole front) and lightly coat each slice in the flour. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on the stove over medium heat, and then place each slice of tofu in the pan, sauteeing for about 3-4 minutes per side. Set aside on a paper towel to drain oil. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, and vanilla. Dip each piece of bread into the egg mixture and place on the same frying pan used for the tofu (you can also use the extra oil leftover in the pan) frying over medium heat. Cook each piece of bread 2-4 minutes per side, checking frequently so not to burn. Meanwhile, heat the raspberry jam in a sauce pan (orrrr the microwave) over medium low heat until it melts slightly. Add the ricotta, and cook until heated through.

Assembly: First place one of the bread pieces on a plate. Then spread a thin layer of the ricotta/jam mixture on top, and then a tofu slice, followed by another thin later of the jam, continuing with the tofu until you top it off with the second piece of toast. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if your heart so desires:)


This French Toast left nothing to be desired and rocked my breakfastworld! And although it tastes decadent, it didn’t leave me feeling full and overloaded.


In other news, I signed up for a 5k!! My work (at the BIC) is hosting a 5k for United Way that would coincide wonderfully with my training. A 5k and the end of this month, a 10k at the end of next, and a 15k at the beginning of November. Sounds good. I kinda wish there were a half marathon somewhere in the schedule, but nevertheless, I’m pumped:)

My goal is to PR, but I’m not quite sure where I want the PR to fall. My fastest 5k is 26:46, so I’m hoping to blow that out of the water.


Speaking of racing, I’m keeping my training plan dynamic just to show how I was telling the complete truth on how flexible I am with it. You’ll see cross outs and progress check ins all over the place!


Well I’m off to clean the house, run a couple errands, and then train some clients. Bunco tonight! (I’m excited, but a little beat…it won’t be a late night for me.)

Have a fabulous Friday, everyone!!!

PS – I’m currently putting together all the blogs I love to add a tab at the top of the page. Let me know if you’d like to be added – either shoot me an email or leave a message in the comments! 🙂

Oh, Saturday…a Race Recap!

Goooood morning! How has your weekend gone so far? Going great so far here:)

I’m currently digesting a big bowl of banana oatmeal:





Mmmm! To make this I just heated up 1 c. water, 1/2 c. oats, 1 T flax, 1 T. chia, and 1 smashed organic banana on the stove until boiling, then simmered, and added a handful of raisins. Topped it off with some coconut almond butter syrup! To make this, just heat up a little coconut butter, almond butter, and coconut milk in the microwave,stir, and poooour on. SO good, but SO filling. I could only eat about 3/4’s of it.


Yesterday I ran in the first 5k of the year! It was at our city’s zoo – the Zoo Stampede run.



(finisher’s medal)

The race wasn’t until 10:00, so I woke up around 7, and made a stabilizing and filling pre-race breakfast made with these ingredients:


Brown rice flour toast – one piece with Earth Balance and organic jelly, and the other with my usual pre-workout snack used as a spread! This spread consists one a half a smashed banana, 1 T. almond butter, cinnamon, and maca.



And then a fresh mango!


Mmm. First one of those of the season, too 😀

After hanging around a little while, the hubski and I drove over to the zoo to get our race faces on!

Unfortunately, I forgot to bring the memory card to my camera, and the only pictures I got were after the race:



Albeit not being able to document the race with photos, it went wonderfully! Seriously it couldn’t have been a better day. There wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and it wasn’t extremely cold (mid-upper thirties.) And right before getting in the starting line, I saw Christine (from Fly Runner.) That’s all I saw of her though, because I’m pretty sure she was one of the first few through the finish line!!

After I got my race bib and t-shirt, I had about a half hour before the start, and decided to jog a warm up mile or two. Can you believe this is the first time I’ve actually “warmed up” before a race?! Usually I just use the first half mile or so of the race to warm up, and go from there. Anyway, the warm up must have helped a lot, because the race went great!

My goal was to hold a 9:00 mile for the race. Since my training has really been focusing on distance and mileage as opposed to speed, I wasn’t trying to break any personal records. But to my surprise, I was holding an 8:36 mile quite easily the whole way through! It was really just a nice, relaxing, fun, quick run! The course wasn’t very flat, either! There were probably about 5 hills throughout the course, and I handled them quite well (for me) for not doing any hill workouts. During the last three 10th’s of a mile, I really booked it, and came in 27:03! It’s not a PR or anything, but it’s MUCH better than I had hoped I’d do 😀

My mom and dad came to watch, too, and afterward, we all went out to lunch at Fiesta Ranchera, one of the Mexican restaurants in town:


BYOK (Bring your own kombucha)


I went with the ever-impressive veggie fajitas w/ guac – LOVE iiiit! 😀

Afterward, we did a little shopping (only to come out unsuccessful – boo:( ) and went to Fresh Market for some goods.

After separating and putting away the groceries, Euchre sounded fun!


My dad and my dog who is OBSESSED with him.


And vice versa 😉

Me and my ma 😀 Us girls ended up kicking BOOTY in euchre, btw. Oh yeah, that’s right!!


The parental unit left shortly after, but the husbski and I weren’t ready to stop the shenanigans. Oh, Saturday. I was super pumped to see Alice and Wonderland, so Shane and I decided to go check it out in 3D!

Shane was just going to have movie popcorn for dinner, but since that ended up being my dinner Friday night, I made myself a pre-popcorn dinner before hand:



This salad was amazingly easy and amazingly tasty. Contained spinach, cucumber, avocado, button mushroom, 1 egg and 1 egg white, and goat cheese.

And of course I munched on some popcorn at the movie as well 😉

It was actually my first time seeing a 3d movie! It took my eyes a bit to adjust, but when they did, I loved it! The movie was pretty good, too. It kept my interest for the whole duration, which is saying something for me.

Now I’m about to go meet my friend, Heidi at the gym for some legs and running, and then to the coffee shop! It’s pretty much become a tradition that we gym it and grab coffee afterwards at least once a weekend 🙂 The rest of my day will be spent doing mounds of laundry and mounds of cleaning! Nothing like putting all that stuff off until Sunday 😀

Have a fabulous end to your weekend, all!

A New PR for a 5K Race!

Hi Bloggy friends! Sorry I haven’t been able to post my race re-cap until now! My busy Friday has overflowed into today, and I haven’t had a moment to sit down and blog!

Race Re-Cap

This morning I woke up around 6:00 a.m., regretting the 2 margaritas I had last night at bunco. I also had day one of the visitor who lets me know I’m not pregnant. Race Day. Ohhh race day.

After getting over it, I made my way to kitchen for coffee and copious amounts of water and some breakfast.

I smushed a banana with some Barney butter and spread it on a Flat Out! wrap. It was sooo good. I can’t believe how awesome these wraps are. Best thing since sliced bread, hands down. 😀 And P.S. look at this CUTE “banana keeper”

It’s from Tupperware, and it’s going to make taking bananas to work SO much easier-and cute 😉 I just had to share it with you guys 😀

Since the race was in my home town, and I was running with my madre, I stopped at my parents’ house before going to the race.

No, no dad popping out of bushes to snap pictures this time. This time, he and my brother came out to support me by being innocent by-standers.

I pounded out the first mile quick. Hearing the man with the stop watch announce “8:14!!!” as I sped by, rocked my world! At first. Then I started to panic that I would wear myself out after a bit. And I looked down and saw my heart rate was already 181. Yikes.

So I paced myself a little better for mile two, but I was still going strong. My heart rate was in the 180’s for a good portion of the race. Oops. My max HR actually ended up being 193 – not good.

Once I got to the third mile, it was smooooth sailing. That is, until my side decided to tense itself up as hard as it could, and nearly made me double over in pain. I was seriously only a tenth of a mile to the finish line, but I felt like I was being stuck with a knife with each step. But I used the mantra that “I AM A MACHINE!” and trucked it to the finish line, making a personal record of 26:46! Holler!!

Obviously I was so excited that I beat my best time of 27:00. However, when I crossed the finish line I definitely didn’t look happy. A few minutes later and the pain was gone. Pain is fades, but personal records are with ya for the long haul! Well, until you broke them again I suppose 😉

And the best part!


After the race, I took my dad and big bro up on an offer to get some grub at a little place in Pekin called Cobbler Corner:

It’s a little mom and pop restaurant that’s always packed with patrons!

I had the veggie omelet – light on the butta, with some homefries – heavy, I’m sure, on the butta. Oh well, I ate em anyway 😀

And they were delish! My brother, dad and I always used to go out for breakfast growing up, so it was nice to do that with them:)

Next Race: Next Saturday’s 10K. This is my first 10K, so I’m SUPER pumped! My friend, Debby will be joining me for this running extravaganza. Woop woop!

Runners: Do you set personal goals when racing? Are they always time-related?

Non runners: What’s a family tradition that you had growing up, that you still carry on today?

Managing Stress…

When your schedule is jam-packed?? How do you stay calm when your schedule looks more like your 8th grade history notes than a calendar?

I’ve just been babbling about my day-today life lately, and thought I should bring you all to speed on the exciting things that I’m experiencing lately! Let me tell you…my calendar is packed to the max this month. And I’m going to need to practice my tactics for keeping myself stress free.

I’m in a 5k race this Saturday! It’s in my hometown like the last 5k I ran.

I had forgotten all about it, too. My mom used to send me mail all the time, with comics, recipes, jokes, money, etc. She hasn’t sent anything in quite a while, so I was surprised to see mail from her yesterday. Inside was a post-it that said, “5K race this Saturday – me and you!” Doh! Totally forgot about it. (sorry mom) Hey, I’ll take a race and a free T-shirt any day! Plus, I’ll be running it solo (mom is run/walking it) so I can go for a PTR!!! 😀

On the 19th of this month,
I’ll be running in my first 10K!!!!It’s for the Pumpkin Festival in a nearby town. See what you’re missing here in Central Illinois? 😉 I’m so excited. I was kind of going to use this Saturday as my last long run day, but it looks like that’s really not going to happen now, since I’m in a 5k. Oh well…impromptu taper week! I’m so excited for this 10k 🙂

Then…yesterday I came home to this box:

And opened it and was stoked to see Amazing Grass products! Not that this makes me busy or anything, but it’s still something exciting happening this month! Amazing Grass sent me these samples to try:

Including some of their new bars:

I’ll let you know what I think as I consume 🙂

The LAST weekend of September, I’ll be participating in an event called, “Walk for the Mind.” I go with ALL of my family to support my beautiful, cousin, Beth. She has brain cancer, but it SUCH a strong and BEAUTIFUL person. If you didn’t know she had, you honestly wouldn’t be able to tell. I love her so much and am so happy to support her.

Lastly, also the last weekend of September is Shane and my 1 year anniversary!!! 😀

Aww…first dance. *tear* This year has gone by the fastest of any I’ve experienced yet, and I’m so blessed to be spending it with the love of my life.

This is all among 5 different friends’ birthday’s to celebrate, and a bunco night thrown in the mix.

Phew! September is a busy, busy month.

So how do I stay calm when my schedule is not? I have a few different tactics…

  • First and foremost, I keep up with my workouts. Yes, I know, this seems like just another thing to keep up with, but it keeps me sane. As I’m sure you all agree, working out is a HUGE stress reliever, and I’m a firm believer that exercise is what makes me happy on some days. This isn’t to say hat I might skip a day – if I do, I just don’t stress about it

  • I keep up with my day to day tasks. This is a hard one, and it’s easy to let this one slip. However, if I start to fall back on something like laundry (I do 1-2 loads a day, because as I said when I first started this blog, laundry doesn’t deserve its own day) it mounts up, and just weighs on me. So I take the extra 15 minutes to do a couple loads. I’d rather give up the 15 minutes than have the stress and pressure of knowing there’s a mountain of laundry in the laundry room rather than just a steep hill 😉

  • I also carve in time for laziness. If I don’t have anything going on on a Wednesday night, and I’ve caught up with all of my “must-do’s” (vs. my “to-do’s”) I fully enjoy some horizontal time on the couch guilt free.

What are some ways you stay sane and stress-free when you just seem to be on the go-go-go?

Nice Relaxing 5k

Hi all! The race went fabulously. Since I wasn’t running it for time, there wasn’t any pressure to try and get a certain time. My friend, Debby, and I decided we would just run it, talk it, and enjoy it. My friend Debby is the wise one who taught me all the calories leak out of chocolate when you share it with someone 😉

The scenery was gorgeous for this race. Luckily, my papperazi dad volunteered to take pictures so I could show all of you 😀 Here we are pre-race, stretchin’ it out.

Annnnd go!!

Just a note: I’ll be laughing in every single picture I post. We’d be running, and my dad would literally jump out of a bush to take an action shot LOL. Let’s just say, photography is his hobby, and he loves his daughter very much.

It was on a trail that most mostly lined with trees, so it was super shady, however, it was only 60 degrees out! It was pretty chilly until we started running.

It was also a fairly hilly 3.1 miles, with one hill that was very steep – but luckily it was also a short one.

We had a great time, but it was predominantly high school-aged kids running, so I felt all of my 24 years this morning running with them.

You can tell we’re both cracking up here! We were being stalked by the paperazzi haha!

We ended up finishing at an easy time of 30:20. With this time, we didn’t bother with sticking around for awards. Besides, right as we were crossing the finish line, the lady holding everyones’ bib tickets, dropped them all!!! There was no way she got them back in the right order. Yikes…

And I’ll leave you with a picture purely for your viewing enjoyment:

It says, “Shut up and Drink Your Beer!” bahahaa

Next up: 10k on September 19th 😀 I’m super excited for this one. I’ll be running this race with Debby also.

Do you like running with a friend or by yourself? I enjoy both, depending on what my goals are. If I have a goal, I like to go it alone, but if I’m just in it for the fun, than I like to run with a buddy!