Moonlight Run and Mix My Granola

Happy Hump Day! We’ve made it to the end-part of the week. Woohoo! And actually, tomorrow is really my Friday, since the husband and I will be traveling all day Friday to a wedding. Ugh, that reminds me – I have yet to pack, and I have NO clue what to wear. I don’t think I’ve ever been to a wedding that wasn’t in the months of June-September!

I woke up super early this morning. Apparently, there was an earthquake here around 4:00, and while I didn’t necessarily feel it, I was awake on and off from 4:00 until my alarm went off at 4:55. Yikes. That’s an early hour!

Early to rise, was I this morning, because I had a work out to get in! My training plan had a run of 5×400’s at a 5k pace, and since I’m getting to work later, I had time to cruise on over to my new gym and tackle it.

Before leaving for the gym, I had half of a sliced banana, sprinkled with maca and cinnamon:





When I got to the gym, I snatched a window-side treadmill, and ran under the moonlight. It was pretty cool – the moon was in a Cheshire cat shape this morning 🙂 Speaking of Cheshire cats, I cannot WAIT until the new Alice in Wonderland movie comes out. It looks super crazy awesome. But I digress.

Once on the treadmill, I warmed up with a 5 minute light jog, and then alternated .25 miles of a 5k pace (8:57 pace for me) with .50 miles recovery (10:00 pace) for the first three “sprints” and then .25 of 5k pace w/ .25 of recovery pace for the last two sprints. That totaled about 3.8 miles, but I was SO sweaty and beat when I finished! Afterward I just a few triceps and chest exercises. I was supposed to get in a full “push muscles” workout after my run, but lost some time by forgetting my gym shoes (was wearing Uggs in the snow) the first time I sleepily left the house, had to come back and get em, and then head back again. Determination, I tell ya.

Leaving the gym I felt refreshed, energized, and accomplished, and came home to a quick shower, and a deeeeelicious breakfast.

Last night I combined a 1/3 c. oats, 1/4 c. yogurt, 1/2 c. almond milk, 1 T. chia seeds, 1 T. hemp powder, 1 T. of PB2 in a container to make Overnight Oats and stuck it in the fridge before bed:



When ready for breakfast, it got dressed:




Other half of the banana, cinnamon, raisins, Mix My Granola Mix, and the last of my Trader Joe’s Raw Almond Butter.

And when I say the last, I mean it’s donzo



Can’t even make Oats in a Jar with this bad boy

Aaand a Kombucha for the car ride:



Mix My Granola

If you haven’t heard of Mix My Granola before, they basically allow granola lovers everywhere to eat their own perfect granola – literally! When you visit their website, you can build your own perfect granola. You start by picking a base, and then building on with whatever nuts, seeds, dried fruits, enhancers etc. you want to include.

I was super excited when Mix My Granola said they’d send me my very own mix to sample! They offer TONS of ingredients to choose from, and I really had a hard time deciding what to include.



Finally, I went with the organic granola base to keep things simple, Goji berries because they’re hard to find, dried strawberries because I thought they’d compliment the Goji berry flavor, Walnuts for sustenance, and Maca powder because I had never tried it before (when I ordered it.) Oh, and lots of LOVE of course 😉





Obviously, I immediately busted it open and had a handful. OMG – so good. Definitely happy with my choice 🙂

After getting snacky last night, I poured some in a bowl over some SO Delicious Coconut Milk (which is love, too, btw)


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And this morning, I tossed a handful on top of aforementioned Overnight Oats!

The tubes of granola are 16 ounces, which is about 14 “servings" (which = about 7 servin gs in Paige-world 😉 ) but I’ll sure be sad when I run out!


Well, bloggy friends, being awake since 4:30 in really starting to hit me. Think it’s time to go relax in the basement with the fam. Yay for Wednesday night TV! In the Middle and Modern Family tonight 😀


What type of dress would you wear to a wedding if it was going to be snowy and cold? I’m at a total loss 😦

What movies are you excited about that are coming out in theatre soon? I have been waiting for Alice in Wonderland for MONTHS now. I think Johnny Depp is just fabulous, and I think the movie will be a one of a kind.


Fish Food Salad

Happy Super Bowl Sunday, everyone! Whoop whoop! Haha OK…so I’m not that pumped for the game, but MY team was out LONG ago *cough* Bears *cough*

Did ya’ll have a fab Saturday?

After breakfast yesterday, I headed straight to the gym to hop on one of the 3 working treadmills to get in a 5 mile run in. Luckily, my favorite one was open, so I hopped on, tuned in to America’s Next Top Model, and conquered those 5 miles in 48:56. It was a lot easier than I thought. Ever since my last race last year, my mileage has decreased. But now that I’m training again, it’s time to amp it back up!

Next, I headed to three different grocery stores to get some essentials + Super Bowl foods! While shopping I had an unpictured Kombucha + half a vegan oatmeal raisin cookie. Delicious 😀

I only had about an hour before I had to leave to go to Peoria, so I showered and grabbed a piece of leftover Amy’s pizza and was out the door.

One of my girlfriend’s from back home’s daughter is turning two, and she had a birthday party for her at the coolest place ever. Basically it’s like an amusement park for kids:




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Gosh, who would do that?? I’m just a big kid 😉


After the party, I headed on back home, where I started on laundry and getting a little food prep out of the way for today.

We’re just having a few people over, but on the menu here in the ran household is as following:


  • meat balls and bbq sauce
  • wings


  • Meatless balls and bbq sauce
  • Quinoa Confetti casserole from ED&BV
  • Guacamole & salsa and blue chips
  • Cashew hummus and veggie sticks/crackers
  • Cookies, cookies, cookies!

Knowing that I’d have a lot to do, I prepared a LOT last night:





Homestyle chocolate chip cookies


Spice cookies


homemade BBQ sauce

Creamy Cashew hummus from ED&BV

Phew! I was beat after this.

Between rounds of cookies, I broke for dinner. I wasn’t all that hungry since I had been taste testing all night, but decided a salad would be a good dinner.


Romaine, spinach, red and yellow bell pepper, goat cheese, red wine vinegar, EVOO, and dulse flakes. I picked up some of these flakes after trying the seaweed salad last weekend at Hyashi. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of smelling them first. They smelled like fish food. Blech. Naturally, the whole time I was eating the salad, I tasted fish food. Needless to say, I ate about half the salad and threw the other half out. Ya win some, ya lose some, right??

I also some leftover chickpeas from making the hummus, so I decided to mix them in maple syrup, coconut oil, and rice vinegar and roast them to have with my dinner:



Shane came home not too much later from a bachelor party he was at, and we watched a couple epi’s of Big Bang Theory while I had a “second” dinner:


My own Mix My Granola that I had been sent (review to come soon!) – and then called it a night.

Nine glorious hours later, and I awoke wanting to try out a new product I got from the health food store yesterday!

Maca is supposed to provide energy and help with hormone stabilization. Here you can read more about the benefits of Maca powder

I had tried it, but just in the form of Angela’s RUN Glo Bar, and I thought it gave me lots of energy then. So this morning for breakfast, I mixed 1/2 t. with another 1/2 t. of cinnamon, and then put it atop some Barney Buttered Brown Rice Flour toast and a Barney Buttered nanner:


It was pretty good! Slightly sweet, though it mixed very well with the cinnamon. I think this might become a staple!

Plus some beet, carrot, apple, and spinach juice:




Well I better get crackin’ on my to-do list! It’s a pretty lengthy one to get done before tonight!

First off to the gym to do a full body weights sesh. The maca powder better live up to its standards 😉


Do you like to “play” like little kids do? Or are you more of a sit back in watch the kids-type? Obviously I have to join in on the fun. I could never turn down a water balloon fight, bumper cars, or an oversized play house. Obviously 😀