Currently: January

Good evening, Joggers! I hope you enjoyed this last weekend of January- I can’t BELIEVE tomorrow kicks off February already! I’m not complaining- now that the holidays are over I’m ready to fast-forward straight to Memorial Day.

Instead of my usual Weekend Update post (super-condensed version: worked a lot, ate a lot, took two naps), I thought I’d bring you all up to speed on what’s happening in my world. I plan to weigh in on what’s currently happening each month in 2016; feel free to sound off in the comments and let me know what you’re up to! If you want to see what I was up to over the summer, check out another Currently here.

Current Book:

I started reading The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers last night, but only got a couple of pages in before I passed out; I was exhausted (and a few skinny margaritas may have been making my eyelids extra heavy……). I cleaned out my bookshelves around the holidays and came across a bunch of books I bought but never read (does anybody else do this? PLEASE SAY YES.), and this was one of them.

Current Guilty Pleasure:

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These. Stop what you’re doing and go buy them.

Current Drink:

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Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride tea. Can’t stop, won’t stop.

(Editor’s note: this is a recycled picture.  I’m not SUCH a Christmas fanatic that I still have a tree up.)

Current Netflix Fave:

I’m PLOWING through documentaries. I watched Kids for Cash yesterday, which is horrifyingly sad. If you feel like being so creeped out you won’t sleep tonight, I recommend The Imposter. People be CRAY.

Current Excitement:

Super Bowl Sunday! I’m looking forward to the commercials and all the snacks; I’m relatively indifferent to who actually wins the game. And of course there’s the Puppy Bowl; I have to live vicariously through TV puppies until I can get one of my very own!

Current Obsession:

Coconut oil. I used it to make the crust for these babies last week, and I’ve been using it as a moisturizer as well. Indoor heat really dries me out, and coconut oil is a great hydrator for your skin (plus, it smells pretty amazing!).

So there you have it- another weekend in the books, and you’re all up to speed on what’s going on in my life. Happy February, Joggers- I hope you have a great month!

Question of the day:

What are you currently up to?

Weekend Update: Blizzard Edition

Happy Sunday, Joggers! If you’re on the east coast, I hope you’ve successfully dug out from this weekend’s storm. We got about two feet of snow in my neck of the woods, which meant the Husband spent quite a few hours clearing out last night and this morning (I’m not allowed to help. Apparently I don’t “do it right”).

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Behind our front door.  That’s as close as I got to the snow.

Instead, I pulled my weight in the kitchen. Yesterday I busted out our new espresso maker and our new waffle maker and got down to business. Blueberry waffles and almond milk lattes FTW!

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Next up was meatballs, sauce, and lasagna. Needless to say, we will be well-fed this week!

I spent the rest of my Saturday on the couch binging on Netflix and snacks. I did drag myself off the couch and bang out one of Tina’s kettle bell workouts before bedtime. I missed my run on Friday- my office building and its gym were unexpectedly closed, so I got an impromptu work-from-home day and didn’t make it outside to run. That means I’ve got a little catching up to do this week!

Today was a bit more productive; I ventured out of the house to grab coffee and a few groceries for the week, vacuumed the house, cleaned the kitchen, did a little bit of laundry, and finished a little bit of work. I watched a bunch of football, reheated lasagna for dinner, and went to town on these delicious beauties:

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They are so delicious! I think they might be my most favorite Oreos ever.

Tomorrow, it’s back to business as usual. I’m sure I’ll be slipping and sliding all over the place on my way to and from work tomorrow. Stay tuned later this week for an update on my half marathon training!

QUESTIONS OF THE DAY:

Who got snow this weekend? How’d you spend your Sunday?

Scenes from My Sunday

Happy Sunday, Joggers! How was your weekend? Faster than you wanted? What else is new?!

For many of us, this is the first blessed three-day weekend of the new year. I have to drag myself into the office for a few hours tomorrow, but I’m treating myself to a facial as a reward for being such a hard worker ;).

I hope your 2016 is off to a great start! So far, I have no complaints. My running has been going wonderfully, I’ve kept the house clean, and my diet has been pretty decent without all those pesky holiday treats lying around. I haven’t completely blown it on any of my 2016 goals, so I’m considering the first few weeks of this year a victory.

My Saturday was consumed with putting away all of our Christmas decorations, along with cleaning up the house and our usual Saturday date night. Today, I turned my attention to running and getting set up for the upcoming week. Here are just a few scenes from my Sunday:

Some Miles in the Snow

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This is the first time I’ve ever run during a snow shower, and I didn’t hate it! I love it when it snows but I don’t really like getting wet, but the sidewalks weren’t slippery and it was kinda fun to run through the snowflakes.

New Friends

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Folks, this is a wild turkey. Mind you, you can see NYC from where I live. But somehow, a pack of three big wild turkeys showed up in our neighborhood a few months ago and seems to be hanging around. This afternoon, the trio was just strolling down the block like they owned the place. This one let me get pretty close to snap a pick, but then he gave me the stink-eye so I took off down the street.

Postrun Snack

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A banana, an apple, half a cup of nonfat greek yogurt, some cinnamon, and a mug of hot chocolate peppermint tea on the side. Heathly, filling, and guilt-free.

New Dessert Treat

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I picked up this bad boy at Whole Foods earlier this morning. What can I say? I’m a sucker for salted caramel and anything that’s on sale!

There you have it, Joggers- some snippets from the highlights of my Sunday. I hope you all enjoy your evening and have a great week!

Sound off below and let me know what you loved about your Sunday!

Sweet dreams,

JwJ

On New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year, Joggers! I hope this holiday season was full of fun, love, peace, and whatever else makes you happy! I had a great Christmas and New Year’s, and once again I’m shocked it’s all over already. I’m already dreading having to pack up all the Christmas decorations!

One of my new favorites.

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My holidays were FULL of good eats. Hence why I’m making a HUGE effort to clean up my diet from today onward.

It’s not Christmas without these babies.

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Sausage bread. Fresh out of the oven. Holy cow.

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Let’s talk about what everybody else is talking about today- New Year’s Resolutions. I’ll be honest- I’m not a fan of ‘em. I think they’re a great way to set yourself up for failure. I think I read a statistic where something like only 8% of people who make resolutions stick to them by December 31st. So instead of making resolutions, I decided to set a goal in each of the important areas of my life: personal, professional, financial, and fitness. I’ll spare you three of the four (because one is personal and I’m pretty sure you’d be bored by the other two), but my main fitness goal this year is all about PRs. I want to PR in the 5k, 10k, and half-marathon. A little lofty? Maybe. But I think I can pull it off. I started a new half-marathon training cycle a few weeks ago, and am feeling pretty good so far. I got super spoiled last month with freakishly warm temperatures, so I was able to most of my running outside. I already have my 10k and half-marathon goal races in mind, but am still thinking about which 5k to choose.

I treated myself to some new gear during Under Armour’s after-Christmas sale. Those Perfect Pace shorts are EVERYTHING.

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Now, I’m settled in on the couch doing what I do best- relaxing and watching Netflix.

Note the lack of working lights on the lower one-third of the tree. I’ve had this tree since college, and it’s finally seen its last Christmas.

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Happy New Year! I wish you all everything your heart desires in 2016. It’s going to be a great year!

Xo, Jess

Question of the day: What are you most looking forward to in 2016?

Weekend Update- Thanksgiving Edition

 

Good evening, Joggers! Long time no talk. Sorry going off the reservation for a few weeks; things got a little hectic with my day job and the holidays, so I didn’t get a chance to log in with you all.  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend with those that matter most to you.

So how’s the running going? How was your Thanksgiving? We have so much to catch up on. Let’s take it one topic at a time.

JOGGING STUFF: My running has been going well since the Runyon Run a few weekends ago. The week after the race I stuck to walking and the elliptical- my quads were KILLING me after all the stairs during the race, so I took it easy on myself. Work has been insane in the membrane the past few weeks, but things should calm down between now and the end of the year (fingers crossed). I haven’t been feeling super-great lately; I’m trying to fight off a cold and my immune system is staging a revolt, but I’m hoping if I take it easy the next few weeks my body will straighten itself out.

To keep myself motivated this holiday season, I’m going streaking! I’m going the Runner’s World Run Streak between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day. It’s pretty simple- just run at least one mile per day, every day (learn more here). That’s it. It doesn’t have to be fast, and it doesn’t have to be pretty. Follow me on Instagram (@joggingwithjess) to see how it’s going!

I’ve also got another goal race in mind; I’ll bring you up to speed next week on my big plans.

My goals for this week are:

  1. Yoga twice this week. My body and immune system are CRAVING it.
  2. Don’t break the run streak.
  3. Get my diet under control. Specifically, come up with a game plan for the holiday season. Usually, I just say I’m going to be militant about my eating, but that typically backfires.

My secret weapon: smoothies.

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This was my post-workout shake on Thanksgiving morning. Don’t worry, I made up for it in pie later that evening.

JESS STUFF: This weekend is one of my favorites- Thanksgiving and the official kickoff to the holiday season! I’m OBSESSED with Christmas. The house is already decorated, and a solid 50% of my holiday shopping is done.

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The Frenchie obsession continues- look at these plates I found at Pier One!

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Now I’m spending the rest of my Sunday evening watching “90 Day Fiance” (FASCINATING show) and getting to bed early so I can start the work week off right!

Pleasant dreams, Joggers!

Goal Race Update

Good evening Joggers! I’m popping in quickly to get you all up to speed on how my 5k went today.

This morning I ran the Damon Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium, and I had initially set a goal of running a sub-30 minute 5k. While the official results haven’t been posted yet, I don’t think my chip time will be less than 30 minutes. I used Runkeeper to track my run, and my unofficial time was 34:22. Here’s why I’m still really happy with how I ran today, and really proud of my performance:

  1. I did a crappy job of running the tangents and used up an extra .22 miles dodging walkers and kids.  So, I ran 3.32 miles in 34:22, which is an average pace of 10:21.
  2. This is the first race I ran the entire time, without taking any walk breaks.
  3.  This race course requiress you to climb 107 stairs throughout the race.  That is hard, and takes up more time.
  4. This is the first race I’ve actually run for time (as opposed to the goal being “Just Don’t Die”).
  5. I ran my first mile in 8:14.  I’ve never run a mile that fast before.

I’ll have a full race re-cap later this week, but wanted to keep you all up to date on how things went. I’m off to go mourn the last-minute loss of the Giants to the Patriots.  The GMen are not making it easy for the fans this year, that’s for sure.

Wishing you all a great start to the week,

JwJ

Weekly Training Update

And we’re back at Sunday evening already! How did that happen??

This weekend was a pretty low-key one for me; the weather was gorgeous, but I was feeling a little under the weather after my flu shot earlier this week (still better than catching the actual flu), so we took it easy and got a lot done around the house. Wednesday is my BIRTHDAY!!!!, so next weekend I have a lot going on along with the Runyon 5k at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.

In addition to putting away 47,000 loads of laundry today, I did some serious food prep:

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  • These delicious homemade energy bars for pre-workout this week. I subbed in some white chocolate chips, walnuts, and craisins because that’s what I had in the cabinets;
  • Smitten Kitchen’s marsala pasta bake, to pop in the oven tomorrow night after work and a long run;

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  • Roasted butternut squash, with a splash of balsalmic vinegar (as I reheat each portion, I top with crumbled goat cheese and craisins); and
  • PBF’s pumpkin banana oatmeal, for a hearty breakfast since temps are going to drop below 70 this week (THE HORROR!!).

When I spend a portion of my Sunday prepping for the week ahead, it makes Monday morning SO MUCH EASIER. Just knowing I already have all three meals for tomorrow ready to go will make getting out of bed tomorrow slightly less painful.

In typical Sunday evening fashion, here’s what last week’s workouts looked like:

Monday: 2.5 mile run + 60 minute yoga class

Tuesday: 0.4 mile walk around the block (Piling on the Miles!)

Wednesday: 12×400 on the tready

Thursday: 1 mile on the elliptical + planks

Friday: 4×400 on the tready

Sunday: housework housework housework

It’s a good week when you only have one day without a workout!

Now I’m off to curl up in my bed and read You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz.  I just started it the other night, but am interested to get into it.  I read like a maniac on our honeymoon, but haven’t really read much since we’ve been home.  Time to get back to #bookworm status!

Have a great week, Joggers!