Thursday Things

She’s alive! This week has flown by with work, running and everything in between. So without further ado, he’s what I’ve been up to lately.

1. I had no idea yesterday was National Running Day! It was pretty dreary around these parts, so I didn’t get to run outside. But every chance I get I’m hitting the trails with Oliver.

Laurie wrote a touching post about why she loves running, which made me think about my own running journey.

I love running because it gives me the chance to think. I have my BEST ideas when I’m either running or in the shower (TMI but who cares!). I have been known to completely lose myself in thought and suddenly I’ve gone another mile without even realizing it. 95% of the time I’m also running with Oliver.

Running bonds us like nothing else. There’s nothing Oliver loves more than scampering with the wind blowing through his floppy ears. I honestly think Brenton is missing out (he doesn’t run unless he’s being chased). Sometimes when I listen to music I say to myself, “Oliver would love this song” because it seems like his cadence is in perfect rhythm with whatever I’m listening to. If he could talk, I’m sure he’d say his favorite band is the Black Keys :)

Oddly enough, I hated running before I rescued Oliver. If I had to run, I much preferred a treadmil and running outside scared me. Now I’d glady exchange the treadmil for a run outside. Whenever we get back from a run, Oliver sticks to me like glue and follows me everywhere. Does anyone else experiences this?

2. My Gatherings column in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel was published on Sunday. It was all about going into uncharted territory in the kitchen. Although I can make a TON of complicated foods (like eggrolls, homemade pasta and cakes galore), I can’t make Minute rice to save my life. I kid you not. I don’t even buy rice because it tastes like crap whenever I do try to make it. It’s either burnt, too watery, gummy or just inedible. So for me, tacking risotto was quite a feat. Brenton helped me with the stirring part but I measured and cut everything. I was thankful for his help because putting on a spread like this isn’t easy. You have to time everything out perfectly, style each dish and take photos. Brenton took this picture and did a fabulous job. He’s so talented!

For any good cook, part of the fun is exploring new menu possibilities. How about a meal of Roasted Beet Salad with Crumbled Feta and Pea Shoots (clockwise from left), Asparagus Risotto and Lemon Poundcake with No-Churn Vanilla Ice Cream and Strawberry Compote.

3. I’m so excited for the weekend! Brenton and I are watching “Life of Pi” tomorrow night, which I heard was really good. We have leftover homemade mac and cheese and pulled pork in the fridge for dinner, but I’m having a mad craving for Asian….again. On Saturday, my mom, my nephew Triddy (i.e. Tristan) and I are going antiquing in Lake Geneva, Wi. Bring on the bargains and vintage finds. Speaking of vintage, I posted a decrepit chair on here a month or so ago and I finally finished reupholstering it! It looks fantastic, and I can’t wait to share it with everyone.

Question: Any weekend plans? What do you love about running?

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Welcome to She's on the Run! I'm Alysha, a copywriter and food writer living in Milwaukee. I live to run, write and explore wonderful food - this blog is how I find balance while constantly being on the run. Feel free to reach me at with any questions or comments.
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