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Tuesday Confessions

Good Morning! Since things have been a bit random in nature lately, I thought that should dictate my latest post. Here goes everything…

1. I can’t wait to head out to The Ruby Tap and Firefly in Wauwatosa tonight with my lady food blogger friends. From Oscar parties to brunch, many a laughs are sure to be had…not to mention good food and wine :)

2. So last night I had a massage. In the 5-7 or so that I’ve had, no one’s ever talked to me (maybe conversation loses its luster when you’re staring at someone’s bare back?). Anyway, I had the chattiest massage therapist last night. But she was a hoot. Giving people the rub down is her second job. Her 9-5 is being a parole officer for the criminals of Milwaukee. Besides indulging me in fun stores, she was also awesome at giving book recommendations, which I will be passing onto Laurie and Brittney for our book club.

The first one was Kris Radish’s “Annie Freeman’s Fabulous Traveling Funeral” about the friendships and connections attached to one woman who dies (that’s the short version). But it really sounds good on Goodreads!

 

Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral

The second was a book I heard about on the “Sunday Morning Show.” I’m not a fan of Dean Koontz (I’ve actually never read any of his books), but she said the memoir about his dog is fabulous. It’s called “A Little Big Life: The Memoir of a Joyful Dog.” My massage therapist said she laughed and cried while listening to the audiobook. And a book that tugs at my emotions on my 45-minute commute to work sounds like a winner to me!

3. I have until tonight at midnight to get the best deal on registering for the Fox Cities Half Marathon. It’s $50 until April 30 before jumping to $65. After looking at the pictures from last year’s recap, I really want to run this one. But I also want to run some additional races with friends. Nothing like cutting in down to the wire! I don’t know why I’m so torn. I just need to sign up and do it. At least I’ll look happy when I’m done!

 

Question: What do you procrastinate on?

(And yes, I’m aware I’m ending a sentence when a preposition, which my old creative director absolutely hated. But I firmly believe in making up your own rules in writing and in life.)

Race Medal and Bib Hanger + Giveaway Winner!

I’m back live! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday! We spent time up in Appleton visiting Brenton’s family and down in Kenosha with my family. It was Tristan’s first Christmas, so we had a great time opening presents and playing with his new toys. With a few extra days off work, we also had time to work on some Pinterest projects.

For the longest time I’ve wanted to create something that holds my race medals and bibs for my half marathons.

Pinterest Inspiration:

race bib & medals display

 

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My version:

This project was very easy. I got the wood from Hobby Lobby for $2.99. Then I painted the wood a slate blue and distressed it with steel wool. I also painted some clothes pins to hold the bibs. Finally, I bought the hangers for the medals at Menards for a buck or two. Voilà! For more race medal hanger ideas, see my running page on Pinterest.

The next project I did was completely girly and I love it! It’s a DIY necklace holder with knobs you would find at Anthrolpologie.

Pinterest Inspiration:

Jewelry holder. easy.

 

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My Version:

Instead of spending $8-12 for Anthropologie knobs, I only spent $2 per knob at Hobby Lobby. This really saved me money on this project. I think the whole necklace hanger cost me about $13 (the wood was scrap but we bought a small container of paint to distress the wood).

Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered by 2-year Blogiversary Giveaway for a set of William Bounds Salt and Pepper Mills! The winner is…

Congrats! Please send me your shipping information and phone number to Alysha@Shesontherun.com and I’ll have this sent out to you asap!

Don’t forget! You still have a few days to enter my giveaway for a 1-lb box of Enstrom Toffee!

Question: How was your holiday?! What do you like to do when you have extra time?

2 year Blogiversary! + William Bounds Giveaway

Two years went by in the blink of an eye. I can remember writing my first post on December 12, 2010 with the goal to ” just to write about food.” (By the way, you can still check out that god awful first post. It may look like the photography of a blind man, but those Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies are fabulous.) But as this blog has grown, it’s really developed into much more than that.

For me, blogging is like a community. I love catching up on your lives, and I feel like I’m missing something when I’ve been away for too long. Whether it’s a new puppy, engagement, job change or new recipe, I’ve somehow managed to grow attached to people I’ve never met in person. I’ve also had the wonderful opportunity to meet some of you lovely people in the flesh (like Brittney, Laurie, Karis, Erica, Lisa, Inger, Molly and Sun – which I don’t really count because I’ve known her well before she ever started blogging).

My readers give my blog meaning. Every time you comment, show support or  just show up, I’m grateful — Oliver is too. If he only knew how cute y’all think he is, his head would be the size of a hot air balloon.

To make this anniversary even more fun, here are some of my favorite moments from this past year.

There have been races…

 

In route toward my new PR at the Fox Cities Half Marathon.

There have been calorie bombs…

 

Milwaukee Food Tour’s pizza tour.

There have been disappointments…

 

My first (and last) experience with Foodie Pen Pals.

There have been miracles…

 

Baby Tristan.

And most of all, there have been good times…

Getting my beer on at Brew Fest.

William Bounds Giveaway!

To thank all of you for your faithful readership, I’m hosting the biggest giveaway on this blog to date. You already know William Bounds is one fantastic company if you have any interest in food (and chances are if you’re reading this post, you already do).

I’ve already sang their praises on their Sili Tea Ball. But what William Bounds is really known for is their salt and pepper mills. In a kitchen with crapped-out cookie sheets, a stained coffee maker and mismatched dinnerware, these salt and pepper mills are two of the most beautiful things I own. I think I literally sighed when I took them out of the box a few weeks ago.

These are definitely not your parent’s mills. They are very substantial in weight and you’ll notice the quality of the materials at first touch. I also love how modern this design is and that the sea salt and peppercorns can really shine (literally, that salt is practically gleaming).

To celebrate my 2-year blogiversary, William Bounds has offered to send one lucky She’s on the Run reader the exact same set of Clear with Brushed Monarch Salt and Pepper Mills! Each are 10 1/2 inches high and feature s a 3-step adjustment ring to choose between fine, medium and coarse grinds.

To Enter (MANDATORY): You must like William Bounds on Facebook AND leave me a comment saying what you would do with these mills. Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. For EXTRA ENTRIES, you may:

2. Tweet about the giveaway: Alysha @Shesontherun is celebrating her blogiversary with a salt and pepper mill giveaway! http://shesontherun.com/?p=3306

3. Follow me on Twitter @Shesontherun

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The giveaway will be open from today until Christmas, December 25, 2012! Good luck!!!

Disclaimer: William Bounds has given me this product to review. I was not given the product in exchange for a positive review. All opinions are my own.

How I Recovered From My Half Marathon

Thank goodness it’s Thursday. This week has just flown by. And after Sunday’s Half Marathon, my body is feeling as good as new. I thought I felt OK after the race (not too sore), but the 1 1/2 hour car ride back to Milwaukee made me so stiff that I felt like I morphed into an 80-year-old woman.

However, I feel that slowly amping up my activity helped a TON. Here’s what I did this week:

Monday: Walk 30 minutes

Tuesday: Walk 30 minutes in the morning, walk an additional 60 minutes during lunch

Wednesday: 20 minutes on the elliptical, 25 minutes of weight lifting

Thursday (today): 25 minutes on the elliptical, 25 minutes of strength training, 60 minutes of walking during lunch

I also did my fair share of foam rolling and BioFreeze rolling.

Although I have been running for years, I didn’t try BioFreeze until ordering it from Swanson Vitamins about a month ago (They also have a huge selection of vitamins, supplements, organic foods, natural bath/beauty products, eco-friendly cleaners, etc.). Swanson contacted me about trying some of their products. Of course I picked up an assortment of goodies from Bob’s Red Mill, Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and Stevia.

I love the fact that it’s so much cheaper to buy BioFreeze from Swanson’s. It was only $10.32, which is at least $4 cheaper than where I have seen it elsewhere. Basically, it’s a roll-on pain reliever that helps with arthritis, muscle, joint and back pain. Since I can’t walk around with ice packs on my legs at work, this really helped with my pain. It was cool and soothing. I definitely think that this, in combination with foam rolling, light activity and stretching, helped me bounce back quicker after this half marathon. I can’t wait to run on Saturday (it’s supposed to be 69 here and sunny).

Speaking of the race, I decided to reward myself for doing such a great job and beating my 2 hour goal (I finished in 1:59:43).

I was trolling through Lululemon’s “We Made Too Much” section and stumbled on these Sun Sprinter Crops. I figured these would be perfect for fall running because they are form fitting (no flopping pant legs I can trip on). There are also panels of Circle Mesh to keep me cool.

I think the back side may be even cuter than the front. I love the slight details like the zipper in back for my Gu’s (or for Oliver’s poop bag!). Regularly $88, I snagged these babies for $69! I know that is still crazy expensive, but I LOVE the quality of Lululemon (like my Run: Shorty Shorts). I’m still waiting for these to ship to my house, so I’ll give an update to let you guys know how I really like them.

Question: How do you reward yourself after you reach a goal (big or small)? Although I am a total sweets lover, I’ve heard that you should not reward yourself with food. I still do, of course, but not very often. With running especially, I feel like new workout gear or accessories are a great reward because they make me feel good when I’m using them (like my Garmin 305 watch) – unlike a cupcake, in which the effects would be gone after eating it.

Disclaimer: I was given free products by Swanson Vitamins. I was not given them in exchange for a positive review. All opinions are my own.

Fox Cities Half Marathon 2012 Recap

It’s in the books! My third half marathon is officially over. On Thursday I was completely freaking out about the race because I was battling a cold and didn’t know how that would affect my running. Well I can happily report that I did great! I PR’d and hit my goal of beating 2 hours. My official time was 01:59:43 – just 17 seconds under my goal. Talk about cutting it close!

The night before the race, Brenton’s parents made homemade spring rolls. Light, healthy and super delicious, I really needed a meal with low fiber, lean protein and high carbs. This meal was perfect before a race for those reasons.

This morning’s breakfast looked a lot like last year’s: white toast, peanut butter and honey with a side of fruit and a cup of coffee.

The race started at 7 am and it was about 40 degrees outside. My outfit was pretty skimpy compared to the other runners. (I was wearing my Lululemon Run: Shorty Shorts, which worked out perfectly. Those things don’t ride up or move). Everyone else was wearing a jacket or leggings. I’d have to say, I wish I would have worn a long sleeved top – like this Star Runner top from Lululemon. Obviously I underestimated the weather in Appleton, Wisconsin. I was freezing the entire race.

At mile 7.5, I was still going strong despite the cold weather and my lingering cold (my nose kept running, sexy I know).

Brenton snapped a picture of these ladies cheering on the runners. This was at mile 12. I was grimacing/staring at the ground/and just trying to finish, so I didn’t see them.

Due to my cold, I also had to breathe through my mouth the entire time, hence the face!

My strategy for the race was to do even splits. And since I wanted to break 2 hours, I had to run at about a 9:09 min/mile. Using my Garmin Forerunner, I saw that my splits ranged from 9 minute miles to 9:18 minute miles and I nabbed an official chip time of 1:59:43. I still don’t know how I preformed compared to other runners (the other results aren’t on the site yet), but I couldn’t be more thrilled with my time.

It’s still too early to say what my goal will be for next year, other than another PR. I’d love to sign up for another half in addition to the fox cities one…maybe Milwaukee’s Rock n’ Sole? It’s June 15, 2013, so we shall see!

To see my recap of last year’s Fox Cities Half Marathon, click here (You’ll notice a very similar outfit! This is obviously my lucky tank top).

Question: Do you have any lucky race clothing or accessories?

Fox Citites Half Marathon: Only 3 Days to Go!

Today I am praying to the running gods. I’m already freaking out about the Fox Cities Half Marathon and now I’ve caught a cold! It started on Tuesday night when I was watching “A Little Bit of Heaven.” (which, BTW, I cried at least 4 times. Watching people die puts me to mush.)

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I started getting a sore throat, and I didn’t sleep at all that night because the pain was so bad. I was actually really worried that it was strep. Now, I’m not worried about that but I know it’s a cold. My head is congested, I keep sneezing…you know, the usual.

Last night I took some cough meds before sleeping for a glorious 9 1/2 hours. I’m still not up to par (in the least), but I’m hoping I’ll at least feel good enough to race on Sunday. Question: Have you ever raced with a cold? At what point would you not run?

Yesterday and today are the last two training runs. I skipped yesterday and I don’t think I’m running today because I want to conserve my energy.

Wellspring Cooking Class

For those of you living around the Milwaukee area, there is a cooking class I would like to share with you. On September 27th, Wellspring Organic Farm and Education, Retreat Center is hosting a Healthy Substitutions Cooking Class, teaching folks how to make healthy, organic version of kitchen staples (BTW, Wellspring is in West Bend, WI).

Take ketchup for example, a 2 tablespoon serving contains 8 grams of sugar. Luckily for condiment lovers, enjoying ketchup does not need to be a diet buster. At the cooking class, KC Thorson, local chef and organic cooking coach, will be sharing her recipes and tips for healthy versions of household favorites like ketchup, mayo, white and BBQ sauces.

The class will be held from 6-8 p.m. at Wellspring located at 4382 Hickory Rd. West Bend, WI 53090. The cost is to join is $20 for those who register prior to September 25, and $25 for those after.

To sign up for the class or learn more, check out Wellspring’s website.

Recipe Contest!

Just BARE is celebrating simplicity in the kitchen with a 5-ingredient recipe contest. Submit at JustBAREChicken.com by October 9, after which the top 20 finalist recipe entrants will win $500 cash prizes and a spot in the brand’s first-ever Just BARE digital cookbook. The grand prize recipe will be chosen by Facebook and featured in Whole Living Magazine. Plus, people who place votes on Facebook are entered into a drawing for one of five iPads.

Recipes should incorporate no more than five ingredients. Chicken, salt, pepper and a fat source(s) for cooking do not count against the total.

 

 

 

Race Dreams

There’s less than a week to go until the Fox Cities Half Marathon and the race dreams have already started. Last year it was being the last one to start the race or starting the race 15 minutes after the last runner had taken off. This year it’s been forgetting to create a race day playlist or not having my iPod charged (which terrifies me because I need music to run).

Although I have been freaking out about the race for about a week (you know, normal race jitters), the one thing that boosts my confidence is a long training run. Yesterday was my last long training run before the race. On Hal Higdon’s Intermediate Training Plan, I was supposed to cap at 12 miles. I ended up running 11 miles because I only ran 10.15 last Sunday (instead of the 11 I was supposed to d0). I thought a  jump from 10.15 to 12 was too drastic, so I stopped at 11.

Here is my pre-run fuel: One cup of coffee (not pictured), one slice of white bread, one banana, a schmear of cashew butter and a drizzle of honey. I’ve been reading a lot on pre-race/run nutrition, and a lot of people are saying to stick with low-fiber meals while eating more carbs.

This meal obviously did the trick because I had an awesome run. I was hardly winded when I came back into the house. I think all this running helps regulate my breathing and allows me to adapt to more miles. (I should mention that I did have one GU packet at mile 6 on the run).

My Foodie Angel

A few weeks ago I vented a “bit” on my August Foodie Pen Pal. Well, I thought I would give you guys an update on the situation. After I got back from my week in Northern Wisconsin, I found these goodies on my doorstep from Carol at Lucky Zucca.

She knows that Trader Joe’s is pretty far away from my house, so she sent me a bunch of her favorite goodies from there. I cannot even explain how touched I was by Carol and her note. To say it was extremely thoughtful is an understatement. I feel extremely blessed to have such good blogger friends out there. I hope someday I can thank Carol in person because I would love to meet her!

Oliver loves his jerky from Sadie! He’s obviously feeling pretty spoiled too lately!

Question: Were you ever completely surprised by someone’s kindness? Does anyone else have race dreams besides me!?

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 Alysha@shesontherun.com with any questions or comments.
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