Posts Tagged ‘Winter’
December 1, 2013
Happy December! Holy geez, did I just write that? This year is officially the speediest.
Tonight I am coming to you pretty late. In fact, I’m sure ninety percent of you reading this won’t even see it until Monday morning or afternoon. But, I’ve always been a firm believer in better late than never so I’m stickin’ to it and taking you along for the ride.
Last week was crazy, ya’ll! Four home games, a visit from Scott’s parents, cooking for and hosting our very first Thanksgiving, extra rehearsals, and fun outings completely took over our lives for a good bit. As I am just settling down to type this at about 11:30 p.m. I have too much running through my mind and so much to share with you.
I want to highlight our Thanksgiving and preview a handful of yummy recipes I can’t wait to type up. I want to tell you a few funny stories. I want to get back to posting workouts, and I want to start sharing my eats in a more healthy and inspirational “hey, I can make that” way. But, for now I am saving all of that for this week and am sharing a collection of photos from the weekend instead.
To keep it on the short (and what I think to be fun) side, I am going to simply stick to photos and only use hashtags to describe them. Because I love them and still think they’re awesome.
#gamenumber3oftheweek #TLChalftime #noscrubs #chasingwaterfalls
#cutestkittenaward #bestillmyheart #wereinlove
(at my friend’s house after the game)
#birthdaycelebration #fridaynight #goodtimes
#movember #wedontknowthem #okayfinethatsmyhusband
#saturdaynmorningpractice #ishouldjustsleephere #nobutreally
#UofMvsOSU #GOBLUE #wehadtickets #had #didntgettogobutstillwatched
#gamenight #lounging #friends #fun #waytoocompetitive
#abbaabbaboo (<- for Nichole).
#whyRoadieisanut #whymydogthinksheisacat #hilarious
#Sundayafternoongame #daisydukes #bestroutineever #pistonsdancers
#celebratorydinner #hibachi #spicychicken #noleftovers #whoops
#christmaslights #downtownrochester #favoritethingaboutourtown #winter
#dessertoasis #decafmexicancoffee #chocolatepeppermintmoussecake
#morelounging #readyforbed #wereout
This week should be less hectic and more normal for yours truly. I am looking forward to getting back to my healthy eating and workout routines in the biggest way possible. I hope you had a fabulous weekend full of fun hashtagging opportunities as well. (Feel free to share any below!)
See you again oh so very soon!
January 31, 2013
Hello from a cold and snowy day in Michigan! Wait… what?
Yesterday it was 55 degrees, humid, and rainy out.
This winter concept sure is confusing!
Being a “warmer” day here Tuesday, I took advantage of it by going for a run outside. I even thought I might be nuts after the last few experiences, but since I only had about a half hour to complete a workout I went for it.
How was it? Well… let me answer that question by posing one:
What do you think happens to snow when it stops falling and the temperature rises?
Wet, muddy, slippery, nasty slush.
Occasionally, a fog rolls in too.
Just another beautiful January day in Rochester Hills!
(And I thought running on ice was a challenge.)
I actually started my run feeling confident. These days, 55 seems like a dream and I did not have to do any crazy layering besides a sweatshirt. With a glance out into the neighborhood, I thought “I got this!”
Ha. I got it alright.
If it means a first class ticket of two miles into slip and slide central.
The beginning of my run was manageable, but when I got to the main road, the sidewalks were covered with snow, mud and slush. It took all of my concentration to watch my steps and try not to fall and eat dirty snow for lunch.
Slowly and carefully, I hopped, dodged, and maneuvered my way around most of the big ice patches. Weaving back and forth between sides of the sidewalk, I probably spent a good mile running through snowy and slushy grass.
Grass slush > sidewalk slush any day.
Like I said, I only had a half hour to fit in a workout, so I stopped at two miles. I finished it off with a series of walking front and side lunges, push-ups, and plank holds (with those last two exercises happening indoors, of course).
Don’t worry neighbors, it’s just me again. You know… that crazy girl you always see prancing around outside.
Speaking of lunges, I posted a killer booty blaster workout earlier this week.
Check it out! ^
If I only had thirty minutes to workout, you can imagine that I also only had about ten minutes to make and eat lunch afterwards.
It has been ages since I have broken out the blender. After making a Carnation Chocolate Malt shake (1 pack + ice + milk + 1 banana) the other day, I became hooked again.
After my workout, I wanted something lean and green!
What I Blended:
• 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
• 1 sliced banana
• 1 cup Greek yogurt (plain)
• 1 cup fresh spinach
• 1 Tbsp. chia seeds
• 1 cup orange juice
Just like any time I make a smoothie, I got a little impatient and enjoyed a small snack on the side.
This time it was a few handfuls of Reduced-Fat Wheat Thins dipped in Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus.
That stuff is so addicting. I have been enjoying a little bit of it a day for the past few weeks. Somebody stop me!
Looking past the fact that I probably looked like a fool, I enjoyed getting to run outside again. It was a perfect jump start to a busy rest of my day.
Now go have a good one of your own!
January 28, 2013
It’s Monday! I know some of you must be wondering what the crazy weather icon I shared on Friday turned out to be. Well, me too.
Today is actually considered warmer in the 40s with the only downfall being ice and slush everywhere. The forecast is clear, but last night’s was a little bit of a different story. Welcome to driving through it all, Scott!
We dodged the talked up alien invasion and snowball fights, but instead got caught in the middle of an ice storm. If you have no idea what I am referring to, scroll to the “crazy weather icon” link above and it will all make sense.
All I can keep thinking is how I’m glad that I was not the one in the driver’s seat!
Lunch in Rochester
Before the intense weather hit, Scott and I were able to enjoy a great (but rather chilly) afternoon in Downtown Rochester Saturday.
You might remember me mentioning this area when I shared the beautiful lights that line the streets this time of year. They are still up!
It had been a while since Scott and I took an afternoon to go grab lunch and walk around our new city, so thought this weekend was the perfect time to explore. We picked to eat at a restaurant we had been eying calling Rojo Mexican Bistro on Main Street.
The atmosphere was very unique and red – as in, “rojo” in Spanish.
Soon after we sat down, we were offered chips and salsa, which is pretty much a no-brainer of a yes between the two of us. Each of us was brought our own bowl of salsa, and appreciated the option of two flavors to add into our bowl, if we chose.
After five years of being together, Scott and I have finally figured out the perfect amount of food to order at Mexican restaurants. We split an entree, and also their specialty soup as an appetizer.
Our waitress was nice enough to split this Chicken Tortilla for us.
It was a lot creamier and cheesier than I expected, but it was delicious!
Not too much later came our main dish of Chorizo tacos filled with sausage, onions, potatoes, queso fresco and a three cheese blend.
It was Scott’s pick, but I have to admit that it was a good one!
With all of the issues my stomach has been giving me, I was worried the amount of cheese I consumed would come back to bite me. Surprisingly, I was fine.
Three cheers for me still being able to enjoy Mexican food!
Fire and Ice Festival
After any large lunch, we like to take a stroll around to walk a little bit of it off. It was pretty nippy out, but quickly became intrigued to find out what the very detailed ice sculptures were that lined the streets!
Did any of you notice the international theme? Scott is posing with the leprechaun at the top left that represented Ireland, while other sculptures displayed well known monuments representing France, Japan, Germany, Australia and more.
Lo and behold, when we got to the end of the street we stumbled upon the 6th Annual Fire and Ice Festival!
After finally noticing the signs, we read that there was a festival taking place right under our noses that offered a few really fun and free winter activities.
The first thing was tube sledding!
It looked like such a good time, and had Scott’s name all over it.
Unfortunately for us, the temperature had dropped at least ten degrees at that point in the afternoon and we were too cold to stand in line!
At the bottom of the hill, we spotted the rest of the activities including ice skating. Also fun, but also a little to cold for us to enjoy at the time.
Besides, we might have been the only ones who did not get the bring your own skates memo.
Everyone who was skating looked like they were having a great time!
We continued to explore, and just as we were discussing where the heck the “fire” part of the festival was, we ran into our first warming station. Hello, S’mores!
If both Scott and I had not just devoured a lunch that almost popped the buttons off of our jeans, we would have been on that roasting station in thirty seconds flat.
Instead, we kept walking around and hovered over any warming station we found.
Umm… can you say obvious Floridians in the crowd? It’s fine… we were cold and not ashamed to admit it!
The last thing we came across were the dog sled demonstrations and rides.
They were cool, but I have to admit that I tend to feel a little sorry for animals that live a life of work. I was pleased to find out they switched the dogs out often and topped out the amount of rides people can purchase.
I also made sure to give some of them a little love in their resting tent!
By this point, our feet were numb and we decided that might be an indication that we needed to head back to the car. On our way there, we walked up on an ice carving demonstration of the coolest sculpture there.
I hope we remember to take advantage of this festival being here next year, because it looked like a wonderful time if you came prepared with the right snow shoes and apparel. I did not want to push it after what happened last time I was under dressed and out in the cold!
Next year I will be looking forward to trying out everything we saw as well as the snow shoeing, cross country skiing, and staying for the fireworks at night.
Downtown Rochester, I am beginning to love you.
January 22, 2013
This weekend quite the busy one! In fact, I am not really sure you can really label it as a weekend. Let’s instead go with “those two days most of the world has off.” Welcome back to a crazy NBA schedule, Heather!
Since I knew the remainder of our weekend would be filled, Scott and I decided to take a morning to ourselves and enjoy a Saturday run outside with Roadie.
Last year when we were training for our half marathon, we included a long distance run into every Saturday. They were never dreaded, but actually looked forward to by the both of us.
This weekend marked our first longer run together since we moved up to Michigan, and it felt really good to get out there again. We even stumbled upon a scenic surprise!
Ready to Run
Last week I shared my new favorite running gloves, as well as the adventures I have encountered running on ice.
This time, I geared up in a few new pieces Scott also got me for Christmas. Warming up my ears is a Patagonia Better Sweater Beanie hat. It is very soft and very warm! I cannot seem to locate the exact jacket he got me, but I can tell you it is an insulated zip up with primaloft lining. He got it at a store called Moosejaw, and it is very similar to the jackets I put on my Gift Ideas for Winter Runners list.
The brand is Moosejaw, and I love the shell sleeves, fleece pockets and thumb holes. Looks like I was geared up and ready to go!
We debated on whether or not to take Roadie with us. Since it was or first run outside in the cold together, we decided beforehand to stay under 5 miles. Roadie can easily handle that, so we brought the little monster along.
We started out along the running loop I discovered around our neighborhood and at the 1.5 mile mark, Scott kept straight where I normally take a left. Thinking we were going to just go down the street and back, we charged forward and Roadie was handling it very well.
Out of nowhere, both of us looked to the left and stumbled upon what looked like a dirt road. Intrigued, we stopped for a moment and realized it was actually a running trail!
Right here under our noses, was a 16 mile trail that goes through Auburn Hills, Rochester, Rochester Hills and ends at Yates Cider Mill (<- one of my first Michigan outings!). We were stoked!
Of course, Roadie wanted to stop every two seconds and check out what has come and gone through the trail. We did our best to encourage him to stay at pace for a while, then finally gave into just enjoying the scenery with a brisk walk.
Before long, we saw a sitting area and took a moment to give the pup some rest. It had been a while since we have taken him out for a run and did not want to wear him out too fast.
He did great, and I think we were all loving the view.
Next time, Scott and I will have to research a path to run first. I am excited to know that it is here, especially when we go back to training for long distance races again. Over ten miles on a trail seems so much more interesting than just circling your neighborhood five times.
After getting inside, I was pretty thirsty and reached for a Honeysuckle Pear Drink Chia as my choice of hydration. Just like back in the ‘ol training days!
Scott was in charge of making us wraps, and somehow pulled this delicious concoction out…
Cajun turkey, Havarti dill cheese, spinach, tomatoes, mild giardineira in vegetable oil, and a little bit of mayonnaise filled a spinach tortilla wrap. Nice work, Mr. Hesington!
For the remainder of the afternoon, I had dance practice and it was certainly enough to get me through.
Lunch came pretty late around 3 p.m., so I will call it linner – what I like to call sometime between lunch and dinner. I was running around getting some errands done and popped into Subway before taking a trip to the grocery store. It is never a good idea to tackle that on an empty stomach!
Nine times out of ten I will get the same six inch turkey and American cheese on wheat sub. Today, I was craving extra veggies and went for a salad.
In my bowl went a 50/50 spinach and lettuce mix, turkey, ham, American cheese, and “the works” in vegetables. I got olive oil and vinegar for dressing and finished it off with some salt and pepper.
I love that they offer chopped salads now and do all of the cutting for you!
Since I opted out of the bread, I treated myself with a bag of Southwestern Ranch Baked Lays.
I just love me a good bag of baked chips!
Feeling full and content, I set off for the grocery store and finished the night off by making a pot of Chicken and Mixed Vegetable Noodle Soup. I guess you could say I went into a veggie overload! You can never. have. too. many. veggies!
Question of the Day
• Where are some of your favorite places to go for a run outside?
I genuinely love running outside, especially when there is something pretty to look at. My favorite runs are usually lakeside, but I am anxiously excited to check out more of the running trails in our area!