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Hey guys, I’m sick!

Sick girl losing her mind!

Sick girl losing her mind!

Being sick is no fun, especially when it’s Spring and perfect running weather.

I have a 9 mile run on the agenda today, but unfortunately I am in no shape to knock it out. I’ve been feeling under the weather since Easter, but on Saturday I took a bad turn and have just been feeling awful.

I spent most of my day yesterday trying to keep my food down. I plan on being glued to my couch all day with some essentials.

Women's Health, fizzy water, Emergen-C, water, chapstick

Women’s Health, fizzy water, Emergen-C, water, chapstick

Just want to clarify that toilet paper is for blowing my nose since I’m out of tissue. I haven’t lost the ability to get up to use the bathroom.

Thank goodness Ree Drummond, The Pioneer Woman herself is making a delicious looking ice cream pie today. That should keep me entertained.



Never made an ice cream pie before. Now I’m intrigued. This one that I found on Pinterest looks legit, don’t ya think?


Peanut butter with an Oreo crust.

It’s pretty gross outside by normal standards, but for running it’s perfect, which is why I’m so bummed that I can’t get out for my run.

Rainy Monday

Rainy Monday

I’m tempted to just suck it up and run. Even if that means stopping to walk every once in a while, or being unable to breathe properly. On one hand I just want to get the run out of the way, and on the other I want to wait until I’m able to finish it strong and not suffer through it. Tough decisions!

Another thing that sucks about being sick: vegetables don’t make you feel better. At all.

Yesterday I tried to stick to simple foods like oatmeal, toast, soup, crackers. By the end of the day all I wanted was a bowl of broccoli and egg whites, but knew that would not sit well in my already upset stomach. Life is so rough! Help!

Alright, I’m off to watch The Pioneer Woman finish up the ice cream pie and some delicious looking pizza.




In my last blog post I noted that I had an 8 mile run planned for last Sunday. Well, it was raining/snowing and winds reached 35 mph that day. A run was not happening. Unfortunately, I’ve worked long hours every day since then. I had a day off today and was finally able to get my run in!

It’s only about 40 degrees here today. We’re kind of in the middle of a cold streak. I thought my cold weather running gear would stay packed away until November, but I guess that’s not the case.



Not one bit amused. My run went pretty well for the first half, and I was able to stay below a 9:00/mile pace. About half way through, I started to feel a blister developing on the arch of my left foot. I’ve been running in my current shoes since January and have never felt any discomfort whatsoever. The pain only increased though the second half, but I pushed through!


I’m okay with my time, but I’m not thrilled with it. I really hope I can stay below 9 minute miles on race day. I need to fix this blister issue sooner than later, though. Maybe thicker socks? Maybe it’s my stride? Not sure.

Anyway, after my run I was more than ready to refuel. I knew I had some black beans and ground turkey on hand so I went for a turkey, black bean & spinach quesadilla.



I’m a big homemade quesadilla fan. I make them for lunch or dinner probably once a week, and love mixing it up with different ingredients. Here’s what went into today’s version:

  • Light Flatout tortilla
  • 2 oz cooked ground turkey
  • 1/4 cup black beans, drained
  • handful chopped spinach
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • a few jalapeno slices
  • pinch of salt, cumin, cayenne, and garlic powder


  • combine all ingredients except cheese in a bowl, mix in seasonings
  • heat a panini press with flat side facing out, or a medium skillet, spray with non-stick cooking spray
  • put ground turkey mix on inside of tortilla, top with cheese, and fold over
  • place on panini press and close for about 3-5 minutes. If using a skillet, flip after about 3 minutes. Just keep an eye on it.
  • top with plain greek yogurt, salsa, or guacamole!



Hit the spot. I’m feeling very fatigued from that run for some reason. I need to get my butt in gear and go run some errands!


This will most likely not be an exciting Friday night. It could definitely be eventful if there’s a house fire or severe car accident, in which case I’ll have to drag myself out of my apartment to go shoot some video in the middle of the night.

For now, it’s looking pretty low key. Friday nights that I’m on call are usually pretty dull. I spend my time trying to find different ways to keep myself awake since I’m technically supposed to listen to the scanner until 2:00 a.m.. Here’s what’s on my agenda for the evening.


I should probably clean my apartment, too. It’s pretty gross right now.

I’m very excited for that there Arctic Zero. For those who have never had arctic zero, it’s basically calorie-less ice cream. By no means does it taste as good as ice cream, but it gets the job done for me. I don’t get it too often since it’s expensive, and it kind of freaks me out that it only has 150 calories per pint. One time I actually ate the whole pint and felt terrible. I think the artificial ingredients just don’t sit right with me, so it’s a once in a while treat.


It is spring in Sioux Falls! I’ve spent the past two weeks in a courtroom covering a cuh-raaazy sentencing trial, but the good thing is I’ve actually had a lunch break every day. Today I took advantage of the one hour lunch break and headed outside to enjoy the beautiful spring day.


I actually felt a little uncomfortably warm in the 70 degree weather. I don’t do well with the heat. But I had this little gem to cool me down!


Iced coffee

It was a glorious lunch hour.

This is going to be a pretty boring post because I have honestly been consumed by work this week, and haven’t had much time to document my food and workouts. I did get a new gym membership, though that I really want to touch on. I also have an 8 mile run coming this weekend that I’m sure will be blog worthy. Ta-ta for now!

Good Evening!

As I said earlier, a 7 mile run was on my agenda today as part of my half marathon training. The weather was my favorite for running. About 40-45 degrees, partly sunny, nice breeze. I did an out and back run along the bike path in Sioux Falls. It was honestly an ideal run, but I still feel like I could have pushed myself a little harder. Here were my finishing stats:


It would be awesome if I could keep this pace during my race. Fingers crossed! After my run I spent some time stretching outside on this beautiful spring day, and headed inside to refuel with a smoothie bowl.

Outdoor stretch

Outdoor stretch

Giant smoothie bowl

Giant smoothie bowl

Into the smoothie went:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • frozen strawberries
  • scoop of plain greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • frozen kale
  • fresh spinach
  • almond milk
  • ice cubes
  • topped with kashi

I felt very accomplished after my run. I know it was only 7 miles and I have a long way to go before my half marathon. But knowing that I can run half of a half marathon easily makes me feel much better about going the rest of the distance! Gotta stay positive.

Meal Prep:

Tomorrow is going to be a crazy long day for me. I will be spending the first half of my day covering a court case, and the second half working on the Sioux Falls municipal election. I’m looking at a 14 hour day, roughly. Yikes! I made sure to pack most of my meals since I don’t know when or if I’ll get a break at any point.

Lunch, Dinner, Snacks.


Tuesday meal prep

This is usually what my daily meal prep looks like, minus dinner. Apart from breakfast at home, here’s the menu:

  • large apple for mid-morning snack
  • turkey and cheddar sandwich with veggies and string cheese for lunch
  • quest bar for snack
  • pulled pork with beans and quinoa for dinner

I’m sure I’ll need a late night snack by the time I get home. I also have plans to bake some sugar cookies tonight to bring into work. I have a feeling one of those will also sneak into my lunch bag!

Off to get baking!

When it comes to sweets, there are a few things I cannot turn down: oatmeal raisin cookies, dark chocolate, and banana flavored candy. I love ice cream, but I can usually control myself around it.

Well, this weekend was full of ice cream treats and I’m very happy I didn’t turn them down.

Weekend Recap:

Mike was here this weekend and finally there was nice weather in Sioux Falls. But first, the ice cream.


Chocolate frozen custard topped with reeses at Culvers

Cherry Berry frozen yogurt

Cherry Berry frozen yogurt

The frozen yogurt came after our dinner Saturday night. I chose rice krispie flavor, vanilla, and candy bar topped with brownie chunks, fruit, and a random frog that Mike threw on top of mine. Thanks.

Dinner at Grille 26:

I didn’t make it home from work until around 7:00 Saturday night, so I quickly changed and got ready to head out for a late-ish dinner at Grille 26 in Sioux Falls. I’ve been wanting to try the restaurant ever since I moved here in August and am very happy I finally did.

Grille 26 is my kind of place; not too fancy, but very nice atmosphere, food and service. They had a really good cocktail menu, so we started out with a couple drinks. I went with a “rosemary cooler” with lemonade, cucumber, fresh rosemary, and Smirnoff. It was nice and refreshing. Mike went with the “northern lights” cocktail with Yukon Jack Jacapple, cranberry and lime. Also very good!

Drinky Poos

Drinky Poos

Next we placed an order for the spinach and artichoke dip to start.

G26 Spinach & Artichoke Dip

G26 Spinach & Artichoke Dip

They could have just served the bread and I would have been happy. That stuff was so dang good. The drinks and appetizers were great, but my entree was the real winner. I went with a brick oven salmon on top of two mushroom risotto cakes with roasted mushrooms and spinach.

Brick Oven Salmon

Brick Oven Salmon

With the risotto cakes out

With the risotto cakes out

I’m all about textures, and the crispy crust on those risotto cakes was perfect. As soon as I saw meatloaf on the menu I knew Mike was sold.

The Loaf

The Loaf

His was also great. I’m usually more of a ketchup person when it comes to meatloaf, but the gravy actually went well with it.

We both cleaned our plates as usual, and headed out for froyo! We had plans to spend the rest of the night out on the town, but as soon as the sugar from the frozen yogurt got to us we were done, and passed out on my couch before 11:00. Real party animals. Mike left yesterday, so today is my day to get all the things done for the week. That includes a 7 mile run today. I’ll be heading out shortly and am excited to share how it went later today!


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