Tuesday, June 22, 2010


That's the number in my blog reader right now. Ahhh... I feel like a trauma victim. And I was just caught up! Oh well, I apologize for the absence guys. My great grandmother passed away rather suddenly and I had to make a trip out to Pittsburgh for the funeral over the weekend. I try not to get very personal in this blog, but I will say that she was a very lovely lady and I will miss her very much. However, I'll admit it was so nice to spend a weekend with my family, even if it was under sad circumstances

This is me and all my little siblings (sorry for the intense red eye!)

fresh eats.
So here is just a collection of random eats in the past few days:

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Overnight Oats

Enormous Salad Beast

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Oatmeal

Chocolate Cherry Bomb Protein Shake

One Eyed Jack!

Chocolate Banana Oatmeal

Loaded Greek Yogurt

Are you guys sensing a pattern here? I've been in a peanut butter + chocolate mood! Which is totally cool with me. (:

fit happenings.
I may have another member on the Urbanathlon boat! Over the weekend I worked my charm and got the okay from the brother! He's not exactly a runner however - once I literally had to push him to get him to run 2 laps. No lie. This was about a year ago, though, so we will just have to work on some improvement little bro! According to Facebook, the training program should be up by the end of this week. I'm pretty stoked guys.

And speaking of training, I'm just gonna say it. I'm not diggin the Hal Higdon Half-Marathon program. I feel as though I was doing better on my own! But instead of giving up on it completely, I think I'm just gonna make a few Alycia-style changes to it. I tried to space out the runs more evenly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with the longest runs being on Saturdays. I also put the full rest day on Friday because I'm a firm believer in resting your legs before running a new distance. If it goes better, expect a post!

Do you guys ever change a training schedule? Or am I totally stupid for messing with the sacred Hal Higdon?!

Now - to attack this blog reader!


  1. you have a lot of younger siblings! your food looks so good i love the large pictures and the one eyed jack!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about your great grandmother. I'm glad you got to spend time with your family though!

    I always change training schedules!

  3. I'm sorry to hear about your great grandmother passing, but it seems like you are handling it well. I'm sure being with your family was comforting.
    Also, your food look awesome!!!! I feel like I'm always in a chocolate and PB mood. Glad to see I'm not the only one.

  4. Wow you and your siblings are all good looking for sure! beautiful family!

    Im sorry to hear about the passing of your great grandma too

    Im loving all the eats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Peanutbutter get in my belly!!!

    love ya girl!

    Im headed home to Pittsburgh tomorrow for a few days, so I will be gone from blogging, will miss ya!

  5. I'm sorry to hear about your loss, you and your family are in my thoughts.

    Also, what a good looking family!

  6. So sorry to hear about your loss. As for the training...I think you have to do what feels right for you.

  7. Love all of the oats going on...serious amounts of chocolate and peanut butter!!
    So sorry about your grandmother. Hope your family is doing ok

  8. Aw girl...so sorry to hear about your loss :(

    peanut butter and chocolate were MADE for each other haha!I love your food. I've never trained per say...just kind of went with how I felt and had a semi plan of rest/work out days. The only days I actually planned were the more intense days because it require preparing.

  9. omg you are so pretty!!!!

    i want those overnight oats. mmmm!

  10. What a beautiful family. And, I'm so sorry for your loss.

  11. I need to learn that eggs in the toast thing, too!

  12. I think it is totally fine to make changes to your training schedule!

    I am SO sorry for your loss girl! :( You have such a beautiful family!!

  13. I am very glad that I found your blog...and I'm sorry for your loss. You seem like a lovely girl, and I'm sure you have an amazing family. I look forward to seeing more of your healthy and fresh eats!

  14. I am sorry to hear about your great grandma. It is always nice to be around family though, even if it is a sad circumstance.

  15. I'm so sorry about your great grandma...I'm glad that you and your family were able to lean on each other for support though. (You're a very good looking bunch, by the way!).

    Umm, will you come make breakfast at my house? I LOVE all those peanut-butter combos!! PB is definitely a great way to start the day!

  16. I'm so sorry to hear about your loss :( Your siblings and you are so adorable! mmm the first set of overnight oats looks out of this world good. yum yum. I've totally adjusted training plans. You've got to make it work for you!

  17. I officially drooled. Pb choco chip overnight oats?! And the pb oatmeal looks even better! Ahhh!
    You look so pretty, I love the photo. SO sorry about your great grandma though. :(
    Coincidentally, all my relatives live in Pittsburgh too.
    Oh and I say definitelyyy change up training schedules if you need to!

  18. sorry to hear about the loss - looks like you were able to enjoy lots of good company and food!

  19. I'm sorry for your loss :(

    Your brothers and sisters and you are so cute!

    PS- I can totally understand the pb and chocolate thing... is there ever a time that combo doesn't sound good? MMMmmm!

  20. I'm sorry to hear about your great grandma.

    I've never liked overnight oats..but your peanut butter chocolate chip may convert me afterall!

  21. aww your family is gorgeous! i'm so sorry to hear about your loss- my grandmother passed away in january so i know how you feel.
    with the training plan - i say go with how your body feels. if you don't like the plan, tweak it a bit and do more of what you think you need to work on. even if the plan doesn't tell you to rest, i think it's one of the most important parts so do it whenever your bod tells you to! :)

  22. The chocolate banana oatmeal looks so decadent! I can taste it already!

    Sorry for your loss. Hope you're feeling alright :)

    I just found your blog. Loving it! Can't wait to read more posts :)

  23. So sorry about your grandmother, but glad you got to spend time with the family.

    Look at you with all the choco chips! mmm.

    Training programs are like you, take parts you like or on days when you don't feel like doing one thing. But I guess that's the part of training, being disciplined. Agh. Such a dilemma.

  24. So sorry to hear about your Grandmom. Have you tried the half training program through Runners World online? Thats what I was using and it's fully customizeable.

  25. Gonna be trying those oats tonight..mmm! Thank you!

  26. Just found your blog and am loving it so far! Do you call those "one eyed Jacks"?? I've always referred to them as 'egg in a hole'...I must say, your name is much more creative :)

  27. So sorry to hear about your great grandmother! I definitely do not hold training plans sacred. I tend to use them as guidelines (how far my long run should be that week, speed ideas) and just Maddie-ify it from there!

  28. oooh just look at that nut butter! I love it =)
    and I love your blog, just wanted to let ya know!

  29. So sorry for your loss.

    Beautiful picture of you and your cousins though, and every single one of those dishes looks yummy.

  30. so sorry for your loss!
    is that the trianing program you pay for? I am looking for a marathon training program myself right now!

  31. @Runningwithsass - Nope! It's free! Just go to google and type in Hal Higdon - you can't miss him (;

  32. Oh no, so sorry about your great grandmother...both my grandparents right now are in a dire condition. Actually, my grandma just went through surgery this morning. I feel a bit heavy inside, too. :(

  33. sorry for your loss; nice to see your family, though, and you look beautiful and happy as always...

    all of your eats look delicious ... I'm always in the mood for choc + peanut butter. :)

    take care,

  34. i want to comment on your amazingly delicious food but i cant really because im so sorry to hear about your grandma! im quite close to mine so i can only give you all my love right now and im so sorry to hear this. my heart goes out to you and your family.

    BIG HUG GIRL! <3