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    I am a 26-year-old married Michigan gal living in Sarasota, Florida. This blog is a chronicle of my journey toward a healthier lifestyle! I started running in January 2009 and began to change my eating habits in May 2009. Now, I am dedicated to training smart and eating right. Join me as I seek to balance running and eating healthy, local foods with my crazy work life and hilarious home life.

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Mini Pizzas and a Busy Saturday

It’s only 10:00 and I’ve already accomplished so much today!  Unfortunately, my to do list is still huge… but it will all get done!

First, let’s skip back to last night when I made mini pizzas!

My friend Stephania is a Pampered Chef rep and I always buy their $1 cookbook when she has parties.  This particular recipe from Pampered Chef is super fun and easy!

You cut rolled pizza dough into small circles and lay them out on a cookie sheet:


Then you top them with a mixture that involves cream cheese (I use low fat and it still tastes fine), cheddar cheese, bacon, red pepper, and jalapeno:




They’re so good!  The crust and the veggies are nice and crunchy, while the melted cheese is super gooey.

My plate, which also included Garden of Eatin’ yellow chips and some cheesy salsa:


(I also went back for two more mini pizzas!)

I enjoyed my mini pizzas with a glass of Erath Pinot Grigio:


The husband picked up this wine for me at Whole Foods recently because he knows I like white wines from Oregon.  I’m not very good at describing wines, but if you like Pinot Grigio from the Pacific Northwest, you will like this! 🙂

The Husband, meanwhile, enjoyed his pizza with a giant margarita in his new Detroit Tigers Tervis Tumbler:


Tervis Tumblers are made in Venice, which is just south of Sarasota.  Those are peaches floating in his margarita, by the way – the Husband is very creative with mixed drinks!

Now, on to my run…


6:30 A.M. and I am ready for my run!  (The sleeping Husband was not too happy with my use of indoor flash photography this morning…)

My 3-miler with the Galloway group went swimmingly!  I enjoyed chatting with a couple different girls, one of whom gave me info about the Sarasota Young Professionals, and the other of whom is a teacher and commiserated with me about parent problems at school.  That’s why I love my running group!  It was a slow an easy three miles or so – we’re never very exact – and the time was about 40:00.

After the run, I listened to a talk from an exercise and nutrition counselor about hydration and nutrition for running.  Some of her main points were:

  • Drink 64 ounces of water every day
  • Drink 6-8 ounces of water every 15 minutes or so on a run (about 20-24 ounces in an hour)
  • Heat or cold doesn’t really make a difference; you should always drink water on a run, no matter the weather
  • Don’t plan on water stops or drinking fountains – always carry your own hydratio
  • Fuel with 100 calories of carbohydrates for every hour you run, and choose the variety that works best for you (gels, chews, stuff that dissolves in water)
  • Eat some carbohydrates 90 minutes to 2 hours before a long run
  • Eat meals that involve a carbohydrate and a protein
  • Listen to your body and do what works for you!

A lot of her information was stuff I had already read in running books, but it’s always good to have information backed up by multiple sources!  It’s also good to hear it again because sometimes I forget.

When I got home, I fueled with peanut butter toast… (carbohydrates and protein!)


… which I ate on my walk to the Downtown Sarasota Farmer’s Market!  I’ll be posting about that later today, once I check some more things off my to do list!

Good luck to everyone else on their weekend lists!  Hopefully your list involves some relaxing like mine does. 🙂

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