Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Tools for a Successful Marathon? by Katie
February 8, 2010, 11:11 pm
Filed under: Dinner, Marathon, Run

Since I last left you, I was kind of unproductive at work.  I have a lot of things going on that I need to accomplish and I want to do everything at once which results in finishing nothing.  After this post, I am going to write down all of my “to-dos” and then plan the next two days accordingly (anymore than that would probably be overly ambitious).

One thing that did go as planned was kick-off day of marathon training.  Like Kelli said, although it was 30 minutes I knew I could handle just fine, I was constantly thinking about what this first session would ultimately lead to.  I ran at the gym since it snowed all day and it was dark when I got home.  The only treadmill left was under a heater, which blew hot air onto me the whole time!  I don’t even like my car heater on because I can’t stand breathing hot air when it’s blowing in my face (weird, right?).  Anyhow, to stay positive I thought of it like this: “it will be warm in San Diego during June!”

While I ran, I thought about things I want/need to buy for training.  Brand suggestions welcome!!

  • Yak Trax so I can run outdoors and not break my leg (snow clean up is shoddy out here)
  • A few more sports bras.  I currently have only a few I can run in if you know what I mean. The others only provide enough support for lifting or anything that doesn’t involve bouncing the body up and down.
  • While we’re at it, more shorts so I don’t need to do laundry so frequently.
  • Socks that don’t fall down and give me blisters
  • One of those really cool looking water-bottle belts ;).  One reason I’ve never run more than an hour in CO is because it’s basically a desert climate and I lack being a camel.
  • Maybe a knee brace of some sort.  I’ve injured the right knee inner meniscus, had a stress fracture, and did something (crashed my bike) that made this happen (a day later) and was cause for knee drainage (yum):

  • Anything else??

I have a Garmin heart rate monitor I must remember to start wearing so that I can see what happens with my heart rate- if it gets better with training or not.

After the gym, I had less than an hour to shower, eat, and make it to “Martini Night” at Chocolate Cafe with my roommate and his boyf.  My favorite cereal ever was on sale this week so that worked for dinner- Kashi Blueberry Clusters.  I have a cereal problem and tend to eat like 5 bowls at a time but I’m happy to report I kept it to one regular serving.

Then off to the cafe, where I had a pomegranate martini.  I’m sleepy now and probably going to bed early rather than getting anything done- ugh!



Just keep runnin’… by Kelli
February 8, 2010, 8:36 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Food, Kelli, Marathon, Protein shake, Snacks, Soup, Spinning

Hi lovely blog people! Oh man, I am in a GOOD mood today! I finally heard from my TNT mentor and am getting the training schedule soon! Until I get the training schedule for the CT chapter I will be following Katie’s Denver schedule.

This morning started out lovely (as ALL Monday mornings do) by sleeping in until almost 7:30 🙂 I feel really lucky and blessed that I get to do this on Monday mornings!! I makes me refreshed and ready to go for the week! After waking up nice and late I made some green sludge

1 cup almond milk, 1 naner, 1 handful spinach, and 1 scoop protein poweder. Unfortunately I spilled the first one all over the counter (what a way to start out the week, huh?). So I made the whole thing all over again and had to consume it at my desk since I was running late. I also enjoyed a vegan chai tea latte which I picked up at Whole Foods this weekend. This was an excellent find!! One cup latte, 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk, 1 minute in the microwave and I was in HEAVEN.

Work was good today. I had enough work to keep me nice and busy, but no pressing deadlines that stressed me out. At lunch I enjoyed some roasted brussel sprouts. Here is a picture of my days eats

Roasted brussel sprouts for lunch, some pistachios, and 2 clementines. This was great fuel for my first day of marathon training!

After work I headed to the gym for a 30 minute run on the treadmil in the “cardio cinema”. The cardio cinema at Golds is a dark roomfull of treadmils that has a huge movie screen in it. Tonight they were playing “Remember The Titans” and it made my run go by quickly. I kept steady at an 11minute/mile pace and I was glad to see that my heart rate did not go above 180. I know 180 seems really high, but thats just my heart and how it works! I can’t believe I completed the first run of the first week of training for my first marathon! So crazy to think that in 20 weeks I will be running a marathon! AHH!

Usually I take 6:30 spin on Mondays and I have been having some trouble with the fact that I won’t be able to take it anymore. After my run I went passed the spin room when class was about to start. I spotted an empty bike in the back (the ONLY empty bike in the room) and decided to hop on. My legs felt great and I knew I wanted an hour of quality time with Christine (my fave instructor!) It was a great decision and I felt great after class!

I pretty much broke every speed limit on the way home because I was STARVING. I got home and had some left over brie (and by left over I mean I hid some so that I could enjoy it by myself later 🙂 ) while I heated up a bowl of Amy’s low sodium veggie lentil soup

Dessert was a mug of Rocky Road! Yum! I like to eat ice cream in a mug because it keeps my portions in check.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Monday! How does everyone out there like to start the week??



Back to the Grind by Katie
February 8, 2010, 3:23 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Dinner, Katie, Lunch, Snacks

How was your Super Bowl Sunday?  John and I went over to my aunt’s where there were tons of good snacks- sorry for the blurry pictures, I didn’t realize until I uploaded the pictures.

Homemade guacamole and chips:

Cheese, crackers, sausage:

There was also some homemade artichoke dip with crudites.   I don’t like celery at all by itself but it’s an excellent dip carrier ;).

The whole house smelled amazing when we arrived because she was making a big pot of gumbo, in honor of the Saints!  I was rooting for New Orleans just cause and was happy they won, though overall I’m just glad it was a good game to watch.   I like football but usually end up getting engrossed in a conversation or eating food or people watching (at a bar) so it says a lot when I actually watch the whole thing.

That was gumbo with jalapeno cheddar bread.  It didn’t seem that dark in the TV room, jeesh.  I also enjoyed some beers from Great Divide. The porter was my favorite, what a shock!  I really liked the subtle hoppiness of the DPA too, which was not as overwhelming as many IPAs are.  If you are around Denver, Great Divide has a great tasting room and happy hour samplings!

I think we were asleep by 9:30 or something, I was so sleepy with beer + food.

This morning, I stopped by Hi Rise bakery for a breakfast sandwich because there was dog puke in John’s kitchen so I didn’t want to  cook.   [If no one was home I may have been really nice and cleaned it up but I knew 2 of the roommates were there so no way, Jose.]

I tried an egg + pepper-jack on a biscuit (aka really thick delicious bread) and I did take a picture but it is TERRIBLE again. In other news, new camera is in the mail.  The sandwich was good but the heavy, sweet bread made me feel really full and sleepy- not ideal for a crappy weather drive.

I ate some leftover squash and potatoes for lunch and another turkey and brie on a slider roll, all spread out over an hour or two.

I feel like a cooking or baking project tonight, along with a run- training, woot!



Marathon Training! by Kelli
February 8, 2010, 12:51 pm
Filed under: Kelli, Marathon

Marathon training starts today!!  Woohoo!!!!  I have also been sending out lots of fund raising emails!  Go Team In Training!!