Food + Race Rambles.

‘Twas another weekend full of food and racing, just the way I like it. If only I hadn’t had to work both days, it would have been the picture perfect weekend. A girl can dream, eh?

Let’s just dive right into the food. Regardless that my half marathon series is over until at least December but definitely January (I signed up for another 1/2 for the end of January, but have one on my mind for December) I am still carb-loading on Saturdays like it’s my job. Maybe one day it will be my job. Until then I will just have to use my own money to do so which is the not so fun part. ANYWAYS, the food.

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One of my very generous co-workers heard around the water coolers that I loved Biscoff so she brought me a jar. She is clearly an angel. I am proud to announce that it’s a few days after she gave it to me and there is still some left to last until at least tomorrow, and I also shared with John. YUP.

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Instead of eating it by the spoonful (okay I have 3 times) I’ve been putting it on my oatmeal and when it melts to form a pool my heart also melts. Those are FRENCH TOAST goldfish swimming on there. I love that I can add some sugary crunch to my oats for about 40 calories for 10 fishes. I am fully aware that this picture shows more than 10 fishies.

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Swooped into Whole Foods to get some soup and had to try a little piece of this grape, walnut & blue cheese pizza. It was really, really good but I picked off the walnuts. Didn’t like the crunch on a pizza. Love that you can get little samples or super small pieces at Whole Foods just to get a taste!

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John and I went to get pizza at Patsy’s Saturday night and he always gets an order of meatballs and I eat the sauce. I mean I dip my pizza in it too since I have to scrape off all the cheese, but I also eat the sauce with a fork. The chunks of tomato in it and the flavors are so good I can’t even describe it. YUM.

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Pumpkin pie froyo with fruity pebbles is life changing. John was gagging just looking at it. Do not ever trust his judgement.

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Pre-race Sunday morning. I am IN LOVE with this top. The brand is Mondetta and I got it at TJ Maxx. I’ll have to take a picture of it more close up but the details are so cute, especially on the back. It always feels good to run in something that’s cute 🙂

This was the Poland Spring 5 Mile Marathon Kick-off race. So weird to think that I ran this last year too! I have now been racing long enough to be doing the same race twice. Crazy. That also means it’s been a year since Hurricane Sandy too. How does time go by so fast?

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Hills on hills on hills.

The race has the same finish line as the NYC Marathon which is so cool.

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I ran this pretty hard and felt strong and really good for the whole race, except my right hip flexor/groin area was killing me from mile 2 on. It was hard to even lift my right leg to run, so I had to ease up on the pace a few times when I really could have gone faster. SO frustrating. I am giving up on ever being fast.

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So that’s what my RunKeeper app recorded but my official time was 50:38 for a 10:08 pace, which is exactly one minute slower than last year. Can we please just go by my app time, thanks. 🙂 I ran 1.5 miles to the race and 1.5 back for a total of 8 miles for the day.

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Yesterday was also my 1,000 day of logging my food on MyFitnessPal. I owe so much of my weight loss success to you, MFP! In all of these 1,000 days I have probably missed 3 days of full logging. Even on the bad binging days I used to have, every bite got recorded. Everyone has their own opinion of counting calories but it works for me 🙂

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Sunday ended with $5 mussels & fries at Brindle Room.



And pumpkin pie + roasted apples custard at Shake Shack. All with my love Johnny, of course. We got this great (but fuzzy since I enlarged and screenshot it) picture of us from my friend’s wedding last month.

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I kinda love him a lot. 🙂

How was your weekend? I wanna hear your workouts + delicious eats!

14 thoughts on “Food + Race Rambles.”

  1. Yum! I get so hungry reading your posts lol. Hey not sure if you are public on myfitnesspal but add me if you are! I would love to see your food diary for ideas! I’m lk1980 on there. Talk soon! Lisa

    1. Haha I get hungry looking at my pictures! My diary isnt public on MFP but my name on there is artificiallybalanced so you can add me! I’m bad with trying to find people on there cause i only really use it for logging 🙂

  2. I cannot believe you went to yogurtland without me!!! Can I come see you soooon… puhhhleaseeee?!! I cannot believe that french toast goldfish exist. Heaven is real! Look at you being all cute in your race gear. I love you!!! And Misssss youuu

  3. Not sure about the froyo and fruity pebbles! MFP has been great for me in my journey too – still cannot get that last pesky 15 pounds off, but I keep logging and working!

    1. Haha judge it all you want but you have to try it!!! 😉 10 lbs for me that just doesn’t want to seem to leave this party!!

  4. I have been searching for pumpkin pie froyo! Ben and I went to a place a few weekends ago because it said it had it and guess what- that was the only pump not working. DISASTROUS!

    1. I would have #1 cried and then #2 reported them to the Better Business Bureau. That’s really the only solution in that situation, am I right?!

  5. You’re killin me with all that pumpkin pie goodness!! Have you tried the new vanilla cupcake goldfish? I think they are my new favorite with smores closely behind! Your running top is super cute, I need to look for that brand! 2 weeks till my half-marathon so double digit miles on my training plan, eek!

    1. YUM vanilla cupcake goldfish sound TOO GOOD! I will have to look for those.. all I saw at my store was the french toast and cookies and cream! YAYYY you will feel so accomplished after tackling your first double digit run!! Wishing you tons of luck and can’t wait to hear about your 1st half!!

  6. I’ve never had the biscoff cookie spread before BUT I NEED TO. NEEDNEEDNEED. Ain’t nothin’ better than cookie butter! I literally want to dive into your bowls of oatmeal, surrrsly. Putting goldfish grahams in it is like freaking genius.
    I stopped by a froyo place the other day that had pumpkin flava. It was at an outdoor mall and probably 40 degrees outside, but when pumpkin froyo is at stake, nothin’ stops this girl! I loaded it with nothing but graham crackers to go for a little pumpkin pie effect 🙂
    ps it took me 47 years to figure out how to spell graham correctly.

    1. I don’t know if I can talk to you again until you GET COOKIE BUTTER. You are the crazy who is at TJ’s on a daily basis! haha 🙂 Froyo knows no temperature.. tastes almost better in the winter since it doesn’t melt, right?!! LOVE the graham crax on top

      1. I literally contemplate getting the cookie butter every time I’m at TJ’s….yet somehow talk myself out of it every time. I’ve had the cookie butter filled choco bar before and now I’m in love with the actual speculoos cookies…..DAMNIT IM GETTING THE COOKIE BUTTER

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