Run and Relax

Hello and Happy Tuesday! I was out-of-town the past few days, but now I’m back in the city and back to the grind. After Thursday’s brutal tempo run and a fun party, I was dragging a bit on Saturday, but I knew that if I wanted to fit a long run in, I had to do it before I left NYC. I ran 11 relaxed miles in 1 hour, 37 minutes on Saturday afternoon and it felt surprisingly easy. After I was done, I didn’t even feel that tired! It’s a marked difference from the long runs I did back in the fall when I was returning from injury. I remember running for 10-11 miles and being completely wiped out for the rest of the day. Yay, fitness gains! However, my right piriformis muscle gave me some trouble during my run, so to play it safe I rested on Sunday and Monday. I was busy spending time with my fam, traveling, and battling a bit of a stomach bug, so it was an easy decision not to run.

After my run, I used up fridge leftovers in a big salad bowl – spinach, shredded carrot, dried cherries, walnuts, hummus, feta cheese, kashi crackers, and balsamic vinegar.


And a stevia-sweetened Lipton PureLeaf iced tea. Mmm, hydration!


When my mom arrived to pick me up, I blended together some smoothies using frozen berries, banana, greek yogurt, almond milk, agave nectar, and raw spinach. You should have seen the look on my mom’s face when she saw spinach going into the blender (!!)….but I think she liked the final product.


On the car ride to Pennsylvania, we stopped at McDonald’s and I ordered a vanilla ice cream cone. I haven’t eaten at a McDonald’s in a long time – but this treat really hit the spot.

ice cream

My visit to PA involved lots of good food, family, and relaxation. I was feeling a little under the weather, so it was really nice to get caught up on sleep and take a break from the city.

On Sunday, we celebrated a new arrival at my cousin’s baby shower. It was so nice to see all of my relatives – especially my mom and sister 🙂



Since I don’t eat much meat (especially breakfast sausages, bacon, etc) I wasn’t sure what my options would be on the brunch buffet. Fortunately, I was able to put together a pretty balanced plate – no meat required! Along with my coffee and OJ, I enjoyed eggs, potatoes with ketchup, fruit, and a cinnamon raisin bagel. However, I didn’t end up finishing the bagel – I wanted to save room for dessert!


I started off with a slice of the cake. Love, love, love buttercream icing!


And sampled my way through the rest of the goodies – Hello Dollies (a.k.a. magic bars or 7-layer bars), peanut butter kiss cookies, mini cupcakes, and more!


And I had a scoop of “dirt” – chocolate pudding, cool whip, crushed oreos, and gummi worms. Isn’t the pink pail the most adorable container for this dessert?

Baby Shower

The rest of the day involved shopping with my sis, MORE sweets, and lots of quality time with Mad Men, Season 3. It was pretty perfect. Coming back to the city (and to work), was kind of a bummer. Plus I had to say goodbye to this guy:


One of Kiwi’s favorite spots is the bathtub. He likes to slurp water from the faucet. I caught him in action and snapped a pic with my phone. He’s such a weirdo. Hehe.

After a few days rest, I’m itching to run again. If all feels well tonight, I plan on doing 1000m repeats. Here’s hoping my piriformis behaves…

True/Slant was having some technical troubles over the weekend, but everything should be fixed now. Check out my latest article if you were unable to access it on Friday!

Announcement: SUBWAY is now serving breakfast! The new morning meals feature a variety of options ranging from the Western Egg White Muffin Melt to the Steak, Egg and Cheese sandwich.  All of the breakfast sandwiches come on your choice of English muffin, subs, or flatbread with a variety of veggies and toppings. Want to win a $10 gift card to sample these new breakfast meals? Leave a comment telling me your favorite on-the-go breakfast. Subway has offered to provide three $10 gift cards to runnerskitchen readers!
For an extra entry, follow Subway on Twitter and/or become a fan on Facebook. Then leave me another comment telling me you did so. Good luck! I’ll pick three winners Wednesday night.

  • matt k

    my fave is the ham sandwhich at bk with honey butter.. I also joined subway on facebook and twitter

  • pb & j…simple and delish! of course i’d rather sit down and eat a real breakfast of oats, but this works in a pinch!

  • Kim

    My favorite on-the-go breakfast is a Chai Luna bar and a Silk Chocolate soymilk.

  • My favorite on-the-go breakfast is a bagel and cream cheese! Plus coffee!

  • I loved your True Slant article. Seriously I felt like you were reading my mind! That is exactly how I feel sometimes. I love that you were able to put that into words!

  • I love that your mom drank the green monster 🙂

  • Daphne

    Favorite on the go breakfast
    for me?
    A Starbucks oatmeal cookie
    and a Grande bold coffee!

  • Daphne

    Following Subway on Twitter

  • Daphne

    I’m a fan of Subway on FaceBook

  • sammy

    fiber1 bar and a coke zero!

  • sammy

    now following twitter (sammy0623) and FB

  • Miranda

    I’m already a fan of Subway on Twitter & Facebook. 🙂

    My favorite on the go breakfast is a smoothie – 1/2 cup soy milk, 1/2 cup OJ, 8 frozen strawberry halves, and a sliced banana.

  • Those mini cupcakes look like dessert sushi!

  • Catherine

    My favorite on the go breakfast is a luna bar and a banana. Easy to pack and easy to eat on the go 🙂

  • Crystal

    I’ve recently gotten hooked on overnight oats for mornings where I need to eat on the go. It’s a perfect meals topped with fresh berries and banana.

  • Ellen

    I’ve never wanted to eat dirt so badly in my LIFE. And OMG, I LOVE Subway. $5 Footlongs play a huge part in my life. I’ve been meaning to try their breakfast sandwiches. And I do love Starbucks oatmeal on the go!

  • My fave on the go breakfast is a peanut butter sandwich.

  • Emily H

    I have a banana every day…whether its on the go or not. But I usually resort to a bagel if need be.

  • If I’m planning ahead I’ll make a smoothie the night before and put it in the freezer!

  • Cindy R

    I am a fan on Twitter but my favorite on the go breakfast? A couple of tablespoons of granola cereal mixed with Yoplait Light any flavor yogurt.

  • Michael R

    Carrying sign “Will post for food.” Already a fan via twitter & Facebook.

  • Ashley S

    My fav. on the go breakfast is a peanut butter and banana sandwich. Yummmmmm. 🙂

  • Ashley S

    Following subway on twitter

  • Ashley S

    Fan of subway on facebook

  • caitlrose

    My favorite on-the-go-breakfast is a kombucha and a fiber-y muffin.

  • pb&j, hands down!

  • My “go-to” on-the-go breakfast is usually a Clif bar and an apple. These are extremely portable and easy to dispose of at destination arrival 🙂 But, I have found that I like Panera’s power breakfast sandwich sans ham. It is filling to the max and easy to eat with one hand! Oh yeah, and there is a Panera on the way home from the gym… hehe

  • Sounds like a great weekend and like you had fun celebrating with your fam!
    I had a Wendy’s vanilla frosty last week. I haven’t had drive-through fast food in forever either but like you said–totally hit the spot! 😉

    My fav go-to bfast is always cereal with frozen fruit. It used to not fill me up but I always combine it with almond milk and a spoonful of some kind of nut butter now and it’s the perfect morning meal of fiber and protein. I’d love to try the new Subway bfasts though!!

  • Ellie

    My favorite on the go breakfast is a banana with a peanut butter squeeze pack plus chai tea.
    Loved that cake at the baby shower- so cute!

  • Linda

    My favorite quick breakfast is a nut butter (usually cashew or almond) and 100%-fruit jelly sandwich.

  • Linda

    I followed Subway on Twitter

  • Blair

    I’d have to say my favorite on the go breakfast is a larabar and piece of fruit.

  • Blair

    now following subway on twitter!

  • courtney

    i LIVE on dry cereal + yogurt. gets me through the morning every weekday!

    ps yes, i’d say your first mile in the park was QUITE relaxed since you were running with me 🙂

  • Luke S.

    My favorite on-the-go breakfast is a has-brown from any establishment. That, and I used to like those Starbucks Vivanos.

  • Luke S.

    Following Subway on Twitter (@LookLuke)

  • Luke S.

    And now I’m a fan of Subway on Facebook.

  • Have you tried Starbucks oatmeal? That’s a great alternative to all the fatty muffins and stuff, delicious and filling, my favorite.
    I’ve been a fan of Subway on facebook and twitter for 4 months now, and I lost 12 pounds in 12 weeks in the process.

  • Benjamin

    My favorite Subway breakfast sandwich is a double bacon egg & cheese. Been with Subway on twitter for about two months now. I’m excited that my local store is finally opening at 7 instead of 9.

  • I’m stoked about subway’s breakfast, especially since there’s a vegetarian option. I plan on devouring an egg, cheese and veggie muffin after my work outs 🙂

  • My favorite on the go breakfast is easily the egg white, spinach, and feta wrap at Starbucks or a whole wheat bagel with peanut butter.

    Those baby shower desserts are remarkable! I’m in awe of that sleeping baby cake. Congrats to your cousin!

  • Marissa

    My fav on the go breakfast overnight oats made with greek yogurt and almond milk with fruit mixed in the morning.

  • Im not the biggest fan of spinach in my smoothies, but I can handle a little bit. As long as its not green 🙂

  • Kelly

    my favorite on the go breakfast is overnight oats. can never get enough oats!

  • sals

    I usually grab some toast w/pb if I’m running out the door!

  • Tara

    My on the go breakfast is fruit and a bagel

  • Tara

    I’m a fan of subway on FB and follow them on Twitter!

  • Natalie

    My favorite on the go breakfast is a yeast based pumpkin bread with peanut butter and sliced banana!