Things I like

I first saw this Reese’s commercial at the gym, while running on the treadmill. I laughed so hard I almost fell off the belt. And I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve been watching this youtube video on repeat….

My inner twentyfive-year old was really psyched to receive a package full of Easter goodies from my mom. Whipped peanut butter, nutella, Reese’s peanut butter cups, thin mints. I am one lucky girl! I’m not going to tell you exactly how many Reese’s peanut butter cups I’ve eaten in the last 24 hours, but let’s just say…A LOT.

Easter

And how can you not love a plastic chick full of smarties? Hehehe.

chick

More delightful things – SUN, 75 degree temps, and tulips during my lunch break. I spent much of the winter dining at my desk, but I am so.over.that! Even if going outside means I have to deal with the traffic exhaust on 6th Avenue, hoards of foreign tourists asking me where Niketown is located, and sketchy hot dog vendors – I will not let this beautiful weather pass me by. Oh midtown Manhattan, you’re so special.

Tulips

I dined al fresco whilst reading the latest issue of Runner’s World. My salad contained the usual veggies (greens, onions, mushrooms, carrots) as well as feta cheese, whole grain croutons, black beans, corn, tabbouli, and sriracha sauce.

Salad

Ever the healthy eater (HAH), my afternoon/pre-workout snack involved some of the aforementioned pb cups and a cappuccino. Is there anything better than eating chocolate and drinking a warm beverage? I love how the candy gets all melty in my mouth, mmm.

And finally after nearly a month’s hiatus (due to races and rest weeks), I completed a Tuesday speed workout!

At my gym, on the treadmill. Outdoor Central Park Track Club workouts at the sketchy E. 6th Street track start SOON. Can’t wait!

  • 1 mile warm-up
  • 8 x 600m @ 5k pace (~6:30 pace for the first 7 reps, ~6:00 pace for the last one) with 200m recovery
  • 1 mile cool-down
  • 6 miles total in 47:00

I was feeling motivated, so I ended with a thorough foam-rolling sesh (my IT band says thank-you!) and some push-ups/core work. I had to seize the moment – I’m on the barely once-a-week plan when it comes to strength training….

Post-workout? Some freshly cut pineapple. On sale this week at Whole Foods!

pineapple

You’ve seen enough of my random dinner salads lately (Sauerkraut, Megan? Really??), so tonight I decided to make something a little bit more legit.

Superfood Salmon Salad (makes 1 big  serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 5 oz. can of wild, Alaskan Salmon (omega-3’s)
  • 1/4 cup 2% Green yogurt (calcium, protein)
  • 2 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 Tbs walnuts, chopped (antioxidants)
  • 2 Tbs dried tart cherries (natural anti-inflammatory)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and serve on top of a bed of spinach and whole grain crackers.

Salmon

Salmon

Another win this week: my first pedicure since January! I tipped the pedicurist extra – making my toes look presentable was truly a Herculean task.

Pedicure

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Question: What’s your favorite thing about spring weather??

  • I’m so glad I have my giant lake champlain easter peanut butter egg out of sight so it’s out of grabbing distance.
    I love the sound of that salad! But I’m afraid to buy a can of salmon again because last time it had SO much bones. Was that normal?

  • Evan – the big cans have lots of bones (eww), but I bought a 5 oz. can of salmon that had the same consistency as tuna. No bones! I think the brand was “chicken of the sea”.

  • Huh, did read that article about running while pregnant. Interesting! Learn something new every day..

  • Mmmmm…Peanut butter! A luxury I don’t often get to indulge in anymore b/c of my little ones allergies! Thank God for Almond butter but it’s still not the same 😉

  • Mmmm…I got Reese’s for Easter too!

    Just want to say that I love your blog, and I always read so I thought I’d comment. Ever since I read about how you do “doubles” with your workouts sometimes, I’ve integrated them in. Amazing! Such a great way to boost speed while retaining endurance.

    Love the nails. I never get my toes done, since I figure they’ll just get ruined lol.

    <3 Nell

  • HAHA at that ad! I LOL’d out loud too 😛 I love ads like that…
    My favourite thing about spring weather…hmm, feeling some WARMTH on my back, my horses’ coat gleaming in the sun, berries…there are so many things!

  • Love the toes! Best part about spring the few months we get with zero humdity!

  • Liz

    Sooo jelly – I said no to the Easter basket this year – I am 30-ish after-all!!

    The salmon looks awesome, I’m always skeptical to buy canned, but I think I’m going to have to try it!

  • Spring time always means spring dresses in my book!

  • I LOVE Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs oh so much.

    This weather has been incredible! My favorite thing about it is just getting outside and walking more. Plus, the absence of heavy and cumbersome witner clothing.

    Also, I hear you on the pedicure. I’m hesitant to get one because I have a feeling the experience would be like a re-enactment of the pedicure scene from the goofy flick, “Dumb and Dumber.” You know, when the pedicurist has to bring out a power-sander to use on Jim Carrey’s feet.

  • Nice pedi!

    Ugh…you mentioned Reese’s…I’ve had so many reese’s pieces lately that you couldn’t pay me to eat another…really.

    Spring means running outside…spring means putting away wooly jumpers…spring means gardening is around the corner!

  • I love the warm breezes that come with spring, along with countless other things. I love not having to wear a coat. I love how everyone tries to be outside because it’s gorgeous out.

    I also just went for my first pedicure in months. I never get my nails done because painting tends to ruin them, but my toes? They always deserve to look beautiful.

  • Girl, there is NO SHAME in sauerkraut meals. Own it. Sauerkraut and pineapple smoothies! And I’m giggling at how much peanut butter is involved in your Easter basket.

    I like spring because it takes less time to get dressed…and wearing cute skirts. But that’s about it! I’m such a winter-weather person, this 90 degree stuff we have going on here kind of makes me mopey.

  • Longer daylight hours for SURE but you can’t beat the spring temps either. Sunny weather is a dream come true!

  • Ellen

    Your mom still sends you Easter baskets?! Jealous. Don’t worry, I eat half a bag of Rolos on Sunday. I NEVER buy candy in big bags, but I just couldn’t resist the pastel colored wrappers and the 50% off discount. I’m a SUCCKKKER.

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • Love your blog, I just started reading it and it’s great! And that commercial is amazing =)

  • Ahh I desperately need my first pedicure! I don’t think open toed shoes are two far off. I am planning to try to drag my husband with me next weekend – he needs it BADLY! Your toes look pretty.

  • Catherine

    First of all, sauerkraut is like it’s own food group to me (and is almost the same as my last name – Saur – therefore we’re meant to be together). It’s a perfectly acceptable dinner food!

    Very interesting article on running while preggers… I definitely plan to keep running when I eventually have kids. During my first marathon actually there was a woman with a sign on her back that said “I’m not fat, I’m pregnant!” so we naturally ended up chatting and she said it was her 16th marathon!! That is gonna be one healthy kid… 🙂

  • Canned salmon has become so convenient at my house, it’s so much more tasty than canned tuna. Your superfood salad look awesome and energizing!

  • Without a doubt my favorite thing about spring (and daylight savings) is leaving work when it is still light out. Even though obviously there are no more hours in the day, I feel like I have a day outside of the office.

    And spring means no more running in the communist basement gym.

  • Hey girl!

    Since I’ve inspired you with raw food, I wanted you to know you’ve inspired me with your running passion! I’ve been running more than ever this spring, thanks to you and Melissa. Love my fitness buffs!

  • pedicure. i need one. i love that color on your toesies!

  • Girl, there is NO SHAME in sauerkraut meals. Own it. Sauerkraut and pineapple smoothies! And I’m giggling at how much peanut butter is involved in your Easter basket.

    I like spring because it takes less time to get dressed…and wearing cute skirts. But that’s about it! I’m such a winter-weather person, this 90 degree stuff we have going on here kind of makes me mopey.

  • Ahh I desperately need my first pedicure! I don’t think open toed shoes are two far off. I am planning to try to drag my husband with me next weekend – he needs it BADLY! Your toes look pretty.

  • Canned salmon has become so convenient at my house, it’s so much more tasty than canned tuna. Your superfood salad look awesome and energizing!