Early Christmas Present Opening and a Progression Run to TRY!

December 10, 2011

I opened my Christmas present early this year again.  Because my maturity level is that of a 7 year old, I can’t wait and had to wear the coat last night.  Merry Christmas to me.

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Fashion blogging here I come.  What I wore:  Costco, costco, costco and uggs…hmmmm that might get a little old, I guess I will stick to running and food.

We had big plans (okay, we decided 4 minutes before we left) to go to Outback (yep, another gift card from the Grandma) for dinner with Billy’s bro and his wife.

We got there and there was a one hour wait on a Friday night, lame.  Don’t they know I was hungry?

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So, we went next door to Barnes and Noble.

I had a really hard time choosing what to read;)

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(workout that I really want to do in a few weeks)

Billy and I both read Runners World. I have done a great job brain washing him these last 2.4 years to love running.

We headed back to Outback just in time for our names to be called and what a surprise…I got the same exact thing that I always get there:  The side salad (this post already has too many pictures), steak, potato and 3 loaves of that bread in the back.

Thanks Billy for throwing your tomato on my potato right as I was taking the picture, really appreciate it.

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It was kind of awkward when the waitress brought out that little ketchup with my meal.  You know how I slather everything in ketchup?  Well, that cup = the amount it takes to dip two bites of ketchup in.

All of that salt on the potato and steak made my body crave sugar.  Isn’t that strange?

I am telling you, you gotta load up on the marshmallows at these ‘serve yourself’ froyo places that charge by the ounce.  You can get the most amount of sugar for the least amount of cost because marshmallows don’t weigh very much but taste so good.

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There were also some chocolate covered gummy bears on top of my peppermint/white chocolate/brownie/cake batter froyo.

When I have a cup of that goodness in my hand I don’t even look up (or talk) the entire time I am eating.  Once I was finally finished, I looked over at Billy’s cup:

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He has a thing about keeping the flavors separate.  And you think I am strange?


Are you a Runner’s World reader?  Do you have a subscription?

-No subscription but I usually read every month’s issue at a bookstore.

Do you have to keep your flavors separate like Billy?

-No way, they blend to be one big happy family.

Do you do progression runs?  Do you ever get your workouts from magazines?

chelsey @ clean eating chelsey December 10, 2011 at 6:20 am

I don’t mind if flavors blend! I’m all about combining everything.

And I hate when restaurants don’t bring you out a bottle of ketchup. I use like a cup for every meal.


Amy December 10, 2011 at 6:24 am

I LOVE Runner’s World…I subscribe and get so excited when it lands in the mailbox.

I am a flavor-separator too…I’m actually quite impressed at Billy’s separations skills… :)

Have a great Saturday!


khushboo December 10, 2011 at 6:25 am

Loving that coat-looks so warm! I don’t even eat beef but you me craving some meat, woman! I am a RW subscriber- buying them individually would kill my bank balance! I haven’t run since Wednesday due to the nuissance known as the flu but reading about progression workout has activated my craving…thanks, J..thanks a lot! :)


Jenn December 10, 2011 at 6:27 am

I have gotten really into magazines again in the last year and have several different subscriptions, Runner’s World is one of them!!

I dont usually keep my flavors separate but it would be cool if they made cups with different compartments so you could! Then it would feel like you were eating several different cups of ice cream! I might have to suggest that idea….


Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) December 10, 2011 at 6:31 am

I mix everything together. No need for separation in my book!

For the last few week of pregnancy I have been preferring red meat over chicken/fish etc and your steak is making my mouth water… and it is only 7:30am. Ha! Enjoy your weekend!


Stephanie December 10, 2011 at 6:31 am

You look too cute!!! Love it! I have a subscription to runners world but I never find time to read it because of all the great blogs hheh


Laura @ LauraLikesDesign December 10, 2011 at 6:34 am

I let my flavors blend if they are compatible–like peppermint and chocolate. But if I’ve got citrus and gingerbread, I try to keep them apart!


Angie December 10, 2011 at 6:38 am

The high school I teach at has a subscription ( in the library) and I think I am the only one who reads it!

As for progression runs, I do them all the time- even on my short runs. I just increase the speed by .1 every mile or ten minutes. I read somewhere a while ago that speeding up like this works better for women..not sure what the science behind this is though.

Looks like you had a fun night!


Katie @ Peace Love & Oats December 10, 2011 at 6:46 am

Haha I like to eat mine separately, but I don’t mind if they mix a bit in the middle. Billy has a serious strategy there!


Losing Lindy December 10, 2011 at 7:08 am

I love my runners world subscription, you should ask for it for Christmas..after all you NEED something else to open ;)

And I totally buy all kinds of clothes at Costco.


Christina @ The Athletarian December 10, 2011 at 7:11 am

I love blending! Like a big, happy froyo party! I went the other day with a friend and thought of you! It was her first time and she wants to go on a weekly basis now! Have an amazing weekend!


Leonor @FoodFaithFitness December 10, 2011 at 7:17 am

Why do I get sugar cravings when I read your blog? I just did a metabolic chain workout that I got from a mag and OMGeeee. I was dying. I think I would rather run 13 miles. I read RW. I have a subscription. I read it at least 3 times before recycling. That would explain why I have a huge pile to read!!


Mamarunsbarefoot December 10, 2011 at 7:20 am

I used to read it, but honestly I really don’t anymore. Most of my long runs are pretty close to progression runs. I just naturally run like that. Flavors separate? Of course! :)


Anna @ Food Fitness Frolicking December 10, 2011 at 7:23 am

It’s funny, I don’t like mixing my froyo but I love mixing together any other type of food! Strange, I know. Yesterday I had GINGERBREAD froyo and it was to die for. Ohmygosh yum.


Pam December 10, 2011 at 7:34 am

I do have a subscription to Runners World. I really enjoy that one. I used to have a subscription to Running Times, too, but I didn’t renew that one. It was just kind of… I dunno… too DRY for my taste or something. I think it’s for people who take running WAY more seriously than I do! lol


Britt @ Chicago Runner Girl December 10, 2011 at 7:52 am

Love the coat! We don’t belong to Costco because our teeny tiny apartment cannot house 50 rolls of toilet paper at once.

I incorporate a lot of progression runs into my marathon and half marathon training and I think hat it is totally helpful. For me it builds confidence when at the end of a long run I can hold my goal pace for a few miles feeling strong. But they are easy to get carried away with, and I’ve done it one too many times. Sometimes I feel so good that I just keep pressing the pace and by miles 18-20 of a long run I may be pressing 6:30 pace. I like to run fast so sometimes it’s hard for me to draw the limits in workouts and not turn them into a race, but this is something that I’m going to be consciously aware of in my next training cycle.

Try the progression run, I think you’ll love the post run feel it gives you.


Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

That ketchup cup is lame! I’m pretty sure I used at least half a bottle at the diner last night for my fries. I hope you got more!
No segregation of ice cream flavors over here, they get mixed up anyway once you eat them!


Kate December 10, 2011 at 8:12 am

I love RW! I subscribe and leave it on the couch so I can always grab it! Although I do spend an hour a week at BN reading every other magazine! I love your coat! What brand is it? I’ve been looking for a similar one to wear for the freezing cold hikes from my car to work (I’m much too cheap to park in the crazy pricey lots near where I actually work)! I’d die of happiness if there was a Costco anywhere near me!


Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile December 10, 2011 at 8:15 am

I loooovvvee runners world. I read it every time i’m in Barnes n Noble. They actually had a sale I saw on twitter for a $10 subscription for a whole year! So I ordered it for myself for Christmas ;P
Love your coat! I’m all about blending the flavors. That’s the best part!


Allison December 10, 2011 at 8:19 am

Your ketchup love is like my mustard love, don’t ask :P

Haha, I don’t separate my flavors but I do like to separate my food?! Like eat my veggies first, pasta next, then the meatballs [finish each before moving onto the next and save the “best” for last… My Dear will take a bite of everything [and eats the “best” first]!


Erica December 10, 2011 at 8:28 am

I keep things separate until I bore of the flavors because then when I start to come up with different mixing combos it is like being introduced to a whole new flavor.

I once did runner’s world 21 days to better running, and it was so much fun! I wish I would have printed that baby out, it was like 5 yrs ago.

Love the jacket!!


kara t. December 10, 2011 at 8:30 am

Mmmmmm that steak looks so good! Almost as good as the froyo ;)

I almost always do progression runs but had no idea that there is actually a name for it. If I start out fast, my head starts to doubt and I get overwhelmed. Instead, I start at a comfortable pace and just pick it up little by litte. Starting out a treadmill run on a 7.0 for me- never going to happen. Starting at a 6.5 and .1 by .1 easing into a 7.0 or higher is a sure fire way I can trick myself into building my speed. Love it.


Jessica December 10, 2011 at 8:35 am

I’ve always wished there was a better way to separate froyo flavors…what is that in his cup? I’m impressed, haha. :) I love progressive runs on the treadmill where I can control the speed…I do them all the time!


Lauren December 10, 2011 at 8:51 am

The restaurants that bring out cups of ketchup/salsa/syrup really make me mad. You’re in the middle of trying to eat and you run out of your dipping sauce so you have to sit there, famished, and wait for the waitress to come by. Then, you have to awkwardly start waving your arms to get their attention and almost always, they blow you off. So you have to yell “excuse me” or lean over the entire table to get their attention. Lol, just give me the damn bottle!

I loooove marshmallows, fudge, and graham crackers on fro-yo. It’s fluff, crunch, and saucy goodness all in one. Mmm!


Tabaitha December 10, 2011 at 8:58 am

Yes, I’ve had a subscription for two years and love it! I am pretty sure that I squeal everytime it’s in the mailbox.


Josie @ happycorredora.com December 10, 2011 at 9:04 am

I love runners worlds!! (seems the theme here!) I subscribe and always have a big smile when a fresh version pops up in the mail. I take it to the gym to me to read on the elyptical (back when i had a gym).

Fro-yo… yep… everyone in the bowl together!! It’s impossible to keep seperate so i just put about 5 flavours in and toppings (fruit and chocolate) all over – delicious!


Lizzy December 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

LOVE Runner’s world…I wish they had a weekly subscription instead of a monthly! :) I keep looking at the St. George weekend and getting little heartskips of excitement!!
Are you coming to CA for Christmas?! I can’t wait until you summer here again…I’m interning in LA all summer=us running together!!! xoxo!


Katie December 10, 2011 at 9:07 am

I had to wear my new jacket already too! My mom had it sent here (mistake #1, but she lives in Australia, so I guess I understand), and then said that I should leave it under the tree until Christmas. HAHA, good joke, mom!


Kate @ Chasing It December 10, 2011 at 9:11 am

CHEERS to Billy, I keep my flavors separate too!! lol! I usually put 3 in one dish, so my bowl is divided into thirds…yeah…lol

And yes to Runner’s World, my mom is a runner too so we get a subscription – I like Running TImes better though, and I read that at the bookstore every moth….I’m asking for a subscription for Christmas!

And progression runs are seriously the best – every long run I do is a progression run! :-D


jamie December 10, 2011 at 9:17 am

LOL! love it. my sister & brother in law are on page 59 of this month’s runners world! The MCM Historic Half ad! it’s awesome… kinda like celebrities!


Janae December 10, 2011 at 10:31 am

That is the coolest thing ever!!!


Sharsti December 10, 2011 at 9:24 am

I love Costco clothes! Also, I’m very excited to tell you, I finally did it, I signed up for my first half marathon June 9 2012 the UT valley half marathon! I’ll prob email you asking you a billion questions. Sorry in advance.


Janae December 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

Ahhhhhhhhh I am so so so excited for you! Please email me! Billy and I are signed up for that one too!


Lindsay @ Lindsay's List December 10, 2011 at 9:28 am

I’m thinking that we should probably go out on a date sometime to Outback. My treat!


Amy December 10, 2011 at 9:44 am

i love runners world…def my favorite running magazine. i try workouts from magazines every now and then…only the special few catch my eye :) they’re usually pretty good!


Erika - The Teenage Taste December 10, 2011 at 9:47 am

Mmmm…I’m a sucker for a good steak and potato dinner. Especially when it’s followed by fro-yo. YUM! :-)

I’m also a huge fan of Runner’s World magazine. For the past few months I’ve been reading it at the checkout line in the grocery store, but I finally bought myself a subscription and I’ll be getting my first issue in the mail in January! Yay! :-)


Zaneta December 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

I have a subscription to Runner’s World… love it :)
I think progression runs sound hard, but fun… maybe I’ll give it a try…

LOVE your Christmas Coat… so cute :)


Beth @ RUNNINGaroundmykitchen.com December 10, 2011 at 10:08 am

I love your coat and I’m asking for those same Uggs for Christmas :) I have a Runner’s World subscription and like it…I normally read it on planes when you can’t use your electronics. I’ve never done a workout like that, but I think I need to start doing more specific workouts and more speed work….I tend to opt to just go out and go for a run.


Cara @ EAT. PRAY. RUN. December 10, 2011 at 10:14 am

You make that costco fashion look HOT! I see a runway show in your future Janae!


lindsay December 10, 2011 at 10:55 am

do you mind sending me your left over Runners World here? haha. jk. But i do miss my subscription! therefore, i will live vicariously through YOU!


Amanda @FancyOatmeal December 10, 2011 at 11:00 am

I subscribe to Runner’s World on my iPad – I do wish that I had it in paper version as well. I do that with books and magazines – buy in digital and paper. I love Runner’s World! So helpful for newbie runners.


cynthia December 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

As long as the flavors compliment each other i’ll mix :)

Love Runner’s World. I have a subscription and get so excited when it arrives each month. I have a teeny tiny pic of me in an earlier issue this year of Runner’s World featuring a group that I am apart of. So that kinda makes me famous right? haha


Heather @ run eat play December 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

I just recently subscribed to Runner’s World. I have so many magazine subscriptions, I figured why not add another.
I am definetly a flavor separator!


Amy December 10, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Love the coat! I haven’t done a progression run. I’m still coming back from an injury.


Hikermom December 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm

I have been a loyal Runner’s World subscriber for over 5 years. Love it! It is so motivating. You should definitely subscribe. I always mark my mags to do the workouts, but I don’t think I have actually done one:)


Danielle December 10, 2011 at 12:17 pm

that flavor combination just blew my mind!!


stephanie December 10, 2011 at 12:46 pm

i dont have a runners world subscription but I read it all online at night at work. I get workouts from there all the time–I’ve done a few progression runs and love them

have a great Saturday!!


kristen @ verbs and vignettes December 10, 2011 at 2:39 pm

hahaha! i don’t do that with my frozen yogurt like billy does, but i’m always so sad when they melt together and i can’t find the one i want! my heart belongs to mochi as my topping… it’s sort of like a chewier japanese marshmallow… there’s no explaining it, but if you find it, you have to try it.


Rene Hall December 10, 2011 at 2:53 pm

I did my first progression run this morning and I loved it. It was one of my favorite workouts ever.


Amylee December 10, 2011 at 3:07 pm

I can’t wait to try that run! Thanks for suggesting it!


Mac December 10, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Very cute coat! I am supposed to be a Runner’s World reader, but I haven’t received my first magazine yet… I think I need to have a chat with Runner’s World, I paid for two years last month.


Melissa December 10, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I am a total magazine junkie. I subscribe to Runner’s World and also “Women’s Running” I really like them both, Women’s Running has a lot more weight loss and “how to find cute running clothes” articles but it also includes a lot of female specific running advice. I love “Trail Runner,” too. I always check that one out at the bookstore. Hinting to the hubby that it would be a lovely x-mas present.


Stephie December 10, 2011 at 8:03 pm

I love posts with food lol and i love the coat it looks great. Looking at the frozen yogurt looks like a really good idea right now. I live in Cebu and this tropical climate is making me sweat. I can already imagine a big cup of green tea and vanilla yogurt all mixed together.


Blair December 10, 2011 at 9:06 pm

I take about 3-5 bites with everything separated and then I mix everything together into a swirled heaven.


Corrie Anne December 10, 2011 at 9:59 pm

I read whatever I can of Runner’s World online!!!!!!!!!!!! That workout sounds so great!! I want to try it!


Amy December 11, 2011 at 6:34 am

Im still so excited that i had the chance to meet you in vegas before the race. Your speediness must have rubbed off because I ran a new PR 1:46.
I know you love marshmallows and need to check out the peppermint marshmallows that I found at walmart. So yummy in hot chocolate!


Kari December 11, 2011 at 7:40 am

I followed Spencers Market on Twitter!


Kari December 11, 2011 at 7:40 am

Whoops – didn’t mean to comment ha!


Kim December 11, 2011 at 8:00 am

I hate it when my food “touches” each other!

I have a hard time doing progression runs outside, but I do them often and enjoy them A LOT on the treadmill. I am typically a negative-splits girl, and I am pretty sure that’s why.

Not only do I subscribe to Runner’s World, I was IN it a couple of issues back! I am quoted four times in the “Rise and Run” article about early morning running. (Kim from Green Bay = me.:)) The article is online now, I think.


Kristine @ Running on Hungry December 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I LOVE Costco. Yes that is my key takeaway from this post. I LOVE shopping there!


Kerry @ Half Healthy, Half Nuts December 12, 2011 at 8:42 am

I am like Billy when it comes to my froyo and toppings. I can’t mix everything together. Especially if I have a fruity yogurt with fruity toppings and then a sweet yogurt with candy toppings. I’m weird.


Nancy@triathletestrials December 13, 2011 at 7:38 pm

I love all magazines running and triathlon related, especially Runners World. I do not currently have a subscription because I’m moving too much this year for clinical rotations, BUT I still manage to get my hands on one every month. I love that progression run idea. I’ve done progression runs before. I like them because it is a very controlled workout but requires a lot of focus and mental toughness by the end.


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