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    I'm Lauren and this is a blog dedicated to living life with a healthy balance. I love to run, strength train, bike and just be downright active. I'm a marathoner as of April 24, 2010 and am currently looking forward to qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

    I absolutely love to eat and enjoy great food but doing it all in moderation. You'll see healthy, organic foods on here frequently but you'll also run into things such as pizza and sweets. I believe you can have it all... just not all at once.

    I'm always learning and discovering new foods, recipes, workouts and ways to live a healthy lifestyle. Join me on my journey towards becoming my healthiest self.

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An Unexpected Treat

Good evening friends!  I’m going to try and make this a super quick post because I didn’t make it to bed until midnight last night and I’ve got to get some extra rest tonight to get my body back on track!

Lunch was DELICIOUS!  I had my leftovers from our trip to Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe after my 10 mile race on Saturday.

Half of my spicy tuna sandwich topped with sliced hard boiled egg and arugula.

A few chips and a little bit of wheatberry salad on the side.

I’m officially obsessed with this restaurant now.  I must make it a regular occurrence and be sure and try new things on the menu.

I debated on whether I wanted to eat a snack this afternoon but I felt like my body was telling me I needed one.

So I dug into a banana with 3/4 tbsp. of peanut butter.  You know I had to get my peanut butter intake for the day!

The hubs called me to tell me that I was invited over to a cookout where he had helped friends put in a garden bed and privacy fence all day so I jetted out of work on my bike and booked it!  I was hungry and a good time with friends plus great outdoor hanging out weather was a perfectly great unexpected treat.

They had a huge spread!  I got a little bit of brisket, grilled chicken, fruit, potatoes, carrots, asparagus and tomatoes.

Then the option of dessert was presented and I couldn’t resist.

A slice of red velvet cake with a tad bit of vanilla bean ice cream on the side.  Oh so good.

Can you tell I’m catching up on missing out on desserts/sweets from Lent?  I have got to get control of it but I missed them so much!!

We had a super great time of hanging out on the back porch talking and getting to know one another better.  I loved every second of it.  Thanks Sarah and Mike!!  Y’all are awesome!

Ok!  I’m off to settle in for bed… well, after I make my lunch for tomorrow that is.  🙂

Another great night of eating out for me tomorrow night.  You’ll have to check back tomorrow night to see what the goods are!

What’s your new favorite food or restaurant find?

Mine is, obviously, Blue Dog Bakery & Cafe.

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Papa John’s Ten Miler

Well, I’m finally able to sit down and post about my ten mile race this morning. It’s been a really long day already and I am ready to do nothing, sit on the couch and watch TV.

After I ate my pre-race breakfast that you saw earlier, I headed back to bed and slept on and off for another hour or so. The minute I got up to get ready, I was nervous. Nerves all around. My body was shaking, mentally I didn’t feel prepared, I was freaking out! Some friends popped in to walk to the start line so I prayed and talked with a friend and the hubs and they calmed me down.

About to start! Do I look nervous?

I’m wearing the new armband the hubby Easter Bunny bought me and it worked out awesome!

I was thankful the rain was holding off because that would’ve been miserable for 10 miles in the rain!

I met up with a new friend from church, Lindsey, and we ran together. Her and her hubby is who we planned to go to brunch with after the race. Good thing we saw each other in the beginning so I’d have a running buddy.

We started running and I realized at mile 3 that I really hadn’t mentally prepared for this race AT ALL! We hit Iroquois Park where the 3 miles worth of hills began and I honestly did not want to push myself. So glad that I had Lindsey to run with because we pushed each other and conquered each and every one of those hills. As we left the Park around 6.5 miles I had a major right side splint and Lindsey kept encouraging me to push through. I kept running and before I knew it, it was gone. Praise the Lord! At the same time my side splint started, it began to rain. It wasn’t a light drizzle but it wasn’t a downfall either. Just a steady rain. The rain lightened up a little bit towards the end of the race but we were pretty soaked and looking like hot messes by the time we crossed the finish line.

The only picture hubs was able to get of me about to cross the finish line.

My official time ended up being 1:41:55. The course was actually 10.18 miles so I averaged right around a 10 minute/mile pace. Not too bad considering the hills we had to run. Lindsey and I finished at the exact same time and we were so glad to go up and grab all the free food they had for us! I ended up getting several bananas, an apple, a Panera cinnamon bagel and 4 granola bars! Love it!! They had pizza for us too, duh! It was sponsored by Papa John’s! But I didn’t feel like that would be good post-run recovery food. So I just waited until we all went to lunch.

My biggest supporter and I!

Lindsey and I

We walked back to the loft another mile and the heavens let loose and starting pouring on us so another half a mile run back to the loft and we were home to throw our clothes in the drier for a second and then head to brunch!

Brunch ended up being lunch because they were finished serving breakfast but I didn’t mind. I felt like eating a sandwich anyway.

Blue Dog Bakery is where it is AT!! My first time here and definitely not my last.

Super cool atmosphere.

I ordered the spicy tuna sandwich (no preservatives in their bread, SCORE!), topped with sliced hard boiled egg and arugula.

With a side of chips and wheatberry salad. The wheatberry salad is to die! It has wheatberry, celery, scallions, lima beans, and currants.

Can I just say how amazing this meal was?! Everything on their menu is healthy and good for you and I was pleased to find another place in Louisville like this. There aren’t too many around that I’ve found. I saved the right half of my sandwich for lunch at work tomorrow. Half of my chips and wheatberry salad got packed up to go too. I definitely couldn’t have eaten all of this. I’m never really that hungry after I race or have a long run so I’m glad I have such a great lunch for tomorrow!

There bakery makes bread fresh everyday and I hear it’s amazing. I can see how since the bread for my sandwich was delicious!

We then proceeded to our hair appointments we had scheduled for today. It had been over 5 months since I had my hair colored. Shocker that I’m not a natural blonde, right?! 🙂 I almost fell asleep in the chair because I realized how tired I was when I sat still for a moment.

Two hours of cuts and colors later, we were out the door and it was time for me to run to the grocery for a few essential items to last us until we get back from a road trip next weekend. I think we’re good to go for two more weeks which makes me excited!

I actually got some great deals in our organic section at Kroger, I was surprised. I picked up some Bear Naked Oats and Honey Granola with Blueberries (originally over $5 and I got it for $2.99), three containers of yogurt to test out, and Kashi cinnamon harvest and autumn harvest cereal for only $2.99 a piece! Not bad! Ususally they are over $4!! Then they were having a sale on Nature’s Own whole wheat bread Buy One, Get One Free! All about it! I pretty much got everything on sale or on Kroger special card prices. Love when that happens!

Now we’re home and relaxing. Not for long though, the hubs has a hankering for a Dairy Kastle hot dog and I think that sounds like a fabulous idea. Let me tell you about Dairy Kastle… they open in the spring during daylight savings time and close in the fall at daylight savings time and it’s a super cute walk up to the window dairy shack and they are awesome! I am addicted to this place in the spring, summer and fall! They have my favorite dessert there. It’s a Reese’s Cup flurry and it’s like a Dairy Queen blizzard with low fat frozen yogurt with Reese’s cups mixed in! To die for! So that’s another reason going there tonight sounded like such a fabulous idea! I plan on ordering one and devouring it. Another great thing, it’s close enough to walk so we get some exercise out of the deal. Can’t beat it!!

I’ll be sure and take plenty of pictures tonight. Thank goodness the sun came out and the weather has been beautiful since our earlier downfall! We’ll enjoy our walk thoroughly, I’m sure. I’ll enjoy having some hubs/wifey time just to talk and enjoy each other while we walk. Hope you all have had a great Saturday so far! See you all later!!

What’s your favorite yogurt brand and flavor?

Lunch Repeat

Hello lunch time bloggies and friends! This will be super quick because I’m trying to chow down!

The wheaties cereal I had for breakfast didn’t hold me over like I thought it might. I helped deliver a baby and was completely starving and couldn’t stop thinking about getting to go for lunch! I was starting to feel quite shaky. I knew I needed nutrition badly.

I have a lunch repeat from yesterday. Tuna salad, crackers, Laughing Cow cheese wedge and a mandarin.

I brought a pear to originally eat with my lunch like yesterday but I think I’m going to eat it as a snack later. We have a meeting at church tonight so I want to have something to hold me over until dinner.

I’m off to finish my lunch and hop back to it! See you all tonight! Hope you’re having a fantastic day so far!

Do you have lunch repeats very often!?I feel like it’s so easy to do with grab and go!

Unexpected Day Off

Hello friendlies! I got an unexpected day off from work so I am enjoying it to the fullest. I woke up around 7:30 this morning and felt like I had been asleep forever. I stayed awake for a bit but felt like a headache was coming so I napped until 9. My head still feels a little achey so I’m just hoping it subsides.

No breakfast for me this morning. I know. Shame on me. We are running so low on groceries that it’s not even funny. I ended up eating an earlier lunch because of it.

Tuna salad that I prepared last night, crackers and a pear.

I had a few crackers leftover so I ate a wedge of the Garlic and Herb Laughing Coe cheese. So yummy!

It was actually a perfectly, simple, filling lunch. I plan on going for a run in a little while so I think it was a good lunch before a run.

The sun is shining and I’m setting out to just run. We’ll see how many miles I end up running.

Hope your day is going wonderfully!