Scenes from the Week

by tinareale on October 5, 2012

Well, as this (hopefully) publishes, I’m driving my booty to the airport to catch a plane for a trip I feel I have anticipated for forever. I’m headed to Chicago this weekend, baby!!! I’ll spend the next few days with Chelsey talking each others’ ears off, eating good food, sight-seeing, and enjoying life. We can’t forget that I’ll also get the chance to see a few other great blog friends in the process and cheer a few of them on in the Chicago Marathon on Sunday morning. Yep. I have a great weekend ahead. But before that, Scenes from the Week time!

Are they not two of the cutest things ever? Makenzie and her best bud had some fun bowling action last weekend. We made a family night of it on Sunday and it was just what I needed after having to deal with flooding in our basement again on Saturday.

I love my Blend Retreat t-shirt so  much. I always wear it. Like I did one day earlier this week….then got a little heads up that the official announcement for 2013 dates may be coming soon. #isoplantobethere #bestblogthingever #youshouldgotoo

Decaf cup of coffee on a rainy afternoon? Don’t mind if I do! If only I could have had it alongside a book instead of alongside my laptop and work. Good thing I love my work. It was still relaxing.

This is what morning snack time looks like around here almost daily. We’re a family of green smoothie lovers!!

And I’m now an excited green smoothie with VEGA lover. Or…plan to be.

I had a coupon for and then they had Vega for BOGO 50%. I’ve been wanting to move to more natural protein blends for my smoothies and I always hear rave reviews about Vega’s plant based protein with extra good stuff like the omega 3, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals. So I ordered some bags.

What did I think? I think smoothie bags with silica gel beads packets in them need to come with a warning!


I plopped a scoop of the Tropical Tango flavor in my smoothie yesterday morning. I thought the taste was spot on but that the texture was extremely gritty. You know what’s going to happen don’t you? Well, I had heard that plant based protein powders can have a slightly more gritty texture and it didn’t kill me because the taste was so good. So, I drank it all. Then cleaned my blender and found a shredded wrapping of silica gel beads at the bottom of the blender (that one above was from my chocolate package). Lovely. I’ll let you know a final review of what I think sans beads. Although, they must be good if I still want to drink it despite drinking blended up grit. Wouldn’t you say? 

Moving on from my blonde moment du jour.

A little update on my training for the Runner’s World Half which is now just TWO WEEKS away!!!

Things are going pretty good overall. I have been moving back to more neutral shoes again – Saucony Rides as I have worn before my issues, as I mentioned in my last shoe talk post. Things have been going swimmingly. Occasionally at the very, very end of long runs I would feel a dull ache on the top of my foot where I get my issues, but usually if I foam roll well it stays under control and goes away for all other runs.

Then, I did something stupid. I had  a 14 mile run planned and figured I would give it a shot back in the slightly more stable shoes “just to be safe”. Well, my body apparently adjusted to the neutral shoes stat and got VERY angry with me for that decision. My ITB and posterior tibialis flared up and I was hobbling after 3.5 miles. I cut the run short, iced, foam rolled, and took some extra rest. I did manage to get in that 14 mile run back in the Sauconys a couple days later without more than a dull ache, but I can still tell things are tender. And it was going SO WELL, too! Bummer. But I scaled back mileage a lot this week to just two runs (one 3 miler and the 8 miles on the treadmill above) and I’ll be taking off the entire time in Chicago. I’ll finish my training and then be able to do the race hopefully strong!

Well, gotta jet! Aren’t I oh so clever with my puns? I’ll see you soon and I hope you have a great Friday and weekend, too! Ohhh….Chelsey…I’m on my way!!!!!!

Your Turn – What was the best part of your week? What was your last “did I really do that” moment?


1 lindsay October 5, 2012 at 7:16 am

good luck good luck good luck! but most importantly, have fun and hug all those women for me. k?

on the vega, i like the vanilla almond the best. it’s a little gritty but if you add banana to it, it helps. tasty!

2 Jen @nutcaseinpoint October 5, 2012 at 7:34 am

I taught two Muscle classes this week and it FELT SO GOOD to be instructing group fitness again!
My ‘I can’t believe I did that’ moment was ironing. (I have an agreement with the mister that I do all domestic things except iron and cook eggs. He takes care of those two things and manly work around the house) what can I say, I NEEDED to wear a specific shirt and he was already at work!

3 Jen @nutcaseinpoint October 5, 2012 at 7:35 am

I taught two Muscle classes this week and it FELT SO GOOD to be instructing group fitness again!
My ‘I can’t believe I did that’ moment was ironing. (I have an agreement with the mister that I do all domestic things except iron and cook eggs. He takes care of those two things and manly work around the house) what can I say, I NEEDED to wear a specific shirt and he was already at work!

4 Jenny October 5, 2012 at 8:01 am

Ahh! I’m way behind on my blog reading but just saw you are running the runners world half! Me tooooo!! Good luck and maybe ill see you that weekend!

5 Lauren October 5, 2012 at 8:02 am

Ahhh have so much fun!!! I’m coming to see that sweet lady next month. Have a blast Tina! :)

6 Becky Przy October 5, 2012 at 8:03 am

Have fun in Chicago!!!

Those running shoes are so tricky–I get that same pain in my feet too. I think you eventually get used to the ‘gritty’ taste of vega. It took me a while, but now I love it!

7 Lee October 5, 2012 at 8:15 am

Have a great trip!

And since I work for a promotional product company, I have to wonder where they got the blend shirts. Next year, they should get them from us!

8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

I can’t believe marathon weekend is finally here and I’m seeing you TODAY!!!! Have a great flight, Tina!

9 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers October 5, 2012 at 8:52 am

I can’t wait to get some Vega. I’ve only had one sample pack, but I’m ready for more. :) Sorry the run didn’t go so well. Feel better and enjoy your rest!

10 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 5, 2012 at 8:57 am

Woohoo! About to leave my house to come get yoU!!!

11 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 5, 2012 at 8:59 am

the blender thing sounds like something i’d do!
blend is going to be amazing – you HAVE to be there, co-teacher!

12 jobo October 5, 2012 at 9:24 am

Can’t wait to see you again this weekend! HOW FUN!!!!!!!! I love your training update, it sounds like you are getting into a good happy spot with it and the shoes are much better!! Have a safe flight!

13 lisa fine October 5, 2012 at 10:46 am

Have an amazing time at the race! I’m super jealous.

And those little silica packets are gross. It’s too bad they have to be used in smoothie mixes. Yuck.

14 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance October 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm

Have a great weekend with Chelsea! I know that you two have been counting down for months! haha (Not that I blame you– you’re going to have a blast!!)

15 [email protected] October 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Have fun in CHI-town!! How cool that you get to see a bunch of great bloggers?!?

I laughed. HARD. about the gel-pack thing. BAHaha–b/c I would’ve done something similar, I am sure: )

16 christy October 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm

After discussing the shoe issues during last round of Bootcamp with ya, I made the same move back to a neutral and am currently running in the saucany triumphs, so far I love them. was in the mizuno inspire 8′s and have been having ITband issues, but its getting a lot better with treatment and getting out of stability shoes. Good luck on your half, I know you’ll do great. :)

17 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More October 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm

1 – I’m STOKED for Blend 2013 and can’t wait to hear when and where it’s going to be this year!!!
2 – Have fun and welcome to Chi-town!

18 Bek @ Crave October 5, 2012 at 10:09 pm

The best part of my week was spending time with my partner and teaching my Body Step classes! I can’t even remember my last ‘did I seriously just do that’ moment- so that’s a good thing ;)

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