I’m beginning to worry about my shoveling addiction… After my last morning clients left on Monday, I pulled out my shovel and started to shovel wet, heavy snow off of our upper deck and the stone steps on the side of our house for the next hour. It didn’t need to be done and most of it would have melted on its own by Thursday; however, I couldn’t help myself. I look at it as a great functional workout!

Tuesday I met up with my friend Tracy for a run along the streets near her house. We actually found a couple of trails half-way clean, so we jumped for joy!  


We’ve had some amazing sunrises and sunsets recently, and I took a picture of Wednesday’s sunset to show how much the snow has melted. Two weeks ago today the snow was up to almost even with the table top. As of today, we can see the stone patio under the table and chairs.


Thursday morning I met up with my MRTT friends at 5:30 AM for my first super early morning run of 2016. There’s just something about getting out of bed at 4:30 in January that I don’t seem to be able to do. Unfortunately, that means many of my runs have been alone later in the day.

I headed out for another run on Friday morning since I couldn’t join our Cruisers group run on Saturday. I got in a warm-up mile and then stopped by my next-door-neighbors’ house to pick up Stella for a mile. I’m building her mileage up gradually so she doesn’t develop any overuse injuries like pawtar fasciitis. Get it, “paw”tar…


After Stella’s and my run, I headed to the trail behind my house, but after about a mile I gave up. The trail was in great shape at places; however, it was a crunchy, uneven, snowy frozen mess at other places. Not wanting to risk injury, I headed back to my neighborhood street. The wind kicked up and it got quite chilly and miserable for the rest of my run.


After my morning run, I rushed to Wegman’s to pick up a couple of things I couldn’t find at the other Wegman’s the day before. While at Wegman’s I found these, but didn’t buy them since I had two people brining desserts to our dinner party. Cannoli – my kind of chips and dip!


And speaking of the Italian dinner party, it was a huge success! My chicken parmigiana and beef brociola turned out great, even if I do say so myself. 


Even though not every guest was a runner, this year I served pasta shaped like little running people and running shoes. Look closely!


I caught Susan and Vel goofing off in the dining room before the guests were seated. They didn’t really dig into the chicken parmigiana! 


I trained two clients this afternoon, and the second they left I threw together my favorite Texas layer dip. It’s one of my favorites, but I only make it as a special treat once a year for the Super Bowl. That’s another specialty of mine setting next to the dip – a pomegranate margarita. 


I’ve been wanting to add yoga back into my routine, so I ordered Rodney Yee’s Complete Yoga For Beginners, Intermediate Yoga, and Conditioning For Athletes DVD’s (affiliate links). Sadly, it’s been too long since I practiced yoga regularly, and I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to have a little bit of a refresher course as I dive back in. 

Don’t forget that you have just a few more hours to enter my giveaway which ends at midnight. Check out my review of the Halo all-in-one headphones and headband from Tuesday, and enter for a chance to win your own Halo Headphone.


Weekly Recap: 

  • Weights: Wednesday and Friday
  • Shoveling: Monday – 1 hour 
  • Runs: Tuesday – 6 miles, Thursday – 8 miles, Friday – 6 miles (Total: 20 miles)
  • Bike: Wednesday – 20 miles 
  • Stretching: Daily
  • Average Steps Per Day: 15,771
  • Average Hours Sleep Per Night: 7:04



I’m linking up with Holly at HoHo Runs and Tricia from MissSippiPiddlin for their Weekly Wrap.  Be sure to check out not only the hosts, but the other great bloggers joining in on the fun!


Have a great week!


  • Questions:
  • Do you practice yoga?
  • What’s your favorite Italian dish?
  • Did you race this weekend?