• My Longest Run Since October {8 Miles}

    April 2, 2013

    Hi, friends! Happy Tuesday!


    Yesterday started bright and early with a breakfast blast from the past: a French Toast Breakfast Scramble! I haven’t made one of these babies in weeks now, but it was just as delicious as I remembered. I added a big ol’ scoop of Teddie peanut butter to it. Delish!


    I also drank a glass of Dandy Blend with almond milk with breakfast. We were out of decaf iced coffee, so I whipped up a batch of Dandy Blend (you just mix it with water).



    Mid-morning, I stopped working and snacked on a rice cake with Teddie peanut butter. I had plans to do my long run in a little bit, but I was starting to feel hungry, so I ate a snack to hold me over. I can’t exercise on an empty stomach!



    Then, I headed outside for a glorious 8 miles—the longest run I’ve done since October! I have to admit, the first couple of miles totally blew (they were exhausting and I felt like crap), but, by mile 3 or so, I started to get into a groove and the whole running thing came back to me.

    8 mile run

    Since I’m a crazy person and partaking in my box’s Burpee Challenge, I incorporated some burpees into my run yesterday. Ninety burpees was my goal for the day, so I split them into 3 sets of 30. I did 30 when I started my run, 30 at the mid-point, and 30 when I finished. It definitely added a challenge to yesterday’s workout!


    The final 30 burpees were definitely the hardest…



    After my run, I stretched, showered, and then made lunch, which was Trader Joe’s fried rice with turkey meatballs.


    I also ate a few dates with peanut butter.



    Last night’s dinner was a delicious one, and it was inspired by this recipe. This meal is so simple to make and came together in no time at all. Definitely a keeper!

    Turkey & Spinach Sweet Potato Hash


    • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 medium-large sweet potatoes
    • 1 medium onion
    • 1 pound ground turkey
    • 1 tbsp garlic powder
    • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
    • 2-4 handfuls of fresh spinach


    1. Dice sweet potato into small pieces and then add them to a large sauté pan with olive oil, garlic powder, and cinnamon. Coat sweet potatoes in olive oil and cook on medium heat for 5 minutes. While sweet potatoes are cooking, dice onion.
    2. Add ground turkey to the pan with the sweet potatoes. Break it up with a fork as it cooks. Add onion.
    3. Continue to cook sweet potatoes, turkey, and onion until turkey is no longer pink and sweet potatoes begin to soften.
    4. When sweet potatoes are soft, add spinach and cook until it is wilted.
    5. Remove pan from heat and serve immediately.


    I love, love, love this meal! It’s seriously so easy—just throw it all in a pan, stir occasionally, and, voilà, you have a nutritious, delicious, and super satisfying dinner!


    After dinner, I ate a couple of sugar cookies with sprinkles from Easter. Holy yum!


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    Question of the Day

    Would you rather…

    Run or do burpees?

    Eat a sugar cookie or a chocolate chip cookie?

    Get licked by a dog or a cat?

    P.S. Just a reminder that Abby’s Kick Ass Virtual 5K is one week from today! I hope you decide to participate! You can win all sorts of great prizes!

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    { 96 comments… read them below or add one }

    Stellina April 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Run, Chocolate Chip and DOG!!!! :)


    Hillary | Nutrition Nut on the Run April 2, 2013 at 11:48 am

    8 miles + 90 burpees!? Way to get after it, lady!


    Maeve April 2, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    Burpees, Chocolate Chip and Dog!!!


    Ani April 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Wow that french toast scramble looks so interesting and yummy! Definitely will have to try it soon!


    meredith April 2, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    While I bake a mean sugar cookie using my own secret recipe, nothing beats a chocolate chip cookie fresh from the oven.


    Ashley April 2, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    Yum! I love dinners where the only cooking skill involved is cutting and/ or stirring. I’ll have to write this one down!


    Julie April 2, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    Live with fire!! :)


    Meghan @ After the Ivy League April 2, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Great 8 mile run!


    Sara Flynn April 2, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Well 8 miles is awesome! Congrats! I love that snack of rice cakes and peanut butter too, yumm!

    Sara :)


    Jeanie April 2, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Question one depends for me…. I don’t mind burpees, but I would much rather run a steady 10k than do a bunch of them. However, I would pick the burpees over running longer than 13.1, or faster than 7:20 minute splits!
    I <3 Chocolate Chip Cookies and Dogs!!!


    Rachel @ For the Love of Chocolate April 2, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    8 miles + 90 burpees…talk about a workout! Phew. I am exhausted just reading that! Way to get after it Tina.


    Mari April 2, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    I am yet to have a long run since my marathon training but now that I am training for a 10K, I am getting excited again! Kudos on the burpees!


    LINZER April 2, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Running, Chocolate Chips (as part of a Slutty Brownie*), My Dog.

    *I made these for Easter using the nestle chocolate chip recipe – most of them made it to my family :) http://whatsgabycooking.com/slutty-brownies/


    Rachel @ Undercover Diva: A Sitcom April 2, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Run, absolutely! All day, everyday! Chocolate chip cookies…I’m not a huge fan of sugar cookies! And I’d rather get licked by a dog..cat’s have sandpaper tongues.


    Shel@PeachyPalate April 2, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Licked by a dog, burpees and run! And chocolate chip cookie all the way! Great pace on the run after so long!


    Jill @ a Girl in Progress April 2, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    That Turkey & Spinach Sweet Potato Hash recipe looks amazing!! I’m definitely going to try that next week. Any time I can put sweet potatoes in something, I’ll do it. It’s kind of hard to believe that something that tastes so good is actually so good for you. Amazing!!

    Oh, and I’d love to be licked by my pug dog any day!! And I’d rather do just about anything other than burpees. I believe they are of the devil… :)


    Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona April 2, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    Chocolate chip cookie all the way.

    Kisses from a dog.


    Andrea April 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Running because I need to train for a run!

    Mmmm – Chocolate chip for sure!

    A dog, because a cat’s tongue is creepy!


    Erin @ The Elliptical Chronicles April 2, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Haha, I like your “would you rather” questions :)

    I’d rather run than do burpees.

    I’d rather eat a chocolate chip cookie. If it were an iced sugar cookie, though, that’d probably beat out the chocolate chip cookie.

    I’d rather be licked by a dog.


    Shay @ Whine Less, Breathe More April 2, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    At least you have your puppy to help out!


    Kelly @ Running to Healthy April 2, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I HATE BURPEES!!!! (Which probably means I need to do more of them.)


    Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner April 2, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Run, chocolate chip, and both! But cat licks are much less sloppy…


    Tina April 2, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    Ha! True that!


    Christina@LiveDreamRun April 2, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Definitely run!

    Sugar cookies over chocolate anything any day.

    While I know what both animals clean with their tongues, I like when my cat licks my hands with her scratchy little tongue. I wonder if she’s trying to clean me.

    I noticed after all of my marathon training, my body is so conditioned to the longer miles that it doesn’t really awaken until about mile three. Before that, my legs feel like lead.


    Rachel McIntyre April 2, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    That sounds like a hardcore workout!

    I’d prefer run, chocolate chip cookies and dog!


    Miranda @ Miranda Runs April 2, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    You’re speedy! No long runs since October and you can do 8 miles in 70 min? Woohoo! Good job!


    Bruna @ morgbu.com April 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    wow that sounds like an awesome workout day! and I have barely left this desk today! got get my butt at the gym tomorrow early!!! thanks for the motivation


    Greg April 2, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Burpees, sugar cookie, cat.


    (Un)intentional Happenings April 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    8 miles and 90 burpees…you just upped the ante.

    I did the burpee run workout from last week and the 20 burpees owned me.

    Thanks for the motivation.


    Aurielle @ Will2Wellness April 2, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Run. No question…chocolate chip all the way, baby! Where am I being licked?! I’m afraid of cats, so I guess dogs…but not on the face!


    Audrey @ In Shape Cupcake April 2, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Hard one, I love running and burpees…but I’d probably choose running (i like 11 mile runs).
    I’d rather eat a chocolate chip cookie.
    And I’d rather NO animal lick me. I can’t stand it! :'(

    Good job on that run! Perfect time!


    Emily April 2, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Well done, lady!

    Burpees, chocolate chip, and dog kisses for me!


    Elisabeth April 2, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I love CC cookies & sugar cookies! My favorites are sugar cookies from the Barnes & Noble cafe or CC cookies (still warm) from Panera :)


    luv what you do April 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Run for sure!!!
    I hate burpees…after 10 I am done and ready to give them up for a year : )


    Stacey April 2, 2013 at 11:27 pm

    I made the turkey sweet potato hash today and it was very good! I swapped the spinach out for kale and added some smoked paprika because I feel the need to put it in everything lately. I liked the subtle taste of cinnamon. Glad I saw this post earlier today while I was trying to decide what to make for dinner.


    RC @ Just Add Cayenne April 3, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Why choose? You’ve inspired me to do both….Run AND Burpees is the only way!

    Not a fan of either cookie, but I’d go with the sugar cookie…..homemade, of course.

    I like the rough tongue from cats since it’s good when I have an itch on my leg or something. So, I’ll go with cat.

    Awesome job on the burpee run, by the way. I want to take part of the challenge, but that would mean 90 x 3 burpees tomorrow. hmmmmmm


    Molly April 3, 2013 at 8:19 am

    dates with PB is my all-time favorite snack! Scratch that– it’s more like a DESSERT that’s how much I enjoy and crave it. I can polish off a bag of dates in no time… which takes a toll on my self control every once and a while!


    Monique @ burpeestobubbly.com April 3, 2013 at 12:10 pm

    I’m loving all the sweet potato hash i am seeing everywhere!


    AJ April 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    That burpee challenge is CRAZY! I know CF people say that a burpee is the jump squat with the push-up and a jump up at the end, but I guess I only do the burpee jump or the burpee push-up, and those are HARD to me! I do 10-15 at a time, but 90 a day…that is a huge challenge! Maybe I will get there one day.



    kim April 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    I would much rather run, but thanks for asking!
    Have to admit, not sure what a burpee is!
    Love the pic of your pup licking your face while your
    doing it though. That is my life to a tee.


    Hillary April 15, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Tina, I finally made this recipe! It was absolutely delicious! I’m curious as to how you have changed this up – we were missing cinnamon, mind you, but I feel like with some spice changeups, it could be really versatile. Any suggestions?

    Thank you as always and tick tock tick tock, can’t wait to “meet” Hoppity!


    wendy June 1, 2014 at 4:33 am

    Nice! How do you not burn it in the stainless steel pan? Whenever i do diced potatoes in mine i end up with a burnt crust at the bottom.


    Nikki Palmer September 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    This was a very yummy recipe :) I don’t cook very often (or well), but hubs loved this! Actually ate leftovers


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