Happy Monday! 😎
If this dog video doesn’t get your Monday started off on the right foot, I don’t know what will! I laughed so hard, I cried!
Last Night’s Dinner
Mmm! Last night’s dinner ruled: Fig Pizza with Mozzarella & Caramelized Onion. Oh my gosh, it was so delicious! And, the best part: it only required 4 ingredients! That’s my type of recipe!
- 1 Mama Mary’s Pizza Crust
- 1 onion, chopped
- Shredded mozzarella cheese
- Pickled Figs
- Preheat oven to 375*F.
- SautÃ©ed onion in extra virgin olive oil until it begins to caramelize.
- Spread pickled figs on pizza crust (use as much or a little as you desire).
- Top pizza with shredded mozzarella and onions.
- Bake pizza in oven for about 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown.
The pickled figs were definitely the star ingredient!
This morning, I rocked Oats in a Jar. It seems like I eat this breakfast quite a lot, huh? I think we have a real, live peanut butter addiction on our hands in this house. I think we’re up to about one jar every 7-10 days, and I’m pretty sure I eat the majority of the jar!
In the mix:
- Oat bran
- Bulgur (cooked ahead of time)
- Fresh blueberries
- Ground flaxseed meal
- Extra peanut butter
Question of the Day
The other day, I saw this question in Runner’s World and thought it would make a good QOTD:
I’ve run both marathon and half marathon distances, and I have never once felt less of my performance because I “only” ran “half” of a marathon. The name of the event doesn’t lessen my performance at all. Running 13.1 miles is an amazing accomplishment!
What do you think?
I think a name is just a name and it only describes the length. I’ve never had anyone think that a half marathon wasn’t an accomplishment in itself.
That pizza sounds great. I’ve had a pizza with fig jam, gorgonzola, and prosciutto…so good!
That video was so funny, great way to start off on a Monday. 🙂 At first I thought the first dog was guilty. It’s crazy that when you are a dog owner you know when & which one of your dogs is guilty.
I haven’t ever tried figs on pizza, will have to give it a shot.
Interesting idea – I’ve had friends tell me I’m a wuss or girlie for only running half marathons. But I’ve always considered them a huge and worthy accomplishment!
I don’t know if the new name would ever stick, but I think it could help if people are made to feel inadequate!
I definitely need to get on the Fig Wagon, it seems! I feel like using half marathon and 21-k interchangeably should be acceptable, so no one feels as if their huge accomplishment is diminished 🙂
A name certainly doesn’t change the accomplishment! I hope that people don’t take it as a half marathon being less important.
I love figs, and this recipe also makes me think of a pizza restaurant in Boston that I loved when I lived there — because it is named Figs! I think this recipe should be on the menu
Haha, that video is too cute!
I like the 21K idea!
I definitely would rather say that I ran a half marathon than a 21k. Most people just hear marathon and think you’re super amazing. With 21k I’d probably get a whole bunch of … “how long is that?”
I kinda agree. I’m running my first half marathon in June. When people ask me if I’m running the MARATHON, I find myself saying, “No, I’m only running the half.” ONLY!?!!?! 13.1 miles is FAR!!! 🙂
Yeah I agree with you. I’ve never thought of half sounding bad because to me it is such a huge accomplishment each time I or anyone else runs one.
I never had an issue with saying I ran JUST a half-marathon. People hear ‘marathon’ and are impressed anyway 🙂 Plus, 13.1 miles is definitely no slouch – I think people who don’t run races understand the mileage version more-so than saying ’21K.’ I usually have to explain to friends&family that a 10K is NOT 10 miles ….
Is using pickled figs better than just figs? What’s the taste difference?
I agree with you–a half marathon is an incredible accomplishment in and of itself, and I have never felt anything short of very proud when I’ve finished a half marathon. My question is a nit-picky one: is it written “half marathon” or “half-marathon”? The grammar geek in me is dying to know…:)
I don’t look at the name of the event as a problem, but then again- I don’t run, so what do I know? haha. I think most people that run it are aware of their accomplishment, and a name change wouldn’t do much.
Trying that pizza this week, it looks delish!
OMG that video broke my heart. It’s quite apparent that man abuses his dog. =(
That’s what I thought, too. Poor thing. =/
I was wondering the same thing..didn’t really find it funny as much as a little creepy.
Yup, something was a bit weird there!!
At first it seemed funny,but then something felt wrong to me…
I think it’s partly because the dog looks fearful of him-
I sense dog abuse more than a “guilty” dog 🙁
You guys, clearly this is a staged trick video. He’s obviously doing a trick!
@C: Then why is the poor thing shaking?
that pizza looks soo delicious!
that is hilarious!!!! I love dog videos! I love how dogs each have their own unique personality, and they KNOW when they are guilty of a crime!
True a name is just a name…but psychologically it still can have a huge effect on your mentality.
That video was not funny at all. You probably started crying because of how painful it was to watch.
Totally agree! I don’t understand how people think this is funny?
A name is just a name…any way you look at it (or run it) it’s a major accomplishment! Not everyone can do it.
I loved the “guilty dog” video! Too cute. Our Chesapeake smiles just like that:) It scared my mom so bad the first time she did it, my mom made her go in her crate.
Thanks for a great Monday!
That guilty dog video funny! AWWWW!!!! OOOH…pickled figs??? I’m definitely going to keep my eyes open for them! Figs are the best. Have a great day.
The video of the dog was fantastic! Definitely a good way to start a Monday.
DUDE. i need me some of those pickled figs! i just had some in a salad at the fig cafe in napa and was wondering if you could buy them.
hahahhaha I cracked up at that. SO reminds me of my parents dog!
I think a half-marathon is an amazing accomplishment!
WOW, FIG PIZZA? I thought it was mushroom at first… but it look so, so glorious.
I totally agree with the half marathon sentiment. Especially since I just ran one yesterday! 🙂
I’m going to organize a 20 miler. For all the people who are half marathon BAMFS but are scared to try a marathon. who’s gonna come run?!
That pizza looks delicious! And I’m right there with you on the peanut butter addiction…except I’m the only one eating it so it makes it worse that I can go through it so fast! At least you can plan some of it on Mal and Murphy! 🙂
I remember reading this comment in Runner’s World. I don’t remember exactly what the author said in regards to this comment, but I remember him making a good point.
I just know that when I say I’m running a half-marathon, people usually call it a marathon anyhow. They basically see the two as one in the same–even though those of us who run them know 26.2 miles and 13.1 miles are NOT the same. After running a marathon, it is funny how “short” 13.1 miles feels now!
I’ve never heard of pickled figs before!
I almost feel like calling it a 21K would lessen the excitement of completing that distance, I give that idea a “no” vote!
I absolutely love figs so I can see that pizza being a winner for sure! They pair so well with savory foods. I made brie and fig cupcakes this weekend that were to die for!
That was so freakin hilarious, my husband and I were dying laughing 🙂
WOW! That pizza looks so delicious!!!!
Denver looked scary.
thanks for the adorable video! i love it!!!
My husband told me about this video over the weekend, so it’s very random you posted it on here. Thank you, it made my Monday morning!! The way the lab can’t look his owner in the face. I DIE!
LOL at the RW comment. We American people are not very knowledgeable on kilometers, so even if we called them 21Ks, people would still have to ask how far that was. I think half marathon is good.
OMG. That pizza looks amazing!
…and really, a half marathon is an accomplishment and I don’t think having the word “half” in it diminishes it once little bit. That’s just silly talk, IMO. 😉
I loved that video… and the background music was perfect for it. Did anyone else think the narrator sounded like Woody Harrelson?
I saw this in RW’s too. I am definitely NOT on board. The thought of running a “21-k” sounds too long 🙂 I prefer the term 1/2 marathon. It doesn’t make you any less of a runner. I’m about to run my first marathon this October and I’m super-nervous for that 26.2 miler!
Wow, that *IS* a lot of PB! But certainly nothing to be ashamed about 🙂 That video is too cute!
Hi Tina! I’ve been a long time reader and lover of your blog…this may be one of my first formal comments! I did the Long Beach Half marathon last year and I swear to you…when i reached the point in the race where we split from the full marathoners, I thought there was no amount of money in the world that could convince me to have kept going for another 13 + miles! Half marathons are just as demanding on the body, in my opinion. I think it’s because the “half” distance makes me want to run it faster, where as a full marathon I would be okay with walking more and keeping my pace slow and steady. I’ve been wanting to start training for the full marathon but right now my knees are telling me it’s not the best idea.
It’s funny, most of my friends who don’t run or even really work out think the idea of a half marathon is just as daunting as a full, yet, among people who do run or work out, not so much. That’s been my experience, anyway.
Keep doing what you are doing, I love your blog and your advice 🙂
if you live in the US calling a 21K is completely meaningless. Unless the person is a runner they would have no idea how far you’re running. And, a half marathon should not be taken or treated lightly. Honestly, if I had to drive 13.1 miles to get somewhere I would consider that a far drive!
That video was SO cute! I know the “guilty” look from my dogs way too well…….
I don’t think it underscores what goes into it at all, a whole marathon is sooo impressive, that a half is pretty darn amazing, too!
I can see what Denise is saying…I have never run a full marathon, only one half and training for my second currently, but I don’t feel like those halfs are diminished in any way just because of what they are called. It’s still a long way to run!
That pizza sounds amazing! I’ve never tried, or even heard of, pickled figs before though! What do they taste like?
I think that the distance one runs and the accomplishment felt after is such a personal thing. I don’t win a race when I head out for my weekly 4 miler around my neighborhood, but I feel like a million bucks and feel like I just accomplished something huge! It is no 13.1 miles, but it is my big distance run. 🙂
Yeah…I think the “1/2” thing is all in your head…definitely shouldn’t say “I ONLY ran a half.” And that pizza looks amazing, although I’ve never heard of pickled figs…could probably do it with fresh or dried?