Outfits of the Week!

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Getting Creative

I’ve become very financially focused these days, and spending moolah on new clothes is not quite on the to-do list. Instead, I’m working really hard to put outfits together that don’t look like the same old thing every week (although I’m aware that sometimes they do).

Take a gander! I think I did a pretty good job this time around.

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The Paradox of Relaxing While Running

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(+ A Lot of Garmin Photos)

I think ever since I fainted while running back in July 2016, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with my running pace, fueling strategy, and overall training mentality. It’s been a little difficult comparing myself to where I once had been while also having a lingering fear of feeling weak or pushing myself too far. It’s been annoying, to say the least!

Well this week I feel like I’ve finally let some of that go, and oddly enough, I’m seeing improvement in my running again. Go figure.

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Daily Diet: Workday Eats

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Meal Preppin‘ for the Win

Happy Wednesday! How’s your week going?

I thought I’d share a little sample of what my meals have looked like lately. This installment includes tons of veggiesfruitsgrains, and fish!

The man is so good at packing lunches and planning meals, and I’m really loving the routine. It’s economical and sets you up for success (except for outlier-days like Burrito-gate).

Take a look!

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A Deliciously Savory Salmon Meal

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Get Your Chop Sticks Ready

After my trip to LA, I’ve had an ongoing seafood craving. This past weekend, as part of our weekly meal prep, the man took my very specific cravings of the day (seafood, of course, but also sticky rice and veggies) and crafted this easy, luxurious, and remarkably simple Asian-inspired meal:

Poached salmon on top of baby bok choy in a ginger/soy sauce over rice

Here’s the recipe!

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Scenes From a Long Run

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Before, During, & After

Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We switched things up a bit and did our long runs on Saturday this time around. I’m kind of a fan of the change.

The man had a more intense run on his training schedule—14+ miles of trail at White Ranch Open Space—and I did a solo long run of 9 miles at Wash Park and the surrounding neighborhoods.

I took this opportunity to document everything that happens in the hours prepping for a long run, scenes along the way, and how I decompress/celebrate afterward. Enjoy!

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Wednesday Workout & Win!

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Feeling Lucky

Yesterday was a pretty good day, as they usually tend to be after I let all my emotions out. I really appreciated all the comments and love on yesterday’s post! You guys are awesome.

It was a productive day at work, followed by a quick happy hour at Hacienda Colorado (where I did not eat a burrito) and a treadmill interval workout. I also decided to try this new collagen supplement trend. And I won a free 3-month subscription to the Book of the Month Club!

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A Run After a Burrito is a Good Idea?

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Emotional Eating

Yesterday I had a bit of a stress attack because of more health scariness, so I worked the second half of the day from home. It was nice to be a little secluded and comfortable in my own space, which helped create a little space between myself and the stress.

I decided a giant steak burrito would make me feel better (an emotional-eating frenzy, like ya do). It was delicious, but then I also decided that, since the days are getting longer and the weather has been absolutely beautiful here in Denver, I’d go for a post-burrito run in Wash Park after work.

The result was: a weird epiphany.

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Mixed Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna

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Thug Kitchen Knows Their $#*!

Last night the man and I put together Thug Kitchen‘s recipe for Mixed Mushroom and Spinach Lasagna. Okay, so Nick made the marinara from scratch (so good), as well as the pesto it called for, but I helped assemble as well as inhale the lasagna, so it all evens out.

The only thing we tweaked majorly was using real ricotta cheese instead of making Thug Kitchen’s tofu ricotta. I’d say that was a good call, my friends.

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A Weekend Chock-Full of New Things

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Running & Eating & Reading, Oh My!

Happy Monday, friends!

I know what you’re thinking: new things, Vanessa? running, eating, reading? That’s basically all you do. And you’re right, but this past weekend was dedicated to mixing things up when it comes to half marathon training, upping my mileage, meal prepping, and eating well.

Here’s a plethora of weekend snapshots that won’t look like my same old photo updates.

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