Weekend Update

Reading Running Weekend Update

Let’s see…over the weekend we warmed up, thawed out, and then cooled back down and now the messy stuff is back; can y’all believe this weather roller coaster? This is crazy. I’d like to just stay home today, but that’s not likely to happen; instead, I’ll spend the next few days hoping for decent weather next Sunday so that I don’t start to wonder whether I’m destined to run marathons in bad weather.

Nevertheless, it’s time for the Weekend Update! Remember that you are more than welcome to join in. Please make sure to add your link at the bottom of this post and don’t forget the fine print…you can read all about that here; posts not following these guidelines will be deleted. More than anything, I ask that you help support this growing community and visit some of the other blogs that are participating. If you ever have questions, don’t hesitate to ask!

Friday evening started out with some great mail; I received some awesome swag from the folks at Nuun and a book I won in a giveaway from The Novel Life (thanks Stacy!). Stacy posted a great review of this one, and I was intrigued. 

I was really looking forward to a long run on Saturday morning; unfortunately, the weather did not want to cooperate (is anyone surprised by this? I didn’t think so.) The thunderstorms began in earnest early Saturday morning, and did not let up until around 2pm, so I not-so-patiently waited out the yuckiness. I think there were some pre-marathon grunchies (that’s when you’re grouchy because you haven’t been able to run yet) going on, since I voluntarily cleaned the bathroom to kill time. 

My run started out like this – 

with a little of this thrown in for fun, just to make sure I was paying attention, I guess.

Thankfully, it ended up like this – 

as the sun decided to make a cameo appearance and warm things up just a little. Even though I got a late start, I was so thankful to get my long run in (and I’m sure J was, as well; those grunchies are no joke!) and then we could settle in for the evening.

We watched Fury with Brad Pitt…um, you can skip this one and you’re welcome. The best part of that movie was this Paleo Mug Cake that only requires four ingredients: a ripe banana, one egg, two tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder and one and half tablespoons of whichever nut butter you prefer. 

Mix all that up, put in anything else you want (I added unsweetened coconut flakes and walnut pieces), and then stick in the microwave for a couple of minutes. I’m telling you, this is the best no sugar dessert I’ve ever eaten. Even J is sold; he’s ready for more.

I’ve started reading an upcoming release (March 17) by former NPR correspondent Mary Louise Kelly, titled The Bullet; I can’t stop reading it now. It’s so good. Courtney, Sarah, Molly & Wendy (all book lovers!), I thought about each of you while I was reading this one. A 37-year-old woman discovers, through a routine MRI to evaluate her for carpal tunnel syndrome, that she has a bullet lodged in the base of her skull; apparently, the bullet hit her during the murder of her birth parents when she was three years old and she didn’t even know she was adopted. GAH! That’s all I’m going to tell you.

I did make time to get a little food prep done and decided to whip up a “hash” meal to eat for lunch this week. I’ll share more about this in another post, but I’m definitely getting more creative in trying to eat more veggies!

After that, more reading, a walk with Scooter and trying to promise myself that I wouldn’t stay up too late watching the Oscars. Hope you all have had a fabulous weekend and that the nasty weather isn’t getting you down; Spring is just around the corner…right?!?

Did the weather change your weekend plans?  

  • That book sounds creepy and interesting! Thanks for the suggestion. I also want to make that no-sugar treat; I love banana desserts. Does it taste kind of like a chocolate banana pudding?

    My weekend has been relaxing and fun. I’m enjoying being in Sun Valley and catching up with my mom and best friend. I haven’t had a girls weekend since last August, so it was time! 🙂

    • It’s really, really good, Molly; I hope you’ll read it so that we can discuss! 🙂 The dessert maybe tastes like a mousse cake-type thing; it’s much better than I’d expected! I hope you have a great time on your trip; y’all look like you’re having so much fun and you deserve it, sistah! Thanks for the comment and for linking up with the blog!

  • I think the theme of this winter has been that the weather has been messing up everyones runs! I managed to get mine in before the snow started but it was pretty cold out.
    That hash looks really good…what a great idea for lunches! I usually roast some veggies over the weekend for weekday lunches but I’ve been looking to change it up a bit.
    Love all the Nuun stuff!

    • Lisa, I’ve been trying to do better at prepping lunches over the weekend; I think you’re already doing this regularly, which is GREAT! I’m so glad you were able to get your run in and yes, this weather has been ridiculous. I’ve been sent home early from work today due to a snow storm and we rarely ever get much snow! Sheesh! Thanks so much for the comment and for linking up with the blog!

  • That mug cake looks yummy – I wonder if it would work with 1 or 2 egg whites instead (I always have those cartons in the house but I only sometimes have eggs). I also wonder if it would work with frozen banana – I store my too ripe ones in frozen halves – since you cook it anyway. I’m also going to pass it along to a friend who’s trying to go “no sugar”.

    Weather didn’t change my plans, but changed my DH’s – he had to cancel his massage Saturday as we got 4-5″ of snow, then sleet!

    Have a great week!

    • Well, you have to mash up the banana so I don’t think frozen ones would work unless you microwave or thaw them out first; I think the egg whites would probably work just fine! This weather has been so crazy; poor DH. I hope he was able to reschedule for another time soon. Thanks so much for the comment and for linking up; hope your week is off to a great start…with hot water included. 😉

  • you all have had some crazy weather! I am happy to report it was a beautiful weekend for my stepson’s wedding! I had never made one of those mug cakes before- I need to try that! The new book, the Bullet looks super inviting! I got out for my first post surgery run this weekend and boy am I sore! How fast that happens! Have a great week Tara!

    • I’m so glad you were able to get out and run, Mary Beth; even though you were sore, I’m sure you were grateful to be out there, soaking up some of that beautiful weather! So glad you are doing well and getting back to it!! Thanks for the comment and for linking up today.

  • Wow, quite the variety in weather for one run! Ok, so the nuun swag…tell me, did you buy that or is it part of the swag we get as Nuunbassadors because I haven’t received anything yet! Glad to know about Fury because we were about to rent it this week! My husband said it was a chick flick because Brad Pitt was in it….lol. Maybe like 10 years ago I would have agreed 😉 Hope you have a great week!

    • Yeah, it’s definitely NOT a chick flick but it’s also not very entertaining; there’s just not much story there. So, I got an email a couple of weeks ago, from Nuun, with a special code to order the “swag kit;” I ordered the visor myself, but everything else was free. They emailed me again today, as a reminder; did you get that one? Let me know; I can forward it to you, if not, because it won’t be going on too much longer.

  • The mug looks very good, I’ve never made one before. It has been a crazy weather weekend for sure. I can’t believe how warm it was yesterday, practical melted all the snow on the sidewalks.

    • That’s so wild, Jenny; and now it’s snowing here…a lot! Good grief. Thanks so much for the comment and for linking up with the blog today!

  • I can’t even remember the last time I ran outside! The once dreaded treadmill has no become my friend. I saw Fury too-not sure what Brad Pitt’s fascination is with war movies. The Bullet looks good. I might have to add that to my list!! As usual – thanks for link up.

    • Lara, I don’t know how y’all are surviving up there; bless your heart! Crazy, crazy, weather. Thanks so much for sharing your weekend with us; hope your week is off to a great start!

  • I did the same thing: rushed out Saturday to run because for once it was above zero, but threatening to drop back down. It felt great but it’s gone now. Boo. That mug cake looks delicious. I stopped watching the Oscars at 9:30 so I have no idea still.

    • Marcia, you didn’t miss much; I felt like the Oscars was kind of boring this year. I really like NPH, and he did his best, but it all just felt a little flat. Thanks so much for linking up with the blog today; hope your week is off to a good start!

  • We had to move out long run to Sunday, but we were finally able to run outside!!!
    That mug cake looks so good!

    • I’m so glad you moved the run to Sunday so that y’all could get outside, Jen; even when it’s frigid, it’s so nice to get the fresh air and not have to be stuck on the stinking treadmill for all that time. Yay! Thanks so much for visiting the blog; hope you’re having a great day.

  • I’d heard about The Bullet somewhere and it sounds SO fascinating…I’m going to check it out!

    I had some snow running last week as well – visited family in Richmond, where I expected to escape the NY weather and we, of course, got 8 inches of snow in Richmond! 2 days after the snow was “warm” (i.e. above 32), so I of course had to get in one outdoor run while I could, but ran a lot less than planned because I got sick of dodging ice patches and snow piles. And, I had to run on the street of a fairly busy road because none of the side roads were plowed and neither were the sidewalks! Grr…I can’t wait for consistent outdoor runs!

    • Oh, my gosh; that sounds horrible, Sarah. My pals in the D.C. area were all complaining about the snow and lack of areas that were cleared off during the weekend; I can’t believe it all hit while you were there! It’s following you!! 😉 Thanks so much for visiting the blog today; I think you would like The Bullet. I’m only about 60% of the way through, so I’ll keep you posted!

  • Ooooooh that book sounds right up my alley! Thanks for the recommendation…I’ll look for it at the library.

    Meanwhile, how about this crazy weather? I sure hope your marathon is uneventful! Of course, if it’s super windy, that 3+ lb medal will keep you on the ground….

    • HA! I hadn’t thought about that, Wendy; good idea! 😉 The weather is so wild; it’s snowing right now, so who knows what this weekend will bring. Thanks so much for the comment and linking up with the blog; you’re definitely going to have to read this book!!

  • Ugh–I’m so over the weather! We haven’t had a “real” winter in my part of Virgnia up until last week! I work at a college an haven’t been to work since February 13th! Absolutely crazy. I’m ready for spring and to some good outdoor runs in!

  • The grunchies! YES. Good gosh this weather is insane. And I’m more insane for having tried to run Sat in it! The bottom fell out of the sky on me. It’s one thing to run in some rain, it’s another issue when the streets start to immediately flood. I had people looking at me with pity. Finished out on the dreadmill after having to dry off and change. Glad yours ended with sun!

    • I wanted to go out earlier, Heather, but I kept hearing thunder and decided to wait it out; it was ridiculous out there! And now…snowing. Good grief. I hope Spring gets here sooner, rather than later, my friend; otherwise, we’re all going to be miserable! Thanks so much for visiting the blog; hope you’re warm and toasty at home right now!

  • This weather is so out of control – what’s your forecast for this weekend? Crossing my fingers for you, friend! And thanks for the new book rec!!

    • Courtney, as of right now (which means next to nothing), it looks like “light rain” and maybe mid to upper-40s? Who knows; I can’t keep up anymore!! It’s snowing right now and we were sent home from work early…good grief. Thanks so much for the comment and for linking up today!

  • Ugh, the weather!!! I’m moving to Hawaii! That hash looks good!

    • Let’s go, Mar! Or, well…yeah. Hawaii sounds pretty great right now – ha! 😉 Thanks so much for the comment and for linking up today; hope your week is off to a good start.

  • We were doing fine with weather and then this ice storm rolled in from out of nowhere. We got one of these the night of the Oscars last year too. At least last year I was waiting for Let It Go. I didn’t really watch the Oscars and finally turned it off about halfway through.

    • I can’t believe y’all are in the middle of an ice storm right now; so crazy! Take care and stay safe and warm down there! Thanks so much for the comment and for linking up with the blog this week.

  • Lol…the grunchies!! 😉 We had an awesome weather day on Saturday with mid 40’s and sunshine, but it’s back to the deep freeze again. Glad you got your miles in! Hoping it warms up for you this coming weekend!! I was going to ask you for the mug cake recipe — I can’t wait to give it a try! yummo!! Cheers!

    • Thank you, Cathy; this back-and-forth with the weather is about to drive me crazy! I’m glad y’all had a nice day this weekend; let’s hope it stays that way. Thanks so much for the comment and I hope your week is off to a great start!

  • Yummy! I’m trying that mug cake. I saw rain ALL WEEKEND and raced in it too. Blech. I’m jealous you got a little sunshine. No Oscars for me. I saw zero nominated films. Good luck on your marathon. Maybe the weather will be nice. Fingers crossed!

    • Thanks so much! The weather forecast goes back and forth…ugh. Whatever it brings, we’ll be out there, right? 😉 I’m so glad you enjoyed the race, in spite of the weather; thanks so much for linking up today!

  • First off, grunchies?!?! I LOVE that! So funny and you’re right, they are no joke and neither is that ice you were running on. YIKES!

    That book sounds like a very interesting read! I might have to check it out. I’ve been looking for a good book to read lately so this one might be it!

    As for your “hash” style meal, that’s pretty much how I cook everything! I’m probably the laziest cook around! My favorite combo is zucchini, squash, cherry tomatoes, shredded carrots and whatever seasonings I decide to throw on it. YUM!

    • Tricia, it was a very tasty lunch today; I’ll have to do it more often! Thanks so much for your comment and for linking up this week; hope you are feeling better!!

  • Glad you were able to get in your run! Quite a change of weather in it too! The mug cake is making me hungry as I haven’t had lunch yet! I better go quickly before my sweet tooth takes over. 🙂 We were in Birmingham for the Mercedes Half this weekend, stayed at Oak Mountain State Park and did get out and enjoy the bike trails on Saturday between the day rain and nightly downpour! Enjoy your week and thanks for the linkup!

    • Your pictures are gorgeous, Tricia; I’m so jealous! 😉 Thanks so much for the comment; hope you have a great day!

  • That book sounds interesting. I need to stop reading fluff and actually read a book that grabs my attention.

    The weather here was weird. Snowy and cold on Saturday, but beautiful on Sunday. Luckily, it got quite warm, so the roads were great for running. I will admit that I was glad today is a rest day as now all that water is ice.

    • Ugh, I’m sick of it all, Erika! BLAH! Oh, well…Spring will be here soon and then I’ll complain about the heat this summer – ha! 😉 Thanks so much for the comment and for linking up today; the giveaway is great!

  • I need to try that mug cake! Yum!

    I am so glad the sun came out for your long run and I really hope the weather gets it together before next weekend!

    The weather here was nice this weekend – mid 40s during my long run! 🙂

    • Oh, that’s perfect weather, Marilyn! Even if it rains this weekend during the race (which is highly likely), those temps would be great to do it in. Thanks so much for visiting the blog; hope your week is off to a great start!

  • The weather has definitely affected my training for the NYC half. I got my long run in on Sunday afternoon so the ice would melt from the morning but I seemed to struggle more in the afternoon as I normally run in the mornings. I’m just glad I got in the mileage. I am sooo ready for spring! Btw that Paleo Mug Cake sounds good. I’ll have to try it out! 🙂

    • I’m so used to running in the mornings, too, Sharon; it really messes me up when I have to change things around, but this weather has had us all crazy, I think! Whew! Thanks so much for the comment!

  • I most definitely stayed up too late watching the Oscars last night. We didn’t start it until almost 9 because we were working on a project, so we didn’t get to the end until just after midnight, then I couldn’t fall asleep because I had the Everything Is Awesome song they’d performed earlier in the night stuck in my head. Let me tell you, everything is NOT awesome when that is stuck in your head when you’re trying to fall asleep and it is now after 1am. No good! Glad you got in a good run, even if it was later in the day!! Have a great week Tara!

  • I have not read that book yet. Will check on that. Picked up a new one for my walk this weekend. Thanks for the linkup

  • Another great book to add to my list!! Love it!
    So exciting that your marathon is next weekend! Fingers crossed for great weather!
    I am so glad to get the Fury rec – I was going to rent it and now I don’t have to – thanks! 🙂

    • I just finished the book, Natalie, and it is DEFINITELY worth reading – whew! What a great read! Thanks so much for the comment!

  • thank you so much for the kind words! I hope you enjoy The Unquiet Dead ~ I’m anxious to see if anyone else finds it as good of a read as I did or if it simply just hit me the right way {I’m such a mood reader!} Anyways, I can’t wait to get my hands on The Bullet ~ you’ve got me really excited to read that one! Be safe on your run 😉