Tuesday, November 28, 2017

2018 Race Schedule - A Work in Progress

Hey everyone! Can you believe how quickly 2017 flew by? We basically have just one month left this year and that means it's time to start planning next year's races. 

So this year was a bit of a wash for me as far as running is concerned. I pretty much stopped after a few spring races and took a much-needed break from racing. But after several months off, I'm looking forward to getting a few races on my schedule. 

I still haven't been doing a lot of running but my basic fitness is back. So come January, I'm going to start running more to get back into race shape. 

Here's what I'm thinking of racing this upcoming year:

Pettit Indoor Half Marathon Relay - I'm super excited to race this one with the same team of gym friends from last year's Indoor Marathon Relay. We'll be focusing on shorter, faster intervals this year. I'll consider it a good workout for my upcoming 5k races!


Luck of the Irish 5k - This one is a maybe, depending on the weather. If it truly sucks, I'll race the First Call 5k instead.

Nicolet Bay 5k - I love this 5k in Door County and hope to do it every year that I'm able to run. The course is flat and fast and winds through Peninsula State Park. This will likely be my spring goal race.

Kings & Queens 4 Mile - I ran the Kings & Queens Half Marathon a few years ago and really loved the course. This time I'll likely opt for the 4-miler instead - it's a new distance option for 2018. I haven't raced many 4-mile races - in fact, this will only be my second one! Being only one week after the Nicolet Bay 5k, this may end up being more of a fun run for me. 




Wisco Mile - I've had this race on my radar for a few years now but it's never worked out for me to run it. Depending on how fit/fast I feel mid-June, this may be the year. I really like the idea of racing a fast mile on the track!

Rock 'n' Roll Chicago - This is another one that will always be on my race calendar. I love racing Chicago in the summer and Rock 'n' Roll races are always super fun because they are large-scale, well organized and super high energy! The only thing to decide is which distance to race: half marathon, 10k or 5k - or maybe I'll do the Remix Challenge this year and do the 5k + either the 10k or half marathon.


Lake Country 5k - Yet another race that is always on my race calendar. I've been doing this one since I started running. It's a hillier course but I love the challenge. 

And then ... I'm not sure! I'd love to add a few more fall races but haven't picked any yet. Whatever I end up adding will likely be shorter distance - something in the 1-mile to 10k range. 

Tell me: What's on your 2018 race calendar? Any fall race suggestions?

Enjoy your Tuesday!

- ST

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Try It: Swanson Health Products

Let's face it - we're all incredibly busy these days. But that doesn't mean we want to resort to eating junk when time is tight. One way to make sure you're able to maintain a healthy diet at all times is to keep your pantry stocked with the basics so you always have ingredients on hand to whip up a delicious meal. 

A few months ago, Swanson Health reached out to me to see if I'd be interested in checking out their online shop and trying a few products. Of course I said yes! Healthy products + the convenience of online shopping? Score!


I had heard of the brand but wasn't super familiar with all of their offerings. It turns out the website has thousands of products. Everything from vitamins and supplements to food and cleaning products. There are even beauty products on the site! 

I immediately went to the food section to pick out a few items to stock my pantry. Here I found a great selection of nuts, oils, baking products, protein bars, pasta, grains, soups, and even cookies! I was expecting to pick from just a few products but it was like shopping the aisles of any brick and mortar health food store. 


A few of the things I added to my cart:

  • Pistachios
  • Macadamia nut oil
  • Peanut butter
  • Organic medjool dates
  • Honey
  • Almond flour

I was especially excited about the macadamia nut oil as it's a harder-to-find item. I like drizzling it on salads and pastas to add a nutty flavor. 

It's a good thing I stocked up on these things because I was recently in the mood to bake and found I had all the ingredients I needed to try Running on Veggie's Three-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies. These cookies are so easy to make - just add dates, peanut butter and 1 egg to a food processor, blend and bake. So simple and so good!



I would order from Swanson again (if you sign up for their email list you'll get discount offers almost daily) for the convenience and selection of products. It's definitely worth checking out - particularly if you don't have health food stores near you or if you don't have time to get to one!

Tell me: What's your go-to health food shop/website? 

- ST