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So since today I do not get the day off work, and neither do I tomorrow, there wasn’t much traffic this morning en route to my job. Let me just tell you, to drive a measly 18 miles to work from my house, I must get on the 405 to the 55, to the 5, to the 57, to the 91. Yup, that is my route in the mornings. This morning as I traveled, I was like man, I seriously drive a lot of freeways to get to work. Pretty crazy.

On another note, this weekend I had a great long run of about 6 miles, and also did some cross training. Two very funny things happened that I will share for your laughing pleasure. I wore only a sports bra and shorts while jogging on Saturday because at 8 am it was already like 78 degrees out and I knew I would be a sweaty animal if I wore more clothes, but normally I hate not wearing a shirt. I figured, who would be out on this Saturday morning.

Sidenote: I live in a very small town, but it’s surrounded by big towns, so it’s not like the ‘small town’ you may think of when you think small town.

I’m out on my large loop, running on the sidewalk next to the main road and things are going good. I ran through the park and there are a bazillion little families watching soccer games. I’m running down some more streets to cross over, to the other side of town to run through a little greenbelt in between some housing neighborhoods. This is where I ran into a wall. Yes, I have a tendency to run super close to the wall, perhaps because I am fearful of cars, but I got to close and totally skinned my right arm up against the concrete wall. This has now left me with some scabs and bruises along my whole right arm. Seriously. I ran into the wall.

So anyways, I get to the greenbelt and think I see some hubbub at the other end. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING ever happens in my small town, so I was wondering if it was a carnival or what was going on. I continue down the little winding path, and to my disbelief there is a small carnival thing being set up, oh and a PARADE is going to be happening on the street I was planning on running. People are lined up on the sidewalk, therefore my path was taken. So yes, I had to run down the parade route, in the street, in my purple sports bra, with all these parade watchers looking at me, like I was some crazy triple headed monster. Either because:

a. My sports bra was purple
b. My face was disgustingly red
c. I was a sweaty beast
d. I looked amazing and they wanted to be like me.
I like to think it was D, but I know it was a combination of A-C.

Needless to say, I was excited to get home and off the parade route.

So this is a recipe I’ll be making this week, I’ll let you know how it turns out, but it looks delish!

Low Calorie Beef Stroganoff
1pound of ground lean hamburger
1/2 pound of mushrooms, sliced
1 onion
1 pint of low-cal yogurt, plain
1 can of beef consommé soup
Flour to absorb fat

Sauté chopped onion and mushrooms in butter. In separate pan brown hamburger with a little garlic powder. Add all the above ingredients together. Put in enough flour to absorb fat. Add beef consommé plus a little water. Cook at simmer for 10 minute, stirring occasionally. Take off heat, fork in yogurt. Serve over noodles or rice.

Though I don’t know how the yogurt mixes in, we shall see how the final product turns out. This one sounds a little different though. :)


Hope everyone had a great weekend, and is keeping up with their running! I have so many people I know doing the Couch to 5k plan, and have heard only such great things about it! This week I’ll be hitting up the gym again and putting in about 25 miles. I love the crisp weather to run in during the morning hours… and I ran in the new target jacket I talked about here and it was the BEST purchase ever. So great with the mesh back and I love it! :)

I also wanted to thank everyone who was so encouraging and nice with the comments you guys left on my last post. I know that is a big part in my life, and I’m glad that you were inspired or touched by it. It’s made me who I am today and I am so thankful to the blogging/running community as well for being such supporters. :)


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  • Reply Mojito Maven

    oh no your poor arm!!!! I bet that hurt!!! AND I was seriously laughing out loud picturing you running through the parade in your shorts and purple sports bra…i can only imagine what the people were thinking hahahahahahhaha.

    November 10, 2008 at 12:12 pm
  • Reply *aron*

    OUCH!!! lol that is hilarious about the parade! great job for finishing the run through it… i probably would have turned right around :)

    November 10, 2008 at 12:15 pm
  • Reply Kim

    I hope you’re healing okay.
    And I’m certain it was option D on your parade story! How funny!

    November 10, 2008 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply J

    I am afraid to run in a sports bra too. maybe someday I will overcome that fear – not sure though. Great job with the run but watch out for the walls girlie!

    November 10, 2008 at 12:25 pm
  • Reply runjen

    LOL! You make me laugh. I hate running in a sports bra too. I feel naked and exposed. :)

    November 10, 2008 at 12:47 pm
  • Reply Marlene

    Gives a whole new meaning to “hitting the wall”!

    I’m quite positive it was (D). I just wish I had the bod to run in a sports bra. ;)

    November 10, 2008 at 1:10 pm
  • Reply j.

    Ha! So brave of you to run down the parade route!! Hope the arm is all better:)

    November 10, 2008 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply Marcy

    No girl it was definitely D all the way! You hot thang!

    November 10, 2008 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply LyndsAU

    that whole running into the wall thing… that’s so me :) I was laughing reading that then I read the parade part and I about died. I would have probably turned around-haha!

    November 10, 2008 at 2:11 pm
  • Reply Lacey Nicole

    DaNICa! you’ve been tagged….. you’ve prolly already done this before, but if you haven’t it’s the 6-things game! :)

    November 10, 2008 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply joyRuN

    Damn that wall for getting in your way! No really – I've almost run into the benches on the boardwalk when I'm trying to hug the side. One day I'll manage to take my own knees out.

    LOL about the sports bra. I tried that once, & got so many looks that I stopped.

    November 10, 2008 at 2:52 pm
  • Reply P.O.M.

    I’ve run into a stop sign once and ended up with a black eye! So embarassing.

    Look at you all famous running in a parade (although not on purpose). ha ha.

    November 10, 2008 at 3:19 pm
  • Reply ECrunnergirl

    You literally hit A wall??? That is just too classic girlie!! Oh well, battle scars I suppose….makes for good conversation at work :))

    Oh yeah, Im sure it was blast running into the middle of a small town parade! That was a great story!!! I personally think you probably looked super strong and the onlookers all wanted to be like you :))

    November 10, 2008 at 4:46 pm
  • Reply D10

    I always hit things because I cut to close. Nice job on the run.

    Glad you are liking the jacket, I was wondering about it.

    November 10, 2008 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply ~Mrs. Guru~

    Well at least your run wasn’t boring!

    November 10, 2008 at 6:02 pm
  • Reply Marci

    I love that shirt, especially the orange, but it doesn’t look like they ship to Canada.
    I may try to make that stroganoff with veggie ground round, it sounds yummy!

    November 10, 2008 at 7:52 pm
  • Reply Julianne

    Geez, 5 freeways to get to work?!?! That’s more than me!! Your post was so funny about the parade. I am sure it was D. Seriously. You are probably way too sexy in your purple bra! ;-)

    Ok, I highly doubt my in-laws will let me out to go out for a drink this weekend!! Are you close to Rancho Santa Margarita, by chance? BUT, I am definitely considering the Surf City or even the LA Marathon so we’ll have to meet up then. OH and definitely the SFM!!! (Although, that is like way too far away!)

    November 10, 2008 at 10:43 pm
  • Reply Lacey Nicole

    heheheh OH and i also just wanted to say i think it’s so funny you literally ran into a wall (instead of just saying you hit a wall in running-speak,… you actually HIT the wall…). hopefully your arm is ok!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and BOO for having to work on Veteran’s Day… i’m right there with ya.

    November 11, 2008 at 7:10 am
  • Reply Candice McCoy

    Hey! That’s so great that you got one – I should have just asked you in the first place!
    Have you been happy with it? Do you feel like you’re able to use it a lot? What all do you use it for? I read a review that said it was a little hard to figure out, but once you figure it out is it hard to use?
    Sorry for the 20 questions! But, as you can tell from my post…I’m just trying to decide if it will be a good purchase:) Thanks for the comment…and for all of your posts.
    I love your blog – keep the great finds and the stories coming!

    November 11, 2008 at 10:58 am
  • Reply Nicole

    I just found your blog and am so glad I stumbled on it! I am trying to get back into my running routine and you just might give me the inspiration!! And 25 miles this week….you’re basically my hero :)

    November 11, 2008 at 2:10 pm
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