Running Makes It Better

I feel so much better! Even with the bad night of sleep, my stomach is feeling 100% better now, thank goodness! I have so much to do today and no time to be sick :)  Thank you all so much for your notes – they made me feel better, too  :)


When I got home from church, I set out on a run. Today is beautiful – 72 degrees, a little breezy – so I knew I needed to go as soon as I got home or it wouldn’t happen. I left the house in my new running outfit that I’ve been waiting to wear (it’s been too cold lately) and my mp3 player and wasn’t really planning on where I was going to run or how long – I just went. I did still have some bad cramping today, but I tried to just run through it. I guess I need to research this some more and see what else to try. It doesn’t seem to matter if I eat something before, if I don’t, if I drink anything before or not….it seems that I just get cramps at some point every time I run, period.

I stopped and just jogged in place 3 different times (because the cramps were too much), for a total of about 2 minutes while I was out. Since I just use a stop watch to see how long I’ve gone, I stopped the time from ticking when I took a short break so I would know how much time I actually ran when I got back.

The Bad? I still had pretty bad cramps, which apparently is just normal for me.

The Good? I ran for 46.5 minutes AND (according to, I ran 4.71 miles which is PDR for me!  While this was a PPR (personal pain record), I’m more excited about the PDR. I’m hoping to run a 10K this summer, and this is the farthest I’ve run, which is super exciting.

Sometimes when I have these bad cramps while running, I just wish it was over, but the feeling after I finish always makes up for it.


Lunch today needed to be easy, and it was!

Baked Tofu, Brown Rice Medley, Steamed Broccoli



I made a quick drenching for the tofu with

  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp spicy mustard
  • 1 tsp bbq sauce
  • 1 tsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • garlic powder
  • pinch cayenne

Baked at 425 for about 30 minutes while I started the last load of laundry.

Then I just heated up some of my leftover brown rice/black bean/salsa/pineapple mix and some leftover broccoli. I had about 1/3 block of the tofu and am saving the rest for some lunches this week  :)


Bread Experiment Update!

Today is 2 weeks exactly since I baked the bread and bought the comparison loaf.

Surprisingly, nothing really happened until a few days ago. Nick opened up each ziploc bag a few days ago to give the bread some air for a few minutes and then closed them again.

Yesterday, I noticed this:



Can you see those little white spots in the corner?

I noticed more on the rest of the loaf – I don’t think the last 1/4 of the loaf on the counter was as air safe in the plastic wrap as this slice was in the ziploc bag.

Still, for it to last 2 weeks before any changes happened is pretty good for homemade bread. That also means that it needs to be kept pretty air-safe to last this long. The store bought slice? Still no changes :) 


I’ve still got a big to-do list today, but it should be pretty easy to get done once I get started:

  • Clean the house
  • Finish up laundry
  • BSI recipe  :)
  • Bake new loaf of bread
  • Prep stuff for lunches
  • Start on dinner at some point!

Enjoy your afternoon! I can’t wait to post the BSI recipe!



  2. Yay for perfect running weather! I’m loving it!

  3. oh no! sorry you’re still dealing with cramps… keep trying different things beforehand (i plan for 2hrs ahead of time if possible), and you’ll find something that works for you!

  4. Yay on the run (except for the cramps)!

  5. Delicious – and I am loving the baked tofu!

  6. I’m behind on my blog reading, but getting caught up! I’m so happy that I came across your directions for the baked tofu. It looks really good, and I’m trying to find new things to do with tofu these days. I’ll have to try it!!

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