Monthly Archives: January 2015

Real food, sunny days and a soup recipe


I couldn’t agree more…

Speaking of real food, all the veggies last night plus sweet potatoes and some grilled chicken…. Pretty much one of my fav meals.


And the weather is almost too nice in January…


Some sunny ‘soccer playing’ with my toddler…


And another favorite soup recipe I’ve been eating all week! Easy to make a big batch and freeze for later too!

Springtime Minestrone soup

Serves about 6-8

Total Time: 6-8 hours (in crockpot)/ 1 hour or less on stovetop.


1 sweet onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 (28 ounce) can of diced tomatoes
2 (15 ounce) cans of cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
3 cups water
*8 ounces of uncooked ditalini pasta (I eliminate the pasta so the soup lasts longer- the pasta can make it too starchy over days in the fridge or freezing/ defrosting)
12 thin asparagus spears, stems removed and cut into thirds
1 cup of frozen sweet peas
1 (6 ounce) bag of fresh spinach
1/3 cup freshly grated romano cheese + more for topping
salt and pepper to taste


Add diced onions, garlic, carrots, the whole can of diced tomatoes, cannellini beans, stock and water to your crockpot. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring once or twice if you can. Or cook on medium in a pot on the stove for 45mins or so.

About 10-15 minutes before serving, add in asparagus (I like mine with some crunch, add it earlier if you want it softer), spinach, peas and pasta. Cook on low for another 10-15 minutes then stir in grated cheese. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. I used about a 1/2 teaspoon of each, but it will depend on the sodium levels in your stock, tomatoes, etc.
Serve immediately with additional cheese on top!

Here’s to a happy Friday, a great Super Bowl weekend and an awesome half marathon race on Sunday!


January Favorites


Running, visitors, birthdays, and more!
I started off the new year with a great training plan that I created for all the races I have coming up later this Spring.(Boston, Big Sur marathons and R2R2R in the Grand Canyon). So far things are feeling great and strong running-wise and since it’s been a busy month, I’ve seen many 5am mornings to run.

January has been full of visitors, from my mom to my father-in-law from England. Celebrating birthdays (friends and my husband) And chasing after an energetic and challenging toddler. šŸ˜

I’m doing a mini taper this week for a Super Bowl Sunday half marathon, theĀ Kaiser Half, which is always a fun and a fast one. I may or may not be gunning for a PR!

February is right around the corner and plenty busy, with the start of Tuesday track workouts with the Bay Birds (running team), more visitors (parents and in-laws) and a trip to Hawaii for a good friend’s wedding!
Here’s to the start of a fantastic 2015 with some of my favorites so far!

Favorite snack- almond butter from whole foods and Granny Smith apples


FavoriteĀ headlampĀ  for these early morning runs during the late sunrise season


Favorite visitor this year… My mom!


Favorite birthday boy… My hubby’s 32nd!


Favorite Leggings… I need these in my life!


Favorite motivating quote. So true…!


Favorite January running weather… Shorts running weather!


Favorite moment that makes all the hard ones easier to handle (all you mamas with toddlers can relate!)


FavoriteĀ Recipe to try… I sustain on kale salads and eat sweet potatoes on a daily basis (see below). It’s time to mix it up!


Any favorite running gear, trips or workouts this month for you?