My Favorite Carbo-loading Meal

My hubby and I came across this amazing pasta dish last fall when we were training for the Philadelphia Marathon. We were trying to find some new pasta dishes that would be yummy to make before a long run.

On called “Spinach Tomato Tortellini” and just had to try it! It was really easy to make too.

Here are the ingredients: 16 oz bag of cheese tortellini, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 cup of fresh spinach (chopped), 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil, 1 teaspoon minced garlic, 2 tablespoons of all purpose flour, 3/4 cup milk, 3/4 cup heavy cream, and 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese.

You boil the cheese tortellini first while putting the rest of the ingredients in a large sauce pan the pour in the tortellini when it is done cooking.


It is amazing and you can definitely get 4 servings out of the above picture. When the hubby and I are really carbo loading we will eat the whole dish though.

Hope you look to try it out sometime! Let me know if you liked it!

2016: Week 39 Recap!

Here we are at week 14 of training for the Marine Corps Marathon.

Weekly Plan:

  • Monday: 5 miles
  • Tuesday: 8 miles
  • Wednesday: 5 miles
  • Thursday: 5 miles
  • Friday: rest day
  • Saturday: 20 miles (long run)
  • Sunday: rest day

Monday, September 26th

5 mile early morning run and strength training for my legs and abs.

Tuesday, September 27th 

8 miles on the Radnor Trail

Wednesday, September 28th

5 miles on the Valley Forge Park Loop

Thursday, September 29th

Happy National Coffee Day!

Pretty rainy day so I took my run to the treadmill. Blah. 

Friday, September 30th

Rest day.

Saturday, October 1st

Rest day because we thought it was going to pour rain all day and we didn’t want to get sick running 20 miles in the race just before race day. 

Sunday, October 2nd 

20 miles on the Schuylkill River Trail

That’s the end of peak week! Tapering from here on out. 

2016: Week 38 Recap!

Week 13 of Marine Corps Marathon training!

The plan for the week:

  • Monday: 5 miles
  • Tuesday: 8 miles
  • Wednesday: 5 miles
  • Thursday: 5 miles
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: rest
  • Sunday: 20 miles (long run)

Since I am overnight babysitting Friday into Saturday I needed to switch my long run to Sunday morning. 

Monday, September 19th

5 miles on the treadmill due to a very rainy morning and strength training 

Tuesday, September 20th

Broke up into two runs due to my work day. 

3.11 miles before 6:00am around the neighborhood and 2.12 miles on the trail after a morning meeting.

5.23 miles total! 

Wednesday, September 21st

5 miles at Wilson Farm Park

Thursday, September 22nd

8 miles on the Chester Valley Trail

Friday, September 23rd

I had an overnight babysitting gig into Saturday morning so doing my long run with the hubby was not in the cards this weekend. Plus having Saturday afternoon/evening plans so since field hockey practice was canceled I was able to squeeze in a shorter long run which is better than nothing at all. 

Saturday, September 24th

Rest day!

Sunday, September 25th

Rest day- but did a family walk with the hubby and the pup. 

Overall, great way to round off the week! 

How did your training go? What are you training for?

2016: Week 37 Recap!

This is week 12 of training for the Marine Corps Marathon. 

This week called for:

  • Monday: 5 miles
  • Tuesday: 5 miles
  • Wednesday: 5 miles
  • Thursday: 8 miles
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: 18 miles (long run)
  • Sunday: rest

Monday, September 12th

Still a little sore from the half marathon last weekend but got a solid 5 miles done on a cool morning (finally)!

Tuesday, September 13th

5 miles and was happy for cooler temps!

Wednesday, September 14th

5 miles logged at Wilson Farm Park.

Thursday, September 15th

8 mile run on a cool morning. It was brisk and amazing. I enjoyed every ounce of this run even though I went slow. 

Friday, September 17th

Rest day! 

Saturday, September 18th

Due to field hockey practice in the morning I decided to split my long run into two runs. 18 miles was on the docket for this weekend.

Woke up at 5:00am and put in 13.11 miles prior to field hockey practice. 

5.02 miles to round out the day with a total of 18.13 miles. 


My legs felt great and I had awesome splits compared to the earlier run!

Sunday, September 17th

Rest day! 

Can’t believe next week is the peak week of marathon training! 20 mile long run, gotta get it done! 

Bird in Hand Half Marathon Recap

I signed up for this race last spring as my gauge for the Marine Corps Marathon. I would usually run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia Half Marathon but this time I wanted to switch it up and try a different race. 

On Friday, I headed up to the race expo in Amish country. The expo was completely outside under a huge white tent, I quickly just went in got Brian and my bibs and crossed the street to the Farmers Market. I bought us a bunch of whoopie pies. 

How could I resist? 

We arrived at the race around 6:00am, we sat in the car a little bit because the humidity was already so high so we were trying to stay cool.

People were getting the hot air balloons ready to take off just before the race. It was so fun seeing them blow them up. 

I decided that Brian and I have to do a hot air balloon ride sometime.

The view was awesome of them all in the air before the start of the race.

It was great to run into two of my college field hockey teammates before the start.

Lauren played on the forward line with me at Eastern.

Joelyn was an amazing goalie. I could always trust her when she was in the cage.

Seeing the hot air balloons in the air was so fun!

The heat and humidity was definitely a huge factor in this race. Thankfully they added extra water stations and ice chests to cool off throughout the race. 

The scenery around the race was so beautiful to be able to look out on the Amish farms was incredible. Not to mention all the water stations were run by sweet Amish families, who could resist taking a cup of water or Gatorade from a little Amish kiddo!?

The course was definitely hilly, but I started off the race pretty strong. I was shocked with how fast I was going. I honestly felt pretty good prior to the massive hill at the middle of mile 7. I could barely run up it my legs were so tired! 

After the hill, I felt that I gained myself back a bit but last 2 miles of so of the course was changed from previous years to run through a farm. It was awesome to be able to enjoy the lifestyle of the area but was hard to run through the grass field. But when I got out of the field and made the turn down the street and through the shoot I was proud of what I accomplished this race. I finished in 2:16:26 which was slower than my original goal but given the weather and my first race backlist surgery, I am happy. 

The hubby had a great race too! 

My favorite post race meal! 

I am definitely excited to say I have one of the top ranked coolest medals by Runners World! 

It has been good to reflect on how far I have come since I first started running in 2012. I never thought I would find running so enjoyable and something I crave to do every day. 

2016: Week 36 Recap

Over half way done marathon training! 

Here is what was on the docket this week:

  • Monday: 5 miles
  • Tuesday: 5 miles
  • Wednesday: 8 miles
  • Thursday: 5 miles
  • Friday: rest
  • Saturday: Bird in Hand Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
  • Sunday: rest

Monday, September 5th 

Happy Labor Day! 

5.19 miles…. Legs were heavy after the long run but I’m glad I got it done!!

Tuesday, September 6th

5 miles early in the morning, may not be able to get more of these runs on now that work is ramping up again. May have to do more mid-morning runs. 

Happy 10 months to our fur baby, Lola! 

She loves Starbucks pupaccinos! (And banana bread)

Wednesday, September 7th 

I wasn’t sure I was going to get this run in due to my schedule, but thankfully I did and it felt great! 

Thursday, September 8th
3.25 miles because I couldn’t get my run in till the evening and I was planning on playing field hockey at practice on Friday. So I didn’t want to kill my legs before the half marathon on Saturday. 

Friday, September 9th 

Rest day – but got to play some field hockey at practice! 

Saturday, September 10th

Bird in Hand Half Marathon

13.1 miles through hilly Lancaster County, PA. Sick medal and so humid! 

See more in my race recap posting later. 

Sunday, September 11th

Rest day

Saw one of my huddle leaders play field hockey!