Can I Have Some Salad With That Meat?

Another delicious dinner in the Jara household.

Can I Have Some Salad With That Meat?



  • 1/2 head of romaine lettuce
  • 1 roma tomato
  • Sesame seeds (for Zach)
  • Left overs from Mexican (for me)
  • 2 flank steaks
  • Whole Food Crackers
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Lemon juice and sriracha


  • Prepare the greens (chop, top with lemon juice, sriracha (for me) salt and pepper
  • Chop and add the tomatoes
  • Add the left overs (for me) and seeds (for Zach)
  • Have the husband prep and grill the steak
  • Dress and enjoy, with crackers as a delish dipper/side

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Have a great night all 🙂



Chocolate Medal Gift Ideas

I can’t believe I haven’t jumped on this wagon yet!

But you all knew I wouldn’t forget!  It’s the holiday season, time for gift giving and sharing the love!  My favorite!

Since we now have 13 days left until Christmas, I know I’m a little behind, but here are my top 10 Chocolate Medals approved holiday gifts 🙂

  • Running Shoes


Obviously a good pair of shoes are any runner’s number one line of defense.  This here is the pair I want, and is top on my Christmas list.  BUT if you are shopping for someone else, make sure you either KNOW specifically which pair and size they want/need, or make a date out of it and give them a pretty little certificate for a date to a running store, on you!

  • Running Gloves


After my tough race in Saint Louis, running gloves quickly JUMPED to the top of my list.  I’ve been using whatever gloves we have around the house, but I desperately want a good pair to keep these digits warm on cold days.

  • Compression Gear


I honestly live in my pro compression socks.  Especially after long runs, or when I’m doing streak running like I am currently.  Compression socks makes such a difference in recovery, I literally wear mine 5 – 7 days a week.

  •  Running Tights


Again, these are the specific pair that I would LOVE (I have had good experience with LULU clothes), but any warm tights are a high priority item for cold weather running.  I also use them for skiing and really any outdoor activity!

  • Satellite Watch


This is the Garmin that I have, but there are many types of watches out there runner and biker friendly.  I LOVE my garmin, and have even converted my nonbeliever husband into loving it for his bike rides and runs as well!

  • Books

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Nothing motivates me like reading a good running inspired book. Honestly — when I was injured last winter, I read Born to Run AND Run Like a Girl and came back from injury ready to kick some tail…PRing in two consecutive halves.

  • Road ID


This one I have no excuse not to have.  Every runner/biker should really have one!  Safety first, friends!

  • Small Point and Click


I LOVE Zach’s DSLR.  It takes beautiful pictures and makes me appear to be a much better photographer than I am sometimes.  But for when I’m traveling or out and about, I LOVE my Nikon Coolpix.  With smart phones now a days these aren’t as important, but lemme tell ya I never leave home without mine!

  • Foam Roller


Really, I can’t speak enough to foam rollers.  I primarily use mine on my back thanks to old injuries, but they are GREAT for legs and really ANYWHERE on your body that needs some lovin.  There are also great resources online and normally with your roller that show you how to use them!

  • Homemade Baked Goods


Come on — we all know my love for the good stuff.   I have the worlds largest sweet tooth, so I am ALWAYS excited to receive cookies or baked goods in the mail (We got a Cheryl’s shipment from my Dad yesterday, THANKS DAD!) My favorite are when they’re homemade, because then they can be healthified, and honestly you can just taste the love 🙂


Question of the Afternoon: What’s top on your holiday list this year?

A Morning High 5

Good Morning/Almost afternoon everyone 🙂

Is it just me or does it seem like this week has flown by in a weird way?  The days didn’t necessarily move fast, but all of a sudden it’s Thursday.   I’m definitely not complaining 🙂

I came home to Zach working on our skis last night. . . using his new birthday tools.  So we are good and ready for winter park this weekend 🙂



This Morning

I love my Thursday mornings :).   Sleep in, AND get time to work out? Yes, please!

I woke up at 730 this morning, without a problem, EXHAUSTED but ready to get moving.

Workout of the Morning: 5 miles

  • 5 minutes 6.3-6.6, 2 minutes 1-2 minutes @ 8
  • Finished in just under 44 minutes

My legs were LEAD to start this run, but as I continued on they greatly loosened up.   I had no intended distance/pace, but ended up pushing to get 5 miles.  For whatever reason, that distance seemed good to me this morning.  Can’t get in the 4 mile rut, right?


The weather is FINALLY getting it’s act together here in Denver!  We have highs at 50 today.  Blissful.  You better believe I broke back out my TOMS for this one!

Question of the Morning/Afternoon: I haven’t asked this one in awhile.  What was your workout this morning, or do you have any planned?