Come on in!!

Welcome to my new humble abode!! Let’s start at the “top” shall we? First, we must come down these stairs.


These stairs may be a nuisance to some, but I predict they will provide some great workouts come blizzard season ;)

First thing we are greeted with is my beloved Scottie.


This is his temporary resting place. I’m hoping my beloved boyfriend will help me hang Scottie on the wall ;)

At the bottom of the stairs, we catch our first glimpse of the bachelor apartment.


Shout out to my sister Sara who bought me that beautiful microwave stand!

To our immediate right is my verrrrry compact kitchen.


Being in such a small space is why it’s imperative I learn to keep it clean! I also spy a lovely card someone sent me ;)

Now we turn back and continue into the main living space…


I also spy a Renoir and a Van Gogh!

I am very proud of my living room set, it cost me $50 :)

If we continue turning to our right, we see my foam rolling space and my boudoir.


As they say on Cribs, “this is where the magic happens.”


Sorry guys, I make my bed for no one. Please don’t be offended.

This is why I scheduled closet cleaning time every week…


It’s directly next to my bed, and I have a feeling it will get messy pretty quickly.

Now, if you’ll just turn right with me from the foot of my bed, we’ll enter my hallway.


Hi!! There are two doors in that hallway. One is the closet. We will not be going in there. We’ll be travelling to the back where the bathroom is.


What? You don’t strike a pose in the mirror? :P Oh right, the bathroom. We’ll have to get in the bathtub for a full shot, it’s a tight squeeze!


Now, we’ll go back down the hall and face my living room from the foot of my bed.


My river view window! And a TV that’s on a commercial break from Oprah. Please don’t make fun of me for tearing up at some of Oprah’s best moments today…

Finally, we end our tour with the area you’re invited to the most. My dinner table!


Hope you enjoyed the tour!! It’s by no means a big palace, but it’s all mine and I love it to bits :)


Now, with that, let’s get to Waffle Wednesday, shall we? I decided to combine two great breakfasts, and add a little french toast to the mix.


French toast waffles! Two maple cinnamon waffles in two egg whites, one whole egg, almond milk and cinnamon. I dipped it in a peanut butter-fake syrup mix. YUM.

Today was long run day, but I decided to relax for the morning and run once it warmed up a little. I snacked on a chocolate brownie Clif bar.

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At first, I wasn’t really digging this flavour. So I threw it in the microwave for 22 seconds. Oh. My. Gawd. A mediocre bar was immediately transformed into a decadent dessert. You have to try a warmed up Clif bar stat!!!

I had 75 minutes planned for my run today, and decided it was time for a little mid-run fuel. On my last 70 minute run, I felt my energy wane after the 50-minute mark. So I thought it would help me pull through those last couple miles.

I contemplated coconut water, dates, but decided on packaged fuel for simplicity’s sake. What I really wanted was a gu, but this was all I could find without going out of my way yesterday.

Sharkies in watermelon flavour.



The package came with 15 small jujubes, so just under 10 calories a piece.


Tastewise, they were very yummy. Sweet like candy, and I liked the watermelon flavour.

As for fuel during running, I did not like it. At 50 minutes, I tried to eat half the package during my 1 minute walking break. It took me 30 seconds just to chew on one! So I shoved five in my mouth to get an instant energy hit and had the hardest time getting it down. They got stuck in my teeth, it screwed up my breathing, it sat funny in my tummy, and left a gross sugary taste in my mouth. With all that said it did give me energy. But the process of getting that energy was just not enjoyable!

The run stats:

Duration: 1:15:03
Distance: 7.92 miles
Avg Pace: 9:27 min/mi

Besides the sharkie business, this run was absolute perfection! I did my magic ratio: 9 minutes running, 1 minute walking. I had good tunes, great weather and entertained myself with a lot of thinking. I never thought I would get to this point running. Now if only I could make my maintenance three milers as enjoyable :P

I almost feel like a real runner now. Check out that sweaty runner scowl.


One of my wandering thoughts during the run was about this lecture I attended by journalist/author Roy MacGregor. Canadians may know him as the guy who writes the Page 2 column in the Globe and Mail (one of our national newspapers). Seriously successful guy, and an expert in his craft. During the lecture, he told us that even now, he feels like he’s still “pretending” to be a journalist. Even someone so talented and accomplished can still feel like they don’t really “belong.”

I think it’s very much the same with runners. Whether they pound out 2 miles or 22 miles a week, many people still don’t feel like a “runner.” We’re all just sort of kids pretending to be grown-ups, you know?

After all that strenuous contemplating, I needed to plop down on the couch and wrap my ankles in ice.


Amazing the difference a little ice can make!!

I re-fuelled with some real food. A tuna-hummus-lentil and bulgur salad mash up on some pita bread.


Perfection! :)

That’ll wrap it up for today. I’ve got an early press conference in the a.m. then Chris and I are heading to a Panago Pizza that just opened for supper. I’m excited! They’ve got some good healthy-ish pizza options.

‘Till next time!

Posted on September 9, 2009, in Fun, Restaurants, Workouts and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. i am grinning so hard. this post was everything awesome. first you microwaved your clif for 22 seconds, coincidence that 22 happens to be my favorite # of all time? i think not. and awe the card is on your fridge! touching. and french toasted waffles?! girl you are a genius! it is the best of both worlds! i actually bought some freezer waffles today because sometimes i dont get time to celebrate waffle wednesday with the from scratch method, so those are on hand, and french toasting them sounds like a great idea. i love the new digs! haha, “where the magic happens”! love it. and NICE run, you are a quick one, that is a killer distance for that amount of time. i am going to try your 9/1 method next time i run outside. was that all on flat or was there hills too? sorry about the sharkie experience! noted. oh and i love your bathroom mirror! ok long enough, i will go now!

    • Janetha, I run on a pretty flat route. There are a few small ups and downs, but no steep hills. I get achilles tendonitis symptoms, and they say hills can aggravate it. Definitely helps my pace!

      Oh, and the best part about french toasting freezer waffles is that it ups the protein ;)

  2. Awesome “crib!!” :)

    Mmmm waffles!!
    <3 jess

  3. Susan – you *are* a runner! And a triathlete to boot!

    Cute apartment, but boy that is one tiny kitchen!

  4. I love your new apartment! So cozy, but I agree with Lori – that is one tiny kitchen.

    My Mom had one that small in her apartment one time, but she could still make some fabulous meals!

  5. I am going to try the Cliff bar trick soon, I have a couple of bars that I haven’t been impressed with… heat might work :)

    Congrats on your new place and getting all settled. It looks great!!

    I find that most of the chewy “candies” for runners annoy me because I spend 10 minutes after eating one trying to get the gunk off my teeth. I like Power Bar gel blasts, they aren’t as sticky (only place I’ve seen them is Running Room). An added bonus is that they don’t stick together in your pocket either. However, it takes forever to eat them (over the course of many walk breaks), so for fast and easy fuel I go for GU (has to be chocolate outrage).

  6. I love your place – it is so cute and organized! Awesome run pace too. I love the idea of French toast waffles – how fun!

  7. Love the new crib! You’ve done so much with it already…if I lived alone, my crap would be in boxes and the walls would be bare for months and months, I just know it!

  8. What a cozy place! I can’t believe you got that living room set for $50! Bargain shopper fo sho!

  9. thanks for the tour – i’ve never thought about heating up a bar….genius!

  10. Love the tour! It is so cozy and sweet :) I love the little kitchen. To me, THAT is where the magic happens ;)

    I agree–why do we “runners” never know when we’re actually “in”? Even though I wrote a post about it, I still don’t really consider myself A Runner. You DEFINITELY are, my friend! Cant’ believe your runs when I read them on Twitter. You rock!

  11. I love the tour! Your place is so cute…very similar to mine :D Great minds, and all that… ;)

    Clif = good. Warm Clif = WOW! So awesome.

    That was really interesting to hear what the journalist said. It’s something I struggle with a lot- being a “fraud” and not really competant, etc. I always think that successful people KNOW they are successful…kind of ‘reassuring’ (that’s not the right word, but you know what I mean!) to know that everyone has moments of self-doubt.

  12. April (Foods of April)

    I love your house! It’s so cute and perfect!

    Fake syrup and peanut butter mixed together is pretty much the most amazing tasting stuff you’ll ever eat! Ok maybe I’m exaggerating but still its delicious!

    I haven’t found a Clif bar I like yet but I’ve never tried any of the chocolate flavors.. now I want to!

  13. Love the new place! You got settled in fast!

    Peanut butter waffles are mine and my husband’s favorite late night snack! I’ll have to try them french toast style!

  14. loved the tour – and yes, i did feel like I was on MTV cribs. your place looks a whole lot put together than mine, and for that, i am slightly jealous :)

    loving your waffles and tuna bulgur goodness. and yes, microwaving your clifs are amazing. i have found 17 seconds do the job, there must be a slight error between our microwaves.

    have a good day!

  15. YAY! Loved the tour – your shower curtain is so cute!! Congrats on owning your own crib :)

    French toast waffles?! Genius! Glad you enjoyed the warmed up Clif, it’s divine!! Have fun at dinner tonight! Sounds like a great place!!

  16. OK two strokes of genius in one post: warming a clif and egging up a waffle. Kudos to you!!

    Love the road bike- I haven’t ridden mine in years!

  17. Your place looks very homey and personalized–cute!

    French toast waffles are ingenious! I can tell that you love your waffles :)

    I thought most Cliff bars and some Luna bars were ho-hum, until I heated it up in my little toaster oven. Seriously AMAZING–a heavenly dessert is the right word!

    Awesome running stats, and love the runner’s scowl, haha!

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