This past Sunday night was one of those nights when I for the life of me could not get any sleep. I had so much back pain and could not get comfortable no matter how hard I tried. I tried stretching, reading a magazine, watching TV, browsing social media, and nothing lulled me to sleep. … Continue reading Thai-Style Beef Noodle Soup
1:30 am. Glass of red wine in hand. Crumbles of cheese and airplane snacks lingering on the coffee table. I have bags under my eyes, a persistent pulsing around my temples and stress-induced breakouts. The word "spent" doesn't even begin to describe my entire being. The last few weeks of my life were spent traveling … Continue reading Setbacks, New Beginnings and Building Mental Resilience
This morning, Timehop announced that today marks the 2-year anniversary of The Ultra Life! And what better way to commemorate the anniversary of this blog than (duh) a blog post? First of all, I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who's read my stuff, supported my training efforts and races, tried some of … Continue reading Happy 2-year anniversary!
It boggles my mind when I meet someone who says they rarely or never cook. Cooking to me isn't just about putting dinner on the table. Cooking brings me so much joy because it holds the ability to create comfort and memories and bring people together in a joyful, intimate way. I enjoy cooking on a … Continue reading Lightened-Up Chicken Tetrazzini
When the weather starts to get cold, I start to crave warm, comforting soups and stews. One of my favorite one-pot wonders (and easiest to make) is chili. I don't have an exact recipe, and I always change one or two things every time I make it (such as by adding different kinds of beans/veggies, … Continue reading Best Chili Ever
When it comes to breakfast or brunch, I'd much rather have eggs and bacon than I would pancakes or french toast. But there was something about this morning's chill in the air that just screamed pancakes. And if I make pancakes once a year, you better believe they're going to be fluffy, a little sweet, … Continue reading Pumpkin-Ricotta Pancakes with Homemade Honey Butter
Jonas has come and...well, is still lingering...but we made it through the worst! On Saturday, I relived my childhood by playing in the snow for hours, runner-style. I headed out the door with low expectations -- I didn't think I'd make it more than a few minutes in the blizzard. However, equipped with ski goggles, … Continue reading Snow Day French Toast