Life in Excess: Running, Eating & Netflixing

April 7th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life

This weekend was one of the best I’ve had this year and I really only did 3 things: run, eat, and watch movies.

First, I had to go into the office for a bit Friday afternoon to get some pills ready. One of the classes I teach is a Research Methods course and part of the semester is spent conducting an actual study. Every year we usually do something looking at the effects of caffeine. We use some sort of 200 mg caffeine pill (like No Doz) and I have to make up the placebo pills. This year is the first time I used Gluten Free flour. So trendy. I always have fun making the pills up though.

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After work I headed to Fresh Market to look for something to have for dinner. While walking around I spotted these in the refrigerator section. As I said on my Twitter back in my day all cookie dough was edible! I think they wanted 7.99 a pop for these and they were basically cookie dough minus the egg. 2014-04-04 15.42.42

I was feeling something munchy so I ended up getting a bag of popchips and some of their amazing chocolate crunch mix. I’ve been feeling like watching a mafia movie lately so I popped in Casino. I *still* can’t watch the end scene with Joe Pesci. I’m such a wuss.2014-04-04 16.34.59At least I had great company!
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Saturday morning was my longest training run for Marathon #2 – 21 miles. Since my training for this round has been dramatically less than my first one I’ve been growing more concerned that I’m not really ready. I treated this long run as though it was the actual marathon (although I don’t plan on eating a bag of chips for dinner before the race!) I was up early, had my outfit and fuel ready to go, and planned a course similar to the hilly Nashville one I will be running in 3 weeks.

Overall I’m very happy with the run. I finished it and that was my only real goal! My average time ended up being 11:15. My pace for Marathon 1 was 10:50. Given the hills on this course I think I’m going to aim for an 11 minute pace. I’ll likely start off at 10:30, and end up closer to 11:30-12 by the end, so I think 11 minutes is a good estimate. As you can see in my Garmin race details from this weekends run I did pretty good until the last few miles! All those deep drops you see on the top chart are when I had to stop and walk. #NoShame

Long RunI got home  and immediately went into recovery mode. My routine is to stretch for a few minutes, hop on the foam roller, and then go into an ice bath (shoving calories in my face somewhere in between all that.) Most runs over 16 miles I try to do an ice bath for about 10 minutes after. They suck, but I genuinely feel like they help shorten recovery time.

Even when you do this in them:2014-04-05 10.59.57Trust me – if you get out to use the restroom you are not getting back in there!

I had some oatmeal and greek yogurt, showered, and headed out in a hailstorm (check out the video on my instagram!) to get something for dinner.

2014-04-05 14.49.46Wandering around the grocery store after running 21 miles means you make some interesting food choices. I went with sushi, chocolate & PB and grabbed some seasoning and coke to have with popcorn. I was craving a soda like mad on my run so I had to have one.
2014-04-05 15.44.13I was in the mood for something funny that night so I randomly picked out Blazing Saddles. It was wildly inappropriate but I absolutely loved it. I went on to Robin Hood: Men in Tights after. Sunday morning I woke up feeling pretty stiff so I did some stretching and went for a 2 mile walk before going back into movie mode. Keeping with the theme of awesome 80’s comedies I watched Clue, and am currently working my way through a Fish Called Wanda.

I left the house for a quick trip to get food for the week. I’m making Vegetarian Korma and Sweet Potato, Apple, Carrot, and Red Lentil soup. I grabbed some GF bread and swiss cheese to make grilled cheese to go with the soup. I think I may add a bit of honey and cardamom to the swiss before I toast it.
2014-04-06 11.40.34I realized last year when I started racking up the miles that my hunger peaks the day after a LR. Unsurprisingly my lunch yesterday was that entire bag of tortilla chips. I savored every delicious bite (and by savor I mean shoved huge fistfuls of them into my mouth and left crumbs all over my couch.)

How was your weekend?
What is your favorite 80’s comedy? I feel like I’m actually running out of ones to watch!

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38 Responses

  • I love a Fish Called Wanda! It is one of my favourite films. I actually watched it the night after my presentation at Oxford. I needed something lighthearted and funny to watch!

  • Carla says:

    may I come sleep over?

  • MMMMMM cookie dough! And MMMMM pop chips! Those are my favourite!

  • Erica D House, always keepin’ it real, especially whilst peein in an ice bath. This is why I adore you! ;)

    I wouldn’t get out to pee either, just sayin.

  • Nicole M says:

    My hunger hits day 2 as well. I have to force myself to eat right after a long run. Great job on the 21!

  • dotsie924 says:

    Hehe, I love Salem’s expressions :) He is such a handsome cat.

    And I miss Netflix, but it’s probably a good thing work blocked it…LOLz…

  • Jenny says:

    Miss Erica, you crack me up. I would have peed in the tub too! And somehow– although I ran 10 miles this weekend– I feel lazy reading that you ran TWICE that amount! :)

    • Erica House says:

      Well since I spent the majority of the rest of the weekend sitting on my ass I’m sure our overall activity levels equaled out!

  • I honestly feel like we are best friends (is that creepy?) lol. Love your blog posts. Congrats on finishing your trial run. I CANNOT even imagine myself running 21 miles. The most I have done is a half marathon and that’s all i can imagine myself doing! Hope you have an amazing week!

    • Erica House says:

      Lol, not creepy! I remember when I first started reading blogs I was out for a walk/jog with my then bf and telling him all about this blogger’s new baby. I suddenly realized I was talking to him about a total stranger but felt like she was genuinely a friend of mine!

  • misszippy1 says:

    Great job with the final big one! And then the recovery plan–that’s how you do it! Let the taper begin.

    • Erica House says:

      Yes! I don’t know if I’ve ever looked forward so much to ‘just’ running 16 and 12 miles these next two weekends.

  • I’m dying laughing because Blazing Saddles is my husband’s absolute favorite movie. Yes, WILDLY inappropriate, but it grows on you ;) Glad you had such a great weekend!

    • Erica House says:

      I’m telling you …. 2 minutes in and I was hooked. I’m going to watch every Mel Brooks movie by the end of this month. Well, maybe not Spaceballs. I haven’t seen the star wars films so I’m sure that movie wouldn’t be very funny to me.

  • Your weekend sounds like my dream weekend. Running, eating, movies. I’m such a stereotypical introvert :)
    I’m so useless grocery shopping after a long run, I feel like a zombie, even after I’ve had some food – I’ve been trying to shop on Saturday since I do my run on Sunday so I can do nothing the rest of the weekend :)

    • Erica House says:

      Well …. your also running a bit more than I am! When is your ultra? How long is it? I just started reading your blog regularly so I’m trying to catch up!

  • It’s a 50k, so 8km (5 miles-ish) longer than a full, which is how I managed to talk myself into running it. “Eh, I can run a marathon plus 8k, that’s not that bad, right?!”. haha. I’m sure I’ll be singing a different tune come race day.
    The race is June 1 – 7ish weeks away. Eeps!

    • Erica House says:

      The same logic is going through my head regarding a 50k here in Feb! I think I’m going to go for it. I’ll be doing marathon #3 in November and then take a few weeks to recover and start training for that. Are you following any specific training plan? What will your longest run be before the race?

  • You are a ROCKSTAR for taking an ice bath. I’m yet to brave one. Congrats on your 21 miler, you should feel super ready for the marathon now. Also, I feel the same way about that Joe Pesci scene in Casino. It’s beyond brutal, I can’t even peek through my fingers.

    • Erica House says:

      I can’t even listen to a second of that scene let alone watch it through covered eyes. Actually, just talking about it now has guaranteed I will have nightmares about it tonight. Absolutely horrific. Legitimately may be the most painful scene I’ve ever seen in a movie.

  • Congrats on the long run! I too feel sooo hungry the second day. Think it has to do with my stomach getting back to normal. It was my weekend with my boys recently and we went through a few 80’s movies – they loved The Breakfast Club.
    Kudos to the ice bath. Tried it twice and both time peed – think it has to do with the water temp!

    • Erica House says:

      Haha – I’m glad I’m not the only one to pee in an ice bath!
      I have a lot of friends who are parents and are now introducing their kids to classic 80’s films, something I hope to do myself some day!

  • Krista says:

    Your weekend sounds glorious!! Mine was similar as far as exercise, munchies, and movies…only I subbed in a 20 mile bike ride, 3 mile run, and 6 mile walk for your long run (great job with that!). :) I’m such a homebody and LOVE low-key weekends!

  • Helen says:

    Great job on the run, Erica. You deserve all that food! Hah. It sounds like you had a great weekend. so jealous! I had a paper to write.
    Also, I signed up for a 10 mile run that is at the end of the month.

  • Girl…those long runs! Way to go. You’ll be ready, for sure.

    I’m having the hardest time getting back into running. Running with extra weight makes such a difference! I feel like an elephant trying to run through wet cement. So, I start out running for 5-10 minutes, walk for a bit, then run a bit more. It’s a little demoralizing being so out of shape, but you’ve got to start somewhere. Regardless, I aim for getting 5 miles of walking/running in a day, & I’d like to think just getting that mileage in makes a big difference, though my progress feels so slow.

    (And PB2 powder is my latest obssession—soooo freakin’ good.)

    • Erica House says:

      I’ve yet to have a jar of PB2 last more than 3 days in the house. I just make some up and eat it by itself. Maybe with some chocolate.

      I actually came across this article last week ( when looking for information online on how to determine my body’s ‘racing weight.’ Studies have found that a 5% increase in weight leads to a 5% decrease in pace! I certainly don’t want to lose any weight this close to my marathon but I think I may try to lose 5% before going into marathon training #3 and see if I notice any improvement.

      • About the weight increase slowing down the pace–I believe it! I’m still about 30-35 pounds above my *normal* weight, & I feel every extra pound on my joints when I run. It’s a huge motivator to get back to my regular weight! I want to be able to run again without absolutely hating every minute of it.

        And PB2 powder doesn’t last very long here either! I order mine in bulk from Amazon, though I have to be careful to pace myself :)

        • Erica House says:

          Uhh I was buying the 4 pack bags of PB2 off Amazon and going through them in like 3 weeks. I finally had to stop as I just couldn’t justify spending $30-40 a month on PB2!

          I’m sure you’ll see a nice increase in pace as you start dropping the baby weight. I know how frustrating it can be to feel like your starting over again (I’ve felt like that thanks to multiple running injuries last year.) As you said in your last comment it’s really more about putting the time and miles in then what the pace is. I’m helping a friend train for her first 5k and we do 11-13 minute miles and they are some of the funnest miles I do all week. It’s nice to be reminded that I run because I love it (most of the time!)

  • Athena says:

    Looks like you had a great weekend! I love Casino. If you ever go to Las Vegas, I highly suggest you check out the Mob Museum. It’s Casino 100x! It’s actually the courthouse they used for all of the mob trails back in the 70s!

    • Erica House says:

      Ohhh I would LOVE to go there. There is going to be a Rock N Roll Marathon in Vegas in Sept that I wish I could do!

  • Erin says:

    Clue is one of my favourite movies! I always feel like no one else has ever heard of it, so seeing it on your blog made my day! Spread the Clue gospel, girl!

    Another Tim Curry movie suggestion: Rocky Horror Picture Show! I saw the stage production here in Adelaide last weekend and it was amazing and made me want to see good old Tim in his fishnets all over again.

    • Erica House says:

      You know, I haven’t seen RHPS before! I started watching it ages ago and just wasn’t ‘feeling it’, but I think I was to young at the time to really enjoy it. I have seen it done at the theater and loved it, so I’ll definitely be watching that this week!