A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

A blog about my life, fitness and fun! (...and maybe a few cat pictures...)

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Mountain Lions, Rattlesnakes, and Bear Spray - Oh my!

Hi. My name is Megan, and I jump to the worst case scenario... especially when we travel! What if the plane crashes? What if the hotel doesn't have our reservation? What if we are hiking and encounter dangerous wildlife?

I tend to Google all the dangerous animals I might encounter.

When we went to New Mexico, I was Googling rattlesnake bites. Did you know that while as long as you get treatment, you are unlikely to die from a rattlesnake bite, BUT IT HURTS SO BAD YOU WISH YOU WERE DEAD?

When we went to Northern California and Colorado, I Googled mountain lions. Did you know that mountain lions will stealthily stalk you and you're unlikely to know you're about to be attacked?

When we went to Shenandoah National Park, I Googled bear attacks. Did you know that while there are thousands of human-bear interactions every year, bear attacks are rare?

Before we went to Shenandoah, I bought bear spray. it's freaking expensive... $39.99!!!

And of course we both needed one.

It turns out that we never even took the bear spray out of our trunk. All of the places we hiked were well traveled paths and we weren't worried about seeing a bear.

In fact, the only time we saw a bear in the wild was while we were driving through Rocky Mountain National Park. We saw a bear cub frolicking in a field. It was pretty far away, but every car pulled off the side of the road to look at it.

I never saw a rattlesnake in the wild, but I'm very afraid that I will someday. There's lots of rattlesnakes in Pennsylvania.

As far as mountain lions, I have never seen one of those either. But when we hike in California and Colorado, I carry a mountain lion stick just in case. And Paul has strict orders that if one attacks me, he's supposed to fight it to the death. And vice versa of course.
Do you have bear spray, dog spray, or pepper spray?

Have you ever seen a bear, mountain lion, or rattlesnake while you were running or hiking?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Springtime Run!

Last week, I had one of the most enjoyable runs in a long time. After several days off, I finally emerged for a neighborhood 6 miler. My little neighborhood looked like spring and smelled like spring. I can't accurately describe how good it felt to be out there, but at least I can show you some pretty pictures!

I even saw one of the many white squirrels that live in our hood!

I felt so accomplished and happy after this run. I am a creature of habit and don't mind running in my hood every morning. It's comforting to have a routine.

Is it spring where you are?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

From Stomach Bug to 17 miles

Today, I wanted to show you what I ate in the three days leading up to my 25k. (It was actually 17 miles and I knew this going into it.) I had a stomach bug and my stomach was just weird for several days after. So what you're seeing isn't my "normal" food, just what I was able to stomach. The goal was to eat carbs and calories so I could go into the race feeling strong.

I'll be showing you absolutely everything I ate and drank MINUS water. I did not include how much water I drank because there's no way I would remember to track all of that!

I'm not sure this will be interesting but I took all the pictures so I'm writing the post!

**Note: Normally I would eat A LOT more food in a day than what is pictured.**


I didn't workout today, so I got to "sleep in" until 7!

This was the first day since being sick that I felt like I could drink some coffee. Woohoo!

I am a huge fan of these Greek yogurts now and am going to continue eating them.

Wendy's! After a stomach bug, the first think I crave when I finally get hungry is fast food.

Yeah, a little addicted to yogurt. This was my dinner. 
That Wendy's really held me over.


I ran 5 miles this morning! See, that Wendy's was good for something!

I didn't drink this whole thing, it merely represents that I had iced coffee in the morning.

Same breakfast as the day before.

Italian wedding soup and crackers from Giant for lunch.

I am also loving these cottage cheese/fruit cups! I will be enjoying these from now on as well.

Paul made me a turkey burger and roasted  cauliflower for dinner. Yum!


No workouts in the morning, but we did hike about six miles total throughout the day.

Applesauce!? Who am I?

Pre hike food. Wendy's.

Pre-hike caffeine.

After hiking, we got stuck in traffic and I needed a snack before dinner.

Cream of crab soup. It was divine.

Fish tacos and rice. I only had one taco, about half the rice, and none of the chips.

Just for fun, here's what I had before the race and after the race on Saturday!

Race Morning!

Make your own waffle at our hotel, orange juice, coffee.

Post Race!

7oz Cheeseburger and fries from Blue Mountain Brewery. I ate most of the fries.

After looking at all of these pictures, I realized I ate a lot of burgers! I do love burgers and french fries. Why are they so good together?

What's your favorite fast food?

Monday, May 21, 2018

Weekend Wrap Up


Happy Monday!
I hope you had a great weekend. It feels like it's been so long since we had a "normal" weekend!
Here's what we were up to...

FREAKING A, IT'S FRIDAY!!!! My day started with an upper body lifting session at home. I got this Muscle Milk at Big Lots a couple days ago. It was so freaking good! So chocolatey! (I ended up going back to Big Lots on Saturday and getting 8 more!)

Work was work. The kids are done. Which makes me done. However, I was ready for the day...

After work, Paul and I went to his aunt and uncle's house to cat sit Leo and Sammy They are babies!

Then we had drinks and dinner at Federal Tap House. They make a damn good dirty martini and they have 50 beers on tap. The food was good but I felt like it was overpriced.

 When I got home, I couldn't wait to go to bed. Then I realized I forgot that I had to take my car to the shop so it could get inspected Saturday morning. We have one car and I'm the only one who drives, which meant I had to drive it to the shop (1/2 mile away) and walk home. I was not happy.

I went to bed as soon as I got home.

I slept in and it felt great! I got a call that my car was ready. It didn't need anything fixed, just the inspection! That's great news. My car is paid for and I'm going to drive it until it's dead. It's so nice not having a car payment.

That morning I started a puzzle, but it was hard and I didn't get too far. This is my puzzle buddy...

Then I went for a rainy 6 miler, which ended at the shop so I could pick up my car. Nothing was wrong with it! How awesome is that!?

I had generic Captain Crunch for lunch. I can't remember the last time I had Captain Crunch! It was soooo good!

After I ate and showered, Paul and I headed out and about. We had to check on the kitties again...

... Then it was off to Kohl's. I needed tank tops and short sleeved shirts for summer. I also got a visor to run in. I lost mine at the Damn Half last year.

Next, we went to Country Market so I could get all the veggies and herbs for my garden.

When we got home, I did some cooking. Then I kicked Paul's ass in cards.

It was a good night!
When I woke up, Chrissy was nestled in with me. I love when he sleeps with me.

I went for a run. It was slow (as usual these days) but enjoyable.

Then we went to my Aunt Patti and Uncle Randy's house for their annual spring picnic. It was so fun to hang out with my family. The kids went puddle jumping, which was super fun to watch!

We got home a little after dinner, and even though it was late, I decided to put in my garden. I did: 5 tomatoes, 4 peppers, 3 yellow squash, 3 zukes, dill, cilantro, basil, and rosemary. I have two eggplants and a mint plant as well but I am waiting until tomorrow to plant them because I don't know where to put them yet!

Do/did your kids go puddle jumping?
Did you plant your garden yet?
Tell me something fun you did this weekend!