Pipes Challenge – Week# 2

The end is in sight! I have one paper written and one more to go with just a few more days to finish! I’m far too excited to be stressed!

I did manage to do a little bit more than paper writing this weekend which included getting some new running shoes and even making a fabulous dinner!

I planned to go to the running store for a very quick stop on Saturday for new shoes. I desperately needed them as I haven’t gotten new shoes since last June (I KNOW! BAD runner, BAD!). I went in all excited to walk away with the new version of my trusty Saucony Hurricanes (the 12s) only find out that their revisions caused the shoe to be way too snug for my foot. In fact, I had to shove my feet into the shoes just for them to fit. I was a bit annoyed as I had my paper on the brain and really wanted to park myself at a coffee shop and get started but now I had to get fitted again. Thankfully, getting refitted didn’t take too long and I walked away with a pair of Brooks Ravenna 2s!


They’re darned bright in colour but fit like a dream and had a comfortable yet supportive run in them yesterday. This just goes to show you that you can’t always rely on the same brand of shoe to see you through your running career! I’ve gone from the Brooks Ariels (really bad fitting) to Saucony Hurricanes and now back to Brooks!

Pipes Challenge Week #2


I also managed to continue on with Morgan’s Pipes Challenge! Unfortunately I missed Thursday’s scheduled workout due to a very late night at school and did not have the opportunity to make up for it on Friday but I did do it on Tuesday and then again on Saturday. Today my shoulders are rockin’! This week I plan to do my workout again Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. That being said, next Monday I have a special announcement that will change the Pipes Challenge a little but for the better! I am super excited about it and can’t wait to tell you all!

Catch up on the challenge so far:

Pipes Challenge – The Beginning

Pipes Challenge

And finally, I know I haven’t been blogging much about food and certainly haven’t been blogging about cooking because, quite frankly, I haven’t been cooking much. With school getting to crunch time I’ve been getting pretty tired so meals have been quick or else Alan has been taking over the chef’s role. But last night I was in the mood for some risotto! I took out my favourite cookbook and found a recipe for Spinach and Herb Risotto and then took the books recommendation to make a side Orange and Fennel salad!

This, my friends, was amazing!


The risotto contained spinach, basil and parsley and I LOVE that it only contains a half cup of parmesan-reggiano and only ONE tablespoon of butter. Much healthier than adding blobs of cheese and/or absurd amounts of butter. It had a subtle flavour, nothing too fancy but still decadent which was off-set by the fabulous salad.


I had never cooked with fennel before but it was super easy to prepare and I loved the licorice type smell and after-taste it had. Combined with the oranges, mint and black olives it had this amazingly complex yet well-balanced taste.


This was a definite win for dinner!

I also noticed the random nature of this blog. My brain is fried from school work, you’ll have to forgive! Must get back to work! Please, entertain me with fun stories to keep me sane!


  • At 2011.03.28 20:20, Haley said:

    Oh I’m so proud of you! And I’m EXCITED to say the least about this upcoming announcement – ::just tell me already!!!:: haha.

    Dinner looked fantabulous! Great job getting back in the kitchen, even if just for one meal. It calms me down and gives me time to think… I wonder if it does the same for you?

    Hmm, a fun story: I’ve figured out why I’m in grad school (well, at least that’s what I’m pretending/hoping!)! I’m thinking I’ll take this time away from work to get my group and personal training certificates.. and then I’ll eventually get my License to be a Clinical Social Worker and open up my own – innovative – practice which will focus on creating healthy life-changes from the inside out [because we both know there’s definitely a spiritual aspect to weight loss that needs to be addressed]. I feel SO much better about being in school now that I kinda-sorta have a plan for what I’m wanting to do! The hardest part is that no one on Maui has done anything like it, so finding practicum places that will teach me what I want to know is proving to be difficult.

    Whoa. I just totally told everyone on your blog my whole life story, lol. Sorry! But, whether you know it or not, your presence in my life has made all the difference and helped me become more aligned with my goals and missions. I LOVE YOU SISTER – KEEP ROCKIN’ and finish STRONG!

    • At 2011.03.29 09:53, Therese said:

      Oh, Haley! I LOVE it! What an amazing way to utilize your skills and education and although it makes it difficult having no one on the island who has done something similar, it’s PERFECT as there’s no competition! Maybe search out off-island to see about an email communication with someone who’s doing something similar?

      I totally use the kitchen to calm down. I’m a creative individual and cooking/baking helps to bring that side out of me. So looking forward to some amazing meals in the months ahead!

    • At 2011.03.29 09:23, Robyn said:

      you’re almost at the finish line! good for you!

      i’ve never cooked with fennel either. that meal looks incredible!

      • At 2011.03.31 19:29, Kristen said:

        Awwww…pretty, pretty running shoes all ready to hit the road! I can practically smell the new-shoe smell through the page! :-) Enjoy!!!

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