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Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in Healthy Dishes, Running | 22 comments

Running with Andy

I have to start this post by talking about last night’s dinner. A while ago, I put out a call for some of your favorite dinner recipes and reader, Ariana, responded with a recipe that sounded like something I needed to add to my repertoire of weeknight meals. She said…

“My favorite go to dinnerโ€ฆ.Turkey Italian Sausage cooked in a skillet with a green pepper, a red pepper, onion, tomato and lots of spinach. So healthy, so good and SO easy! Literally, from the very beginning to in my bowl ready to eat, maybe, MAYBE, half an hour.”

She was absolutely right! So easy. So healthy. So good.

Healthy Dinner


I omitted the tomatoes and used chicken sausage links instead of turkey sausage. I also added some jalepenos and peppadews to the mix. I cooked the entire meal in a skillet, just like Ariana suggested, with some yogurt butter and it came together in a flash with minimal dirty dishes. Thank you for sharing, Ariana!

The most exciting part of my afternoon was heading to 1st Place Sports, a local running store, to pick up more gifts from the Zooma race! Those women behind Zooma sure know how to put on an event. Not only was their race hosted at a luxury hotel, but runners got two technical shirts, copious amounts of Gu, Muscle Milk and wine, and they also got to pick up a free water bottle and yoga mat this week. The water bottle and yoga mat were supposed to be at the race for participants to pick up, but since they didn’t arrive in time runners could pick them up in store or have the goodies mailed to their house. Pretty sweet, right?

Zooma Cup


I love free stuff.

After work I came home and quickly changed into running clothes to tackle 5 miles with Dave & Ob. Ob saw me in my running shoes with her leash and she immediately played dead and then when I continued to leash her up she gave me the most pitiful look.

Lazy Vizsla


I promise she loves to run, she just hates getting started. I get it because I feel the same way. The first few steps of any run are the toughest.

Ob is actually a homebody. She doesn’t get excited about going anywhere. Isn’t that strange? Marley on the other hand can’t contain his excitement when he sees his leash.

I ran while listening to a podcast tonight, which I thoroughly enjoyed. My sister, Tammy, is always sending me podcasts to tune into and she suggested one a few days ago from Andy Stanley, the pastor at NorthPoint Community Church. I’ve attended North Point several times, which is located in Atlanta and it is a wonderful church. I listened to the podcast Tammy suggested for the 2nd time tonight as I ran and I let the message soak into my heart and mind. The miles flew by as I listened to part 2 of the series called “Breathing Room.” It discusses the reality of how short life is and how our daily calendars are filled with things that we deem to be so important, but the hard truth is that so many people wind up on their death bed looking back at their life filled with regret. However, people rarely regret failing to make more money…or not getting that promotion at work…or not fitting into the ‘cool crowd.’ Quite the contrary. People tend to look back on their life and wish they would have slowed down to enjoy their loved ones. They wish they had taken the time to build stronger relationships with those who mean the most. People preparing to exit the world wish they would have been true to themselves, rather than living by the expectations of society and people that no longer matter. Basically, the message is this: Our time is limited and when we realize that, we will limit the time we spend doing things that don’t truly matter. When you know that you won’t be around forever to enjoy what matters most, you begin to think about what actually does matter most. You live with purpose, direction and more wisdom. Running with Andy left me feeling very challenged and motivated! ๐Ÿ™‚

After our run, I told Dave about the podcast and we spent the rest of our 2 mile walk with Marley talking about the weight of those truths and what we hope to accomplish with the time we are given. Very deep talks in this house tonight.

Now, I’m sipping on some of my favorite tea and trying to talk myself out of baking brownies.

Tension Tamer Tea


Do you like running to podcasts? ย What are some of your favorite podcasts?

I love podcasts from Elevation Church and Summit Church. Steven Furtick & Isaac Hunter are wonderful speakers and also very funny, so I find them both very entertaining and encouraging.


  1. Sweet swag.
    I’m jeal.

    And when I wasn’t sure I could commit to a full-on girl crush on you, you went all public with some churchy-ness.
    And now I may be head over heels.

    I love the church I go to.
    And I dig “Je” to the “sus”.

    Any message that can pull me away from the self-centered consumer mind set our society is stuck in, gets 2 thumbs up from me. NONE of it matters. I have to remind myself of that all the time. The car, the clothes, the house…its not people–and if it taking away from the people. Well shame on me.

    In other news. Half training…an EASY start. I am following Hal Higdon’s Novice 2. But this time with a strength/bootcamp element too.

    Tough Mudder Aug 24th in Pittsburgh.
    I think you and Dave should fly up.
    It could be our first blind “date”.
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    • Amy – I just got on your blog and oh my word – your kids are beautiful! What a precious family!

      And your comment has me cracking up! The girl crush feeling is mutual and the blind date sounds fabulous. Dave just read this and he is laughing out loud. The Tough Mudder sounds fun. We keep saying we want to get up there to visit Gram and the fam so if we do I will definitely let you know. ๐Ÿ™‚ Would love to meet you in person!

      I think you would love the Breathing Room series! Unfortunately, Dave & I don’t have a church in Jacksonville that we love and feel connected to, but we love listening to podcasts from some of our favorite churches around the country each week. The message today was meant for my ears!

      I used Hal Higdon’s training program for several half marathons and I still base the plans I create for myself off his programs! You’re going to OWN that race!

      • Totes feel you on the church thing.
        Ian and I were floundering for (too many) years.
        Then, finally, we found one that when we walked in, and it felt like home.

        Thank you for the sweetness regarding the kids.
        They take after their dad.
        Dave can vouch for that.

        If you do get up to see Pat (sweetest lady EVER!) let me know. I am a mere 90 min from River Road. And if you are serious, we can GET serious about this Tough Mudder. I’ve never, but from what I hear it is more about TEAM than pace…which me likey when factoring in ridiculously intense strength stuff. Plus we could always do Team Tutu or something just to make Dave and Ian look good.

        And if you don’t come north well…I will continue to blog stalk you and steal workouts (did the tank arms today–wowza).
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        • I’ll keep you posted with our trip up north! Dave would rock a tutu during the tough mudder and only pretend to hate it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve never done a mud run, but Dave & my best friend keep trying to entice me to sign up for one.

          So glad you did the tank top arm workout! I like it because it is quick, but it targets all the muscles in your arms! I just finished a cardio circuit and I’m drenched in sweat. The Florida heat is back on the rise so it is hot and muggy outside.

          Have a great Wednesday and enjoy your workout (or run) today!

  2. That sounds like an amazing podcast and is such a great reminder of what is really important in life. I would love to listen to the whole sermon!

    • You should definitely check it out, Kate! I think you would enjoy it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Love the idea of that podcast! Also any place or person that gives me free wine is good in my book.
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    • haha! Allison, you sound like someone who I want as a friend! Free wine at the Ritz may have been the best ending to any race I’ve ever done.

  4. I’m so happy you liked it!! Easy and tasty are the best kind of meals! It’s actually what I’m making for dinner tonight ๐Ÿ™‚ And I love the changes you made; I might have to give those a try!

    • Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! It will probably get made again next week!

  5. That podcast sounds awesome!!!

    My boyfriend got me into a podcast series called The Mike O’Meara Show– it’s this group of guys who talk about basically anything & everything…current events, pop culture, entertainment, etc. They are pretty funny. I think I gained a ton of girlfriend points for enjoying this podcast along with him!
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    • I’ve heard of that podcast show, De! I will have to check it out…perhaps I’ll earn some girlfriend points with Dave too. ha!

  6. What a great topic to run to! How inspiring. I also like when I listen or read something like that and it leads to a good conversation with my husband. I feel like that really helps us connect and make sure that we are both headed the same direction. I have never run to podcasts, but I listen to them sometimes on my way to work. My favorite is Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me.
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    • I’ve heard about that podcast! I’m going to check it out!

      And I agree – I love those kind of conversations that make you feel more connected and ‘like-minded’ as a couple.

  7. You dinner sounds amazing and so simple that even I could do it! I’ve actually never tried listening to a podcast before, but I don’t know if they would work for me. Half the time, when I’m running outside, I’m on busy roads and all I can hear are cars and what I say to myself!
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    • haha, I did have to listen to it turned up really loud because I run down a busy road too!

      The dinner was super easy – give it a go! I bet it will turn out great for you!

  8. Your swag is super enviable. I have yet to listen to anything but tunes running so far. I have thought about doing a book on tape. I think I would really enjoy it, I just never think far enough ahead of time to get it from the library and on to my overdrive app!
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    • A book on tape would be great! I’ve never thought about doing that. I just got WAY too excited thinking about this possibility – my nerd flag is flying high tonight.

  9. i need to go back and try listening again now that i know where to click! (not too sure why i didn’t figure that out on my own… lol) ..haha love sexy lil Ob ๐Ÿ˜‰ ..and this is prob a beginner’s question: but what is yogurt butter? i’ve seriously never heard of it!
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    • Not a beginner’s question at all, Jessica! I don’t think yogurt butter is all that common. I buy a brand called Brummel and Brown and it is in a blue tub in the section with the regular butter. It is made with non-fat yogurt, so it has less fat and calories than normal butter. It doesn’t have a strong ‘butter’ taste but I still think it is good and great to cook with.

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