January 5th, 2017

New Year’s resolutions are cliche; however, I’ve been wanting to document my experiences with food for quite some time now. Mostly, I’m doing this for me as like a sort of food diary, but if my posts can help someone find a new, easy, go-to dessert recipe or a cool local cafe, I’d be more than happy. My goal is to post once a week, maybe more, depending on my ventures. So check back every week or so (:

I’d also like to share my experiences with running. When I started, I knew nothing (much like Jon Snow). I found out some things the hard way and so then I decided that it might be a good idea to google pre and post running stretches, training plans for races, strengthening exercises, and how to fuel properly before and after runs. These things have helped me become a better runner (better than how I started, not compared to anyone else – you are your own worst enemy and biggest ally). If I share something that someone else finds helpful in pursuing their goals in running or just being active in general, then I’d have accomplished something.

I think the thing I’m most in love with is food. I love cooking (especially baking since I love sweets so much), watching cooking shows, and most of all, eating delicious food. My interactions on social media revolve mainly around food. Finding and trying new places has become a passion of mine. I mean, we do need sustenance to survive. Why not sustain ourselves scrumptiously? Whether you cook it or go out to eat, it’s an experience. You should make the most of it. Everything in moderation though and running helps, but if dessert fits, I won’t hold back. You only live once.

Doughnuts! Sorry, this needs it’s own paragraph. I became obsessed about 2 years ago. I tried a local Milwaukee doughnut shop, Holey Moley (I’ll post my thoughts, pictures, and review later). I don’t know what or how it happened but it became a consuming fixation. I made it my mission to try as many local donut shops as I possibly could. Milwaukee does have a lot of bakeries with doughnuts on the menu, but not a big doughnut scene. Luckily, there are tons of local doughnut shops in the midwest, but I’ve tackled Chicago mostly.

Okay, I could go on and on about food. I literally have talked to friends about food for hours on end. So, next topic. I picked up running about 2 years ago now when I first moved to Milwaukee (think I see a trend here, thanks MKE). I wanted to get to know my neighborhood but not seem creepy or conspicuous so I figured running would help me do that. I lived in the lower east side if anyone is familiar, right off of Brady St., really hip place. There’s a lot of local bars and food joints. The lake and its beautiful lake front trail are also very easily accessible from this spot.  I noticed, my first couple times running, the colorful sights, friendly people, cute dogs, and smells coming from these restaurants, to die for, especially the bakeries. I fell in love!

Now, I have more than 20 races under my belt, some fun runs and some competitive runs (I am always competing against myself and trying to improve my times and distance). I finally reached a goal I didn’t even consider, let alone think possible, this past September, 2016. I ran the Chicago Half Marathon, my first, and under my 2 hour goal! Addicted and ecstatic, I signed up for the Chicago Marathon in October, 2017. I follow Runner’s World and Fleet Feet Sports, among other running sites, so I’ll share anything I find interesting and my experience with you! So far this year I have lined up to run in the Valentine’s Day 5k in Valparaiso, IN (2/12) the Shamrock Shuffle 8k in Chicago, IL (4/02), and the Chicago Half Marathon (5/21), the Warrior Dash 5k in Crawfordsville, IN (9/09), and of course the Chicago Marathon (10/08). I have been running the BTN Big Ten 5/10k since 2014, go Hoosiers! I’ll probably sign up for that one again this year (7/23), it’s a fun race! I’m shooting for about a race every 2 months. With the marathon, I’m going to focus on that, training more instead of shorter individual races.

I didn’t think it was possible to talk more about running that food, but I’m sure most of my posts will be food related.

Thanks for visiting! Hope you enjoy and please feel free to reach out with any questions, suggestions (again, I love trying new food places), or comments.

♥ Love,