The official recap/resolution/whatever of ROJ for 2011

For me resolutions are an indicator of where you are versus where you want to be this time next year. I am proud to say I made it to where I want to be as I close out 2011. Less than 6 months ago I was ashamed to show my face to the world. My one piece of perfection was a passion for running. Currently I love my life and I’m excited to meet new people at any opportunity, yet I’m banished from my sport (for now). It’s amazing how complex and wonderful our lives can be, with or without planning.

In 2012 One resolution is to judge less and listen more. Nothing is black and white anymore. There is never such a thing as an easy choice. Friends don’t always stop talking to you out of a lack of love, but sometimes as a self preservation tool. I vow to close my lips and hold hands more often and to speak up instead of walking away when needed.

That is my serious effort.
For my fun effort?

I want to try something new every week. Maybe it’s a new class at a gym? Maybe it’s a new recipe? Maybe it’s a new city? I want to explore and learn and feel wonder for all that is around me. School isn’t a life suck anymore, but that is no excuse to stop asking questions and seeking answers.

And now for the highlights aka a recap of 2011


I started my internship and struggled with a new sense of “self”
My blog underwent a name change
My winter half marathon became a very slow and cold 8 miles at Run for Regis


Had a wonderful time at the indoor tri with a few friends

Wrote my 2nd most popular post, about doing triple time at the gym


The Shamrock 15K became a 5K and my report was published on FitBlogger
I competed at a local speech competition .

I complained about not going to New Orleans, but hung out with this cute girl…

And announced I would be running my 2nd 50K in July


My lovely friend Jen did a guest post for me, the #1 most popular to this day
I raced every weekend.

April RAINN (4.5 Trail)

My friend Nicole (Heather) came to town with her small children and I realized they are not scary and actually can be fun (all kids, not just her offspring)


I completed the Vulture’s Knob 15K
Posted one of my favorite entries: helping you get into biking
I was almost caught in a tornado
My butt was pinched by a crawfish

Oh yeah and I kinda sorta…graduated with my Master’s Degree


On the racing front we had both the Morgana Run! 5K and the Jackson Night Glow 5K
I rode my bike in my PJs

My Marathon Bars kit for 2011 arrived

I attended a great conference in Toledo

And there was the near encounter with a bear


Buckeye Trail 50K (taking over 2 hours off my previous 50K time) and Muddy Paws

Plus, there was a situation where I volunteered for 15 hours straight, while others ran 100 miles


I ran A LOT in this month. Achieving my current PR in the 1/2 marathon by an astounding amount of time. I went from 2:33 to 2:17.

While riding w/ some friends I took a nasty spill…I still have a scar


I scaled back a little, but qualified for Half Fanatics at the 3 moon level. It took me until Dec to have the $$ for it!

My teeth were pulled as I said good bye to some baby molars
I was offered a position at my current company

It was the month of my favorite 5K Jack-o-Lantern Jog 5K
I moved! What more does there need to be?
I made you all a great meatloaf hand, when I started a new weekly feature


The sister and I walked a very fun 4 miler for Turkey Day . Home Run for the Homeless 4 miler
I was named a FitFluential Ambassador
There was some unsettling medical news
There was a post every day as I took part in the NaBloPoMo challenge


My braces came off
There was a great gift exchange
My sister became a “fan” of ROJ on Facebook!
Sis and I walked the Christmas Light Run (you were able to hear me sing)
Today we walk the Great New Years Eve 5k

I hope you all enjoyed reflecting on 2011, let us all stay happy and healthy in the new year and make lots of new friends too!

Friday Food : Pork, Snow Pea & Mushroom Stir-Fry

Well look at us all learning about food where the primary ingredients are not sugar or food coloring. Better yet, you will not need sour cream OR butter!

I love this recipe, because it is yummy, healthy and easily adapted to even more delicious veggies!

Pork, Snow Pea & Mushroom Stir-Fry

What You Need

  • 1 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 lb. pork tenderloin, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 cups quartered fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup fresh snow peas
  • 1 small yellow pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 Tbsp. minced ginger root
  • 1/4 cup Catalina dressing
  • 1 Tbsp. lite soy sauce
  • 3 cups hot cooked long-grain brown rice

The original recipe also calls for the following items, I chose not to use them. Either due to personal preference or budget reasons.

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup PLANTERS Cashews
  • 2 green onions, chopped


  1. Heat oil in wok or large skillet on high heat. Add meat; stir-fry 1 min.
  2. Add next 5 ingredients (mushrooms, snow peas, pepper, ginger root, garlic if using); stir-fry on medium-high heat 3 to 5 min. or until meat is lightly browned. Stir in dressing and soy sauce; stir-fry 2 min. or until vegetables are crisp-tender and meat is done.
  3. Top with nuts and onions. Serve with rice.


I don’t like to stir-fry my meat. Instead I cooked the pork in my toaster oven (Foreman type grill would also work) at 350 degree F for about 20-30 minutes, while preparing everything else. Because of this I did not need the oil when cooking the veggies.

Adding other pepper colors or additional colorful veggies would spruce up this meal.

Mincing your own ginger root is not difficult. Peel the outer layer away with a paring knife. Cut into strips following the natural separation. Using a chopping knife, cut the pieces until they are tiny and thin and fun things of that nature.

In the future I would scale back on the sauce. It was good, but it would obviously be healthier with less.

It freezes very well and holds its flavor. I did not feel I was missing out by not using the garlic, the onions or nuts. I saved a lot of money and probably my coworkers thanked me too.