May Foodie Penpals Reveal

Today is the last day of May and for those who have been following along in the new year, you know this means it is time for another Foodie Penpals Reveal Day.

This month I was sent a package from Brittnye over at The Healthy Living Chick. No offense to any other treat senders, as everything has been fabulous, but this package may be my favorite thus far!

What treats are included? Well, as you can see the top row has sugar cookie mix, chocolate chip muffin mix and pretzel crisps. Pretzel Crisps are my new found love and obsession. Next we have blueberry granola with flax cereal x2 and chocolate chunk hazelnut biscotti granola. Third row and the lil guy below are the oatmeal family. Maple & brown sugar, banana bread and cinnamon (all weight control) with blueberry almond being all fancy and organic. Having these easy meals/snacks will be great for cooking and making it through this 10 week program I’m in the middle of as we speak! Off to the side is the kiwi strawberry sparkling ice beverage. The concept is cool, but it has sucralose (fake sugar) so I won’t be able to enjoy it. Oh well. Not pictured is the peanut butter chocolate chip Lara bar…because it went away as soon as I saw it and was on my way to the gym. Side bar: yes, I am a Marathon Bars ambassador and yes, they are my preferred bar, but I am not so silly I’m going to refuse to eat something I am sent as a gift.

For those who are looking for an even more in-depth look at my treats and thoughts, here is a vlog I created.


Want to join in on the fun next month? Here are the details:

The Lean Green Bean


  • On the 5th of every month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
  • You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
  • The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
  • You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
  • Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you are to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
  • Foodie Penplas is open to US & Canadian residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

If you’re interested in participating for June, please CLICK HERE to fill out the participation form and read the terms and conditions.

You must submit your information by June 4th as pairings will be emailed on June 5th!

*If you’re from somewhere besides the US, Canada or Europe and want to participate, send Lindsay an email and she’ll see if we get enough interest this month!

Race Report : Tallmadge Memorial 5K

On Memorial Day, I started things off with a hot and sweaty run in a neighboring city. I’ve run this race in the past, alone and with my family. I think I’ve skipped it the last year or two. The first year I skipped, they gave out tanks instead of shirts and I kicked myself for it the whole year! This time around I signed up early at the Retro Sign Up day and managed to score entry and a sweet jacket for $20.oo. Below is a stock image of the jacket. Same color, but ours have a logo.

I knew just where to park from past years and as this race has separate races (starts) for men and women, with women being first, it was smooth sailing walking to the packet pickup too. On my way to get my stuff I slipped an allergy pill in my pocket, but did not end up needing it.

The race begins at 7:45 for the females. Walking around I ran into my friend Kathy and then Tap and finally Holly…who I called Heidi and as a girl with a sister who has been called the wrong name a lot, I know it’s OK and I know it sucks anyway. It was already super humid and warm when the race started and I was wondering how I would feel mile after mile. I didn’t have Garmin or an IPOD with me and it seemed too hot to carry my phone for such a short race. We began and I tried to settle into a comfortable pace. My secret goal was to try to pace with Holly because she has been running the pace I wanted based on her Facebook status updates. Within the first few hundred yards I could tell she was ahead, but not by much and I agreed to not get too worked up. Eventually I lost sight of her.

Here is a video clip of the first turn, just before hitting mile 1.  The viedos were uploaded to Picasa, forgive the poor link and poor quality. If you click the “image” below it will take you to the video, I make my appearance around the 20 second mark. Please help me figure out WTF I’m doing or more so NOT doing with my lower body.One thing I have to say is this race made sure there was plenty of water on route. By the time mile 1 appeared there were 2 different stations. Station #2 was awesome because the cups had some ice cubes. I played with the cube in my mouth up through the development to the turnaround point.

Back onto the road (after another water stop and of course a few sprinklers) we dip down into another development. There is a quick burst of a downhill before you round the bend and follow a gradual uphill for about half a mile. This hill has killed me SO MANY TIMES in the past. I might not be able to PR, I might not be proud of my finish, but gosh-darn-it I was going to run that hill! When I posted a finish pic later this is the response I received…made my day!

Boo-ya! I ran that hill! Haha sorry Tonya, if we knew we knew each other we could have used the support.

From that point it’s the home stretch and I was geared up to finish as close to the men as possible. See the staggered start I mentioned? Men start 30 minutes after the females…for many this means they run an all female course. As I was approaching the end a girl I was leap frogging since the hill started to sprint into the finish. I knew neither of use was placing, but my pride couldn’t let her win. I full on sprinted all the way to the end, out-kicking poor girl in orange with the Ohio tattoo. According to the results I beat her by literally 1 second and she is Maria, nice hustle girl!

Upon finishing I knew I had way too much let in my tank and need to leave more of it out on the course. Time for speed-work me thinks….Regardless I was pleased the men were delayed or something and I managed to finish as they were starting, so my goal of not sharing the course with them was achieved. I wandered around a little after and ate a bagel and drank some Gatorade. I ran into Niall and chatted with him, as well as chatting with Mickey (Race Director) and standing under the sprinkler tent. All in all it was a wonderful event. Of course the all you can eat free pancake breakfast after certainly seals the deal.

I placed 201 out of 361 total women. 34/44 in my age group. Honestly, I was disappointed in my performance. Sure I managed to come in just under 32 minutes and have around a 10 minute pace, but I want to be faster. I’ve been hovering around the 31/32 minute mark for a few weeks now and it’s time to kick it over (under) back to less than 30.

We Went to the Zoo!

The past 3 days have been a blur. On Saturday I woke with one mission…moving to self hosting. As you may or may not be able to tell, mission accomplished. It was a little more complicated than I expected and I had more hiccups than I am really willing to admit…but I did it on my own and for that I am endlessly proud. However, I clearly need to take the time to work on my graphics, because for me they’re not up to standard. Also, layout needs tweaked, I hate the black part of the pages menu. Basically I feel like I’ve gone from renting to owning and now I’m finding the right curtains and furniture.

BTW I may or may not have fixed my RSS feed, so hopefully I don’t lose or upset too many readers.

Aside from internet workings I caved and bought a new phone on Saturday. Apparently I had money for it? No, not really. However the HTC Incredible I was sporting for nearly 2 years “died” and by died I mean was only making calls and texting. Is this 2002? I don’t use my phone as a phone. I NEED to have my email and social media. 1) To be successful 2) To be entertained. As a county employee I can’t exactly be doing that on their computers…so I need my phone. Now I have a beautiful HTC Rezound and it’s magical. Not to mention according to Verizon, 3G is going down the toilet and they are not putting money into maintaining it.  Meaning, over the next few months coverage and service will blow…so anyone ready for an upgrade or looking for new service? Better get 4G if you know what’s good for you.

Sunday we went to the zoo, and walked around in the sun for 5+ hours looking at animals (many had babies) and doing general fun stuff. I started feeling funny later in the evening and by Monday I had full on flu like symptoms most of the day. What a cramp in my plans…but I bounced back. Here are many many photos of my trip…because you all have lots to catch up on right? So have another day before I throw information at you.