If there was The Amazing Race: Marshalls Edition, I would totally crush the competition. I know that place like the back of my hand. I don’t mean navigating around the store, I mean finding stuff—what’s a good deal, what’s a rip off, what you should wait to get on clearance, what you should snag right away.
Actually, no. There’s one person who could beat me. His name is Peter. Wait, we’d be paired together, right? Score. Nobody would even come close to beating us. You should see us both shopping in there…analyzing products and their price tags like we’re investing in the stock market.
[If you are unfamiliar with Marshalls (bless your heart), it's a discount store that sells name brand shoes, clothes, bags, cosmetics, dishes, food, etc. It's usually stuff from past seasons that stores need to get rid of.]
Unlike regular stores, there’s a thrill when shopping at Marshalls because you never know what you’re gonna find (the only problem is when you want to find something specific and you can’t find it or you’re just not in the digging mood).
Lately, I’ve been scouring the food section. They have some awesome health foods there at great prices. Some products I come across I have yet to see in actual health food stores.
I found this gluten free all purpose flour blend the other day that I’m so excited to bake with. It’s made with cassava flour, unmodified potato starch and organic coconut flour. I may have let out a squeal or two.
I also found this Gourmet Today cookbook on clearance for $5!
Now that’s a deal. I flipped open the book and the first recipe I saw was for brownies. SOLD!
A got another box of these Almond and Cranberry Protein Bars, which I first bought a couple months ago. These are delicious and the ingredients list is simple.
The protein comes from rice, sunflower seeds and almonds. Simple. I’ve been eating these before my runs recently and they sit well in my stomach.
I also found jars of Justin’s Peanut Butter, but since I’m allergic, I passed. Had there been the Chocolate Hazelnut variety, I would’ve fainted right then and there!
Okay, I’ll have to work on not passing out if I wanna win The Amazing Race.
Last but not least, coconut water. I chugged this upon walking in the door from my run on Wednesday.
I woke up late on Wednesday, so I didn’t have much time before heading out for my run. I usually take in about 450-500 calories before my runs. With that amount, I feel my best yet don’t get cramps. Because I know I’ll get questions…I dont count calories on a daily basis. The only time I do is before and after my runs so I make sure I get enough fuel.
On Wednesday, I only had about an hour to fuel up, so I only ate about 200 calories. Boy did it make a difference! The usual pep in my step was missing. I brought 2 ginger chews with me, which I consumed while running, but I’m afraid it was too little too late. Hence, the chugging of the coconut water.
I still managed to run 8 miles in 71 min (avg pace 8:58 min/mi), but it was much more challenging than the same run 2 days prior.
Food is fuel!
Can we talk about these Gin Gins? When I bought my Spiderman running tights, the company sent me these Gin Gins for fun. These are my new favorite ginger chews, and that’s saying something.
They have the same chewy texture as Starbursts (!!!) and they’re not too gingery. Of course they’re awesome because they’re made by The Ginger People. I need to find these. Maybe they’ll show up at Marshalls?
My run was also fueled by these 4 fast songs, which I listened to on repeat.
Part of Me—Katy Perry
Anyone else pumped for the angstiness that will be Katy Perry’s new post-divorce album?
Turn Me On—David Guetta and Nicki Minaj
Did you hear? Adele is taking a 5 year break. What the heck? Noooo! She could’ve warned me earlier to pace myself with her two previous albums, which I listened to on repeat for months on end.
I’ll be nearly 29 by the time she comes out with another album?! Please let her be kidding. Puh-lease.
WAIT! I’m gonna be nearly 29 in 5 years? Oh mah gah.
My band concert went well last night. Mama D brought kiddo #2 and Camille. The ‘rents, Kat Lobes and her boyfriend Doug came too. It was nice to have my own fan club in the audience.
Mama D took this photo of us playing.
Where’s Waldo Allie?
If you can’t see the sweat beads on my forehead and my heart thumping out of my chest, I’m in the 2nd row, directly in front of the band director. I’m so glad those solos are over and done with! Phew.
Alrighty, the sun is shining. It’s time for me to run. Have a wonderful weekend, friends.
Tell me: Do you shop at Marshalls/HomeGoods/TJMaxx? What do you typically buy there?
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