Saturday, December 12, 2009

Built a roof, ran a PR & Created a Gourmet Pizza!!

Not bad for one day, eh?

Today, the hubby and I, along with my in-laws company, volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. They are a non-profit organization that builds affordable housing for low income families. They are founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a safe, decent, affordable place to live!

We get there, and little did I know we were going to get some fine fancy wear. Watch out now...we're bringing sexy back to construction site attire!

Note: Neither of our eye goggles are our normal look
just in case you were unsure! LOL
But hey! Helmet head hair aside, we'd do it all again for a great cause such as this! These were the town homes we were building... adorable aren't they?
This is our crew today....setting the trusses, nailing in the hurricane straps. But I cannot tell a lie...they did NEED someone to hold the ladder (on the floor) while someone else was 13 ft in the air pounding in the nails. It IS a very important job, and I took one for the team and offered my services for that position. Thank you very much.

What was that saying..."no job too small?" That's what I'm going with! I mean seriously...I couldn't allow my husband to hold the ladder for me!!! Now how would THAT look? I was really just looking out for HIS best interest. He's my hero.
In keeping with traditions of construction sites all across the good ol' US of A...around 10:45, a truck, similar to this one, came horns blaring around the corner signaling lunchtime to a bunch of hungry construction men. Ummm....thanks, but no thanks. I wasn't ready to take my chance on this one.
In the area of town we were in our alternate choices were VERY limited. But thanks to the handy dandy mapping feature on my iPhone, I was able to track down a Quiznos Subs only about 10 minutes away.

I ended up with a Veggie Sub on Whole wheat. Included on it: Mushrooms, black olives, yellow peppers, red onion, lettuce, guacamole and red wine vinaigrette! It was actually quite tasty!
We got done with a little over an hour to spare before we had to go get the wee ones of our household (thank you Grandma!) In keeping with my training schedule, I still needed to get in a 5 mile run. Hubby was sweet enough to go with me this time too! I ran my 5 miles (feeling awesome too) in 52 minutes. New best record. I'm determined to get it down even lower now too!!!

This weekend is quickly going by with a TON of things still on my to-do list. As I check one thing off, something else seems to appear! I got home from our afternoon activities and got to work on things around here. I look up and realize its already 6pm and the tribe is getting hungry and restless...including this Momma too!

I had purchased an Amy's Vegan Pizza, but had yet to try it.
In this little beauty was roasted red peppers, marinated artichokes and organic shittake mushrooms.
When it came out of the oven, it looked a bit it was missing something. So I chopped up a bunch of romaine lettuce, tossed it in garlic, red wine vinegar and a wee bit of EVOO and placed it on top of the pizza. NOW it looked complete...gourmet if I do say so myself.

I give this pizza, exactly as I created it, 2 thumbs and 2 big toes UP. It was INCREDIBLE. Even the hubby thought it tasted great!
I did have more than the normal amount of starchy carbs with the sandwich for lunch, pizza for dinner, but ya know....sometimes you just gotta go with what you have on hand. But I will most definitely be buying this pizza again!!

Now back to my running, if you will.

I want to improve my time, and from what I've been told, incorporating speed drills once per week will definitely help me achieve my goal.

So my question to all you runners is: how exactly do you do speed drills? Do I just do sprints in between walking or do I jog as normal adding sprints along the way? Please help this runner out!


  1. Wow Tiffanie...that is such a selfless act and I so admire you for that. I would love to do something like that and I'm sure it was a lot of fun helping others out. How awesome that you were able to do it with your family!

    Way to go on the run!!! That is awesome and you will easily improve your time. I don't ever really do speed drills outside, but I do think the occasional HIIT helps. I wish I had better advice, but hopefully someone else will!

    P.S. - Your eats look great and you probably needed those carbs for all that activity!

  2. Thanks Hayley!!!! It WAS a lot of fun. We will definitely do it again. I really wish our boys could have helped us, but you have to be at least 16 years old to volunteer.

    I appreciate you always dropping by to leave a comment for me! I know your life is so busy and it means a lot to me! :)

  3. What a great organization to volunteer with! Sorry I have no real running tips as I now have knee issues, but I just wanted to say how great it was that you helped build a house! Amazing.

  4. That is so great that you volunteer for that! That is amazing.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog :) I added you to my reader.

  5. Ameena & Mom on the Run! Thanks so much for your sweet comments! It's great meeting new moms in the blogworld! :) Habitat for Humanity is actually in over 90 countries and all across the USA...I'm sure they'd have the need in your area too! It was fun, something I'd definitely do again!

  6. Habitat for Humanity is a wonderful's awesome that you got to be a part of it!

    Hey....I just bought that pizza. It's delicious!

  7. Hey Tiffanie! Thanks for letting me know about your Princess 1/2 goal! That's awesome! I'm actually thinking of running that, too. Very cool SWAG! :-)

    Speed work:
    I would suggest going to and reading about his half marathon training plan. The intermediate plan includes speed work but I will tell you that trying to improve your speed while trying to run distance for the first time is usually advised against. It is too much of a strain on your body. I have always been advised to get the distance down first and then work on improving from there.