Margarita Pizza Fridays

by Mary & Christina on August 15, 2014 · 0 comments

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Pizza is one of my favorite things to eat in the world.  I just love it.  I am going to Italy at the end of September and cannot wait to eat my face off.  I better bring a lot of yoga pants haha.  Anyway- after the long work week- who wants to cook on a Friday? Anyone? probably not. But when I say this pizza comes together in just a few minutes, it really does.  Sure you could make your own dough, but who has time for that?  Go to the local pizza shop and they will sell you dough for very cheap.  Make a couple of these pies, make a salad to go with it, and pour the wine/beer and enjoy your night!  p.s. my favorite salad combo these days has been: baby spinach, kale, cucumbers, strawberries (or any fruit), chopped dates, candied pecans/walnuts, feta cheese with a homemade dressing of: a nice balsamic, olive oil, salt and pepper, dijon mustard, honey.

Margarita Pizza
  • 16 ounce can of San Marzano Whole Tomatoes
  • Fresh Mozzarella
  • 1 Bunch Fresh Basil
  • ~1/4 Olive Oil
  • S&P to taste
  • corn meal for dusting
  • oregano and crushed red pepper flakes to top pizza with
  • dough- make your own, buy dough from pizza shop or use pre-made crust
  1. Place a pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 500 degrees (could also use a pizza stone on the grill)
  2. Roll out your dough on a floured surface and then place the dough on the pizza peel
  3. Spread Sauce all over the dough
  4. Top with mozzarella slices and basil
  5. Sprinkle corn meal on the pizza stone and carefully move the pizza from the peel onto the stone
  6. Bake for about 8-10 minutes
  7. Let cool and then slice. Top with more basil, oregano, and crushed red pepper flakes

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Usually I run a Marathon every fall.  Well for the past 5 years anyway.  My long-term goal for marathons is get to 10 one day.  I know I can and will do it and will hopefully do even more than that. But this summer I really just wasn’t feeling it in terms of training for a fall full.  Instead of forcing the issue I thought maybe it would be a better idea to train for shorter races and gain some speed, strength, fitness and train for a winter or spring full marathon instead. So as of now, this is my POA.  I’ve been running here and there this summer but not consistently.  In the beginning of the summer I was doing really well with running and was getting faster and things were looking good for me but then I had surgery, I got sick for a week, I went on a cruise,etc. etc. Kinda killed it for me and thats when I stopped training for the full and that’s also when my running kinda of tinkered out a bit.  There is only 6 weeks until the Philly Rock N’ Roll Half Marathon so I kinda just jumped onto Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon 12 week program at week 7 and will see how it goes. I felt as if my fitness was such that I could safely do that, otherwise that wouldn’t have been too wise.  I had originally signed up for the Lehigh Valley Full Marathon on 9/6 so maybe I will run the half that day as a training run, but I don’t know about that yet. To be determined.

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Today I did a 45 minute Tempo Run.  To be honest, I’ve only ever done “tempo runs” a handful of times if that.  I followed exactly what Hal describes:


Tempo Runs: This is a continuous run with a buildup in the middle to near 10-K race pace. A Tempo Run of 40 to 60 minutes would begin with 10-20 minutes easy running, build for 20-30 minutes near the middle, then 5-10 minutes easy toward the end. The pace buildup should be gradual, not sudden, with peak speed coming about two-thirds into the workout. Hold that peak only for a minute or two. I consider Tempo Runs to be the “Thinking Runner’s Workout.” A Tempo Run can be as hard or easy as you want to make it, and it has nothing to do with how long (in time) you run or how far. In fact, the times prescribed for Tempo Runs serve mainly as rough guidelines. Feel free to improvise. Improvisation is the heart of doing a Tempo Run correctly.


I ran slowly for 20 minutes and then for 15 minutes I picked up the pace considerably and in the middle of those 15 minutes I got to my 10K pace and held that for two minutes.  After 15 minutes was over, I cooled down for 10 minutes and then stretched. It was a tough workout. My HR got up to 204 and avg was 165. Great workout altogether and I am excited about this half training!!  P.S. Do you like my new shoes? They are the Nike Lunar Glides 6.  I usually wear Nike Structures but the new ones don’t come out until October so I figured I’ll try a different shoe out for size and get the new Structures when I am due for another pair. Have to say though…two thumbs up for the Lunar Glides so far!

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 (1) What shoes do you wear to run/workout in?

(2) Do you do tempo runs? If so, how do you do them?

(3) What is your favorite pizza?

(4) What’s on the menu for dinner tonight?




I just recently started a new job in the Dermatology field and my doctor is very “zealous” (in a good way) about sun protection.  I myself have always been interested in dermatology/skincare and always wore SPF and protected myself but never very diligently. Ever since entering in the field (I am a Physician Assistant, by the way)…and especially since starting my new job- I am much more diligent. We see so many skin cancers from day to day and so much sun damage.  To me, it is just not worth it. I dont want to have to deal with a melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or basal cell carcinoma one day.  I dont want to be covered in sun spots and have  wrinkled,weathered and leathery looking skin.  I’ll pass.  But its hard to deny….yes, it is nice being tan.  But I guess it’s good to ask yourself if you really have to get AS tan as you do…or could you possibly do spray tans or use lotions/gels instead (I hear Clarins makes good self tanners by the way).


It’s kind of funny…when Harry and I were on our cruise, I was so nervous about coming back to work tan in front of my new boss so I bought loads of sunscreen (70+ SPF) and lathered myself multiple times a day (Harry, too!) haha.  I bought a wide brim hat from JCrew, too and made sure to wear a coverup and lay under an umbrella, etc. Even still, I got tan but much less than I would have.  I think its important to protect yourself and be diligent but also to not take it to the extreme and be completely crazy and consumed by it. I swam, kayaked, road wave runners, road ATVs, snorkeled, etc.  I just made sure to reapply sunscreen and wear a hat when I could, etc.

AT&T USA Outdoor Track And Field Championships - Day 1

My sister showed me this article in Runner’s World about how important it is for runners (and obviously this goes for any outdoor exercisers) to be careful when training in the sun.  The above picture is of Deena Kastor who was diagnosed with malignant melanoma (which is the most aggressive type of skin cancer).  Her situation (she is okay by the way) shed a lot of light on how important it is to be careful in the sun while training and made a lot of runners more aware of it.  There is actually no data that runners get skin cancer more than anyone else in the population but if you spend more time in the sun, you have to be that much more careful.  I’ll be honest…. I used to only apply on my face before runs.  Now, I make more of an effort to cover my body before heading outdoors.

Here are some tips to protect yourself while training outdoors:

Run early or late

The sun is most damaging between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. They say that before 10 is better than after 4 because there is less residual UV effect but I think if you make an attempt to stay out of this window period of 10-4, you are fine.

Don’t hide behind a t-shirt

T-shirts only offer an SPF of about 7 (and it loses some of its protection when it gets wet from sweat) so if you are really sensitive to the sun you may want to invest in clothes that have SPF in it.  They also sell something called Sunguard–a colorless dye that gives your clothes an SPF of greater than 30 (I just bought this! …will report back…p.s. only $3 + shipping)….or even better… you can slap on sunscreen under your shirt.


Save face

If nothing else, always protect your face with sunscreen and hats (I am in search of a cute one).  Mostly because removing something like a basal cell carcinoma from the back is “easy” compared to taking care of one on the face.  And also– you want your face lookin’ good dont ya?!

Watch your top

The scalp is definitely  an area that is neglected at times.  If you are a balding man, get some sunscreen on that scalp. If you cant do that bc of hair, wear a hat. 

Don’t ignore your legs

I used to be guilty of this one.  Legs don’t burn as easily, but they’re still accumulating damage…so make sure to protect them.



The Runner’s World article gives some good recommendations on sunscreens once of which is Shiseido Ultimate - something I definitely want to try out once I run out of mine.  The two I use are the Neutrogenia Ultimate Sport Face SPF 70 and Spray SPF 100 for the body. Oh and by the way— I once did a post on 14 Facts about Sun Protection that goes over some basic info about SPF and all that fun stuff.

…and what’s a blog post without a Riley post?

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Do you wear SPF while exercising outdoors?





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