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Fun at Dick’s Sporting Goods + yummy eats

September 13th, 2009 · 17 Comments · breakfast, Ellie Krieger

My flu is almost gone! To celebrate my ability to get out of the house I grabbed this baby:


What better way to spend the weekend than shop, right? 😉 I won this $100 gift card at Redhead Running’s giveaway a few weeks ago and could not wait to put it to use. Dick’s Sporting Goods is an athlete’s heaven. I was so excited on the way to the store, you’d think I was going to Disneyland. On my must to-buy list was a foam roller. I’ve been postponing this purchase (mostly out of laziness) for ages. ‘Tis was time. Of course I also wanted to buy some fun things with my gift card. Let’s see how I did…

Candid shot by the hubs:


Happy customer:


Outside the store with my purchases. I look very excited, lifting the shopping bags in the air. Too bad you can’t see that.


My purchases (total ~$81… I wanted to extend the fun to another trip):


  • Small foam roller ($25 – I’d buy the regular size but it was $40. Seemed too much $$ to spend on that)
  • Loan sleeve running shirt ($50) – it’s getting cold here. I’ll need something like this for my runs.
  • Running nutrition: Clif shot blocks, Clif shot, Sports beans (total ~$6- yikes). I’ll try the shot blocks on the run today (review to come).


It was SO much fun shopping at Dick’s (thanks again Dick’s and Morgan for hosting this giveaway)!!! I was so all over the place I even forgot some much needed mini water bottles (I don’t drink on my runs… bad. Gotta train to do that!). Good thing I still have a few $$ left on my card, so I can come back and do a little more damage there. This time probably mostly with my money. I can’t control myself in sports stores. I want to buy everything. 😀

Before and after the shopping spree (we are also looking for a futon/fold-out sofa for our 2nd bedroom, track lights, and pricing out kitchens… so it was a long day) there were some very yummy eats.

I definitely started the day on the right foot by making some of Ellie Krieger’s whole wheat pancakes with nutty topping. I saw her make these on a show a few weeks ago and have been dreaming of them ever since. These are apple pancakes, topped with a fun little mixture of nuts, seeds and maple syrup. I used mostly whole wheat pastry flour (with just a touch of all-purpose) and the pancakes came out so light and fluffy. Too bad it was raining cats and dogs outside so I couldn’t come out and take a decent picture that would do these justice. They were delicious (and I made extra topping so you’ll see it over some yogurt in the future for sure :) )



Mid-shopping run, Adam and I stopped at Whole Foods to refuel. It’s such a great place for a quick lunch. So many fresh and healthy options! I was craving sushi and veggies, but not a salad. I think I did pretty well :)


Brown rice salmon/avocado maki:


Broccolini with mushrooms and cashews (this was salt-ey!)


At WF they also had lots of samples (tried some coconut water with passion fruit and mango for the first time. Yum!) so I grabbed a few cookies to go (they were consumed later in the day and were AWESOME!)



Rich chocolate flavor. Excellent.

Dinner was at a local restaurant, which I’ve blogged about before but it still deserves another separate post. I think we’re going to become regulars there soon 😀

I’m off on a run. SOOOOOOO excited. Weeeeeeee. Hope I don’t die (that’s a joke. I plan on taking it easy).

Have you been to Dick’s? What’s your favorite sporting goods store? What would you buy with $100 there?

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17 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - K

    Nice haul!! Love the pink shirt :)

    Those pancakes sound amazing! Ellie is a recipe genius!

  • #2 - Lara (Thinspired)

    This was a fun post because I kind of felt like I was going to spend the gift certificate with ya 😉 I love all your stuff–way to stretch it!

    I had ww pancakes this morning, too :) But with bananas. Mmmm. Your sushi lunch looks delicious. I haven’t been into salads, either…all about cooked veggies lately.

    I’m glad you are nearly better! It’s about time! 😉

  • #3 - angieinatlanta

    I am so obsessed with Dick’s! TWSS!!!!

    I love Ellie as well and I can’t wait to see all the goodies you make!

  • #4 - Pam

    Glad your feeling so much better. Congrats on the gift card…that would be really fun! Cliff loves those Shot Blocks…enjoy!

  • #5 - Molly

    You will LOVE the foam roller. It has totally improved my legs. Thanks again for today…hope it helps you recover well!!

  • #6 - Pam (Highway to Health)

    The foam roller will change your life. It is amazing!

  • #7 - Kelly

    Those pancakes look delicious. I haven’t tried that version of Ellie’s, but she has another in her cookbook that I absolutely love. As far as sporting goods stores go I will admit I don’t tend to like them very much because I find them a little overwhelming. I much prefer specialty stores. For example, when I bought my bike I went to a great specialty shop in Somerville near Davis Square and I love going to Lululemon for yoga gear.

  • #8 - Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15)

    Glad to see you’re feeling better!

  • #9 - Shannon

    A gift card for exercise gear….What could be better?!

    Glad you are feeling better and out and about!

  • #10 - Elina

    Kelly – lululemon is still my favorite place for sports gear. I think I have everything they sell already so I have to branch out sometimes 😉

  • #11 - Katy

    Oh man I have had the Late July sandwich cookies before and they are dangerous! Especially the ones that look like oreos.

  • #12 - Elina

    Katy, yeah – we tried that kind too. I prefer the chocolate filling, Adam did the vanilla. They’re really great cookies. I really resisted the urge to buy a whole box of them the other day. It could be dangerous. :)

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  • #17 - Joanne

    We enjoyed the pancakes – my hubby moreso than me since I’ m not a big pancake – waffle eater. But I did like the nutty-syrupy topping.