Let’s Get Back To It…

June 7, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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What a weekend!  My post from Saturday morning was a bit wonky, pictures in the wrong place and then WordPress locking me out of it (um, excuse me?  I’m the administrator here!), let’s start a little ways back and catch up.

Let’s get back to it…

Saturday, after a bit of shopping and gift buying, and of course, race packet pick-up:

Sam and I met up with our friends and attended the wedding of Sam’s college roommate, Jason.

Don’t he and his bride, Lindsey, look happy?  I love weddings.  I like attending other people’s weddings because my own went by so fast that sometimes I feel like I get a little piece of it back when I go to others.  Like repressed memories, haha.  Except, these are good ones.

Wedding eats:

And of course, wedding cake!

We clean up good. 😉

I stuck to my plan and only had a small glass of wine with dinner.  I chased that wine with tons and tons of water.  Since my 10K was just around the corner and I am super suseptible to dehydration, I did NOT want to feel like death the next day.  I took the proper precautions….water, tons of water.

I crashed around 11:45 and was thankful the race had a later start time (9AM).  Even though I’d have plenty of time in the morning, I laid out my running gear like a good little girl.

If you’re counting, yes, that is two too many shirts.  Rain dominated the forecast and had been pouring off and on all day Saturday.  I had planned to run in a white sport tank to keep cool, but in the end, decided if rain was present, a wet t-shirt contest would not be. 😉

The morning of the race, I woke up to a torrential downpour.  Tree smacked the window of the guest room, rain poured down in sheets and I started to get a little antsy.  I wanted to back out — but knowing that my father-in-law and sister-in-law endured a race twice as long in just as bad weather made me realize: I could back out, but I couldn’t ever live it down.  They were brave, I’d be as brave.  *gulp*

I fueled up on the drive down with a Peanut Butter LaraBar.  It wasn’t my usual fare (PB toast) but it did fine in a pinch.

Sam and I met up with former Roommate Rachel and her boyfriend Sean.  There was just enough time for some pre-race pictures…

We look a little nervous, eh?

And then…we were off!  Fortunately, the rain abated and sunshine was starting to peak through as the run got underway.  When the sun was on you, it was actually quite warm and humid, so I was glad for the shaded parts of the 10K.  It had been explained to us beforehand the race organizers had adjusted the course because part of it was flooded out from Saturday and Sunday’s downpours.  This made the mile markers off by 60 feet — as in, keep running for 60 feet and THEN you’ll be at your mile.

Oh, fun.

The course wound through parts of Columbus I hadn’t seen before (Victorian Village and the Olentangy River bikeway) so it was neat to see new parts of the city.  I stayed focused on my race pace and knew Rachel was just a little bit behind me.  I thought I was certainly almost at the halfway point when I saw the mile marker for “2”.

What?  This pretty much set the sentiment for the rest of the race.  Everytime I came upon a mile marker, I said some nasties under my breath because it felt like I should have been farther along.  The course wasn’t exactly hilly, but there were rises and dips consistently throughout.  This made it a little more difficult to keep motivated.  I stopped to walk through the final water stop (mile 5) and knew I just had to power it out.

Sam was waiting at the top of the last hill.  The race was pretty slight on the spectators and seeing my husband in his bright yellow shirt with a smile on his face was exactly what I needed to keep going (his “let’s go Bethany…let’s go Rachel!” didn’t hurt either ;)).

This picture is evidence I am not a graceful runner.  I never pretend to be.

I bolted across the street and barreled down the hill with Rachel right by my side.  There had been some talk about whether or not we were going to try and stay together, and we never officially decided yay or nay, but it worked out we crossed the finish line almost at the same time.

True friends ;).  I was thrilled by this finish because about 6 years earlier, at our very first 5K, she beat me with MINUTES to spare.  I was so jealous ;).  Check out my stride.  I was haulin’!

A post race pic to show how pooped we were:

Haha, my nostrils are kind of flared because I was still trying to catch my breath while Sam took the picture.  Then, it was off to brunch.  Well, there was a shower in there in between.  We were stanky.

Sam and I split a “protein wrap”: egg whites, turkey, provolone cheese with mushrooms and spinach in a whole wheat wrap:

And I ordered the Bananas Fosters pancakes which came topped with huge hunks of banana and caramel sauce.  So delicious.  Probably terrible for you.

After 6.2 miles and however many calories torched, who cares?  I like to eat what I like to eat because I workout like I like to eat ;).

I think even with the wind, hills, off mile markers and threatening weather, I can convince Rachel to run again with me.  Maybe this time just a 5K.  Or maybe a marathon ;).

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Thank you for being a friend

June 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Ah, so sad.

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I can’t believe Rue McClanahan passed away.  I was a huge Golden Girls watcher in college.  It was always on Lifetime in the morning when I was getting ready for class.  I can sing that theme song with the best of them ;).  Part of me thought I should get a piece of cheesecake tonight and watch a few episodes (I’m sure I can find them on some channel — okay, I admit it, I own seasons 1,2 and 7 on DVD.  No shame.)  I think that’s what she would have wanted.

But I want to keep my eats clean leading up to this 10K, so Blanche, I’ll toast you with a late night cheesecake on Sunday.

I managed to get my “motion” in last night.  I headed down to the personal gym *ahem* basement *ahem* to do a session of the 30 Day Shred.  I started out weak, tired and only half-way working out.  Then I gave myself a little pep talk.  If I’m going to do this Shred, I’m going to DO IT.  No halfway.  Either jump when Jillian yells at me to jump or go back upstairs and park it on the couch.

Surprisingly, I did not head upstairs.  I sweated it out and it felt great.

It was just another day another dollah at work this morning.  Eats were had:

Portable Green Monster Smoothie.  A necessity for the early working girl.

Trader Joe’s Steel Cut Oats once at work.  I managed to screw these up pretty bad.  Really bad.  Terrible.  I let them soak overnight in the fridge with the intent to pop them in the nuker but in between, things went horribly awry.   The oatmeal was thick as paste.  I added a little more water before microwaving and then tried to dress it up with currants and cinnamon…but it was basically like eating newspaper paste.  The worst part came when I realized that this was it — there were no other breakfast options at 6am and I couldn’t really leave to seek them out, anyway.  I had to eat what I had.  Get your newspapers, get your papers!

I met some friends for lunch and decided against taking pics — I’d rather just wolf it down and chit chat it up.

I managed to squeeze in my VERY LAST run before the 10k — a hot and humid 3 miler.  As the weather warms, I’m trying to be better about running when it is cooler and when there isn’t direct sunlight blaring down on me, but today, my schedule was a little full, so at 3:45, I had to hit the pavement.  Whew!  85 degrees is NO JOKE.  There was some serious hydration going on when I got home — in fact, water was my main motivation for the last mile.

Dinner was courtesy of that Hungry Girl cookbook — I made Bean and Cheese Enchiladas.  I love enchiladas, I always order them when we go out for Mexican.  Um, who knew they were so easy to make?

Check out that gooey, saucy goodness!  Like most of the Hungry Girl recipes, these were a hit.  A few notes about the Hungry Girl cookbook:  while I have made several of the recipes, I don’t always follow them to a “T”.  I rarely use all the “fat free” ingredients they call for, unless I can find a version of fat free in a natural product.  It’s more important to me to eat natural than to eat super low calories — in fact, super low calories are almost never my goal.  That’s the other note:  I have a husband who is NOT a Hungry Girl, so that’s another reason not to follow the recipes exactly.  Sam needs more than 200 calories in a dinner and honest to Pete, so do I.  I’m a girl in training.  200 calories and my body would go batty. P.S.  I have ALWAYS wondered who is Pete and why does he demand such bare bones honesty?! Anyone?

Well, it’s almost bedtime…yeah, go ahead and check that time stamp.

That’s what happens when you work at 5am.

Has the change in weather affected your workout plans?  How do you cope in the heat?

Recipe Resurgence

May 27, 2010 at 11:45 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Woot woot, peeps!

How’s your day going?  I hope you’ve experienced some fabulosity so far.  If not, go find it!  Sometimes you have to search a little harder for the good parts of you day — but they’re there. 🙂

Let’s rewind a little bit, shall we?

I bopped home from work and immediately satisfied my growling belly with an Earth Grains thin smeared with creamy Trader Joe’s PB.  A little glass of skim milk helped the PB from sticking to the roof of my mouth.

Yum.  I needed a little somethin’ in my system because I had serious work to do.

Real women ride tractors.  Period.  End of story.

Okay, it’s not really a tractor — it’s a riding lawn mower.  When I’m astride my red Troy Built Pony (in fact, its real model name) I feel very country in a Gretchen Wilson yee-haw kind of way.  Empowering!  Of course, the best part of yard work is the beer you’ve earned afterward.

Dinner was a recipe taken from the Hungry Girl 200 Under 200 cookbook.  This little gem has been scoring big points in the casa lately.   I made the Crazy-Good Coconut Chicken Taco recipe on Sunday…

Which resulted in a ton of “mmm” and “yummm” and one “you have to make this again!”.  I returned to the lovely Hungry chica for last night’s dinner: E-Z Tomato Basil Chicken.  The recipe called for crushed tomatoes with basil, but since we have a basil plant growing the goods right in the backyard, I opted for fresh leaves over canned.

I love the smell of basil.  It’s so easy to grow and adds great flavor to simple dishes.  Apartment dwellers, you can grow herbs too!  Planter boxes and pots will do…no need for a back 40.  Back to dinner:

This recipe called for a lot of sliced onions and all I could find was one sad looking one, so I subbed in spinach for a little more veggie oomph.  It turned out to be a delicious dish.  In all, 5 ingredients and 30 minutes in the oven.  Sold!  Best part: the ingredients were all natural and flavor was amazing.  A few slices of multigrain baguette rounded out the meal nicely.

The moral of this post: when you’re stuck in a recipe rut, turn to a cookbook for a recipe resurgence!

I woke up this morning with a 5 miler on my mind.  I had to get that baby out of the way and off my brain.  First things first, a little fuel in the form of a slice of Nature’s Pride whole wheat bread (all natural) and some Trader Joe’s Chunky PB.

That piece of bread looks a little like the Go Red for Women dress logo, no?  Some people see shapes in the clouds, I see them in carbs.  Whatev.

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I pounded out those five miles like it was nothing.  I ran on a new (to me) stretch of the bike path.  It was cool (65 degrees) and a little foggy.  It felt like nature’s air conditioning.  I’m so glad I got the five out when I did — it’s supposed to be 90 here today.  Yowzas.  I’m getting more and more excited about the 10K with former roommate Rachel.  I think this little mini-training was just what I needed to keep my focus until it’s time to start training for the big dog.

Post-run breakfast: a super helping of protein.

And another Red Dress slice of bread.  I’m trying to get better about my protein intake after exercise.  I think my energy levels might be suffering a little and sometimes I feel it takes my muscles longer to recover after a hard workout than I’d like them to.  A little protein should help that.

Back to the grind for me…

But Ruby says, “come back later to find out why something Sam said made Bethany re-think the marathon training.”

Ciao!

Dreams and Goals

May 26, 2010 at 9:06 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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“It’s a dream until you write it down, then it’s a goal.” – Anonymous

What dreams are you dreaming lately?  Will you turn any of them into goals?

I loved this quote when I stumbled across it because I feel it perfectly describes how I feel about marathon training.  I haven’t started the training yet (the schedule doesn’t start until mid-June) and am keeping busy in the meantime with training for the 10K I’m running with Rachel. The marathon is in the back of my mind on every single run I take, though.  It is still a dream.  It won’t be a goal until I actually write it down — in a calendar, in this blog, in an exercise log.  We’ll get there.  One step at a time.  🙂

This morning was a good morning.  I pulled out the Awful Waffle mix I made a while ago from the freezer and baked up three waffles — one and half each for Sam and me.  Yum.  The mix seemed to do better than the last time when it got stuck in the iron and then split apart.  This ickky incident is how it earned the name Awful Waffles.

Much better, eh?  I ate mine with a little bit of REAL butter and REAL maple syrup.  Coffee with organic half and half rounded out the meal nicely.  I love coffee.

The monsters took me for a walk around the neighborhood.  We covered about 2 miles and soaked up the sunshine and checked out the ‘hood.  We have an active little community.  Kids getting on the bus, parents leaving for work, retired peeps doing their retired thang.  What do they do all day? 😉  I guess I’ll just have to wait another 40 years before I can answer that question.

The walk put me in such a good head space all I could think about for lunch was my favorite summertime salad:

Spinach, strawberries, chopped walnuts and hardboiled egg whites dressed in EVOO and balsamic vinegar.  Try it some time.  It’s best chilled.  It will change your salad world.

Sliced peppers with salsa for dipping on the side…

Who says only tortilla chips get to take the plunge?!

A banana begging to be eaten and a Golden Delicious apple in much better standing.

and this yogurt with Cascadian Farms granola has 4 o’clock snack written all over it!

Lunch photo shoot in the backyard — lunch eaten at work.  Booooo.

I’m going to hang on to this good mood as long as I can today.  Ever notice how sometimes you have to work harder to keep a good mood than to be dumped into a bad one?

Why is that?  😉

Hope you have a good mood kind of a day and turn some of those dreams into goals.  You’re the only one who knows exactly what they are!

Let’s Get It Started!

May 4, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments
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First and most importantly: I did NOT fail my Spanish midterm.  Hallelujah.  The prof ended up knocking 10 points off the total, which gave me a good solid B.  I’ll take it.  I’ll take it and I’ll study smarter next time.  Bueno. 🙂

I got my morning mojo going with a good  sufficient 3 mile run.  You know how they say if you don’t use it, you lose it?  They are so right.  But who are they?  Where are they?  Can I met the they (them)?  I always wonder this.  My run ended with a serious pep talk:

“You *huff* can *puff* do *gag* this.  You ran *huff huff* 13.1 *puff* miles.  GO!”

Nevertheless, I ran the ugly 3 miles because *duh duh DUH!* I’m back in training!  I jumped midway into the Hal Higdon novice 10K training schedule so I could run the Columbus 10K on June 6th.  I’ve never run a 10K before, but I am psyched for three reasons:

🙂 We’ll already be in Columbus on the 5th for a wedding, so the timing is perfecto.

🙂 My college roommate, Rachel, has agreed to meet up and run with with me and I am SUPER excited to run with her again.  Rachel was the one who encouraged me to run my very first 5K our sophomore year.  It was such a big accomplishment.  So big, in fact, I felt it excused me from running again for, oh, about 6 years. 😉

🙂 Finally — I need something in the interim to keep my routine up because after the 10K, I’ll start training for the Nationwide Better Health Columbus MARATHON.  MARATHON, people.  I said it.  It’s time.  Let’s get it started.

You’ll recall, the reason I started this blog was for the accountability while I trained for my first marathon.  It has always been my goal, and though I had to be smart and scale back my timeline to avoid injury and overuse, I feel I am ready for the challenge. 🙂 🙂 🙂

Coming down from the excitement hype, let’s talk eats:

My post-run breakfast was an egg/egg white combo with a banana (separately, not together — yuck!) and a piece of whole rye toast with buttah.  Coffee also present and water for post-run hydration.

I found this rye bread at Aldi while shopping a while ago was intrigued.

It’s high in fiber and low in fat and all natural — I love that.  I also love rye bread AND, I’m pretty sure I’ve been to the castle pictured on the front.  Is that Neuschwanstein?  Anyone?  I think so.

I made it through class with the help of MORE coffee (I was really dragging today) and then hit lunch with reckless abandon.  This was by far the most random lunch I’ve packed in a while.

Over here, we have the lunch of a fifth grader: PB&J on whole wheat bread, apples and all natural sea salt and cracked pepper chips.

While a spinach/strawberry salad with feta and EVOO and balsamic bring an air of simple sophistication.

And grapefruit is present just because.

I don’t know.  I just don’t know.  I think my brain was fogged by visions of dancing marathon runners or something.

What’s your next workout/exercise goal or challenge?  How’d you pick that?

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