Darn you, Housewives!

July 14, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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Training Calls For: 5 miles

Miles Run So Far: 73

Days Left: 89

I almost, almost didn’t make it out of bed this morning when the alarm went off for my 5 miler.  Why?  Oh, I stayed up too late watching The Real Housewives of New Jersey.

*face palm* Somewhere along the way, during those 6 weeks I was working the early morning shift and had my afternoons free, I developed an odd interest in that show because it was always on when I ate lunch.  Is Bravo powered by anything other than Housewives, Kathy Griffin and wanna-be chefs?

When I saw that the episode where the biznass went down between Teresa and Danielle was going to be on — ooh, I couldn’t miss it.  I find that flavor of crazy so intriguing.  What has become of my moral compass? 😉 It’s okay, we all like a little trash tv now and then.

So back to this morning: I’ve heard the hardest part of a run is the part where you get out the door.  Boy, I subscribe to that idea.  I hit the snooze button once, spent about 8 minutes checking my Google Reader, made a piece of PB toast, took my sweet time eating it, considered making a cup of coffee,  stretched, and finalllllllly, laced up my shoes and left the house.


I looped around our neighborhood for two miles then trotted over to the next neighborhood for another two and finished up my victory lap back near our house.  The weather was humid but slightly cool.  I am really digging these morning runs…even if I do still end up sweating like it’s going out of style.  I was little nervous about these 5 miles — not because of the distance, but because of my ITB (iliotibial band).  Since it irritated me on Sunday (9 miles), I’ve been adopting a more proactive approach to treating the situation.  Left untreated, I could injury myself to the point of not being able to train.

Not an option.

Proactive approach to my ITB problem: constant daily stretching, rolling after longer runs, yogAHHH on rest days.  All elements in harmony should produce a nicely stretched IT band and carefree running.

Reactive approach: Run until it hurts and be forced to take days (or maybe a week) off from running.  Fall behind in Hal Higdon’s novice marathon training schedule.  Cry.  Worry.  Stress.

I think we all see the benefit in being proactive vs. reactive.  Yes? Yes.  Proactive > Reactive.

Even though I’ve been a good girl with stretching, rolling and yogAHHH, I ran with a little trepidation this morning.  Had I done enough?  Would it make a difference after just two days?  If my band started to hurt, I was going to really have to evaluate my plan.  Each mile passed and I kept checking in with my body: “does anything hurt?” Nope!


I rewarded myself with a gold star for my efforts:

Well, ish.  I know you can’t tell, but I used a star shaped cookie cutter to gut the all natural whole wheat bread for my toad in the hole breakfast.  Fancy, I know.  Too bad it didn’t work out according to plan — instead all you see if a big, eggy center.  Ah, well.  A for effort.  S for strawberries (which I ate a few).

My morning productivity levels continue to soar, which I am loving.  I took care of all sorts of things around the house, walked the monsters (which they appreciated) and high tailed it to work.

Just 15 minutes in to my work day, my stomach started to rumble.  I guess a starry-eyed toad in the hole wasn’t enough breakfast.  Dangit.  Finally, the lunch hour arrived and I met my hot-hot date (Sam) for a mid-day rendezvous.

Subway!  I don’t really count Subway as fast food, in case you’re wondering.  Subway and Chipotle.  I feel comfortable eating at an establishment that assembles my food right before my plexi-glass shielded eyes.  Yes, I’m sure technically, they are fast food restaurants, but they don’t fall into the category of freaky fast food places I avoid.  The kind that are red and yellow themed, offer kids toys relating to the latest summer flick and have ball pits.

*shudder*  I have yet to see a ball pit at a Subway.  I feel like if a restaurant is offering so much more than food, it’s probably trying to distract you from the food.

Look!  A clown!

I got one of my favorites: a BLT on 9-grain wheat with extra spinach, lettuce, tomato, red onion (love!), pickles and a light serving of the regular mayo.  Bueno.  I love that Subway serves yogurt as a healthy alternative to chips.  Double bueno.

I’m not sure what it is with my stomach, but it was like that sandwich was made of air.  An hour later, I was back to grumbling.  Luckily, I had popped into CVS during the lunch hour and picked up an emergency Clif Bar.

I’m not a big Clif Bar kind of girl — I find them lumpy and very dense…but I might just be a convert because this flavor was awesome!  Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch.  A looksie over the label tells me Clif is doing things right by this naturalist — all recognizable products.  High five!

Phew!  I slogged through the remainder of my day (darn you, Housewives!) and then made a quick trip to Tractor Supply Company.  *she thinks my tractor’s sexy…anyone? anyone?*  We don’t live on a farm, I promise, but we do buy the monsters’ food there — it is soooo much cheaper!  Every time I go, though, the “gentlemen farmers” try to carry my 44 lbs. bag of dog food.  I always tell them I can manage.  They always end up doing it anyway.  This time, the clerk actually called an associate to load it into my car for me.

Hilarious.  Where was said associate when I was hauling buns around the neighborhood this morning?  I could have used the help then!


Protein Pancakes.  Not just any Protein Pancakes…

BLUEBERRY!  I think God made blueberries specifically for use in pancakes.  Those little fruit orbs get all warm on the griddle and then blow up inside the pancakes like tiny fruit syrup bombs.

The only kind of bomb there should be, in my opinion. 😉

I’m debating some banana soft serve “ice cream” now…but only if I can turn it chocolatey.  Mmmm.

Recovery Day

April 12, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Oooohweeee, I woke up one sore chica this morning.  It was time to get down to business with a little of this:

FOAM ROLLIN’!  After yesterday’s half marathon, Sam and I decided it was time to invest in a foam roller.  It was hardly an investment, we only paid about $15, but it was worth every penny.  I rolled my troublesome IT band within an inch of its life.  Hurt so good.

I had seen foam rollers on other blogs and in Runner’s World, but never really understood why they would be helpful.  I understand now.  Think of your troublesome muscles as lumps of dough.  The roller uses your own body weight to pressure the lump to relax out.  For my ridiculously tight IT band, it feels amazing and helps me not have to hobble everywhere.

I also threw in a little yogAHHH this morning, but only had enough patience and flexibility for about 20 minutes.  I just couldn’t focus — maybe my runner’s high was messing with my chi?

Breakfast was a new twist on an old fave.  You know I love my Green Monster Smoothies, obvi.  I usually keep it pretty tra-dish-ional with spinach, frozen banana, protein powder, soymilk and pb.  Today, I was daydreaming of our upcoming Miami vacation, so I wanted something more beach-y.

Into the blender went spinach, soymilk, flax seed (about a 1/2 tablespoon), frozen banana and…..PINEAPPLE!  There was fresh pineapple leftover from yesterday’s brunch.  It made an awesome addition to my Green Monster.

Yum.  Looks the same — tastes soooo different.  It really did taste like vacation.  I bascially drank my weight in pina coladas on my honeymoon, and this was pretty close to that feeling — except healthier and without that newlywed glow. 😉

Let’s chat, you and I.  After my “If It Doesn’t Have a Mama” March challenge ended, I wrote I thought I would stick to an all-natural lifestyle.  I apparently thought wrong.  I haven’t been paying very close attention to my eats and I’ve been letting too many unknowns slip in and too much mindless eating is taking place.  The “special occasion” slope is once again getting slippery and my energy is fading.

I think it’s time to go whole hog.  Starting today, I’m dedicating myself to an all-natural lifestyle.  I won’t be as relentlessly analytical as I was in March, but I’ll be incredibly cognizant.  Breakfast was a start and lunch was another good effort.

A salad of spring mix with carrots, tomatoes, feta cheese and hardboiled egg whites for protein.  Yum!  The egg whites made my office a little stinky, but tastes great.  I just need to track down some air freshener. 😉  I added some sliced strawberries and a half a grapefruit on the side.

Of course, I packed my 4’oclock yogurt.  Just plain vanilla.  It’s cool, I haven’t eaten just plain ol’ vanilla in a while.  We bonded.

Dinner was spent polishing off some leftovers from Saturday night — homemade spaghetti sauce with whole wheat pasta.  I piled on the green beans on the side and “warshed” it down with a glass of skim milk.

And snuck a little piece of banana bread with REAL butter (just a smidge) as a study snack — I’ve got class tomorrow and had some homework to wrap up!

It seems we’re going to be eating leftovers for a while…I’m cool with that ;).

Time to hit the hay.  Nighty night! 🙂

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