Fantastic Four

October 5, 2010 at 9:48 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Training Calls for: 4 miles

Miles Run So Far: 248.2

Days Left: 12

My hunch was right!  This morning’s 4 mile run was great!  Even though I smacked the snooze button once and sleepily agreed to wait until Sam’s alarm went off at 6 — once I was up and out of bed, I was alllll business.  I think I may have been the only one.  Both of the monsters had zero interest in leaving their cozy canine quarters.

Ruby gave me the (sleepy) stink eye once I turned on my bedside lamp (she sleeps on the floor next to my side of the bed).

Zora took a different approach and thought if she laid as flat as a pancake, I wouldn’t see her (she sleeps on the floor next to Sam’s side).

Adorable.  They could go back to sleep — I however, needed to suit up!

It was a chilly 46 degrees this morning.  The closer we get to race day, the more I wonder what I’m going to wear — and not in the 7th grade dance “OMG, whatareyougoingtowear?” way.  In the “I hope I don’t burn up or freeze while I try and do this because it’s going to be hard enough as it is” way.  The race starts at 7:30 — so daylight will have just broken and it’s bound to be cold.  It won’t be cold for the whole run, though…so do I layer and shed or just wait to warm up as I run?  I decided today’s run would be a good time to start taking note of how different clothing options feel in different temps.

Can you see me now?  Haha, I love that the reflector panels on my vest look nuclear in this pic :).  At least we know I was visible to traffic!  Visible…blinded them…meh.  Whatever.

I ran in shorts, a t-shirt and threw on an Under Armor hoodie over top.  I took some gloves with me, but ended up ditching them after about 5 minutes.  This combo was too warm.  It’s so hard to tell.

I feel like the running equivalent of Goldilocks.  Too warm, not warm enough, just right?

Sam and I ran together — a rare occurrence on a weekday (!) — and we covered those 4 miles in just under 40 minutes.  I know I’m always saying that pace is not important and numbers do not matter (and they don’t!), but these for these last runs before the marathon, I am going to be more conscious.  I want to get really in tune with how my natural pace feels so I can avoid the “pack mentality” on race day and not take off like a rocket from the starting line.  Too many people burn out in the first few miles from excitement — I need to know I can sloooooow it down and feel that my pace is right.

While I’d like to credit my fantastic four to my previous post on over-coming fatigue, I think more of it had to do with the hearty, healthy dinner Sam made last night.  Fuel is key!

This picture doesn’t do it justice because I camouflaged the delicious-ness with cheese.  Isn’t that always how it goes? 😉

Shepherd’s Pie means different combinations to different people, but in our house, it usually means browned ground turkey, seasoned with sauteed onion and garlic, with mashed potatoes (or cauliflower) spread on top.  In this case, Sam got creative and sliced a tomato on top, sprinkled black pepper over it and oven baked it for a little longer.

The results were so yummy — we had lean protein from the ground turkey and carbs from the potatoes and deliciousness from the seasonings and tomato.  Many people add some cheese in between the meat and potatoes, but he omitted.  I then added.  Compromise — keeping marriages happy for thousands of years ;).

Even though the picture is blah, the principle is fabulous:  this is a good example of a healthy swap.

Ground turkey subbed for ground beef.

(sometimes we sub) Cooked mashed cauliflower for mashed potatoes. *see below*

Spices and flavorful root veg (onion) subbed for butter, salt and grease.

If you’re starting a healthy journey or are looking to change things up a little, try and sub one thing at a time.  No one wants you to do a complete 180 on your dinner, but changing one thing may lead to more substitutions.  Taking it one step at a time, one ingredient at a time means you won’t go into shock trying new things.  Too often, people think they have to change everything, give up everything, sacrifice everything just to see a difference in their life.  It feels about as good as leaving the hot tub to jump in the pool.  What a shock!  That’s when frustration takes hold and quitting seems like the only option.

Not so.  One change at a time will add up to a big result soon enough.  Patience, grasshopper.

* Now, if you haven’t done the cauliflower/mashed potato swap before, here’s my advice:  try it.  No, really.  Cook the cauliflower (fresh or frozen) and then mash it either by hand or in a food processor.  It will get creamy and smooth like the mashed taters.  You can add some seasonings (garlic powder or Cajun seasoning) and a smidge of real butter and honestly, you don’t notice a big difference.

The difference in the nutritional profile of cauliflower vs. white potato, though — well, that’s something to smile about. 🙂

It’s off to work I go (it’s pledge drive time in my public radio job — wheeee!), but tonight, I have a feeling I’mma get crazy in the kitchen.

Stay tuned, my little soufflé!

Spread the love…Share a healthy swap you make from time to time!

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Group Run

June 23, 2010 at 9:40 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Training Calls For: 3 miles (again?!)

Miles Run So Far: 19.5

Days Left: 118

Yesterday, I decided I needed a little support for my 3 mile training run.  I’ve done most of the runs for marathon training on my own so far and I sure could use a running buddy lately.  Yes, I know, Sam is my built in running buddy, but with this crazy work schedule (5a-noon) I’m working, it’s hard to coordinate.

So, I took along the next best thing(s).

Well, hello, monsters.  Get ready to run.

I’ve taken Zora running before, but it’s been a while since Ruby hit the trails, so we took it a little slow.  I didn’t bother to wear my iPhone with my RunKeeper Pro.  Instead, I relied on the mile markers along the bike path.  We stopped to walk twice, probably for a quarter-mile total, which was a welcome change of pace for the puppers because it was about 85*.  Don’t call PETA just yet — I brought the necessary tools for a warm weather run:

Water for me, water for them (in the polka dot bowl Zora chewed up as an adolescent puppy).  Post-run was spent lounging in the grass under the shade of a giant tree (them, not me), panting hard (them, not me) with a look of disbelief that run just happened (okay, all of us).

Adorable.  Zora could have kept running (we think she’s part Husky…so go figure) but poor Ruby was tuckered out.  She didn’t even want to get out of the car after we got home.  Even so, I tried to take a group picture to commemorate our group run:

I think that pretty much sums up how everyone feels:  Zora and I are smiling, Ruby is trying to run away and get in the air-conditioned house.  She’s lunging for the front door in the picture, that’s why I’m grabbing her.   No come back!

Even though she was pooped, 30 minutes later, that dog was mosey-ing around the house with a doggie smile on her face.  I think she had a runner’s high!

Dinner last night was really the only meal worth photographing:

Make your own thin-crust pizza.  I used an Aldi multi-grain flat wrap, wiped it down with EVOO, sprinkled Italian seasoning, schmeared pizza sauce, plopped tomatoes and tossed basil on top and covered it with cheese.

Yum.

There was also a pro-tini served in a mega wine glass, for class’ sake ;).

It’s been a crazy day so far…and I have a feeling it’s only going to get crazier.  I’m looking forward to today’s 3 miler (although I’m ready for a little switch-up in the distance, Hal) as a means of stress relief.

Do you go on group runs?  Who is your running buddy?


Remote Location

June 18, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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Training calls for : REST!

Miles Run So Far: 9

Days to Go: 123

Bojour, mon petit chous!  (that’s about all the French I know ;)).  Hope you’re having a slammin’ Friday!

I’m blogging to you from a remote location this afternoon…

My dad’s study.  Yup, I’m at the parental casa this weekend for a very special occasion, but more on that later.  In Dad’s office, I feel very educated.  In that leather chair, I feel like I should be smoking a stogey, discussing the current events of the nation with my fellow ex-pats, Ernest and F. Scott.

I’m home for a weekend of women…more specifically, the weekend of women in my family.  A couple of months ago, my Aunt Sarah suggested a weekend of the women on my dad’s side of the family.  We’re all getting older, the cousins are all growing up (*ahem* some of us are already grown up ;)) and life is taking hold.  My extended family has never been the kind of all live in the same city/town/state, so it’s hard to spend time together often.  This weekend offered a chance to bring us together.  It’s going to be a good time.

Before heading to my parents’ side of the state, I had to battle through a work day.  A Green Monster Smoothie helped:

Followed by some fruit…

And a scone + coffee Sam brought to me later in the morning.  He’s been on a business trip (you guys know I don’t mention that kind of stuff until after the fact for creeper reasons, right?) so I had been missing him somethin’ fierce.  It was good to see that handsome face.  I was too busy talking and flirting to take a picture of the scone.

One of the best side effects of Sam being home was the fact that we could take our scheduled 3 miler together!  Yay!  It wasn’t nearly as humid and we ran along the shady part of the bike path.  3 miles in 28:30.  Not too shabby.  I really love having a built-in running partner.  About a half-mile left, Sam asked, “wanna pick it up?” and we pushed ourselves to the very end.  It felt great!

I’m not kidding when I say this heat is zapping my appetite.  It’s something I think I’m really going to have to work against.  I ate a banana after my run for starters:

Noshed on some chocolate Sam brought back from his trip…

and re-fueled again with a LaraBar (Key Lime Pie) while I buzzed along the highways.  The flavor was okay…I was kind of disappointed.

An Asian-inspired dinner was waiting at my parents’ house.

And I had a beer to kick off the start of my 3-day weekend.  Yay.

So let’s talk for a minute about how this puppy is helping me think about adaptation:

Oh, Zora, one of our little monster.  Zora is a Lab/Husky (or Shiba Inu) mix…either way, the girl is covered in fur.  Fur upon fur.  While most of this fur ends up on our couches, bed and floors, miraculously, some of it stays on her four-legged body.  With the weather heating up, I’ve noticed her changing her ways a little to adapt.  I’m taking my cues from her as I experience running and training in the summer heat (yikes).

Adaptation #1:  The monsters’ water bowl is constantly empty.  I cannot keep up with them.  I’ve seriously considered SkyMalling one of those pet auto-water stations.  Srsly.  Zora sucks up the agua like it’s her job — so I’m following suit.  I’ll be hydrating all the time, especially in the hours before running.  The weather is causing me to sweat even more and I do NOT deal well with dehydration, so H2O is my best friend.

Adaptation #2: If you pet Zora now, you will undoubtedly unleash mounds of hair from her adorable body.  Shedding is in full swing in our house and I recognize this is Zora’s way to cooling her coat so she can survive in this heat.  I’m taking a cue from this and changing what clothes I’m running in.  Lighter colors and more dri-weave are at the top of the drawer now.  I’ve switched out my socks, too, because I’ve noticed my feet swell a little bit in the heat.  Thinner socks = happier feet.  I’m even going to *gulp* run in just my sports bra on occasion.  I’ve done it twice already and honestly, I’m not as self-conscious as I thought I’d be.  I basically reason it this way: um, I’m out in the heat, workin’ my bod…if someone has a problem with how I’m dressed or thinks I’m being a floozy, they can stuff it or run in front of me with an air conditioning unit the entire way.  Up to them.

Adaptation #3: This pup-princess is currently worshiping the air conditioning vents in our house.  No kidding.  I’m not even sure Zora knew we had AC before this, but now, she not only knows the location of each vent in every room, she is permanently stationed in front of them (see above picture).  Unless, of course, she’s lounging on the bed with me, in which case, she’s expressing her love for the tower fan.

She knows she’s hot and she needs to remedy it.  My similar adaptation will be to appreciate the breezes when I feel them, love AC when I’m inside and most importantly, listen to my body.  Heat stroke is fo’ real and I don’t feel like playing that game.  It is always important to listen to your body for health reasons, but especially when you’re pushing it in extreme weather.

So there you go.  While I’m not crazy about training in the summer time, I AM crazy about running a marathon and it’s more important to me than a little sweat.

Now, pass the water, please.

Do you adjust your routines according to the season?  How do you adapt?  Do you have a “monster” at home ;)?

Furry Friends

May 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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*whew* I had totally planned on another full post tonight, but we’ve had some furry visitors arrive and I need my two hands for more important things than typing.

Our back door is like a big screen tv to dogs.

Recognize our two monsters in the pictures?  Well, now add two more: Lilly the Chocolate Lab and Bernie the Golden Retriever.  Two more in our wolf pack — at least for the weekend.  My in-laws are heading to Georgia for Memorial Day weekend and since we’re sticking around the homestead, we agreed to babysit.  How can you say no to a face like this?

He really just wants you to throw his ball.

See you soon!

Sister, Sister

May 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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So did you do something for yourself in honor of National Women’s Health week (assuming you’re of the lady persuasion)?  Well, it’s okay if you didn’t — you have all week. 🙂  Just don’t forget!

My Monday wrapped up nicely, just another work day behind me!  I started off the day with a pair of Toad in the Hole(s).

I apologize that I just realized this picture looks a little anatomical.  That was unintentional.

I love this breakfast.  So much fun, so unexpected — such a good way to eat eggs and toast.  The key is to lightly butter the side of the bread you put down in the pan.  That gives it a nice little crisp.

I took a good long walk with the monsters this morning, I feel like it satisfied my “stretch and strengthen” requirement for my 10K training.  My hamstrings were pretty sore this morning…maybe because I pushed myself a little bit yesterday?  At least my abs stopped yelling at me (thanks, Pilates).

This morning, I got ready for work, crated Zora and gave Ruby a treat and then headed out the door only to realize I didn’t have my car key on my key ring.  Huh.  I took it off yesterday so I would only be carrying just the key in my running belt during my awesome 4 miler.  Now, where was it?  I started tearing the house apart, dumping my purse on the floor, searching the running belt in my drawer.  No avail.

GAH.

As soon as I called my boss to let him know I was running a little late, I turned around and found the keys.  Like a dingbat, I left it on the windowsill of the garage window.  We all know that’s a logical place to put your keys.  😦

I ate lunch al fresco, soaking up some sunshine.  Good thing I made the best of the weather, it’s supposed to rain the rest of the week!  I ate a delish salad with red lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, feta cheese and a little honey mustard dressing.

There may have been one…

Or two…

Okay, three mandarin oranges consumed.  And an apple later in the day.

An apple a day, homegirls and boys; it does a body good.  This one was a Gala.

My four o’clock yogurt with cereal mixed in made it into my tummy a little early — I was super hungry today!  We bought a big tub of plain yogurt this time around and it’s taking some getting used to.  I had been eating vanilla, but Sam convinced me the added sugar in the vanilla really wasn’t worth the taste.  I have learned that plain yogurt is no bueno.  You MUST mix in something: granola, fruit, cereal, honey, SOMETHING.  I have distinct memories of my mom eating plain yogurt and grapes while doing Weigh Watchers back when I was in kindergarten.  Maybe that’s why I don’t like it.  Today’s mix-in of Aldi cereal was really good.  The cereal is pretty low in sugar and calories and I can add way more to the yogurt than I could have with granola.  Granola isn’t always good for you, gente.  Check those labels!

A new dinner recipe was experimented with today.  I found a recipe for Mac ‘n’ Cheese with cauliflower in an old Real Simple magazine and thought it deserved a try.  I am a big fan of hiding veggies in where you can and mixing cauliflower in with the mac and cheese seemed like a good way to camouflage a serving of veg.  Sam had this bad boy whipped up when I got home.

Overall, it was pretty tasty.  I had to substitute regular sharp cheddar cheese for extra sharp cheddar and I think this made it a little bland-er.  Having onion and cauliflower mixed in the pasta and parsley in with the bread crumbs made for a nice flavor combination.  I liked it well enough, good thing too!  We have plenty of leftovers. 😉

Yes, there was some of that, too ;).

The best part of my day included a Gchat conversation with my sister, Lisa.  Lisa is in South Africa right now, volunteering with a group to help at a battered women’s shelter.  She’s been gone a little shy of two weeks and has a little more than two weeks before she comes home.  I’m incredibly close with my older sister and consider myself ridiculously lucky to be such good friends with her as adults.  She is my oldest, bestest friend and I have to admit I feel a little off-kilter without our phone calls every day or every other day.  I especially miss laughing about running together — she trained for the half marathon and ran it with all of us.  Her insight was even funnier than mine!

Before she left for Africa, she reminded someone Gandhi said “be the change you want to see in the world”.

Boy, is she ever doing that!  I’m so proud of her.

Are you close with your siblings? Have you ever gone a long time without talking to them?

Edited to Add: My dingbat tendencies continue!  I totally forgot to title this post!  *Shame face*

Busy Busy Beeeeeee

May 5, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment
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These have got to be the two busiest days at work for me in a long time!

Last night, I got home well after midnight because I was helping our radio station cover the primary elections that took place last night.  *whew* It was a loooooong night — I almost fell asleep at my desk a couple of times. 😦

Then this morning, it was back to the grind to help out with pledge drive — I’m a public radio announcer, remember?  I can hock a travel mug for your generous contributions like no one’s business.  Pledge drive is always a slightly tense time, so I’m trying to help out as much as I can.

With all the hubbub, my some of my eats went un-pictured.  I know you’ll forgive me because I tried to make it up to you with a breakfast photo shoot this morning:

Quite the JC Penney models, aren’t they?  A Green Monster Smoothie (I needed the go-power, especially since last night I ate a piece of pledge drive pizza that didn’t agree with my stomach — yuck), Trader Joe’s High Fiber O’s, skim milk and coffee (my usual way).

After my delicious and filling breakfast, this sweet face was looking up at me, begging for some snuggling.

When those eyes look into yours and say, “I missed you.  Pet me.  Love me.  Snuggle with me” you snuggle.  You snuggle with reckless abandon…or until your co-snuggler’s face slides back against your hip, creating an unattractive and surely uncomfortable squishy face.

What a doll.  Yes, those are my pajamas.  I think they’re slamming, so I didn’t mind sharing a peek with you ;).

I managed to squeeze in my 35 minutes of cross training as mandated by the Hal Higdon Novice 10K plan.  I hit the student center gym and hopped on an elliptical.  Imagine my intruige when I saw this note:

Increased resistance = increased power?  Huh?  Another sign hanging near the elliptical notified me that the set of trainers I was using were somehow connected to generators that created energy for the university through people’s movement.

UH-mazing!  I felt pretty good about my sweat session knowing I was helping keep things a little greener-er.  Isn’t that neat?!

I made it about 30 minutes on the elliptical (something that never happens — I get so bored!) because I was totally lost in thought.  Before I knew it, the workout was over, I was drenched in sweat and it was time to hit the showers.  Bueno!

I have to confess, I’m almost kind of glad some of my eats went un-pictured; they haven’t been very stellar.  *Shame face*  I ate dinner out last night with my co-worker bestie and chowed some less-than-nutritious Chinese.  Then a piece of pizza the students had for the election coverage.  Then today, half a burrito brought in by one of our food sponsors.  None of these things are terrible on their own, but I feel like I don’t have my self-control in check (I have very little anyway), so I need to be a little stricter and remind myself natural is best and I like how I feel when I eat well.

But it’s so harrrrrrrrrd. 😉

Back to work!  See you tonight!

Trying something new

March 22, 2010 at 8:12 am | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments
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It’s always good to try something new — branch out, explore new horizons.  I’m always up for a change in pace, especially when it comes to exercise.  Last night, I scrolled through the FitTv listings and found a Sharon Mann In Shape flexible yoga program.  Perfect!  I set the DVR and was all ready to tackle it this morning.  I love yogAHHHH on the day after the long runs.  It takes all the muscles I tightened up with all those miles and stretttttttches them back into shape.

After a Green Monster smoothie and a cup of coffee with organic half and half, I hit the mat.

Not until after I staged a catalogue shoot with the adorable yoga mat bag my sister made me for my birthday.

I love the color and the ribbon closing it is perfect!  If you’re interested in placing an order, I’ll see if I can get her on Etsy.com ;).  Haha.

My first impression of Sharon Mann is that she is intense.  I mean, I spent a good 2 minutes thinking that I had actually DVR-ed a Saturday Night Live parody of a fitness show.  It was that kitchy.  She was popping into poses instead of flowing into them.  She’s like an aerobics instructor who’s heart never stopped racing long enough to enjoy a good yoga flow.  She’s no Shiva Rea, that’s for sure.  I’ll share a little secret: while I may make fun of the crunchy-granola-super-soothing voice most of those yoga instructors use, but I actually appreciate it.  It has a nurturing Mother Nature quality I find comforting.  That’s why I do yogAHHH, because it’s comforting.

Um, not this morning.  I generally don’t think of yogAHHH as a workout where the instructor wears an over-the-ear mic and makes the exhaling “whew!” noise as we hold a pose or counts down from 8 while encouraging, “keep going, you can do, sweat it out!”.  I like relaxing yogAHHH, not yogAHHH-robics.  I mean, you know it’s bad when the people behind the instructor in the video have the “what the heck?” look on their face.  Check out this guy:

And a close-up:

Yep.  Farhan there (yes, that’s his name) is clueless.  I did as much as I could stand (about 20 minutes) and I’m going to do a combo of abs and more stretching to round out the workout.  Zora wouldn’t even come out to watch me, and she’s my usual yogAHHH buddy.  Not this morning.  Sharon Mann freaked her out.  They say animals are very intuitive, I believe it! 🙂

What exercise did you try that left you feeling a little less than satisfied?  Any workout you did sporting the “what the heck” face? 😉

Mish Mash

March 5, 2010 at 8:09 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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I am SO glad it’s Friday.  I had work-related dreams last night and kept waking up in a panic.  Hate that.  It made for one groggy girl groping for her alarm clock this morning.  It also made me forgetful and I did NOT take a picture of the Green Monster Smoothie and coffee I had pre-run.  Tsk Tsk.  At least I have a “stock” photo of a Green Monster, haha.  So just use your imagination.

The run I was dreading actually turned out okay.  I gave myself a pep talk, took note of the beautiful sunshine and just got going.  Those 4.5 miles flew by and I ran it in decent time (decent for me…).  Sometimes, a run is all about the attitude.  I have to almost talk myself into it being a positive experience.  Then, during the run, I have to keep myself from stopping and walking with the following schpiel:

“Does anything hurt? No.  Is anything broken or bleeding?  No.  Is it just that you’re tired? Yes.  Well, suck it up and keep trucking.  You’ll get your breathing rhythm back and you’ll be glad you didn’t stop.”

Phew.  Sometimes the toughest love comes from within.  By the time it’s over though, I feel great.  RUNNER’S HIGH!

I came back to walk the monsters where I was greeted by one sun-bathing monster (Ruby)…

And one monster (Zora) who is just too much woman for one bed. 🙂

Lunch was yummy today and a little creative.  I wanted to pack a tuna sandwich, but I usually use Miracle Whip (what can I say? I love that zangy zip!).  Miracle Whip, in case you were uncertain, does NOT have a mama and does NOT grow in the ground.  So, it does NOT follow the guidelines of the “If It Doesn’t Have a Mama” March challenge.  Dangit.  Looking around the kitchen in search of a solution to the great dry tuna catastrophe about to descend upon my sandwich and… Bingo.  Avocado and mustard came to the rescue.  Avocado provided a little creaminess and mustard gave great taste.  I’m going to remember this!

Add an apple, cut up pineapple and vanilla yogurt with granola and lunch was filling and delicious.  Best part was I could answer the questions “does it have a mama?” and “does it grow in the ground?” with confidence.  YES!

Now dinner was a little different story (well, in the delicious way, not the challenge-fulfilling way).  I didn’t have any set plans, but got creative with some leftover ground turkey.  I made “mash”.  I sauteed some onion, garlic and shredded carrots, browned the turkey, added some ketchup and pepper and BOOM.  Dinner.

It doesn’t look like much, but I based it loosely off some comfort food that’s a family recipe.  My mom made this Depression-era casserole every time I had my braces adjusted back in the awkward pubescent days of middle school.  It’s a layered dish of ground beef, potato, onion and carrot with tomato sauce and other spices.  In a pinch, my mash tasted almost like it, but not quite.

I’m not going to lie.  Dinner was totally uninspiring and the alternative was a bowl of cereal, so be glad this odd concoction is what you’re looking at.

I’ve got super exciting plans tonight *sarcasm*.   Actually, that’s all right by me.  I’m going to do some good stuff this weekend, so a chill Friday is a welcome wrap up to the work week.   I’m going to attempt to give myself a pedicure.  All this running has done a number on my feet — I don’t even recognize them any more!  I’ve heard Epsom salts can be a pal to rough runner’s feet.

What’s your favorite remedy to the maladies training and exercise can deal out?

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

March 4, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Ow.

I got a tetanus shot this morning.  The shot came with a warning that “this will feel like you’ve been punched in the arm”.

I have NEVER been punched.  I feel this was not an accurate description.

Don’t worry, I didn’t do a jig on rusty nails, I just went for a follow up doctor’s visit where it was uncovered I have not had a tetanus shot in more than 10 years.  Super.  At least I’m protected now.  Truthfully, we do a lot of renovation work on our house (we basically bought it for the yard, the roof and the exterior walls — everything else is changing slowly but DIY surely) and it isn’t a bad idea to have an up to date shot.

But still.  OW.

Later in the morning, Ruby (the older of the monsters) scared away a Jehovah’s Witness who had the misfortune to knocking on our door.  It was quite a spectacular display of territorial instinct.  Zora (the younger of the monsters), joined in with a half-hearted White Fang growl.

Poor evangelist never knew what hit him.  He backed away from our door, hands up, head shaking.

I had pretty good eats in the midst of all this craziness…

TOAD IN A HOLE! 🙂  I wanted more of that fab homemade bread, so this morning, I pulled out a piece with the intent of punching a hole in it and filling the void with an egg.  Warming up the skillet, I realized I couldn’t use my usual non-stick cooking spray — it obviously doesn’t fall within the guidelines of “If It Doesn’t Have a Mama” March.  I channeled my inner pioneer woman (which closely resembles a character on the Oregon Trail computer game) and plopped a small pat of REAL butter in the skillet.  I let it melt, toasted the bread on each side and then put that egg in its proper place.


Yummy.  A cup of coffee with organic half and half was also consumed.

Post dr’s appointment and monster walk, I was still a little hungry and knew I wouldn’t make it to lunch time.  Enter, a Green Monster Smoothie.

(It always looks better in a wine glass).  Still haven’t tried these babies?  What’s holding you back?  Is it the color?  Really, that’s it?  The color?  You’d probably drink a smoothie if it’s pink or orange.  Well, then close your eyes and pretend.

Now slug it back.  It’s so GOOD FOR YOU and you’ll be surprised at how amazing it tastes.

Lunch was provided by my good friend, Bob (of Bob’s Red Mill).  Vegi Soup!  Perfectly natural and oh so delicious.  You can read more about why I love this soup here.  I also prepped a salad of red leaf lettuce, tomato and feta, drizzled in EVOO and Balsamic Vinegar.  Some trail mix (walnuts, almonds and dried cranberries) and blueberries for good measure.  I forgot a fork though, so the salad will be interesting to eat.

You’ll note my 4 o’clock yogurt is no where to be seen.  Well, that’s because I’m switching it up today!  We had left over barley from last night’s dinner.  I sprinkled a little cinnamon and plan to heat it up later.  There’s some research that supports the notion that cinnamon helps your body slow down its digestion (esp. with carbs) and doesn’t give you a crazy blood sugar spike.  It’s the crash of that spike that can transform you into a refrigerator raider.  Just thought you’d like to know. 😉

That’s all for now…we’re going out to dinner tonight for a date night.  Tune in to see how I manage to stick to the “If It Doesn’t Have a Mama and It Doesn’t Grow in the Ground” March challenge.  Can I do it or will be I be bound to the homefront for the whole month?

We shall see!!!!  Meanwhile, talk amongst ya-selves about this.


5K “Official” Results!

February 28, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments
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Whew!  What a race.  😉  The competition was stiff, but we managed to blow ’em out of the water.  Sorry, no pics, those race officials were awfully restrictive!

I’m proud to report that Sam finished first in his age group AND first overall, I placed first in my age group and SECOND overall.

*whispers* this is the part where you laugh because we were the only two runners in the….

NOT UNLESS I’M BEING CHASED 5K!!!!

It was pretty fun actually, we were just racing against ourselves.  Sam and I set our own personal goals, told one another and then proceeded to OBLIVERATE (yes, I know that’s spelled wrong) them.

Sam’s time was 24:14 with a pace of 7:47/mile.  CRAZY!

My time was 28:49 with a pace of 9:17/mile.  MUCH better than my usual 10:10 pace, so I was pleased.

My splits looked like this:

Mile 1: 8:28

Mile 2: 9:23

Mile 3: 10:05

Mile 0.1: 8:30

Obviously, I was TOO excited and started out way faster than I meant to, but it was a good lesson on pulling back a little.  It also encouraged me to incorporate a little speed work into my training to improve my overall pace.  If I can run the half marathon at a good clip and have my last split be my usual 10:10 pace, I’ll be pretty happy.  We’ll see.  13.1 miles seems sooooooo long right now.

And now, a special introduction.  MEET THE MONSTERS:

There’s Ruby.

And Zora.

Ruby is actually older, though she is considerably smaller.  She’s about 5 years old, a Beagle/Yellow Lab mix and a perpetual puppy.  She’ll wiggle her tail end off trying to make friends with you and she thinks she’s in charge.  We got her more than 3 years ago after Sam proposed and I decided it was okay to bring another living creature into the equation ;).

Zora is a recent addition.  She’ll be 2 this summer and we adopted her last January (of 09).  She’s a Husky/Lab mix and a shy protector.  She’s very sensitive and reads peoples’ moods like you wouldn’t believe.  She’s also a fine running companion and is ready to go for a jog just about any time of day.

They’re both pound puppies — I have a soft spot for the mutts of the world and while they both came to us with emotional baggage (Ruby with a carry-on and Zora with a matching set of Louis Vuitton) with a little stability, regular feedings, toys and a lot of love, they’re turning into wonderful dogs.

But they’re still MONSTERS…mostly based on the mischief they create when we’re at work.  I’ll say they’re cute, but I’ll never say they’re perfect.

They’re ready to go for a walk whenever you are….lace up those sneaks!

See you tomorrow for a special month of March challenge!

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