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Run Like A Girl

Yesterday I went to my first Run Like a Girl event at the local Road Runner Sport store here. It was hot but I had a blast.

I knew that we were only going to get a 3 mile run in with the girls at night and i wanted to get a little more mileage in. I work up early to run it was already 80 by 6am I ran a nice easy 3 miles with a few stretch breaks at a nice slow pace.

In the evening I headed to the run. Last time I went to a run I ran to the store and home, but since it was so hot I decided to driver over.

New Balance was at the store allowing the runners to try out a pair of their shoes during the run. I tried the New Balance Fresh Foam 980.

 

I have to say they were not my favorite. They were very different from the shoes I normally run in. I like the idea of getting to try out a pair of shoes for a reasonable length of time without any pressure to buy.

The run it’s self was fun we started out very slow sticking together as a group and then we slowly spread out a little and me and 2 other women sped up a little. It was still a slow pace for me but I was OK with it because of the heat. One of them women I was running with runs her own running club called black girls run. It was great to run with her. She was wearing the same pairs of shoes as I was so we were talking about them as we ran.

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Back at the store there were a couple of massage therapists on staff to give the sweaty runners a massage when we got back. They also had towels that were one ice. They felt amazing. I have never taken advantage of a post race run because I feel bad being all sweaty and gross, but I went for it yesterday because everyone was sweaty and gross.

After a quick massage I picked up some goodies. A sweat band, an awesome towel ( I love the saying), another water bottle (Ben can have this one) and some more gel. This time I got strawberry kiwi gel. I had chocolate last time, while it tasted OK I tough fruit flavor would be better during a hot run.

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I also won a 3 pack of socks of my choice. I picked a cute blue black and gray pair. The coloring  reminds me of winter. They are very cushioned and they are different then all the other socks I own so I am excited to try them out.

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Dinner was home made pizza for me and a calzone for Ben. I loaded my pizza with spinach and zucchini and added a some cheese on top to hold it in place.

What brand of running shoes do you wear? Have you tried any other brands?

How do you handle running in the heat?

Post run massages yay or nay?

So you like a lot of sauce or a little sauce on your pizza?

- the more sauce the better in my opinion

A change of Senery and Falafel for Dinner

Yesterday’s morning run was great.I got up and out for my run before it got too hot. Just over 4.5 miles just about a 7:30 pace. I was pretty excited about that pace! After walking a little to cool down I came in to do an ab workout and to stretch.

This was my pre- run snack

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Whole Wheat Toast With Blackberry Butter

Followed by this delicious bowl of oatmeal

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Over night oats, with strawberries, chia seeds and a drizzle of honey.

 

I spent the rest of the day at Barnes and Noble working on my thesis. Sometimes I just need a change of scenery to help me concentrate.

I feel obligated to buy something if I study there so I had my first Naked Juice experience. It was pretty tasty, but there are a lot of calories in it for a drink. I didn’t really have lunch yesterday so I was OK with having this as my “main snack”.

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I was very productive so I decided to reward myself with the latest issue of runners world.

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Once I got home I got some wedding prep done while I was waiting for Ben. I wrapped the Bridesmaids gifts. I can’t say what they are because they read the blog and I do not want to ruin the surprise.

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I made something new for dinner last night. It was inspired by a recipe I saw in the July issue of better Homes and Gardens. This recipe is super easy to make, it doesn’t require the use of the oven (which is perfect for hot summer nights, and it is a nice light meal (perfect for a late dinner like we had last night).

Falafel:

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1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (or more if you like spicy)

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp dried parsley

1/2 C flour (whole wheat if possible)

Place the garbanzo beans and all of the spices in a food processor. Puree until almost completely smooth, scraping down the sides occasionally if needed. Add the flour and blend until well mixed. (I had to mix the flour in by hand because my food processor would not move the dough.) Once mixed, separate the dough into 12 equal portions and form each portion into a ball. flatten the balls slightly to form patties. cover and refrigerate the patties for at least one hour, or make ahead and refrigerate overnight. Heat up 2 tbs of oil in a large skillet. Add the patties and cook for 4-5 minuets per side.

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1C plain yogurt

Juice of 1/2 lemon

1 C cucumber finely diced

Mixed all the ingredients together in a bowl. Chill before serving.

 

Ben and I both really liked this meal and we will be adding it to our list of go to meals for sure. I served it over a bead of spinach and it was delicious, but we both agreed that next time we make it we would like to have pita or something with it to make it a bit more filling. We were both very hungry last night so that could have something to do with it.

And even though dinner was late I still had an appetite for some strawberry short cake!

 

Strawberry Picking

The weather yesterday was beautiful! It was sunny and warm but not uncomfortably hot and not a cloud in the sky!

Ben and I took advantage of the great weather first thing in the morning and went strawberry picking.

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3 lbs of strawberries. Picked. Please expect to see strawberries in most of my meals this week!

IMG_0595They also had a little market. We picked up some black berry butter which will be delicious on toast as a little pre- morning run snack.

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After strawberry picking we did some chores around the house. I cleaned, Ben looked online for gifts for his grooms men. I think picking gifts for the bridal party has been the most difficult part of the wedding planning for both of us.

Ben and I don’t have cable, which normally doesn’t bother me at all, but with the world cup being on it is a little bit of an issue for us. We headed over to my grandparents to watch one of the games in the afternoon.

I can’t watch soccer without wanting to play and neither can Ben so after the game we headed to the park. Ben played around for a while but I decided I shouldn’t. My hip is starting to feel much better and last time I played soccer with Ben it was really bothering me. So I sat on the side and watched and read a book. It took a lot of will power not to get up and play.

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Dinner was pretty awesome. Meal #1 including strawberries. Portabllo mushroom burgers, baked sweet potatoes fries and spinach salad with strawberries.  We ate outside to spend a little more time enjoying the beautiful weather.

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And dessert was even better. Almond shortcakes with fresh picked Strawberries and home made whip cream ( I poured the cream into a jar with a little sugar and Ben shook it into cream).

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2 C flour

1/2 C almonds ground

4 tsp baking powder

1 TBS sugar

4 TBS butter

3/4 C milk

Combined the flour, almonds, baking powder and sugar in a large bowl. Cut in the butter until pea sized crumbles begin to form. Add the milk and mix together to form a tacky dough. Put the dough in the refrigerator for 30 minuets. pre- heat the oven to 450. Remove the dough from refrigerator and form into 8 balls. place the palls on a cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. flatten then with the bottom of a glass or your hand. Bake for 15 minuets or until the cakes are just starting to brown and the center is cooked through. Top with strawberries or other fruit and whipped cream or ice cream. These would also be good served with a warm mug of tea and some jam.

 

What is your favorite fruit to pick?

Do you like shortcakes, biscuits or angle food cake with strawberries?

How did you spend your Sunday?

Smile brought to you by endorphins

Am I the only one who used to make forts and watch TV under them any time I had a sleep over or we had a babysitter?

Well yesterday I got to re-live the good old days…. well kind of, this time I was doing the babysitting.

I must say I am still a pretty awesome fort builder. P.S pipe cleaners are great fort building material.

Chinese food, the parent trap, home made brownies and a living room fort, what more could you ask for on a Friday night.

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This morning I had an awesome 10 mile run. I haven’t ran that far in a while and I feel really great!

While I was grocery shopping yesterday I saw these Power Bar wafer bars on sale and I decided to buy a couple to try them out. I like to have something like this before I do a long morning run if I am not planning to eat breakfast before heading out. The new wafers are much smaller then a regular power bar. The ones I got (chocolate peanut butter), are only 170 calories per bar compared to a traditional power bar which is around 240 calories per bar. The regular power bars are too much for me to eat before I run (if Ben is running with me we usually share one) plus the chewy texture is hard for me to eat quickly.

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I liked the wafer bar it was easy to eat, it tasted pretty good ( I am not a big fan of the taste of any bars) and it sat well in my stomach during my run which was the most important thing in my mind.

I have been wanting to try out some gels during my runs but lately my runs have not been long enough to justify using an during run nutrition. I decided that today’s run would be a good chance to try it since it was fairly long and I did not eat breakfast before heading out the door.

I used the gel I picked up at the local running store run I ran a couple weeks ago (there is another one this week and I can’t wait)!

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I was a little hesitant about the gel. I took it around mile 6. It was easier to eat than I thought it would be. The flavor (Chocolate) was OK, a little too sweet for me, but I think that is what I would think about all of them, eating chocolate while running just seems wrong to me. I think next time I will try something fruity, it seems like it would be more refreshing during a run.

I’m not sure if it was a placebo effect or if the gel actually helped but either way I felt better after I took it. I was starting to get tired around mile 5.5 but after taking the gel and having some water my legs felt stronger and I was excited to finish the run.

My pace ended up being 8:06 minuet miles! I was pretty happy about that. I think I could have finished even faster, but I had to stop and take this picture.

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Does anyone else crack up when they see a banana peel on the ground while they are running? It makes me think of Super Mario Brothers every time and I giggle to myself as I run by.

 

Post run selfi. Smile brought to you by endorphins!

0614140801Enjoy your Saturday!

Any fort builders out there?

What was your favorite sleep over/ babysitter activity?

What was your favorite movie growing up? Now?

- I loved the parent trap when I was little. Now my favorite movie of all times is How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.

What pre and during run nutrition do you use? I would love to hear your suggestions.

 

Day and Night

I have always been a morning runner but for the last couple of weeks my workouts have been getting pushed later and later in the day. On Wednesday I didn’t end up getting my run in until 5pm. It was not good. All day I kept reminding myself that I needed to run. By the time I got around to running I was dreading it. I had built it up in my had all day that it seemed like just another task that I had to check off my to do list.

Whenever I am have a run planned and I don’t feel like running I think to myself that I am not a true runner. Real runners always want to run. They are always excited to run and they hate rest days and tapering for races because they can’t run.

I am sure there are plenty of runners who have days that they would much rather cuddle up on the couch and watch a movie then go for a run. I’m sure a lot of night time runners dread having to get up early the next morning to fit their run in.

In the end I ran 6 miles on Wednesday at a pretty good pace (about 8 minuet miles) and I felt really good after the run. I was so glad I just went out and did it, but I vowed to get back to morning workouts.

I did well yesterday, I got up and worked out almost immediately. Today was a bit rough. I had my alarm set nice and early so I could get my run in…… but then I couldn’t fall asleep last night. So my early alarm idea went out the window. I will be out the door soon though, I just need to let my breakfast settle.

When do you like to run?

If you have to run at a different time do you have a hard time getting out the door?

Morning runners, what tips do you have for evening runners who have to wake up early to get a workout in?

Evening runners, what tips do you have for morning runners who have to save their workout until later in the day?

Cookies, frozen yogurt and my favorite movie

Yesterday’s workout was p90X kempo. I am always stiff and sore after that workout and today is no exception. I enjoy a kempo workout on occasion, it is my favorite way to change up my workout routine.

The rest of the day was pretty uneventful I delivers/ mailed out my thank you notes from the shower and at some point I thought my phone was lost for a couple of hours I later realized it was on my dresser in the bedroom.

The most exciting part of my day was dessert last night.

Remember how I made Chocolate chip cookies the other day?

Well last night I made frozen yogurt.

And then I put the frozen yogurt between 2 cookies and I had my very own homemade chipwich (or cookiewich)! YUM

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Frozen yogurt:

1 1/2 C plain Greek yogurt

1/4 C sugar

1 TBS vanilla extract

Mix all the ingredients together. pour into an ice cream maker. Allow the mixture to freeze according to the machine directions.

And to make my night even better, when Ben and I sat down to watch TV Ben put on my favorite movie of all times. How To Loose A Guy In 10 Days!

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One of Ben’s friends from work has been an extra in a few movies and this is one of the movies he is in, so we had fun looking for him in a couple of the scenes. The same friend was also in one of the Batman movies. I think it would be so cool to be an extra in a movie like that.

 

What is your favorite movie?

Has anyone even been an extra in a movie?

What is your favorite “change it up” workout?

Would you rather a chipwich/ cookiewich or a regular ice cream sandwich?

 

A slow start

I got off to a slow/ late start yesterday morning.

I have a lot of work to do re- organizing one of our closets in the apartment so that I could put all of our gifts from the shower away. I have heard it is bad luck to use them before the wedding.

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I took a while but I was successful, and after that I was on a roll.

It was nice and cool out yesterday so I decided to bake. Ben has been requesting chocolate chip cookies for a while.

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I re- did out RSVP spread sheet which was missing a few names and I wrote some thank you notes. I love the thank you cards I got from Shutterfly.

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That was the end of my productivity. I was starving so I ate lunch (left overs from the shower). While I was eating I remembered that there was a new episode of the bachelorette on Netflix.

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I was waiting for Ben to get home from work so we could run together. He got held up at work and by the time he got home I was not in the mood to run. I kept coming up with excuses to put the run off. At one point we almost decided not to run, but we both knew we would feel so much better after we ran, so we ran. 4.5 miles, our pace was nothing impressive but I felt 100X better after the run.

When I was running hard down the last stretch of side walk to the apartment an old man walking out of his house yelled at me “you shouldn’t be running on the concrete”. It took a minuet for me to realize what he said so I just smiled and said hi. We did a cool down lap around the neighborhood and we walk passed the old man again. He apologized for sounding rude, he said he used to be a runner “back in the day” and he was always told not to run on the concrete because it was bad for your bones and joints….. Sir thank you for your advice I think you are correct, but good luck finding a piece of land in NJ longer than 1 mile that does not involve some concrete.

Part of procrastinating before my run included doing all of the prep work for dinner so that all I had to do when I got home was throw it in the oven. By the time I was cooled down and out of the shower dinner was almost ready. I wish it always happened like this.

“Chicken cordon blue” the healthy way, roasted asparagus and quinoa.

IMG_0574Chicken Cordon blue is a high sodium high fat dish due to the ham, cheese and cream sauce. This version has no cream sauce and can be made low sodium by using low sodium ham.

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1 Chicken breast

Sliced Ham (we used left overs from a ham we baked for dinner a few nights ago, deli ham would be OK too)

2 slices Swiss cheese

1 C bread crumbs

Pre- heat the oven to 400. Pound out the chicken breast until it is about 1/4 inch thick all around, Lay the cheese on the chicken breast and then add the ham slices, roll up the chicken breast. You can use tooth pics to secure it if you need too. Roll the chicken in the bread crumbs being sure not to let the chicken unroll. Bake in a preheated oven for 20-10 minuets or until cooked through.

I have shared the recipe for roasted asparagus before but this is too simple and too easy not to share it again.

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1 bunch of asparagus

olive oil

salt

pepper

Pre- heat the oven to 400. Rinse the asparagus, remove the woody ends if needed. Spread the asparagus on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with some olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Use your hands to move the asparagus around to be sure it is all coated. Bake for 15- 20 minuets or until the asparagus stalks are tender and the tips are just starting to get crispy.

 

Do you run on concrete? Have you heard it is bad?

What is your favorite vegetable to roast?

Do you like to re- arrange or re- organize?

- I love it. As a teenager I was constantly re0 arranging my bed room. The furniture never stayed in the same place for more than 6 months.

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