Sunday, July 20, 2014

Seven Things Sunday

Miles today: rest
Miles yesterday: 4.01 miles
Miles Thursday: 1.7 miles
Miles Wednesday: 1.43 miles
Miles in 2014: 660.45 miles

#1: I took a 4 hour nap today. Yep. I also went to bed at about 10 PM last night. So tired and unmotivated to get off the couch or out of bed. Hello third trimester.

#2: The Truth about Cheerios. For the past few months, I have wanted cereal. Lots of cereal. Mostly raisin bran and oatmeal squares. The past two weeks honey nut cheerios has been the cereal of choice. It is delicious. BUT. I am going to have to consider it not real food. Tastes great, except that I can eat a huge bowl and 20 minutes later be hungry again. How does that happen? I had to quit eating it for breakfast because by 9:15 AM I am ravenously hungry, which is good for no one. 

#3: Runner Problems: Getting the perfect pedicure to have two toenails fall off 3 days later... Are my feet getting bigger?!

#4: This faux-tuna vegan salad. Despite the ultimate day of lazy, I got up long enough to make it for a late lunch. Totally worth it. Especially since my husband was slaving away putting together IKEA furniture all day while I slept. He didn't even complain that it was all healthy like.

#5: Thursday morning's run was so hot and miserable that I started considering holding off on running for the rest of the pregnancy. It was humid and over 80 degrees at 5:45. Plus for the past few days I was just plain uncomfortable running. Not sure if it was the baby's position or what, but there was very little enjoyment that morning. I said I would take a break if I was uncomfortable. Luckily Saturday morning proved my doubts wrong, and I had a great 4 mile run (with a couple walk breaks of course). I am taking it very easy and think the long runs are going to have to wait until after baby girl gets here. Expect more long walks and tennis in the near future...

#6: Puppy pics. I don't even know why we have a second dog bed. They like to share and it is pretty much the cutest thing ever.

#7: Huge, huge good luck and good mojo going to our friend Eric Spencer, who will be running the Badwater Ultramarathon starting tomorrow. He helped pace last year (see his guest posts here, here, and here) and is preparing to kick even more ass tomorrow. So excited for him and to follow along!

Weekly menu:

Sunday: Zucchini cakes with cheese grits
Monday: Brooks Burgers (If you are in Naples, eat here all this month to support Girls on the Run of Collier County!! They are donating a portion of sales to our chapter and have a killer veggie burger and fried pickles)
Tuesday: Kale Polenta with eggs
Wednesday: Black bean croquettes
Thursday: Avocado and tomato gnocchi
Friday: Corn cakes (or out, let's be honest)

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Two for Tuesday on Wednesday

Miles yesterday: Rest and more rest
Miles in 2014: 653.31 miles

When Larry called to say that Comcast was down and we had no internet or cable yesterday, I thought it was a joke. We both listened to that torturous Comcast call that went viral yesterday and there was no way that was coincidence. But it was. So this is getting posted today. Yay for Wednesdays! Side note to Comcast: do not mess with a man's cable the night of the MLB All Star Game. I was annoyed. Larry was a whole new level....

Other than the cable/internet debacle, yesterday was also pretty much a cluster. I set my alarm to get up and run but there was a crazy thunderstorm so I slept for another hour. (But what about the treadmill at the gym?!.... Yeah, what about it? I could not get motivated to get out of bed. Baby sister had been doing gymnastics all night...) And I planned to run in the afternoon anyway.

After being at work for about 45 minutes I had a vasovagal episode. Basically, the baby is hogging my blood and not enough is getting to my brain. I got crazy over heated, then nauseated, then very scary faint-y. Not fun and I think I may have scared the crap out of my nurses. I'm fine, but it sucked and I ended up missing most of the morning of work. Apparently she was sitting on some very important blood vessels. Fun stuff. So in light of the dramatic morning, instead of spending the early evening running, I slept. It was glorious. 

Now onto what I was going to originally post! I am so proud of us for making this dinner. I made all the sauces and Larry baked and put together the rest of the meal. (For anyone who knows us -this is a huge feat)
#1: Korean BBQ Tofu and Asian Slaw:

Recipe for Korean BBQ Sauce here. You can pretty much put this stuff on anything and eat it. Sooo good. Veggies are up next for the leftover sauce....

1 package tofu
Korean BBQ sauce
Coleslaw mix (or one cup shredded carrots and half a head of cabbage, shredded)
2 1/2 tbs honey
1 tbs sriracha
2 tbs honey mustard
3 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 lime, zested
1 1/2 lime juice
1 tbs mayo
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Drain tofu and slice in squares about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick slices. Place on cookie sheet and coat both sides of tofu squares with the BBQ sauce. 
  • Cook for 20 minutes. Remove from oven flip tofu and coat again with sauce. Cook for an additional 20 minutes
  • While the tofu is cooking, whisk together honey, mustard, sriracha, oil, lime zest, lime juice, and mayo. 
  • Toss with cabbage and carrots (or coleslaw mix - way easier)
  • Heat a small amount of extra BBQ sauce and serve with hot tofu and mixed slaw.
#2: Banana Chocolate Chip Ice Cream: I got this recommendation from a friend last week and couldn't wait to try it. I have seen a ton of similar recipes on Pinterest, but so many of them required an ice cream maker. Who has time for that?? This is the way to go. So delicious. (Full disclosure: sometimes a girl needs the real stuff - like last night...)
Two frozen bananas
Small splash of vanilla extract
1/8 -1/4 c almond milk (depending on how big the bananas are)
1-2 tablespoons semi-sweet mini chocolate chips
  • Put all ingredients into a blender (I used our magic bullet) and blend until soft serve ice cream texture forms. Stir in chocolate chips and serve immediately. Could. Not. Be. Easier. 

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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Silent Sunday

Miles today: Tennis and long puppy walks
Miles yesterday: 9.01 miles
Miles in 2014: 653.31 miles

Weekly menu:

    Sunday: Korean BBQ Tofu and oven baked fries (Recipe to be posted this week!)
    Monday: work dinner
    Tuesday: Garbanzo bean salad pitas
    Wednesday: Kale polenta with poached eggs
    Thursday: Zucchini cakes
    Friday: Mexican dinner out!

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Weekly Catch Up!

Miles today: 4.04 miles
Miles yesterday: 3.5 miles, treadmill
Miles Wednesday: rest
Miles Tuesday: 3.55 miles
Miles Monday: 3.8 miles
Miles Sunday: 7.6 miles
Miles Saturday: rest
Miles Friday: 3.14 miles - Firecracker 5K!
Miles Thursday: 3.6 miles with Mom
Miles in 2014: 644.3 miles

(I started this post last Thursday in a blind, starving rage at work... blatant honesty at its finest)

Newest pregnancy symptom: irate, irrational, insane hunger. Kinda like that time it almost came to blows with Larry over the last strawberry-banana gu at the end of a 20 miler, only 1000 times worse. The past few days have been ridiculous. I just ate a veggie burger 20 minutes before lunch because I COULD NOT survive one more minute without food. (Did I mention I had a good sized breakfast, then a mid morning banana and peanut butter plus a Hershey kiss)

Annnnd that insane appetite has lingered all week. And since I have been a complete and total slacker, here is the week catch up:

 Hope everyone had an amazing 4th of July long weekend! We started ours out with a 5K. I debated even registering and was just planning on volunteering, as I had said no more pregnancy racing. But then I had such happy, good runs earlier in the week, that I just couldn't help myself. Who can say no to getting dressed in your finest red, white, and blue and running with a bunch of friends around your neighborhood?? Not this girl. 
For running a 5K at 24 weeks, I was pretty pleased with myself and pace. It was hot and humid and nasty out, but I kept a solid 11 minute pace and got increasingly faster towards the end. To be clear - I WAS NOT racing, but it made my day to know that even as I am getting bigger and farther along, 11 minute miles are still relatively easy stuff. Plus it is just a celebration to be able to run at this point!

Thanks for running with me, Allison, you are awesome and I had a blast! (Despite my sexy support band coming undone in the first mile - I am a mess no matter what) My morning running partner also had a great race!
Larry and I continued our 4th of July celebration by grabbing nutella donuts and coffee and walking the pier and beach. If you have never had nutella filled donuts, you need to change that immediately. Life changing stuff. 

Then we proceeded to spend the next 6 hours at the beach, which was one of the best days of summer, but almost killed me with the heat and excessive sun. I was awake for the fireworks, but asleep about 10 minutes later. 

Sunday I attempted my weekly long run. The past few weeks have been amazing, but Sunday, not so much.

There was a lot of walking, bathroom breaks, and general icky-ness with the heat and humidity. I wasn't in pain or anything, just uncomfortable and unmotivated. The only thing motivating me was the storm clouds and the promise of a kickass breakfast when I got home.
Every year we make a big breakfast for the finals of Wimbledon, strawberries and cream included. This year we (sadly) did not have champagne, but I made the whipped cream and it came out AMAZING. Never buying the store bought stuff again.   

I convinced Larry to lace up his shoes and we took a cloudy sunset run Monday and Carly and I hit the road Tuesday. She went 11, I did not. Both runs were ok, but harder than last week with more bathroom breaks. Last night I was feeling stronger on the treadmill and would have gone longer if I had not had a veggie burger date with some of our team from Girls on the Run

This morning was pretty perfect though. There were huge storms right off the coast and a little breeze making the humidity a little more tolerable. The lightning was gorgeous and the miles flew by. Good start to the weekend and hoping to get a longer run in tomorrow!
Happy Friday y'all!

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Meatless Monday - I said meatless, not necessarily healthy....

Miles today: 4.14 miles with mom and the bats at sunrise, strength training
Miles in 2014: 615.07 miles

Holy bats. That pretty much sums up our morning run. The mosquitos have been out in force with all the rain the past few days and that means the bats are feasting in the mornings. As the sun was rising this morning, all you could hear was a squeaking like mice. You look up into the palms and there are thousand of bats fluttering around. Little weird, but good to see - anything for less mosquitos. Good thing my mom's neighborhood is a bat haven. Just another fun part of Florida summers.

Did I mention how pumped I was for back-to-back kick ass runs. Yesterday and today were great! My Gabriella belt is a lifesaver and running is actually much more comfortable now than it was a few weeks ago. 
Time out or working on improving posture???

I know this could end at any moment so I am giddy to sweat it out now. The strength and balance training is also helping. I am thinking of incorporating a little pool running into the mix. Any suggestions on all that?

So at the beginning of my pregnancy looking at basically any fruit or vegetable was enough to make me gag. If it wasn't fried, a potato, or cheese, baby said no. No negotiations. I couldn't even look at a salad. One day I decided I really wanted pimento cheese dip. Larry made fun of me but then we ended up eating nothing but pimento cheese dip for dinner...two nights in a row. I am embarrassed to even tell you how much pimento cheese dip we ate. And now I feel gross thinking about it. 

Thankfully we are past that stage and I am back to eating veggies and "normal food", whatever that is. I still really like pimento cheese dip and luckily did not OD on it back in March. Since I am back attempting to eat a little more healthily and not completely blow up, I figured I would lighten up the dip and make my own. Success. This stuff is redic. And we have exercised the minimum amount of self control not to eat the whole batch in one day. Practically a miracle. 
 Pimento Cheese Dip

1 c light cream cheese
1/2 c fat free greek yogurt
1/4 light mayonnaise
1 4 oz jar diced pimentos
2 heaping cups reduced fat cheddar cheese
2 tbs nutritional yeast
1 tbs onion powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
sriracha to taste
If you stuff jalapeƱos with this stuff and sprinkle it with panko breadcrumbs everyone will want to be your friend. Promise. 

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