Friday, October 29, 2010

Showin' some Friday love

Pre-workout fuel: Too Healthy Pumpkin Muffin with peanut butter and a banana
Workout: Ran 4.25 miles in 36 minutes, 15 seconds; average pace, 8:32. "Biggest Loser: Power Sculpt" for 50 minutes followed.

Friday, Friday, Friday! Friday, Friday, Friday!

Come, on! Sing it with me!

Friday, Friday, Friday!

I sort of feel like I'm earning weekend today but that's OK. I'm going to breakfast with one of my favorite mamas (she's expecting twins!) tomorrow, and I'm fairly certain that Mark and I will go to the movies. We don't have any plans for Halloween, and I don't even think we're passing out candy (last year's effort = bust). It should be a calm, relaxing weekend.

Now, it's time to show Friday some lovin'!

. I like soup ... a lot - too much probably. We even have soup nights at the winter at Casa de Healthy Strides. Soup and sammies to warm the soul. Usually, though, my soup comes from a can and that can usually comes from Progresso. The brand is a bit more pricey than, say , Campbell's but it tastes better and is Weight Watchers-endorsed. The Vegetable Barley is my favorite but this week I took a HUGE risk and tried the New England Clam Chowder. You know what? I didn't spit it out. I actually kind of enjoyed it. Don't get me wrong - it's no where near as tasty as the clam chowder I had at a beachfront restaurant in Malibu. Then again, I'm only eating at my desk at work -- not on the deck, looking out at the Pacific.

Fitness. I'm thisclose to the conclusion of my October challenge. Yay! I have fulfilled my goal of strength training three times a week, and I hit my 83 miles on Sunday. Just one more run (a long one on Sunday), and I can call it D-O-N-E. Sort of. I'm already gearing up for November, and I ordered "Personal Training With Jackie: Xtreme Timesaver Training." I probably won't get to it next week, depending on when Amazon ships it, because I need to save my legs for the W.O.O.F. but I am looking forward to a shorter routine (just 30 minutes compared to "Biggest Loser" workouts of more than 45) and one that promises to beat Jillian Michaels in difficulty.

Life. Now this one's sort of fitness related, too, I hate to say. I was exchanging FB notes with my cousin about my status message proclaiming my registration for the 101st Annual Thanksgiving Day Race. You see, her brother had seen the update and decided that he wanted to do it, too. Of course, he then wanted her to do it. She was a bit uncertain - fearful we're all in better shape - but I assured her that I'd run with her and bribed her with finish-line bagels. I'm not sure if it was the support or the promise of bagels but I think she's in. Add in three other cousins who are already registered, and my family will be partying at the starting line.

Here I am excited about Thanksgiving and not giving a ... about Halloween. Do you have any great plans?

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Three Things Thursday

Pre-workout fuel: Life bar with peanut butter
Workout: Ran 7.1 miles in 1 hour, 1 minute and 11 seconds; average pace, 8:37.

1. The wind. It was back today - or still here, depending on how you look at it. For a brief moment, I thought about saying eff it and going home. I always think about things like that - quitting, giving up - but I can never muster the energy to face defeat. It's much easier for me to push through and keep going than it is to admit that I can't do something. Just call me a stubborn you know what an elite. To get what I'm saying check out this piece by The New York Times if you haven't already. Very good reading.

2. After I got past the first 0.5 mile or so, things didn't seem that bad. The only real "problem" we encountered was a down tree on the trail as a result of Tuesday's storm. I would guess that it was struck by lightning in the brief downpour as opposed to the wind. I don't want to think that I ran in winds strong enough to knock down a 30-foot tree.

3. Last night, I was standing in the kitchen and eating a half-slice of toast with orange marmalade as I flipped through the latest issue of Cooking Light. All of the sudden, my mind went straight to the episode of "Sex and the City" when the girls discuss their SSBs - Secret Single Behaviors. (Season 4 - "The Good Fight")

Carrie enjoyed putting grape jelly on a stack of saltines and eating them - standing up - while reading fashion magazines. And there I was, standing in the kitchen eating toast with jelly (sort of) reading a magazine. I'm so like her!

I feel a bit embarrassed that I can just retrieve such details from the show but I can. And I can probably relate my life to any part of the show at any given point as well. Even weight loss. (Remember when Miranda went to Weight Watchers or something like it? And when she binged on chocolate cake and had to put dishwashing soap on it?)

If you ever wanted to know how Mark and I fight, this is it. Just like that.

There I go again, putting myself in the Carrie role. If only I had the wardrobe of Manolo Blahniks. It's just me and my single pair.

Is there a movie/TV series that you quote often and without abandon?

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Awe, shucks

Pre-workout fuel: Instant oatmeal and a banana
Workout: 50 minutes "Biggest Loser: Power Sculpt" and 2.15-mile walk with Denali

I'm awesome/ A quarter of my life gone by and/ I met all my friends online/ Mother $%#@# I'm awesome/I will run away from a brawl/I'm awesome

Yeah. I'm awesome. This morning, I managed not only to get in my workout but I baked chocolate chip cookies, cooked and consumed an egg white-veggie omelet, actually styled my hair, stopped at the grocery to pick up snacks for tutoring and (my favorite part) picked up coffee on my way to work. Oh, and I actually got there 5 minutes early, too.

See what I mean? Totally awesome.

I'd like to think that time moved extra slow for me this morning but I think a small change in my routine helped me out. I got up and ate a small breakfast - per the usual - and did my sculpt challenge for the day. Rather than immediately leash up Denali, though, I headed to the shower. Ten minutes later, I was clean and within 15 minutes we were on a walk. My hair was able to air dry a bit on the walk, cutting my quality time with the blow dryer, and I also felt an urgency in the shower (as opposed to standing under the hot water for 20 minutes just because it feels good).

Of course, with all that time you would think that I would have managed to come up with an outfit that didn't make me look like I was in my student's second-grade class.

Alas, I didn't. I guess child-like enthusiasm for my cookies distracted me.

Super-Duper Easy, Make-Before-Work Chocolate Chip Cookies

1 box white cake mix (I like Duncan Hines)
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1/2 cup egg substitute
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together the cake mix, applesauce and egg substitute until just combined. Add mini chocolate chips and mix just until there are no lumps. Drop cookies onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes - until the tops of the cookies start to crack.

I got about 32 cookies out of the batch and they are about 100 calories a piece. Pretty awesome.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What is this ... Augtober?

Pre-workout fuel: Instant oatmeal and half a banana
Workout: Ran 6.53 miles in 58 minutes, 53 seconds; average pace, 9:01.

Today, it went a little like this ...

It wasn't a pretty run but it was a run.

P.S. I dare you to try that last one while managing a dog. I just might be Superwoman.

P.P.S. That top is over at and is available in a variety of styles - even a tech tee version.

P.P.P.S. I wear a size small.

P.P.P.P.S. That last note was for Mark :)

Monday, October 25, 2010

Courting the idea

Pre-workout fuel: Cinnamon raisin English muffin with peanut butter
Workout: 55 minutes "Biggest Loser: Boot Camp" and 2.2-mile walk with Denali

Type of accident - Check one
▢ Fall ▢ Auto/Motorcycle ▢ Other (______________)

√ Fall

How did accident occur?

My dog is an easily startled doody head.

Do you intend to file a claim against any party?
▢ Yes ▢ No ▢ Unsure

Can I sue my dog? That might be interesting ....

So I got this stupid paperwork from the insurance company. They basically want to know if there's a way they can get out of paying my emergency room bill from when I fell while running with Denali. Where did I fall, did anyone force my injury, do I have a lawyer ... you know those sorts of things. Sorry folks - I don't think you can sue a dog. I think you would have to take that up with God, and I'm sure there's a pretty long line for that.

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Speaking of Denali, I was just watching the sweat drip on the floor as I held a wide-legged push-up with weights. All of the sudden I hear plop ... plop ... plop. The red KONG had fell out of his mouth and bounced to a spot right underneath my belly. Rather than going back to his bone (one toy is not enough to entertain him), he decided to stick his head between my legs, pause to lick my stomach, grab his KONG and then backing up to the rug.

Such a guy!

I do have to give myself props because not only did I not collapse on top of him, my form didn't waiver when he was underneath. A sure sign my October strength challenge is paying off!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Long and winding road

Pre-workout fuel: English muffin with peanut butter and sliced bananas
Workout: Ran 10.55 miles in 1 hour, 31 minutes and 48 seconds; average pace, 8:42.

I had not run more than 8 miles since the Fort-4-Fitness half-marathon. I hadn't really had a desire to go farther than that.

Yeah ... that was going to have to change.

With my recent impulse decision to sign up for the W.O.O.F., I knew I had to go out there and log some time on my feet. I was hoping to go at least 10, maybe more, but only do what was within my comfort level as to avoid injury.

That was just part of the plan. The other part of today's run was for me to head out around the nearby campus and take the back way into another near-ish park (about ~3.75 miles). Mark would then drive to the park with Denali and would run 5 to 6 miles with me. I would be happy to run with a partner, Mark would be happy not to run 10 miles and Denali would be happy just to run. We all would be happy.

I'd be lying, though, if I said the run was happy-go-lucky. I had moments where I allowed myself to become overwhelmed by not just the distance of today's run but the distance of W.O.O.F. I did my best to snap myself out of it, thinking of how I could dress up Denali to cheer me on in a couple weeks (after all it is a W.O.O.F. race), basked in the beauty of the park and thought of my dad pacing me on his bike.

I let go of most of the anxiety by the time Mark and Denali joined me, settling into an OK pace and focusing on just 5 or 6 miles with him. I took a couple Gu Chomps (Cranberry Apple) around mile 7.5. I wasn't hungry - I could still feel my breakfast in my belly - but I felt some cramping in my legs (I blame some hills) and didn't want to underfuel. I had never tried Chomps before and was quite happy with the flavor and texture.

I started to feel much better after that and by the I rounded to the car at 10.55 miles, I definitely felt like I could have gone farther with some slowing of the pace.

Good - because I'm going to have to next week.