Back to Reality

I woke up hungry today. I looked in my fridge and the pickings were quite slim since I’d been away for the week and had tried to use up everything perishable. It made for an interesting breakfast. I found some carrots and celery that were still good in the fridge, so I decided to break out my juicer. After the indulges all week, my body was craving some vegetables and nutrients! I used 4 large carrots and 4 small stalks of celery to make this juice:

It was really freshing but I definitely would have put an apple, orange, or grapefruit in there if I had one. While I sipped on that, I looked through my freezer to see what frozen veggies I had… cauliflower and krinkle cut carrots were it. I microwaved some of each, chopped them up, then added in 1/2 a cup of egg beaters to make a scramble. While that was cooking I found some dill that was still good in the fridge, so I chopped some up and threw it in with the eggs and veggies. I love adding fresh herbs to just about everything.  I heated up two frozen morningstar veggie sausage links to go with the scramble:

It was actually pretty good, but not a typical combo of veggies I would use for a breakfast scramble… so I forced myself to get up and go to the grocery store to stock up on some food so there’d be more options for later.

I’ve been reading all about Green Monsters on a lot of blogs lately and have been wanting to try one for some time, but have been a little skeptical. There are lots of different combinations, but they typically have some form of milk, raw spinach, and banana as the basics. You can also add frozen blueberries or cherries, flax, seeds, nuts, powders, etc. The whole idea of raw spinach in a smoothie just kind of weirded me out, but everyone says you can’t even taste it and that it makes your energy levels skyrocket and your skin glow, so who am I to not give it a try..

I picked up some raw spinach, light organic soy milk, and bananas and to give the basic one a try.

I put 1 cup of soy milk, 1 small banana, a few handfuls of spinach, and a few ice cubes into the blender and let it go for a few minutes. It took a little longer than I was expecting for the spinach to break up completely but in the end it looked like it was supposed to:

The verdict? Delicious! Seriously, you cannot taste the spinach. I know that seems counterintuitive but it really just tastes like a regular smoothie (banana and milk) and I am definitely excited to try some new combinations. I have frozen blueberries and might add vanilla extract next time I try it. If you’re interested in trying it, I think it makes the most sense to think about a smoothie you like without spinach, and then just add a few cups and you’ll barely know its there. I hope loads of energy and clear skin is in my near future. Fingers crossed 😛

Even though I went food shopping, I felt too lazy to cook so we decided to order chinese. There’s this great place downstairs in my building called Charlie Chiang’s, and they deliver the food about 15 minutes after you order it because it’s so close.

I got egg drop soup to start, and then we ordered Shrimp Szechuan and Vegetable Moo Shi (Shredded cabbage, mushroom, green onion, scrambled eggs and it comes with pancakes and plum sauce). I was much more excited about the Moo Shi so I only had one shrimp from that dish and had two of these babies:

Then rolled it up:

Yum. Definitely hit the spot and fit perfectly into the Sunday I had envisioned 🙂

Now off to watch World’s Greatest Dad (thank you Netflix) and melt into the couch. I don’t wanna go to work tomorrow!!

Vacation Recap

Back in DC after a looong day of traveling yesterday and finally getting settled enough to share some highlights from my trip! It was SO fun and went by far too quickly. We went to Vieques in Puerto Rico, which is a tiny island off the coast of Puerto Rico, one of the Spanish Virgin Islands. There were four couples in total and three kids, so we decided to rent a villa and ended up in Villa Uno which was amazing. I swear the pictures on the website don’t do it any justice. The house had 6 bedrooms, 2 kitchens, a pool, a ton of outside seating, and was located RIGHT on the beach. I ate a ton of delicious, fried food and indulged more than I intended to, but thats what vacations are for, right? Right.

We had trouble finding direct flights to San Juan from DCA so ended up laying over in Charlotte, NC. I had a bloody mary for my first vacation drink at the airport during our brief layover there.

And don’t mind my pasty white skin crying out for the sun while I sipped it 🙂

Once we got to San Juan, we realized everyone else was stuck there and couldn’t get to Vieques. We had to take a tiny puddle jumper plane from San Juan to the island, and it was rainy and miserable in San Juan so none of the planes were running! We ended up having to spend the night in San Juan and didn’t get to Vieques until Sunday. I had never been to San Juan before, so we went out to dinner with my sister and her husband in Old San Juan and had some great local food. I tried taking pictures but the lighting was so dim and they were turning out horrible, so I gave up. My sister used her points to get us rooms at the Sheraton which was SUCH a nice hotel.

There’s a look in our room. It was so fancy! After dinner we came home and played around in the casino downstairs. My boyfriend and I each lost $6 and then decided to call it quits. Woke up Sunday and actually managed to go the hotel gym before heading back the airport for round 2, which turned out to be my only run of the whole week.. ah well.

We got to the airport Sunday and the planes were running so we finally got to Vieques! The little puddle jumpers were SO scary to ride in because they are shaky and so small and i’m a pretty anxious traveler as it is. Here’s a picture of the plane we took:

They literally hold 9 passengers in total. Crazy! The weather was pretty miserable Sunday but that gave us a chance to unpack settle in, lay low, etc. We were told it would be raining all week so expectations were pretty low, but luckily, the weather shaped up on Monday and we were able to get to the beach! We rented cars to drive around the island because half of the island is Atlantic (where our villa was) and you have to go to the other side of the island for the Caribbean beaches, which are much brighter and calmer and just gorgeous.

We mostly did breakfast and lunches and home and dinners were half and half cooking and out. The food was actually pretty uninspiring at most of the restaurants we went to. It was very expensive, and nothing to write home about unfortunately. The best meals we had were the ones at home!

There was a docking area a few blocks from our villa that we could walk to where local fisherman came to sell their catches of the day. We went to check it out and they had just brought in some lobsters, so we decided to buy 4 large ones to make for dinner.

Doesn’t get much fresher than that! We kept them in the fridge to “chill them out” until it was time to make them for dinner. Here they are all ready for the boiling water 😉

After boiling them for 6-7 minutes, we severed the tails and cut them in half  to finish off in the oven.

We obviously doused them in butter after they came out of the oven and they were delicious. Maine lobster is definitely a bit sweeter than Caribbean lobster, but the texture is similar and there is a lot more meat in the Caribbean ones, so two people can easily share one if they are large. We made salt cod fritters and stir-fried veggies to go with the lobster, and it was an incredible meal.

One of the other awesome meals we had at home was rice and beans with tostones. Plantains are very common on the island (and in Puerto Rican cooking in general) and were easy to come by. I also happen to LOVE them so we had them most days we were there. Here’s a few photos of the meal:

Tostones, white rice with cilantro and jalapeno, homemade mango salsa, and black beans. The mango salsa is so easy to make and sooooo delicious. We make it at home a lot and it seemed quite appropriate for PR. It has chopped up mango, yellow bell pepper (or you can use red), red onion, lime juice, lots of cilantro, and salt. So easy and so good.

I was able to stay away from meat all vacation pretty easily, which I was happy about. If I could do it all again I would probably have picked a day or two to splurge instead of just slurging the whole time. (I say that now that I am home safe and don’t have to stick with that :P.) I ran at the hotel on Sunday and went kayaking twice for about 30-45 minutes. We also did a good amount of swimming and walking, but it was definitely an indulgent vacation but so fun and worth it.

DC’s weather is overcast and rainy and pretty cold so it’s been a little traumatic trying to adjust back to regular life. I am so glad we decided to come home on Saturday instead of Sunday so I had a day to just relax and catch up on things (grocery shop, clean up, unpack, etc). But going back to work tomorrow is going to be ROUGH.

I miss Vieques already!

Puerto Rico

I had such high hopes of blogging every day and documenting all my meals and activities while here in Puerto Rico, but clearly, it’s been a total fail. I have taken a TON of pictures and have had some incredible food and so much fun, but just wanted to let you all know I am in fact alive, just failing miserably at keeping up the blog. The house we are staying in is AMAZING, seriously. Right on the beach with our own pool and several private apartments making up the house. It’s been a blast and great weather for the most part. I am returning to DC tomorrow (unfortunately) and will update over the weekend and be back on the regular next week. Hope you all are doing well!

Pizza, Pizza

I’ve been so busy wrapping up a the last few things at work before my big trip that the days have just been FLYING by and its been wonderful! Today was a gorgeous day out, too – it was sunny and warmer than its been in a while, so it felt good to get out and walk around a bit for lunch!

Though I had brought leftovers from last night for lunch, while I was walking around outside I saw this Korean cart that I have walked by many times and wanted to try, but I never carry cash and it’s cash only… but not today! I had $10 in my pocket and was so happy once I realized it and spotted the cart. It’s on 14th and K in downtown DC right outside the Corner Bakery. I talked to the girl working the stand and she said that all the food is homemade daily and its authentic Korean. I opted for the vegetable dumplings with kimchi, which is basically Korean pickled cabbage… very flavorful and figure friendly.

The guy at the stand cooked the dumplings to order, and the dumplings and kimchi together were only $4! My kind of price. Everything was INCREDIBLE. Soooo good, I savored every dumpling.

For an afternoon snack, I brought the last 3 clementines in the bag with me, and when I took them out of the fridge, I realized 2 had some weird spots on them, so I had to throw them out… Only one last chance to try to get the peel off in one piece and…

I did it! Yesssssss! Be impressed.

After work, I went to get a quick pedicure in preparation for Puerto Rico, and I had pizza on my mind. I was thinking about going to the store to buy some ingredients to make my own, but as I walked into the nail studio, I walked right past pie-tanza, a wood-fired pizza place. It was literally next door to the nail salon so I ran in and grabbed a menu to look at while I was getting my toes done. The menu had a bunch of great options, so I decided to go for it and picked out:

12″ Grilled Vegetable Pizza ~ roasted red peppers, seasoned and grilled eggplant and zucchini, sliced roma tomato and black olives with red sauce, mozzarella and fontina cheeses

Goat Cheese Salad ~ mixed field greens, minced red onion, diced roma tomato, goat cheese and toated walnuts with halved red crapes in a light oregano vinaigrette (i got the dressing on the side)

I ordered it for carry out and the timing worked out perfectly. I met my boyfriend at home with the goods and we dove right in. Here is my plate:

I may or may not have had a third piece of pizza  and a second helping of salad (most may). Everything was awesome and definitely a place I would go back for my next pizza craving. It wasn’t too too heavy like Domino’s can be, and there were lots of great veggies and tasty cheese on it. It definitely hit the spot!

Now I’m off to eat some popcorn while watching Pam and Jim have their baby!!!

Warning: Don’t Try This Without Gloves

Seeing as I showed you the contents of my wonderful lunchbox earlier, you can probably venture to guess today’s eats. Breakfast was the Trader Joe’s oatmeal with some fiber one, and lunch was a sweet potato with black beans and pineapple salsa… (close up!)

with a salad on the side with dill and roasted red and yellow peppers:

Snacks included all the fruit you saw… grapes, grapefruit, apple, and clementines. yum!

Two funny-ish things happened. First, after all my gushing about the lunchbox and how wonderful it is, I am an idiot and left it at work. I was cooking dinner and went to go start packing my lunch and realized. Ironic isn’t it because I always put it right in my purse after unloading everything in the fridge, but not today because I felt the need to take pictures.

Second, I am still trying to regain your confidence in my clementine peeling skills, so I thought today was the day. I literally said to myself, “OK you can do this..” and then, this is how far I got before the piece broke off:

ha. Good job, Beth.

All day I had been craving a waffle sandwich. There in a Dunkin Donuts that I pass by on my way to the metro and they have decided its a good idea to change their signs to larger than life pictures of their Waffle Breakfast Sandwich which has eggs, sausage and cheese. I decided to make my own version as a snack before the gym, but thought peanut butter and bananas would be a safer pre-workout option than sausage 😉

I used 1 whole wheat frozen waffle (toasted), 1/2 large banana sliced, and 1 tbsp Better ‘N Peanut Butter. I ate it open faced and it was sooo good.

Definitely something you’ll be seeing again. Yum. Day five in a row of working out.. tomorrow will definitely be a well earned rest day. I did 45 minutes on the elliptical at level 10, but went slower than usual and just enjoyed it. I get really bored on the machines even though I am watching TV and doing a bunch of other things to try to keep myself busy (like calculating the percentage of my workout that I have finished because I am crazy).. So I went for 15 minutes pedaling forward, then 15 minutes backwards, then 15 minutes forward again on the crosstrainer. For some reason it helps the time go faster for me…

And then, onto the main event.. FOOD. I needed to redeem myself to my palate after last night’s horrendous dinner. Over the weekend I found loose beets at the grocery store for $1 a pound, so I got 4 medium sized beets for $1.02! I love me some bargains. They were trimmed without the greens and looked like this before I got to them:

I cut off the ends and then decided to wrap them in foil and roast them at 400 while I went to the gym. I left them in the oven for 1 hour 15 minutes, and then let them cool (but not for the whole 3o minutes I was supposed to because I was getting hungry!). After they cool a bit the skin comes off pretty easily, but beware, DO NOT ATTEMPT THIS WITHOUT GLOVES. I honestly never would have thought to wear gloves, but I am so lucky that my boyfriend warned me to wear them (and that hes a chef so we even have them in the house) because they stain EVERYTHING:

I wore them to peel the skin off the beets and am so glad that ended up on the gloves and not on my precious hands. Here’s the peeled beets:

They turned out AWESOME. While those were sitting cooling, I sauteed some polenta with nonstick spray (also from Trader Joe’s) and put that in the bottom of the bowl. I then threw 1/2 cup of shelled edamame in the pan, cut up the beets into chunks, and threw them in with the edamame. I added a little apple cider vinegar (random, I know) and then put the beet-edamame mixture over the polenta, and ta da!

Verdict? Delicious! I think I have redeemed myself to myself (I hope).  The textures and colors of this dish worked well and it tasted great. Also, the beets were totally fun to roast and peel, even though they were messy. I definitely want to do some more experimenting and at that price, I will!

If you can’t tell, I am trying to use up everything in my house because I leave for Puerto Rico in three days! Ahhh!  Now onto catching up on last night’s episode of the Biggest Loser, which I am so glad that Melissa is no longer on. Night!!

Best Lunchbox Ever AND One Whole Year

As I’ve mentioned on here a few times, I bring my breakfast, lunch, and all my snacks with me to work. This allows me to eat healthy, save money, and not have to stay at work the extra 30 minutes because I eat lunch at my desk 😛

I was looking and looking for a lunchbox that would hold enough things, and I found the perfect one! It is stretchy material so it can stretch out to fit whatever you put in there, it zips shut, its insulated, AND it folds down flat once you’re done so you can just shove it in your purse/bag. Take a look at how much stuff I can fit in there. Here it is zipped shut after I just got to work:

And here is everything that was inside

A takeout container with black beans, the end of a bag of salad, a grapefruit, an apple, frozen oatmeal from Trader Joes, three clementines, a bag of green and red grapes (changing it up!) and a sweet potato. Crazy that that all fits in there! I got this lunch box at Target for just $10! Highly recommend it for those of you who bring your breakfast and/or lunch to work.

Be prepared, rare sappiness ahead..

While I was on the metro riding into work today, I was thinking about what I have to do at work today, and then I realized, it’s March 3! One year ago today I joined Weight Watchers and it has really changed my life. And, it has definitely been the best year of my life. I could go on and on about all the things that have changed, but let me spare you and just highlight a few.

  • I’ve lost over 50 pounds!
  • I started running and now love it and have completed six races!
  • I completely transformed my diet and exercise regimen
  • I have transitioned into a mostly whole foods diet
  • I work out 4-5 times a week and feel like something is missing if I don’t!
  • I have been able to save money because I bring my breakfast/lunch into work every day instead of buying out every day like I used to!
  • I can shop in any store I want to
  • I feel so much healthier
  • I am so much healthier

I think its easy to lose sight of all the changes you’ve made and give yourself a hard time about missing a workout or having a slip up, but sometimes it’s important to sit back and pat yourself on the back for how far you’ve come. Sometimes. Over the last year, I have had more than my fair share of slip-ups and have eaten a lot of crap that I wish I hadn’t and felt guilty about the next day, but really, I have made some incredible changes in my life, and for today, I’m going to embrace them and be proud! =D

Dinner Fail

Today was pretty uneventful… had leftover oatmeal for breakfast with 1/2 cup each yogurt and fiber one on top.. I ate the oatmeal cold, which I thought sounded gross when I first read about someone eating overnight oats, but I actually really like it! It’s kind of like cold cereal meets oatmeal, hard to describe unless you’ve tasted it, but definitely something worth tasting. It’s nice for me because when I bring it to work I can just eat it right at my desk without having to heat it up or anything. Lunch was leftover Soba Noodles w/tofu and chinese veggies (which were JUST as great for lunch!) and snacks included 1 cup of grapes, 94% FF popcorn, and a small red grapefruit. Not terribly exciting eats today.

After work I came home with the intention of doing a good, long workout and I was just totally out of steam. I did 15 minutes on the bike to warm up, some upper body weights, and then ran for 30 minutes. I was planning on running for 45 minutes but I just couldn’t go anymore, and then I got to thinking and realized it was day four in a row of working out. For me, three days in a row is the charm, and if I go one more day in a row my body begs for a rest day. So, I stopped running after 30 minutes and walked the last 15 minutes at a big incline (from 6.0 up to 12.0), and then stretched, a lot. I’m happy to report that my quads are feeling wayy better today – much less sore than yesterday!

I don’t know why, but I generally HATE stretching. I guess I feel like when I’m done doing cardio and weights, I’m done working out, and I just want to get out of the gym. I know a lot of people embrace stretching because they’re done with their workout and can just relax, but for me, I just want to be done and outta there! Something I definitely have to work on because there are tons of benefits of stretching, including injury prevention.

So then came the worst dinner in history. I barely even want to write about it because the taste has just gotten out of my mouth and I want to forget about it as soon as possible! The funny thing is, I pretty much love all food, so for me to find something I don’t like is very rare… I generally like tempeh, but I usually use the plain kind and put it in wraps or on sandwiches or just grill it, and add a bunch of other flavorful ingredients. I don’t have it that often but I was excited to try this kind that I found at Whole Foods:

Two servings in that package, lots of protein and fiber. I even read some reviews online that said the Zesty Lemon flavor was great and that a lot of tempeh can be bland.. but not this kind. Instructions on the package were to pan fry it in oil but I used non stick spray instead. I sauteed some garlic, red onion, and shelled edamame, and then added some fire roasted tomatoes. I put the veggie mix and tempeh over whole wheat couscous, made the second portion for lunch tomorrow, and then sat down to eat it:

It was AWFUL. Seriously, that Zesty Lemon flavor tempeh was so gross I couldn’t even eat it… can’t remember the last time that happened! I ended up eating some leftover falafel with pita instead, and then went back to try one more piece to make sure I did in fact hate it, and EW! I literally threw out the container that I had gotten ready for lunch tomorrow and then chugged a few glasses of lemon water to try to get the taste out of my mouth… yuck. They do have two other flavors – BBQ and Ginger, that I think might be more palatable than this one, but I’m on a self inflicted hiatus from tempeh for a little while. Better luck next time.

Slow Down!

I was pretty excited when I was setting my alarm last night and realized I got to sleep in/didn’t have to be into work until 10:30am today! I had requested to use the last 1.5 hours of comp time from my conference last month (because you have to use it within 30 days) and it slipped my mind. That allowed for a leisurely morning, so I woke up at 8:30am and watched the Today Show while I sipped my coffee.. one thing I majorly miss out on from working in an office. As soon as I got up though, I felt like a 90 year old woman. My quads were SO SORE, literally it hurt to get out of bed, stand up, sit down, etc. Bad news.

I snacked on 1/4 of a large cantaloupe:

while I started making steel cut oats. I made two servings so I can bring one in for breakfast tomorrow, and mixed in vanilla extract and some agave syrup. I topped it off with 1/2 cup of fiber one, but the camera ate the picture. Watched a bit more of the Today Show and then headed to the metro and into work!

The day goes by so fast when there’s 1.5 hours less of it, really. For lunch I had leftovers from last night’s feast, reworked a bit:

I used 3 leftover falafel patties and one pita, and had it over romaine with sprouts. I also used a bunch of unpictured leftover tzatziki. Yum.

After lunch, my friend from work, Emily, asked me to go on a walk with her and I welcomed the opportunity to get out of the office. Sometimes I get really jealous of people who live in the country and have amazing trails to run on and scenic views out their door, but today, I was pretty appreciative of what’s right outside of my office:

Oh you know, just the White House! 🙂 We stopped and got some green tea at Starbucks before looping back to the office and the rest of the day went by like that.

When I got home I decided to do some low key working out to loosen up my legs and then do some stretching. I walked for 15 minutes, jogged slowly for 26 minutes, and then did 15 minutes on the elliptical. Afterwards I stretched for a long time, and I’m definitely feeling a lot better, though still pretty sore.

For dinner, I had been dying to use these Soba Noodles I bought:

I also had some pre-cubed tofu and some frozen Chinese Stir-Fry Veggies (Broccoli, Carrots, Mushrooms, Onions, Red Pepper, Water Chestnuts, and Sugar Snap Peas – awesome!), so I decided to make a meal of it!

I boiled some water for the soba noodles, and while that was coming to a boil, I sauteed garlic and ginger in some nonstick olive oil spray:

Once that got going a bit and started smelling fragrant, I added the tofu, along with a little veggie broth, fish sauce, and red chili paste:

I cooked that and stirred it all together for about 10 minutes until it starting getting brown and looked like this:

While that was cooking, I boiled the soba noodles and rinsed them with cold water. I set aside about half the tofu for lunch tomorrow, and then put half the soba noodles into the pan with the tofu:

In another pan, I heated a little of the veggie broth and then added the frozen vegetables. Once those were defrosted, I added them to the pan with the noodles and tofu, and added a little bit more fish sauce and red chili paste and mixed it all together. The result turned out great and was really flavorful, filling, and healthy!

Definitely something I will make again (and have tomorrow for lunch!).

I think all of have a few things we need to work on health wise, and one of the main things that I struggle with is how fast I eat. I tend to polish down food before I even realize I’m eating it, and it has been proven that there’s a delay between when you put food into your stomach and when your brain realized you’re full. I have always been a fast eater, and I’m sure this has contributed to my struggles with weight. Tonight, I tried a new tactic that I’ve heard can help – I used chopsticks to eat my dinner. It even went with the Asian theme…

Results? It definitely worked at slowing me down a bit, but I am pretty good with chopsticks because I’ve been using them since I was a kid, so I was still eating pretty fast. 😉 While I think I might try to use them more often because it did help some, I don’t think using chopsticks is a really feasible everyday thing for me, but we’ll see!

Only 4 more days of work for me until Puerto Rico!!! I cannot wait! 🙂

Mezze!

I had in mind that I wanted to make falafel for dinner because I had purchased this mix at the store:

The mix just called to add water and was all natural so I was excited about it. But then my boyfriend suggested we add a few other dishes to the mix to make a mezze feast, which is basically the same thing as tapas but with a Mediterranean twist instead of Spanish, so small plates. We ran out to the grocery store and ended up making a spread that you would think we had invited a few other people over to enjoy with us, but that wasn’t the case… ha

He took over the falafel and ended up adding diced up zucchini and red onions to the mix in addition to the water, and made them into patties:

We then pan fried those with a little olive oil and nonstick spray

My boyfriend made a shrimp and chickpea dish and we picked up some dips and pita to go with the theme. I also made a tzatziki sauce similar to the one from last night, but with nonfat yogurt as a base instead of the sour cream. The sauce had the yogurt, cucumber, dill, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper and went perfectly with the falafel. Here’s a picture of the spread:

I told you we should have invited some more people over! 🙂 That is forty spice hummus, toasted pita, fruit salad, tzatziki sauce, the chickpea and shrimp dish, falafel, stuffed grape leaves, olives with feta, and babaganoush (eggplant dip). It was incredible ,but obviously way too much food. At least I have lunch for a few days!

Here’s a picture of my plate:

I ate most of this and may or may not have gone back for another pieces of falafel. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the olives and feta mix that we got at the olive bar at the grocery store. It was just way too salty for me so I turned those all over to my boyfriend, but everything else was awesome.

My official chip time for the 5k came in after dinner… 28:50 which is a 9min17sec mile which I am pretty happy about. It’s my fastest 5k time to date so that is exciting but I definitely felt like I could have gone faster if I felt better during the run. Next race is April 11th, 6 weeks from today! It’s a 10 mile race, which will be my farthest race to date. I have done 2 10ks before but never further than that in an official setting, so this should be a challenge, but I’m actually looking forward to it.

Time to enjoy the last few hours of the weekend… Big Love tonight and this is the last episode before the finale!! Hope you all had a great weekend. 🙂

Love the Run You’re With 5k Race Recap

I’m done with my first race of 2010! And to be honest, it didn’t go as well as I was hoping. Next time I think it’s a good idea to try a newish activity the day before a race, remind me it’s not ;). I woke up this morning and my quads were so sore and after a few minutes I realized it’s probably because I decided to run on an incline yesterday on the treadmill. Because I didn’t want to go fast to loosen up, I was going at 5.6mph, which is a lot slower than I’m used to. It didn’t feel challenging enough, so I opted for the incline, but in retrospect, it probably would have been better just to go with the elliptical.

I woke up at 7:15am and made some coffee in the french press and frothed some skim milk. I gotta say that frothing the milk for my coffee makes such a huge difference in how much I enjoy it.. I really feel like I’m at a coffee shop but then I look around and realize I’m just in my apartment… sad story.

I even put a little pumpkin pie spice on top! For pre-race fuel, along with the coffee, I had:

1 Whole Wheat Thomas Bagel Thin with 1 tbsp almond butter and a sliced up banana. I ate it like a sandwich:

After having breakfast and coffee, I got into my gear and headed out the door!

It turned out to be way colder than I was expecting and even started flurrying. My friend was supposed to run it with me but bailed last minute, so I was there by myself which is always a little awkward when you have no one to talk to before or after the race! Then the race started and I just was not feeling that great during the run for some reason. Just one of those days, I guess, and my quads were really sore. I think I had put a lot of pressure on myself to go really fast so all the build up just didn’t pan out well. I just wanted the run to be over for most of the race. I much prefer enjoying the run while its going on.. maybe next time.

My official time was 28:50 which is a 9m17s pace, which is still pretty good for me, but not 27m48s like my treadmill 5k from Wednesday! They were giving away Coconut Waters after the race, so I grabbed… 4 🙂 I love free stuff, don’t hate.

I drank this and then had 3 clementines post race.

I tried unsuccessfully to get the skins off in one piece but failed 3x in a row. I still have a lot left in the bag so hopefully I’ll be able to prove my clementine peeling skills before the end of the bag.

I took a bubble bath and am now just having a relaxing Sunday. My quads are still really sore so I think I’m just going to take it easy for the rest of the day.

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