Eggs

Gone Crabbin’

Hi! I’m just getting settled back in after the weekend away for Father’s Day. It turned out to be an awesome weekend but went by way too quickly, as they usually do. Friday night I picked my boyfriend up from work and we left DC around 7 to head to my parent’s house in New Jersey. It ended up taking us just over 3 hours, so we arrived around 10:30p, chatted a bit, and then crashed pretty hard.

For father’s day this year, my dad decided he wanted to do fishing of some sort, but after working out the logistics we all decided crabbing would be a better option. We had to get out there early, so woke up at 6am on Saturday and got in the car before 7 to head to the bay. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, but it was SO awesome. We couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous day – it was in the 80s but dry, sunny, and just the right amount of breeze. Here’s a picture of my sister, her hubby Justin, and my mom on out boat, and you can see the gorgeous weather in the background.

Here I am, happy as a clam (or crab?)

We got taken out into the bay just after 8 and ended up staying out for 5 hours. They give you drop lines where you put the bait (whole fish that you cut up!) onto a hook and then drop it into the water. It’s not like fishing because you don’t hook the crabs, you just slowly bring them up towards the service while they’re eating the bait and then catch them with a net. We also had crab traps which you drop off the side of the boat after securing the bait in them, and then pull up periodically to check for crabs. Once you get the crabs, you put them into a bushel ont he boat, and then keep crabbing for more. It was really fun, and the 5 hours seriously flew by. I couldn’t believe it was time to go when it was, but we left with A LOT of crabs. Here’s a look at our catches of the day.

We ended up leaving with over 50 crabs! I was so excited to have a crab feast, but unfortunately didn’t get that great of pictures because I was very ready to eat them by then! We ended up boiling them with some of the crab seasoning we bought at the shop which was basically Old Bay. I use the term “we” loosely because my boyfriend did all the cooking, but I stood by and steadily handed him beer, a necessity alongside crabs, if you ask me. 😉 Here they are cooking and ready to be picked.

And a picture of our setup outside with newspaper down for easy cleanup.

My sister, Dad, and Grandma getting excited about picking! You can’t see it well, but I ended up grilling some fresh New Jersey corn to go with the crabs, and my boyfriend made an awesome potato salad with dill, mayo, vinegar, and mustard. My mom also whipped up some coleslaw which got good reviews too, but I’m not a fan of coleslaw so didn’t have any. It was such a fun day! I loved the simplicity of it all – sitting out on a boat with a string catching the crabs one by one, and then later eating what we caught. I’d never been crabbing before and the whole experience was awesome, the catching and eating ranking pretty similar in my book.

We ended up watching last week’s premier of Top Chef and then getting to bed pretty early. I woke up around 7:45 and went on a bike ride with my dad this morning. It’s funny because he loves to bike ride and always used to beg me to go on rides with him a few years ago and I hated it. Sometimes I would begrudgingly go and my butt would be so sore and I just wasn’t in any shape to be riding long distances. But yesterday, I actually asked him if he wanted to go on a bike ride today and he was so happy – my how the tables have turned! Here’s today’s stats:

Duration: 1h27min53sec

Distance: 17.03 miles

Avg. Speed: 11.6 mph

Avg. Pace: 5:09 min/mile

Calories: 751

It was a great ride – and it had been too long since my last one! My camera actually died so I didn’t take any pictures of my meals today, but my mom and I made everyone eggs after the ride with tomatoes, onions, spinach and cheese. I also cut up a canteloupe from the farmer’s market and mixed it with some blueberries – and we had some homemade biscuits that were left over from the crab feast. After breakfast we got on the road back and made it home in just over 3 hours. We’re now just relaxing and looking forward to True Blood tonight and laying low.

How was your weekend?

Crabby in a Good Way

So I wrote this title this morning but now I’m feeling SLIGHTLY crabby in a bad way because I left my camera at home with all my pictures from last night and this morning! 🙁

Last night turned out to be a lovely evening. The boy got off from work early and brought home crabcakes from the restaurant, so we cooked dinner together and ate out on the balcony. Before he got home, I went on a 2.5 mile walk (in 38 minutes) around my neighborhood just to get out and move a bit. I sometimes forget how nice just walking around and exploring can be sometimes. We had some collard greens from the farm share that I wanted to cook, so as my sister Heather suggested, I grabbed an orange and cooked the collards with the juice from the orange and segments from the orange. We also made some bulgur with onions and carrots for a grain, and I had one huge crabcake (the boyfriend had two). We drank some wine and sat out chatting on the balcony, and then all of a sudden it was 1am! It was so nice to just sit outside because the night was so nice instead of in front of the TV like normal.

Even though I was up so late (I’m usually in bed by 11pm tops!) I forced myself to get out of bed and go for a run this morning! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I am NOT a morning exerciser. I sometimes try but can never get myself out of bed to actually go. But today was a bit different because I am going to my parents house tonight after work and won’t have time to workout, plus did a very light workout yesterday (the walk) so wanted to get in another good one before going away for the weekend. I woke up at 7am, put on my running clothes, and went! My biggest mistake was I didn’t even have a sip of water before leaving – – I’ll make sure not to do that again! The weather was PERFECT – sunny and clear and in the low 70s. Here’s the stats:

Distance: 3.11 miles

Duration: 30m:45sec

Avg. Pace: 6.0 mph

Avg. Speed: 9:59 min/mile

Calories: 361

When I set out I wasn’t sure exactly how far I wanted to go and ended up going a different route than normal. I ended up doing a 5k which is shorter than my normal runs but I was pressed for time.

After the run, I wanted to use my leftover crab cake from last night for breakfast. I made it into two smaller ones because the size of the restaurant crab cakes is huge, and just cooked it up in a pan. I toasted an arnold thin and put the browned crab meat on top, and then pan fried an egg with nonstick spray. I actually bought some eggs at the farmer’s market last night on my way home from work, and so I was looking forward to eating them for breakfast today. All of the eggs are a slightly different size since they’re fresh, so I of course picked the biggest one. When I cracked it into the pan, I noticed there were two yolks! I love how the yolk makes a sauce on whatever you’re eating if you leave it runny, so I did not mind one bit.

So 5k run and delicious Eggs Chesapeake for breakfast. What did you do to kick off Friday?

College Again?

Today has been a little bit of a slow start after last night’s festivities. It was a fun night and celebrating was in order because one of my best friends graduated from law school yesterday!! Let’s rewind a bit, shall we?

After work, I came home and made a quick snack to tide me over.

Almond Butter + Crofters Europe on Whole Wheat Potato Bread with a glass of Almond Milk. Then I went and got a pedicure since the pool opens this weekend, plus my eyebrows done. It was fun and while getting my toes done, I finished reading Harvesting the Heart by Jodi Picoult. This book was pretty slow to start and took me a while to get into, but then it got really good and I couldn’t put it down about half way through. She’s one of my favorite authors and I’d never even heard of this book, but I found it in my Community Book Room.

After that, the boyfriend and I went and got a bite to eat at Hamlet, a bar/restaurant close to our apartment. I had a few glasses of wine, and got a fire roasted artichoke to start.

I shared, but probably ate about 2/3 of this. It was pretty good but I would have liked it to be cooked a bit more so the edible parts were a little softer. I also ordered a half salad:

Which was pretty big for a half size! It had greens, candied pecans, cashews, dried cranberries, tomatoes, avocado, and goat cheese. I ordered the dressing on the side but didn’t use it because there was a lot going on in the salad as it was. It was delish! The only problem was it had chicken in it and I didn’t realize it until it came out the first time, so I had to send it back.

After that, I went and met the new JD in DC for some drinks at Madhatter. It was a lot of fun and I felt like I was in college again – not getting home until after 2am! I can’t even tell you the last time I was out that late. It felt like being back in college! Here’s a pic of us girls at the bar:

Jess (the law school grad!!), Lianne, Me, and Katie (Jess’s little sis).

And that’s one of Lianne, me, and my vodka soda. 😉

Since I got home so late, I slept later than I have in years – until almost 12!! I woke up earlier than that but wasn’t feeling so hot so made myself go back to sleep and when I woke up for the final time I was feeling pretty good. I decided to have a stabilizing breakfast (slash lunch) which was actually delicious.

I pan fried an egg and melted some cheese on top, and then placed it on a bed of microgreens for an egg sandwich.

It was on Whole Wheat Potato Bread and reallly hit the spot.

I also had a sliced up apple to go with the egg sandwich.

Yum. I have been slacking a lot on cooking lately but I’m hoping to get back into it this weekend. I am so excited to have 3 days off and my boyfriend actually has the whole weekend off too! Not sure exactly what today will bring, but we might go thriftin’, shop for a few more plants, and get geared up for a little Memorial Day Party that we’re having on Monday with some friends by the pool. Today is kind of gloomy and overcast, but tomorrow and Monday are supposed to be really hot and sunny, so hopefully I’ll log some hours by the pool. 🙂

Happy Saturday!

Office Breakfast Success

Morning/almost afternoon! 🙂

Today’s office breakfast went great. Last night after work, Kelly and I went shopping to pick up a bunch of things to cook at the office, and then we ordered some food from Corner Bakery that was catered. The catered food came at 9am today, so we set it up in the conference room.

We had a huge fruit tray with pineapple, melon, oranges, grapes, kiwi and strawberries, and then two trays of muffins, bagels, pastries, cinnamon rolls, and various other breakfast treats. We also had two containers of coffee delivered along with the food.

Then, we got to cooking! We have an in office griddle, and then a few other people brought griddles and George Formans. We scrambled up a bunch of eggs

Cooked up a bunch of bacon and sausage:

We ended up leaving a griddle hot for people to cook their own eggs if they wanted them fried or any way other than scrambled, but everyone just went for the scrambled so we cooked up the rest of the eggs half way through breakfast. Everyone really enjoyed themselves and almost every single person in the office came to eat in the conference room! Here’s the buffet in action:

I was the only person to fry their own egg, but I like to stand out from the crowd. 😉 Here was my first plate:

1 fried egg, 2 pieces of veggie sausage, 1/2 whole wheat bagel, and lots of fruit. I definitely went back and had the other half of the bagel and more fruit, and a few bites of the other treats while cleaning up. Overall the breakfast was quite a success! We normally do happy hours for our social committee events so the in-office breakfast was a nice change of pace. I think next time we will not get the catered food and will just go with cook your own because the catered food costs so much and it was actually really fun doing all the cooking! We can easily pick up bagels, muffins, and other treats to supplement the eggs/bacon/sausage, and pay far less than what we did today. 🙂

Work events can make it really hard to stay on track with healthy eating because you generally don’t have too much control over what is there and its just so easy to go back for seconds, thirds, etc. Here are some tips that I try to use when navigating an office event:

1.) Be on the planning committee if possible! This one worked especially well for today because I sort of took the lead on ordering the food/picking out the groceries. This meant that we had plenty of fresh fruit, veggie sausage (!), and other healthy things to choose from.

2.) Do a round before you make your plate – I try to do this anytime I am at a buffet so that I can see everything there is to pick from before I choose what I’m going to have. If I start from the beginning and just grab everything that looks good, I end up with way too much food on my plate. This way you can pick the treats you want to have but focus on getting mostly good stuff loaded up on your plate.

3.) Sit away from the buffet table – It’s too easy to turn around and pile more food on your plate if you’re sitting/standing near the source of food. If you put yourself away from it, you can still go back for seconds, but it takes a little bit more thought/planning to do so.

4.) Sit near people you like! Ha. This one seems like something you’d probably do for other reasons, but I find that I always do a lot more talking and a little less eating when I’m engaged in conversation with people. Plus, if you’re in a deep convo with people you’re less likely to jump up to head back to food.

5.) Plan ahead – Realize that in all likelihood, you are going to eat more at that meal than you normally will. Plan your day accordingly. For example, today I packed a pretty light lunch because I knew I’d be eating a lot at breakfast, and plan to go for a run after work to balance it all out.

6.) Have a treat – If you try to be too good, you’re going to crack. I don’t normally have bagels because even though I love them, they don’t really fill me up and they’re pretty dense calorie wise for not leaving me full. But today, I let myself have a bagel because I knew I’d probably eat a cinnamon bun, a sweet crisp (whatever that was) and various other pastries if I tried too hard to limit myself. Pick out what you want the most, and just have some!

What other tips or rules do you have for office events like this?

How Do You Take ‘Em?

I think my body really enjoyed yesterday’s leisurely morning because today I woke up before my alarm went off (around 7:20 which I know is considered late to some) and I was wide awake! I got out of bed and had time to make a nice breakfast, watch the Today show, drink a cup of coffee, fold a load of laundry, get ready, and pack my lunch before work! My normal morning routine is more like get out of bed, get ready as quickly as possible, grab my breakfast/lunch out of the fridge, and hurry to the metro. I am really enjoying getting up a little earlier and having a lot more time for me in the mornings.

I’m also glad to report that I am feeling a lot better this morning. Soreness wise (from Saturday’s shenanigans) I am feeling 95% better, and sick-wise, 75%. Those numbers are a bit arbitrary, but point is I am feeling a lot better today. I am so glad I took it easy yesterday.

Breakfast today was simple, but delicious. Ever seen one of these before?

It kind of looks like a pear, but it’s actually a Champagne Mango. It’s similar to a regular mango, but is smaller in size and the flesh is less fibrous (doesn’t get stuck in your teeth as much!) I’d never seen these before, but I found them on the grocery store (on sale!) so I picked one up to try and had it today with breakfast. It was delicious! I love mango and this was pretty sweet and juicy, and not stringy like larger mangos can sometimes be. The seed is the same as a larger mango, thin down the middle of the fruit.

I made two eggs over easy, and had each one on top of a toasted piece of Martin’s Whole Wheat Potato Bread (my new fav). I also scored the mango and had that on the side.

This was an awesome breakfast, albeit simple. As you probably know by now, I love love love eggs, and sometimes simple is best when it comes to breakfast!

What’s your favorite way to eat eggs? Or, if you’re not an egg lover, what’s your favorite breakfast? My absolute favorite way to have eggs is poached, but over easy is a close second. As long as the yolk is super runny, I am good.

Back to Bikram

Happy Weekend to you! Disappearing on Friday nights seems to be a trend for me lately, sorry about that! I ended up spontaneously going to a Bikram class at 6 after work yesterday and it was awesome. I tend to get really into things when I get into them, and I think I burned myself out a little bit from going to Bikram for almost a week straight when I first started. I loved it, but getting the week unlimited of Bikram at the new studio made me overdo it a bit because I wanted to get my money’s worth (even though it was only $20).

I haven’t gone since that week, so it’s been almost 3 weeks, and when I went last night, it felt GREAT. I was a little concerned because I hadn’t planned to go, so I hadn’t been drinking that much water throughout the day and I wasn’t sure if I’d be mentally ready since its so intense, but when I got there, it just felt right. In the previous times I’d gone I was sort of counting down until the class was over (“Only 20 minutes left”) because I was so hot, but this time I could barely believe when the class was wrapping up and I just felt good the whole time. Lesson to me is that Bikram is good for me, but I should only go a few times a week max so I don’t get burned out on it.

After Bikram, I went into DC and hung out with my friend Lianne for a while. On the way there, I ate a Luna Bar that I had packed.

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I really liked this flavor and to be honest I kind of thought I wasn’t going to like it. It was pretty refreshing and perfect for after Bikram. Lianne and I drank some wine and had some snacks (Garden Sunchips and toasted bread with hummus) but no pics. I had about 3 glasses of wine over the course of 3 hours so I didn’t overdo it too much. And our friends Amber and Mike came over for a bit to hang out too, which was fun. I didn’t end up getting home until almost 1am so just went to sleep pretty quickly after getting home.

And I slept hard – I don’t think I moved all night. I love that about Bikram. When I woke up this morning around 10:30am, I was starving since I didn’t have anything too significant after Bikram last night. I had some veggies in the fridge I wanted to use up, so I decided to do a farm fresh egg scramble.

I caramelized some onions, added in Mediterranean squash (which looks a lot like avocado to me!), and then added 4 eggs (for me and my boyfriend). Towards the end I added some crumbled goat cheese which was the perfect finish.

Doesn’t that squash look like avocado?? I served the scramble alongside a toasted english muffin (the only bread we have left in the house!) and 1/2 a mango. For the mango, I just sliced it along both sides of the big seed in the middle to separate the two halves. Then, for each half, I just sliced it (but not through the skin) and you can eat it like that with a spoon, a fork, or use a knife to cut those off the skin for perfect mango chunks.

Today I am going to a bootcamp style workout party with some other bloggers and friends in the DC area. It’s sponsored by Dove and apparently we’re getting free shirts and dove samples! I love me some free stuff, plus I’m sure this workout with kick my butt. Assuming I make it through alive, I’ll be back afterwards.

Have a good day!

Change of Plans

Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day. Sad story with the rain. It ruined our plans for the day, and its supposed to rain through tomorrow night so there’s no real hope of it stopping in the immediate future. Our plan was to drive out to the farm where our CSA is coming from this year, take a hayride to the strawberry field, and then pick fresh strawberries! There’s also mini golf on the farm and we bought groceries yesterday for a picnic! I was so looking forward to our field trip, but when we woke up this morning the weather made us change plans.

We ended up going back to sleep and getting to sleep in, and then made a delicious breakfast at home. We’re not sure exactly whats in store for the rest of the day, but it’ll be a fun day none the less and not being at work! 🙂 When we first woke up, we knew we wanted to have the farm fresh eggs that we went searching for yesterday, and we made a similar hash to what we had on Saturday. I love when making breakfast hash you can use anything you have around! I still had 1/2 sweet potato, and 1 white potato left from the Farmer’s market last week, so that’s what we used for potatoes. We also had one ear of corn left, and some leftover grilled veggies from last night. Together, it made a delicious breakfast hash!

For this hash, we didn’t pre-cook the potatoes, just chopped them up and put them in the pan for about 10 minutes before any of the other veggies. Don’t mess with them too much in the pan, only turning every few minutes, so that they can get browned and crispy. After those were getting soft, we added in the corn, and then the leftover veggies from last night. Alongside the hash, I had 2 eggs over easy, and a toasted bagel thin.

I decided today I definitely like poached eggs more than in a pan – – they stay a lot looser when poaching and I just like the texture better. Fried eggs are just a little easier because there’s no water/vinegar involved. I also threw together a fruit salad, with 1 apple, 1 banana, and 6 strawberries, all chopped up.

I had a nice scoop of this after finishing the rest of my breakfast, but there’s leftover fruit salad which will not go to waste.

I’m off to enjoy my day, hope Monday is treating you well!

Fun Friday

Hey! Sorry for not coming back last night… twas a late night with a few too many cocktails, but lots of fun. 🙂

I went to Maddy’s after work for some drinks with two of my best girlfriends in DC. We were actually looking for somewhere to sit outside, and shortly after we parked my friend’s car, it started to DOWNPOUR. So even though the rain sucked, timing worked out well because we weren’t sitting outside yet when it started. The place we chose is somewhere I hadn’t been in a long time, and I forgot just how cute it is! We got a few things to share. First, housemade tortilla chips with white queso and salsa.

And then we got a flatbread, which was basically a pizza, that was out of this world.

It had an eggplant spread, figs, carmelized onions, and gorgonzola crumbles. It was supposed to come with proscuitto too but we asked for it without. It was sooo good. I had 2-3 small pieces of that and a bunch of chips. We ended up ordering fries to split between the three of us a little later, but after a few of these:

Snapping a photo wasn’t the first thing on my mind. 🙂 I had 3 vodka soda’s and then a dirty martini… and then we went back to Lianne’s house and had another glass of wine. Eek! It was over the course of several hours so luckily I wasn’t too tipsy, but definitely drank a bit more than I planned too. It was a splurge night, what can I say. And, it was really fun, so no regrets. 🙂

Moving along, this morning I woke up feeling surprisingly good and the first thing on my mind was… shocker… breakfast. I ended up throwing together a delicious wrap with a breakfast potato hash on the side.

For the potato hash (serves 2):

  • 1/2 medium sweet potato
  • 1 small white potato
  • ~ 1/2 cup sweet corn, frozen
  • 2 large green onions, chopped
  • 2 tsp canola oil

I peeled and chopped the potatoes, and then put them in a pot with cold water and brought it to a boil. Always remember to start the water cold with potatoes, not throw them into boiling water, because it always for more even cooking.  Once it was boiling, I took them off the heat since they’d be cooking more in the pan, and they were slightly al dente. I then threw them into a pan with the oil and corn, and let it sit for a few minutes to brown the one side, before mixing them up and letting them sit again. I threw in the green onions during the last two minutes of cooking, and the hash turned out awesome! The potatoes and the corn got crispy from browning and the flavor was just great.

The breakfast wrap had 2 scrambled eggs, some Morningstar Farms sausage style crumbles, and some shredded mozzarella cheese. I wrapped it up in a Flatout Wrap that I found in the depths of my freezer.

This breakfast was awesome, but definitely a little heavier than normal. I wanted to get some good food in my stomach because I’m going on a nice long bikeride today with some girlfriends. I’m biking into the city to meet them, which is about 7.5 miles. Then we’re going to bike down to the mall and have a light picnic, and then I’ll be biking back home, so I expect to do 15-20 miles today. I’ll wear my Garmin so I can figure out just how far it is, but I am really looking forward to it! It’s a gorgeous day here in DC – mid 70s, sunny, and not humid at all. Perfect day for biking!

Hope your Saturday is great and I’ll be back later!

Easy Creamy Tomato Soup

Hey! How has your Wednesday been? Mine has actually been really good! The weather held up for most of the day, so I got to run the errands I put off yesterday and now have another pair of work pants that fit! Woohoo. I had an awesome snack in the afternoon around 4:30.

A plain Chobani with a packet of Truvia, a crushed Weetabix biscuit, and 1 tbsp coconut flakes. Delicious. As soon as 5pm rolled around, it started sprinkling outside, but it was still pretty warm, so I came home and decided to go for a run. It actually felt GREAT. There were parts of the run that were tough (miles 1-2, and 4.5-5.5) but overall it was much better than Saturday, and the light rain actually kept me cool. I also remember my ipod shuffle this time, which was a lifesaver. 🙂

Stats:

Distance: 6.00 miles

Duration: 58:35

Avg Pace: 9:46 min/mile

Avg Speed: 6.1 mph

Calories Burned: 701

I’m glad to be back to running where it actually feels good! 🙂

After my run, I made an easy, delicious Creamy Tomato Soup that you have to try! This recipe is courtesy of my sister Wendy, with a few tweaks by me. This is all you need for the soup:

Ingredients:

  • 2 tsp oil of choice (I used olive)
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1 can diced tomatoes (I used organic fire roasted)
  • 1 container plain Chobani (You can substitute half and half)

Directions:

  1. Heat 2 tsp oil in a pot over medium heat
  2. Add chopped onion and cook for 5 minutes until onion is soft, not browned
  3. Add can of tomatoes, juice and all, and stir in with onion
  4. Continue to cook for 5 minutes
  5. Mix with a hand blender, or a regular blender (but be careful not to close the lid fully since the soup will be hot!) to desired consistency. I left mine a little chunky because I like the soup that way.
  6. Mix in Chobani or desired amount of 1/2 and 1/2 and keep over the flame until heated through
  7. Garnish soup however you like. I used shredded cheddar.

This recipe makes 2 good sized bowls of soup (with 2 WW points each if you use the same ingredients I did) and is creamy, chunky, and delicious!

I had the soup with a toasted everything bagel thin with an over easy egg and more cheddar.

Such an easy and delicious dinner! I looove cream of tomato soup and this version is delicious and healthy too!

Dessert was 1/2 a mango, chopped up.

Off to catch up on the Biggest Loser and take it easy! Goodnight!

20 Miles!

I am already back in DC and just got back from my longest bikeride ever! It’s been a goooood day.

I ended up falling asleep fast and hard last night and it felt so good. I woke up without an alarm around 8 am and hung out with my sister and her husband for a bit while we drank some coffee. Then they made me delicious breakfast before I got on the road.

2 farm fresh scrambled eggs, 2 slices of tomato, 1/4 an avocado, and 1 piece of whole wheat toast. It was simple, yet delicious. I ended up spreading the avocado on the toast and it was awesome. I love how colorful this plate is! I ended up getting on the road around 10am which was awesome because I made it home in no time. I literally hit no traffic and made it around 12:30 which included a stop for gas. I’m so glad we celebrated last night so I didn’t get caught in Mother’s Day Brunch traffic… that always makes me cranky!

After I got home, I unpacked quickly and then decided to go for a bikeride. It’s a gorgeous, sunny, and cool day here in DC – perfect weather for a ride. I set out not quite sure how far I would go, and I was feeling so good that I decided to do 20 miles! It was my longest ride to date, and besides my butt being pretty sore, I feel great now too. I went on the Mount Vernon Trail towards Alexandria, and I usually get sort of turned around because the trail isn’t marked well during certain parts, but I had an idea of where to go and asked a few riders for directions, and then figured it out. I went 10 miles towards Mount Vernon (which was 4 miles further) and then turned around and came back. Soon I want to do the full ride of 28 miles (14 each way) but I didn’t want to push it since 16 was the furthest I’d gone before today. It is only a little hilly in parts but it was a nice, challenging ride.

Today’s stats:

– Distance: 20.13 miles

– Duration: 1hr35min3sec

– Avg. Pace: 4:43min/mi

– Avg. Speed: 12.7mph

– Calories Burned: 1172

Overall, a great ride! I brought these Gu Chomps with me:

And I ate 5 of them on the ride (115 calories worth). I didn’t like these AT ALL. They are chewy but kind of stick to your teeth and the flavor just tasted gross. I’m pissed at myself because I bought 5 packages of these because they were having a special at a race expo but I’d never tried them before! Maybe the other flavors will be better, but I much prefer the Sports Beans which actually taste like candy.

As soon as I got home, I was craving a smoothie, so I made an interesting combo.

Into the blender went:

  • 1.5 cups light soy milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 15 frozen cherries
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 3 cups baby kale (end of the bag)

Now this smoothie had a lot of potential… minus the kale. When I put spinach into smoothies, I can barely tell its there because it doesn’t really affect the taste or texture. Not so with the kale… It was baby kale so it’s a lot more tender than regular kale, but it didn’t blend up nearly as well as the spinach does so I could taste it and felt “chunks” of it (ew) in the smoothie. I think if I had put spinach in there instead it would have been a winning combo. I didn’t let it go to waste but I don’t think I’ll be using kale in my green smoothies anymore!

I’m off to shower and relax a bit. Hope Sunday is treating you well!

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