Chillin’ and Grillin’

What an amazing day I’ve had today! Nothing terribly exciting, I just feel like I did a lot to take advantage of my day off and enjoyed the outdoors. The best part though is that I have tomorrow off, too! 🙂

I went on a nice run today. I wasn’t sure exactly how far I was going to go when I set out, but once I started I decided 5 miles. I always run half the distance then just turn around on the trail because I don’t have any loops mapped out around my house yet. I actually like that because I can adjust my distance by just turning around later or sooner, I’m not tied to the distance I set out with. I was feeling so good that I decided to up my run to 6 miles midway through. I was feeling really good until about the turnaround point (3 miles) and then I realized how thirsty I was! It was mid 70s and a lot of the trail was in the sun, and as I was running I was thinking about the really limited water I had to drink today. I normally drink water all day long so I don’t need it when I’m actually running, but today I’d only had one glass with brunch. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make the whole run because I was so parched, and I told myself I could stop when I wanted to since I was so parched, but then I realized if I stopped it was just going to take me longer to get to water! I ended up running the whole 6 miles, and then literally ran down the hall into the elevator and chugged 3 large glasses of water immediately.

Today’s stats:

Distance: 6.0 miles

Duration: 58:49

Avg. Pace: 9:48 min/mile

Avg. Speed: 6.1 mph

Calories Burned: 702

The miles broke down like this: 9:45, 9:40, 9:41, 9:42, 9:57, 10.01. You could tell I was getting thirsty towards the end and slowing myself down so I could make it all the way home.

After my run and then rehydrating, we got ready to grill! My apartment building has 2 community grills that are open year round for the residents to use. We’ve never used them before and were a little nervous since it was the first time using the grill. We live on the 10th floor so had to make sure we brought everything down with us, could work the grill, etc etc. But it went really well! For supplies, we brought down a platter and a tray for the finished food, a spray bottle of olive oil, salt, pepper and tongs. And of course, the food for grillin’. Here were the veggies:

2 veggie skewers (which we bought prepped from the grocery store because it was actually cheaper than buying the individual veggies and obviously easier!), 4 ears of sweet corn, and 5 green onion bases. And the meat:

Free range steak for Wil and salmon for me. We marinated them both in a bottle of marinade we picked up on vacation in Vieques, Puerto Rico, and it was sweet pepper mango flavor. SO delicious. Here’s the grill:

Another resident was using the grill next to ours, so he sort of showed us the ropes with turning on the gas and helped us get going. Then, Wil took over, and we just used the olive oil spray, salt, and pepper on all the veggies. The food went from how you saw it up there, to this:

It turned out perfectly! Wil also made a salad with the radishes from the farmer’s market today, a cucumber from the farmer’s market last week, and some green onions. He put a touch of olive oil and white vinegar, and it was SO freshing next to all the grilled food.

Here’s my loaded plate:

Overflowing with grilled deliciousness. The salmon was perfect – still pink in the middle and really succulent! I had a whole skewer of the veggies plus two green onions, and an ear of corn. Everything was incredible, but the corn stood out above the rest. Wil even said (and I’ve never heard him say anything even remotely along these lines because hes a carnivore) “I would rather have 4 ears of this corn and no beef!” It was that good. I had another ear of corn plus some of the radish salad once I demolished this plate. So, so good. I’d never had grilled green onions before, and they are so tasty with a char! I highly recommend it because they’re super cheap too – even at the Farmer’s Market.

To go with the dinner, we also split a bottle of wine.

Notice the vineyard on here? Klein wines! My dad makes and bottles wine for a hobby and this was his Sauvignon Blanc. It’s actually really good and went really well with our meal. This past Christmas my family did “Make Your Own” gifts, so we all made things for each other, and my dad gave Wil and I each 3 bottles of wine that he made – 2 sauvignon blanc, 2 Zinfandel, and 2 Malbec. The Malbec will be ready to taste next month, so I’m looking forward to trying that because I love Malbec too. Isn’t that so cute that my dad makes it!? I love seeing my own last name on a bottle! 🙂

I also realize I don’t think I’ve ever showed you a picture of Wil before, so here’s a picture of us on vacation from our trip in March to Puerto Rico.

We have a really fun day trip planned for tomorrow and are going to try to get on the road pretty early, so you might not hear from me until the afternoon when we’re back from the trip because I might not have time to come on and blog breakfast, but I cannot wait for our adventure!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend, too! 🙂


It’s Friiiiiiidayyy.. woohoo! I woke up today feeling surprisingly refreshed after last’s nights festivities. I decided to go out for a quick 4 mile run since its so nice out and I hadn’t run since Tuesday.

Today’s stats:

Distance: 4.01 miles

Time: 37:14

Pace: 9:17 min/mile

Calories: 467

I felt like I was going really fast while I was running… I think the few days off really helped my legs be fresh today. It was so nice out, perfect weather for running.

When I got home, I had THE BEST Green Monster I’ve had yet… thanks to this:

Chocolate Amazing Grass. This is DELICIOUS. I’m going to buy a big thing of this flavor… it tastes so chocolaty and I can definitely feel the energy burst from it. It really made my GM delicious.

This Green Monster had:

– 1.5 cups light soy milk

– 1 medium frozen banana

– 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks

– 1 packet chocolate amazing grass

– two handfuls of spinach

YUM! It was seriously so good.. and made that jar x2 so was very satisfying after my run. I ran around like a crazy woman showering and packing for the weekend, and then dove into the bowl of overnight oats I’d put together last night:

This one has:

– 1/3 cup rolled oats

– 1/3 cup yogurt

– 1/4 cup soy milk

– 1 mashed banana

– Toppings: 1 tbsp dark chocolate dreams (YUM!) and 1 crushed weetabix biscuit

So so good. I’m glad I finally got the ratio down for the consistency I like, and I still want to try some different topping and flavor combos. I’ve noticed over the last few days its really filled me up and I haven’t had to have a morning snack like I usually do. It’s a keeper!

I’m about to finish packing and get on the road to my parents house to play with my niece and nephew. Wish me luck that the traffic gods are with me!

Check ya later.

Wind Drag and Mussels (Not Together!)

How is it already after 9pm!? Today flew by because I was swamped at work. I made some popcorn brown paper bag style but inhaled it too quickly as I was working, so no picture. This time I just put a little cinnamon in the bag, shook it up, and it was really tasty! Sometime after lunch, I started to feel SO sore from doing The Shred last night. It’s kind of funny how I ran 10 miles and wasn’t sore, but did 20 minutes of circuit training and I feel like an old lady! Guess I have to start doing it more often.

I got home from work and some Amazing Grass samples had arrived. I was really looking forward to trying them, but they sent me packets of a bunch of different kinds so I didn’t know which one to dive into first.

I decided to go with this one:

Green SuperFood (just the basic one). I made my regular Green Monster with:

  • 1 cup light soy milk
  • 1 medium frozen banana
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 5 chunks of frozen pineapple
  • 2 handfuls of spinach
  • Green SuperFood Amazing Grass

It was so good! I honestly didn’t notice the Amazing Grass in there too much besides it being extra green, but the package said its great to use for an energy jolt in the morning, so I think I’ll try it with a morning workout and see if I feel a difference. Also I’m looking forward to trying the different flavors – chocolate and berry – now that I’ve given the plain one a go.

After my GM, I decided it’d be good to go out for a walk/run to loosen up. I started by walking .75 miles, then ran for 4 miles, then walked for another .75. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such bad wind drag! My splits for the running miles were: 10:07, 9:55, 8:55, 9:05. For the first half of the run, I felt like I was moving my legs and they weren’t going anywhere! It was such a strange feeling, but I was hoping on my way back the wind would blow in the opposite direction and help me go faster, and that it did! For the two miles back, there were a few gusts that really pushed me along! Crazy that there was a 1 minute 12 second difference between my fastest and slowest mile on that run. I don’t think I’ve ever had that much of a pace difference during the same run before. I stretched a bunch after I finished and am feeling a lot looser and better now than I was before the run.

After my run, I was HUNGRY. I had gotten some mussels and leeks at Whole Foods last night, so I looked up a few recipes today to get some ideas, and ended up deciding to make them together. I rinsed off the mussels first and threw out the few that were open, and then sliced up the two leeks. I heated up some chopped garlic, dried thyme, and white wine in a wok, and then tossed in the sliced leeks.

I let those go for about 10 minutes, and then put in the mussels and mixed them into the leeks.

I covered the wok and let it continue to cook for another 10 minutes or so. It smelled SO good I was looking forward to it being done! While the mussels were finishing up, I toasted a Thomas Bagel Thin to soak up the extra broth with.

Here’s my serving:

And the toasted Thomas Bagel Thin:

After I ate all the mussels, the bagel thin worked perfectly to soak up the extra broth in the bottom of the bowl:

Yum! This was a really tasty and easy dish. It only took about 25 minutes from start to finish, including chopping everything up and cleaning the mussels.

Question.. Do you like to follow recipes or just wing it in the kitchen? For me, its kind of a mix. I am not very good at following recipes to a T because I like to just do my own thing in the kitchen, but I do like to look up different recipes when I’m figuring out what to cook to get some ideas. I especially like to do that if the ingredients I’m using aren’t that familiar to me (ie mussels and leeks together). But in general, I don’t really follow recipes.

I’m off to pack lunch for tomorrow and then do some reading and relaxing… have a good night!