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Long runs, beaches, and chocolate zucchini cupcakes

Things I like to do on my day off: lay on the beach, go for an 8 mile run, and bake chocolate zucchini cupcakes. Not in that order. 😀

This morning I woke up and knew I had to do my long run today, because there was no way I was running that much on the Fourth of July. I have too many plans and a four mile race that morning!

I fueled with some peanut butter toast and honey, with some chia seeds sprinkled on top, and a cup of green tea. And I was ready to go.

Miles 1 – 4 on treadmill in 44:45. Felt great.
Mile 5 – 10:14
Mile 6 – 9:58
Mile 7 – 10:16
Mile 8 – 10:13
Total Distance: 8 miles
Total time: 1 hour and 26 minutes
Calories Burned: 901

After my run, I came back and rehydrated with some coconut water! This brand was so good, I will most likely be buying it again.

The top of the cap says “Happiness in a bottle”, and that is true!

I also had a chocolate strawberry protein smoothie in a mug. I finally figured out the key to making rice protein taste good: use half a scoop! It tasted SO much better!

In my smoothie: A handful of frozen strawberries, 1/2 scoop of chocolate rice protein, 1/2 cup of almond breeze.

The rest of my lunch was a vanilla honey Chobani with some raw oats thrown in. Yum!

Then my sister and I headed to Thompson’s Lake Beach to enjoy the sun!

The beach isn’t much, but it was nice to lay in the sun, relax, and try to get rid of my runner’s tan!

We stayed for a couple of hours, and then headed home to make some dinner. I was feeling creative in the kitchen today, so I decided to make some chocolate zucchini cupcakes!! 😀

While they were still in the oven, I had tons of leftover shredded zucchini, so I made zucchini and potato pancakes! I got this recipe a while ago from Cooking Light, I I just modified it a bit to fit the ingredients I had lying around.

Shredded zucchini, shredded potato, salt, pepper, breadcrumbs and 1 egg mixed together and formed into patties, grilled on one side for a few minutes, and then baked in the oven for 10-12 minutes.

The mixture made about four good sized patties. I had two for dinner!

Dessert was a chocolate cupcake still warm from the oven! They were so chocolatey and delicious…you can’t even really taste the zucchini!

So far my day off has been pretty good! 🙂 Tonight I’m off to hang out with my cousin and listen to some good music in downtown Albany! Have a good weekend!



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Superfood Cookies

I got a package in the mail today!  My order from iherb finally arrived! Last week I ordered Maca Powder, Chia Seeds, and Chocolate Rice Protein from iherb. I’ve been seeing the chia seeds and maca powder all over the blogosphere so I decided to jump on the bandwagon and try them myself.


Maca Powder
According to iherb, “Studies have identified four alkaloids present in maca known to nourish the endocrine system. Maca root has been used as a stress-fighting adaptogen to increase stamina, boost libido and combat fatigue. Maca is a nutrient-dense whole food packed with vitamins, plant sterols as well as many essential minerals, fatty and amino acids.”

Suggested Uses: Benefits
Smoothies, Shakes and Tea Adaptogen
Granola, Cereal and Yogurt Amino Acids
Energy Bars Essential Minerals

Chia Seeds
“Chia is an excellent vegetarian sources of omega fatty acids, an easily digestible form of protein and full of minerals, vitamins and soluble fiber. It contains more natural antioxidants than flaxseed, making it more stable.”

Suggested Uses: Benefits
Smoothies Dietary Fiber
Salad and Stir Fry Protein
Cereals Omega Fatty Acids

I wanted rice protein since the whey protein I used to drink was bothering my stomach after runs. 😦 I can’t wait to try this one out! I put the maca powder to use already by making a batch of Superfood Cookies! I found the recipe on Runner’s Kitchen and I had almost everything it called for, but I had to make a few substitutions. I also made a big mistake when mixing up the ingredients…

Here’s what I put in:

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup teff flour whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbs ground flax
  • 2 Tbs maca powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbs white sugar
  • 1/4 cup smart balance (or butter)
  • 1 egg (or to make vegan – whisk 1 Tbs flax with 3 Tbs water)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts (I added these in)

Instead of mixing the wet and dry ingredients separately and then stirring them together, I mixed everything at once! Oops! It was WAY too dry and I thought the batter was ruined! But then I found a cup of unsweetened apple sauce and added it to the dry mixture and it saved the day!!! Woohoo! 😀

The cookies came out really moist and yummy. The bonus is that they are healthy and taste great too. I would definitely make them again!

Okay, I’m off to do some Yoga Meltdown. Have a good night!

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Run for Pride 5K

Good morning! This morning I got up bright an early to head into Washington Park to register for the Run for Pride 5k! It is pride week in the Capital Region, and they have a 5K that Chris and I decided to run together. It was our first race that we’ve run together so far! But before I get into that, lets rewind to breakfast.

I got up at around 7:30 and had a bagel thin with some Justin’s Almond Butter. It came from one of those cute portable squeeze packs!

I also topped one side with half a banana and some blueberry jam.

I think this may be my go-to pre-race breakfast from now on, since I haven’t been having any problems with it! 🙂

Chris and I then headed to the park to register for the race, since we didn’t pre-register. We had no idea what the course would look like or how many people would be running in it. It turns out it was only 2 loops inside the park and only 100 or so people were running. It was the smallest race I’ve ever ran!

We went to the starting line at 9:00 am sharp! Since it was the Pride 5K, the start  was a cute rainbow arch!

There was rain in the forecast for this morning, and the skies were looking pretty gloomy, so we were hoping the rain would hold off…it did…until about half way through the run! It wasn’t too bad though. I had never run in the rain before! It kind of felt good! I started out pretty fast. Chris and I ran about a mile together and then I had to slow down some since I could feel myself burning out. So he ran ahead and I stayed little bit back at a 9:00/mile. Eventually I started running faster and kept my pace at about 8:30. I had pushed my Garmin’s start button right as I crossed the starting line, and pushed stop right as I crossed the finish line and the total distance came to 3.07! I finished in 26:10. But it wasn’t a complete 5K, so I don’t know whether to count this as a PR? It was the fastest I’ve ran in a race, and if I kept going until 3.1 I probably would have still came in under 27 minutes. So I’m not sure about that. I think the course must have been off? Chris finished way ahead of me in 24 minutes..which was so awesome! t was his first 5K!! (But not his first race, he has run a half marathon!) At the end we were wet from the rain and tired but it was fun to run together! 😀

Garmin Stats:

  • Total Distance: 3.07
  • Time: 26 minutes and 10 seconds
  • Average Pace: 8:31/mile
  • Average Speed: 8.7 mph
  • Calories Burned: 364


  • Mile 1 – 8:22
  • Mile 2 – 8:41
  • Mile 3 – 8:35
  • Mile .07 – :33

Our reward for running the 5K was pancakes! When Chris was in Vermont he got me some pancake mix so I made us some blueberry pecan flax pancakes!

I just threw some flaxmeal into the dry mix and then added water, blueberries and chopped pecans!

They came out great! We actually cooked them in a wok since we didn’t have a flat pan, but they still tasted wonderful. I topped mine with more blueberries and some jam. 🙂 The pecans gave them a nice crunch too. We each had two pancakes.

Well, tonight I’m going out to dinner with my cousin that I haven’t seen in a couple weeks so I’m pretty excited about that! We’ll probably end up going somewhere around Lark Street…decisions, decisions. I see some wine and Crisan in my near future. Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend!

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I’m a Baking Fiend!

Evening everyone!

I just make the most delicious granola bars! I wore my new Ben & Jerry’s cow apron and I also had someone helping me in the kitchen.

He doesn’t like granola bars though, only tuna.

Anyway, I used a recipe for “Skinny” Oatmeal Raisin Bars I found at Carrots ‘N Cake.

Except I made a few substitutions. Instead of all purpose flour I used whole wheat flour and instead of 1 cup of raisins, I used 1/2 cup of crushed walnuts and 1/2 cup of dark chocolate chips. I can’t bake anything without chocolate chips, apparently.

They came out a bit crumbly, but tasted great! Not too sweet. I would definitely make these again. Since I always eat granola bars as a snack during the day at work I figured it made sense to start making my own!

I also did some grocery shopping today and got lots of oats. I will never run out!

I need to have oats in the house for breakfasts and baking. Or else I will panic!

Other things I got today included:

  • Baby arugula and spinach salad mix
  • Coconut water (for after runs)
  • Arnold hot dog thins
  • Light English muffins
  • Arnold light 7 grain bread (did you know its impossible to find a light bread without high fructose corn syrup in the ingredients?! I’m stubborn and will not buy bread that is over 50 calories per slice.)
  • Lightlife honey bbq smart wings
  • Chobani! I found the nonfat pomegranate flavor! Woohoo!
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze (I want to start drinking this instead of soy milk)

And I think that’s it. Dinner was pretty simple tonight. I had some Bush’s vegetarian baked beans lying around so I heated some up and had them with my honey bbq smart wings.

So good! I also had a side of yellow beans. I went bean crazy!

It was a nice filling dinner.

Since I’m using today as rest day, I didn’t go running…but I haven’t done anything today. I was thinking of doing some yoga but I decided to blog instead. 🙂 Tomorrow I’m going to a park to run some trails with Marcie, and I’m super excited!


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Monday Musings

Does anyone else hate Mondays? I’m so glad Monday is over.

So yesterday I had a nice relaxing Sunday. I recovered from the Freihofer’s/DMB Concert by running a seven mile Long Run as part of my Boilermaker training!

I woke up later than usual…at 9 AM! That’s the latest I’ve slept in a while! And it felt nice! I ate three blueberry pancakes made with Fiber One Instant Pancake mix, not caring about whether or not that would affect my run. I topped them with home-made blueberry sauce. Yum! I can’t stand eating light maple syrup on my pancakes anymore…yuck. (Although I will admit that it was good choice while losing weight.)

The weather was being funny yesterday (sun, downpour, sun), so I headed to the gym around 11:00 for some lovely treadmill running. I can’t figure out if I like running long runs on the treadmill or not. For one, it seems way easier on my body and safer than running on the road, but it’s just so damn boring! Especially when I’m staying at the same 11:00/mile pace for an hour and 15 minutes. And I tend to just stare at the screen in front of me instead of watching TV because I always feel like I will lose my balance and fall off if I look around too much. I was running for a long time. But I felt really good for the most part! Pancakes must be a superfood. 🙂

Treadmill Stats:
Total Distance: 7 miles
Average Pace: 10:54 ish?
Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Calories Burned: 800

I was pretty famished by the time I got home (around 2:00!) so I had a really late lunch of two scrambled eggs and goat cheese on whole wheat toast with a side of Chobani pineapple! (A great source of protein…13 grams in the yogurt!)

I also made a Cherry Bomb sans Chocolate. I just threw in about a 1/2 cup of light soymilk and a bunch of frozen cherries without any chocolate whey protein this time. I think the reason why I feel sick after long runs is because I would drink either a smoothie or a shake with whey protein powder! It was hurting my stomach! I’ve been feeling much better post-run when I don’t drink it! Who knew?? Now the question is should I bother finding a non-dairy protein powder or just stick with protein rich foods to eat after I work out? I don’t know…

no I'm not a Yankees fan!

For dinner last night I had a bowl of Kashi H2H cereal and just munched on random things around the house.

Later in the evening I felt like making some more Cranberry Walnut Quinoa Salad to use up the rest of the vegetable broth I had sitting in my fridge. It came out delightful. I’m obsessed with this quinoa salad for sure. I actually don’t have a decent photo of the salad, but here’s the complete recipe for it, adapted from this recipe:


  • 2 cups of vegetable broth (I use Hannaford’s organic brand)
  • 1 cup of quinoa (I use Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 tsp of salad spice (or other spice you might want to add)
  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup of dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts


  1. Cook quinoa according to directions on package, but use the veggie broth instead of water (it makes the quinoa way more flavorful!)
  2. Combine olive oil, salad spice, and garlic in a small bowl and mix with a spoon or whisk
  3. Drizzle olive oil mixture onto cooked quinoa and mix well
  4. Add cranberries and walnuts and mix well
  5. Refrigerate salad and enjoy

So today I had planned on taking a rest day, but one of my friends asked if I wanted to go for a run this evening, so I accepted. We ran an easy five miles at about a 10:00/mile pace. It was actually kind of hard on my legs since they were still a little stiff from yesterday, and there are a couple challenging hills, but I made it! Everything else felt great though. The weather was perfect running weather. Sunny and cool with a light breeze. 🙂 We ran five miles and then walked leisurely back to her house. It was nice.

Garmin Stats:
Total Distance: 5.01 miles
Time: 49 minutes and 45 seconds
Average Pace: 9:56/mile
Average Speed: 6.0
Calories Burned: 593

Mile 1: 9:53
Mile 2: 10:33
Mile 3: 9:41
Mile 4: 9:37
Mile 5: 9:53

I came home and made something to eat. I sauteed green beans with the last of my tempeh.

I sauteed them in some olive oil and sprinkled some garlic powder and salad spice on it. It tasted pretty good! I think the taste of the tempeh is growing on me. I might buy it again sometime! I also had a side of leftover pasta salad. (The last of it!)

For dessert I had one of my home-made energy bars, straight from the freezer. So yummy. I love these. Seriously. I can’t wait to make them again.

So with that, I will leave you to drool over these energy bars. Have a good night!

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Adventures in the Kitchen

Happy Memorial Day!!! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!

My friend Melissa and I were in need of some gelato last night so we took a trip to Crisan. I got one scoop of oreo gelato and one mini chocolate covered strawberry. Yum.

I had a very low key day today. I started out with about 20 minutes of yoga. And since it was so nice out,  I had really wanted to go for a nice bike ride, but my bike was locked in the shed and I didn’t have the key, so I could not go. 😦 I opted for a short 2 mile run instead. It was pretty pathetic. I was tired and it was hot. Oh well. I spent the rest of the day reading in the sun and in the kitchen making fun things!

I had bought some quinoa a while ago and finally made something out of it today! I decided dinner should be cranberry walnut quinoa salad. I sort of went off of this recipe, but I didn’t have much of the ingredients, so I kind of just made it up as I went along.

I boiled 1 cup of quinoa in 2 cups of vegetable broth, according to the directions on the bag. Instead of using water I used organic vegetable broth from Hannaford.

I tweaked the recipe a bit and threw in some olive oil, salad spice, craisins, crushed walnuts and four minced cloves of garlic and let it set in the fridge for a couple hours.

I wanted something else interesting to go along with it for dinner so, since I bought some organic vegetable tempeh the other day I decided to make Caitlin’s Tempting Tempeh! And it was a new and interesting dinner! The tempeh was really good! I love maple and cinnamon together and the coconut made it really sweet! It added a nice crunch to the outside. Instead of using actual maple syrup I used a maple praline syrup that had less calories. I’ve never had tempeh before so I don’t really know what it tastes like on its own but I liked it. This was a really quick and easy recipe, I would definitely make it again, so thanks Caitlin! And the quinoa salad was tasty too. I have tons left over!

Dessert was a cup of soy ice cream that was really refreshing since it was so hot out! I also had a glass of the Naked Wine with my dinner! And now the bottle is gone.

I was in the mood to keep baking so I researched some recipes for home made energy bars. I finally found one that had ingredients that I have in my kitchen, so I used this one. I actually ran out of oats (I only used 2 cup instead of 3), so I added in some flax meal and whole wheat flour so it wasn’t so sticky! I baked them for 20 minutes and they came out really mushy (the recipe says that’s okay), so I put them in the fridge to cool them down so I could cut them. They were still pretty soft, so I’m going to keep them in the fridge until I want to eat them. It might be because I didn’t use the right amount of oats.

I tasted part of one and they kind of taste like a cookie bar, which is alright with me! The only thing I would change next time would be to use natural peanut butter instead of regular, and honey instead of the corn syrup (I actually used light karo syrup.) I am not sure how many calories are in them, but I assume probably about 200-250, since there is peanut butter in it, which is okay by me, since I’ll only be eating them before I run. If I can control myself! 🙂  Hopefully they give me energy!


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Instant Strawberry Pancakes, a Barbecue and some Naked Wine

Wow my arms are sore today! Yesterday morning I went to the gym to get a workout in and I did mostly upper body on the weight machines for about 10 minutes. Now I’m paying for it! My workout also included a 10 mile ride on the stationary (boring) bike and some crunches and push ups.

Anyway, yesterday was fun!!! I made breakfast super early because I woke up at an ungodly hour. I was feeling lazy and I wanted pancakes so I brought out the instant mix.

I got some ground flax at the store the other day so I added a bit of that to the mix.

The picture on the pancake box inspired me so I made strawberry pancakes! I sliced up some fresh strawberries and mixed it into the batter. Yum!

Don’t they look good? There were actually a bit dry, so I put some home made strawberry blueberry jam on top of them and that made it 100% tastier! I mean, they are no pancakes from scratch, but they were pretty good.

I didn’t want to eat too much during the day so after my workout I had some leftover chickpea salad. I also made my first chocolate cherry bomb! I have been seeing these on other girls’ blogs lately so I decided to try one myself since it sounds delicious. A refreshing drink after a workout I must say! I threw in a bunch of frozen organic cherries, 1/2 cup of light soymilk and a scoop of whey protein powder.

So this was my lunch and I didn’t eat too much because Marcie was having a barbecue! 🙂 So I got to baking! I made some chocolate chip pecan cookies. They were wonderful! I wanted to eat them all actually. They were crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside. I think the recipe came from cooking light, but I’m not sure. It might be my new go to chocolate chip recipe.

Here are some pictures from Marcie’s successful BBQ!

I had some baked ziti, Asian coleslaw and cauliflower "potato" salad and seconds of each

my cookies

the desserts! the writing on the giant cookie says HoT RD = Hellions of Troy Roller Derby!

I also picked up a bottle of wine for the BBQ, a Riesling. No surprise there! I grabbed this.

I think the Dragonstone has some competition, because it was really good! I love wine. So that was yesterday. Marcie had an awesome BBQ and she is a lovely hostess! Her new apartment is nice too. 🙂

Today I have a long run planned, according to my training schedule. Seven miles! I ate a pretty good breakfast. Maple peanut butter and 1/2 a banana and strawberry blueberry jam on a whole wheat bagel thin.

I will report back when I’m done, if I’m still alive!


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