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Sweet Glasses and Rajma Masala

I hope everyone is having a great Monday!! I woke up this morning super early. I think it was because I went to bed at 8:30PM last night (I was exhausted, since I ran a little race yesterday morning called the Boilermaker). I was also feeling a bit sore in my right leg/outside hip area. Nothing a day of rest won’t cure. ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Anyway, for breakfast I had a chocolate cherry bomb in my sweet new pint glass! ๐Ÿ™‚

We got these awesome glasses in our goody bags yesterday after the race. And I swear, the shake tasted way better in this glass than usual! In my cherry bomb: 1/2 cup of Almond Breeze, 1 handful of frozen organic cherries, 1/2 scoop of chocolate rice protein powder and 1/2 tsp of maca powder.

Along with my shake I had a slice of toast with raspberry creamed honey and almond butter.

It was pretty tasty. My eating schedule got a little screwed up today because I had to leave work before my lunch break for an appointment that lasted quite a while, so before I left I had a peach Chobani and some juicy watermelon!

After my appointment I snacked on a Clif Z Bar (sooo good! I like them better than Luna Bars now!) and an apple, and then headed to the grocery store to pick up some things for the week.

When I got home I tried something new for late lunch/early dinner. Microwavable Indian food! Someone from work gave me this to try out, since he and I had a conversation about packaged Indian food and he said it was really good. So I decided to try it tonight.

I put the Rajma Masala in a bowl and heated it up in the microwave for two minutes. I liked that it’s 100% natural with no preservatives, it was vegetarian, and only 130 calories per serving. But there are two servings in a package. I ended up eating it all because it wasn’t that much. The sodium content was a bit higher than I’d like though. Sorry, but there wasn’t any real way to make red beans curry look pretty. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ It tasted really good though! It was really spicy and had me wanting Naan so bad!

For dessert, I finally opened up the Chocolove Chocolate I got at the co-op a few weeks ago! I pretty much love all flavors and types of chocolate, but I think Chocolove might be my favorite, since the packages are so adorable.

I am surely in love with chocolate. Xoxoxo. ๐Ÿ˜€ Now, do I exercise tonight? Walk on the treadmill or do some yoga? Hmm.

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2010 Boilermaker 15K

Wow, I’m finally home, showered, and extremely exhausted! But I feel amazing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Today I accomplished one of the greatest things in my life…running in and completing my first 15K road race! The Utica Boilermaker! As of today, 9.3 (9.5?) miles is officially the furthest distance I’ve run at one time. And I’m so proud of myself and how far I’ve come. Less than two years ago I was overweight and out of shape and never would have in a million years thought I would be running in a 9.3 mile race. This just goes to show that you can do anything, if you put your mind to it. I’m living proof.

The morning started out early, and I mean early. I got up at three am to drive to Utica with Chris, since packet pickup started at 6am and it takes almost 2 hours to get to Utica from Albany. So, we were up at the crack of dawn (way before dawn, actually) and took the roadtrip to Utica.

I ate breakfast in the car on the way at about 4AM…a bagel thin with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter and Chia seeds sprinkled on top…but this didn’t really hold me over for very long. After stopping at a Dunkin Donuts for some coffee and iced tea, we went to the packet pick up to get our bibs. We ended up parking at the start line since roads were closing at 6AM, so we wouldn’t be able to drive to the finish, which turned out okay.

I got my gear ready at the car and then headed to hang out at the starting area and ate a Clif Z Bar since I was starving!

Chris is making his cute debu on my blog!

After waiting around with the other 13,000 runners, eventually we made it to the start line at 8AM.

We actually didn’tย  even get to line up on the road; we were stuck on the grass and didn’t even start running until 10 minutes after gun went off! Thank god for my Garmin. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Until we started running I was kind of in denial that I would be running over 9 miles on this lovely morning. I ran pretty slow to start, because I didn’t want to burn up all my energy, and I knew I would be needing it in those last few miles. My goal for the race was to finish, even if I had to walk, because I feared I might be a little bit weak due to the cold I had this week. I also didn’t know how not running this past week would affect the race.

I felt pretty good the first four miles, and the crowd was awesome! I’ve never ran such a fun race! There was so much support and music! After mile four, the hills came, and that’s what killed me! But I made it. I was just running in the zone for most of the time, glancing at my watch now and then and talking to Chris so I could make it through!

I also stopped at most of the water stops and walked through them after mile five, just to sort of re-charge so I could keep running. At times I felt like stopping to walk, but I pushed through! It was so hard!

9.3 miles and 1 hour and 39 minutes later, Chris and I crossed the finish line, holding hands! He had pulled me along at the end of the race and if it wasn’t for him I probably would have started walking. ๐Ÿ™‚

Official Race Stats
Place – 8,714 out of 11,524
Chip Time – 1:39:00
Pace – 10:38
Place in age group – 645 out of 932

Garmin Stats
Total Distance – 9.5 miles
Total Elapsed Time – 1:39:18
Average Pace – 10:27
Average Speed – 5.7 mph
Calories Burned – 1,126

Splits
Mile 1 – 10:44
Mile 2 – 10:30
Mile 3 – 10:25
Mile 4 – 11:27 <–Hill of death
Mile 5 – 9:10 <–Downhill with a gorgeous view!
Mile 6 – 9:55 <– More downhill
Mile 7 – 10:56 <–Starting to feel the pain
Mile 8 – 10:20 <–Pushing thru the pain
Mile 9 – 10:58 <–dying
Mile 9.5 – 4:42

After finishing, we found water, and some orange slices and Chris and I shared a coconut water that I had been carrying in my Camelback.

After resting in the grass for a few minutes and stretching my legs, which were in a lot of pain by the way, we made our way to the post-race party at the Saranac Brewery. There were so many people, it was pretty hard to navigate our way around. We did find our way to the beer table though! The Boilermaker is not complete with out Saranac! ๐Ÿ™‚

Chris drank the beer, but I didn’t have any, since I don’t thinkย  I could stomach it after running for so long! What a trooper. ๐Ÿ™‚

We ditched the post-race party after getting the beer and headed to the shuttles to get the bus back to the parking lot. The buses came really quick, which I was pretty happy about.

On the way back I munched on the fruit salad we got for free, and also drank some Poweraid.

We also made a pit stop to Starbucks on the way back, where I got a refreshing iced green tea! Mmm!

We got back to Albany in time to get lunch and watch the World Cup! I was having a serious craving for pizza, so I got a couple of slices at SoHo. ๐Ÿ™‚ Tomato, spinach and ricotta and Veggie!

I ate all but the crust on the first piece, and about 3/4 of the second piece. Such a satisfying lunch after a long but satisfying morning. ๐Ÿ™‚

Well, I have a huge blister on my left foot, aching legs, and I’m about to fall asleep at my laptop, but I can safely say I accomplished something big today. My first 15K! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bring on the Boilermaker

Okay, I guess if I’m not ready by now, I won’t ever be ready! I have all of my stuff packed for Utica and made a checklist of things to bring:

  • Running top
  • Running shorts
  • Sneakers
  • Socks
  • Sportsbra
  • Headphones
  • Ipod
  • Ipod armband
  • Spibelt
  • Camera
  • Maps/Directions
  • Energy gels/bloks
  • Peanut Butter and Bagel (for breakfast)
  • Coconut water
  • Clif Z Bars (for snack)
  • Cold meds
  • Tissues
  • Camelback (I think I’m going to wear it, just to keep my tissues in it because I may have to blow my nose a million times during the race…eww.)
  • A fan (for sleeping comfortably!)

I think that may be it..besides general toiletries and such.

Breakfast this morning was a protein breakfast cookie!!!

In it was: 1/2 cup of raw oats, 1/2 mashed banana, 1/2 scoop of brown rice chocolate protein powder, 1/2 tsp of maca powder, 1 tbsp of almond butter, 2 tbsps of almond milk, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. The flavor of the protein powder kind of took over the cookie, but other than that it was still pretty good. I need to find a better non-whey, non-soy protein powder that won’t cost me an arm and a leg.

I haven’t been too hungry lately, probably because I haven’t been exercising this week because of my cold, but for snack I had a raspberry Chobani with some chia seeds sprinkled in.

Lunch consisted of more carbs! Pancakes! Whole wheat banana, chocolate chip pecan pancakes to be exact! So good! But a little bit on the sweet side, even for me!

Dinner will probably be some cold cereal, or something light like that.

I will leave you with some funny pictures of my weirdo cat. How weird is he?

Okay, I’m off, wish me luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Carbo-loading!

In 24 hours I will be in a car headed to Utica, New York to run in my first ever long distance race, the Boilermaker 15K!! I’m super excited, since the race is the biggest 15K, with 13,000 people running! 9.3 miles will also be the most I’ve ever ran at one time.

I wanted to get my carbs in tonight, so I made some Ronzoni SmartTaste pasta for dinner!

I topped my spaghetti with some roasted red pepper bruschetta, olive oil, oregano, and Parmesan cheese. I also had a slice of my new favorite bread…Country Kitchen Double Fiber Whole Wheat!

Tomorrow I’m going to make sure I eat very clean, maybe make some whole wheat pancakes for breakfast, maybe a sandwich for lunch and a light dinner, and drink lots of water…just to make sure my tummy is happy on Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

After dinner tonight I decided to take a short bike ride, just to get in some more exercise, since I haven’t been working out much this week. I went for a six mile ride in 38 minutes and 30 seconds. It was such a warm and gorgeous night!!!

Okay, I’m off to relax. Hope everyone is having a nice Friday evening! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Still Fighting that Cold

Well, I am now day three into my cold. I think I may be getting a bit better, or it might just be the cold medicine I’ve been taking. I made a dumb decision last night and ran two milesย  in 23 minutes on the treadmill, even though I felt a little bit better… I probably should have just lied in bed instead. What I want to know is how I got so sick! I haven’t gotten a cold this bad in almost two years…why all of a sudden am I getting sick the week of my longest race? It’s not fair.

While I was resting up last night I watched a documentary called The Spirit of the Marathon.

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Being a runner, I thought it was a very moving film. And honestly, I cried at the end! Anyone interested in running should watch this documentary! Anyone who can complete a marathon is seriously inspiring. It was alsoย rather fitting that I watched that last night because yesterday I signed up for my first Half Marathon! On October 10, 2010 I will be running (or attempting to run) 13.1 miles in the Mohawk Hudson River Half Marathon. Woohoo! ๐Ÿ™‚

But anyway, since I’ve been sick, I haven’t been up to taking pictures of my food…but this morning I had a delicious (well I think it was delicious, I can’t really taste anything) bowl of oats. In my my bowl this morning: 1/2 cup of oats, 1 tbsp of MaraNatha Almond Butter, 1 mashed banana, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips. I think this may be my new favorite Almond Butter! Here’s a stock photo.

I figured soup for lunch might make me feel better, soย I had Amy’s Organic Tomato Bisque, despite the 90 degree heat wave we’ve been having this week.

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I also made some more honey lemon tea. My snack this afternoon will be a Clif Z Bar that I have yet to try! I will let you know what I think about it in my next post!

My plans for tonight: skipping my five mile run for some rest and possibly doingย a light yoga workout.

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A Sangria Type of Evening

Yesterday started out pretty basic. I made a green monster! But instead it looked more like a brown monster with flecks of green.

I actually liked it this time! The past couple times I’ve made these tasted pretty bad. In my GM went:

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/2 cup of light soy milk
  • 3 frozen strawberries and 2 slices of frozen papayas
  • 1 extremely ripe banana
  • 1 tsp of almond butter

It was refreshing. I also have some frozen cherries so I’m dying to try a chocolate cherry bomb! I also had an English muffin with Maple Peanut butter.

Lunch was pretty standard. I had some smashed chickpea salad on a pita with roasted red peppers and goat cheese. It was really tasty! I also ate one of my bran muffins.But I had to save room for dinner, since Chris and I were planning on going out. We decided on El Mariachi. We picked the one on Hamilton since they had outdoor seating and it was a lovely evening for dining outside! One thing I love about this place is they have a decent vegetarian selection. I usually get the Enchiladas El Mariachi, which are described as two corn tortillas filled with poblano peppers, cheese and mushrooms topped with mole sauce. Have I mentioned how much I love mole sauce? The first time I tried it I was skeptical, but I really enjoyed it. It tastes kind of sweet but a little bit spicy. This dish is like heaven. Also, their portion sizes are huge, so you always have leftovers!!!!

I only ate 1 enchilada and some rice and beans

It was a sangria type of evening so I also got a glass of white sangria to drink. I usually drink red sangria, but I wanted to try something new, a white sangria seemed the way to go. And I’ve never met a glass of sangria I didn’t like!

Anyway, in other news...I signed up for the Boilermaker 15K yesterday! I just went ahead and did it, because if I’m spending 7 weeks training for something, why not just sign up? Now I have to do it. ๐Ÿ™‚ No excuses!!! Since I ran Monday instead of taking a rest day, I used yesterday as my rest day. Today I think I’m going to do some biking and yoga. Tomorrow is my long run. 7 miles. We’ll see how that goes.

I also have to bake some cookies today for Marcie‘s BBQ! I’m excited about all the healthy food she’s planning on having! It should be a good time. ๐Ÿ™‚

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