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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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.


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.

amy's tomato soup from google image search

image from google image search

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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Should You Run with a Cold?

I think I may have come down with a head cold. Not exactly sure how, but last night I started to feel a sore throat coming on, and this morning I woke up with a stuffy nose. Not fun, my friends. Especially when I have my first long distance race on Sunday.

This morning I drank lots of water, took a mulitvitamin and some vitamin C, and made a chocolate strawberry protein smoothie in a mug.

Ingredients in the smoothie: 1/2 cup of almond breeze, 1/2 scoop of chocolate rice protein, 1/2 tsp of maca powder and a handful of frozen strawberries. It still tasted a bit gritty from the rice protein, but I’m slowly getting used to it.

I also had a slice of toast with maple peanut butter, a sprinkle of chia seeds and 1/2 of a banana.

I tried staying hydrated all day, and I also drank some iced honest green tea, and made myself some iced honey lemon tea throughout the day, hoping it would help cure my cold!

Lunch wasn’t too interesting, a Morning Star Farms Chick’n Patty with reduced fat cheese on a sandwich thin with a side of strawberries.

I also had an apple, and a chocolate zucchini cupcake for dessert!

These are seriously to die for, they are so chocolately and delicious!

Anyway, I came home and still felt like crap, so I made my ultimate comfort food for dinner: pancakes! These pancakes contained 1 cup of ready made pancake mix, 1 tbsp of flaxmeal,ย  1 tbsps of wheat bran, and water. I also threw in a few blackberries and some chopped walnuts. I add the flax and wheat bran to healthify the pancakes!

I topped them with some blueberry sauce. Delish!

After dinner I was in the mood for something cold, like ice cream, so I finally decided to try the non-dairy dessert I got at the HWFC the other day! I got chocolate!

from google image search

This was way better than the mint flavor I tried a while ago. So good!

So, tonight I was debating on whether or not to run the three miles that my training plan calls for this week. I wasn’t feeling to0 hot when I got home, and I took about an hour nap and didn’t feel much better. I decided to nix the run and do some Namaste Yoga instead. It felt great. ๐Ÿ™‚ But for some reason I’m still feeling guilty about not running tonight, even though I know my body needs the rest.

I did some research on the topic, and found this article. Runner’s World says that running with the common cold won’t necessarily harm your health, but you should take about 3 days off of running if you want to increase your changes of getting better. I think two rest days should help me, since I plan on running tomorrow at some point. I need to be feeling 100% better for the Boilermaker on Sunday. ๐Ÿ™‚

To those who run, do you run when you are sick or have a cold, or do you take some time off?


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Fourth of July 2010 – Part 2: Firecracker 4

After Saturday’s pig roast, Sunday Chris and I were all set to run in the Firecracker 4, a four mile race in Saratoga Springs. So far, this race has been my longest! I ran the Workforce Team Challenge back in May, which was 3.5 miles. I was thinking that four miles would be a breeze. ๐Ÿ™‚

After picking up our packets and bringing them back to the car, we headed to where the start line was, right on one of the main roads in Saratoga. There were so many people running this race!

I thought it was kind of funny that there were even mascots running this race! It was really hot out too, so they must have been dying in those costumes! There was a gorilla, a deer, a bear, and a dog.

At 8:00AM the race was set to start! My goal for this race: to have fun! There were also supposed to be bands set up throughout the course, which is always awesome. I wasn’t too worried about being fast for this race, I just wanted to have a good time. I even got out my camera and tried to take some photos of the course.

It’s a bit blurry, but it’s rather hard to take decent pictures while running. ๐Ÿ˜‰ This was at the very beginning, right before the first hill.

Eventually I caught up to the bear! I can’t believe he was running faster than me in that costume! It must have been wicked.

The course ran through a residential area of Saratoga, and there were lots of people cheering on the side of the streets. One guy even had his hose out for a misting station!

I felt really good throughout the entire run. I didn’t really push myself until about the last mile. Right before the end there was another hill, and I just forced myself to run up it really fast. Chris went ahead of me after mile three.

Soon the finish line was upon me! It came up really quick! According to my Garmin, I finished in 37 minutes and 59 seconds!

Chris came in ahead of me in 36 minutes! ๐Ÿ™‚

My official race time: 38 minutes and 17 seconds
Place: 808 out of 1,344

Garmin Stats:
Total distance: 4.09 miles
Total Elapsed Time: 37 minutes and 59 seconds
Average Pace: 9:17
Average Speed: 6.5 mph
Calories Burned: 483

Negative Splits!
Mile 1: 9:58
Mile 2: 9:29
Mile 3: 8:58
Mile 4: 8:54
Mile .09: 39 seconds

After cooling down and drinking about two bottles of ice cold water, I re-fueled with an orange slice and half of a bagel smeared with peanut butter! Mmm.

Chris and I changed out of our sweaty shirts back at the car and then walked around Saratoga for a little bit! I love Saratoga, it’s such a nice place with so many nice restaurants and shops.

We stopped to check out Four Seasons Natural Foods to see what they had. It was pretty much just like a mini co-op. I ended up getting some more coconut water and a frozen fruit bar to snack on while we walked around!

Before we left Saratoga, we stopped at the Putnam Market so I could get a salad for lunch to go.

I ordered the Chevre, Roasted Red Peppers, & Pine Nuts on Mixed Greens , but they didn’t have pine nuts, so I had them put on walnuts instead.

When we got back to Albany, we stopped at Moe’s so Chris could get a burrito for lunch. He ate his burrito and I had my salad!

The salad was really good, but definitely not worth the $9.00 price tag. There should have been way more veggies in it for that price!

Anyway, right next door to Moe’s is my favorite ice cream place, Emack & Bolios. Since it was the Fourth of July after all, I had to go in and get some frozen yogurt! I ordered the low fat black raspberry chip! Yum! You really cannot go wrong with Emack & Bolios.

After lunch we headed back to Chris’ place and just had a relaxing day, watching movies and hanging out. For dinner, we were both craving pizza! Chris had been wanting to try Pizzeria Inferno, so we decided to order the California Classic. It had tons of veggies, including: tomatoes, spinach, red peppers, artichokes, red onions, and basil.

This was the best pizza I’ve had in a while! It was so flavorful and had tons of delicious veggies on it. I’m craving it right now!

But the Fourth of July isn’t complete without fireworks. Since we were in Albany we had the perfect view of the Empire State Plaza fireworks show!

The fireworks were an awesome ending to a fantastic Fourth of July Weekend. I couldn’t ask for more! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Fourth of July 2010 – Part 1: Pig Roast

Holy crap, what a busy weekend! I was so busy, in fact, I have to split this weekend’s post into two different parts! Hope everyone else had a fantastic fourth of July! I know I did! ๐Ÿ˜€

Saturday, my family and I were invited to a Pig Roast/BBQ Cookout to celebrate July 4th. It was a huge party, with 80+ people attending! The party was at my cousins’ house and they had a whole tiki theme going on, which was so cute! And they had tons of food, like you wouldn’t believe. The main attraction was a whole pig on a spit, but since I don’t eat meat, I didn’t bother taking any pictures of it. I could barely look at it!! But needless to say, it was rather impressive.

Before we get into the pig roast, lets rewind a bit. Early Saturday I started my day off with some blueberry Chobani and raw oats.

Then my friend Brendan and I went for a 12 mile bike ride! It was a nice, scenic ride! 12 miles is the longest I’ve ridden on a bike before, so I was happy about that! It wasn’t too bad, and I felt great. ๐Ÿ™‚

I came back for a post bike ride snack of a banana covered with dark chocolate dreams peanut butter! They say if you are trying to watch what you eat, never go to a party starving! You will eat everything in sight!

I also drank another one of these delicious coconut waters!

After my ride, I got ready and went to pick up Chris, since he was coming to the pig roast with me! When we got there we headed straight for the appetizers! There was SO much to choose from. I stuck with FRUIT!!! The fruit was glorious. There was had tons of fruit salad, watermelon, strawberries and blueberries! And a delicious fruit dip, which is the white blob on my plate.

I stuck mainly to fruit until the real food came out. I also tried some fresh caught catfish. It was actually really good!! I ate of the catfish and an ear of corn, since I was kind of saving myself for the dessert table.

There were desserts galore…I may have went a bit overboard and had a couple of butterscotch magic bars, a cupcake, and a few cookies and brownie. But hello…July Fourth only comes once a year! I try to save my calories for dessert! ๐Ÿ™‚

But main attraction was the pig. It had been roasting since 5AM!ย  That’s 12 hours of cooking! I didn’t try it, but Chris said it tasted amazing.

After dinner, my sister, Brendan, Chris and I hung out by the pool!!

The pool was fun and refreshing, since it was such a hot day!

I also had 2 glasses of homemade red and white sangria! My favorite!

Overall, it was an awesome barbecue! It was such a great way to celebrate the July 4th weekend: with Family, Friends, Food, and Fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

Part 2 to come later, complete with a race re-cap!

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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. ๐Ÿ˜€

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!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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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