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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! 🙂

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Killer Crane

I swear, I could eat the whole batch of superfood cookies that I made yesterday, they are so chewy and delicious! Ahem…anyway. I hope everyone is doing well on this Tuesday evening.

Last night after participating in a tweet up for foodbuzz, I was motivated to make a breakfast cookie to have for breakfast this morning. I also wanted to try my new protein powder. Here’s the cookie!

I threw in…

  • 3/4 cup of oats
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 2 tbsp of unsweetened almond breeze
  • 1 tbsp of  almond butter
  • 1 tsp of chocolate rice protein powder
  • 1 sprinkle of dark  chocolate chips

It was bit too wet, probably because I usually use 1/2 cup of oats instead of 3/4 cup.

Along with my cookie, I had a chocolate protein smoothie!

It looks a bit like mud, huh? I put about a cup of almond milk into the blender, along with a handful of frozen mangoes and pineapples, 1/2 tsp of maca powder and 1 scoop of the protein powder. Apparently, 1 scoop is WAY too much, because it tasted SO gritty! I couldn’t even taste the fruit!!! It didn’t taste horrible, but I guess I just have to get used to the texture. I’m going to experiment with this powder to get it to taste just right. At least it was FILLING!

My morning snack today wasn’t too interesting…some strawberry Chobani with some chia seeds sprinkled on top. They had no flavor, but tasted like I put some poppy seeds into my yogurt.

Before I actually ate lunch I went for an easy four mile run on my lunch break. I did four miles in about 38 minutes. It was hot and I was pretty tired by the end.

Stats!

  • Total distance: 4.0
  • Total time: 38:03
  • Mile 1: 9:53
  • Mile 2: 9:08
  • Mile 3: 9:18
  • Mile 4: 9:42
  • Average Pace: 9:35/mi
  • Calories Burned: 482

After my run I came back to a HUGE salad with lots of veggies!! It was quite refreshing.

I also had two of my superfood cookies!

These are not going to last very long…

So after work my friend Lyndsay and I headed to the Honest Weight Food Co-Op for some shopping!

I picked up a couple of random things…

  • Coconut water
  • Fage 2% Greek Yogurt with Cherry
  • Amy’s organic tomato bisque
  • Honest Tea “Just Green Tea”
  • So Delicious Chocolate Non Dairy Ice Cream
  • Boca Vegan Burgers
  • Organic Frozen Sweet Cherries
  • Avocado

I got the avocado because I had tons of left over cilantro and wanted to make some more guiltless guac..however..I didn’t have the white beans, so I substituted red beans and it came out looking like a mixture of green and red guacamole. Ha!

I also made a quick refried bean, mushroom and cheese quesadilla for dinner. Along with the mutlicolored guac and some peach mango salsa!

It tastes so unhealthy, but it really isn’t! The tortilla is high in fiber and low in calories (only 80 in that huge thing), the refried beans are a great source of fiber and are fat free, the cheese I used is made with 2% milk. It was a very satisfying and healthy dinner. For dessert I had some more cookies, and limited myself to only two. 🙂

I was also in the mood for more exercise tonight, so I popped in Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown, but this time I did Level 2. It was WAY much harder than Level 1! I hope I can walk tomorrow! It incorporated much more ab work! AND the dreaded CRANE POSE!!! I tried this pose last night doing some Namaste Yoga, and let me tell you…it was impossible!! I could NOT hold myself up. I think I have zero upper body strength. It looks like I have a new summer goal: complete the killer crane pose and be able to hold it for five seconds. Think I can do it?

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First Annual SPAC Rock & Run 5K

Well, I have another 5K under my belt! My fourth race total and my third 5K! Today’s 5K was held at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, which is part of the Saratoga State Park and it is really gorgeous! To get ready for this race I made a small dinner last night, a roasted red pepper, arugula and herb goat cheese sandwich. It was pretty tasty. I think arugula is my new favorite leafy green! 🙂 I used my arugula and goat cheese that came from the Troy Farmer’s Market!

I had to pre-make my breakfast this morning, so last night I made a breakfast cookie and put it in a handy tupperware container so it was easily transportable. I ate it on the car on the way up to SPAC with Marcie!

Into my breakfast cookie went

  • 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 a mashed banana
  • 1 tbsp of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter
  • 2 tbsps of light soy milk

It was chocolatey and delicious. A perfect pre-race breakfast!! Marcie and I headed up to SPAC at around 8:00. It was early and the race didn’t start until 10:30, but we wanted time to get our packets and t-shirts and check everything out. We relaxed and stretched a little bit and did a couple of short quick jogs around the park. Eventually my sister, Sue, Sue’s cousin, and Brendan got there and we all met up! My sister wasn’t running in the race so she took my pictures!

pre-race photo op!

So we hung around for a little bit. Sue’s mom’s band, The Accents, were scheduled to play at the main stage for the 5K, which was pretty cool! They are an awesome cover band.

The thing I liked about this race was that it was less crowded than the Workforce Challenge! There were still over 800 people running in it, which is really awesome for a first time event! But less people = an easier run and no finish line crowd freakouts!

runners waiting in line for packets

I’ve never ran around SPAC’s grounds before, so running this was really awesome! It was so pretty and green, and the sun was shining! It was starting to get warm, but thankfully it was still morning so the temperature was just right! I started out pretty fast at like a 7:30 pace, and I got kind of tired mid race. I actually sprinted at the end this time and I came in at 27:17, my best time running 3.1 miles, ever! I have a new PR to beat!

My garmin stats:

  • Total: 3.12 miles
  • Time: 27:07
  • Average Pace: 8:45
  • Average Speed: 6.9
  • Maximum Speed: 9.1
  • Calories Burned: 369

I have one complaint about this race though. There was only one water station and no water at the finish line. What were these people thinking? I saw people struggling at the finish line yelling for water! It was pretty brutal. But I made my way over to the refreshment tent, I got a bottle of water, an apple and a cinnamon bun and wolfed it down. I got to see one of my friends finish the race! 🙂 Marcie came in at 33 minutes, her best 5K time, and this was only her second 5K! Brendan and Sue both finished before me. Brendan came in at 23 minutes and Sue came in at 22 minutes. Congrats everyone, you all did great and I’m so glad we were here running together, even though we all ran at our own paces. It was still fun. 🙂

We all did awesome!!! I need to convince my sister to sign up for her first 5K…maybe the Freihofer’s? 😉

Anyway, I have some good news! Most of you know I lost my old blog, but today I recovered some old posts!! Marcie told me about google’s cache pages, which are snapshots of websites taken in the past. She said I had a couple of old blog posts up! I went on searched and I found some! I back dated them and they are now all available for your viewing pleasure! Here are the links to the ones I could save:

Now I’m off to relax…and think of something creative to make for dinner. 🙂 My next race: the Freihofer’s Run for Women in two weeks! How am I going to beat 27 minutes and 17 seconds?!

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Pre-Race Eats

Good afternoon everyone!! Only a couple hours away until the Workforce Challenge! Yay! And it is already really warm out, so I’ve been drinking water like a fiend!

Last night I made a breakfast cookie to have this morning. I kind of went overboard with the oats and added about 3/4 a cup. I usually only add about 1/2 a cup, but I saw some leftover oats in the bottom of the container and I wanted to use them all up. I think this is one of my favorite breakfasts…right underneath chocolate chip banana pancakes of course. But I figured this would be the perfect breakfast!

In my breakfast cookie

  • 3/4 cup of old-fashioned oats
  • 1 tbsp of almond butter
  • 2 tbsps of light soy milk
  • 1/2 mashed banana
  • 1 small handful of dark chocolate chips

It was almost too much for me to eat, but I ate it all anyway. 🙂 Along with my breakfast cookie I made a small chocolate protien shake. I always use light soy milk in my shakes, as I don’t drink cow’s milk (I don’t care for the taste).

I also stuck to a pretty simple lunch today. Maybe more like a second breakfast. 🙂 I had some Special K protien cereal mixed with Special K red berries with a sprinkle of granola and fresh blueberries. And light soymilk of course. 

I also had an apple. For snack later I have a banana with dark chocolate dreams peanut butter and a luna bar.

I went on a short walk today on my break and then went to check out the farmer’s market down the street. It was pretty much just a flower and plant market, with a couple tables of baked goods. No produce yet. Its really great if you are looking for plants. Hopefully this weekend I will check out the Troy Market!

I would like to take a second to promote a new blog! Sarah, a good friend of mine, recently started a weight loss blog called Path to Succeed. So far she has lost 30 pounds and she’s still going strong! Check out her blog! 🙂

My next post should be my first race-recap! See you after the race!

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Mac and Cheese Overload

I started today off great with a delicious breakfast cookie!!! I was surprised at how good this was, with so few ingredients. Yummy. I got inspired by this post on Runner’s Kitchen. I’m so glad I tried it too. I also made a smoothie to go with it…a handful of frozen strawberries, a scoop of chocolate protein powder and about ¾ cup of light soymilk. It tasted like chocolate covered strawberries. A perfect breakfast!

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So this past week was pretty boring with food…I didn’t go out any place special, except for Monday night. I got sushi at Shogun in Delmar. I used to LOVE sushi, but lately my taste for it has kind of diminished. I got the “healthy roll”, with shrimp, carrots, cucumber and avocado. No rice to be found! But it was wrapped in rice paper, I believe. A bit too chewy for my liking, so I just ate three pieces. For an appetizer I got the tofu salad with ginger dressing. I LOVED the dressing, it was so tasty. But the tofu itself was too mushy and bland. I probably wouldn’t order that again. Dessert was the best part. I skipped the cheesecake, so I ordered the peach sorbet, which was fantastic. The presentation of their sorbet is amazing. The sorbet itself was inside a frozen peach, which can be eaten. It was sooo delicious. My favorite dessert there so far…not including the green tea cheesecake!

So this past weekend was pretty laden with delicious FOOD!  Chris and I went to the Mac & Cheese Bowl 2010 on Saturday. And can I say…I haven’t had REAL mac and cheese in a LONG time, pretty much since I started eating healthy. And I definitely got my fill of it. Fifteen different restaurants competed and some had two types of mac and cheese. The cups were so small at first we were thinking we wouldn’t have enough to eat, but we were surprised. We tried all but three places because we were SO FULL from eating so much mac and cheese. And it was so crowded we had to take breaks outside and get water…the pasta  made me so thirsty! I stayed away from the mac with meat in it (I gave my cups to Chris and I ate his seafood ones) It was SO fun though..My favorite was either the lobster mac and cheese from the Prime or the lobster and shrimp mac and cheese from the Pump Station. (The Pump Station won the contest!)

So basically I didn’t get hungry again on Saturday until about 8:00 at night, when I met my cousin at the Wine Bar & Bistro on Lark. I ordered the antipasto, a cold dish, which wasn’t that filling, although rather healthy! I felt good about that, but since I wasn’t too satisfied, I ordered the Kahlua Chocolate Cheesecake, which I believe comes from Cheesecake Machismo. That was superb!! No more cheesecake for a while!! I also ordered a glass of my FAVORITE wine, the Dragonstone Riesling. I love it. So much. Sadly, no photos from the wine bar.

Sunday I decided to go to the gym to work off some mac and cheese, so I went in thinking, “Today is the day I will run five miles,” and guess what? It happened! I felt so good after that.

During the week I was craving pancakes, so I made oatmeal blueberry pancakes from scratch. They came out a bit too mushy for me…but still tasty. I think I just needed to cook them a bit longer, but I was so hungry I didn’t wait. Instead of syrup I topped them with my aunt’s homemade blueberry sauce, and it was delicious.

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Tonight I am going to make goat cheese pizza, so I will post about that later on to let you know how it goes!

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