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Shiratake, Inception and Hummus To-Go

Oh finally it is the weekend. Thank goodness. I was starting to feel like the workday would never end. 😦 I’m so glad to be home! I have an exciting weekend coming up!

But lets rewind a bit to Thursday. Last night I came home from work to make a quick and easy dinner. I had previously picked up some Tofu Shiratake Noodles to try! Hungry Girl raves about these because they are so low calorie and apparently a great substitute for pasta, so I wanted to see what the big fuss was about.

I was shocked to find the whole bag of noodles was only 40 calories. That made me a happy girl! I decided to just warm them up in the microwave after draining and rinsing them and using the noodles like I would spaghetti. I just threw the last of the roasted red pepper bruschetta and some Parmesan cheese onto them.

The noodles themselves didn’t have much flavor, and were kind of chewy since they’re tofu, but they didn’t taste too bad! I ate the whole bowl because I was starving and I love the bruschetta. 😉  I would buy these noodles again since they are so guilt-free!

After dinner, I had to get ready because Chris and I had some extremely late night plans that evening…we were going to the midnight showing of Inception at the Spectrum Theater!

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I have been waiting months for this movie to come out! It was pretty interesting because I wasn’t really sure what is about, all I knew is that the preview looked awesome and I love all of the actors in it. It was SO worth seeing at midnight because it was incredible! I’m not going to talk much about it because I don’t want to give away the plot, but it will definitely make you think and stare in awe at the special effects! I love movies like that. 🙂

Needless to say, I didn’t get to sleep last night until 3:00AM and had to get up at 7:00AM for work…which had me running on four hours of sleep all day. That that equals an unhappy person at work. 😦

Lunch today was sort of unplanned, so I got something quick at my Department’s cafeteria. The one healthy choice in the whole entire lunchroom. Sabra Hummus and pretzels! Have you ever seen a package like this?

The only downside: I ran out of pretzels! I had to go get some more from my co-worker so I could eat the rest of the yummy hummus. 🙂

But I’m so glad to be home now…I just ran three miles on the treadmill in 31 minutes and 40 seconds and it felt really good, despite not getting much sleep last night. I’m about to go finish up my laundry, which I’ve been neglecting for days, and then start baking some superfood cookies for tomorrow’s Blogger Brunch Meet-Up! 😀

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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. 😉  Anyway, for breakfast I had a chocolate cherry bomb in my sweet new pint glass! 🙂

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. 😦 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. 😀 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. 🙂

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’t  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. 😉

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. 🙂

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! 🙂

Chris drank the beer, but I didn’t have any, since I don’t think  I could stomach it after running for so long! What a trooper. 🙂

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. 🙂 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. 🙂

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! 🙂

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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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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,  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. 🙂 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. 🙂

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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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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Froyo Solves Everything

Ah, finally Friday. Lets rewind.

Last night I went to Alive @ Five in downtown Albany to see a free Boyz II Men concert!

It was pretty fun, but sooo crowded! It definitely brought back some memories from the 90s! My friend Ken was SO excited to see Boyz II Men! We had fun singing along with “Water Runs Dry”, my favorite!

My sister also came too!

I had packed a dinner yesterday morning specifically for Alive @ Five, since I knew they would have zero healthy food choices there! I made a simple PBJ…perfect for on the go and I munched on that before Boyz II Men came on! I didn’t take any pictures of it though…since I’m pretty sure you all know what a PBJ looks like. 😉 I also brought a plum and a luna bar!

But anyway, my favorite part of the concert were the ROSES!

It was fun. Courtney also had a nice re-cap of the concert!

I didn’t get home last night until about 8:30. I relaxed for a bit and then decided to do some more Yoga Meltdown. I felt really great after that!

Now, back to today.

This morning for breakfast I had some Kashi H2H with some Almond Breeze and a sliced banana.

It was pretty filling, since I started to drink a few glasses of water in the morning when I get up. It helps!

Morning snack was peach Chobani! How I’ve missed it!

On my lunch break today I had planned on doing a 4 mile run. That didn’t happen! 😦 I went to get changed and I realized I forgot my sportsbra. The most important thing!! I was so angry at myself!!! I decided to go for a walk up to the Empire State Plaza Farmer’s Market instead! I got myself a pint of strawberries! I’ve been dying to buy local strawberries this season and I finally got my hands on some!

So juicy and delicious! I love strawberries. They are my favorite fruit.

I also got a bunch of arugula for $1.50!

Since I was still mad at myself about the run, and I was hungry, I got a vanilla bean frozen yogurt at the FroYo stand! 🙂 It was delicious! But I totally forgot to take a picture of it until after I devoured it.  Let’s pretend it looked like this, but topped with crushed Reeses Pieces. After eating this I felt better. Froyo solves everything.

I suppose I can just run later tonight.

I came back from the Farmer’s Market and made my real lunch, a Morning Star Farms chick’n patty with reduced fat American cheese on a sandwich thin. I also threw on some fresh arugula.

A pretty decent lunch if I do say so myself. Okay, I’m off! Happy Friday!

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