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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

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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I wasn’t originally going to post tonight because I’m feeling super lazy but I decided to go ahead because I do have some interesting things to say.

This morning I made another smoothie attempt with my new rice protein, and I went the green monster route. I threw in:

  • 1/2 cup of almond breeze
  • 1 banana
  • 1 handful of spinach
  • 1/2  scoop of rice protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp of maca powder
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds

It tasted like…medicine! But I drank it anyway. What am I doing wrong? Any suggestions for those who have tried rice protein before? I know it has great benefits but I’m just having trouble making it taste good. Whey tasted way better, but my stomach couldn’t handle it. Damn you rice protein! Stop tasting like mud!

Anyway, my morning snack was way better.

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from googe image search

Fage yogurt from HWFC! Bonus: It’s made locally, in Johnstown!! It is rich and creamy…dare I say…thicker than Chobani? I enjoyed it.

After work I headed to the gym for some speedwork on the treadmill.  I contemplated running outside for about five seconds, and decided treadmill would be way easier for me. I’m so glad I decided that because I felt incredible during my run! (The gross smoothies must be working?) I ran seven miles total in 1:09:25. Here’s the breakdown of the speedwork, which I followed directly from my training schedule.

1 mile warm up, 3×1600 @ 8:57 with 800 jog, 1.5 mile cool down

And I was sore today from my Level 2 workout of Yoga Meltdown, so I was extremely sore when I got off that treadmill. I could hardly stretch on the mat my legs were hurting so bad! I was committed to this workout though. And I was surprised how great I felt throughout the whole thing, especially running the faster pace. Sometimes the treadmill works wonders! 😀

Then I came home, ate some zucchini, squash and broccoli for dinner and devoured about two servings of Friendly’s light moose tracks ice cream. YUM.


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The Six Mile Run That Wasn’t

Morning everyone. It’s finally Thursday! Hurray! I was not in the mood to blog last night so I will update you all this morning on what has been going on!

Yesterday I had oats for breakfast, but I was too lazy to take a picture of them. I think I mixed in a mashed banana and some oat bran with some dark chocolate dreams peanut butter. It is such a tasty combo! Yum

Anyway, at work for snack I tried yet another kind of greek yogurt. Stonyfield Organic Oikos 0% fat! Opinion: not better than Chobani. Pros: only 90 calories a cup; cons: smaller serving size. It was okay, since there was no Chobani to be found in the store.

Lunch was a standard PBJ. Or should I say ABJ…I used almond butter instead of peanut butter! So yummy. The jam I used was my Aunt’s strawberry rhubarb jam.  😀

Pretty boring, but tasty. I also had some fruit to go alone with it, as well as a Nature Valley granola bar.

So after work I had a six mile tempo run planned, according to my training schedule. I was planning on going to Chris’ to run the first three miles and then meet up with him for the last three. I ended up running 3.65 in about 35? minutes (I forgot to upload my Garmin info) and I felt really good! Instead of running two laps around the park, I ran down past my old college and around the Pine Hills neighborhood where I used to live. It was kind of an eerie feeling to be running around that neighborhood, where I lived for so long. I think of that time as my past life…where I made so many unhealthy choices about food and not exercising at all. I can’t believe I used to live like that! Needless to say it was bit weird to run by my old apartment. I actually felt really good about myself and how much I’ve changed for the better.

So I met up with Chris to run the last three miles..and about a half mile into that, I started to feel goosebumpy. It was so weird because it was SO hot and humid out, probably about 85 degrees or more. I couldn’t explain why and neither could Chris..so we kept running and I took a couple of walking breaks. After a mile, I started feeling like it was hard to breathe, like I couldn’t get enough air in…and I started freaking out! This has never happened to me on a run before! I can’t really explain what happened! It was so weird. So we ended up cutting our run short and went for a walk around the park so I could cool down.  So I counted five miles in 53 minutes on my Garmin, which isn’t too bad considering I walked the last quarter mile. But I can’t help but feeling like I’ve let myself down, especially if I don’t complete the miles I want to that day. I have to keep telling myself that no matter what I do, it is good enough! I know that in reality it is. It’s just hard sometimes to keep telling myself that.

Anyway, I searched Runner’s World for some information on getting goosebumps while running, and I found this article, that almost explains it. I know for a fact I didn’t drink enough water yesterday, so that might have been a contributing factor. So Chris also gave me some advice and said I should drink more water as soon as I get up in the morning, because your body needs hydration ASAP after sleeping.

So after all of that, I went home and made a quesadilla for dinner. I got some vegetarian refried beans at the store other day so I could make some! I used a high fiber tortilla, filled it with refried beans, corn and cheese and grilled it on the stove. It came out really good, but a little bit messy! I also topped it with some of my favorite peach mango salsa. It was so satisfying!

So I followed Chris’ advice about the water I drank a couple of glasses this morning before eating breakfast. It not only helps keep me hydrated, but I actually feel more full after eating my breakfast! It was great. I suppose it helps to drink before I eat, rather than after.

Breakfast was another scrambled egg wrap with peach mango salsa. Here’s the photo from last time since it looked pretty much the same. Except I used goat cheese instead of shredded.

Sooo good. I love these. I will be making more of them on the mornings when I have enough time like I did this morning. 🙂

So now I’m actually still full from breakfast! Can you believe it? I think it was the water I drank. Awesome!

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Indian Ladder Farms Food Festival

Happy Fathers day to my dad and all the other dads out there. I hope you all had a nice day! Mine was pretty low key.

I started the day out nice. My mom and I decided to head to the Indian Ladder Farms local food festival. We went pretty early to see what they had. There weren’t too many vendors there, which I was kind of disappointed about. But they did have animals!

Kitties for adoption!

A donkey named Eeyore.

And bunnies!

So cute!

Out of all the vendors my mom and I only got a couple of things: some vegetable and roasted red pepper bruchetta, more maple peanut butter, and raspberry creamed honey, all of which were made locally! 🙂 I can’t wait to try the vegetble bruchetta on top of some pasta. Yum!

After the fest, I came home and hung out with my dad, and gave him his father’s day presents. He was pretty happy! My sister and I got him some t-shirts and a gift card to Lowes.

I had to fit in running somewhere, so around 12:30 I ran five miles in 53 minutes on the treadmill, since it was a little too humid to run outside today. The treadmill was brutal. I felt fine, but I was just bored out of my mind! After my run, I snacked on some new greek yogurt. The grocery store didn’t have Chobani, so I grabbed a Brown Cow to try.

And it was delish! It was just as good as Chobani, actually. I added some raw oatmeal to the cup to give it some texture, and that was really satisfying. I also had a slice of double fiber whole grain bread with some dark chocolate dreams peanut butter. That was my “lunch”, since my parents were planning on grilling an early dinner.

My mom got gourmet hamburgers for dinner, but she also had some salmon burgers in the freezer, which I’ve been dying to try. I had a salmon burger on a sandwich thin topped with some peach mango salsa. I wasn’t sure how the salsa would taste with salmon, but it was actually REALLY good. I also had some whole grain tortilla chips and salsa on the side.

I was really pleased that the salmon burgers were only 100 calories each. I feel really good about my food choices today.

So I hope everyone had a nice day…especially my Dad! It looks like he enjoyed it!


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A Not-That-Exciting Lunch

Good afternoon everyone! Hope you all are having a great Thursday. I’m making a quick post right now because I’m going to be super busy these next couple days and I’m not sure when I’ll get to blogging again. Probably at some point on Saturday!

Anyway, last night I went to the gym after work for what was supposed to be a five-mile tempo run. I was going to turn into a six-mile tempo run, but that changed. I ran the first two miles as a warm up and then ran two miles at a 9:30 pace, which was supposed to last three miles, but I only made it until mile four where I started to feel pretty crappy.  I started walking a little bit to and found out my left foot was hurting really bad! I walked about 200 meters and then started running slowly. I ran/walked the last mile. I’m trying to figure out why my foot was hurting. I didn’t bother me that much after I got off the treadmill, so I don’t know what aggravated it. Total run: 5 miles in 52 minutes and 40 seconds.

Anyway, let’s get to today eats so far. This morning I had a bowl of Special K Protein and Kashi H2H with light soymilk and a dab of maple peanut butter. I got the idea to add PB to my cereal from Megan. SUCH a good idea! Its yummy.

I had zero time to make a good lunch today so what I had was pretty boring.

Some strawberry Chobani for my snack. I think the strawberry might just be my favorite.

I also had a cup of my favorite tea!!

I think I may have an addiction to tea. Here’s my collection.

Obsessed? Maybe.

My main lunch: A bowl of Special K Red Berries. BORING!!! I need veggies in my life today.

Here’s the thing about Special K cereal. When I was losing weight consistently I ate it A LOT. I did the whole “Special K Diet” for a long time, but not every day. When I ate a lot for lunch I would eat some for dinner, and if I was planning a big dinner, I’d eat it for lunch. It wasn’t bad, because I loved it! I ate it religiously. But now, I’m getting kind of sick of it, because it’s not very nutritious. But, if you substitute cereal for a meal you do end up cutting calories and in the end, losing weight, but you’re not getting very many nutrients. At least I don’t think you are.

Anyway, with my cereal I had an apple, and a home made granola bar. I may or may not have eaten some Freihofer’s cookies someone left on the table at work…

I have no idea what I’m having for dinner tonight. It’s a mystery.

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Liquid Sunshine

Last night I met up with my cousin Liz! She recently just returned from a vacation in France so I wanted to hang out with her so we could catch up! I brought a bottle of Cascade Mountain Harvest Rose, a local wine, over to her apartment and we each had a couple glasses before going to dinner. The wine was very fruity and delicious. 🙂

We eventually made it to the Wine Bar on Lark. We decided on another bottle of wine…a sparking white called Moscato D’Asti. When we ordered it, the waitress described it as tasting like “liquid sunshine“. How could we not try that? 😉

It smelled like rotten fruit, but tasted lovely. It was like sweet, bubbly, fruity deliciousness or liquid sunshine. Yum.

For my meal I ordered a small plate, since I had eaten a late lunch after I got home from the 5K yesterday. I ordered the asparagus, mushroom and leek swiss cheese tart with an arugula, endive and radicchio salad with champagne vinaigrette.

The salad was tasty, since as you may I know, I have a thing for arugula. It had a very good flavor and something in the dressing was a bit salty. It was good! The tart tasted like a quiche, which happens to be one of my favorite foods. I don’t eat quiche very often, so this tart was a treat. It was nice and creamy but not overly heavy! The mushrooms and leeks were great. I didn’t taste much asparagus though.

I was pretty content with my meal (and the wine!). The Wine Bar is definitely one of my favorite restaurants in Albany.

Too bad it was raining last night, otherwise we would have eaten out on their patio, which I love! When we left it was raining pretty heavy, so we walked back to Liz’s apartment, got soaked, and then hung out for a while. It was nice to catch up with her. We ended up just watching TV and talking!

So, this morning I had another long run scheduled. It seemed very daunting because my legs were still really sore from doing some stairwork on Thursday. Walking the stairs was a stupid idea. While at the time it didn’t hurt, the next couple days my calves were SO sore from walking up so many stairs. Needless to say, I was still sore this morning. And running a 5K yesterday probably didn’t help either. So I had a plan to tackle the 8 miles I had to do.

I decided to run the first 5 miles on my treadmill while listening to music and watching TV. I ended up watching a documentary on Orca whales for an hour while I ran a slow 5 miles in 58 minutes. Watching wildlife documentaries is now going to be standard when I have to run on my treadmill. 🙂 After the five I got some of my gear together and tried my first Clif Shot Bloks. I ate two gummies.

They tasted like berry flavored gummies. Not that bad…but I kept burping up berry flavor while I ran the last three miles. Lovely.

They didn’t really bother my stomach, so they might be something I’ll consider to eat when running my really long runs.

The three miles outside wasn’t too bad either. There was a slight misty rain that felt pretty nice. I ran a bit faster than on the treadmill…about a 10 minute mile. By the last mile and half I could feel my legs start to get really tired…something I don’t feel as much when I’m running on the treadmill. But it felt good to be over when I was done! I did the last three miles in 29 minutes!

I came inside, showered, stretched my aching legs and made lunch. An omelet! Or…what was supposed to be an omelet.

spinach and peppers

two farm fresh eggs

what should be an omelet...

but failed

It didn’t turn out looking like an omelet, but it tasted great! I also threw in some crumbled goat cheese. 🙂 I think eggs may be my favorite post-run meal.

I also had some melon and a pomegranate Chobani.

It was a tasty much needed meal. Yum. After this run I should be starving for the next two days.

Well, now I am off to enjoy the rest of this lazy Sunday by laying in bed watching The Food Network. 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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