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Running Towards a Goal

Today I started with a bowl of blueberry oatmeal.
I used left over steel cut oats with blueberries, some Cinnamon Vanilla Sunflower butter, almond milk, and a little Agave.  I love having some left over oatmeal in the fridge, it makes weekday morning breakfasts easy.
So I’m little dazed about signing up for another half-marathon last night!  I had originally planned to take it slow getting back into running after my knee injury and was planning to see how things went before I committed to anything.  But the truth is, I’m totally itching to get back into training mode, and have been for months now.  Running has become a big part of my life.  I am longing for that long distance high again that I had with my first half marathon.  I’m going to the half marathon I signed up for with Kelly, which is the big reason I signed up last night.  She brought up this race a while back, and I’ve been tossing the idea around for a while.  Last night she mentioned the race again, and this time, without over thinking it, I just decided to go for it.  Before I knew it, I was all registered.  Yikes!! 
I have 11 weeks til the race, which is a lot more than I had when I trained for my first half marathon (about 6 weeks).  Although, with that one, I was regularly running 5-6 miles when I started training, so I didn’t have quite as far to go.
I plotted out a training plan on Runner’s World Smart Coach today.  I’m excited to get started!
I thought all day about going for a long run tonight.  The weather is hotter again this week, but my plan was to wait til about 7pm and go then in hopes that it would be a little cooler.
Once home, I decided to make a batch of roasted red pepper hummus while I was killing time.  I used the same basic recipe as the link, except, I couldn’t open a giant jar of artichoke hearts I have from Costco. After about 5 minutes I gave up and made the hummus minus artichoke hearts 😦
I had a couple bites with some plain pita chips.  Still yummy, but it’s better with the artichoke hearts, in my opinion!
 I walked the pup, came back to drop him off, and headed out for my run.  I’ve been saying for a while, that I never know my exact mileage, because I’m without a Garmin Forerunner.  I’ve also had two Amazon credits to use towards one (I dumped a huge container of change into a Coinstar and got credits :), but have been waiting til I knew I was good to go with my knee before taking the plunge and making the purchase.  I think I ran between 4 and 5 miles, but don’t know for sure.  It felt good 🙂

When I got home from my run, I grabbed my credits, immediately went on Amazon.com, and ordered a Garmin Forerunner 305.
I feel like I can’t really train for another half marathon without this.  Last time I was lucky to have Jen and numerous friends with Garmins run with me a lot and keep track of mileage for me.  Most of my friends are running their own big races this fall and I think I’m going to be on my own a lot more for this race.  I need to know how far I’m going, and if I want to work on speed at some point I will need this.
I’m pretty excited, this is some big stuff happening right here!
After ordering my Garmin, I whipped up a quick dinner.  I’m the queen of turning one leftover thing into something else.  I used the last of my mexican soup as a topping to make a mexican pizza with on a tortilla.  I added spinach and cheese and baked it in my toaster oven. 
Admittedly, this was a little bit of a FAIL.  I didn’t spray my foil with non-stick spray, so my tortilla stuck to it, and I basically had to dump the thing upside down to get it off the foil.  I did a pretty good job salvaging it and topped it off with some cilantro.  It tasted good, and that’s all that counts, right?
Off to dream sweet dreams of a smooth half-marathon…
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August 31, 2010 at 2:08 am 7 comments

Cross Train Will Make Ya…Run! Run!

LOL!  Remember these punks with the backwards jeans??  Haha!  Flashback! 
Anyway, now that the knee is better and I’m getting back in to running again, I’m vowing to be better about cross training this time around.  I think it might help me to strengthen my legs and body in general and I’m hoping that’ll help me stay injury free.  That’s the goal!
Before my workout last night I gobbled a banana and mini Lara Bar.
Then I popped in my old friend Jillian Michaels to let her kick my butt for a while. 
She was a little mean and snarky to me, but I just ignored her and did my thing.  After a sweaty workout, I took Clyde for a long walk so he could burn off annoying puppy energy get his workout on too.  Clyde really pushed himself and I see some speedwork in his near future ;).
Post work-out, we had a little left over action for dinner.
Basically a mexican salad with my leftovers from Sunday night.
Later, while watching Bachelor Pad (how crazy is that show??), I tore into this for dessert:
This would be a Whole Fruit Coconut Fruit Bar.  OMG…  so delicious.  It’s a coconut popiscle.  It’s awesome….
Tonight I got home and got ready for a run.
I ate a small bowl of banana soft serve with Justin’s Maple Almond Butter in it for my pre-run snack.
 
 I headed out on my longest run since June- 4.5 miles on the Greenway. I met my friend Michelle and the run felt GREAT! I easily could have done more, but didn’t push it. We excitedly talked about races we want to do this fall. We are going to try and find another trail run to do together and maybe a 10K too.
Can’t wait!!  I also may or may not have made a half-marathon training plan on Runner’s World Smart Coach…  Eeeeek!  I’m looking at half’s in November, so I’ve got 10 weeks right now.
After my run, it was back to the hacienda.  I took Clyde out for his nightly walk and came back for dinner.  (My night’s are eerily the same almost every night, I know).
Tonight I actually had some fancied up Kraft mac and cheese (yes, it’s the devil, but I couldn’t resist). I basically added peas and a little shredded cheddar.
Clyde begged me to try it and I let him lick the bowl with a couple saved elbows…
I’m off to shower and read this
My new read now that I’ve finally finished Eat Pray Love.

August 25, 2010 at 1:16 am 3 comments

Things I Do on Weeknights

I haven’t really gotten back into my bloggy grove yet this week after being away in Chicago last weekend.  I’m still kind of coming down from the high and not sure my head actually made it back to Charlotte with me.  I totally lack focus!
My weeknights have been pretty similar to other weeks.  Some exercise, some food, some puppy kisses…the usual.
I did hot yoga with Jessie and Cindi on Tuesday night.  It was good to get back in the yoga studio.  Aside from my quick yoga class at The Healthy Living Summit, I probably hadn’t been to yoga in about a week and a half.  This was my first time meeting Cindi and she seems really cool.  We have a lot in common and live close to each other.  I for see us hanging out again in the future. 🙂
Last night (Wednesday) I did another run.  I’m still Garmin-less for now so all I can do is estimate my mileage.  I’d say I probably did about 3 miles and it again felt good!  I think I’m really on the way to recovery and building mileage again.  I might make a deal with myself that if I can do 6 miles with no problems again I can go ahead and get a Garmin (I’m still holding on to a Coin-Star gift certificate to Amazon that I got for the very purpose of ordering a Garmin with right before I hurt my knee!) and sign up for another half marathon!  The idea of this excites me!!
 I have to be honest.  I haven’t been to the grocery store all week.  There was a fleeting moment last night where I considered going and even went through and organized my coupons, but I just didn’t feel like it.  It was kinda rainy and I was feeling lazy about trekking over there.  Here’s the thing.  I keep A LOT of food in my house.  My husband gets on my case all the time about how I need to eat what we have instead of buying more stuff.  I LOVE having a stocked pantry though.  I love having many cans of black beans and chick peas, a variety of different kinds of grains, pasta, and rice.  I love having many different kinds of frozen veggies, fruit, and bread in the freezer, just in case.  Really, fresh produce is only thing I’m low on.  I have about a 1/3 bag of spinach, some grapes, and some carrots, and that’s about it for fresh fruit and veggies.  I definitely need a bunch of things, but I can get by without a little longer.
That said, here’s some of “eat what’s in my house” eats this week- using up what I had:
I had this Zone bar to get rid of (hubby and I have a box from Costco).  So, I chopped up about half the Zone bar and put it over banana soft serve (I now keep a giant ziplock freezer bag full of chopped banana pieces for soft serve at all times!) as a topping.
I had this for breakfast one day.  It was actually pretty yummy.
Tuesday night I had what was left of my quinoa with veggies from Sunday with a little cheese melted on top, with a side of oven roasted brussell sprouts for dinner. 

I tried my hand at another round of overnight oats this week.  This time in my mix I had:
1/2 cup oats
1/2 cup almond milk
about a tablespoon of macadamia nut butter
Strawberries
Chia seeds
In the morning I added shredded coconut to the top.  Wow, this was good!  I actually did it two days in a row because I loved the combo so much!
Last night when I decided not to go to the grocery store, I threw together a quick burrito.  I used:
an Archer Farms (Target) multigrain wrap
black beans
canned organic diced tomato
fresh spinach
cottage cheese
shredded cheddar
salsa
I just wrapped it up and microwaved it for a couple minutes til it was melted together.
One thing I haven’t addressed much is the fact that because I’m married to a pilot, I eat alone A LOT.  I like to be kind of creative when I cook, but at the same time, it’s sometimes hard to get excited to spend a long time cooking something complicated when it’s just for one.  I’m all about quick and easy meals, like the burrito above.  Even when Greg is home, I rarely spend more than about an hour total cooking a meal for us unless it’s something really out there. 
How about you?  Do you eat alone or with people?  How much time do you typically spend cooking dinner at night?

August 19, 2010 at 2:32 pm 6 comments

I Compost

Sunday morning I set out for my second run of the weekend.  I think the knee actually felt better the second time than the first.  I did my neighborhood loop (1-2 miles) again, so nothing major, but it felt pretty good.  I stretched a lot before and after and also did my foam roller post run.  I’m hoping that I’m on my way to full recovery.

I got back to the house and had some fruit salad (same as I made for Kelly’s wedding the day before).

Then I blogged, played on the internet, and got ready to meet some friends for a late brunch.  We went to Foskoskies in Plaza Midwood.
It’s this little unassuming place kind of off the beaten path.  I met Gibson, Chloe, and Sarah there.  Chloe and Gibson were all about having their chicken and waffles (not really my thing).  I’m kind of weird about chicken for breakfast.  I feel like it doesn’t go…  But I totally respect other peeps wanting to eat it.
I actually had the spinach artichoke eggs Florentine.  And forgot to get a picture!  But it was totally delicious.  It was poached eggs on english muffins with the spinach artichoke sauce on it, plus home fries and fruit.  I also had about 3 small cups of coffee over the course of about 2 hours.  We were there for a while talking.
Foskoskies was pretty much the big event of my Sunday.
I debated going to a yoga class, but since I’d already ran and showered, it didn’t sound that appealing to get all drenched sweaty again and I figured some downtime at home would be good, since I’m going to be away next weekend for the Healthy Living Summit!
I caught up on TIVO (Next Food Network Star, Project Runway, etc), walked Clyde, and did things around the house.  
One thing I took care of was our compost.  Greg and I got a compost bin from my parents back in March, and have been composting for a while now.  My mom has been doing it for probably 10+ years now, and got us into it.  The biggest source of debate between Greg and I over composting was where to keep the scraps in the house before dumping them in the bin outside.  He suggested a pail or something on the counter, but I didn’t like the idea of stuff not being cold and possibly smelling/attracting bugs, that sort of thing.  I thought a big Ziplock bag kept in the fridge would be fine, but he didn’t like that idea.  We finally settled on a plastic container that we keep in the fridge.  We empty it about every other day or so depending on the amount of stuff in there.  Some of the things we put in our compost bin are:
strawberry tops
cherry pits
avocado pits/peels
coffee grounds
tea bags
vegetable peels
onion peels
any produce past its prime that needs to be thrown out.
Once the plastic fridge bin is full and ready to go out, I walk it down the deck steps…
and over to the edge of the tree line in our back yard.  Greg placed it here so it’s kind of hidden.
Then you just lift the lid and dump!
that’s it!  
A few things you can’t put in are citrus peels and anything with oil on it.  I take that to mean you couldn’t make stir-fry and throw the left-overs in or that sort of thing.  We also worried that the bin would attract animals or smell, but it really doesn’t!
We actually have built in com posters as well, which are our rabbits.  Cinnamon and Baxter eat carrot peels/tops, celery, broccoli, lettuce, parsley, etc…  So they help as well.

Do you Compost?
For dinner I had some ripe avocado to use.  Guacamole again.  I know, I’m a creature of habit… I had mine with carrot sticks and some tortilla strips.

I’m not too excited about work this week, but at least it’s only a 4-day week and then I’m off to Chicago for blogger fun!

August 9, 2010 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

Greenapple and Oranges

So, here’s a little update on my knee.  Obviously Sunday’s bad run had me totally down about the whole running situation.  It’s been almost two months since my half marathon, and about a month since the knee got bad enough for me to stop running.  I want to get back out there!  Almost everyone I know is training right now and I miss running a lot.  Three people I work with have been to this guy Dr. Greenapple.  All of them are runners and triathletes and they said the guy is pretty progressive and had them running within two weeks of visiting.  They also take our health insurance (I always have issues with that!).  I made an appointment and saw him yesterday.  Things went well.  I told him my loooooooooooong story (seriously, it probably took me 20 minutes to explain everything).  He listened and took notes.  He examined me.  His conclusion made a lot of sense and we went right into some treatment and scheduled more.  I’m really encouraged.  I’m HOPING to be back out running in a couple weeks.

I rushed back home after visiting Greenapple, to make dinner for Greg and I.  He’s been away about 5 days this week, so I was really happy to have him home.  I had offers to meet for yoga, but I really just felt like he and I needed some quality time together.  Which leads me to something I wanted to discuss.  For any new readers, I’ve been with my husband for 8 1/2 years now and we’ve been married over 4 years.  When people ask me about being a pilot’s wife, I say that I’m used to him being away and I’m used to him being home.  Both seem normal to me.  A lot of the time I say it’s kind of nice to have the time he’s away to myself.  You probably notice that I fill my time with various athletic activities, dinners, and social events.  I’ve also been known to give the piece of advice to a new pilot’s significant other to “get a life” (well, I try to put it more eloquently than that).  I just mean that a pilot’s wife needs to be really independent and be able to entertain herself while her man is gone.  I think that can also mean to not plan everything around the pilot being home and drop everything just because he’s home.  But, I think recently I’m guilty of not allotting enough time for my husband.  I’ve gotten so into my social activities, sports, and extracurricular activities, that sometimes I feel like I really only spend a couple hours a week with Greg if he’s only home on weeknights.  I don’t know that that is enough, and I want to try and prioritize spending time with him a little more, while still maintaining an active social life.  Do you guys have trouble balancing the things/people in your life? 

Ok, on to dinner!  I REALLY wanted to try making MILLET!
I actually twittered about it wondering if anyone had a good recipe.  No response 😦  So I just decided to wing it.  I toasted the Millet for about 4-5 minutes in a dry pan (this was 1/2 cup).
While it was toasting I brought 2 cups of liquid (I used 1/2 water, 1/2 veg stock) to a boil in a sauce pan.  I dumped the Millet into the water and covered it to cook on low for about 30 minutes.  I ended up deciding to add some sauteed onion, some orange zest and orange juice (like 1/4 of an orange worth), and just a touch of dried rosemary (like maybe 1/4 teaspoon).  I added these things in the last 5 minutes of cooking or so to meld in. 
I also steamed some zucchini:

Then I got to the “meat” of the dinner.  Greg LOVES orange chicken at a Chinese Restaurant.  At least, he used to when he ate meat more often.  I have always thought it was gross, with the “mystery” chicken under the deep fried/candy coating.  I’m more of a chicken with mixed vegetables or broccoli kind of girl.  Anyway, while at the place where we can’t spend less than $100 Costco recently, we saw this sauce.  Yeah, it’s not very nutritious, but it gave me an idea.  Tempeh would be good cubed with a little of this on it to simulate “orange chicken”.
And my idea was right!  I used very little, like maybe a tablespoon?  A little went a long way and created a nice gooey crust on the tempeh.  Success 🙂  I think I actually could make my own healthier version of this with just some orange juice and brown sugar (maybe some corn starch to thicken it slightly).  Since I only used a very small amount I think the overall health of this meal was pretty good though. 
All together…
Greg loved it and said we should have this meal once a week! 

On a totally unrelated note, I just heard about this website: Cats that Look Like Hitler! 
It’s good for a laugh if you are need… 🙂

July 28, 2010 at 1:32 pm 1 comment

Sunday Run-day

I was excited to get up this morning and go for a run with Ashley around the plantation.  As you saw yesterday, it’s completely gorgeous in Hilton Head, and a run around the plantation sounded like a great plan.  Before our run, we ate some fruit and played with you-know-who….

I got my Nike’s on and we headed out.

I warned Ashley prior to the run I needed to take it kind of easy on this run since I’m still nursing that knee and that I might not want to go too far.  But she convinced me to do the big 4-5 mile loop which includes bridges over the marsh and going by the marina- some pretty views.  I couldn’t say no and she said we’d walk if it bothered me, so I agreed…  Yeah… my knee started bothering me after about 2 miles.  Great…  So that wasn’t fun…  We walked on and off, but I think I need to look into treatment this week again if I want to kick this injury once and for all.  I can’t believe I felt it again after resting it so long.  Rrrrrr!  I’m totally discouraged.

Lunch today was out at a new restaurant called Woody’s.

I can’t believe Mark and Ashley are coming up on one year of marriage already!
I had a delicious salad with a giant crabcake on top.
The girls stopped at the Tanger Outlets to check out the Banana Republic Factory Store (my fav).  I got two dresses and a t-shirt.  I may be wearing one dress to the Healthy Living Summit Cocktail Party in a few weeks!
I made a batch of banana soft serve for the fam!  It was a big hit!
Before heading out of town, we all went to the pool for one last float.  This time I had water with fresh strawberries floating in it instead of margaritas, since I was driving. 
My trip home:
95 North:
26:
(the sun was behind the clouds, glowing 🙂
and finally 77 North:
It actually got really stormy between Columbia and Charlotte.  Good thing Greg’s car has 4-wheel drive and I’m used to driving in crappy weather…
I made it home around 9:30pm.  The trip felt too short.  I am wondering if I should have stayed another day…  😦  I miss my family already!

July 26, 2010 at 3:08 am 3 comments

Doggies, Green Tomatoes, and My Return to Running!

Last night Clyde had a doggie playdate with a certain semi-famous dog- James Caitlin and I had been emailing each other since before she moved to Charlotte about our doxies and how it would be fun to get them together.  We finally coordinated schedules and made it happen last night! 
We met up at a park to take the dogs for a walk and chat…

We had a great time chatting and watching the dogs play.  The leashes had to be untangled quite a few times, but we rolled with it.  James was very tolerant of Clyde’s massive amounts of puppy energy. 
Once home, I hopped on Twitter and for the umteenth time today saw strings of conversation about running.  I had been thinking I might try running this week and see how it went, and last night I decided to go for it.
(yes, horrible picture…)  Notice my giant gash from Saturday’s fall when rescueing Clyde…
The run was great!  The left knee/leg didn’t bother me at all.  It was more the soreness on my wound on the right leg if anything.  I loved being back out there though!
I finally made a late dinner after the run.
My buddy Gibson had given me some green tomatoes. 
Fried Green Tomatoes anyone?
I used two, which ended up being more than I could eat by myself.  This was my first time making them though, so i wasn’t sure how it would go.  I used this basic recipe.
The seeds you see are Flax seeds, which I added to my breadcrumbs.
Finished product over plain baby spinach.  It was yummy!  I would like to do a fried green tomato BLT sometime.  I had one in Beaufort, SC that I still dream about…
I went to a hot yoga class with Jen this morning and also saw the other Jen there.  This class was a little different than yoga I’ve been to.  It was even HOTTER than the others at our studio, and the teacher played upbeat music instead of the usual “Zen” type.  Think Coldplay, Kesha, Pearl Jam, etc…  I liked the music, it was cool.  I again melted into a pool of sweat and at one point felt a little weak and shaky, but I got through it and it was a good workout. 
I am now packing and getting ready to leave for Hilton Head for the weekend!  I can’t wait to see my brother, sister-in-law, and parents!  This will be Clyde’s second trip to HHI, and first time meeting his Aunt and Uncle.  See ya for the recap!

July 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm 3 comments

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