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The Big One

You know what makes a Monday better after you’ve spilled coffee all over yourself and sat through the most boring 2.5 hour lecture?

A killer leg workout and a killer salad.

Am I the only one that craves salad?

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mmmm chickpeas, tuna, tomato, bell pepper, spring greens, and tarragon vinaigrette. 

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paired with carrot sticks, cucumber, and Trader Joes Chipotle Hummus.  Man did that baby have spice!  Whew 🙂

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Perfect lunch….wait…did you say “too many vegetables”!?!  Blasphemy!

I’m actually considering buying this shirt:

If you are weird like me, then you should click on the image and purchase one.  :)  They have special sizes for your pets as well, and a fun tote.  Christmas present ideas PEOPLE!!! Your welcome

So,  you’re probably wondering….what’s “The Big One”?

Well, since March 2009, I have raced 5 half marathons.  After a horrible fall out from training with my first marathon (helloooo MONO), I have decided to give the Full Marathon another shot.

Enter:

May 15, 2011 is the set date for my first marathon.  I have run the half marathon in Pittsburgh the past 2 years.

I PR’ed this past year: 2:00:31…that 2 hour time mark is elusive to me 😦

So, as I get ready, I’ll share my training plan…I’ll probably use a Hal Higdon plan (very doable). 

You’re probably wondering about the knee/IT Band?  Well it’s getting better!  Slowly but surely.  I did some strength training on it today, and I ran on Saturday (3 miles). 

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Oh and I ice it a lot.  Yep that’s a bag of frozen corn.  Trust me, for 99 cents, you have instant therapy.

 

Are you a runner? 

If so, what’s your favorite race?

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Not So Normal Day

Today was ok…

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I started out foam rolling, stretching, and icing.  Yep, no running for me yet.  I think Annie is right, it’s my IT Band.  When I foam roll it, I could cry :( 

I have to get better though!  I have a turkey trot to do with Daddio on Thanksgiving day.  And that is coming up fast!  I’m going to do a recipe series for healthy versions of your favorite Thanksgiving foods, so stay tuned!

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Although my foam roller really hurts….it really helps.  I almost feel like breaking into song….

“Come on baby, make it hurt so good
Sometimes love don’t feel like it should
You make it hurt so good” –John Mellencamp

No?  Ok so maybe that’s just me.

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Have you ever foam rolled???  I like this tutorial from Runners World.  The videos are linked.

The weather is perking up a bit.  We hit 65 today, which is EXTREMELY mild for November.  I know the cold is coming, I’m bracing myself for it. 

It was still chilly this morning, so I made myself a big bowl of oats!

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Topped with vanilla almond milk, brown sugar, raisins, and a dollop of peanut butter (the love of my life!)  Mr Snowman accompanied my breakfast with piping hot coffee from the Keurig.  I’m onto Caribou Coffee now.  Very delish.

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I got my coffee down, and headed out the door for classes.  It was so much easier to get up and ready this morning, as sunrise was at 715 as opposed to 815.  Yes, Purdue is on the edge of the time zone.  We should be central time, but the darn state is confused.  They just recently started going along with the whole daylight savings time!  They’re late bloomers I guess 😉

Oh the best part of my day!?  Free Starbucks coffee!  It wasn’t ready when I ordered my tall coffee this morning, so the nice guy at the register only made me pay for my coffee cake.  He even brought the coffee to me when it was ready.  Thank you Starbucks!

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After class, I headed home for lunch.  I’m on an egg kick right now, so lunch was scrambled eggs with a bit of cheese, topped with Wegmans Southwest Salsa with Blackbeans and corn mmm mmm!  Plus two slices of Virginia Savory bread.  I think I need to open my own Great Harvest somewhere…I eat a lot of their bread.

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What is that you ask???  Its a cold face mask.  What do I use it for?  Getting rid of headaches!  Yes, no pain reliever involved.  I think this crazy weather is causing some major sinus issues.  I won’t complain, I like the mild weather.

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I noticed this when I was taking the trash out!  I had no idea I lived this close to the Lafayette water tower.  The way the sunset was shining off of it with the red in the trees, I had to take a picture.  I can see the Mount Pleasant water tower from my backyard at home, so it makes me feel a teensy weensy bit less homesick.

Later on….

Dinner did not disappoint.  I got hungry a lot earlier though because of the time change. 

Dad thinks I should call this meal “Yankee Pot Roast”…so that’s what its going to be called

Yankee (Doodle) Pot Roast

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  • 2-3 lb roast
  • a bunch of baby carrots
  • 2 large stalks of celery (chopped)
  • 4 small yukon gold potatoes (diced)
  • 1 packet dry onion soup mix
  • 1 can vegetable broth (hey, that’s what I had on hand)
  • sprinkle of Montreal Steak seasoning
  • 2 tsp dried rosemary
  • salt and pepper to taste

Whisk soup mix and broth together in the slow cooker.  Place roast in first.  Top with veggies and seasonings.  Cook on low for 8 – 10 hours.  To make gravy, take out roast and veggies once cooked.  Keep drippings and broth in slow cooker.  Add Wondra/Flour (about 2 Tbsp) and whisk.  Allow to cook for 5 to 10 minutes, or until thickened.

So, you’re probably asking, why red meat?  Well why not?   Unless you are eating a burger for lunch and a steak for dinner every night, I say enjoy red meat in moderation.  Once a week will not hurt.  To make the eats a little healthier, choose a leaner cut such as sirloin.  I’m not an RD, this is just my philosophy on food and healthy eating.  I do, however, have 4 and a half years of nutrition education…

The less healthy choice I made today were these little babies:

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I thought, PERFECT, tiny cookies to keep my inner cookie monster from raging! 

MAJOR FAIL….They’re almost gone and I bought them on Saturday.  My inner cookie monster comes out even if there is a crumb on the ground from a cookie.  I should have known better.  I think there is always that one food for everyone, that if they keep it in the house, they can’t keep their hands off of it. 

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Just one more. . .

Well Charlie and me are going to go switch between DWTS and the Steelers Game!  Have a wonderful evening everyone 🙂

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Charlie says tootle-loo 😉


Progress!

Sorry that I haven’t blogged in over 24 hours.  I hope no one went crazy 😉

It’s been crazy busy this week, finishing up my first lab rotation, writing papers, and working on a grant…phew!

And for your information the countdown till I’m with my family is 45 hours (when this post will be up).

SUPER DUPER HAPPY 🙂

By the way how are you doing with the Self Love Challenge???  I’m going to tell you what made me most happy today:

  • Teaching cycling and cuddling with my kitty Charlie

(so that was two things..oops!)

 

Anyways, I have a few things to share with you.  A workout playlist and a yummy recipe.  Food and Fitness, is there anything better?

First the recipe:

Quinoa Stirfry

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa
  • 1/2 bag frozen snow peas
  • 1/2 cup cut raw carrots
  • 1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped (fine) red onion
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 brick extra firm tofu (could be omitted or chicken added)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • sprinkle of cayenne pepper (I added more!)
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds

Directions:

  1. Cook quinoa: bring quinoa and 2 cups of water to a boil in a sauce pan.  Reduce to simmer and cook for 15 – 20 minutes or until all water is absorbed. 
  2. Cut tofu into 1/2 inch cubes.  Squeeze dry with paper towels.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet at medium heat.  Fry tofu on both sides for 5 minutes.  Add 1 Tbsp of the soy sauce after the first flip.
  4. Add veggies and seasonings.  Cook for another 5 – 8 minutes stirring frequently.
  5. Add quinoa, almonds, and rest of the soy sauce.  Stir together.
  6. Plate and top with more almonds.
  7. ENJOY!

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Fun Fact about QUINOA:  it’s pronounces keen-wah.  Originally from the South American Andes, it was referred to as the “mother grain”.  It has only really been grown in the US for a short period of time (mid-1980s). It has a fluffy consistency and a mild nutty flavor.  Quinoa is noted for its high amount of protein (8g per 1 cup cooked serving) and also it’s a good source of Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus, Zinc and Magnesium. Great addition to any diet!

 

 

Onto the Playlist:

Girl Power – 10/5 Cycling Class – 52 minutes

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Great if you want to rock out to all your girls 🙂

 

See ya’ll tomorrow.

 

Quote to Leave you With:

"…if you’re trying to show off for people at the top, forget it. They will look down on you anyhow. And if you’re trying to show off for people at the bottom, forget it. They will only envy you. Status will get you nowhere. Only an open heart  will allow you to float equally between everyone." – Mitch Albom

^Please, Please, Please take the time to let this quote sink in.  Mitch Albom’s books and quotes are some of my most favorite.