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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?


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


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


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.


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). 


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?



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).


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


Serves 4


  • 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


  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!


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

10_5 Playlist

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.