Friday’s Five

1. YAY

enhanced-buzz-11088-1372271712-272. THIS 8 minute abs video

My fav Hungry Runner Girl always does this video, so I finally tried it out. It did give my abs a good workout, plus the outfits/hair/everything is the best thing ever.

3. Is the Tough Mudder too tough?

Not sure how I missed the news that someone died during a Tough Mudder recently, but it’s really sad. Though sometimes accidents can’t be helped, it shows we really need to prepare for the dangers of any endurance sport we participate in.

4. Starting a new book club book

Summer = lots of treadmill reading. I did my “long run” outside last Saturday and I continued to sweat for approximately 5 hours afterwards.

5. The mind + body section of the most recent edition of Runner’s World

My longer runs are about to start soon, and I’m pretty sure a lot of my slowness, etc comes from needing to work on my mental toughness.

runningarticle1Weekend, woohoooo!

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This Is Funny: Cosmic Run

If you ask me to run with you, I will most like say YES, no matter what kind of race it is.

Well, except maybe The Color Run.

Not to knock anyone’s fav race, but I always thought The Color Run was kind of dumb. I didn’t quite get the fun of having people throw paint on you during a race. Why not just run? There just didn’t seem like there was a point to it.

However, I am the one that did a Tough Mudder, so I can’t really talk about rationality when it comes to races.

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#throwbackthursday  HA

When my friend asked me if I wanted to run her first 5K with her in October, I said YES!

This is funny.

I signed up, typed my cool post about it. All set.

Here is that post:

*****

An added bonus: it’s a Cosmic Run.

cosmic5kThis is awesome because:

  • It’s at night, so you run in the dark
  • There is “fluorescent glowing light technology” and “pulsing dance music”
  • It’s a fun run

I never got to do the Vampire 5K because it was cancelled, so this will be my fun run of the season!

*****

All done with my post, I looked at the website one last time, and to my dismay, found that I needed to scroll down a bit more in the ABOUT section.

fluorescent colors“Become the canvas as you get showered with thousands of pounds of vividly-glowing and brilliantly-soft fluorescent color powders.”

Mother effer. It’s like The Color Run on crack.

But…the more I thought about it, I realized that the point of fun runs like these is that there is no point to them. The silliness takes away the nerves and the doubt surrounding races, and leaves more room for giggling and gaining confidence in your running self.

Maybe this is exactly the kind of race I need.

Thanks for asking me to sign up, Mags!

Old Fashioned Pecan Bread

This is an oldie redone into what I had left in the pantry.

Blueberries out, pecans in.

It’s crazy how the same batter can taste so different featuring just one extra ingredient.

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My family of beach-goers chowed down on this for breakfast. Heated, served with cream cheese? The best.

pecanbread1Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup splenda or sugar substitute
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 2/3 cups low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 3 eggs (use 2 eggs, 1 egg white)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350°F and grease a bread pan with cooking spray.

Mix dry ingredients in a medium bowl: oats, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, sugar, and wheat germ.

Beat together eggs, yogurt, and vanilla extract. Gently stir in the dry ingredients.

Fold pecans into the batter and pour into the bread pan. Bake for about 50 minutes.

Let the bread cool before serving.

Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

Next Up: Potomac River Run Half Marathon

Not having a challenging race to train for can be nice sometimes. It means I don’t have to stress about a long run over the weekend or force myself to go to the gym when I’m really not feelin’ it. It is rather quite liberating to decide how far I feel like running during a run.

But it can also be kind of boring. Lately I’ve just been doing shorter runs a few times a week whenever I’m in the mood to.

The only problem from this is that my fitness level has suffered without having a specific race to train for. Back when I was training for the Tough Mudder last year, there wasn’t ever a question if I should skip my workout or sit my ass on the couch. I HAD to get the workout in so that my body would be properly prepared to handle the race.

026After I finished the Shamrock Half in March, I knew I wanted to run another half marathon. I definitely want to do a bunch of half marathons before I even think about running a full marathon.

shamrockhalfmalandroseI am also huge brat and will not train for a longer race when I have to do long runs when it is super hot outside. Same thing goes for the cold. Therefore, I needed to find a half to do sometime in late October or November.

Originally, I was considering running the Richmond Half Marathon, but after some thought I decided I wanted to do a half closer to home. And though Richmond is supposed to be a really good race, I also liked the idea of seeing how smaller, more intimate races are.

So, I’m doing this in November:

Don’t get too excited – I’m doing the half, not the full.

Other bonuses about this race: it’s insanely flat and is even on some of the paths that I normally run on.

I’m really excited to do a longer race on my “home turf.”

See ya later, gotta go start making highlighted training charts in my moleskine.

Are you signed up for any goal races?

What is your favorite season to do races in?

Friday’s Five

1. Photos from the beach last week

2013-06-14 19.52.48-1 2013-06-14 19.52.31-1 neptune golf beach5 beach4 taconght peppers beachrun2. Finally having the time to do some reading!

This book made me want to go get weird on a trail somewhere.

3. Thug Kitchen

My aunt showed this to me at the beach. Hilariousness.

tumblr_mnijsexTTm1rfwyd0o1_12804. What my fortune cookie told me 

Why can I not stop laughing?

fortunecookie5. There are races to train for

I promise to give you all the new deets next week!

shamrockhalf3HAPPY FRIDAY!

Looking Back: Juice Cleanse

Soooo, the juice cleanse taught me a lot of stuff.

greenjuice3A whole lot of shit happened during those three days: some good, some bad, and a little ridiculous thrown in.

Would I do it again?

Meh. I feel the same way about a juice cleanse as I do skydiving – once is enough.

PROS

  • The physical effects

I had a much easier time waking up in the morning, which we all know is a huge issue for me. I swear on my life that my hair got longer (useful when you’re growing out your bangs) and I definitely felt lighter and less bloated.

  • Getting to know more about food

That’s what my whole “journey” is about, right? I found it hilarious that beets look soggy and juicy when they’re raw. I thought all along that when they got that droopy look, they were cooked. I also never thought about peeling a lemon like an orange before. I’m so smart.

  • Tasting ingredients now

I would never have thought I would be able to take a bite of something and taste the parsley or agave nectar in it. Oh yeah, and the ginger. Unfortunately, I realize now that Kung Pao has lots of ginger.

CAB4CONS

  • Staying strong

Juice cleanses are depressing. At least they are for me. I like thinking about what I’m going to eat for my next meal. It’s what part of the fun in life is about. Placing extreme limits on yourself surprisingly is not very much fun.

  • Low energy

I took my resting heart the first night of the cleanse and it was 66 beats per minute. That is super duper slow for me, which was almost a little alarming!

  •  Fogginess

I kept getting caught saying the wrong words in sentences. For example there was a lot of:  “I put the fridge in the juice.”

fridge1WHAT WORKED

  • Avoiding Instagram and all of the blogosphere

Dealing with the glorious pictures of everyone’s delicious-looking food was most definitely going to be too much for me.

  • Mixing it up

Playing with temperature worked. The variety of hot (nut milk) and cold (frozen lemonade) tricked my mind into thinking it was having exotic meals.

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  • Double duty

I made and packed the juices in twos, threes, and fours. On the first night, I prepped my green juice for Day 2 and Day 3 at the same time. Four juices took me an hour and a half to make. All that washing and peeling and chopping and cleaning takes a while. However, it was nice to have it all done in one go.

  • 2013-06-03 09.18.57-2In person food avoidance

I didn’t eat with office people at lunch, and Tuna was a saint and tried not to eat or even talk about food in front of me.

WHAT I WOULD CHANGE

  • More prep

I wish I had eaten a little bit healthier during the week or two leading up to the cleanse, though I didn’t do too bad on that front. But weaning myself off of caffeine? That is a must.

  • Distraction

Distraction seems to be the key when it comes to surviving a cleanse. It was hard to watch sports because of the commercials for Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. Even people eating in Game of Thrones made me jealous. So – I guess I mean distraction that doesn’t involve food.

  • Following up

I just missed food so much, which made me over-indulge after the cleanse.

*******

I have a whole new appreciation for kale.

Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

Post Juice Cleanse

This is comical to me.

“The idea is to break the..cleanse primarily with fruit (day one).” [NUH UH.]

“Then add salads and steamed veggies (day two).” [NO WAY.]

I wasn’t about to have freakin’ only fruit the very first day I could actually HAVE FOOD again.

I had been dreaming about food for three whole days and could not wait to EAT. At least I had some restraint the first day post cleanse and planned some light meals in advance to hesitantly nibble down.

My post cleanse breakfast:

a simple strawberry banana smoothie with chia seeds.

firstmealEven though it was liquid, I was so glad to finally have something with a little substance to it.

That settled in my stomach okay, so I made a cool smorgasbord salad for lunch.

2013-06-05 13.05.57-2It was definitely different biting into my food again! The shrimp was so flavorful and the crunchy bean sprouts tasted like the freshest things I’ve eaten in my entire life.

My stomach sure grumbled a lot that first day post cleanse, but I was just so happy again to be eating, that’s pretty much all I cared about. I had a greater appreciation for food’s vibrancy. It was depressing not being able to eat.

I thought about my first dinner pretty much the whole time during the cleanse. I kept adding and subtracting ingredients in my mind.

It was perfect. 2 eggs and 1 egg white, yellow corn, salsa, guacamole, and shredded spinach.

firstdinnerI mixed it all up like a Chipotle bowl.

eggbowlAh-mazing.

I went a teensy bit overboard on the first day, but I did eat a little slowly and everything turned out just fine.

Until I woke up the next morning.

I was putting in my contacts and notice that my right eye looked extremely red. Being sent home for pink eye (even though it was just allergies) multiple times in the third grade made me realize immediately: I had pink eye.

doctorpinkeye1Coincidence?

I think so. I don’t think there’s any medical way doing a juice cleanse gave me pink eye. Actually, when I first googled [ummm]: “Does a juice cleanse give you pink eye?” the first items that popped up were about how juice cleansing is a good way to treat pink eye. LOL.

I do think, however, the juice cleanse messed with my body a lot. Mentally, it made me stronger for sure. But physically, it kind of sucked.

For a total weight-loss of 5 lbs in three-days, I immediately gained half of it back in one day, and all of it within a week at the beach.

2013-06-08 12.01.29-2And I’m not feelin’ that a 5 lb weight loss and re-gain is worth caffeine withdrawal headaches, digestive issues, and getting a possible bacteria infection afterwards gave me the drive to do another juice cleanse in the future. It totally takes a toll on your body in different ways, even if it can be slightly coincidental.

It’s starting to seem like my experiments end in Urgent Care attendance.

No matter how I loathed the juice cleanse, I did see and feel some positive health benefits (clearer mind, better sleep, hair and skin effects) that will encourage me to continue to add nutrient rich juice as a meal supplement – whenever I can.

Cheesy Orzo

Yum.

Making this post is reminding me how utterly delicious this dish is.

Tuna and I both looked at each other when we took the first bite with wide eyes – because we didn’t expect it to be as seriously good as it was!

It rich and light at the same time, which is perfect for a summer din din.

This recipe was inspired by Quick Dish.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 small zucchinis, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups uncooked orzo
  • 2 tsp tomato paste
  • 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 lb shrimp
  • 2 tbsp freshly chopped chives
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Heat 2 tbsp of butter in a large skillet. Add the minced shallots and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the garlic and sauté for 1 minute.

Add the zucchini to the skillet, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and sauté for 6 minutes.

Add half of the tomatoes and sauté another minute.

In a separate pot, cook the orzo.

Once the orzo is cooked, add it to the skillet with the sautéed veggies.

Lastly, add the cheese, the other half of the tomatoes and remaining 2 tbsp of butter. Toss everything to combine.

Add chopped chives as garnish and serve!

zuc2mozzorzo1 mozzorzo5mozzorzo7Thanks as always to Jenn @ Peas and Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday!

 

Friday’s Five

1. Pinkeye.

The juice cleanse really youth-ified me, right back to about third grade. Since third graders are usually the people that get pinkeye.

pinkeye12. Scouring the New York Times Best Sellers list.

It kind of reminds me of summer book lists at school, which I always loved. Pumped that I have lots of Nook Book $$$ to burn.

best sellers3. Skipping the gym.

In the beginning of the week I didn’t exercise because of the juice cleanse, but for the past few days I’ve still been sittin’ on my butt. Kind of nice but hopefully I’ll get some yoga in later today and feel a little more productive.

PAM14. So much fun.

Doing this again.

5. Taking a vacation.

Tuna and I heading down to the beach for a week with some of my fam. So. excited.

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Juice Cleanse, Day 3

After Day 2, I knew I was in the clear. I knew I was going to be able to finish the juice cleanse.

The other problem with Ginger-Gate was that I made the C.A.B. juice for night 2 and 3 at the same time, which means I needed to remake it. That wouldn’t have been an issue except I used my last apple! Ah!

Luckily I was able to improvise with some applesauce I already had in the fridge. I checked the ingredients and saw that the only ingredient was organic apples, and cheered! I think my juicer was happy that it had less work to do.

applesaucebeetjuiceDay 3 was probably the biggest mental challenge for me. I kept comparing the mental challenge of the juice cleanse to that of running the half marathon. In both cases, I went from doubting myself to gritting my teeth and just getting through it. The only difference is that the half marathon took me around 2 1/2 hours and the juice cleanse was for 72.

As I went on, I starting learning the tricks of the trade and testing out ideas. A new approach was needed for Juice 4, the Spicy Lemonade.

The Spicy Lemonade is:

  • 1-2 lemons
  • a few squirts of raw agave nectar
  • a dash of cayenne pepper

Day 1 I drank the Spicy Lemonade as is and it was pretty darn sour and hard to get down. I knew I would dread juice 4 of the day if I didn’t come up with some kind of solution.

My big idea: to freeze it!

frozenspicylemonadeAnd it worked!

I microwaved it for about 45 seconds to make it a little softer, and it was just like a lemon Italian Ice. It still tasted like sour-ass cayenne, but I was so happy to be using a spoon and chewing that it made the experience that much more pleasurable.

Afternoon of Day 3: the stomach problems set in.

I can’t bring myself to discuss bodily functions in depth on here for fear of scarring you for life, so just warning you: you might want to do some research on what a cleanse does to your digestive system before you do it. Unlike me.

Let’s just say it like Tuna said it, I was, “supa’ blown.”

Somehow, I was able to muster the strength to:

1. Prep my food for Day 1 post cleanse.

2. Enter Whole Foods, purchase a few food items, and leave without breaking in to the hot bar and shoving cartons of crab dip into my purse.

wholefoodsday3wholefoodsday3..I passed the test.

It was finally time for my last “juice,” the Nut Milk.

The real BluePrint juice for this is some fancy cashew milk, but I was pretty content with the vanilla almond milk I bought for $1.99 and dumped some cinnamon into. I drank 1/3 of the carton each night. Day 1 I sipped it and thought it was kind of blah, but by Day 3 I was a whole new person with juice cleanse wisdom and remembering that I could use a microwave.

Microwave it for 2 minutes and you’ve got deliciousness.

vanillaalmondmilkGoing to bed the night of Day 3 was pretty much like going to bed on Christmas Eve.

But hey – I did it!