December

I’ve been ignoring this little blog and just took a look at my stats and was very suprirsed to see that people are still reading.  Not many, but more than 1.  I figured I owe you folks something interesting to read.

Happy December!

Stuff has been BUSY!  Looks like I haven’t posted since around Halloween, so I’ll do my best to give an update.

November – Wow, so much happened in November!

Epic tailgate party at MetLife Stadium for One Bro Pizza Co.

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There were actually a lot more people in the photo but unfortunately they got bumped since Instagram likes a square photo.

That was 11/6.  8 days later we moved.

We bought a house!  So yeah, there’s been all the crap that goes along with that process.  Cleaning up the old place, packing, packing, and packing some more, more cleaning, and lots of keeping those fingers crossed.

Thankfully it all worked out and here we are.  Trying to get used to all the good and bad that goes along with owning a house (versus a condo).

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We moved in on Monday 11/14 and hosted our first overnight guests that weekend (yes, we’re crazy).  Friends came into town to see the Big Head Todd Blues Club, so we all hosted and we went and enjoyed some good music.

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It was a very cool intimate venue.  I used to see live music all the time and haven’t been in ages, so it was a welcome change.

The following week was thanksgiving and of course we were hosting!  Because why not?

But first, a 5 mile turkey trot in the AM.  My sis and I headed there around 7a for the 8:15a start.  Parking was nutty but we ended up getting a pretty good spot.  We hung out a bit and then went our separate ways (her to the front, me to the back).

Let me just tell you that at the end of August I ran almost 4 miles in South Africa.  That was the last time I’ve run.  Nice.  So these 5 miles were going to be interesting.

They ended up OK.  Slow, but OK.  I did have to stop and walk a little during the last mile, but who cares.  Thankfully during the run I had no pain.  Did I enjoy the run?  No, not really.  The course was OK but I just wasn’t feeling it.  All good.

Most of my photos are disgusting, but here’s the only one that is tolerable.

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So happy!  (not really)

So that ended and we headed home where the rest of the day had some interesting ups and downs but overall was lovely.  My legs were TIRED and the next day I felt a bit like I had been beat up.  Guess that’s what you get for zero training.  Oh well, I survived.

And now we are full on into the holiday season and the busyness that goes with it.  Trying to keep things in check but we’ll see how that goes.

The NYC Half Marathon entry came and went and I let it go.  That race is freaking expensive and I just didn’t want to spend that sort of money on a race.  I like the $60 price point.  This one is $145.  Yuck.  I keep thinking about signing up for another race thinking it will boost my motivation. Thing is, I’ve signed up for two in the past for just that reason and it didn’t work.  All I ended up doing was running a race under-trained.  So what good is that?  So i continue to wait for my epiphany.  We’ll see what happens.

So that’s what’s been going on here.  A lot and not much at the same time.  Interesting how that happens.

I’ll continue to pop in periodically or when I have something of value to say.

If i’m not back before, have a happy holiday season and new year!!!

Halloween Spin

I’ve seen a bunch of halloween spin playlists go up, so i figured i’d share some of mine.  I’m teaching on Halloween this year, so I’m sure i’ll use one of these.

In years past I’ve been pretty over the top with my costumes.

This was by far the best one:

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I wore a read hooded sweatshirt.  So fun!

So here are a couple of rides I’ve used in the past.

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I typically keep some of the same music each year and then try to add a few things that are different.  Will see what I decide this year.

Have a happy halloween!

No regrets

Makes me think of the commercial where some guy gets a tattoo that actually ends up saying NO REGERTS.  I want to say the tattooer is eating a snickers or something.

I digress…

Today was the SONO Half Marathon in my town.  I ran this race last year.  It was my first half marathon ever.

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I was well trained for it (almost 6 months of training) and for the most part enjoyed it.

This year I made the decision not to run it.  I wasn’t overly motivated (which has been my problem since finishing it last year) and I had minor personal issues with the race director and didn’t want to give him my money (I think I’ve written about that before).  I was confident in my decision.

Until this morning.

As of this morning I really regretted not signing up and running.  Of course the weather was beautiful, but I think what got me was that it’s such a local race and a few of my friends were running.

I do try not to regret any decisions that I make as they are mine and I have to own the consequences but in hind sight, I do wish that I had gotten down off my pedestal and signed up for the stinking race (and somehow found motivation).

The moral of the story is that I think I will run it next year.  Good moral?

And now I need to stop being lazy and unmotivated and start running.

 

 

It’s Amazing

Many things are amazing, but in this case it’s amazing to me that people seem to be reading (and finding) this little blog that is rarely updated and seems to not stay on topic.

I’m still trying to decide if a) i want to keep writing and if i do then b) what the heck do i write about?  Maybe it will be fluid, but maybe not.

Since it’s been a while I figured I’d throw up a quick post on the most exciting thing that’s happened to me in the last 3 months which was my trip to South Africa.

We spent 4 nights in Cape Town (actually staying just outside in Camps Bay) and then did another 3 nights at a game reserve in the eastern Cape.  It was amazing.  South Africa is a beautiful country and the people are so so kind.  I definitely hope to return in the future.

Without further ado, here are some photos.

 

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I know it’s a lot but it’s actually  nothing compared to the +1500 photos I actually took.  Narrowing it down was TOUGH!

I would gladly share more of my experience with anyone interested.  Definitely a bucket list item and a destination I completely recommend!

Stay tuned for whatever I decide to write about next.  :)

Dinner

As you know, i’m not the cooker (is that really a word?) in the household.

I’m very lucky that my other half does most of the cooking.  He’s much better at it than me and it comes naturally to him versus me needing to use recipes.

On Wednesday he told me that dinner that night was my responsibility and that we couldn’t have chicken (my default protein).  So I told him we’d have tofu.🙂

I immediately pictured a tofu curry.  Work was busy so I didn’t have time to google a recipe until late in the day and when I did, I found this recipe on Minimalist Baker.  It wasn’t a tofu recipe per say but I felt I could work with it.

Here’s my version, which is actually quite similar to hers.  Her recipe also includes a recipe for coconut quinoa.  I have horrific luck with making quinoa so I skipped it and just made some farro to have with the curry.

Tofu Coconut Curry

Ingredients
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger
  • 1/2 cup  broccoli florets
  • 3/4 of a small sweet potato cut into small pieces
  • 1 small diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup snow peas cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp curry powder
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 2 14-ounce cans light coconut milk
  • 1 cup veggie stock
  • 1 block firm tofu (pressed)
  • Sea salt and black pepper to taste
  1. Heat a large saucepan or pot to medium heat and add 1 Tbsp coconut oil. Add the onion, garlic, ginger, sweet potato, broccoli and a pinch each salt and pepper and stir. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened – about 5 minutes.
  2. Add curry powder, chili flakes, veggie stock, coconut milk, tofu, another healthy pinch of salt and stir. Bring to a simmer then reduce heat slightly and continue cooking for 10-15 minutes.
  3. Add the snow peas and tomatoes in the last 5 minutes so they don’t overcook.
  4. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed.

I found that I did need to add a decent amount of salt, but otherwise it was a pretty straight forward recipe.

I added the tofu.  I pressed a whole block but ended up using about half to three quarters of it.  Personal preference there.

I also went a little heavier on the veggies than the original recipe.

This was an easy recipe that ended up tasting quite well.  Give it a try!!

Do you like curries?  I didn’t for the longest time and then all of a sudden my tastes shifted.  I’m glad they did!

Believe it or not, I am still here

I’m here!  Not doing much in terms of blogging but being INCREDIBLY busy elsewhere.

Sometimes life just gets in the way of other stuff.  But it’s all good!

My last post was 8/13, so let’s see if I can recap since then….

Pizza events and stuff in mid-August and boy was it HOT.

The end of August brought my other half going away for a bachelor party, my birthday (yes, he was away :(), and then my vacation.

I left for South Africa on 8/26 and the entire week leading up to that was insane with work and other obligations outside of work.  That said, I made it a point to completely relax and disconnect while I was on vacation.  Everything would still be there when I got back.

South Africa was amazing.  Beautiful country and kind people.  Of course there’s so much more to the trip than that, so perhaps I will write a recap post.  I took over 1600 photos and think I finally narrowed that down to 1000.  Should I post them all?

Some random shots from my phone (which was pretty much off for most of the trip).

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Sunset on the reserve
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Delicious veggie friendly food at the reserve
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Getting ready to jump

I got back the Sunday of Labor Day weekend and appreciated having a couple of days to relax before heading back to work.

But sadly that day did come and I had to go back to work on 9/6.  Since then work has been insane…frequently frustrating, sometimes stressful, occasionally OK.  Add to that weekends with tons of commitments and you get one tired girl.

Take this past weekend for example…

Saturday – up at 6a to take a 7a OTF class.  9a meeting with a contractor. 10:15a parents come to visit. 11a appointment with parents and then errands. 4p leave for a pizza event at a skydiving boogie 80 miles away.  8p cut almost 200 pizzas non stop for the next 2+ hours.  10:30p – plan to leave but find that we can’t get out of the parking lot because an airplane is in the way (#everydayproblems).  Get home after 1a, asleep sometime between 1:30a and 2a…..

Sunday – up at 7a to teach spin at 8:15.  Back after class to shower and get some quality time with minnie before leaving for Long Island.  We had a 3pm wedding but since it was also Sunday Football, we headed down early to hit up a bar to watch the Giants game.  Left the wedding around 8:15p and then had a 90 minute drive home.  Got home a little after 10.  Hung out a bit and then it was bed time.

The weekend kicked my butt.  Amazingly I still got two workouts in (thankfully in the morning).  I’m still tired.

While the weather and my breathing improved while I was away, I’m back and it’s crap again.  I switched up my allergy medication (OTC/generic) in hopes of that helping but so far no luck.  One day I will be able to breathe again.

I plan to start running again and even sign up for some races but nothing yet.  Sh*t’s been too busy.  That’s life, right?

How do you manage things when life gets busy?

Breathing Frustrations

Happy Saturday!  I have a rare bit of spare time and am just sitting on the couch watching the Olympics.  That said, I’m headed out in about an hour and a half for a pizza event.  It’s a wedding!  It’s also about 94 but feels like 109 out.  Good times!

I believe I’ve mentioned in briefly in other post, but my allergies are kicking right now.  I definitely have seasonal allergies and they vary with the season.  Sometimes it’s a sore throat, sometimes it’s a runny nose (or maybe that one is always), and sometimes it’s a mix of a few cold-like symptoms.  Right now though, it’s the worst of all symptoms, difficulty breathing.  It’s sort of like chest congestion without the excess of congestion or the coughing.

For me to take a deep breath I have to actually stop and think about it.  It’s bad regardless of whether I’m inside or out.  As i’m sure you can imagine, this makes everything more difficult.

Because it’s been so bad I haven’t even though about doing any sort of activity outside (although the heat plays a part there too).  It just so happened that due to poor planning, I ended up with a week where I had no OTF classes, so aside from spin I didn’t do much.  I blamed my breathing.  While it’s a valid excuse I think it’s time to get over it.

This morning I returned to OTF.  It was tough.  We started out with some rowing (400m, nothing crazy) but my breathing was bad.  I was wheezing when I was done. I felt a bit like I was sucking wind, but when I looked at the heart rate board, I was in the green (meaning I was not in fact sucking wind and everything was A-OK, not even going all out).  This odd piece of information gave me a bit of validation for some reason.  Obviously it’s that much harder to get your heart rate up when you all ready feel like it’s sky high.

Thankfully as class went on my breathing improved some.  It definitely wasn’t great, but after about 20-30 minutes it was tolerable.  20-30 minutes is a long a$$ warmup time.  As an OTF person who starts with the rower/weights, this worked out OK because once I got to the treadmills it was a bit better.  Still not great, but an improvement none the less.

So i’m loosely encouraged that I can (and will) in fact work through this.

As I sat here watching the Olympics, some track and field events were on.  Namely the steeplechase.  I’ll admit I had no idea what that race entailed.  If you don’t know, it’s a 3000m (1.86 miles) race with “obstacles” which are really hurdles(28), and water jumps (7).  It’s pretty interesting to watch.

As they were running, I had a little pang to race again.  Funny that I use the word race because i’m truly not racing but rather running in an organized event.  So I guess if we’re being literal I had a pang to jog in an organized race🙂

I’m on vacation in a couple of weeks and I think i’ll see how the weather is when I return.  I suppose the local half marathon is still a possibility, although I’d have less than 6 weeks to train, so it’s probably not ideal.  We’ll see!

There’s my two cents on this steamy Saturday.  Have a most wonderful weekend!

Do you have allergy issues that mess with activities you do?  How do you handle that?

And I ran….

I ran so far away…

Hi flock of seagulls!  But I didn’t run far.  But technically I did run.  Exactly one mile…on a treadmill.  But it’s a start.  And then I taught spin, so it’s OK.

The bigger accomplishment is that I ran with a stomach that wasn’t feeling 100% and being completely run down and exhausted..and without music.  I know it’s only one mile, so the no music thing isn’t much of an accomplishment.  But still.

I’ve had a couple people ask me about my fall HM plans.  Right now I have none.  I just can’t commit to anything.  There are a bunch of half marathons in the area in October but I just can’t pull the trigger.  Same story I’ve said before.

So I wait.  What am I waiting for?  I’m not sure, but i’m waiting for something.  Something that gets me excited to commit.  So we’ll see what happens.

It’s been quite a week.  Very stressful.

Stress is so bad for the body and I’m definitely feeling it.  I’m constantly tired (I wake up tired) and my neck is killing me.  I’m pretty sure I’m also grinding my teeth more than usual, which has got to be stress (and might even be part of the neck issues).  I have a mouth guard for grinding (glamorous lady that I am) but am waking up with a sore jaw, which tells me that’s probably what’s happening.  It stinks.  It is 100% work and for the most part I can’t fix it.  Ugh!!

I do have a vacation on the horizon, so that’s good.  Yet it still seems soooo far away!

After a particularly rough set of days at work, I let myself indulge in some wine.  I’m not a big drinker and I never say “boy I really need a drink” but when the other half said I needed to relax on the couch with some wine, I really couldn’t disagree.

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As i’ve gotten older, my taste in wine has deteriorated a bit and now I just want light sweet things.  I can still do a nice wine, but not as frequently.

I’m working on the stress management though and hoping that today I turn a corner.  Stress really is just SO BAD.

So before I go, here’s a photo I snapped last weekend after a particularly sweaty OTF workout.

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My sister’s running club was nice enough to make me an honorary member (and let me wear the gear).  So I was proud to represent the Williamsburg Track Club in the CT.  Woohoo!  They are fast, so I joke about how I hope me wearing their gear doesn’t tarnish their reputation.

And now, here’s the playlist from spin this past week.

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Nothing too crazy on there but I am enjoying Into You by Ariana Grande and Hymn for the Weekend.

Any good song recommendations?

Have a great week!!

I didn’t

I didn’t run last night.

I had a glass of sangria and carrot cake for dessert.  Some may say that’s the exact opposite of running and I have to say I agree.

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Thing is, work yesterday was NUTS.  Like I want to punch a wall and scream at the top of my lungs nuts.  I know a run/workout would have really helped, but by the time I left the office it was after 6 and I just wanted to go home.

So I hit the supermarket and then the liquor store.  First time at this liquor store and let’s just say it was an “interesting” clientele.  Glad I had my “don’t mess with me” face on.  I was an angry looking girl.

Went home and thankfully decompressed.  The other half and the Minnie dog helped (of course).

Had my glass of sangria, then ate my dinner, and then had my carrot cake.

I also signed up for a 6:30a OTF class, so that made me feel a little less guilty.  OK, who am I kidding, I wasn’t feeling guilty at all!  I deserved all that!

So maybe i’ll run this weekend…

I might run again tonight

Happy hump day!

It’s July 27th.  My last half marathon was on June 26th and since then I have not done any true running.  Yes, I’ve done some short bursts of running at OTF, but I have not gone out for a run, nor have I hit the treadmill to just run.

Quite honestly I haven’t had any desire to run.  I’ve been teaching two times a week and going to OTF two times a week (when I can) and it’s been nice to not feel that feeling of “I should go out for a run”.

The last training cycle (which was hardly training or even a cycle) left me with a lot of guilt, although that’s a strong word.  I felt guilty because while I was OK when I got out to run, I never really wanted to go.  There was a lot of “should” going on in my head.

I’m driven in some ways but not in other ways and running was just not one of those ways.  I wanted to do it and enjoy it, I didn’t want to feel like I had to do it.

I think the break has been good, and for the first time in a month, I’ve actually had tiny little feelings of wanting to run.  The weather here is still a bit hot for me, but I just may give it a go on the treadmill this evening.  We’ll see how it goes.  And if it doesn’t happen, that’s OK too, there will be another day.

Based on this attitude i’m sure you can guess that I’m not signed up for any more races (of any distance).  I’m going back and forth on the idea of a fall marathon, either the Sono Half (in my town, and my first) or the Philly Half.  I think I like the idea of the Philly Half more, but it’s $150 and I think that’s pretty insane!

In the meantime I’m trying my hardest not to get too bogged down with work and busyness of life.  I’m trying to enjoy things and do things, even when it means I’m busier than ideal.

This past weekend was just that.  Great but so busy.

Originally my plans were for later in the day on Saturday to meet my family in NYC after my parents saw a broadway show.  Then I decided that maybe my sister and I should see a show too, which turned into me going in to also have brunch beforehand.

So I hit OTF in the morning and then came home to shower and grab Minnie and we headed into the city.  I got to my sister around 11a, left Minnie in her apartment and headed to brunch.  From brunch we went back to my sister’s apartment and met up with my parents.  Hung out a bit and then headed downtown to the Broadway area.  My parents saw Beautiful and my sis and I saw Fiddler.  Both are great shows if you’re ever in the area and want to see a show.

Once the shows were over we met up and did some walking through central park.  Stopped at the Ballpark Grill for some sangria and then continued to make our way to dinner on the east side.  After dinner we grabbed an Uber back to my sister’s place, hung out a bit and then it was back to CT for me and the pup.

Got home around 10 and pretty much went directly to bed.

Sunday – up at 6:45a to prep a bit for my class at 8:15a.  Class was great.  Did a few errands afterwards because I was headed up to the Thimble Islands for the day.

The Thimble Islands are essentially an archipelago in the Long Island Sound off the coast of CT.  I believe it’s officially hundreds of islands of varying sizes; some simply a boulder, others large enough to have multiple dwellings.

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One of my friends has what they call a cottage on the island above the 5 in the picture above.

In all the years I’ve known her, I’ve never been.  To get there you take a “ferry”.  I’m putting this in quotes because it’s a rather small boat.

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I brought Minnie with me, so that was an added challenge as my lovely dog is quite afraid of the water.  I was pleasantly surprised with how well she handled the ferry.

So we made a 12p “ferry” and were to the island quite quickly.  My friends island is called  Money Island and I believe it has 30 or so homes on it.  While they do have running water, they do not have electricity, so it’s a bit rustic.

That said it is an absolutely wonderful place to be in the summer since you are surrounded by water and can truly just relax.

My other half actually went up Saturday and stayed till Monday and he enjoyed some fishing and clamming.  It’s amazing to be so removed from it all without actually being that far away.

My photos don’t do it justice, but here are a few.

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So pretty!  While you can’t just go to one of the island to hang out (they are privately owned), they do offer some Thimble Islands cruises and there were quite a few people waiting in line for those.

If you’re in the coastal CT area, I definitely recommend checking this area out.  I’m already hoping for another invite!

I took a “ferry” back around 7:30 and was home around 9.  It was a really busy weekend but it was absolutely wonderful!

How was your weekend?  Any race suggestions?  Have you done Philly?  Is it worth the $150 price tag??