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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Yummy South African bubbly
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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??

Still here

Hi there!

After some somewhat regular posts, I went missing.  It happens.  I had a crazy few days/week and didn’t have much of value to share.

So I still may not have much of value to share (although I will try) but wanted to pop in.

I’m still here.

Last week was what I’ll lovingly call the week of doctor’s appointments.  On Wednesday I had a physical, Thursday a bloodwork appointment, and Friday an appointment at a clinic for travel shots (Hep A and tetanus).  Physical was fine, bloodwork was fine, and then the travel shots happened.

Somewhere in the past few years I apparently becamse delicate.  I used to be tough.  Nothing phased me, I had no issues.  Sadly that’s no longer the case.

I get my shots and feel a tad dizzy, so I ask to stay seated a bit longer.  Instead of things improving they get worse and long story short, I’m on my way to passing out.  Thankfully I’m aware of this and talking to the staff who were awesome, but they realize i need to lie down and that getting me onto an exam table (from a chair) may be too difficult, so the best bet is to have me lie on the floor.  Thankfully that did the trick.  I spent some time on the floor then gradually made my way to sitting on the chair, and then walking around and eventually leaving.  I figured I’d be at the clinic for 30 minutes or so and instead it was about 1.5 hours.

Apparently this is “somewhat” common and is not due to the actual vaccinations but rather the process and nerves.  I was told that I apparently got nervous (or inside my head) and as a result I subconsciously limited blood flow to my head.  Therefore you get lightheaded and nauseous and then in my case my vision clouded over.  I had this happen to me once after donating blood, so it wasn’t a completely foreign experience.

Long story short, I was fine, but it wasn’t the start to the day that I had planned.

From there I went to work and it was a pretty uneventful day, although I was a bit tired.

Friday night my other half took the pizza trailer to a friend’s house and cooked up some pies to use up ingredients that were left over from the farmer’s market.

For your viewing pleasure…

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Top to bottom:
eggplant, proscuitto, buffalo mozarella, roasted red peppers, pesto and fig reduction
eggplant, proscutto, buffalow mozarella, pesto, and fig
BBQ brisket and fresh onions

Thankfully Saturday was less eventful than Friday.  I visited with a friend and did some errands before a One Bro party on Saturday night.  It was a great party because the guests were all about the food.  It makes all the difference!

Sunday was spin, and it was another nice group.  I think that teaching my small corporate class where it’s usually 3 people makes me appreciate any group that is larger.  This gym has 20 bikes and on Sunday I had 11 people, so it’s encouraging, especially considering it’s the summer.

Here’s the playlist.

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I’m really liking Unsteady by X Ambassadors for a really heavy standing climb.

Sunday night I caught a flight to FLL for a meeting on Monday with a customer.  It was a late flight (9p) and was a bit delayed, so by the time I landed, got my rental car, and made it to the hotel it was after 1a.  Yuck.

Meeting monday was fine and I headed back to the airport after.  I had a 6:56 flight.  Well, my flight was cancelled and they re-booked me on the 8:20. OK.  of course it’s 4:30 and i’m already at the airport.  Flight gets delayed to 9:20, then 10:40.  At this point I’m over it so I changed my flight to the next morning, booked a hotel and left the airport.

Of course I continued to monitor the 8:20 flight to see if it actually took off.  It ended up departing FLL at 1:15a and landing at 3:45a at JFK (not LGA as it was supposed to).  I’m so glad I didn’t stick with that flight because getting in at almost 4a and not even being at the airport where my car was would not have gone over well with me.  Dodged a bullet there!

Made my 6a flight on Tuesday with no issue, landed and headed into the office for a few hours before heading home and essentially collapsing.  I even cancelled my Tuesday night class.  I just didn’t have it in me.

And now it’s Thursday.  Yay!  I’m headed to OTF tonight and they are having a DJ.  I’m pumped!!!  I wish I had something really outrageous to wear but I will just have to make do with what I have.

Now that i’ve written a short book about nothing, I will wrap this up with my usual Minnie photo.  Love this dog!

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Still haven’t run, but i’m thinking about it…although this heat is not making me want to do much.  So we’ll see.

Have a great week!!!

Two random things

I don’t have much to report this week, it’s been busy and not very notable.  OTF and Spin, still no running.  The air outside is THICK!

But, i did have two things to share. Both made me smile so hopefully they will do the same for you.

First…Yacht Rock is a new satellite radio station.  I believe it’s only temporary.  It’s very unique.

Here’s the description…

It’s 1981 and you’re a casually-dressed yuppie cruising the Atlantic shores of the Hamptons with your pals. Bikinis are florescent, polo collars are popped and boat shoes are sans socks. In the background you’re listening to the soft-rock sounds of Steely Dan, Michael McDonald, Christopher Cross, Robbie Dupree, Hall & Oates and more for smooth sailing throughout the summer. Well, kiddos, we’re bringing you back to the glory days with these choice tunes on SiriusXM’s Tribute to Yacht Rock Radio

Now that you have some context, today they said….Yacht Rock, where the only log-ins you need to remember is Kenny.  Am I the only person who found that funny?  Tell me I’m not.

Anyway…

Yesterday I ran out to Starbucks at lunch time.  Once in the car, I ended up on a side street, behind a bus full of kids.  Of course there were kids in the back looking out at the cars.  Usually I’m not a fan of this sort of thing as the kids are usually behaving stupidly.

So I pull up and see that they are holding pieces of paper.  I look closely and they are signs saying something along the lines of “Just Drive, Don’t Text” or “Don’t Text and Drive”.  What a pleasant surprise!

I gave them a thumbs up and they got so excited.  This whole interaction made my day.

Although I did get a little mad at myself because my first instinct was that I wanted to photograph it.  Needless to say, I did not.  The phone stayed put away.

I hope more kids on buses are spreading a similar message!

I hope you have a wonderful day of unexpected things that make you smile!

Where did it go?

This morning someone asked me how the weekend was and I honestly couldn’t remember.  It was to the point that it was strange.  What the heck did I do this weekend?  After some thought though, it came back to me.  It was busy enough but also somewhat lazy, and of course….too short.

I started out Friday rocking my new TOMS.  I love TOMS.  I didn’t for a while and then I bought a pair and now I buy them every time they are on zulily.com (no need to pay full price!).

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I had hoped to cut out a little early on Friday, but that didn’t happen.  What did happen on Friday was a delivery of a new fridge.  Hooray!

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My old fridge was about 5+ years and the freezer was a disaster.  When I bought it, I was in the midst of renovations (kitchen and two bathrooms) and was tired of spending money, so I bought a cheap model.  Sometimes you get what you pay for.  While the freezer technically still worked, what it did best was attempt to turn the whole freezer into an iceberg.  I ain’t got time for that!

So new fridge it is, and boy is she pretty!  The space for the fridge is a very specific size and as a result there are not many models that will fit.  Thankfully this one worked.

Saturday One Bro had an event at 1p, so I had signed up for a 7am (ouch!) OTF class.  I will admit that when my alarm went off at 6a I toyed with the idea of cancelling.  But I didn’t.  I got up, walked the dog and hit that class…hard.  It was WONDERFUL!  It was a good class overall and for the first time in a while, I felt like I was able to really push myself.

I’ve been having some issues with their HR monitor, so on Saturday I used a loaner and it worked fine, which tells me that maybe mine really does have issue.  I have their chest strap (versus the wrist monitor) and had thought about trying out the wrist based on all the issues I had.  They were all set to give me a wrist monitor that morning and after trying two, neither worked.  Guess it’s a work in progress.

I grabbed some coffee and was still home by 8:30, which was crazy.  I kept thinking it was later in the day than it was.  I needed to do some errands and get ready for the event.  I left the house around 11:45 and headed over.

The event was in a part of Norwalk called Rowayton, which is a beautiful area by the water.  This was the view.

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Weather on Saturday was WEIRD and not at all July-like.  I had on jeans, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt and I was actually chilly.  Because we were by the water it was quite breezy, which made it chillier.  Although from a working perspective, it was much better than 90+ and humid, especially because that oven is HOT.

Some food photos from the event…

Eggplant, chicken marsala, and salad.  Yum!

Saturday night we did nothing and it was pretty enjoyable.

Sunday I was up early once again, this time for spin.  Class is at 8:15 in Stamford (about a 10-15 minute drive) so the alarm went off at 6:45a.  Yuck.  Thankfully class was really good, so it was well worth it.  And again, being done by 9a is quite lovely.

From there I hit up TJs for a few items and then Old Navy who was having 50% off all activewear.  I’m hot and cold with their active stuff as I feel like the quality varies greatly.  I have a few things I love and have bought others and been disappointed.  I ended up grabbing two tanks, a pair of shorts, and arm sleeves for my other half.

As you know, i’m toying with the idea of shorts, so I figured I’d give them a shot.  I went with these.

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After 50% off, they were not even $10, which is awesome.  Unfortunately when I tried them on I hated them.  So back to the drawing board.  While I do like to be locked and loaded, i’m thinking that from an aesthetic perspective, fitted may not be the way to go.  I’m not a particularly vain person, but I need to at least somewhat like the way an item looks on me to wear it.  Next.

The rest of the afternoon consisted of some errands, relaxing, cleaning, and walking Minnie.  While the day started out really cloudy, the sun broke through and with it, lots of heat.  I took Minnie out and when we got back she did this.

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That part of the floor is somewhat close to the AC and therefore a little cool.  Dog down.

Then I got to work on making some zucchini bread since we had a few zucchinis that needed to be used.

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Here’s the recipe I used.

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

Ingredients
 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions
Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch loaf pans.  Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.
Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl.  Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well.  Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips until well combined.  Pour batter into prepared pans.
Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes.  Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.
Sunday night I didn’t do much.  I recorded the new show on HBO, The Night Of and plan to watch tonight.  Anyone watch?  No spoilers, but what did you think?
I still haven’t run at all, aside from at OTF.  Thinking I will try to get outside for a run this week, although we’ll see just how hot and humid it ends up being.
The BAA Half Marathon registration opens this week and I’m toying with doing it.  Has anyone done it?  Would you recommend it?
So that’s that.  Hope you had a most wonderful weekend and have a great week!

Running terminology for those new to the sport

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I’m totally a new runner, but since my sis is not, I’ve been around some of the language and therefore it’s somewhat familiar to me.

If you’re just getting started in running, all the terminology can be really confusing.  Boy do they love acronyms.  So I figured I’d throw together some terminology that I wondered about, hoping it would help others.  Thanks to Runner’s World for some of the definitions!

I stuck to the basics this round, but let me know if i’m missing anything!

Bib: The sheets printed with numbers (called “bib numbers”) used to identify each runner in a race.

Fartlek: Speed play, or fartlek in Swedish (the concept originated in Sweden), is a speedwork format in which you run faster for however long (or short) you want.

Hill repeats: A workout that includes sprinting uphill fast, jogging downhill at an easy pace to recover, and then repeating the sequence. It’s thought to be an efficient way to build leg strength, speed, and aerobic capacity. Hill repeats reduce your injury risk because it limits fast-running time and because the incline of a hill shortens the distance your feet have to fall, reducing the impact of each step.

Iliotibial band (IT band): A thick, fibrous band that connects your hips and knees. It helps to flex and rotate your hips and stabilize and extend your knees. It can become easily strained, leading to iliotibial band syndrome, if you increase your mileage too quickly. The iliotibial band is also often irritated on the leg farther away from traffic if you regularly run on canted roads.

Negative splits: Running the second half of a race faster than the first half.

Repeats: The fast segments of running that are repeated during a workout, with recovery in between.

Side stitch: Also called a “side sticker,” this is a sharp pain usually felt just below the rib cage (though sometimes farther up the torso). It’s thought to be caused by a cramp in the diaphragm, gas in the intestines, or food in the stomach. Stitches normally come on during hard workouts or races. To get rid of a side stitch, notice which foot is striking the ground when you inhale and exhale, then switch the pattern. So if you were leading with your right foot, inhale when your left foot steps. If that doesn’t help, stop running and reach both arms above your head. Bend at your waist, leaning to the side opposite the stitch until the pain subsides.  (I never knew this and suffer from side-stitches, so I figured it was worth a share)

Speedwork: Also called intervals or repeats, speedwork refers to any workout run at a faster-than-normal pace. Often done at a track. Performed to increase cardiovascular fitness.

Splits: The time it takes to complete any defined distance. If you’re running 800 meters, or two laps, you might check your split after the first lap to shoot for an even pace.

Strides: Also called striders or “pickups,” these are typically 80- to 100-meter surges that are incorporated into a warmup or a regular workout. Strides increase heart rate and leg turnover; they get your legs ready to run. Strides are run near 80 percent of maximum effort, with easy jogging in between.

Tempo: When runners talk about doing a “tempo run” they usually mean a sustained, faster-than-usual run of 3 to 6 miles at the pace they could sustain for an hour in a race. Tempo runs are said to feel “comfortably hard”—you have to concentrate to keep the effort going, but aren’t running with as much effort as a sprint or 5-K race. Tempo runs are a good way to boost your fitness without doing hard track workouts. (tempo runs are by no means easy!)

Speaking of those acronyms, here are a few that have stumped me in the past…

BQ- Shorthand for Boston Qualifying time. Often used to describe a marathon or half-marathon finish time that qualifies a person for entry into the Boston Marathon.
MP – Marathon Pace
GMP – Goal Marathon Pace
HM – Half Marathon (commonly used by bloggers who get tired of typing out all 12 letters)
HMP – Half-Marathon Pace (I might have made this up)
GHMP – Goal Half-Marathon Pace (this too)
USATF – USA Track and Field (comes up with course certifications)
DNF – Did not finish
DNS – Did not start
PR and PB – Personal Record or Personal best (your best time in a race/distance)

Happy running!