Tuesday, March 30, 2010
The main ingredients:
That's firm tofu, quinoa, teriyaki glaze, and mixed veggies (carrots, broccoli, water chestnuts). I ended up using only used one bag though.
It'll be tasty. Really, I promise.
Cube the tofu then lightly brown it using a little non-stick cooking spray. Add in the frozen veggies.
Whisk the sauce ingredients together in a small bowl:
4 tbsp teriyaki glaze (or use regular sauce and corn starch to thicken)
2 tbsp creamy peanut butter
2 tsp honey
1 tbsp thai chili sauce
Add to the pan. Toss until everything is coated. Cover and leave on medium-low heat until veggies are heated through.
Serve over quinoa. Garnish with diced scallions.
Accompanied by my standard salad.
I was able to get 3 dinner size portions out of the recipe.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Sure my hair looks like I put my finger in a socket. And who knew my face was that jiggly? I'm not going to put them on the mantel or anything, but I'd look back on them in 20 years and be like, Damn girl, you're so much faster now than you were back then. One can always hope :)
Plus, I want to share them with E. She's still too young to remember.
The 10K pic
Here's how my week looked workout-wise:
Tuesday: 6.48 mi @7:40 pace (the recovery run that wasn't)*
Wednesday: 7 mi w/ stroller @ 8:48 pace
Friday: 70 mins elliptical, Ab Ripper X
Sunday: 35 min run w/ stroller, 35 min elliptical (just wore Polar HRM)
* Tuesday was supposed to be recovery run.....7 miles @ 9:00 pace. The plan was for M to pick up E at daycare on his way home from the airport, but he never called to tell me he landed in Atlanta. By 5:30 I started to panic that he wouldn't make it there by closing time. so I high-tailed it back to the house. He was already there waiting for me with the kiddo and a pizza. I love that man.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
I can't stop shaking my head. I missed getting into the 1:30's by a fraction of a second. Un-friggin-believable.
Oh running gods, why do you mock me? lol
Despite that frustration, I truly am proud of the PR.
I broke my old half marathon PR by over 3 minutes- one that was set just a few months before getting my second BQ time. Didn't think there was any topping that. I mean, this time last year I was still recovering from a c-section and couldn't jog around the block. Now I'm running faster than before. Crazy.
I decided to try something new, and signed up to run with a pace group at the expo. My goal for the race was 1:43:00, but I was conservative and joined the 1:45:00 group. It turned out to be a good strategy because my legs felt stiff for the first few miles and I was doubting myself . I know I would have fallen off pace. But by mile 6, I had my rhythm established and felt confident enough to start pulling away. I ran negative splits for the rest of the race, and in the last half mile the leader of the 1:40 group came within view. I started booking it to the finish as fast as my legs could carry me.
Leaving my Ipod at home was the right decision. There was no need for it because the crowd support was fantastic. In spite of the rain and chilly temps, I don't recall any dead spots on the course. Lots of cheering fans and music along the way.
Overall, I'd recommend this race, and will be running it again next year. Two small areas for improvement- the post race refreshments were lacking a bit, and there weren't enough porta-pots at the start. I lost some time making a pit-stop at mile 3 because the line was too long to go before the start.
So it's that time again.... I need to pick my next race!
Time/Pace: 1:40:00, 7:38/mile
Saturday, March 20, 2010
I have no problems with runners wearing Ipods during a race, especially for anything over 10K. That’s a long time to be listening to your own footsteps.
The safety issue…. Really, can’t you manage to avoid colliding into something while listening to the Black Eyed Peas through headphones? I know they’re a talented group and all, but common. This is also the country that puts warnings on hot cups of coffee. Darwinism at it’s finest.
Until recently I would have panicked if you told me I couldn’t run with music, but I don’t wear my Ipod on runs with E, and I’ve gotten used to not having it. I fiddle with it too much while I’m running, and frankly, I’m getting sick of the tunes loaded on there.
They were strict about enforcing the no-Ipod rule at the half-marathon I ran in October, and I survived without it. Think I’ll go old-school and try it again this weekend.
Maybe I’ll come up with the next best invention since the Snuggie while I’m lost in my thoughts.
Breaking free from my hot pink ball and chain.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Monday, March 8, 2010
Which brings me to this dilemma…
Last minute my mom decided she’s able to visit for a few days when M starts his next trip later this week. (I could use the help. I’d to clean out our closets and get our house back in order. Difficult when you have a toddler pulling everything back out of the box as soon as you put it in).
I’m registered to run a 10K on Sunday. I was psyched because it should be a decent sized race and they’re allowing jogging strollers. My original plan was to run with E. So now for the decision, do I let my mom keep E on the sidelines while I run the race for real?
I’ve been consistently finishing 10K-distance training runs in the 46-47 minute range, and would love to see how much improvement I’ve made since my 10K in September. Perhaps get down to 44-45 minutes? This would probably allow me to place, at least in my age group anyway. If I did, it would be a huge confidence boost for the ING Georgia Half marathon the following weekend. But if I don’t, I know I’ll be disappointed. Either way I won’t be left wondering what if?
I also get a kick out of racing with E, and my opportunities to race with her are as rare as my chances to race alone. Stroller Strides is one of the sponsors of the race, and I’d love to support the fact the race is allowing strollers on the course by running with one myself. There would be no pressure, it would be more of a warm up for the half.
Help me readers! What would you do in my place? Take it easy and have fun, or go for it and actually race?
Saturday, March 6, 2010
1) Leftovers from earlier in the week on top of a salad
2) Lean Cuisine with a side salad
And ya’ll know by now, by “salad” I mean pre-washed iceberg lettuce with token shredded veggies, taken out of a bag. Really, it just serves as a filler with little nutritional value.
Therefore the main course needs to count. This is a quick, simple meal I’ve been hooked on lately. Lots of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. I don’t mind leftovers. A lot of things get better after sitting for a day or two. This makes enough dinners to last until M returns from a trip.
Here's what the filling contained:
1 can black beans (rinsed)
1 can red kidney beans (rinsed)
6 oz can chipotle peppers in adobo
1 packet reduced-sodium taco seasoning (or cumin, garlic, chili powder, salt to taste)
Light Flat-Out wraps
Heat the first 4 ingredients in a medium sauce pan. I use the entire can of peppers and adobo juice, use less if you prefer., Mash everything together with a slotted spoon (or whirl in a food processor for a smoother consistency. Season. Serve.
Pictured here: 1 Light Flat-Out wrap cut in half, greek yogurt, chopped scallions, salsa, reduced-fat soy “cheddar”, sliced avocado
….And a side salad with Light Vidalia Onion dressing. In full disclosure, there’s also 2 tbsp of bacon bits sprinkled on there. What can I say, they're tasty.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
And Vienna, enjoy riding S3. Don't fret the 1st time you're left behind in a strange city as the plane taxis away from the terminal without you. We've all been there. Consider it a right of passage.
Welcome to the club.