Baldi 5-Mile River Run Recap

I did it! ūüôā ¬†Today Maureen, Amy and I headed up to Haverhill, MA to run in the Baldi 5-Mile River Run. ¬†It took about 45 minutes to drive there from my apartment and we were all pretty nervous. ¬†To ease their stress I voluntarily rapped to some old-school Eminem the WHOLE ride there.

We picked up our t-shirts and numbers at the club, but there wasn’t many people there at all! ¬†I was 46, Mo was 47, and Amy was 48! ¬†This was pretty cool because we all registered at different times and still ended with three consecutive numbers. ¬†I was hoping that was our sign that the race was going to go smoothly.

  • It didn’t seem like there were too many runners while we were lining up at the start line. ¬†I remember being calm but anxious to get started. BANG! ¬†Everyone was off running. ¬†It didn’t seem as crowded at the Mother’s Day Race and I was able to pick up my pace pretty quickly.
  • The sun was sooooo bright and very hot! Considering I already got a little burn at the beach, the heat did not make me feel too comfortable, especially my right arm where my itouch¬†band was.
  • I ran with Mo for a little bit- we reached mile 1 at ¬†8 minutes something. ¬†It was nice to start off with her but I find that I need to really zone out to run so eventually I fell into my own pace but couldn’t get out of my own head.
  • Running today was not easy, and the thought of doing it for 5 miles seemed daunting and impossible after I got started. ¬†But I already got up and made it to the race- I had no where to go but back to the finish line with the rest of the runners. The music on my playlist didn’t even distract me enough to enjoy my run until after the second water stop around mile 3.5ish.

There were many times I felt like I wanted to stop, and was amazed each time that thought came to my mind that my legs kept moving. When I finally got to the 4 mile marker I felt a sense of urgency to finish, a mile seemed so do-able. ¬†But a mile is still a long time, for me at least another 9 minutes of running, that is 2ish more songs. ¬†I zoned out and ran and ran and ran. ¬†TWO TIMES I thought the finish line was coming up and TWO TIMES it didn’t!

When I finally did cross, it was 46:30, which is a 9:20 pace. ¬†I finished 170th. ¬†I was pretty psyched because all I wanted to do was finish, and was hoping for a time of 40-45 minutes. ¬†46 isn’t so bad!

We got cool coozies that match our Tshirts!

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After the race we changed out of sneakers and into flip-flops then headed to the parking lot by the river to enjoy free adult beverages and music. ¬†It was so great to stick around after the race and unwind. ¬†I couldn’t wait to enjoy my adult beverage after the longest 5 mile run of my life!

The part of running I have come to love (through my two races and Running Club) is the social aspect of it.  It was so fun to experience this race with Maureen and Amy.  We sat in the sun, sipped our beers, and chatted A LOT!

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We also all brought 6 raffle tickets each in hopes that we would win what has GOT TO BE the most amazing raffle prize: $1,000 worth of liquor!

The list is hard to see, but trust me, this would keep you well stocked throughout the summer and fall, and it came complete with rolaids and aspirin! ¬†As you can probably tell, we didn’t win, but we REALLY wanted to!

We got pretty hungry, but at that point the cookout was over.  Lucky for us there was a bar, The Tap, that had delicious pub food as well as their own brewery.

We sat outside on the deck and it had a cool, antique, factory type of vibe.

I was the driver so I stuck to diet Coke, but I was happy Mo and Amy enjoyed an ice-cold pitcher of Haverhill Brewery’s version of Bud Light.

We ordered a few appetizers for the table to split between the three of us:

hand cut french fries

Thai Buffalo Fingers that were sweet, tangy, and spicy!

and pizza (DUH!)

This race was way different from the other race I ran. ¬†I know that there really isn’t any comparison that could be done between the two because they were both SO DIFFERENT:

  • one was first thing in the morning while the other was mid morning
  • the weather was cool and breezy for one and the other was warm and sunny
  • one was 3.5 miles and the other was 5 miles.
  • I had an easier time getting my head into my first race as opposed to this one.

I am running another 5 mile race for Harpoon next weekend and will run it with the intention to just run it. ¬†Each time you run is so different that it wouldn’t be fair for me to try to beat my PR (personal record) in only one week! ¬†Today I honestly gave it 110%, and really won’t have much more to give next weekend. ¬†I do have one minor change: to start slower! ¬†I should NOT be running my first mile under 9 minutes. ¬†As a runner I am just not that fast yet and I am OK with that!

Well, I hope you enjoyed your day as much as I did.  Did you run any Memorial Day races??

The only thing I have left to do is put up my feet and relax,

~L

Getting Ready to Race

I hope everyone enjoyed the sun yesterday!  I sure did!  Amy and I met Maureen at Long Beach in Nahant around 12.

It was partly sunny and warm.  Not too hot and not to breezy.  A comfortable beach day I would say.  The sun kept ducking behind the clouds but I managed to get some color, a little too much color maybe ;).

I packed my 2 books and 3 magazines, some fruit and water to keep me full and entertained while I got my tan on! ¬†I didn’t get too much reading done because people watching got the best of me!

Hello there!

Well, I did get a tan/sunburn. ¬†I always forget how much color you can get even when it is partly cloudy! ¬†We only sat at the beach for a few hours too. ¬†I actually didn’t realize HOW read I got until I got home and changed! ¬†Ouch!

I stopped at Starbucks for a grande iced vanilla latte to sip on while I finalized my playlist for today’s 5 Mile race.

I based my playlist on the song “Airplanes” by B.O.B, which is my favorite song. ¬†I have refused to listen to it so I’d be psyched to hear it when I heard it today. ¬†I actually avoided many songs on the list for that reason- I wanted my music to be fresh and new to me! I didn’t get the BPM (beats per minute) for each song but they are generally around 86-150 BPM, which I feel is a good pace for Amy, Maureen, and I. ¬†I hope they like it as much as me!

Haverhill 5-Miler Playlist:

  • Human ¬† The Killers
  • If We Ever Meet Again (feat. Katy Perry) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Timbaland
  • Spotlight ¬† ¬† ¬†Jennifer Hudson
  • Winner (feat. Justin Timberlake & T.I.) ¬†Jamie Foxx
  • Forever ¬† ¬† ¬†Chris Brown
  • Baby ¬† ¬† ¬†Justin Bieber & Ludacris
  • Break Your Heart (feat. Ludacris) ¬† ¬† ¬† Taio Cruz
  • Beautiful ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Akon, Colby O’Donis
  • Airplanes (feat. Hayley Williams of Paramore) ¬† ¬†B.o.B
  • Insomnia ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Craig David
  • Perfect Gentleman ¬† ¬† ¬† Wyclef Jean
  • Not Afraid ¬† ¬† ¬†Eminem
  • OMG (feat. will.i.am) ¬† ¬†Usher
  • Put It In a Love Song (feat. Beyonc√© Knowles) ¬† Alicia Keys
  • Rock That Body ¬† ¬† ¬†Black Eyed Peas
  • Say Aah (feat. Fabolous) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Trey Songz
  • ‘Till I Collapse ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Eminem & Nate Dogg
  • Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Alicia Keys
  • Young Forever ¬† Jay-Z Feat. Mr Hudson
  • Read My Mind ¬† The Killers
This playlist is a perfect combination of my favorite old running songs and new ones. I organized them, not slowest to fastest, but by trying to picture when I’d be most pumped to hear that particular song. ¬†I wanted the beginning to be more background music as opposed to one of my favorites because, as I remember from the Melrose Race, I didn’t really pay attention to the music at the beginning. ¬†The playlist is 1.3 hours so that should be plenty of music to get me through the 5 miles!
Dinner last night was Reginas Pizza with Jack ūüôā ¬†I was so hungry and kind of grumpy when we were trying to decide where to eat. ¬†When I suggested Reginas and he agreed I was so happy! ¬†I heart pizza a lot! At this point it god dark and gray outside…
I started with a garden salad and ranch dressing.  I use the dip-fork-in-dressing then some salad method when eating my salad because I always use way too much dressing.
For pizza I got a specialty pizza (FANCY, I know!). ¬†I don’t remember the exact name BUT it has 4 cheeses including mozzarella and ricotta and marinated diced tomatoes. ¬†Mmmmm. ¬†I had two slices and I was full to the brim!
I went to bed between 10 and 11 last night after catching up on the past few weeks of the Real Housewives of NYC- wow, those ladies really bring the drama!  I had a great sleep and was up at 7. I made some Pomegranate oatmeal for a pre-race breakfast:
Pomegranate Oatmeal:
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1/4 cup Pom Pomegranate juice
  • dash or two of cinnamon
  • 2 tblsp whole wheat pancake mix
  • 1 tblsp crushed pecans
  • 1 tblsp shredded coconut

Preheat oven to 350, mix all ingredients, cook for 20-30 minutes.  Filling and delicious!

The ladies are heading to my place so we can drive up together. ¬†We have to find Haverhill, then find parking, then get our race numbers. EXCITING! ¬†The forecast for today in Haverhill, MA is 86 degrees and partly cloudy. ¬†The 5 mile race route is a loop right along the scenic Merrimack River so I am hoping it is a little cooler along the water! ¬†There is a cookout and “adult beverages” after the race so may be more excited to finish for that reason, but whatever gets you through, right? ūüėČ
And I am off!  Wish me luck!
~L

Empty Bottles and Old School Jams

Now that it is the weekend I will waste no time thinking about the past week (which happened to feel like it would never end) and spend all my time looking forward to a sunny, warm, LONG weekend.  I don’t want to think about the three weeks left of school or any cleaning or recording keeping that I need to do when I return next week!  I want to focus on this long weekend- ESPECIALLY my race tomorrow!

My Friday seemed to slip right passed me!  Yesterday morning I made some Apple Pie Oatmeal for breakfast.  I added a little too much nutmeg and cinnamon though, as you can tell from the dark brown color.

Apple Pie Oatmeal:

  • ¬Ĺ cup rolled oats
  • ¬Ĺ cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons whole wheat pancake mix
  • 1 tablespoon apple butter
  • 1 tsp (NOT TABLESPOON) of both cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon crushed pecans
  • 1 apple diced

Preheat oven at 350.  Dice apple and place 2/3 in a mug filled with water.  Microwave for 90 seconds.  Drain water and add to bowl with other ingredients, then transfer to glass baking dish.  Top with remaining 1/3 apple.  Cook for 20 minutes.

I tried to eat as much as I could, which wasn’t very much, before the spicy flavor of the nutmeg made it too much to bear.  Luckily for me, we were having another school wide breakfast so I had a half of a cinnamon scone with a big bowl of fresh fruit.  This has been a week of adding new foods to my LOVE list: avocados and guacamole and kiwi.  How did I live 28 years without them?

Snack!

Have you fallen in love with a new food lately? ¬†What made you try it? I have recently tried mango, kiwi, avocado, honey-dew melon, and cantaloupe. ¬†Yum! ¬†When I try new foods, I just kind of don’t think about texture/taste and try it, and usually end up liking it!

Last night I had Amy, Andrea, and Maureen over for a pasta dinner.  Amy, Maureen, and I are running a 5 mile race tomorrow so I wanted to do a little carb loading (and drink some wine).

To start us off, Amy brought a bottle of Ladybug White wine and some home-made brushetta that she prepped at home and assembled at my house.  She diced up tomatoes and mixed them with EVOO, garlic, and a bunch of spices.  She also cooked some sliced baguette drizzled with EVOO.  When she got to my place she topped each baguette with tomatoes, some freshly chopped basil leaves, and fresh sliced mozzarella cheese.

Then we baked it in the oven at 350 degrees until the cheese melted.

MMMMM, I am like a hundred of these babies.  They are so summer-y and refreshing.  I must make these myself sometime!

For dinner I baked some zucchini which I breaded with whole wheat breadcrumbs after dipping them in egg whites.  I baked them in the oven at 350 until super brown and crispy.  Using a meatloaf pan, I layered the baked zucchini with a lot of my home-made marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese.

I served it with some Hodgson Mill whole wheat pasta and extra sauce.

A lot of wine accompanied the meal!

Maureen made dessert: BROWNIES! Her secret weapon in these:  a can of black beans (YES, black beans) drained and pureed until super smooth.  Then she just mixed them in with a box of brownie mix.  No egg, no oil!  She said they are 2 points per serving in Weight Watcher world.

While we ate dessert we You-Tubed some old school slow jams, fun! ¬†I remembered going to Super Jam at the Garden when I was in 8th grade. ¬†The big act that year was Coolio and I knew every single word to Gansta’s Paradise. ¬†I actually still know all the words! ¬†We also listened to:

  • Keith Sweat (Twisted and Nobody)
  • SWV (Weak)
  • Blackstreet (No Diggity)
  • New Edition
  • KC and Jo Jo
  • Dru Hill
  • Boys 2 Men

It was fun reminiscing because even though none of us knew each other in those middle school days- we still basically have the same memories, just from different schools!

What are your favorite old school jams??

Well the sun is shining and I am going to hit up the beach with the girls.  Low key day at the beach, making my playlist, early bed, and RACE day tomorrow!

Enjoy the sun!

~L

Last Minute Run, Spring Cleaning, and Sangria

HELLO? FRIDAY? WHERE THE HECK ARE YOU??  You have been hiding all week and  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday have been trying to trick me into thinking they are you.

Has this felt like the longest week in history to anyone besides me??

Anyway- the sign above was posted outside a new little shop that opened up in my town called Cryphon. ¬†I hadn’t even know it was there, and it may not have had this sign not caught my eye. ¬†I went right in and the owner and I briefly chatted about how her kids are so sick of her optimism they don’t even want to talk to her before school. ¬†I thought it was great! ¬†The shop just opened three weeks ago and sells cards for all occasions, fancy candles, lip glosses, and scarfs, as well as quirky, cool inspiration pieces. ¬†This would be a great place to go to find out of the ordinary gifts for friends!

Let’s back track to breakfast. ¬†I stuck with what I knew after the crepe disaster yesterday: french toast. This morning I made it with EVOO spray as opposed to butter and stirred a tablespoon of raspberry jam into the batter. ¬†I didn’t even taste the jam in the end so I must not have added enough.

I ate it at my desk with an iced coffee, sugar-free syrup, a banana, and some raspberries. ¬†This breakfast filled me up, but it didn’t stop me from snacking on a chocolate dipped biscotti and a bowl of fresh fruit during my common planning meeting this morning!

I planned on going for a run after I did a few errands after school so I ate a Ginger Snap Larabar before I left school.  This is a new flavor to me and I did like it because I do like ginger snaps.  This had a real ginger flavor and it was kind of spicy.  Come to find out (after checking out the ingredients) it was made of dates, almonds, pecans, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.  Yum!

When I got home though I wasn’t in much of a running mood, and with a messy apartment and a dinner date with Jack at 7, I really couldn’t even want to run. ¬†The one thing I like about running is that I LIKE running. I don’t want to make myself get out there on days I am not feeling it because then it becomes an obligation. ¬†I spent an hour sweeping, Swiffering, dusting, and rearranging my apartment. ¬†I cleaned out my fridge, changed my table-cloth, hung up a picture I bought in November, and bleached my bathroom. ¬†My apartment is pretty tidy to begin with but I love the smell of lemon Pledge and Clorox Bleach. ¬†Smells so fresh and so clean! ¬†Obviously once I get on a roll I can’t stop!

I did finish up my Spring Cleaning around 6 and found myself with a whole hour to kill before Jack was meeting me, and that is when I got motivated to run. ¬†I threw on my sneaks, new capri pants, and a shirt and hit the pavement. ¬†Using my Nike Sensor I played my new playlist and ran a little over 3 1/2 miles in 29 minutes. ¬†I felt so good from beginning to end, and I kind of wanted to keep running (I usually do) but I was almost at my apartment and didn’t really have anyplace else to run to. ¬†Again I used the beginning of my run to organize thoughts and clear my mind, and once I did that I was able to listen to the music and take in the scenery as I ran.

Playlist:

  • ‚ÄúEleanor Rigby‚ÄĚ Beatles
  • ‚ÄúVideo‚ÄĚ India Arie
  • ‚ÄúForever‚ÄĚ Chris Brown
  • ‚ÄúBartender‚ÄĚ T-Pain/Akon
  • ‚ÄúBeautiful‚ÄĚ Akon/Colby O‚ÄôDonis
  • ‚ÄúPaper Planes‚ÄĚ M.I.A
  • ‚ÄúKiss Kiss‚ÄĚ Chris Brown
  • ‚ÄúStripper Song‚ÄĚ Wyclef Jean
  • ‚ÄúBuy U a Drink‚ÄĚ T-Pain
  • ‚ÄúI Wanna Love You‚ÄĚ Akon
  • ‚ÄúFree Falling‚ÄĚ Tom Petty
What do you do when you run?  Think, plan, overanalyze, meditate?

The run put me in a better mood, worked up my appetite, and cleared my head which made dinner so great.  I got home just in time to wash up and fix my hair to meet Jack.  We went to Mexico Lindo which is literally next to my apartment!  We sat outside becasue the sun was out at first, but when it went down I was pretty chilly!

We took our seat outside and started with some chips and salsa.  I love that there salsa is fresh and smooth!

I had two glasses of their home made sangria through throughout the meal.

We also got an order of Nachos Idaho (potato skins) with shredded chicken and cheese.  The platter was HUGE and came with my new favorite food accessory: GUACAMOLE!

My dinner was a veggie burritos that was a flour tortilla stuffed with rice, lettuce, and tomatoes. ¬†It was topped with more tomatoes, parmesan cheese, GUACAMOLE, and a tomato sauce. ¬†It was the first time I explored a different food when eating at a Mexican restaurant. It was very big and I was kind of full of sangria, chips/salsa, and nachos Idaho so I only ate about half. ¬†But my final say is that I would order it again. ¬†It didn’t come out very hot, it was actually kind of cold, but it was tomato-y and soft. ¬†Pretty good!

Jack got called into work in the middle of dinner so we weren’t able to eat dessert (and as the napkins basically say above:life is too short to skip dessert), BUT he ordered me one to go ūüôā ¬†He is amazing and he is all mine, be jealous! I got an apple chimichanga.

It is a flour tortilla stuffed with apples and cinnamon.  Topped with caramel and fudge sauce and whipped cream (Drooling yet?).  I basically ran from the restaurant to my apartment (which is in the same parking lot) so I could get a bite of this deliciousness.  When I took the cover off it smell sweet and crispy, like fried dough.  I cut half for myself to eat while I blogged.  The apples were crisp and had the sugary, from the can taste, but I am not complaining!

Truth be told: as soon as I publish this I am going back for seconds ūüôā ¬†and if you could taste it I bet you would too! ¬†It is actually inspiring me to think about how it can be recreated with more natural, healthy ingredients. ¬†I really believe that healthy can be sweet and delicious. ¬†Got any ideas? I was thinking wonton wrappers and fresh apples and cinnamon. ¬†Hmmmmm…..

Tomorrow is Friday and we are taking our fourth graders to the park. ¬†A few of my kids want to race me and I guess I will have to wear sandals so I don’t beat them and make them feel bad! ūüėČ Dinner tomorrow night is at my place with the girls. ¬†We are going to have a hearty pasta meal complete with an appetizer, dessert, and wine! ¬†Big race Sunday. ¬†5 Miles. ¬†I am MORE than ready and SUPER excited. ¬†I would like to run the 5 miles in less than an hour but secretly hope to do it in like 40-45 minutes. ¬†Regardless I will be happy to finish. ¬†Period.

What plans does everyone have for the long weekend??

~L


Crumbling Crepes and Book Clubs

Soooo today was hotter than yesterday, WAY hotter!  On the way to school Billy Costa (the forecaster on the radio) said that it was 77 degrees and that was at 7 a.m.  My classroom was pretty much a million degrees by 8:20 when the kids came piling in.  We were all sweaty, cranky messes before we even corrected our Morning Work.  Somehow, by the grace of God, I managed to make it through the day!

I will start by saying Running Club left me with way too much energy last night to even sleep. I was still wide awake at almost 11 which is passed my regular bedtime.  Unfortunately, Running Club did not give me more energy to wake up so I was moving in SLOW MOTION this morning.

For breakfast I tried (rather unsuccessfully) to make crepes.  I have never attempted this before and probably should have tried to find a recipe before attempting it but too late now, and it is not worth regretting.  My Crepe failure began as a mix of 1/2 cup Hodgson Mill whole wheat pancake mix, 1/3 cup egg whites, 1 tblsp EVOO, and 3/4 cup almond milk (I had no regular milk).  I buttered up my only frying pan and poured in most of the batter.  It covered the bottom of the pan and cooked (OK, burned) before I could figure how to flip the monstrosity I had created.   It crumbled and folded and fell apart, but was still edible.

I did salvage it and topped it with some sugar-free syrup and fresh raspberries. ¬†It wasn’t too bad (except for the last bite that was all egg-flavored, ewwww). ¬†Actually, I have never really made/eaten/seen a crepe before so this may be exactly how it was supposed to turn out?!

Anyone have any good crepe recipes?  I will try a fancy, French recipe from scratch or use pancake batter as a base!

A pile of crepes!

After school Bianca, Cindy, and I (the Fourth grade dream team ūüôā ) went out for a quick chapter of Book Club to cool ourselves down and relax after the day. ¬†I had a few Mic Ultras and some nachos. ¬†With my nachos I even had some guacamole! ¬†Since I figured out I wasn’t scared of avocados on Saturday I figured I must like guacamole!

I also stopped at my parent’s house and sat in their yard with my Aunt. ¬†I am reading Tosca Reno’s book about clean eating (Ok, the parts Amy tagged for me at least!). ¬†I actually got like no reading done, because I gave my aunt the run down of my very dramatic/stressful/wildly entertaining day.

The one big take home fact I know I should take away from her book is that the Beautiful/Healthy Body Formula is 80% nutrition + 10% training + 10% genetics. She challenges you to ask yourself: “If I continue doing what I am doing and eating what I am eating, will I look or feel any different 5 years down the road?” When I asked myself that question my answer was probably not. ¬†I thought about where I am now nutritionally and physically and realized that I have made very small and gradual changes to my eating over the past three years (you can check out my ABOUT ME! section to read more).

I believe my biggest misconception was that working out allowed me to eat whatever I wanted in whatever quantity I saw fit.  That is why I did not start seeing the results I wanted until I got control of my eating with Weight Watchers, and from there my eating has evolved into a less restrictive life style change.  I still have a ways to go which is why I am exploring eating options.

ANYWAY- I actually have reading A.D.D lately. I am in the process of reading two books: Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and If You Want to Cry Go out side and other things your mother never told you by Kelly Cutrone. ¬†Both of the books are interesting for totally different reasons. ¬†Pollan’s book focuses on where the food we eat comes from. It is actually the “Young Readers Edition” so it is/will be a quick read when I sit and read it! ¬†Kelly Cutrone’s book has provoked me to analyze myself and my motives for doing the things I do and thinking the way I do. ¬†Her ultimate goal, I believe is to get girls to listen to themselves and what they want to do, not what friends/family/society makes them BELIEVE they should do.

I also bought several fitness and cooking related magazines that I plan to read. ¬†The problem is I want to read and finish them all NOW, this minute! ¬†And have gotten so overwhelmed by the urge to read I can’t possibly pick any of them up to begin!

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE TO ANYONE BUT ME? ¬†ūüôā


I stopped at Shaws and picked up some Pom pomegranate juice, yogurt, and a frozen pizza.  I cooked and ate 1/4 of the pizza for dinner and froze the rest.  I know my pizza addiction has surprised many people, and I have tried to limit my cravings for it.  The problem is I have yet to find an equally delicious and easy substitute.  What is a staple food of your diet that you eat either out of pure enjoyment or convenience?

I have been enjoying my week off from the gym. ¬†I find my nights a bit more relaxing because I don’t have to pack my clothes and my food for the next day (though I should because now I procrastinate in the morning). ¬†My body is feeling much less stressed and I know I will be feeling great for the race on Sunday. ¬†If running continues to relieve my stress and challenge me enough I would like to set my sights on a half-marathon for the fall or early spring. ¬†My smaller goal at the moment is to complete my 5-Mile Races this weekend and next in under an hour. ¬†Not too lofty of a goal which makes me excited to get out there and do it!

Peace out

~L

Week 5 Running Club Recap

What’s up kids? ¬†I just got back from Running Club Week 5 and I feel amazing. ¬†I LOVE RUNNING! Almost more than anything in my life ūüėČ ¬†This week was walk 3/run 8 and there were significantly LESS people this week than any other. ¬†Like last week, we went out for the run in waves. ¬†I chose to stay back and head out with the final group. ¬†Not because I am a speed demon, but because that group had less Walk to Runners and more actual Running Club members. ¬†I ran with a member who has been running with the club for 6 years! ¬†It was great.

As anyone in the Boston area could tell you, temps were pretty steamy today and since I am accustomed to rainy Tuesdays for Running Club, I was unsure of what to wear (lucky for me it was “Apparel Week”, see below!).

sorry for the blur- but you get the point!

Tonight I wore:

  • Blue Under Armour t-shirt (Don’t wear cotton when you run!)
  • Black Under Armour shorts
  • Pink Puma tank top
  • Puma socks
  • Asics sneakers

Week 5 Topic: Why do we do this?? and What do we wear??

PART 1: Why do we do this?

Many people have in their head what a runner is and what a runner is not. ¬†Some think a runner can run 3 miles, others think a true runner finishes marathons in lightening speed. ¬†In thinking about how you can “become a runner” it isn’t necessarily thinking about the end result, as much as it is more about the enjoying the journey. ¬†Running is a process, not a destination. ¬†In the article “Are We There Yet” by John Bingham, he states, ” Refusing to feel happy until you reach your destination is the worst possible approach. ¬†Waiting to celebrate until the end is nearly missing all the wonderful moments along the way.” ¬†The key is to setting ONE BIG GOAL and setting up smaller goals to achieve along the way!

SOME TIPS from our weekly articles:

Be consistent to see results.

Drink lots of water

Buying new “running clothes” can help you feel the part!

You can’t be arrested for going too slow!

Sometimes, less is more

BUY GOOD SHOES!

Becoming a runner is a process

So before we ran we were asked to reflect about why we run. ¬†I am not really a fan of public speaking so I didn’t share, but I have several reasons why I run:

  1. To relieve stress and clear my head
  2. To sweat
  3. To challenge myself.  I am always surprised at what I can do when I push myself!
  4. To maintain my weight loss and stay in shape
  5. To socialize!
  6. For pure enjoyment, and the “runner’s high” you get after a run

Reasons why I don’t run:

  1. To be the fastest or win a race (not yet at least ūüėČ )
  2. Because I feel like I have to

Why do you run??

PART 2: What do I wear?

Every week the Walk to Runners have been told we are all overdressed.  Today we got a peek into what apparel works for a couple of club members.  They gave some good tips!

  1. Always wear SUNSCREEN with a SPF of 30 or higher!  Even on short 30 minute runs you are at risk for skin cancer
  2. A supportive sports bra ( you want one that will minimize motion while exercising)
  3. Don’t run in cotton socks (blister city) or cotton shirts (they trap in sweat, ewww)
  4. WATER!  Drink LOTS and LOTS of water to stay cool

It is interesting to note that for many items you can wear and use for running, you do not need to spend a great deal of money.  Target and Marshalls (among others) offer a great selection of running apparel.  And just like anything else, you need to find what works best for you and what make you more comfortable!  For instance, one thing I do know is that I HAVE to double up my shirts and layer a longer, tight tank top with a t-shirt or long sleeve shirt.  It is what makes me feel comfortable!

Anyhow,  I just got home and devoured my chicken caesar salad and a piece of cornbread.  Running made me super hungry tonight!

Chicken Caesar Salad

  • 1 pound chicken strips
  • a dash of hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup terriakyi sauce
  • a few dashes of caesar salad dressing
  • 3tblsp apple sauce

Mix all of the above in a bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes.  Preheat oven at 375 and cook chicken in ungreased glass pan for 20 minutes.

Add to the top of a salad of your choosing.  Mine had romaine lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green olives, and croutons.

I also tried to make some whole wheat corn bread tonight to go with my salad.  I was not disappointed.  I found this Hodgson Mill brand in the baking aisle near the brownies and stuff.  I have never really had home-made corn bread and this tasted pretty good compared to the one other time in my life I had it.

It is very easy to make: 1 tablespoon veggie oil, 3/4 cup milk, 1 egg. ¬†That’s it. ¬†Cook in a greased pan or muffin time for about 15 minutes!

OK, it is now about 10 p.m. and I am dying to lay on the couch and relax/fall asleep.  If you ever want a copy of any of the articles I get from Running Club, email me you name and address and I will send you copies of the ones you are interested in!  They really have some good stuff!

Night!

~L


Getting Ready to Run!

Happy Tuesday! I am thinking that I am in a cheery mood because I am looking forward to Week 5 of Running Club.  I am officially half way through the program after tonight!  Taking a break from the gym this week has been a good way to rest my body, but it has also helped me look forward to running because my body just wants to move and sweat!  I use running as a way to clear my mind and am finding that I can not WAIT to run tonight!  Tonight may be (dare I say) the first week it hasn’t actually rained on a Tuesday since I started! Woop Woop!

To catch up on all things Running Club, check out my weekly recaps:

Week 1- Shoes

Week 2- Stretching

Week 3- Breathing

Week 4- Injuries

I woke up this morning and made my French toast I was CRAVING after yesterday’s attempt at breakfast stuck to my pan.  The star of the show today was peanut butter!  I put a tablespoon on a paper dish and microwave it for 1 minute, and then I easily spread it on two pieces of whole wheat bread before I dipped it into the egg/almond milk/cinnamon batter.  Yum!

Old pic, I deleted my new pics before downloading them! Oops!

Long story short, I THOUGHT I downloaded my pics, I mean I plugged my camera in and hit ‘download’, then unplugged the camera, deleted the pics from it, and realized I didn’t click the ‘keep photos’ button. ¬†Sooooo, no new pics from this morning/afternoon. ¬†Sorry ;(

  • I had my french toast at my desk with a medium French vanilla iced coffee.
  • In anticipation of extremely hot temps (Boston could get up to around 90 today!) I packed a very light snack and lunch.
  • Snack today will be some fresh cherries I picked up at the Farmer‚Äôs Market on Saturday.
  • Lunch was a half cup of Stonyfield Non-fat Vanilla yogurt with fresh blueberries, raspberries, and dices strawberries.¬† I am also mixing in about a half cup of maple granola I got up in Vermont.¬† It is made by the company Woodstock Granola.¬† What I like most about this granola is that they use natural sweeteners and whole grain oats, and don‚Äôt add preservatives, artificial flavors, or trans fats.
  • I also packed a bag of popcorn and an apple for a mid-afternoon snack, but failed to take a picture because, as you may know, a 20 minute lunch break goes by in the blink of an eye. ¬†Trust me, none of these foods I mentioned lasted very long ūüôā

I stopped at the store on my way home and picked up some small groceries since I didn’t shop this week. ¬†Dinner tonight is going to be a chicken caesar salad with cornbread. ¬†Knowing myself, though, I will want a bowl of cereal after so the salad will end up my lunch!

I have been downing water (ok, ok, I had two glasses) and a half of a Kashi Pumpkin and Flaxseed granola bar (YUM!) and hopefully I will be ready to run in this sweltering heat.  Reacp and dinner pics to follow.

Get out there and do something!

~L