Lorna Jane – Nourish: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook

20 Aug

I was provided the Lorna Jane Clarkson – Nourish: The Fit Woman’s Cookbook through Sweat Pink in July.  Unfortunately, I have had very little opportunity to actually try out some recipes due to a very busy schedule (work, personal, all of the above…) over the past month or so.

I was able to try out some of the elixirs and smoothies (which I loved!) as well as some of the easier recipes that didn’t require running around to a few different grocery stores in order to get all of the ingredients.

Of note:  there are some ingredients throughout this cookbook that I would never be able to find at my local bodega.  I have no doubt that if you shop at Whole Foods or any other health food store regularly, you would have no problem finding all of the ingredients you would need.  Unfortunately for me, Whole Foods is not very convenient, seeing as I have to travel there by subway and then carry my haul back home.  Grocery shopping turns into a 3 hour event…which I just have not had the time for.

Alright, now back to my review of the Lorna Jane cookbook!

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I had heard of Lorna Jane before but most of what I knew was related to the Lorna Jane Active Living clothing line.  (Everything is super cute, BTW – I absolutely recommend you check out the website if you are in the market for some new, adorable workout gear!)

The beginning of the book elaborates a bit more on Lorna Jane’s views on healthy living, food and life in general.  It was nice to get a bit of insight on the woman behind the brand.  I really enjoyed reading about Lorna Jane’s philosophy and reasoning for starting down her active living path.

The book itself, and the food photography, is stunning.

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Every photo makes me want to try that recipe out immediately.  They really figured out how to photograph food beautifully!

The aspects of the cookbook that I enjoyed the most were the reference sections and healthy tips that were interspersed throughout.  Fruits and vegetables were broken down by the best season to cook with them and a variety of meal plans were provided to get the reader started on the road to healthy eating.

I especially enjoyed the list toward the end of the book of “20 Healthy Habits Every Woman Should Have”.  You know me and my love of lists :)

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Here are a few of the recipes I tried out:

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I also had some avocados that had to be used so I tried out the simple, yet delicious recipe for Avocado with Lemon and Herbs.

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The recipes I tried were super easy, fresh and delicious.  In all honesty, there are SO many other recipes that I want to try but what was so nice about this cookbook was that it was more than just a cookbook full of recipes.

I enjoyed reading the book for healthy tips, inspirational quotes as well as insight into the Lorna Jane philosophy.  I can’t help but appreciate a cookbook that goes above and beyond just ingredients and instruction.

I have every intention of trying many more recipes from this cookbook but the tips and narrative alone made this book so enjoyable to review! Get your own copy here!

 

Vegetarian BBQ Options & a Giveaway

3 Jul

Fourth of July is right around the corner and summer barbecues have started in full force.

I have always been a big fan of barbecues for many reasons. 

  1.  I like food.
  2. I like spending time with family and friends.
  3. I like spending time outdoors.
  4. I love summertime!

After becoming a vegetarian (also, an occasional pescatarian when out to eat), I always struggled with finding good vegetarian barbecue options.  Having been a vegetarian for about four years, I have found some tasty alternatives to a steak or hot dog on the grill.  I thought that I would share some easy and tasty barbecue options for July 4th – for those vegetarian or meat eaters alike!

PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM WITH GOAT CHEESE AND COUSCOUS SALAD
Prepare as many portobello mushroom caps as you like by taking off the stems and scooping the dark gills out with a spoon.  I like to marinate my mushrooms in balsamic vinegar but only for 20-30 minutes.  You can prepare the goat cheese and couscous salad up to a couple of days ahead of time.  It is super easy and delicious!  I like to have a tablespoon of goat cheese to a cup of cooked couscous ratio.  I also add a sesame ginger dressing to the mix that gives it a nice flavor but feel free to play around – it really is a blank canvas!

When ready, grill each cap for approximately 10 minutes and top with goat cheese and couscous salad.  Serve immediately.

GRILLED ROMAINE LETTUCE
This is my go to recipe whenever a grill is involved.  It may seem a little strange but trust me, grilled lettuce is great!

Simply spray a couple of cleaned leaves of romaine lettuce with olive oil (if you don’t have a spray, lightly brush the leaves with the oil).  Sprinkle each leave with sea salt and pepper.  Grill each leave until both sides are a bit charred.  Feel free to eat these suckers alone or dip in your choice of dressing (BLC likes ranch while I prefer Frank’s Red Hot Ketchup).

CHEESY GRILLED STREET CORN
Another easy one!  For this recipe, clean the husk off the corn cobs but keep the stems intact.  I like to use a wedge of laughing cow cheese because it is easy to spread and coat the corn with it.  Sprinkle each ear with salt, pepper, lime juice and chili powder.  Wrap each corn in aluminum foil and throw on the grill for about 30 minutes, spinning with tongs occasionally so that the corn is cooked evenly.

TOFU FRIES
Press a block of tofu to expel excess liquid.  Slice the block into sticks.  Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder.  I usually bake these on a cookie sheet in the oven until they brown slightly but I think it would work just as well on a sheet of aluminum foil (so they don’t fall through the grates) on the grill!  Haven’t tried it that way – but will report back!

Serve with ketchup or dipping sauce of your choice!

VEGGIE BURGER SALAD
I love all of the fresh toppings for summertime burgers.  I also love ketchup and mustard.  So I thought, why not mix it all together?

A tip for cooking veggie burgers on the grill is to bake the burger in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or so prior to grilling it.

Once the veggie burger is cooked, I cut or crumble it onto a bed of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shredded carrots, really any salad toppings your little heart desires (tofu dogs are a welcome addition)!  I add Frank Red Hot Ketchup and spicy horseradish mustard (that I am obsessed with from Trader Joe’s) and mix everything together.   Don’t knock it till you try it!

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I have been using Sunshine Burgers* for my Veggie Burger Salad because they are easy to crumble and added great flavor.

Sunshine Burgers are organic, vegan and gluten-free burgers that come in a variety of different flavors – I had the opportunity to try the Southwest and the Garden Herb flavors.

Neither disappointed!

I’m a big fan of veggie burgers, in general, but these were just so versatile!  I have eaten both flavors with my veggie burger salad and they both add something a little different.  They are easy to crumble so you can add them to many different types of recipes (I want to try them in tacos or eggs!)  The Southwest flavor adds a bit of a kick – so of course, that was my favorite!

I am also a big advocate of an ingredient list that is short, sweet and recognizable.  Sunshine Burgers does a great job at that! 

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Garden Herb contains: Organic cooked brown rice, organic ground raw sunflower seeds, organic carrots, organic spices, sea salt.

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Southwest contains: Organic ground raw sunflower seeds, organic cooked brown rice, organic carrots, organic cooked black beans, organic paprika, organic cumin, organic onion, organic garlic, organic green pepper, sea salt, organic cilantro, organic jalapeno pepper.

How is that for a straight-forward ingredient list?  I know they’ve won be over!

Be sure to try this dish out because you really get that burger taste, it is super fresh, healthy and easy!

Be sure to check out Sunshine Burgers and all of the great flavors they have – they also a Store Locatorfeature so that you can find the store closest to you to purchase Sunshine Burgers!

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*I received Sunshine Burger product to review without monetary compensation. All opinions are my own. I was given the opportunity to review through the Sweat Pink Ambassador community.

A Quick Catch Up Post

3 Jul

Whoa – It has been a while, huh?

So what has been going on?

I have been pretty dang busy , that’s for sure.  (Also, crossed a bunch of stuff off my bucket list ;)

So let me start with explaining what the heck happened with the NJ Marathon.

Three things:

1.  The Polar Vortex
2.  A fractured pinky toe
3.  An epic fall whilst drinking ‘round the world in Epcot

So my training had been going pretty well from November until February even with the ice storms, freezing temps and snow.  Even so, the weather definitely cramped my style a bit.

Still, while the weather wasn’t doing me any favors, I wasn’t so behind in my training until the beginning of March when I was running to catch the J train in my work heels and fractured, bruised, injured, did something awful to my pinky toe.  [full disclosure:  I did not go to the doctor’s to get it checked out because there is really nothing you can do for a pinky injury  anyway except to let it heal].  Who knew an injury to that stupid little baby toe could be so painful?!

I knew I couldn’t run on it for a couple of days at least and after about a week it started feeling a lot better.  But it was not 100%.

The advice I got from everyone was not to run on it for at least a month so that it could heal properly.  I did not really listen.  I ran on it a couple of times after about a week and it did not feel too terrible.  Regardless, I was getting a bit nervous about running my first marathon without a steady training base and the sporadic running hiatuses throughout.

And then I went to Disney.  [also, more on that in another post.  Promise!].

BLC and I went to Florida in mid-April – I won’t get into too much detail right now – but I ended up falling toward the end of the night while at Epcot.  The next day I woke up and could not put any pressure on my foot.  At all.  [I have had bunion issues since I was little and the bone below my big toe would randomly ache every now and then since college.  I think I just exacerbated the problem by falling right on it in the most magical place on earth.   Unfortunately, the only real foolproof solution to bunions is surgery – like break your bone, put a screw in your foot , can’t walk without crutches for 3 months, type of surgery].

I literally limped around for the next ten days before I could actually walk like a normal person.  Mind you, this occurred on April 11 and the NJ Marathon was on April 27.  So barely being about to walk less than a week before the marathon made the decision pretty easy.

I DNS my first marathon.  The stars truly did not align for the NJ Marathon.  My foot is still out of wack and not 100% so I think I made the right decision not to run it.

Still, it was a definite bummer.  But I figured I owed it to my 4 readers to explain exactly what happened (hi mom! hi BLC!  Anyone? Anyone?  Bueller?).

I will probably have surgery at some point in the near future.  It is just a GIANT commitment and a long recovery process – but I want to be able to run again!

But regardless of that unfortunate occurrence as well as a few others, there have been some highlights from the last few months I would like to share with you!

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I chopped my hair off! [& no, that’s not a perm]  I’ve cut it again since – it’s very, very short :)

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I went to Miami for my best friend’s bachelorette party!  Love Miami.

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I went skiing with my family in Vermont.  I have been skiing since I was little and I love it.  I was only able to make it to the mountains once this season and I am so glad it was with my entire family.  I had a lot of fun!  [Minus the part where I had to take Freck on the train by myself - that sucked]

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My best friend since birth got MARRIED!  Woooo – she was an absolutely stunning bride and her wedding was beautiful. 

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BLC surprised me with a dinner with all of my NYC friends on my birthday.  I had no idea anyone else was coming but it was so nice that everyone took the time to celebrate with me.

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BLC and I went to Disney!  This trip is owed a whole post.  You must wait but hopefully less than two months.

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I went to Mexico for my best girl from college’s bachelorette party– which was pretty amazing.  Also –  deserving of its own post. [mainly because I have a TON of pictures]

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BLC and I went skydiving!  More on my ski diving adventure in another post!

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We went to Cape Cod for Memorial day weekend!

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Wedding for my law school girlfriend in Puerto Rico!  Was so fun but it was a very quick trip!

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Bridal Shower for my friend Brittany!

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Baby Shower for my cousin – also, the same weekend as my brother’s graduation/birthday party which was also great – but I took no pictures at all!

Very, very tired…

& if you made it to the end of this post, you are probably very, very tired as well. 

Thanks for reading!  What have you been up to these past few months??

30 Before 30 Bucket List

1 Apr

Looks like I made it back just in time for my birthday!  I know it has been some time since my last blog post – I’ve been busy – but I have been meaning to write this post for a long time.

If you didn’t already know, I am turning 29 today, and that obviously means that I have one year before the big 3-0.  Kinda crazy.

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Truth be told, I have done a lot of amazing things in the past 29 years.  I’ve traveled all over the world.  I married the best man I’ve ever met.  I’ve lived by the beach.  I’ve lived in the city.  I’ve lived in the suburbs.  I’ve been to Vegas (numerous times).  I had a fabulous college experience.  I’ve watched the Macy’s Day Parade live.  I’ve become a dog owner.  I’ve run quite a few half marathons and other road races.  I’ve been a bridesmaid (& will be in two more by the end of the year).   I’ve road tripped across the country with my husband .  I’ve watched the sunset from Oia, Santorini, Greece.   The list could go on.

I have been very lucky and extremely blessed.

But there are quite a few things I would still like to accomplish prior to April 1, 2015.  Some of them are silly.  Some of them are serious.  But I truly think they can all be done, and completing them all would be a wonderful way to end my twenties.

So without further ado, my 30 before 30 list!

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1.  Sign Freckles up for agility training or therapy dog training.

2. Drink around the world at Epcot with BLC.

3. Learn how to and properly eat a crawfish.

4. Go skydiving.

5. Run a marathon.

6. Eat the worm in a bottle of Mezcal.

7. Leave an absurdly large tip for an excellent waitress.

8. Conquer a 30 day yoga challenge.

9. Volunteer at an animal shelter.

10. Finish the first and second Spanish Rosetta Stone levels.

11. Pay for someone else’s meal.

12. Keep better track of my last year in my twenties (pictures, journal, etc.).

13. Learn to drive a manual car.

14. Host an entirely vegan 3 course dinner party.

15. Send thirty handwritten notes to thirty friends/family.

16. Identify and work toward a career that is fulfilling.

17. Learn to meditate.

18. Donate blood.

19. Read my dad’s favorite book:  Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

20. Master a handstand.

21. Cut out alcohol for thirty days.

22. Run a sub 2 hour half marathon.

23. Save enough for a down payment on a home.

24. Take a dance class with BLC.

25. Take a scotch/whiskey tasting class.

26. Go on a serious camping trip.

27. Try to blog more.

28. Run a trail race.

29. Make homemade pickles.

30. Host Beer Olympics and pretend we are in college again.

*& as a bonus (& considering it is already in the planning stages):

31. Celebrate my 30th birthday in Vegas with friends and family!

Do you have a bucket list?  Also, happy April Fool’s Day!

Faces of Fitness on Crazy Running Girl

30 Jan

I’m featured on one of my favorite blogs today – head over to Crazy Running Girl and check it out!

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My feature!

Also, stay tuned for my NJ marathon training update and my first Yasso 800 workout!

NJ Marathon Training Week 5 and a Winner!

24 Jan

Last week was a pretty good running week for me – still not where I should be training-wise but it is HARD to balance work, commuting and training especially with the ridiculous weather we have been having.  I know – poor Alex.  I really need to figure out a way to wake up and run before work (when it is not blizzarding outside) but my snooze button is just too enticing…Any tips??

But anyway – on to my week:

Monday – Plank and core work
Tuesday – Easy 2 miles
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 4.75 speed work at the track
Friday – Rest
Saturday – 10.5 mile long run
Sunday – Rest

Monday through Wednesday were nothing special.

Thursday I did some speed work at the track which was fun.  I love speed work and I love the track.

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I ran to the track as my warm-up with a 10:15 min/mi pace.  Then I followed with 11 laps on and off between recovery jogs and sprints.

Lap 1 – 3:01 –> (10:20 min/mi pace)
Lap 2 – 2:20 –> (8:07 min/mi pace)
Lap 3 – 3:04 –> (10:48 min/mi pace)
Lap 4 – 2:22 –> (8:21 min/mi pace)
Lap 5 – 3:06 –> (11:02 min/mi pace)
Lap 6 – 2:12 –> (7:47 min/mi pace)
Lap 7 – 3:06 –> (11:02 min/mi pace)
Lap 8 – 2:08 –> (7:41 min/mi pace)
Lap 9 – 3:33 –> (12:14 min/mi pace) This was supposed to be my last lap but I decided to run two more.
Lap 10 – 2:25 –> (8:45 min/mi pace)
Lap 11 – 2:39 –> (9:39 min/mi pace)

I ran home for my cool down at about 11:30 min/mi pace.  It was a great workout.

Saturday was my long run.  I woke up, ate a banana with cookie butter and got dressed in my rain gear.

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I ran over the Williamsburg Bridge to the East River Path because I hadn’t run there in a while.  & it is probably one of my favorite places to run in NYC.

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It was pretty but it was drizzling from the start of my run.  That drizzle became downpour before too long.

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East River Path from the Williamsburg Bridge.

I ran down the East River Path to the Staten Island ferry before the downpour truly began so I took cover, ate some sports beans, put my hood on and ran back up the path.

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Somehow I managed to avoid every puddle until about mile 6 when I ran right through a little lake soaking my left shoe and sock.  It wasn’t long before my right foot was soaked as well.

Other than the rain – the run was pretty great.

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I listened to my FitRadio app during my whole run and it was perfect!  It is just a continuous stream of upbeat tunes.  It definitely made my run go by that much quicker.

I felt good throughout the entire run.  I started off pretty slow but my main goal was to finish strong and enjoy my run.  Mission accomplished!

And of course, I got a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee before jumping on the subway and heading home.

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Overall, it was a good running week for me!

And now – the moment you have all been waiting for! (If not, just humor me please!)….

The winner of the MyRaceRagz giveaway is:  Kathryn at Running Kat!

Kathryn – I will be shooting you an email with your MyRaceRagz code so be on the look out!

Thanks so much to everyone who entered!

 

 

 

Want to be funny while you’re running? Enter my very first giveaway! [Closed]

17 Jan

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So right before Christmas I got the opportunity to order a customizable running shirt through MyRaceRagz.  I really had no idea what I wanted to put on the shirt so I spent two days just going through the website and looking at the possible designs.  There were a lot of options!

Since I am a big running fan and a big beer fan – I thought it would be fun to get one that incorporated the two.  Plus, I’m one of those people who bought every humorous/ironic t-shirt in college just because I thought they were good conversation starters.

So I decided on a white long sleeved tech shirt with a lopsided “I RUN FOR BEER” (you know, drunk people write lopsided, right?) on the front and my name in cursive on the back.

When I received it I was super happy with how it came out!  Unfortunately, I received it right before I went out to California for Christmas and I definitely couldn’t wear a long-sleeved shirt while running in 70 degree weather.

Obviously I was dying to wear it for a run as soon as I got back from California…but it was basically 0 degrees which required 45 layers and what’s the point in wearing a shirt with a cool saying if no one can see it?  Amiright?

Approximately 1 month after I received my awesome shirt – I finally got to wear it yesterday for some speed work at the track (AKA my favorite place in the world…or at least the five boroughs).

I made BLC take some pictures while I waited for my Garmin to find the freaking satellites!! and then I was off.

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The shirt is made of tech material but is a bit thin so the white was a little see through – so if you wanted a more solid shirt, I would suggest choosing a different color.  For me, the fact that it was on the thinner side was great because I never felt like I was getting too hot during my run.  I think it is going to be absolutely perfect for Spring/Fall running and warmer Winter running!

At first I wasn’t really paying attention to other runners because I was really focusing on my intervals (which I will give you more details on in another post) but once I started noticing the subtle stares and chuckles, I realized that my beer shirt was a hit.  I think runners enjoy the “I run for (insert any alcohol)” joke quite a bit.

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I’m also looking forward to wearing my shirt during a race so that people can see my name as I’m passing them ;)   Just kidding.  I don’t pass anyone.

So on that note – I have a special treat for one lucky winner!  Not only am I giving away a customizable shirt from MyRaceRagz - which you can choose whatever your little heart desires to put on it! – but I am also giving away some of my favorite running essentials!

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In addition to a customized shirt from RaceRagz, the winner will receive a Nuun water bottle, two tubes of Nuun (Goji Berry Green Tea Natural and Tri-Berry), two packets of Jelly Belly Extreme Sports Beans, Sweat Pink shoelaces and a Shower Pill packet!

I figured since it was my first giveaway, I would go a little crazy!  I absolutely love Nuun and basically flavor all of my water (run or no run) with it.  As for the sports beans – they are my favorite mid-run fuel.  They are delicious, have caffeine and are easy for me to eat.  Plus, they are in a little packet that is re-sealable so if you want to eat half of them, you don’t have to worry about all of them falling out mid-run.  As for the Shower Pill – that was essential during the relay that BLC and I participated in about a year ago!  I have also used it after leaving the gym in the summer so that I am not getting on the subway and sitting next to someone all sweaty and smelly.

Overall, they are all things I love and couldn’t do without!  I hope you are as excited about them as I am about giving them to you!

So now to the details – the giveaway will stay open for one week – so you have until January 24th at 12AM to enter!  US Only! Lots of ways to enter below:

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Good Luck!

Disclaimer:  I was provided the opportunity to create my own RaceRagz shirt at no cost as well as the opportunity to give away a customized RaceRagz shirt through my affiliation with Sweat Pink/Fit Approach.  The rest of the items being given away were purchased personally by me (and BLC ’cause we share a bank account) because I love them!

 

NJ Marathon Training Weeks 2-4 Update

8 Jan

Who can still not believe that it is 2014 and 2013 is actually over?  It seems like the holidays flew by and were gone before I knew it.  BLC and I have been pretty busy since December 18 as we traveled to California to visit his family for the holidays.  We came back to NYC late Saturday December 28 and I went back to work on Monday December 30 – with a cold :(

My brothers came up to NYC and stayed with us for NYE which was great – but you can’t really get over a cold quickly when you are celebrating (and drinking) until the wee hours of the morning.

Needless to say, when I found out that my office was closed on Friday on account of winter storm Hercules (what a great storm name, right?!), I was super excited to lay around, take naps, and do nothing except marathon-watch Breaking Bad.

So that’s what BLC and I did – all weekend long.  With a boat expo thrown in on Saturday morning for good measure.  To be honest, it was amazing.  To be more honest, I have a to do list the length of a CVS receipt (have you ever noticed how long CVS receipts are??) and I got nothing accomplished AT ALL.  Unless, of course, you count episodes of Breaking Bad in which case I could cross off approximately 30 episodes.  Productive Netflix watching FTW.

I did go for a run in Central Park on Sunday while freezing rain turned the paths and roads into sheets of ice, but more on that later.

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For now, let me give you a quick and dirty update on my marathon training.  While it has not been perfect, I have gotten all of my long runs in and felt pretty good during my 9 miler last week.  Plus, I got a lot of pretty winter running clothes for Christmas – I get some training points for that, don’t I?

Now, where did I leave off?

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Three miles on December 18 were fine.  Until I went to turn around on the Williamsburg Bridge, slipped on ice and landed directly on my knee.  Luckily, I bruised pretty bad but there was no serious injury.

I got to run with BLC in Claremont on Saturday for my long run.  I absolutely love running through Claremont and all of the Claremont colleges.

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It is beautiful and FLAT.  Flat runs are entirely underrated.  I ran 7 miles and ran the second 3.5 miles 3 minutes faster than the first half.

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& BLC ran the whole thing with me!  Longest he has run since high school!  Good job, my love!  I rewarded myself with a coffee from Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf.

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I’m sure you will come to realize throughout my training recaps that I typically reward myself with coffee after any and all of my long runs.  I mean, I am going to get it anyway but I just pretend it is a “reward”.

I ran a hot 3 miles on Tuesday – 70 degrees at 5pm?

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It was nice to run in shorts but my body was definitely not used to sweating this much in December.  I did some unmeasured intervals by sprinting for one block and then recovering for one block.

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I was unable to get another run in until Sunday due to traveling and running around.

I woke up early on Sunday and BLC headed out for my long run in Brooklyn with me.  Spoiler alert – it rained the entire run.  Regardless, BLC ran with me for the first 4 miles then headed home.  I finished my last 4.5 on the track.

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I absolutely love the track.  Have I said that before?  I don’t really remember.

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I ended up running a total of 8.8 miles and felt pretty damn good.  My second half was faster than my first half again – yay for negative splits!  I felt pretty strong at the end of this run even if I was soaking wet.

Now this past week was not the best for me – I was sick on Monday, celebrated NYE on Tuesday, exhausted/sick on Thursday and not willing to run in the 7 inches of snow on Friday/Saturday.  Therefore, I only ran on Sunday.  I went to Central Park to run with TNT training group.  I did not want to get up that morning, believe me!

But I did.  It was starting to rain when we began out run (I ran with the 10 min mile pace group) but it slowly got worse and worse.  I hadn’t even looked at the forecast but apparently people were told not to leave their house because freezing rain was supposed to last throughout the day.   And freezing rain it was.  We started our run at a very nice pace but by mile 2 people could barely run up the hills and slid down the hills.  We had to lower our pace significantly and even then there were quite a few slips along the way.  Another runner with TNT actually fell and hurt herself so bad that the ambulance had to come and get her.
Craziest part – there were a TON of runners in Central Park.  We are a bunch of lunatics.
Anyway – we ended up getting 6.33 miles in before cutting our loses and heading home.  Oh yea, there was also that minor detail of having to walk down ice covered marble stairs to get our bags/jackets.

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Yes, we resorted to shimmying down on our butts.  Whatever works.

That subway ride home was probably the coldest subway ride ever.  After I ice skated to the bodega around the corner from my apartment (told you, reward coffee always.  even in inclement weather), I took a scalding hot shower and laid around in BLC’s sweatpants all day long.

The end.  On to week 5!

NJ Marathon Training Week 1 Update

18 Dec

First things first – Let’s recap my first week of marathon training!

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Nothing crazy – getting back into training is hard.  Good thing DailyMile keeps track of it for me.

Monday – Rest
Tuesday – Group Training Session with Team In Training
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – Icy Track Run
Friday – Rest
Saturday – Long Run on the treadmill (see below)
Sunday – Rest

My first long run for marathon training was on the treadmill.

Let me preface this post with the following:  This was not my favorite run.  In fact, it was downright terrible.

But you need the bad runs to appreciate the good runs, right?

That’s what I kept telling myself anyway.

This weekend I was down in Philadelphia for a college friend’s wedding so I couldn’t meet with the Team in Training group for my first long run of marathon training.

I somehow lost my Garmin charger so I figured I would just go to the gym with my mom early on Saturday so that I could accurately measure my miles and get home before too late so that I had plenty of time to get ready for the wedding.

Plus it was cold.

weather& it was supposed to snow.

My mom and I ended up heading to the gym at 7:30 a.m. I would have much rather stayed in bed but I had a long run to complete.

I had 6-7 miles on my training schedule and had already decided that I would only be running 6.  Mainly because I can’t even remember when my last run over 5 miles was.  My best educated guess – the NYC Half Marathon…in March.  I know, I know.  What a slacker.

I got on the treadmill with my Runner’s World magazine, water bottle, IPod and IPhone.  My plan was to listen to music and watch TV for the first 1.5-2 miles, read my magazine for the next two miles and listen to my book on tape until I got to 6 miles.  I put my treadmill at a 1% incline and set the pace to 5.5. So far, so good.

It only took a few minutes for the run to head down hill (figuratively, not literally of course).

First, I really, really need new headphones.  I don’t know if I just am strange but I cannot find a pair that stays in my ears while I am running.  The standard IPhone headphones do not work for me so I brought a pair with me that goes up and around your ear thinking that they would stay on.

Nope.

I was ready to throw those stupid headphones on the ground, stomp on them and sulk in the locker room until my mom was done her workout.  But I didn’t.  Instead, I MacGyvered my headphones into my ears with my headband.  I looked ridiculous but those suckers did not move for the next 6 miles.

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Once that was all said and done, I started watching the news.  That helped pass the time a bit but it was rough looking at the treadmill and only seeing 1.5 miles had past.

So then I decided to try to read my magazine.  Not easy.  The magazine slipped off the treadmill no less than 3 times, I almost fell and the fan kept blowing the pages every time it oscillated.  I gave up and looked at the miles…2 miles down, 4 to go.

At that point I gave up, put on my book on tape and prayed that the run would be over soon.  At mile 4, I silently decided that I could not take it any more and I would be done at 5 miles.

I got to mile 5, lowered the mph and started walking for my cool-down.  After about 3 minutes of walking, I got mad at myself for giving up so easily and knocked out mile 6.

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The treadmill at my mom’s gym starts over at 65 minutes so I had to take two photos to prove that I actually ran 6 miles.  Ha!

Overall, it was not the best run but I’m glad I didn’t cut it short.  I’m sure I will have plenty more “bad” runs before this whole marathon training thing is over but what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger, right?

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First long run down!

Also, if you have any long run on the treadmill tips – send them my way!  I like the treadmill for intervals and speed work, but long, slow runs are pure torture on the dreadmill!  Would love suggestions!

 

The Time the Track was Frozen

13 Dec

Yesterday I had every intention of going to the gym and doing some Yasso 800′s on the treadmill.  But when work requires some longer hours…ya just have to roll with the punches.

BLC had the bright idea to run to the track so I could do some speed work there – & due to my love of the track, I could not say no.

I started my trek home around 6ish and while I was waiting for the train, I got a glimpse of the temperature.

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Can you see the temperature?  Yes, not terribly cold but below freezing…so there’s that.

But to the track we went.  Because if I started bailing on runs on the first week of marathon training – there would be a problem.

So I got home around 7ish and forced BLC into his running clothes and I bundled up and we headed out into the cold, dark night (dramatic much?) for my scheduled 4 mile speed work run.

We warmed up on our jog over to the track and when we got there I was totally ready for my track workout.  Excited, stoked, all of the above.

& guess what?

Icy-track

The track was frozen.

Yes.  The track was covered in ice and there was no plausible way I could run on it, let alone do speed work.

Luckily, there is a path around the track that was apparently salted and had patches of ice but nothing I couldn’t run around or leap over.  So the speed work still happened…it was just much less accurate and much less easy on my legs.  Frozen ground < rubberized track.

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All smiles after the cold, yet wonderful impromptu quasi track workout.

If ya’ll are interested – my speed workout was not very specific.  I did not wear a watch and it was all by feel but I warmed up with my run over to the track – and then I ran an easy loop around the track.  After my first easy loop,  I sprinted for the second loop.  Then I repeated that 4 times.  Then our jog home was our cool down.  Easy peasy.

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Winter running clothes:  Warm socks, fleece-lined tights, long-sleeved compression mock turtleneck, running jacket from Target with hood and fleece headband.  Very specific.  You.are.welcome.  You are also welcome for the awkward smile selfie.

Boom, boom, boom.  Another run bites the dust.