Even Cat Mugs Have Nine Lives!

Posted August 4, 2010 by freshman5k
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Training Run

Distance: 4 miles

Time: 33:00


Mile 1- 7:34

Mile 2- 8:10

Mile 3- 8:28

Mile 4- 8:04

The times are a bit inaccurate for miles 2-4 because we paused a few times.  I ran with my old high school team!  They’re speedy!  After the run with the team, I had a quick smoothie at home and headed off to the gym.  I did a mile warm-up there (I wanted to do 6 miles today), arms weights, ab work, mile cool-down (both were about 8:00) and finished with some hip strengthening.  I was ready for lunch when I got home!

I started with a sandwich on Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat bread with big slathers of Vanilla Almond Butter and banana slices:

The key to a good sandwich like this is putting the spread on both slices!

Then I made a salad.  I have a bad habit of buying salad lettuce at the store thinking *this will be good!* and forget to make salads and end up having to eat not-as-fresh lettuce.  But I was good this week and finished the bag in two days!  I topped it off with some onion slices and Daisy cottage cheese.  Salads are really good with cottage cheese, it adds creaminess and protein that dressing can’t do.  And yes, I got the idea from a Daisy commercial 🙂  And on the side I had snap peas:

I also have a bad habit of not using a big enough plate…

Anyway, finally I had some leftover sauteed zucchini and grilled corn that we had with dinner on Monday.  All I did was heat garlic in a pan, add sliced zucchini, sprinkled some paprika, chili powder, black pepper, and salt, and then added some shaved grilled corn on the cob.

All together now!

I can’t pick a favorite dish from these three.  But I will tell you I finished my veggies first so I can enjoy the yummy sandwich last.  During my feast, I grabbed a cup of coffee and almost dropped the cup!  Luckily I just spilled some coffee and didn’t break the mug, it would’ve been a shame to break this kitty mug

I think it’s older than me!  We’ve had it for as long as I can remember,  it must have nine lives 😉  Have a great day everyone!

*just a side note: I have a bowl of oatmeal and cup of coffee about 1 hour before I run, but since I always have the same breakfast, I neglect to photograph it, but I will try to soon!*

And my Hands Still Smell Good!

Posted August 2, 2010 by freshman5k
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You’ll understand the title soon…

Training Run

Distance: 8 miles

Time: 1:09:06


Mile 1-  8:29

Mile 2- 8:46

Mile 3- 8:49

Mile 4- 8:43

Mile 5- 8:46

Mile 6- 8:47

Mile 7- 8:36

Mile 8- 8:15

Whew, that was a hot and sweaty run!  When I finished, I drank a whole Smart water and stretched well.  Then I had a Chocolate Graham Cracker Green Monster smoothie and went to the gym for arm weights, abs, and hip strength.  Showered, came home, and it was lunch time!

I had big ideas for something delicious today…

I thinly sliced half of an organic gala apple and put the slices into a bowl

I used a slicer and if you do, be careful of your fingers!  I had a few nubs left over

they made good mid-cooking snacks 🙂

Then I added a packed of Stevia sweetener and some cinnamon to the apples and mixed

*wash hands* (although, my hands still smell of the delicious apple-cinnamoness!) and then I added them to a hot pan sprayed with cooking spray

while those cooked up, I (peanut) buttered two slices of Great Harvest honey whole wheat bread

After about 7 minutes, the apples were soft and smelling amazing

I let them cool for a few minutes and then spread them out on one of the bread slices

Top with the other, slice in half, and this beast was looking pretty amazing

I had this sammich with some Spinach salad along with Smart water and coffee on the side

I really liked the sandwich, but the peanut butter was a little over-powering sometimes, so I may try almond butter next time.  I loved how the apples were easy to bite into, not like some sandwiches where all of the stuffing comes out in one bite and you’re just left with bread…

Anyway, during my nomming, a deer walked through my backyard!

And she was feasting on the bird feeder!  And a little bambi followed

I called my dog, who came into the kitchen and went right to her bowl, not noticing the deer right outside the window…but she came around soon enough and was anxious to chase the deer.  I let her outside, but it was not close at all.

“Where’d they go?”

“I’ll get them next time!”

My dog will be 9 in about 2 weeks, so she’s no spring chicken.  Also, we have a set of stairs that you have to go up to get to where the deer were walking, so the slowness is not all her age.  That’s also why I didn’t feel bad about letting her outside to “chase” the deer.

Have a good Monday!

My Big Fat Greek Yogurt

Posted July 24, 2010 by freshman5k
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Happy weekend everyone!

I took some pictures last night to demonstrate how I strain regular yogurt to make it “greek”.  This makes it thick, delicious, and higher in protein!

I start with one of my “favorite things”, Stonyfield yogurt!  I typically use two quarts, one fat free plain and the other low fat plain, but it really depends on what the store has.

First, you’ll need to set up a strainer in a big bowl, deep enough so that the bottom of the strainer doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl.  Then, line it with some cheesecloth, I found a great reusable brand at Whole Foods.

Then it’s time to scoop the yogurt into the contraption…

Wait, save that lid!  Stonyfield has a great rewards program, so save the lid and enter the code! (tip: the quarts’ lids are worth 4 points, the singles are only worth 1!)

(don’t bother using this code, I already did 😉  )

after one quart…

all full!  I recommend you fold up the edges of the cheesecloth before placing it in the fridge so there’s no mess made in the fridge

After several hours, you’ll find:

Whey!  No way!  I usually just dump it out…I don’t know of other uses?
I usually let it “greekify” overnight and part of the day, but you may strain it as long or as little as you like.  It’ll end up like this:

Yes, it’s that thick!

Then I divide it into 4 8-ounce portions, usually one is more or less, depending on how long I strained.

(I don’t mind that some of the containers are for the wrong season 🙂 )

Then I break out my trusty food processor to start adding the fruit!

First up is apple…

Two small organic gala apples…bye bye!

I’m not surprised it ended up being too big for the container…easy fix!

Next up is another attempt to use up the remaining blueberries from our 5-pound box!

Next up is a juicy peach and some defrosted cherries!

And finally an orange!


Well there you have it, folks!  I always make an apple yogurt and an orange yogurt, but the other flavors just come with whatever fruit we have fresh.  Please feel free to ask questions and soon I’ll feature my yogurt’s best friend, GRANOLA!

There’s a Monster in the Kitchen!

Posted July 22, 2010 by freshman5k
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I had good ‘ol hill repeats on the plan for my run this morning.  I did about a 4.3 mile warmup and then 8 x 150m hill repeats.  There was a street cleaner going down the streets, I think I got in his way…oops.  Well, maybe I gave him a nice show 🙂

The splits are kind of weird to divide up so I’ll just forgo those today.  I actually ended up running exactly 6.2 miles – a 10k!

After stretching and hip strengthening, it was time for my recovery food and to feature one of my “favorite things”.

Chocolate Graham Cracker Monster Recovery Smoothie

I have already posted a similar smoothie recipe, but this a slight variation

I’ll start off by saying that I have just a normal-joe blender, no fancy Vita-mix (which I do want to get someday…)

Into the blender goes 1 cup milk, 1 scoop Chocolate Amazing Grass, 2tsp Almond Butter, and 1-2 cups of spinach.

Bing bing!  Is that Chocolate Amazing Grass I hear?

So as you can see, this stuff is pretty amazing (no pun intended).  It is a bit on the pricey side, but totally worth it.   Throw some of that healthfulness into your blender now!

(It’s a one tablespoon scoop).  I get a lot of questions about taste.  It’s a little too grassy on it’s own with just milk, but I think it’s perfect when added to a smoothie!

So blend up those ingredients!

The spinach may not all blend in right away…

But after a bit of encouragement (and patience) it will!

After that’s well blended, I added 3 ‘chunks’ of banana that I pre-froze.  It probably equals about 1/2 a banana’s worth.

Blend blend blend blend!!

Ahh!  Look at that monster!!

It really tastes like a chocolate graham cracker.  Back in the day, my favorite snack was 3-4 graham crackers crumbled up in a bowl with milk!  This smoothie is a delicious and nutritious blend of protein, carbs, and fat along with  plenty of nutrients, making it a perfect recovery snack or anytime snack!  Enjoy 🙂  but watch out for green mustaches!  And stay tuned for more “favorite things” to be featured!

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

Posted July 21, 2010 by freshman5k
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Hey everyone, hope your week is going well so far. For today, I’m excited to announce a new series I’ll be posting over the next several days! I selected my favorite food products and I plan to review (both nutritionally and taste-wise) and show you fun ways to use them. Here’s a preview:
What we have here are:

  • Natural whole-wheat sandwich thins
  • Vitamin water
  • Larabar and Lunabar (see reviews here!)
  • Cinnamon Raisin Ezekiel Bread
  • Archer Farms Granola
  • Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze
  • Plain Stonyfield Organic Yogurt
  • Zevia Natural Diet Soda
  • Chocolate Amazing Grass Superfood

side note:  I tried to pick products that I use at least 2-3 times a week, if not daily.  I also tried to pick ‘unique’ products that maybe you’ve never heard about or may have hear about and have an interest to see a review of.

That’s our line-up!  Stay tuned for details, and please comment on which foods you’d like to see reviewed first!

Let’s turn to running.  I’ve been increasing my mileage and start doing more speed work.  So far I’ve done 2 10-mile long runs, both went really well.  My easy days are becoming less frequent and my weight lifting is getting better.  I’m still not running as fast as I’d like, I’ve just been slow and sluggish, but it really depends on the weather too.  So far my soreness has been minimal and my injuries non-existent (*knock on wood*).  I’m going for a 50-mile week! Yikes!

As far as news that’s neither food nor running related, I received my Macbook Pro in the mail yesterday!  It’s really cool, but I’m still using my PC at least for the rest of the summer.  It came with a free iTouch, woohoo!

I have three questions for you all:

1.  What are some of your favorite food products?  Which products should I review first?

2.  How’s your summer running been going lately?

3.  Are you a Mac or PC?

Nothing to do=Food Reviews

Posted July 14, 2010 by freshman5k
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Just another lazy summer day. I did my usual 6 mile route this morning, but it was so hot and humid, plus I was a bit sore, so in other words, it went a lot slower than my speedier run yesterday, which is fine. I did 8 x 100m strides at the end, as per my college training plan. I rehydrated, made a smoothie, and went off to the gym for a little weight lifting, hip strengthening, and ab work. I felt sort of dizzy on the way home, like my eyes couldn’t focus. So I whipped up some lunch to see if that would help.

I had a can of tuna in the fridge that I knew I need to start finishing, along with some peppers we grilled last night. So I thought, why not a tuna and pepper wrap? It sounds weird, but it turned out pretty good. I mixed some tuna with a dollop of plain yogurt and spread that on a tortilla, along with splotches of Amy’s salsa, and finally the grilled peppers.

I had two of those, along with Spinach salad, a vitamin water, and coffee.

I still didn’t feel too good, so I napped for about 45 minutes. I woke up with an unpleasant taste in my mouth, but felt a little better. I decided to do my Larabar reviews, so head on over the right there to check them out! Writing the reviews made me hungry, so I grabbed a snack. I had two small slices of great harvest bread (because two small slices are better than one big one!) with peanut butter and simply fruit strawberry preserves.
Also some Advil, to help that headache.  Have a great day, and check out the reviews!

Picking It Up

Posted July 13, 2010 by freshman5k
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I had a fabulous run this morning!  I did my typical 6-mile route, but felt speedier today.  Even though I worked until 10pm last night, I didn’t feel exhausted and maybe the 70 degree weather with a light drizzle helped.  Or could it be the awesome shorts I wore?


I confess, I have a nike short obsession.  I even took a picture of them, but I warn you, it’s pretty ridiculous…

I thought the middle was missing something, so I placed my Garmin in there 🙂   Yep, that’s 22 pairs of shorts, if I counted correctly, plus 1 more pair because I’ve bought another since taking this picture, of course.

Here are my splits:

Mile 1-8:08

Mile 2-8:09

Mile 3-8:18

Mile 4-7:57

Mile 5-7:59

Mile 6-7:54

Now I’ve got a whole day of NOTHING ahead…must find something to do!  How about I start some Larabar and Lunabar reviews?  Being that I’ve tried almost every flavor and have eaten 100s, I figure it’d be a great post to make!

Check back later for those, and hope your runs go as well as mine did 🙂