Saturday, October 31, 2009
We ran 3.26 miles (C25k - W9D1) in 41:51 with an average pace of 12:50 (I love the Garmin and the fact that I now know all these great stats about my running)
Mile 1 - 11:59 (lots of down hill)
Mile 2 - 13:10 (some up hill)
Mile 3 - 13:49 (some walking)
Last 0.26 - 2:52 (all out sprint to the end)
We had not originally planned on doing any runs while we were out of town, but since we had the Garmin, we decided to bring along our running clothes just in case --- and I'm very happy we did. This weekend we will be out of town again and we are planning on getting in two runs while visiting my family in my hometown. This means more hills since my mom's neighborhood is hilly. I'm actually looking forward to it.
By Sunday I will have "graduated" from the C25k program --- which means that all my runs going forward are geared towards 1/2 marathon training --- 20 weeks to go! I can't wait to start seeing my mileage increase especially since Sunday is the first day of the POTM 2009!
Thursday, October 29, 2009
- My amazing husband :)
- My family & getting to see them this weekend
- That today is the last men's soccer game which means we'll finally get to start spending more quality time together during the week AND that 1/2 marathon training is really going to start kicking into high gear
- Return policies - we had to take back our new 20" LCD wide-screen computer monitor and exchange it because it had a bad pixel, while we were there we picked up some DVD discs & computer speakers only to get home and find out the speakers had a burn hole in them and the AC adapter was missing. Back to Best Buy we go ...
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
From Branny Boils Over
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup diced green pepper (I used 1 cup of sliced frozen mixed peppers, defrosted & chopped up)
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup BBQ sauce, divided
2 cups of mashed cooked peeled baking potatoes (buy a few extra potatoes and make enough to have some for leftovers)
1 cup regular oats
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (we didn't have any Dijon mustard buy I really wanted to follow the recipe exactly so I bought some and told the hubs he had to use it for his sandwiches for lunch)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
16 ounce can of beans (kidney, black or pinto) mashed (I used black beans)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees
Heal oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and next 5 ingredients; saute 3 minutes. Stir in 1/3 cup BBQ sauce, potato, and the next 7 ingredients (potato through beans). Spoon the mixture into a 9x5 loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and run a knife along the border of the pan. Place a baking sheet on top of loaf pan and flip entire ensemble over to release the meatloaf from the loaf pan onto the baking sheet. Brush 1/4 cup BBQ sauce over the loaf and bake for an additional 10 minutes, let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before slicing.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
There's still time ... you can join too --- you have until October 31st! Go over to Healthy Tipping Point or N Her Shoes to find out how to participate. Last year the group that participated piled on 1,763.52 miles combined!
Monday, October 26, 2009
I've only got two meals to prepare this week & I'm looking forward to the little break as I'll be preparing some baked goods on Thursday for a potluck at work on Friday & it's my birthday today!!!
Monday - it's my birthday, drive home from cousins then out for dinner with the hubs & the in-laws :)
Tuesday - Veggie & Cheese Lasagna
Wednesday - Black Bean & Corn Burgers
Thursday - leftover lasagna (and freezing any that we don't eat to use later)
Friday, Saturday & Sunday - road trip to my hometown to visit family :)
For more Meal Plans check out Org Junkie
Posted by The Jesse at 4:35 PM
Friday, October 23, 2009
Recently, the hubs & I have decided to run a 1/2 marathon so we set up a 22 week training plan that leads right up to the 1/2 marathon we've chosen. The first few weeks we'll be keeping the mileage around our current averages and start to incorporate cross training, strength training & some yoga. Our plan is to run an average run on Monday, a light run or cross train on Tuesday, an average run on Wednesday, rest & yoga on Thursday, cross train on Fridays, a long run on Saturday, and strength & stretching & yoga on Sundays. We plan to run our long runs at our local park that has a 1.44 mile loop or at a local bike trail. We plan to do a many of our runs outdoors as possible (read: weather permitting). Luckily we have a gym membership to a small local gym in our neighborhood so we will have access to run the treadmills if necessary --- and we can do our strength training and cross training at the gym too.
I'm really hoping that the weather cooperates with our training schedule and at least allows us to do our long runs outdoors as running more than 3-5 miles on a treadmill sounds absolutely dreadful. I actually don't mind running in the rain occasionally - we've done it a few times, but never farther than a couple of miles. I definitely won't mind if we run in the rain a few times with fall/winter/spring while training --- it's a nice change, but not one I want to encounter every single run.
Speaking of the treadmill ... it's been a few weeks since I've run at the gym on the treadmill. Between the weather finally changing to fall (my favorite time of year and favorite type of weather to run in) and my new birthday present (that I'm obsessed with) I've really been enjoying running outside around our neighborhood and at our local park. But, now that I'm almost finished with the C25k (as of last night only 3 more 30 minute runs till I "graduate") - I'd really like to get back on the treadmill for comparison.
I'm excited for our winter training plans. I recently cleaned out our "junk" room and set it up as a craft room and home gym. I've taped up our training schedule along with some basic yoga moves and some magazine clippings of strength moves. We don't have a lot of at home gym equipment (a stationary bike, an exercise ball, a yoga mat, and some hand weights) but its just enough to get started on my cross training (riding the bike) and strength training & yoga. As a matter of fact, I've done two 30 minute cross training sessions this week - both followed up with about 30 minutes of strength training, stretching & yoga. It's empowering to get back into the groove of a workout routine and enjoy it. I hope my motivation, stamina, and enthusiasm lasts.
On a non-running related side note ... I'm still working on getting the craft side of my room set up. So far I've got my old computer desk and small folding table but all my "supplies" (paint, paper, etc) are still boxed up. I'm hoping to get some kind of storage shelving in the next couple of weeks and get that set up in the closet in that room so that I can unpack my supplies and get organized as I've got a couple of projects I want to start (one being a wedding related scrapbook with items such as our invitation, program, etc) and I'm about half way done with a pretty amazing project I've been working on for a week or two ... it's a painting, but that's all I'm going to share with you right now. I need my table space, which is currently being occupied by my boxes of supplies, in order to finish up the project --- and I can't wait to share it with you!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Today I'm thankful for:
- My amazing husband and the fact that he was craving pizza last night just like me!
- My job ... even though I have to remind myself of this every.single.day!
- My family :)
- My health & my husband's health
- Really starting to feel like a "runner" again
- Road trips ... I can't wait to get out of town tomorrow for my birthday weekend to visit my cousin!
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Our Hand Blessing Ceremony
Now as an expression that your hearts are joined together in love – please face each other and hold hands by first joining your right palms, and then your left palms - forming an infinity symbol with your hands, which symbolizes a love that will go on forever.
With eyes locked, and hands linked, this ritual is a beautiful symbol of the union of two hearts, two lives, and two souls. The hands are a connection to the heart, and a hand blessing symbolically brings two hearts together.
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you. They are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow, and forever. These are the hands that will work alongside yours as together you build your future. These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other. These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children. These are the hands that will help you hold your family as one. And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
Our prayer for you today is that both of you will use these hands to build a marriage where all your dreams come true.
Monday, October 19, 2009
7 days till my birthday!
We got up at 4:30am and did a quick 20 minute run ... so now I'm ready for the day and have some time to spare :)
We had a pretty good weekend ... did a nice 3 mile run on Saturday & a 5 mile bike ride on Sunday. We did some shopping on Saturday which started off with a stop off at Best Buy - we had the intentions of purchasing a new computer (our laptops fan is no longer working and it shuts down whenever it overheats) but we were not successful as Windows 7 is coming out this week and they don't have any computers to sell until Thursday! We also continued my hunt for new boots (unsuccessfully - maybe that means a shopping trip with my cousin next weekend) and continued on our hunt for a new couch (also unsuccessful). I spent most of Sunday cleaning out our "junk" room and getting it set up as a craft & exercise room ... which is great since I plan to be riding the stationary bike more often & I'm working on a couple of craft projects currently and need the space to work. I'll post photos soon!
I'm really looking forward to our weekend getaway next weekend to Santa Maria to visit my BFF/Cousin for my birthday!
Monday - Crockpot Orange Chicken
Tuesday - Burrito Bowls
Wednesday - Leftover orange chicken
Thursday - Turkey Burgers
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & next Monday (my b-day): WEEKEND BIRTHDAY GETAWAY
For more Meal Plans check out Org Junkie
Friday, October 16, 2009
This was my (early) birthday present from my amazing husband (and, yes, of course I knew I was getting it --- you may recall, I'm not fond of surprises). I've been wanting a Garmin for a long time. I actually wanted one last year for my birthday, but that's okay (I got the Coach purse & wallet I had been lusting after instead). I had originally asked for a purse again this year (a Dooney & Bourke) but once we decided to run an 1/2 marathon ... we agreed that this would be a better investment at this time (and I'll be reminding the hubs about that purse 'round Christmas time, you can be sure)!
My present arrived yesterday afternoon and I quickly opened up the box and charged it up so we could use it. We went out for a quick 1 mile run last night and just got home from a C25k run (28 min). I love the Garmin! I don't know how I ever ran without it.
Posted by The Jesse at 6:41 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2009
I stumbled upon Life After I "Dew" and saw the Thankful Thursday's button and decided to participate. I've been seeing the Thankful Thursday's around the blog-o-sphere for a while now ... and I'm excited to start joining in.
Today I'm thankful for:
- My amazing husband!
- The upcoming Holiday season (Thanksgiving is my favorite)
- Our upcoming trip to Santa Maria for my birthday to visit my BBF (9 days)
- The fall weather :)
- My birthday present coming in the mail today (hopefully)
- My family :) xoxo
- My job - even if it can be super frustrating & stressful
- Trying out my new running shoes again tonight since my knee is feeling GREAT
Monday, October 12, 2009
Currently I'm still working on finishing up my C25k (I'm in week 8 right now) so we've taken a basic 12 week training plan and extended it out for 22 weeks (the number of weeks until the 1/2 marathon we've chosen) that way I can finish up C25k and start to train slowly for the 1/2.
This is a pretty big step. I'm awfully scared ... especially since we went out to do my C25k W8D1 run this afternoon (28 min) and had to stop after only 9 min because of severe knee pain. I'm now icing my knee and hoping I'll feel better tomorrow. We have both been very lucky to not have sustained any injuries in the two years since we started running. I am really hoping that my minor knee issue is just a result of pushing too hard the past few runs and that after some much needed TLC (aka ice and advil and rest) tonight and possibly tomorrow that I'll be feeling as good as new.
So ... as I (we) embark on this new journey ... do any of you fellow runners out there have any advice? Training tips? Training do's and don'ts?
Monday - breakfast: strawberry/banana/blueberry smoothie, dinner: leftover White Bean & Turkey Chili
Tuesday - spaghetti with semi-homemade marinara sauce
Wednesday - Crockpot Baked Potato Soup
Thursday - Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
Friday - leftover Baked Potato Soup
Saturday -leftover Chicken Pot Pie
Sunday -Crockpot Risotto with peas
Today is my new brother-in-law's birthday ... and two weeks till my birthday too!
Friday, October 9, 2009
Turkey Marsala Burgers
Adapted from Lauren's Kitchen
You can click on the link to get the original recipe/posting - below I've adapted it based on our eating preferences and items we did/did not have on hand the night I made them. We ate ours w/out bread -but the original recipe calls for crusty french bread (yum-o)!
- ground turkey
- salt and pepper
- 1 TBSP unsalted butter
- 1 TBSP EVOO (that's extra virgin olive oil for those of you that do not watch Rachael Ray)
- 1 large shallot
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 6 white mushrooms, sliced
- 1 cup of Marsala wine
- 1-2 TBSP of dried rosemary
- shredded mozzarella cheese
Shape the ground turkey into to patties. Drizzle the patties with some EVOO and then sprinkle with the salt & pepper; repeat on both sides.
Cook the patties until the turkey is fully cooked. Remove from the pan and cover/keep warm.
Using the same pan, add the butter and the EVOO. Add the garlic and shallot, saute until fragrant. Add additional EVOO, if necessary (I added about another 1/2 TBSP). Add the mushrooms and saute until tender. Add the Marsala wine and the dried rosemary and season with salt. Simmer until reduce by about half. Return the patties to the skillet and cook until the juices are almost all evaporated.
Top with the shredded mozzarella cheese and cover with a lid so that cheese can melt.
Once the cheese had melted, remove the patties from the pan and top with mushrooms and sauce. Serve, knife and fork style, with your favorite side dish!
I totally forgot to take a photo - but that is because they were so good I didn't even think to grab my camera --- I was too busy stuffing my face :)
This is a must-try recipe! Check out the original - or adapt to your own taste/preferences like we did.
Thursday, October 8, 2009
It's such a fun idea and I'm really excited. I love scarves ... and it just finally starting to feel like fall time here in the valley so I can start wearing them again!
Go over to Kate's blog to check out the rules & sign up to participate!
Posted by The Jesse at 5:35 PM
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
We got to the race location around 7am, parked our car and walked over to the park. It was chilly! The hubs had to use the facilities so we got in the huge lines and waited ... and waited ... and waited. Finally, after about 15 minutes of waiting we finally reached the front of the line. We made our way over to the starting line to watch the marathoner's and half-marathoner's line up and get ready for their race to start (7:30am). After they had started, we lined up at the 10 min/mile pace marker sign. I really wanted to pace myself so I could finish the entire 5k without walking.
It felt like we waited, lined up, for a long time - but eventually the race started and off we went. We had a really slow start, lots of walkers to weave in and out of, and then we finally were able to set a good pace. The first mile was pretty easy. The course was flat and easy, and beautiful. After a few minutes I could feel my body starting to warm up (did I mention it was cold?!?). After we passed the first mile marker I was still feeling really good so I picked up the pace for a little while. Around mile two I was starting to get a little tired, but I knew it would be over soon and that I didn't have that much farther to go (as if 3.1 miles is far anyways). Between mile two and mile three there were a couple of super tiny little inclines/hills and they were killer (at least for me) but I pushed on and before I knew it there was only 1/2 a mile left. I stay very focused and kept my pace nice and slow and even and then when I say the three mile marker I really started to pick up the pace. I was determined to finish strong and that just what I did ... I pulled my earphone out just in time to hear our names announced (missed that at the last race, so that was the first time I heard them announce my new married last name) and crossed the finish line with an official chip time of ... 36:40
That's more than a minute better than my last personal record of 37:59 that I set almost a year ago at the Thanksgiving Run to Feed the Hungry!
It is a HUGE accomplishment to have set a new personal record AND to have finished my first 5k without walking!
Monday, October 5, 2009
Monday - Spicy Shrimp Fried Rice
Tuesday - Spaghetti with semi-homemade marinara sauce
Wednesday - Meatless Loaf
Thursday - leftover spaghetti
Friday - White Bean & Turkey Chili
Saturday - leftover loaf
Sunday - leftover chili
*Coming up ... Cowtown 5k recap!
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Posted by The Jesse at 1:25 PM
9/2 - 1.71 miles (C25K - W3D1)
9/5 - 2.88 miles (C25K - W3D2)
9/6 - 1.92 miles (C25k - W3D3)
9/7 - 15 mile bike ride
9/8 - 2.25 miles (C25K - W4D1)
9/9 - 2.30 miles (C25K - W4D2)
9/10 - 15 mins on the bike
9/11 - 20 mins on the bike
9/13 - 3.1 (39:25) - (C25K - W4D3)
Sac Valley Aids 5k
9/14 - 35 mins elliptical (3 miles, 400 calories), 20 mins bike
9/15 - 2.61 (C25k - W5D1)
9/16 - 38 mins elliptical (3.38 miles, 455 calories)
9/17 - 2.30 (C25K - W5D2)
9/19 - 2.30 (C25K - W5D3)
9/22 - 2.40 (C25K - W6D1)
9/30 - 2.88 (C25K - W6D2)
8/17 - 30DS
8/18 - 30DS, 1.8 miles (C25K - W1D1)
8/19 - 30DS
8/20 - 30DS, 1.77 miles (C25K - W1D2)
8/21 - 30DS
8/22 - rest
8/23 - 30 DS, 1.77 miles (C2K5 - W1D3)
8/24 - 1.86 miles (C25K - W2D1)
8/25 - 1.91 miles (C25K - W2D2)
8/26 - rest
8/27 - 1.92 miles (C25K - W2D3)