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Lucky Number Three

23 Apr

I had taken a week off from running since the Tuesday after my 5K.  Not intentionally, really, just my body demanding some R&R.  I spent the week eating whatever I wanted and drinking more beer than I should have.  No regrets – I needed a break.   In between doing work for Changin’ Time, participating in the Great Cloth Diaper Change, and renovating our new rental, I managed to carefully devise my 10K training plan.  Don’t worry, I’m still running with Hal.

There are several big changes that I knew I had to make based on my 5K training.

1.  Integrate strength training into my program.  Stronger legs and core can help a struggling runner keep proper form, especially when they’re at the point of fatigue.  Maintaining proper form can even keep a runner from feeling fatigued too quickly.  (I can’t find the exact article where I read this, but it was at somewhere on Runner’s World.)  With my 10K program, I am going to be doing strength training 3-4 times a week along with cross training 2 times a week.  I even played around with some basic strength moves yesterday to see where my skill level is.

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But, then it got awkward when customers started coming in and I was grunting around in the office.  I’m even a little sore today, so I guess a little bit is better than none at all!

2.  Run more.  To quote Christina, “Three days a week ain’t cuttin’ it.”  After nine weeks of training, I still struggled, and it was clear to both of us that I needed to run 4-5 days a week.  My 10K program has 3 days of running.  This first week, for example, looks like this:  2.5mi run today (Tuesday), 2 mile run on Thursday, and a long run of 3 miles on Sunday.  For the first few weeks, the only distance that increases in the long run, eventually building up to 5.5 miles the week before my 10K.  I plan on integrating some easy runs into my cross training, just so that I build a good mileage base.

Today was my first day back to running.  I took it slow and I’m happy with how I did.

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It might have had something to do with the cool temperatures and the absolute bluest sky I’ve seen in a long time.

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3.  Stop eating crap.  Every time I say that, there’s this little voice in the back of my head that says:  “Obvi,” and rolls its eyes.  But, its not always as easy to follow through with as it to say.  Processed foods are extremely tempting and easily accessible; so is grabbing a bite during the few minutes of down time we have in our hectic lives.  For the most part, the junk food is out of our house (which I hear about by someone who isn’t training for a 10K and is wondering where all the snack food is).  I’ve noticed that the rumors are true: when I have healthy food within reach, I am more likely to grab healthy food to snack on.  In fact, I even noticed that one of my old favorite snacks (tortilla chips & salsa) didn’t even taste good to me anymore.  Isn’t that weird?

As usual, I’ve been turning to Pinterest for healthy dinner ideas.  Last night, I made chicken and kale stuffed ‘bella caps.  The chicken mixture included shredded chicken, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper, Alouette creamed cheese pats, shredded Parmesan cheese, and kale.  I topped it with a little more shredded cheese and baked them.  She♥ did NOT like them.  At all.  Perhaps because she expected it to be spinach and upon tasting, realized it was kale and it was just all off.

I, on the other hand, wish I could eat them every day.

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So, those are the three big changes that you’ll be hearing me complain talk about over the next 8 weeks.  I’m going to try to keep up with weekly updates about my progress.  I don’t want to jinx a potential “Fitness Friday” series because obviously my “Fish Friday” series has been a total bust for the last two years!  (I can’t help it if I live a mile away from the best lenten fish fry in the entire city, Holy Angels Fish Fry!!

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5 Thing Friday

8 Mar

Boy have I been busy lately!  I’ve been pulling longer hours at Changin’ Time, working on some new marketing projects and taking over her♥ hours so she can finish our kitchen.  I’m also in charge of planning the business conference for an association we belong to.  On top of that, we are trying for labradoodles this summer!  It’s not like any one of these things is particularly hard, it just feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day.

Meals have been quick,  easy, or ordered in.  Shame on me, I know. Even the Fish Friday series on the blog has been a dud because we really have found no reason to sway from Holy Angels, which we will be having again tonight.  Its hard to find motivation to attend another fish fry when Holy Angels’ is sooooooo good.  ♥

Instead of a Fish Friday post, I thought I would take some time to mention a some new-to-me things that I’ve tried this week.

1.  One of the items in our CostCo haul this week was almond butter.  I normally avoid the non-perishable sections of the store because it seems like too much to purchase for just 2 people.  But, I couldn’t resist:

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I’ve been eating more bagel thins and bananas because of my running, so this will be a nice, healthy treat.  I had some on my banana today and I give it two thumbs up!

2. Since I’ve given up Diet Coke for Lent, last month I purchased a case of SanPellegrino.  Then I realized SanPellegrino has way more sugar in it than I need.  While discussing this with a nice lady at basketball practice, she suggested that I try some sparkling water with fruit essence.  (At CostCo, I found a few options near the Perrier from both Nestle and Deer Park…which coincidentally is also owned by Nestle.)  I bought the Deer Park based on price and size, which comes in four different flavors: lemon, orange (today’s pick), lime, and berry lime.

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The lemon is HORRIBLE.  I don’t know what the hell kind of lemon essence that was supposed to taste like, but ew.  The other three are great.  It has been quite an adjustment for me because SanPellegrino is just so darn sweet and sparkling water has got quite a bite.  But, I know its better for me!

3. Inclines.  Somehow I thought that running on the treadmill without an incline was going to translate into running outside with no problems.

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Yeah, so this week has been interesting.  I’m adjusting and tomorrow is supposed to be semi-warm, so we’ll put it to the test!

4.  Chief and Hallie tied twice this week.  If all the jungle juice goes according to plan, we will have our first litter of champion-bred F1 labradoodles in May.  I am nervous because this will be Hallie’s first litter of puppies.  I am excited because she was seriously so great with Liberty’s last pups.

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She was like the cool aunt that plays all your favorite games with you and takes you to all your favorite places and teaches you about life and then sleeps over your house because you begged and begged her to and does all the cool stuff again the next day.  I’m pretty sure she’s going to be an even better mom than Liberty was (not that she was winning any parenting awards).  We shall see.  🙂

5.  On Sunday, ABC premiered a show called Red Widow.

While I had very little desire to watch it, there just happened to be nothing else to watch or do.  Turns out, it wasn’t that bad.  It follows a wife/mom whose father is a Russian mobster.  Her husband joins the family business and smuggled marijuana into the country, but accidentally gets mixed up with a crimelord.  Someone executes the husband and the wife not only has to repay his debt to the crimelord, but take care of her grieving family, fend off a curious FBI agent, and try to solve her husband’s murder.  Since they cancelled GCB and football season is over, I’ve been looking for something to do on Sunday nights.  Hopefully ABC doesn’t pull the plug because I could potentially enjoy this one.

My life is so very exciting.

 

Fish Fridays: Holy Angels ♥

15 Feb

I’m sure you knew this was coming.

I had to kick off the Fish Friday series with my ‘burgh fave: Holy Angels.

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Located in Hays, this little parish has the best damn fish sandwich in town. I’ll keep it short, sweet, and to the point because you can always check out last year’s post about Holy Angels here.

A monster, hand-breaded fillet made fresh each week with a measly $8 price tag.  Did I mention it also comes with french fries and the best coleslaw I’ve ever tasted?

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Waaaaay too big for this gal to eat, so I split it with the gf♥:

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Much better.  I even had a little room for this $0.25 Valentine brownie:

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If you are thinking about swinging by Holy Angels on Friday, definitely call ahead.  No matter what, you are going to have to wait for your order – this place is PACKED and I mean PACKED.  It honestly doesn’t matter what time, there will probably be a line out the door.  If you call in your order, they have honor it.  And yes, I’m sure they do sometimes run out of fish!  Here is a link to their fish fry menu: YUMMIES

Holy Angels
408 Baldwin Rd.
Pittsburgh, PA 15207
(412)461-9503

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

12 Feb

It’s Fat Tuesday, y’all!

Years ago, all Fat Tuesday meant to me was binge drinking, boobs, & beads.  If I had a kitchen right now I would no doubt be posting photos of a king cake or beignets because, even though I’ve changed, the true meaning of Fat Tuesday hasn’t.  It’s a day to feast and celebrate before the season of religious observation begin.  By no means would I call myself devout.  But as I grow older and closer to having a family of my own, establishing my own religious beliefs and traditions has become more of a priority.  When we are ready to have kids, which I don’t foresee happening for many years, we plan to raise them as much as with can as Catholics.  (Should be interesting, considering they will have two mommies!)

Many people view Lent as a time of restriction and penitence, a spiritual preparation for the celebration of the Resurrection.  For me, Lent is a period of time in which I reflect on myself and my own spiritual beliefs & growth, abstain from a vice, and try to do something positive in my community.  Let’s call a spade a spade, though.  Lent is a time when I get to enjoy some of the best fish fry’s that my beautiful, culturally diverse city has to offer!  Last year, I did my best to stick to a Fish Friday series in which I explored seafood options throughout the Pittsburgh.  This year I plan on continuing the Fish Friday series, but I will be mixing it up with more at-home options.  Many of the local fish fry’s don’t offer the healthiest of options and I am currently in race training.  I’m sure we’ll cave to a few.

In fact, my mouth is all ready watering in anticipation of the meal I will eat from Holy Angels tomorrow when I go to receive ashes.  I know ashes are supposed to remind us of our mortality and of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us, but fast-shmast.  My foodie brain overrides that as soon as I pull into the parking lot and smell the yums.

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