Track Workout & Food For Thought

It has been MONTHS  since I ran at the the local track. I usually avoid going for some reason but once I get there I say to myself, WHY DID I WAIT SO LONG, THIS IS AWESOME! The track is squishy and soft and it makes my legs feel great.

I make up speed workouts as I go along. I did 1 mile warm up, and then ran every other lap as fast I could for 4.25 miles, with a .75 mile cool down. I estimated my “fast laps” were anywhere from 6:45 -7:15 pace. I literally can only hold that pace for a lap. I think next time I’m going to try 800s instead of 400s. But I found my recovery laps were about an 8:45 pace, which is usually fast for me…interesting. Needless to say running a track makes me want to go FAST!

Total of 5.0 miles in 43:22. Bam.

Anyway, onto another topic! Last night I went with my friend Laura to the Honest Weight Food Co-Op’s Food For Thought film series to see the documentary Forks Over Knives at the Linda!

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They offer samples of tasty vegetarian food from the co-op before the movie starts and we got there just in time!

Sample plate: Kale and apple salad, quinoa and sweet potato salad, hummus, onion dip, chips, cornbread, vegan chocolate mousse & a delicious chocolate oaty thing

I really enjoyed the movie. It was so fascinating because it took a medical and scientific approach to why we should eat a plant based diet to improve our health and reverse diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. But, I do think it was sort of “preaching to the choir” because most of the people attending this (like myself) are already aware of these issues. I think the point of this films series is to get the word out about important issues, but we really want the people who NEED to know this watching the movie. Not those of us who already know.

I did benefit it from it however because I’m aware I do need to clean my diet up in some aspects. I feel I eat fairly healthy but there are problems I still need to work on (eating too many carbs and sugar for example). Watching this movie last night kind of inspired me to clean up my diet again–I still have those 10 pounds I wanted to loose a while ago that are sticking around. I would recommend this movie for anyone interested in losing weight and getting healthy!

 

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Random Christmas Ramblings

Good morning! I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I sure did. It was nice to take a break from work and blogging (not that I blog much these days) for awhile and enjoy the time with my family!

I worked most of the day on Christmas Eve but then after I got out I met my family over at my grandmas house. It was lovely!

Christmas morning was spent at my parents where we all opened a bunch of lovely gifts. I’m so lucky, I got a lot of nice things, including a new iPod touch! My iPod died back in July and I’ve been using my little shuffle for my workouts. Its nice to finally have something to have all my music on.

Christmas day we all go to my cousins house for dinner and another gift exchange! I love hanging out with them on Christmas!

my cousins' dog ozzie--so cute!

I had Monday off from work (yay for long weekends!) so I spent the day with my mom and sister shopping taking some things back. We also went to the movies and saw “War horse”. It was such a tear jerker! If you’re a sucker for animal movies (I am!) go see it. (I’ll admit that I cried, and I hardly ever tear up at movies.) It was sad but had a good ending.

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Monday night my sister and I went to the Times Union Center to see Trans Siberian Orchestra!

We had box seats and they were SWEET. They even had couches and their own restroom. It was luxurious.

I like a few of TSO’s Christmas songs but I was surprised to find they are really an 80s hair metal band disguised as an orchestra. The show was kind of amusing. 😉 At least they played my favorite Christmas song!

Well that’s it. Its now back to the daily grind…at least its only a four day work week, right? 😉

Did you have an exciting holiday?

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Keegan Ales in Kingston

Saturday morning after our amazing dinner, Chris and I had breakfast at the Inn, which was nice! They had a pretty good spread of bagels, granola, cereal, oatmeal and fruit!

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Sadly, it was pouring when we got up and headed into the village of Woodstock (we walked from the Inn). After checking out the shops, we headed to Kingston. There’s not much in Kingston. Actually, I ran a race there last month with Heather. But Saturday we had other plans.

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We went to Keegan Ales Brewery! Chris and I each ordered a beer. I got Old Capital. It was okay–not my favorite beer, actually. Keegan Ales was the beer I had at the end of the Shamrock Run, but I couldn’t remember which one I had after the race.

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We also split Mother’s Milk. It was dark and delicious.

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We decided since we had no real plans for lunch to order something here. We got some nachos and a quesadilla to share. Not too healthy, but they sure were delish.

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While were were at the brewery, there was also a bachelor party going on. We overheard one of the brew masters talking a group of guys about chugging beer from one of the fermentation tanks. What?? Seriously? They let people DO that? The answer: yes, they do. And its quite hilarious to watch.

Each member of the bachelor party got his chance to chug Mother’s Milk from a 30 degree fermentation tank, and the guy to drink the longest won! And only one guy threw up.

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They sure are hardcore…

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Anyway, after that amusing debacle, Chris and I went off to the Hudson Valley Mall to see a movie I’ve been waiting forever to see.

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Water for Elephants!!! Since Water for Elephants was one of my favorite books, I was so excited to see the movie! And I loved it! I was worried it wouldn’t do the book justice, but it was actually great. It made me happy.

After the movie, Chris and I headed to Rhinebeck, which was only a short drive over the river from Kingston.

To be continued!

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A Trip to the Market

Thank you to everyone who commented on my last post. It means a lot to me to know that some of you are going through the same thing and I’m not alone! I feel better already. 🙂

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Last night something important happened.

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Some of you may already know that I have a slight obsession with the Harry Potter series. Last night Part 1 of the final movie, The Deathly Hallows came out in theaters at midnight, and I was in attendance! This has been the 5th Harry Potter movie I’ve seen at midnight (yeah, I’m a hardcore nerd like that). My friend Brendan and I waited in line from about 8:30 until they let us in the theater at around 9:30, and then we waited in the theater until it started. I always find it fun to be sitting in the theater with crazy loyal fans just like myself.

I won’t give anything away but I thought the movie was great. It lived up to my expectations and was extremely true to the book. The only downside is that now I have to wait until July 2011 to see the rest of it!

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Today I took the day off from work, so I ended up going to lunch with my cousin Liz. We went to the Iron Gate Cafe on Washington Avenue, a nice little lunch spot!

I ordered the Tuscan Sandwich: mozzarella, pesto and tomato on crusty bread. It was so good.

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After lunch, Liz and I hit up the Fresh Market! I’ve been wanting to see what the big deal was about this place, so we drove over to  Latham to check it out.

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It really was nice inside! The food looks really good.

So many gorgeous flowers!

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Fresh cranberries in their own bog? Really? We got a kick out of this…

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The desserts…

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My overall impression of the place: it was a bit too pricey for what it was. I mean, half the stuff here I could find on sale in Hannaford for half the price. It was a bit ridiculous, but I can see why people shop here. They do have a lot of delicious looking gourmet food.

I didn’t leave empty handed though.

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I picked up the following:

  • Stash Christmas Eve herbal tea
  • Stash White Christmas white tea
  • Canned butternut squash
  • Apple cinnamon flaxseed waffles
  • Eggplant cutlets
  • Yogi green tea kombucha
  • Herbed goat cheese (unpictured)

I can’t wait to try the waffles!

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And the eggplant.

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I think I’m going to use the goat cheese in a dish I’m making for Thanksgiving! (More on that later!)

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I probably won’t make the effort to get back over to the Fresh Market again any time soon, but they had a few interesting products. Right now my favorite local grocery store has to be Hannaford. Trader Joe’s might be my all time favorite, but we don’t have any around here. 🙁

What’s your favorite grocery store and why?

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A Lazy Sunday

A Lazy Sunday

Actually, I most of my Sunday was lazy…minus my eight mile run!

I woke up  yesterday morning and had my Trader Joe’s goods on the brain. Especially the pumpkin butter. I had to have more TJ’s cinnamon raisin bread as well…so breakfast and pre-run fuel was cinnamon raisin toast, slathered with TJ’s almond butter and pumpkin butter, with a banana. I ended up taking the banana off, since for some reason the texture of a banana on toast has been bothering me. Weird? Yes. I can eat the banana alone just fine…

After waiting a few hours for my meal to digest, I headed out for an eight mile run. It felt good to be getting long runs in on the weekend again! Except, it was raining a bit. It wasn’t too bad, but I was kind of cold by the end.

Garmin stats:
Total distance: 8 miles
Total elapsed time: 1 hour, 13 minutes and 36 seconds
Average pace: 9:12

Splits:
Mile 1 – 10:03
Mile 2 – 9:23
Mile 3 – 9:10
Mile 4 – 9:13
Mile 5 – 9:00
Mile 6 – 8:43
Mile 7 – 9:07
Mile 8 – 8:53

I mostly just picked it up for the last three miles because it was raining and I wanted just to be done. I also wanted a nice hot shower.

I had lots of time to think during my run, and I think that signing up for a 15K four weeks after my first half marathon wasn’t too smart. I didn’t really get much of a chance to “recover” the few weeks following my race, since I have been worried about keeping my endurance up for the 15K. But also, I’m really excited about running it, and I want to end my racing year with a bang! 😉 But I guess I’m just afraid of getting burnt out. Lets just hope that doesn’t happen! Although, I think I may be more excited about my first trail race on Halloween next weekend!

After my run, I had lunch, which included more food from Trader Joe’s. It was the perfect time to have my vegetable masala burger!!

It was delicious! It was one of the best veggie burgers I’ve ever had. I ended up chopping it up and throwing it in with a scrambled egg and some spinach, with a side of salsa andTJ’s goat cheese.

It was a tasty lunch for this hungry girl, post-run.

I spent the rest of the afternoon doing laundry and lazing around, which was perfect! My legs were feeling a bit sore, too. But later in the evening I went over to Chris’ where we made dinner and watched a movie. Dinner was from guess where? TJ’s!

Chris had been wanting risotto lately, so I picked him up some at TJ’s. Doesn’t he make a good cook? 😉

It was delicious! We threw in some broccoli and pepper, too. It was so creamy.

Dinner was followed by a movie. Since Halloween is coming up, I decided I wanted to attempt a scary movie, since I don’t do scary movies, ever. I did my research (as in reading the synapsis online) and determined I could probably handle Paranormal Activity. And to be honest, I wasn’t that scared, just a little bit freaked out! I know I probably shouldn’t have read spoilers, but it was just easier for me to handle it that way! 😉 Who knows, maybe I will see the second one in the theater!!!

Question: do you like scary movies?

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