Getting Ready

So, tomorrow is my first race of 2010! I’m excited and little bit nervous. I made a really good dinner tonight! A roasted red pepper and green bean quesadilla. With sauteed green beans on the side!

A pretty good concoction if I do say so myself. It was yummy. For dessert I had a couple scoops of my mom’s home made strawberry rhubarb crumble. That was delicious. I also had a couple chocolate chip cookies. My bad, I guess I just couldn’t resist. 🙁 I wrote up the recipe for the quesadilla and it can be found here.

I’ve also been getting all of my gear ready for tomorrow. I need to make sure I have everything packed in my gym bag to bring to work!


  • Sneakers
  • Running shorts
  • Running tank
  • Socks
  • Sportsbra
  • Garmin
  • Spibelt
  • Hairclips and headband
  • Sunglasses
  • Bib (I left it on my desk at work)

So I should be all set for tomorrow. I’m also working on packing my lunch. I think I’m going to stick with Special K Protein cereal with soymilk and fruit, since I know it won’t bother my stomach. And a Luna bar to have around 5:00, since the race starts at 6:45 and I won’t be eating dinner beforehand. I also need to remember to drink lots of water tomorrow since its going to be pretty warm out.

Since I didn’t run or go to the gym tonight I did about 40 minutes of Namaste Yoga from Fit TV. It felt pretty good. I’m wondering if I should walk on my lunch break tomorrow or not. I probably will just to stretch my legs some more.


Lunch and other random things

Happy Wednesday everyone! I hope you all are having a great day. I’m still mourning over the loss of all my blog posts, but we all must move on I suppose!  Yesterday afternoon I had a doctor’s appointment, so before that I went up to LL Bean to see if I could return my hiking boots that were giving me major blisters on the back of my heel each time I hiked in them. Thankfully, LL Bean has a 100% guarantee and they let me exchange them for these! I wanted the low-cut pair since they were more comfortable on my feet than the hi-cut model. And I got them in 8 1/2 wide, so they fit my feet better, so hopefully they won’t slip when I’m hiking up a mountain.  I guess I won’t know until I’m actually hiking up a mountain. 🙂

I also had a gift card with some money left over on it and I got a new pair of Smartwool hiking socks. $15 for socks is expensive, so I’m glad I had a gift card, I would probably never buy them otherwise!

So last night  I went to the gym to go for a run, since it was crappy weather outside. I ran 5 miles in about 45 minutes, give or take a couple of minutes. For some reason on the treadmill I never pay attention to my time!  When I’m running outside I feel like I’m running slower than on the treadmill, but in reality I’m running faster. Weird.

This morning for breakfast I had some oatmeal and a chocolate whey protein shake! I’m trying to cut back on eating oatmeal every day, since I think the nut butter and other toppings are adding additional calories where I should be cutting them out. I’ve noticed since I’ve started eating it every day my weight has gone up a couple of pounds. But maybe it’s a combination of running more and getting hungrier? I have no idea.  I think I will limit my delicious oats to about 2-3 times a week. On the other days I’m going to stick with my Special K Protein cereal and soy milk.

In my oatmeal

  • 1/2 cup of old-fashioned oats
  • 1 mashed banana
  • 1 tablespoon of Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter.  Yum.

I always use water to make my oats, not soymilk. Although it may be tastier with milk, water cuts out unnecessary calories, and it still tastes good to me! 🙂

For my morning snack I had some non-fat vanilla yogurt and strawberries in a mug.

For lunch I tried my new organic roasted red pepper and tomato soup from Sunflower Natrual Foods in Woodstock. I also put in some crushed Special K crackers. This soup was DELICIOUS. I seriously have to look for this soup at my grocery store becauase I want to buy it again. It was so creamy! AND only 110 calories for 1 cup of soup! I ate 1 cup and saved the rest. 😀

After eating my lunch, I headed upstairs to pick up my bib for tomorrow’s workforce challenge. I’m super excited about the race. I heard it is going to be really crowded. And HOT. The forecast for tomorrow is 82 degrees.

I might head to the gym later tonight to do some weight training/biking, but I’m not sure. We’ll see how I’m feeling after work! I also plan on doing some yoga. I’m not going to run tonight since I’m saving myself for tomorrow’s race.


Sunday Adventures in Woodstock – Take 2

Ok, so, since I lost every post I’ve made, I feel like I should at least try to make up some. I feel like my last post about my trip to Woodstock was great and I want to try to write it up again for those who might have missed out. So here’s the shortened version, with pictures!

Sunday my sister, and my friend Brendan and I decided to go hiking in Woodstock, NY for the day! Before our hike we stopped at a natural foods store in the village called Sunflower Natural Foods. It was so cute! It reminded me of the HWFC in Albany, but more hippyish!

I got some dark chocolate with Sea Salt. It was yummy.

We began our hike here at the bottom of Overlook Mountain.

About a half hour into the hike, my heels started to hurt and I could feel blisters coming on.  This has happened to me before in my current hiking boots.  So Brendan and I switched socks and I put on a blister pad and on we went.

About a half a mile from the top there were ruins of an old hotel, which were really creepy! It looked like something out of Ghost Hunters!

The view was spectacular from the firetower!

Overall, it was about 4 miles total! It was really fun. And a good workout!

After hiking we were starving, so we headed to this place called The Red Onion in Woodstock.

I got a glass of Sangria to drink! I deserved it after hiking 2 miles up a mountain. 😀

Because I was starving, and salad just wouldn’t cut it, I ordered the  half portion of Seafood Risotto! It was delicious. The seafood included Mexican White Shrimp, Diver Scallops, Calamari and Mussels with Fresh Herbs.

For dessert, Brendan and I split some chocolate mousse cake with raspberry ice cream, which was to die for!!

The Red Onion was pretty expensive, but it was quaint little restaurant. The food was really good! And we got to sit outside on the front porch!

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A very fun day indeed. And that is the shortened version of my Sunday in Woodstock. 🙂


Sunshine Run

Well, I figured I might as well start writing up blog posts since everything I lost on my old blog is gone, except the pages. So I’m going to write about my run today. I got a new pair of running shoes on Saturday from Fleet Feet and today I ran in them for the first time. They are New Balance WR760s.

My feet adjusted to them pretty well during my run and I had no pain. I even taped up my blisters from my hike yesterday and they were fine! I ran just about four miles in 38 minutes. There were SO many other runners out on the trail today. It was so nice out. They all must be getting ready for the 2010 CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge. The weather is supposed to be nice for Thursday. The forecast says 78 and sunny. 😀

Hopefully I will do something exciting within the next couple days so I will be able to blog about it with pictures, but right now this is the only post I’ve got! You might just have to wait til Thursday!


A blessing in disguise?

To my new blog site. As I was working on a couple of my recipe pages, Weebly decided to be a pain in the ass and completely delete my entire blog. I was so upset I was in tears. I couldn’t believe it. Fortunately, I had a wordpress blog set up already, because I had been thinking about switching over. I was unhappy with the site editor on Weebly anyway, so maybe losing my posts were a blessing in disguise. I am going to have to start from scratch, which is pretty sad. But I guess this just means I have a chance to make this website bigger and better than before! I’m still trying to figure out how to modify pages and such, and it will take me some time to get everything back in working order. I hope you guys stick around!