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Rainy Run and "Grown Up" Cooking

September 18, 2011
This morning was my long-run, 6 miles on the schedule again! I checked the weather before I left and it said it wasn’t supposed to rain until 2 or 3pm. Much to my surprise, it was sprinkling at 7:15am! I figured, oh it must be one cloud, I’ll just run and I’m sure it will stop.
It didn’t.
By the end of my 6 miles I was wet and frozen – so I just kept running home! I slowed down to a jog but I didn’t want to walk much because I was cold and wet and just wanted to get home!
The run was actually very interesting though, because I didn’t realize that there was a run happening on my usual path this morning. It was the Newton Ready to Run 20-miler, which is a run used to help marathon trainers get in that long run! I ran against the crowd (it was pretty thinned out) for the first 3.2 miles and then turned around and joined them! The bad part is that I would speed up to pass big pacing groups, so I kinda out did myself at the beginning and my legs were sore and exhausted for the last two. I pushed through though and finished the 6.36 miles in 56:56!
Here’s my mile by mile breakdown (and YES I finally figured out how to do this):
mile 1 – 9:07
mile 2 – 8:46
mile 3 – 8:48
mile 4 – 8:48
mile 5 – 9:05 <– starting to feel it here
mile 6 – 9:03
last 0.36 miles – 9:13
So happy to be done and heading home!

Not so pumped about my frozen hands…

When I got back I stretched, rolled and hit the shower! Then it was smoothie time! I figured I’d want some oatmeal since I was so cold, but I’d warmed up a bit by breakfast time and for some reason I feel like my workout is never complete without a smoothie! Today I made a peach banana smoothie. In the mix: 2 big handfuls of spinach, 1/2 cup almond milk, 1/2 frozen banana, 1 frozen peach (from the farmers market!), 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/4 tsp coconut extract and 1 packet truvia!

Mix-ins included the rest of my Multi-Grain Joe’s O’s, some freeze dried bananas from TJ’s, and another great Trader Joe’s find: a couple Cat Cookies! My best friend is obsessed with these cookies, so when I saw the ginger ones (she prefers chocolate) I had to get some!

Later on in the day, I decided to go ahead and make something I’ve been wanting to try and that will be part of my lunches this week: Butternut Squash Fries! I got the recipe from Chelsey on Clean Eating Chelsey. A ton of her recipes look great and I’ve been dying to try them out!

First I had to peel the outside of the squash – I thought it looked so pretty with the green lines!

Then I sliced it in half (again – so pretty!) and then into fourths. I scooped out the insides and then cut them up into “fry” sized pieces. This was much more difficult than I anticipated – my arm was working hard to chop through the squash!
I put them in a baggie with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, garlic powder and salt. Then I tossed around the bag to let it all mix together…
CHAOS ENSUED. My bag broke open (okay, I was getting a little crazy) so I had to clean that up. But it was all good. I let it marinade for 20 minutes, and then cooked them on a piece of tin foil on my “grill”, which is a mini grill that you plug in. They turned out delicious! Can’t wait to eat them this week!
I also tried a little something new for dinner! I made a salmon quesidilla and some stir-fried veggies! I had some leftover salmon from my lunch last week so I thought I’d throw it into a quesidilla! I used some chopped onions and cheese that I had left as well and put them on the new Ezekial tortillas I decided to try from Whole Foods. I microwaved this for 2 min.
As a side, I was going to just steam my chopped onion, squash and broccoli slaw, but I decided that I would get a little more “grown up” and cook them on the stove top! I added some garlic powder, salt, balsamic vinegar and olive oil and tossed them in a pan. The dinner was really good! I scarfed it right down!
Have you tried out any new recipes recently? Or started to try and cook more “grown up” for those of you fellow recent college grads? Haha or older…
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2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2011 12:01 am

    So glad you enjoyed the B-nut squash fries! It's so sad that you lost a few good ones… although if it was me, I would be putting those babies right back in the bag without telling anyone.

  2. September 19, 2011 1:34 am

    good luck with law school- my husband is in it right now and I know it's not easy!

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