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Good Things This Week

June 21, 2011

This week has been full of good stuff.

Cute finds at a neighborhood street fair

Animal pencils! I swear I'm 24, not 4.

Cousin’s bridal shower

Cousins! Me, Lauren, Kira, Kelly (Bride-to-be), Ali and Carrie

Delicious desserts!

A fun day in Long Island for Father’s Day. This is the north shore of Long Island at Dan’s uncle’s house. We even got to go out on the boat.. so much fun!

And, enjoying my ‘break’ from regular running!

Last week, I ran 3 times for a total of 11.5 miles. And it was the perfect amount for me that week! Between a busy week at work and catching up on rest, I needed it. By the time Saturday rolled around, I was actually excited to get out the door and put a few miles under my belt. Also, I was home for the bridal shower which meant I got to do my favorite loop in Montclair which goes through two small parks and past the childhood home I grew up in until I was 10! Kinda like a jog down memory lane…harhar.

I took off Sunday and Monday since I got a Brazilian Keratin Treatment done to my hair (a post on that coming soon!) I love it so far; what I didn’t love was not being able to shower for 48 hours after the treatment on Saturday afternoon!! Whoops, hope nobody noticed my lack of hygiene at work today…I swear the straight hair is worth it.

I woke up this morning ready to run, but more importantly, finally shower! I logged 5.75 miles along the bridle path and felt better than I have in a while. My pace (7:42) was nothing special, but I wasn’t completely drained at the end. Success!

I’m continuing to see that my body did/does need a bit of a break, and I am starting to get really excited about increasing my mileage, doing workouts, and setting on my marathon training plan in just a few weeks. I have a few areas of focus I want to work on this time around, and I’m looking forward to it.

Tonight I came home from work and didn’t feel entirely drained (this is rare). I wanted to head to the gym to do some quick lifting and core work, but my stomach was growling! I knew it’d be a distraction while at the gym, so I quickly whipped up a healthy and filling dinner that wouldn’t sit too heavy.

My version of a ‘healthy’ stirfry. I spray the pan with nonstick cooking spray, crisp chicken gyoza dumplings from Trader Joe’s (so good!), add in stirfry veggies (edamame, carrots, broccoli, snap peas, etc.), and mix with egg whites. Finally, topped with some sauce. You must try this TonTon Hibachi sauce; it’s a great sauce for stirfries but also tastes great topped on veggies or meat by themselves!

After dinner was done, I popped a load of laundry in and headed to the gym during the wash cycle (gotta love multi-tasking!). I did some arms and abs, didn’t get too fatigued but felt good to get some work in. Strength training is an area of massive improvement for me, so I have to hop on it during those rare moments I feel motivated to do it!

Time to take my clothes out of the dryer!

What is your favorite quick go-to dinner on a busy or time crunched night? Stirfries always feel so easy to me because you pop a bunch of frozen stuff into a single pan, top with sauce, and enjoy! Typically healthy as well!

How do you get amped up to start a major training cycle? For me, I need to take time inbetween training for major races to ‘compartmentalize’ each. I like resting and recovering after a big race or training period, rather than training nonstop year-round. While it takes a bit to get back to fitness, I think it keeps me healthy both physically and more important, mentally!

7 Comments leave one →
  1. June 21, 2011 11:28 pm

    I’m also excited to start marathon training, even though Nov. 6 is still so far off. I’ve had months to analyze last year’s performance and figure out where I want to improve. Plus it’ll make the blog topics come more easily. 🙂

    I want to see pictures of the hair! Signed, another one battling the humidity.

  2. June 22, 2011 4:19 pm

    My mom got the Brazilian keratin treatment and loves it! I want to get it. I just got hair feathers in my hair yesterday and am obsessed with them.

    My fave go-to dinner is by far cereal, oatmeal, or a PB and J because its quick and I can’t mess it up. I never cook though. One of my goals during my research year (“year off”) is to learn how to cook!

    I definitely think breaks are necessary. Even if its not a big break, just not being on a set “schedule” is nice. I’ve been doing that since my last marathon (2 weeks off then just whatever I feel like). However, what is NOT fun is trying to run faster again and feeling like DEATH. I’ve never had this with running before (ie I was so terrible it didn’t really matter) so its a little frustrating for me right now remembering what shape I was in like 2 months ago and now everything is so hard (eg: mini 10K). I def want to do better than this last one and am a little worried I won’t be able to!

    Sorry I tend to write novels for comments!

  3. June 22, 2011 5:48 pm

    yay, glad you’re excited to start training! I am too 🙂 It doesn’t take much to get my excited though – just thinking about my training plan and starting to outline some goals usually does it!

    Favorite go to dinner (which I’m eating right now. at work. sigh) is a bunch of chopped up veggies, hummus, and a whole wheat tortilla. and maybe some cheese and/or protein thrown in. Quick and delicious!

  4. June 22, 2011 6:49 pm

    Yay so glad you got the rest you needed. Kudos to you for being smart! You’ll need all the energy you can get to kick bigtime A** in the NY Marathon 🙂 Favorite go-to dinner would be a giant “Kitchen Sink Salad” where I completely empty out my cupboard and put random things in that make it mucho delicious.

    I get amped up to start a new training cycle by downloading so new music and telling myself how awesome I am. Works every time 😉

  5. June 22, 2011 8:59 pm

    such a fun weekend you had!
    can not wait to hear alllll about your nyc marathon training! 🙂

  6. June 23, 2011 4:26 pm

    i definitely agree with taking time off to re-charge (both physically and mentally) before a big training period begins. glad you are feeling excited again!

    my go to quickie dinners are usually the whole foods salad bar (haha, does that count?), pb & banana on toast, or soba noodles and veggies mixed with sriracha-peanut butter-tamari-rice vinegar sauce!

  7. June 23, 2011 11:02 pm

    Stir frys are the best…..easy, quick, and delicious!

    I just made mac and cheese (from a box…) and threw in some grape tomatoes and frozen broccoli. It’s fun to doctor up some not-so-healthy food and make it healthy!

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