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I’m “Racing” and 30 Questions on Running

August 5, 2011

As much as I don’t want to face it, I’m running “racing” tomorrow, at the NYRR Team Championships. It’s definitely not going to be pretty, as my speed work of late has been a bit of a struggle, and I’ve..uhh..kinda been training for a marathon, not even a half-marathon or a 10K. Tomorrow should be interesting considering my legs aren’t rested, and I spent last night drinking about 5-8 glasses of wine and devouring all of this delicious food at a friend’s apartment.

And this was before the pigs in a blanket, italian meats, and cookies were rolled out. Every few months, a group of friends gets together for a wine tasting (not to be confused with cooking club!); we get to learn a little about each wine we sample (the region, pairings, etc.) while eating tasty food everyone brings and going for seconds (or thirds…) on the wines we really enjoyed. I’m usually not a red wine drinker, but I tried a sparkling red (Alfredo Roca Malbec, to be exact) and it was delicious!

After such an indulgent night (and leftovers for lunch today…) I wanted to keep it a bit lighter tonight.  While it’s not perfect pre-race fuel, it was delicious, quick and exactly what I wanted (okay, I really wanted 16 Handles, but needed ‘real’ food). This dish was summery, fresh and filling.

Baked Tilapia with Trader Joe's Sweet Chili Sauce, Corn (off) the cob, and papaya

Anyways, back to the race. I admittedly have a very hard time with running races when I’m not in the best shape or mentally ‘into’ them. Even if I mentally frame them as “fun races” or “workouts”, I am always disappointed when I don’t PR. If I can’t give it my best, why am I even signing up? I feel like I’m just going through the motions which is a waste of time and stress. I need to work on this a bit, as there are (obviously) many reasons to do races! This 5 miler will serve as my tempo for the week, and there will be some CPTC team bonding which I am most excited for. Plus, it was only $5 to enter.

Since this is the team championships, runners from all the NYC teams come out to race and score points. The men race at 8am and the women race at 9am. We’ll do a team warmup, and then a team picture afterwards. I still feel relatively new to the team and I am looking forward to getting to know people a bit better… and best of all, we’re having a team post-race brunch/boozing at the Boat Basin. I guess I can run race 5 miles for that 🙂

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I saw this survey on my friend Marc‘s blog, and decided it’d be fun to fill out and switch up my posts a bit.

30 Questions on Running

1: What’s your favorite type of running shoe? Nike Zoom Vomero, a good neutral/cushioned shoe that works with my orthotics

2: Do you run to music? If yes, what’s your favorite song to run to? I used to never run with music since I ran with a team every day, but now I am an iPod addict during training runs (never races!). I actually just listen to the radio (92.3!) since I’m too lazy to update my iPod regularly- that way I get the latest music, commercials and all.

3: Do you run in a gym or outdoors? Always, always outdoors if I can. In the dead of winter, I found myself doing a few tempo/interval runs on the dreadmill out of desperation.

4: Do you bring a sports drink or water out with you when you run? No, most of my running routes have plenty of water fountains along the way. I don’t like to carry anything heavy like a water bottle.

5: How many miles can you run without breaking? I finished 26.2 and didn’t break 🙂 The last mile did feel like a near-death experience, though.

6: Do you prefer long, mid or short distance running? For sure long distance! I did the 1500-5000 in high school and college, and now love the half-marathon and marathon distances. I’m the type of runner that can stick at one certain pace for a while, but really struggle to keep anything faster. This is why my half-marathon times are around the same pace as my 10K.

7: How long have you been running? Since 8th grade

8: What do you think about when you run? I think this could get its own post, a la Susan. Generally, I think about my day, upcoming races, training, goals, work, relationships, friends, family, money, moving, vacations, happiness, recipes, the future, the past…sometimes I people watch…and then sometimes my mind becomes a black hole without thoughts at all as the miles pass.

9: Do you run when you’re emotional? Think I’m pretty emotional everyday, so yup 🙂 But, I do recall some especially ‘freeing’ runs while going through emotional times. Hitting the pavement and opening my lungs was particularly cathartic.

10: Have you noticed any changes in your life since you started running? Everything.  I can’t even picture who I would be if I didn’t start running. (Amen, Marc!) I started so early, it’s definitely shaped who I am—I chose to go to Villanova because I could run there, most of my friends from HS and College are runners, I met my boyfriend because we were on the same running team, and in some small way I think I chose my career in PR because juggling many things at a time (i.e., running + life) comes pretty naturally due.

11: Do you stretch? Lightly before I run as I wait for my Garmin signal, and lightly after as I wait for my coffee to be done. Definitely should do more. (oh hi, cranky IT band…)

12: Do you plan your day around your run or your run around your day? Both. My run is always planned into my day to ensure it gets done, but sometimes my day dictates when I plan my run (i.e., happy hour plans, nightly team workouts, more sleep, etc.)

13: Do you run with someone else? Mostly by myself nowadays, except team workouts, though trying to meet up with others for regular runs as much as possible (shout out to the am sweat squad!) Always accepting running buddies.

14: What motivates you to run? Achieving a new milestone or a PR in a race. I like to push myself to see what I’m capable of, and I’ll admit: It makes me feel kinda badass/rockstar when I tell people about my running accomplishments (“you ran how far this morning?!”

15: Are you surprised with how well you run? Sometimes, but I know I put in the hard work and effort into my training, so I shouldn’t be too surprised when I run well.  I earned it!

16: Do you run marathons/races/both? All of the above.

17: What’s your best mile time? Didn’t race it much, but a 5:26 mile on a crappy 200m indoor track during college.

18: Do you run to keep fit or keep fit to run? Both.

19: Do you prefer to run in heat or in cold? Pros and cons of each (summer running and winter running). I guess if I had to pick, it’d be the summer despite the humidity and continuously being a sweaty mess- at least it’s light when I wake up to go run! Far less depressing.

20: Is it hard for you to get out of the house to run? Yes, some mornings when I’m super tired, but I usually get out the door and go before I come to realize what’s going on. I sleep in my running clothes so I am super quick the next morning. Yes, I know that’s weird.

21: Do you ever regret not running? Not really—if I’m not running, it’s because I’ve planned a day off, or because I’m injured and can’t. In both bases, rest is a good thing!

22: Do you keep a record of your running times? I mentally know all of my PRs, and keep a running log.

23: Do you have a running idol? Not an idol, really, but there are many professional runners I look to for advice, inspiration, etc. to fuel my training like Kara Goucher, and fellow Villanova alum Frances Koons.

24: Does anyone else in your family run? Nope. My sister threw shotput in high school, though.

25: Are you currently trying to become a better runner? Always; the never-ending goal.

26: Do you run when you have nothing else to do? I don’t run out of boredom, as all my miles are pretty much pre-planned and there are much better things to do when I really have “nothing to do” (sleep, get 16 Handles, watch mindless reality television, cook, shop, lay outdoors….)

27: How often do you run? Anywhere from 4-6 days a week, depending on what I am (or aren’t) training for. I usually try to take at least 1 rest day/week, my body definitely needs it.

28: What is your biggest running-related dream? At the moment, breaking 3:00 in the marathon is my dream. On a related note, I also tend to dream (or have nightmares) about running, involving oversleeping my alarm the day of a race, and my legs failing so I can’t run and like gripping the road to propel/swim myself forward (this one is actually pretty recurring..)

29: Will you run for the rest of your life or just until you become what you want? I’d love to run for the rest of my life, as long as I remain healthy and still enjoy it. I can’t see myself seriously racing like I am now, but I always want to be able to go out for my daily (or weekly..) run.

30: What are your favorite exercises to team with running? I love the way lifting/core work makes me feel, but I definitely don’t do it as much as I need to. I like pilates and total body conditioning classes.

There you have it! Did any of my 30 answers surprise you? Nothing groundbreaking, but entertaining and I encourage you all to fill it out as well. TGIF, and have a good weekend. Will report post-race 🙂

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Wedding Bells & Bridges Run

August 2, 2011

I spent this past weekend at home in NJ, as my cousin Kelly got married on Friday night (well really, she’s my step-grandmother’s niece, but we grew up like cousins. And it’s easier to say). It was such a beautiful wedding, at a gorgeous chateau, with fantastic food and dancing fun!

Pleasantdale Chateau

Cousins and the Newlyweds!

Me, Mom and Sister---family Christmas Card?

Dan & Me

If one day, I can afford a wedding that nice 😉 I’d love to have something like she did. Unfortunately, thunderstorms 10 minutes prior to the ceremony moved things indoors, but the evening was picture perfect!

Since my sister flew home from CA for the wedding, we spend the rest of our little 3-day weekend relaxing, shopping (of course), and eating. It was a nice, relaxing break.

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On the running front, thanks for the comments on last week’s post regarding my marathon training plans! I like hearing how others structure their plans (or non-plans!) as there is certainly no ‘one plan fits all’ approach when it comes to training. Last year, I got to the starting line fit and healthy; here’s to hoping this year’s slightly adjusted schedule will do the same (but in even better shape!)

Last week, I logged my first 40(.5) mile week of training! I purposely front-loaded my miles to allow for some flexibility to take off while I was home for the weekend. One of the (many) reasons I like to allow for some flexibility in my marathon training plan!

  • Sun: 7.75 miles
  • Mon: 6 easy
  • Tues: 6 miles easy (7:48 pace)
  • Weds: 12 miles in Riverside & Central Park, finishing at the office. Felt strong, especially at end! (7:32 pace)
  • Thurs: CPTC workout (2x2mile at 10K pace- 13:01 and 13:15; 6:30/6:35 pace) This one was tough to maintain, probably should have backed off the pace closer to 6:40. 9 total for day.
  • Fri: OFF
  • Sat: OFF

I was especially proud of last week’s long run! I started off with about 2.5 miles in Riverside Park before heading over to Central Park to hit the Bridle Path and ultimately finish up at my office since I had an early morning client meeting. I eased into the pace gradually, starting around 8:00/mile and ending closer to 7:15/mile once I got into a groove to average 7:32 pace. Though it’s early in the training cycle, those kind of ‘I feel awesome‘ runs haven’t been coming as frequently as I’d like, so I’ll take them when I can get them.

This week I’ll aim to hit around 45 miles, which should be doable given I am running the NYRR Team Championships 5 Mile Race this weekend. While I am certainly not trained to run a 5 mile race at the moment, I’ll use it as my workout for the week and enjoy some QT with the CPTC team. Because waking up at 7am, racing 5 miles, and hanging out with sweaty runners is my idea of weekend fun 🙂

Since I am racing, I figured I’d shift up my long run this week to this morning instead of tomorrow or later in the week. Instead of sleeping in longer when Dan’s alarm went off this morning (at 5:15…not a happy camper), I got up and got ready to run. By the time he dropped me off at work and I got ready to run, the sun was shining and I was ready to hit the road.

I logged a total of 12.5 miles from my office in Midtown East, down the East River running path, over the Brooklyn Bridge, back over the Manhattan Bridge, and back up the East River path. There was nothing special about the pace or the way I felt, but I loved taking in the views and atmosphere. A welcome change from my loops in Central Park!

Source: nycgovparks.org

This run was a jog (hehe) down memory lane for me. The summer before my Senior year of college, I lived in the NYU dorms down on Water Street (which are now high-rise luxury apartments). While I hated living in the neighborhood in general, I loved all the close running options: you could go along the waterfront, around the Seaport, through Battery Park City, and of course- over the Brooklyn, Manhattan and Williamsburg bridges. I tried to do at least one bridge run per week, especially in the mornings before tourists and bikers took over the walkway. There is just something so serene about climbing the slope of the bridge, overlooking the city, and zooming down the other side. Was a fresh start to my morning!

….And now I am ready for a day of total rest tomorrow 🙂

I know it’s Tuesday night, but what was the highlight of your weekend? What is your favorite long-lost running route, one you haven’t run in a while but would love to return to? Kelly’s wedding was the highlight of my weekend! The bridges run definitely tops the list of favorite long-lost routes, though this one trail run we used to do at Valley Forge back at Villanova might be my all-time favorite route.

NYC Marathon Training Plan

July 27, 2011

I finally developed a solid NYC Marathon training plan at the beginning of July, though I’ve taken some time to get a few weeks of training under my belt, analyze last year’s log, and refine this year’s plan again. I think I am (finally) in a good place to share the plan and log with you!

You can find the link under my ‘Training‘ page to see what I’m up to each week, or click here to go directly to the google document: NYC Marathon Training 2011

I keep an old school handwritten log with a few more notes and scribbles and colors, but I also like to share my workouts online so the google doc feature works pretty nicely.

Structure of my Marathon Training Plan:

  • I have a loose structure, in that I have a goal weekly mileage to reach, and a goal long run to hit. You’ll see these columns in gray. These numbers are really more to keep me on track, building up mileage appropriately and gradually. I won’t stress if I am a few miles short, or a few miles over… just as long as I’m in the general ballpark.
  • I also plan to do one workout weekly with the CPTC team (likely road tempos/intervals on Thursdays). I definitely can’t guarantee I’ll make the workouts each week due to my schedule, but I will do my best to get in the workout another day on my own if need be. I’m also okay with going a week without a workout here and there.
  • Higher average mileage than 2010. Last year, I spent a few weeks around 45+ miles, peaking at 67 miles. I want to get in the 55-70 range much more consistently, and you’ll see I spend about two weeks at each mileage level before bumping up 5 miles to the next week, peaking at 75 miles the week of 10/9. That will be a fun week 🙂

Goals for my marathon training:

  • Break 3:00. I need to commit to this goal and stop being scared of putting it out there in case I fall short. I will get you, 3 hour barrier. Even if I run 2:59:59.99.
  • Remain healthy and injury free. I need to practice a bit of preventative medicine to keep healthy. That means taking my iron supplements (yum), calcium supplements, stretching and foam rolling, more regular core work to strengthen weak areas, etc. I am finally getting new orthotics next week (mine are about falling apart…) to ensure I minimize any injury risk.
  • HAVE FUN! Last year, everything was new and exciting and fun and fresh because it was my first marathon. I didn’t know what to do or expect which meant I learned something new just about every day, and I toed the line in anticipation, almost feeling invincible as a wide-eyed novice. This year, I am going to do everything possible to avoid boredom or dullness in my training. I still want it to feel like the first! I hope to be as excited and ‘fresh’ toeing the line this year as I did last year. That means running with friends, trying new routes, challenging myself, etc.

So there you have it. I certainly welcome thoughts and feedback on my plan, both positive or negative. How do you structure your marathon training? What are your goals?

Good Eats & Sweaty Runs

July 23, 2011

It’s my favorite time of the year, NYC Summer Restaurant Week! I got started on Restaurant Week in college, since Philadelphia did a similar thing twice a year. Tons of restaurants throughout the city offer a three-course meal for $35 for dinner, or $24 for lunch. Good food + Good prices = Lots of dining out! Also, an excuse to try fancy restaurants I typically can’t afford for a regular dinner out 🙂

This week I was particularly lucky to enjoy Restaurant Week dinners at Park Avenue Summer, Blue Water Grill and The Hurricane Club. Plus, on Sunday I’m headed to Mercer Kitchen! Here’s a bit about each.

Park Avenue Summer

At the last minute, a small group of friends decided to go to Park Avenue Summer. I’ve been before, but it is honestly one of my favorite restaurants so I was dying to go back. The restaurant changes the menu and decor for each season, so it keeps it unique. I’ve been to Park Avenue Summer, Winter and Spring– but need to go to Autumn! We had 9:45 pm reservations, but got seated a bit earlier at 9:20. It was tough holding out for such a late meal, but so worth it.

Source: Park Avenue Summer

I got the Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Avocado and Strawberry Salad for the appetizer. So good! For my entree, I got the Grilled Filet Mignon with BBQ Brisket and Potato Salad. I was craving some steak and it was perfect! I ended up not even being able to finish it (and I rarely don’t clean my plate…) but saved the rest to put over a salad for lunch the next day.  For dessert, I opted for the passionfruit yogurt and rhubarb sorbet, which was so fresh and the perfect ending.

Blue Water Grill

I was really excited for Blue Water Grill, as I had never been and summer makes me crave seafood. However, I was a bit disappointed to find that they changed their restaurant week menu from what was posted online, taking off the fried oyster appetizer I had been eying, and switching the shrimp and scallops entree to just shrimp. Not cool, Blue Water Grill.

Source: Blue Water Grill

Despite the menu change, it was still a nice meal. We went with a large group of 8, and ended up splitting a few bottles of wine that were specially priced for Restaurant Week. I got the Golden Tomato Gazpacho soup (which was excellent!), opted for the Sauteed Alaskan King Salmon for my entree and the Creme Brulee Tart for dessert. I have recently been trying salmon more often, as I want to like it, but am afraid of making it myself. I figure if I’m going to try salmon, I should do it at a nice seafood restaurant! Overall, Blue Water Grill was nice, but I really wish they hadn’t swapped the menu. Made me feel a bit deceived.

Hurricane Club

I have never been to The Hurricane Club before, but I’ve been dying to go. For the food, but mostly for the DRINKS! Dan and I came here on Friday for a ‘date night’ and it was excellent and left me super full, and a bit drunk. I’d totally go back, Restaurant Week or not!

Source: The Hurricane Club

I got the Coconut Shrimp Poppers for the appetizer, which were so fresh and tasty. The Cashew Chicken entree was so flavorful, and we also got coconut rice and broccoli sides. I may or may not have stolen a few of Dan’s Honey-Glazed Baby Back Ribs which were delicious! For dessert, we both got the Pina Colada Soft Serve. It was light and so flavorful, with real coconut chunks. To drink, we got the #440 to share: T-Tiki Spiced, Pineapple, Kiwi and Ginger. It was flaming and had fun straws- whee!

Needless to say, this has been quite the indulgent week. And I’m feeling a bit full from all the rich, delicious food. But when restaurant week rolls around, you must enjoy! No complaints here 🙂

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On the running front, this week has been pretty rough given the heat and late nights dining out. Nonetheless, I squeezed in a long run of 12 miles this Wednesday before the 100+ degree temps rolled around. I met up with Megan, Kelly and Natalie for a few miles around the bridle before going our own ways. I was around 7 by the time Megan peeled off, and was already soaked in sweat. The last few miles were especially rough, literally wringing my shirt out as I ran since it was getting so heavy. As I stood in the kitchen chugging water when I got home, I realized I was standing in a puddle. Of my own sweat. Sexy!

Generally, I try not to let the weather get to me too much. I can’t control the weather, nobody can. Co-workers especially are shocked when it’s 100 degrees out and I told them I ran that morning. Yes, it’s still hot that early. Yes, I sweat. A LOT. Yes, it’s hard and I get really tired. But when you’re committed to something, you find the time and motivation to do it. I might have to take the pace a bit easier in extreme temps (both hot and cold), but I get out there and get the miles in. I keep reminding myself that I’ve toughed it out through many, many summers in the past and by the time September/October rolls around, the crisp air will feel like such a relief and I’ll be happy I put in the work when it was tough. Most importantly, mutiple breaks at water fountains are a key element in my summer training plan 🙂

I’ll probably head to the gym in a few to get in some lifting and core work since I’ve been slacking lately, and decide if I want to squeeze in 2-3 miles to hit my planned 40 miles this week. I really don’t want to go outside at all, as I’m quite enjoying laying in bed blasting the AC, but I feel I should be a bit productive before an evening out with friends.

Have you ever done ‘Restaurant Week’? Where’s your favorite place to go? How are you getting through this “heatpocalypse”?

City Kids Head to the Lake

July 20, 2011

As much as I love NYC in the summer, sometimes it just feels good to get away to the great outdoors and R-E-L-A-X. This past weekend I had the opportunity to head to my friend Terence’s lake house in Pennsylvania. It was the perfect getaway—it felt like time just stopped there and Terence’s family were the best hosts, with plenty of fun activities planned.

We arrived Friday night to a stocked fridge and got down to work with some beer pong and civil war.

We woke up Saturday morning and enjoyed a run around the lake (bit less than 4 miles)—quite a change of pace to run on quiet, scenic roads and paths without seeing a car or other people!

Wrighter Lake

And then the games began…this weekend was full of nonstop competition! It was awesome.

Races!

Margarita Volleyball. The best kind of volleyball.

Tubing!!

The gang

I enjoyed a nice scenic solo run on Sunday, just an easy 5.75 miles. Although I ran in the heat of the day around 2pm, it felt so much cooler out in the country and shaded roads so it wasn’t bad at all. Kinda peaceful, actually. We watched the Women’s World Cup (sad loss…) and headed back into the city after the game.

Goodbye Wrighter Lake!

This week so far has been a bit hectic between work and social plans (read: eating at fancy restaurants 5 out of the 7 nights this week, for work and NYC Restaurant Week), but I’m aiming to hit 40 miles this week. I know, I still need to share a post on my marathon training plan. Coming soon, promise!

What is your favorite vacation spot? Are you a city kid or country dweller? How’s running going this week amidst the heat wave? I always thought I was all about the hustle and bustle of NYC, but after last weekend I’m just about sold on moving to the middle of nowhere and escaping the stress…maybe. 😉 This week has been pretty hot and sweaty in terms of running but I’m chugging along!

 

Twitter Magic, Tempos and Recipes!

July 14, 2011

One of my favorite easy week night dates is the “Whole Foods Picnic”. Grabbing food to-go and heading to the park for a picnic is much cheaper (and healthier?) than eating out at a restaurant, and allows for a bit more conversation.

Usually I hit up the UWS Whole Foods since it’s closer to my apartment, but since I was coming from an event in midtown, Dan and I headed to Columbus Circle on Tuesday night and took our food down to Riverside Park. We enjoyed the scenery and nice cool river breeze with made the hot temps bearable.

I ❤ Riverside Park

The only downside to date nights is when Dan’s alarm goes off at 5:15 am, since he gets into work around 7. Not so pleasant. I’m usually able to fall back asleep (or half-asleep) until my alarm goes off, but I was just not feeling it. On Wednesday morning around 5:45 am or so, I tweeted:

All the sudden, replies popped up!

It was like MAGIC! I had a longer run planned for the morning anyways since I am going away this weekend, so I was thrilled to have company. I ❤ Twitter for reasons like this. I met up with Susan, Megan, Ali and Kelly for some easy miles, and ended up at 11 miles for the day with an average of around 8:00/mile. Perfect!

Tonight, I headed to Central Park for a CPTC workout. Only my second week of workouts back, I didn’t know what to expect from the 4-mile tempo run at half-marathon pace and wanted to go off feel. I aimed for 6:45-7:00 miles but got caught up with my group and ended up a bit faster than that. Whoops!

It was a tad longer than 4 miles, but an average pace of 6:25. YIKES! This was a pretty hard effort, particularly struggling in mile 3, but the workout was completed at my exact half-marathon pace so I suppose I nailed the task at hand.

I am trying to make an effort to not go too hard in these early weeks of training, as I’m building up my base and I want to have enough in me to rock workouts in later weeks. I suppose it’s a fine line I’m dealing with from not wanting to burn out or peak too early, to really pushing myself beyond where I’ve been to get to the next level.

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Backing it up to the weekend, I wanted to share some recipes I made this past weekend for “cooking club” with my friends. And, they’re healthy and delicious!

Kale Quinoa Goddess Salad

(based off Angela’s Weekend Glow Kale Salad)

  • Kale (I used 1 large bag from Trader Joe’s– removing the stems)
    • Tip from Angela: massage your dressing directly into the kale before adding other ingredients and let sit for about 15 minutes to absorb!
  • Quinoa (1 cup, cooked)
  • Feta Cheese
  • Diced Red Onion
  • Chopped Zucchini
  • Walnuts
  • Orange Bell Pepper
  • Sliced Avocado
  • Shredded Carrots
  • Baby Tomatoes

Mix it all together, and top with your favorite dressing! I love Annie’s Goddess dressing, it goes perfectly with any vegetable and added a great flavor to the (kinda) bitter kale.

I have only tried to make kale chips, but I’ve never had it in a salad! I never knew what went well with it, until I saw Angela’s recipe and figured it’d be the perfect veggie-packed salad. It was so flavorful with the feta, the quinoa added a bit of substance and texture, and I love tomato and zucchini in anything.

Yum!

I also made dessert this weekend. I’m not going to share the exact recipe since I made some tweaks given what I had on hand and it didn’t turn out as well as I’d like. It was still good, but the original recipe looks and probably tastes better– so make this instead! Deep Dish Cookie Pie by Chocolate Covered Katie

Ready to go in the oven...

This recipe was appealing to me because it uses a secret ingredient: chickpeas! Coincidentally, I’ve had about 6 cans of chickpeas sitting around waiting to be used. This recipe called for 2 cans, so maybe I’ll be making a few more batches.

Everyone really enjoyed the taste of the cookie pie (which I cut into bars), and nobody could guess the secret ingredient! They agreed they tasted ‘healthified’ but not in a bad way. They were super gooey and chocolatey considering I used about double the amount of mini chocolate chips. Yum!

I am headed to my friend’s lake house this weekend, so running may be at a low but fun and drinking will be at a high and I can’t wait to get out of the city and enjoy the great outdoors 🙂

Have you tried any new recipes this week? What do you have planned for the weekend?

 

And it Begins…Marathon Training

July 10, 2011

Thank you all so much for the awesome comments on my last post on body confidence. I thought it was so awesome to hear many of you share the same struggles, and ultimately celebrate what our bodies are capable of doing rather than feeling down or unsatisfied.

Speaking of what our bodies can do, this past week marked week 1 of my ‘official’ NYC Marathon training! After the Mini 10K race in early June, I took a good few weeks to just rest and run how long I wanted to, when I wanted to. I kicked off this week ready to go and really excited about training again!

I’ve developed a loose plan for this year’s Marathon training, and will probably share it later this week. I still need to sit on it a bit before putting it out there, and think about some other areas I’d like to focus on this training cycle.

At least week 1 just called for around 30-35 miles for the week, and attempting to get in a road workout and ‘long’ run if I could. Mission accomplished!

Here’s how the week played out: 36.5 total miles

  • Sun: 3 miles easy in Riverside Park, humid and rainy
  • Mon: Off- Fourth of July!
  • Tues: 7 miles in Central Park
  • Weds: 6 miles in Riverside Park in am, Total Body Conditioning class after work
  • Thurs: CPTC Team Workout (3.1 miles in 20:27 [Harlem Hills..gah!], 1 mile in 6:15 [kinda downhill]) 8.5 total for day
  • Fri: Off!
  • Sat: 12 miles…longest run in a while!

Thursday’s workout was pretty rough. It was my first time doing any speed since the Mini 10K, and my butt/hamstrings were a bit tight from Wednesday night’s Total Body Conditioning class. Nonetheless, I was really pleased with my times considering how awful I felt. I think some of the distances might have been a bit short but I’ll take it. It was great to get back out there with the team and push through the discomfort. I kept reminding myself that I have to start somewhere, and I would have never put in that effort solo.

Saturday’s run was my favorite! Although I had no need to get up super early on a Saturday morning, I knew I wanted to get in a long-ish run and when I saw Megan, Ali and Kelly were meeting at 7:30 am in the park I figured it’d be a great opportunity to have company and beat the heat.

Don't we look like we're ready for an 80s workout video? (Thanks for being our professional photog, Ali!)

 

I went to Dan’s house on Long Island for dinner on Friday night after work, so didn’t get back into the city until around midnight. So, I was pretty tired when my alarm went off at 6:50 and never would have gotten out the door if I wasn’t meeting company.

I ran around 2 miles to the meeting point and then we continued along the bridle path to avoid a NYRR race, and the miles flew by! I loved running with them and not worrying about pace at all: I just wanted to get in the distance, I didn’t care how fast or slow. We all peeled off at different points and by the time I made it home, I had covered 12 miles! Average pace of 8:36, which was perfect for me. It’s still so early in training, and I really don’t think I would have been able to finish all 12 miles if I had gone much faster.

I can already tell this marathon training cycle is off to a better start than the last! I’m getting in workouts and long runs starting earlier in the cycle, which will hopefully set a strong base and pay off come November 6th. Here’s to staying healthy and enjoying many more workouts and long runs with running buddies!

And, many more trips to 16 Handles..the perfect marathon training refuel. This may or may not have been my dinner…don’t judge.

After sleeping in and lounging most of the morning, I’m off to do a bit of cooking and baking in preparation of tonight’s cooking club with friends! And…a 4-6 mile run may or may not happen depending on if I want to brave the heat.

What time do you typically do your weekend runs? What was the best workout you had this weekend? I love sleeping in, and find it hard to get up so early to beat the heat in the summer. Meeting people makes it easier to get out the door, but I would love to be able to run around noon-2 every day like I can in the fall/winter!