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Shipyard Brewery and A Whole Lot of Veggies

Yesterday was a bit of, MER. I got up and went for a run with Brent. It was a nice little jog but the air was really humid making it quite sticky. As soon as we got back, I had a conference call to jump onto so I sat down in front of the computer. I was chugging water like crazy when BREAKFAST ARRIVED. A cool Chocolately Protein Shake. Brent wouldn’t tell me what was in it, but I’m assuming that it was a take on my previous chocolate protein shake, but with some blueberries in it 🙂

 

It was yum. After the conference call, I jumped in the shower and headed off to Melbourne for work. For lunch, I threw together a salad really quickly. It actually came out really well. On it, I put Feta cheese, fresh raspberries, sliced almonds and croutons. For the dressing I used Catalina Dressing and put it in a small container on the side.

 

 

Just before getting to work, I stopped at publix to pick up a few snacks for the afternoon. Whenever I am starving and don’t want to swing by a fast food joint, I end up at the grocery store. They have a deli that you can order sandwiches from, but the supermarket also has some good options for snacks that are truly healthy. I grabbed a bowl of fruit and a veggie platter….for myself. I either really wanted some veggies, or was still dehydrated from the run this morning.

 

 

 

I had both trays sitting out on my desk at the office, and when a few people came in to meet with me, I could see their eyes darting towards the tray thinking it was a little strange. Nooow, for dinner Brent and I went to the Shipyard Brewery in Winter Park, just north of Orlando. We had never been and drive by it all the time.

Shipyard makes some fantastic beers and we just had to give a few more of them a try. As soon as the word pumpkin beer came out of the waitresses mouth, we both jumped right on it. I have a HUGE fan of pumpkin beers. I am so glad it is back in season. They have two different kinds of pumpkin beer. The Smashed Pumpkin and the Pumpkinhead Ale. The ale was described as a much lighter beer, and the Smashed Pumpkin a much heavier beer. I am not a huge fan of those really heavy beers, so she definitely scared me away from the Smashed Pumpkin.

Brent ordered the smashed pumpkin and I got the Ale, with a pumpkin cinnamon sugar around the rim….of course.

 

 

The ale was a bit too light for me. The Smashed pumpkin really gives you the pumpkin flavor. It was absolutely unbelievable. For dinner, I got a white flatbread because they really didn’t have many options for vegetarians. The flatbread was really cheesy and delicious.

 

Brent ordered a meatball sub, which looked really really good. We both ended up taking home half of our meals, because that really was enough to fill us up. Well, that and the chocolate cake that we split!

 

I would say that the food here is good, but it’s definitely not the reason that you come to the Brewery, clearly. While we were there, we were talking about how we don’t have that regular watering hole, if you will, like we used to in college. When you just needed a beer after work, to relax and hang out with some friends, we all used to head to Nichols in Hamilton, NY. You were always guaranteed to have a great time but most of all you just got to relax. Leave everything at the door.

I could see Shipyard being just that. It has so many great choices of beer that there is no getting bored. The pumpkin beers were obviously amazing, but there are so many other options that just need to be tried.

 

We may just turn into regulars at this place. Who knows?! We could one day be a part of their mug club!

 

 

Overall, a great way to end a night! Now, enough talk about beer this early in the morning!

 

Do you have a favorite bar to just unwind? 

Taco Salad and a Half Marathon!

This morning, I didn’t end up getting to the gym because sleep sounded like a much better idea. When I got up, I sat down at the computer and before I knew it, it was 8:30 and I was starving. I REALLY didn’t feel like spending anytime, even five minutes, putting something together, so yogurt, granola and blueberries it was.

It was actually pretty darn satisfying. I headed out on the road to Melbourne, visited some accounts, ventured over to Longwood and met a few new faces then headed home for the day. By that time it was already 3. I was about to gnaw on the steering wheel if I didn’t get anything in my stomach ASAP. Seriously.

When I got back, I pulled together a Taco Salad (while munching on some dried apricots). The girl….was hungry. I ended up using some crumbles for the ground beef instead because I am sticking to a vegetarian diet. But definitely feel free to put the meat back in the Taco! I honestly don’t think its that different though…

Ingredients:

1/2 Cup Crumbles or Ground Beef 1 Crushed Hard Taco Shell
1/2 Tomato, chopped 1/3 Cup Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 Cup Romaine LettuceTaco Seasoning to Taste 2 Tablespoons Catalina Dressing

Yummo. Needless to say…I devoured that. It was really really good.

This afternoon I was looking around online at road races in the area because Brent and I are currently signed up for the Autumn Rock N Run 5K next weekend. As I was perusing, I came across a half marathon in December. A half marathon has always been in the back of my mind as one of my life goals. This one just seemed to be starting me in the face. It was exactly 3 months away, leaving the perfect amount of time to train and was close to home.

So I called Brent up, to ask “what are your thoughts on running a half marathon.” I was expecting to be laughed off the phone. Instead, I got an enthusiastic “Yea! Let’s do it!” I’m in. SAY WHAT?! “Look, whoever you are, put Brent back on the phone.”

There was no persuading, no hey this could be fun, no nothing. Just yea! I’m in! Now, the terror sits in. We are doing a half marathon. It’s happening. In 3 months.

I googled a couple of training programs, just so I have an idea of what I should be doing. I found Hal Higdon’s Half Marathon Training Program for Novices. I am going to try to follow this as closely as possible and hopefully get in great shape for running my half marathon. This is the PDF version that is up on the site:

Half Marathon Training

So there you have it, my next fitness goal laid out.

I know there is still room in the 5K this weekend so there is still time to sign up! If you’ve never given one a try, now is the time! It should be a great morning for a run!

Now I guess it’s time for me to actually hit the gym today seeing that I have 13.1 miles ahead of me!

Any tips for training for a halmarathon?