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First Half Marathon = Conquered

This morning Brent and I FINISHED our Half Marathon. I am pumped. The race started at 7 this morning, so we were on the road by 615. I lined up at the 9 minute mark hoping that having some faster people around me would get me going. But, I ended up starting at a pace that was too fast. I ended up having to convince myself that I was going to go at my own pace and not try to BEAT everyone else that was running.

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Around mile 5 or 6 my knee legit just said no thanks. It hasn’t done this in a while. Out of all of my long runs…it had to be this one that it just said see you later. I was limping a bit and struggling a lot for the next two miles. I stopped a few times to really stretch it out a bit, but it never seemed to calm down.

At mile marker 7, I started thinking in terms of the miles that we had left. However, my math was wrong and I for some reason though we only had 5 left at that time.

When we got to mile 9, the number of people cheering us on really started to pick up. Their signs…were AMAZING.

  • You trained for this longer than Kim Kardashian’s marriage lasted.
  • Run faster, I just farted.
  • Sweat is fat crying.
  • Run like you stole something.

Those were just a few favs, but people can be really creative. We finished and immediately grabbed a banana, which I fell in love with after the Rock N Run in Sept. Grabbed some water and headed over to the grassy to start stretching.

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I think Brent wanted to shoot me because while we were sitting there chatting away, I couldn’t help but start thinking about the next one! I loved it. I am absolutely doing another one. Brent just responded, can we just talk about this tomorrow?? Haha.

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Tired elves. After we gained some strength, we started walking around the tents that they have set up for a little after party. One of the things that they were giving away was chocolate milk. Brent found this out before the race and may or may not have been running towards that chocolate milk.

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The route that we ran was really, really nice. It had several areas that were cobble stoned, which wasn’t amazing to run on towards the end. It took you all through downtown Orlando, and around all of the little lakes in the area. If you aren’t from Orlando, I would say this is a great way to get a good sense of what living in Orlando is like!

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They had tons and tons of volunteers and police officers marking the way. Every mile and a half there were Port A Johns and water stations to grab something. Even more towards the end. At mile 8.5 they had supplements to give you that extra boost. There were bands playing in several spots along the way. Tons of spectators cheering you on. They also had a medic about half way through.

At the end, there were tents to get ice wrapped on your shins, knees or whatever else and cooling stations that you just stuck your head into and it showered you with a light cool mist. Yes.

The weather, was perfect. There was a little chill in the air in the morning, and it warmed up to about 75. The light, long sleeve shirts that we wore were perfect. I had so much fun that I am sure this isn’t going to be my last half marathon. Only next time, I’m running for time!

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Post race, I didn’t really want to eat or drink much. The thought of food was just…mer. After about an hour at home, I was ready for something light. I ended up making a little twist on a tuna melt, that was so good.

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Ingredients:

1 Can Tuna 2 Tablespoons BBQ Sauce
1/4 Cucumber Chopped 1/2 Slice Provolone Cheese

Strange, but delish. Brent loved it. I love everything with Sonny’s BBQ sauce on it anyways,

I ended up resting for a bit of the day because tonight, we are going to a BIRTHDAY PARTY!!

The Recipe Book

For lunch today, I made a greek inspired pita pocket. It turned out really well, and was even better than I had thought it would be.

Greek Scrambled Pita

 

Ingredients:

1 Wheat Pita 2 Scrambled Eggs
2 Tablespoon Feta Cheese 1/3 Cup Chopped Cucumber
2 Tablespoons Sun Dried Tomato Humms

Yummy.

This afternoon, I took care of some projects that had been calling my name for a while. One of which, was doing something about my WALL, of cookbooks. During the holiday seasons especially, there are some cute little cookbooks that show up at the check out counter at Publix. Every once in a while I grab one. Well, every once in a while has turned a little shelf into these little cookbooks. I decided to trim it down a bit and consolidate them into 1 binder of everything.

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I used pocket dividers for each section, so I can easily add in magazine clippings and things like that. I’m always finding things that I want to give a try, and this is going to be a really easy way to keep it all in one spot. It also made my shelves look just a bit more organized!

Only a few more hours until the big race! I’m chugging water at the moment to make sure I’m hydrated enough. I always seem to get extremely dehydrated after running and I’m hoping to avoid that tomorrow.

See you after the big race!!

What have you done in the past to organize something that just seems to take up too much room??

 

 

Chocolate Protein Shake and A Greek Quesadilla with Dipping Sauce

This weekend was fairly calm. Saturday I woke up and got through a 5.5 mile run, which was pretty exciting considering that was the farthest I have run in the past 2 years 🙂  My legs though were DEAD by the end of it. Seriously. My wind was fine for the run, it really was my legs that didn’t seem to have it in them to pump out 5.5 miles.

After I got back, I was starving and needed something cool. It was 90 outside, which can really get to you after that distance. A protein shake seemed right up my alley. And good Lord, did I make a protein shake. It tasted like a Chocolate Shake based with ICE CREAM. Absolute YUMMO.

It really hit the spot. I ended up spending the weekend cleaning for the most part. Just getting some regular chores done that I don’t normally have the chance to do. BOORRRING. But at least it’s all done.

I took Sunday off from working out because my legs were still sore. I was planning on getting a yoga DVD to try out, but never got around to it. For dinner lat night, I had something that did real good things. A Greek Quesadilla with a Yogurt Dip. I am not a big fan of olives, but without them…the quesadilla wouldn’t have tasted so good. It was really quick and easy to make both the quesadilla and the yogurt, but it tasted like I put a lot of effort into it.

 

Ingredients:

2 Wraps 1/2 Cup Cucumber, Chopped
1/4 Cup Mozzarella Cheese 2 Tablespoons Feta Cheese
2 Tablespoons Sliced Olives

Dipping Sauce Ingredients:

2/3 Cup Fat Free Greek Yogurt 1 Tablepsoon Fresh Dill
1 Teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil 1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice
2 Garlic Cloves, Diced

 

Directions:

1. On one side of the quesadilla, fill with all of the ingredients. Top with other wrap and place  on preheated skillet, or in quesadilla maker.

 

 

 

 

If you are using a quesadilla maker, you don’t need to flip it over and it will take about 4-5 minutes total. If you are using a skillet, you will need to flip it once it gets browned to toast the other side.

2. Mix up all of the ingredients for the dipping sauce in a small bowl.

 

 

 

 

And there you have it! It was really simple but packed with flavor. The dipping sauce really makes the whole dish. It’s perfect for any night that you are starving and just want to sit in front of the TV, relax and eat some finger food. Well, because that’s exactly what I did 🙂

 

 

 

There were no leftovers. I’ve got to get my butt moving for the day, so stay tuned!

 

What’s your favorite food for a TV night??

 

Summer Cucumber Tomato Salad and Lakeridge Winery

Yesterday the boys headed out to golf at Disney and Maggie and I went off to Lakeridge Winery. It is a beautiful winery in central florida and definitely worth seeing. They have free tours and free wine tastings all day because their wine is that good. You get to taste just about every wine that they have…which is about 10!

On the tour they give you a bit of history of the owners and a run through of how to make wine. These wines are made from two different types of grapes, but mainly the muscadine. They joke that the winery is on the rolling hills of FL.

We took home two wines. Both were extremely different. If you aren’t from the area, you can most likely find the wines in a larger wine shop, or you can order everything online. It’s worth a try. The southern Red and Southern White wines are the most popular but are on the sweeter side. The Chablis is what I ended up getting and it is a good combination of sweet and dry. It is a very light wine and perfect for a BBQ!

Which is exactly what we did. On the way home, Maggie and I stopped at Dunkin Donuts and grabbed a quick snack and coffee. As we were walking out Maggie was laughing hysterically at my iced coffee.

I drink EVERYTHING with a straw. And the bigger the better! I sent the picture to Brent because he really doesn’t understand either.

For the BBQ, we grilled up some fresh Venison Burgers that were given to me by a co-worker and some Omaha Steaks Tenderloin Steaks. Yumm. I didn’t have either but I know they were delicious because I have enjoyed them in the past. Omaha Steaks has some great bulk deals and all of their meat is impressively good. They even ship it right to your door.

Maggie whipped up a Summer Tomato and Cucumber Salad that was amazing and really easy to make.

In the salad is:

1 Cucumber 1 Small Yellow Onion
1/4 Cup Feta Cheese 1 Cup Sherry Tomatoes, chopped

For the dressing mix:

1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 Tablespoons White White Wine Vinegar
Salt to Taste Pepper to Taste

Sooo EASY! And it was perfect for a BBQ side. I ended up having a Mango Salsa salad instead of the meat.

Overall, it was a nice little spread. We sat outside in the backyard and chowed down with some of our new wine from Lakeridge and just relaxed.

Fun! Happy Labor Day to everyone! and Happy Eating!

Sun Dried Tomato and Cucumber Sandwich and Workout

This morning I woke up with a bit of a cold that was still lingering from the weekend. Even when I feel like I am starting to get sick, I go straight to brew myself some tea. This weekend I had gone to Teavana and grabbed some fresh tea leaves so that’s what ended up in my cup. I love that place because as soon as you walk in you feel like the options for tea are endless. The only thing that bothers me about the place is that you can’t take them all home!

After my tea I stumbled around the kitchen to find some waffles that had been in the freezer for a while. Just waiting to be comfort food for just this occasion. I am a big fan of the Van’s natural foods Waffles. They load these waffles with flaxseeds and natural wheats and they are friendly to just about every dietary restriction. No eggs, No Dairy, No Gluten….and yummy.

For the syrup I used Agave Nectar, just trying to stay on the healthy side again 🙂

When lunch came around, it was another veggie sandwich for me. I love them even though I feel like they sound so bland. Hummus is my go to as far as condiments go. You can get just about every flavor of them and they add so much to your sandwich. I just picked up this Sun-Dried Tomato Hummus the other day and have been slapping it on everything. They other one I picked up was a Spicey Red Pepper Hummus, and that has a hell of a kick.

For the sandwich…

Ingredients:

4 Slices of Cucumber 1 Slice of Whole Wheat Bread
1/4 Cup Sprouts 2 Tablespoons Sun Dried Tomato Hummus

Tonight I headed to the gym to do an Elliptical Workout and my Shoulder Toning Circuit. I am going to try to start adding a link to some great little workouts that I do to stay in shape 🙂

Happy Eating!