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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??

 

 

Egg and Chive Salad Wrap and Running Fuel and Tips

This morning was another runner. I took the puppies for a walk, grabbed a protein bar and ran out the door, coffee in hand. At some point, it would be awesome to think that sleep would be less attractive than actually giving myself a solid amount of time in the morning. But, who knows if that will ever happen.

I did give myself enough time to make an egg salad sandwich for lunch. Working in an office environment again has made me realize how easy it is to eat terribly. There is always junk food lying around, begging for the taking. The candy drawer doesn’t help much either. We were having lunch brought to us today but I figured if I prepared something myself I would end up eating a bit more healthy than whatever showed up at the office.

Last night while I was making the pasta, I boiled another pot on the side and made some hard boiled eggs. There are so many things that you can do with a hard boiled egg, and they are such a great source of protein that I believe it’s something that you should have on hand always. Whelp, a delicious Egg and Chive Salad Sandwich!

 

Ingredients:

3 Hard Boiled Eggs, Chopped 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
1 Tablespoon Greek Yogurt 1/2 Tablespoon Chives
Salt to Taste Pepper to Taste

Just mix all of the ingredients up in a bowl and put it into your wrap. You can also just put this on regular wheat bread as well. It was really light but filling at the same time. To bring it to work I packed it in a Tupperware that allows a freezer pack to be placed on the top of it. Keeping it chilled for the hour and a half drive.

 

Best purchase ever. Well, Tupperware purchase I guess.

Tonight, on the Half Marathon Training Schedule is a 4 mile run. Whoooooooo. But with that said, I wanted to share some little tips that I had gotten about a week ago at Track Shack. Track Shack is a running store located here in Orlando. They have run a few races that we have been in and actually will be the group for the Half Marathon as well. But, they are absolutely fantastic for another reason.

When you walk in to get a new pair of sneaks, the guys there will actually watch you run to determine the best type of shoe for your running style. Then, they bring out a couple of different options for you that  vary in the amount of support and cushion just so you can get the PERFECT sneaker for you. Serious stuff.

Brent and I had stopped by looking for some new training shoes and I made my own little scene in the store while I was talking to the guy fitting my shoes. He measured my foot and told me that I was a size 9…like it was no big deal. I corrected him and told him I was most definitely an 8. I don’t have a shoe in my closet that isn’t an 8. He just laughed at me and told me to look at the measuring stick, which CLEARLY said I was a 9. I might have raised my voice a little in surprise and objection because I AM NOT A 9. THAT THING IS WRONG. He actually grabbed another measuring tool, and sure enough….it said 9 too.

Brent and the other guy were now laughing hysterically at me because I was fitting this guy over my shoe size. He ended up bringing out a few pairs in a 9…I tried them on…they seemed to fit great. WRONG, the guy said…well actually, you might need a 9 1/2. Nope. Negative. Not happening. I am not a 9. He’s laughing at me, the whole store is actually laughing at me. It’s fine.

I ended up getting…a 9…But I LOVE them! I did end up trying on the 9.5 and he agreed they were too big. Whew.

 

Beauts right?!

I love ’em. In between causing a scene in the sneaker store, I was just chatting with him for a bit and found out that he is an avid runner…surprise surprise…he works in a running store. Well, he is training for his first ULTRA. An Ultra is a race anything longer than a marathon. I didn’t even know anything like that existed. He has a mile run in about a month and a HUNDRED mile run in February. He’s thinking about signing up for a second HUNDRED mile run in March. Yes. HUNDRED.

Apparently he bought a really energetic dog that just chewed everything up so he started taking it out for runs. He couldn’t seem to tire him out and just kept running farther and farther until whoops, he’s running 30 miles 3 times a week. Crazy man. So no excuses…there is a guy in Orlando that gets up at 5 every morning and runs 30 miles.

In my chat, I picked up a few SNEAKER SHOPPING TIPS:

  1. You should have at least half a thumb nail distance from the end of your shoe to the tip of your big toe.
  2. Too big of shoes is always better than too small. If you go too small, you are at risk for much bigger issues like your feet going numb while running or loosing a toe nail…woof.
  3. When putting your running shoes on, always tap your foot back into the heel as far as possible, then tie the laces. Tying the laces will lock your foot far back in the shoe and prevent injuries associated with too small of sneakers.
  4. Your running shoes should be replaced every 300-700 miles of running. The heavier you are the lower the milage would be because you will be pounding down on the soles a bit harder.

Another thing that I talked to him about were energy gels. As I’m climbing up in the miles, I was told that energy gels actually help you get through the runs. I picked up 3 different kinds and have only tried one so far. I really didn’t care for it much…

 

The one I have tried, was the far left, Power Bar Energy. I took it just before my run and it did not go down smoothly. I had to force it down because the taste was just awful. I didn’t end up finishing the shot and just threw the rest away. I had been warned that they could mess with your stomach, and this one definitely did. My stomach was NOT happy for the rest of the day. I don’t think I’m going to give that one a go again.

But I will let you know how the other two end up. These are really great energy sources for those runs that are 45 minutes plus. That would be the only time I dip into this little stash.

 

What is the farthest that you have ever run?? Would you ever consider a half marathon?? A marathon?? Or and ULTRA?! What is too far??

I am working on my first official marathon in december and could honestly see myself going for a full marathon at some point. At the moment…anything more just seems nuts. But who knows?!

 

 

 

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??