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Running Intimidation

This morning I had the complete intention of going out for my long run of the week. After hitting the 9 mile mark last week…it was time to up the ante and go for some double digits. I had mentioned the fact that I was due for a 10 miler to Brent, his eyes jumped out of his head and he pretty much told me I was nuts. I hadn’t  out the run last night either, which I normally do just to mentally prepare myself.

When my alarm went off at 6, I most likely just reached over and shut the thing off…BUT I don’t really remember doing that…So, I actually ended up waking up at 7. Not really enough time to run 10 miles.

Anyways, all of my excuses combined, I completely psyched myself out and ended up going for a 6.5 mile run. And when you actually think about it…I really missed the mark by 3.5 miles (not a crazy distance) so I don’t know why I made such a big deal about it. My NO EXCUSES PLAN is to run another shorter run tomorrow, rest Thursday and GET READY FRIDAY 11 MILER!

As the half marathon date approaches, the more and  more nervous I’m getting. Reality is setting in and I’m realizing how far 13.1 miles actually is. FAR. That can be a fifteen minute drive across town. 7-8 Minutes on the highway. Or a 3 and a half hour walk. But, even though I’m getting a bit of nerves, I’m really excited. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

After the run, I whipped together a Blackberry Protein Smoothie. Lord knows I needed protein. The only thing I would have changed is the seeds. There were a bit too many for my taste.

After chugging my smoothie. I threw together a little TO-GO pack for lunch. Can you guess what I’m planning on making at work??

I know, not really too difficult to guess…But I’m going to leave you hanging anyways!

We are also half way through the Sizzle Wars entry period! Make sure you get your recipes submitted! Just shoot an email over to me at SizzleEats@gmail.com with your favorite childhood recipe to be entered to win an Assortment of To You Snacks! They are Delicious!

If you don’t have the time to make it and snap a picture, just send over the recipe and I will snap my own picture of YOUR recipe!

Happy Tuesday!

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?!

 

 

 

Rock N Run 5K and DeSoto Park

This weekend started off with a bang at the Rock N Run 5K in Casselberry. It was Brent’s first official race and our first run to jumpstart the half marathon training. I woke up on Saturday at 6am, which wasn’t easy and started to get ready for the race. I am big into eating as soon as I wake up, nor before a workout. But, I knew I had to eat something, so for a pre-race snack I had half of a Nature Granola Bar.

We arrived at the race at 645 and Brent was immediately taken back by how many people were showing up for this thing. There wasn’t too much time before the race.

While lining up, Brent wanted to stand at the 10+ minute marker thinking he really wasn’t going to run much faster than that. So that’s where we ended up.

You could tell he was a bit nervous, but excited at the same time. After all, the races here really aren’t true races. People go just to have a good time and get some exercise in. They are great for any athletic ability.

My goal going into the day was to be under 30 minutes. The race itself was a challenge. By the time we hit the mile mark there were already people starting their THIRD mile! That was just about 10 minutes in! I haven’t looked at what the top times were, but seriously?!

The third mile was definitely a challenge for both of us. There was a slight incline and we were just about dead tired. Towards the end, runners who had already finished were walking back out to the course to cheer the rest of us on. It really gave you the motivation to push through and run that much harder.

I ended up finishing at 29:20! It was 35th in my division! I was really pumped about that! Brent came in 50th in his division and finished with a solid 32 minutes! When Brent came in I had to snap a few photos!

(We started a little over a minute after the clock started)

Exhausted but really pumped he finished!

(My face isn’t that red right??)

After the race they were handing out ice cold waters. THANK YOU! Just what we needed. They also had a bunch of tents set up with information about all the different sponsors. The most important being Track Shack. 🙂 For all of the Orlando locals, Track Shack is the organizer for this run and many others. They also have a store on Mills Ave where you can get your run analyzed in order to make sure you buy the best running shoes for your body. FANTASTIC.

My favorite booth was the Banana Booth! A perfect snack post run!

Overall, fantastic way to start off the weekend.

This morning we ventured off to St Petersburg with the puppies. We stopped at Einstein Bros Bagels and picked up some Bfast. I ended up with an Veggie Schmear, with a eggs and cheddar cheese on an everything flat bagel, YUM.

Oreo sat in the front and stuck her head out the window for the majority of the way.

She looks hilarious with the wind blowing in her face.

In St. Pete, we went to DeSoto Beach, which is a Dog Beach that allows your dogs to be off leash! Absolutely amazing. I think all beaches should allow dogs. They just have the best time running and playing fetch in the water and the people are free to just sit in the sand and sun themselves. What’s better than that?!

I didn’t end up snapping any pictures, but Brent says that’s just motivation for us to go back. For your enjoyment, this is one of my favorite pictures of Oreo in the water as a pup…

It was her first time out there 🙂

On the way back, we stopped at Publix to grab a snack. I ended up with some Pasta Salad, Fruit, and a Hummus Snack Cup.

The pasta salad was actually extremely good.

Bacon and Oreo were EXHAUSTED. The best kind of dog.

Tonight, is going to be really low key. I’m going to make some Overnight Oatmeal because I’ve got an early morning tomorrow and some tea!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

Fontina Cheese Over Easy Egg and Day 2 of Training

This morning was a slow one. I watched some reality TV and read up on US Weekly, found out Rob Kardashian is dating Rihanna! Shocking! When I finally went over to make some breakfast, I stared at the refrigerator for a while and came up with an over easy egg…this is my go to for breakfast if you couldn’t tell. But, I wanted to turn it into something a little bit different than the typical eggs and toast.

My inspiration, Brie, a phenomenal appetizer that I LOVE to make. I took fontina cheese, leftover from the Margarita Pizza, melted a bit on top and added some raspberry jam to the toast. It was better than I could have imagined. While I was eating it, I was thinking that some ground pepper would also be great on this to spice it up. Spice jam is always unexpected, in a good way.

Devoured.

The rest of the day was fairly relaxing. Nothing notable, but the best kind of saturday. After an afternoon of America’s Next Top Model, I decided to finally head to the gym. This process of getting dressed and out the door took me almost two episodes to accomplish. I was really only pushed when I looked at what time it closed, and it was an hour and a half away…TIME TO GO!

I went to the gym with one goal in mind. RUN 4 MILES. Now, I haven’t run that far without stopping in a while. I normally go to the gym and stop at 3 miles because I really do find the treadmill to be boring. After 3 miles, I’ll go find something a bit more captivating to finish it out with.

If I’m running outside, the FL heat starts to get me before I can really push past the 3 mile mark.

So I got on the treadmill with a plan…intervals. Lots and lots of intervals. I find making your goal 2 minutes away, or 1 minute away makes the entire run fly by a bit faster. This was my workout:

I was dying by the end of it, but man does it feel good! I loved this workout and will definitely be coming back to it again. It made the time fly by and the little rests in there at 6.0 were seriously necessary.

Give it a try!

For dinner, I went with a simple pasta and vodka sauce. I sprinkled it with some fresh parmesan cheese and basil leaves. Delicious. Just what I needed after a workout like that. Some carbs! 🙂

For tonight, I’m thinking a glass of wine. I deserved it!

Have a great Saturday night!

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?