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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!!

Too Much Thinking Time

On the way out the door, I headed to the kitchen to throw something together really quickly for lunch. I had bought some pears earlier this week and they are starting to get to the point or “Eat me or else.” So lunch was made around these pears.

I grabbed a large handful of spinach, chopped up a green pepper, and the pear and put it all in a To-Go box. Sprinkled some sunflower seeds and feta cheese on top. Grabbed my salad dressing container and called it lunch! It was actually really satisfying and the flavors went together really nicely.

 

As soon as I got to the office, there wasn’t a moment for me to sit and relax at all.

Oh my way home, I started to think about everything that had to get done before I headed out for the weekend. Between the dogs, cleaning, packing, work, my 11 mile run and a long list of little things, I’m not exactly sure how it’s going to be managed. The long ride really just gives me time to start freaking out about what I’m not doing while I’m driving. It’s slightly miserable.

I ended up stopping off at the post office to drop the Thanksgiving letters in the mail. As I was addressing them this afternoon, I was realizing how many different places these letters were actually going. It was NUTS. So out of the 10 letters that I sent out, I reached 7 different states. Not kidding.

  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Virginia

Crazy right?! It just made me think about how spread out we have all gotten and yet I still talk to them on a regular basis. 🙂

Needless to say, as soon as I got home, I was starving and prepared to make nothing that took longer than 5 minutes. I just didn’t have the time. I had picked up some Cranberry English Muffins that I have been dying to try. So one of those went into the toaster while I mixed up the insides.

1 Can of Tuna 1/4 Green Pepper, Chopped
1/4 Teaspoon Onion Powder 1 Tablespoon Yellow Mustard
A Dab of Smart Balance Mayo

I topped it with a slice of american cheese and Dinner was served!

 

 

It was PACKED with green peppers and I loved it. The pop of cranberry from the english muffin added a lot of flavor to it. I would plan on putting some dried cranberries into the next batch of tuna that I make. It really added something different to it.

Tonight I’ve got a lot on the agenda, so I’m off to crackin!

 

Does driving give you a time to relax?? Or does it make you think about everything you haven’t done resulting in a mini freak out??

 

Absolutely, freak out.

Tuna Fish Panini

I don’t know about anyone else, but I woke up this morning a little exhausted from the fourth festivities. I threw together some fourth of July shots with Triple Sec, Whipped Cream Vodka, Apricot preserves and some fresh strawberries and blueberries. Let’s just say they were a hit! Dangerously delicious.

For lunch today, I whipped out the panini maker. When in doubt, a griddle can turn just an ordinary sandwich into something unbelievable. I was aiming for a cheesy, filling sandwich. A panini was exactly what I was looking for.

 

Ingredients:

1/4 Cup Diced Red Onion                                                 1/4 Cup Diced Pickle

1 Can of Tuna in water                                                        1 Slice of Tomato

1 Tablespoon Cheddar Cheese                                          1 Whole Wheat Bun

1 Tablespoon Light Mayo

 

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, mix the red onion, tuna, mayo, and pickles.

 

2. Put tuna mix on one side of the bun.

 

3. Top with cheddar cheese and tomato slice.

 

4. Place sandwich on the griddle and turn this guy into a Panini!

 

The only reason that I used a bun was because I had a few left over from making Turkey burgers. So when you are making these, definitely use whatever bread you have lying around. There is no reason to go out and specifically get bread for paninis. Try to take what you normally have in the cabinets and turn it into something new every time you get hungry. The options are endless.

 

Add whatever you like to the tuna. Tuna is one of those things that can morph into whatever will make your taste buds happy. If you like spicy foods, try adding jalapenos to it. Or Red Pepper. If you love garlic, add some garlic powder, diced garlic and some green seasonings to mix it up. Mustard based tuna is always another way to go. Throw some dijon in there. Or maybe some bacon bit?! Get crazy.

Let me know how you like to mix your tuna up! Try something new the next time you are trying to figure out what to eat. Listen to your taste buds and just go for it!

 

Happy Eating!

 

 

Tuna Stuffed Tomato

Today being Friday, I got up and went to the gym, worked out for a looooong 30 minutes and when I got home, passed out on the couch for a solid hour. Note to self, have coffee ready and waiting when you get home from the gym. Needless to say, I got a delayed start to my day.

So for my LATE lunch today, I needed something quick and delicious to get me through the rest of the day, hopefully being semi productive. The tuna stuffed tomato has always been in the back of my mind because it is so unbelievably easy and really just  a twist on the traditional tuna sandwich, which can be much heavier and result in a coma like state making the rest of your day feel just that much longer. Not what I need right now.

There are a MILLION ways that you can prepare this, so I’ll just show you the way I ended up doing making it today. Feel free to add whatever you like to this recipe. I have been known to throw together a ranch and onion powder tuna fish, or a spicy mustard based tuna. Options are endless! Let me know if you have any other tuna salads that are just to die for!

Ingredients:

1 Can of Tuna Fish                                                        1/4 Cup Red Onion

3 Tablespoons No fat Mayo (I used Smart Blanace)

Ground Pepper to Taste                                               2 Red Tomatoes

Green Lettuce

Directions:

1. Slice the top of the tomatoes off and hallow out the insides of the tomatoes.

2. Mix tuna, onions, mayo and ground pepper in a bowl.

3. Add tuna salad into the center of the tomatoes. Serve on a bed of lettuce.

 

Bon Appétit! 

I am very happy with the way this came out and it is perfect for a lighter lunch. It doesn’t weigh you down at all and gives you the fuel to get you through the rest of the day.

 

Nutritionally, this is fantastic! The mayo is really the only thing that you need to make sure you don’t over do. Calorically, it rounds out to be about 230-250 calories. So definitely fits into the meal plan.

 

Let me know how yours comes out and if you do anything differently! It always good to try and shake things up a bit so your taste buds never know whats coming!