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Monday Things {02-11-2013}

1. This weekend went by in a quick and tired blur. After three mornings of waking up before 5 am, I was exhausted Friday night. I threw dinner together for Ian and I and then we spent the rest of the night on the couch watching t.v. The highlight (or low light) of the night was losing my pinkie toenail (ew, I know I’m gross). I’m pretty sure I crashed around 9 pm and managed to sleep through the night until 7:30 am on Saturday. That’s a lot of sleep for me!

2. After breakfast, I lounged around the apartment, headed out for a 4 mile recovery run, and then headed to the gym to try a power yoga class. Now I’m not a big yogi, I’ve been to a few classes here and there and I’ve only been able to really get into one class and I believe it was Bikram style but I’m always up for something new and I figured I should check out the class at my gym. Yeah, it just didn’t do it for me. Sure my arms were a little sore afterward but I just didn’t love the class, it wasn’t a total waste of time but I’m not sure I’ll go back. I really do wish I could love yoga but it’s just not something I enjoy.

3. For lunch on Saturday, I met up with some friends at Tweet to celebrate Emily‘s birthday. The restaurant was father north than I usually venture but the menu was extensive and everything sounded so good. They even had a gluten free menu. I’d already eaten breakfast, so I opted for a huge southwestern cobb salad. It was massive and delicious.


After lunch, we headed over to a small Asian market and picked up kabocha squashes on the cheap.

Emily, me, Kelsey, & Katie

4. Saturday night was also super chill. Ian and I knocked out our grocery shopping, ate dinner at home, and then watched a movie on t.v. Ian was exhausted from working on his car so he crashed early and I read Cutting for Stone, until I got tired. We were party animals this weekend :P.

5. After a restless night, I woke up early on Sunday determined to fit my long run in outside before the rain started. I had a pre-run rice cake with almond butter and raisins and then headed outside. I ran a 5 mile warm-up followed by 10 miles at marathon pace with a 1 mile cool down. I tried a new type of gel, PowerBar energy gel with caffeine, and I think I liked it more than Gus but less than Clif’s gels. I also got lucky and it didn’t really rain the entire time I was outside. Woohoo!


6. After taking a long nap on Sunday, Ian and I headed to Urban Belly to grab some lunch. We decided to split some kimchee and wrinkle beans to start…


…and then for my meal, I ordered the #14 (spicy garlic chili, tofu, and chinese eggplant) with rice cake instead of egg noodles. I avoided the tofu and was really impressed with the rice cake that tasted like a really thick slice of noodle. Yum!


7. Ian and I ran some errands after lunch and when we got home, I parked myself in the kitchen and got started on making Ian’s breakfasts for the week, glazed chocolate cake donuts. The recipe was pretty simple but I was nervous about actually frying the donuts. I shouldn’t have been though, the oil was a little too hot at first and I think I burnt one or two but after turning the temperature down and figuring out what was going on, it was smooth sailing.


8. Unfortunately, my computer completely bit the dust last night. I’ve been having trouble with it for awhile and my battery has been nonexistent (meaning if I unplug my laptop it immediately shuts down) for about a week now. Ian and I were browsing along when all of a sudden 1,000 pop-ups appeared and wouldn’t go away. Ian spent some time trying to figure out what was going on but ultimately decided I was better off doing a restore. He found a back-up on my laptop from early 2011 and restored everything back to the old settings. It’s really annoying but I’m so thankful that I decided to back all of my files up externally about a month ago. Whew!

How was your weekend? Do you like to catch up on sleep over the weekend?


This morning I had one of the greatest workouts. Don’t you love that feeling? My body is tired and energized at the same time :-D

Monday is normally my off-day because I choose to do my long runs on Sunday. However, my schedule got screwed up this week when I chose to run 14 miles on Saturday instead of the usual Sunday. So, I figured I’d take Sunday off and let my legs recover from my run and then use Monday as a free workout day to do whatever I like (instead of focusing on the BM).

My mom gave me some new swim toys for Christmas, so I decided to finally put them to good use. FYI many pools provide these and you wouldn’t need to purchase them, mine however does not.

I also wanted to run a few miles today, just to loosen my legs, so I figured I would just take care of that while at the gym. I packed a bag full of my workout gear- kickboard, swim buoy, towel, goggles, swim plan, glasses case, contacts, change of clothes, gym shoes, socks, ipod, etc.

The bag was stuffed!

It was totally worth it though. I swam a total of 1,800 yards using a modified version of my interval workout including lots of pulls and kicks (needed to use my new toys) and then hit the treadmill for 3 miles of running intervals. I warmed up at 7.5 and then alternated between 7.6 and 8.7 staying at each speed for 2 minutes. Whew!

Boston Marathon: 12 miler

I woke up bright and early this morning to get ready for my first long run of training. I wanted to make sure not to forget anything as I was running a point-to-point course and Ian was going to meet me at one of our favorite breakfast places. But more on that later ;).

While I was packing a bag and rechecking my route, I snacked on a half piece of toast with some peanut butter and chia seeds. Hey, it worked for the Tarahumara right?

I generally just eat part of a larabar before going on long runs but we were out of larabars and I’m starting to wonder if that is enough fuel for longer training runs. So, I’m trying some new combinations to see what my sensitive stomach can handle.

The toast seemed to be ok, but I’m not sure I could have stomached too much more. Oh well, baby steps I guess.

My run felt really good. I never felt out of breath or anything, but my hips felt tight and my ankles felt weak. Hopefully this goes away soon. I ended up running 12.15 miles and finishing in 1:33:41.

Mile 1- 7:43
Mile 2- 7:44
Mile 3- 7:51
Mile 4- 7:36
Mile 5- 7:58
Mile 6- 7:26
Mile 7- 7:45
Mile 8- 8:09 <– got lost, stopped to ask for directions
Mile 9- 7:26
Mile 10- 7:44
Mile 11- 7:43
Mile 12- 7:27
Last .15- 7:43

Overall I’m pretty happy although my pacing is all over the place. I’m thinking it will even out though as I adjust back to running more frequently.

I met Ian at Lula Cafe, one of my favorite breakfast places in Chicago. He was even nice enough to bring my bag with him so I could change out of my running clothes. What a guy ;)

I started breakfast with some water and a coffee and then ordered the strada of the day for my main. The strada is Lula’s version of a savory pain de mie bread pudding and they alternate the ingredients each week. Today’s had spinach, apple, goat cheese, celery, and walnuts. This is my absolute go-to breakfast at Lula’s

It was so good and just what my body wanted after a long run. I’m totally going to try to recreate it this week too!

Ian had the brioche bread pudding french toast and loved it. The presentation was awesome too, so I had to take a picture.

We both left happily full but not overstuffed which is another reason why I love this restaurant, portion sizes are reasonable.

After breakfast, Ian and I walked over to Trader Joe’s to do our grocery shopping.  Its not bitter cold out yet so walking is still bearable. We must take advantage of it!

I plan to relax a bit this afternoon and then we’re headed out to the Christkindlmarket. Have a great Sunday!