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WIAW {10-24-2012}

It’s time for another What I Ate Wednesday and today I’m going to show you my eats from yesterday (Tuesday). For more information and/or to link up, check out Jenn’s blog Peas and Crayons!
Spooky Snacks and Healthy Halloween Treats

Let’s get to it!

{5:10 am} Pre-run Snack

Before heading out for my 10 mile run, I had a medjool date stuffed with mocha peanut butter and sprinkled with salt and a little almond milk (unpictured). I’ve started salting my nut butters before longer runs to counteract the fact that I’m a salty sweater and don’t drink sports drinks while I’m running. I also accidentally bought a jar of unsalted almond butter and in adding salt to make it palatable realized I like my nut butters salty. No shame.

{7:15 am} Breakfast

It’s been really warm and humid in Chicago so after my run all I wanted was something cold, no oats, waffles, or breakfast bakes for me! I ended up making a recovery smoothie with 1 frozen banana, 1 cup frozen berry blend (TJs), 1/2 scoop Life’s Basics Plant Protein, and maybe 3/4-1 cup almond milk. I also had a rice cake with Naturally Nutty Pepita butter and raisins for crunch. This was a perfect post-run breakfast :).

{11:45 am} Lunch

I really tried to make it to noon to eat lunch but my stomach started growling loudly in my cube around 11 and eventually I gave in and dug into lunch early. I had leftover quinoa taco salad with veganaise and hot sauce and I have to say I think it was better the second time around!

I also had some huge grapes.

{3:30 pm} Snack

Yesterday was a hungry day and by 3:15 I was starting to feel like I needed something to eat. Knowing that I needed to run some errands after work, I snacked on a pear around 3:30.

{7:00 pm} Dinner

Dinner last night was super easy and really tasty. First, I made this roasted brussels sprouts and apples side dish and then I heated up the last of the TJs sweet potato bisque soup. The brussels sprouts were awesome (even Ian had some!) but the soup was just okay, I had to doctor it a bit with spices/hot sauce and I’m not sure I’d buy it again.

It’s hard to take a pretty picture of soup.

After dinner I spent a good chunk of time looking at and eventually booking our hotel for the Goofy Challenge (woohoo). We managed to get a pretty good deal and planning the trip made me realize that it’s actually happening. I’m so excited!

{9:00 pm} Dessert/Snack

I wanted a little something more than just a piece of chocolate or fruit so I attempted to make muesli by mixing oats, sunflower seeds, walnuts, banana slices, chocolate covered walnuts, dried cranberries, cinnamon, and almond milk in a little dish. It wasn’t quite muesli but it was pretty tasty.

After dinner, Ian and I both filled out our absentee ballots and relaxed for a bit before heading to bed. Being productive in the evenings after work is exhausting :P.

Do you normally have a snack after dinner? What do you like to have? 

Back in the Groove

Happy Friday :). I still have some posts that I’d like to write about my trip to Boston and the marathon (specifically my final thoughts on deferring and my Q&A with a Gatorade GSSI scientist) but first I thought I’d check in and give you all an update on what I’ve been up to since getting back from the trip.

Well, first school’s been incredibly busy. I arrived at home right at the start of exams and have already taken my first final (yesterday) and finished my thesis presentation and abstract (I present next Wednesday). Whew! Unfortunately, the good stuff just keeps on coming and I have an exam & three presentations next week (and my birthday) followed by three papers the following week. Craazy!

I’ve also been running pretty consistently. I’ve devoted myself to rebase training and am focusing on increasing the number of days per week that I run. I’m starting at a low 20 miles per week (still more than I ran the past 6 weeks) and by increasing my mileage no more than 10% per week I’m hoping to reach 40 miles by the end of May. My main goal is to avoid injury so I’m not worried about time at all, just waking up my muscles and reacclimating to running. Luckily I have some shorter distance races and a triathlon (maybe 2) to keep my mind off of long distance racing for awhile.

I hope to increase my mileage to about 55 by the end of the summer and then start marathon training- woohoo!

And thats about it over here- what have you been up to this week? Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?


Boston Marathon: 19 miler

Last night I carbo-loaded with 1/2 of a leftover homemade calzone and cauliflower & brussels sprout mac ‘n cheeze.

Baked these for Ian.

Gave myself a stomach ache from edging off way too many pieces of gooey marshmallow pieces.

Watched some episodes of Felicity


And then went to bed early so I could rest up for today’s 19 miler!!

Unfortunately the sugar-induced stomach ache persisted into this morning and I woke up feeling not so hot. I somehow managed to force down 1/2 a whole wheat pita, peanut butter, and chia seeds as pre-run fuel.

Oh yeah and those banana slices? I would really like to be able to add banana to my pb toast before runs but in the past it hasn’t worked for me. I gave it a shot again this morning and the verdict was the same. Banana burps are really unpleasant.

I also can’t find my Garmin sync stick-thing (and I’m rushing to get out the door) so I can’t post my splits but I will say the first half of my run felt amazing. I was running along at a great clip, feeling strong, and enjoying the weather (we had a perfect morning for winter running). Then when I hit my turn around point I realized that the wind had previously been at my back and now I had 6 miles straight into the wind (miles 13-18), wonderful. I knew it would be hard but I also knew it would make me a better runner so I pushed myself to complete my route as planned, wind or no wind.

And the wind in Chicago, is no joke.

I fueled during the run by eating 1/2 a date every 2 or 2.5 miles (starting at mile 9). This seemed to be the best strategy for me thus far so I’m going to keep using it and plan on it for Boston. The dates sit so much better in my stomach than energy gus or chews.

Overall I averaged a 7:34 min/mile and finished in 2:28 (when I find my Garmin thingy I will update my splits).

Ian and I have plans for an early lunch but I knew I should eat something within 30 minutes of completeing my run so I blended a pre-made protein shake with a banana and topped it with some Love Crunch granola (it sunk :( ).

Alright my lunch date awaits- have a wonderful Sunday!

Christmas Cookie Sunday

Today was one of those Sundays that just flew by, how is the weekend over already?

I dug into the pantry earlier and pulled out my free Godiva chocolate for the month- a creme brulee truffle.

Seriously, this is one of the greatest promotions. If you sign up with Godiva and get a rewards card, once a month you can go into the store and pick out a free chocolate and all they do is scan your card in return. There is no obligation to purchase any chocolate! Its so worth it and it isn’t too indulgent as you only get one chocolate per month (and its goood chocolate too ;)).

After running errands and calling my grandma (its her birthday today!), Ian and I baked cookies and set them aside to decorate after dinner. We figured this would put the brakes on the snacking before dinner.

Dinner tonight was something really time consuming special, Get Healthy with Heather’s twice baked potatoes. While Ian will eat pretty much anything I put in front of him, he is truly a meat and potatoes type of guy. However, as I don’t eat meat and rarely cook potatoes, he oftens eats vegetarian grain-type dishes at the apartment, and while he says he enjoys them I know he misses his mom’s cooking. So.. sometimes I like to surprise him and cook something a little more up his alley.

I made two types of potateoes- some with bacon for Ian and then some with crispy tofu for myself. I also roasted some brussels sprouts with olive oil, salt, and pepper.

I served myself one baked potato and some brussels sprouts and told myself to eat the vegetables first. I knew that it would be better for me to fill up on veggies than the potato that was fairly heavy. It worked and I managed to eat all of the sprouts and about 2/3 of the potato.

Oh, and the potato…amazing, midwestern cooking at its finest!

Finally, after dinner we decorated the cookies.

I was so proud of myself, for the first time ever I didn’t snack on too much dough, icing, or bits of cookies! I have been known to nibble so much while baking that I want nothing to do with the final product, I’m already so sick of it!  As a reward for my good behavior ;), I had a small cookie for dessert with a small drink of almond milk, soy eggnog, and cinnamon. I’ve found this is an easy way to lighten up egg nog while still retaining its taste.

Yum. What a night.,  my stomach is full, my Christmas spirit is flying high, and I have a light breakfast and lunch packed for work tomorrow.

I hope you enjoyed you Sunday as much as I did mine!

Date Night & Great Lake Pizza

I spent most of my morning reading on the couch. I’m almost done with Jeffrey Eugindes’ The Marriage Plot and I’m incredibly hooked. While its not as good as Middlesex, I prefer it to The Virgin Suicides and have definitely enjoyed reading it. I’m going to need a new book soon, any suggestions?

Ian woke up around lunchtime today. I’m always amazed how people can do this. I’m wired to wake up early in the mornings and I can’t fathom sleeping in until noon. I’m so jealous!

We got ready and headed out to Walmart to pick up some cleaning supplies and Christmas decorations. It was still really cold out so I bundled up and wore a scarf, heavy coat, hat, and gloves. Ian always teases me about my “Elmer Fudd” hat, but its so warm!

We’re dorks :P

Tonight was our date night, we try to have one once a week, and we decided to check out Great Lake, a pizza place in one of the northern Chicago neighborhoods. Great Lake is a teeny tiny BYOB pizza place and grocery store that emphasizes regionally produced ingredients. They only offer about 4 pizzas at a time and the toppings change with the seasons.

We started with the specialty salad of the day: spiralized brussels sprouts with a honey mustard vinaigrette, black pepper, and cheese.

Easily one of the best salads I have ever had! It was light, crispy, and the cheese was absolutely incredible. I need to get a spiralizer so I can recreate this!

For our pizza we ordered the number 2, a mushroom pizza without marinara sauce

Yum! The pictures don’t do this pizza justice. The flavors were perfectly balanced and the crust was nice and doughy. I enjoyed three small slices.

Because we were so far north and hadn’t been for awhile, we decided to head over to Lickity Split for dessert. Lickity Split is a frozen custard, cupcake, and candy bar that has an old school feel and charm. Just walking into the store transports you back in time.

Cute right?

Tonight they had egg nog flavored custard, and as I love egg nog anything, I had a small concrete with the eggnog custard and crushed ice cream cone.

It hit the spot. I love frozen yogurt but there is nothing quite like frozen custard, although it is definitely not something you’d want to eat very often ;)

I’m off to relax a bit and then go to bed, I have my first Boston training run tomorrow morning!

What did you do Saturday night?