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Michigan-Illiniois Basketball game

Yesterday, right after blogging, my mom, Ian, and I drove to Ann Arbor to catch the Michigan-Illinois basketball game. My mom went to the University of Illinois and I graduated from the University of Michigan about two years ago, so it’s always fun to invoke a little family competition ;) .

Unfortunately, the game was sloppy and pretty unexciting.

But, Michigan did manage to pull off a win (undefeated at home) :) . I love that Michigan has a good basketball team now, they were never very good when I was a student.

After the game, we were all starving, so we headed to Prickly Pear, a mexican-inspired restaurant in Ann Arbor.

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Right after we sat down, we were brought chips and fresh salsa.

The salsa was so good and I was so hungry, I dominated the chips!

For my meal, I wanted to try something new so I ordered the black bean anaheim rellenos w/red mole: anaheim peppers filled with black beans and cheese, dusted with corn masa and pan fried

Yum! Prickly Pear is known for southwestern-style cuisine that is not super heavy or greasy. It was perfect, I ate about half and brought the rest back to Chicago as leftovers.

After dinner, Ian and I ran over to Pizza Bob’s for an oreo, peanut butter, and banana milkshake. I didn’t snap a picture but rest assured, Pizza Bob’s probably makes the best milkshake ever. Delicious.

Unfortunately, it was getting late and we needed to drive back to Chicago, so we went back to my mom’s, packed up the furball, and headed out. What a quick but fun trip! Even with all of the slip-ups, I am incredibly grateful to have been able to go home for a bit and spend some time with my mom :) .

We didn’t get back to Chicago until a little after 10 p.m. last night, so we unpacked, made a snack, and watched the Walking Dead (anyone else a fan?)


Back to the grind today, happy Monday!

Boston Marathon: 16 miler

When I woke up this morning I wasn’t sure that I would be able to run 16 miles. My ankle had bothered me so much yesterday and it was only 18 degrees outside. Also, with all of my concern about my ankle, I’d totally forgotten to charge my Garmin or iPod, ugh.

I immediately plugged my Garmin in, hoping to get it as charged as possible while I got myself ready to go.

I wore a whopping 4 layers on my run this morning. I had on underarmor, a tech long sleeved shirt, my normal running jacket, and then an old hoodie. I had planned to drop the hoodie somewhere along the course but I never got warm enough. I was so bulky, I felt like the Michelin man :P

While I reviewed my route, I had the usual pb toast with chia seeds and drank about 1/3 of the bottle of chocolate coconut water. This seems to be about the right amount of fuel for me. I had no stomach problems and felt fueled throughout my run but I realize that everyone’s different and that this is definitely on the lighter side compared to other runners.

I also packed chopped dates to eat on the run as needed. Dates are definitely my new shot blocks. They taste better and the sugar is natural so it doesn’t upset my stomach.

I hesitate to post splits because this was not a normal run. I was nervous to push my pace because I didn’t want to upset my ankle and I spent more than half of the time running on top of packed, slick snow. But, to maintain consistency, here goes!

Splits (overall 16.1 miles in 2:08, avg pace 8:00 min/mile)

Besides for the uneven snow, I felt great. My ankle never bothered me and the slower pace let me really enjoy the run. I didn’t look at my garmin at all and just got lost in my own head. It was wonderful!

I was HUNGRY when I got back so I whipped up some egg white oatmeal for breakfast.

I cooked 1/2 cup of oats, 1/2 cup of water, 1/2 cup of almond milk, and 2 egg whites over medium heat until they started to boil. Then, I added cinnamon, splash of vanilla extract, and 3/4 of a smashed banana and whipped the oats until they reached the consistency I wanted.

I topped my oatmeal with granola, a dollop of sunflower seed butter, and warmed frozen berries.

I also had some coffee with soy creamer for much needed caffeination.

Plans for the day include icing my ankle (precautionary), homework, and maybe a trip to Chinatown.

Have a great Sunday!

White Christmas?

We woke up this morning to a light dusting of snow and a heavy layer of ice. Yuck! I love a white Christmas but I don’t love patchy snow that melts within a few hours. I also don’t love ice, especially when I have to run. I decided to let Ian sleep (he made it in around 2 am last night), wait out the conditions, and have a leisurely breakfast with my mom instead of heading out first thing for a run.


I also finished wrapping my Christmas presents while waiting for my food to digest. I may have even had a little help from one of Santa’s elves :P

Eventually I went out for a 4 mile run to loosen my legs before my Christmas half-mary tomorrow (training run). I felt great and was so glad I had waited for the sun to melt the snow and ice. No falls today!

Now I need to go get ready to spend Christmas Eve with my dad and step-mom.

Do you prefer white Christmas-es? I usually do but this year I’m torn. I don’t want to have to run through a bunch of snow or deal with driving through it. It is so pretty though!

Have a Merry Christmas Eve!!

Boston Marathon: 12 miler take 2

I had another 12 miler on my schedule this weekend in order to offset the extra mileage during the week. This really wasn’t smart. I totally violated the 10% rule and increased my mileage from 32 miles last week to 42 this week. What can I say, I’m a total idiot. I felt the difference today and my run was not as good as last week.

Live and learn, even marathoners aren’t superheros :P.

I woke up around 7 to get ready to go. Pre-run fuel was a small piece of strada.

This was a bad decision, oregano burps while running are really unpleasant.

I actually really enjoyed my run. I ran over by where I used to live, went for a stretch on the lake shore trail, and then headed through downtown. The streets were pretty empty and the sun was out. It was gorgeous! The only problems were the small patches of ice on the sidewalks and bridges. While yesterdays snow might have melted, the ice stayed around! I managed not to slip (yes!) and finished 12.3 miles in 1:35.

1- 7:30
2- 7:42
3- 7:46
4- 7:54
5- 7:38
6- 7:32
7- 7:55
8- 7:50
9- 8:01
10- 8:22 <– garmin crapped out under the ‘l’
11- 7:18
12- 7:57
.3- 7:34

Overall I’m happy with this run considering the drastic bump up in mileage. I plan to take it easy today by foam rolling and maybe even visiting my gym’s hot tub. We shall see, but today is all about recovery.

Breakfast when I got home was the oats I wanted to make yesterday

I whipped up some banana custard oats with raisins and egg whites and topped them with some granola and Trader Joe’s cookie butter (please buy this now!)

I also had some coffee with soy egg nog and an adora disk. Perfect recovery breakfast!

Last night
The original plan last night was to eat leftovers for dinner and relax, but after hanging around the apartment for a couple of hours, both Ian and I became antsy and decided to go out for dinner. We wanted to go somewhere within walking distance but also wanted to try a new restaurant. After some yelping, we decided on The Scout Waterhouse & Kitchen, a relatively new bar in the area that boasted good food.

The Scout also had an extensive and reasonably priced beer list (win!) so I started the night with a Goose Island Sofie.

I really want this glass! The beer wasn’t so bad either ;)

For my main I ordered the seared scallops. They came with a sweet corn garnish and fried carrots.

I also split some fries with Ian. Ian ordered this amazing looking mac and cheese dish with bacon, asparagus, and mushrooms. He loved it.

I have to say I think we’ll be back here again!

After dinner we watched a movie on Netflix, apparently I didn’t make it through the whole movie because Ian managed to take this picture. Oh well, Sonic was just so comfy and warm!

I really have no plans for the afternoon besides relaxing and reading. There may even be a nap in my future!

What are your plans for the day?


The First Snow

So, I have exciting news for you all, Chicago had its first snowfall! Granted we’ve only accumulated about 1/4 of an inch so far but its so pretty to see the white ground!

I was planning on running outside this morning but knew it was going to be cold and icy so I made sure to really “gear-up”.

I wore my warmest running pants. They’re made by Brooks and while they’re not tights, the legs are pretty narrow so I don’t trip over myself (this happens with sweat pants). They’re also lined with light fleece so they keep me nice and warm without making me too hot.

Also, see that little pocket on my shoe- that’s a key pouch and I use it to hold my keys while running. The keys don’t bounce or jiggle and I don’t even know they’re there!

I also wore my heavy winter gloves. I love this picture, it looks like I have a robot arm.

The little pouch on top of the glove has a flap and when you open it some fabric comes out that you can wrap around your fingers like a mitten. It helps when its super windy to have another layer on your fingers!

I also wore my headband to keep my ears warm.

I went out for a slow 5 mile run. It was slippery and icy in patches and the last thing I want to do right now is get injured, so I took it easy. I’m also hoping that my street gets better at salting because the sidewalks were in pretty scary condition.

When I got back from my chilly run, all I wanted was a nice warm breakfast. So, I made Kath’s Banana Cottage Cheese oats (recipe- although I couldn’t find the actual recipe for the banana version so I used this one and subbed 1/2 banana for the pumpkin).

I topped mine with some granola and sunflower seed butter.

It was amazing. Don’t be afraid to add cottage cheese to oatmeal :P

I had mine with some coffee and soy creamer

I have a busy day, I’m meeting with my advisor and going into my internship. I have to make sure I’m on track to get my master’s degree next May!

Have a good one!