Showing posts from February, 2013

Foodie Pen Pal Reveal: February

I can't believe it is already the end of February. This year is flying by! The end of the month means it is time for Foodie Pen Pal Reveal!

Foodie Pen Pals is awesome idea thought up by Lindsay at the Lean Green Bean. Every month she sends out a list of matches. You send a package of goodies to one person and get a package of goodies to another. This month I sent to Terri at Eco-Crazy Mom.

My goodies came from Elizabeth of The Law Student's Cookbook. Elizabeth is from California and sent me a great box of stuff from the Sacramento Natural Foods Coop.

In my box was:

-3 Justin's nut-butters: I LOVE these. They are perfect for taking
- Annie's Mac and Cheese: another old favorite. I wanted some comfort food for dinner last night and this totally fit the bill.
-Alter Eco Dark Chocolate: Super good. It is dark but not bitter. I used half to make a glaze for the almond frangipan torte I made for my Mom's birthday. It melted really smoothly.
-Teecino Herbal Coffe: I haven'…

A winter beach to beat the blues

I have been feeling a little down this week. It is nothing major, just a few little things, but I knew I needed to do something lift my spirits. It was the warmest sunniest day we've had in weeks yesterday so I used my lunch hour to walk on the beach.

It was just what I needed. The sun, the fresh air, the sound of the ocean, the pink plastic flamingos in a snowy yard, and the snow man with seaweed hair totally revived me. It made me wonder why I don't go every day. It is seriously 5 minutes away, but I always convince myself I don't have time.

What is your go to place when you need a boost?

Know when to hold them, know when to fold them

There is something that I have been struggling with for awhile now. I wasn't sure whether to make it public, or even whether to talk about it with my close family or friends. When I am struggling with something, my natural instinct is not to tell anyone. I don't like to admit any sort of weakness. So I retreat inward and try to deal with it alone.

 I am considering giving up on my goal of running a marathon on all 7 continents and instead just trying to run a half. I am determined and driven and I hate not meeting a goal that I set, especially one that I made so publicly.

 Why? Mostly because I have realized that the joy has gone out of running marathons for me. I feel far more dread than excitement when I think about marathon training and the race itself. I start worrying about my long run days in advance and just want it to be over. There are so many things in life that we just have to do even though we don't necessarily enjoy them, why should I add to that list. This is…

Shrimp Cakes and Kale Saute

I made such a yummy dinner last night that I just had to share!

I based this recipe on the Spicy Shrimp Cakes with Avocado Corn Salsa in Cooking Light, but tweaked it to my own tastes and to make it even lighter.

Shrimp Cakes1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined1 garlic clove, minced1/4 cup thinly sliced scallions3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise1 tablespoon fresh lime juice1/2 teaspoon sugar1/4 teaspoon salt1 large egg3/4 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), dividedTo prepare cakes, place shrimp in a food processor; pulse 10 times or until finely chopped. Set aside.Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray.  Add garlic and scallions to  pan; sauté for 3-5 minutes until garlic is browned. Remove from heat. In a large bowl combine shrimp, scallions, and the next 5 ingredients (through egg), stirring well. Add 1/2 cup panko.Divide shrimp mixture into 10 equal portions, shaping each portion into a 1/2-inch-thick patty. Dredge both sides of patti…

26.2 with Donna Race Report

Life can't be all good days and all races can't be good races.
 I loved the 26.2 with Donna last year and I have been running really well lately, so I was really looking forward to this year's race. My enthusiasm was dampened early. The race started at 7:30 so we left the hotel at 5:45, thinking we'd be at the start by 6:15. I pounded a coffee, a water, and a piece of peanut butter toast in the car and figured I was good to go. Then, about 4 miles from the start we hit the traffic. In the next hour we only made it 2 miles. At 7:15 I finally got out of the car and started running to the start. I hadn't planned to really warm-up, but I didn't have a choice!

I reached the start line easily enough, but I absolutely had to use the bathroom before the start. I kept going back and back and back and still wasn't at the porta-potties. When I finally got to them, the lines were atrocious. You'd think at a race that is mostly women they would extra bathr…

26.2 with Donna Race Pace Dilemma

The BF and I are off to Florida tomorrow for me to run the half  in the National Marathon to Finish Breast Cancer. I am super excited, mostly for reasons that have nothing to do with running. Work has been crazy lately, so I really need a long workout. The BF has a new schedule at work so we never get days off together anymore. And it has been especially cold and snowy here in Maine. I can't wait to be somewhere where I don't need boots and 10 layers to go outside.

Back when I signed up for race, I was secretly hoping I'd break 2 hours. But I realizing that it not going to happen. I honestly just haven't put in the speed work required. That is partly due to weather. Everything has been covered in snow and ice for the past couple months, meaning that a lot of quality workouts turned into just try not to fall and break something runs. It is partly due to conflicting priorities. I love winter activities- alpine skiing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, etc. So I have replaced q…

A Meaty Matter

I realized that pretty much every meal I ate last week had meat in it, and several had red meat. Sunday night the BF made pulled pork in the crock-pot and we made BBQ pulled pork nachos to eat during the superbowl. I tossed the extra meat on my salads for lunch Monday and Tuesday.

 Monday night I roasted a spaghetti squash. Instead of just making red sauce, I made some meatballs because I had a ton of ground beef in my freezer left-over from a charity dinner I cooked at Ronald McDonald House.

 Wednesday night I made pad thai and tossed in some chicken at the last minute.

During the big blizzard I made a big pot of turkey soup.

This is highly unusual for me. While I am not a vegetarian any more, only about half my meals have meat, and that I usually seafood or chicken.

I blame the boyfriend. Really. He is a total meat and potatoes guy. While sometimes I make us separate but equal meals (like a spinach, onion, mushroom and egg white omelet for me and a ham omelet with corned beef hash for…

Blizzard Basement Workout

In case you live under a rock or something, we are in the midst of a major blizzard on the East Coast.

I LOVE snow and I have nowhere to be, so I am perfectly content to hunker down, frolic in snow, and cook some comfort snow. The BF is not so lucky- he had to work all night (stinks being one of those essential public safety people) and this morning as he was snow blowing his driveway so he could get his car into his garage, the snow blower broke.

I obviously couldn't run outside this morning or make it to the gym so I made up a fun workout for the basement. Since I started working at home and have more control of my schedule, I rarely workout at home anymore. It's kind of nice! I cranked up Season 2 of Sex and the City and got to work.

The entire workout takes about 15 minutes so I repeated 3 times for a 45 minute workout. 
Hmmm what to do next? Read a book? Paint my toenails? Go snowshoeing? 
What are you doing to enjoy the snow?

Aerial Yoga at Zuja Wellness

I tried the coolest thing ever last night- Aeriel Yoga. I heard a few months ago that a new studio, Zuja Wellness, had opened in Portland and was offering Aerial Yoga. As a former gymnast and current yogi, I can't think of much that sounds more fun than upside down yoga. I tried unsuccessfully to convince friends to come with me, so finally I just sucked it up and went alone.

 I got excited as soon as I walked in. This was not an ordinary yoga class!

I lucked out because there were only 2 of us there last night, so I got tons of individual attention. At first I was a little nervous that my fabric would come untied, or that I'd fall off, but I quickly overcame that. We started with some traditional yoga moves, but with an aerial twist.

In the warrior series for example we had one foot supported in the fabric. It made it a little easier than traditional yoga because your legs weren't supporting all your weight, but also made it harder because it required more balance and made t…

I got an ipad!

Look what I got yesterday!

I have been wanting an i-pad for ages so I made a deal with myself that if I got my taxes done early and got a decent refund then I could get one. Since I am traveling less more work and more for fun, I think it will be a great alternative to lugging my laptop. I got a sweet bluetooth keyboard case for 50% off at Brookstone this weekend. So I am good to go.

But I am pretty clueless. Help! What apps do I need?

OMG decent race pictures

All of us that run road races know that it is very, very rare to get a race picture where you don't look terrible. I have run more than 100 races and I can count on one hand how many half-way decent pictures I have had taken of me. So what a surprise when I went to look at the pictures from the Boston Prep Derry 16 miler and found not just one, but a bunch of good pictures. Not only that, but the pictures were free to download. Total score!! I am so impressed that I will give the photographers, Nuvision Action Image a shoutout.

 But of course, they can't all be winners. There were some pretty funny bad pics in there too. Like this one of me halfway up a killer hill. Don't I look happy?

What is your favorite race picture? How about the worst picture?