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The Streak is Over

So you know that running streak I talked about that I was doing. Well 7 days in I had to stop. My hip and knee really started to bother me on the 8th day. I’m really disappointed to stop it because it was something I really wanted to try but I’d rather be injury free.

I’m training for a 10k and will continue to run but gave myself a day off yesterday to see how it felt. I generally work out in some capacity 5-6 times a week but only run usually 3 of those days. I don’t think my body is ready for so many days in a row. Such is life. While I’m disappointed I know if I got injured I’d be angry at myself because I’d have to sit on the sidelines and do nothing for at least a few days.

Since my knee and hip decided the streak wasn’t in my  future this time I have decided to make a few more goals for myself this month. I hope to complete all these with the three weeks left in the month.

June 2012 Goals

  • Run 4 miles – I want to run this with no walk breaks and feel good afterwards. I did 3.1 last weekend and know I could add another .90 if I push myself and keep trying.
  • Do cross training 2-3 times a week – I want to do strength and some other kinds of cardio at least 2-3 times a week to balance out my days running.
  • Continue training for my 10k and run at least 3 times per week.
  • Eat no meat at least 2 times a week – I have no problem getting my fruit and veggie quota a day but want to eat less meat.

Stay tuned to see if I meet these goals at the end of the month. For the rest of you continuing on the streak. Keep up the good work – I’m cheering you on!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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Happy National Running Day! Are you running today?

I’m planning on running after work. I skipped my hour run yesterday because I had a pretty bad day and even doing my mile for the running streak was hard. So I gave myself a break from any longer distance than that. I generally only run 3-4 runs a week and doing at least a mile everyday is definitely tough and pushing me physically. I can tell my legs are a little tighter and I know I could use more stretching. I’m terrible at stretching. Anybody have any good tips, stretches or videos that help with better stretching. I know I need to do yoga but I took it in college and despised it. I don’t know if there is anyone else out there who loathes yoga but if you’re out there reading lets be friends.

Last Friday I had the apartment all to myself and really was craving Mexican food. It doesn’t help that I saw this recipe for pineapple guacamole and knew I NEEDED to have it. So as I sat at work dreaming of the pineapple guacamole I knew I needed something to go with it. So what can you dip in guacamole? Taquitos of course. I threw together some baked and delicious taquitos to accompany my guacamole. Holy guacamole I had a great dinner for myself and enjoyed it with a little wine and catching up on Drop Dead Diva. Perfect Friday night in.

Chicken Taquitos

Ingredients:

  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 6-8oz of shredded cheese (I used a Mexican blend)
  • 10 corn tortillas
  • Cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Boil chicken in water until cooked through and no longer pink inside. Remove from water and shred into bite size pieces.
  2. Place chicken, cheese, oregano, salt and pepper in a bowl. Mix ingredients.
  3. Heat up corn tortillas in the microwave for 15-30 seconds till they are more pliable.
  4. Put 1-2 tablespoons of mixture on each corn tortilla and roll up. You may need a toothpick to keep them closed. Place on a cookie sheet and spray with cooking oil.
  5. Repeat until you have filled all the tortillas and used all the mixture.
  6. Place in oven at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until corn tortilla exterior is crispy.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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See Jane Run 5K Recap

On Sunday I ran in the See Jane Run 5k. I’ve done other races but they have all been with the local running group and only had a few hundred people and nothing fancy about them.

I rolled out of bed at 5:15 am and crawled to the coffee machine before getting dressed for the run. In the car on the way to Alameda I chowed down on a banana and a Cliff Z bar. Is it weird I like Cliff Z bars – aren’t they for kids? I know both these things never cause me any tummy issues so I played it safe. We arrived in Alameda in record time because there was no bridge traffic that early – probably because everyone was smarter than me and still sleeping.

Finish line are before everyone got there.

I waited about 2.5 seconds to pick up my bib and then we kind of sat around and waited. Let me tell you arriving that early does have its perk. 1) The bib pick up lines got crazy long and 2) I got a freshly cleaned and set up porta potty. I HATE using porta potties and this made it just a little more bearable.

Pretty views.

I met all the goals I set for myself and was really happy with the race overall. I ran faster than my previous 5K times and I ran the entire thing with no walk breaks. The after race stuff was decent but the lines were really long. There wasn’t much in the bags but the T-shirts were nice. Here are some of my pros and cons.

The half marathon participants lining up.

Pros

  • Started on time.
  • Course was easy to follow.
  • Easy parking and was fast to get in and out.
  • Pretty well organized in bib pick up, etc.
  • Relatively inexpensive.
  • Pretty views of the bay.

Cons

  • Course was crowded.
  • Lots of walkers who were towards the front of the pack which made it a weaving game for the first 10th of a mile or so.
  • Lines were VERY long and I wasn’t always sure what I was in line for.

Overall for my first ‘big’ race event I think it was pretty organized and ran smoothly. I was happy when I left not soon after I finished. I finished in 32:44 which is a 10:33 pace. I felt good during and after and wasn’t sore at all. A win all around.

Me after I grabbed some water. Pardon my hot mess looking self and look at the medal.

I wasn’t hungry at first after running but when we were almost back to San Francisco I was starved and definitely devoured a good portion of this beast.

Omelet with mushrooms, cheddar, avocado and some bacon. Yum!

With full bellies we decided to fill our fridge and cabinets and headed to the grocery store. I may have picked up a few things that weren’t necessary but I wanted to try. Sometimes a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do.

Had chunks of chocolate in the raspberry frozen yogurt. It was tasty and not overly sweet.

Darren keeps trying to get me to drink beer so he surprised me with this one. It’s organic and actually pretty good for beer.

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Running Streak

For the next few weeks this will be me everyday.
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I decided to participate in the Runners World Summer Streak 2012. I failed a little and started two days late. But I like to think it’s better late than never right? Basically I will be running at least a mile every day until the 4th of July. You can do more than a mile but have to do at least one mile. I’m training for a 10K and have a few 5ks lined up so I think it will be a good for me to just get out there and run every day. I’m on day 6 today. Here goes nothing.

Running has been such a good thing for me the past few months because it provides me some alone time with my thoughts. It’s also let me zone out and just listen to music which I’ve needed. It’s provided me an outlet that I didn’t think existed. I like to keep this blog light hearted  but sometimes life just gets in the way.

Sunday marked 3 months – 3 whole months. For those who have been reader’s since the beginning of this blog you know the past few months have been tough for me after the unexpected death of my dad. I still don’t think I’ve come to terms with the finality of it at all. There are still days I expect to see a missed call or voice mail from him asking why I haven’t called him in a few days. Some days are definitely easier than others but its never left my mind in these three months.

Every day my mind is plagued with what ifs, happy memories, sad memories and everything in between. I find myself thinking about this reality of not seeing him again and all the things he’ll never get to experience. He’ll never get to walk me down the isle, meet future grandchildren, or ever see his favorite team play. I’ll never get to get him his sports themed gifts again and his fishing poles will sit in the garage untouched for who knows how long. I suppose these thoughts are normal and a part of the healing process but let me tell you they suck.

I can’t believe it’s already been 3 months – 90 (give or take) days. That seems like so long ago but I still remember it like yesterday. Many people have told me the pain never goes away and you just kind of learn to live with that pain and try to move on. I didn’t believe them at first but I see truth in their words. I take each day as it comes and if I need to cry I cry. If I need to laugh I laugh. I’m being selfish with my time and energy and who I choose and where I choose to spend it. I’m not wasting time anymore. Life is what you make it and I intend to make each day important in its own way.

On Sunday – 3 month since he passed I ran a 5k faster than I had previously and never walked. It was tough and something I didn’t think I could do months ago. I like to think he was looking over me cheering me on. I’ll have a re-cap tomorrow.

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I did it. I started training for my first 10k. After I finish that I will start training for my first half marathon. I’m nervous and excited. My ultimate goal is to do a half marathon by my 28th birthday in February. There is actually one 2 days after my birthday that I think will be my goal one to run. It’s a flat course and only costs $50 for registration. Not bad if you ask me. The 10k is in August. I have two options. We’ll see which one fits better with my schedule. I have some traveling for work at the beginning of the month so I may have to do the one at the end to be safe.

For the 10k I’m following the Jeff Galloway 10k training plan. It’s 13 weeks and seems very doable. I want to build my endurance, distance and speed and I think how this plan is laid out will help me achieve my goals. My ultimate goal with both the 10k and the half is just to finish. I have a time in mind I want to finish both by but will be happy with just finishing. So here goes nothing for the girl who couldn’t run a block a few months ago.

In other news I have another tasty recipe for you that I made a few weeks back. I love me Mexican food and could never give it up. However, I know it’s generally insanely unhealthy and must limit myself when it comes to the crack tortilla chips. So in my quest to find balance and live a healthy lifestyle I find myself always thinking up fun and healthier alternatives to traditional Mexican dishes I love.

One dish I love is enchiladas. I ‘healthified’ these a tad and they still turned out great. They are so versatile and easy that you could include ANYTHING you want in them. I’ve tried black bean and corn, chicken, pork, and plain cheese.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

  • Makes: 8-10
  • Prep Time: 45 Minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15-20 Minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 Chicken breasts (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 Jar (or can) of enchilada sauce
  • 1-2 cups of cheese (depends on how cheesy you want them)
  • 8-10 Corn tortillas
  • Optional mix ins – sliced olives, black beans, corn, etc.

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 375 degrees
  2. Boil the chicken for 30-45 minutes or until done.
  3. Spray cooking spray in dish you will be using to bake in and set aside.
  4. While chicken is boiling get the rest of the ingredients prepared. Placing everything in a bowl makes it a lot easier to grab handfuls when your hands are a mess from the enchilada sauce.
  5. Slice chicken (or shred) into small bite size pieces and place in a bowl.
  6. Heat your corn tortillas up for about a minute or until softer and more manageable.
  7. Pour enough enchilada sauce on a plate (large enough for tortilla to sit) and dip one corn tortilla in the sauce on both sides.
  8. Place tortilla in baking dish and fill with small handfuls of ingredients. For these ones I did chicken, then cheese, and sliced black olives.
  9. Roll up the tortilla. I find putting the crease at the bottom of the pan helps these to stay together.
  10. Repeat until all ingredients gone (minus the enchilada sauce).
  11. Pour the remainder of the enchilada sauce over the top of all the rolled enchiladas. I also like to sprinkle a little of the cheese if there is some left over and some sliced black olives.
  12. Place in oven and bake 15-20 minutes. You do not want to overcook these or the tortillas will be hard and dry. They simply need to be warmed up so the cheese melts because the chicken is already cooked.
  13. Take out and serve warm.

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This weekend was great because the rain and thunderstorms disappeared and my mom came to visit. We ate, ran errands, shopped and I got her hooked on Game of Thrones. All in all it was a good weekend.

Did I forget to mention that I ran my 2nd race – EVER? I must have forgot that. It was a 4 mile run at Oyster Point Marina. I really enjoy doing races put on  by the Dolphin South End Running Club. They are well organized, no frills and a very friendly and supportive group. It’s the oldest running group in SF and they do some type of race each Sunday at different locations and different distances. Did I mention the races are only about $5 for non-members. How can you beat that?

Before the race

I woke up a little earlier than normal since I forgot to register before the website close date on Friday morning. That meant I had to get there in time to pay and get my tag before the 9am start time. Being new to this running thing I overestimated how much time this would take – 3 minutes which included a potty break. Good thing there was plenty of parking because me, my mom, and Darren sat in the car until about 10 minutes till race time to keep warm. It wasn’t freezing but it was a little chilly.

And we're off!

I said farewell and joined the groups clustered at the start line and went towards the back of the huge crowd. We were off in a matter of moments and I was a tad frustrated with the people that started off walking right in front of me. They should have moved further back before we started but oh well. I quickly passed them and was on my way. I was off to a slow start because of the crowd and picked it up a bit. I got to almost 2 miles and my calf was killing me. I’ve never had problems with it before so it caught me totally off guard and I tried to push through it.

And I'm off...

I gave in at about 2.5 miles and walked for less than .1 of a mile. I picked up the pace in the 2nd half but made a wrong turn at some point and went almost .1 out of the way at mile 3. This was supposed to be an easy out and back course but I got confused since it was a marina and everything looked the same. I got back to where I was supposed to be and tried to pick up the pace the last mile. I finished somewhat injury free and right in the middle of the pack. My calf is still bothering me after stretching a bit. Not sure why but I’m taking a break today and making sure to stretch.

After looking a total mess.

The race wasn’t my best showing of my recent runs but despite my calf issues and pacing problems I finished right around where I had hoped to be the absolute slowest I would do. Being only my 2nd race it showed me how mental running can be because I was literally cheering and screaming to myself in my head. I was bargaining with myself and just about everything in between. I enjoyed it and am happy to know I can run 4 miles and am light years ahead of where I was just 6 months ago. So here is to hoping my next one is even better (and faster). 🙂

Pardon the pictures of me looking like a hot mess. My mom was all paparazzi style with the camera wanting to get before, during and afters.

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I did 4 miles yesterday and felt great. Good thing since the race I’m doing Sunday is 4 miles. At least I know I can run 4 miles now. I wasn’t so sure before. Does anyone else have trouble with terrible treadmills at their gym. I got on one yesterday that literally kept dropping the speed and skipping. I thought I was going to fall off and make a complete fool of myself.

This was almost me.
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Luckily the guy next to me hopped off about 1.5 miles into my run so I jumped over to that one. Boy did I wish that one had been open when I started. It was a million times better. Now I know which one to pine for every time I decide to run on the dreadmill. Yes, I called it the dreadmill. Does anyone else hate the treadmill like me?

Many people don’t understand my love hate relationship with the treadmill. I would MUCH rather run outside than on a treadmill. I also find it easier to run outside than on the treadmill. Am I weird? Probably. There is this gym rules sign in front of the treadmills I usually use at the gym and I’m pretty sure I can recite it by memory for you.

I stare at that bad boy the entire time during my run because there is nothing else to look at. I count down to the seconds till my run is complete on the treadmill but outside I barely look at my Garmin. Again am I weird?

Pretty much how I feel.
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I know I have a short attention span so maybe having the changing scenery and great people watching on outside runs help me keep my mind off how much longer I have. I mean this is San Francisco people – the people watching is SUPERB I kid you not. Maybe that has something to do with it. Either way I’m firmly on the run outside team. Anyone else want to join my team?

Just a typical day in SF.
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Did you notice I don’t have a Friday Five today? I decided to stop doing it. One because it’s really hard for me to narrow things down to five because I’m indecisive and two because I wanted to rant about the dreadmill.

So everyone send me good vibes on Sunday that I don’t eat it and fall on my face during the race. I’m not the most graceful person and could use the support. I already have scars on both my knees from other ‘incidents’. Have a nice weekend!

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