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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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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.

Running Streak

For the next few weeks this will be me everyday.
Source

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.

Family Filled Weekend

I know I slacked on updates this week. But I do have a good excuse. My mother and brother were in town all the way through Wednesday morning. My brother is in the Navy and I don’t get to see him very often. His ship came in as a surprise visit for the Golden Gate Bridge 75th anniversary weekend.He didn’t get in till Sunday so me and my mom got a little quality time. We went shopping where I was able to score two new pairs of shorts for $15 a piece which will be perfect for my cruise in September.We also celebrated her birthday which was Thursday. I made her a cake and ate WAY too much of it. I think I went into a sugar coma at one point.

When my brother got here we had dinner, saw a Giants game, he and a friend went to Alcatraz and got to meet my brother’s best friends new baby. He’s only 5 weeks old and adorable.

But the best part is I got to be a mock puppy parent this weekend. My brother wanted to see his dog so my mom brought him with her. Let me tell you this I really wanted a dog for the past year but after a weekend I’m rethinking it and may have decided to wait. But then again if I see one I want I’ll probably change my mind again. He’s a silly dog and for some reason doesn’t like using the bathroom when he’s on a leash. Well living in an apartment with no yard in SF was not going to be too friendly to his bowels if he decided he didn’t want to go outside. After nearly 24 hours we finally got him to go on the leash and he was fine after that. He also loves chewing on things (thankfully just bones) and was going to town on this bone crazy style. My mom says she sometimes has to take his bones away at night because he’ll chew and lick them ALL night keeping her up. The joys of being a dog owner.

Now to the pictures from the weekend.

He wanted some of my oatmeal.

My Mom’s birthday cake. Purple is her favorite color so I incorporated that.

Flowers Darren surprised me with.

My family are HUGE Giants fan so this was mandatory. I am the black sheep being an A’s fan.

Blurry because he wouldn’t stop moving. We dressed him up for his dad coming in and Memorial day. He actually didn’t chew it or try to get it off.

I know I’ve been a slacker blogger this past 5 days but I’ve had family in town and have been enjoying time with them. But I’m back and have a box full of goodies I received this month.

This month I was paired with Lisa from The Daily RUNdown. I think we may be secret bff’s or she somehow read my mind. She managed to send me things I LOVE without me even telling her or having talked to her previously. Seriously she included peanut butter, chocolate, nuts and home baked goodies. How much better does it get than that?

This is the package I received and I was in love. I will confess that some things didn’t even make it out of the box before I started snacking on them.

I wish we had a Publix near me so I could devour and stock my cabinets with this stuff. Seriously such a good combo of stuff. This nut mix is Chocolate Cranberry Crunch and was salty and sweet and delicious. I want some right now!

These bad boys barely made it to my cabinet because I opened them right up as well. I usually don’t like chili flavored stuff but these were great. Nice and crunchy with a good taste just like I like my chips!

 

I already ate the blueberry muffin Larabar since I’ve been wanting to try it forever and haven’t taken the plunge to get it. I’m hiding the apple pie one for a later date and I’ll let you know how it is. I love almonds but am the only person in the world that doesn’t like wasabi so these weren’t up my alley. But have no fear they found a good home (or belly) in my co-worker who loves them. I can hear her munching on them sometimes.

Finally my favorite thing to get is baked goods. Lisa added two baked goods. One was a no-bake chocolate PB cookie that didn’t make it in one piece but I still ate it and it was great. The other was a pistachio type treat from Israel I believe. It had a good and different taste to it. It was a little bitter but then sweet and very decadent.

I want to give a big shout out to Lisa for such a great package. Go check out her page! You can also go see what I got Jane from The Healthy Beehive.

 

None of this would be possible with out Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean. If you aren’t familiar with the

  • On the 5th of the month, you will receive your penpal pairing via email. It will be your responsibility to contact your penpal and get their mailing address and any other information you might need like allergies or dietary restrictions.
  • You will have until the 15th of the month to put your box of goodies in the mail. On the last day of the month, you will post about the goodies you received from your penpal!
  • The boxes are to be filled with fun foodie things, local food items or even homemade treats! The spending limit is $15. The box must also include something written. This can be anything from a note explaining what’s in the box, to a fun recipe…use your imagination!
    -You are responsible for figuring out the best way to ship your items depending on their size and how fragile they are. (Don’t forget about flat rate boxes!)
  • Foodie Penpals is open to blog readers as well as bloggers. If you’re a reader and you get paired with a blogger, you can choose to write a short guest post for your penpal to post on their blog about what you received. If two readers are paired together, neither needs to worry about writing a post for that month.
  • Foodie Penpals is open to US, Canadian residents & UK residents.  Please note, Canadian Residents will be paired with other Canadians only. We’ve determined things might get too slow and backed up if we’re trying to send foods through customs across the border from US to Canada and vice versa.

You can read more about it on Lindsay’s blog here!

Working Girl

I’m starting my weekend off the best way possible for a Friday. I’m working from home – woo hoo! Sitting in bed with a warm mug of coffee watching the news in your PJs is pretty much the best way to work EVER. I wish I could work like this everyday. I mentioned last week that things were changing at work. There was a re-organization in our department and my job has completely changed. In all honesty I’m not sure what my new job (and title) even is yet.

I’m usually pretty good with change but this year has been a tough one and this change put me at my wits end. I’ve since calmed down and am kind of just going with the flow. But not knowing what you will be doing going forward is testing my nerves. I like being in control of things and this year I definitely haven’t had control over anything that has happened and it sucks.

Running has been one of the bright spots the past few weeks. When I’m sad, angry, irritated, happy or whatever emotion I go run and it allows me to clear my head and calm down. This weekend should also bring me some relaxation. My mom and brother will be in town and we’re going to a Giants game, and hanging out. We’re also celebrating my mom’s birthday. Be on the look out next week for the cake I made her.

But before the week is over here are my favorite Pinterest finds of the week. Have a great (LONG) weekend!

 

Rug Obsession – I want it!

 

 

Make Your Bathroom Look Like a Crime Scene

 

 

Why Don’t I Own This?

Source: wanelo.com via Carolina on Pinterest

 

 

Can I Be Lying Here Please?

Veggie Rescue Program

My quads have been so tight this week. I think I may have over done the squats and lunges the other day mixed with my training for the 10k. Squats and lunges are no joke everyone they get me every stinking time. I’ve been really good this week (and last) about sticking to my training plan. I like crossing off lists so I made a little calendar with what I need to do each day and when I finish I can add a few notes about how far my run was, time and if I did cross training on non run days. It’s definitely helped keep me accountable. Plus, it annoys me when a day doesn’t get an X or I have to draw lines to move stuff. I can’t help it. I like things pretty neat and tidy and red lines everywhere are not pretty folks, not at all.

Fact – I like veggies and lots of them. When I go to the grocery store I often wonder if people think I’m robbing the produce section since my basket is literally over flowing with them. Darren usually makes fun and then I kick smile at him and say there is never enough produce. Some weeks I run out too quickly and have to live off of carrots and oatmeal but other weeks I have WAY too much (but don’t tell Darren you heard me say that). So what do I do when I have a surplus of veggies on their last leg before they hit the trash can?

I make stir fry! This is one of the easiest, most versatile and delicious recipes I make when I have extra veggies lying around that wont make it much longer. No veggie goes uneaten in this house folks. I hate wasting food but eating a mushy zucchini is not appealing even in the slightest. So before I let that dear zucchini get to that point I chop him up and throw him in. You can make this with just veggies, with meat, with tofu and pretty much anything else you can think up. For this one I actually did tofu. I have thrown in many different veggies but this particular time I had green beans, broccoli, asparagus and carrots.

Teriyaki Veggie Stir Fry 

Ingredients:

  • Tofu
  • Veggies
  • Pineapple Chunks (my secret and favorite ingredient)
  • Teriyaki Sauce
  • Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Press your tofu to get all the moisture out. Emily at Daily Garnish has a great tutorial on cooking tofu if you’ve never done it before. I seasoned my tofu for a few moments with pepper and the teriyaki sauce.
  2. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan and add tofu. Cook until the tofu is crispy on the outside.Set aside.
  3. In a separate pan pour your veggies that take a little longer to steam (carrots, etc.) and a tablespoon or two of water. Add the rest of your veggies and steam till al dente. I like mine soft but not too soft.
  4. Add tofu to veggies and toss together. Add teriyaki sauce (as much as you’d like).
  5. Add the pineapple chunks and toss to warm the pineapple just a bit.
  6. Serve warm over brown rice or quinoa.
  7. Enjoy!