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Lucky me got called to go into jury duty today. I had the summons all week and they pick the last day of the week. It was my first time ever getting summoned so I had no idea what to expect going in today. I had to report at 8:45am was welcomed by a line down the entire block waiting to get in through the security check. Luckily it was quick and I was inside with a few minutes to spare.

I have appointments next week so I was nervous I’d get called in. Luckily the judged liked my excuse and excused from a trial that would have been two weeks long. Pheww. Crisis averted.

Good news is I met two of my goals this week – I woke up and did an early morning run and I did two strength trainings this week. Woo hoo! On that note I’m going to start my weekend and share some of my favorite pinterest finds this week. I really am obsessed with pinterest. Do they have a support group for that yet? I think I need it.

Make The House Smell AMAZING!

 

 

 

Fill Up the Freezer STAT!

 

 

 

Should Start this ASAP.

 

 

 

Workout of the Week

 

 

 

Enjoy your weekend! I’ll be sweating it out in spin tomorrow or maybe a little P90x tomorrow and a long run on Sunday.

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Morning Scones

Guess who woke up at 5:30 am and got a 3.1 mile run and 1.5 mile walk in before 7am? This girl right here. I finally dragged my lazy butt out of bed and completed a morning workout. I don’t understand why I fell off the morning workout routine. I literally use to go to the gym at 5am 4-5 times during the work week and complete my weekend workout by 9am. I use to love it SO much. I think it helped that my roommate would go with me and if I heard her stirring in the wee morning hours I felt a tad guilty and lazy if I didn’t get up.

It’s been tough going since then. I go long stretches with no morning workouts and then I do one and realize I still love it. But ultimately I fall off the wagon again. Failure over here. My goal is to do at least 2 morning workouts to start off and slowly build myself back up. So one down for this week and one more to go.

Last week I scored a sweet and cheap deal on a ton of delicious strawberries. I can eat berries like they are going out of style but it was tough for me to get through 2 pounds of them. They were getting close to being trashcan food. I HATE wasting perfectly good produce so I scrambled to find a recipe to salvage them. Luckily Skinny Taste always comes through for me. I used this recipe as my base and added chocolate chips – because I’m cool like that. I stretched my batch to 12 (instead of the 8) and they still came in just around 150 calories a piece. I promise you no one will no they are low fat – Darren was surprised (as he was shoving a second one in his mouth) that they were. Score!

Strawberry Chocolate Scones

Adapted from: Skinny Taste

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar plus
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup frozen butter
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Cooking Spray

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Chop strawberries into small pieces.
  3. In a bowl mix all the dry ingredients (flour, ww flour, salt, baking powder, sugar) minus the chocolate chips and strawberries.
  4. In that same bowl use a cheese grater and grate the frozen butter into a bowl. Mix well with the dry ingredients.
  5. In another bowl mix all the ‘wet’ ingredients (buttermilk, vanilla) .
  6. Using a fork slowly fold in the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients.
  7. Slowly fold in the chocolate chips and strawberries.
  8. Spray a cookie sheet and place 12 large spoonfuls onto the cookie sheet. Don’t press or compact – simply let them do their thing and make their own shapes.
  9. Back for 15-20 minutes depending on your oven.
  10. Remove and let cool for 10 minutes.
  11. Eat and enjoy a delicious and guilt free sweet treat.

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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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Oh How Things Have Changed

I’m really determined to get better at running. It’s weird because I really enjoy it. That doesn’t sound like the girl I knew last year or the 25 before it. I hated running and exercise in general. I literally could not run a block. I was one of those kids in school where when we had to do the mile for P.E. I walked it with a group of friends and talked. It’s funny looking back now realizing that 30 minutes I wasted walking around could have been done in like 10 minutes. I even would have had time to talk with friends. Oh the decisions we make when we’re kids.

Lazy Cat

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Now I really like and enjoy (gasp) running. I still walk occasionally but I definitely like running more. I really enjoy that I can stick my headphones in and zone out from the world and not have to worry about someone tapping me on the arm at 30 minutes asking if I’m almost done with the elliptical. Running gives me both a great workout and plenty of alone time in my own head. It gives me plenty of time to contemplate world peace, decide my next vacation¬† or completely zone out with no thinking at all. It’s uninterrupted me time that, some days, I REALLY need.

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On my quest to improving my distance, times and to keep me motivated to running I’ve set up a tentative schedule of races I plan on registering for this spring/summer. I hope to do at least one a month but may find more I want to do as time goes on. I’m starting off slow and hoping to build myself up to doing a half marathon at the end of this year or start of 2013. I know that is a LONG time but I know myself well enough to know that if I set small goals and go at my own pace I can do it. Here is the tentative schedule:

4/15/12Bay Trail 4 miles

5/6/12Lake Merced 4.5 miles

6/3/12See Jane Run 5K

7/28/12Color Run 5K (this is more of a fun I’m doing with a group of friends)

7/29/12SF Progressive Marathon

8/26/1210K on the Bay

*September I will be on a 3 week vacation so I didn’t plan any this month

10/21/12Kennedy Drive 8k

11/17/12Hot Chocolate 15k

If anyone is doing any of these races, please let me know. I’d love to meet up before, after or during. Also, if you have run these previously or have any tips – I’d LOVE to hear those as well.

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