Monday, May 31, 2010

Happy Memorial Day!

Soooo I may have taken a little hiatus from blogging for a couple days - but fear not! I'm back to brighten your day (:

fit happenings.
Let's rewind to Saturday! I had my first 5 mile race! First of all, I think I'm really getting the hang of a pre-race routine. For breakfast, I had a piece of whole wheat toast with almond and flax butter with an orange on the side (this is becoming a tradition for me) which I ate on the way there. I was a bit nervous at the starting line, but I don't think that will ever go away no matter how many runs I do! There were wayyyy more people at this race than any of the ones I've done before on top of that.

Plus there was a Spin-a-thon going on that I had no idea about!!

I actually knew most of the spin instructors from work and they told me they also run a program in July where they simulate the Tour-de-France! They were trying to convince me to join it, but I'm not too sure how I feel about that - however, it's totally a real possibility.

Anyways, back to the race! It started in downtown Youngstown and ran through Mill Creek Park around Lake Glacier and then back to the YMCA. I pushed myself the whole time, chanting little things in my head like "Don't stop!" and "You can do it!" (Cheesy, I know - don't laugh!) There was a monstrous hill right at the start of mile 4 which I wanted to maim someone for, but I pushed through and finished in 47:07! That's a personal record for me!! I was ecstatic to say the very least, I actually think I'm still high on it now lol!

On a side note, I've learned that no one takes a good picture after running any amount of time in the blistering sun. I didn't place in the top three for my age group - third place ran it in 44:36 - but I was okay with that. The overall winner was a boy from Kenya who ran it in 25 minutes!!! I was floored. This kid was straight BOOKING.

For my next race, I really want to try to do better than a 9 minute mile. I'm not sure if it's in the cards for me, but I'm going to be doing more HIIT runs as well as possibly a couple little lower body workout sessions. We'll see what kind of information I can dig up!

fresh eats.
After the race, I was famished so I quickly created this little feast.

I cut up my remaining veggie burger and threw it in a wrap with some roasted asparagus and potatoes on the side. Mmmmmmm I was in lunch heaven! I love asparagus, it's so easy to make and it tastes awesome!! Crunchy and a little sweet. Just yum.

Another advancement on the fresh eats front - I had my first OIAJ! Sadly, I only had a little bit of White Chocolate Wonderful left... I took the opportunity to throw together some Chocolate Chocolate Chip Oats in a Jar at work!

Wow. I can't believe I've waited so long to try this out! Eating out of a jar is just something the feels so sinful - I loved every second of it!

Seriously delicious. Well blog loves, I'm off once more! It's grill time baby - fire it up!! I've got to abercize and run before my family cookout, I hope you guys all have a great Memorial Day!

If you're going to be outside, don't forget the sunscreen!


  1. I'm glad you're back! :)
    Congrats on the 5 mile race, that's awesome! And the spin a thon looks really funny. You should totally do the Tour de France simulation! That outmeal sounds fantastic... I actually just bought a bag of dark choco chips yesterday so I will definitely try this out!

  2. That's a rockin time girl! Congrats. I"m not a huge fan of OIAJ at home, but I do enjoy them when I eat them at work. I don't know if it's because I have so many options at home and it's really out of the ordinary for work or what.

  3. Welcome back!! :) Looks like you had a great weekend!!

  4. GREAT job on the race!
    and I LOVE white chocolate wonderful. yum!

  5. Wow awesome job on the run!!! Impressive time!

  6. WOOOOOOOOOO congratulations!! That's an awesome time! I get pre-race jitters as well... like you said, I don't think they ever go away!

    Oh, and as you've probably learned, I think that there's NOTHING wrong with breakfast traditions... enter the veggie scramble haha!! :)

  7. hahaha I love the ESRR veggie scramble!! and thanks everyone for the congrats (:

    I just heart you guys <3

  8. Congrats on the run girl! And can I say you look beautiful after running , you rock that sweaty look!!

    Ahhhhhhhhhhh love sephora as well, I actually use bare minerals for my foundation, love it, but M.A.C. rocks for eye shadows and lip colors!

    Yes you and I can go to the cupcake place! Yummmmmmmmmmmmm!!!! xoxo

  9. Congrats on the race. That is an awesome time!

    Those oats sound delicious. You can't go wrong with chocolate. ;)

  10. Congrats on the race. I have not tried that PB flavor but have been dying too (and slightly afraid that it'll be too good to put down). So glad you found my blog so I can check yours out too!