Whirlwind Weekend!

November 6, 2011

Whew.  Sunday night and what a weekend!  Did everyone remember to turn the clocks back? Thankfully, my alarm clock automatically resets itself, so I didn’t have to worry about it.  But I’ve definitely played the “run from room to room trying to figure out what the right time is” game.  Oops.

This weekend Brandon and I tried out another bike trail, heading from Baltimore down towards Annapolis.  Round trip it was a little over 26 miles.  Mostly pavement, which made it a nice smooth ride, but a bunch of hills – which we were definitely feeling last night and today.  It was definitely an “urban” trail, whereas the York trail we did was far more scenic, in terms of the scenery.  Brandon didn’t like it as much and while I have to agree that the York trail was something pretty spectacular, I really enjoyed our ride  yesterday too – the hills made it a GREAT cross training workout to compliment a strong week of training.    And as you can tell, it was still a pretty gorgeous day and trail 🙂

This girl is NOT complaining!  

Sunday morning, we woke up to sunlight at 6:30 am!  I’m a morning gal, so I loved it – although seeing it pitch black outside at 5 pm was a little sad 😦  Today was such a “Katie zen day”.  Grocery shopping in the AM, which is always a plus for me, I’m an apparent freak of nature and L.O.V.E. to grocery shop.   After that, I spent the better part of the day in the kitchen, trying to be creative AND use up things in my fridge and pantry.  First up?  I tried my hand at making some homemade bagels, using Savory Simple’s recipe as a base: http://savorysimple.net/2011/10/30/pumpkin-bagels/#more-3240  .  I had other plans for the last bits of pumpkin in my fridge, so I changed up the recipe, forgoing the pumpkin and adding some packets of Instant oatmeal (Cinnamon and Spice), some raisins (two small boxes), flax seed (obsessed), and used whole wheat flour and a combo of sugar and maple syrup.  The dough was a little dry, but I just added some water a tbsp at a time until it sticky’d up enough to roll into a ball to let it rise.   I rolled those bad boys up into what could arguably pass as bagels, which earned a “this MAY actually work”, from Brandon.

See?  totally bagels.  

I’m super impressed that I was able to make something that I’d never even think to try myself.  It was such an easy recipe to follow and I’m glad my modifications weren’t disastrous!  If you haven’t checked out her site yet, do it! http://savorysimple.net/  her stuff looks divine!

The rest of the day was spent prepping for dinner and the week.  I combined recipes from two more of my favorite blogs (http://ohsheglows.com/ and http://www.dailygarnish.com/) to make a yummy and healthy dinner of Butternut squash burritos (ohsheglows), topped with a caramelized onion black bean sauce (dailygarnish).  I added some chipotle adobo peppers, and swapped out shallots for onions.  I love how these recipes were easy to combo, delicious AND Healthy all at the same time. Plus, Brandon tested AND approved.  Gotta love that.

  pretty in the pan AND on the plate?  I like it.

Last but not least (I KNOW), I made some baked oatmeal for breakfasts for the week.  I’ve been getting pretty hungry lately with having increased my mileage these past few weeks.  So I’m trying to find ways to keep myself full and nutritionally balanced.  I’ve been doing well with eating fruit during the day, and I’m going to try and up the ante on that and added some almond butter to eat with my pear tomorrow.  Back to adding more veggies into my diet too.  So for my baked oatmeal, I added the last of that canned pumpkin (in place of any oil) and 2 bananas.  Swapped out the regular milk for some Almond Milk (yum), threw in flax seeds (i think I have a problem guys) and some dried cranberries, plus the usual spices etc.  I also tried a flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax: 3 tbsp water, wisk) in place of a regular egg.  I was really excited that I had made a vegan breakfast, until I realized that the breakfast powder mix that I added had nonfat milk in it.  Durr.   Oh well, i’m looking forward to it, looks good, doesn’t it?  The pumpkin gave it a great color and you can see the chunks of dried cranberries.  Yummmmmm.

Other than that, its been a day of resting and reading – in an effort to accomplish  some of the goals on my list, i’m reading a book “Becoming Vegan”, that i’m hoping will give me a lot of information on nutrition while eating a more plant based diet.  Hopefully I’ll have fun things to share as I learn!

Sundays are also my long run days – where I’m supposed to run at a slower pace than my goal race pace.  While my race pace is embarrassingly slow (10 minute mile), I was reminded today that no matter what, I was always going to be slower and faster than someone else when I run. I was so grateful for that (probably unintentional) pep talk.  It helped me to remember that I wasn’t doing this to beat anyone, I was doing it to be a better me.  So with that mantra in the back of my mind, I set out for my long run, 4.5 miles (ended up a bit more than that)…of hills.  I won’t lie, I was definitely cursing the route about 3/4 of the way  through, but somehow, my legs kept moving, my lungs kept breathing and4.5 miles later,  I made it back to my apartment in one piece.  It wasn’t a fast run, but it wasn’t all that slow either – and it was a RUN.   Does anyone else feel proud when they’re done with a workout?  Even if halfway through you want to throw in the towel?

Off to watch some Football, read and drink tea on my couch.  I used to hate the idea of sitting and doing nothing, but since starting to train, I’m really starting to appreciate being able to sit down and relax.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


2 Responses to “Whirlwind Weekend!”

  1. candicepeak Says:

    I feel the most proud of myself when I finish a run or workout that was particularly hard mentally and/or physically. That feeling is what keeps me motivated! I definitely understand the whole “runner’s high” concept now.

    • krhtoday Says:

      I love the runners high! Even just starting out, it can be so addicting – it keeps me going for sure. Its amazing what our bodies can do. I saw you’re signing up for a 2nd half marathon! I’m hoping to run one in the end of March! Its a hard thing to sign up for though! “Can I even DO that?” goes through my mind a lot! Thanks for the comment, I’m looking forward to reading about your training 🙂

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