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AMERICA!

Just a quick post to say GO USA!

I hope someone makes one of these for me when I run the marathon.

 

 

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Weekend Update

SNL Weekend Update

Everyone is so excited about my weekend

I had a busy and fantastic holiday weekend. Don’t worry, I’ll tell you all about it.

Started off on Saturday morning with my long run- 7 miles this week- with the Wabash River Run Club. The regular runners said they were taking the river trail “up to the cars” and back. I thought they were talking about a parking lot, but turns out there are actually some old cars on the side of the trail- kinda cool if you like old junk.

trail car trail car 2

 

After my run and a quick shower and some frantic packing, I got in the car to head to a bridal shower/girls weekend for my friend C in Ohio.

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After I was on the road for a while, I realized that in my hurry to get out the door, I had forgotten to change into the sandals I had planned to wear with my dress. I was wearing bright red garden clogs:

clogs

Luckily my friend K let me borrow an extra pair of her shoes so I didn’t look like a clown.

After the shower, we adjourned to K’s farmhouse where we played my favorite game- Cards Against Humanity. Did you know that rather than buying the game for like $25, you can just print it off their website for free? My genius friend M let me in on this fun fact.

Cards against humanity

I had also made a Pinata for C. She told me that her favorite animal was a giraffe, but as it turns out, giraffe pinatas are hard to find. So I had to improvise:

unicorn pinata

UNICORN

 

GIRAFFICORN

GIRAFFICORN

His name was Gilly and he met a violent death at the hands of M. (Sorry this post is not PG). He was filled with plastic wine bottles, candy necklaces, and Lara Bars, because we are old.

We of course had some strawberry margarita jello shots, which were a little too tasty (I actually think someone forgot the tequila):

Strawberry Margarita shots

Strawberry Margarita Shots

Don’t worry though, I came prepared with the antidote for a night of drinking:

pedialyte

I get terrible hangovers, so I don’t drink very often. But when I do, I always chug a big bottle of Pedialyte before I go to bed. I figure if it’s FDA approved for kids with diarrhea, it can’t hurt me. Plus it actually has less sugar and additives than your plain old Gatorade.

On my day off on Monday, Sam & I decided we needed a little adventure, so we drove down to Turkey Run State Park for some day-hiking.

Turkey Run

We were really pleasantly surprised with the park- lots of neat canyons and plenty of trails. We want to go back for canoeing or floating sometime.

turkey run bridge

Hope you enjoyed your Memorial Day weekend as much as we did!

 

Chicken Baked in Coconut Milk

The other night I made some wonderful baked chicken. I had purchased some beautiful asparagus from the farmers market, and since Sam doesn’t love asparagus, I had to make sure to put it on the side of some really amazing meat. Inspired by this post from the kitchn (one of my favorite cooking blogs) and a love of coconut milk, I went for it.  I actually based my recipe off of this one since I didn’t want to use a whole chicken.

Chicken Baked in Coconut Milk

INGREDIENTS
  • 1/2 a can of light coconut milk (I like Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon ginger paste, or minced fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon lemongrass paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 chicken thighs (with skin/bones)
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil, sliced into ribbons
INSTRUCTIONS 
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together all ingredients (except chicken) until well combined.
  3. Arrange chicken skin side up in cast iron skillet or dutch oven.
  4. Pour sauce over chicken, making sure to coat all of it. Sprinkle a bit of extra brown sugar on top of each thigh.
  5. Bake uncovered for 15 minutes, then remove from oven and pour excess sauce/juices into a small saucepan. Return chicken to oven for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. On the stovetop, heat sauce to a simmer. Add flour and whisk to remove any lumps.
  7. Remove chicken from the oven and top with fresh basil. Serve with extra sauce.

I served mine with the asparagus and a barley pilaf. Everything was great with the sauce. Enjoy!

 

 

Glory Days

I’m back at home visiting family and friends this weekend. This morning, I went for a run with one of my running idols, H. Over the last two years or so, H has transformed from normal post-college lazy human being to world-conquering running superhero. She ran her first marathon a few months ago, and she is the person I go to to ask questions/whine about running.

H lives in another part of the country, so it was great to be able to meet up with her for a run while we were both home. Right now she is recovering from her marathon and working on her running form. She had a ‘form analysis’ done by a physical therapist, and she is working on correcting some things- namely her posture and her stride. She runs with a metronome-like app- it ticks out a beat which she is supposed to match her steps to.

We did run/walk intervals, which I have never tried before. Basically we ran for a minute then walked for 30 seconds, for 6.5 miles. While it was nice to take regular breaks, I got a little hangry towards the end. Basically whenever we stopped to walk I wanted a hot dog. Actually the whole time I just wanted a hot dog.

my love for hot dogs knows no bounds

Our run took us through town, and we ran by our old high school. We decided to take a lap around the track for old times sake. H and I both ran track throughout high-school. We were sprinters- H specialized in hurdles, while I ran the 100/200/4×100 short sprints. As we were doing our lap, and watching the high-schoolers practice, we remembered the great divide between the sprinters and the “long distance” runners on our team.

ECHS

Where it all began

At the time, despite the fact that we were running 20+ sprint reps during workouts 6 days a week, we saw ourselves strictly as short distance runners. Sometimes we would do a 1-mile warmup with the whole team, and we thought that distance was SOOO LONG. If you had asked High School Me to run two miles, I would have whined like crazy. I didn’t think I was capable of running distance, and I was not interested in trying.

I kept this mindset throughout my college years and beyond. When I first started running regularly about three years ago, I was majorly intimidated by the prospect of running multiple miles. I remember being so amazed the first time I ran THREE WHOLE MILES! It was a revelation that I had that kind of distance in me, even when I was relatively out of shape.

I guess I’m kind of trying to tell you where I’ve come from, and why running a marathon is such a stretch for me. It’s something I spent most of my life believing was for super-elite long distance runners, a category which I would never have put myself in. 26.2 miles still sounds daunting to me – every time I say it I just think “THAT IS TWICE AS FAR AS I HAVE EVER RUN”.

This story has a happy ending. After our 6.5 mile run/walk, I dropped H off at the hotel she was staying at, and decided to step in to take a peek at the breakfast situation. Long story short: I ate half of the food on the buffet. I don’t mean I tried half of the things, I mean I ate half of the total quantity. There were even hotdog-like sausages. It was amazing.

Truer words have never been spoken

Truer words have never been spoken

The week in review

Luckily I am not as lazy about running as I have been about posting to this blog!

lazy dog

Do not fear blog readers, what I lack in quantity, I will make up for in quality, because as you can see, I have learned how to insert gifs. Things just got much more exciting here in blogland.

 

In running news: I managed 4 runs last week! Here are some stats:

Total Distance: 13.63

Longest Distance: 5.8 miles

Average Pace Per Mile: 9:26

Shortest/Most Hungover Run: 1.18 miles

hungover

I am pretty proud of myself for managing four runs, even if one was kind of cheating. My hope is to keep consistent with 4-5 runs per week.

 

The reason I was hungover on Friday was because I went to Chicago to see my friend Jessie’s awesome band’s live show!  They are called all boy/all girl and they just finished a tour of the Midwest. I’m not the greatest at describing music, but I guess they are kind of an Indie Pop group- they feature a great combo of musicians, including a bass, ukulele, and strings on top of the usual guitar and drums. I have been listening to and loving their album since it was released, but  seeing them live was a whole different experience- they are so fun and alive on stage.

Wine bottles were half-priced at the venue, and I may or may not have split two bottles of wine with one other person. I get hangovers like crazy, despite my incessant attempts to find a hangover miracle cure. This weekend, I tried milk thistle, which according to this article will leave me with “No headache, no nausea, no desire to curl up into a ball and never move”.  Unfortunately it was not to be- although I maybe did not feel as 100% worthless as usual, I still experienced headaches, waves of nausea, extreme whineness and inability to control my emotions.

Last week I also hit a milestone- I ran my 100th mile since the beginning of 2014!

photo

In January, I set myself a goal to run 600 miles by the Marathon (October 12th). I also made a deal with my husband that, for a little extra motivation, I am allowed to buy a new piece of workout clothing or gear every 50 miles I run.

I have taken this deal to heart, as evidenced by my bill at lululemon on Friday. I purchased a sweet pair of running tights on sale for $49 (which is a crazy steal for that store) as well as two more of their fly away tamer headbands, which I love because they, ya know, tame my fly-aways, which otherwise always whip into my eyes as I’m running.

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Overall a successful trip, and a successful week in marathon training!