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Today was pretty much the laziest day ever.  After my run and my stretching, I made lunch.  I took Whit‘s idea and made a little spinach ditty.

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I didn’t have any whole wheat pasta on hand, I so used quinoa.  I wilted some spinach, then mixed it all together with a wedge of Laughing Cow Swiss.  It was so good!!  I could have eaten three times this amount. Good thing I had no more spinach ;).

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I also had a “milkshake”.  I used 1 scoop of vanilla Whey Protein Powder, and then 1/2 organic milk and 1/2 soy milk.

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I can’t wait to try the chocolate Whey powder.  I love this stuff.

Later on I started feeling snacky, so I had some Mary’s Gone crackers dipped in tzatziki.  I had to use it up, and I do love Mary.  I had 7 black pepper flavor and 7 original flavor :).  The camera was way too far away for me to stop eating and get it.

Then, the only other thing I did before The Hubs got home from work was do the first load of dishes.  I promptly filled the sink again with my dinner dishes and cookie-mess. Hey, we have to use all the milk up from the organic experiment! 😉

Ok, now really, folks. I have to pack, get the kitty stuff ready (we have a cat-sitter), and make sure I have all my ducks in a row.

Hopefully I can blog tomorrow from Cozumel!! If not, don’t leave me peeps.  I’ll be back next sunday!  xoxooxxo

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Sweaty Pea-ing

Ahhhh, this morning’s run was fabulous, dahling.  I really didn’t want to go, but I put my running clothes on and sat around for a few minutes then decided, what the heck? Just go out and get it done.  And I did. It was hot, I wanted to go earlier before the sun got to its hottest point, but I was much too lazy.  I’m officially on vacation so I slept in (who are we kidding, I usually sleep in), said hello to my google reader, ate a Globar, etc.

Here are my stats:

From my Nike+:

  • Time: 20:00
  • Distance: 1.48 miles
  • Pace: 13:32 mile/min
  • Calories: 239

From my HRM:

  • Avg HR: 172
  • Max HR: 203
  • Calories: 315 (this includes my warmup)

I pushed myself on my runs today, and I think maybe I pushed a little too much, because my left shin started hurting (this has been a reoccurring problem throughout my life, so it doesnt surprise me).  When I got home, while I stretched, I iced it.  Or in this case, “pea-ed it”.

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Much better.  I also plan on doing deep calf stretches and toe taps to prevent a possible shin-splint; which is in my opinion the worst possible injury of all time.  Worse than a broken ankle, and I’ve broken both of mine.

While I “pea-ed”, I drank my obligatory coconut water.

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And while I’m sitting here typing, I’m dripping sweat on my computer (shh! Don’t tell The Hubs! I already dropped my laptop in the middle of the night last night! This might be too much!).  I’m pretty sweaty.

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Yikes! Holy red face!! It’s my curse.

Now I’m off to get tons and tons of stuff done.  Up first: lunch, shower, laundry, cleaning.  Happy Friday!!

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No Internet??!!

I didn’t get to the gym. I dilly-dallied around on my google reader until I was late for work. Ha!! Take that on my last day before vacation!!

Also, bad news.  I’m not sure if our hotel as internet :(.  There is discrepant information on several websites, and I couldn’t get a clear answer when I called the hotel.  So, I might be missing for a week.  Hopefully not, though. But, who doesn’t have internet?? Even our little condo/apartment that we had on our honeymoon in Zihuatanejo had internet.  How can a resort not have it?

Anyway, on my way to work, I drank my Green Monster. I put regular Amazing Grass in today.

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I couldn’t taste it at all in my GM.  Yay!!

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I am loving this shaker!! It’s great.  I can’t wait to actually shake something in it.  I’m thinking of trying the wheat grass alone.  Yikes!

When I got to work, it started pouring, it was like the skies opened up.  I made it under roof in the nick of time!

2 Hours into work I started getting the grumbles, so I broke into my snack.

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So far, every Annie’s product that I have tried, I have loved.  I am absolutely obsessed with their Mac N Cheese.  I can’t get enough of it.  I had really high hopes for this product.

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OMG! Look how cute!!  I love bunnies. They were every bit as delicious as I had hoped.  They tasted like a less-greasy version of Cheez-its.  Those used to be my favorite snack ;), so I will definitely be purchasing these babies for future devourment.  Yes I made that word up.

For dinner, I tried to eat as much of the tzatziki and hummus as I could.  We are leaving on Saturday for a week and I know it won’t last until I get back. I had the usual; whole wheat pita with both toppings, and I beefed it up with cucs and maters.  With 3 cubes of pepper jack cheese. thur 005

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I don’t even like the pepper jack cheese we get at work, I just wanted it.  At least it was only 3 cubes, right?

Then for a snack later on I had a handful of raspberries and black berries.  Now I’m just biding my time.  I’m going to be so busy tomorrow.  I have to clean, do laundry, get to the gym, do my run, get a mani/pedi, and pack.  But, I’m happy to do all these things.

I just love vacations!!

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I woke up this morning so psyched to get into my 2nd workout for my 5k training.  I fueled up with an Awake Globar.

So, remember yesterday when I said that I went about 2 miles based on the course I had previously run? Um, not so much.  My ipod was not on the fritz today, so my Nike+ worked, and told me that I went 1.46 miles.  Wah-wah-wah-wahhhhhh.  Interesting though, since I got the idea of 2 miles from my Nike+ to begin with, but I think that included my warm up and cool down, and today it did not.  Here are my stats:

  • Distance: 1.46 miles
  • Time: 20:07
  • Pace: 13:44 mins/mile
  • Calories: 237

My HRM tells me the following:

  • Calories: 301 (interesting,  I didn’t think I burned that many more during my warmup, that was the only difference in time between each device)
  • Avg HR: 171
  • Max HR: 192

So, my pace is pretty terrible, right?  Although I was walking quite a bit (as evidenced by my training plan), I guess I can only go up from here! haha!

As soon as I got back, I had my favorite post workout drink.  IMG_6803

Then I got to making some oatmeal.  I am so sad that I’m out of greek yogurt. 😦  I do love oats though, so it’s ok.

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My mix today was oats, chia seeds, wheat germ, a packet of Barney Butter from the Swag Bag, a banana, and coconut.

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Mmm-mmm-good.

Now I’m off to the gym to get my strength training in, and then it’s my last day of work before vacation!! Ugh, I cannot wait.  I am so mentally checked out right now, it’s not even funny.

Do you “check out” of your regular life when you’ve been waiting for a vacation for so long?

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5K Training Plan

I mentioned before that I’m using the Couch to 5K running and training plan for my 5k.  I put together this training plan based on others that I’ve seen like it around the blogworld.  If someone more knowledgeable than me happens to see this and finds something amiss about it, please let me know.  The plan I’m using is an 8 week plan based on the Galloway Method (run/walk).  Since I only have 7 weeks to train, I had to modify it somewhat. My modifications begin with week 6, and what I have posted below is my plan, not the one from the website.   Thankfully, this race is only 3.1 miles so I should be ok even with the modifications.
The pictures are hard to see, so I will list out the plan weekly as well.  Each week is broken down into 3 workouts, and I plan to stick to this.  On the days that I’m not running, I will be cross training.  I will also strength train 5 days a week.  Each workout is 20 minutes, with the time increasing up to 30 throughout the plan.  However, I plan to use the distance version (for example, run 20 minutes or 2 miles; so I will be running 2 miles even if it takes me 24 minutes).  This is because I know I’m not at a 10minute mile yet, nor do I plan on putting emphasis on my speed during my training.  All I want right now is to finish.  My goal time for the race is 35 minutes, which I know is really generous, but I don’t want to let myself down from the beginning, if that makes sense.  Once I’ve completed the race, I will start focusing on speedwork more and pacing my runs differently.

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  • Week 1  (also please note that I will be warming up and cooling down before and after, I’m just not putting it here).
    • Day 1: 60 seconds of running, 90 seconds walking.  Repeat for 20 minutes
    • Day 2: repeat
    • Day 3: repeat
  • Week 2
    • Day 1: 90 seconds of running, 2 minutes walking.  Repeat 20 minutes
    • Day 2: repeat
    • Day 3: repeat
  • Week 3
    • Day 1: run 200 yards (or 90 seconds), walk 200 yards, run 400 yards (or 3 minutes), walk 400 yards. Repeat twice
    • Day 2: repeat
    • Day 3: repeat
  • Week 4
    • Day 1: run 1/4 mile (or 3 minutes), walk 1/8 mile (or 90 seconds), run 1/2 mile (or 5 minutes), walk 1/4 mile (or 1.5 minutes), run 1/4 mile, walk 1/8 mile, run 1/2 mile
    • Day 2: repeat
    • Day 3: repeat
  • Week 5
    • Day 1: run 1/2 mile (or 5 mins), walk 1/4 mile (or 3 mins), run 1/2 mile, walk 1/4 mile, run 1/2 mile
    • Day 2: run 3/4 mile (or 8 mins), walk 1/2 mile (or 5 mins), run 3/4 mile
    • Day 3: run 2 miles (or 20 minutes)
  • Week 6
    • Day 1: run for 7 minutes (approximately 2/3 mile), walk 1/4 mile, run 8 minutes (approx .8 miles), walk 1/2 mile, run 1/2 mile
    • Day 2: run 1 mile, walk 1/2 mile, run 1 mile
    • Day 3: run for 2.5 miles (or 25 minutes)
  • Week 7
    • Day 1: run 2.5 miles
    • Day 2: run 2.75 miles
    • Day 3: run 3 miles
  • Week 8- Sunday is RACE DAY!!!

I know that week 7 is going to be tough, both mentally and physically.  I know that I’m only supposed to add 10% on to my mileage each week, but I think with all the cross training I’m doing, I can handle it for a week. (right?).

Now that I have that out of the way, I can get ready for vacation! Only one working day left.  I made my packing list today.

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I know this is easier to do on the computer, but, I like to write it out.  For some reason it feels more complete.

What do you always forget when you go on vacation?

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Quinoa Looks Like…

On my way to the gym I snacked on a Revive Globar.   It was everything I hoped for and more, as per usual.

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Nom Nom Nom.

I got to the gym with enough time to get both my strength AND my cardio in, which was a concern of mine earlier in the day.  My legs felt ok, so I decided to go with it.  I did:

  • Seated Leg Press: 160 lbs 2 sets of 15 reps; 180 lbs, 1 set of 15 reps
  • 45 Degree Leg Press: 200 lbs, 2 sets 15 reps; 230 lbs, 1 set 12 reps
  • Lying Leg Curl: 60 lbs, 2 sets, 10 reps; 70 lbs, 1 set of 6 reps
  • Seated Leg Extension: 50 lbs, 3 sets 12 reps
  • Standing Hip Raise: 20 lbs, 2 sets 15 reps, 35 lbs, 1 set of 15
  • Adductor: 90 lbs, 2 sets of 10 reps, 110 lbs, 1 set of 8
  • Seated Calf Raise: 60 lbs, 3 sets (of 15 ,12, and 10 respectively)

Then I did my typical ab routine, and 40 minutes on the elliptical.  I really focused on staying within my target heart rate today, as I have a tendancy to go above it.   I felt like I wasn’t working as hard as I normally do, and if I had more time I probably would have stayed longer.  I used 8 crossramp and 8 resistance today, and went about 3 miles.  My HRM stats are:

  • 77% of time in my target HR zone
  • 2 minutes below
  • 1 minute above
  • Avg HR 159, peak was 177, low was 144
  • 371 kcals burned

Yay! I felt great afterwards and was glad I decided to do my strength training.

As soon as I got to work I started getting hungry, so I broke into my snack.

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Yum! I actually never had dried cherries before.  They were really good, and I felt that the portion size was just right.  They were perfectly sweet.  As I’m writing this, I realize that I really do like having these handy snacks on hand that are already sized and you can just grab them and go.  I find myself rushing around most times to get to work and I often forget to pack a lunch, and I most often forget to pack a snack.  I also Hate doing dishes (with a capital H), so I tend to not pack snacks as I see it as just another dish or tupperware that I need to wash.  I think I’m going to invest in packages of my top 3 favorite snacks from the Swag Bag so that I can always have something healthy to grab.

Today is painfully slow.  I don’t want to complain, however, as I’d rather have it be slow than be busy.  I still haven’t finished my training plan yet.  I got side tracked after I posted this morning and I will definitely be posting it tonight.  I am a paper girl and need to have things posted.  I’m doing a calendar with my workout days on it.

Around 5:30 I went up for dinner.  I had originally planned on splitting this up into a dinner portion and a snack portion (day 3 of minimeals), but I was just too hungry.  I’m going to see if I last tonight without needing to grab a snack.  This was pretty nutrient-dense, so I’m hoping it will hold me over.

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This was my leftover quinoa and tomato mixture from last night, which I doctored up with black olives, diced tomatoes, and shredded cheddar.  As I was eating it, I decided that this is easily one of my top 5 meals that I’ve made at home recently.  It was SUPER easy, and makes me think I’m eating something bad when really it was SO healthy. It reminded me of Chef Boyardee or something.  I could have eaten a whole pot.

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Quinoa is so funny looking.

Then came my dessert.  This was supposed to be my snack, but whatevs.  I was hungry.

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Standard Fage 2% with raspberry tower.  Now I’m out of yogurt until we get back from Mexico!! What will I do?  And what will I eat until then?  It’s a conundrum.

Now I SWEAR I’m finishing up my training plan and my packing list, and I will post them both later on. 🙂

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Organic Milk Taste Test

Last night, in the midst of the funny madness in our house, we decided to conduct an experiment.  This was actually The Hubs’ idea, so he bought supplies the other day while he was grocery shopping.  We weren’t going to do it yesterday, but realized that we were leaving for Mexico on Saturday, so we need to finish these supplies by then.

He brought home Hood conventional 2% milk, and Stonyfield Organic 2% milk.  We figured that we would blind test these to see if we could tell a difference between the two milks, or if one tasted better than the other.  I am not a big milk drinker anyway, in fact I rarely drink it, but everyone once in a while I crave the creaminess.   I was happy he picked 2%.

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Obviously we know that the organic milk is in a carton and the conventional milk is in a plastic container, and we’re not sure if that had any effect on the outcome.  Also, this is a very rudimentary experiment which has no scientific bearing whatsoever, so we didn’t care.  We also stated before we even started the taste test that we weren’t sure what the results would mean; if the organic milk tasted better would we only buy that from now on, and vice-versa?  Many questions, my friends, many questions.

We decided to deal with the philosophical stuff after, and just get right down to it.  We used identical glasses, and we put a tiny piece of paper on the bottom of one.  This was only to differentiate for the pour-er, the drinker never saw which milk went into each glass.  The Hubs poured my milk and noted which glass he poured each kind, then I drank and guessed, and then we reversed.

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Milk #1.

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Ahh, crazy face! Milk #2.

I didn’t get any pics of the hubs. Our findings were as follows:

Nina:

  • the milks tasted exactly the same as far as taste goes
  • there was a slight difference in texture, with the 2nd milk tasting a bit creamier to me
  • I didn’t have a preference of one to the other

The Hubs:

  • his 2nd milk tasted creamier and grittier
  • he said that if he had to choose, he would pick the 2nd one, but they were both good

My first milk was the organic one, and 2nd milk was conventional.  For The Hubs, his 2nd milk was organic, with the first being conventional.

What does this mean?  We are not sure. We I threw out the receipt right before we conducted our highly scientific and scholarly experiement, and we both agreed that it pretty much comes down to cost.  So there you have it, right from the HSH household.

Anyway, this morning I wanted another Chocolate Monster.

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Now I’m out of chocolate amazing grass!! I have 1 packet of chocolate Amazing Meal that I am saving for a special occasion.  I think I’m really going to buy some. The chocolate flavor is by far my favorite.  I’ve had the other flavors before.

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And now I’m putting the finishing touches on my training plan which I will reveal (mostly for moral support and because I want to make sure I’m doing it right) later on.  Off to the gym!  Today is supposed to be lower body, but I’m not sure how I’ll feel after my hefty lifting the other day and then running yesterday.  I’m definitely not running today though, I’m going to be on my trusty elliptical!!

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