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My First 15K!!

I finished my first 15K!  😀

Pre-race fuel:

IMG_3562Almond butter + pumpkin butter + sandwich thins. And some water, of course. During the race, I also ate about 2 Sports Beans at mile 4, and another 2 at mile 6.

I had just left my apartment when I heard a horn behind me.  Kelley and Jenny just happened to be following me to the race. Of course, a parking lot picture was necessary!

IMG_3565Jenny, Kelley and their dad did the relay option for the 15K, with each of them running a 5K.  The “baton” that they were supposed to hand off was a hair “scrunchie.”  It was cute. 🙂

The First Leg

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that it was supposed to rain this morning.  The forecast also called for sub-40 degree weather.  Despite our worries about the weather, it ended up being a perfect day.  Sunny, dry, and mid-40s.  Running through crunchy yellow and red leaves.  Beautiful.

The first 5K was a breeze.  At the mile mark, I was astonished to hear that I was running a 10:15 pace!  I finished the 3.1 miles in about 32:25…not too shabby!

The hand-off location after both the first and second legs of the race were in the same spot, so I saw Jenny and her parents cheering me on at the end of the first 5K.  Jenny was nice enough to take my headband from me, because it was too warm.  Thanks, Jenny 🙂

The Second Leg

I was not a fan of the second 5K.  It was full of some huge hills.  As Kelley put it, “I think we were running up or down the entire time!”

Around mile 4.5, my IT band started acting up.  I felt like my leg was going to go out from under me, so I stopped once or twice for a quick stretch.  Once I hit the 6-mile mark, I was grateful that my knee felt normal again.  Otherwise, I don’t think I would have made it the last three miles!

Because the route loops backwards on itself, Kelley and I passed each other going in opposite directions.  It was fun to cheer each other on. 🙂

My time for the second 5K was approximately 35:20.  I blame it on the hills. 🙂

The Third Leg

The third leg was almost identical to the first leg, which was nice.  It was easier to judge how much distance I had left.

Kelley, Jenny, and their dad finished well before I did.  Kelley & Jenny were sweet enough to hang around the finish line to cheer me on.  Since my camera was in their car, Kelley even took pictures for me.  Thanks, dear. 🙂


IMG_35681:42:30!!! That’s an 11:01-pace!

I’m so proud of this race!!  Back in January, I couldn’t even run one mile.  In June, I was running 15:00 miles.  Look how far I’ve come.  😀

My half-marathon is in 19 weeks.  I’m pretty sure I can work my way up to 13.1 miles by then!

IMG_3566I needed some serious hydration and protein after my run, so I broke out half a bagel and a Renew Glo Bar:

IMG_3573I adore this Glo Bar. It was creamy and smooth, nutty and just slightly sweet.  Exactly what I needed after a long, tiring run.  These bars will definitely be reappearing after my longer training runs, and the half marathon itself.

Thank you, Kelley and Jenny, for sticking around after you were done.  Your team did awesome (1:28 ?!!), and it was so nice to see friendly faces after my big accomplishment!

When I got home, I mixed up a cup of skim milk with half a packet of Tera’s Whey Wolfberry.  Mmmm…. protein and carbs = recovery.


To celebrate my new PDR (my second PDR this week!), I mixed up some Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancakes:


While they cooked, I did some serious stretching.  I especially focused on my hamstrings, so my lower back is only moderately tight.  Thanks for the tip, Jessica!  You’re such a good blogger-friend. 😉

For the rest of the day, I’ll be rehydrating, icing, and getting some homework done.  Back later for a dinner post!

What’s your proudest fitness accomplishment? This race is definitely mine!


October 25, 2009 at 3:06 pm 12 comments

Weekend Plans

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So Much Pumpkin!

After making pumpkin scones yesterday, I have a ton of leftover pumpkin puree to use up.  Tragic, I know.  😉

With that in mind, I decided to start the day with some Pumpkin Breakfast Quinoa:

IMG_3513I replaced a bit of the milk and water with about a tablespoon of pumpkin puree, and topped with a tablespoon of chocolate chips.  If you still haven’t tried quinoa for breakfast, go try it soon!  To learn how to make it, go here.

And expect a post soon about why quinoa is my favorite grain. 🙂

To get some fruit in, I paired my quinoa with a peach:


Readers be warned: a lot more pumpkin will be showing up on the blog in the next few days.  Who am I kidding?  Pumpkin always shows up on the blog.  But now I have a lot of it that needs to be used up soon!

Lesson Learned

I learned a very important lesson after my long run last night:  You will be tired after a long run.  This is no excuse to not fully stretch afterwards.  If you don’t stretch, you will be in a lot of pain a few hours later.  Now my lower back hurts.  A lot.  Today is definitely a rest day!

Here’s hoping my back feels better by Sunday morning for my 15K!

Weekend Plans

I’m pretty pumped about this weekend.  Want to know what’s on the agenda?

Friday evening:  SWE Fall Ball. Kelley, Jenny, Wendy and I are going to be the security/registration people/DDs (designated drivers) all night, which I’m actually kind of excited about.  It means we get to see everyone who comes to the dance and talk to everyone.  It doesn’t hurt that the location this year is awesome:  the beautiful theatre on State Street.  Which, by the way, just happens to be attached to the museum where our wedding is going to be!

Saturday morning:  Farmer’s Market. I haven’t gone in 2 weeks, due to being in California.  I miss it!

Saturday afternoon: Madison Food & Wine Show. Hopefully.  🙂

Sunday morning:  My first 15K!

Sunday afternoon/evening: Cooking party! Several of my friends have been asking me to teach them to cook, so we’re getting together on Sunday to make some simple, healthy dishes!

What are your plans for the weekend?

October 23, 2009 at 10:23 am 5 comments

A New PDR!

I ran 7 miles tonight! My previous PDR was 5 miles, so I’m so excited about this.  I think I can definitely do my 15K this Sunday… its only another 2.3 miles. 😀

Unfortunately, I forgot to clock my time. 😦  But I think I averaged just under a 12:00 pace.

Pre-run, I fueled up with a Run Glo Bar.  It is the perfect size for a pre-workout snack!

Around mile 3.5 or 4, I tried my first energy gel to make sure my stomach could handle them before my 15K.  It can 🙂IMG_3503

Me with my Slipless Headband from Lululemon.  It was my first time using it, and I loved it.  Most running headbands make me overheat really fast, but this one stayed in place and I didn’t get too hot from it!

I was ravenous after my workout and shower, so I went with… breakfast for dinner.

IMG_3507I’ll admit, the driving force behind the decision to have breakfast for dinner was so that I could eat one of these pumpkin scones. They are so moist and full of pumpkin and chocolate-y goodness.  What’s not to like?

IMG_3508An apple with almond butter.

IMG_3509Two eggs scrambled with pesto and Asiago cheese.

IMG_3510Kale chips. Which may be one of my new favorite sides.  Seriously.

Almost an hour later, and I’m still hungry.  I think a snack may be in order… 😉

October 22, 2009 at 9:12 pm 8 comments

New: Training Page and Project Strength!

I have now been at LAX for almost 13 hours.  In just one more, we’ll be boarding the plane…

Here’s the deal:  Our flight was overbooked.  Okay, fine, that happens all the time, because people don’t show up or otherwise miss the flight, etc.  The problem comes in when the plane ends up being a smaller one than was originally planned, which is what happened today.  The airline was looking for 19 people to volunteer to give up their seats in exchange for 2 free round-trip tickets for anywhere in the continental US, as well as vouchers for lunch and dinner. All of us decided to take it, so we’re spending 14 hours in the airport today, plus 6 on the plane and in the car from Milwaukee to Madison.

Dan and I plan to use the tickets to visit his brother Josh in the Seattle area.  All I can say is, this better be a good trip to Washington! 🙂

I decided not to blog my eats today, but I am adding a new page to my blog:  my training page! I’ve put together my training plan for the next six weeks.  It is very ambitious, but I think I can do it!  Here’s a screen shot of Week 1, starting tomorrow:

Picture 2

Don’t worry, I’m working on figuring out how to make this easier for you to see!  The calendar is color-coded as follows:

  • Red: Classes, SWE, work, and other things that I need to schedule my training around
  • Yellow: Pilates
  • Blue: Strength Training
  • Green: Running
  • Purple: Cross-training (usually bicycling)

I have put together a few strength training workouts, with the help of Jessica over at How Sweet It Is (thanks, Jessica!). Here’s my plan:

  • Push-ups every day for 63 days, as many as I can do! They say it takes 21 days to pick up a habit, so doing this for 63 days (3x as long!), should do the trick to tone up my upper body.
  • Pilates 2-3 times a week
  • Additional strength training 2-3 times a week for the next 9 weeks, using a combination of the following:
  • Lunges
  • Side lunges
  • Squats
  • Plie squats
  • Bent over rows
  • Bicep curls
  • Tricep dips or kickbacks
  • Overhead triceps extensions
  • Chest presses
  • Chest flies
  • Overhead presses
  • Side raises
  • Front raises

I hate to put together a strict routine, because I know my muscles will get used to the exercises and it won’t be as effective.  For each strength training session, I’ll post what my actual routine was that day.

I may even post before and after pictures at some point… we’ll see! 🙂

These next 9 weeks shall be Project Strength. Anyone want to join me?

Keep coming back to see my results!

October 19, 2009 at 12:31 am 7 comments

I Miss My Kitchen!

Run, Run, Run!

Good evening, everyone!  Since there was nothing on the conference schedule until lunch, I woke up to eat an energy bar and drink some water, then went for nice run!

Distance: 4.95 miles

Time: Appx 54 minutes (Seriously, a Garmin would be awesome!)

If I can run 5 miles, I can run 9.3 miles in a week, right?  🙂  I only had time for the rest of my Apple Cherry Pomegranate Juice from the Farmer’s Market, then it was time to shower, get ready, and go to the Conference!

SWE Conference, Day 2

IMG_3384IMG_3383Don’t we all look nice?

I was impressed by all the fresh veggies and HUMMUS at lunch!  I didn’t feel like the vegetarian pizza, because there was no way it was going to measure up to yesterday’s pear and gorgonzola pizza, so I went with a cheese sandwich (aka, a turkey sandwich with the turkey removed… no veggie sandwiches available!)

IMG_3379Big pile of fresh carrots, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, and jicama with hummus.

IMG_3382Veggies, with my sandwich (still with turkey–I removed it right after this picture!), and dessert…

IMG_3380A baby brownie and baby chocolate cookie.  Yum!

And lots of water, because I’m not used to running in this heat and humidity!

The sandwich was relatively dry, but I was very impressed by the veggies and hummus.

After lunch, a few of us went to a great workshop called “Trendy Stress?!” I’ll be doing a post on the topic soon, because we got some great tips!  We had a meeting for everyone from Region H (all members from Wisconsin, Minnesota, the Dakotas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan), then went out for dinner at P.F. Chang’s.

IMG_3385I got the Coconut Curry Vegetables, with brown rice (rice unpictured). The tofu was pretty good, and the sauce was decent, but overall the meal isn’t one I think I would order again.  But I did get some protein, grains and veggies in the meal!

Kelley wanted some ice cream to soothe her sore throat, so we stopped at Coldstone on the way back to the hotel.  I was hungry, but not feeling ice cream, so I was pleased to see that they now have Tart Frozen Yogurt!  Check out these nutritional stats for the Like It size:

Calories: 140

Fat: 0 g

Sugar: 24 g

Protein: 3 g

A little low on protein and high in sugar, but as far as frozen desserts go, it isn’t half bad!

IMG_3389I had it mixed with strawberries and bananas. Yum!  And now, my stomach is no longer growling.  However, my later snack of toffee peanuts may have also contributed to this.  🙂


Megan at Runner’s Kitchen is having an awesome Chobani Giveaway.  Chobani is by far my favorite Greek yogurt, so you should go check it out!


I am having an excellent time at the conference, and loved hanging out with Kari earlier this week, but I have to say I am really looking forward to getting home.  I desperately want my kitchen back — both so I have total control over what I eat, and so I can stop spending money on eating out!  Plus, I haven’t seen Dan since we made the move official, and I want to have a celebratory dinner while we look for apartments!


Would you be interested in an occasional wedding update on my blog?

October 15, 2009 at 10:44 pm

A New Love: Fro-Yo

I am officially in love with frozen yogurt.  We may or may not have had it twice today, in fact. 🙂

Kari is always raving about California’s fro-yo, and I didn’t get what the big deal was.  To me, frozen yogurt wasn’t all that different from normal ice cream, because grocery store fro-yo isn’t usually all that special.

I was wrong.  I was very much wrong.  Fro-yo is, indeed, amazing.

There was a little drama when I got here last night.  Kari’s sink completely overflowed gross water all over the kitchen, so we ate out today to avoid that mess.  The plumber came tonight, though, so we’ll be able to cook tomorrow!

By the time we got to bed last night, it was already 3 am (aka, 5 am Wisconsin-time), so we slept in and then did a nice 4 mile run.

Distance: ~4 mi

Time: ~40 min

It is so nice to be able to go out in shorts and a tank top and still be comfortable!  Its about 70  degrees here, but snowed in Wisconsin today!

After a banana, granola bar, and shower, Kari and I set out for Santa Monica and Venice.  We stopped for some quick fro-yo, the first of the day.


A “small” PB fro-yo with Reeses’. Yum! 🙂

We wandered around Santa Monica Pier and the outdoor mall.  There were some fun street performers.  We decided to find a place to eat outside so that we could people-watch while we ate!


This x2.


Half this plate.



I love eating out in California.  It is so much easier to order something healthy when you eat out, without having to ask for too many modifications.  We didn’t have to ask for egg whites instead of whole eggs, or for no cheese or anything.  And it was delicious to boot!

We took a long walk through Venice, which was…interesting.  But fun. 🙂

On the way home, we stopped for dinner at a little Italian place.


My half of our salad.


Our yummy garlic “pizzetta.”  Plus one more piece. A super-thin crust pizza with garlic spread, mozzarella and basil.  The basil was absolutely perfect on this pizzetta!

There was a deal for 10% off at the fro-yo place next door if you brought in your receipt from the Italian place.  Since we were planning on going there anyways, this worked out perfectly for us.


The. Best. Fro-Yo. Ever. Okay, only the second or third time I’ve had real fro-yo, but this was absolutely amazing.  We went to Sweet Harts (owned by Melissa Joan Hart, hence the name), which is a yogurt bar, so we got to sample the flavors before we made our decision.  I got half pomegranate and half plain fro-yo, and topped it with strawberries, a little coconut, and a few white chocolate chips.  It was awesome. I loved the tart flavor of the yogurt, so that it tasted more like Greek yogurt than ice cream.

We’ll be getting more fro-yo in the next few days, for sure.  I have to get my fro-yo fix before I leave!

I’ll be back tomorrow with California: Day 2!

October 11, 2009 at 1:22 am 3 comments

This Week: Study. Next Week: Fun!

My to-do list is CRAZY LONG this week… can we add 5 hours to the day this week, somehow?  😉

I just keep reminding myself that if I get through all of this, I won’t have to worry about schoolwork when I go to California on Friday night!  Hooray for friends and conferences!

I hosted an event for all of the engineering student organizations on campus tonight.  Due to about 60 people being present and standing around, I was unable to take pictures of my dinner.  I’m sure you can imagine what it looked like though…Papa John’s pizza and cheesesticks. And water.  Lots of water.  I think I’m still a little dehydrated from this weekend!

Question for all runners: There’s a 15K or 3 person-5K each relay that I really want to do in three weeks.  Unfortunately, I don’t have a relay team.  Am I ready for a 15K if the only races I have run are 5K’s?  Will that be enough time to train? All input and advice is welcomed!

I need some fruit or something before bed.  I also need to do some serious stretching first.  Good night everyone!

October 5, 2009 at 9:42 pm 2 comments

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