20 miles and other projects September 24-29, 2008

Dinner – Monday, September 29, 2008: pigs in a blanket a.k.a. turkey hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls. I’ve been craving these for a week! I sliced a few franks down the middle and stuffed them with reduced fat cheddar cheese. These guys were kind of high in sodium, but relatively healthy. The turkey franks had 45 calories, 2 grams of fat, and 6 grams of protein each and I used Pillsbury reduced fat crescent rolls (90 calories, 4.5 grams fat, 2 grams of protein).
Sunday, September 28, 2008: 20 miles! Weather was yucky, rainy, humid, and GROSS. I felt pretty sorry for myself for the first few miles. Pulled myself together around mile 7. Legs and feet started to ache around mile 15, but nothing serious. Tried Clif shot bloks. Grade: A+ for taste, A- for convenience, B for digestibility (must drink more water with these guys).

Below is a photo of my post-run refuel: sprouted grain bread with pb and 1/2 banana, greek yogurt sprinkled with Kashi Go Lean Crunch, celery with pb, powerade zero. Not pictured: small plum, kashi chewy bar.
Skillet Cornbread: This was pretty healthy – I used skim milk, organic eggs, smart balance, and whole grain corn flour. The result was a bit dry – next time I’ll use 1/2 all purpose flour and 1/2 corn flour.

Birthday Cake – September 21, 2008

Wednesday 9/17/08 Avocados & Truffles

Chocolate Truffles :-)

The toppings: cocoa, powdered sugar, and crushed almonds.
Homemade midnight truffles! Semi-sweet chocolate, unsweetened chocolate, butter, and cream.

Dr. Prager’s Veggie Burger, avocado, and ketchup on whole wheat.


Assorted 9/14/08-9/17/08

A picture perfect gala apple from the farmer’s market :-)
Oats, Cranberries, Almonds, & White Chocolate, yum!
City Girl, Country Girl cookies from whole foods – SO good.

Sunday dinner: brown rice, kidney beans, and spinach!

Long Run report: 4:45am wake-up, coffee & breakfast at home, and then a cab ride to Queens – arrived by 6am. 16 minute warm-up, Queens 1/2 marathon starts promptly at 7am, 20 minute cool-down afterwards. Total: 17 miles


Mile 1: Sweat. Mile 2: Sweat some more. Mile 3: More sweating. Mile 4: Is it raining or is are those sweat droplets from the guy in front of me? Mile 5: Feeling a little hungry. Mile 6: Gatorade up my nose at the water station. Mile 7: Smells like old person bad-breath. Hope it’s the long island sound and not me. Mile 8: Coffee flavored gel, less awful than I expected. Mile 9: Gotta pee, maybe I should stop. Mile 10: Only 3 miles left, I can wait. Mile 11: Feeling ok. Mile 12: Ready for this to be over. Mile 13: Yay, done (well, almost.)
Felt a little out of it and sick after my cool-down. Probably dehydrated/low blood sugar. I drank SO much water/gatorade during the remainder of the day. I also probably spent too much time on my feet (walked across Central Park to the subway, walked ~2 miles to meet Agnes for coffee, laundry, errands, etc).

Weekend! September 6th & 7th 2008

Homemade berry-almond granola, yum!
Finished apple galettes – so pretty :-)
Adding apple butter to the tart crusts.
Apple Galette crust.

Finished focaccia bread pizza, yum! Whole wheat crust, olive oil, reduced fat mozzarella, tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, olives, and parmesan.

Alice Waters’ The Art of Simple Food. Love this book!

whole wheat focaccia bread- after second rising and pre-toppings.

And then the culinary adventures began! whole wheat foccacia bread - first rising.

Long Run….15 miles….pouring rain and wind…so I did it on the treadmill. Struggled with this one mentally, but got it done. Phew. I refueled with an AWESOME Whole Foods salad. Yay. Salad included: spinach, grilled onions, beets, bell peppers, baked tofu, chickpea salad, feta, and balsamic vinaigrette.

Thursday 9/04/08

Dinner: Kashi mountain medley granola w/ soymilk, whipped cottage cheese and triscuits.
Post work-out: 1/2 whole wheat bagel w/ pb.

Lunch & Snacks: GIANT Salad (not pictured), cinnamon sugar pretzels, and PB lara bar.

Breakfast: cantaloupe, whipped cottage cheese, cranberries & almonds, Clif Z bar, calcium supplement.

Wednesday 09/03/08

Dinner: cantaloupe, whole wheat bagel w/ whipped cottage cheese and raspberry jam, cocoa rice krispies treat.
Snacks: cinnamon pretzels, pb granola bar.

Lunch: The picture is from yesterday, hehe. Today my salad consisted of spinach, red onion, tomato, mushroom, broccoli, kidney beans, cranberries, tofu, blue cheese, and balsamic vinegar. Yum!
Breakfast: Post-7 mile run. OJ, Fage 2%, cranberries, Clif kid z-bar.

Tuesday 09/02/08

Dinner: Chocolate milk (no photo), whole wheat toast with pb and banana, yoplait light with Kashi Mountain Medley granola.

Shopping trip: diet snapple (4), vanilla soymilk, whipped cottage cheese, cantaloupe, banana, and tiscuits. Snack: fun-size snickers, although it would have been more “fun” if it were larger!
Salad consisted of spinach, red onion, mushroom, carrots, chickpeas, cranberries, egg whites, blue cheese, and balsamic vinegar.
Lunch: Post-3 mile run. Salad, Stacy’s pita chips, green iced tea.

Breakfast: Crazy morning!!! coffee, apple, fage 2% , peanut butter granola bar.

Monday 09/01/2008 or the day I turned 24

Max Brenner dark hot chocolate mix.
Snickers’ “marathon” protein bar.
Belgian dark chocolate spread, caramel apple butter, and pumpkin butter. Yum!
My gifties! From Nate. I had two of the Boston chocolate chip cookies (they’re vegan!) before bed…..
B-Day presents- all wrapped up :-)
Veganomicon cookbook, heart shaped cake tins, and a cupcake tester!
Kitchenaid stand mixer. Oh, the fun I will have!
Dinner: Blockhead’s! Corona light with lime, chips and salsa, mini whole wheat spinach burrito with brown rice, black beans, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream. Yum! Rice pudding sample for dessert.
Snacks: Sorry no photos! Iced tea and a carrot-raisin-pumpkin muffin from Think! coffee in the village. Later – peach yogurt from Ronnybrook Farms (local dairy).

Breakfast: DD iced coffee, apple, promax protein bar (tastes like a candy bar!)

Nike Human Race – Just DON’T Do It

After the run, I tried the new Powerade Zero (strawberry flavor). So cold and good! Then I ate some Fage 2% with a peach and dried cranberries. Later on, I had Kashi crackers with cheddar cheese and some baked potato wedges with ketchup. Before I went to bed I had my last Magnolia cupcake.

To make my “homemade french fries”, I washed a potato and cut it into even wedges. Then I put the wedges in a plastic bag (gallon size) with a tsp of olive oil and some salt. Shake bag until wedges are evenly coated. Bake on a greased cookie sheet in a 400 degree oven until crispy and golden brown (25-35 minutes).

Nike Human Race 10K: Ugh. The 4 mile warm-up to Randall’s Island went pretty well, but upon arrival at the starting line it was madness. 10,000 runners (plus spectators and other sports teams) were crammed on to a 3 mile diameter island. The race started about 30-40 minutes late and the course was very narrow and mostly concrete/gravel. Things moved along ok, until mile 5.5 when we came to a COMPLETE STOP. As the walkers finished lap 1 and runners finished lap 2, a foot bridge became seriously clogged with people. This cost me about 3 minutes. After finishing (51 minutes, ugh!!!) I was really pissed. To add on some mileage, I ran across the tri-borough bridge and through Harlem (in the dark…eek) This brought me to about 12.5 for the day.


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