Monthly Archives: July 2010

Starvin’ Marvin

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Yes I know, you’d think I haven’t eaten all week by the lack of food photos on the blog! I have been eating plenty, I promise! I actually have been eating a random mix of things such as:

Tofu dog with Laughing Cow cheese and mustard on Eziekel toast.

Along with a side salad with blueberries and blueberry vinaigrette.

In the mood for buffalo wings?

How about a sunshine burger on romaine with a homemade yogurt, laughing cow and hot sauce “Buffalo Sauce”?

The flavors were there and that’s what made this random lunch so good!

I am pretty sure though that my favorite meal this week was my dinner tonight, adapted from Monica’s recipe over at Run Eat Repeat! I give you, Pineapple Salsa and Black Bean Cous Cous with Avocado!

This recipe was SO easy and delicious! Into my creation went:

  • 1 jar of Trader Joe’s Pineapple Salsa
  • 1 cup of whole wheat cous cous
  • 1 can of black beans
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed

The cous cous takes 5 minutes to make and once it was fluffly all I did was dump in the beans and salsa and that’s it! I ate this warm, but like Monica mentioned in her post, it can be eaten cold too! I have a lot left over so it will make the perfect addition to a salad tomorrow!

This week seemed to fly by but also drag on at the same time! I’m excited tomorrow is Friday-I’ve got a 30 mile ride planned for Saturday morning! Have a great night!

Ta-Ta!

Booty Kickin’

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Five AM on Monday morning came a tad too quickly for my liking. I was at my parent’s place in WC until 10:30pm Sunday night and was NOT looking forward to just 6 hours of sleep! I did manage to roll myself out of bed and make it to BOMF on time.

Our team leader Lynne brought along her friend Nate, owner of Bodyrock Boodtcamp for a special Boot Camp class instead of our normal run. I was really looking forward to this because I love group classes, especially ones where the instructor is awesome and motivating you the entire way.

What makes Bodyrock Bootcamp unique is its belief in people mastering their own bodies before adding in “props” like weights and resistance bands. I really like this idea because it means you don’t need fancy equipment to get into shape.

Our workout lasted close to an hour and involved dynamic stretching to warm up as well as sprints, shuffles, high knee kicks, lunges, running and more sprints to name a few :). I walked away seriously sweaty and feeling pretty awesome.

What I loved about this class was the fact that I never knew what was coming next. Of course I was cursing under my breath come the third rep of high knee kicks followed by sprints but Nate kept us on our toes ;).

I would give this workout two big thumbs up–mostly because I can barely walk today! I really want to incorporate one day of non biking/running into my training schedules and this boot camp class seems like a great solution. I may need to squeeze in some yoga too considering how tight my muscles are today!

Bodyrock Bootcamp is having a special right now that I am considering taking advantage of- 30 days for $20. This particular boot camp would be very convenient for me because they have early morning and later evening hours and meet on Kelly Drive!

If you are in the Philly area and want to get a great workout, definitely contact Nate at Bodyrock Bootcamp!

Racing the Rain

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Hey!

Hope everyone had a good weekend! Friday night I had a work function which ended up being really fun! Saturday was pretty lazy. B and I went to see Inception (AMAZING) and had dinner out.

This afternoon I set out to get a bike ride in — my “official” 8-week training starts this coming week but I have been biking to get in the groove of things. I ended up completing 25 miles (including 3 stops) in 1:51:57 which averages out to a little over 4.5 minute miles.

The ride was sunny and HOT until about mile 17…I looked up ahead of me and the sky was just dark and ominous. I picked up the pace a little in hopes of missing the rain. When I say that I made it home LITERALLY as the first lightening bolt crossed the sky, I mean it. The skies opened up 5 minutes later and there was a tornado warning!

I watched the storm roll in with a post-ride green monster.

Into the mix went:

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 2 big handfuls of spinach
  • 1/2 scoop of chocolate protein powder
  • 1/2 frozen nanner
  • ice

Perfect! Hit the spot and will definitely hold me over until dinner. B and I are heading to WC to have dinner with my family. We’re supposed to grill so hopefully the rain stops!!

Ta-Ta!

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I certainly have not been a very good blogger the past couple days. I have been in a womp womp kind of mood all week and just haven’t felt like writing. I’ll get over it, I’m sure!

I had a great dinner at Farmacia on Wednesday with my Philly Phoodies but my camera was left at the shore so I didn’t snap any photos. I can tell you though that 1. Cilantro is awesome in a martini and 2. vegan tamales taste like the real thing.

Other than that I’ve been drinking a lot of smoothies and eating a lot of zucchini. Oh and some Whoppers. Can’t win ’em all right?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Humility

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When I was growing up I always felt like I had to be the best at everything I did and if I wasn’t the best, I just wanted to quit. I would get discouraged by those running faster than me or scoring more goals in lacrosse or dancing better at the recital.

It took me awhile, and I am still learning, but  I’ve realized that it doesn’t matter if I am faster or stronger or better at something than everyone else. What matter is that I am doing MY best, and this morning was a perfect example…

I got up at 5am to run with Back on My Feet. This morning we were deciding how far we all wanted to run and in my head I was thinking two, maybe three miles. Then I heard a couple people say they were going to do four and I said “ME TOO”! I can totally do 4 miles!!

Well my friends, I have not run 4 miles since Broad Street. Yep that’s right. I have actually not run more than 3 miles in over 2.5 months. But I went anyways and about 2 miles in, at a pace I was slightly uncomfortable with I decided I had to take a walk break or my lungs would explode. I was kind of embarrassed but knew that I would rather slow down than have someone scraping me off the pavement. Thanks for a healthy dose of reality legs and lungs.

I was walking for a minute or so, watching the group get farther away when one of them ran back to me and says “come on-we have a rule here that no one runs alone”. And that was that. For the next two miles we ran and walked when needed and I made it through those 4 miles in almost exactly 44 minutes. When we made it back to everyone else, we were greeted with big smiles.

I realized as I was driving home after my run that everyone is running their own metaphorical race in life. Some of us are literally running races and others, like those in the BOMF program are being helped in their race of life by the program which coincidentally, has them running races 🙂 .

I know I need to build my running fitness back up but I am not going to get discouraged about it. I have done it before and know I can do it again. It isn’t going to happen overnight but it will happen.

At BOMF it isn’t how fast or far you can go, but the mere fact that you’re GOING. I know there will be times in my life that will require hard work but I am happy knowing that every Wednesday morning when I am greeted with hugs and hello’s I don’t have to worry about being the best. Being me is good enough.

Back At It

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Hey There!

Betchya thought I was never coming back, huh? Sorry to say, you’re stuck with me for now 😉 . I was gone Friday evening-Tuesday morning at the shore so I am just getting back and updated on things.

My weekend was very fun and pretty productive! I set out on my first long ride — I ended up biking 26 miles in a little over 2 hours! You know what was funny? I definitely felt as if my legs could go longer/faster but I made a BIG rookie mistake and wore running shorts instead of padded bike shorts and was almost in tears by the end. Lets just say that I won’t be making that mistake again!

Aside from my awesome bike ride I attended B’s annual family reunion as well as his sister’s graduation party. I also got to meet up with a couple of my friends who have a house for the week in Avalon. I was definitely exhausted come Monday night, but it was worth it!

Ha so this is how I spend my days on the beach-with a hat on in the shade! We actually played in the ocean for awhile and the waves were really fun! But I am trying to be safe in the sun which means lots of sunscreen and sitting under the umbrella if I feel too hot!

B’s sister’s graduation party was at a beach bar/restaurant so it was fun to kick off my sandals and enjoy the evening.

Me and the graduate! B’s sister is a really amazing singer and even preformed at her own party! Honestly though, her voice is beautiful–I hope she remembers the little people when she makes it big 🙂

It is always hard leaving the shore because I love it so much! Today went by fairly quickly and before I knew it, I was back on my bike, this time for a short and fast ride. I did just over 7 miles in 27 minutes. I was definitely tired by the end and need to work up my endurance; but I’m getting there!

When I got back I spent about 5 minutes deciding what to have for dinner. Actually, I had been perusing Meghann’s blog earlier and saw she had made a vegetarian rueben and well, that was that. I had all the ingredients I needed so I sliced up some zucchini, toasted some sprouted grain bread and added my Laughing Cow cheese, sauerkraut, spicy mustard and ketchup.

I roasted some broccoli on the side too. Perfect way to end the day!

Now I have to unpack and do some laundry quickly. I have a 5am wake-up tomorrow for my BOMF run!

Have a good night!

Ta-Ta!

Join the Club

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Cooking Club that is!

This past Tuesday was the first official meeting of the Cooking Club I joined. OK let me be totally honest. My “cooking club” is composed of myself, Meghan and Lauren. Remember when the three of us went to dinner at The Stone Rose? It was a delicious dinner but after drinks and tip, was quite pricey! So we decided that once a month, instead of going out to dinner and spending a lot of money, we are going to meet at each other’s houses and cook!

Since this was the first “meeting” we decided to keep things fairly simple but to give you an idea, this is how things will work:

  • each person is in charge of one course (appetizer or salad, entrée and dessert)
  • the hostess provides wine/drinks for the evening
  • you must bring all the ingredients for your dish, along with two copies of the recipe to give to the others
  • cook and have fun!

OK so we actually decided that the first “rule” of cooking club is that there are no rules. We are really using this as a chance to get together, try new foods and at the same time, practice cooking!

Our menu this week was as follows:

  • goat cheese, pear and honey crostinis (Lauren)
  • mushroom and asparagus risotto (me)
  • grilled peaches with brown sugar and frozen yogurt (Meghan)

So without further adieu, here is our dinner in pictures!

Tada! Everything tasted so delicious but the fact that we were all cooking together and sharing something with one another made it that much better. I had such a great time and left content and already looking forward to our next “meeting”.

Now it’s time to ask for your help! Obviously if we are going to be a “legit” cooking club our name can’t be uh “Cooking Club”. So start commenting with some ideas!! It is just the three of us for now but once we get into the  groove of things we’d like to share it with our other friends. We sat down and have come up with a year’s worth of dinner themes and ideas. I can not WAIT to get cooking!

Question: Do you belong to a club or group?? If so what type?

I really want to join a book club. Especially during the summer, I read a lot and want to find a group of ladies to hang out with and talk about, well, books!

Hope you all have a great night, I am off to see Twilight with my friends Beth and Lauren. We’ve seen the last two together so it’s somewhat of a tradition now!

Ta-Ta!

Camelbak Charm

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This past Sunday I got to use my new Camelbak for the very first time.

I had been wanting one for a long time and decided with both the bike ride and half marathon training taking over the next 4 months I needed something to make sure I stayed hydrated at all times.

After doing some research online I decided on the Camelbak-Charm style.  It seemed to be the style most people recommended for running if you don’t like a lot of weight on your back (this one only weighs 3.5 pounds filled). Plus it holds enough water for a 1.5 hour bike ride. After filling it up and throwing it on my back I was ready to go!

My sister and I set out on a 3.3 mile run into town at noon – and it was close to 90 degrees outside. I will be honest, we definitely walked some, mostly because we are both trying to get our running fitness back. We did run up almost all the hills though-and there were quite a few!

The camelbak was perfect for this run. It helped that I was able to take small sips of water throughout the whole run, as opposed to gulping a water at a water station or water fountain. I think that alone helped me keep my energy up in such hot conditions. I don’t like the feeling of water sloshing around in my stomach, and it give me cramps.

My sister and I would get really excited every time we saw this:

SHADE! The road we ran on was very pretty which made the run a bit easier. I get discouraged sometimes running on the same trail all the time.  A change of scenery was nice.

I had finished almost my whole Camelbak by the time we made it to town and I had only one other thing on my mind.

Iced coffee – actually that’s a lie. This is a non-fat SF Iced Vanilla Latte. A fun Sunday treat after such a HOT run.

All in all I am VERY happy with my Camelbak Charm. It fits perfectly, didn’t bounce as I ran (which was a big concern for me) and didn’t rub. My only complaint is that I wish the extra pocket it has to store things like keys, camera, etc. was a little bit bigger. Other than that I am one happy girl!

Q- If you have a Camelbak, do you wear it year-round?

Pause Button

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Hey there! I really wish I could hit pause on life so I could catch up on laundry, running, blog posts, etc! I have a bunch of fun stuff to talk about…but you’ll just have to check back in later this evening for more!

Before I go though I wanted to tell you that this morning was my first run with Back On My Feet.

Even though I was up at 5am after getting maybe 6 hours of sleep, and it was raining, and I got lost, and I was late… I still had a great time! Everyone was so positive and encouraging and genuinely excited to be there–I couldn’t help but leave with a big smile on my face and a commitment to return on Friday for timed miles, even though I told myself this would be a once a week thing.

I am truly excited to be a part of the BOMF family and can’t wait to get back on Friday.

I’ll be back this evening to tell you all about my Camelbak and Cooking Club!

Ta-Ta!

2010 Iron Hill Twilight Criterium

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Happy Monday Kids!

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, I sure did! My weekend was full of running, eating, walking, window shopping and bike racing.

I got to WC Saturday and it was still raining; I was hoping the rain would stop in time for the Iron Hill Twilight Criterium Race! Luck was on my (and the thousands of spectators and cyclists) side because it ended up being a GORGEOUS evening all around.

I went down to the race with my mom and sister and we went to say hello to my dad who was volunteering at the race. In case you missed what the Criterium is all about, it is a professional cycling race that attracts riders from all over the world. There were three races Saturday evening; Amateur Men’s, Pro Women’s and Pro Men’s.

After saying goodbye to my Dad (who met up with us later for dinner) we walked over to the start line and scored some front row spots in the Iron Hill Beer Tent.

Beer+Awesome Weather+Excitement all around = Happy Steph

I had Iron Hill’s Cherry Tart beer which just so happens to be my favorite beer of theirs! They have a really great selection of beers and although I have tried my fair share of them, whenever they have Cherry Tart on tap, I get it.

I couldn’t stop smiling all day – even though I am not a cyclist and don’t follow the pro’s there is something about an event as big as this being held in your hometown that you can’t help but get excited about! Of course I wasn’t the only one who got excited – I was lucky enough to have Meghan and Lauren come up to hang out and cheer on the riders too. I split two more Cherry Tarts with Meghan while we watched the Pro Women’s and Pro Men’s races.

We spent almost all of our time watching from our spots out front of Iron Hill. It was the perfect place to snap lots of pictures!

About halfway through the Pro Men’s race we said out goodbyes and headed over to my favorite restaurant for a late dinner!

Teca is an Italian Tapas style dining restaurant with a wide selection of fresh meats, cheeses and wines. My favorite thing on their menu is not cheese or meat though, it is their Arugula salad with Calamari Fritti (fried calamari). It has capers, and lemon and olive oil drizzled on top. SO GOOD! Of course in the excitement of the night didn’t take a picture of my salad. Figures. I did get a shot of the Pinot Grigot that Meghan and I shared!

We had such a fun time eating, laughing and enjoying the night. My mom and her good friend Carrie were having a blast too!

The “girls” (me, Meghan, my sister, mom and Carrie) finished up the night with one last drink at a local restaurant bar. I tried Dogfish Head’s newest brew Sah’tea. It was really interesting; infused with Chai Tea. I liked it but felt it would be better enjoyed in cold weather. A great night was had by all and I am already looking forward to the 2011 Iron Hill Twilight Criterium!!!

Before I go, have I mentioned yet how much I love the fact that you can set a post to publish at a certain time?? It makes life so much easier–write a post before work or at lunch and set it to publish mid-afternoon! You definitely should try out Windows Live if you haven’t already. Gotta run back to work!

Ta-Ta!