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New 5k Record!!

I did it!!! I made my goal of running the 5k in under 27 minutes! I finished in 26:49!!!

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The course was actually 3.2 miles and not 3.1, so that’s the time it took me to run the 5k distance. It took me just under a minute to run the rest.

My previous PR for a 5k was during a training run, when I did it in 27:13. My last 5k race also happened to be my first race ever, and I did that in 29:24. 

My average pace was 8:40 min/mi. Not gonna lie, I thought my chest was going was going to explode out of my chest during my sprint to the finish line! :P My heart rate monitor went up to 190 bpm, but I’m not sure if I even believe that!

I don’t think I mentioned it, but today’s race was the annual Terry Fox Run.

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I’m not sure if Terry Fox is well known outside of Canada, but I would definitely call him one of our national heroes! After losing his leg to cancer, he set out to run across the country on a prosthetic leg to raise money for cancer research. He called it the “Marathon of Hope.” Unfortunately, he died in 1981 before he could finish, so now people across Canada run every year to sort of “continue the marathon.” One great thing about the race is that there’s no registration fee or required fundraising amount. Terry Fox’s whole thing was that he wanted to raise just one dollar from every Canadian.

Anyways, it’s got me kind of nervous for my 10k race next weekend! It made me realize that I have to remember to pace myself. I want to finish it in one hour, but I may tucker myself out if I get caught up in the excitement at the beginning. And I think I will take walk breaks if I feel so inclined. Seeing as they tend to speed up my pace! :P

Okay, enough babbling, I’ve got some food pics too :)

Day started off mega early with a breakfast cookie.

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Hmm…looks like I had a smudge on the lens. Or my morning haze just translated into the photograph. Chris can take long videos on his camera, so I’m thinking of doing a breakfast cookie how-to when he’s home next!

I also tried out my Montreal smoked beef slices from the market.

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On a pita with some laughing cow cheese, mustard, tomatoes, onions and romaine. Loved it!! I’m a total carnivore now.

I opted for a larger pre-race snack after I got off work, because it would be a couple hours until I actually started running.

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Sliced banana with peanut butter and a couple dates with cashew butter. These are my no-fail foods before exercise. It never, ever upsets my tummy and gives me an excellent burst of energy.

While snacking, I worked on my 5k playlist.

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This actually ran at 30 minutes. I like choosing songs with a beat that I can pace to. Keeps me going fast :) I also can’t stand exercising to boring songs. They’ve got to be quick and catchy!

I was a sweaty mess when I got home. It was way too hot to be running today. For me at least. Around 25 C with the sun beating down on us. So I rehydrated with my fave Vega smoothie.

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1 box One coconut water, 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion, handful frozen papaya chunks.

I also foam rolled and iced, which I don’t always do for shorter runs, but I am definitely feeling the effort! My legs are stiff, and I feel a little woozy from the heat still.

Dinner was very purple. Well, it was supposed to be purple. I steamed some purple potatoes and purple “green” beans:

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Except the beans turned green when I cooked them!

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The potatoes stayed purple though ;) I had a grilled chicken breast stuffed with baba ghanoush on the side. It was delicious, I love fresh veggies steamed. In case you’re wondering, I also smothered them in parmesan cheese. Not the fancy kind, oh no. The processed Kraft kind. Yup! I love the stuff, and I’m not ashamed to admit it! April wrote a wonderful post on the pressure we sometimes feel to show perfect foods on our blogs all the time. Sure, I try to eat whole, unprocessed stuff as much as I can. But I love my fake syrup, Kraft parmesan and protein bars. I think balancing these things out with “real” foods is the key to a happy way of eating :) For me anyways.

Now I’m just doing some major couch sprawling. Going to get up soon and do some cleaning though! Gotta stretch out those legs! Hope you all had a great weekend!

Walkabout

Hellooo… How is everyone’s weekend going? Mine started with work. At 5am. I spent so long going through old pics for Flashback Friday last night that I didn’t have time to prepare a breakfast cookie! So I microwaved oats at work instead…

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One packet of President’s Choice multigrain instant oats, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp soy protein powder, cinnamon, shredded coconut, 4 dates, cashew butter. Oats never keep me full on these early mornings for some reason. My tummy was growling less than two hours later. Ohhh the mystery that is my tummy…

Lunch was also microwaved.

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Campbell’s herbed chicken with brown rice. I “beefed” it up with some leftover tofu from last night.

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And then some watermelon. 

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x10

It was a crazy busy morning. One of those mornings where I found myself running down the hallways and reading newscasts out of breath. Ahhh…deadlines. I did however find time to scoot on over to the market and get a bounty of goods!!

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  • Romaine
  • Cucumber
  • Tomatoes
  • Beets
  • Purple “green” beans (purple beans just sounds weird…)
  • Cabbage
  • Potatoes
  • sliced Smoked Montreal beef
  • Cabbage roll

Despite all my wonderful fresh food, I was having a major hankering for chocolate. So I snacked on a chocolate chocolate chip crisp Myoplex bar.

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Well, it was definitely chocolatey! I found it was a little dry and mega rich, but still good. The cinnamon flavour is still my fave!

Oh, and I also had the world’s gooey-est fig.

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Bursting with yumminess!! I wish I could find fresh figs around here, I’m curious as to what they taste like…

I’m running a 5k race tomorrow, so I wanted to keep my exercise today light. I opted for a walk downtown so I could pick some stuff up. The weather was gorgeous!

Wanna come with?

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I started on the trail across the street…

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And continued along the river…

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Until I got downtown.

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Passed a few familiar buildings, like the courthouse where I spend many days reporting.

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And city hall, where many late nights are spent covering council.

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Then it was off to Victory Meat Market.

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Ironically, I was there to pick up some of their cheap fruit! :P

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Cantaloupes for 99 cents. Suh-weet deal.

Then it was off to the Running Room in search of some Gu.

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Luckily, I got there just as they were closing, otherwise I would have easily dropped money I don’t have on expensive running gear :P

And my final stop before making the trek back home was Second Cup.

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I wanted something to quench my thirst, so I got myself a little treat.

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Sugar-free strawberry Italian soda. Basically sucralose in club soda :P

The other wonderful thing about the river route, is there are gorgeous homes on the other side of the road.

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I’m partial to this one because I have extended family that used to live there. It’s beautiful (and huge) inside.

And then home!

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Overall I covered about 5 miles (8 km) in two hours. Much longer than planned. I live an extra 15 minute walk from my old place, I forgot to factor that in!

I was starving by the time I got home. It’d been a long time since my 10am “lunch.” I threw together a meal made up of my market goodies.

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Haha, that cabbage roll looks so gnarly, but it was delicious! It was filled with rice and ground beef. Bought from my favourite Lebanese stand :) There’s also a cucumber salad made up of just cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and dill.

Finally, the green stuff! Those are the greens from my beets!! I couldn’t just cut them off and throw them away, especially since there was so much. So I cooked it my favourite way to eat greens, sauteed with garlic, olive oil and parmesan. It was delicious. I couldn’t really distinguish a huge difference from spinach. It’s maybe a little less “tough” and didn’t dry my mouth out like spinach always does.

Dessert!

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Dates + cashew butter. This is a combo that was just meant to be. I don’t know what it is but the two flavours compliment each other perfectly, more than peanut or almond butter!

I’m starting to get pumped for my race tomorrow! I kinda feel like a huge loser because I’m doing it all alone. But it’s at 2pm, and I work till 12pm, so I figured I might as well go run it seeing as I’m always working during the morning races. I don’t have any huge expectations as I’ll likely be sleep deprived and coming off a full day of work. I just want to go run my little bottom off and have a good time! :D

See ya for the recap tomorrow!!

Question of the day: What’s your favourite kind of “ethnic” food? I’ll gobble up anything Greek, Lebanese or Moroccan. Yum!

Fibre Tarts

Hello friends! I’m currently sprawled on my couch. The extra morning shift this weekend tuckered me out! Thankfully, I am now officially on my “weekend.” I’ve got Tuesday and Wednesday off. First order off business – sleep. And then maybe spend tomorrow morning in bed watching the Today Show. It’s tough, I know ;)

I have a wonderful kitchen experiment I must share. I shall name them fibre tarts. Sounds appetizing, no? :P

I started off by grinding 1 1/2 cups Fibre 1 cereal in my coffee grinder with some cinnamon.

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Then I stirred in 1 tbsp Earth Balance spread, 2 egg whites, 3 tbsp unsweetened vanilla almond breeze and a squirt of honey.

I mixed up some fresh blueberries and blackberries with some honey and about 1/2 tbsp lemon juice.

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For the “crust,” I took the Fibre 1 mixture and pressed into onto the sides of a greased muffin pan. I baked it first for about 20 minutes at 350 F.

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Add berry mix and bake for another 15 minutes.

I was pleasantly surprised by how well the Fibre 1 crust held up!

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I let them cool off and saved it for an evening snack. I of course, slathered yogurt and pumpkin spice on top.

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Major yums!! Not bad for a healthy dessert if I do say so myself ;)

There were some other notable eats at work as well. A bum plum.

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It had two pits!!

And prune yogurt.

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Anyone ever see the Activia prune flavour before? This was inspired by that. It sat in the fridge overnight and got soft and sweet. It was so good. Try it!

I also did my weekly 5k run after work today. Instead of my usual path in the woods, I took the route downtown. So weird to run in a populated area! It was a mix of sidewalk and gravel trail too, so it was nice to switch up my surface.

I didn’t push my speed that much and still managed to do it in 27:41. Yay! I’m doing the 5k portion of the Terry Fox Run next weekend. I’m wondering if I can get below 27 minutes? Something to shoot for I guess! :)

Oh, and I want to thank you all for your wonderful plant suggestions. Not! Haha, kind of made me feel better about my plant ineptness :) Lori was the only one with a green thumb and had great suggestions. Not surprisingly, as her wonderful garden photos are always gracing the pages of her blog :)

Anyways, I’m a Starvin’ Marvin today. Don’t know what’s up. Think I’ll make some popcorn and continue the couch sprawling while watching “Center Stage” on TV for the gazillionth time. Whatevs, I’m on my weeekeeend!!! :D

Hope you enjoyed yours!

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