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Hometown Runner

Mmmm… can you smell the bacon??

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Damn, no wonder I wake up starving every morning. My belly is already awake in anticipation for the goodness that’s about to enter it.

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Breakfast was ready in 5 minutes flat. Egg + bacon + laughing cow + ezekiel.

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Citrus on the side as always. Why have orange juice, when you can just have a juicy orange ;)

Breakfast needed to be quick, so I could digest sooner. It was shaping up to be a hot day and I wanted to get a long run in before it got too unbearable. I’m a bit of a goldilocks when it comes to running outdoors – the climate has got to be juuuuust right ;)

I decided to test out my new and improved mummified foot by re-introducing the long run. I’m working on building up my mileage over the summer months, and this week’s was a 6-miler.

One of the challenges of moving back to my mom’s place has been finding decent running routes. There are a couple lakes that I can loop around, but both loops are short, thus better suited for shorter runs.

My mom and Mark told me the city improved on their waterfront trail. Waterfront trails are my favourite running routes ever. The surface is agreeable for my body, the view is fantastic, and the people are always friendly. My favourite trail in Fredericton ran along the St. John River. I took that trail for every single outdoor run, and loved it more with each outing.

So not surprisingly, I got quite excited by the idea of finding my very own riverfront trail here in Moncton. Now, those of you who know the area are probably beginning to clue in to what I’m getting at here, because there is a glaring difference between the two rivers. Fredericton’s St. John River is beautiful. Moncton’s Petitcodiac most definitely is not.

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It’s a pile of mud. With flocks of seagulls. When the tide is out, it smells like sewer and boiled eggs. Oh yes, and see that little hill on the left? That’s where much of the trail is. Looks like a nice mound of grass, doesn’t it? It’s a landfill.

So no, my run wasn’t as beautiful as Fredericton, nor was it as pleasant to the olfactory. BUT, it is still the best trail I’ve found in Moncton so far. And I guess the landfill provides some fun challenging hills. Actually, it was a pretty darn good run :)

I made it back home just as the sun was starting to beat down on me. I immediately refuelled with half a bunch of grapes.

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Other half was consumed for my pre-run sugar ;)

Gave my muscles an extra good stretch and iced all my hot spots (ie trouble areas).

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Then sat back with an article on Bieber Fever.

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It was actually a really good article on how his management team used a new internet marketing model. I didn’t know he sold “mini albums” online. Neat-o.

Eventually, The Hunger kicked in and I had to get up to make a meal.

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A pita stuffed with sautéed tofu, red pepper, onion, mushrooms and kale.

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Carrots + salsa!

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Hit. The. Spot. So good. So filling.

I used a new-to-me pita bread for the sandwich. I was quite excited to discover it at the Superstore!

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It’s made in Halifax, but what really got me is that it’s only 80 calories!

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Mind you, it is a very thin pita, but I much prefer it that way.

I also tried out a new dip on the pita.

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It’s no hummus, but I love red pepper anything.

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Despite being thin, the pita bread held up perfectly. Sticking it in the microwave for a few seconds keeps it from tearing when you assemble it.

I played chauffeur to my mom and Mark all afternoon. Isn’t it supposed to be the other way around? Snacked on a couple Maple Nut Oaties.

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I also stopped by a new cafe in town called Cafe Codiac. I was very excited to check it out as the building used to be a liquor store, and I wanted to see what they did with the place!

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Got a soy sugar-free vanilla iced latte. Verrrry tasty. I will have to go back with my camera, they had a vegepate sandwich I was was eying. If I was staying in Moncton, I would 100% apply for a job there. I was at one point a career barista afterall ;)

I also got roped into going over to my mom’s friend’s place on a whim. She told me there would be free chicken burgers. Who am I to turn that down?

Just finished off my evening with my new favourite protein snack.

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Hmm. Doesn’t look very appetizing, does it? I thought the image looked a little yellow-ish. Then I remembered I can change the white balance on my camera.

I watched this video, and figured out how to do it.

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Et voila!! C’est magique!

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Neat, eh? I think I will keep manually adjusting the white balance, I’m almost embarrassed that I wasn’t already!

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Ohyes, and the snack! It’s 5 tbsp unflavoured soy protein powder, 2 tbsp hot chocolate mix, 1 tbsp flaked coconut and enough almond milk to dissolve everything. The soy protein powder has a completely different texture than that of whey powder. It’s very fine like flour and puffs up instead of getting gooey. Instead of being like a protein pudding, it was like a protein mousse cake!

 

Now I am off to finish up this fine Saturday by catching up on Gossip Girl. My step-sister says the season finale was shocking, and I have to know what happened! See ya tomorrow for a final goal check-in!!

 

Question of the Day: What is your favourite thing about your hometown? Your least favourite? I actually grew up in a smaller town across that muddy river. My favourite part is that everyone knows everyone. My least favourite part is that everyone knows everyone!! :P

An Anniversary Remembered

Hello friends! Hope you all had a fabulous day :) My dizziness has thankfully subsided. I played it safe last night and tried out some Amazing Grass Green Super Food to hopefully help things along.

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I won this and the chocolate mix in Angie’s giveaway. I hadn’t used it up to this point because I didn’t really know what to do with it!

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I mixed one (tiny) scoop with 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk. 

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It was… okay. I drank it, but it wasn’t delicious. One thing I’ve noticed about Amazing Grass is that it is pretty filling for a drink powder. The fibre perhaps?

It’s a day off here because of Remembrance Day, which meant plenty of time this morning to celebrate Waflle Wednesday :)

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Drooooool. Used my usual protein pancake recipe and topped with heated strawberries and blueberries then drizzled an almond butter-almond milk mix.

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It was heavenly. But why stop there? I added a little hot chocolate mix to my morning brew ;)

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A perfect way to start my three-day “weekend” :D

I spent my morning and good chunk of my afternoon re-working my resume, writing a gazillion cover letters, and sending them out to as many places as I could think of. So far mostly communications-type jobs. Seems to fit my skill set, and I applied to some really interesting companies that I would be proud to represent :)

At some point, I breaked for chocolate protein yogurt.

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Yumm. P.S. Do not try this with chocolate Amazing Grass. Gets nice and thick, but tastes disgusting. Consider yourself warned.

After letting my boring lunch digest and hitting our daytime high of 9 Celsius, I set out for a long run. Been a couple weeks since I did a long one, and opted for a solid 8 miles. It flew by! Eight is my favourite number, and seems to be a pretty good one for long runs too :) Oh, and I saw two women riding horses on the trail! It was fun, but frightening, as I’m intimidated by horses :\

As always, I whipped up a post-workout smoothie. They just go down so easy!

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  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion
  • handful each frozen strawberries, blueberries, raspberries
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

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It was actually a pleasant purple colour. The cup is pretty, but makes everything look a gross shade of green :P

Not gonna lie, part of my long run was also meant to work up a hunger. Remembrance Day happens to be Chris and I’s anniversary (easy to remember!). Four years!! Although, I say it’s more like two since we live in different cities :P

We celebrated with one of our common hobbies – food. Went to one of Fredericton’s “fancier” restaurants, Brewbakers.

One thing I love about this place is that it has an open kitchen so you can see what the chefs are doing.

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And a pretty decor. One thing I do like about Christmas are the lights!

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Chris ordered, what else, steak.

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It came on top of parmesan garlic mashed potatoes and carrots. I tried a bite and it wasn’t too bad. But I liked my dish much better!

I went for the special, maple balsamic pork.

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On top of roasted baby potatoes, broccolini and grilled cantaloupe. So good! I’ve only had pork once since I started eating red meat again, and this did not disappoint. The maple syrup was of course divine, and I included a sweet bit of cantaloupe in every bite. Yum!

Our server caught me taking photos, and captured Chris and I before digging in.

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We just want our meat :P

I insisted on dessert, and Chris let me choose. I went for the richest, chocolate-y-est thing on the dessert menu.

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Molten lava cake with some decaf black tea. It was deconstructed though, with the “lava” on the outside. The sauce was definitely the best part. Chris and I split it. This is approximately where I went from pleasantly satisfied to FULL :D

Now we’re just taking it easy and Chris is pretending not to like Glee, but I know he secretly loves it ;)

Hope you all had a stellar Hump Day!

U-Pick Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!! In case you missed my tweet about it, I highly suggest you watch this video on Crappy Canadian Thanksgiving. It’s high-larious :P

Today was just what I needed. A fabulous long run, delicious dinner and some quality time in with the boy :)

I actually managed to sleep past 7am today. I had one thing on my mind – pancakes. (aka flat waffles)

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I used my protein pancake recipe. For dipping, I mixed up a 1/4 cup fake syrup with 2 tsp peanut butter.

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After a big mug of coffee and some digestion, I set out for my longest running distance yet – 9 miles. I was actually nervous for this one!

I did my usual 9 minutes running, 1 minute walking that I do for most long runs. The first 3 miles went by quite easily. I was going at a steady pace. The weather was brisk, 5C (41F), but the sun was shining and the scenery on the river trail was gorgeous as always.

I was pleased when I hit the halfway point at 45 minutes on the dot. I wasn’t checking on my Nike+ because I wanted to go at a pace that felt natural (I tend to push myself faster when I see the numbers!). So I was happy I was naturally holding up 10:00 minute miles with the walk breaks.

I had to run into a cold and gusty headwind on the way back. I wished I’d worn gloves. After an hour I took one Clif Shot Blok in cran-razz flavour.

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In the past, I’ve tried to get all my mid-run nutrition in one go so I get a quick burst of energy. This works really well when biking, but it cramps me up when running. So today I opted to spread out the bloks, taking one every 10 minutes for the last half-hour. It worked really well! The bloks themselves were much easier to chew than Sharkies. And breaking them up like that sustained me better to get home :)

Honestly, the run wasn’t that hard. No reason to worry at all! The last 20 minutes, as always, were the hardest. I’ve run that route so many times now, I think I tend to pick up the pace when I know I’m getting close to the end. My heart rate goes up and I start huffing and puffing. Then there’s the mandatory sprint to the end that totally tuckers me out :P Oh, and I finished in 1:29:11!!

Today was one of those days where I needed immediate replenishment after walking in the door.

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  • 1 box pure coconut water
  • 2 scoops Vega Smoothie Infusion
  • 1/2 a banana
  • big scoop plain yogurt
  • 2 tsp peanut butter
  • ice cubes

After lotsa foam rolling, stretching, icing and beautifying, I was then off to Chris’ parent’s place for thanksgiving dinner. I never take pictures over there, but here’s what it kinda looked like :P

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White turkey meat, cranberry sauce, mashed squash, stuffing, mashed potatoes, a whack of gravy and carrots. Then cherry pie for dessert!

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Looks delicious, doesn’t it? :P

Chris and I decided to go for a drive after since it was such a beautiful fall day. Then I got the idea that we should drive to an apple orchard!

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Finally! I found some honeycrisp!!! They’re not in the stores here yet.

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I’ve never been apple picking before, but apparently Chris is a seasoned pro! He knew how to spot all the good ones and about “twisting” it off the branch.

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I love apples!! Even more, I love honeycrisp!! Favourite fruit ever.

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The orchard itself is beautiful. Up on a hill that overlooks the river.

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I just filled up a small bag. I have no plans to bake with these gems, so I didn’t want more than I could eat up before they go bad.

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Chris and I continued our drive to Mactaquac. It’s gorgeous down there this time of year. The dam…

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Nature…

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Cheesy…

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The turkey dinner obviously held me over for a looong time. We ate at 2pm, but I was feeling like I needed something at 8pm.

PB + honey sandwich.

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HUGE honeycrisp apple.

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Also incredibly crispy and juicy. Soooo good!

Okay, that just about wraps up this beast of a post. I’ve got a (hopefully) quiet week ahead. Just what I need after last week’s craziness! See ya tomorrow!

Edited to add: Check out my guest post at Leftovers For Lunch on packing lunches!

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