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A Tale of Two Digits

Okay, no more job talk today! :P I actually had a big day in that I hit what I consider to be one of my biggest fitness goals.

I kinda-sorta slept in today and tried to make a fancy feast of french toast. However, I made the rookie mistake of over-soaking the bread in egg whites.

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Still delicious, they were just super egg-y and fell apart on me. Had an orange dipped in almond butter on the side.

And don’t worry – I’m still eating lots of apple treats!

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These apple oatmeal muffins have taken up the space in my freezer that’s usually dedicated to vitamuffins. Slathered in PB. Of course.

I couldn’t wait for lunch today so I could make a pita with my leftover roast chicken.

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Do I even have to say this was good? :P Who needs deli meat?

I used a new-to-me hummus on the pita as well.

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I’m told this is the closest thing to Sabra hummus that you can find in the Maritimes. It’s pretty darn good! I liked the garlic in the centre. Besides the presentation, it wasn’t anything to run home about though. President’s Choice Organics hummus, in my opinion, is just as good.

Theeeen, I waited 2.5 hours, mustered up all my courage, and hit the trails for 10 miles. That’s right my friends! Double digits!!!

This is a huge running accomplishment for me. I have no idea why, but I’ve always put double-digit runs on a sort of “pedestal.” I always thought they were so hardcore, and I’ve never considered myself hardcore at, anything!

I tricked myself into thinking that I was just going on a very long jog. No stress. It was a nice and sunny day out, 6 C (43 F) so not too cold. Not a lick of wind either, the river looked like glass.

My first 5 miles were easy, other than the fact that I was having tummy troubles. For the record, garlicky hummus and dark chicken meat do not make the best pre-run meal :P My stomach doesn’t digest high fat foods well, and I was very crampy/burpy for the first half. But, since this was such a long friggin’ run, it did eventually pass.

I did my usual 9 minutes running, 1 minute walking intervals. I went at what felt almost like a “jogging” pace for me. I figured, if I was going to run a whole 10 miles, they didn’t need to be high intensity!

After 70 minutes, I dug into my cran-razz Clif Shot Bloks. I had three left, so I popped one every 10 minutes (during my last three walking breaks). This was my second experience with these and I loved them! I was scared they would bring my stomach cramps back, but spacing them out made them easier to digest. They were easy to chew and swallow, and didn’t leave a gross sugary taste in my mouth like some sport gummies or gels do. They provided me with the perfect amount of energy to get back home :)

I was actually feeling good enough at the end that I skipped my last walking break, and even sprinted towards the end! Total stats:

Time: 1:44:17
Distance: 10 miles
Avg Pace: 10:25

I’m thrilled with that. I was secretly hoping to get it done in under 1:45:00. Now I just don’t know where to go from here When I started focusing on running after my triathlon this summer, it was my goal to get up to the double digits before it started snowing. Now that I’ve done that, should I just keep going? Should I lay off? Maybe I just won’t set any more running goals and do whatever the hell I want :P

Walking down the stairs to my apartment after was so hard. My legs were really sore to begin with today from all the exercise classes I’ve been doing. I was literally hobbling around. I immediately took a couple ibuprofen then foam rolled and stretched for about 20 minutes. Then I took turns icing my hips, knees and ankles while drinking a delicious smoothie.

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  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 scoop peach-mango protein powder
  • 2 big scoops plain yogurt
  • handful each of frozen papaya chunks, frozen strawberries, frozen blueberries and frozen raspberries (remember not that long ago when these were super cheap fresh? Boo.)

Here’s my “holy crap I just ran 10 miles” face.

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Ha, I look a little tired. Rightfully so!!!

Dinner was another tofu quesadilla because the first one was so good.

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  • 1/4 block crumbled tofu
  • red pepper
  • red onion
  • chili powder, paprika, cajun seasoning
  • EXTRA cheddar cheese (10 miles deserves extra cheese, dontcha think?)

I had leftover potatoes and carrots from yesterday’s feast. Re-roasted and much better the next day. The chicken grease made them crispy on the outside and mushy on the inside.

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I always put the salsa on top of my quesadillas as not to make anything soggy. Plus it’s more fun that way.

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Yumm, perfect recovery food!

Thankfully, I’ve regained mobility in my legs. My upper body was surprisingly stiff too, either from tensing up or my camelbak. But that’s back to normal as well. Tomorrow will definitely be a rest day. Then maybe some light activity on Saturday to get my muscles moving and blood flowing again. Praying I don’t wake up with a Charley Horse tonight!

 

Question of the day: What’s your biggest fitness achievement so far? I talked about this on Brie’s blog before. But being able to run 20 minutes straight was a huge one for me. Others include swimming my first kilometre, squatting an olympic bar for the first time, and of course, the triathlon! And now running 10 miles!! :D

Come on in!!

Welcome to my new humble abode!! Let’s start at the “top” shall we? First, we must come down these stairs.

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These stairs may be a nuisance to some, but I predict they will provide some great workouts come blizzard season ;)

First thing we are greeted with is my beloved Scottie.

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This is his temporary resting place. I’m hoping my beloved boyfriend will help me hang Scottie on the wall ;)

At the bottom of the stairs, we catch our first glimpse of the bachelor apartment.

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Shout out to my sister Sara who bought me that beautiful microwave stand!

To our immediate right is my verrrrry compact kitchen.

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Being in such a small space is why it’s imperative I learn to keep it clean! I also spy a lovely card someone sent me ;)

Now we turn back and continue into the main living space…

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I also spy a Renoir and a Van Gogh!

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I am very proud of my living room set, it cost me $50 :)

If we continue turning to our right, we see my foam rolling space and my boudoir.

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As they say on Cribs, “this is where the magic happens.”

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Sorry guys, I make my bed for no one. Please don’t be offended.

This is why I scheduled closet cleaning time every week…

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It’s directly next to my bed, and I have a feeling it will get messy pretty quickly.

Now, if you’ll just turn right with me from the foot of my bed, we’ll enter my hallway.

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Hi!! There are two doors in that hallway. One is the closet. We will not be going in there. We’ll be travelling to the back where the bathroom is.

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What? You don’t strike a pose in the mirror? :P Oh right, the bathroom. We’ll have to get in the bathtub for a full shot, it’s a tight squeeze!

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Now, we’ll go back down the hall and face my living room from the foot of my bed.

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My river view window! And a TV that’s on a commercial break from Oprah. Please don’t make fun of me for tearing up at some of Oprah’s best moments today…

Finally, we end our tour with the area you’re invited to the most. My dinner table!

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Hope you enjoyed the tour!! It’s by no means a big palace, but it’s all mine and I love it to bits :)

 

Now, with that, let’s get to Waffle Wednesday, shall we? I decided to combine two great breakfasts, and add a little french toast to the mix.

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French toast waffles! Two maple cinnamon waffles in two egg whites, one whole egg, almond milk and cinnamon. I dipped it in a peanut butter-fake syrup mix. YUM.

Today was long run day, but I decided to relax for the morning and run once it warmed up a little. I snacked on a chocolate brownie Clif bar.

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At first, I wasn’t really digging this flavour. So I threw it in the microwave for 22 seconds. Oh. My. Gawd. A mediocre bar was immediately transformed into a decadent dessert. You have to try a warmed up Clif bar stat!!!

I had 75 minutes planned for my run today, and decided it was time for a little mid-run fuel. On my last 70 minute run, I felt my energy wane after the 50-minute mark. So I thought it would help me pull through those last couple miles.

I contemplated coconut water, dates, but decided on packaged fuel for simplicity’s sake. What I really wanted was a gu, but this was all I could find without going out of my way yesterday.

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Sharkies in watermelon flavour.

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The package came with 15 small jujubes, so just under 10 calories a piece.

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Tastewise, they were very yummy. Sweet like candy, and I liked the watermelon flavour.

As for fuel during running, I did not like it. At 50 minutes, I tried to eat half the package during my 1 minute walking break. It took me 30 seconds just to chew on one! So I shoved five in my mouth to get an instant energy hit and had the hardest time getting it down. They got stuck in my teeth, it screwed up my breathing, it sat funny in my tummy, and left a gross sugary taste in my mouth. With all that said it did give me energy. But the process of getting that energy was just not enjoyable!

The run stats:

Duration: 1:15:03
Distance: 7.92 miles
Avg Pace: 9:27 min/mi

Besides the sharkie business, this run was absolute perfection! I did my magic ratio: 9 minutes running, 1 minute walking. I had good tunes, great weather and entertained myself with a lot of thinking. I never thought I would get to this point running. Now if only I could make my maintenance three milers as enjoyable :P

I almost feel like a real runner now. Check out that sweaty runner scowl.

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One of my wandering thoughts during the run was about this lecture I attended by journalist/author Roy MacGregor. Canadians may know him as the guy who writes the Page 2 column in the Globe and Mail (one of our national newspapers). Seriously successful guy, and an expert in his craft. During the lecture, he told us that even now, he feels like he’s still “pretending” to be a journalist. Even someone so talented and accomplished can still feel like they don’t really “belong.”

I think it’s very much the same with runners. Whether they pound out 2 miles or 22 miles a week, many people still don’t feel like a “runner.” We’re all just sort of kids pretending to be grown-ups, you know?

After all that strenuous contemplating, I needed to plop down on the couch and wrap my ankles in ice.

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Amazing the difference a little ice can make!!

I re-fuelled with some real food. A tuna-hummus-lentil and bulgur salad mash up on some pita bread.

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Perfection! :)

That’ll wrap it up for today. I’ve got an early press conference in the a.m. then Chris and I are heading to a Panago Pizza that just opened for supper. I’m excited! They’ve got some good healthy-ish pizza options.

‘Till next time!

Flashback Friday

Guess what day it is!? Flashback Friday!! Yay!!

This is a little thing Janetha started, where we share old photos for fun. This week I’ll demonstrate my long time obsession with photographing food, even before I started blogging.

Exhibit A: Bobbing for lost mushrooms in fondue.

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Exhibit B: Annual birthday deep-fried ice cream

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Exhibit C: Family at Christmas dinner (yes, we wear funny hats)

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Exhibit D: Chowing down on bananas in Jamaica

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Exhibit E: Romantic barbecues at my cottage.

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Exhibit F: Making Chris pose with his breakfast

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Exhibit G: The only cake I’ve ever made.

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That was fun! I have a surprising number of pre-blog food photos on my hard-drive. Guess I’ve always been a little weird that way ;)

I hope you all continued to challenge yourself a little and celebrate your accomplishments today :) I challenged myself as soon as I got out of bed. First, I prepared with some PB + banana + toast.

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I also guzzled back a bunch of iced coffee and water before heading out under dark skies for my 70 minute run. Anyone else bummed the sun is rising later now? It wasn’t up till 6:45 this morning. I don’t mind running in the dark, but it’s cold before the sun comes up!

Not gonna lie, today’s run wasn’t as easy as my other long ones have been. I can’t complain though, I can’t expect all of them to be flawless. One thing that made it harder is that I changed my intervals to 10 minutes running, one minute walking. I’ve been slowly increasing the length of my running intervals as I also increase the time of my overall runs. But I was just not feeling these intervals. I think 9:1 may be my magic number. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that!

Stats
Duration:
1:10
Distance: 7.44 miles
Avg Pace: 9:24 min/mi

I also have to mention that I learned how to snot rocket today! Haha. Monica’s recent post on how she deals with her snotty nose on runs got me thinking about it. I forgot my usual kleenex today and started cramping up because I couldn’t breathe properly. Desperate times call for desperate measures people! So I took a deep breath and snot shot like a pro. It helps that I run on deserted trails :P

 

To finish off my Waffle Week I went for a savoury wafflewich a la Tay.

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Two eggs, 1/2 an Yves veggie chicken burger and salsa on maple cinnamon waffles. Unfortunately, this wasn’t as amazing as I thought it was going to be. I’ve done eggs and syrup on these waffles before, which was awesome. But I wasn’t really feeling the salsa with the sweet flavour, and the salsa made them soggy! Next time, I’ll make this on unflavoured waffles ;)

I was super excited for my morning snack today. I packed one of my new cinnamon roll crisp Myoplex Lite bars.

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One word – foodgasm. Let me explain. I used to eat these Quaker oatmeal-to-go brown sugar & cinnamon bars that were basically one of my favourite things ever. But they sort of fell out of my diet as I changed my eating habits. To be honest, I’d completely forgot about them until I bit into this bar today. It tastes the exact same. I’m in love.

Moving on… I tried a new combo in my lunchtime pita.

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Hummus + cottage cheese. Lovely. Those of you with texture issues may be iffy about it, but garbanzos and cottage cheese were meant to be.

 

Now I present you with the healthiest dinner to ever be featured on this blog.

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Hahahaha. I know, I know. They were having a barbecue out back at my office. I knew my over 7 mile run deserved a treat today, so why not a hamburger and piece of chocolate fudge? The burger was meh, you could tell it was cheap meat. That piece of fudge though was soooooo good. *droooool* 

It wasn’t exactly the most substantial dinner, so I had a snack when I got home.

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Cantaloupe + cottage cheese. It wasn’t quite ripe enough, boo :(

 

I had big plans of unpacking everything in my closets tonight, but my bedtime has snuck up on me! I’m working at 5 am every day this long weekend. I’m actually looking forward to it, my afternoons off will give me a chance to finish unpacking and get to decorating!

Today’s random Q’s…

Those of you with food blogs, have you always taken pictures of food? I guess I have! It actually comes pretty naturally to me, especially after studying TV and photojournalism. I just love playing with cameras :)

How do you feel about snot rockets? One of the first things Chris told me when I started cycling was that I had to learn how to do it. I thought he was super gross for suggesting it. Guess I’m just h-core now :P

Have a great long weekend!! Come back soon for a tour of my new place. It’ll be motivation for me to get everything done!

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