There’s a first time for everything…

Helloooo! Can I get an amen for the weekend? I magically do not have to work this Saturday and Sunday, I didn’t even book it off. So I’m driving straight home after work today, it’s only 160 km-ish (100 miles) away. My mom won’t be there, but I’ll still get to see my dad and nana. Plus, I just miss the city! I haven’t been there since January! Oh, and did I mention shopping? There’s much better shopping there, so I will likely be indulging in some of that too ;)

I left you yesterday with a growling tummy and the desire to make a quick and simple supper. Here’s what I ended up with:


Hmm, doesn’t look that appetizing, but I swear it was tasty! Just a simple stir-fry:

  • lotsa cabbage
  • 1/4 block vegetable tofu
  • onion
  • frozen carrot/sweet pepper/asparagus mix
  • scrambled egg
  • Diana’s teriyaki sauce
  • Bragg’s
  • sesame oil
  • black sesame seeds

I’m not a big rice fan, so I love using cabbage as my “base” for stir-fries.

Now, here’s where I have a bit of a bone to pick with you guys. I tried out something of a “childhood classic” that was devoid from my own (along with soda and potato chips, thanks mom and dad!). My problem is how come no one ever forced me to try this before!? It’s amazing!!!

Oh yes, I’m talking about PB&J.


Yup, my first peanut butter and jam experience. On two wasas with natural peanut butter and a peach raspberry jam. Sweet mother this was good. How have I gone 23 years without this? Don’t get me wrong, I loved my dad’s honey and PB sandwiches growing up (on “birdseed bread” as I called it). But now I feel like I have lived life to the fullest. PB&J, you complete me.

I also did a bunch of stretching and foam rolling before bed last night. Even though I was still mega sore getting out of bed this morning, I felt ready for my weekly long run.

Had the usual banana and iced coffee before heading out for a glorious 50 minutes along the river. I love my running trail. It is SO gorgeous to run along the St. John River as the sun rises. It’s secluded enough to be “nature-y” but close to a main road and runs along some houses, so still very safe.

I took a cue from reader Faith Ann, who always does run-walk intervals on her long runs, doing 6:1. It worked perfectly for me. I ran at a pace that felt comfortable for my running intervals, which was around 9:00-9:10, and ended up doing 5.25 miles.

The best part? No ankle pain! Well, that’s a lie. I had all the usual nagging pains, but nothing long-lasting or overly concerning. I looked up the pain in The Runner’s Repair Manual and it sounded like what I was experiencing before were symptoms of achilles tendonitis. I did the recommended stretches for it, including the wall push-up with a bent back knee. Apparently bending the knee stretches the lower part of your calf. I also iced and ibuprofin-ed after. It worked!

I was pretty hungry when I got home, had a hankering for a big ole bowl of oats. It’s been a while!


I don’t care what you think, oats are beautiful and make for a gorgeous photo!

This was my best bowl of oats ever combo (yes, that’s what I actually named it)

  • 1/4 cup oat bran
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1 1/3 cup water (with a dash of almond milk)
  • 2/3 scoop chocolate whey protein powder
  • 1/2 a rather large banana
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • dark chocolate chips
  • unsweetened shredded coconut

So yummy and comforting. A big bowl of oats never ceases to put a smile in my face :)

Oh, and thank you for being nice to me about my obsessive workout scheduling. For the record I did not feel guilty about skipping my bike ride. Feeling guilty about missing workouts are a thing of the past for me. I can no longer feel guilty about giving my body what it needs, and have learned from experience that rest is often the best way to improve and build strength. I was just venting that I spend way too much mental energy trying to figure out ways to squeeze everything in. It’s a combination of a desire to get better at all these things while the weather is still nice enough to train outside. I want to make the most of warm evenings like yesterday before the cold weather returns!

So how about a random Q… What’s one common food or meal that you’ve never tried? Mine was obviously PB&J, but I have a friend who’s never tried rice!!

Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be reporting back tomorrow from my mom’s house :)


Posted on August 7, 2009, in Workouts. Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Ooh your dinner looks so yummy! I love the idea of using cabbage as a base for stirfries.

    Great job on the run! That’s great you didn’t have any ankle pain :D And I think oats are gorgeous–especially yours :) Hmm… I’ve never tried dates (I have in bars, but not plain)

  2. For the real deal you need to have a PB&J with grape jelly. But I guess a grown-up version counts too.

    I have never had mac n cheese. Because I don’t like cheese, haha. But that’s a pretty common food.

  3. Excuse me?!!?!?!? You’ve never had PBJ?! Girl, you craze but welcome to the dark side ;) I’m echoing Hallie but you’ve got to give good old PB and grape jelly a try too!

    YAY for no ankle pain!! Mine is going away as well! I don’t know how common this is but I’ve never had sushi!

    PS. I emailed you back about the apple question but just incase it didn’t send, I eat galas :)

  4. Your *first* PB&J?! Mercy, where have you been? I love PB&J on English muffins or bagels. (Although, PB & honey is quite yummy too.)

    Glad you had a good experience with the run :) I definitely find it helps my foot issues and keeps my heart rate down so I can run a lot further.

    I can’t think of any common foods or combos that I haven’t tried, although I’m sure there must be some. I’ve never tried sardines and they’re popular in my family.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Mmmm…. one of my favorite oat combos.

    You know what is really good? Grilled PB&J. Soooo good!

    I tried a grilled peanut butter and banana sandwich a few months ago. Children’s staple (and Elvis :D ). My first time and it was surprisingly delicious!

    Great job on the run. I really count my lucky stars that I feel no pain when I run, which is surprising given my chondromalcia.

    Have a great trip!

  6. what. the. f&%#?! i am in shock. for reals. i mean it was weird when that girl i was with hadnt had avocado but PB&J! what are they doing up there in canada? depriving you, that’s what. haha, i am glad you finally got your fill. some of my fave PB&J combos are grilled pb&j with bananas and PB&J oats. and my fave jam to have with it is my moms homemade raspberry. but the others are right, grape jelly is good! i am more of a jam clam than a jellyfish. whatever, i sound like i am on drugs. promise i am not, maybe too much sun. sounds like you got a great interval run in! and how nice to have good scenery. hmmm i cant think of anything i have not tried….. but i hate raisins and hot dogs which are both childhood classics! have a goooood weekend my dear, hooray for back home!

  7. Never tried PB & J!? Susan, I’m shocked!! How is that that you’ve never mentioned that before!? Whew, I’m glad you tried and loved it! You have a lot of time to make up for, so enjoy! ;)

    I had a big bowl of oats last night for dinner HAD been awhile!

    Have a fun weekend visiting home and shopping!!

  8. those oats are gorgeous! hmm….i cannot think of a “common food” i haven’t tried. i’ll have to get back to ya on that!

  9. Oh my God…you’ve never tried PB &J until now! Well, now you know heaven!
    and I hate rice, too, high five.
    One common food I have not tried yet…um…burritos?

  10. I had never tried ribs until I moved in with my carnivorous fiance.

  11. OMG your FIRST PBJ?! Crazy girl!! Now you’re hooked!
    I’ve never had bacon. Because I gave up red meat before I ever got a chance. I’ve never had tri-tip or steak either which people are shocked at!

  12. You’ve never tried a pb &J?? You are crazy!! I could live off of them haha!

    And those oats looks soo yummy! I think oats do make for a pretty picture!

  13. I’ve never had pb&j either i’ve had them separately but not together! Oh and i’ve neve had egg salad.

  14. Never had PBJ?! Lady, you’ve been missin’ out ;)
    Never tried: grits, okra, or Shepherd’s Pie (not a common food in the US I guess, but definitely is here in the UK!).

  15. wow! i haven’t tried that in a LONG time. i think i only had pb sandwiches…maybe a big drizzle of honey. but with jaM? nope!

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