Monday, April 19, 2010

Bidi bidi bom bom

I saw this as I was standing in line at the grocery store.  It is the 15th anniversary of her death and Texas Monthly has this whole spread for her.

For those of you not familiar with the person featured above, Selena is still a big deal in Texas.

Immediately thought of you S, and also Amber, who loves Selena.  I know, who would have thought.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Space Savers

I've been in massive need of one of those space saver bags that you can stuff full of clothes or blankets and then vacuum out all of the air.  My winter comforter is v. poofy, and has been taking up a large corner of my floor for weeks.  I finally had it tonight and ran out to the store to find one of those bags.  It worked!

I went ahead and threw in my flannel sheets, another set of sheets I don't use, and two big pillows.  It was stuffed!


Dunzo! I was able to slide it under my bed with no problems.

I've also been having a vanity crisis.  Like, my vanity counter area, not my own personal vanity.  That self-help needs more than a trip to Wal-Mart!  I found this three-tier basket in the bath section.  Not exactly what I was looking for, but I think it's actually better.  I wanted a tray but I think that would have taken up to much space.  I'm still cleaning up my dresser, but I think this is going to help declutter that area!

Much better.

Weekend Recap

Birthday party #1, then dinner at Niko Niko's!

Birthday party #2: BBQ time!  Her new hammock is fantastic and makes me want one too!

Baby shower!  Super fun and lots of delicious food.  Still dying a little and will be paying for it this week, but whatevs.

(Oh, I forgot to post about my purchases: new pants, blouse, and earrings from LOFT, shown below!)
And cooked up this week's bird food: Thai Vegetable Curry from Moosewood Low-Fat Favorites cookbook:

1 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 cups diced eggplants (Swapped w/ squash & zucchini)
2 cups diced sweet potatoes
3 tablespoons thai curry paste (swapped w/ sriracha sauce)
1 1/2 cups unsweetened pineapple juice
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups small cauliflower florets
1 cup cut green beans
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tomato, diced  (omitted)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice or lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or basil
cooked rice
3-5 sprigs fresh basil or cilantro
chopped peanuts (optional)

saute the onions in the oil for about 5 minutes

Toss in squashes, sweet potatoes, and sriracha.  Add the pineapple juice, water, and salt and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.

Throw in cauliflower and green beans and cook for another 5 minutes.

Add peppers, tomatoes, lime or lemon juice, and cilantro or basil.  Simmer until vegetables are softened.  Serve with rice, fresh herbs, and chopped peanuts.

This is tasty!  I couldn't find curry paste so I figured sriracha would be ok.  Whoa--3 tbsp is way too much.  My mouth was on fire!  I've never used/tasted sriracha sauce before so I didn't know what I was getting myself into.  I had to add more water and juice to balance it out.  This isn't supposed to be a soup, but more broth won't hurt me.  This was really quick to make and the flavors are awesome.  I made a recipe from Moosewood last week and it bombed.  I didn't even bother to share it.

All that to say I'm excited about lunch this week and I'm excited I remembered my Moosewood cookbook!  I'm going to try to flip through it each week before I go to the grocery store.

Ok Monday, let's do this.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

New Blogginess

And it's on!  She Runs, She Shops is now in full swing.  I need to change my banner, but that will happen later.

My next race is May 22 and I started training for it yesterday.  I think the plan for the next 6 weeks is to run about 3 times a week (2 mi, 5-6 mi, 6-8 mi) with a few baby runs thrown in the last two weeks.

Last night I took my latest running buddy to do some trail running and got in nearly 5 mil.  I opted not to run over this large chunk of mud and back so according to my Nike+ I ran 4.8 mi.  Not too shabby.  The weather was great and I love that its light outside until 8 pm.

Since I'm trying to reduce the sugar intake I bought a slew of Goya coconut waters to drink instead of Gatorade when I run.  Unfortunately I bought sweetened kind!  There's not too much sugar in it, but I need to go on the hunt for the unsweetened kind.  I have had unsweetened coconut water and I won't lie--it taste funky.  The sweetened one was not crazy sugary and tasted fine to me.


Once I make it to Wednesday afternoon it's easy sailing.  It's pretty much the weekend!

Monday, April 12, 2010

New Blog Name/Address!

YES!  I finally decided on a new name.  I'm changing the address and title of this blog, as well as my signature that shows up in comments. 

She Runs, She Shops

Bookmark the new address!  I'll be making the switch on Friday :)

Cap 10K Recap

Right off the bat I hav to say that I loved the Cap 10K!  I loved it 10,000x's more than the Austin Half in every way.  Let's start at the beginning though.

Stayed with my friend C so I brought my own breakfast.  I bought a Kashi instant oatmeal because it had 8 grams of protein compared to basically zero protein in the other brands.

Um, I didn't love it.  Maybe it needed more water but it yeilded about a 1/2 c. of mush.  Don't worry, I was starving at mi 2 and had to go for my Gu early.  The oatmeal tasted good though.

I also chugged a glass of water so I would be nice and hydrated!

C's pup was very intrigued by my pre-race antics

The weather was not so great--super humid to the point that it was misting the entire race.  On the plus side there was no wind, no sun, and therefore no heat index.  It was more humid than my race last week in Houston, but it was actually comfortable since I could still breathe.  I was soaking wet afterwards though, and it didn't make for a fun post-race party after.  People pretty much split.

The run was great and just challenging enough.  The inclines for the first 3 miles were tough, but didn't drain you.  We also ran across Enfield, the street of death, and for some reason running west, instead of east like in the half, was much easier.  Again, not tons of support from bystanders, but enough.  I think this is an Austin thing since everyone is so sporty and there are races all the time.  They're like, so what you ran 6 miles, I do that in my sleep.  In Houston streets are packed for a 5K because while it's a big city, it's not the sportiest one, and therefore there is always lots of support and encouragement.  Or maybe we're just nicer.  Who knows.

We had all agreed to meet up at a designated spot, the penguin sign, after.  My friend C had called me two days before to say she was so excited but would only probably be able to run 1 mi--she hasn't trained and has had some knee problems.  She ran with me the entire race!  So proud of her!   She's also really into spin class and she powered up those hills, and I just tagged along behind her.  Note to self: Must go back to spin class and strengthen my legs.  My friend Laura did awesome in her first 10K post-pregnancy!!!  This girl has ran a marathon before (who is she?!), and has been itching to get back into running.  She did so great and I hope we all get to do another race soon.

3/5 college roommates: C, Laura, me

Since we had signed up for the race through the Run Like a Girl program we were given special access to their tent, complete with brunch, massages, and giveaways!  It was really fun and I hope to see Run Like a Girl at more events.
Brunch = fruit, smoothie, quiche, but I don't like eggs...story to follow

People are encouraged to dress in costume for the Cap 10K and there were some fantastic ones out there, but I only managed to snap a pic of these two groups.  Hello, these people ran with that baby in a baby jogger! I love a family that runs together!

These folks were connected so they had to run together!

After the race we were still hungry so headed to South Congress Cafe.  This place is sort of nice, and we stunk like funk.  Luckily there were a few other runners there.  We had to wait for about an hour, but it gave us a chance to people watch and veg out.  Once we sat down I needed to hydrate stat.

And what did I order?  an Omlet.  Why?  Because the cutie hipster waiter wooed me into ordering the special, even though and hour before I had just proclaimed I do not like eggs.  I'm special.  So I didn't eat my food, and was sad, so I had to order dessert to make up for it.  SO GOOD!  The toffee is homemade and melts in your mouth.  C and I shared half of this, and then she took the rest home.  Still thinking about this....

Not a PR today, but still a fantastic race that I felt really good about.  I also need to tweak the Nike+ a little more, but I definitely utilized it during the hills.  I didn't allow myself to get slower than a 10 min/mi  going up there (because if I had my way I'd walk up them, no lie).  Anyway, my next race is in the end of May, but I'm hoping to find another shorter race before then and also start booking some races for the summer!

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Race day essential?

The night before the race I made a Target run to pick up a few things: breakfast, pain reliever, more Luna Bars...a new white satchel.

Justified purchase because I have been wanting a white purse for a few weeks now. I used to have one but donated it last year and have regretted it ever since. This purse is a little stifff and structured, but I love the black piping and the shape. There were actually a few white purses at Target, but this one caught my eye first and had to go home with me.  Love it.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

New Toys

This is the elevation chart for my 10K this weekend.  While I'm thankful the last 3 mi are pretty much downhill, the first 3 are straight up!  Effing Austin hills!  I'm going to die!  I'm so excited :)

This is the largest 10K in Texas, and the timed race is already full.  I can't wait to see how this 10K compares to the Austin Half/Full.  And I'm super excited about running this race with two of my college roommates, one who will be running with a stroller the whole way!  I'm so inspired by her.

In other news, I now own a Nike+ SportsBand.  When I ran the 5K last week I told my friend I would follow her since I knew she had been training a lot and was running a pace I wanted.  I ended up in front, burned out, and she passed me and left me in the dust!  I had no energy to catch up to her, slowed way down, and ended up with a very sad chip time.  She later told me she looked at her SportsBand and saw I was running about 00:1:30 faster than I had wanted and she was having a hard time keeping up!  After that race I decided I needed something that was going to help me with my pace and immediately went out and purchased a SportsBand.

Since I have Nike+ shoes I just had to slip in the chip under the insole.  I went out on a run and was obsessed with looking at the pace.  When I felt slugish I saw my pace slow down and was motivated to run faster.  My goal was to run with a pace under 9 min/mi, and I did!

It also lets you know how far you've run, which was geat since I love to run in neighborhoods and often have to map out my course online first.  Now I can go run and consult my watch to see if I need to add/cut some more distance.

For $59, I love it.  I'm not ready to commit to the Garmin yet, mostly because of the price and the size.  It's too huge and felt awkward.  Maybe one day, but for now I'm running with Nike+.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Easter Sunday

Ecclesia held services @Miller Outdoor Theater

Scott painted Easter Art

The clouds finally broke and let the sunshine come down to make everything in Houston look especially lovely.

Easter lunch was light and delish, and dinner was the same: steamed veggies atop grits!  A first for me but not too bad!

Veggies: Rutabaga, mushroom, squash, cauliflower, broccoli, chickpeas and spanish olives on top

Hope you had a wonderful Easter with your family & friends!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Weekend Buys

C9 by Champion® Womens Cardio Tank
(I want this in every color)

(addicted to these shorts right now, I also have them in black and am tempted to buy another color.  They lay very flat across the front and don't give you that pooch other shorts do)

Nike+ SportBand
(My friend was wearing this at the race yesterday when she informed me I was running about 00:1:30 faster in the first mile than I had wanted, which is what I think killed me yesterday.  My pace was all over the place.  I can't wait to play with this tomorrow!)
(Easter t-shirt!  Love casual outdoor services)

Franklin Deluxe Soccer Bag (on clearance for $6.98 @Target)
(perfect to keep my race day essentials all together.  It also has a large mesh zipper pocket on the outsider and a smaller concealed zipper pocket up top.  And for the price?!)

Earth Day 5K Race Recap

Oy vey!  Not the best 5K I've ever done, but I finished.  I think doing two runs yesterday was a little ambitious and I felt it this morning.  My knee wasn't feeling stellar and by mile 2 my glutes were screaming.  The sunshine was out in full force, and while it made the day look gorgeous to lay out in it made running a tad more difficult.  And it was humid.  Oh well, no one's fault but my own since I have been a slacker and it is officially time to step up the training! 

I did buy new running shorts in honor of Earth Day: bright blue, like our planet!  I am in love with the Nike Dri-Fit shorts right now and am considering buying one more pair.  Just one, and then I swear I'm done.

See me?  Hopefully they'll post race pics soon, but my friend was kind to snap this for me!

After the race we got some goodies from the different booths, like homemade energy bars and baby oak trees!  Oh, yes I did plant that bad boy as soon as I got home.  It took about an hour for me to finally cool off and stop sweating like mad, but I definitely enjoyed the rest of the morning just walking around with friends.

Oh, and the prizes for those who placed?  Evergreen starters!  Yes!  Plants!  My friend Kev came in 2nd in his age group and walked away with this little piece of God's creation:

Post-race recovery included a three-hour long nap, pedicure and trip to Pei Wei for some tofu!

So maybe I have a 10K race this next weekend?  And it's in ATX?  I'm out of control.  Run schedule for the week:

Sunday: yoga
Monday: 3 mi
Tuesday: arms/abs
Wednesday: 6 mi
Thursday: arms/abs
Friday: 3 mi
Saturday: off
Sunday: 10K!

And I'm buying a little running goodie tomorrow..I'll keep you in suspense!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Busy Bee

I'm a little behind on blogging considering all the cooking and buying I've been doing.  Know that I made Rachael Ray's Mushroom & Pablano Posole this week and it was eh.  A meatless posole is a stretch since the soup only has pork and hominy in it, but this recipe needs some tweaking.

Successful and new favorite recipe: banana ice cream!  OMG. No, for real.  You need to make this immediately and have your life changed.  I even made it for my parents and they were freaking out over how good it is.  I got the idea from over at Kath Eats Real Food, who I think got the idea from someone else.  You simply freeze bananas, the blend a few pieces in a food processor.  It takes a bit of work to figure out the scraping and spooning, but after 5 minutes of blending you have something that has the same creamy consistency of ice cream, with no added milk or sugar!

Yeah, I topped mine with a bit of unsweetened coconut and walnuts.  Maybe I had one for breakfast and one after dinner.  Hey!  It's just a banana!

I'm running the Earth Day 5K tomorrow and did a bit of shopping for some new shorts and a top (hello, race day outfits is one of my favorite things to shop for!)  I got a little distracted at Target and picked up some random stuff as well, like new sunglasses and a boar bristle brush and a few SOYJOY bars.  I was actually checking out the dietary info in the Luna bars since I bought a few of them a couple of weeks ago, but now that I'm trying to avoid gluten I wasn't sure if I should eat them.  They have gluten.  So I was looking at the other bars and SOYJOY's are gluten free.  Then I found this:

Someone kindly left two coupons for SOYJOYs!  One was a $1 off a box and the other was a buy two get one free.  Since I've never tried them before I went with the later coupon.  Thank you, Stranger!

I snacked on one when I got home.  It's sort of like the bread of a Fig Newton?  I wasn't a big Fig Newton eater growing up, but I liked the cookie part of it, and so I like these!  Yeah, I was watching an epi of Keeping up with the Kardashians :)

Tonight I made grilled tofu for the first time AND cooked rutabaga for the first time.  I've never even eaten a rutabaga.  It's sorta plain, like a potato?  I steamed it alongside carrots, and then drizzled a little EVOO, dill and salt on top.  Not too bad.  I bet they would taste really good roasted.  The tofu was ok, it didn't soak up the marinade enough, but I have another piece still soaking that I'll try tomorrow.

And I went on two runs today.  I know.  I didn't run all week and I have this race tomorrow.  My morning run was not that good, I was hurting and stopping, but the sun was amazing and I could feel my shoulders getting some much needed rays.  My run tonight was 10,000 times better!  My usual pace, and more enjoyable than painful.  Race recap tomorrow!