Sunday, June 19, 2011

She swims?

I'm going to try!  While I'm very curious about getting into the tri scene, the bike scares me and is a commitment I'm not ready to make.  Luckily, many triathlons offer a relay option and on August 14th I'll be swimming in the TriGirl Sports Sprint Triathlon!
Bike, Run, Swim

I have exactly 8 weeks.  It's not a very long swim, only 300 meters, but it is open water and I don't want to suck it up.  I'll be doing lots of running in the fall so I wanted a bit of a break this summer (plus it's crazy hot and I cannot be out there longer than 5 miles without hating life and hallucinating).  Swimming will also offer some much needed cross training for my hip.

I'm also excited for a new challenge and a new race scene!

Any tips or suggestions for swimming??

Friday, June 17, 2011

Moroccan (Tofu) With Spinach

Another recipe!  I found this recipe in Fitness Magazine and thought I could easily swap the shrimp for tofu and try out my new Tofu Xpress!  It was so quick and easy to make.  I made two servings and ate one for dinner and the leftovers for lunch just now.  I suggest adding a bit more spinach since it shrinks down so much (and I love veggies).  I served it over jasmine rice.

Handy dandy recipe


Pressed tofu ready to go!
Spice mix

Jazzing up the tofu


Shake, shake, Shake!  The food press comes with a lid which allows you to marinate your tofu in the container.  When not in use it snaps to the base of the press.  I love when people make my life easy.



Grilled in a little foil pouch



Moroccan (Tofu) With Spinach



Find the recipe here on the Fitness Magazine Website.

Edamame Hummus

In this month's issue of Women's Health they have a tasty low-fat dips for the summer.  I happened to have most of the ingredients on hand to make the Edamame Hummus



I really like it.  I'm using it to spread on sandwiches and to dip pretzels in.  Be sure to get as much of the water off of the edamame as possible, or to add the 3 tbsp of water one at a time as needed.  I didn't have any tahini on hand but it still works.

I think the edamame base could easily make for a good faux-gaucamole.  Blend then add diced tomato, onion, etc. 


Edamame Hummus (from Women's Health.com)

1 cup frozen shelled edamame
1 tsp chopped garlic
1 Tbsp tahini (omitted because I didn't have it.  I think it would make it creamy/thicker)
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
3 Tbsp water
1/4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp olive oil

Boil frozen edamame 4 to 6 minutes; drain. Combine edamame in a food processor with garlic, tahini, lemon juice, water, and salt; blend well. Drizzle in olive oil. (If the texture is too thick, add another tablespoon of water.)

MAKES 4 SERVINGS. Per serving: 101 cal, 7 g fat (<1 g sat), 5 g carbs, 152 mg sodium, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein

Thursday, June 16, 2011

She runs, too

I picked up a copy of the June issue of Shape magazine yesterday.  I love Fitness and Women's Health, but have never read Shape.  So far, so good.  Kourtney Kardashian is on the cover and the major focus of her story is that, along eating clean, she's a runner.  She contributes those two things to her post-baby body.

Basically, my jaw dropped when I saw this pic.  Is this not the greatest picture ever?  If I had a picture of me like this I would blow it up and hang it in my living room.  I would also make greeting cards, inspirational posters, and a t-shirt I could wear to sleep in.  Looking at the reflection of my amazing photo as I brushed my teeth would trump my wild hair and a puffy face.


Tofu Xpress

I love getting mail.  Especially packages.


And I pretty much love all things tofu.


And I especially love anything that is going to make prepping tofu easier and not require me to pull out every Pampered Chef stoneware dish I have to press out the water (which basically is a balancing act and therefore the 30 mins of pressing is coupled with 30 mins of praying that I don't hear the loudest crash ever).


I had about 2/5 of a block of tofu in the fridge and immediately had to try out the tofu express.  I love it so much.  It's small so doesn't take up counter of fridge space.  Tofu for dinner tonight!
Gourmet Food Press by Tofu Xpress

$39.99 + 9.50 shipping at Amazon.com

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Summer Essentials

I'm writing this on my iPhone using the BlogPress app. Uploading pictures was super easy and the only draw back is that I can't type as fast. Still, I'm blogging from a Chinese Cafe across town!

I went to Marshall's yesterday and hit the jackpot. This summer I'm all about dresses. I refuse to buy shorts this season. Check out my finds:









All $19.99!! I'm wearing the last one today with a skinny leather belt, orange sandals and a chunky necklace.

However, the best find was this:



Hello! New Fuel Belt! I bought a 4-bottle belt last summer when I was dying from heat and dehydration but realized it was just too much. I couldn't justify buying the 2-bottle so soon after even though I never used my old belt though.

When I saw this I screamed. They were selling the 4-bottle belt for $9.99 and I scored my new belt for $7.99!

You know I immediately researched and the cheapest I found this belt online was for $27.99 plus s/h.

I love when I win.

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Chevron Houston Marathon Recap

Chevron Houston Marathon
January 30, 2010
5:39:17

So I can say I'm a marathoner.  Wahoo!  As I said, I ran slow (as is evident by my time), I felt good, and therefore when I crossed that finish I was already thinking about how I could do better on my NEXT marathon.

from abc 13

To recap the race weekend, the Saturday before the Marathon Texas Children's Hospital puts on a kids fun run and the coaches from my school got a group of students together to go down and run.  I was excited to volunteer to chaperon and run with the students.  A few of the adults who knew I was running the next day told me I should just walk, but please, it's not like I was going for a Boston QT.  Running a mile and a half was not going to effect my time or bod the next day! 

Favorite moments from that day:
1. When the kids realized they were going to run OUTSIDE on THE STREET!  For 10-12 year olds, that is a big deal!  They thought they were going to run around inside of the convention center.  I had so much fun running with them.  Poor things, they start off sprinting and wanted to die by the first 1/4 mile!

2. When they said, "Miss, I'm tired.  And you're going to run 26 miles tomorrow?!"

I am so glad I got to share my marathon experience with my students.  I keep all of my medals and bibs in my classroom and they notice when I add one and ask all about a race.  Cute!  Before I left school on Friday I received this super great sign:
My favorites were, "Try your best," "Finish it!" "Don't quit," "Good luck, Miss!"  I really did think about these kind words during my run.

Reason #1 Houston Marathon is AMAZING: Best expo/post-race party ever.  I have yet to see a better organized, swag-sliggin' race.   (Reason #2 is that Houston's course is pretty flat and therefore you can get a pretty good time)  Obvs I took time to get a photo op on the red carpet.

So it was basically supposed to monsoon the entire race.  There was a strong possibility that the race could be cancelled.  I was so stressed out.  I didn't know what to wear or if I should go out and buy a rain jacket.  After talking to some seasoned runners I followed their advice and just ran in normal gear and brought extra socks.  Best advice ever.  While it was cold, I wasn't weighed down.

My family came out to watch and were my "pit crew."  I told them I needed peppermints, socks, chap stick, and my GU.  When I passed them the first time I was puzzled to see they had a folding chair set out for me. "Don't you want to rest," they asked?  Hello! NO!  If I stop I'll never finish! haha.  They were amazing and I was always so happy to see them. 


There were only a few moments where I was a little miserable and sad.  Moment #1 is when my feet were sloshing in my shoes and I kept thinking of seeing my fam and putting on socks.  When I finally met them they told me the socks were in the car.  They saw how sad I was, and I don't know how they did it, but they managed to meet me within the next two miles to give me my socks!

 SOCKS!

 A few people from work came out too.  My friend kept saying, "I can't believe you're smiling at mile 14!", "I can't believe how happy you are at mile 21!"  The Houston Marathon has so many supporters along the entire route and entertainers that there is never a dull moment--Reason #3 Houston Marathon is amazing.  (And I've heard it's more entertaining than the Rock'n'Roll series...)



At the very end of the race you run through downtown, which is the most depressing stretch because no one is on the streets because everyone is at the finish line.  My group of running friends surprised me at the last mile and ran with me to the last stretch.  I was so happy to see them!!

 
 
Dunzo! Loved it! Want to do it again! 


So, five months later I'm waiting to see if I'll be running the 2012 marathon.  As I prepare, these are the things I'm going to do differently:

1. I'm going to run with someone.  I ran by myself and it got kinda lonely out there.  You really start to feel all five hours!  

2. I'm going to run with a pace group. I was worried about my legs giving out and not finishing and therefore ran a lot slower than I needed to.  I know I can be way faster!!

3. I'm shedding some pounds! 

4. I'm strengthening my legs via the bike

5. LOTS OF YOGA.  I've had serious hip and groin issues this year and bi-weekly yoga is a must.

Monday, June 13, 2011

>>FF>> thru the past 5 month

Reasons why this blog has been neglected:
1. The balance between work + fun life + training > blogging
2. Lack of material I felt was share-worthy
3.  When I choose to ignore something, I go all the way.  This is my first time even logging into blogger, which means I haven't even read blogs.  I'm amazing at apathy sometimes.


Reasons why I am considering resurrecting this blog:
1. I just filled up my fall race calendar and got really excited.
2. I have a few big events planned before the end of the year that I want to report on, like my wedding.
   2a. SIKE! No wedding in sight. Though I can't wait to blog about that some day.
   2b. If you have a prospect for me please let me know.  I'll have to share my list with you...maybe I emailed it out to work folks.  I think a great staff development activity would be finding me my husband.  It would be like Where in the World is Carmen San Diego: Find Me a Husband Edition.
3. I realized that I have missed lots of updates from people I really enjoy, and that needs to be remedied, stat!

So here is a quick update of the past few months.

JANUARY
I completed my first marathon. I was nervous, ran pretty slow, but ultimately had a great experience with minor discomfort. I will have to write a post about my first marathon experience, because as I think back there were so many awesome moments. I am in the lottery for the 2012 marathon and will find out in by the end of the month!


FEBRUARY
No races (and v. little running) this month!  I felt like I blinked and February was over.  I did support some friends as they ran the Galveston Mardi Gras Marathon and Half Marathon. 



Marathon finisher and 2nd in his age group!

MARCH
I ran the Seabrook Lucky Trails Half Marathon.  A few people from work also ran which was a lot of fun.  Work Running Club!  I'm excited at the possibility of promoting more race opportunities to my co-workers this fall.

APRIL
Maybe I went to Paris?!  A few friends ran the Paris Marathon and I tagged along.  I decided international races are the best excuse to travel!  I was able to participate in a 5K fun run the day before with a few hundred people from around the world.  So fun!!!







MAY
I participated in an 7K Toga Run! And yes, I am wearing Vibrims these days.





And now we're in June!  All caught up! Whew!  Can't wait to catch up with everyone else's blogs <3