MarathonMaiden's Blog

January 31, 2011

Previously on MM…January 2011

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Oops. Guess I fell off the grid this weekend.  I stayed with a friend Friday afternoon post-work until…well technically since I haven’t been back to my apartment, I’m still staying.  And since I didn’t bring my computer with me blogging fell by the wayside.  And my commenting. And my replying to comments. Which sucks because I love y’all but I was having fun so I can’t *really* apologize 😉

Story of my month of January I guess.  I’d guesstimate that I spent about half the days not at my place.  But story of January running wise was good, and even though I typically post these posts on the first of every month, I got a really good run in before the sun came up. So my month of running is done.  And I really didn’t want to give a play-by-play of my weekend.

I will say that this weekend (and lots of January too) reaffirmed my whole “I seem to run well on: no sleep, lots of alcohol the night before and greasy foods” as my friend and I were jonesing for a “Philly” cheese steak (with fries) on Sunday.  Very weird because I never crave cheese, or steak.  But we walked downtown for a couple hours trying to find a place that served it and succeeded and it was the best idea we’ve had yet.  Given that I yet again had a good run post-bad-life-habits-that-affect-running, I think it makes it an even better idea.

Anyway, onto January. I wasn’t recovering from WR anymore but I wasn’t yet in training.  I started re-introducing tempo and LR before last week (which was T-12 weeks, so I’m at T-11 today. Eeeeep) and I also actually introduced XT in the form of winter activities such as skiing and snowtubing

and then there was ROCKCLIMBING.  Yes: rockclimbing. I went with a friend on Saturday night because he joined a climbing gym at the beginning on January and had only been doing the solo climbs, which aren’t as fun.  So I tagged along to be a belaying buddy. And I’m definitely going back.  Hopefully tonight.

thanks google.

And I had a blast. As a bonus, because I’m a runner and have really strong legs, I was not sore on Sunday.  Surprisingly there’s actually very little arm strength involved.  It’s all in the legs to propel you up, the arms just hold on.  So you can bet your booty that I’m going to keep this trend going on beyond January.  In January I also took a couple *complete* rest days which I rarely (if ever do).

I also did lots of baking this month. Like I’m hoping-my-pants-still-fit-tmrw kinds of baking 😉 My favorite recipe that was made was the apple crisp, although I did make afair amount of cookies. Like 3 different kinds.  And brownies. That may not be a lot to you but to me that’s a ton.  In all fairness I have been actually cooking dinners, like real dinner too (this one has been made at least for or five times!).

Let’s talk training and January.  Like I mentioned above training for Boston started this month.  More like last week but I’d been slowly reintroducing a training set up to my week: aka tempo Tuesdays, LR Thursdays. I have yet to do a speed work session so far.  I was going to do one this weekend but my motivation has been lacking. I want to mail out this letter:

Dear Motivation,

Anytime now.

Love, MM

Maybe the snow and cold was a factor. We have been hit with three separate and big storms this month (with another coming Tuesday night. And supposedly this one is supposed to be the worst of them all. Ugh!) Who knows. That said, January was a decent month mileage wise:

January 2011:

  • 355.4 miles
  • 51 hours 28 minutes 10 seconds
  • 8:56 average pace

Compare that to January 2010

  • 397.1 miles
  • 58 hours 58 minutes 17 seconds
  • 8:54 avg pace

Less miles this time around (-13%) but roughly the same pace.  Considering that my Boston training was going on during the whole of January 2010 I’m still going to say: all in all a GREAT month.

And above were just a few of the highlights.  The running wasn’t spectacular (nor was my sleeping patterns) but I feel happy with how the year is starting. I did fun activities that I’d never done before and baked lots of goodies. And that’s a great thing. I also got a hair cut.  Which is a big deal because I go forever between cuts.

So YAY January. Even if it’s going to look like this. Again.

thanks google.

January 27, 2011

Girl Drop It To The Floor

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Whew. No partying for me Wednesday night, one mid-day work night is enough!  I was in my bed (after marathon cleaning..like scrubbing cleaning….) early. I was bushed. I did manage to watch an episode of Pushing Daisies before I conked out though.  I seriously do not know what I’m going to do when that show ends.  I don’ t have many episodes left!

I actually got to sleep in a bit Thursday morning because of the nor’easter that hit.  I was told that I could work from home today and I took my work up on that offer by working in the morning/early afternoon.  Tonight is a clinic night and since the roads were plowed when I got up (my car, however, was not plowed out of the lot!) I went in later and was able to A) actually get work done from home (office work is so much easier for me to do NOT at the clinic. Less people demanding my time) and B) get my long run in without rushing.

J, however, told me: “I agree the best run is after a night of little sleep. The worst run is the day after …”

I completely agree even though I didn’t want to hear it. I remember reading back in the day that New Year’s Day you’ll feel fine and dandy from the night but January 2nd you’ll be dragging.  Something about you’re body and brain finally having matching signals.  Since Thursday was two days after my late night let’s see how I did:

4 X 4.4 miles = 17.6 miles at an average pace of 9:03

  • 1st: 9:09 pace
  • 2nd: 9:01 pace
  • 3rd: 9:06 pace
  • 4th: 8:42 pace

I cannot believe that the last one was so much faster than the first three.  Guess I really wanted to get it done!

Considering the slush and the sleepiness I’ll consider it a success.  Like my tempo run on Tuesday, I really feel like I’m off the mark training wise for this race.  My paces for quality workouts are slower and my easier runs are faster than they should be.  I suppose in the end this is mental and I need to really buy into the training schemes again.  You know: run quality as quality and run easy as easy.  I’m not doing that lately.  It’s hard though because it’s only 11.5 weeks ’til Boston and I’m comparing to WR where I only had 5.5 weeks.  I still feel like there’s ages to go until the race!

On a related yet not quite related note: my hunger has been sky high today.  And lately.  I know that it’s because my training is increasing but I’m normally not quite as famished on long run days as I am today.  I’ve eaten 3 bowls of pasta tonight.  On top of my regular dinner.  For a gal that doesn’t quite like pasta this is quite a feat!

I was going to take a picture but the meal was literally bowtie pasta and a basil pasta sauce.  Not too exciting.  Except to the girl who just ate 3 bowls of it…

So I’ll leave you with the song that is STUCK in my head and won’t get out. Because this post is more or less a training run post. Enjoy! I’ll try to enjoy the rest of my night…if clinic keeps going the way it’s going I may be going out again.  But it’s Thursday, which is more acceptable than Tuesday…

January 26, 2011

Ouchie…

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Story of my day today:

Brownie sundaes + Tropic Thunder (What do YOU mean *you people*) + bottles of wine + 0130 bedtime + 0530 wakeup

I know it’s a long equation but what does it equal? An 11 mile run at a blistering pace of 8:31.

I feel a bit bad pulling out this run after saying how much harder my runs are in the morning (and btw I LOVED reading your thoughts on when you can run vs when you want to run and if they’re the same or not) but I’ve also always said that the night after little sleep and alcohol yields the best runs. This morning was no exception.

Not only that but the 13* I was in actually felt balmy after that -1* run on Monday. Ahhh relativity.

So there.  (I’m sticking my tongue out at you when I say that)

Time to finish getting rid of this headache via coffee, finish up my workday and go get some groceries to bunker down for the 10-14″ of nor’easter snow coming my way.

January 25, 2011

About This Embracing Weather Thing…

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Well I’m still all for winter at the moment. Despite yet another nor’easter supposedly bearing down on us sometime in the next few days I’m sort of digging the snow.  Maybe it’s because I know that this will be my last real winter?

While the snow may be really REALLY pretty to run in or look at while sipping hot cocoa or snowshoeing (I think I’m going this weekend!) or building snowmen, I am not such a big fan of this

SALT

Don’t get me wrong: I am a salt-a-holic and douse my food in it.  I think I’ve said before that I have the ability to go through a salt shaker every 10 days or so. I do NOT, however, enjoy road salt. As you can see in the picture above my legs get covered in it.  The sign of a salt truck now sends shivers down my spine. Because it dries out my skin and stings like a….

I didn’t let it stop my workout though:

  • Warm up
  • 5.6 miles “tempo” @ 7:39 average (2.2 @ 7:46, 2.2 @ 7:43, 1.2 @ 7:21)
  • 1.2 miles easy/recovery @ 8:49
  • 1.2 miles hard / re-tempo @ 7:25
  • Warm down

Totals:

  • 16 miles
  • 138 minutes, 29 seconds
  • 8:40 pace

I guess for whatever reason I really turned it on the last bit of the hard stuff.  I’m slowly getting back into the training mode although holding this pace was TOUGH.  I really cannot believe that I ran 26.2 miles a little over 7 weeks ago at a *faster* pace.  Sometimes I feel like WR was a fluke. I guess I have a ways to go before the training mode muscles get back into full swing.

I’m really proud that I was able to bang out some really great last hard miles. It felt good to see the results of an effort that felt really taxing.  After seeing a not-what-I-wanted first two loops I must have dug real deep.  I’m not so proud of how long it took me to mentally get my body into it.  Hence those first few miles at the not-what-I-wanted pace.  But overall this “tempo” (and I still want to keep calling it tempo!) was the fastest out of the weeks I’ve been doing them post-WR.

Progress.

In the not-so-progress view, as I probably should be eating better night-before-quality-workout snacks: this run was  fueled, not by cookies, but by brownies.  Work was really rough yesterday so I went over to my friend’s house and while he was rockclimbing, my other friend and I made the brownies (she’s such a better baker than me. So she’s my baking buddy) and we all had brownie sundaes (warm from the oven) at midnight. I’m normally not a brownie person and when I do get a craving I like gooey ones.  My baking friend said she had success with this recipe:

Nestle Chewy Cocoa Brownies

(from the box of cocoa powder from Nestle)

Yeah so we dug in quickly...deal with it

Ingredients:

  • 1 2/3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup NESTLE® TOLL HOUSE® Baking Cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup chopped nuts
  • powdered sugar
  • ADDITION FROM US: 1/2 cup melted chocolate chips.  We didn’t think the mix looked Chocolaty enough. I suppose you don’t have to melt the chips but we did.

Directions:

  1. PREHEAT oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 13×9-inch baking pan.
  2. (Additional added by us) MELT 1/2 cup chocolate chips in microwave until melted
  3. COMBINE sugar, butter and water in large bowl. Stir in eggs and vanilla extract. Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; stir into sugar mixture and add Chocolate Chips). Spread into prepared baking pan (the mixture was REALLY thick and hard to spread).
  4. BAKE for 18 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky (it took us about 26 actually). Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (optional). Cut into bars.
  5. ENJOY (we sure did. And with ice cream too)

They turned out really well and we dug in immediately.  I’m sorry for making your pants expand by proxy but hey, mine are expanding in real life I’m sure 😉

And I promise that the next recipe I post won’t be dessert.  Tomorrow night (the night the nor’easter is supposed to hit) my friends and I are likely going to make something special for dinner.  Just so you don’t think I’m on my way to a diabetic coma or something…

And check out the giveaways from Tricia (Endurance isn’t only Physical) and The Hotlegs Runner

January 24, 2011

Early AM vs. AM vs. PM

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I don’t rate myself as a fantastic, talented athlete. I just have perseverance. I’m a cart horse. I work hard.
Colleen DeReuck, Four-time Olympian

Considering that it’s T-12 weeks until Boston, it’s time to start working hard.

And lately I’ve been pondering the best time for me to do hard (or any) work.  You see, I really REALLY love running before work, ideally before my clinic nights when I can run around 0800.  I also have to run some mornings (office days) at 0600 or earlier.  But my BODY loves running later, like 1400 or even as late as 1700.

Let’s compare my two recent runs, shall we?

Sunday: 10.2 miles @ 8:46 pace @ 1630.  It felt effortless and easy.  Definitely didn’t feel like I was running at all.

Monday: 13.1 miles @ 9:08 pace @ 0830. Picked up pack at end and last mile was at 8:20 pace.  I was really surprised at how fast this run was because it was -1* when I left my friend’s house this morning and 1 or 2* when I left my house.  Right now it’s been about 10 hours post run and my fingernails still sting. Definitely not an embracing winter moment today 😉

Seems to me that it takes me WAY longer to warm up when I start my runs earlier. And I suspect my afternoon runs feel easier because I’ve had two solid meals in me and a few snacks. But I like running my runs early and it works best with my schedule. I just wonder how much better of a runner I’d be if I ran all my runs later. I mean, I can “train” my body to run earlier (and definitely have because I can train well before noon) but there’s something about naturally running well that’s enticing.

Does the time you like to run match the time your body likes to run?

Also: does your body run on cookies?

Because apparently mine does.  The night before my last long run I made these two cookie recipes with a friend.  And likely ate half the batter/cookies before they got to work the next day.  Oops.

Butttttt who can resist this dough?!

Good Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip

Ingredients:

  • 1.25 cups of flour
  • .5 teaspoon baking soda
  • .5 teaspoon salt
  • .5 cup butter, softened
  • .5 cup packed brown sugar
  • .25 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 package of chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 375* and in a small bowl combine flour, baking soda and salt
  2. In a larger bowl beat the butter and sugars (the directions say with a mixer but we used out *clean* hands) until light and fluffy.  Beat in egg and vanilla  until well combined. Reduce to low speed and beat in the flour mixture just until well blended.  With wooden spoon stir in the chips.
  3. Drop dough by rounded tablespoons, 2 inches apart, on two ungreased cookies sheets.  Bake until golden around the edges (roughly 10 to 12 minutes)
  4. Transfer to cookie rack to cool then eat and enjoy

Not the greatest lighting but still yummy

And now my favorite: Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Ingredients:

  • .75 cup flour
  • .5 teaspoon baking soda
  • .25 teaspoon salt
  • .5 cup butter, softened
  • .5 cup granulated sugar
  • .33 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1.5 cup oats, uncooked
  • .75 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Essentially the same as above, except the oven is set to 350* and the oats and raisins get added in after the flour mixture.  We also found that the cookies took about 15 minutes to cook.
  2. ENJOY

And I’m still at work.  It’s been a long day.  I think I’m going to my friend’s house for Pushing Daisies (and I LOVE that lots of you watch/watched it too) and some more baking.  Because it’s better for my body than drinking… 😉

I don’t rate myself as a fantastic, talented athlete. I just have perseverance. I’m a cart horse. I work hard.  

Colleen DeReuck, Four-time Olympian

January 23, 2011

Okay So Hills For Real

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I ended up staying over with my friend Friday night (and thus haven’t had lots of time to respond to comments I’m hoping to get caught up later today/tonight! Promise) because I spent my “working from home” day here. I got a good 10.5 mile run in.  Not in the snow like I thought, because the “storm” wasn’t really a storm, so it was a nice quick clip.  Roughly 8:30 pace.  For an easy run that’s really happiness inducing for me!

Later that night we went to a Brown University bball game ( because I have a friend on the team and sadly Brown lost.) and then out to The English Cellar Alehouse where I ate the greatest pre-quality workout meal ever: Fish and chips with beer. Followed by fried oreos for dessert.  WTF? hahah

thanks google. yet again.

Surprisingly, despite not having fried foods for years, this choice was quite yummy. Slightly worrysome because I was wondering how my tummy would respond.  I’m happy to say that even though I REALLY didn’t want to mentally go running Saturday, the fried food didn’t affect me in a bad way.  I’m not quite sure if I can give credit to it for having a decent run but I completed the dreaded….HILLS

The workout looked something like this.  And was with my friend.  Love running with others.

  • Warm up / Easy miles (~8 miles worth)
  • Hills X 4.  The way the hill portion was run is that there are two parallel hills, one really steep but shorter (I call it “A” hill) and the other is slightly less steep but longer (I call it “W” hill).  I guess the average distance between the two is .2 miles and the average incline was 11%.  I alternated each hill to get to the four repeats. I didn’t time the actual hills but they went something like this:
  1. (W) Holy F#$%.  I refuse to do another.  Well maybe try one more.  The first of anything sucks.
  2. ( A) Okay not sooooo bad. I think I like this hill better
  3. (A) Ugh. Maybe it was so bad.  The buuuuuuuuuuuuuurn. Let’s go for lucky number 4 though
  4. (W) Suckage.  But at least I made it to the top with hard effort and didn’t give up!
  • Warm down

thanks google. yet again.

 

Obviously the hills were really tough and hard. I didn’t ever feel like I was running at a fast speed but I definitely felt the burn in my glues and hammys and quads.  Granted this is the 12(ish)% grade hill but I feel like a pansy for A) wanting to quit after 1 and B) only doing 4.

I ran the warm down and bitched and moaned to my friend that I “effing hate hills”.  But then I realized that hills are inherently hard and doing this workout before Boston training officially starts (TOMORROW! EEEEEP!) is good because now I know that hills are something I’ll need to focus on.  Particularly the W hill.  I know that I love charging up hills, making A hill nicer to me.  Boston, if I remember correctly, has a mix of both. So I’ll need to keep doing these hill loops and not shy away from the W hill. It’ll be hard facing a hill that I know is nastier to me when there’s a nicer one a few meters over but I’ll need to.

So, for once I’m writing a quick post, because now I’m taking a lazy Sunday, staying in my pjs and watching more Pushing Daisies with my friend.  I’ll likely get a run in but it won’t be until later this afternoon as it is currently 16* outside and I’m hoping it gets warmer by 1400 or so.  Fingers crossed.

January 21, 2011

Hillsssssssss

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Nope not a hill workout.  I don’t even want to start thinking about those yet!  But I just so happened to choose the hilliest route I could find for Thursday morning’s LR.  And, because I’m me, I happened to choose to run this route the exact way so that I hit the worst of the hills at the last 4 miles.

And when your LR is 17.3 miles, having hills in the last 4 are brutal.  I was a trooper though and finished them.  Barely.  The average pace was WAY below what I’m used to but I just didn’t want to push it.  That’ll come later I guess, right now is time on my feet.

But, man, I really REALLY wanted to quit.  And I probably could have, especially since I ran 3 loops and after the second loop I was already at 15 miles even.  But something told me to keep going.  Maybe because it was the crisp and bright weather.  The cool air (28*) felt really nice on my face as did the sun.  Plus there were really clear roads.  After the storm on Tuesday (for my tempo) and yet another storm expected to blow through tonight, I wasn’t going to pass up some nice running roads.

But I didn’t quit.  That’s a good thing.  Building up mental toughness.

Because boy did I need it Thursday.  It was a very trying day overall at work and in life in general.  Luckily everything worked out and no crises occurred but you know when you have such a full plate that anything small just could send you over the edge? Yeah.  It was like that.  But to remain like this

thanks google images

I’ll share four things I’m okay with for this Friday

  • My car was hit on Wednesday when I was parked at work.  I am SO PISSED, mostly due to the fact that it shouldn’t have been in the situation to get hit.  Wait a minute, didn’t I say positive? Yes I did because A) the damage isn’t that great and B) my insurance company does NOT need a police report.  Which saves me from taking today off and going downtown to do so.  So yay on that front.  And I think there’s enough damage to hit my deductible, which is both good and bad I guess.
  • SNOW DAY today. Well not really because the clinic is open.  But the roads are bad and when me and my friend called (I’m staying with them again. I should just start paying rent here!) we were told to just stay home.  So technically right now I’m supposed to be working on a ppt but instead…blogging.  It’s okay because, while I did have a ton of work to do today — pushed to Monday boo — I’d likely be blogging at work too 😉 My apologies is I’m slow on commenting today but I’m using a friend’s computer (left mine at my place) and am using my phone to do so.
  • Pushing Daisies is, like, the best show ever. Why on Earth did it only make two seasons?! Seriously. Check it out if you haven’t. The friend I’m staying with introduced me to it and I stayed up until 0200 watching it with him.

thanks google images

  • Productivity.  Because making this ppt (and finishing up my grant writing class) feels great.  Accomplishment is also something to feel okay about.  I’ll also try to get another snowy run in.  Keep up the getting stuff done going right?

So stay safe if it’s snowy where you are.  Heck just stay safe in general 😀

Check out the giveaway from Lesley (Racing it Off)

January 19, 2011

Life is Good.

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Too corny for you? I’ve got snow, fast running and apple crisp.  Not to mention heat coming back on and great friends I’ve been hanging out with.  I’ve been spending so much time there that they’re jokingly talking about getting me my own key.  Oops? Hahah.

That said, this whole not complaining about the weather thing is *really hard* but I feel like my attitude towards life in general is improving the less I say “I am sooooooo over winter.  This sucks. I want to migrate south”.  Really. I’ve literally been biting my tongue every time I see cold, wet, gross weather.  Partly because I’m really trying to not complain but partly because every time it snows I think that this could be my last.  And no that’s not morbid but I’m trying to actually migrate south at some point real soon.

Of course the mention of the weather does come into play with my “tempo” on Tuesday.   I woke up to actual snow that morning, which had turned into nice freezing rain/sleet by the time I got out my door to run. This precipitation left my shirt a layer of sheer ice by the end. It felt like I was wearing a bullet proof vest!  I didn’t let the slushy roads, nor the cars that decided to slush me, really affect the workout and it went a little something like this:

  • Warm up
  • Tempo 5.6 miles @ 7:41 average (2.2 @ 7:47, 2.2 @ 7:39, 1.2 @ 735)
  • Easy 5.8 miles @ 9:19 – lots of snow!
  • Hard 1.2 miles @ 7:42
  • Warm down @ 9:00

Total: 16 miles in 137.59 minutes which is an average of 8:37

Funny how the warm down pace is faster than the easy pace.  Oops?  The run was actually pretty fun I guess.  Mostly in hindsight.   I was in a FOUL mood during most of the darn thing.  Maybe because I had no traction and was slipping over the roads. That said, at some point during the run I just gave into the weather and then, isurprisa!, my attitude turned around and running was fun again.  And the “tempo” part (question: what do you call what I did? Tempo isn’t accurate but it feels like the only word I know!) was actually really good. Sure the pace wasn’t where I’d like it but the EFFORT was there.  Silly snow making running harder than it has to be.

Anyway. This morning I ran 8 miles as recovery.  Mostly because the sleet from Tuesday had turned to sheets of ice overnight.  Slipping and sliding. And slushing because it was shorts weather at 36* (ahhhh relativity!) But nothing special overall.

Apple Crisp

BUT I mentioned in my last post that I made an apple crisp over the weekend with my friend.  And that it turned out delicious.  So I’ll share it with you.  I was actually a little skeptical when I read the original recipe because, contrary to all other apple crisps I have ever made, there are NO OATS in this.  My friend even acknowledged that in all other crisps in the “family recipe book” oats are a key ingredient.

I probably shouldn’t have been worried because this girl knows her stuff.  It was delicious.  I had some Friday night after making it, Saturday morning post- run and then me and her roomie finished it off Saturday before going out and then skiing Sunday (which I’m glad that lots of you haven’t done it yet. I felt so weird for being a ski virgin! Especially as a native New Englander) Essentially this apple crisp fueled my past weekend.

Ingredients:

  • Apples, sliced, enough to cover bottom of cooking pan (We used Gala)
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup butter (Yes real butter because I was at my friend’s house and that’s what they had)
  1. Peel apples and slice into a buttered pan (we didn’t butter the pan, nor did we peel the apples) and fill to about 1/2 full of apples slices
  2. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the apples
  3. Mix the last 3 ingredients (which we actually doubled and used 2 cups brown sugar, 2 cups flour and 1 cup butter.  More yummy topping!) and put on top of the apples.
  4. Bake at 350* for 40-45 minutes. And remember to check that the oven is on bake.  Apparently my friend’s roomie (whom I went skiing with on Sunday) likes to broil his bagels in the oven.  And we didn’t realize it until 5 minutes into cooking.  Luckily no damage done!)
  5. Serve with ice cream of whipped cream and enjoy!

Leftovers....yum.

And  now I’m at work dreaming of apple crisp.  Better than what I’m really doing.  Which isn’t working but rather fire drills all day because there was a fire earlier today in the clinic and the fire department keeps setting off the detectors. Fun.

January 17, 2011

I Am Such A Bad New Englander

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And apparently a bad blogger. Whoops. Guess I haven’t posted since last week.  Lots of good running going on since I last left y’all.

Friday: 9.1 chilly miles yet slow before heading into work. Ummm I didn’t write anything else about this run in my log book.  That night I did make a really good apple crisp with a friend and hope to post that recipe soon. So moving on…

Saturday: 15.2 miles @ 9:04 pace.  It was before my family came and visited (and due to an unforeseen emergency payment for oil that was delivered today my sister didn’t spend the weekend with me because I wasn’t going out and spent the weekend with a friend) and I didn’t think I’d be able to get all those miles in. But I did.  And they felt good too.  Not the fastest but they felt strong and not week.  Good thing because Boston training is in one week from today for me!

We went to CraftLand in downtown which was really fun

Me and my youngest sister

Sunday (bad New Englander moments!): No running but I went SKIING for the first time.  The person I went with isn’t from around here so it was his first time skiing too.  The irony is that I ended up wearing all his clothes out skiing because, surprise!, I do not own much real winter / snow gear.  Or at least stay-outside-for-long-periods-of-time gear.  But  man, it was SO FUN.  It was also a little humbling because I’m a naturally athletic person and this was soooooo awkward for me.  I think I was quoted as saying that skiing was “the hardest thing I’ve ever done”.  Of course the guy I was with picked it up immediately, which he said was an ego boost.

Afterward we wandered about Wickford Village which is a quaint little village in RI and I found this adorable (and soooooooooo true) shirt:

Monday:  Brought about  11.1 miles @ 8:55 pace. Very exciting and very unexpected that I felt as good as I did.  Beyond the skiing soreness (which was only in my arms. Hizzah!) I haven’t been sleeping much lately.  Mostly because I haven’t been spending lots of time at my place and hanging out with friends = movie watching and gossiping.

I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of cars this morning during the run.  And then I remembered that it was a holiday.  And I was still up at 0530 running. Grrrrrr.  But the run felt strong and the splits (I ran 3 different loops to make up the 11.1 ) were 8:56, 9:01, 8:20.  That last split was only for 1.1 miles though.  Boo. But way to end of a high note, right? If only that had been the entire run and not just a LMP.

But overall I’m really happy with my running as of late.  Good thing because in a week I’ll be officially Boston training.  The funny thing is that I don’t really feel excited for it.  I have yet to pick out a specific plan to follow! I kind of like how I prepped for WR: tempo, LR, track.  And I went with the flow. Is there anything wrong with doing that again?

Sorry for the lackluster post.  Only running really.  But I wanted to let y’all know that I am, in fact, still alive, having a blast with friends.  And running.  And baking (hopefully next post has my recipe in it!). Apparently skiing too.

Check out the giveaway from Mary and Christina (Sisters Running the Kitchen) and DC Rainmaker and Matt (Kitchen of a Runner)

January 13, 2011

A Couple of Snowy Runs.

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Hello from the Winter Wonderland that is RI right now.  And no that’s not sarcasm.  I’m just really happy in general right now (and really busy with not much time spent in my apartment hence the decreased posting/commenting!) so it’s hard to be bitter about the weather. …and Shelby told me I can’t complain.

I am actually trying to take an optimistic and not so angry/bitter standpoint on the snowfall (I think the last I heard of it we were standing around 13 or 14″).  I spent the snow day hunkering down with a friend and, while driving back to my place this morning, I actually found myself smiling at the beauty that is the morning after a nor’eastern.  I’m still itching to get out of here but this attitude can be described as progress my friends.

Especially since I had a fantastic snow day. Like I really wasn’t cursing the snow and cold.  First, after knowing Wednesday was a snow day, I went out with the friend I was crashing with and didn’t go to bed until 0400.  And then slept in until NOON. Crazy right?

And not only did I get an 9.5 mile run in during the blizzard, which was great running in the snow despite it being hard and tiring, but my friend whom I was staying with went to a park after dinner and had a big snowball fight and built a snowman.  The snow wasn’t perfect for packing so the snowman was a bit of a fail but it was fun.  After we headed back to drink some hot cocoa and watch Despicable Me, which was a cute and hilarious movie, followed by March of the Penguins.  And then we fell asleep around 2200.  Which given how late we were up the night before doesn’t make me feel that bad hahah.

So good snow day.

Since I spent the night at my friend’s house I got a late start on my run this morning as I had to drive back to my place.  I still got in a long run although I wasn’t sure as I figured my snow run would have really tired out my legs. 17 miles done though.  And the streets were plowed okay but nothing 100% clear so I’m sure that my legs are getting very good resistance training out of it.  The run itself was  just okay.  I felt good the whole time but each lap (I ran a 4 X 4.25 loop because I knew it’d be a safe route) was slower than the previous one.  Not by leaps and bounds but it was a completely positive split run.  The loops were: 8:51, 9:11, 9:11, 9:16.  Given how tired my body is currently, from not sleeping a lot the past two weeks, I’ll take it.  The entire run was 17 miles @ 9:07.  Not too shabby considering this is the longest run I’ve done by far since WR.

And I finished my run at 1115 and was able to shower and eat and get to work on time at noon.  That’s the definition of a BAMF 😉

I was tagged by Chelsea earlier with the Stylish Blogger Award.

Thanks lady! The gist is to re-tag Chelsea, tell y’all 7 things about myself, then tag others. I’m not going to do that last part.  I feel like most of y’all have already been tagged.  Feel free to do it if you haven’t.  I love learning about others.

  1. I consider myself pretty stylish.  I don’t think that anyone will ever model their look after me but I always look well put together.
  2. I’m discovering the joy of hot cocoa with Baileys.  So are my friends.  We went through a lot of it this snow storm.
  3. But Jack is my main man.  Jack and Bailey’s makes a perfect couple though.
  4. I’m decent at bar games.  I’m learning how to be better at pool and I can play a mean game of darts.  Not that I’m anything special at it
  5. but rather that I’m ambidextrous.  So when we all switch to our weak hands , mine is comparable to my strong hand. I do consider myself a south paw though.
  6. I’m taking an online grant writing course right now and it’s going well.  I’m learning a lot although I got WAY behind on the lessons and had to do 9 of them last weekend.  Oops.
  7. This weekend I have really big plans with my lil sister.  She’s 19 and coming to visit me for the first time in Providence.  I’m pumped.  It’s going to be one heck of a night.
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