Archive for May 31st, 2009

We got up early this morning and headed to the community center for our 10K.  When I ran this last year my time was 1:10:34, but it was the first time I had ever ran 6 miles.  This year my goal was to finish in under 1 hour.  The boy and I lined up near the middle of the pack and once the gun went off we wished each other good luck and he took off.  I started up a nice jog and many people were passing me, which is just fine by me – I love being near the back of the pack. I had to keep reminding myself “slow and steady” because I am a little competitive. Anyhow I kept a nice pace around 9:30 the whole race, except for the downhills, where I “let the hill carry me down.”  The last stretch was a climb until the last .2 miles…  I LOVE to sprint to the finish… I picked up the pace as I passed the mile 6 sign, but had to slow a bit… until I saw the finish line that it, then I saw the clock – 59:something and I went all out. I finished in under an hour clock time! According to my watch I finished the race in 58:21:2. 

Race Stats:

  • Max Pace: 6:43
  • Avg Pace: 9:20
  • Max HR: 191
  • Avg HR: 169

It was also the best weather I have ever experienced for the Herndon Festival 5k/10K in the 5 years I’ve been running it. The boy’s parents my us afterwards and gave us these sweet little silver dollar metals. I’ll post the picture once the boy’s mom sends it to me.  After changing clothes and stuff we made our way to IHOP with them.

Breakfast (630 cal): Like last Sunday, I ordered a eggbeaters veggie omelet (no tomato, hollandaise sauce, cheese) with the harvest nut and grain pancakes topped with SF syrup and banana.


Lunch (486 cal): We took a nice long nap and then I finished the rest of my IHOP meal with peanut butter on the pancake and a side of watermelon.


Afternoon Snacks (390 cal): As we were getting ready to head down to the Herndon Festival to go get the fried confectioneries we scoped out yesterday the boy was emptying the washing machine.  After he took everything out he reached back in and says “hey look what else is in here”… MY RING!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, BEST DAY EVER.  I am just so happy.  My ring is “just” a band, nothing flashy, but I love it so.

Anyhow, on to the yummies… I would also like to state that I have never before had these items AND the boy and I shared each. 😉

Fried Oreo…


Heaven…. my portion was already in my tummy. 😉 BTW, 5 of these came in a serving and they wouldn’t just give me one and charge my full price, I was able to give two of the others away, but I had to throw the other two out.  I seriously could have eaten all five.


Fried Snickers…


This was very sweet, but everything good about a melty snickers bar.


I also had some of an un-pictured Mango/Papaya smoothie and then we stopped my McDonalds.  I’ve heard so much about their new coffee drinks that I had to try one – iced nonfat coffee with sugar-free vanilla syrup. I think I’ll stick with Starbucks!


Dinner (360 cal): Dinner was back to my normal nice and wholesome eats ;). Roasted cauliflower and butternut and tofu hash.


Late Snack (102 cal): Later I had the rest of the watermelon!


Calories in/Calories out: 1986/~2800


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Cookology – May 30th

We had so much fun at Cookology the other day that we just had to go back Saturday night.  The class was part of their Healthy in 2009 series. The chef was very upbeat and entertaining, just like the pastry chef that taught the baking class.  We didn’t get to personally make everything in this one though – the chef grilled the asparagus and made the polenta because we were running way behind.  This class was also larger with about 15 people. Still the boy and I had so much fun making and eating everything.

Fried Artichokes w/Lemon Aioli
Pan Seared Polenta Cakes w/Tomato Ragu
Sun Dried Tomato and Garbanzo Topped Crostini
Grilled Parmesan Asparagus

The set-up:


Everything cut and the artichokes breaded.


YUM! Clockwise: Lemon aioli (we actually made the mayonnaise by whisking oil slowly into egg yolks); grilled asparagus with parm; crostini topped with tomato ragu (the polenta wasn’t ready); crostini topped with a sun-dried tomato-chickpea mixture; and lastly the fried artichokes.

My favorite thing by far was the sun-dried tomato-chickpea mixture.  It was chickpeas, sun-dried tomato, parmesan, pureed with sautéed red pepper, onion, garlic, rosemary. I’ll post the recipe once I get it, it was just awesome.


This is more of the tomato ragu, but on the polenta cakes.


We’ll be going back for another class in June – can’t wait!!!

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