Spring, Finally!

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Spring’s first day did not disappoint! The weather got a little over 70 today with lots of beautiful sunshine. I am so glad to be ending this week sunny side up instead of it being rainy and dreary. Ironically though, my mom emailed me today asking me if I’ve heard about the winter storm predicting to come next week. I am ignoring her for now and enjoying Spring, even if it only lasts for the first day….at least it was a good entrance.

After work I had to drive through town’s 5 o’ clock traffic to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to get my best friend a present off her registry for her bridal shower on Saturday. I didn’t want to do it after work on Friday and I wasn’t able to do it any other day this week so it was today or bust. Afterwards, I stopped by the grocery store and purchased some button mushrooms, a bell pepper, and a red onion. Hubs brought home some sirloin tips the other day so, what better way to celebrate Spring than by grilling kebabs?!

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I literally just chopped up some veggies and put them on the skewer with the meat. I didn’t add any juices, spices, or fat. The only real effort I made was to make sure my husband’s skewer didn’t have any mushrooms on it because he doesn’t like them (more for me). I didn’t even salt and pepper them. I just didn’t feel like it. When I got home, I tied my running shoes up and went on a quick one mile fun run around the neighborhood to take opportunity of the lovely evening and to shake out my limbs from the drive.

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I kept it simple. No need to stress about dinner if I just don’t feel like spending as much time in the kitchen as I normally do. Don’t get me wrong, I love being in the kitchen; but tonight I just wanted to run a mile outside and come home to smell simple kebabs on the grill. Happy Spring!

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12.5 Miles

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I just took a 6 hour nap and it isn’t even tomorrow yet! I just meant to take a catch a few Zzz’s before eating dinner…Woops! Hubs woke me up when he got into bed and turned on his lamp to read and he smelled like hot dogs. At first I thought it was sausage, but then my brain realized he isn’t that fancy in the kitchen to cook himself sausage at night. I realized how thirsty I was and couldn’t believe the time. I am glad to be squeezing in this blog post before the day is over. I’ve always hated sleeping through the evening when only expecting to nap for a bit but then waking up the next day. It makes me feel like I’ve missed out on precious time. But then again, I’ve also come to realize how important sleeping is–and I obviously needed it.

My plan for this morning was to wake up around 5:30 and be on the island by 6:45 for the Lo Tide Run. I was volunteering time by help setting up a booth as well as a sponsored water station for our work–as well as getting a team together to run the race! I must have been excited because I woke up at 4 and couldn’t go back to sleep. I made a huge breakfast: bacon, turkey, some leftover green bean with sweet potato, eggs and pistachios to top it off. The pistachios gave me some green St. Patty’s mojo for the race.

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I packed some leftover chicken to eat after the race as well so I wouldn’t be tempted by the sugar-filled muffins that volunteers would be handing out. It was still dark when I arrived. The beach was windy, but I knew it was going to be absolutely beautiful once the sun came out.

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After running around for about an hour making sure everything was good to go, I met back up with our team and we walked over to the starting line. I must have been too busy before, but there were now so many people out that I hadn’t noticed earlier. There was green everywhere, kilts, dogs, babies in strollers, and even bagpipes! If I’d only seen a leprechaun it would have been perfect.

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3.1 miles later, we finished by trekking the last bit of the course on sand. A perfect way to end! It was gorgeous weather, good times, and there were even dolphins to greet us at the finish line. I even got a surprise good luck “dropping”.

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Thank goodness I didn’t lean to my right in the same instance the seagull decided to grant its luck onto my shoulder. It was a perfect day for a 5K–and apparently also for an excursion to bike myself home from the south end of the island. I put my bike in the back of the car because I thought it would be cool to try and bike home from work since I had to drop everything off after the race and I didn’t want to have Hubs take me home. Once the 5K was finished I tried talking myself out of it! I knew I wanted to at least try it out though because I’ve wanted the opportunity to try and ride my bike more, especially on the island. This was it! Plus, the weather was perfect. I grabbed a banana from one of the food tents just in case I’d need it. I dropped off everything back at work and hopped on my bike without thinking too much about it. About 5 miles later I found Hubs at one of the local bars where the after party was at. I stayed for a bit and then pushed through. I had to go over the bridge, which really sucked because they are down to one-lane traffic due to construction. After I crossed the bridge, the terrain was a lot worse. No pavement, all dirt and sand. I finally made it back home: 9.4 miles in a little over an hour. Not bad for a beach cruiser! No wonder I was exhausted at 4pm. We tried watching “Waking Ned Divine” on Netflix, but I crashed somewhere in the early middle of it on the couch. Lady started barking at a car which helped my decision to move to the bedroom. I was done for!

It has been a long time since I have ran a 5K. With that said, I didn’t do as well as I’d hope. I started off doing really well and was able to keep a consistent fast pace for a while. Then about halfway, I started feeling lightheaded and hit a wall. I’m going to have to work on that! Especially since Hubs came out of nowhere in the last mile and passed me. I will just blame it on last week’s strep throat ;).

Iced Coffee Weather

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Today was a perfect day for an iced coffee. I never get to treat myself with Starbucks because it is too far into town and always out of the way. However, today I left work in the afternoon to attend a seminar and passed by one. The beautiful sunny day had me craving an iced coffee! Ever since starting the Whole30 I have been grounding and brewing coffee beans at home which has been a lot cheaper than spending 3 bucks on iced coffee, but it was worth it! I appreciate the taste of coffee so much more now and have always preferred Starbucks-even over some local shops which saddens me but customer service and consistency will always trump local quaintness. I ordered a decaf iced Americana. I didn’t want to screw up my energy levels by drinking caffeine in the afternoon. However, I like to think that by even drinking decaf coffee my body doesn’t know the difference and carries out a placebo effect. Ha!

I ended my beautiful day with a quick 2 mile run around the neighborhood. I was frazzled all day and didn’t even get to work out at lunchtime. I got home late while driving through town getting stuck in traffic; plus I had to stop at the grocery store. I got home, put the groceries away, let Lady out, put some running digs on and hit the pavement. I haven’t ran in a while! It’s been over a week and I barely did anything while I was sick the past 6 days. I have a 5K to run this Saturday so I was a little nervous about how running today would feel. I didn’t want to push it but was hoping it wouldn’t be miserable. It could have been better, but I did feel really good. Plus, it was a run I actually really enjoyed running. That is always a good feeling!

Hopefully this weekend will include more iced coffee and beautiful running weather.

Running Scenes

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Today is my long day. I get up at 6:30 to make my lunch, breakfast, coffee and then get ready for work to arrive at 8 AM. I leave work at 5 and then I get home, change, scarf some dinner down and meet my carpool buddy in town by 5:50. Then we drive to community band rehearsal and practice from 7-9. Then we drive back to her place and I get home around 10:15 PM. It’s a long day. I am so thankful for such a beautiful run outside in today’s gorgeous sun. The temperature was about 62 degrees and sunny. Here are some pictures I took while running. I didn’t want to stop but I didn’t NOT want to capture the beautiful scenes.

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On the road towards the basin.

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The basin.

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One of the ramp docks.

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Signs welcoming the ferry-goers.

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A shaded part of a bike path.

It wasn’t a long run. Just 2.21 miles. But, I knew it was going to be a long day for me and I wanted to move while I could. I also was quite surprised that my legs felt so good. Last night’s gym class was dedicated solely to legs and abs and our instructor was advising us to make sure when we woke up the next morning to stretch our legs and move them around to get the lactic acid going. I was kind of scared how I would feel, but I woke up feeling fine. My legs were stiff but not sore. Before starting on the run I thought surely they wouldn’t be able to carry me too far, or if they did I was going to feel like crap. But they did and I felt great on my little 2 miler! Plus, I have been shaving time off my pace every day I run. Lets hope it keeps up!

Time for bed. It was a long day after all.

Superbowl Sunday

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Two posts in one day! Don’t get used to it y’all…I just cooked some delicious Whole30 finger foods in the kitchen and took way too many pictures and now I have all this vacant time to use until Downton Abbey comes on….so I thought I’d get another post in under my belt. It will keep Hubs happy that I am spending time with him during the Superbowl (even if I am blogging instead of watching) and it will keep me from overeating chicken wings.

After my last post, I went outside and determined that the day was too beautiful to not go run outside. The high was mid-to-high 50’s but the sun was out and shining! It felt so much like Spring–which was ironic because I later found out that today was Groundhog Day. Man, February has the most random holidays in it. Poor groundhog, he had a lot of competition on Superbowl Sunday. I never did find out if he saw his shadow or not. Okay, I just looked it up: 6 more weeks of winter. Well, hopefully the winter days will feel more like today. In spite of the good weather, my run was tough. My ankle held up, but I was still afraid to push it and my 2.5 miles felt like I was trudging in molasses. I will chalk it up though and look forward to better runs in the future. After my run I had one of the most delicious meals yet! All I did was mix diced sweet potato, onion, chicken and bacon together and cook it in some coconut oil.

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I really have enjoyed being in the kitchen. I was really looking forward to cooking today. I made a simple paleo meatball recipe¬†and also made a chili spiced mango sauce for some wings. Both recipes came out surprisingly well. I was a little iffy about the mango spice sauce (it definitely didn’t look like the pretty picture on the website) but it was delicious!

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Meatballs (top left), Wings w/ Mango Spice Sauce (bottom left) and Wings w/ S&P (right)

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Whole30 Superbowl

I actually had to put a meatball back I was pretty full. I munched on veggies while I was cooking so don’t judge me for my lack of veggies. The best part about this food is that it is going to make great leftovers for the rest of the week!

Okay, I’m ready for the half time show now. How much longer?!