View from the other side

21 06 2010

The dreaded weekend of class has ended and I am glad to have it behind me. Isn’t it funny how anticipation of something unpleasant can me so much worse than the actual event? Although I have to say, the view from Friday and Saturday morning weren’t very good either. All that being said, I was in heaven on Sunday evening at 5:30 when we were set free!

I had such a great evening to look forward to. We celebrated Father’s Day later in the day since I had class and my crazy biker father was up in Laconia, NH for BIKE WEEK 2010. I know, what a crazy dude. No but really, it’s his annual get away where he and his friends stay at their friends house/camp and pretty much have a party right near all the bike week commotion while not partaking in the craziness and other things. We all have our hobbies I suppose. So when I got home my mother and Jackie (brother Dan’s gf) were preparing a lovely salad and prepping chicken for the grill. Eric soon arrived with the some fuji apples for us to grille to go on top of the salad. If you have not tried grilling fruit, you must!!! We prefer to buy either fuji or green apples and then all you do is core/slice them and spray them with a little cooking spray. Pop them on the grille and turn them every 3 minutes or so until they have some nice grill marks and look a little bit carmelized but aren’t totally fried (12 minutes).

I made myself a red bliss potato and had my grilled apple and chicken salad with a little bit of goat cheese. The rest of the family had some corn on the cob with their chicken and salad. My mom bought my dad fresh lobster rolls from a local fish market as a special treat for him. Laughs and good food were had by all of our little family. I really love sharing days like this with my family and the people I love in my life (both Eric and Jackie).

Here’s a picture of all of us (minus Jackie) at my college graduation last year. A little obvious that I look like my Dad, huh

I’m not sure if I have posted any pictures of Eric and I yet. Here’s a better one of just the two of us

Here we were at Busch Garden’s in Tampa, in front of the Gorilla area! I think I loved that park so much because I am not a huge ride person so the fact that it had a huge zoo (the first one I’d ever been to in my life!) was so awesome!!

Speaking of Eric, this is kind of a big week for himย us. Wednesday marks two years since we started dating ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t believe its been so long and yet it feels like I’ve known him for years and years. We are searching out a good seafood restaurant to go to to celebrate (hopefully somewhere on the northern coast of MA or in the Portsmouth, NH area). We both love seafood and I love getting to go somewhere new and explore different cities with him.

It is also a big week because it is Eric’s 24th birthday on Saturday!!! We are having a cookout for him at his house on Friday night and I can’t wait. I love hosting stuff and I plan to make it a good one. I am going to make his cake for the second year in a row and am considering this vegan chocolate avocado cake by Ashley . It looks absolutely fabulous and I think I may be able to pass it off as a regular cake for Eric and his friends and finally get to have my cake and eat it too ๐Ÿ™‚ ! I am also going to make my mango salsa and maybe another side dish…probably putting a lot on my plate here but I can make it. Needless to say, this is a muchhh better week to look forward to than the last.

I had to pick up a couple extra shifts this week at work to get time off on Saturday for Eric’s actual birthday and the hours are wonderful, 10a-2p. This is my ideal schedule, wake up around 7ish and make my way out for a run. Come home to some pre-made vegan overnight oats c/o Angela’s recipe which will hopefully come out as wonderful as those. Get ready and be to work at a respectable 10 am and be out by 2pm to the enjoy the afternoon and sunshine. Tomorrow is another birthday, one of my best friend’s Linsey will be turning 23! This photo was taken at her 22nd birthday last year, she’s in front on the right in the black dress with blue ribbon. The five girls in the middle of the top row are myself and four of my best friends.

Phew! This week sounds crazy now that I’ve laid it all out here. I think I have more than reached my time for sleep. Did I mention my mom and I got spontaneous pedicures today? What a wonderful thing ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a good night everyone and enjoy your week!!


A week of Endurance

15 06 2010

Isn’t it funny the more intense/busy/crazy weeks can seem to drag? It’s only Tuesday and I feel like it should be Friday. Maybe its just me..

Anyway this is a crazy week for a few reasons. I am coming off of a busy weekend where I worked Fri-Sun and in the midst of that got dinner with two of my best friends from college on Friday, drove up to Maine on Saturday evening for my goddaughters 5th birthday and my grandmother’s 92nd (Luau themed, no less!), and concluded it all on Sunday by hitting the gym apres-work before crashing at Erics for Chinese food and the Celtics. Phew!

I had Monday off for some necessary R&R. My body never fails to let me know when I need a day to relax and ease into my day. I started my morning off with some Vegan Overnight Oats (a variation of Angela’s recipe), followed by some lounging and reading (a little Breaking Dawn), and a mid-afternoon run to get ready for tomorrow’s 5k!

Yup, I got the race bug going and was in need of finding a race and fast! I started looking less than two weeks ago and found this one and said, “why the heck not!” It’s perfect because it’s an evening race (I work until 3:30 most days) and it’s in my city so no need to travel very far. I texted my friend/brother’s girlfriend, Jackie, and she was totally in! I love that about her, she’s always up for almost anything, I want her spontaneity!

Back to the race, so it’s tomorrow evening at 6:30 and it’s a women’s only 5k. Its a memorial run for a woman who died far too young and it was started by her mother who used running to cope with the loss of her daughter. Such an inspiring reason to run!

I had begun running outside early this spring; we were blessed with such a wonderful spring this year after a long NE winter. I was ready to get out of the gym and enjoy the open air. I missed the conditioning and toning I got from running but was weary of restarting my old workout of daily sprinting high intensity interval training (HIIT) on the treadmill. Outdoor running has been much more kind to my mind and body. I find it much more challenging because I have never thought of myself as a distance runner. I sprinted for track in high school and always dreaded the days when my coach would tell us we were hitting the pavement for outdoor runs. I’ve definitely come a long way from those days and am at a really happy place with my outlook on running.

Back to tomorrow: so I have to work before the race 7-3:30. Since its a short race I’m not too worried about this; I have a few hours after work to unwind and get pumped up ๐Ÿ™‚ I have begun to got myself ready so I don’t have to worry too much tomorrow. That began with a good dinner for fuel: brown rice with steamed mushrooms, turnips, and red peppers topped with an avocado = yum! I go pretty bland when I am prepping for something like this so this was the perfect meal for what I need. I then went to lay out my clothes for the race

I probably won’t wear the t-shirt to the race, but it was too cute not to include in the picture. The forecast says there will be some showers tomorrow evening and in the mid-sixties so I will probably need a hoodie or t-shirt to go over the tank. Rain or shine I am still pumped.

I am also trying to figure out what to eat during the day tomorrow. My biggest things are avoiding insoluble fiber and acidic foods. That being said, I have my breakfast game plan down

Oatmeal with banana, cinnamon, stevia, and topped with some Almond Butter. Perfect way to fuel up without feel the bulk of the fiber I have issues with. I will pack some snacks and a light lunch for work. Most excited about my snack that came in the mail today:

One of Angela’s Endureย Glo Bars! I placed the order last week and have been dying to to try one ever since. What a perfect way to fuel up for a run! I think lunch will be a small turkey sandwich with some natural applesauce for a snack. Focusing on mostly small meals tomorrow. Haven’t figured out what my pre-race fuel will be, maybe another banana or some dry cereal. I am still trying to find the best way to fuel my body and navigate my dietary needs in terms of fitness and training. I’m great at the post-workout meal but not so good at the pre-workout stuff. I usually try to run/workout in the morning on a mostly empty stomach. It works best for me although not everyone would recommend that. I am also going to have to strike a good balance post-race for a meal: refuel without being too full. I have to get to bed early so because my workday on Thursday starts at 6:30, yikes!

Friday morning/day will be my rest time this week. I am actually going to be having my first Reiki session that morning! My friend Jason just became certified and is offering me a session to try it out/allow him to practice. I am really pumped; it’s something I’ve been interested in am learning more about in my grad program. I love the way holistic and eastern methods are becoming more main stream in the in the U.S.

I hope to get in a run during the day and relax a bit in prep for my weekend format class beginning at 5 that night. Yes, this is my favorite part of grad school: intesive weekend classes!

The course is Vocational and Career Development, a pre req but definitely not a the worst I could take. Its a pretty light topic compared to the others I’ve taken/will have to take as a counseling major.

Well its getting a little later on and I want to get my lunch ready for tomorrow and get myself into sleep mode early. I would love and appreciate any comments on meal planning or racing!! Have a good night everyone ๐Ÿ™‚