Gloucester & Rockport Visit

I’ll write up a full race recap for the Twin Lights Gloucester Half Marathon once they post all the pictures. It was a tough race, much tougher than I expected but it was fun! I didn’t get to the top of my age group like I hoped but I did PR.details for later.

After the race, the Mister and I hung out at the Good Harbor Beach for a while as we waited for the parking lot to clear out. We were at the end of the lot and expected to not leave for a good hour after trying for 30 minutes. Luckily the place wasn’t too shabby to chill out for an hour or so.

I decided it would be a good time to take a nap.

And an ice bath for my feet in the water to walk to the island in the sea.

we then walked around the small town center for ice cream and olive oil tastings… I know we’re too cool.

Stop by the fisherman memorial

After getting lost a few times, we got bored of Gloucester and went back to Rockport. Rockport from my visit seems to be the more affluent cousin of Gloucester. It had a bigger more touristy cute little area by the beach. B We drove on the same path we ran that morning. The road was much more pleasant from the car seat view then when I was trying to run it.

Thanks to Yelp, we got an early dinner at the Roy Moore Lobster Co.

Total $11

As you can tell the theme is smoked fish… salmon, regular mackerel, peppered mackerel, stuffed shells.
This is what I ordered and I thought the peppered mackerel was my favorite. Although the stuffed shells were pretty good.


Tony didn’t feel full so he went back and go the Lobster Roll ($15)

It would have been delicious but the bread roll was stale or bad tasting or something. We all know the bread makes or breaks the lobster roll.

Don’t I look just dashing! Nothing beats changing in the back of a Prius with a pile of baby wipes after running 13 miles in 70 degree weather. Personally I thought I was ready for a filet mignon at the most expensive restaurant Rockport had to offer, but smoked fish will do.

Being not cool… What I ate Friday…

So I didn’t get theB covetedB Reebok invitation for a fitblog conference in their Boston headquarters.

I guess writing about your undying love for salsa isn’t exactly fit or blog worthy. B So before I take my sorrow out into a bag of Tosititos and a jar of Chichis, I had my own conference to go to. B A tax conference!

I won’t get into the specifications of the exciting world of state nexus, and income repatriation but, I’ll share the eats.

The conference was hosted at the Sheraton in Needham, MA. B Aside from being in the middle of nowhere west of Boston, it was a nice hotel.

Breakfast was fruit, cereals, pastries, and these awesome egg whites with cheese and spinach whole-wheat wraps.

Lunch was a salad, some white fish, and I don’t know what the stuffing in the chicken is but I want more. B Please?

They gave us too many options for dessert so of course I had to test taste them all

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It was an all day conference so I had to stay focused somehow

I know you’re jealous, don’t lie.

Upon reviewing my food options, I guess I can see why I’m not invited to health conferences. B No worries, I got a half marathon tomorrow! B It’s all about the carbo loading.. Sugar is carbs, I’m good.

What was also cool was that one of the presenters managed to use this picture in a slide… and they say tax accountants have no sense of humor.

And the best part, the swag!!!

You always need the duckie! B As for the golf ball… that will have fitness use. B I intend to massage my pain in the butt sciatic nerve with it.

Hope you all had a great Friday!

What happens when I forget my leftovers at work and Tony isn’t home

I eat things like this:

But worry not, it has all my favorite things, turkey balls, leafy greens, goat cheese and salsa. B Power salad when I’m too lazy to wait for anything that take’s longer then 4 minutes of microwave and 1 minute of cooling to prepare.

But first a catch up on running… but first the charity case… please vote for me Team Refuel

A few workout catch up since Monday.

Tuesday I had an amazing run… really.. 7 miles at an avg pace of 8:02 on a treadmill at incline 2. B I have proof!

Wednesday I had a less than fabulous 6 miler at 3 incline barely making it at a 9 minute pace average. B I was going to quit this run at each half mile mark after my first 2.5 miles but somehow through lots of sweat (the gym was super humid) I walked/jogged it through B while chugging water.

Today andB Friday I am taking off from runningB to taper for Twin Lights Half Marathon on Saturday. B I googled my competition (yay for races that post all runners names and their goal times) and I have my eye on the age group award. B I would say gender but the ladies in the 30-40 age group are beyond my league!

So today IB bangedB out 12.5 miles on the elliptical while watching Glee and Don’t Trust the B- in Apt. 23. B I didn’t intend to stay on the elliptical for that long but I really got caught up in watching Don’t Trust the B… it’s really witty! B Ever since I got Hulu Plus for my phone, me and the elliptical have been getting along. B The treadmill has no place to my phone so I usually stick to podcasts for running.

Now for the latest running inspiration:

Amazing, makes me feel quite petty for my minor aches!

Onto other things like food:

Can I mention that on Tuesday, Tony made the best turkey Tacos ever:

He’s on a cooking streak this week and I got no complaints!

B Now since its my turn to cook, I need to think of a good & easy recipe to make with the leftover riccota cheese fromB arancini made the other night. B Any suggestions?

TARC Spring Classic Review

I ran the TARC Spring Classic race on April 28th 2012.

The race had several options 10K, Half Marathon (which Tony did), Marathon & 50K. I got very ambitious and signed up for the 50K. Due to recent knee pain and being completely unprepared I DNFed the race. I’ll go more into the reason why later. However, this won’t stop me from reviewing and mentioning how awesome the race was!

The four races are hosted by a group called the Trail Animal Running Club. The races were very low-key with amazing volunteers. There was a total of 300-400 runners. Because there was no chip system in place the registration fee was only $20. No race expo, no selling you crap you don’t need but want, just pure simple running.

The 10K started at 8AM and the other races at 8:15. The race was held in Weston, MA. A place I haven’t visited before but was in awe how pretty all the houses are. Tony and I got there at 7:45AM to get our bib numbers. We then hid in the car trying to stay warm as it was about 45 degrees outside.

The Hobo hat came back from my closet for a visit. You may laugh but it’s so warm!

Neither of us have ever done a trail race before. We haven’t even taken a trail run; even though we’re two miles away from Middlesex Fells Reservation, before. Needless to say we were nervous and excited to start.

We originally planned on staying together. I was running with a gimp leg and figured running with Tony would be a smart pacing strategy vs. me trying to compete with everyone around me. However that did not work out.

The course was a 10K loop. You do 5 loops to complete a 50K. In order for the half marathoner and marathoners to get their exact distance they had a small little mini loop in the beginning of the trail. The full marathon people did this mini loop twice. So within 1 minute Tony and I said our goodbyes and went on our separate ways.

The course was a mix of fire roads (30%) and single track trails (70%).  What I thought was going to be an easy flat trail was anything but flat. While there were no switchbacks and miles upon miles of decent, the single tracks were a constant up and down experience. Lots of rocks, lots of twigs, and a few muddy creeks.

The first loop (10K) went by great! I felt strong, I felt awesome! I felt like a movie star running through the woods of a zombie scene.

All the photography was done by the creek or on the fire roads so needless to say I have real photos for the single track trail part.

I saw the clock said either 50-55 minutes when I finished the first loop. I grabbed two Gu chumps from the fuel table and ran on my way. More on how awesome the fuel/water station was later.

The second loop I think was my fastest. I knew what to expect, I knew where to go and I felt more confident about myself. Well almost. Me and the creeks… Well..

I was running in new shoes and really did not want to get them too muddy!

I hit my second loop/ 20K at about 1:50. I looked around for Tony but he was busy being a beast of his own so I grabbed two more Gu Chumps and made my way.

Somewhere in the middle of my third loop, my gimp leg/knee woke up and decided its time to stop running. I slowed my pace and did a half run half walk type of thing. I finished my 30K somewhere around 3:20 where I found Tony waiting for me.

This guy finished the half in 2:21!

Looking back, I probably should have signed up for just the half. I don’t think my body was ready for the complexity of trail running to that distance. I should not have run in Asics that are half a size too big on me. While it’s okay to wear shoes a little big for road running to prevent some toenail losses, such was not the case with trails. I have the blisters to prove it.

The course had a single aid/fuel station that you passed by each time you completed a loop. The volunteers were super cool and refilled all your water bottles for you and gave you anything you needed. Because it was a 10K trail with no water stops people were strongly encouraged to run with a water bottle. I ran the first loop without mine but grabbed it off the grass on the second loop. I’m used to running 15 miles without water so given the cold weather I wasn’t too concerned for just 6 miles. I mixed water with a nuun hydration tab and mostly relied on that for hydration.

In addition to water & Gu Brew the race provided, everyone was asked to bring one snack from one type as designated by the last letter of your last name. This created an almost trail running pot luck picnic! After I DNFed, I munched on delicious brownies, pretzels, sweet potato chips and s’mores. I wanted to make sure that for every calorie I burned, I took in 3x as much back into my body.

Could I have finished the race? Yes, I think I could have finished in between 5 to 6 hours. Although the pace would have been slow for me, it was a pace that more than half the people finished at. However, poor Tony forgot to bring his school books so I felt bad making him wait for me as I hiked/ran 20K more. I think judging by the blisters I got from my half-size too big shoes, it was a good idea to stop as well or at least to change my socks. As much as it hurt my pride, I walked away and went home. I did end up doing a small hike by my house with a friend so maybe I could mentally add that to my mileage towards the 50K.

Also how could I not forget, I got to meet two of my Daily Mile friends! I think this was one of my favorite parts of the race. Putting faces to people who support and motivate me on a daily basis. I think I seem a little dazed in my internal struggle to want to run, but I really did enjoy meeting people in real life and wish I had time to stick around more.

Aside from a bruised ego I walked away with a new love for trail running. I love the support and spirit of all the runners. Instead of a competition, I felt as I was part of a community. The cool part is that TARC often has small group runs in the Blue Hills (south of Boston) and the Fells (North of Boston by me) on weekends. I intend to try to make as many of those as possible. That way, by the time the Summer TARC classic 50K comes I’ll be ready!

Shameless Promotion & Joining the YMCA

Friends, family, stalkers,B spambotsB and people who clicked on to my blog by mistake. B I’m going to ask you for a favor. B I am sharing with you this incredibly embarrassing video where I look like I haven’t slept or brushed my hair in months (It really happened to rain that day). In exchange please vote for me every 24 hours on all your computers =) That’s right I somehow entered myself in the team refuel athlete of the month sponsorship.

http://www.gotchocolatemilk.com/applicant/liana-koloslenker

My half asleep rambling face did this back in March atB RnRB USA expo. B Sadly, the one where I rambled a little less was never filmed by mistake and like all remakes, it does not compare to the original. B In fact, it’s perfectly acceptable to not even bother watching this tragic video and just skip to the voting. B Plus each vote donates $1 to challenged athlete foundation. B Think of the charity! (every 24 hours)

Either way, they limit how many times I can voteB forB myself per day. B So I’m going to pimp myself like crazy. B If I win, I’m hoping I can use the $$$ for Philly Marathon. B I think in all my leg/knee whining, I forgot to mention that after some reviewing my Non-NYC MarathonB options, I picked Philly. B Did I mention it’s on my birthday (I know I’m a broken record)? B What better way to help me celebrate my 26 years then by voting for me so I can run those 26.2 miles on that special day.

Tony is just shaking his head at me (and voting of course, right Tony?). B I don’t think he approves me signing up for these races while my body is doing a less than silent protest. B Good thing he has other uses. B Like making Sunday dinner.

MnnB fried cheese rice balls. B Good thing he prefers carbs over theB paleoB diet; otherwise there might have been some dining problems. B Couples who eat carbs together, stay together.

In other Monday news. B I’m trying to taper this week and leave some juice in my legs for the half on Saturday. B I B ellipticaledB 10.5 miler while watching “Once Upon A Time.” I thinkB that’sB my new favorite show. B Dear ABC please don’t cancel this show like you tend to do with all theB quirkyB shows I like.

I also did a Yoga class at the YMCA today. B It might not smell as good as the fancy Yoga studio but the price andB convenienceB really can’t be beat. B As gross as it sounds, I like that they have mats already so I don’t break my back carrying my Matt to the train (1 mile) and then back from the train (1 mile). B The best part about it was that at a 6PM class there was only 7 people in the class. B I think this creates a much more relaxingB environmentB then when I feel like someone’s Warrior 2 is going toB whackB my face. B It was a mix of styles but I really like how our instructor explained each move slowly. B I guess if I was a more experienced talented yogi I would get annoyed but for my level it was perfect.

Yup, I signed up for the YMCA. B I also ordered aB swim-cap. B I’m hoping that I can learn how to swim on my own. B Once I can swim beyond 10 inches maybe I’ll get over my fear of biking for speed and try a triathlon.

Danskin Triathlon looks like a good one to start with. B It’s all women, so I don’t have to worry about getting run over by aB testosteroneB beast. B You know, the kind that run 5Ks in a rage while knocking over 5 feet tall girls (maybe this only happens to me). B I can only imagine what they do on Bikes. B Anyways, another cool thing about the Danskin Tri is their swim angels that help guide those who can’t swim. B I think the July date is too soon for me but I’ll definitely try to keep this on my radar for 2013. B Right now I just want to learn how to not drown. B I should probably also look into buy a speedo one piece suit.

Anyone else trying anything new this summer?

Do you know how to swim? B I was a NYC kid who only saw water when it came out of the faucet. B Swimming is about as foreign as driving is to me. B Both things I’m going to try to learn over this summer.

Musing of a lazy mind and weekend recap

Happy Seis De Mayo! I personally don’t think I ate nearly enoughB guacamoleB for theB occasion. B In fact I had none because I might have gobbled up my avocado before it could be mashed. B O well… At least I had nachos.

It’s been a rough running weekend. B I thought maybe I’ll redeem myself today or maybe I’ll change my blog’s name to Whine to Munch. B I had a happy 7 miler in sub 58 on Friday just to be followed by a rough 5 miler that made me miserable on Saturday.

Today’s run had some good and some bad. B I did make it for a total of 11.5 miles outside with a few solid sub 7:50 miles when I was on a running path. B I still feel a lot of discomfort in my left leg but I grinned and bared it long enough that I got used to it. B I am still excited for my half marathon in Gloucester this coming Saturday. B I hope this will be a huge 13.1 PR for me. B I know I’m at a much better shape than I was October 2011; I just hope my left leg realizes that and quits it whining.

Anyways enough about the running and whining. B I know I should just relax. B Let me legs fully rest and move on with my life for a few weeks past running. B Maybe June will be the time for that. B Good thing I had other awesome things to keep me happy for this weekend. B Awesome things = me with a sore icky throat.

It all started on Thursday when I accepted Tony’s offer to ride his scooter home at night before its faster than our lovely mass transit.

Red Baron & Rogue is our new name, don’t wear it out! B Also needless to say the little faux Express leather jacket I wear is there to be seen and not to keep me warm. B Burrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

On Friday night, Tony and I had a date. B It would have been an almost free date but I love my beer. If I could get paid to consume chocolate and beer with lots of running, I could live a very happy life. B Where can I get hired for that?

We used a Restaurant.comB couponB for Kingston Station. B I’ve always gotten drinks there but I haven’t tried their non-liquid foods so I was curious.

Some random grease face. B My zits are like dead celebrities, they always come in 3s!

Tony ordered their burger and I ordered a Tuna salad.

I forgot to order the dressing on the side but I was pleasantlyB surprisedB by the light oil dressing just the way i would have done it. B Tony’s burger was okay. B TheB truffleB fries which I heard were a hit there were disappointing. B Too much cheese not enoughB flavor.

Once our bellies were full, we made our way to the Orpheum Theatre downtown to see Human Nature. B I got a pair of free tickets from Yelp Elite group and figured why not check ’em out. B What’s Human Nature?

Well, its four Aussies covering Motown songs. B And they were really good! B Really good. B Good enough that I sang my little Russian Girl immigrant heart out to the Temptations, the Supremes and other Motown classic band covers. B It was amazing!

On Saturday I was going to wake up early to volunteer but all that singing wore me out and I did not make it out of bed until 10:30. B Luckily I still made it just in time for theB ChiliB Cook-off at Community Servings. In case you’re curious,B Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program providing services throughout Massachusetts to individuals and families living with critical and chronic illnesses. EveryB SaturdayB volunteer session comes with some awesome new friends and lunch! B They’re awesome!

Now I know this plate will look gross…

B But, if you combine all fourB chiliesB they make an even betterB chili! B I was going to participate but I ended up singing Motown classics instead. B I make a pretty solid vegan chili but it takes me about 8 hours to make it and I didn’t feel too safe leaving my stove on while I slept. B Since IB forfeitB by not participating, the Great Chef won!

I guess his was pretty good since it did run out first and there were no leftovers. B The runner-ups were no fallen soldiers either as nothing went to waste. B I even got to take home some of the leftovers. B Mnnnn chili dinner.

There was a small street fair/party in the park next door and I almost had a heart attack when I walked into this lady:

Saturday night I celebrated Cinco de Mayo with Margaritas and some friends. B A lot of fun that killed the rest of my voice. B I really felt the pain on Sunday when I felt like myB throatB was cleaned with a razor blade. B I think I consumed at least 10 cups of tea today. B But finally myB throatB feels better!

Now that I almost never go out to loud bars or concerts anymore, I always feel like all the excitement and screaming kills me. B I’m turning boring!

Also a big heart felt congratulations to all who ran Cox Providence Rhode Island Full and Half marathon. B You’re all awesome!!! B I can’t wait to read all the recaps.

At 3AM last night (I know really past my bedtime) as I was getting ready for bed, a large part of me wished I was getting up in 3 hours to go run a 26.2 mile race. B True runnerd thoughts. B I even woke up at 6AM but I guess I wasn’t too sad when I rolled over and went back to sleep.

What did you do this weekend? B Did you have a race this weekend? B Did you get to go out and eat anywhere yummy?B

A new attempt at a solution without resting…

I’d like to say I’ve been behaving and resting my knee/leg but that would probably be a lie. B I behaved Sunday and did not run. B However that was mostly since I slept til noon and then spent the majority of the day doing this:

And no I did not beat Mario. B I’m stuck at the castle in World 5. B I did find the secret door that allows me to skip to world 8 but I’ve always been aB proceduralB person and am determined to make it through each world one by one. B Or be stuck on World 5 for months…

I did take an hour break to crash Brandeis University’s SpringFest to see Fun, all to realize that I however, am no longer young. B At least not college age young.

Monday I behaved well… I bypassed the treadmill andB ellipticaledB my way through 10.5 miles of sweat.

Tuesday… well I just couldn’t say no to my love and stumped out 7 miles in 57:30. B Great speed; however, I paid the price when I stopped and my shin/knee locked out and I had to sit on the floor for a moment to stretch my leg and gather my strength.

The rest of the day I sat at my desk icing my leg silly. B I’m pretty sure I gave my shin freezer burn from all the zealous icing. B Well the good part since I am no longer running after work; I can cook.

I roasted sweet potatoes and parsnips in the oven seasoned with nutritional yeast and paprika for a cheesy but spicy flavour. B I was secretly craving thoseB kale chipsB B I had a week ago but was too lazy to go to the store to buy kale so I tried to improvise.

I also cleaned/threw my house apart searching for my powerstep shoe inserts while Tony quoted “Born to Run”B minimalisticB propaganda and made fun of me. B I used the shoe inserts when I had a minor stress injury on my foot from hiking (I seem to always get hurt when I do non- running activities).

No luck, however, I did get a chance to clean up all my samples and swag bag stuff from the past few months of races and expos. B I guess you can tell whose half of the cabinet this is:

Yea, it’s perfectly normal to eat chocolate by the pound.

Luckily today when I got to work, I found my powerstep insoles. Between busy times, the free gym, and the awesome showers I’m pretty sure I live at work.

Now I knew I should have behaved, moved away from the treadmill and went to the elliptical. B Part of me was hoping that the guy that usually steals my treadmill would be there so I would be forced into remission. B No such luck, so I lost my self-control, put some trust into my PowerSteps and started up my run.

I was very weary and was expecting pain at any moment in my knees; however, before I knew it, I was at mile 5 with no issues and decided to stump it out for a total of 7 miles in 58:08.

Now knee, before you protest, please take note that I’m keeping the incline at 2 instead of 3 to have a more flat surface for you. B Don’t say I never did anything for you! I don’t completely ignore my pains, I’m lowering my incline for you (and probably for me so I can run easier).

I was also surprised that I was able to keep my pace at the same speed as I ran without the inserts. B Last time I used them they slowed down my runs as my ankles/calves would get to tired.

What’s not surprising? B The bucket of sweat I produced! B (And yes I love my Team BMC singlet.)

I swear on my running shoes that on a normal day-to-day activity I almost never sweat but, as soon as my feet hit the pavement (or treadmill) it all comes out!