A weekend of salad making

On Saturday, Tony and I had our first party at the new house, our house. B We were celebrating his Dad’s 75th birthday. B We debated how to go best about serving food and in the end decided to make it ourselves. B Tony made two types of humus (from chickpeas andB black beans), as well asB ItalianB roasted fries, buffalo chicken, turkey and hamburgers. B I on the other hand stuck to what I know, produce.

I stopped by the farmer’s market on Friday atB CopleyB and brought those cool rainbow carrots, chives, and cucumbers which I forgot to use! B My first task was to cut up some veggies for the humus. B I pickedB celery, yellow pepper,B zucchini, those yellowB SunkistB tomatoes.

Next came the salads

Baby Spinach, Red Onion, Orange and Red Pepper, Sunkist Tomatoes,B CeleryB & Dill dressed in an Olive Oil VinegarB mix

Then I got busy on my current summer addiction!

Baby Spinach, Orange & Red Peppers, Tomatoes, Red Onion, Dill, Chickpeas, Goat Cheese drizzled with a little bit of Olive Oil

And ended with my favorite Russian Salad! B I’ll share the recipe but for now all I’ll say is that it involves pickles!

I wish I had pictures from the party but once the guests came I was too busy making sure things were up and running to be aB paparazzi!

Running in 95 degree weather

Well for one I can’t say it’s the most fun I ever had but I didn’t give up.

11 miles 1:40 average pace of 9:05 which includes a 5 minute break of stopping by the house to refill on water and splash my face like crazy.

I kept a good 8:30 pace for the first 7 miles and after that… well it was the run 9 minutes walk 1 minute of getting myself to hit 11. B The heat just drained me. B Every time I stopped, sweat poured. B I guess that was some motivation to run. B If I ran, I didn’t feel the sweat.

I started the run at 6:15PM when I thought the weather would drop and wind would pick up. B No such luck. B Luckily I skipped my huge snack I have at 5Pm and only had fruit. B Had I had my yogurt andB granolaB before the run… well it might have been less pretty and sweat would not be the only thing I was dripping.

I knew water was essential. I also knew that I could notB finishB my run on just one bottle so I planned my route with a stop by home. B Sadly unlike the winter times, Flynn ice skating ring is closed and so is my usual water/bathroom stop. I used one Nuun tab (lemonade flavour) to keep someB electrolytesB and I think it worked great. B I got hot and tired but never dehydrated. B No horrible cramps like the ones I got from Gatorade during the Boston Marathon.

After the run it was finally time to refuel! B Best part about hot weather, I’m finally not cold. B Being cold is a common theme in my life and I’m usually too cold to have smoothie. However, not today!

Russian Green Smoothie – Plain Kefir, Baby Spinach, Frozen Mangos and cold water (I would have used ice but I had none). B I added some protein because I’m pretty sure I ate almost none today aside from my breakfast. B We’re a little behind on food shopping in the Run To Munch household.

Jack Agreed that it was way too hot for anything

The rest of the running week is going good so far.

Monday – 6.1 miles 54 minutes 8:51 pace at incline 3. B I could have pushed it faster but I felt I should take it easy after running 10 mile son Sat & Sun. B It was nice for a run to finally feel easy again, or maybe the treadmill incline is broken which happens often.

Tuesday- Cross training on the elliptical for 6.25 miles – 34 minutes. B I wanted a quick sprint afterwards so I did 2.32 in 19:23. B I did the class at the Y except it was like a 200 degrees in there so even the instructor didn’t really want to do anything other than sit in child pose. B I have a whole rant about how much the Malden Y sucks but I’ll save that for another time. B I have to confess though, I still haven’t swam once yet this summer since joining. B Even though I brought a swim cap and a speedo… B one day… one day.

I finally used my stove this week after living in the house for 2 weeks. There’s only so much leftovers and take out I could live off.

Masala arugula & veggies with rice and beans for meatless Monday. B It might not be Julia Child, but I love my arugula.

 

 

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?

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

Dining Out on Raw Food

It’s sad that for every real visit I get (Hi!!!!!) on this blog, I get hit with 10 spam comments. B These spambots are worse thanB NigerianB scam emails!

None the less its been an easy week. B Knee is feeling better and the new shoes have arrived along with some other goodies from the Running Warehouse.

Monday – 10.5 miles on the elliptical – 55 Minutes

Tuesday – 6 mile run – 3 incline – 51 Minutes

I was going to go for a second run (12 miles) but I had other priorities. B My Gilt voucher to Organic Garden CafeB was expiring Wednesday. B The cafe was closed Monday so instead we made the 20 mile trek to Beverley today. B Per Tony “just because you run 20 miles doesn’t mean its close!” B Thank you Tony for driving!

Organic Garden Cafe is a raw/vegan resturant; something that’s a rarity in the Boston area. B We started out with a raw falafal ball and some cheesey kale chips with a frosty beverage. B If you’re ever there, those are not to be missed!

Those Kale chips are seasoned with crack! B I know it, I want it, MORE!

Tony ordered the “Nut Butter bSquashb Ravioli” B Heated raviolis in red beet bshellsb with rosemary walnuts, and cashew alfredo. B I also think alfredo is just a secret word for crack because I might have dipped my finger on his plate to eat the extra sauce. B JK! B ::Wipes hands in shame::B

I went with the Macro Bowl -B Wilted kale, brown rice, dulse, sauerkraut, carrot, and scallionB with toasted sesame ginger sauc

However, I think our server thought I needed to go on a diet because mine was clearly lacking the brown rice and now I have a carb deprevation headache. B None the less I consumed it all in minutes.

Everything was delicious but I had a fairly light lunch (one of those leanB cuisineB type meals) and this raw meal did not satisfyB my hunger. B So I ordered half of a “live onion poppy bagel” to go with me in the car ride back home. B It was made with a sunflower, sprouted buckwheat, and sesame seed bagel dough, dehydratedB with a touch of agave, extra virgin olive oil and sea salt and consumed before there was enough light to take a photo. B Dessert was chocolate covered matzoB courtesyB of when my parents visited. B SuddenlyB my lack of carbs headache was gone.

A day of family and Azerbaijan food…

That was how I spent myB Saturday. However today was Monday and boy was that rough. B After a weekend of friends and family, sleep was hard to come by Sunday night. B I almost dosedB off at my desk today knocking my coffee over.

I’ve fully went into taper mode so no running today. B Instead after dragging my sleepy self off my desk, I did 10.5 Miles on the hands-less elliptical (crossramp?) for 55 minutes instead. B I was going to skip working out all together but I’ve become so used to this marathon training routine that not working out now feels foreign.

But back to Saturday. B We celebrated this guy’s birthday.

We went toB Caucasus Gadens, a AzerbaijanB restaurant. B Although a former member of the Soviet Union, the cuisine is closer to Middle Eastern/Turkish style than to eastern European.

We started with some salads.

Objor Salad – In case you’re curious beef tongue, carrots, horse radish with fried onions on top.

I passed on the beef tongue and opted for a Shepherd salad

Kharcho – Traditional Georgian soup made with pieces of lamb, rise, dill, garlic, tomatoes, and celery. B Tony and IB splitB the soup until he dripped some into my eyeball, I got cranky and that was the end of that.

The entrees came and we all got busy with eating of our own and each other’s plate.

My brother and his beefB stroganoff

I sat on the boys’ side of the table. My brother, me, some smelly kid I’m dating (JK) and my uncle.

Although we both live in Boston now, I don’t see this guy often enough <3.

I got the Lamb kabobs

Tony got the chicken kabobs and we had a glorious plan of sharing. B I then took all the leftovers and had a great second meal on the bus, but that’s a different story.

After our lunch we took a walk and played with the duckies in Prospect park. B It what cool New Yorkers do.

It was 60 degrees but my mom didn’t get the memo and I guess in her mind and jacket was still in Siberia.

I found some sleepy duckies that I later woke up

They were a little camera shy and ran away from me. However, Tony and I love photos!

We wrapped up family day by having some pastries from a random Italian bakery at my Grandmother’s house and coffee.

Yes the tiramisu cup was amazing. B However, the other pastries were nothing to write home about.

Overall a perfect day of Family dining, walking and more eating. B Afterwards Tony and I went out to visit some of my high school friends. B I found myself somehow staying up til 3AM which is way past my Boston/Marathon training bedtime but well worth it. B I am quite a lucky gal 🙂

How do you spend time with your family? B Do you live close to your parents? B Mine are a 5 hour drive away so I don’t see them often enough. B Tony’s are upstairs of our apartment and once we move to our new hour will be a mile away.