Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Race with Me

I have to admit, I was a little scared that once the half marathon was over, I would throw in the racing towel.

I am happy to report that the exact opposite is true.  Since crossing the finish line all I can think about is the next race I will run.  Today, I signed up for THREE races, two 5Ks and one half marathon. (All can be found on the new "Races" tab above).

If you live in the Kansas City area you should join me for one!  If you don't live in the Kansas City area, come for a visit.  I have a BBQ sandwich and a few empty bedrooms calling your name.

Even if you haven't ran a day in your life, you can start the Couch to 5K Program and be 5K ready by the Color Run on June 30th, which looks super fun! I don't know exactly how it works, but the jist is that you wear all white and have a different color of powder thrown at you as you pass each kilometer.


Don't you want me to have a picture of you looking like a sweaty bag of skittles? Hehehe.

Think it over and get back to me.

I went for an outdoor run as the sun came up.

After a few minutes of shaking out the soreness, I found my usual 10 minute / mile pace and ran 4.5 wonderful miles.  I love a nice refreshing outdoor morning run.

Breakfast and lunch were pretty typical.

For dinner I made a meal that had been in the works for a while, but never actually happened.  I am so mad I waited so long to eat something so delicious and comforting.

I made SkinnyTaste's baked chicken nuggets (click *here* for the recipe) and broccoli macaroni and cheese (click *here* for the recipe).

The chicken nuggets were amazing, but the mac and cheese was probably the best I have ever had, and that is saying something.

Dessert was a combo of two of my favorites - frozen yogurt and banana chocolate chip baked oatmeal.  I also ate another baked oatmeal in there somewhere (3).

The night ended with some visitors and a mad game of Scattergories.  My heart went to bed happy.

Thought for the day:


Point Breakdown
Daily Points (31) + Running Points (10) - Eating Points (40) = 1
Weekly Points (49) - Monday (1) + Tuesday (1) = 49

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Foodie Pen Pal

I love getting packages in the mail.

I love them even more when they are filled with food.

This month I  joined The Lean Green Bean's Foodie Pen Pal exchange where you send someone $15 worth of food and someone else sends you $15 worth of food (If you want to participate next month, see the details at the bottom of the page.  You don't have to write a blog, you just have to love food).

My first month, I got the luck of the draw.  Jessica from Doggie at the Dinner Table sent me a delicious package of San Antonio gems.  (By the way, she is giving away a Nook Color this week.  Click *here* to enter to win).

She sent two yummy-looking dip mixes, a Texas chili mix, some  margarita jelly, and some pecan honey butter.

They all look super delicious, but I am the most excited about the honey butter.  I can't wait to try all the suggested recipe ideas.

If you are wondering, I sent a reader a box loaded with Trader Joe's goodies.  I know you aren't surprised.

In other news. look who got a haaaiiiirrrrr cuuuuttt!  I know that might not seem like news to a lot of people, but over here, it's kind of a big deal.

Yesterday's Eats
Breakfast was airport food at its finest

When I got home from the airport I was famished, but had a lot of work to catch up on, so I threw some kale chips in the oven and inhaled the majority of a carton of cottage cheese with peaches.

Dan had boys night with pool and pizza for dinner, so I had a dinner date with Ben and his 3 remaining ladies.  I kept it simple with a salmon burger, roasted green beans, and a microwaved potato.

For dessert, I whipped up a batch of Banana Chocolate Chip Oatmeal  Muffins (click *here* for the recipe).  I also might be donating a batch of these to an online charity bake sale which might take place on Friday, so stay tuned.

I ate two (6).

(Lack of a) Run
I didn't run yesterday because my leg muscles were oh-so-sore.  I guess the half marathon did a little more damage than I thought.  I mostly focused on downing water and stretching.  Today is not looking much better, but I am going to hop back on the horse treadmill and see what happens.

Thought for the day:


Points Breakdown
Daily points (31) - Eating points (32) = -1
Weekly Points (49) - Mon (1) = 48

Foodie Pen Pal Information:
If you’re interested in participating for March, please send  an email to Lindsay at and include the following information:

-Your full name
-Your email address
-Your blog name/address
-Your twitter handle (if applicable)

You must submit your information by March 4th as pairings will be emailed on March 5th!
***PLEASE NOTE: if you send an email, you WILL GET A RESPONSE within 48 hours. If you don''t....please re-send your email or contact Lindsay via Twitter (@LeanGrnBeanBlog). Last month we had a few emails get lost as spam so we're trying to avoid that!

Monday, February 27, 2012

Princess Half Marathon

All night I dreamed about flying through Disney World, so I woke up ready to go at 3:15 am.  Side note: those ears are the only thing that has ever made my head look small.  I think I am going to wear them more often.

We stayed at a Disney hotel, so I could ride a bus to the race.  By 4 am I was in a line of women in tutus and tiaras.   After riding the bus and walking about a mile, I reached the starting line for my corral by 5 am.  Somewhere in there I ate my Power Bar.

I don't know how, but I was luckily placed in the middle corral - D out of A through H.  (When registering for the race, you have to provide a qualifying time to be placed in any corral but the last, and this was my first half, so I didn't have a qualifying time.)

Disney provided great entertainment while we were waiting for the race to start, playing music, showing video of really good costumes, and interviewing runners.

The race was started by a countdown from Fairy Godmother and fireworks, which really amped me up. After waiting 20 more minutes for my corral to start, I was off!

For the first 5 miles I was riding the fireworks and tutus high.  I kept a steady pace, but tried to not go too fast and wear out.  I passed a high school band playing the song that the Chiefs play after they score a touchdown (pumped me up), a group of princes while the "What a man song" was playing, a pirate ship, a drum line, and multiple other sets of characters.

There were lines to get your picture taken at each spot. I wanted to get my picture taken with the characters, but I also wanted to run.  So I ran.  I tried to take pictures with my phone, but it doesn't have the "motion" setting, so they all turned out like this:

I stopped once to take a picture - right after I passed through Cinderella's castle.

Before I knew it I was at the half way point and still feeling great.

At the middle of the 8th mile I accepted a Cliff gel shot that was being passed out.  It was like a burst of energy, which I desperately needed, because miles 8 through 11 weren't all that great. But even at my worst, I never once thought it was so hard that I wanted to stop.  I guess Disney really is the place where magic happens.

Around mile 12 we were entering Epcot again, and the streets were surround with people trying to catch a glimpse of their mom, daughter, or wife, running.   Then I saw a little boy find his mom in the crowd of women.  The look of awe and excitement on his face was priceless.  It was about that time that I started to cry.  And not just a little water in my eyes.  More like hysterical weeping, which, when combined with a previous 2 hours of running, sounds more like hysterical wheezing.  I think the girl next to me tried to offer me an inhaler.

I never thought I would be so emotional about a race.  But it wasn't just a race to so many of those women. It was something they had trained for, hoped for, thought about for months, maybe even years.

After that, the last mile was as easy as my first.  Right before the 13th mile mark there was a gospel choir singing us to the finish line.  Perfect.

My chip time said 2 hours 7 minutes and 35 seconds.  Not world recording breaking, but better than I thought I would do.

Stay tuned for race pics from the professional photographer.  I can't wait to see how cool I look with a face of exhaustion and floppy Minnie Mouse ears.  Edit: here are a few of the professional photography pics:

Poor Dan tried to find me throughout the race, but couldn't.  Finally, he found me afterwards, at our pre-planned meeting spot.

Hot. [Edit: After several questions - I need to clarify that I am not vomiting in that picture.  I am just sorely bending down to pick something up :)Hahaha.]

Of course, there were lots of hand outs afterwards.  I downed the water and Powerade, but wasn't hungry after the race.

We hung around for the awards ceremony and I had the rare chance to meet the girl who won the race (and won the race last year), Rachel Booth.  That is the Rachel you should be running with.

She finished in 1 hour and 18 minutes.  Wow.

After the race we headed back to the hotel where I was hit the fatigue wall.  I was so tired that I sat down to dry my hair.  Dan thought that was picture worthy.

After some rest, we headed back to downtown Disney to walk around and eat.

We ate lunch at Paradiso 37.  The jalapeno infused tequila was good medicine for my tired muscles.

Our hotel gave us a "complimentary" round of mini golf, and despite my tired legs I wasn't about to give up a free round of fun.

Dan thinks he beat me.  I think he lost track of the score.

We headed to Animal Kingdom for dinner.  This was the coolest hotel we saw, equipped with live giraffes, zebras, and a fire pit.

We ate dinner at Sanaa, which was hands down the best meal we had all weekend.  It was a fusion of African and Indian food.  Yum.

All in all, a great race weekend.  Can't wait for another race getaway!
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