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A New-to-Me Sports Drink

Hi, friends—Happy Hump Day!  And Happy 12/12/12!  Did you make a wish when the numbers lined up?

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Dinner

I invited two friends to my building’s holiday party last night, and we enjoyed some wine before heading to GustOrganics for dinner.

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It’s funny what you’ll find when you veer off your traditional route.  Because the restaurant is situated farther south than I usually walk, I had neither heard of nor walked by it before last night.  I really wanted a turkey burger, but they don’t serve burgers after 4 p.m. (weird, right?), so I ordered the hummus pita and quinoa tabbouleh instead.

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It was delicious, especially the grilled zucchini and eggplant.

Workout #1 – Swimming

Not to jinx myself, but I think I hit a swimming turning point.  The 45 minutes of drill work flew by this morning (no Vince Vaughn sightings, by the way), and I feel more fluid in the water.  The body rotation exercises are becoming easier, but I still favor turning to my left, which is why I breathe exclusively to that side.  Swimmers, do you drill more on your weaker side? (During my basketball days, I used to shoot twice as many left-handed layups because I’m right-handed.) Now if only I could learn how to do a flip turn!

Breakfast

Good thing breakfast required zero prep work.

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I inhaled these overnight oats in a jar; swimming gets me every time!

Lunch

When lunchtime rolled around, I didn’t think twice—repeat of yesterday’s lunch was a no-brainer.

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I also ate an unpictured banana and carrots.

I have a 60-minute interval ride scheduled this afternoon, and I’m trying a new-to-me sports drink—PowerBar Perform. (Thanks for the clarification, MB!)

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During prior rides, I’ve been drinking Powerade, which has kept my energy levels up, but has led to some stomach cramps.  Nothing too bad, but I want to experiment with other kinds of nutrition.  Even though I don’t plan to do an Ironman anytime soon, this drink is dolled out at Ironman-sanctioned events.  Plus, if it’s good enough for three-time World Ironman Champion Craig Alexander, then it’s definitely worth a try.

Are you left- or right-handed?  Are certain tasks reserved for your dominant hand?  Do you use your non-dominant hand?

Which One Doesn’t Belong?

Hiya, friends!  Happy Hump Day!  Can you believe Thanksgiving is just about one week away?  Although I’m looking forward to running a local yokel turkey trot, I’m even more excited to see my friends and family.  And eat a ton of delicious food, of course. (Calories don’t count during the holidays, right?)

Workout – Running

This morning’s workout included a “tempo run”—we’ll get to that in a second—and some strength training.  I thought about ditching my iPod and running without music, but I definitely needed it; I battled some serious negative thoughts.  After a 10-minute warm-up, I settled into a comfortably hard pace, but the cold weather (37 degrees Fahrenheit) combined with the unrelenting headwind made it extremely difficult to hold the pace.  As I continued to push, negativity started to surface:  If I can’t hold this pace, how in the world am I going to run an 8-K in one week?  If this is challenging, how can I complete an Olympic-distance triathlon?  Yeah, I was not in a good place mentally.  When I reached the halfway point, I stopped, stretched, and gave myself a pep-talk:  Yes, it’s a tempo run, so it’s supposed to be difficult.  If this were easy, then everyone would do it.  You are stronger and better than this; this is how it will feel running off the bike, so instead of fighting it, just go with it.  On the run back, instead of fighting the pain, I acknowledged it and reminded myself it’s only temporary.  Plus, I told myself this is how I will feel during the NYC Triathlon (honestly, I’ll probably hurt a lot more), so I need to get used to this discomfort.  Just the thought of July 14 alleviated some of the perceived pain, and I finished strong.  I even passed a lady who was about a quarter-mile ahead of me.  So overall, this outing epitomized a “character-building” run.

In the fitness center, I noticed something strange near the weight rack.

Hmmm.  Which one doesn’t belong?  Don’t get me wrong—I’m all for drinking coffee before working out. (In fact, I always have two cups with almond milk before getting my sweat on, but I drink plenty of water so I’m not dehydrated.) But bringing java to the gym?  That seems like a fitness faux pas to me.

Breakfast

Almost-empty nut butter jars keep piling up, so it was another overnight oats in a jar morning over here.

Now that it’s getting colder, I might have to retire this meal until the spring, but I still have two nearly empty jars.  Decisions, decisions.

Do you drink coffee in the morning?  How about before your workout?  Do you notice a difference when you have caffeine in your system?

Crock Pot Success

Hiya, friends!  How’s your almost-Friday going?  This morning, I went to Yoga Vida for my first practice in … three weeks.  Returning to the mat and stretching things out felt great, but the highlight was walking outside—in the snow!

Yep, hello slush and Bean boots.  Winter has officially arrived.

Dinner

Cold weather calls for warm meals, so I fired up the crock pot.

It was my first time using said crock pot, so I was a little nervous, but last night’s meal was delicious!

First, I rinsed one cup of lentils and tossed them into the pot along with two cups of water, one generous splash of red wine, 1 tsp. crushed garlic, two stalks of chopped celery, one chopped orange pepper, 1/2 tsp. cumin, and 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper.  Then it was time to set it (on low) and forget it (for five hours).  When dinnertime arrived, I added some wilted spinach and steamed broccoli.

Crock pot cooking for the win!

Breakfast

Hoarding:  Accumulating Almond Butter Jars.

Yeah.  Thanks to today’s batch of overnight oats, I’m down to one jar.

I had the same mix as yesterday, and I might try making “oatless” oatmeal tomorrow morning and pouring it into the final jar.  It’s just too chilly for cold breakfasts.

Lunch

Simply leftovers from last night, plus a little brown rice.

And tonight’s dinner is cooking away.

What can I say?  ‘Tis the season.

Have you seen your first snowfall?

PS – Instagram has web profiles now.  So cool!

Blame it on the Snow

Hiya, friends!  Did you watch the election coverage last night?

I did until my bowl of frozen grapes was gone.  OK, this will be the end of politics here until 2016, but I thought it was neat watching Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie do their thing on MSNBC because both spoke at my alma mater back in the day.  Todd talked as part of our President’s Forum, and as the Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper, I even got to interview him!

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He was surprisingly funny and down-to-earth.  And at graduation, Guthrie delivered our commencement address.

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She did a great job!

Workout – Running

Well, winter has arrived in New York City.  This morning’s chilly temperature (35 degrees Fahrenheit) called for Under Armour and fleece gloves. (Oh, and we’re also expecting a nor’easter, and some areas are being evacuated.  Sigh.) Anyway, on my way out of the building, I met a fellow triathlete!  He was wearing an Ironman shirt, so I had to ask him about it.  We chatted for a few minutes before heading separate ways for our runs.  Or rather, he crossed the street and sprinted ahead of me.  Yep, he’s an Ironman all right.  After a 45-minute run with some fartleks, I also did some upper-body strength training.

Breakfast

Somehow, I’ve been hoarding almost-empty almond butter jars, so it’s going to be an overnight-oats-in-a-jar couple of days.  Not that it’s a bad thing, of course.

Today’s mix included frozen strawberries and blueberries, plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats, cinnamon, almond milk, and chia seeds.  Oh, and Seneca7 registration, aka the best race ever, opens today if you’re interested.

Lunch

Blame it on the snow—I was craving a warm midday meal, and I knew a salad wasn’t going to cut it, so I toasted a turkey and cheese sandwich.

I popped it in the oven to for a few minutes and microwaved some leftover roasted veggies.  Mmmm!

Again, blame it on the snow—dinner’s cooking already.

Gotta love the crock pot!

Do your eating habits change with the seasons?  What are some of your favorite crock pot recipes?  Please linkup and share!

Take What the Defense Gives You, Part Three

This seems to be a reoccurring theme, but I’m not complaining. (Check the original Take What the Defense Gives You and the continued post.) When I left the building for my run this morning, there was a breakfast buffet set up in the lobby.  Apparently, my building holds this spread every Thursday?  Neat!  Anyway, after running and strength training, I nabbed a container of orange juice.

Hey, just taking what the defense gave me; I had plans to use it later.

Breakfast

Even though there was barely any peanut butter left from making the no-bake peanut butter protein bars (which have magically disappeared, so strange), it didn’t seem right to throw away an almost-empty jar.

Yeah, it fell short in the PB department, but any OOIAJ is better than none.

Workout #2 – Swimming

After some digesting and blog reading, I walked to Chelsea Piers to swim.

Guess who was there again?  Andrew does work there, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Like my last pool workout, I continued to practice the drills he showed me.  Here’s what I did:

200-yd. warm-up

100-yd. with kickboard (only kicking, obviously)

100-yd. “normal”

50-yd. using only left arm; 50-yd. using only right arm

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100-yd. stroking with fists

200-yd. normal

50-yd. using only left arm; 50-yd. using only right arm

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50-yd. cooldown

Two high points from this workout:  one, I feel like I’m becoming more efficient; two, the on-duty lifeguards recognized me.  Ha!

Post-Workout Snack

Here’s where the OJ came into play.  On my “Refuel Post-Workout” board, I pinned a delicious-looking smoothie from Runner’s World.  The original recipe called for orange juice, but I didn’t want to buy an entire carton.  So thanks to this morning’s find, I made this tasty Banana-Avocado Smoothie.

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted

1 frozen banana

1/4+ cup orange juice

1 tbsp. lime juice

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Jay Robb egg white)

Directions:

1.  In a blender, combine avocado, banana, orange juice, lime juice, and protein powder.

2.  Taste and add more orange juice if desired.

After mixing it, 1/4 orange juice wasn’t enough, so I added a bit more.

Lunch

A couple hours later, I threw together a salad for lunch.

I still had leftover blackened tofu to finish, and I saved some of last night’s sautéed peppers. (I’m a girl of routine; I had the same dinner as the night before.) I cooked the peppers in coconut oil, which gave them some extra sweetness.

What’s your favorite smoothie these days?

There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Yoga

Greetings!  How’s your Thursday so far?  Even though it’s the afternoon, I’m still super energized from my a.m. yoga practice at Yoga Vida.  Speaking of, I’ll cut to the chase:  In three days—Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday—I’ve taken three classes, and I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no such thing as too much yoga.  Hilaria’s classes this week have focused on shoulders, side body, and abs (my favorite), and there’s no doubt each Cobra, Triangle, and Side Plank pose has helped me get back in my groove.  Check out this instagrammed picture—yes, it’s a verb now—Hilaria posted during class last night.

(Do you see me wearing the blue top in the middle?!) There were more than 70 yogis packed into the room last night, which weirdly reminded me of a triathlon transition site:  Everyone has a small, designated space, but don’t think for one second that someone else won’t hit, kick, or touch your gear.

Dinner

Honestly, I’m surprised it’s taken this long to introduce one of my go-to meals: crazy pineapple salmon teriyaki, inspired by Hungry Girl.

This might seem kooky, but bear with me:  mix teriyaki and Sweet Asian Chili sauce together, spread it on top of salmon filet, and top with pineapple and cayenne pepper.  The flavors complement each other really well, and plus, since it’s baked in aluminum foil, there’s virtually no clean-up.  I’ll share a more precise recipe in a few days.

Breakfast

After this morning’s yoga session, it was time for overnight oats in a jar.

This morning’s mixture included frozen strawberries and blueberries, plain Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats, 1/3 cup almond milk, cinnamon, and chia seeds.

After breakfast, I ran a few errands, which included getting a new iPod shuffle. (Sadly, my silver one played its last song last week; even though I fully charged it before my runs this week, it could only last one minute before dying.) It’s been nice running “naked,” but I’ll definitely need music for longer runs.  Now, though, I have a sleek black one.

Lunch

My midday meal came together quickly thanks to some leftovers.

While the blackened tofu warmed up in the microwave, I sautéed some red and yellow pepper slices.  Since they were from my first Union Square Greenmarket haul, I wanted to use them up.  I have big plans for the two “newer” red peppers for tonight’s dinner.

Are you on a fitness kick now?  Have you ever been on one?  How long did it last?

Link Love and Furniture Shopping for New York City, Take Two

Because one spree isn’t enough.

Hey, friends—Happy Friday!  Do you have plans for the weekend?  It’s been raining all afternoon, so it’s going to be a low-key evening.  Tomorrow, though, the fam is going to my cousin’s football game.  I haven’t been to a high school football game in … well, since high school.  Funny how that works.

Yesterday afternoon, I got some serious link love from my friends at Chelsea Piers and Full Throttle Endurance.  We’re talking two social media outlets—Facebook and Twitter.

So cool!

Did you miss the recap of FTE’s swim practice at Chelsea Piers?

Unfortunately, these screenshots were the sole pictures I snapped yesterday.  For lunch, I had more healthy curried chicken salad, which tasted even better leftover; we also had our neighbors over for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, which also went undocumented.  Whoops.  Just picture lots of red wine, cheese and crackers, veggies and dip, plus some tasty finger sandwiches.  No dinner after was required thanks to the copious amount of cheese I ate.

Workout – Running

This morning, I “slept in” and answered some emails before tackling a 7.25-mile run.  For me, this qualifies as a semi-long run, although I know my marathon-training friends would say different. (One day!) Even though it was lightly misting, I still had a great, low-key outing, minus my iPod shuffle dying about 15 minutes in. (I even charged it last night—what the heck!) “Running naked” ended up being a nice treat, and I also left my compression sleeves at home.  The eight-mile threshold is usually when my calves crave compression, but I was still pleasantly surprised there were no tightening issues.  Woohoo!

Breakfast

We go through a lot of peanut butter, which works out perfectly for an overnight-oats-in-a-jar addict like me.

This morning’s mix included one mashed banana, plain Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, and plenty of chia seeds.

Lunch

Before heading to Raymour & Flanigan for furniture shopping round two, I made a veggie scramble.

With a one-egg and one-egg-white base, I added leftover roasted asparagus and red peppers, plus some tofu for extra protein. (Plus Sriracha, obviously!) I also ate a few handfuls of grapes.

Onto some good news:  Guess who has big-girl furniture for her big-girl apartment?

This girl!  I ended up going with the sofa sleeper, accent chair, and ottoman.

This area rug. (And the blurry dining set.)

And a dresser and nightstand I totally forgot to take a picture of, probably because I was so excited!

Also, on a completely unrelated note, I found out today I won a GNC Twitter giveaway.

All I had to do was click “retweet,” so I figured what the heck.

Wow!  First the #RunChat prize package and now a Total Lean Pumpkin Spice Shake?  Heck, maybe I should go buy a lottery ticket.

Have you ever won a prize or giveaway (either virtual or in “real life”)?

Healthy Pad Thai

Hiya, people!  First, thank you so much for your supportive comments on my 4th Annual DeRuyter Lake Triathlon recap.  I’ve had a total blast embarking on this new hobby-turned-lifestyle, and your (virtual) support means a ton—you rock!

Dinner

Last night, my mom and I teamed up to try a new entrée:  Paleo Pad Thai, a recipe Tina posted earlier this month that’s originally from Well Fed:  Paleo Recipes for People Who Love to Eat.

However, since neither we nor Wegmans had some of the required primal-friendly ingredients (coconut amino, say what?), the dish ended up being a healthier version of this Thai food favorite.  We also substituted some ingredients based on our personal tastes (like forgoing the onions) what we had on hand (like using green beans instead of snow peas and peanut instead of sunflower butter).  Here’s how we made it. (We doubled the recipe so it would make four servings, but these are the original measurements.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch Sunshine Sauce (recipe follows)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons plus 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 cup green beans, chopped
  • 2 cups roasted spaghetti squash
  • 6-8 ounces rotisserie chicken

Directions:

Crack eggs into a small bowl and use a fork to scrambled them with soy sauce.  Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes and add 2 teaspoons coconut oil; when it’s melted, pour in eggs and let them spread like a pancake.  Reduce heat to medium and cover with a lid, letting eggs cook until they set and start to brown on the bottom (about 3-4 minutes).  Flip and lightly brown the other side.  Remove eggs from pan and slice into strips with a pizza cutter.

Using the same pan, increase heat to medium-high and add 1 teaspoon coconut oil. [Because we doubled the recipe, we needed to use a bigger pan for this step.] Sauté green beans until they’re crisp-tender (about 5 minutes).  Add spaghetti squash, chicken, and cooked egg.  Continue stirring until heated through (about 3 minutes).  Add the Sunshine Sauce and stir-fry until everything is well-blended and hot.  Serves 2

Sunshine Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced (about 1 teaspoon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • dash of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk

Directions:

Place all ingredients except coconut milk in blender and whirl until combined.  Scrape down sides with rubber spatula, then add coconut milk.  Process until it’s blended and smooth.  Store covered in the fridge.

It was pretty good; a little salty from the soy sauce, but tasty.

Next time, I’d make it as a Paleo-friendly dish and add more cayenne pepper and red pepper flakes.

For dessert, my mom made Apple Cinnamon Buttermilk Cake.

She used some of our apple-picking apples, and it was delicious!

In other news, a certain greyhound stole an ear of corn last night.

During the summer, my dad loves getting local corn for dinner.  And clearly, so does Zelda.

Caught in the act!

Workout – Biking

Prior to triathloning, my workouts consisted of running, strength training, and maybe an indoor spin class or two, and now, the sport has helped me appreciate other types of sweat sessions.  One year ago, if you told me I’d enjoy swimming and cycling, I would’ve had a good laugh, but that’s exactly what’s happened.  In fact, when I don’t do one discipline for a few days, my body starts to crave it.  And since I hadn’t been riding since Saturday’s triathlon, I was itching to get in the saddle this morning.  I completed two leisurely laps around the lake that took a little more than 60 minutes.

Breakfast

OK, confession time:  On Friday, I bought a jar of Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter on a whim.  Not only do I love all things chocolate and nut butter (have you seen my Pinterest board?), but I also thought it would be a perfect post-triathlon treat.  Except for the fact that I didn’t wait until after Saturday’s race to open it.  Somehow, I ended up standing next to the pantry with a spoon buried in the good stuff and wondering where the past 10 minutes went.  Whoops.  Needless to say, the jar didn’t last long, and it made a perfect base for this morning’s batch of overnight oats.

I prepped my go-to mixture last night—frozen strawberries and blueberries, plus Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, cinnamon, and chia seeds—and this combo was such a winner.

I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Have you ever bought anything on a whim while grocery shopping?  Was it as good as you expected?

Apple Picking and the Arrival of Fall

Hi, everyone!  How was your Moan Monday?  It’s been a busy day over here, but first, here are some more pictures from Sunday’s apple-picking trip at Beak & Skiff.

We picked Cortland and Macouns yesterday, and the apples were really small.

Ellen and I attempted to make a human ladder.

Apple-picking fail.

Oh, well—we had a ton of fun, and I can’t wait to start baking some apple-based recipes.

Workout – Run

After two cups of coffee, plenty of water, and a GU energy gel, I hit the pavement for a 5.25-mile run this morning.  Although the run itself was uneventful—just an out-and-back loop with some fartleks sprinkled in for good measure—today’s apparel is worth noting:  long-sleeved Under Armour top and bottoms.

This means fall has arrived.  Following my run, I also did some upper-body strength training and ab exercises.

Breakfast

My morning meal came in the form of overnight oats in a jar.

This never gets old.  Today’s mixture contained frozen strawberries and blueberries, plus Greek yogurt, 1/4 cup old fashioned oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, cinnamon and chia seeds.  I love using frozen fruit because it thaws in the fridge and leaves tasty juice that the yogurt soaks up.

Lunch

My mom asked me to go grocery shopping at Wegmans (more on this shortly), so I picked up soup and sushi for lunch.

I used to have this combo nearly every weekend in college, but it’s been a while since I enjoyed some S&S.  To start, I had spicy red lentil soup.

This was my first time having it, and I’m a fan.  Sriracha might make an appearance in the future—the spicer, the better!  After polishing off the soup, I dug into the spicy shrimp jalapeño roll.

I topped each piece with some Wasabi—delicious!

In other news, here’s what the eating area of the kitchen looked like earlier today.

And now.

Ah, the joys of window replacement.

Off to cook dinner–we’re trying a new recipe tonight, Paleo Pad Thai.

What’s your go-to lunch combo lately?

First Trip To Chipotle

Hi, everyone!  First off, I loved reading your comments on yesterday’s post about Ryan Gosling; I’m glad I’m not the only one who’s slightly obsessed.

OK, so back to regularly scheduled programming.  Before talking about the awesomeness that is Chipotle, let’s wiz through the past few hours.

Dinner

Last night, my parents, sister, and I went to Circa.  Since the restaurant changes its menu every week or so—which ensures both seasonality and true locality—we try to go a few times a month to try ever-changing entrees.  I hoped the menu would feature salmon, and I got my wish.

This was my first time having the ivory version of this fish, and the tomato and cilantro sauce complemented the salmon’s mild, buttery flavor.  Perfectly crisp, the corn cakes were also delicious.  Last night’s dinner is easily one of my top meals I’ve had there.

Workout

Even though I went to bed relatively early, I had a difficult time waking up this morning.  Knowing temperatures would only continue to rise—today’s projected high is 80 degrees Fahrenheit—I bribed myself out of bed with some java.  Never underestimate the power of two cups of coffee and a baller playlist (very similar to my half-marathon one.) Once I had some caffeine in my system and synched my iPod shuffle, I laced up my sneakers and hit the road.  I ran for time today—about 40 minutes—and covered 5.25 miles.

Breakfast

After a sweaty run, overnight oats in a jar sounded perfect. (And luckily, I did the prep work last night.)

Plain Greek yogurt, 1/3 cup of old fashioned oats, 1/3 cup of almond milk, cinnamon, blueberries, and chia seeds went into the jar.

Lunch

Onto the moment you’ve all been anxiously awaiting.

And Ellen with the photobomb.  We had quite a few errands to run today—Bed, Bath & Beyond, Office Max, Barnes and Noble—so when lunchtime rolled around, we decided to go to Chipotle.  I honestly don’t know how I’ve never eaten at this Mexican chain; this branch opened a few years ago, and when I studied abroad in London, I managed to make it inside a Chipotle without ordering anything.  And now that I’ve enjoyed a meal, I can see that was a huge mistake.

I went with the vegetarian burrito bowl:  brown rice; black beans; peppers and onions; medium-spicy sauce; guacamole; and lettuce.  Holy yum!

Have you been to Chipotle?  What’s your favorite dish to order?

Edited to add:  I received an email this afternoon that said Fitness and Frozen Grapes is now featured on this site.