Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Two Feet Expansion (BIG NEWS)!!

Why haven't I been blogging in the past few months? Well, I haven't had any energy and no desire to do anything else besides go on walks and lay on the couch. By the time I get off of work, I'm tired and just want to go home and relax (and maybe take a little nap). This is because my family is expanding by two feet. 

On Saturday, I will be 12 weeks and we couldn't be happier! I'm due January 4th. Everything is going well and it feels like I may be over the lack of energy time (let's hope). I hope to go back to running (very slowly now because I took so much time off) and my normal classes next week. My doctor has ok'd me to do so and encourages it. 

I've had a little nauseousness throughout the day, but not much more. Some things I've been craving are: ice cream, toast with butter only, cocoa puffs, watermelon, bagels and burgers. Really, anything that is unhealthy for you, the more I'll probably crave it. Foods I avoid: Veggie are gross and can't force them down, peanut butter, jelly, milk by itself, and coffee smells so nasty (Jason's drinking it, not me). 

My doctor says I'm right on track for weight gain (it's not much), and I don't really care to share that part. We heard the heartbeat on Monday and it's 150 (totally normal). When we  heard it, Jason's face beamed!! Neither of us can wait!! After the doctor appointment, we came home and called all the family and told them.  We find out what we're having on August 16th, so we really can't wait for that!!

I know I can't plan every part of this journey, but I plan on planning as much as possibly can. 

When I go back to working out, I will post more. I may even post just about this. I am still running the Color Run 5k again this year and am super excited to run my first (of many more) races with this little one.

Would you guys prefer that I keep this blog just about working out, or would you like to see (monthly or weekly??) updates? Anyone else expecting?

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Windy Running Night & I Ran Over My Foot

After work, last night, I finally had some free time to go run, outside!! It was about 88 and sunny. But, the windy was pretty crazy (but not as bad as yesterday). I ran my normal 5k route and walked a lap inside the park that I have never actually walked before. I think that's crazy. I've been to this park a million times and have never been on this path. It was nice and peaceful. There were other people out getting their sweat on, so it was such a nice way to end my night. 

In the picture below, I'm trying to show you my "wings". Wings are the little baby hairs on the side that won't lay flat (I don't use any hair product, so that's why). The wings were trying to make me fly, all day (even at work). Also, do you see that vein on the side of my head. It always pops when I workout. 

I guess my ankle got in the way of my running last night. I think I ran it over while being so speedy. It doesn't even hurt. I noticed it after I took my shoes and socks off. 

After dinner, we had strawberry shortcake for dessert, I made everything from scratch. We just bought the strawberries and I wanted to use the rest of them before they went bad. I made the cake (but it didn't taste right, so I'm not going to post the recipe). And I whipped up the whip cream in a jiffy. I put it all together and this is what happened. it tasted pretty good, despite the cake part. 

Besides your hands and feet, do you have any veins that pop whenever you workout? Have you ever ran over one of your own feet (please tell me I'm not too crazy)? Do you have a good recipe for the cake part of the strawberry shortcake?

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Food Truck Festival AKA Food Coma

Last weekend, Jason and I went to a food truck festival about 20 minutes away from our house. It's pretty cool of what turn into a food truck. My brother loves old VW buses (so I sent him this picture). This guy turned his old bus into a waffle truck (we didn't eat there, though). 

We ate here first. 3 tacos for $5. Of course I wanted to try it. Too bad the tacos were pretty small and left Jason hungry. They tasted pretty good, though.

There were so many people there! They said it was there record event (this was the 6th one of these, but 1st I've ever gone to). People were everywhere.

We had fun. We love to people watch. There was a lot of that to do there. So many characters. 

After we finished eating the tacos in the park across the street, we came back to one more line. This place has crazy names and ideas for burgers. They put Doritos inside their burgers (or something like that). 

One bad thing about food trucks is you can stand in line for half an hour and and when you're the 6th person, they yell out that they only have 5 burgers left. Yep that happened to us.Very sad. 

Since it was hot and we were still hungry, the next best thing to burgers was ice cream! There wasn't anything special about the ice cream, but it was cold and it tasted good. 

We walked across the street and walked around the pond while we finished the ice cream, then headed back home. We spent about 3 hours there. The lines were long, but the food was good. We'll go again next time, but we'll get there before 1 pm. 

Do you have anything like this near you? Are food trucks big near you? They are here!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Running High Five & the Nicest Porto Potties

I've been busy with things around here. I've only had a few days free to workout. I worked out last Monday. I ran a 5k outside (in the awful heat). As I was coming to the end, I think this kid on his bike (with a bunch of other kids) could see the sweat dripping and probably a dying look in my eyes. He was so sweet. He gave me thing huge smile and a high five. Just what I needed in order to finish the last little bit of my run. 

As usual, I was the only one walking in the gym already sweaty and red faced. I had a row machine to reunite with and a ripped class to get more of my butt kicked. I enjoyed the last 1:20 minutes left of my workout and left exhausted!

In other new: I do have a life outside of working out. A couple weeks ago, Jason and I headed down the San Francisco. We drove about an hour away and took the Bart in the rest of the way. That way, we didn't have to worry about parking and we could drink our way through the city. Out main reason for going (the Cherry Blossom Festival):

SF doesn't have any cherry blossoms, but it was still fun to watch all the festivities. I love the taiko dojo. They really get into their drumming. At one of my races, these guys were there (not the kids) and they played as we crossed the finish line. It was great motivation to get your feet moving faster! Once that was over, we needed to get some food. We were seriously hungry!

A few seconds after lunch, dessert was introduced. I love their presentation. The best thing: this is a crepe (no cone)  with chocolate ice cream. Isn't it so cute!

Jason got some kind of custard (I hate custard), but loved his. Again, so cute!

Since I am a runner, I had to tell you about their porto-potties. They were a slice of heaven (I never thought I would ever say this about a potable bathroom). They looked nice (very visible from a distance), and had a ton of room inside and even had a handle that you could hang on to (if needed) while squatting. Since there was so much room, I didn't need to. Very nice

Also, Chobani was there giving out free samples. Since the line was about 1/2 hour long and we didn't have a place to keep it cold, we didn't want to stand in line. 

A nice view from our day of walking a million miles. 

Flags were still at half mass.

Swimmers were out enjoying the nice day for their workout.

A little sun bathing happened.

Of course:

It was a great day. Very long (we left at 8 am and go home around 11 pm), but prefect day! Can't wait to do this again next year!

Do you live (or have visited) SF during this time of the year? Have you ever gone to this event? If you live in DC, how awesome is your cherry blossom festival?

Any motivational high fives lately?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Horrible Run with a Side of Happiness

I had no motivation or concentration yesterday. My brain was nowhere to be found! At home, in the morning, at work all day, then on my short run last night...brain dead. I though a short run was going to get me out of my funk (it usually does), but no luck. I knew I wasn't going to go to spin class, I just wasn't in the mood. But, my run felt long, dreadful and boring. I hated last night's run!

I know bad runs comes and go and they make us stronger, as runners. But, man!! It was a horrible run! I was not happy and couldn't wait to get home, shower and just sit on the couch and do nothing. That's the kind of motivation I have...none!

It was just bad! I even walked a little during my run. I got distracted by so many things. Oh look, a bird!

A couple good things, that made me happy was that as I passed a couple flags (yes, I have 2 flags in less than a 3 mile run) was that they were at half mass. I made me see that we are all united (runners and non-runners). I knew that before, but it made me really think about it. 

Just because a person doesn't like to move their feet faster than a walking pace (often and for fun), doesn't mean that they weren't affect by what happened on Monday. It's good to see a nation come together as people. 

Are flags around you at half mass? When was your last horrible run? I'm lacking some serious motivation. What do you suggest I do to get myself motivated (not including registering for a race...due to funds)?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Running for Boston & Homemade Taquitos

Last night, I join (virtually) with other runners and ran 2.62 miles for those affected by what happened in Boston on Monday. I wore my only blue & yellow I have and ran silently. It was one of the best runs in a while. I am not a marathoner, but as a runner, you are united together!

After my hour long stretch, in yoga class, I hurried home (I was starving!!), I started pre-heating the oven and made something awesome:

Homemade taquitos!! The recipe said it would only make 10 taquitos, but mine made about 15! I used 3 chicken breasts, but the key is that you don't want to stuff them too full, or its too much and you can't roll them tightly. I had some bbq sauce, on the side, but I didn't think it needed it (Jason did). I had 3 and I was stuffed, Jason ate 5 and was full. Can't wait for leftovers tonight!

Did you run 2.62 miles? If you are/were in Boston, how are you doing?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

I can lift a car over my head!

Yesterday was an interesting April evening. I felt like I was working out in a sauna the entire time! I headed out for my simple 2 1/2 mile quick run around the local park and knew I was going to have a difficult time. This is because it was 87 when I left work. 87 in April! I'm all for warm weather, but not this warm this early in the year. I guess I'm just happy to be able to run outdoors (we'll see how long that lasts). 

I was able to squeeze in 10 minutes of rowing after my run and before my spin class. I did about 1600 meters (which is almost 1 mile, .99 miles). I was still gushing sweat from my hot run. Not many people walk into their gym already red faced and sweaty. 

Feeling tough after the spin class

Spin class was great, as usual. The instructor pushed us to sweat more than we did last time. I didn't go to class last week (I was sick), and it's crazy how much difference it makes (in a bad way) to miss a class. Plus,  I was still sweaty from the run and rowing. 

The instructor kept saying that he wanted us to feel like we could lift a car over our heads by the time we were done with his class. I like the little things they say throughout the entire class. It makes me start to tell myself the same thing. It was so warm in the class, it was like I never left my sauna. he class was completely full (10 more people came in looking for bikes, too), the fans were going and the ac was set to freezing, but it was still crazy hot/stuffy in there. I could feel the sweat dripping off of me. But, by the time I left class, I felt like I could lift a car over my head!

Driving home with the windows down (at 7 o'clock) allowed the sweat to dry off and stop dripping. I could feel a few layers of sweat cover my entire body. My legs felt the grossest!

How many times a week are you completely covered in a sweat dripping layer? What was your workout yesterday (or today)? If you could vote for me, for best blogger (even if you're not local), you'll be my new BFF (check out the right side of my blog)!!