Monthly Archives: October 2010

Skinny Bitch Curry

Not knowing what to do on my lunch break plus a nearby Target is a dangerous combination. I think I frequent Target at least once a week just to get out of the office during lunch. I mostly try on clothes and buy some random items that we actually need. But sometimes I start to wander into the book and magazine section of the store. This happened the other day and started thumbing through the Skinny Bitch Cookbook. I read Skinny Bitch back when it came out and honestly, I didn’t really have an opinion on it. I thought some of the info was good but it didn’t profoundly affect my eating habits the way it has for some people. But once I got a glimpse of some of the food in this cookbook, I knew I had to buy it.

I’m kind of a compulsive cookbook buyer. Each new cookbook gives me hope that maybe one day I will cook. Maybe one day I will eat things other than pita pizzas and canned refried beans for dinner. I mean, sometimes I cook, but most often, I’m lazy. Long story short, I bought the cookbook.

After laying on the couch and watching crappy MTV shows that I secretly love for 5 hours post race, I decided I should cook. I thumbed through the dinners section and finally decided on Spicy Vegetable Curry.

I went to Kroger and bought the necessary ingredients.

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As I was chopping up all the veggies and getting ready to roll, I realized that I didn’t have any curry powder in my spice drawer. I really did not want to go back to Kroger, so I got together some spices that I thought might be good substitutes – turmeric, cumin and garam masala and then I consulted the Google to see if I was right.

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This was seriously one of the best things that I’ve ever made. A lot of the time when I cook, my meals turn out good, but not great. This was great. I did make a few changes in addition to not using curry powder (which you’d never be able to tell, by the way). I used half a red pepper instead of eggplant because I don’t really care for it and I used frozen okra instead of fresh. I also used minced refrigerated garlic and ginger. The recipe that I linked to above is a little wonky, at least in my browser. You are supposed to simmer the sauce for 30 minutes and then an additional 10 after you add the veggies.

I will definitely be making this again. So good. I think I’ll double the amount of vegetables though; it was almost like a soup.

I’m looking forward to seeing what else I can make out of this cookbook. Yum.

Blogger Dinner and Silver Comet Half Marathon

When we planned a blogger dinner the night before my race, at first I didn’t know if I should attend. But then I figured that I had to eat anyway and who better to eat with (well, besides Jason) than other bloggers. Originally there were supposed to be about 9 of us but several people ended up not being able to attend, so it was only five of us that had dinner at Eclipse di Luna last night.

After going to Seasons 52 for the first two blogger dinners, we decided that we needed a change of scenery. Eclipse di Luna is a tapas restaurant. Normally I’m not sure a huge fan of tapas because I don’t seem to get enough food. People usually order meat-centered dishes which I’m not able to eat. I actually suggested this restaurant for last night though. And I definitely had enough food and most everything that everyone ordered I could eat! We had, amongst other things, hummus, ceviche, tuna tartar, caprese salad, a little pizza and yucca fries. I think the yucca fries were my favorite.

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Me, Tina, Emily, Alayna and Kelly.

We tried to get our waitress to take a table shot of us and, for some reason, she held the camera at her belly button and cut out poor Alayna!

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Blogger meetups are fun! I think we should do them like once a month. Anyone agree with me there?

We stayed at the restaurant for about two hours. When I got home, I prepared all of my race gear and went to bed. Per the norm before a race, I didn’t sleep well. I think I was worried that I’ll oversleep. Or maybe I was just worried about the race in general. Who knows?

Racing this time of year is tricky. The mornings are pretty chilly but after the sun comes up, it gets much warmer out. I wasn’t sure if I should wear short sleeves or long sleeves. Yahoo weather said it was 39 degrees out when I got up, so I put on a long sleeved shirt.

I got to the race, parked my car at a middle school where we were supposed to park and walked nearly a mile to the start. I don’t know why they had us park so far away! I immediately ran into my friend Dave when I got to the packet pickup. They had a new type of timing chip this year. At least, it was new to me. It looked like a D-tag on the back of your number, but you didn’t remove it and put it on your shoe; you just left it attached to your number.

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The beginning of the race was congested. There were people holding pace signs, but I wasn’t able to make my way to the 10 minute mile group, so I ended up standing behind the 11 minute mile sign. I definitely had to weave in and out of people for the first few miles. This race is on a trail so it’s narrow. But after Mile 3 or so, it thins out since everyone around you is mostly running at the same pace. It’s an out and back, but no one is coming back just quite yet. I did see my first person coming back as I passed Mile 5. (The turnaround was a little past mile 7.)

The first couple of miles passed by really quickly. Isn’t it weird how you can run a 5K and it seems to take a long time to get to the end, but in a longer race, the first 5K passes incredibly fast? At least, that’s what happens to me. I took a Gu at Mile 5.

As I was nearing the turnaround, I passed the time by looking for Dave. It’s kind of fun to see your friends on the course while one of you is going out and the other is coming back.

I felt totally fine until Mile 9. Then I just wanted it to be over. My pace definitely slowed around this point and I could feel the infamous underboob chafe and a blister forming on my right foot. I really wanted to walk around Mile 11, so I let myself take two tiny walk breaks. Not sure if they helped or not. I also took another Gu to try to gain some energy.

The last mile seemed to take FOREVER. It was at this point where I really questioned if I want to sign up for something that’s double this distance. I’m still not sure. Half-marathons are hard enough! After what felt like an eternity, the finish line was finally in view. I wasn’t sure what my time was but tried to give it my all. When I crossed the finish line, the time clock read 2:15:45 or so!

PR. 2:15. I did it. After 5 years of not achieving the elusive half-marathon PR, I finally did it! Seriously, do you know how frustrating it is to PR in your first race? I’m pretty sure that I started at least a minute after the start gun, so I think I beat my 2:15 goal too. Yay.

There were shuttles to take everyone back to the parking lots, but the line was long and I thought that walking would be good for my legs, so I decided to walk about 3/4 of a mile back to my car. Jason said that he would cook me pancakes or that we would go out to eat, so the entire time, I thought about what I wanted. Pizza sounded good.

I got home and took a shower and somehow ended up crawling into the bed and sleeping for two hours. Jason had to be at work at 1:30, so there went the pizza idea! Oh well.

Now I’m going to spend the rest of the afternoon lounging on the couch. I think I deserve it!

Goals

I was tossing and turning all night. I think I was more worried about getting sick than actually getting sick. I woke up this morning with a stuffy nose and scratchy throat, but not any worse off than yesterday. I’ve been drinking Vitamin Water Zero and Airborne to try to stave off this cold. I feel okay, just a little stuffy, so hopefully I’ll stay that way. Even if I do get a little sick, I think I’ll still be totally fine to run the race on Saturday. Not sure how that will affect my time though.

So speaking of time, I do have a time goal for this race. Time goals are tricky. It feels great to achieve them but it feels awful when I don’t. It’s very important to set realistic goals. If they aren’t, it just sets me up for disappointment. I’m not going to lie though, I’m looking to PR. I think that I can do it and here’s why. In 2010, I have PR’d in the 5K, 10K and 15K distances! How awesome would it be to add half-marathon to that list? My half marathon PR is 2:16:30. And on Saturday, I’d really like to beat that. Ideally, I’d like to run this race in 2:15.

So, there’s that. Going to bed.

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