Monthly Archives: March 2012

Relaxation

Since we were away last weekend, I feel today has been the first Saturday in a long time where I was able to truly relax. I had a fun time in DC with my family, but relaxing it was not. Since I don’t get there that often – maybe two times a year – my time is often jam-packed seeing different relatives and friends.

But really today has felt relaxing because I didn’t have a long run. My long runs were, at most, two hours which really isn’t a huge portion of the day but they often felt like they were because my entire weekend revolved around when I was going to run. Was I going to get up early? Would it be too hot or too cold at a certain time? Which day had better weather? Did I have any plans that I had to fit the run around? Planning for the run was often much more exhausting than the run itself.

But today I could run however far I wanted and I wasn’t on a schedule. So instead of rushing around in the morning, I made pancakes.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

Janetha’s Whole Wheat Yogurt Pancakes have become my go-to pancake recipe. Except for one thing – mine don’t have yogurt in them. It’s not that I don’t like yogurt, I do, but I always buy the individual yogurt cups to take to work, so when a recipe calls for 2T of yogurt and I’m doubling it, I don’t know what to do with small amount of yogurt that remains. I mean, I guess I could eat it, but instead, I’ve been using applesauce. It works just as a well, I think, although I’ve never used the yogurt to compare.

After breakfast, we went to the gym. I had planned to run 3 miles but when I got there, I realized that I’d forgot my headphones. Running for 30 minutes on the treadmill with no music is akin to torture, so I knew that if I didn’t have music to focus on, I needed something else. So I did intervals. I alternated running 3 minutes at 7.0 mph with 2 minutes at 3.5 for a recovery. I did this for 30 minutes which ended up being 2.75 miles. Close enough.

The rest of the afternoon was filled with things like napping on the couch cleaning the bathroom. I thought about going to the grocery store to get some ingredients to make a proper dinner, but felt like I should use what I have at home instead. Plus, I was being lazy. So I made a variation of my usual refried bean concoction.

Mixed Veggies

This was some sauteed veggies (Trader Joe’s Asian blend), 1 egg, some salsa, some black beans, some olives and some cheese all mixed together. Not exactly gourmet, but it’s easy and it tastes good.

I’m about to go to Target. The one near me was remodeled and apparently has fresh produce now. Woo, Target on a Saturday night to look at their vegetable selection. Did I say this was a relaxing weekend? Maybe I meant boring!

A Blah Post

I was having one of those afternoons where I couldn’t quite tell if I’m coming down with a cold, suffering from allergies or was just tired and achy from a workout that I did on Tuesday. Probably all three. Nevertheless, I went to the gym anyway. My legs were killing me from doing a leg workout for the first time in over a month (very different from the muscles that I use running, apparently!) so I just did arms and no cardio.

After my race, I was sort of at a loss in terms of what to do exercise-wise, so I started up the LiveFit Trainer again, starting from the beginning of Phase 2. I’m not so great at fitting in both the lifting and the cardio on the same days, but I like having a set lifting plan as opposed to just wandering around the gym aimlessly lifting things. I need to get back into running before I lose my endurance though; I’ve only run once (and only 2 miles) since the race two weeks ago. Umm, oops?

Today’s workout was Day 39 – arms, abs and cardio. The cardio didn’t happen. Blame Day 38. My legs are burning. Actually, if you factor in the 20 minute walk that Murphy and I went on, I did do some cardio. And I felt better too. Maybe I’m allergic to sitting in an office all day?

Probably more like I’m allergic to pretty plants like the ones that have been blooming in my backyard.

Pink Flowers

Violet

I wish I could end this post by saying that I had some wonderful meal tonight but the truth of the matter is that it’s 8pm and I haven’t even thought about what to make. My freezer is full of Trader Joe’s stuff, looks like that’s what I’ll be having.

DC Weekend

My trip to DC was mostly filled with family and food. Interestingly, I have very few pictures of either. We got into town late on Friday night and pretty much just went to sleep. On Saturday morning, I walked to Bethesda Bagels and picked up a dozen bagels. I wish I lived in an area where I could just walk over to a bagel shop. Sigh.

Bethesda Bagels and Flowers

The bagels were not for me, Jason and my mother alone, although I probably could eat four bagels, but for my Aunt, Uncle and cousins who came over for brunch. It was fun to see them, especially since I hadn’t even met my cousin’s 6 month old daughter before.

After brunch, we took naps (do you expect anything different?) and then Jason and I headed over to my father’s house for dinner with my dad, stepmother and brother who lives in the area too. Everyone had steak salad but my stepmother made some grilled shrimp for me since I don’t eat steak. After dinner, my brother took Jason and me out to a couple bars in Bethesda and we pretended that we were 24 years old again. Well, my brother didn’t have to pretend; he really is 24.

The next day, we had lunch with one of my oldest and best friends, Margaret and her 3 year old daughter Iris. Margaret’s husband is in the army and they are stationed in the middle of nowhere but she happened to be visiting when we were. Nice coincidence. We went to a really mediocre (at best) restaurant in Bethesda, so I won’t even bother to talk about it.

Originally, we were going to walk around my mother’s neighborhood and look at the Cherry Blossoms that grow there but the rainy weather had pretty much washed them all away. Some still hung on though.

Cherry Blossoms

Cherry Blossoms up close

We also, at some point, went to a Farmer’s Market. It was really too early in the year for anything good, but it was fun to look around.

Green Onions

Watermelon Radishes

I also might have dragged Jason to see The Hunger Games.

My parents live right outside of DC (they are divorced but live like 5 minutes from one another) in Maryland and a lot of the time, we don’t make it into the actual city. This time, we did, briefly to meet my mom at Busboys and Poets for lunch before we had to get back on a plane and head back to Atlanta.

DC

Chinatown

Busboys and Poets Menu

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