1. 18:34 1st Sep 2014

    Notes: 27

    Tags: my food

    So much good food/food prep today:

    • Baked Oatmeal for breakfast
    • Typical lunch of apple with ham, Dijon, egg, spinach, toasted bread, but done my original way with sunny side up eggs
    • Egg Bake for a couple of weekday breakfasts
    • Cumin-Lime Chickpea Salad for late afternoon snackage
    • Raspberry Streusel Bars as part of my thank you package for my coworker for letting us borrow his cutting and mowing tools yesterday (also took the rare opportunity to replace the mediocre photos from my 2011 post on these bars)
    • "Jacques Chicken" with sauteed green beans and bacon and roasted potatoes for dinner
    • Most of the breast meat of the roast chicken hacked up with Hatch chiles, mayonnaise, Dijon, and onion for tomorrow’s lunches (my favorite way to use Hatch chiles!)

    I also snacked on peanut butter, a protein bar, and air-popped popcorn. Hungry as I am these last few days of high activity, I am holding steady at eight weeks of no junk food/bingeing. Happiness.

     
  2. 12:19

    Notes: 41

    Tags: runningintervalswalking

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    The run:

I feel like a badass today. After the hardest day of outdoor work ever on Sunday, I still went out this morning and nailed my speed intervals, with my four half-mile sprints averaging an 8:09 pace. I feel so strong!

Guys. This run made me really feel like “I AM BACK” (and thank you, espressoandendorphins for using that phrase on my 8-miler on Saturday!). My pace was fast, my posture was spot on, and my legs and lungs were happy. This was amazing.
I feel incredibly good about myself not only for doing this, but, as stated above, for doing it after Sunday’s labor. Truly, I have never worked harder in my life than I did mowing, cutting, pulling plants, and moving small trees yesterday. It was the most I have ever sweated, including during any of my Half Marathons. I probably burned a full day’s calories in three hours. Today, my arms are sore from top to bottom, along with my upper legs, and I am scratched and bruised everywhere.
And you know what? IT ROCKS. I feel tough and athletic and sturdy. Hard work is the best thing in the world - physically, mentally, and spiritually. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

    The run:

    I feel like a badass today. After the hardest day of outdoor work ever on Sunday, I still went out this morning and nailed my speed intervals, with my four half-mile sprints averaging an 8:09 pace. I feel so strong!

    Guys. This run made me really feel like “I AM BACK” (and thank you, espressoandendorphins for using that phrase on my 8-miler on Saturday!). My pace was fast, my posture was spot on, and my legs and lungs were happy. This was amazing.

    I feel incredibly good about myself not only for doing this, but, as stated above, for doing it after Sunday’s labor. Truly, I have never worked harder in my life than I did mowing, cutting, pulling plants, and moving small trees yesterday. It was the most I have ever sweated, including during any of my Half Marathons. I probably burned a full day’s calories in three hours. Today, my arms are sore from top to bottom, along with my upper legs, and I am scratched and bruised everywhere.

    And you know what? IT ROCKS. I feel tough and athletic and sturdy. Hard work is the best thing in the world - physically, mentally, and spiritually. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

     
  3. Monthly Mileage for August 2014: 91.40

    • 4.45 hiking
    • 74.00 running
    • 12.95 walking

    Great month, considering the heat, my general feeling of fatigue and burnout, and on and off sickness. I’m proud of all my activity, but especially proud that I reached my intended distance milestone (8) for Half Marathon training progress.

    September is going to bring even more intense mileage as I aim for a 12-miler by the end of the month. Looking forward to every bit of it. Feeling great!

     
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    I spent three hours in the woods this morning doing the hardest physical labor of my life and all I got in return was this view. Worth it. #sky #sunrise #nofilter

    I spent three hours in the woods this morning doing the hardest physical labor of my life and all I got in return was this view. Worth it. #sky #sunrise #nofilter

     
  5. 16:54 30th Aug 2014

    Notes: 24

    Tags: my food

    Good eats.

    Chicken Chorizo Patty Melts for lunch. Immensely satisfying. I’m so happy I made a back stock of these patties for the freezer.

    And my recently posted Sausage, Spinach, and Pepperoni Pasta Bake, but with Ragu Bolognese from the freezer (replaced the Italian Sausage, tomato sauce, onion and garlic). Steve’s suggestion. This. Was. RIDICULOUS. Like INSANELY good. Steve has the best food ideas sometimes!

     
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    Finally got my own broadheads. Ready to go!

    Finally got my own broadheads. Ready to go!

     
  7. 12:26

    Notes: 49

    Tags: running gear

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    New Brooks Glycerin 12. I had to. They’re so damn beautiful.

    New Brooks Glycerin 12. I had to. They’re so damn beautiful.

     
  8. 08:53

    Notes: 42

    Tags: runningmemy food

    Morning!

    I’m writing this to you a little tired, and a little red and raw in the cheeks from wiping stinging sweat away too much with my shirt while running, but I am HAPPY CONTENT PROUD HAPPY. My run:

    We did it! 8 miles! Super proud of both of us for getting this done today. It felt great. We were also deeply rewarded by a few different sunrise views along the way, a couple of them so stunning I literally have no words to describe them properly. Today was good for the body, mind, and spirit - the best kind of run.

    Breakfast of Baked Oatmeal rejuvenated as always, and I added a bit of blueberry Greek yogurt today for good measure.

    Off to Cabela’s for broadheads and Dick’s for new running shoes for me (woohoo!) and the grocery store for eggs. Later!

     
  9. 18:15 29th Aug 2014

    Notes: 27

    Tags: my food

    Took care of two of my “chores” tonight: restocked the freezer with some Chorizo and Egg Burritos and the refrigerator with Baked Oatmeal. This way I only have a few food prep things to do on Monday instead of five.

    I also made the BEST EVER Pork Chops with Pineapple Fried Rice for dinner. A little extra bell pepper, 4 more ounces of seared pineapple and cooking the egg separately all did wonders for the rice. Sosososo good.

    Off to relax for a bit. 8 miles before sunrise tomorrow. I will certainly feel rested for it - no runs the last two days. Yesterday was a planned day off. Today was supposed to be a quick 3 but mother nature said no way, with buckets of rain coming down in the wee hours of the morning. It’s probably for the best. I have spent the last two days fully getting over the remainder of my sickness - Wednesday night was the WORST - and now I feel like I can face tomorrow’s mileage with strength.

    Happy long weekend!

     
  10. 11:50

    Notes: 30

    Tags: meflashback friday

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    Flashback Friday: December 2005, me at the shooting range in Dallas with Steve and friends, on our annual holiday trip back from California. Love this shot of me, love this gun.

    Flashback Friday: December 2005, me at the shooting range in Dallas with Steve and friends, on our annual holiday trip back from California. Love this shot of me, love this gun.

    (Source: happyhealthycook)