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TNT Take One

Edit: My post didn’t post last night! I had issues with Windows Live Writer, so consider this dated 11/21 :)

Today was my first group run with Team in Training, and it was overall pretty uneventful. We met in Gallup Park, which is where I often run with my running buddy when we do longer runs, to do a 3-mile loop. I ran with two other women (my group seems to be all female!), and we managed a pretty nice ~8:45 min/mile pace. They’re experienced runners, which is good; it’s encouraging to know that I’ll have people to run with when the mileage starts getting up there.

On the whole, though, I admit to being a bit disappointed. Most of the people in the group (the people I ran with included) seem to be in very different places in their lives than I am, and are quite different from me. I am looking forward to getting to know them more, however.

From a fundraising perspective, I am not very far at all. Tomorrow, I plan to sit down and start on my emails and letter-writing. I’m still so scared, but my team mentor seems to be very pro-active, and ready with lots of ideas, which is good.

On a non-TNT note, I ran to and from my group run today, as today was the Michigan-Ohio State football game, and I did not at all want to be out driving in that craziness, even that early in the morning (I’m pretty sure many people started tailgating last night). My run to the site was nice; it was mostly downhill and there weren’t a ton of people out yet. Back was mostly uphill, I was tired, and I was weeding through a sea of people and passing massive parties, where people were singing along to techno versions of Hail to the Victors and Party in the USA (not simultaneously, though that would have been awesome).

Overall, I ran just shy of 9 miles today, in around 1:22. So, not too shabby (yes, I realize I’m probably running way too much for this early in the training, but I think I’m just a little overexcited to get back into it. I’m sure with the holiday season, and winter coming up soon, it’ll taper off a bit).

Food has been boring the past couple of days. The most exciting thing I made/ate was Pumpkin Cornbread, of which I ate just a little bit :)

I love cornbread of any type, but this was seasonally delicious.

I’ve also eaten TJ’s Artichoke Ravioli with pesto and Great Harvest Michigan Herb bread (it has a strong dill flavor, which I love), with a side of carrots and TJ’s Chipotle Pepper Hummus for two separate meals.

I’ve been suffering from both a lack of time, and a will to get rid of stuff in my fridge, hence the repetition.

For breakfast, I did bring back an old favorite – Greek yogurt with fruit and muesli! For some reason I was just craving it yesterday, and so I had it both yesterday and today :)

It’s been so warm here, I haven’t even felt like eating oats for breakfast, unfortunately. I like to be nice and cold to really enjoy warm oatmeal in the morning, and the weather just hasn’t delivered…

So that’s that, then. I can’t wait until Thanksgiving – my first real blogging holiday :D I’m going home, and hopefully running in a Turkey Trot of some sort, so it’ll be a day of good runs and good eats! Only 5 more days…


November 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm Leave a comment

And So It Begins…

Tonight was the Kick-Off Party for Team in Training. And I am still just as terrified, but now I’m more just really ready to begin the whole thing, get training with the group, and (eek!) start fundraising. The party was really just an overview – I got there late, so I missed the fundraising party (sigh – what I need most of).

At this point, I’m terrified to fundraise, and feeling perhaps a little overconfident on the running side. Which is why I’m really looking forward to this Saturday – the first group run. I’m excited to see what levels everyone else is, and to really meet my teammates :)

I did not run today, alas. I’m planning on running the rest of the week, and had a long day today, so no run. I did, however, do some weight lifting and ab work, which was good (and much needed!). In total, I did:

  • 30 push-ups
  • 100 bicycle crunches
  • 40 reverse crunches
  • 60 oblique twists
  • 10 10-second wall sits
  • 1 minute plank (ugh!)
  • 30 arm curls
  • 30 rows
  • 30 military presses
  • 60 punches with weights
  • 30 arm raises to the front (is there a name for this?)
  • 30 arm raises to the side (or this?)

For the record, I use 5 lb weights, because I am weak, and I have no other weights :)

My food was pretty boring today, because of my hectic schedule (and the fact that I slept a little bit later than I would have maybe liked). Breakfast, I had a Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat Bagel, with crunchy peanut butter and bananas.

The bagel was so good! I like my bagels really soft, and this delivered. Props TJ’s, you once again delivered.

Before work, I ate one of my Stuffed Peppers.

I also packed some snacks to be eaten during my break, because I’m trying to not eat so much bread.

I actually succeeded, too! The only Great Harvest product I ate today was a Peanut Butter Cookie, and only because it was the end of the day, I was facing another couple of hours without food, and I needed a bit of a pick-me-up (oh, and I absolutely love peanut butter cookies).

And then I drove 45 minutes to a distant city in Michigan (it was actually a bit scary; I’m really still learning my way around, especially outside of Ann Arbor) for the Kick-Off Party.

I got back around 9:00 and ate yet another Stuffed Pepper (yup – a combination of laziness and wanting to get rid of them caused this) with carrots and TJ’s Chipotle Pepper Hummus (I’m going to try to be more creative tomorrow with my food, I promise.

Finished off with a scoop of PB&Co’s DCD and Top Chef (go Jennifer!), and that’s my day :)

November 18, 2009 at 11:14 pm 1 comment

The Best Thing About Regular Running? The Eating!

So it’s been awhile. For which I apologize; it’s just been a series of unfortunate events, if I may. A bout of homesickness, coupled with wanting to take some time off running, and really, working in a bakery, combined to equal me as a lazy lump on the couch who was eating *way* too many carbs for my own good. Ugh. Not good at all.

Last week, though, I went to a meeting at the local running store, and ended up signing up for Team in Training, with the goal of both running the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon and raising $2,200 to support the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. You can visit my page where I’ll update about this journey; it’s also where you can find the link to my TNT Site, where you are more than welcome to donate to my cause :)


Personally, I am terrified. Not so much for the marathon itself, because I am starting training in a pretty good place (although I haven’t been running as much as I would have liked – man I need to get back in shape!), and have 6 months to train. It’s going to be hard, I’m definitely not denying that, but I think I’m pretty ready to do this. However, I have no idea how I’m going to raise the money. I’ve always been bad at doing any kind of fundraising, usually putting things off until the last minute, and not doing everything that I could to succeed. But this is why I’m doing this. Being able to cross the finish line (fingers crossed!), not only having run 26.2 miles, but also knowing that I’d done at least a little to fight against the horror that is cancer.

I’m getting ready as best I can – I have my training plan on my fridge,

my site up, and I’m ready to go to the Kick-Off event this Wednesday! Let’s do this…

But anyway, I need to be in a much better mental place to do this, so I’ve begun getting myself back on track. I ran somewhere around 9 miles on Sunday, and somewhere around 4.5 today, and have been eating normally, and cooking fun food again!

Case in point: today I had pumpkin oats in a jar for breakfast

roasted vegetable soup and red peppers with hummus (the amazing Trader Joe’s Chipotle Pepper) for lunch

and made this awesome looking recipe (Pumpkin Bread Pudding) that I found via Tina’s blog for dinner. It’s really gloomy outside, so I wanted something comforting :)

I didn’t have Nature’s Pride bread, but I did have some Food for Life Ezekiel that I’m trying to get rid of. I dried it out in the oven,

made the pumpkin mixture,

and let that sit in the fridge for a couple of hours.

For the sausage, I just happened to have some Apple Chardonnay Chicken Sausage that I got at TJ’s yesterday.

It probably would have been better with uncooked sausage, as it would have crumbled and incorporated better (and the texture of these was more like a hot dog), but the flavor was still really good.

I think it turned out quite well :)

I paired it with my favorite green bean recipe ever – Kath’s Lemon Dijon Green Beans, using some beans that my brother had abandoned in the fridge :(

For dessert, I’m planning on making something fun – Quark! Quark is a German cheese-like product, similar to ricotta or sour cream (it’s somewhere in the middle).

My host family used to make it with milk, lemon, and this Vanilla Sugar stuff that’s used all over Germany in place of vanilla extract.

We’ll see how it turns out…

November 16, 2009 at 8:16 pm 1 comment


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