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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Walk of Shame

I think most of us are familiar with the walk of shame. The morning after a night out when you have to awkwardly shuffle home. Your hair might be tangled. Your mascara is everywhere but your eyelashes. You are wearing painfully high heels and a mini skirt on a Sunday morning. And of course, you will run into someone you know, and lie through your teeth about heading to the grocery store to get ingredients for pancakes. Because you always do your grocery shopping wearing glitter.

Maybe you personally never did the walk of shame, but odds are that you know someone who did.

I am allegedly an adult now. I have a standard office job, live in a nice apartment, and am a wife. Your typical "Walk of Shame" has not been a part of my life for many, many years. In recent months, I have found a replacement. My adult walk of shame, if you will.

Our apartment building is fortunate enough to have a door woman. She is awesome. She answers any building related inquiries we have. She carried countless wedding presents up to our apartment door. She constantly tells me how much she loves Rob and how lucky I am to be Mrs. Smith. But more on that another time.

She is also a bit of a chatty lady. I am also usually running late for work. This combination is not good. I try to rush out of the lobby with my head down or doing something "important" on my phone. I figure if I look super rushed, then she won't try to chat. This almost always works.

Without fail, at least once a week, I get across the street and realize I forgot something. It's usually something like an umbrella, my ipod, or socks for the gym. I don't really need these things or can find a substitute at work or CVS. Not worth going back home, or more importantly back by the door woman who saw me leave 2 minutes ago.

I got across the intersection this morning when it hit me that I had forgotten my lunch. Food is a different ballgame. I spent time putting together all the little bits and pieces for a healthy lunch and snack. Now they were sitting out on the counter going to waste. I thought about my poor little wedge of delicious Laughing Cow Cheese. Could I really let that go to waste?

Obviously I could not. Moments before, I had scurried across the intersection in front of my apartment trying to cross before the light turned green. Now I had to scurry quickly back where I came from. I am sure I confused a couple Boston commuters.

Then I had to walk back into the lobby. The door woman looked up from her paper with a confused look. I sheepishly mumbled that I had forgotten something, though I don't know why I felt the need to explain myself.

I quickly grabbed my lunch, wishing I had a cuter bag instead of my ratty plastic CVS bag. (I mean, if if I were a door woman, I'd want to know what someone rushed back for.)

I hung my head low and averted eye contact as I headed out the building for the second time that morning. Scurrying once again across the intersection. Everything about this maneuver screamed walk of shame to me. At least this time I am wearing sensible shoes.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Getting into Yoga

I have a love/hate relationship with yoga.

As a cardio-junkie, I tend to shy away from things that don't get my heart rate to climb. So it wasn't love right away for me and yoga. Looking back, this makes sense. I was going to an "all levels" class, and either couldn't do certain poses or didn't know what they were. Eventually I realized that no matter how I felt during those classes, I always left feeling great. My attitude was better. I felt relaxed. My muscles felt loose.

Since starting my practice about a year ago, I've gotten more comfortable. I've gone to many different teachers at different studios. I have favorite poses and have a few that I continue to work toward. Yoga may not be my favorite workout, but I enjoy attending a class a few times a month. My body has come to crave it, and often it is just the restoration I need.

After Sunday's pitiful race, I spend most of Monday icing achy muscles and hanging out on the couch. Yesterday I was ready to get active again, but felt my body wasn't quite ready to run. There was a slow flow yoga class at my gym last night, and I debated all day about going.

The class was a mix of easy and relaxing poses with some really challenging ones thrown in. It was an interesting contrast, and there were definitely women of all abilities in that room. By the time I left, I knew I had made the right call. I feel much better today and hopefully will make it out for a run this evening.



Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Boston's Run to Remember Half Marathon

Hi, can we go back to the long weekend? I really enjoyed my Monday. Sleeping in, watching Law & Order reruns, and reading. Ah good times.

Not good times? My half marathon this weekend. It was certainly a lovely race that I would probably do again, but personally, Sunday's race was just a flop for me.



Saturday morning, I woke up bright and early and headed out to the expo. I knew Jane was going early too, so I was hoping to see her. She beat me there and was in and out in no time.

Once I got there, I saw why. It was a really tiny expo with only a handful of tables. Really easy to pick-up your number and t-shirt. It seemed like a fun place for families as there was a kids section with bounce houses. Never have seen those at an expo!

I was in and out in no time. Usually I am torn at expos. I want to walk around and see everything but know I should rest my feet. This race expo at least made that choice easy!

The race had a 7am start which meant an early wake-up, so I was exhausted before the race had even started. I had usual pre-race jitters which didn't help. Plus my ride had fallen through, and I was unsure of how to get to the start.

I ended up making it to the start with some time to spare. The corral was crowded and I ended up starting farther back than I had hoped. As the race started I tried to remember to hold back and not go out too fast. The course was pretty crowded so this wasn't too much of a problem.
I love the cityscape on the bib!

I am usually super excited at the start of a race. I love taking in the sights and the sounds. The cool morning air energizes me, and I fall in love with running all over again. For whatever reason, I didn't feel that way on Sunday. I felt sluggish and tired. Recently I haven't been using an ipod for races, but that morning, the thought of running without it scared me. Mentally, I couldn't get my head into the game.

It's a shame as it's truly an amazing course I saw the Boston Harbor Hotel ahead (site of my wedding), and I was sure that would give me a boost. Nope. I had to fight the urge to run in and curl up on a plush couch in the lobby. After running by the water, you run by Mass General and head over to the esplanade and run by the river, which is one of my favorite spots to run in Boston.

The spectators were amazing, and definitely keep me pushing myself. I was wearing my new I <3 Sweat" shirt, and plenty of people shouted at me about my sweaty love. One girl even yelled "You don't look sweaty. You look AWESOME!" That seriously made me laugh.

At one point we ran by a hotel where a guest was standing in front of his window watching the race...totally naked! Definitely a surprise!

There were moments where I felt good and thought, "I got this." Unfortunately, they were too few and far between to make it the epic race I had hoped for. I got a low battery message from my Garmin around mile 9. All I could think was if this dies, then I give-up! But then I realized I am better than that and how silly would that be! Luckily the Garmin held in until the end, because my bratty half was in full force. I might thrown the clunky watch at some innocent spectator.

Speaking of my Garmin, it was about two tenths of a mile off of what the course markers were. It was a little disheartening as I'd think I was at mile 11 and realize that it was actually around the corner. It was also a little unnerving when I saw several runners passed out on the sidelines. The heat was a bit brutal, and some of the water stops were congested or were just trying to keep up with the demand. I wouldn't be surprised if people opt to skip the stations despite their thirst.

I had take a couple of walking breaks around the water stations, but at mile 11, I vowed just to keep at it. Ideally, I would have gone hard, but I just didn't have it in me. The last half mile I kept wanting to quit, and if I hadn't been so close, I might have.

My Garmin was showing that the finish should be approaching, but I couldn't see the finish line. I didn't want to go all out without having my eye on the prize. It wasn't until I was at the timing mat that I realize I was at the finish. There was no marker other than the mat and a clock. No big sign or dangling carrot. It was one of the most anticlimactic finishes I've ever experiences.

My final time was 2:13:12. Disappointing as my training runs had me going at a much quicker pace. I guess this race just wasn't meant to be a big success for me. I would do this race again. It's for a good cause and the course is awesome. Sunday just wasn't my day.

I survived!


Friday, May 25, 2012

Peanut Butter Heaven

A holiday weekend is just hours away! I am pumped. It's the unofficial start of summer, official start to summer hours at the office, and best of all, almost time for a half marathon!


I'm actually a little nervous as I didn't approach this with much of a plan. Sure I did a few longer runs, but I haven't run 13 miles since Goofy. Regardless, I know I will have fun, and that's really what running is about.

Obviously I'm excited to run, but I'm especially excited for my pre-race fuel. Thanks to a recent order I received from Peanut Butter & Company.


Yes, this IS what heaven looks like
Peanut Butter & Company is having a Memorial Day sale, so I purchased four different flavors of peanut butter. Each are amazingly tasty. The White Chocolate Wonderful was a new treat for me, and I am happy to report that it is every bit as wonderful as the name suggests.

I am in love. Perhaps I will run faster just knowing that they are waiting at home to be devoured by the peanut butter monster (aka me).


Thursday, May 24, 2012

BarSculpt

This week has been like Christmas. Sort of. I went on a bit of an online shopping spree, so I've been getting a lot of packages in the mail this week.

I came home from BarSculpt yesterday (more on that in a minute) and found my BIC Bands had arrived! I fell in love with BIC Bands when Jane gave me one awhile ago. They are great at holding my hair back. They don't move during workouts. The best part? They're super cute!

Since I am taking a rest day today, I was sad that I'd have to wait to wear one of my new headbands. In fact, I disliked that so much that I ended up wearing one to work today.


Even better? I remembered I own sparkly flip flops in a similar color. It's sandal weather today so I figured I'd tie my "look" together.


Now that I've bored dazzled you with my sparkles, let's talk BarSculpt.


I finally went to my first BarSculpt class last night after hearing raves about about The Bar Method and Barre classes. BarSculpt is my gym's version of these, and I figured why not check it out.


Right out the gate, we started with mountain climbers. With socks (or towels if you left your socks at home like a donkey). On the hardwood floor. I had to stop a couple of times. I am not a fan of Mountain Climbers anyway, and it was a little too intense of a start for me.


After that, we used these little baby weights. They were 1 or 2lbs and were yellow or pink. Total "Barbie weights."  Honestly, I was skeptical that these weights would do anything for my muscles.



The exercises ended up being fast paced with little rest. The constant motion of totally new moves worked new muscles and left me surprisingly fatigued. I wish I'd had some heavier weights for things like kickbacks and rows. I'm used to using about 10lbs more for those exercises, but oh well.



We then started using the bar, doing plie type squats. My quads were burning by the end! I was happy when we moved on to do ab work.


Overall I was not a huge fan of the class. I am a cardio junkie, so that wasn't very surprising to me. It reminded me of the first few times I did yoga, where I left not feeling like I worked out but still knew certain muscles were fatigued. I found it hard to pick-up some of the moves, so I would probably enjoy the class more if I knew what I was doing. I did enjoy trying something different, and I enjoyed that it was challenging. I am willing to go a few more times to get the hang of things. I probably won't go back to this particular class, as it was hard making it on time from work and I will definitely need to get in my cardio beforehand!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A Night with Bill Rogers

Last night I totally geeked out on running. The BAA sponsored a training clinic for participants of their 10k next month. They opened up their office and Bill Rogers spoke.



Between work and the clinic, I went to the gym to tackle another treadmill workout.


This workout was less successful than last week. I had some technical difficulties with the treadmill and had to switch, which killed my momentum. I had a super long warm up and I found the transitions on this particular workout a little harder to manage. I think it would have been easier to do 6mph recovery over 4.5mph.

When I had done about 2/3 of the workout, I accidentally hit the stop on the treadmill. Does this happen to anyone else? I feel like I hit it all the time, and it's so annoying. I was frustrated so I walked for like 5 minutes and then went to go foam roll. This gave me just enough time to head home to change into some less smelly workout clothes before heading out to the training clinic.

I had to look up where the training clinic was, and came to find out it was right next to my gym. Ooops! Luckily my apartment wasn't too far away, and besides, it felt really good to get into some clean clothes.

I arrived about 20 minutes before the presentation began, so I grabbed my materials and headed upstairs to the BAA Office. The place was filled with memorabilia. It's the BAA's 125th anniversary, so there was a lot of history in there!


Memories of the Inaugural 10K

Bibs from this years' winners


Katherine Switzer's Sweatshirt
John Kelley has his Own Case

Trophy with the Winners

In the back there was a Bill Rogers case, and the man was standing there chatting up people. He was super nice, but unfortunately it was time for him to head down before I had a chance to talk to him.

At the clinic, they went over a handout of training plan and gave different tips for running. Bill Rogers then got up and spoke. He was funny, interesting, and so down to earth. Even though he is practically super human, he truly spoke to runners of every ability.



Some of the things I took away:
- He had been running for 7 years before he did his first 10k. Of course the world of running was much different than it is today. He said he had no training plan or anything. 
- He dropped out of his first marathon. Again, he didn't have a training plan and claimed he didn't know what to do. And clearly he eventually figured this one out. He said you got to know when to hold 'em and when to fold 'em
- He said that a runner needs support. Get a running buddy who runs your pace. He stressed how huge it was to have family or friends on the course. So true!

The BAA then had a panel of experts who answered questions. They fielded everything from questions about the water stations (one at every mile except 6, with gatorade at mile 4). They talked about how you should use your training to test what's right for you. They also talked about running outside, no matter the conditions, so that you would be prepared race day. We also heard interesting stories, like how one of them never sleeps well before a race, whether it was a Turkey Trot where 1st place got pie or the Olympics. (Another panelist seemed skeptical, comparing gold medal or... pie. I bet it was good pie)

The ended the clinic with a raffle. I didn't win, but I did enjoy the cute raffle tickets.

Not a winner but love it anyway

My stomach was growling most of the clinic, so I headed home for dinner. But the staff was really open to talking one-on-one with anyone who stayed. They were so friendly, and if I weren't so shy or such a fat kid, I probably would have stuck around for some more chatting. 

I'm going to try the training plan they gave us. I don't think I've ever done a 10k training plan, so I'm curious. One thing is for sure, I will be going to the next clinic!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Improvement

It's another rainy day here in Boston. I will be doing another treadmill workout after work today.

Last night, we had the final session of our boot camp. I did not sign-up for another session, which makes me a bit nervous. I'm hoping that I can keep up the routine by incorporating strength training into my weekly workouts.

At the beginning of the 6 weeks, we did a little assessment. We did push-ups for one minute, squats for a minute, and timed how long we could hold a plank.

6 Weeks Ago...
Push-ups: 20
Plank: 65 seconds
Squats: 31

Yesterday...
Push-ups: 34
Plank: 112 seconds
Squats: 43

Improvement in all three! For the push-ups the trainer called out that we were halfway done, and I was already at 20, so I knew I was in good shape and went a bit easier on myself in the second half. I was actually really nervous about the plank, because I have trouble holding it for longer than a minute still. Don't know what happened yesterday! Whooo! I'm psyched!

Between these results and my 10k improvement from the weekend, I'm on a strength training high right now. With no more boot camp, I'm going to try to see what I can do on my own. I'm planning on taking advantage of the classes at the gym (hello, Body Pump), and I know that if I do workouts on my own, that I will need a set plan.

I'd love to track my progress, but I'm not sure if these 3 areas are the best way to do that. Any ideas? How do you track your fitness?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Strawberry Shortcake 10K

This weekend I had the pleasure of running the Strawberry Shortcake 10k in Plympton.



Well, not that Strawberry Shortcake. The other one....





Yum! If you are wondering, we did all get the tasty dessert upon finishing. Such a delicious way to end the race. (Though I was tempted to dress up in green and white knee socks and wear pink in honor of Ms. Shortcake. Then Erin told me it was not that kind of race.)

The race did not start out quite as well. I woke up bright and early, totally in the mood to just stay in bed. I picked out a cute running skirt and wore a sparkly headband to get into race mode, and it kiiiind of worked.






My brain was not in the mood though. As I went to put on my sneakers, I noticed I grabbed two different shoes.





Don't know how that happened, as clearly Rob and I have stellar shoe organization system going on.





I put on the right shoes, choked down ate a stale bagel thin with peanut butter, then got in the car to drive to Plympton. I forgot to grab water when I left the apartment, so I was super thirsty by the time I got to the race. We had a ton of G2 and Powerade in our trunk, so I was able to have a few sips of a warm grape Gatorade that sort of did the trick. Sort of.

I met up with Erin and her friend and we chatted until the start of the race. I just felt tired and a bit sluggish. Erin and I started close to the front, and when the race began, she took off! I knew I couldn't keep up, but I figured my goal would be to at least keep her in my sight.

About half a mile in, I was tempted to give up. I was tired and not really feeling the run. I knew the course was hilly, and even thought I've done 8-10 mile runs the past few weekends, I doubted my ability to finish the race. I thought about how I could quit now and could just walk to the start.

A running coach once told me that you shouldn't judge a run until you're 2 miles in. These words have always stuck with me, because I find them to be very true. The mood of the first few steps doesn't always carry over to the rest of the run.

When I saw the mile 1 marker on the course, I glanced at my Garmin and was surprised to see I had exactly 1 mile. (Usually weaving or taking the outside of a turn will add on fractions of a mile so the distance on my Garmin is typically higher than the course markers). I was also surprised to see a 8:12 pace. I usually take the Garmin pace with a grain of salt but it seemed right here. 

The first water stop was about a half mile after that, and I was grateful for the water. Especially since all the water stations were staffed by Daisies and Weblos (the youngest member of the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts). They were adorable, and while I usually don't stop at every water station during a race, I found that I couldn't say no to the little kids offering me a drink.

It may have been a little past mile 2 when I finally got into my groove. I had to remind myself that the course was hilly in the second half, so I tried to slow it down a bit. All along I could see Erin's blue shirt up ahead like a dangling carrot I would try to run for but would never reach.

The hills definitely slowed me down, and shortly after mile 4, I lost Erin from my sight. I still kept pushing and started passing other racers who were losing steam. The race description had boasted a downhill finish, so while I felt like I was constantly climbing. I knew the end would be sweet.

At mile 5 I glanced at my watch and realized that I was going to finish this race under 55 minutes. My last 10k was just a hair under 56 minutes and was a much easier course, so I was feeling really good!

My official time was 54 minutes and 25 seconds, and I was pumped! Not a PR but the fastest I had run in awhile. It was a tough course too, so I earned that shortcake.

The best part? Erin placed! That speedy girl!





Friday, May 18, 2012

Mickey Mouse is Trying to Kill Me

I think Mickey Mouse is trying to kill me. I mean why else would he try to lure me into doing another Goofy Challenge?

2013 is the 20th anniversary of the Disney Marathon, so Disney just announced a new race course. It looks awesome!




Damn you Disney! Making racing too much fun. And yes, I realize this is me calling running 39.3 miles in two days "fun."

Why the Goofy? Well I am without question doing the half marathon in 2013, as it will be a bunch of my friends' first half marathon. I'm super torn, and if I hadn't had so much fun in 2012, then this would not be nearly as tempting. Right now, all I can picture are Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Cinderella and her stepsisters, Jack Sparrow, Winnie the Pooh and Tiger, and of course Mickey and Minnie. They are all awaiting me with open arms on the Disney course and will be very lonely if I don't run past. Plus, a special surprise at mile 20???

I bet there will be a cool t-shirt and an even cooler medal.

Anyway, after 3 days of intense workouts and a race this weekend, I decided a rest day was in order. Rest day meant free time, so I decided to do some baking.

After purusing the internet, I saw this Flaugnarde of Mixed Berries on the Skinny Taste website, and I knew I had to make it.

It's a pretty easy recipe. Just throw some berries in a pan, mix up the ingredients, pour the batter over the berries and pop it into the oven. It took about 50 minutes to cook, and waiting was the hardest part.

I cut myself a piece and sprinkled it with powdered sugar. I just loved the custard texture of this dessert. It was sweet but not too sweet, and the berries made it seem light. I think it's a great summer dessert. It was so easy and tasty, I will definitely be making it again. I'd love to experiment with different fruit. An apple caramel flugnarde sounds awesome to me...

I don't know why Picasa hates the bottom of this photo. At least you can see the good stuff.
Fun fact? Apparently this is really a clafoutis but with mixed berries. Only if the dessert is made with black cherries is it a clafoutis. If it's made with another fruit, then it's a flugnarde.



Another fun fact, apparently I should have baked this in a round cake or pie pan. Next time!



Thursday, May 17, 2012

Power Walk

The Dress for Success Boston Power Walk was last Saturday in South Boston. The goal of the walk was to raise awareness and money for the Boston boutique.

As a volunteer, we had to arrive by 7am for set-up. I was not excited by this early time, but at least it was a gorgeous day and this helped me make the most of it! Plus Carla was volunteering and knowing you're seeing one of your best friends makes any experience more enjoyable.



We arrived and were put to work unloading a truck, organizing t-shirts, setting-up a kids activity table, and other tasks to get ready for the walkers' arrival.


Before I knew it, they were starting the pre-walk warm-up lead by a local personal trainer. I was assigned to be a course marshal during the race. My post was about a mile into the course. All this meant was I held a sign with an arrow directing people where to go. I headed to my post about 30 minutes to the start and waited for the walkers.

It was certainly a gorgeous day, so people were out and about running, walking, biking and playing with their dogs. Perfect for people watching!

Okay so this doesn't show it being busy, but it was. Really.

After about 45 minutes the last of the walkers had passed me. The course was one big circle, so I headed back to the start so we could cheer on the finishers. I grabbed Carla along the way, and we enjoyed our own power walk to the finish area.


Katie from Wicked Fit was there, and she was pretty friendly and was talking with the Executive Director of DFS on how she'd mention the walk on her twitter account and such!

There wasn't much to do post-race. We helped clean up a bit and then were on our way.

Overall the walk was a success! (no pun intended) Thousands were raised for the boutique, and the DFS staff seemed pleased. I am sure they were relieved to see all their hard work pay off!

If you're interested in learning more about Dress for Success Boston, click here to visit their website.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

An Interest in Pinterest

Okay, so I admit, I never really got on the Pinterest bandwagon. I think it'd be great for wedding planning, but it came along a bit too late in the game for my wedding. Besides that, I didn't really see the point.

Then I discovered workouts...

Thanks to my newly created "Fitness" board, I have a go to list of workouts that I can print and take with me to the gym. I've found that if I hit up the gym without a trainer or a class, then I definitely need a plan!

I used one of my new found workouts at the gym last night.



Boy was I a sweaty mess after! I will definitely being doing this one again! I've tried doing treadmill workouts like this before, but always from memory, which just doesn't work for me. My memory sucks. Having the printed copy was the perfect reference.

And thanks to on demand programming, I was able to catch-up on the Big Bang Theory. Being able to focus on just the program and not trying to remember what speed I needed to do at what time made the workout that much more enjoyable!

Also good for the fitness board? Motivational pins!



Ok, so my first thought when debating going for a run will not be to look up motivation on Pinterest. However, these mantras will stick with me, and hopefully they will give me the extra push when needed.

Are you a Pinterest addict? What do you use it for?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Weekend Recap

Another Monday is here! I know I say this every single month, but I really can't believe it's the middle of May already!

This weekend was nice. A good combo of busy and relaxing.

Saturday, Carla and I volunteered at the Dress for Success Power Walk. I have a few photos ofrom the event, but of course, I left my camera at home. So I'll write more on the Power Walk later. For now I leave you with this beauty.

Cargo: Volunteer Rockstars


My legs were tired this week. In fact, Friday night I took a body pump that kicked my butt! My muscles were literally shaking during some of the exercises. Between that and being on my feet all morning at the Power Walk, I decided to rest up Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

With no running on the agenda, here are a few non-running related lame things excitement from this weekend:

1. Toilet problem solved! The carpenter had the smart idea of just carving a little nook for the toilet cover.

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2. I enjoyed a great German Riesling, courtesy of my friend Erin.

It's really bright in this photo but I promise it was like 7pm at this point


3. I got to use our fancy new wine opener. Love wedding gifts! And now my penguin opener has a friend.

I like tools that are useful and cute!


I headed out on to our balcony to sit with my wine, and promptly broke our chair and spilled my wine. Perhaps this is a sign that I should have gotten my big booty to the gym!!

Friday, May 11, 2012

The Joys of Foam Rolling

Yesterday was one of those days when I got to the T station just in time to see my train pull away. Fantastic start to the day.

I had planned on going for a run after work. It ended up being a gorgeous afternoon. However, my body had other plans. The right side of my body was super tight. I decided to go home and foam roll (which I failed to do after boot camp the day before) and see how I felt after that.


This is a TriggerPoint Grid Foam Roller. It has three different type of surfaces. Low and flat (feels like forearm or palm), high and firm (feels like fingertips), and medium and tubular (to feel like the finger and thumb). I'm not sure I get that impression from all the little groves and such, but it definitely gets the job done.





Smooth surfaced foam rollers are just as awesome. I really think foam rolling has made a difference for me. For some great exercises, check out the Runner's World website.

The foam rolling definitely made my quads, hamstrings, and glutes feel better, but my calf was really tender. Really tender. So I opted to take the night off.

Remember those grooves? Do you see them on my leg? I sported a sexy grid thanks to my foam roller. Don't be jealous.

Also don't be jealous of our new toilet.


Notice a problem? Yeah, the lid doesn't fit under the counter. someone is coming in today to check out our "options."

I caught a train right away this morning, so let's hope Friday has a better day in store!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Brownies for Game Night

Last night's boot camp was tough. (Nothing new) My shoulders were still sore from the 110 push-ups we did Monday. Yup. 110!

Yesterday, we did lots of stairs. Lots and lots of stairs. We also did quite a few tricep focused moves, and I finished off the workout with a half mile run. I discovered the treadmills now show landscapes like Chicago, LA, the Swiss Alps, and the Black Forest. I can't wait to check these out! Great inspiration to get me to the gym!

After boot camp, I got myself cleaned up and headed to Carla's for game night! We played "Cards Against Humanity" which was hilarious! I would say that this game was perfect for our crowd, but I noticed the tagline is "a game for horrible people"... Hmmmm

I also stuffed my face with chips, dip, cheese, and wine. Yum! Carla is a wonderful hostess!

Game night gave me the perfect excuse to try a recipe for Red Velvet Brownies with a White Chocolate Buttercream. I made a few alterations (like adding a dash of salt to the frosting and using less sugar, since the author commented how sweet the frosting was). I also took the traditional route of mixing wet ingredients first and mixing the dry ingredients separately, and adding the food coloring last. Maybe this is why my brownies didn't come out super red?



I also cheated a bit with the frosting, using white chocolate chips. The store didn't have white chocolate in bar form, so I had to work with what they had. Shhhh, don't tell!

Using chips when the recipe states not to... I would never!
I was also really excited to use one of our wedding gifts. A cute square baking dish. While it was great for the brownies, it would be an excellent oven-to-table piece! Perfect for entertaining.





I also used this adorable cake tester.




I like the written reminder, in case I forget its purpose
I am happy to report the brownies were well received. Only two remained at the end of the evening!


My brownies, hanging out on Carla's stylish platter


Game Night was so much fun, but I totally crashed as soon as we got home. I am dragging this morning, but hopefully I'll get a second wind. After all, I have a date with a treadmill!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Running Addict




This was in response to my 10 mile run. You would think Disney's Goofy Challenge or one of my 5 previous marathons (two which she watched!) would have clued her into my addiction. It's all okay, Mom. I love you no matter.

Probably shouldn't tell her that next month I'm running a 5k Saturday and a 10k Sunday....