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March 23, 2010

I have not been awesome at keeping this blog up to date!  I haven’t been eating like a superstar, but I’ve been running like one!  (Well, a slow-motion superstar maybe).

This past weekend I was visiting my parents up on the Jersey Shore. (Side note: my friend owns the bar where Snooki got punched.  Classy!)  I logged a great 9 mile run on the boardwalk. I’m still slow, but getting that distance in makes me feel ready for the Cherry Blossom 10-mile Race coming up in three weeks. My average pace was 13:57, and that counts a looooong walk break while talking to my bar-owning friend from miles 6.5-7.5.  The cutoff pace for the race is 14:00, or else the slowpoke bus picks you up. I am cutting it close, but I have no intentions of taking such a long walk break then 🙂

Today I’m taking it easy (2m easy run) while I fight off the remnants of this cold. My voice alternates between sounding like an old man and a crackling prepubescent boy


First Garmin Run!

March 11, 2010

I did it!  This morning I got up super early, drove to work, and went for a run on the bike path with my new Garmin305!  Check me out! The pace was a bit off because I forgot to turn it off at the end. It was my longest run without walk breaks ever – 5.5 miles!

Bread, Hike & Garmin!

March 9, 2010

Whew – is the weekend really over?  I had a great relaxing weekend in town with the hubby, including:

  • Dinner w/ a former colleague and his wife Friday night. It was nice to hang out with them, and I hope we do it again because it would be nice to have some married friends who live nearby!
  • Saturday morning I dragged my butt out of bed for BodyPump!  It was my first Saturday morning workout in weeks, and felt great!
  • After pump, I headed over to the Falls Church Farmer’s market for the first time in 2010! I was disappointed that the vendors were out of fresh eggs, but got some great apples, sweet potatoes and foccacia bread.
  • To continue my healthy Saturday, I went on a fantastic outdoor run.  It was SO nice and warm – tons of people were out biking and walking their dogs. I was only scheduled for 4 miles,  but ran 5.6m because I had slacked last weekend and earlier in the week.
  • Saturday night, my husband and I watched 2 movies. I loved Marley & Me, even though I recognize it was a pretty terrible movie.  MY GOSH what a tear-jerker!  Movies with old or sick dogs always get me because they remind me of all the great dogs my family had when I was younger. My husband has never had a pet, and he though I was crazy for sobbing.  The second movie we watched was “A Serious Man,” which I had confused with “A Single Man.”  I kept waiting for Colin Firth to appear!  It was a good, but dark movie.
  • Sunday, after some yummy waffles, I made my first ever loaf of bread!  I used Mark Bittman’s “No-Knead Bread” recipe. It seems like a lot of effort because you need to prepare the dough a day early & let it rise for 18 hours, but it was worth it!
  • After breadmaking, my husband and I went for a wonderful hike at Bull Run Mountain.
  • Sunday night we went over a friend’s place for an Oscar watch party, complete with champagne!  We were thrilled for NPH’s appearance!

Mmk, photos!

Recipe, with the only ingredients!  It may sound silly, but I never knew you could make bread with so little!

We had to make the dough into a ball. It wasn’t supposed to stick!  I guess I need more flour next time. It reminded me of Nickelodeon Gak – remember that stuff??

Sticky Dough!

Covered w/ cotton. Thrilling, no?

Ready for the oven! The recipe calls for you to use a pre-heated dutch oven as a bread oven!

1/2 way through – time to take off the lid.


Doesn’t look bad!


Happy, carb-lovin Shannon!

We saw some old buildings/ruins on our hike.

I spot a handsome man!

I joined him.

Onto Monday… Look at what I got in the mail!

I shall call her “Garma.”  I was worried that it would be ENORMOUS because it always looks so big on other girls’ wrists, but I forgot that I am a giant with MONSTER HANDS!

She makes me pretty happy! I can’t wait to try her out on Wednesday’s training run!  I’m going to try to run near work and shower there, so that I catch some sunlight in the morning.

Choose Your Hard

March 4, 2010

I read a quote on somebody’s Sparkpage (part of my favorite diet support site – sparkpeople.com – here’s my page) the other day that’s really stuck with me:

“Being fit is hard. Being fat is hard. Choose your hard.”

This is so true. There are so many times that we get SO SICK of watching our food and exercise, often with slow-to-come rewards. But it’s important to remember that the other option was hard too.  I am not happy if I’m binging. I am not happy if I’m out of shape. I am not happy if I’m busting out of my pants.

This quote found me at a particularly good time, as I’ve been frustrated with the turtle scale lately.  I’ve lost 3 pounds since 1/1/10, and I need to see that as an achievement rather than a frustration. If I continue to lose 1.5 pounds / month, I’ll be in a much healthier place by 2011. The time will pass anyway. It will be hard anyway. I choose the healthy hard.