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Just Another Manic…

Monday Tuesday. I woke up with the this feeling for sure!

I know it is Tuesday, but after the weekend I had I am feeling and intense case of the Monday’s! It all started when I wanted oatmeal and we were out of banana ans milk (and pretty much everything else). So, I settled for an egg white and reduced fat cheddar omelet with apple slices and a piece of whole wheat toast and cinnamon accompanied by coffee.

We had nothing around that house that would have made a substantial lunch so I had to buy lunch- which is dislike doing, but I very, very rarely do it. I went across the street to the cheapest salad bar I know and got myself a salad.I thought I would eat while reading an article for class, but alas I had no motivation. So I just ate and went back to work.

The salad had so much yummy stuff in it:

  • Spring Mix
  • Cucumbers
  • Tomatoes
  • Kidney bean
  • Chickpeas
  • Tuba
  • Roasted Beets
  • Roasted mushrooms
  • Feta
  • Olives
  • Olive Oil
  • Balsamic Vinegar

I have so much to do today after work- which is why I have a case of the Monday’s on Tuesday. My to-do list looks like this:

  • Meet with Mortgage broker
  • Work at part-time job
  • Read Article for Class
  • Write reaction to Article
  • Buy Groceries for the week
  • Blog

Wish me luck! That is a lot!

In Other News:

While running around like a maniac this morning trying to get out the door. I have decided that I need to have my clothes laid out and ironed and my lunch made for the next day from now on. I hope I can do this.

Do you prep for work the next day at night? If so, what do you do? Β  If not, do you feel like your mornings are hectic?

 

 

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The 8,300

Yesterday at 12 noon I joined 8,300 other women (and about a dozen or so men) of all ages in running (or walking) the Tufts 10k For Women.Β  I wrote a small history of the race in this post if you are interested in reading about it.I ran this race last year as well, at the time I was setting a PDR with this distance.

I started my morning with a bagel this topped with Barney Butter and just enough coffee to wake me up and help me use the bathroom (sorry, if it is TMI, but I am sure all you runner know how important this is before a race!).

After breakfast, I met up with some friends and we headed to the Boston Common to get ready for the race. Here we are pinning on our numbers.

Myself, Stacy and Jackie (who where running in honor of their mom who passed away of cancer this summer- yesterday was her birthday), and my friend Steph.

Chatting about strategy?

Here is a picture of Steph and I before the race. We run together a few times a week, so it was great to run this race with her. It was her first time πŸ™‚

Right before the race started we waited in the very, very, very long line for the porta-potties. By the time we had both gone, everyone had lined up along the start line and we were forced to start with the walkers and strollers. We didn’t think it would be as big a deal for us as it turned out to be. More on that later in this post…

The start line of this race is amazing, there are a group of people up on a platform cheering you on as you start.

At 12 noon- we were off!

Since there were sooooooo many people running it took a full 10 minutes for us to get to the start line after the gun went off. It was really hard to get around walkers and strollers during the first 3.5 miles. I was getting kind of annoyed. Last year I had a hard time getting around people during the first mile, but feeling that way up until 3.5 miles made me slightly frustrated. I think lining up so far back was the issue.

Regardless of the hard time weaving in and out of walkers and strollers, the race was amazing! I took a nice little running hiatus for 3 days before the race and it felt amazing to run. My legs felt so rested! It was like my legs said to the rest of my body, “Don’t worry, we got this just sit back and enjoy!” That maybe why I was so frustrated, I felt like I could fly and it was hard to maneuver around people. Steph and I ran together throughout the first 4 miles or so. We lost each other, it was hard to weave in and out together.

The best part about the race is that it is an out and back so you can see the elite runners as they head back towards you on their return. Seeing them is so incredible and motivating!

When I hit 6 miles, I felt an amazing runners high and felt likeI could just keep on going. Rounding my way to the finish line I was so happy and felt so proud. I was excited to see some friends waiting along the finish cheering me on (Thanks to Belle, Dan and Melissa – I love you all dearly. Having you the means there world to me πŸ™‚ ).

I finished the race in 1:04:18

Splits:

  • Mile 1- 10:53
  • Mile 2 – 10:06
  • Mile 3 – 10:27
  • Mile 4- 10:13
  • Mile 5 – 10:03
  • Mile 6- 9:38
  • .2 miles- 2:00

Overall, it was a great race, next year I am going to try my hardest to be lined up with my right running bracket to avoid frustration and longer miles and I could run.

Here is a picture of Steph and I refueling after the race with a banana and some power-aid.

When I loaded my pictures after the race, I found these two little gems of Belle and Dan (who came to the race to cheer us on). I figured if they were taking these silly pics they were just begging for me to post them on my blog!

Dan in Belle’s scarf and my purse, nice, Dan!

Ok, now here they are normal! Thanks for the support πŸ™‚ I love you both dearly!

They are pretty much the sweetest couple ever πŸ™‚

After the race we went out to lunch at the Warren Tavern. I started with the New Sam Adams Pumpkin beer- which I loved!

For lunch I got a french onion soup and I split a turkey wrap with Steph and had a few fries.

Dinner last night was half of Adam’s lunch leftovers. We were running low on groceries and while he was heating it up it smelled so awesome. I asked if he would split it with me and he agreed! It was just ziti, grilled chicken and marinara sauce. We just ate off the same plate.

I spent the evening catching up on TV an, working on blog posts and hanging out with Adam and Oscar considering I was gone all weekend πŸ™‚

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Dinner With Jenna

On Sunday night, I took the train to Central Square to the Tavern on the Square to meet an old friend for dinner! My friend Jenna and I were super tight for our whole college careers.

Black Comedy cast photo 2001:

Jenna is in the pink t-shirt and I am in the red bob wig!

Having a few drinks 2005:

About 4 years ago Jenna moved to LA. We try to talk as often as we can but have not actually seen each other since May of 2006!!! I was so excited to see her and everyone on Mass Ave. knew it when we finally saw each other and started jumping and screaming!!!

We spend over 4 hours catching up on life. Jenna recently got engaged, may be thinking about a career change and got a new dog ( an Boston Terrier named Gibert).

(Stolen from Jenna’s photos- how adorable is he?! Seriously!!!)

It was great to chat with her about whats going on in our lives and reminisce about the good old days πŸ™‚

For an appetizer we shared an order of fried pickles. I don’t usually eat too much fried food, but I looooove fried pickles. Jenna loves pickles too and has never had fried pickles, so I needed her to try them. Obviously, she loved them πŸ™‚

For my meal I got the tomato mozzarella melt. It was tomato, mozzarella, pesto, spinach and eggplant all grilled on focasia bread. I opted for a side salad with balsamic dressing rather than fries.

I drank about 1 zillion glasses of water during the meal. I was in race hydration mode! After having a few drinks the night before, I needed a whole lot of water to prepare for my race the next day.

The waitresses asked us if we wanted dessert and we both hesitated,Β  which usually means “yes”. So we ended up splitting the lava cake.

It was pretty much amazing, however we could not finish it.  😦

It was great catching up with Jenna, but now I miss her. Although I hadn’t actually seen her in a long time it felt like no time had passed. I love friends like that πŸ™‚

 

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Girls Weekend Take 2

Well, my weekend was awesome! Even though it was a long weekend it went by so fast! If you missed first Girls Weekend post, you can find it here. After apple picking we were all slightly pooped and we sat on the couch and watched a few episodes of Keeping Up with the Kardashians while I blogged. Around 7pm we decided to head out to dinner.

We arrived at Varano’s for dinner (one of my favorite restaurants!). There was about an hour wait so we decided to sit at the bar and have a drink while we waited. I had two Octoberfests while waiting.

Once we were seated we were given hot, right out of the oven bread. I had a piece of that dipped in olive oil, cheese and red pepper flakes. But, I think I accidentally deleted the picture.Β  Oops!

We ordered the fried mozzarella triangles as an appetizer. This is delicious and my favorite appetizer, sometimes there is nothing better than good ol’ fried cheese πŸ™‚ I had a small piece of the triangle.

For my meal I ordered the Chicken Orvietto. It is chicken, mushrooms, olives and artichoke hearts in a butter and garlic sauce. It came with a side of pasta.

It was divine, per usual! We opted out of dessert but has Irish Coffees instead! I haven’t had one of these since my trip to Ireland with my mom in 2004. It brought back wonderful memories.

After dinner we headed to a local bar for a few beers. It’s isn’t girls weekend without a few drinks right?!Obviously, I had some pumpkin beer.

We had a fun night, having a few drink a few laughs and a few discussions πŸ˜‰

We ended up sleeping in much later than expected and showered, got dressed, packed up and headed to Amore for breakfast on the way home. Amore is an adorable little place with a fantastic menu. We were not the only ones that had that idea. When we arrived, it was an hour long wait. We decided to wait and drank some coffee while waiting for our table.

I loved that the buzzer for our table was a lobster. How Maine?!

Once we sat down, we were ready to eat! We ordered and were told that it would be a little bit of a delay for our food. The waiter talked us into Bloody Mary’s while we waited.

I ordered an egg white omelet with artichoke hearts, spinach, feta and greek olives. On the side I opted for a grilled blueberry muffin top (baked fresh that morning). Everything was amazing!

After breakfast, I did the 2 hour drive home with a full belly. Once arriving back into Boston, I had an intense craving for an ice cream. So I stopped and got a chocolate ice cream with chocolate sprinkles, which I ate at my parents house while catching up with them about their recent Aruba trip.

In Other News:

The winner of my Adora Giveaway is Valerie. She wrote:

Hot Chocolate! But it’s gotta have marshmallows!

Valeria- e-mail me your address at foodfitnessfashion@gmail.com and I will have the two bags of Adora sent out to you asap πŸ™‚

I hope you all had a great weekend too! I will be working on a post about meeting an old friend for dinner and my race recap. Look for them soon!

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