Good morning and happy humpday! I’m so sorry: I forgot to wish you a HAPPY SEPTEMBER! It’s really starting to feel like Fall around here… a couple days ago I had to wear two sweaters to yoga! Luckily it’s not quite as brisk as it is in Michigan… lady, you keep that weather to yourself!
Yesterday, in honor of said Midwesterner, I had a PB2/VitaTop parfait, using a Fudgy Peanut Butter Chip VitaMuffin.
I made chocolate honey peanut butter mousse with TJ’s Organic Nonfat Honey Greek yogurt, then fancied it up with layers of peach and crumbled muffin.
By the time I’d finished catching up on my morning things- what is your routine like in the morning between when you wake up, breakfast and lunch? – I didn’t have enough time to go to the gym as originally planned. I’d wanted to run on the treadmill so I could build some mileage, but decided to try it outside instead. You may recall a certain killer run I went on with Ari’s brother (a four-time marathoner) a couple weeks ago… well, that was the run I set out on. I laced up my shoes, bought some new headphones at the dollar store (my Clean & Clear ones were long dead), pressed play, and took off.
Since I was planning on a longer run than I’ve been doing, I kept my pace slow, concentrating on breathing easily, listening to the music, and watching the scenery. I made the trip to the park- which, in itself, is almost the 2-mile distance I’m used to running in our neighborhood- ran the length of the park, and ran home. I didn’t rush, but I got a rush (hehe 🙂 ) because of how pleasant the run was. Before I knew it, I was back home. The funny thing is that for this distance- about 4 miles– the length of Ari’s CD is perfect! I started running during “American Girls”, and stretched during “New Streets”. I have to remember to keep my playlists fresh; having music really makes such a difference to me in terms of the length and quality of my workout. Luckily, I have these ladies to keep me on my toes! I really want to start running longer distances. The 5K is on September 13, and we’ll see where it goes from there. It’s really important for me not to get too cocky about training, however, because I don’t want to end up with another injury. I’m going to try to keep going to yoga in between long runs, and make sure to cross-train and strength train throughout the week. But, I have to say, I’m excited! I never thought I really had it in me to be a runner.
Total distance: 4(ish) miles
Total time: 44:40 minutes
Maximum heart rate: 192 (96%)
Average heart rate: 178 (89%)
Calories burned: 540
The distance is only an approximation… I really need a Garmin.
After a quick shower, I downed some carrot juice, my new recovery drink of choice. For those of you who asked: I do not make this myself. I wish I had a juicer, but I do not wish I was cleaning it every day! I got a 32-oz jug of Organic Carrot Juice at Trader Joe’s for $3.99 (non-Organic is $2.99).
There were so many things that I wanted to try, so I gently forced the waitress to choose for me. At restaurants, I usually try to stray from having things I can (and would) make at home, but going against my rule, I ended up ordering one of the daily specials, soba salad.
It was very good! The dressing reminded me a lot of Woodstock Dressing, which I haven’t had in a while.
Sarah ordered the Aztec salad: bi-colored quinoa, black beans, red onion and corn topped with spicy pumpkin seeds and barbeque grilled tempeh. Served over mixed field greens with a toasted cumin vinaigrette.
I think she won that round… but it’s okay! I’ll just have to go back 😀 I will also have to go finish this girl in Russia… she’s leaving for Moscow in five days! What a life.
We needed to end things on a sweet note, so we split the chocolate mousse pie. Pure, chocolatey heaven at 2 PM. Again, what a life 😀
After Sarah and I figured out how to get her to the airport, we parted ways and I went home to run some errands (stencil-shopping at Home Depot!) with Ari. On the way back, we stopped at Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Jenna really talked this up this year!
The last time I remembered ordering one was when I was college visiting, at Wellesley. I’d been out late at a Beastie Boys concert the night before, and thought the caffeine/pumpkin mix was just so very collegiate. Yeah, big dork, I know.
I spent part of the evening doing work, then broke to make dinner.
I used the George Foreman (which I should really be utilizing more, it’s fabulous) to grill us up two swordfish steaks. I tossed each steak in a quick salmoriglio sauce that I whipped up; there are many variations of this, but the basic mixture is equal parts lemon juice (I used lime) and olive oil. Then add herbs of your choosing (oregano), salt and pepper. It goes on just about anything, and can help quell that strong “fishy” flavor that’s prevalent in a lot of seafood.
On the side, I braised some spinach and dried mushrooms (Ari’s choice) in vegetable stock, reduced the broth down, and drizzled the mixture with a little sesame oil.
We also split a sweet potato with butter and agave.
I got the swordfish steaks in the frozen section of Trader Joe’s; they were perfectly portioned out! One baby steak and one man steak 🙂 I added more salmoriglio sauce to the fish once it was plated, and drizzled a little on the spinach and mushrooms as well. I wish I’d made more, because it’s such a versatile sauce. Thanks for teaching me, Mom and Dad!
I had some vino and a nectarine for dessert, and we settled back for a mini staycation with For Your Consideration (genius!) and In Treatment. It was a lovely night.
Well, off to pack my lunch, get my yoga on and go to work.
Also, the lovely Lauryn, formerly of Making Moves, has started a new blog, Mastering Manhattan, about her tradition to NYC living. Woohoo! That’s right, she’ll now be a New Yorker, so expect some awesome collaborations 🙂
Have a great day!