I Run…

I run…

to keep my sanity.

to clear my head.

to challenge myself.

to feel accomplished.

to burn off that piece of cake.

to give myself wiggle room for an extra glass of wine.

to feel stronger.

to enjoy the scenery.

to people watch.

to see how fast I can go.

to see how long I can go.

Sunday was my third time doing an 8 mile run in my 10k training. It started off awesome. These long runs are supposed to be done at an easy pace of 12:30, but this time I decided to go with what felt comfortable to me since usually 12:30 feels just a tad too slow for me. I held about an 11:00 minute pace the whole time until mile 6. That’s when I got one of my lovely heart palpitations.

I’ve had palpitations for as long as I can remember. Whether I’m just sitting on the couch or exercising, one will just pop up out of nowhere. They seem to be less frequent in my adult life, but I’ve always wondered what causes them since it doesn’t seem to matter what I’m doing when they occur. I’ve seen a few different cardiologists about it and all have said not to worry about it. It’s just annoying when it interrupts my workout!

So, needless to say, I walked the last 1.5 miles. As Jon told me, “at least you finished”, but it just sucked since I was having an awesome run. Do you have anything that keeps you from your workouts sometimes?

Has anyone been keeping up with the Olympics? What are your favorite sports to watch? I think this is the first time I’ve been most interested in it. I love watching gymnastics. It just amazes me the way they flip around! And I have fond memories of watching the 1996 women’s team when I was little. Other exciting sports we’ve been watching: Archery, fencing and swimming.

 

Shake It Up

First of all…can we talk about how awesome fresh fish is?

Our friend Scotty went on a fishing charter Tuesday and shared the wealth.

Fresh caught cobia, roasted broccoli and wild rice.

I’d never tried cobia before and it was delicious. Nice, light flavor…meaty texture but still a bit flaky.

We were sent home with some more fish and had a nice healthy salad the next night.

Perfect after my 5 mile run!

Florida summer rain storms are not very helpful when training for a race. I had a Bait Nite meeting Wednesday and went in my running clothes, hoping the rain would let up by the time the meeting ended.

Luckily, it did! And the storm left a nice breeze along the water.

 

Still became a sweaty mess 🙂

Last night was St. Pete Shakes’ Beer with the Bard event. I can’t say enough about how awesome The Ale and the Witch is. The owner Brett is so nice, easy-going and knows how to run a good business. He is always there chatting up people and helping out around the bar.

Last night was another awesome event. I ran in to so many familiar faces…both people who had come to the event and people who just happened to be there. It was the place to be!

We had our table set up inside in case it rained, which actually I think worked out better. More people seemed to stop by and ask us about our group, buy raffle tickets, etc.

But luckily the rain stayed away and we had our performances outside.

I’m starting to wish this event was more than once a month! It’s so much fun!

Not too much is lined up for the weekend. I have a Junior League meeting/brunch tomorrow and would like to do the Saturday Gallery Walk as well. And besides my long run, Sunday is wide open.

Hoping to get today’s Foodie Friday post up soon…in honor of last night this week’s post will be all about cider 😉

What’s your favorite hang out spot where you live? What makes you keep going there?

The Running Foodie

How was everyone’s weekend? Lots of eating and running around here 🙂

Friday was a yoga and Taco Bus kind of night. Yoga feels sooo good after a week of running. My poor hip flexors.

Along with Taco Bus I picked myself up a bottle of Skinnygirl margarita. I can’t help it…I love sassy and savvy Bethney. It wasn’t actually as good as I remembered, but I still dig it. After dinner we watched Goon again and I promptly passed out on the couch. Crazy Friday night.

Saturday we started our day off with Pho Quyen. Pho for him and BBQ Beef with Rice Vermacelli for her.

Then we made our usual trifecta. A stop at Marko’s Meats for some yummy sausage, salami and Happy Hippos. And a stop at Total Wine where we had a lovely wine tasting and stocked up for the month.

On the way home we also stopped at Sports Authority, where I spent too much money on some much needed fitness gear.

I ended up with a yoga towel, which I need desperately. I’m tired of slipping and sliding on a sweaty mat! A handheld water bottle because I need to run with water on my long runs and I’m afraid my clutzy self will fling a loose water bottle from my sweaty hand. I may end up returning this though. I used it on Sunday and it leaks. I thought of getting a camelbak but they’re pricey and I don’t want anything on my back. I’m also not a huge fan of the fuel belts. Any suggestions?? Maybe I’ll just have to make due with a water bottle.

I also came out with a running hat and shorts. I LOVE the hat. I figured I should invest in one for long runs because they have more ventilation and protection than a regular hat. This thing worked wonders for me. And the shorts were surprisingly comfortable and I love them too. Running shorts are equivalent to finding the perfect pair of jeans to me. SO many shorts are “booty shorts” and I’m sorry, but I don’t want to have to worry about my butt hanging out when I’m trying to get my run on. Longer shorts tend to not be any kind of dri fit material. And these shorts I’ve strayed away from because I’m not a huge fan of elastic waistbands and I’m always worried the attached underwear is going to ride up. The waistband on these though is great…very comfy. And the underwear inside is more the length of boyshorts so no riding up. I approve!

Dinner on Saturday was very notable. One of the best dinners we’ve had in a while. I love when Jon’s in the kitchen 🙂

That there is roasted lamb with a rosemary, garlic, deliciousness rub. On the side are roasted red potatoes and broccoli rabe with lemon, garlic and a special ingredient 🙂

Delicious!

I needed to get an 8 mile run in this weekend so I got up at 6 a.m. on Sunday, downed a clif bar and some water and headed downtown.

Although I’m not really a morning person, I love seeing the sunrise and watching the world wake up around me.

I definitely did not run 8 straight miles. I kept having to slow myself down because I was running too fast and knew I’d wear myself out. Around mile 4 is when I started my stop and go routine. It makes a run so much harder…any time I stop, starting up again kinda sucks. Especially when I started to feel blisters forming on my insoles. (Any suggestions for special running socks?) With my walking breaks I’m guessing I actually ran a total of 7 miles, which I’m still happy about. I just keep reminding myself it’s only the second week of my training and that was the first time I attempted 8 miles.

On my way home I stopped for everything bagels with cream cheese and lox for myself and a sleepy Jon. And after a shower and a power nap I went to pick up my buddy Tamsyn from the airport.

We had a full day of fun starting with…

Datz. Aka Foodie Heaven.

I started with a Huckleberry Lemonade, which I wasn’t expecting to come out so “cocktail” looking. It was darn tasty. Very light and refreshing.

You can’t go wrong with the sandwiches here. I got the Ty’s Two Fister which was pastrami (house smoked), corned beef, honey mustard and swiss cheese on pumpernickel. Yum is not the word. And I love the chips they serve with a blue cheese drizzle.

We were joined by Tamsyn’s sister and her boyfriend. And we all tried bites of each other’s meals, which was quite hilarious as we were passing sandwiches around the table.

I can’t leave this place without a sweet treat. I tried a salted caramel macaron and it was truly delectable. And the perfect size treat.

I also had a few bites of Tamsyn’s limencello gelato, which was like a sorbet and so light with nice bursts of lemon. Perfect ending to a hearty meal.

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Next we were onto some shopping. None of us had been to Nordstrom Rack before so we decided to check it out. Definitely one of those places where it’s hit or miss. There’s a lot to go through and I was on sensory overload by the time we left. I ended up a pair of turquoise earrings (my fav) and a pair of heels for work.

Then it was on to International Plaza where most of our time was spent in the new H&M. So glad I finally made it in to check it out. And I came out with this cute little number.

Tamsyn has always been my best shopping buddy! I don’t see her nearly enough and will miss her 😦

Can’t beat a weekend with a mix of food, shopping and fitness!

Where are your favorite places to shop?

Run, Run, Run

It’s been a pretty typical week. Meeting Monday. Got nails done yesterday with my mom and went out to dinner. Another meeting tonight.

Because I ended up working a lot of hours on Sunday I get to deduct some hours from my days this week. So when I got off early on Monday I thought I would make dinner. I wanted to try Iowa Girl Eats’ Caprese Lasagna with Spicy Turkey Sausage.

Ohh the adventures of Katie in the kitchen. I really should have someone film me cooking because I’m sure it’s quite hiliarious to the seasoned cook. From my chopping skills (or lack there of) to my sauce making. Instead of letting my sauce stay on the heat and get all nice and thick I turned off the heat and it stayed thin. When Jon saw me finishing off my assembling of the lasagna layers he said, “You know you’re supposed to break off pieces of lasagna to make it go all the way across if the pieces are too short.” Oops. Enter random leftover noodles being crammed into the sides so the lasagna wouldn’t cook weird.

I made the recipe just as it was written and I think it actually came out pretty good. I could have put more basil, but other than that it was good. A pretty simple dish. Jon and I both agreed some sort of green and mushrooms would have been an exciting addition. But since this is a caprese inspired lasagna I know it was meant to be simple and light tasting.

So I’ve kind of been ignoring running lately. Since I don’t have a race coming up I thought I could just take it easy. Plus I’ve been hitting up Fit for Fashion and enjoying the change up in workouts.

But there’s already been talks of fall races and I’m already officially signed up for one. It seems so far off, but in running time it’s really just around the corner. I was asked if I wanted to do the Hooters 2 Hooters run, which is in September and I jumped on board. Then I was trying to decide if I wanted to do the 5k or 10k. I’ve done two 5k races so far and would like to do a 10k at some point. I know I definitely want to do the 10k for my friend’s Race for the Cure team in October. So I’m thinking I’ll give the 10k a shot for the Hooters race and then really race for time for Race for the Cure.

Here’s a rundown of all the races I’ll be doing this fall:

September – Hooters 2 Hooters 10k

October – Race for the Cure 10k

November – Women’s Running Magazine 5k

December – Color Run 5k

Ok, so now I have a goal of running my first 10k in September. Last night I found a 10k training plan that I liked and backed up the dates. To be ready by race date I have to start training June 25. Holy crap, that’s like a week and a half away! I was a bit overwhelmed at first, just because it’s been awhile since I’ve been consistently running. And the long runs are indimidating to me. The most I’ve run without stopping is 5 miles. Can I really run 8 miles (the longest run in my plan)?

Yesterday morning I went to a Lift & Run class at Fit for Fashion. It was a mix of weights and running drills. Great class, but I hate suicides with a passion. Then the last thing we had to do was sprint across the parking lot, then jog around the front of the building. Three times. It might not seem like much, but after an hour of moving and sweating this was the last thing any of us wanted to do. Our instructor saw our faces and said, “I know that each and every single one of you can do this…without stopping. Now you just need to tell yourself that you can do this.” And we did.

I always try to bring that encouragement with me on my runs. Running really is a very mental sport. I know my body can do it. I just need to believe that it can and trust it.

10k here I come!

What races do you have planned for the future?

Epic Snow Crab Dinner

Happy almost Friday!

It’s been a week full of meetings around here. Monday was a BAIT Nite meeting (event I’m helping plan for The Pier Aquarium) then a St. Pete Young Professionals meeting. I have to say I’m really enjoying SPYP. I joined through work and I feel much more connected to what’s going on in our fine city and how we can better it. Tuesday was a St. Pete Shakes meeting. Great things happening! Including our Beer with the Bard event that starts June 14.

Yesterday’s convo with myself:

Self 1: It’s too hot to run.

Self 2: But the treadmill is soooo boring!

Self 1: Ok, let’s do this. 2 miles shouldn’t be too bad.

Self 2: Woo, I feel great! Maybe 3 miles?

Self 1: Let’s do it!

Self 2: Ok, now I’m feelin’ the heat. Maybe just 2.

Self 1: How about 2.25?

Self 2: Ok, I’ll power through…how about 2.5?

Self 1: Ok, we need to head back cause Imadienow.

Needless to say I had a very mentally tough run yesterday. Since there’s no races coming up I’m purely doing maintenance runs and sometimes I feel like I want to go farther than I am. But yesterday’s heat definitely got to me halfway through.

It’s views like these though that keep me outdoors.

Afterwards I treated myself to the supposed best post workout snack.

I failed to notice how much sugar it has though…26 grams per glass! Are there any brands that have less sugar?

I also did a bit more research on the whole chocolate milk thing. Apparently it is proven to be the best post workout drink because it rehydrates with a good mix of carbs, protein and fat to rebuild your muscles. BUT it seems like it’s best for long distance runners and more serious athletes. Hm. I might not need it for my measly 2-3 miles. Oops.

After I showered and changed I headed to the beach to meet up with Jon and some friends for a snow crab dinner. It was epic for sure.

Grilled corn. It was so sweet and delicious!

Grilled pineapple. Yum!

Boiled snow crabs, andouille sausage and red potatoes. Holy yum. I had quite the time trying to crack the crab legs to get the meat out…Jon had to do most of it for me! I don’t like to work for my food 🙂

Our friend Scotty has a special way of buttering his corn.

Apparently you fill a jug with water and put melted butter on the top. Stick your corn in and that way all of the kernels get covered in butter. It certainly worked but I never heard of this!

What a feast!

BAIT Night is tonight…very excited! Recap to come.

Running Scenery and Essentials

I went on a leisurely 3 mile run yesterday in downtown St. Pete.

They’re setting up for this weekend’s St. Anthony’s Triatholon!

Pretty bathing birdy.

Lots of cute doggies at the dog park.

I may never use another treadmill ever again.

I tried to take it easy for this run. I think my body needs a little break from training. This was the first time my knees bothered me a little bit. And I definitely should have worn my compression sleeves as my shins started to yell at me half way through.

I don’t always wear them, but usually do when I run for 3 or more miles. I haven’t noticed a huge difference when wearing them…I still feel the shin splits, but they’re a lot more bearable with the sleeves.

Another essential I have become attached to…

my new Spibelt! It didn’t work well yesterday. The shorts I was wearing cause my shirt to ride up, which also made my Spibelt ride up. But all other times it has stayed put perfectly. I love it. I bought a cheap iPhone holder arm band at Walmart and used that for a while, but I really do prefer this. My arms are free and whichever arm I put the band on always felt gross and sometimes chafed…eck.

In my last post I forgot to mention all the goodies that I got in the IronGirl swag bag.

Ended up throwing a lot away but the food goodies and coupons were definitely appreciated. Props to the volunteers during race packet pick up too…everything was well-organized and even though there were a lot of people it didn’t take me long at all to get my bib, bag and shirt.

I finally got my butt to a yoga class Tuesday and it hurt so good. Also still loving being back at Fit for Fashion! The classes are totally kicking my butt.

Where do you like to run?

Eat, Run, Repeat

That has pretty much been my life recently. Eating and running. I’m still amazed that I am now a “runner” when I used to loathe running and couldn’t even fathom running a 5K. And now I’ve signed up for my second one! I’ll be doing the Iron Girl 5K in Clearwater and I am SO excited. The race includes running over a huge bridge so not sure how I’m going to handle that, but the whole race experience sounds really fun. This one is also in the morning so will be interesting to see how my body reacts.

For my first 5K I followed a simple couch to 5k plan that worked you up to 3 miles. It mixes walking with running and you add distance each week. This plan really worked for me and I was able to run my first 5k easy breezy. This time around I wanted to see how I can run faster and better. I came across a few plans that have you do a mix of runs each week…one short and easy run, a tempo/speed run and a long easy run. I’m sure this is no surprise for you seasoned runners, but remember I’m still a beginner 🙂

I came across this plan from Fit Sugar and thought it sounded like a good one. Since Iron Girl is only a few weeks away I just picked up on Week. Saturday I was scheduled for a 5 mile easy run. This seemed pretty daunting to me. Hello, I’m still getting over the fact I can run 3 miles straight! But now 5? It makes sense because it builds up your endurance, but…oh boy. For an easy run though you’re supposed to go slower than normal so that definitely made it easier. I just had to keep reminding myself in the beginning to slow down. And guess what? I did it 🙂 5 miles straight! I did stop a few times for a few seconds, but only to check my MaptoRun app to make sure I was following my route correctly. SO proud of myself!

I will say though that when people say running is a mental sport, they are not kidding. Running outside and distracting yourself with your surroundings will only take you so far. It is mentally exhausting to keep telling yourself not to stop and that “you can do this”. But wow, talk about a confidence booster!

Ok, enough about running…last weekend Jon and I went down to Cape Coral just to hang with his fam.

 

 

  

As you can tell the weekend was full of good eats 🙂

There was also a rousing game of Pictionary, which I love playing with Jon’s family. They all get very competitive and loud and it’s hilarious.

 

This past weekend was a fun one.

Saturday morning I volunteered at the Junior League’s Jelly Bean Fling. It’s so cute seeing all the little kids dressed up in Easter outfits and collecting eggs during the Easter Egg Hunt. This one little girl had shoes on that squeaked and at one point she was running and it was all I could do to hold it the laughter. So cute!

 

Sunday my mom and I had tickets to the Rays game! I now understand about 90% of baseball so I enjoy it a lot more than I used to. We had great seats right behind the Rays dugout, with a great view of home plate.

 

I had a late breakfast so I wasn’t super hungry, but knew I should eat something. A pretzel and mustard sounded awesome so I got one and a bag of popcorn for my mom. I had to stop eating the pretzel a few bites in. It was so salty that it was inedible. I ended up sharing the popcorn with my mom, which was also salty but not so bad. This then led to me getting a soda, which I NEVER drink, but it sounded good at the time. And it was 🙂 Every once in a blue moon I’ll have one, but that’s the thing about “bad” foods/drinks right? As long as they’re not a constant in your life.

After the game we had dinner at BellaBrava, which is always good. I got the Chicken Piccata, which I got last time and it was just as good. Paired with the Pinot Blanc and a side salad with a lovely vinaigrette. For dessert we walked down the street to the Cassis Bakery. I had this tart that was loaded with fresh cream and a few cream puffs. Ya, it was as heavenly as it sounds 🙂 I tried a bite of my mom’s chocolate ice cream too, which was also really good. It was also the perfect weather outside. Right before the sun sets now there’s that slightly cool breeze that gives you relief from the hot sun. Wish that would stay around year round.

This week is going to be a quiet one, but I do plan on trying to use a week pass to a gym I’m thinking of joining. Plus, I really need to cross train. I haven’t been and my muscles miss weights!

What’s on your agenda this week? What fun things did you do this weekend?