Not Goodbye, See You Later

I just said “see you later” to my BFF Debbie. As I’ve been saying, Debbie is leaving tomorrow for NJ and I’m really sad. 😦

I’ve actually known for quite some time but didn’t say anything about it on the blog until a week or so ago, so I’ve had time to “prepare”. LOL.

I’m not going to lie, growing up is hard!

 

Today should have been spent studying for tomorrow morning’s hydrology test, but I couldn’t bring myself to study. I spent all of last week studying, and it got me nowhere. I’m rebelling.

I made a quick lunch before heading out for some errands. Quesadilla with grilled zucchini, leftover chicken, and cheddar cheese.

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I ate the zucchini that wouldn’t fit into the quesadilla on the side. Grilled zucchini is so delicious!

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During errands, I met up with Meghann. We stopped at Starbucks for some refreshments. It’s flippin’ hot outside!

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I had an iced nonfat latte with 2 pumps vanilla. Oh so yummy!

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Meghann was generous and shared a pumpkin spice Hershey’s  kiss.

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I expected chocolate with pumpkin inside, but it was orange pumpkin goodness!

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I also snacked on an apple and peanut butter when I got home:

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Tonight I was on my own for dinner, which basically means I can have whatever I want! I secretely love these nights!

I tried to recreate the Publix Tuscan Minestrone soup that I had a few weeks ago. It came out different but amazing!

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I started with these two soups, veggie broth and roasted red pepper and tomato:

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I added some roasted veggies:

  • broccoli
  • onion
  • carrot
  • mushroom
  • peas
  • celery

I boiled some macaroni pasta and spinach… and added in some white beans and thyme. I let it all simmer for 20 minutes or so…

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I’m happy to say that I have leftovers! Soup is my comfort food.

So is chocolate… times…3.

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My test is in 8 hours… I haven’t studied!?!

It’s so hard to focus my mind on school when I feel like there are one billion other things going on!

 

I’m really sorry to be so “negative nancy” lately. My life hasn’t exactly been very rainbows and sunshine lately. Things have to start looking up soon!!

 

Must… cheer…up!

 

❤ MegaNerd

Second Thoughts

I still have yet to sign up officially for the Disney Marathon.

Partially because I can’t bear the thought of slapping $125 on my credit card and letting it accumulate interest until I get a job next May, but mainly because I’m pretty scared. Twenty six point two miles is a long way.

 

Am I crazy? 26.2 miles!?!

 

I feel like I barely have time to breathe and get my homework done, much less train for a marathon. I’ve been talking to BFF Debbie about this a lot, especially with her moving to NJ next Monday. My BFF/Running pal is leaving!? 😦

Debbie advised that we both go ahead and sign up, and continue to train. She reminded me why I originally wanted to do this marathon- To prove to myself that I am capable of anything I put my mind too. Granted I am busy now, but my time is flexible. After this year, I’ll most likely be working for an engineering firm (I hope!) and not have as much time to dedicated to longer-mid week runs.

I just wanted to be real, and share that I’m honestly scared.

I think that my body is capable of 26.2 miles, but I’m not sure that I can wrap my head around the idea. My plan is to sign up, keep training, and give it my best. When you really want something, you make time for it!

This morning Debbie and I headed to one of our favorite running spots! We have a bunch of fun runs planned for her last week in O-town!

Before I left, I fueled up with half a full size bagel and PB. I’m trying to get my stomach accustomed to eating more than 1/4 or 1/2 a CLIF bar before runs. I don’t think that’s enough fuel!

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We had a GREAT workout! I’m glad I gave my legs a two day break. They needed it! Our workout included:

  • 6.0 miles easy pace (10:00 min/mile average)
  • 2 laps on track, sprinting straightaways (5:34-6:17 pace!!!) and then jogging the curves
  • 2 laps cool down

Total= 7.0 miles!

When I got home, I made a big bowl of Boston Creme pie Oats!

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  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TBL Flax
  • graham cracker
  • banana
  • mini chocolate chips
  • dollop of plain yogurt

YUM!!

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It’s official: Let the Marathon Training Begin!

❤ MegaNerd

Streeeeeetch

That’s what I really wanted today. A good stretch!

My legs are still feeling tight from Saturday’s 15k! I know I pushed it hard, and being a little sore still just tells me that I pushed it to the limits.

I decided to take a 30 minute break from studying to hit the gym. Normally, I hate the elliptical, but I didn’t today. I just cruised along at the slowest pace ever for 20 minutes. It felt good to get the blood flowing in my legs, since I pretty much sit all day.

After my non-workout, I did this stretching routine from Runner’s World Magazine:

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It felt soo good!

Before I left, I ate another Honeycrisp Apple. Seriously, best fruit on the planet. I’m not even a huge apple fan and I LOVE these babies.

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Lunch and dinner are only 5 hours apart on Monday nights (I have to eat at 5:30 pm) so that was all I needed.

 

I warmed up some leftover Chicken and Sweet Potato Dumplings from the other night for dinner and added some peas:

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Still good, a couple days later!

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A few of you asked for the Chicken and Sweet potato dumplings recipe, but honestly we didn’t follow it exactly. For starters, we used chicken, not turkey. For veggies we used broccoli, carrot, onion, mushroom, kale, okra, and cauliflower. Other than that we pretty much followed the recipe, but had to add more chicken broth because we had so many veggies!

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(I tried kale, okra, AND cauliflower! All things on my LIST!) 😀

Once I got home from class, I had  a small glass of vanilla soymilk…

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and a handful of dark chocolate peanut m&m’s. I have been craving these little guys!

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I can’t wait to run in the morning! Two days off will do that to me. 😀

❤ MegaNerd

Saturday School

I’m not even sure if I’m awake right now…

Today went a little something like this:

5:30am: Alarm goes off, roll of the bed, Jason yells at me to stop hitting snooze.

5:45am-6:30am: Gym: Run 2 miles while being scared to death by Lady Gaga’s Paparazzi music video… I think I might have nightmares after watching that?! Do a few arm weight machines, and abs.

6:30-6:50am: Shower (didn’t have time to wash my hair, eeeeew), change, pack my breakfast/lunch/snacks

6:50am- Drive my semi-awake self to campus, and eat my Kashi Hot cereal. I would call this oatmeal… but it’s just not the same. I added a banana and some strawberries, and it tasted good, but it’s not oatmeal.

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7:25am-7:30am: Hustle to the other side of campus. Game day parking requires me to park way out of the way!!

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7:30am-12:00pm: First half of class. By the way, I’m taking this Saturday class as a refresher course before the FE. The FE is in 5 weeks… gaah!!! It’s not mandatory, but it’s really dumb if you don’t take it. Obviously.

10:30am: Snack #1, crunchy/obnoxious apple! 😀

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12:00pm-1:00pm: Lunch break! Highlight of my day!… now if only we had nap time and recess. Hmm…

I packed leftovers from Thursday, which you didn’t see because I took the night off blogging. Here’s the pretty version (from Thursday). Mine was in a sweet little tupperware, and I ate it cold. Tasted good actually!

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  • broccoli
  • couscous made with veggie broth
  • basil
  • chickpeas

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1:00pm-5:30pm: Gaaaah. INFORMATION OVERLOAD!!! Text Meghann to stay sane. She mentions beer, I wake up. Thanks. 😀

Oh yes…..and there were snacks:

Pumpkin Pie Kashi Bar

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Baggie of peanut m&m’s… the sugar helps me stay awake!! 😉 My reward for busting my ass on a Saturday. Don’t you dare judge!!!

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5:30pm-6:00pm: Drive to Mellow Mushroom to meet Sarah, Meghann, RyanAshley, and Lindsey!

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We all split two medium Mega Veggie with no mozzerella cheese pizza.

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I had two slices

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Delicious!

It was great seeing the girls again, and meeting Sarah!

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After dinner, we hit up Jeremiah’s, a local italian ice place!

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It has been too long!! I ordered my typical stand-by, Scoop Froggy-Frog (mint chocolate chip with swirl ice cream).

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I honestly contemplated going straight home and putting PJ’s on. I am SO tired (and was so tired) from class all day. I’m glad I went out tonight! Life is too short to work hard and be boring!

See you in the morning! I have a 12.0 miler planned with Caitlin and Meghann!

❤ MegaNerd

 

P.S.- It looks like I eat SO much when I put it all on one post!! LOL.