Pomegranate Pancakes

This morning I woke up determined to get out on my bike.

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It’s been way too long since I took good ole’ RED out for a spin. In fact, the last time I rode  was with Kelly on our crazy 50 mile adventure!

My bike has been sitting on the patio so lonely. I spent part of yesterday afternoon fixing the tubes and reattaching the chain.

I rode a typical running route..

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It felt so good to get outside. The weather is in the mid-low seventies, and it feels amazing!

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It was a leisurely bike ride:

  • Distance: 10.0 miles
  • Time: 42:49
  • Average Speed: 14.0 miles/hour
  • Average HR: 146 bpm

Before I left, I ate a quick snack:

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When I returned, I made a REAL breakfast. I saw Caitlin make pomegranate pancakes, and I have been dying to try them!

We’re all out of eggs, so I decided to give the “flax egg” a try.

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For one egg:

  • 1 TBL Flax
  • 3 TBL Warm Water

Mix!! It was so easy, and I couldn’t even tell a difference in the taste of the pancakes (although I’m used to flax).

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I mixed the pomegranates into the batter, poured them onto the skillet…

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…and let them do their pancake thing.

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I enjoyed four pancakes out on the patio, with maple syrup on top. 😀

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Chomp. The pomegranate arils added a nice crunch!

Off to work on school stuff again today! I’m working hard this weekend, so I can have fun in New Jersey next weekend!

Happy Sunday!

❤ MegaNerd

Purple [Dino]Sore Toe

For the past week or more, I’ve been having problems with my left big toe. Every since Friday’s long run, my toe has been as purple as the shirt I wore on my run this morning:

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I think that my toenail is ingrown, and unfortunately now infected. It hurts A LOT when I run, and if I touch area around the nail. I’m heading to the doctor at 1:00pm to make sure that running isn’t going to cause gangrene or something, and possibly get it taken care of. I would hate for a stupid piece of nail to affect my marathon training!!

 

I decided to get in a good “last run” in case they have to surgically remove my toenail (which Jason had to have done, and was off his foot for two weeks!!) Gaaah!

I had a 7.0 miler on my marathon training plan, and there was no way I was letting it pass me by. I like to think I’m hardcore. 😉

Mile Stats:

  • Mile 1: 9:30 (warm-up)
  • Mile 2: 9:00
  • Mile 3: 8:47
  • Mile 4: 8:42
  • Mile 5: 8:46
  • Mile 6: 8:47
  • Mile 7: 8:36

Woo hoo! I finished with an average pace of 8:52 min/mile! If my toe falls off, I will die happy after that run. Ok… just kidding.

 

Breakfast

I was extremely hungry after my run, even though I had half a CLIF bar moments before I walked out the door.

Cereal and yogurt sounded refreshing, so that’s what I made!

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My bowl included:

  • small container vanilla Oikos yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Kashi go Lean
  • 1/2 cup Kashi heart to heart cereal
  • banana
  • 1 TBL flax

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YUM!

 

Ok, wish me luck!

I have another exam tonight, and the Doctor’s appointment. I am crossing my fingers that there is something they can do for my toe that won’t keep me from marathon training. I’m half way there!

❤ MegaNerd

Five Tests, Three Days

The next three days are going to be chaotic. I apologize in advance if my posts seem scatterbrained.

My test schedule this week is:

  • Monday: Hydrology 2A Test 
  • Monday: Concrete Design Test
  • Tuesday: Environmental Process Design Test
  • Wednesday: Hydrology 2B Test
  • Wednesday: Electrical Engineering Test

Hopefully by Thursday, I can sleep!

 

I have been putting studying on the backburner the past few days, between the Halloween party and Disney with my sister. I have some serious work to be done!

 

I woke up extra early to get some studying in before this morning’s test. It was so much easier with the time change!

 

However, coffee was still necessary:

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As was a filling and nutritious breakfast:

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I chopped up half an apple, sprinkled it with cinnamon, and added it to my oats half way through cooking.

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My oats included:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 apple with cinnamon
  • 1 TBL flax
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • walnuts

Walnuts (before chopping them up) look like little brains to me. Maybe they will help me on my tests!

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I am starting a special blog series for the month of November, so check back around lunch time!

❤ MegaNerd

Feels Like Fall

I wasn’t planning on running until tonight, but when I checked the weather and saw it was only 65 degrees out, I couldn’t wait!

I had plenty of time between 6:00 am when Jason left for work (and I wake up and can’t fall back asleep) and my 9:30 class to get in a good run.

When I first stepped outside the apartment, it was actually a bit chilly! 😀 I left the apartment and did a 4.0 mile loop in 36:40. It felt great to come back and be only slightly sweaty instead of looking like I just got out of the swimming pool!

I so love this weather! Too bad it’s only going to last a day or so. I need to move up North!

 

Breakfast

I went a little cRaZy with the oatmeal toppings today. I had pineapple and banana to use up, so I made some tropical oats. NO, I do not miss summer… these are just the ingredients I had on hand. 😀

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My Jammin’ Oats had:

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 TBL flax
  • banana
  • almonds
  • pineapple
  • coconut

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DELICIOUS!!!! Oats are the best thing ever.

 

So filling… I couldn’t even finish!

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I have a TON of studying to do for my test tomorrow. I’m taking it outside today, the weather is just too gorgeous not to!

Does it feel like fall yet where you live?

❤ MegaNerd

Running on Empty

Racing makes me tired!

As soon as I got home from the race, I made a giant glass of chocolate milk. My tummy felt weird, and I knew that I needed to get some protein and sugar in to start the recovery process.

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After I showered and got ready to leave for class, hunger hit me! I made a quick bowl of mac n’ peas!

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Did you know that one serving of peas adds 5 g of protein and 4g of fiber!? Way to bulk up the meal!

I STRUGGLED to stay awake in my FE Review class yesterday. The adrenaline rush faded and left me feeling like I had nothing left in me. My “gas tank” was on empty! (As was my car!)

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I packed plenty of fluids

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..a honey crisp apple (eaten on break)…

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…and a CLIF bar (I ate the whole thing!)

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Jason and I were lazy and made Pizza for dinner!

Man pizza:

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MegaN- veggie pizza:

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Delicious!

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Plus, mini bowl of Moose Tracks frozen yogurt, eaten in bed while watching multiple episodes of Gossip Girl! 😉

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*****

I’m declaring today a Day of Rest! My legs deserve it! They pushed hard yesterday, and I’m pampering them today.

It felt SO good to wake up this morning and be able to relax! No long run to get ready for, no class to rush off to, nothing at all! Granted, I have much school work needing to be done, but it can be put off an hour to enjoy the early morning quiet.

I made a pot of coffee, and enjoyed a leisurely breakfast outside.

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I feel like lately breakfast has been SUPER rushed or even force fed (like before long runs and races). I got to eat whatever I wanted and however slow I wanted. It was beautiful!

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On the menu was flax French toast with banana….

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…and syrup for dipping! YUM!

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My goals for the day are:

  • Spend some time with Jason (He’s been neglected)
  • Study for at least 4 hours (two tests this week)
  • Farmer’s Market

I think I can do it!

❤ MegaNerd