Monthly Archives: May 2010
After my race on Saturday, I hopped back in my car and headed straight for the St. Matthews Farmer’s Market.
This one is pretty small, so I did a quick lap to get a feel for the place and see if there was anything I needed to go back for.
Shelbyville, KY is a mere 30 minute drive from my house, plus Harmony Fields Farm grows all their stuff ORGANIC! It doesn’t get much better than local AND organic.
This week, they had strawberries, which I was told were picked on Friday, and sugar snap peas, plus some leafy greens.
This cost me $9 but there is more in those containers than it looks like. Plus to know I’m supporting a very local farm that grows organic produce, not ingesting nasty pesticides, and the taste…totally worth it.
I also found the Cake Flour booth. They are a local bakery that is kind enough to feature some vegan baked goods, like this vegan oatmeal spice cookie I picked up!
It was delicious! I kind of wish I hadn’t eaten it already, ha ha. I will just have to go back next time!
Do you shop at Farmer’s Markets in your area?
This morning, my alarm went off at 5:45. It was time to get ready for yet another 5k race!
My friend Farrah was at a motorcycle driving class, so I ran by myself again today. In many ways, I prefer that but sometimes it is nice to have a friend there to push you! I missed her today.
This was a smaller race so I was able to walk up to the start line just a few minutes before the gun went off. The weather was warm but not too hot.
When I started, I remembered my run on the treadmill two days ago and I knew that I could go faster than I thought I could. So I started out at a moderate (for me) pace.
I ran the first mile in 9:30, the second in 9:25. I was right on track to beat my PR of 29:28.
But somewhere toward the end, I must have slowed down because once I saw the finish line for the first time, it was 28-something and I thought I was golden. I picked up the pace and sprinted to the finish but somehow I missed the PR by seconds!
- Distance: 3.1 miles
- Time: 29:39 (11 seconds, ahhh!)
- Avg. Pace: 9:34/mile
While I was a bit disappointed for getting that close to beating my time and just barely missing it, I still had a great time and felt really proud of myself for finishing another race feeling great!
My next race is June 12 (two weeks) and it’s a 5-miler at Iroquois Park. Time to start working on my mileage!
Remember that baked squash dish my friend Beth made for our girl’s night potluck a couple of weeks ago?
Well, I liked it so much that ever since then I have tried to recreate that dish at home. It’s been a bit challenging though. I think I am going to have to break down and ask her for the recipe!
In a glass casserole dish, I layered the yellow summer squash, sliced organic (white) onion, some organic mushrooms and then covered it with a can of diced tomatoes. On top, I sprinkled chili powder, garlic powder and sesame seeds. Not sure what I was going for there but I just went with it.
I cooked the dish in the oven at 375* for 40 minutes.
Unfortunately, it was just okay. It didn’t have quite the same texture and flavor that Beth’s dish had. The squash wasn’t as cooked as I would’ve liked it. The diced tomatoes made it too watery. The spices didn’t do anything for it.
But that didn’t keep me from eating it!
Unfortunately, I am all out of POM Wonderful now
In the dish, I had the yellow squash, topped with onions, about 1/2 chopped tomato, the pasta sauce and some oregano. After the dish had cooked for most of it’s time, I added some kidney beans for protein and let it cook a few more minutes (total = 45 minutes at 375*).
Served over whole wheat couscous. This one was much better. The sauce was a good choice. And thanks to the beans (and couscous) it filled me up a lot better than the first one.
I ate the leftovers on top of salad greens for lunch today and it was pretty good. I think letting something sit so the flavors can soak in better makes a huge differences. This is why I love leftovers!
Ever try to recreate a dish you really enjoyed? How’d it go?
I am running a 5k tomorrow morning, so I knew that today would either be rest or cross-training. I’ve been feeling pretty good today so I decided I wanted a good sweat session!
I started off with 30 minutes on the elliptical. I kept the ramp at 10 but I gradually increased the resistance from 5-8 when I got too used to it. I read some of the latest issue of Vegetarian Times while I worked up a sweat.
Woo! I hadn’t used an elliptical in a long time and I had forgotten how great of a workout it was. My heart rate got up into the 150′s, my legs were burning and I was covered in sweat. That might sound gross, but that’s exactly what a good workout is to me!
Afterwards, I carefully did some upper body weights. Since I injured my arm a few days ago (it’s better now), I was sure to use proper form and weights just a tiny bit lighter than I usually would. So far, so good!
For each exercise, I did 2 sets of 20.
Chest presses (12.5 lb dumbbells)
Military shoulder presses (7.5 lb)
Reverse flyes (7.5 lb)
Bent over row (20 lb barbel)
Upright row (20 lb barbel)
Bicep curls (7.5 lb dumbbells)
Tricep extensions (1, 10 lb dumbbell, overhead)
Since I was in the weight room and not on an exercise mat using a body bar, I think what made the difference was being able to see myself in the mirror. When it’s right there in front of you, it is easier to see what you are doing and to check and make sure you are doing it correctly.
This is how I usually work out but for some reason the other day, I was in a room without mirrors and just judging by how things felt. That is probably how I hurt myself. Noted!
This was a great workout and really made me realize how much I love the challenge of weight training. I’m definitely planning to get it back into regular rotation here soon.
What’s your favorite magazine?
FYI – There are absolutely no food photos in this post.
I just thought I’d take a moment every once in a while to share something that makes me smile. Perhaps I’ll do this every once in a while for fun.
Today, I love fountains!
I’m very lucky to have two really neat ones close to where I work. When I take a break in the mornings and afternoons, I usually take a walk so I can go past them.
I just find them to be so peaceful and relaxing. I really should get one of those small ones for my apartment!
What makes you smile?
Yesterday it was a steamy 89 degrees and sunny. Since I’m still not motivated to get up and run before work, I spent another session on the treadmill yesterday afternoon.
I realized, after warming up for 5 minutes and then jogging for a while at 5.0, that if I can run 9:30-10:00/miles outside, surely I can run faster than 12:00/mile on the treadmill. I think I always approach the treadmill afraid of doing that for some reason.
I pretty much stick to short runs on there but somehow I’m always afraid I’m going to tire out too quickly if I run fast. So yesterday I decided to test myself.
I did 0.25 mile laps, gradually increasing my speed on each one.
- Lap 1 – 5.0 mph
- Lap 2 – 5.3 mph
- Lap 3 – 5.6 mph
- Lap 4 – 5.9 mph
- Lap 5 – 6.2 mph
- Lap 6 – 6.5 mph
- Lap 7 – 6.8 mph
- Lap 8: Started at 7.1 (sprinted at 7.5 the last 0.12 miles)
I ended up finishing the 2 miles in 19:55 (9:58/mile) and even though I was sweaty, I was not the least bit tired. Even doing a whole lap at each of those high speeds was not too much for me. I was letting my head get in the way!
Even though I prefer to run outside, I can’t wait to use the treadmill for more speed workouts. Who knows, I might even be able to increase my speed on runs from now on?
I’m also happy to report that my arm is feeling much better. I must’ve just overdone it the last time I lifted weights. I will be more careful from now on!
Hope you all have a great weekend
p.s. I am running another 5k tomorrow
This past weeked the Louisville Vegetarian Club met to discuss a book we are reading: Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer.
Many refer to this book as a ”case for vegetarianism” but I’ve also heard some criticize it saying that while it does give good information, it doesn’t go far enough in making that case.
Since I am still new to the whole animal abuse side of vegetarianism/veganism, I thought it was a good introduction into some harsh realities that I wasn’t aware of prior to reading the book.
I like how Foer’s inspiration for writing this book was that he was about to become a father, therefore responsible for what another human eats. That thought has crossed my mind quite a few times in recent months, as I do plan to have children someday.
We know more about food today — what it is and where it comes from — than our parents did when we were children. I’m also glad that I turned my life around and got healthy before I had children and I have enough knowledge now to get them started off on the right foot, nutritionally.
I haven’t finished this book yet, so this isn’t a review. I just wanted to share that while my intentions for going vegan were first motivated by health, I continue to read and educate myself on the other issues as well. I find that I am constantly amazed and shocked at what I am learning about the way animals are used and treated in this country.
And once I know things like this, it’s impossible to turn those images off. And there is no way I could ever go back to eating them.
As a group, we came up with the following questions/discussion topics (we=Americans):
- Are our desires more important than those of the animals we are eating?
- Are we being selfish?
- Do we eat animals because we feel superior?
- In closing: As long as we keep eating meat, we are advocating factory farming.
The superiority thing really interested me because I am a Christian and in church you always hear about how we as humans are to have “dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (Genesis 1:26)
Opinions will vary, but when I hear the word “dominion” I think of power. Authority. Ownership. Some translations will say “reign over” or “be responsible for.” In this same chapter God also provided seeds, plants and fruit trees for food. Green plants for the animals too.
Personally, I believe God entrusted us to take care of the Earth and the animals that live here with us. Take care of them. I do NOT believe this means we are to abuse this responsibility.
Have you read the book? What did you think?
I have absolutely no idea what you did to INJURE YOUR ARM but I wish I knew, so I could tell you not to do it again. Oh well, be careful.
That’s right. Somehow I managed to jack up my left arm.
Honestly, I felt great afterwards and even now, with the exception of my left arm, I’m not very sore like I was Friday-Monday the last time!
Basically, this part of my arm hurts.
I don’t know how I did it because it didn’t start bothering me until 9:00 last night while I was sitting on the couch watching TV reading blogs on the laptop. It came on pretty suddenly too, not like that delayed onset soreness you get sometimes.
I think it’s the wrist because it hurts to bend it forward or backward or put weight on it, pick something up with it, etc. But the pain shoots down sometimes all the way to the elbow. It’s uncomfortable no matter where I rest my arm. Not excruciating, just uncomfortable.
Anyway, self-diagnosis over!
So, obviously no weight lifting for me for a while. I’m hoping it’s just minor and I can take a couple days off, ice it, and be good by next week.
Looks like it’s cardio time!
I believe now more than ever that my body goes through cycles, or seasons. It seems like the same things happen at the same time every year. It’s so weird!
But also pretty cool, since I have the old blog posts to prove it.
On Monday, May 24th, I decided to try giving up caffeine again.
I like the idea of having one cup a day but since we all know that I’m not good at moderation, one cup became a few. And sometimes I’d throw in the occasional venti iced coffee from Starbucks (oops).
One night last week, I was up way past my bedtime and most nights I don’t sleep well. So I figured giving up caffeine was a good place to start.
That’s just one…there are others!
- I recently decided to stop calorie counting (4/8) since it wasn’t doing me much good. I made this same decision on May 4, 2009.
- My allergies have been killing me lately. On May 13, 2009, I said “I have been struggling with allergies and all around tiredness lately.”
- I experimented with vegetarianism several times, which I discussed in this post. And this one, a year earlier. I laughed out loud at the “I still plan to do dairy and eggs. That would just be too hard for me, sorry.” See, you may think that now, but you never know…
- I recently did a post on the value of meal planning. I made this a challenge on May 26, 2009.
- I totally worked out in this shirt yesterday.
- A year ago today, on May 26, 2009, I decided to stop weighing myself. Just as I did on July 23, 2008.
Not weighing anymore is an idea I have been toying with again for some time now. But I don’t think I’m ready for that, at least not until the end of the Pound for Pound Challenge. Which hasn’t been going so well, but oh well.
I just think it is interesting how every Spring, I get tired of calorie counting (and weighing myself), suffer from allergies, stop eating meat (well that was a given this time), and have a desire to give up caffeine. It is so funny how our bodies operate.
I’m interested to look back through the blog and see what it is exactly that makes this happen and how I can keep myself from repeating at least one thing this year!
Aren’t blog archives great?!
This past Saturday, I did another 5k! Well, not exactly. While there was a run that morning, I chose to stick with the walkers. A really cute one, in particular.
Suzie and I participated in the Kentucky Humane Society‘s annual Waggin’ Trail 5k which raises money for the animals they care for at the facilities. It was our second year participating and last year was so much fun, we knew we had to do it again!
It’s a really neat event with lots of different boths where you can get things for your pet, including having them microchipped. One of our local radio stations was also there giving away prizes. Check out the crowd!
They also had plenty of doggie pools sitting out because it was quite warm and sunny that morning!
Suzie met up with her friends Bo and Bailey, who all did some sniffing while us humans waited for the walk to start.
After waiting around in the shade for what seemed like forever, the walk finally started. Let’s go!
The walk/run was held at Iroquois Park here in Louisville, which is known for it’s major hills! You may have seen these a time or two if you’ve ever participated in the Papa John’s 10-miler or the Kentucky Derby Festival mini-Marathon. They are quite challenging!
We finished in about an hour (1:02:06), which was pretty good for the course, the dogs and the crowd.
Suzie walked the whole time! I guess because she sniffed all the way from the car to the park, she got it out of the way because she didn’t stop once. But I think she wore herself out too. It usually takes her an hour to walk 2 miles and she did 3.1!
It was an awesome day and I can’t wait to do it again next year. The Kentucky Humane Society is where we got Suzie almost 2 years ago, so it holds a special place in our hearts. She is seriously the sweetest, most loving dog and though we still don’t know how anyone could’ve ever given her up, we’re glad they did!