This week was alright for running.
Monday morning I did a quick run around the block in my new Asics (1.64 miles).
Tuesday morning I met with Sarah for a personal training session at 6am and after work I decided it was time to test out the Vibrams so I brought them and my Asics to County Farm Park and did 3 miles – first two in the Asics and finished with the Vibrams. The Vibrams definitely felt a lot better than the Asics and I think it is because the Asics feel too big. They are the same length as my New Balance though so I am not sure what to think.
Wednesday morning before work I did 2 miles around the neighborhood in the Vibrams and after work I was back at County Farm Park and did 4 miles – about 2/3 in Vibrams, 1/3 in the Asics.
After this, I decided to give the Vibrams a rest for a while and go back to other shoes for the next few runs.
This morning was my 8 miles LSD (long slow distance) run. I went up Packard to Main, north to Kingsley, through Kerrytown, then turned south on State St. I cut across the Diag to South U. and Washtenaw and went into some ‘fancy’ neighborhoods on Vinewood and Londonderry before crossing Washtenaw again and heading into my old neighborhood on Manchester. I took that all the way down to Packard.
By this time, I was completely out of water. I couldn’t find any houses still watering their lawns at 10:30am and I tried to stop into a Lutheran church but couldn’t find the main entrance. I turned northwest on Packard towards home and noticed that the service at the Baptist church was letting out so I ran across Packard, filled up my water bottles there, and headed home.
All in all, I did 8.3 miles in 1.21.52, 9:51 min/mile. I ran in my New Balance old shoes for this run and it wasn’t painful at all, plus at a good pace. Now I REALLY don’t know what to think.
Aside from running, I’ve been trying to keep on track more with meals.
We actually didn’t eat out much last week, which was good and we had breakfast at home both Saturday and Sunday (today).
Tim Horton’s. Bruegger’s Bagels. Big Apple Bagels. Dunkin’ Donuts. Einstein Bros. You can give your money to them each morning.
Or. Or you can buy them and just toast them yourself.
There is an alternative #3. It is possible to bake your own bagels. If we can do it, so can you!
My Recipe Notes
- The recipes says to keep the bagels in the fridge overnight after you form them into the bagels shapes… we totally didn’t do this. I didn’t realize it was an overnight deal, so once I did, I made sure they were in the fridge for about 6 hours. Let’s just pretend that 6 hours is a full night’s sleep for bagels.
- I highly recommend using your mixer to mix all the ingredients together but NOT to knead the dough. It is way too stiff.
- You are supposed to knead in another 3/4 cup flour, we could only force another 1/2 cup in and it was fine.
- I didn’t bother buying malt syrup, we just used brown sugar since we already had it on hand.
They were super yummy, especially warm right out of the oven. We only made a plan variety, but once these are done we’ll definitely experiment a little bit with some more exciting flavors.
I decided to make these at first because I could not find bagels that were not packaged in plastic and I’d had bad experience with bakery bagels getting hard to quick (even in the fridge!). These were a great result. It made 12 bagels, and we froze half of them for next week’s breakfasts.
After a full day of skiing on Saturday at Crystal Mountain (we actually had powder and got to use our sweet Groupons) the Sunday is usually filled with all of the errands that we weren’t able to get done before.
Sunday started off with breakfast at Northside Grill, where, apparently, it was Hawaiian Sunday. You could get some special things like pineapple juice and pancakes with pineapple, but I stuck with something a bit less Hawaiian.
We spent Sunday by visiting my uncle in the hospital after breakfast. He’s been in the hospital for almost 14 months now and they think he should be able to go home finally in about 6-8 weeks. It was amazing to even see him sitting upright in a wheelchair.
The rest of the afternoon was filled with laundry, grocery shopping, the gym (!!!), and dinner.
Sunday dinner was BBQ tofu and Israeli couscous with zucchini and carrot.
Israeli Couscous with Zucchini & Carrots
makes about 3 servings
1 cup Israeli couscous, dry
2 cups water
1 zucchini, shredded
1 carrot, shredded
1 tablespoon olive oil
Heat olive in a small pot over medium high heat and add in carrot and zucchini. Stir fry for a while then add in dry couscous. Incorporate well. Add water, bring to a boil, then back down to simmering.
Cook until all of the water has been absorbed, about 15 minutes. Stir every so often so that it doesn’t stick. I added in some spices as well – granulate onion, red pepper flakes, and a bit of Lawry’s seasoning salt.
On the exercise front, I actually made it to the gym on Sunday to go running, which was my goal. I ran two miles, with speeds from 5.2 up to 5.7mph, then stopped to do some other stuff. I did crunches with the ten pound weight, dips, and pikes on the pilates ball and knee tucks. I finished up with another mile, making it three total miles. I am doing about 11:30 minute miles. Not terribly great, but I don’t think I’ll ever be a very speedy runner. I’d rather go for distance.
How is your week going so far? Are you managing to keep up with everything you’ve had planned for the week? I’ve got a Slow Food Huron Valley meet-up tonight at Silvio’s that I am super pumped about. They’ll also be talking about their trip to Terra Madre in Italy! Have a good Tuesday!
It has been a busy week or so over the holidays. I’m really
glad that they are over.
Up to Flint, down to Shelby Twp, back to Ann Arbor. (24/25)
Back to Flint, Shelby Twp, Ann Arbor (26).
Up to Traverse City to go skiing (27)
Back to Ann Arbor (29).
Downtown Detroit to see Gowtham. (30)
I don’t plan on leaving Ann Arbor for a while now 🙂 We’re heading to the bike
store today to finish paying for Tim’s new mountain bike (bringing the total number of bikes in the apartment up to seven when it is finally delivered) and then we have a reservation for dinner at the Grange in Ann Arbor for their special NYE menu.
Of course I have to take a look and see what I’d like to do next year.
1.) From November 2009 until now I have gone from 135 pounds down to 112 pounds. 23 pounds lost! I can’t say anything grandiose like “I lost a whole person,” but that’s okay. My goal weight is 100 pounds, so that means I have 12 pounds to go. I want to put a goal date on this, but I don’t think I will. I will, however, note that I am 4 foot 11 inches tall, so this should be pretty attainable (and I’ve been there before in my adult life).
2.) Exercise goals: work out (on my own or with Sarah) five times per week. Start doing some P90X routines, if only to break up some monotony.
3.) Run a 5k (signed up for one in February on Super Bowl Sunday in Novi, MI.)
4.) Run/bike a duathlon (need to work on the running distance part, biking is no problem)
5.) Eat meat only once per day or not at all. Breakfast is always meatless.
6.) Eat dinner out once per week or not at all. Try to choose local restaurants over chains.
8.) Have my own garden in a Project Grow community garden.
9.) Continue posting about the yummy food I make and eat, like this:
Taking some time to catch up on meals over the last couple of days.
Breakfast at Northside Grill
Lunch Scavenged from Meijer
-whole wheat roll
-roasted red pepper hummus
-fruit juice smoothie… thing
Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning I was up in East Lansing for Phi Sigma Pi Induction ceremony and party. My family went out to Bravo! in Eastwood Towne Center for dinner. My dinner was good but the vegetarian selection was surprisingly not so good for a restaurant like that… not even a “normal” spaghetti dish. I think some of the only non-meat dishes were eggplant based. Sorry, I don’t like eggplant in my Italian food. I ended up having the Pasta Bravo without chicken.
Sunday was the night for the roaster chicken I got from my mom… however I was not completely sure if it was going to be thawed out since I called on my way home from East Lansing to ask Tim to start thawing it. In the end it was nicely thawed and ready to go at 5pm. We had a late lunch at Panera so a late dinner was in the works too.
The leftovers from the chicken made a GREAT lunch today. It’s also going to get made into chicken noodle soup and then chicken stock as well. Gotta use up as much of it as I can 🙂
I used up the last of my cranberry lemon with pecan preserves (that I got at the JamPot) this morning. I have a jar of lemon marmalade to look forward to now.
We did a little bit of running around today: Best Buy (bought nothing, checked out Kindles), Victoria’s Secret at the mall, and the Salvation Army. I dropped off two garbage bags of clothes and one of shoes at the donation dock – it feels really good to have clothes that I wasn’t wearing and those that don’t fit anymore to just be out of the way.
At around 5pm, Tim decided that he wanted to have chicken noodle soup for dinner, so we went to the store to pick up egg noodles. The only recipe that I had was the “8 cups of water plus entire chicken in the pot” kind, so I figured I could just wing it. I’d had chicken noodle soup enough times in 24 years to know what it tastes like.
Spur of the Moment Chicken Noodle Soup
8 cups of chicken stock (good if you’ve got homemade on-hand frozen)
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 zucchini, sliced
Approx 2.5 cups of chicken, white/dark meat, torn up
Egg noodles (I think I used about 2 cups? I like a very noodle-y soup)
3 cloves of garlic, minced finely or through a press (I used one clove of elephant ear garlic)
Dashes of parsley, basil, paprika, crushed red pepper, onion powder, sea salt, & black pepper
Defrost chicken broth and pour into “big enough” soup pot on medium high. Add carrots, garlic, and spices and bring to a boil. Let boil for a few minutes and bring down to lower heat. Once carrots are tender, add celery and chicken. The chicken won’t take long to heat up. The egg noodles I used take about 3 minutes to cook according to the package, so I added the zucchini and noodles at the same time. Just check and make sure the noodles are done and everything else should be ready too 🙂
Our Thanksgiving adventure started yesterday morning when I went by the Farmers Market to pick up the turkey I ordered from Ernst Farm (where I usually get bacon, sausage, and flour from). The turkey I ended up getting was 17 pounds. We usually have a larger one, I guess, but 17 pounds was still rather awkwardly heavy to lug the couple of blocks to the car.
After we got out of work, we headed out with turkey in tow to my Shelby Twp. We dropped the turkey off at my Gramma’s and stopped at Khom Fai, a Thai restaurant next to Hamlin Pub at 22 & Hayes for dinner. It was really good–your normal Thai food you’d expect and it was only around $20 for two of us. I had a veggie spring roll (love love love) and Pad Woonsen – a dish with the clear noodles, fried tofu, mushrooms, pea pods, broccoli, carrots, napa cabbage, and celery and water chestnuts (which I avoided).
Afterwards, we stopped in at my friend’s house and hung around with his mom for a couple of hours. Is that weird? I have a lot of friends that it is perfectly normal to stop over to hang out with their parents when they are not there.
One of my goals for Thanksgiving was to actually get some exercise in, especially because I would not have any time on Wednesday. So I was up at 6:30am Thursday morning and up and out for a run around my Gramma’s neighborhood at 7:15am. I ended up running for 40 minutes and did 3.7 miles (I mapped it out on Google maps a minute ago). Some math tells me that this is 10:32 minutes miles, aka 5.7mph. I usually run on the treadmill at anywhere between 5.2 and 5.5mph so that sounds pretty good to me. I made two really quick stops, once to change music and once to take a picture of a new friend.
I got back to the house, took a quick shower, and then Tim and I picked up my friend Megan to go to Starbucks for some breakfast. There was soy milk all around for the three of us! Seriously, cow’s milk is grossss. Think about where that comes from. Ugh.
We had the regular Thanksgiving dinner at Gramma’s house later this afternoon. Well, later meaning 3:30pm. Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, sweet potatoes, biscuits, cranberry from a jar (LOL), stuffing, and the little tray of pickles that I don’t touch. We don’t do fancy or impressive for our Thanksgiving…. Christmas…. or Easter. It’s just how we are.
Turkey leg for me! Muahahahaha, all mine 😛