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Wasted Weekend and Weather

Good morning all – back to the grind, right? Ugh – I am not feeling well at all, hence the serious lack of posting this weekend. The weekend started out okay – I headed to Brooklyn to visit my friend Katie for some dinner and drinks.

Although, I noticed even before I left work that I felt a little off. I chalked it up to allergies and headed out to BK. We had a very fun night in Williamsburg. We went to the Manhattan Inn for dinner, which is a very small restaurant that is just adorable. Great ambiance. They even have a piano player placed in the center of the room.

They don’t have a menu online, but our/my food went like this: cheese plate (we got the last one available), bread with apple butter, mushroom spring roll things and then as my main meal I had the Vegan Polenta – per the waitress’ recommendation. Everything was amazing. The lighting was really poor, so these are the only pics that are post-worthy.

The food was amazing and we also shared a bottle of wine. After dinner, we headed to a nearby bar called Harefield Road for Katie’s co-worker’s birthday party. We only stayed for one drink because we were both tired and somewhere along the night I lost my voice entirely.

We headed home to bed and I could feel the congestion mounting in my head and chest. I tried to play it off like it was just my allergies, but by Saturday morning I had a feeling it was turning into a real cold.

We awoke on Saturday and my congestion and phlegm (sorry) was in full force. I managed to make it to brunch with Katie before heading home to bed. We went back to Harefield Road because they supposedly have a great brunch for $12. It did not disappoint. We each ordered the french toast, made from Challah bread, along with fresh fruit. Our breakfasts also came with coffee and a mimosa.

Brunch really hit the spot. However, I was unable to drink my mimosa – I was starting to fade fast. I said goodbye to my friend after brunch and trudged home.

I entered our apartment to find my Hubby doing exactly what I wanted to do: laying on the couch and resting. I proceeded to change into sweats and curl up on the couch and cough and blow my nose all day.

We watched as our temperature gauge showed that it was 46 degrees outside, while we both huddled under our blankets indoors. As afternoon turned to evening, I started thinking about my 9-mile run planned for Sunday. I wondered if I could push through the congestion to get it done. I decided it would be game-day decision, based on how I felt.

Hubby and watched the Olympics on Saturday night and I’m pretty sure I was asleep by 9:30-10:00 p.m.

I awoke Sunday morning to the sound of my own wheezing and phlegm rattling. I tried to speak and found I had no voice at all. Or if I managed to get a sound out it sounded like a small elf’s voice. Hubby thought this was hysterical.

So Sunday proceeded much in the same manner as Saturday. I decided that attempting my 9-mile run would be dangerous since I could hardly breathe. I was upset at first, but then decided that it’s probably lucky that this was a low-mileage long run week. If I had to be sick any week, this was probably the best one. I also know that pushing too hard when you’re sick can make you more sick. If my cold was just in my head area I probably would have gone, but it was in my chest as well and that’s what made me nervous.

So I watched in sadness as two 40+ temperature days passed me by without so much as a jog. Hubby and I alternated between watching the Olympics, sleeping, watching t.v. movies and watching Couple Retreat. We were a sad, sad pair.

Although, maybe it’s a good thing that we were both sick at the same time, rather than one person being sick first and then the other following a few days later. The bad side of this was that by Sunday night, it looked like a bomb had gone off in our apartment. It was a complete disaster, but I was too tired and sick to do anything about it. I was in bed again by 10:00 p.m.

Today I feel a little bit better – I still have stuff rattling around in my chest and congestion in my head, but all the sleep this weekend seems like it helped a bit. I am taking one more day off from running – I’m eager to get back into my training plan, but want to be sure I’m ready.

So how bout you all – did you enjoy the weekend?

And how do you cope with a cold? Do you tend to get sick if your significant other or roommate gets sick?

Have a great Monday everyone – hopefully it goes by quickly.

Fridays are the Best!

TGIF all!! Are you excited? I sure am! This was a short week, but a crazy week and I am ready for the weekend. How was your week?

Yesterday was a fairly busy day for me. Breakfast was some plain old Kashi Heart to Heart cereal and juice. I desperately need to invest in some new bowls.

Work was busy and I skipped my mid-morning snack. Lunch was a peanut butter and jelly on an Arnold Sandwhich Thin and carrots.

Afternoon snacks were Chobani yogurt with Kashi Go Lean and a bag-o-grapes.

The grapes were really juicy and yummy. I usually go for green, but these read ones were great.

After work I jetted to the gym for a run. Things started off rough on the treadmill and I contemplated ending my run after 4 miles, but I trudged on and started feeling better. I ended my run feeling great: 6 miles in 50:26. Then I did some ab work and some arm work as well.

I came home from the gym and was happy to remember that we still had more leftovers from our moms – aren’t moms the best?! I heated some up for dinner and added some broccoli again.

Hubby had some leftovers as well and then curled up on the couch feeling less than great.

After dinner I was most definitely craving some sweets, but instead I chewed on some sugar-free gum. How Biggest Loser-ish do I sound? Let me slip in this plug for 5 gum.

So far so good on the not eating sweets goal! Why is it that women always seem to be more drawn to sweets then men are?

So that was pretty much my night. We watched the Olympics, but I was falling asleep after the women’s half pipe, so I went to bed and missed the American guy winning figure skating. Darn.

So what are your plans for the weekend?

I heard on the news today that it’s supposed to be in the 40s this weekend in NYC. I’m super excited! According to my marathon training plan, I only have to run 9 miles this weekend. I almost feel like it’s a shame I didn’t have to run more when we’re going to have such nice weather. However, I don’t want to up my mileage too soon and risk injuring myself, so I’m going to stick to my plan.

I have my 9 mile run planned for Sunday since I’ll be visiting a friend in Brooklyn tonight and staying over for brunch tomorrow morning. I’m excited to explore a new area of New York!

Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the warmer weather if you can!

100 Posts, Progress, Kryptonite

Good morning blogworld! This is my official 100th post – hurray! I’m so proud to have kept this little blog going this long. My Hubby says I have a habit of starting new projects or ideas and then deserting them after a little while. So I’m very happy that I’ve been able to blog on a fairly regular basis for about 4 months.

I thought that my 100th post would be the perfect opportunity to talk about my 2010 goals and how I’ve been progressing.

1. Stop Biting My Nails: Fail. I have possibly curtailed it a bit, but I haven’t been able to stop yet. The cold weather isn’t helping, as it makes my nails brittle and breakable.
2. Become a Real Winter Runner: I think I can say this one has been a success! I’ve run outside just about every weekend since early January and have actually gotten used to the cold temps.  Check out my recent post on the tell-tale signs that I have truly become a real winter runner.
3. Eat Cleaner: So-so on this one. I’ve definitely been incorporating more clean foods into my diet, but there are a few lingering “problem foods” I need to deal with. More on that (and my kryptonite) later in this post.  
4. Read More: I’ve done okay with this. I’ve read Ahab’s Wife, The Weight of Silence and The Historian so far in 2010. I’m currently reading Food Rules and Angela’s Ashes (just started). I guess I’m averaging about 1-2 books a month, which is good, but I used to read much faster. It also depends on the book. 
5. Be Grateful: Fail. I don’t think I’ve been too great so far this year about appreciating what I have. This is definitely something I will work on.
6. Shop Less, Save More: Fail. Need to focus on this.
7. Keep in Touch: Fail. I haven’t been calling people like I claimed I would. I’m just not a phone person. I will make my new goal to call one friend each weekend, as well as my mother, to catch up.
8. Expand My Horizons: Success. So far in 2010 I’ve tried Ethiopian food and Greek food, attended the ballet and a camera class.
9. QT with Hubby: Fail. We’ve been so busy going to weddings, parties and family events that we haven’t spent much QT together. 😦
10. Qualify for Boston! Working on it! I signed up for the Poconos Marathon in May 2010, with hopes of qualify for Boston in 2011. Wish me luck!

Okay – so not as much progress as I would have liked, but also not a total disaster. It’s only February right?!

How are you doing on your 2010 goals?

I’ll do a quick recap of my eats yesterday and explain just where kryptonite fits in. Breakfast was a honey wheat double fiber English muffin with peanut butter and banana. And oops a big hole in the middle of one half.

I had a busy agenda yesterday and knew I wouldn’t be able to eat much from about 1:30 p.m. on, so my mid-morning snack was my Chobani yogurt with Kashi Go Lean.

Lunch followed shortly after – Triscuits with Light Laughing Cow cheese and carrots.

I was at a meeting out of the office from 1:30 – 5:00 and then headed straight from there to church for Ash Wednesday.

By the time we got home I was starving. I made a grilled cheese sammy for dinner with some pickles.

And then I gave in to my kryptonite. In all honesty, I did it to myself. Hubby had to stop at Duane Read after church to pick up some cold medicine (he thinks he’s getting sick) and while I was there, I was drawn to these fellas:

Seriously – I can not resist them and I have a problem. I can eat this entire bag in one sitting. Last night I ate half the bag. Oh the guilt and the unbearably icky-feeling stomach! Why can’t I resist these things?

At my old job, my co-worker would buy a container of these and leave them on her desk and I would literally devour them in two days. When we saw Avatar a few weeks ago, I ate entire bag during the movie. I have a problem. The first step is admitting I have a problem.

Now here’s my solution: I am giving up all sweets for Lent. Yes, technically Lent began yesterday and I shouldn’t have eaten these, but at that point I hadn’t decided what I was going to give up yet. Well, after this overeating debacle, I think my choice is clear.  I am taking the rest of this bag, closing it up and putting away until Easter. It’s time to get a grip on my sweet eating.

Now, if you’ve read my blog much over the past 4 months, you must have seen that I love me some dessert. I typically have some form of dessert almost every night after dinner. So what am I going to do? My plan is to make fruit into my new dessert. I’ll be stocking up on strawberries, blueberries, grapes, etc. to take the place of my beloved chocolate and sugary treats.

What else will help me with this sacrifice? 1. Reading Micahel Pollan’s Food Rules, and hopefully his other books in the near future. 2. Remembering that the ingredients in my kryptonite are: Sugar, corn syrup, modified corn starch, citric acid, tartaric acid, artificial flavors, titanium dioxide, red 40, yellow 5, blue 1. Gag – did I really just enjoy eating tartaric acid and titanium dioxide? 3. Reliving the terrible burning sensation on my tongue after eating too many of these things – seriously, that should be a huge red flag for me right there. Real food shouldn’t strip, burn and desensitize your tongue.  

So that’s the plan man – I’m really hoping I will have the willpower to say no to the Sour Patch Watermelons, chocolate and other sweets that come my way. And maybe by the time Easter rolls around my sweet tooth will have diminished a bit and you won’t always see me capping off a meal with a piece of chocolate or candy. 🙂 Here’s to hoping!

So tell me – what is your kryptonite? Besides sweets in general and Sour Watermelons, mine seem to be nachos, cake and french fries.

P.S. – How awesome was Shaun White last night? He’s the reason I didn’t make it to the gym this morning and have to try to squeeze in 6 miles tonight. I just had to see that Double McTwist – so glad he did it!

A Quick Check-in

Good morning all. I have been especially MIA this weekend and I apologize. Hubby and I headed upstate and for some reason I was just really craving a blogging break. I didn’t even take any blog pics – I know awful. But it was a good weekend despite my lack of photo-taking.

Friday night we headed upstate a bit late because I got stuck working until 6 p.m. We got to my parent’s house just in time to watch the last 15 minutes of the Olympics opening ceremony. Then I headed to bed because I had a longish run on the agenda for Saturday morning.

Saturday morning I woke up and fueled up with my usual English muffin with peanut butter and banana and then hit the road running at about 9:00 a.m. It was 17 degrees outside. I think that is officially the coldest weather I’ve ever run in. It wasn’t a problem because I layered appropriately and was snug in my running gear. However, the problem occurred at around mile 4 when my Garmin decided to go hay-wire, switch to navigation mode and beap incessantly for the remainder of my 12-mile run. It was obnoxious and I was actually running along yelling at it to shut up – the people driving by probably thought I was insane.

I haven’t uploaded the data from that run yet, but I already know it was a bad one. I was fiddling with the Garmin while running all around upstate and my times we all over the map. I was able to determine that I did finish 12 miles, but that was about it. It did not feel like a great run, but at least I did it, right?

We headed up to Utica in the afternoon and gathered at Bill’s parent’s house for a small birthday party for his father. It was a lot of fun and we finished off the night by watching the Olympics and seeing the U.S. win gold in the women’s moguls – it was awesome!

Inspired by such great athleticism, I forced myself up and out the door for a short run on Sunday morning. It was snowing, but not too bad. I ran 3.18 miles in about 28 minutes and it was tough. The streets were slushy and slippery, so I had to take things slow. I’ve never actually run when it was snowing out before and it was kind of tough. But I got the run done and was extremely happy that I actually ran 5 days this past week and hit my intended mileage!!

Saturday afternoon we visited with Bill’s friend who just had a baby and then had a low-key night. We’re in Albany right now and heading back to NYC in a little bit. We hear that another snow storm is on the way and I am none too pleased about this. I am ready for winter to be over!!

Anyway – we’re heading out soon. Hope you all had a great weekend! I can’t wait to watch more of the Olympics – I’m hooked! How bout you?