Thursday, September 29, 2011

WRTC 10 Mile

Finally a picture of me running!

Last weekend I ran a race despite being sick for the two days prior. I had gone into it hoping to PR and possibly place higher then last year. All this changed when I started coming down with a respiratory virus. The same thing happened last Spring around Boston time and a coworker suggested Super Lysine, I was willing to try anything. So once again I took massive doses for two days and was actually feeling better by Sunday morning. 

The race wasn't great, but it wasn't awful. I just didn't do as well as I'd hoped and don't have much to say about it. I wasn't going to write a race report, but figured I always like to compare and look back so here it is short and sweet.

I started out great with a sub 7 pace for a few miles but quickly slowed as my breathing got tougher. By Mile 7 I knew I couldn't push much any more so I just ran comfortable and still had hopes of passing the group of three women in front of me. This goal was soon gone as I lost sight of them by Mile 8. Now comes the fun part...This race is combined with a 5K which starts 30 minutes after the 10 Mile and is an out and back so for about the final 1.5 miles the race involves staying in the middle of the road to get between 5K run/walkers going in both directions complete with strollers, cell phones and coffee. Finally the finish line is in sight and they are directing runners. I see the clock and sure enough 2 minutes slower then where I was hoping to finish. 1:12:26. Oh well I wasn't feeling it. Still managed a 3rd place AG finish and 16th OA. My mom ran her first 5K that morning finishing 40:49, not too bad for a 61 year old who has only been running 3 months!

Next up TCM, hope the weather forcast is accurate and I stay healthy for a the rest of the week.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

What should I look like?

Today I was told by three people that I didn't look like I had a baby. It's been nearly 20 months, what should I look like? I almost asked if they wanted to see my ab muscle separation that is still there, then would I look like a woman who had given birth. Maybe that is my only outward sign, well except the 20lb ball of energy running crazy around me!

What does someone who has given birth look like? Are women expected to retain all the weight gained during pregnancy and have a belly for the rest of their life after giving birth? Trying hard to stay off my soap box here, but I think this is part of the issue with our society. Women/mothers are given the given the okay to give up on healthy habits once they have a child. I don't know how many times I have heard "I was small until I had a baby" and said baby is no longer a baby. Some days it is difficult to fit in a workout or eat healthy when dealing with the chaos of parenthood (grad school and work) but it is just part of my life. I want to shake people who say they can't eat healthy, can't exercise because they have children. What kind of example is this setting?   

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Food, lots of food

When I'm stressed I run, cook and eat. All of which happened this weekend in anticipation of the busiest semester of grad school yet that starts Tuesday. The next semesters will be packed with hundreds of clinical hours, completing and preparing a doctorate project for publication and preparing to take another board exam. All of this along with working and being a mom/wife and hopefully keeping my sanity. Once again my work schedule is getting in the way of running so I had to start my taper a week early and decided since I had 4 weeks instead of 3 I'd go for 22 miles on Saturday. This combined with overripe bananas, a refrigerator full of squash and Ophelia asking for "noodles" for dinner resulted in an afternoon of cooking.

Banana Blueberry Bread (Sugar Free/Dairy Free) Adapted from this recipe at Fat Free Vegan
3 large over-ripe bananas
1 cup pitted dates (about 8)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup apple sauce
1/2 cup agave nectar
1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup regular oats
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Spray or wipe a 9x5-inch loaf pan with oil.

In a food processor, puree dates and the bananas, then add the lemon juice, applesauce and agave nectar. Combine well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, soda, cinnamon and salt. Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, and stir just until it is well-combined. Fold in the blueberries.
Spread the mixture evenly in the prepared pan and bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool before cutting and serving.

Squash and Arugula Pasta
1 medium yellow squash shredded
1 bunch arugula chopped
1 bunch basil leaves chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 small onion chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/4 grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 box pasta - cooked
Heat about 1 tablespoon olive oil in pan. Add onion and garlic until soft, then add arugula and 1/2 basil until wilted. Add squash and heat through. Add remaining olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Season with salt/pepper, add remaining basil and Parmesan cheese. Add cooked pasta and toss together. Serve.

So happy to have found another way to use up the squash that is piling up from our CSA box this summer.