Wednesday, March 31, 2010

tuesday's work out

I wish I could rewind Tuesday and have a do-0ver. At least for the evening part. I got home from work and walked Honey as usual. Instead of putting on gym clothes I opted to lay on the couch and watch "Gossip Girl." I should've gotten working out done before I started to relax regardless of how tired I felt.



By 6:45pm Honey had to go back outside for another bathroom break. She seriously has the world's smallest bladder (just like Old Man Chalmers). Before taking her out I figured I would change into gym clothes and then head down to the gym after Honey's walk. In the gym I decided to try a different interval treadmill plan. Unlike Monday's work out, this training plan was 45 minutes long, rather than 35 minutes. The extra 10 minutes really took it out of me. I did 4 miles in 45:06 minutes and burned 442 calories according to the treadmill. The last thing I wanted to do was weight training, but I managed to do 2 different bicep exercises, 3 sets of each.


I skipped crunches and headed upstairs to make dinner. It was almost 7:45pm and clearly way past my dinner time. I was starved. I whipped together my first ever batch of poached eggs and ate them over mashed cannelini beans. After adding some liberal dashes of hot sauce the meal was delicious.


Working out right after work is clearly my best option. Thankfully I'm taking today off ... my legs are sore!

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

monday's work out

Mondays usually mean getting back into the gym and getting serious about working out. Especially with less than 1 month until the wedding.


Yesterday was no exception. I had found an interval training guide in my Shape magazine from April so I decided to give it a whirl. The only changes I made was to go 7.5 on the treadmill instead of 9 since going that fast scares me. For the cool down I stayed at 4 to try to make up for not getting up to 9. All in all it was very tough and I'm looking forward to trying it again this week. At the end of 35 minutes the treadmill said I had gone 3.17 miles and burned 354 calories. The article said to burn 250 to 500 calories at least five times a week to "blast fat." Looks like I have a rough week ahead of me.


After I was finished with cardio I started my back work out. I split up doing back and biceps on the same day since I was getting sore and had time during the week to focus on each body part on its own day. Once I had finished the 3 back exercises I did 150 crunches.
Lat pull down
set 1: 40lbs, 12 reps
set 2: 40lbs, 12 reps
set 3: 40lbs, 12 reps
Low row
set 1: 40lbs, 12 reps
set 2: 40lbs, 12 reps
set 3: 40lbs, 12 reps
Row/rear deltoids
set 1: 30lbs, 8 reps
set 2: 30lbs, 10 reps
set 3: 30lbs, 10 reps

Monday, March 29, 2010

rainy Monday

It's such a gloomy, rainy Monday. Days like this make me avoid all types of productivity. I should be writing about all of the non-working out I did on Saturday and Sunday (I did manage to run 3 inner loops around Lake Eola on Friday afternoon) or the non-healthy food I ate all weekend (veggie pizza from Papa John's can't be THAT bad for you). Or even how I have managed to stay on track with my non-meat eating goal for the month.
Instead I rather post a picture of Honey and talk about how awesome of a dog she is. Honey is almost 1 year old (birthday is on April 21st) and has been acting more like an adult lately. Ryan and I have been able to leave her out in the living room while we've been gone for hours at a time. Accidents in the house have become more scarce and it's hard to believe she is actually listening to us now. We are lucky to have such a cute 8 pound bundle of fur that loves us unconditionally.
Happy Monday from Honey and I.

Friday, March 26, 2010

night one ...

Last night was my first meal of pescetarianism for the month. I was lucky that dinner plans with my friend Sheila included going to Shari Sushi restaurant. I enjoyed a volcano roll (crab), salmon sashimi, and Japanese bagel hand roll (more salmon). If only all of my meals would taste that delicious this month of non-meat eating would be a breeze.

Yesterday I skipped my evening work out since I had just finished an hour long kickball game with co-workers earlier in the afternoon. Plus there was vacuuming and laundry to do at the house and chores are definitely calorie burning activities too. (http://www.thehealthyeatingguide.com/calorieburningchart.html)


I also burned calories on the walk to meet up with Sheila, then the walk from Shari to Mucho (Chris and Ryan had been enjoying multiple margaritas), then Mucho to the Pourhouse, then Pourhouse to Mochi (yum yum yum frozen yogurt), and then finally home. My love for Mochi is unwavering. What is there not to love about a variety of frozen yogurt flavors plus a multitude of delicious toppings?


Thursday, March 25, 2010

will run for fish?

During my senior year of high school I decided I didn't want to eat meat anymore. At the time I considered myself a vegetarian:
"Vegetarianism is the practice of following a plant-based diet including fruits, vegetables, cereal grains, nuts, and seeds, with or without dairy products and eggs." - from wikipedia.org

I didn't realize that eating fish was not allowed in the practice of vegetarianism and had the occasional seafood meal. I continued these habits well into my college years until one day I decided that I really wanted a cheeseburger and then never looked back at the years spent as a non-meat eater.

Since I revolve my life around running and eating cheeseburgers I figured I shouldn't make any more rash decisions at omitting meat from my diet again. Would eating garden burgers with cheese count as a pre-race meal? Would readers of this blog look down upon me for not eating cow in between two pieces of bread?

I'm at the point where I would like to transition into pescetarianism. Let's turn to my trusty wikipedia.org source for their definition:
" ... is the practice of a diet that includes seafood and excludes mammals and birds; typically includes some or all of vegetables, fruit, nuts, grains, beans, eggs, and dairy."

I think I'm going to try not eating chicken, pork, or cow until the wedding. As my friend Chris said it'll just mean a lot of trips to Shari for sushi and Cityfish for scallops and oysters. Doesn't sound so bad does it?

OUCH!


3 days of working out must have finally taken a toll on me because this morning I am sore all over. Tuesday's work out included triceps, shoulders, and more abs. I finally increased the weight I used for one set of shoulder presses (up from 5 lb weights to 10 lbs). Pretty soon I'm going to have shoulders like Dwight Howard. How attractive would I be in my wedding dress looking like that?


Yesterday I was finally able to venture outdoors and run. My leg held up ok and I managed to run 2 outer laps with Ryan around the perimeter sidewalk of Lake Eola. Other than dodging cars, homeless people, and dog walkers, it wasn't that bad of an experience. Being outside and enjoying some fresh air was a good way to decompress after the monotonous work day.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

happy wednesday!




My very talented and awesome friend Sunny made me this. I just wanted to share with the world how fantastic this penguin looks. Wonder what music he's listening to. Must be Jack Johnson cause of how chill and relaxed he looks. I envy this penguin.


Monday, March 22, 2010

5 weeks until Costa Rica

OMC and I realized that we only had 5 weeks left to get into shape for our honeymoon. Today was the first day of turning our lives around after eating poorly and not working out for over a week. After getting home from work we headed down to the gym to start our work outs. I decided to skip running today due to a nagging shin split type pain in my right leg. Rest was more important than possibly injuring it further.

I started the week working out back and biceps. I did 3 exercises for each body part, 3 sets of 10-12 reps. I even increased the weight during one set of bicep curls. I finished the work out with 125 crunches.

Dinner tonight was not a cheeseburger, and I probably won't be able to eat one of those for awhile. I made a salad, sauteed zucchini, squash, and tomatoes, and served it alongside a thin steak. It was quite tasty. Not sure what tomorrow night's healthy dinner will be. Of course I'm already worried about the next meal!

Free pastry at Starbucks tomorrow with a purchase of a coffee :)

KD Shamrock 5k

On Sunday my sorority, Kappa Delta, put on their annual "Shamrock" fundraiser for Prevent Child Abuse America. This year they decided to go back to a 5k instead of the paintball event they had the past 2 years. Back in 2004 I was the first organizer of our sorority's 5k. The event continued for a few years and then interest was lost within the current chapter. So this year I was very excited to see that the 5k was back!

The night before the race I attended an alumni pasta dinner at the KD house. We ate catered Olive Garden and picked up our race packets and tried to get excited about the upcoming event. The current count of runners was around 350 and we hoped more would sign up race day.

When Old Man Chalmers (OMC from this point forward) woke up on Sunday morning he realized his back was still hurt and that him and Honey would come to the race to cheer me on instead of running. I had woken up with a stomach ache and wasn't overly thrilled about running 3.1 miles but I got dressed, laced up my running shoes, and headed to UCF (where the race was held).

At 8:00am the air horn sounded and all of the runners took off. The first mile flew by and I was feeling a lot better. I checked my watch and saw that I had finished mile 1 in 8:10 minutes. I realized this was faster than normal and tried to ease up on speed for the rest of the race. Sometime shortly after my watch died and I was not able to check my pace or distance from that point on. The second mile marker came and I was still feeling good about the race. It was between miles 2 and 3 where a group of us began to run the wrong way. We didn't realize what had happened until we merged back with the rest of the runners a little before mile 3. I sprinted towards the finish line and saw that my time was 29:44 minutes. I have never run a 5k this slow and after further discussion with other runners that I recognized from having similar pace with me during the race, we realized we ran around 0.5 miles extra.

I was furious that I had followed runners incorrectly and that I didn't stay on course. I didn't stick around long after the race to chat with other KD alums and figured it was best for me to head home with OMC and Honey and vent during the car ride.

I found out this morning that I had placed 1st in my age group. Not sure how that happened but I guess I'll take it. They must have taken into account the extra mileage and calculated what my time would have been if I had run the correct course. There's always next year ...

Thursday, March 18, 2010

the Last Supper

This has been a very bad week of eating and working out. Or lack of working out I should say. It all went downhill during the bachelorette weekend extravaganza. Today was no exception. After celebrating a little too much last night for my birthday/St. Patrick's day it's safe to say that I felt pretty crummy today.

I started my day with a bowl of Frosted Flakes with soy milk. Am I 8 years old again? Hate to say it but it was gggggrrrreeeeaaaatttt! Thanks Tony the Tiger.

Lunch didn't improve at all. Instead it worsened exponentially. I had my favorite go to hangover meal ... a double cheeseburger from McDonald's! Added to this delicious sandwich was a 6 piece chicken mcnugget, small fries, and a small Coca Cola classic. I felt ashamed after I inhaled my entire meal.

I had every intention of making a healthy dinner tonight for myself and Ryan. I bought chicken breasts, broccoli, and salad ingredients from Publix during the rest of my lunch break. All of these items went straight from the reusable shopping bag into the refrigerator. Ryan had a different idea of what dinner should be even though HE was the one who said "I want to eat something green tonight." I think he just meant "I want to eat something delicious tonight" so we ordered take out from Anthony's. Come to think of it we did order a small Greek salad along with a LARGE PEPPERONI CALZONE. What is wrong with us? Oh well it's all over now. That was our last "bad" eating night until after the wedding. At least I hope so.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

happy birthday to me!

Not only is it my birthday (yay!) but it's also St. Patrick's day. Gotta love sharing my birthday with a national drinking holiday. Hope everyone is ready to drink some green beer on a wednesday night.

Talking about drinking ... I might have drank a lot this past weekend during my bachelorette extravaganza. It's only a rumor though so chances are that it's not true ;)

The pros of having all of my girlfriends in town to celebrate 3 days of bachelorette/bridal shower excitement are nonstop laughter, crazy shenanigans, and major bonding through way too much girl talk. The only con I can think of is not having worked out since Wednesday night. Yikes! Don't worry though ... I managed to eat some cheeseburger sliders from Hamburger Mary's on Saturday night. At least I didn't slack on my cheeseburger eating and only on running!

I finally made it into the gym yesterday after work. I decided to ease back into working out by running on the treadmill. I did 3 miles in 27:30 minutes, using some minor incline again.
  • 0-0.5 miles = 0 incline
  • 0.5-1.5 miles = 1.0 incline
  • 1.5-2.5 miles = 0.5 incline
  • 2.5-3.0 miles = 0 incline

I wasn't running as fast as I probably should have been but at least I got 3 miles done. I had to rush once I got upstairs since Ryan was taking me out to dinner for my birthday! After a quick shower and some minimal getting ready time we were ready to head out to Chez Vincent in Winter Park. Poor Ryan wasn't feeling all that great though. He had pulled a back muscle getting onto the train in Boston on Monday (old man Chalmers) and had gotten some pain pills from the doctor yesterday. They were definitely making him loopy so I figured it was only a matter of time before he fell face first into his plate of filet and mashed potatoes. Lucky for us he made it through the entire delicious meal.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

rainy days

It has been raining all day, with occasional brief pauses. During one of these pauses in the rainfall I decided to venture out for my lunch break. I was on the hunt for some yellow shoes to wear to the bridal shower on Sunday. I finally found a pair at Old Navy (along with some other good deals) and as I was getting ready to leave the store I realized that the rain had begun. I threw my hoodie on and ran to the car. I still had one more stop before heading back to the office and was already annoyed at getting caught in the rain for a 2ND time.

While I sat in my car at Publix, waiting for another short pause in the rain, I saw a lady rush out of the store with her cart and head to her car. She grabbed the bags and jumped into her car, carelessly leaving the cart in the middle of the parking lot. I forgot to mention that not only was it very very rainy today but there were also 20-25 mph winds. So as I'm sitting in my car waiting for the rain to slowdown I see the aforementioned lady's cart come flying at my car. BANG! And no I am not exaggerating. The stupid thing hit the side of my car. At this point I don't really care about the rain and just want to get back to work (did I really say that?). I finish up my shopping at Publix and wouldn't you know it's raining HARDER. I drive back to work, find the closest parking spot that I can, and walk in the rain back to the building. I was soaked and annoyed and had left my purse in the car to avoid getting that thing soaked as well.



Once I was back at my desk (and wearing my fuzzy slippers) I decided that the only thing that would make my day better was a Coca Cola Classic. Then I remembered I had left my purse (along with my wallet) in my car and had no money with me. Aha! The monkey bank was just sitting on my shelf staring at me. *Back story on the monkey* One day I went to Target during lunch (shocker) and found the monkey bank in the dollar section of the store. I couldn't pass up a deal so I bought him and have been adding coins ever since. Other co-workers have also fed the monkey (mainly Travis while he was still in this department).


I took the stopper out from the bottom of the monkey and dumped all of the change out on my desk. As I scavenged through the pennies I finally found what I was looking for ... some silver. A combination of nickels, dimes, and one lucky quarter added up to the $0.60 that I needed for my delicious afternoon delight. I padded over to the break room in my very comfortable slippers (don't judge) and inserted the coins into the vending machine. One Coca Cola Classic coming right up! It was delicious and totally made me happy. I guess saving up for a rainy day really came into play today. I'll stop now with all of the rhyming.


bulldog puppy

The best part of the gym yesterday was working alongside a bulldog puppy. That's right, some dumb guy actually brought his dog with him into the gym and had her just wandering around while he worked out. At first I was giddy with the thought of playing with a new puppy (sorry Honey) but then I realized how unsafe it was for her to be in there. Probably as unsafe as it was for some other dude to be wearing flip flops while working out. Idiots.

Anyways I reversed my usual timeline while in the gym and did weights before cardio. I will probably never do this again. I was already exhausted by the time I got onto the treadmill and I know I didn't push myself as hard as I could've (and should've). I did:

  • 3 different shoulder exercises, 3 sets each of 12-15 reps
  • 3 different tricep exercises, 3 sets each of 12-15 reps
  • 2.25 miles on the treadmill (0 incline) in 20:30 minutes
  • 100 crunches

Dinner was pretty boring last night - meat sauce over whole grain pasta shells. I was too preoccupied with cleaning the shower for my house guests this weekend to worry about a balanced meal. Then I had to go to the mall to find a dress for my shower on Sunday. Finally found one at Anthropologie. Now I just need shoes :)

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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

oysters by the dozen (or more)

Tuesday was such a great day. The sun was shining, my work load was easy (a little too easy), and I was just in a good mood. Oh and I was anxiously awaiting my date with Sunny all day. We had plans to go to Cityfish for free oysters!

When I got home from work Ryan and I were surprised to see yet another wedding present already delivered. We quickly tore into the box and saw that it was this awesome wine cellar from Crate & Barrel we had registered for. I can't wait to plug it in and start chilling some delicious vino.

After the excitement from another wedding present subsided we decided to venture outdoors for our first run outside in weeks, maybe even months (training wise; we've had a couple of races this year that were very very cold).

  • 2 outer laps around Lake Eola - 2.2 miles = 19:49 minutes

Once we were done I rushed inside to get showered and ready for my dinner date. Sunny and I walked over to Cityfish and sat at the bar. I didn't realize they offered so many happy hour specials ... $2 budlight drafts (we sampled 2 each), $5 cheeseburger sliders (we also sampled these), along with $5 fish tacos (we opted to save these for another day). The highlight of the evening was the oyster bar in the back of the restaurant from 6-7pm. All you can eat free oysters! I was in heaven. Oyster heaven that is. We were served four at time and I must say I refilled my plate four times. 16 oysters is definitely the most I have ever eaten. I'm looking forward to surpassing this amount one day.


I felt the cheeseburger slider special at Cityfish was a sign to reward myself for running outside and not on the treadmill. The little bite-sized (Jess-sized or Sunny-sized can be used as well) burgers were delicious.

After training solely on a treadmill all winter long it's going to take awhile to get used to running outside again. The strides are different, how hard your sneaker hits varies, and just getting used to dodging pedestrians on the sidewalk, are things to deal with when switching from indoors to outdoors.







Tuesday, March 9, 2010

only (blank) days until ...

I love countdowns. I take great pleasure in figuring out how much longer it'll be until a holiday, until happy hour with a friend, or more frequently, how much longer until the end of the workday.

While glancing at my calendar today I realized the following:
  • it is only 2 more days until my bestest friend Jacqui arrives in Orlando from Hoboken, NJ
  • it is only 3 more days until the start of my bachelorette extravaganza
  • with the aforementioned comes 3 days until Ryan leaves for NYC to begin the debauchery that will be his bachelor weekend
  • it is only 7 days until Ryan takes me out to my birthday dinner at an undisclosed location (he's been very tight lipped about which restaurant it will be)
  • it is only 8 days until the best day of the entire year ... St. Patrick's day (also known as my birthday)
  • and most importantly 46 days until I become Mrs. Chalmers

Looks like I'm a pretty lucky girl. Must have that luck of the Irish. Except I'm not Irish. Maybe I can be an honorary leprechaun ...

not too shabby for a monday

Are you one of those people that hate Mondays? You know those people that write on their Facebook page status "I've got a case of the Mondays" and want people to empathize with them? Well I don't have anything against Mondays ... or any other day for that matter. My only concern with Mondays is finding the motivation to work out after having such a fun weekend.

Since my knee was bothering me I did 15:30 minutes on the elliptical (1.5 miles). I had worked out back on Saturday so it was time to do biceps. I did 3 exercises, 3 sets of each, with at least 12-15 reps. I think I might be ready to increase my weight from 5 pound dumbbells to 10 pound dumbbells. How exciting right? I finished off the workout with some calf raises and 100 crunches.

Ryan and I had some errands to run so we grabbed Honey and headed to the pet store to buy her some dog food. Next stop was the gas station. While I was filling up my gas tank we started to wonder what we would have for dinner since it was already 7:00pm and nothing had been made at home. So we ended up ordering a large, all veggie, thin crust pizza from Pizza Hut. It totally hit the spot and was delicious. Ryan and I had no problem finishing up the entire thing. It was his first day back at eating carbs. Not a bad reward for keeping up his silly diet for the full 2 weeks.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

50/50

So as this weekend comes to an end, it is safe to say I am skipping my Sunday work out. At least I got a good work out in on Saturday. One out of two ain't too shabby.

Saturday started off quite early. Ryan and I were at our breakfast spot around 8:30am. We finally made it out to Junior's Diner, a dive that I had been craving to try. I enjoyed 2 eggs over easy, some bacon, and a biscuit with sausage gravy. D E L I C I O U S. This diner proved to deliver very legit, greasy, diner food. Oh and it was cash only. Totally had to stop by the 7-11 beforehand for cash back.

After spending the rest of the morning running errands it was time for our next meal. I made Alex (our house guest for the weekend) and Ryan tuna on a bed of greens. Its one of my favorite salads to make since the tuna is made, not only with the usual mayo, but also chickpeas and some sweet relish. There wasn't a third salad made since I was eating my leftover macaroni and cheese from Cityfish.

Alex had brought some much needed motivation for the gym. I ran 3.25 miles in 29 minutes using 1.o and 0.5 inclines. Then I did 3 different back exercises, 3 sets each, and 100 crunches. As I worked out, all I could think about was the cheeseburger I was going to order from Houston's that night. Once at Houston's I deviated from the original cheeseburger plan and ordered one of the specials of the night - flat iron steak with fresh chimichurri sauce. Totally worth the last minute switch.

Yesterday's work out was enough to make me not physically want to do any sort of work out today. Sigh. At least there is always tomorrow.

Friday, March 5, 2010

thursday's (disappointing) work out

I had every intention to have a good work out last night. I got home from work, walked Honey, started a load of laundry, and even prepped that night's dinner. I was being uber productive and should've carried that productivity into the gym.

My legs weren't having it though. I jumped on the treadmill ready to tackle miles and inclines and neither really happened. I managed to do the following:
  • 2 miles in 18:30 mins - speed ranging from 6.5-7.0

How pathetic. I couldn't even get 3 miles in. I think part of the problem was the Paula Dean show I was watching was a repeat and the boredom had set in mid run.

I did manage to get 3 tricep exercises in and 100 crunches. I'm well on my way to a 6pack stomach for Costa Rica :)

Although there were no cheeseburgers at dinner, the honey/lemon baked chicken and roasted zucchini and tomatoes I made were delicious.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

wednesday's work out

After running 7 miles on Sunday and doing 30 minutes on the elliptical on Monday, my legs were still very sore. I was not looking forward to running but alas once cannot eat as many cheeseburgers as I do without a little running.

So I decided to do a 3 mile run on the treadmill, adding some incline.
  • 0-0.5 mile = 0.5 incline
  • 0.5-1.0 mile = 1.0 incline
  • 1.0-1.5 mile = 0.5 incline
  • 1.5-2.0 mile = 1.0 incline
  • 2.0-3.0 mile = 0 incline

Having some incline on the run made it harder to keep my speed up. I ran the 3 miles in 27 minutes. I'm going to try to continue running with an incline and increase the speed and distance.

After my cardio was done I did 3 different shoulder exercises with 10-12 reps, and 2 or 3 sets of each one. Working out shoulders is my least favorite since its the hardest on my arms (probably cause I don't work them out enough).

My workout was complete after I did 125 crunches. By this time I was starving and couldn't wait to eat some delicious Boston Market. Although turkey, mashed potatoes with gravy, and green beans are no cheeseburger and onion rings, it wasn't a bad meal.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

dress fitting numero uno

Last night was my first wedding dress fitting. With less than 8 weeks to go until the wedding (April 24th) my handy-dandy checklist from theknot.com told me to go get my dress fitted. One of my lovely bridesmaids, Katie, was nice enough to meet me at Alfred Angelo to help with the ordeal.

After over an hour we were finally done. The alterations lady had my dress pinned on each side and hemmed (unfortunately my shoes were 3" and not 3.5" to avoid the hemming). I paid the gigantic alteration bill and scheduled dressing fitting numero dos, April 14th. In the meantime I'll make sure not to eat everything in my sight to maintain my current measurements. Which means limiting the cheeseburger intake and increasing the running mileage.

team Whiskey Express

The most recent race I've run is the Gasparilla Distance Classic Marathon relay in Tampa on Sunday, February 28th. The 26.2 mile course was split up into 4 legs ... 1st leg was run by Chris (7 miles), I ran the 2nd leg (7 miles), Lenarz ran the 3rd leg (8 miles), and Ryan was our caboose running the 4th leg (4.2 miles). We finished in 3 hours 28 minutes and 3 seconds, 2 minutes faster than what we had originally estimated. The fact that we even finished is still surprising to me based on the amount of drinking Chris and Lenarz did the night before at Channelside.


We got into town late Saturday afternoon to pick up our race packets. After doing that and checking into the hotel there wasn't a whole lot to do before dinner. So naturally we decided to start drinking. Ryan was lucky enough to avoid these bad decisions since he was having dinner with his dad in St. Petersburg.


Chris, Lenarz, and I started off with a pitcher of sangria. I slowly drank my first and only cup as they chugged away the rest. Next we went to Splitsville (bar/bowling alley) and ordered a bucket of Yuenglings. I once again slowly drank my first and only beer while simultaneously drinking water. At this point the boys were buzzed and figured the next logical drink choice was a fishbowl. The server was thoughtful enough to bring 3 straws. It was the worst tasting girly drink ever. The boys seemed to like it and killed it in a relatively short amount of time. By this point I figured it was a good idea to find dinner options and end the binge drinking. We headed back to the hotel and settled upon Champions sports bar (cheapest place to eat). While we waited for a table Chris took it upon himself to order MORE drinks. This time I didn't even entertain the thought of drinking and stuck with water.
The menu was full of normal bar fare, including many deep fried options. I stuck to what I knew and ordered the cheeseburger sliders, add bacon. Along with this scrumptious meal came a slew of perfectly fried onion rings. Although I didn't wash it all down with my usual Coca Cola it was still a close to perfect pre-race meal.
The next morning at 5:00am the alarm went off and it was time to start getting ready for the race. The early start time of 6:00am brought very cold weather, no sun, and high winds. By the time I saw Chris at the 1st exchange point I was downright frozen. Running 7 miles definitely helped to warm me up. My leg of the race had some uphill portions but by the time I started running along Bayshore Blvd. it was all worth it. The sun was out and the crowd of onlookers pumped up the runners. I saw Lenarz at our exchange point and gladly passed on the timing chip that had been wrapped around my ankle. He took off running and I headed back to the start/finish line area via the shuttle.
The best part of this race was being able to finish as team. Lenarz and I found Ryan before he reached the finish line and jumped onto the course just in time to sprint to the finish line. We got our medals, high-fived each other, yelled at Chris for not participating in the finish with us, and headed back to the hotel. Another successful race, due largely in part to the delicious cheeseburgers I ate the night before.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

New pre-race meal

It was Friday night, February 19th, and I had just gotten home from work. The last thought on my mind was making dinner. Usually Friday nights are filled with happy hours or dinner with friends and then subsequent bar hopping. Unfortunately Ryan and I had a 5k to run the following morning and I was begrudgingly going to make the normal pasta for our pre-race dinner.

I plucked my butt off the couch and headed to the kitchen to start dinner. I think Ryan could tell I had no desire to do anything so he said those five words every girl loves to hear, "Want to go to Johnny's?" Johnny's Fillin' Station is this awesome burger place a few miles from downtown that we like to hit up whenever we get a chance. It took me less than 30 seconds to consider his question before I said "Hell yeah let's go." Next step was to text our friend Chris, who was also running the 5k the next morning, to see if he was up for our new pre-race meal. Within minutes he was outside his apartment waiting for us to pick him up.

I ordered my normal burger from Johnny's ... the Mini. At 1/4 pound with cheddar cheese its the perfect Jess-sized cheeseburger. Add a side of onion rings and a Coca Cola classic and I was one happy camper. The boys opted for larger more ornate burgers, which they washed down with Yuenglings. I wasn't jumping on board the "drinking before a race" bandwagon which Chris seems to have a lot of practice at.

We woke up Saturday morning bright and early for the 5k. Chris picked us up (we like to carpool to races when we can) and headed to Winter Park. I've ran the Run Around the Pines 5k in the past and was familiar with the course, which was mostly flat and fast. I had gotten a PR at this race last year, 25:31, and was looking to run even faster this year.

The morning was colder than I would've liked, but at least the sun was out and the crowd of runners seemed to be in good spirits. I felt great during the run but didn't think I was pushing myself as much as I should've been. Somehow I managed to finish the race in 25:21, my new 5k PR! Ryan also had a PR at this race. We are convinced that the cheeseburgers eaten the night before were what propelled us to the finish line faster.