Tuesday, October 26, 2010

running, backhanded compliments, and dinner for 1

I'm not going to lie, I had no motivation to do any exercise today.  After not sleeping well last night, waking up early for the first time in weeks, and then being away from home most of the day, I was pooped by 4:00pm.  I cleaned the house for over an hour and by 5:30pm I knew if I didn't get motivated to do SOMETHING then working out today was not happening. So I texted my friend Jeff (who conveniently lives less than 1/2 mile away) to see if he had run today.  He replied no but mentioned that he ran yesterday.  It's funny to me that new runners don't realize that it's ok to run back to back days.  I convinced him to do a short, easy 2 mile loop with me and 20 minutes later we were running around our downtown.

Pros of running around my neighborhood:
Change of monotonous treadmill running
Pleasant temperatures
Easy to track distance through mapping routes (or in today's case using my Garmin)

Cons of running around my neighborhood:
Occasional brick sidewalks
Construction on some sidewalks and roads
Rush-hour traffic with lots of traffic lights and crosswalks

I ran with Jeff while listening to my iPod.  Gotta love the random Jay-z, Phil Collins, and Joshua Radin songs I have on there.  After around 1.75 miles Jeff mentioned that he couldn't run anymore and was going to walk.  I nodded and proceeded to run my little butt off.  I passed the 2 mile mark and knew I had more in me so I managed to circle my block and neighboring blocks to tack on another 0.55 miles.

22 minutes = 2.55 miles

Once I was done running I came back home and noticed Honey needed (or wanted) to go outside.  She does what Ryan and I like to call a "Poop Sit," where she'll sit kind of lopsided/gangster lean style. While she was doing her business outside our building a couple of young guys walked by.

Kid #1: Is that a shitzu?
Me: No.  She's a Maltese/poodle.  (I thought to myself why the hell would some 15 year old want to know that?)
Kid #1: Oh.  I have a shitzu.  His name is Oreo.
Me: Oh.  Ok.  (seriously kid why are you telling me this?)
Kid #2: You know what they say about the dog looking like their owner?  Well you guys aren't that.
(kids walk away)
Me: (yelling down the block) I'm not sure who should be more offended, me or the dog.
Kid #2: Oh don't worry, you're cuter.
Me: Thanks?

After that comical banter between me and some teenagers, it was time to head back upstairs to make dinner for one.  Oh and don't mind the pictures ... I had to use my phone's camera since my real camera's battery is dead and the charger has been missing since the move.  It's probably hiding somewhere with our other iPhone wall charger that is also missing.  After taking the picture of the food, I ended up putting one tomato stack away for leftovers tomorrow after seeing the calorie/fat content of one fresh mozzarella ball (I used an entire one for those 3 multi level stacks).

chicken with fresh basil, alongside Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella, basil,  Roma tomatoes, balsamic vinegar & EVOO)

a glass (or 2) of Marlborough Sun, Sauvignon Blanc

The Ravenous Pig, Winter Park Florida

When people ask me what my favorite restaurant in Orlando is I always say The Ravenous Pig.  This restaurant is ridiculously delicious.  Ryan and I have eaten many lunches and dinners here and have never been disappointed.

For one of our last meals in Orlando we decided to have lunch at TRP.  Ryan ordered their cheeseburger and I had their duck confit sandwich.  Both sandwiches came with the most deliciously crispy shoestring french fries.  Along with my meal I drank a light and refreshing lager from Gainesville, Fl.

mmm mid-day beer

lots of condiments ... ketchup, mustard, mayo, hot sauce, and garlic aioli 

burger with blue cheese and roasted red peppers

duck sandwich with onion jam

Monday, October 25, 2010

and I'm back!

So the big news around here is that Ryan, Honey, and I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina.  We've been here a little over 1 week and love it so far.  We've already unpacked our boxes and settled in to our cozy home.  The weeks leading up to the move were not fun; when I wasn't packing up our belongings, I was saying (tearful) good byes to friends and family.  At no point was there time to work out ... OK maybe that's an exaggeration but there was definitely no desire to run or do any sort of exercise.
 
After a few days of being in Charlotte I walked over to the local YMCA and signed Ryan and myself up for memberships.  We haven't been part of a gym in a long time (since our LA Fitness days) so I was looking forward to organized classes and lots of cardio machines.  My first work out at the Y was on Friday.  I ran around the indoor track 27 times (each lap was 1/9 mile) to finish up 3 miles.  The walk to and from the gym is roughly 0.65 miles each way which makes a good warm up and cool down for indoor running days.

Today's work out was running on the treadmill for 3.15 miles in 30 minutes.  The first 10 minutes was on an incline of 0.5, then the next 10 minutes was on an incline of 1.0, finishing up the last 10 minutes back on an incline of 0.5.  Increasing the incline is no joke ... definitely makes the work out much harder (and slower).

The next few posts will have pictures of our new house, some Charlotte scenery, and some reviews on my favorite restaurants from Orlando.  Oh and hopefully a lot more posts on all of the running I've been doing.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Costa Rican breakfast ... for dinner

Last Wednesday after sweating my butt off during 80 minutes of hot yoga, I decided to make myself an easy dinner.  Since we are moving in less than 2 weeks (more on that shortly) we are lacking the time and motivation to do any grocery shopping.  I was able to find more than enough delicious ingredients in the cabinets and fridge.
brown rice, black beans, eggs, bacon, hot sauce

mmm eggs sunny side up

mix those beans and rice

so delicious!
While we were on our honeymoon in Costa Rica we literally ate beans and rice almost every morning for breakfast.  They would also serve eggs any way you want them along with some bacon or sausage.  Oh and you can't forget the plantains (I cheated and used the frozen kind for my dinner).  Not only was it an easy dinner (and lunch for the next day) to whip together, it was also a nice walk down memory lane.