8 miles of success

I had plans to run 6 miles on Wednesday morning, but I ended up feeling so good that I ran seven eight miles. Edit: I just used my Nike+ sports band and discovered that this run is longer than originally thought. Woo-hoo! Alma and I ran along the Bridle Path in Central Park early in the a.m. and I had absolutely no pain in my hamstring or IT band. I think the key is running slowly and only running 3-4 days a week. I’m trying to build up the mileage gradually, so that I don’t back-track into injury. I still haven’t decided for sure, but I *might* run the Greta’s Gallop half-marathon in a few weeks. I ran Greta’s back in 2007 and it was my first ever race in New York City/Central Park. And during last year’s Greta’s Gallop, I met Alma! This is one of my favorite races, so it would mean a lot to me if I could do it (even if my time is very slow)!

Pre-run fuel was a cup ‘o coffee and half a luna bar – I’ve noticed a big difference in how I feel when I have a small snack a few minutes before running.

luna bar

IT band problems? Runner’s World has a great tutorial on stretching and strengthening that pesky body part. I’ve tried the stretches and I think they really help   🙂

Highlight of the 9am hour: overnight pumpkin oats for breakfast!

  • 1/3 cup each of oats, greek yogurt, 1% milk, and pumpkin
  • chopped peach, handful of raisins and walnuts
  • cinnamon, maple syrup, honey

Overnight oatmeal

I had meetings most of the day, so lunch was quick. The weather is dreary, so I needed lots of color in my salad!

  • romaine, shredded carrots, red onion, mushrooms, roasted potatoes
  • kidney beans and chickpeas
  • tastings of pasta salad and tomato-mozzarella salad
  • whole grain croutons, feta cheese, craisins
  • 2 Tbs balsamic vinaigrette

Salad

Afternoon snacks were sunchips and some delicious mini-muffins from my co-worker. She used my pumpkin-chocolate chip bread recipe and they were SO good 🙂

sun chips

Pumpkin muffins

My early evening was occupied with a top secret baking project (to be revealed soon) and some yoga. I need to go to a formal yoga class ASAP – it always makes me feel so much better. By 8pm I was starving for dinner. I had some leftover homemade pizza dough, so I baked up another mozzarella and tomato creation. This time I remembered to add chopped, fresh rosemary to the dough and it really made the flavors pop. I love when the mozzarella cheese gets crispy and bubbly – the key is to bake the pizza in a VERY hot oven.

Homemade pizza

Tomato and mozzarella

With POM juice + seltzer:

POM and pizza

Dessert was a sampling of my freshly baked goodies. I had to make sure they tasted alright 😉 I can’t share the recipe yet, but I’ll give you a hint: peanut butter chips, chocolate chips, and M&Ms were involved!

Candy!

Time to finish up Season 2 of Gossip Girl. I still haven’t watched this season’s premiere!

Question: If you could only eat 3 foods for the rest of your life, what would they be?

For me, it would be peanut butter, greek yogurt, and veggie pizza!

Speaking of delicious food, check out this mac ‘n cheese restaurant that just opened up in New York. The Primavera mac with spinach, artichoke, fresh herbs, tomato, parmigianno, and feta sounds soooo good. Any locals want to try it out??

  • mmmm pizza and mac and cheese. totally awesome – i’d check that place out – the interior looks pretty snazzy!

    three foods (or meals, really):
    1. pizza
    2. burritos
    3. cereal with milk

  • Your pizza looks awesome!

    three foods? PB, Oats, Bananas

  • I was going to sign up for the Greta’s Gallop race also but now I’m doing the MIghty Man Montauk tri which is on the same day:(

    Your pizza looks prefessional, and super delicious!

    I read about the new mac and cheese place too and it looks great. Did you also notice that Gus&Gabriel only got a “fair” review? I mention that only because I remember you wrote about it in one of your posts.

    Three foods I couldn’t live without: Greek yogurt, fruit, sushi

  • Tough question! I think…

    1) Fruit
    2) Tortilla chips and guacamole
    3) nut butter

  • #1 Yay for a great 7 miler around the Bridle Path! I swear we’re going to run into each other there one of these mornings 🙂

    #2 I’m totally craving pizza now and you’re rosemary suggestion is brilliant!

    #3 My three foods are peanut butter, ravioli and cherries

    #4 Have a GREAT Thursday!!

  • Ada – I did see that Gus & Gabriel only received a “fair” NY Times review. Oh well, I still enjoyed! If I ever start eating meat again, I will definitely go back for a cuban sandwich 🙂

    Prettyladycmu – we should try to coordinate a run sometime! When are you usually running in the Park? P.s. I wore my Nike+ sports band today and discovered that running the big loop (mostly on bridle path) is closer to 6.5 miles than 6.

  • Laura

    Hi! I think for sure I am going to do Grete’s Great Gallop–I’ve done the Norway Run before, but never this one. I’m glad to hear you had a good experience! I’ll need one more qualifying race so I think this will be it. Plus, I just watched the movie “Run for Your Life” about Fred Lebow, and there’s a ton of info about Grete Waitz, so I feel even more invested in the race (btw, if you haven’t seen this movie yet, I HIGHLY recommend it!)
    As for my foods: sushi, fruit (I honestly can’t pick just one), and burgers! Not the healthiest of choices–but I didn’t say beer, so I guess burgers are an improvement over that.
    Yay for you, and your rehabbed IT band! 🙂

  • Oh man, top 3 fave foods? HARD. I’ll go with eggplant, dates and nuts (most any kind), though.

    Funny you should mention MacBar–my coworker’s friend actually owns that (and the associated Cafeteria/Delicatessen of course). I have had Cafeteria’s mac and it’s pretty fabulous! So of course I’m curious about MacBar. ‘Smac is another little mac n cheese restaurant you should try if you like mac n cheese a lot!

  • bananaandchocolate

    1. Pizza
    2. Cereal
    3. Peanut butter

  • Sushi, burritos, and apples.
    Thanks for link for the MacBar. I totally want to go.

  • Evan Thomas

    Peanut butter, oatmeal, and salmon!

    I had pumpkin yogurt for the first time this morning. i have to say, I can’t believe what I was missing out on–so good!

  • Granola, raspberries, and yogurt. Or hummus, but that would not go well with granola and berries 🙂

  • Megan

    Blogger meet up at macbar?! I think one’s in order! And to reiterate someone else’s comment…smac is HEAVEN.

  • Woohoo on running 8 miles! Isn’t it amazing when no pain occurs?! I have a question: do you ever experience ran after your runs? I am never in pain during a run (at least not passed the first mile or so) but the next day can be excruciating for me 🙁
    Thank you SO much for the strengthening moves. My boy gets so mad with me for not going to the doctor about my knee/shin pain but I am convinced I just have weak knees!

    That pizza looks blazing delicious!

    Oh god, I wish I lived in NYC for a lot of reasons…but a mac and cheese restaurant? That’s just not fair!

    Okay I am honestly not just saying this but my three foods would be the same as yours!! I would change out veggie pizza to ANY pizza but apart from that – we are twins!

  • *and by “ran” I clearly meant “pain” – ugh I am brain dead!

  • ahhhh POM seltzers are my fave and i haven’t had a monster salad in forever – i want to devour a huge plate of greens!

    woowoo on the run – i need to get my buns out the door early. once i get into a routine, it will be easy. its the getting into a routine that is difficult 🙂

  • The food you eat—even when it’s simple—always looks so delicious! I’m constantly jealous 🙂 The overnight oats (where do you get all those ingredients? WF?) and pizza looks yummy. Of course the candy does too, can’t wait to see what you made! My three top foods would be:

    1. Cereal with milk
    2. Pizza
    3. Sushi

    http://www.firednfabulous.blogspot.com/

  • j

    salmon
    almond butter
    fruit

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