Tempo Runs and Thai Food

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I had plans for a speedy run on Tuesday, so I tried to make breakfast easily digestible. I combined plain non-fat yogurt, a chopped apple, 2 Tbs peanut butter, and a dollop of raspberry jam in a bowl.

yogurt mess

And then I got ready to head to the local YMCA. After Sunday’s run (and a few too-close-for-comfort calls with cars/narrow shoulder) I decided that I should do my tempo run on a treadmill for safety’s sake. I queued up an excellent playlist (featuring Miley Cirus and other teen pop favorites) and unpackaged my new headphones. These are the only type of headphones I can wear while running – ear buds always fall out!

headphones

In preparation for Thursday’s turkey trot, I decided to see how it would feel to run a few quick miles. I warmed up easily for 10 minutes and then focused on a tough, but manageable pace for the next 4 miles:

  • Mile 1 – 7:30 pace
  • Mile 2 – 8:00 pace (hamstring was feeling a bit tight)
  • Mile 3 – 7:30 pace
  • Mile 4 – 6:45 pace (this was tough!)
  • Total time: 4 miles in 29:45

I finished up with an easy 3 mile cool-down and was pleased that my hamstring really loosened up by the end of the run. I followed my run with 3 sets of 10 lunges, calf raises, bicep curls, tricep dips, tricep extensions, dumbell rows, and some ab-work. Phew! I certainly got my money’s worth for my $5 YMCA day-pass.

After a quick shower, it was time to re-fuel and hydrate! I had plans to walk over to my Aunt’s house to help her with some computer troubles, so I packed a lunch – I started with red grapes and celery with cream cheese.

grapes and celery

And followed up with a luna bar and some skim milk.

luna bar and milk

That speedy run must have fired up the furnace because I was hungry for the rest of the afternoon and evening! I picked up a hot chocolate while out running errands –

hot chocolate

And then munched on an apple while waiting for my family to get ready for dinner.

apple

I don’t get to visit Pennsylvania much, so when I do I like to spend as much time as I can with my Mom and Grandma (and sister!). Even though they’re not big on ethnic food, I convinced them that we should go to the region’s only best Thai Restaurant for dinner.

Thai Thai

Thanks for being an adventurous foodie last night, G’ma!

(Side note – I’ve been living in running spandex and a sweatshirt all week. Appropriate for all occasions, of course.)

Grandma and Megan

I’ve had a serious craving for green curry lately, so that’s exactly what I ordered! My spicy (love it!) green curry came packed with tofu, baby corn, carrots, green beans, broccoli, bamboo, bell pepper, and eggplant.

Green Curry

And a side of jasmine rice.

Jasmine Rice

I ate every last bite. This girl likes to EAT!

Thai Thai Green Curry

As I caught up on Glee last night, I enjoyed a leftover piece of birthday cake. I didn’t take a picture because I was lazy didn’t want to make you jealous 🙂

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  • I miss green curry! I’ve got to get some. Does anyone know any good Thai spots in NYC? I’m sure there are tons, but I’ve never tried any.

    Holidays around family are very, very stressful for me. This year I’m spending it with my husband and no one else – what a relief – ha.

  • Your tempo run was MUCH faster than mine! Something to aspire to. Heading home for the holidays is stressful for me leading up to it because of packing, planning, travel, but once I’m home I am finally able to relax!!

  • I loved your true slant article. I feel so good now having had pumpkin at breakfast and brussel sprouts at lunch

  • People do seem to get a little worked up in my family around the holidays, especially around food– see, we all care about it so much. Everyone thinks they know everything in the kitchen– well, I guess I’m the only one with a food blog, so shouldn’t that give me some credentials?

  • P.S. I’m obsessed with Thai food.

  • Oh green curry how I heart you!
    I love Thanksgiving. Since I get to spend it with my “American” family and not my immediate it is super low-stress for me! Just a day of hanging out eating delicious food!
    Good luck in the race tomorrow!

  • At my gym- they have t.v.s on the treadmills- but EVERY time I plug in my earphones they shock me in my ears..

    Am I the only one this has happened to? I hate it and so refuse to use the treadmills b/c without the earbuds I just have a big screen in my face… and on and on!

  • Katie – I recently heard about a Thai restaurant with a “secret menu”. Let’s go soon!

    Georgia – Maybe the headphones are interacting with sweat and this is causing the electric shock. Have you tried a different brand – maybe headphones with a leather or other soft covering?

  • I understand with your frustrations on finding the right headphones. I feel like I’ve run the gamut finding the perfect headphones, and those with the headband really do stick the best.

    Your strength workout is an inspiration, and a motivation for me to crack back into action and get to the gym (it’s been 2 days of doing nothing and I feel like a squishy koosh ball).

    Glad you got to catch up with the Grams! That’s always grand.

  • yay for hanging out with family – green curry is one of my favorites! i think the massaman curry takes #1 🙂

    killer run girl – WORK. IT. OUT.

  • Ada

    Yum, that Thai food looks delish! I have the exact same problem with head phones, it drives me crazy when they constantly fall out.

    I hope you have a great Thanksgiving:)