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5 mile run complete !

Saturdays are long runs in my training schedule. This morning I woke up at 7am, without my alarm, which was a nice surprise.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous, crisp (40’s) and sunny.

Here is how my run went:


Overall, I felt pretty good. I had layered up and the temperature was ideal, a nice breeze was blowing, and a good number of people were out with dogs ! Shamefully, somewhere around half, I had to stop by restrooms in a dog park and take care of business. Lesson learned: do no eat peanut butter 20 minutes before going on a long run.

Coming back, I decided to try out a green smoothie to use up some leftover spinach in my fridge. I mixed in some milk, frozen strawberries and bananas (thanks Dole) and a fair amount of spinach leaves. If anything, here was another occasion to rekindle my love for my blender (all hail Blendtec), which I had almost forgotten about after the summer ended. Here is how things looked like before:


And after:


Nice and green, but tasting more like strawberries and bananas than spinach at all (Phew…). I had seen several other bloggers reference green smoothies, but was still a little doubtful about how spinach’y they would taste.. I would make it again. Tasty and refreshing !

Have a great weekend !


Getting back up

On Saturday I completed my 4 mile run, and thought nothing of the slight pain I was experiencing on the outer edge of my right foot. On Sunday, I ran 2 miles on that sore foot. And Monday… Monday I was limping around the office. It seems I must have strained/pulled something on Saturday, and made it worse Sunday.

This is extremely frustrating so early on into my training plan, but I think the best thing to do is RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation). This week was a series of 2 milers. Yesterday I skipped my cross-training, the elliptical or bike being just as painful as running. Today, no significant improvement yet, so I am also foregoing any running. I hope to be back on track this weekend, and be able to catch up on the training plan.

Failure is not falling down, but refusing to get back up.

I was bummed yesterday about this setback, but I’m back to blogging, and I hope to be back to training soon. I will be looking into getting new running shoes, maybe with a better fit after an assessment, to avoid further injuries.

Does anyone have recommendations on where to get fitted for running shoes ?

Satisfying Saturday !


Buying jars of chocolate-flavored spreads just got a tad more dangerous : I started out the day with my first fo’ real OATS IN A JAR ! They did not disappoint 🙂


I then set out on my 4 mile run, which took me to the nearby dog park and back. I used both i-pod and Garmin Fenix to track the run, and I clearly have some calibration issues with at least one of the devices. I stuck to the longest time/distance to run. According to Apple, I ran 4 miles in 44′ 58″. According to Garmin, I ran 4.64 miles in the same time. Quoi ?


I came back to catch up on work, and mid-way through took a break to re-organize my freezer. In the process, I re-discovered this guy:


which turned out to be rather tasty, and most of all easy to make ! (Microwave forever).

Without so much ‘TV’ watching in the evenings, I’m expecting my wake-ups to be easier and earlier. Let’s see if that holds true tomorrow !

Dark Chocolate Dreams

Today marks Day #4 of the workout plan. 2 miles completed in 21’20”, getting ready for Saturday’s 4 miler.

Fail on actually cooking dinner. I ended up going to Whole Foods after work, picking out some grapes, greek yogurt, and Dark Chocolate Dreams Peanut Butter, all of which I had for ‘dinner’. I don’t even like peanut butter all that much. This is actually the second time I am buying a peanut butter product…. because it has chocolate in it, and end up disappointed that it doesn’t taste like Nutella. I ❤ Nutella. Emphasis added. I suspect I subconsciously hope that by buying peanut butter tasting chocolate, I will never end up eating the whole jar in one sitting, something I have done with Nutella before.

Self-control has always been a problem for me. These last few months, I have tried the don’t buy – don’t eat strategy, and it’s worked reasonably well. I also generally don’t store baking basics such as flour, butter, or sugar. I confess to making late night ‘pancakes’ in graduate school, just for the sake of eating something. Chocolate cravings are especially difficult to resist. Whenever I move somewhere, I always seem to find the perfect local bakery/supermarket that sells deliciously irresistible cookies/brownies/you-name-it, and find myself going there frequently to unwind after work. In college, one of the cafeterias had giant gooey chocolate cookies. In graduate school, a corner bakery had scrumptious brownies, and now Whole Foods sells chocolate filled crepes. So hard to ignore right in front of the check-out line.

Practice makes perfect. Going to practice keeping those cravings in check !

Workout #1 !

Couch to 13.1 !

It’s a good day, it’s a good year. In 2013, I will be running 13.1 miles for the first time. Half-marathon registration, check !

I’ve been lurking in the shadows of healthy living and fitness blogs for too long, and after half-starting a few blogs all around, none of which survived past their first entry, this is the one !

I will be chronicling my activities, thoughts, and hopefully progress throughout the Couch-To-13.1 ten week plan I’ve decided to follow, courtesy of Fitness magazine. The ultimate goal: DC’s Rock n’ Roll half marathon, scheduled for March 16, 2013.

This is part of a bigger goal I’ve been pushing around since graduating from a master’s program in June 2012: get fit, get healthy.

In high school in France, PE was a joke. A few laps around a track, or a few kicks into a soccer ball didn’t do much for my fitness level. I ate a well balanced breakfast and dinner at home, sometimes indulging at lunch, but never really snacked much otherwise, and I stayed slim.

In college, the freshman 15 pounds crept up over 4 years. Late night ice-cream and dish sessions with my roommate were fantastic but not-so-healthy, especially in view of my sub-par gym attendance. Despite some walking around campus, and some frisbee with a new boyfriend, the late night snacks with said boyfriend meant that by senior year I was what people would call chubby.

Two years of stressful graduate school didn’t do much to help the weight. I started playing intramural ice-hockey frequently, but the daily ‘research-is-stressing-me-out’ food binges won overall. It didn’t help that a delicious bakery was conveniently located between my dorm and my office.

At graduation, I weighted 165lbs for my 5’5” frame. I got a job in DC working in the real world, and decided it was time to take health and fitness seriously. I cut down on carbs, sugar, and portion size. I biked indoors on my trainer, and started rock climbing. Over 3-4 months, I lost 30 lbs.

For the past 2 months, I’ve been plateau’ing at 135lbs, and this new half-marathon goal is just what I need to get in gear and get fit. In the process, I hope to

  • become a better blogger,
  • build up my fitness level,
  • reduce by body fat percentage, and
  • become a morning runner !

Today was day 1 of my training plan: Mondays are cross-training, which consists of 20-30 minutes on the bike or elliptical. Workout #1, check !

Here’s to a whole lot more workouts !