Goals

I love making lists. I make lists for the grocery store…I make lists of things I want when I go shopping……I make Christmas lists…I make to-do lists…but I’ve never made a list of my goals. Writing things down and then crossing them off helps me stay organized and motivated, so I’m not sure why I haven’t done this yet. One goal I’d like to realize this Summer is to become a “runner.” Currently I run…but I don’t consider myself a runner. Every run is an easy run. I don’t challenge myself to run faster or longer and I avoid hills at all costs. So, after a sweaty and exhausting four mile run the other day (I wasn’t running that hard, it was just humid and I was a little dehydrated), I decided that I need to work harder at achieving this goal.

So I found this race:

Old Port 5k (not the half marathon…I’m not that ambitious yet)

And a training schedule:

Hal Hidgon Intermediate 5K Training Schedule

And a cool website that uses these Hal Hidgon training plans to create a schedule in iCalendar based on how long I have to train before the race:

YourTrainingCalendar.com

This is my iCalendar:

I don’t plan on sticking to this 100% because that would mean a pretty significant jump in mileage compared to what I usually do.

I did a speed workout today like the schedule suggests but I only did 4x400s. I ran to the track for a warm-up, which was around 1.7 miles. In between each 400 (1 lap around the track or 1/4 mile) I walked an additional lap.

By the time I got home I had run about 4.4 miles.  Thank you motivation.

Heaven on Earth

It’s no secret that I love food. Not just any food, though- I love GOOD food. And there’s nothing more delicious than hummus that was made in the next town over and kale that was picked that very morning. Local food is beneficial in so many ways. It is more nutritious because it is picked at the peak of ripeness. Produce that has been shipped from across the United States is picked before it’s ripe so it withstands the journey…and also loses some of its nutritional value. Environmentally, eating local produce (and other products too!!) uses much less gas and energy to transport it from farm to plate. It also supports the local economy! For every dollar spent on local food, up to $3 circulates back into the economy. Local produce is often organic even though it is not certified.

This is why nothing could make me happier than spending a morning at the Portland Farmer’s Market. Wednesday I took my mom and Cash to the Market in Monument Square. It was a gorgeous day and there was so much to look at.

So much green stuff…I felt like a kid on Christmas. My mom picked out some cilantro and a basil plant. I talked her into getting a head of kale as well so I can make kale chips. Mom also bought banana greek yogurt and herbed soft cheese. We couldn’t resist buying three containers of the best hummus I’ve ever tried and fresh baked pita bread which quickly became lunch as soon as we got home.

I still can’t decide which flavor I liked more.

In addition to food, the Farmer’s Market also has clothing, jewelry, coffee, flowers, and these gorgeous colorful prints.

There was even a band!

Cash was very popular as well.

Although he did fall asleep in my arms halfway through the market.

For more information on the Portland Farmer’s Market, click here.

And if you’d like to join Cash and I at the Farmer’s Market one day, feel free. It’s like Heaven on earth

This is Cash

He’s an eight week old black tri Australian Shepherd…and he’s all mine. I think that Cash is too cute for words…so I’ll save them and just post some of the adorable pictures I’ve taken in the past few days.

My sleepy Puppy:

This Week I’ve…

Run…not enough

Drank…a little too much

Blogged…not enough

Had fun…a little too much

Slept…not enough

But I spent the week with good friends

Ate some good food

Drank some good beer (and a couple shots)

And watched the Bruins win the Stanley Cup

So I’m not complaining.

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

So I was inspired to create this recipe when my former roommate Corinne brought a similar (and equally delicious) salad back to school with her that her mom had made. I had no recipe but decided I wanted to recreate it. I literally ate the whole batch myself in a couple days when I made it at school. Trust me, it’s addicting.

Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

Step 1.

Cook 1 cup quinoa and 2 cups water on the stovetop. Catch up on reading blogs. Remember that you are cooking something on the stove and check on quinoa to make sure you haven’t burned it yet. Stir and let cool in a big mixing bowl.

Step 2.

Push aside all the junk on the island to take iPhone pictures of produce. Carefully arrange tomatoes (from Maine!!) so the light hits them just right. Then remember you’re only taking pictures with an iPhone so it probably doesn’t matter.

Remind yourself to remove stickers from produce so it doesn’t accidentally end up in the salad. By the way, I only used 3 of these tomatoes.

Step 3.

Scrape the seeds from the peppers into the trash can while wondering why in the world the trash smells so bad.

While you’re at it, remove the seeds and pulp from the tomatoes as well.

Step 4.

Chop the peppers and tomatoes and dice half a red onion that you almost forget to take the skin off of. Arrange in piles on cutting board, placing the red pepper and red tomatoes on either side of the green pepper so it looks better. Give up when you don’t know what to do with the onions.

Step 5.

Drain and rinse a can of black beans that were purchased from your favorite grocery store.

Add beans and vegetables to quinoa and mix. Realize that you forgot to take off a sticker from one of the peppers and fish it out of the salad.

Step 6.

Make the dressing: squeeze the crap out of two questionable looking limes and collect the juice in a small mixing bowl. Add a few glugs olive oil (maybe 1/4 cup), some salt, and some pepper. Whisk vigorously while thinking about how great of an arm workout you’re getting. Add in some finely minced cilantro (I used half the bunch).

Step 7.

Pour dressing over salad and mix so that everything is coated. Dish out three lunch-sized portions to hide in the back of the fridge because you’re worried your sister is going to eat the entire bowl while you’re at work. Cover, refrigerate, and cross your fingers that it lasts longer than a couple days.

Things I Love

My new Asics

Greek yogurt, especially lemon Chobani (You should probably try it)

Summer (but I don’t love bug bites…just saying)

Taking pictures with animals. This is Beau and he only has three legs

Boston!

That crazy little blond girl

And all of the other amazing people in my life

Definition of Health

To define health is like trying to describe a pie. Does it have a crust? Fruit filling? What about shepherd’s pie? Whoopie pies? Is pizza a pie? Health means something different to all of us. I believe that health is both physical and mental. I feel healthy not only when I go for a run and eat well but also when I get enough sleep, spend time with my friends, and do things I love. To me, being healthy and being happy are closely related.

If this really is true, then nothing could be healthier than spending an hour getting a relaxing pedicure and laughing with some of my favorite people.

I couldn’t not pick this color when I read the name. All I have to say is: So True.

Laughing is definitely healthy

This was my first time getting a pedicure and I think I may be addicted now! Is it possible for an addiction to be healthy?

A New Leaf

So I’ve wanted to start a blog for a while now but I kept coming up with excuses. I didn’t think I’d have anything exciting to write about and I was worried that nobody would read what I did write. Plus until recently I had no way of taking pictures, and what’s a blog with no pictures?! (By the way, don’t mind the less than high quality iPhone pictures). And then I decided that 1. Who cares if what I say is exciting or not? And 2. I’m writing this blog for myself as a running log of sorts and as a hobby to avoid dying of boredom this Summer, so I guess I don’t care if anyone reads what I have to say or not. So, my excuses are gone and I now have a blog.

Today according to my iPhone GPS I ran a 5k loop around town in 28:12, which MapMyRun says is a 9:04 minute mile. Considering I ran the Margaritas 5k in 28:30 and I generally run faster during a race, I’m not complaining. Now I just need to find a new race to run! When I got back I had some company while I stretched on the porch

And I couldn’t resist having a dog photo shoot. I have a small obsession with taking pictures of/with animals.

I bet Jasmine would read my blog.