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Ducks in a row

Today was a day of preparations.

First off, I spent this afternoon shopping for the supplies I’ll need to bake a wedding cake for my brother-in-law and his fiance.

Wedding cake supplies

I’ve talked about this on the blog before, albeit a very long time ago, so it may be news to many of you that I’m baking a wedding cake soon.

I actually love baking, though I don’t do it that much anymore. There was once a time not too long ago that I was trying to get into culinary school to study baking and patisserie. I ended up not going, mostly because it was really expensive and I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with that education.

So, I’m pretty jazzed to get to make this cake for Kevin and Ashley’s wedding. I’ve tested the cake recipe and buttercream before, so all that’s really left to do is a color test on the fondant to get it the right shades and I’ll be ready. I’ll definitely be sure to chronicle my cake baking adventures next month when the big day comes!

Next up, I made sure everything I need for the Tour Decatur 5K tomorrow was washed and ready.

Outfit for Tour Decatur 5K

Brand new athletic socks are a rare joy! 😉

The Garmin is fully charged, and after several months of ownership I have finally broken in my running shoes to where they don’t feel like two styrofoam bricks on my feet!

I’m not bringing an iPod this time because music tends to distract me. I’ll just listen to the sweet music of my ragged breathing instead.

I also mixed together a batch of muesli which I will be partaking in for breakfast before the race.

Layered muesli

I layered toasted sesame, raw pumpkin seeds, toasted buckwheat, rolled oats, oat bran, flax meal, chia seeds, dried cranberries, golden raisins, desiccated coconut, and goji berries. All I have to do in the morning is shake it up and eat a few spoonfuls with almond milk and fresh blueberries for a filling and nutritious breakfast.

So, all that was left to do tonight was load up on carbs!

Prosciutto pizza

I like to buy pre-made whole wheat pizza dough from my local farmer’s market and roll it out myself. This one got topped with red pepper flake, pepperoncinis, roasted red peppers, prosciutto, and mozzarella cheese. Delish!

I checked the weather and saw that it’s gonna be a tad bit chill and possibly raining in the morning! :(

Forcast for 3/26/11

Hopefully my cheerful water bottle will chase away the rain.

Hydration, check!

I smile every time I look at it!

I’ve been hydrating like it’s my job today so that I don’t bonk in the morning.

So, everything seems to be as in order as it can be for tomorrow. It calms me down to have all my ducks in a row.

Wish me luck on my race! (And luck that it doesn’t pour down rain!)


On the newsfront

I’ve got lots of fun news to share!

Firstly, I just registered for the Tour Decatur 5K benefitting the Decatur Education Foundation that’ll take place on March 26th!

Tour Decatur 5k

I’m really enjoying the nice weather we’re having in Georgia right now, especially because it’s made me excited to run outdoors again. I’ve definitely lost some of my ability, but I’ve been gaining it back pretty swiftly and I know I’m in condition to run this race at the end of the month with a good chance of PRing.

Secondly, I’ve officially volunteered to help with water service during the Publix Georgia Marathon on March 20th!

I would love to run this someday, it goes through so many cool parts of town! The half marathon ends in downtown Decatur where I’ll be positioned at the mile #13 hydration station. It’s going to be so much fun helping out and cheering everyone on! I know Kristy from Kristy Runs will be running this one, see you at the finish line lady!

Thirdly and lastly, I wanna thank Angela at OhSheGlows for featuring another one of my recipes on her Vegan Recipe Link Love series! This time it’s for my kabocha pecan bread, which I am reminded that I should make again since it is super yummy for breakfast.

Kabocha pecan bread

Hello, new readers! 😀

Well, that’s the news folks, stay tuned for more of your favorite programming!



Run Like Hell 5K, 2010

So guys, before I even get started, lemmejustellyou……that today…….I drop-kicked my PR by a whopping 5+ minutes!!!

You probably can’t read my time card in this picture, but I finished in 37:38, down from 42:56!! For some reference, I was hoping to do 40 minutes flat at best.

Holy. Mother. Of. Pearl.  I never thought that I could accomplish what I did today, and I am so proud of myself.

Here’s how it all went down…

Got up just before 7am, and showered. (Yes, I shower before exercising. I find that I do poorly when I feel gross, so I like to at least be clean for the first part of the run, then I have a good reason to be gross thereafter.)

Ate a banana and had a cup of pu-erh tea, stretched a bit, then got my stuff in order. We were out the door at 5 til 8 and at the cemetery by 8:10.  I wanted to be early to pick up my race number and shirt.  I tried to do this several days ago but realized that I’d gotten my dates mixed up and had missed the last day of pre-race packet pick-up.

Jeff thought it would be cute to take pictures of my butt walking in…

And here I am at the entrance…

We got to pass by a ton of beautiful graves as we hiked to the packet pick-up area.

I guess everyone else was smart and got their’s in advance, cuz the lines were tiny.

I couldn’t pin my number on myself so I had my sister help me…

We stood around for a while listening to the band warm up then made our way down to the start area.

I got in the start-up line while Jeff and Danielle found a place to watch from. Turns out that there weren’t too many spectators, so they were alone most of the time that I was running. They snapped a pic of the band as it started playing the opening song.

Can you find me in the pack?

There I am!

It’s worth noting that because we didn’t have those tracker strips that you put on your shoes (I don’t know what they’re called,) everyone had the same start time on this race regardless of how long it took to actually make it through the line to the start point. It felt like longer than it probably was, but I’m sure I clocked at least 30 seconds of time that wasn’t actually part of the race. Kinda sucks, but it’s not that big of a deal.

Here’s where the fun part kicks in though.  As the band started blaring their opening tune, I cranked up my iPod and focused myself for the test ahead of me.  I listened to Florence and the Machine the whole time, cuz I’m rather obsessive about my music and that’s who I’m obsessed with right now.  It felt so good to start out to these lyrics:

Florence And The Machine: Dog Days Are Over

Happiness hit her like a train on a track
Coming towards her stuck still no turning back
She hid around corners and she hid under beds
She killed it with kisses and from it she fled
With every bubble she sank with her drink
And washed it away down the kitchen sink

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your love and your longing behind
You cant carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses?
Because here they come

And I never wanted anything from you
Except everything you had and what was left after that too, oh
Happiness hit her like a bullet in the head
Struck from a great height by someone who should know better than that

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses?
Because here they come

Run fast for your mother, run fast for your father
Run for your children, for your sisters and brothers
Leave all your loving, your loving behind
You cant carry it with you if you want to survive

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
Can you hear the horses?
Because here they come

The dog days are over
The dog days are done
The horses are coming
So you better run


That really charged me up!

I don’t know why, maybe it was the adrenaline, maybe it was the herd mentality, but I just felt so ON in that moment. Previously, my record for distance ran before needing to walk has been about 1.2 miles. This morning, I didn’t take my first break until after the 2 mile mark!  It wasn’t even a serious break either, I did about 20 steps worth of fast shuffling while I took a few deep breaths, and then I was back at it full force.

The way back was very hilly and I was definitely not at my best, but I didn’t feel like I was really struggling.  There were two girls that I had been just behind for most of the race that I felt were running at an appropriate pace for me, so because I didn’t have any other way of tracking, I used them as a way to pace myself.  If they were way ahead of me then I needed to pick it up, if I passed them that was cool but it was also a warning that I was probably setting myself up for fatigue later.

I allowed myself to walk a bit in the last mile, but I’m positive that I didn’t walk more than a cumulative .2 miles total.  Towards the end though, I was really breathing hard, and I knew that we were gonna need to bring it home soon if I was going to run it in.

I pushed hard to make myself run the last .25 miles through the cemetery, and just when I thought I was going to have to stop I saw Jeff and Danielle!

I knew the finish was just around the corner. I could hear a man yelling through a megaphone in the distance and I thought I heard him say “37!” and I thought, “Wait, does he mean 37 minutes!!??”  I let out an obscenity as I realized I was about to finish a sub-40 minute race!

I did it.  I did it in 37:38 and that’s more than I ever imagined.

I hugged Jeff triumphantly. I turned in my race card. We went home. Stuffed my face with carbs and took a nap.

Today was a great day. I have achieved more with my running than I ever thought possible.

SO READY to sign up for another one. I’ve got the bug!