Turkey Trot 10k Recap (40:37)

It seems as though every area has a Turkey Trot.  Some are 5ks, some are 10ks, 8ks…jealous of Laura’s half (though it probably is a good idea that I don’t run any halves anytime right now).  Needless to say I’ve done the turkey trot for 3 years in a row.  In my about 1 year total of being injured, I seem to not be injured during this race.  Which is a okay with me.

Anyways I had no idea how this race would go.  I had traveled for 16 hours, eaten pretty poorly (just high caloric travel food…sorry when a salad that will keep me full for a hot second is 13 dollars and a sandwich and chips is 6…well you see where I’m getting at.).  Sitting on my butt for 1000 hours and not having the best prerace (not terrible though either) food was enough to make me question where this race would go.

So getting to the race, I already knew I had some massive (and very painful blisters on my foot).  Worse than blood blisters, because they had already pealed.  I was not looking forward to how disgusting my feet would become but kept it in the back of my mind (behind my foot issues).  To give you a rough idea, I had my foot very taped up and it bled through the tape and also the sock.

Speaking of injuries (do blisters count as an injury?), my cyst is always in the forefront (no pun here) of my mind.  After warming up for 2 miles with dad, we lined up at the start.  Then I realized my chip was in the car a half a mile away..so getting that put me breathing hard at the very start of the race…great…not only was a 10k a long distance, I was already tired.

The first two miles, I got passed.  A lot.  I took the first mile in a 5:50. Mile 3, I held pretty steady and kind of got into a 6:30 jive.  (apparently I like that pace).  Mile 4, I decided that I was going to start my pretend pickup.  I like to think I have a kick when I haven’t really been running the last two months.  (I don’t know why because that is mostly false) I actually started passing people.

By mile 5, my blisters hurt, my foot was a little tight and the end looked like it was half way to Mexico.  You have to know, the last .3 of this race is straight and flat looking straight at the finish line.  So for the next 3 minutes, it looks like it’s never-ending.

I looked down at my watch and saw that I passed 6.2 in 39:45 and finished the 6.35 (for me) course in 40:37 (so average of 6:23 pace).  Though who really knows how accurate Garmin and GPS watches are.  I’ve heard from several people that it was a bit long but it’s not enough for me to say that I did a sub 40 minute 10k.  I ended up getting 2nd in my age group out of 141 and 8th female overall.  I think the field was about 2000 runners.

Awkward family photo. duh.

This race was actually enlightening because my foot was not really in pain at all.  (just those stupid blisters) so I’m hoping maybe it means I’ll be able to start training again and could possibly (?) be moving running to my main workout of the day and eventually cutting out 90% of all elliptical.  Though my knee has been acting wonky, which could be a combination from the cold (I had slight knee issues last fall because of the change in temperature).

Questions for you:

1.       Did you run a Turkey Trot?  How do you heal gross blisters?

2.       Have you ever had knee problems correlating with cold? 

3.       For a more positive question (and not gross body issues), do you like Turkeys? 

EggNog Waffles

So I know every Monday I post a pancake or waffle recipe saying…man have I outdone myself.  Let me just talk about how awesome at creating pancakes and waffles I am (kidding…)…but this week I have created a new favorite waffle (until next Sunday which I dedicate to new waffle making). 

So with that, I posted probably a month ago about pumpkin pancakes and how the blogging world is obsessed with pumpkin.  Don’t get me wrong, I love myself some good pumpkin but the real holiday gem for me is eggnog.  I know it isn’t the healthiest life choice (nor do I really care).  It is, however, extremely delicious if you care for eggnog and breeakfast.

Read: Eggnog Waffles

½ cup flour

¼ cup eggnog

½ cup milk (the more creamier the more fluffy your pancakes will be)

1 egg

1 tablespoon baking powder

Dash of cinnamon

Sweetener to taste

Directions (why do I even post this part…you know how it works):

Mix the wet ingredients then add in the dry ingredients.  Cook on a griddle or heat in a waffle maker.  I chose waffle iron this particular day. 

Here comes what makes these even better. 

THE EGGNOG ICING

1 tablespoon of rum extract (or normal rum but considering my low tolerance going to work drunk was not an option)

¼ cup eggnog

Sweetener to taste as much cinnamon as you’d like

2 tablespoons syrup (+ how every much syrup you like to top with…for me a lot)

 

The final result?
This…and my does it not disappoint!

Question for you:  What is your favorite Holiday flavor: pumpkin, gingerbread, peppermint, eggnog…am I missing any?

Texas Fun

As we all know, I’m not a big long recapper kind of person.  I hate writing long posts.  I hate reading long posts.  Everything about long posts is not for me and my short ass attention span.  So I thought I would break up my Thanksgiving posts into multiple posts.  I know that you obviously want to read about those.

First and foremost I know you guys want to know about the boy.  Actually first, it Texas was new to me which was really exciting (and warm).I love it down there..anyways about the boy. He is doing well and I obviously don’t talk about him much because well…he is 3000 miles away (due to my geographical knowledge I cannot verify that is accurate).  Plus how weird would it be if you googled yourself and came across my blog.  LOL.  (Though he has read my blog before and isn’t like I hide anything from him…my ability to keep secrets rivals that of a 3 year old)

That being said, I’ve been extremely cautious about what I post on the internet regarding relationships  but I do promise that I exist outside of lolz, coffee and monday waffle posts.  I will tell you guys though I had an amazing trip I’ve never been happier and that is that.  I don’t want to text overload so I’ll just explain photos.  That is more of my jive anyways.

We went on the River Walk in San Antonio..I highly recommend it.
oh yeah and took a photo with a water buffalo like no big deal…
saw some swell waterfalls
Decided a 60 ounce (yes 60 ounce) ceramic coffee mug was needed…because isn’t everything bigger in Texas?
Tim ate a frog. Erg frog legs. I was not bold enough to try it.
and went on an infamous 8 mile run all within a 1 mile radius.

So yes, lots of fun there.

Questions for you:

1.       Do you like to type long posts are multiple short posts?

2.       Are you more of a must see all the sights kind of person or just relax kind of person? 

I’m more of a relaxing person.  I don’t need to go to all the fancy amusement parks (roller coasters kind of make me sick) but shopping and relaxing is all I really need.

Coffee Waffle

Coffee Waffle Recipe:

Monday’s seem a lot better (in my opinion) when there are waffles and pancake recipes involved.  I start every morning with coffee and most mornings with a waffle. Why has it taken me so long to combine coffee and waffles? Meet the coffee waffle.

Coffee Waffle Ingredients:

½ cup strong brewed coffee (instant coffee works just as well)
½ cup your choice of creamer or you add milk (for me it was French vanilla because that is all I had on hand)
1 egg
2/3 cup flour (all-purpose flour, wheat four, almond flour)
1 tablespoon baking powder
Sweetener to taste including vanilla extract (I add a lot because I like my coffee sweet!)

Yes, that is a pumpkin fork…don’t worry about it.

Coffee Waffle Recipe:

  1. Preheat waffle iron (I like my Belgian waffle maker)
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large bowl
  3. Add wet ingredients together and mix in a separate mixing medium bowl.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  5. Pour waffle batter into waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
  6. After cooked, put on a plate and add a layer of melted butter, maple syrup, or greek yogurt.

There you have it. Easy coffee waffles. Coffee waffles are an easy way to start your Mondays or any day, really.

Questions for you: Do you like coffee? Have you ever tried a coffee waffle? 

Chatting about GOMI

So as some of you may or may not know (I know at least the person who began the rant does) I was featured on GOMI (Get off my internets).  I thought long and hard if I would even address the posts or ignore but I decided once I had some time to zone out on the airplane I would.  I wanted to demyth some of the things that were said and really confess something that I have pretty much kept on the downlow since I’ve been blogging.

I drink enough coffee to kill a horse.  I post and drink a lot of coffee and drink about 48 ounces of regular daily.  I’m not sure if that was more/less than what people thought but that is about it.  I used to drink a lot more, but switched over to decaf later at night so I can still enjoy the flavour.  Mostly to keep warm (Upstate is cold as shizzz).

I am exercise obsessed.  Okay obviously this is true and I do not deny that I love to exercise.  I love exercising, running and when I’m injured, I enjoy ellipticalling to maintain my fitness.  The problem is that my blog is associated with a lot of blogs that are “casual” running to maintain weight or running for fun type of blogs.  WHICH IS TOTALLY FINE!  Props to you if you like running to keep weight off but that isn’t why I run.

For me, I was a collegiate runner, and while 70-90m seems like a lot when you compare it to someone casually running in the collegiate world it’s not.  I know I am NOT an elite runner, but one day I really hope to be.  Maybe it will happen, maybe not.  I can 100% guarantee you that across many colleges and states many females who were targeting the same goal pace (for nationals) were running 70-90 miles weekly.  My coach (fully qualified in EVERY regard) was carefully monitoring my miles, pace, time, how I felt ect and I was running extremely well.  I peeked when I was supposed to and my legs felt like led when they were supposed to.  Everything was carefully tracked and monitored.

When my cyst ordeal occurred, I never had a stress fracture.  While crosstraining if I felt pain, I would have stopped.  I didn’t train through my stress fracture last year.  I posted multiple blog entries about my injury last week so I don’t think I need to go into details there.  My cyst was not running related and because there were essentially a golf ball in my heal (which is a lot of extra crap) it put tension on my plantar fascia and caused the muscle to just rip slightly off the bone and a minute crack.  Humor me and ball your hand into a fist stick it on the arch of your foot and imagine that being centrally located in your heal because blood decided for no apparent reason to clot there.  Then you can see what I went through. It had nothing to do with running.  The pain from my cyst was the same level weather I was sitting, standing, walking, skipping or crab walking. That is how I was able to simulate my elliptical workouts with running.  If I had been hurting during anything, I wouldn’t do it.

I cross trained through my injury because I went from running 1-2 hours daily to doing nothing when I was still physically able.  When asked if I was up to simulating my running with ellipticalling, I jumped at the chance to maintain my base for as long as possible.  And you know what?  It clearly worked from my results of my final cross country race.

I am underweight because I don’t eat enough.  I’m not underweight and I eat plenty.  I weight 130 pounds and I’m 5’7.

I am interning 37 weekly hours to meet the last requirement of my major.  For health at my college, you have to spend your final semester interning in something you are really interested in.  That is where I’m at now in a brand new environment (somewhat) working 37 hours weekly.  I switched majors (from a double math and education major) senior year so I needed an extra semester to finish my public health major (and I kept a math minor since I had that).  I have no idea where or what I’m doing after I’m done in a few weeks.  I know what I would like to do, but we all have dreams.

Leading my too my last point.  This is something I’ve never said point blank on the blog and I’m a bit nervous to put it out there but I feel like it will really put everything into context (part of the reason I “sidestepped” nutrition questions…because I was not ready to share that with the world).  I’m not looking for sympathy but truly just stating the facts I’ve come to terms with. I’m diabetic.  I have genetic diabetes which is partially the reason I started running.  First and foremost, running and eating relatively healthy while regulating my blood sugars has caused me to be able to say I’m in the top 5% of people that CAN and hopefully WILL grow out of it.  When I refer to any medical issues the end of freshman year of college and sophomore year, it was learning that I needed to watch what I ate or I was going to get sick.  No longer were the days I could binge drink without reaping terrible effects (please I was a freshman in college), eat crap 100% of the time.  As a college freshman, I wasn’t any healthier than a typical freshman. I ate all three meals on campus and knew next to little about nutrition.  My healthy living staples were remembering to eat breakfast and going to swim practice to have a night time social life.  When I found out freshman year (after being sick all the time) that I was going to have to start monitoring my blood sugars and having an extra burden on top of college, it set me into a tizzy. I had to work harder then others and live a lot healthier, it was really eye opening. I really just didn’t want to think about my life long future and wanted to continue my college lifestyle that I had known to love. It eventually lead to depression which led me running.  Since that was nearly 4 years ago (life before blogging), I’ve since learned how to cope really well and know when my blood sugars are out of synch and what to do when that happens.  I can honestly say that I’m probably half way in the clearing and it’s just yet another way that shows me hard work pays off.

This was somewhat hard for me to post and it’s been sitting on my desktop that last few hours while I decided if I wanted too.  If you have anymore questions, please feel free to ask/leave them here or email me.  (lolzthatswim@gmail.com)

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