A Run To Remember

What a busy weekend this has been!

Let’s start off with the best part!  Today, I ran in a 5K race.  I was able to set a new Personal Record for myself, and attained my goal of running it under 30 minutes.  My final time was 27:21!  Go me!  Also, I threw up at the end.  No one can say I didn’t give this race literally everything I had.

I ran in the Run To Remember Race in Baltimore.  This race is put on every year to honor those who lost their lives in 9/11.  The ceremony before the race was very touching and you couldn’t help but to reflect on where you were on 9/11.

Another aspect of the race I liked was that as we, runners, passed by police officers and firefighters we all said “Thank You.”  It definitely kept me focused on why this race is put on every year and it made me appreciate what these men and women have sacrificed for this country.

Runnin’ it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This race was also memorable to me because my parents came out to support me.

My Mom and Me

 

My Dad and Me

 

Golly, my face was red as a tomato!

Speaking of tomatoes…

Dinner had some of those in there!

 

 

 

I have been really getting into Edamame lately and I also wanted a dish that incorporated lots of veggies so I came up with what you see above.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Roma Tomato
  • Purple Onion, chopped and to taste
  • Edamame
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper
  • 1 Serving of Whole Wheat Spaghetti
  • Olive Oil, to taste
  • Garlic Powder, to taste
  • Salt & Pepper, to taste

Preparation

Boil water and cook spaghetti.  While that’s cooking, coat a skillet-styled pan with olive oil and heat up.  Stir fry all the veggies except for the roma tomatoes.  Use the Garlic Powder, Salt, and Pepper and season the veggies to your liking.  When the spaghetti is finished cooking, drain it, put it in a bowl and pour the roma tomatoes in it and stir around.  Once the veggies are finished cooking, place them in the spaghetti and roma bowl and enjoy!

This dish is easy and nutritious!  Just the way I like my food!

Hope everyone is having an awesome Sunday!

 

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Today Has Been A Bit Fishy

My meals have been mainly salmon-oriented, why?  Because I opened an entire can of salmon and I only cook for myself and I hate wasting food.  So I probably smelled like fish today.  But no one can deny that I am full of omega-3 and all the other beneficial nutrients salmon contains!

So, for breakfast I was inspired by the Salmon Scramble from Peanut Butter Fingers.  It was scrumptious!

Ingredients

  • 1 container of egg beater (equivalent to 2 large eggs)
  • 1/4 C Salmon
  • Chopped Roma Tomato, to taste
  • Chopped Red Pepper, to taste
  • Mozzarella Cheese, to taste
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Preparation

If you can’t guess how to make scrambled eggs and adding salmon to it.  Then, I’m sorry, you’re a lost cause.

Lunch was a little more complicated than I anticipated.  I was really feeling some Salmon Cakes. But let’s be real, I don’t have that kind of talent.  So my salmon cakes turned into stir-fried salmon with greek yogurt sauce on top. Nom.

Ingredients

  • Olive Oil
  • 1/4 C salmon
  • 3 T Geek Yogurt
  • 1/4 C Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Capers, to taste
  • Lemon Juice, to taste
  • Salt, to taste

Preparation

Pour olive oil on a skillet and heat it up.  While that’s heating up, combine salmon and 2 T of Greek Yogurt together.  Attempt to make patties, while sprinkling the panko crumbs on it.  Place “patties” on skillet.  Patties will fall apart so just stir-fry it at this point.  Put cooked salmon on a plate and set aside.  Combine 1 T Greek Yogurt, lemon juice, capers, and salt together.  Place a dollop of the sauce onto your salmon concoction.  Enjoy!

Work Out

I didn’t feel like leaving my bed today–at all. Consequently my run was affected by that.  Once I mustered the strength to get out of bed, I ran 2.1 miles.  I really wanted to do some ab exercises when I got back but I was so hungry that I decided to exercise my stomach by expanding it.

Hope you’re having a great hump day!

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This Post is Packed with Deliciousness

I’m so excited to share with you my dinner, so we’ll start with that first!

Stir-Fry Quinoa with Salmon

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup dry quinoa
  • 1/4 cup canned salmon
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • Olive Oil
  • Basil, to taste
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Garlic Powder, to taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper, to taste

Cook the Quinoa as you normally would.  On a skillet, pour olive oil and let it heat up.  Put Salmon on the skillet and let it cook.  Combine the cooked quinoa with the salmon on the skillet and stir for a few minutes.  Put 1/8 cup of greek yogurt in the skillet and mix it with the quinoa and salmon.  Season with sea salt, basil, pepper, garlic powder, and crushed red pepper.  Put in a bowl.  Use the rest of the greek yogurt and stir around. Enjoy!

This dish is a great source of Omega-3s, protein, and deliciousness!

Moving on…

Now for the sweet part!

A couple weeks ago, I ordered some cookies.  They’re not just any cookies…They’re Kukee’s Cookies!

It’s a funny story how I found out about them.  They started following me on Twitter, we exchanged a few tweets, they gave me 40% off my purchase, I ordered a batch, and fell in love.

The cookies are about the size of a baseball and they are SO GOOD.  I ordered the “Mix-it-Up” box, which included two of each flavor.  My favorite was the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup–I was in absolute heaven!  Just thinking about it makes me want to order another box.

The best part is these cookies are made with all natural ingredients, so you don’t get all that hydrogenated crap.  If you’re interested to learn more about them and possibly order a box of your own, you can check out their website here.

Work Out

Since my fitness routine has been MIA for the past weekend, I decided to start off easy.  This morning I ran 2.08 miles.  It was a nice and easy run, just what I needed to take on the day!

Hope you’re having a great day!

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I Can Explain!

Some things just don’t go the way you plan.  Case in point this

My Breakfast This Morning…

Or the fact that you’ve taken a long break from working out….

But, I can explain that.  You see, this past weekend I went to New York City with my parents.  So I didn’t have time to go for a run; but, I did walk a lot!  Now that I’m home I’m still not working out because a.) I’m lazy and b.) I left my running shoes at my apartment in Towson.  I have a pair here, at home, but they are worn out and I don’t want to get an injury before my race this upcoming weekend.

While it’s fresh on my mind, I’ll tell you about New York City.  We saw two Broadway Shows, Rock of Ages and Chicago.  Both were AMAZING!  My parents surprised me with front row seats to both shows, so that was an experience within itself!

My View of the Stage at Rock Of Ages!

 

I liked how simple Chicago was.  The costumes were primarily black and there were hardly any props.

I’ve seen Rock Of Ages twice and both times I was just blown away.  The show is so hilarious.  If you’re looking for something casual and to get a good laugh, I would recommend this show.

Both of these shows were phenomenal.  If you ever decide to venture to New York City, I highly recommend seeing them!

We also stayed at the Hilton Hotel on Times Square.  Such a nice hotel with a beautiful view!  Depending on your room you can get a great view of times square or the Empire State Building.  No view is a bad view, in my opinion.

They also have great food at the Hilton…

Salmon over green beans and Portobello Mashed Potatoes. Yum!

 

 

If I remember correctly, I was licking the plate.  I don’t know why I’m allowed out in public.

Overall, this was such a great trip.  I’ve been to New York City once before and itched to go back.  I have always had a deep fascination with the City and part of me feels I am meant to live there.  But, we’ll see.

Oh, and if you’re curious about my flop of a breakfast here you go;

  • 1/4 cup dry oats
  • 1/2 banana, mashed
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 C Almond Milk

I put the dry oats in a blender until they were grinded into a flour-like consistency.  I combined all the ingredients and put them on a hot skillet.  I tried making silver dollar pancakes and that was a fail.  I made some banana butter, inspired by Chocolate Covered Katie, so I can put it on top.  I used the other half of my banana and a tablespoon of powdered peanut butter.

Overall, it didn’t taste bad, it just didn’t turn out the way I wanted to.  C’est la vie.

I have some more updates but I don’t want to make a super long post, so I’ll just leave you in suspense 😉

Happy Labor Day!

 

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Back to school, Back to school….

Happy first day of classes to me!

All day I’ve had this stuck in my head

That movie never gets old!

I’ve gotten all my unpacking done and I’m officially all moved-in to my apartment.  Hooray!

I knew my talent for folding clothes well would come in handy!

I woke up around 7 this morning and ran about 2.5 miles.  Since I’m living in a new area there are a lot more paths.  There are also a lot more hills.  Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind running up the occasional hill because  it makes me feel good that I just accomplished something challenging.  However, when it’s constant hill after hill, I’m more inclined (pun intended) to go back to sleep.  My run today consisted of all hills, and it sucked. On the bright side, my legs were not in that much pain!  However, I still iced them and took an Advil when I came home.

I was so hungry when I came back, I decided to keep breakfast simple

Chocolate oatmeal!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1 cup Almond Milk
  • 1 whole Banana
  • 1 T peanut butter
  • 1 T cocoa powder (extra dark chocolate)

I ran some errands today and when I came back it was lunchtime and, again, decided to  keep it simple.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Bowtie Pasta
  • Lemon juice, to taste
  • Sea Salt, to taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, to taste
  • Basil, to taste

Sometimes simple recipes can turn out to be the best dishes!

I had my first class at 2:00 today and it was International Business & Ethics.  I can tell I’m really going to enjoy this class!  My professor seems pretty laid-back.  He’s also very well-traveled so I know he’ll have tons of interesting stories as the semester progresses!

My next class is International Marketing which starts at 5:00.  I can tell I’m going to enjoy my classes this semester because I am finally getting into the meat of my major.  Being part of the business school there are required classes that all business students have to take.  Last year, that’s all the classes I took and it was kind of annoying because I haven’t learned about my major at all which is International Business.  This semester is going to be exciting for me because I’m finally taking classes that are applying to my major. Yay!

Hope everyone is having a super great day!

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Knowing When To Stop

Let’s start with something positive, shall we?

Breakfast!

I had every intention to run first thing this morning, but my stomach didn’t get the memo and I was STARVING.  Since I was planning on doing a long run, I decided the smart thing to do was to carb up.  I was inspired by PB Fingers’ recipes for French Toast and decided that’s what was for breakfast.

Here are the two recipes that inspired me:

Pumpkin Peanut Butter French Toast

Peanut Butter Stuffed French Toast

Here’s my version of the French Toast

Ingredients

  • 1 Egg White, mixed with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ground Cloves
  • 1 Whole Wheat Sandwich Thin
  • 1 Apple, sliced, sprinkled with Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ground Cloves
  • 1 T of Peanut Butter, mixed with 1 tsp of PB2 (Powdered Peanut Butter), Nutmeg, Cinnamon, and Ground Cloves
  • Honey, to taste
  • Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and Ground Cloves, to taste

Dip the Sandwich Thins into the egg white mixture and cook on a skillet, griddle, or whatever.  While that’s cooking, put the apple slices in the microwave and make sure they are warm!  Place the apple slices on one side of the sandwich thin and the peanut butter on the other sandwich thin.  Put the two sandwich thins together.  Drizzle with honey, and sprinkle with Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Ground Cloves.  I didn’t use all the apple slices so I had the rest of them on the side. Enjoy!

Now for the not-so positive part…

I was so inspired by the live-chat last night on Twitter hosted by FitFluential and ViewSPORT, I was really craving a long run.  When I was in the middle of my run, I started to get pain in my lower legs.  It ended up being so painful that I decided to cut my run short and come home.  I didn’t want to push it and further injure myself even more. I ended up running about 3.3 miles.  I have to say I’m pretty disappointed that I didn’t run as far as I wanted to but, I do understand setbacks happen.  I’m going to ice my legs and take some motrin, and hopefully that does the trick.  If any running buffs are reading this, any advice?

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Just Another Busy Monday…

School is starting up in a matter of days; therefore I’m one busy bee!  Good thing I’m the kind of person who likes being busy.

I got up this morning and went for a run.  I ran 4 miles.  It would have been enjoyable if I didn’t get lapped by a senior citizen.  So, that made me feel less than awesome.  When I was finished, I did Ab Ripper X from the P90X program and that kicked me in the ass abs.

I wasn’t too hungry this morning, but I didn’t want to skip breakfast.  So I made myself a delicious protein shake

Cocoa-licious!

 

This delectable shake mimics the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Smoothie Bowl from Peanut Butter Fingers.  I had half of a banana that I wanted to use so I incorporated that into the shake and I used only half of a cup of chopped strawberries.  Also, I never heard of Xanthan Gum until I started reading her blog so I used a pinch of Corn Starch for thickening.  It didn’t work.  I don’t recommend it.  Oh, and I used Vanilla Protein Powder because I didn’t have Chocolate Protein Powder.  But everything else is the same 🙂

After having breakfast it’s been nothing but work!  I’m currently in the process on making this disappear

“I love packing and doing laundry!”–Said no one, ever.

After getting annoyed with packing, I decided to go out for a bit and run some other errands that were waiting to be crossed off on my To-Do List.  I drove to Annapolis in order to go to Whole Foods.  Since I was in the area, I decided to meander over to Charm City Run.  They were having an awesome sale and I bought this shirt for $19, score!

I might go for another run just so I can wear my new shirt!  The simplest things motivate me.

Now for the best part, lunch!

Chances are my lunch > your lunch

Grilled Caprese Sandwich!

A grilled Caprese Sandwich!  It’s super easy to make too!

Ingredients

  • 2 slices Ezekiel Bread
  • Pesto Sauce
  • Two slices of Tomato
  • 1 slice Mozzarella Cheese
  • Basil Leaves
  • Spinach Leaves (extra vitamins 😛 )

Place all these ingredients on to the Ezekiel bread.  Put on a George Foreman Grill.  Cook until the cheese melts.  Enjoy!

Then I had my coffee with a Think Thin Bar.

 

War Eagle!

 

 

Oh just a quick update on my blog.  I am making the decision to not blog about Y&R because I find tweeting about it more enjoyable.  Also, I want to center this blog around Health & Fitness and not a TV show I’m obsessed with.  If you want to hear my commentary on the show, just follow me on Twitter, @THEbrigibbons.

Hope everyone is not having a case of the Mondays!

 

 

 

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Chariots of Rain

Today was motivational!

My dad ran his first 10-miler this morning, so my mom and I went to go support him.  He was able to cross the finish line (and not die) and we are very proud of him for that!  He is well on his way to run a half-marathon (a goal of his).

The weather has been uber crappy today.  It was raining cats and dogs this morning and we thought they were going to cancel the race at one point.  I’m glad they didn’t because it was fun to watch!  The first place winner finished in 55 minutes and 8 seconds.  Holy cow!  Hopefully I’ll be good like that one day!

Run em like run em run em WHOOP

Watching all these people come out and run this race was very motivational and I couldn’t wait for my 5K race in a couple of weeks.

I decided to make Sundays, pancake days.  I have recently grown a liking obsession for pancakes.  I don’t like the bisquick kind (yuck). Instead I like to make healthy versions of them.  Today I followed the banana split pancake recipe from Chocolate Covered Katie.  They turned out fabulous.  Here are some pictures that will probably make you drool

I added some granola for some extra crunch.  Also, I don’t have maple syrup so I used honey instead.  FYI, I didn’t burn them, they’re from the chocolate 🙂

Since the weather is still disgusting aka severe thunderstorm warning and flash flood warning are in effect until the rest of the day, I decided to take a break.  Also, I’m just super tired and lazy (They call it lazy Sunday for a reason 😉 )  But I will be back to the grind (or pavement) tomorrow.

Enjoy your Sunday!

 

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Fake-K

Let’s start off with lunch, shall we?

“Gosh Bri, that looks super yum!  How’d ya make it?”

Glad you asked!

Ingredients

  • 1 slice Ezekiel bread–toasted
  • 2 slices of pepper jack cheese (the one I used burned my mouth off.  No regrets).
  • Chopped orange and yellow peppers
  • 2 slices of portobello mushrooms

Directions

Toast bread.  Melt cheese on top of bread (I did mine in the microwave).  Heat mushrooms and peppers and pile them on top of the cheesy bread.  Enjoy!

Fitness time!

I ran what I call a “Fake-K.”  I ran a 5K around my neighborhood, just to see how well I’d do if it was an actual 5K.  I ran it in 28 minutes flat! 28 minutes!  This is AMAZING for me!  Let me break this down for you:

  • At my 1 mile marker, I checked my watch and was at 8:30
  • At my 1.5 mile marker, I checked my watch and was at 12:49 (If I was still in NROTC, I would pass the PRT–Proud moment)
  • At the 3 mile marker, I checked my watch and was at 26:30
  • My last 5K race I ran it in 33:50 (fml)

Needless to say I’m so proud of myself.  Heck, maybe for my upcoming race I’d win myself a medal! 🙂

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Runnophrenia

I promised a good post tonight, so here we go.

I am going to talk about my love for running, what clicked, how it’s changed me, and how it makes me feel.  Hopefully, by the time you finish reading this post, the running bug will bite you and you’ll be running the night like Havana Brown. 

By the way, that song does wonders for me.  Once I listen to it, I’m itchin’ to run.

I digress.

Prologue

I don’t know how many science classes you’ve taken, but there’s something called a “genetic predisposition.” Don’t know what that is?  I’ll break it down.  Basically, you have a disease.  You were born with it.  However, it doesn’t surface until later in your life.  Something in the environment you’re in triggers it.  Boom.  You have said disease.  For all you know, you could have schizophrenia.  Until something triggers it (i.e. stress) you will never know that you have it.

So, back to running. I believe I’ve always been a runner.  I think running is a disease, a good disease.  It wasn’t until the running disease (lets call it runnophrenia) triggered inside me and I’ve been a changed woman.

I think I got my first taste of running freshman year in high school.  My dad made me sign up for two sports that year (Volleyball was my passion at the time and Track & Field was just the other sport I chose to make him happy).  I chose the great sport of shotput and discus, because I’m lazy.  Not saying that athletes who play shotput and discus are lazy, but the people on my team certainly were and we all did everything but shotput and discus.  Anyways sometimes during track meets they’ll make us fielders run an event just for fun.  Like, 4 x 100 relay races.  Guess who always shined in these races? Me.  The track coach would tell my teammates that I was a natural runner.

FYI, this was the only year I did track & field.  Afterward, I wanted to solely focus on volleyball…and my parents were fine with it. (Big mistake.)

Fast forward.

I did NROTC freshman year in college so that kept me in shape.  But NROTC didn’t work out (another story for another day) and I pretty much led a sedentary life afterwards.  Spring semester of Sophomore year my dad encouraged me to do a 5K race with him.  Why not?  So I did it.  I did awful.  Threw up at the end.  I enjoyed the race though. But afterwards, I led another sedentary lifestyle and binge drank my way through junior year (not proud of that).

 

At this point you’re probably wondering, “Okay, well seems like she’s the Mitt Romney of running.  Always flip-flopping on it.” Point taken.  Bare with me though, I haven’t gotten to the part where I diagnosed myself with runnophrenia!!

Summer 2012.  The Summer of Change.

All I have to say about this summer was that the Olympics happened.  I couldn’t keep my eyes off of those runners.  They were AMAZING!  I wanted to be them.  I don’t think I missed any track events.  They were so mesmerizing to watch! It was also pretty hilarious to watch the slowed down video footage so you could see their face fat bounce up and down.

Anyways…

You might laugh at me for this but, I was so motivated to run.  So motivated, in fact, I signed up for three races (Two 5Ks and a 5-miler to be exact).  My peers kind of chuckled at my motivation for running.  But whatever.  Though I admit it was a silly way to get motivated and to get in shape but the Olympics are long over, and I’m still running. Why?  I love the way it makes me feel, both inside and out.

Let’s start with the aesthetics.

I’ve trimmed up.  Haven’t lost weight but I’m no longer flabulous.  I’m more muscular and I love the way I look.  I am no longer embarrassed to show my midriff.  Ask any of my friends and they’ll tell you I’ll lift my shirt and be like “LOOK AT THESE ABS! LOOK. AT. THEM.” True story.  Also, I can pull off “the runner look” quite well.  Love those running shorts!

How I Feel On The Inside

It’s really hard to describe but I’ll try.  I have more energy, I’m more optimistic, I can think clearer, and I can breathe easier.  When I run, I feel free.  I feel that these legs can take me anywhere.  I can honestly say I am a happier person and I HAVE to have my run everyday.  If I don’t run, my day will feel incomplete.

So there you have it, this summer was when I diagnosed myself with runnophrenia.  The Olympics were my environmental trigger and I haven’t been happier!

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