Tropical storms

Day two in Florida.  Of course, all day I was in meetings, from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.  Boooring.

I did manage to sneak outside for a little while at lunch to enjoy the Florida sunshine!  The view from this hotel is absolutely incredible.  I found some nice lounge furniture and kicked up my heels and read for awhile.0603 001

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All in all, I have been fairly happy with the conference food.  The options have been reasonably healthy!  Of course, I’ve forgotten to photograph them.  So, imagine the following:

Breakfast:  Coffee.  Pineapple, canteloupe, strawberries, blackberries.  Banana nut mini-muffin.  Scrambled eggs.

Lunch: Minestrone soup.  Salad with spinach, grapefruit sections, blueberries, and a vinaigrette dressing.  About a quarter of some kind of flank steak wrap.  Tiny square of cookies n’ cream cheesecake.  (SO GOOD.)

Snacktime was provided.  I resisted, even though it looked pretty good.

pro_vab_101I wasn’t REALLY hungry.  I had my third cup of coffee for the day instead.  (Yes, I’m in caffeine overload.  I’ve also been drinking a ton of water—when I’m bored, I drink!)

Of course, by the time we were free for the afternoon and evening, torrential rain and thunderstorms had started.  My plans to relax on the beach were foiled. 

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Boo.  Hiss.

The planned dinner event was a four hour dinner and booze cruise.  I skipped it.  The thought of spending four hours on a boat on the stormy ocean didn’t sound appealing.  I totally would have gone if the weather had been nice and I could sit outside with a glass of wine and see the sights, but…staying inside in the pouring rain didn’t sound fun.

Instead I decided tonight called for some greasy pizza and trashy TV!  A total “me” night.  Completely unhealthy…but a little pizza once in awhile is fine by me.

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I am taking the day off running—I’ve run Sunday-Wednesday this week, and I have tomorrow afternoon off, so I’m planning on resting today and doing a “long” run tomorrow.  (Not THAT long yet—I’m hoping for 6 miles or so.)

In other news…we got the exciting news today that we’re going to be Aunt Brie and Uncle Tim to a BOY in October!  I’ve already been scouring Etsy for cute boy stuff.  I can’t wait!

What’s your favorite kind of pizza?

8 days to go!

I am blogging after my third glass of chardonnay.  God help me, but…I’m feeling more relaxed than I’ve felt in WEEKS.

For lunch, I resurrected the egg puff!

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With cheddar cheese, a yogurt mess, and a multigrain bagel.

I took cookie Friday to heart.

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I don’t remember the last time I’ve had a plain old cookie out of a store-bought box.  Crazy! 

I skipped the gym today.  It was pouring.  I’m sore from lifting yesterday, and I’m not sure what cardio I’d do because my shin is still twinging. 

Came home and immediately poured this times three:

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Cheap chardonnay.  Not good, but it got the job done.

Dinner was take n’ bake pizza.  It’s all about balance, friends, and today tipped towards the “unhealthy” side, and I don’t so much care. 0430 004

Tim helped me open a fun package!

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A whole bunch of Cascadian Farms goodies from the good folks at My Blog Spark!  Cereal, granola, and granola bars.  I can’t wait to try these.  (Note: they sent these to me for free.)

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I’ll be reviewing these after the wedding most likely, but we dipped into the Cinnamon Crunch cereal while waiting for the pizza to bake and mmmm…it was seriously addictive!  I can’t wait to try everything else!

Also, Tim’s very sweet co-workers gave us a wedding gift!

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A bread maker!

There is a long and tragic story of bread makers in the Fit Bride household, but this is not the time or place.

Tonight, I will sober up and make some escort cards.  Good times.

Also, 10-day forecast, you suck.


What foods do you indulge in on not-so-healthy days?

Thumbs up, thumbs down

Today’s enthusiastic thumbs ups:

  • The anti-inflammatories basically killed all pain in my knees and shins and calves and ankles within two hours.  Yesterday I was sore and achy, today I feel like I could run pain free.  I am THRILLED.
  • I went for my Doppler scan of my legs, and I do not have any blood clots.  Apparently my veins are small and normal.  Yay!
  • I scheduled the appointment to be fitted for custom orthotics on April 12th.  Whee!
  • Because of the scan, I left work about two hours early, which is always nice on a Friday.
  • Made a delicious homemade pizza for dinner.
  • Runner’s World came in the mail.
  • I wrote thank you notes for the gifts we got yesterday.
  • Tim is currently getting us a new printer and ice cream so I can get some wedding shiz done this weekend.

Today’s emphatic  thumbs downs:

  • ALLERGIES.  My throat is coated with post-nasal drip slime that’s making my tummy upset.  Hello, spring!  I was also exhausted all day.  I can’t wait to have a nice, relaxing weekend at home
  • My camera battery charger is MIA.  And my battery is dead.  Hence no pictures in this post (not that there were any to post anyway)
  • No RSVPs.  We currently have 59 yeses and 34 nos.  204-(59+34)=111 RSVPs yet to get.
  • Our venue booked another event the morning of our wedding in our room.  (Which they orally said they wouldn’t do.)  This means our DJ (my uncle, who I’m really close to) can’t load his equipment in until 4:15.  Our wedding ceremony is at 6.  I have no idea how we’re going to make this work.
  • Lots of tiny, piddly wedding things to do this weekend (three random cards to make for the wedding picture table, start working on programs, timeline, order some sort of sucky-inny undergarment, order more gifts for people)
  • I should REALLY clean our house.  It’s gone to hell the last few weeks and we’re booked pretty much every weekend after this one from here on out.


What are your thumbs ups and downs for today?

Fast Five-K Friday

Hey, kiddos!  Happy Friday!

Or not.  Because I have to be at work at the asscrack of dawn tomorrow.  At least I’ll be done by lunchtime, right?  Oh, and I HAVE A SUPER AWESOME FOUR DAY WEEKEND NEXT WEEKEND.  The thought of a fun weekend in Chicago with my friends and family for my first bachelorette party and shower makes me want to jump up and down with happiness. 

Oh, and also?  We are supposed to get 4-8 inches of snow tomorrow.  At the end of March.  Suck it, winter.

Rewind to last night.  I had a pre-bedtime mug of Kashi.  I usually eat a small dessert after dinner and don’t snack otherwise, but my long run hanger apparently waited until last night to come around.  It was delicious.  (Southpaw enjoyed a spoonful of milk as well!)

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Anyway, work was really crazy today—I didn’t get a lunch break and was running around like a madwoman.  Thankfully, after tomorrow, things should calm down a bit.  Consequently, I didn’t take any pictures today.  I had a bunch of Greek salad sans dressing at lunch, plus some Greek yogurt (guess it was a Greek kind of day), and a bagel with PB.  Nom.

In foot news, I popped the blisters and they feel much better today.  Still hurty, but bearable.  I had a long chat with my triathlete co-worker about shoes and she seems very knowledgeable.  It’s always fun to talk with other people with similar interests.

After work I went to the gym.  Today’s goal was 3 miles, but I figured I might as well do 3.1 and call it a 5K.  I haven’t played much with speed lately, because distance has been my primary goal, but all I wanted to do today was run as fast as I could to see if my distance training has, in turn, improved my speed. 

I tuned out everything else and ran 5K in 28:15, setting a new PR that I feel great about.  One of my goals is to run a 5K in under 27:00.  I honestly think I can achieve this in 2010!  I tend to start out conservatively because I’m worried about crashing and burning, but I think I’m going to continue pushing my speed every week on these short workouts.  It was fun!  I broke it up like so:

  • 0-0.5 miles: 6.3 mph
  • 0.5-1.0 miles: 6.4 mph
  • 1.0-1.5 miles: 6.5 mph
  • 1.5-2.0 miles: 6.6 mph
  • 2.0-2.5 miles: 6.7 mph
  • 2.5-2.75 miles: 7.0 mph
  • 2.75-3.1 miles: 7.2 mph

I felt awesome afterwards.  Last time I ran an actual 5K race I finished in 28:53, and literally thought I was going to die at the end.  I couldn’t breathe, I didn’t pace well, I walked, and I couldn’t talk after I’d finished.  Not so today!  I think I can do it faster next week—I’ve had a headache all day which I think held me back a bit in the beginning.

In other news, we tried take n’ bake pizza tonight because I am out of both homemade pizza dough and yeast.  It was pretty good!

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Also, we got a gift card off our registry!  (The note is a joke—these people, and Tim, are conservative.)

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Oh, and HEY GUESS WHAT?  I’m running a second half marathon!


On August 1st!

Rewind: my sister and I ran a race together in October.  It was fun.  She is my maid of honor at the wedding.  We really have zero in common outside of running—I love her, but we are very different people!  Running a race with her was an awesome bonding thing for us (at least, I thought so) because there are very few things we both enjoy doing. 

She’s mentioned wanting to run a half marathon to me several times lately.  (And by “mention,” I mean badger me about it via text/e-mail at least once a week.)  She’s never done one but wants to.  I need to get her a maid of honor’s gift for being in our wedding.  So…ta-da!  I bought her a race registration, and one for myself, and I will present it to her at the rehearsal dinner with a small bag of running goodies and a printout of Hal’s trusty training plan.  I’m looking forward to it—this is supposed to be a great race, lots of fun sights, live music on the course, great support, and so on.  Hopefully she likes it too!

Runners: do you find that a side effect of distance training is improved speed?  I never thought about it before, but I’ve gotten much faster since I started training for the half seriously!

Home Again

Ahh.  It’s so good to be curled up in my PJs at home once again, even if I can’t celebrate because it’s the weekend until tomorrow.  (Harumph.)

Anyway, I woke up this morning to this scene outside my hotel window.

Snow.  Wet, sticky, gross, snow.  Normally I don’t mind snow…but when you’re 3.5 hours away from home in a rental car, it’s a little irksome.

Luckily I have a very understanding boss.  I canceled the stuff I had to do today and just headed straight home.

But first I had room service!

I was looking forward to a big bowl of fruit, but it was all really bitter?  I guess that’s what I get for ordering a fruit cup in Iowa in February.  I had the sourdough toast, Raisin Bran, and coffee instead.

Then I began the long slog.  I drove verrrry slow.  The roads weren’t slippery, but visibility was low and it was wet and cold.

I made it back to work around 2.  Tim was my ride home, and his office closed early, so we got on the road home around 3 and since then I’ve been relaxing.

Oh, except I fell down the stairs.  Hard.   That wasn’t fun.  I landed on my left asscheek/hip.  Ow.

Dinner?  Homemade (lopsided) pizza.

In other news, I am starting to feel the wedding stress just a little bit.  I’ve been very calm until now, and it’s starting to creep up on me and I’ve been very cranky about all things wedding lately.  Little things are popping up–the format of the addresses on the envelopes, the number of rooms in the hotel block, buying stuff to wear to my shower, and bachelorette parties, and rehearsal–that need to be taken care of  that I just can’t get it up to care about.   I just want to be married!  I’m getting snappy with Tim (sorry, Tim) because I get the brunt of the wedding planning complaints and problem thrown my way, and I’m just…over it.  I am sure the wedding will be incredible, and I can’t wait to be married to such a wonderful dude, but I’m tired of the little things I do not care about and will not matter in the long run.

Ahh, that was cathartic.

Any solutions for wedding planning stress?

Fit bride fail?

Some days I do not feel like a fit bride.  Today is one of those days.

As you know, I’m in Chicago for a work related thingamajig.  Said thingamajig presented some interesting challenges.

Breakfast was a whole wheat bagel (okay) with a little bit of cream cheese (no big deal) on half with a bunch of fruit salad (great).

Lunch was my nightmare and I think part of the reason I sometimes panic-eat.  We were presented with an array of sandwiches, potato salad, fruit, and cookies.

The problem with this was me.  I am picky.  I have condiment issues.  MAJOR condiment issues.  (Tangent alert.)  When I was in grade school, I simply did not like ketchup because I thought it was gross looking (and still do).  It is red and gelatinous and icky.  Well, my classmates found out and thought it was HILARIOUS that I was so WEIRD.  And their response?  Open up ketchup packets at lunchtime and squirt the ketchup at me.  It would land on me, and my food, and I would freak out.  It was awful. Anyway, to this day I cannot eat condiments (ketchup, mustard, mayo, BBQ sauce) and I have an actual visceral fear of ketchup.  When someone is using a ketchup packet near me I want to vomit and run away and I sweat and my heart beats fast.  It is awful.

But anyway, let me backtrack.  Lunch.  These sandwiches?  Positively dripping with mayonnaise and various liquidy sauces.  Gross.  Potato salad?  Coated with mayo.  So, my lunch was a big plate of fruit, a Zone bar (eaten while hiding in the bathroom so I wouldn’t have to explain my condiment issues to people), and a cookie.

(P.S.: This bar kinda sucked.  I like the Zone dark chocolate ones much better.  This was super artificial.  Ick.)

Then we were stuck in Chicago traffic for two hours and now my flight is delayed so I won’t get home to Kansas City until 9 pm-ish, meaning that this will be, oh, a 13 hour work day.  I was planning on a healthy dinner and run or a workout DVD when I got home (which would have normally been at 6:30).

Instead I ate dinner at the airport with my co-workers.  I had a ginormous slice of cheese pizza because the healthy options looked like shite.  (Honestly, I swear, I was dying for a good salad—romaine, spinach, goat cheese, grilled chicken, dried cherries, and carrots with balsamic sounds heavenly to me right now).  I did at least manage to add a fruit cup to the side.  (Today’s theme is fruit salad, apparently.)  I did buy a food-related book to read, though!

Then, when I FINALLY got into KC,  I forgot where I parked my car and ended up crying on the phone to T, eventually finding my car, coming home and eating some leftover mac and cheese, wine, and ice cream.

Anyway, I’m feeling a bit down about it all.  I hate complaining and blaming things on my busy schedule, but…it’s been a hell of a day.

I think what makes me not a total fit bride fraud is that I felt bad about this all.  I WANTED to work out.  When I was sitting in the airport, I wanted nothing more than to be home with the dog running down my blog with a healthy dinner waiting at home.  Obviously, I have to work on my travel strategies…but, I know I can do this.  I know I can.  Tomorrow is a new day, and my lunch bag is packed with that awesome spinach/carrot/dried cherry/goat cheese/balsamic salad I’ve been craving, Greek yogurt and berries, and a slice of my souvenir bread.  Huzzah!

Anyway, I’m exhausted and cranky.  Good night!

What are your favorite foods to travel with?


Pumping iron, bride-style

So…today I woke up with a lot of pain from pounding the pavement so eagerly yesterday.  My ankles and hips are particularly complaining.  Fridays are the only day at the gym where I don’t take a class.  Usually, there’s some kind of appealing class at 9:30, but on Fridays, the schedule is Lift at 9 (I don’t love Lift or find it challenging enough to get up half an hour earlier for it) and Zumba at 10 (just, no).  So I decided to go to the gym for some real heavy lifting and light cardio to get the blood flowing in my sore lower body.

Here’s what I did in the weight room (oly=olympic bar, which is 45 pounds):

  • Squat: 12 reps at oly+70 pounds, 2 sets of 12 reps at oly+90 pounds
  • Lat pulldown: 3 sets of 12 reps at 90 pounds
  • Seated row: 3 sets of 12 reps at 90 pounds
  • Deadlift: 3 sets of 12 reps at 60 pounds (used the pre-loaded bar)
  • Overhead shoulder press: 2 sets of 12 reps at 25 pounds

Then, I hit the elliptical and did a nice steady pace for 25 minutes.  Overall, my workout was 50 minutes long and I burned about 450 calories.

Since it’s Friday, I decided to make a fun dinner for T and I.  We’re trying to eat out less, which is hard.  So…I decided to make homemade pizza!  Using this recipe, slightly modified, I made my own pizza dough.  It was quite fun.

This is my yeast before I let it get all foamy and creamy:

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And after about 15 minutes:

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Dough pre-kneading:

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And post-kneading:

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I always heat a random cup of water in the microwave for a minute or so.  It gets the inside of the microwave warm and steamy and a perfect place to let the dough rise:

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Look how nicely it rose!

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Then I cut it into thirds and froze two of the chunks for future dinners:

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Then I rolled it out:

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And there you have it!  Pizza!  (The pepperoni is T’s.)

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I followed the recipe exactly except I used half white flour, half wheat flour.  T doesn’t like whole wheat pizza dough, but I do, so this is my attempt at compromise.  Also, we ran out of white flour halfway through.  I also par-baked the crust with NO toppings for 7 minutes, then baked it with the toppings for 13 minutes (a bit too long).

This pizza crust is PERFECT.  We have lots of trouble making pizza around here.  T likes white, I like wheat.  I don’t like all the gross chemicals in the pre-made dough mixes, he doesn’t mind them.  He likes super thin, crispy crust, I like thick crust.  This recipe was the perfect balance for both of us–enough wheat flour that I don’t feel bad about eating it, but enough white flour that it’s not overly wheaty.  It’s also a nice, sturdy, substantial crust, without being overly thick or doughy.  I give this recipe two thumbs up!  Next time I make it, I’m going to mix some garlic and oregano into the crust.  Mmmm.

What kind of pizza do you like?  Homemade or carry-out?  Thick or thin crust?