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Overcoming the ballet body image.


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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Today was a rest day.  It was much needed after yesterday’s 22 miler!  I also realized today after reading Skinny Runner‘s post that we totally ran past her yesterday.  Not that I’m a creeper or anything.

Breakfast

I gorged on cereal and also had coffee.  Nothing unusual.

cereal

coffee

During breakfast the cat posed for me.  Also not unusual.

cat 2

cat 1

Dinner

Tonight’s dinner was delicious and oh so easy.

dinner 1

It was yet again a crock pot recipe.  If you want some good teriyaki chicken that takes about 5 minutes to prep, make this recipe.

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Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

Ingredients:

4 frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts

1 cup Trader Joe’s Soyaki Sauce

1 20-oz can pineapple chunks

dash ground ginger

Directions:

1. Put chicken in crock pot.  Cover with remaining 3 ingredients.

2. Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 6-8 hours.  Serve over rice.

crock pot teriyaki chicken

 

We served it with steamed zucchini that I covered in Parmesan cheese.  Obviously.

zucchini

 

And finished the evening off with some ice cream while catching the end of the Oscars.

ice cream

 

Question:

Did you watch the Oscars? What did you think of the winners?

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Panera Date

In Other News

TWO of my friends had baby boys today!  Welcome to the world Rhys Everett McBride and Jackson Ryan Gunderson!  You both have wonderful parents and are going to be loved so, so much!  I’m so excited for everyone who is having babies right now, and am just as excited for us to have babies of our own (one day).  :)  It doesn’t seem like we’re old enough to be married and having kids, yet here we are.  It’s an amazingly scary but wonderful thing.

Dinner

I went at the carbs tonight.  I mean, doesn’t 22 miles mean you’re allowed to?

I went with my usual: the You Pick Two combo.  Tonight I had a half caesar salad and a cup of black bean soup.  And naturally I had it in a bread bowl.  Only way to to if you ask me.  And yes, the combo came with a chunk of baguette on the side.  But I ended up giving it to Mat because he was still hungry after his panini.

salad and bread

soup in bread bowl

After a quick stop at Target (we’re such party animals) we settled in at home to watch The Hurt Locker and eat this.

dessert

 

 


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The Last Long Run!!

Today’s Run

22.05 miles, 3:50:20, 10:27 pace

Yes.  My daddy and I ran 22 miles today.

garmin

We met at 15th street in Newport around 7:30 this morning.  While it’s much, MUCH easier  to run with a buddy, it’s still quite daunting to start running when you know you have 22 miles ahead of you.

We ran from 15th to the wedge (about 2.4ish miles) and stopped for the mandatory photo op.

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I love how the pictures into the sun turn out.

We then turned toward Huntington as usual and ran until the Garmin read 13.8.  That would get us back to 15th street at 22 miles.  Actually it got us there a little before because we didn’t calculate the mileage exactly, but whatever.

Running in Huntington is nice.  We ran past dog beach – it was so fun to see all the doggies frolicking in the water!   I was imagining a little corgi with her short stumpy legs running in the water and it made me smile.  :)

My dad started feeling a sharp pain where his shin meets his ankle with about 8 miles to go.  I was worried, and he was too, but it would go away after running for a bit.  He thinks it might be the beginning of a stress fracture, which obviously isn’t good.  Hopefully it isn’t bad so he can run the marathon without too much pain or issues.

At the turnaround point, I snapped a few more photos on my phone.

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turnround 4

turnaround 3

We kept trucking along, stopping for walk breaks every couple miles or so.  We were both hurting a bit, him more than me I think.  But, we’re in this for the experience and to finish it.  Speed doesn’t matter to us.

I had gels at miles 8 and 16 and tried to drink as much water as I could.  When I don’t stop for lights I forget to drink.  Not good.

We also stopped for the bathroom a couple times.  This is one of the key reasons to do long runs at the beach.  You have easy access to bathrooms and water fountains.  Makes things much easier and removes stress.

When the Garmin finally hit 22, I was very happy, as you can imagine.  More photos.

turnaround 1

done 1

Naturally, I uploaded this picture to Instagram.

done 2

I got home, had a protein shake (protein powder and chocolate coconut water) and took a long hot shower.  It was glorious.

I then had a banana, overnight oats, and iced coffee with milk and Hershey’s.

banana

overnight oats 2

coffee

And since then I’ve been sitting on the couch (like a boss) blogging and working on shower crafty things.  No pictures yet because the honorees need to be surprised!  Later I believe we’re going to Panera for dinner thanks to the Valentine’s gift card from my parents.  The bread bowl is calling my name!

Question:

What are your Saturday night plans?

P.S. Can you believe it’s already almost March?  Where does the time go?


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Friday Night Pizza

Dinner

Friday nights in this house tend to be pizza nights. Tonight was no exception.

my plate 2

I’m not sure how easy it is to tell, but it’s a pretty good-sized piece of pizza!  Costco is the best.

my plate

I definitely had another piece.  Obviously.

Oh and we had a small salad too.  We’ve been bored with salad, but we haven’t had it in a while so it was nice to have today.

salad close up

We had a really nice red wine also.  It was a blend and very mellow.  I’m not usually a big red wine fan, so I was happy to really enjoy this one.

wine

And this is my husband’s plate.  He had a 4th piece.  Boys.

mat's plate

Oh, I also ate his crust.  I always eat his crust.  Shhh…

Workout

Today was a rest day (minus abs/push-ups and giving the girls a ballet type class today).  I’m running a 22 miler tomorrow so rest is my bff.  I’m meeting my daddy at the beach at 7:30 for it.  It’s my LAST long run before taper!  WOOHOO!!!!

Question: 

Do you have a pizza night or other favorite food night?


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My Cat

Yesterday’s Run/Ballet

5.34 miles, 51:44, 9:41 pace

I was slower but actually kept a steadier pace, so that’s good.

1.5 hour ballet class

Missed ballet last week in favor of Valentine’s Day so it was good to be back.

Dinner

I don’t have anything interesting to share from dinner last night (leftover salsa chicken tacos and cilantro lime rice with roasted squash) so we’ll just post some adorable pictures of Oakley.

cat 1

cat 2

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She is so stinking cute.  I die.

Except for when she bites.  Which she did last night.  And actually drew blood.

It’s a good thing she’s so stinking cute or I’d actually be really mad.


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Banana and Peanut Butter and Chocolate, Oh My!

Banana and peanut butter has been my go-to snack lately (sometimes with chocolate chips).  I used to never eat that large of a snack.  I’d stick with the banana only in most cases.  But now that I’m running so much more I’ve found that I really need the extra protein.  Obviously.

snack 1

Learning that it’s totally ok to have a more substantial snack has been a bit challenging because of that whole ballet body image thing.  In the past, a larger snack would freak me out and make me think I was going to gain weight.  But you know what?  I haven’t.  I guess what they say about eating more actually helping your metabolism is true.

snack 3

I’ve been eating a small mid-morning snack too.  Lately it’s been string cheese.  I’ve had a mini protein shake (just 1/2 scoop protein powder and water) after morning runs.  I haven’t really altered my main meals.  Or my desserts.

And you know what?  I’m not gaining weight.

I finally took the risk with eating more (in a good way) and didn’t freak out.  If you had told the bunhead Melissa that this would happen, she would have laughed in your face.

snack 2

I guess I’m making progress.  :)


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It Was Too Spicy Tonight

Today’s Run

5.35 miles, 50:55, 9:31 pace

My pulled leg muscle is still bothering me, so I can’t push to be faster if I wanted to.  It’s frustrating, but I’m just glad I’m still able to run even if it hurts.  I WILL accomplish this marathon!

Dinner

You know how the other night Mat made blackened mahi mahi?  Well he made it again tonight since we had leftover mango salsa and salad dressing.

Except tonight something happened.  It was WAY too spicy.

We think what happened was the pan didn’t get hot enough and therefore didn’t cook off some of the spice like last time.  It’s meant to be a spicy dish, but tonight?  Holy cow was it hot.  Mat enjoys super spicy stuff and it was even too hot for him.  You can only imagine how I felt!  I forced it down anyway though because fish is good for you and because I completely forgot that I could have eaten leftover chicken if I wanted to.  Plus fish is expensive and I hate wasting food.

fish

It doesn’t look that spicy here.  So sad.

plate

 

I was gulping water and milk like nobody’s business.

 

 

 

rice 1

Tonight we added cilantro lime rice to the plate.  SO GOOD and so simple!

Cilantro Lime Brown Rice

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups dry brown rice

3 cups water

juice of 1 lime

2 tbps chopped cilantro

Directions:

1. Cook rice in rice cooker or on stove until all water is absorbed and you can fluff it with a fork.

2. Add lime juice and chopped cilantro.  Keep warm.

3. Serve!

rice 2

 

Sadly, I couldn’t finish my rice because my mouth was on fire from the fish.  But there’s leftover rice so yay!

Now I’m going to eat frozen thin mints.  My mouth is better but I still have the excuse, right?

Right.

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