Race Review: Austin Marathon Relay

It’s been a week since I’ve blogged, but it’s been a SUPER hectic week.  More birthday stuff for Stacey, race, Girl Scouts, run, Dan came home from Germany, huge changes at work, etc.  Heck of a week.

I ran Austin Marathon Relay for the 4th time on Sunday.  For the first time ever, I ran a 10 K leg.  I’ve always run a 5K because I am usually deep into San Antonio marathon training around this time of year.  Since I’m not training for anything and we had a few minor injuries, I took a 10K leg.  (the legs are 12K, two 10K, two 5K).

One of our teams had a no-show.  So we shuffled running order, so I would run one of the 10K legs for TWO teams.  I was nervous about this.  I don’t run 10Ks.  I don’t like the distance and can’t get the pace down.  Before Sunday, i’d only run two in my life and they were part of a race series in 2008.  I knew our other team was just happy to have a complete team, but I knew my regular team is competitive.

A major accident had happened on the course overnight, so the race started about an hour late.  The race had already pushed the start time back to 8 instead of the usual 7:30.  So by time we started, it was getting warm.  The later legs you ran, the hotter it got.  Granted, it wasn’t in the 100s like it was last year, but it was pretty warm.

Not my smartest run race, no strategy at all.  I ran a little faster than i’d planned, especially for the heat.  I ran a huge PR, but then again, that probably wasn’t hard, since it was only my 3rd 10K ever. (my mom is so fired from taking race photos!)Our teams took 4th, 6th, and 12th in open women out of over 60 teams in the division.   I was on the 4th and 6th place teams.  We had a lot of relay first timers, including my sister, who was on the 12th place team and ran her first 10k ever.

Most everyone from our 3 teams.  So proud of everyone!

Recipe Review: Grilled Polish Vegetables

Grilled Polish Vegetables

1 small cabbage, cored

2 tablespoons olive oil

½-1 teaspoon onion powder (optional)

1/8-¼ teaspoon black ground pepper

4 medium carrots cut into 1-inch pieces

2 celery ribs cut into 1- inch pieces

1 small onion cut into wedges

½ pound whole fresh mushrooms

1 small green pepper cut into pieces

Cut cabbage into 6 wedges; spread oil on cut sides. Place cabbage on a piece of heavy-duty foil, about 24 inches by 18 inches. Sprinkle with onion powder, if desired and pepper. Arrange remaining vegetables around cabbage.  Seal the foil tightly. Grill, covered, over medium-hot heat for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender, turning occasionally.

This turned out GREAT!  I loved it,  not sure Dan would eat it, but he’s still in Germany, so more for me.  I actually forgot the onion, which I am kicking myself for, but it was still so tasty.

I paired it with venison steaks, but I am sure it would be good with anything!

Source:  Combatives Group

Feels so good

feeling good again!

I used to start every blog post out as a song title.  Not sure when I stopped doing that, but I’d likely run out of song ideas by now, although I still do it occasionally. (if you didn’t know, that’s a Robert Earl Keen song).

It’s been a week on the new dosage of meds and so far I feel great!  I am a little cautious/worried about heart rate but so far it’s been ok (they told me if they jumped me too much too fast on thyroid, I could have issues with that).

So far parts of me are working better.  Some of the parts still aren’t working at all.  It’s still early on this dose and combo of medications.  More bloodwork in 10 weeks.  Just hoping this progress isn’t covering up other issues.

Finally starting to feel more like my old self, 3 years later.

My balance at the gym is improving, as is my strength.  My speed running is getting back to what it used to be (at least on short distances).  My biggest issues are recovering from workouts, sleep, and the moodiness.  That and the fact that insurance isn’t covering any of my medications.

I haven’t been this happy or optimistic in a long time. I can finally see progress and it’s made a world of difference!

Recipe Review: Crockpot red beans and rice

I’ve made this recipe several times before, but after tasting my dad’s red beans and rice with Conecuh sausage (it’s an Alabama thing) on vacation, I wanted more.  The Hungry Owl in Mobile was awesome, I want to go back.  Plus Dan would have loved it, they had at least 15 items on the menu that had Conecuh bacon or sausage in them!

I wanted to make this for Dan.  He loves red beans and rice and Conecuh sausage, but we’ve never had it together, so I subbed a little sausage for the bacon in this recipe, and then served more on the side.

I know we had some left in the freezer, but not much, so I bought 3 more links, plus some cajun style on the way back from Florida.  I think we are set for a little while anyhow (he really likes it for weekend breakfasts).

Recipe as listed in the WW recipe files.  6 points plus.  It’s not pretty, but it’s tasty.

1 spray(s) cooking spray, garlic-flavored  (I’ve never seen garlic Pam)
1 small uncooked onion(s), chopped
1 clove(s) (medium) garlic clove(s), minced
1/2 cup(s) uncooked white rice, converted-variety recommended
1 1/2 cup(s) fat-free chicken broth
14 1/2 oz canned tomato puree, roasted-variety
15 oz canned kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 slice(s) reduced-fat cooked crisp bacon, crumbled
2 Tbsp canned chipotle sauce
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp table salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp cilantro, fresh, chopped
1 Tbsp uncooked scallion(s), chopped (green part only)

Instructions
Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic to skillet and sauté until slightly softened, about 2 to 3 minutes.

Meanwhile, place rice, broth, tomato puree, beans, bacon, chipotle sauce, oregano, salt and pepper in a 3- to 4-quart slow cooker; add sautéed vegetables. Cover and cook on low setting for 3 1/2 hours; stir in cilantro and scallion just before serving. Yields about 1 cup per serving.

*I used brown rice, sausage instead of bacon, EVOO from the Misto instead of cooking spray,  and 1/2 cup extra broth and let it cook 4 hours total.

Verdict was good, Dan liked it.  In fact, he pan grilled the cajun sausage that we had on the side for me 🙂

Breast Cancer Fund Benefit: Friday Sept 14

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Breast Cancer Fund Benefit: Friday Sept 14

Do you like Tito’s Vodka, Tiff’s Treats cookies, Magner’s cider, My Fit Foods, LUNA bars and Toastie’s? Those are just some of our AWESOME food and drink donors for the benefit tomorrow night!
If you’ve never tried food and drink from our sponsors, this is a GREAT opportunity to do so, and for FREE

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While at the party, please consider a donation to Breast Cancer Fund or bidding on fantastic items in our Silent Auction!  Breast Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization.

 

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Vacation over

Back to reality.  Actually, I was back to reality at midnight on Friday night after being in a car for 14 hours.  Remind me, I don’t like being in a car for 14 hours.

It all started with Zilker Relays on Aug 31.  Course PR for myself. And for once, I started close enough to the front of the pack and didn’t wear myself out bobbing and weaving through crowds.  102 degrees and HOT!

Saturday-San Antonio to Mobile area

Sunday-short run in Mobile area, drive to Foley to go to Lambert’s (everyone’s favorite part of trip), then down to the Florabama, and then eventually to Destin.  We had so much food leftover from lunch, we didn’t have to go out for dinner.

Monday-run.  Watched the fishing boats come in after lunch to decide who we wanted to charter with.  A little shopping and a trip to TCBY for the family.    Our hotel also had ice cream every day at 3.  Nothing I could eat, I had chocolate instead 🙂

Tuesday-gym (lots of serious builders which was interesting). rain.  Sailing cancelled.  Mini golf instead with dinner at the Boathouse.  This was a new place for me.  Total dive, but food was good.  Sister said her crabcakes there were her favorite meal of the trip.  Great views!

Wednesday-cloudy and windy beach time, then rain.  Sailing cancelled again.  Shopped WAY too much instead.  My wallet hurts.  I bought Dan a ton of stuff.  I got a new purse (which is still in the bag, I am not really a Coach girl, not sure I will keep it).  I ran 5 miles to dinner at Kenny D’s, told my parents to meet me there with a dry shirt, lol!  The food was great as usual (another place I found on Yelp last time with Dan)

Thursday-Deep sea fishing with dad during day.  The boat was AWFUL for the first hour (it was super rough) and then it poured, thank God for Dramamine.  Luckily the sun came out and the sea calmed down.  We caught a ton of white and mingo snapper (those aren’t all ours).  I felt like I ran a marathon, my legs were so tired from all of the rough sea and bouncing and my arms were tired from the heavy rod, weights, and fish!

Followed my tradition I usually have with Dan.  Last night’s dinner at the Crab Trap.  Yes, I am wearing a jumper.  Don’t eat or drink anything if you wear a jumper.  How the heck do these girls I see out wear them?  It’s a major undertaking to get that thing off and on.  Ate my weight in tuna steak.

Friday-Drive FOREVER.  Ate at Prejean’s Cajun in La (Dan and I found it a few years back),  SO good.  I got home at midnight.

Saturday-sleep.  laundry.  sleep.  Took mom to see Austin Roller Derby.  We both had a blast.  Late dinner at Zoe’s.  (mom is addicted now).  I was so beat from all of the driving on Friday and the harsh boat ride on Thursday.

Sunday-Brain Power 5K.  Big thanks to Heather and all of my friends who signed up to participate or donated.  I won my age group, 4th overall woman.  2 of the girls who beat me were less than half my age!  It was tear tag timing, which meant I should have started closer to the front, I never learn, haha!

Sunday night I made stew from Paleo Comfort Foods but added mushrooms, zucchini, and cauliflower.  It’s good, but I should have made the portions bigger, it’s not filling enough with how I packaged it for my lunches.  Dan hates stew.  More for me, lol!

Dan came home with the new jeep last night from Arizona.  I lost my garage parking spot.  Dan’s spots=2.  Melissa’s spots=0.  HUMPF!