I think I got a plan and the best microwave meal ever

I’m starting to enjoy tapering. B For example I took a6 mile run on incline 2 with no pace goal other than feeling comfortable. B It ending up being only slightly slower than my tempo run speed.

However with the lack of mileage and fear of trying anything new (I don’t want to be sore for Boston) I tried to adjust my diet accordingly. B I tried to eat like my co-workers with calories and control in mind. B I tried, but I failed.

I substitutedB my muffin + 3 cups of peanut buttered oatmeal for this:

Ignore that giant ball of cream cheese, it’s there for calcium

Lunch I tried again to be normal

Grilled Vegetables Mediterranean with Rice! B Although not nearly enough food, I have to admit this was my favorite microwave meal for under $4. B It’s under 250 calories, but that doesn’t mean much if you consume an equal amount of 250 calories bag of trail mix. B I liked how the sauce was cooked separately in that steamer thing leaving my food not that least bit soggy.

The plan for the rest of the week is

Wednesday 10 miles

Thursday 6 miles

Friday rest/cross training

Sunday easy 4

This should leave me for a total of 25 miles for the week and then the marathon!

Any suggestions for healthy lunches? B I’m bored of salads and I’m not eating to run this week. B Therefore, I will be trying to keep my apetite in check to the limited level of activity.

What mankind stole, nature took back until both learned to work together

This is what the High Line in NYC reminds me off. B I find the history and the creativity of this park one of my favorite parts of NYC or at least Manhattan. B Others, between locals and tourists agree as we all walk, sit and bask in the sun.

What is the high line? It is a 1-mile linear parkB on a 1.45-mileB section of the former elevated NYC subway tracks that ran along the lower west side.

Basically it went from this:

To this:

This is where my family and I spent a Sunday afternoon before my luxury Chinatown bus ride back to Boston.

But first Rocky and I had a walk once we both left the couch

We strolled for 1.5 miles before both our tongues were hanging from thirst.

B

We came prepared with snacks of course. B Walking 1.5 miles there and back is hard work.

We looks down upon the city

and forward

After conquering the 3 mile round trip walk, we made our way down to Chelsea Market. B I was originally set on finding Fro-Yo but got distracted by a bakery.

What started with a taste of the olive bread roll, ended with 4 more rolls including a rosemary yellow raisin fennel roll, a pumpernickel roll and a walnut oat roll. B I guess I started the carb-loading process a week early. B If you’re interested in more carb porn, I got the photo fromB this blog. B Needless to say I never found my froyo place.

A forced two week taper….

With two weeks before Boston I am in a forced taper. B Last week I managed to get 75 miles in while this week I’m at mile 26. B Working 12-13 hours a day doesn’t leave much for a 10-miler. B I’ve tried but running at 9PM on a treadmill is not worth it to me. B I’m hoping to hit 50 for the week with a final 20 milers on Saturday and then justB ellipticalling (yes, that’s a word, deal with it)B the final week before Boston. B We’ll see.

Since I couldn’t get in any post work runs, I tried to really focus on my 6-milers. B Even when I wanted to take it easy, I tried to push myself. B I have a half marathon in May and I’m eyeballing a 1:35 finish, we’ll see. B Its in Gloucester, MA and I’ve never been there and I don’t know how the elevation and route will be. Part of me is hoping for rolling hills since I really enjoy those. B I love the struggle upward and sprinting downhill. B It’sB exhilarating!

So to recap

Monday – No run didn’t get home until 11PM but I had a pretty sweat work dinner. B Yes, its easy to keep me happy, just feed me. B I guess employers figured that out.

But wait there’s more…

Tuesday I had enough of not moving from my desk for 14 hours and sneaked in a 6 miler during lunch. B Good thing I don’t care about things like doing my hair and thank god for dry shampoo.

Although this was on incline 3 and average pace of 7, I felt a little disappointed that the run didn’t feel any easier after not running Monday. B Luckily myB Wednesday run wentB smoother. B I dropped the incline to 2 and played around with intervals a bit. B The first mile I did at 7:30 pace and kept slowing down afterwards.

7.4 average pace! B I’ll take it. B I knew this week wasn’t going to be about miles so instead I tried my hardest to focus on pace without giving up the extra challenge of a mild incline. B Part of me is stubborn with inclines on treadmills so that i can enjoy running outside a lot more. B It feels easier and the added distraction of scenery makes running outside so much more enjoyable! B Treadmill runs are not there for fun, they’re there for training. B I’ve drilled that into myself.

By Thursday I really wanted to take it easy. B I was still sneaking in a lunch time running thinking it will be another late night. B I kept it on incline 3 and although it wasn’t as strong as Tuesday and I had more walk breaks then I walked to, I pushed myself on the running part. B I guess it was a more mild interval run vs a more steady tempo run on Tuesday but the end result was only off by 9 seconds.

I also decided I was going to be a bear and graze on berries after my regular 3 cups of Oatmeal breakfast. B I think I reached a new max of how many berries I can fit in these little containers. Plus they had all my favorites this morning. B SeriouslyB employers, the way to your employee’s heart is really through their stomachs.

I followed the same for lunch by maxing out a larger container.

Mnn falafal!! B There’s grilled chicken in there as well, but I put it underneath and usually save it for Tony. B I’m such a nice girlfriend. B I make sure he’s fed, even if I can’t cook.

I got surprised today when my team finished up our busy things at work and I was able to leave work before sunset! B So of course I used this opportunity to log some extra post work miles. B 8 miles to be exact for a total of 26 for the week. B If I can manage to get in 4 tomorrow before my flight to NY, all I’ll have left is the 20 miler. I didn’t really have a purpose in this run other than just to get it done before 7pm so I can go home and eat dinner, blog, pack and clean.

Due to a few too many magazine promotions I find myself subscribed to more than I can read. B One of these is Time magazine. B Since I finally finished readingB Girl Who Played with Fire, I dragged it with me on the train this morning where I found this little gem of an article:

While my teeth might disagree, I always have made theB argumentB that my chocolateB addictionB is aB perfectlyB acceptable healthy diet.

This weekend I’m going to Brooklyn to visit my parents and grandmother, maybe see some high school friends, celebrate my Dad’s birthday and pretend to be Jewish for Passover. B Can’t wait to see these crazy not-kids 😉

No, I have no idea what my mom is wearing. B I stopped trying to figure out her outfits a while ago.

I do get to play with this guy!

That Rocky, my parent’s dog/kids replacer.

Of course he can’t replace my boy Jack but he sure shows his affection better.

Yes, leave it to a cat to give you a dirty look for when you try to brush your teeth in the morning.

Any good plans this weekend?

Any good taper week tips?

Weekend Recap – or just Saturday since Sunday I just ran, a lot

YouB guessedB it, aside from myB Long Run on Sunday, I went to go see the Hunger Games on Saturday. B The theatre near my house has this awesome directors’ hall where for 2-3 extra bucks you get to select your seat in advance. B No only that, the seats are those fancy recliner chairs. B Almost as good as being in your own house!

No need to show up early, or stand in the ticket line, no teenagers and college drunks to battle for a seat. B There are some perks to not living in downtown Boston anymore!B In the movie theater they also have this swanky bar which we didn’t stop since we got to theB theaterB at 9:20 and the movie time was 9:15 (I start to skip half the previews). B I have to confess, when they showed the preview for theB TitanicB I teared, especially at the part where the ship is sinking and they show that old couple cuddling (just writing this makes my tear ducts wake up). B I asked Tony if he would see it with me, he said “Absolutely not.”

Overall, I think I enjoyed the Hunger Games but it’s hard to tell since movies never compare much to how awesome books are. B I also wasn’t a fan of how the movie replicated some themes and direction fromB Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, particularly the white suited peace keepers… B Not every futuristic movie needs to look like it was directed in Epcot in the 60s/70s.

Regardless, I’m still team Gail; Peeta is just too emo for my taste =)

Before the movies, I decided it was a good idea to eat my own weight in Indian Buffet. B Well Tony convinced me we should get Indian and that the buffet is moreB economicalB then me ordering a regular portion and just having leftovers.

And yes since it was buffet, I went up THREE times. B Luckily, the other two plates were vegetarian only so I didn’t feel completely like I was going to implode for too long. B I’m actually slightlyB surprisedB I didn’t pay a price on my 27 miler on Sunday. B Maybe my stomach is growing stronger just my legs are.

On Saturday before I stuff myself silly with curry; I kept busy. B In the morning I stopped by theB Multisport World Conference & ExpoB that was happening in Cambridge. B Overall, I was a bit boredB by the expo and ended up not even attending any of the seminars. B I haven’t reached the Triathlon phase ofB exerciseB addiction yet and everything there was too geared towards triathlon vs. just running. B I was really hoping to see some cute running tanks and skirts. B Instead I was met with wet-suits that I have no desire to wear, try, or buy unless I’m scuba-diving; in which case I rather rent and not deal with having to carry it on international flights. B The hoards of hippie 10 year olds with their Cambridge parents didn’t help my headache mood.

On the bright side since I was one of the first 1,000 registrants I walked out with a swag bag. B Aside from a crap-load of wasted trees in advertisements ofB triathlonsB hours and miles away (no I am not traveling to Montana from Boston to do a triathlon). I did walk out with some good things. B The main being some samples fromB Hammer NutritionB which includes a gel and a powder mix. B I’m excited to try them out after hearing some good things about them on myB Marathon Training Academy Podcast. B I also made it out with as many Vita Coconut Water Cartons as my paper bag can carry. B Hey those babies cost $2.50 a pop here at the store and we’re in a recession you know; B so I take what I can get for free ;). B I too, wanna be cool andB electrolytedB like the stars.

Dear companies; please give me free stuff; in return I will pose happily with your product. XoXo Liana.

On Saturday I also finished reading Girl Who Played with Fire. B

I made a 2012 resolution that I would read one book a month. B Audio books and magazines don’t count. B Since Saturday was March 31st, I pretty much had to meet that goal . B While reading it, I might have eaten half a bag of honey pretzels. B They say TV makes you eat mindlessly, those people clearly haven’t gotten engrossed in a book lately.

Similar, to Girl with Dragon Tattoo, not much happens in the book until the last 200 pages (out of 600+) and although I don’t think I enjoyed it as much as the first one in the trilogy, I would still recommend reading it. B It’s perfect for loud crowded train rides to help you drown out the masses in a different role. B I’m also enjoy the subtle or not so subtle gender issue theme presented in the book series. B I am now on a search for Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest.B I’ll pay the man who sells random books on steps of Cambridge City Hall a visit one Sunday. B That’s where I found this book, so hopefully he’ll have the third book in his piles as well.

Have you read anything fun lately? B Have you read any of the books int he Girl with Dragon Tattoo series? B I’m slightly excited for the second movie. B I just googled images and I can’t wait!

 

Growing up ain’t easy…

When I was 16, I thought picking a college was the most complicated thing in the world.

When I was 20 I thought picking my first college job & finding an apartment was the most complicated thing in the world.

When I was 23, I thought quitting my job for a new job in a city I didn’t know I want to keep living in was complicated.

I’m 25 now and have reached a new definition of complication. B No, I’m not getting married, I’m not having a kid. B This is potentially a far greater commitment. B Buying a house.

Its terrifying! B It means giving up that dream of quitting my job to still go backpacking through South America, and Asia before its too late. B It means making my final implant into living in Boston, into living with Tony…

It means a lot more but mostly it means planting my feet further into adulthood. Am I ready for that? B Do I want to be? B I’ve always grown up fast. B Graduated high school at 16 and move out of my parents house, city and state to Boston. B Finished college at an age before I can legal hold a glass of champagne. B Those came more of necessity then want, but its just how things happened. B Now I’m in a position where I have to decide do I want this? B Am I ready to go into debt? B Am I ready to live in a house that is much more space then I need now nor intend to need in the next few years? B Do I want to beB committedB to something that will need constant fixing?

I love the house. B Correction I love the inside, but its an old Victorian from like 1890. B While the detail of it is beautiful; it was not maintained in the greatest way. B This house will require a lot of love, and by love I mean time and commitment. B Am I ready for a relationship with a house? B Am I ready to deal with a mortgage, real estate taxes, sewer fees, paint and all that fun that comes with a house.

Suddenly paying a condo fee in a cityB high-riseB doesn’t seem so bad.

Sorry for the off topic post but I had some things floating in my head I wanted to get out. B 10K results to follow!