Meal Plan

December 13, 2008

I’m still working on whitting down my pantry, so I didn’t have much to buy at the store this week.  I spend 31 pounds and about 5 of that was on shampoo/conditioner, hand soap, and toothbrushes.  All of my household items were buy one get one free!  I have to buy household items like that on sale.

This week for lunch I’m having homemade black bean burgers and Jed’s having pasta and tomato sauce.  I’m experimenting with a couple of blackbean burger recipies.  If I find a winner, I’ll post it at the end of next week!


Salad with blackbean burger (try number one, they didn’t hold up for freezing/refridgerating)


Roasted potaoes, hearty salad with chickpeas


Mexican!  Beans and rice in tortillas


Baked tofu and steamed veggies


Stirfry with veggies, ginger, and soba noodles


Falafel and salad


Pizza party!


Finally, A RUN!

December 13, 2008

What a great run!  I went for 6 miles along the river in the rain.  During the first half of my run I saw a Boat Race where I think the “fancy dress” theme was Christmas. One boat had Santa as the cox and the reindeer as the rowers. Another boat had a Nativity scene with wiseman and the Angel Gabriel.  It looked like the rowers were having a good time.

I didn’t time my run, but it felt fast and I was able to push myself.  I didn’t have any pain in my knee but I think that was because I had about 3 days off from running.  I’m icing it now.  You know, for prevention.  🙂

My plans for the evening include stove top popcorn and the movie Fried Green Tomatoes.

No run

December 10, 2008

I planned on going to the gym after work and doing a cardio medley of 20 min stairmaster, 5k run, and 20 min elliptical.  But, my sweet husband called around 4:00 and asked if he could pick me up from my office and take me to dinner!  So, I went.  At first I had a bit of an attitude, b/c I wanted to get in my gym time.  But, Jeddie wanted to relax and enjoy the end of term, so we went out to dinner. I’ll hit the gym tomorrow night.  (I have to be in London too early to go to running first thing).

What do you guys do when your plans to work out don’t work?  I try not to get upset, but also remind myself that it really is better to exercise in the morning.  No dinner dates then, :).

Don’t forget to get your flu jab!


Night Running

December 9, 2008

I ran 7.5 miles after work tonight. My legs felt a bit tight during the run, I wasn’t happy with the songs that were on my ipod, and totally could not concentrate on the run. However, a bad run is a 1,000 times better than no run.

Half Marathons

December 8, 2008

I’d like to do a half marathon race as part of my training for Stockholm.  Ideals for the race include:

  • Located in England, in a city that I’ve not visited
  • Good size
  • March or April race
  • Good scenery

Here are the top 3 choices:

Reading Half

I don’t really want to visit Reading.  This does look like a large and well organized race.

Bath Half, Sunday 15 March

This could actually be a pretty good choice.  I’ve never been to Bath, but I’ve wanted to go since I first came to England.  I could see the Jane Austen house on Saturday, soak in the Georgian Archetictue while running, and visit the Baths for post race relaxation.  It would also be simple to drive to Bath on Saturday morning, stay one night, and then come home Sunday afternoon.

Silverstone Half, Sunday 15 March

Not likely.  This Half takes place in Liverpool.  Jeddie’s already been to Liverpool and I don’t have any interest in visiting.  (I did just start playing Hey June on YouTube).  Plus, Silverstone is a historic motor racing circuit and I don’t have any interest in motor sports.

Everyone’s out on the river

December 7, 2008

I ran for 6 miles along the river today. It took me about 55 min for a 9:10 pace. I’d like to be able to run that same route at an 8:30 pace. That means getting to my turn around point at 25:30 min into the run. My goal is to make that goal time by the time that I go back to the States in early January. Goals. I love goals.

The river was full of people today–rowers, kayakers, cyclists, runners, walkers, families, couples, dogs. Lots of dogs. One family walked 5 BIG dogs and a 3 year old girl dressed in a really cute pink snow suit.

My husband left for Bristol this afternoon and he comes home tomorrow. I didn’t have anything scheduled for this evening so I watched Sweet Home Alabama. It was my first time watching the movie and I loved it! It was so sweet and reminded me of growing up in the South. The line that Melanie says, “You need a passport to visit this place” is so true. I grew up in the South, spent my college years and early 20’s in New England, and now live in England. In general, personality wise people from England and New England are more similar than Southerners and New Englanders. I guess the English and Southerners both like to drink tea. It’s just that one tea is suited for gray rainy weather inside the house by the fire and the other is suited for hot summer days in a rocking chair on the front porch.

Sunset Run

December 6, 2008


photo by fendlandsnapper

Today I ran 8.5 miles from along the river. The weather was perfect and I saw a beautiful sunset on my way home. When I stopped to turn around and stretch I saw a small brush fire in a field. The fire was the same bright orange color of the sunset and it was wonderful to see the fire from the field blending in with the most brilliant fire of all, the fire from the sun. The sunset looked really similar to this one that I found on Flickr.

I also saw my favorite runner. I see this man running all the time! He’s probably in his mid 60’s and he runs at a really good clip. The reason that I notice him more that other runner is that he dresses in running shorts, button down shirt, tie, scarf, hand knit hat, black running shoes, and tall white socks. Just like this:


Seriously, I want to be able to run 8 miles like he does when I’m in my mid 60’s.

Actually, what I really want to do is to run marathons when I’m 81 years old. Just like Joy Johnson. When she turned 80, her marathon time crept to 7 hrs and she knew that she wanted to be faster. She said that she, “made myself work a little harder.” That’s what I want to be doing now and when I’m 81–working a little harder.