Monthly Archives: August 2012

A Good Read.

I stumbled upon this great post and sharing this to every runner out there! This is perfectly written and echoes my sentiments exactly. Sometimes, all we need is a little inspiration to keep rolling.

Thank you Amanda @Miles Gone By for posting this.

Weekend Recap

My aunt and uncle from Indiana invited me and my husband to come over to their place to spend the weekend with them. They told us about their plan of running 16 miles on Saturday with their running buddies and invited us to run with them. I am not ready to run that far (yet). I told them that I would be more than happy to join and run some of it with them.

As I was lying in bed about to sleep, I began to contemplate about running with them (gasp!). I know how fast they run. They were saying they’re just going to be slow, but their version of “easy” pace, 8:00 – 9:00 min/mile is “holy-crap-that-is-fast” pace for me. I’m not going to lie, I was tempted to bail, but then, I realized this would be a perfect (crazy-hard) challenge for me, since I usually run by myself.

So, the morning of  Saturday, we met up with their running friends at 6:30 a.m at the trail.

I’m glad I didn’t bail. You never regret a run, right?! …especially a run with a group of nice people who share same interest.

My morning run definitely reminded me again why I love trail running.

We allowed ourselves to stop and look around, appreciate the beauty of the natural world. I found myself thankful whenever we do that. That means I could take a break. Lol! 🙂

The trail has steep hills which makes it more fun, not really a bad thing. 🙂

It’s more interesting than running on roads. I feel so engaged and aware on the trails without knowing how far we’ve already run.

I ran 7 miles with them while they continued to run and finished their 16 ++ miles. I wish I could have kept up with them, but I know my limits. I think 7 miles at what they call “easy” pace was about all I could handle. I was really happy to be done. 🙂

It was nice to run with a group and there’s no way I would have pushed myself like I did without them.

Thank you, Uncle Russ and Auntie Beni, for inviting us!

Sunday was a lot of fun! After church, we did a lot of crazy shopping and eating. My cousin baked cake for dessert. Oh, I love desserts and since I ran 7 miles, I ate that slice of cake with pride. Haha!

Hope you had a great weekend too!

XOXO.

MUD RUN !!!

With all the hype going around, I finally gave in. I finally found the inner will and guts to sign up for my first obstacle race ….in the mud.

I am not gonna lie, the idea of a mud race scares me. But…never say never, right? 🙂

I am doing the race with my husband. We thought we’d try something different this time for a change. I’ve never done this before, so honestly, I don’t know what to expect. So, I began researching about these types of races online. I’m glad that majority of the people who have done it say it’s doable and fun.

I added a Mud-stash race countdown widget at the left side of my blog page and it says 15 days to go as of today (Aug 24). Yikes! I am both nervous and excited.

I’ll keep you guys updated. Wish me luck (I definitely could use it)!  🙂

To all hardcore mudathletes out there, do you have any tips or advice for us newbies? 🙂

How do we prepare for it? What type of training do we need to do for mudruns? What should we wear?

Do we have to be totally nuts and goofy to enjoy it? 🙂

#4 Meatless Monday

Today’s Meatless Monday dish is a simple recipe. I used vegetables that my husband and I would like to eat. You can use this as your template for whatever veggies you have in the fridge.

Grilled Veggie Pasta

Ingredients:

  • 1 small zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1 red pepper, stemmed, seeded and quartered
  • half onion, cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
  • 1/2 lb of asparagus
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 package corkscrew pasta – I used vegetable pasta made from tomato solids and dried spinach
  • 1 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 black pepper

Directions:

1.) Lightly brush vegetables with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.

2.) Place the vegetables on a stove grill. Cook on low-medium heat until vegetables are tender.

3.) While vegetables are cooking, cook pasta according to package directions.

4.) Once vegetables are cooked, remove them from the grill and allow to cool slightly. Cut the vegetables into 1/2 inch pieces.

5.) Toss vegetables with pasta in a large bowl, add the remaining oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper; toss together.

Dinner is served. 🙂 YUM!

This is a perfect meal every time.

And I’m are so addicted to coconut water/juice. So refreshing

Goodnight!

My Kind of Sunday

Sunday is rest day. It means no working out. It’s church day, relax day, and time-for-some-vietnamese-food day! Yay!

My husband and I love all sorts of different cuisines! We are adventurous when it comes to food. 🙂 Vietnamese is one of our favorites. For me, it’s the freshest and healthiest of all the Asian cuisines.

Here’s what we had today at our favorite little hole-in-the-wall Vietnamese restaurant.

For lunch:

Fried Spring Rolls… yum!!!

I had spicy beef and meatball Pho (soup). My favorite!

The portion was huge. I couldn’t finish it and had to take the rest home.

My husband had Beef Vermicelli bowl.

Then, we took home Banh mi sandwiches for our dinner tonight.

Do you love Vietnamese food too? What’s your absolute favorite cuisine?I 🙂

How did you spend your weekend?

Hope you had a wonderful one!

Trail Running is Love.

I always look forward to trail running every Saturday. But before heading to the trails, my husband and I stopped by first at our local Farmer’s Market to get some fresh fruits and veggies. Yay, I’m ready again for another Meatless Monday! Stay tuned.

And, here I go, ready to hit the trails.

I ran 7 miles this morning. I actually didn’t feel like I went that far because my mind wandered at the beautiful scenery. I love how the scenery changes from mile to mile. I appreciate all variations of running under shaded trees, to open fields, to views of rivers and streams. Air is definitely cleaner and so refreshing. Unlike when running on the roads, I sometimes cough when I smell fumes from passing cars. What could be more relaxing than being enveloped in trees and nature? There’s a connection to the earth that you just can’t get on the roads.

Plus the ground is softer (than roads) which is a lot easier on the joints.

It’s a chance for me to enjoy nature.

I encourage everyone to run the trails once in a while. Get closer to nature. It’s really good for the soul. 🙂

I Ran in the Rain Today!

Yep, I ran 3 miles in the rain today. When I woke up this morning, I heard rain. I peeped through our window and it was foggy, wet and rainy. I didn’t think twice. I changed into my running outfit, wore my cap, went out and did my (scheduled) run today… in the rain 🙂

It was trash day today. I had to hurdle on some trash bins along the way.

Who knows, maybe someday I’ll have to run a race in the rain. I just kept thinking, “this is way better than snow!” – which I have yet to experience. Yikes!

I love this running quote. So true.
(source: http://fitbie.msn.com/)

I had this picture as my iPad cover photo. So that every time my iPad alarm goes off in the morning, I would see it. This photo is my motivation to get up and get moving. 🙂

My iPad’s cover photo.

My run today was really exciting! It wasn’t raining too hard, just enough to keep me cool. I loved every minute of it! I love the feeling of the cool mist on my face. It was so refreshing. It made me feel like a kid splashing through the puddles. My shoes were soaked. It was definitely a new experience for me, since I never ran, danced or played in the rain before. My husband would sometimes joke about how fun-deprived I was growing up. Lol! But seriously, running in the rain today felt good. 🙂

I didn’t take any pictures during my run. I didn’t bring my camera because it is not waterproof. I am not sure about my watch though.

Are Garmin Forerunner watches waterproof?

For my post-running meal/breakfast, I had overnight oats topped with fresh cherries, cinnamon powder and sliced almonds. Yum! 🙂

How about you? Do you like running in the rain? Feel free to share your experiences below. 🙂