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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.

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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.

Why I Love Running

Running got me to start this blog and today marks my one two three four five six seven months of blogging!!!

I am enjoying it so far. I am having fun sharing my everyday journey to the world and reading all your comments and emails. 🙂 It gives me so much happiness when I meet people who loves the sport too.

I am asked what is it about running that I love so much. I am never really able to give an answer right away.

I just do.

I run for my sanity.

I find inner peace in running. You can talk to yourself and figure out your thoughts. It is when I do some of my best thinking…. really! Sometimes I would find myself narrating in my mind the process of Glycolysis and Krebs Cycle when I’m running. 🙂 Seriously!

I remember the day that hooked me to running. I know I talked about it a little in my About me page the reason why I started. It was because I was packing it on…the pounds that is. I started to feel the urge to become active and healthy. I signed up for 5Ks and eventually for a half marathon last May. The pounds started to drop off slowly, and then I started feeling good about myself. I feel lighter, healthier and more alert everyday. Once I realized running was my ticket to weight loss, and then maintaining it, there was no turning back. My passion for running grew so quickly that I continued to train to improve myself.

My first Half Marathon – May 2012

I know I lost only a small amount of weight and you might think this is just nothing compared to other people’s 100+ pound weight loss success stories. But like most of them, losing weight was never easy for me. I certainly had ups and downs too during the process. This may not please everyone, but I am not here to please everyone. At first it was just about losing the extra weight, which is a good thing, but then NOW, it is actually becoming strong and healthy. I am sharing this to give you the motivation that anyone can start doing this. You don’t have to wait until the scale says a certain number and become overweight before you start living healthy. Yes, I have a lot more to learn, I do admit. I strive to learn as much as I possibly can each day.

Running introduced me to do other workouts, like kickboxing and pilates which became my favorite now. I learned that it is important to incorporate other exercises to your training plans to workout other muscle groups of your body.

Lastly, running makes me feel good.There is not a run that I “regret” doing. It’s not always easy and it’s not always enjoyable especially when it’s 100+ degrees outside. But, I have never returned home from a run sad.

I love this running quote.
source

If you have ever thought about running, I encourage you to give it a try. What you can accomplish may surprise you. 🙂

There you go, now it’s your turn! I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you love most about running?

#2 Meatless Monday

* For breakfast:

  • Old fashioned oats (oatmeal)
  • Top with oats and almonds
  • Fresh blueberries
  • Half banana
  • Dash of cinnamon powder
  • Chia seeds
  • Splash of almond milk

Oops, I had to use Tupperware. All our bowls and plates were in the dishwasher. :p

* For lunch:

  • Romaine lettuce
  • Sweet red apples
  • Cranberries
  • Roasted pecans
  • Italian dressing

* For dinner: my version of Spicy Thai Noodles

  • 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
  • 1/8 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • whole grain thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta (your choice of any pasta)
  • green peppers, chopped
  • green onions, chopped
  • pine nuts, chopped
  • sesame seeds
  • cilantro, chopped (I used dried cilantro but fresh cilantro is better! 🙂 )

Directions:
1.) Combine 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper, 1/8 cup of sesame oil and, 1/4 cup of olive oil. Cook over medium heat for 2-3 minutes.

Adjust your red peppers according to your taste. 2 tablespoons of red peppers will be really spicy (my husband and I like it spicy!). So, if you’re not tough enough, you can use 1 tablespoon or less. Your choice too if you want to omit olive oil and use pure sesame oil instead.

2.) After heating, strain out peppers reserving oil.

3.) Add 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and 3 tablespoons of maple syrup to the reserved oil

4.) Boil your pasta according to package directions. I only used half of the 13.5 oz. package of pasta (serves 2 adults with a little left over for my lunch the next day 🙂 ). We used Barilla whole grain thin spaghetti.

I found this idea on Pinterest that if you place a wooden spoon over a pot of boiling water, it prevents water from boiling over. It worked for me! 🙂

5.) While pasta is cooking, stir fry chopped green peppers, green onions, pine nuts, sesame seeds and cilantro in a pan until the pine nuts and sesame seeds are toasted.

5.) After pasta has cooked, drain the pasta and put it in a large dish or bowl. Pour oil mixture on noodles, toss until noodles are well coated.

Do not drain the excess oil mixture. Noodles will be served on a separate plate, anyway.

6.) Serve noodles in a separate plate and sprinkle with the chopped ingredients on top.

I ate it with my left over salad (from lunch) on the side.
Yes, that’s our snowflake plate. It’s August and I miss snowboarding season already. :p

If you try this recipe, let me know what you think. You can add chicken or shrimp (like how they serve in Thai Restaurants) but for the sake of Meatless Mondays, I had to pass on those. Maybe next time. 🙂