It’s Monday so we all need some motivation to get through the day. I had a bad feeling that after going 10 miles yesterday I would wake up in an extreme amount of pain. I even told myself that I would not be training today. Well people I am here to tell you a little motivation goes a long way! Yes I was in pain yesterday, and I was actually light headed, a good friend reminded me I need to eat or energize during a long run like that. I managed to recover well…I ate, showered and napped. I felt better as the night went on then, went to bed with my favorite friend Advil!
I woke up feeling pretty good but wasn’t sure if I was going to train. I packed my stuff just in case the mood struck me…as 5PM came I was like hey why not. Let’s give it a shot and see how you feel. If it doesn’t happen you can do just 1 mile or even 2, that’s better than nothing. I instead finished all 3 as the training plan called for and somehow I was ok time was too. I gave the quote below a lot of thought because getting off the couch, chair, whatever really is the first step. And all I continue to tell myself is not matter how long it takes, just finish!
What have you started lately that you knew you HAD to finish!
The week is starting off a bit slow. I somehow managed to turn off my alarm instead of hitting snooze, so I woke up late. The small saving grace is the rest of the world has off for President’s Day so my commute in to work was fairly simple because YAY no traffic. Somehow this weekend I couldn’t manage to get back on track with making healthier choices. I opted a lot of times for convenience, which we all know is so often not the healthy option. So today I am starting again, I think it’s pretty safe to say that when you struggle with making healthy choices each meal is a decision point. You need to decide how you want to feel after you eat…I think that’s what I need to remember and focus on. When I make a healthy choice I feel happy and content with my meal. When I make an unhealthy choice a lot of times I feel sick (because I overate) or sluggish (because the food wasn’t really fuel) or just annoyed (because I allowed myself to eat something I knew wasn’t healthy). I try to balance it all out with the exercise and this weekend someone made a good point. I will always need to exercise. And yes I know that’s true, and I am glad I have found ways to really enjoy it. Even if at times it’s hard to schedule it, I am making time for it. I have a few very supportive people in my life that have really made it easier and I am thankful for my cheering squad. So I leave you with today’s motivational quote:
So no real focus of today’s post just a bit of wacky things I have been thinking about. First off the weather….yesterday and Sunday I ran outside because it was nearly 50 degrees…today we get the dreaded wintery mix! Living in the DC area is always so weird for weather. One day it’s 30 (with wind chills in the teens) next day it’s 50. I guess it’s better than living where it’s always cold in the winter since I truly am NOT a winter person. I love warm sunshine.
In yesterday’s run (and I think it started Sunday) my toe on my right foot next to my big toe (is that your pointer toe?) has decided not to cooperate. It just plain hurts. I think I may have the dreaded black toe nail forming that is common for many runners….WooHoo. I am trying to remember this mantra: Pain is weakness leaving the body!
I need to run today (again) and I am thinking about doing Zumba. I know I sound crazy, but it’s Zumba toning so it’s a strength workout of sorts too, not just cardio workout. I keep telling myself it will all be worth it and I will continue to see differences.
Finally tomorrow is Valentine’s Day…the made up holiday by Hallmark. I really try not to get caught up in the hype of it all. I actually have someone to celebrate with this year, and we are choosing the easy, comfortable route of making dinner at home together. Of course as I hear about all the “people” making plans part of me wants to be that kind of person. The kind that gets dressed up, goes out all fancy and is part of the hype, but at the end of the day I know none of that will really make me happy. I will be cranky with the crowds, cold because it’s winter, and the food rarely is as good as you hoped…oh and I hate getting dressed up when it’s cold outside. So I am excited about my plans for tomorrow and I know the boy and I will have a nice evening at home, but yet the draw for the unknown is there too. So I choose to be happy, I choose to be excited and I choose to smile!
Folks yesterday was HARD!!! I did 8 miles, alone. I don’t love running alone, I don’t love running when it’s cold, I really don’t love running on neighborhood streets and yesterday I did all of it. The original plan was to run Saturday with my friend (who is also doing the half marathon with me) but the weather in the DC area did not cooperate. It was cold, it was windy and it was brutal to be outside for 10 minutes let alone 2 hours (yes I am that slow)! So now running happened…instead I had to do it yesterday afternoon.
As usual mile 1 is always hard for me, and several times I thought about giving up and turning around. But somehow I just kept going. I continued to say my running mantra “Go at your Happy Pace” and if that’s walking sometimes up a hill that that’s ok. And yesterday there was a lot of walking, way more than usual. I wasn’t feeling great overall when I started, and knew 8 miles wasn’t going to be easy. I did remind myself to run down every hill at full speed to take advantage. I was doing ok for a long time. Then of course I hit the wall. It was 4PM, it started to get colder and windy. I had to use the bathroom, my lips were getting chapped, and my nose was running. Overall I felt miserable. I was smart enough not to run in a circle this time, as I usually do at the park. So I had no choice really but to finish the 8 miles because that’s what would get me back to home. Around mile 7 I kept saying you are almost done. When I finished mile 8 I was very happy for it to be over, but I was cold, and my muscles were not happy with me.
I spent the rest of the evening in “recovery mode”. I drank some Gatorade, ate protein, and of course complained to anyone that would listen. Then I dusted myself off, thought about the enormity of 8 miles and knew just 6 weeks ago that 8 miles would have seemed impossible, but now it was done. Yes it took me just over 2 hours, yes it hurt, yes I have to go 5 more on race day. But you know what I DID IT!! and I will keep training because there is one thing I will not do, I will not quit!
As you know I love trying new recipes and usually I am pretty successful, last night I was not!! Shocker I know but hey we all have bad days. I sat all day smelling the amazing chicken cooking in the crockpot with the buffalo sauce and just couldn’t wait to have some. I was planning ahead for a Super Bowl party and decided to make the buffalo chicken taquitos on my day working from home.
Friday was ridiculously productive! Got up early and went to Wegman’s before all the crazy people got there, I was in and out in 20 minutes. I even stopped off for gas before heading home. Then I made some breakfast and waited. What was I waiting for? The Howard county inspector to come and ok my newly installed heater/AC unit. Thankfully he was there by 10:05! He was literally there 5 minutes and then he was gone. Thankfully I have an awesome boss so I was able to work from home the whole day. So as I was being productive work wise I was also productive house wise. I did 4 loads of laundry and sat and smelled the yummy buffalo. I even managed a workout video after working all day.
So back to the taquitos…in the crockpot went 1lb chicken, half bottle of Frank’s buffalo sauce, ranch dressing packet and a small amount of chicken broth to coat the chicken. I love this so much because you can even use frozen chicken (which I did). After about 8 hours it was time to shred the chicken. Just as predicted it was delish! I knew it would be the perfect start to my taquitos.
So fast forward a few hours and I decided to make them for dinner and for the party. I of course had to eat the buffalo chicken that day, the whole house smelled like it!
So I got started…first up warm the tortillas, then fill with chicken and cheese. Sounds amazing right? How can you go wrong? I am not really sure, except maybe I over cooked or should have used flour instead of corn tortillas. I made 14 taquitos, which was almost the entire pot of chicken. In the oven they went for 25 minutes, after spraying with cooking spray.
They smelled tasty, they looked yummy, they tasted like crap. Ok maybe not crap since I have never eaten that, but they were NOT GOOD!
I tried one and thought it was a fluke, so I tried 3 more each time hoping for a better result and each time disappointed. I think for sure they cooked too long because the shells were too hard to bite into…the inside chicken mixture still tasted amazing though. I am a bit sad because I feel like I wasted a pound of chicken and I am disappointed because now I need to go back to the drawing board. I guess you can’t trust everything you find on the Internet 🙂