Five Things Friday

Good Friday Morning to you! I hope you have had a fabulous week and have something even more fabulous planned for the weekend! Since today is Friday (Wohoo!) let’s jump into Five Things Friday.

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First How to Make Your Monday Night Fabulous…

Mondays tend to not be everyone’s favorite day, especially rainy Mondays. Luckily, I have a wonderful way for you to make your Monday night rock. Ready?

Invite over a friend who has the most incredible fashion sense to come over, rip your closet to pieces, and re-assemble it as utterly chic complete outfits you never would have put together for yourself in a million years!

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My incredible friend Laura, from The Clarity of Clothing did exactly that this past Monday. Guys can we talk about how excited I am in particular about the two outfits she pulled together in the above picture??? I have always loved the individual pieces in both outfits, but never pulled them together the way Laura was able to. There is no way in 1,394,940 years I would have thought to pair the pink skirt with the blue top and you can be darn sure I never would have added the leopard belt, but when I tired it on, well… I’m in love!

Be sure to head over the The Clarity of Clothing for more of Laura’s style!

Second, Double the…Fun?

Flashback to 2011…..

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My brother and sister’s high school graduation. These two lil ones are graduating college…. next weekend! I feel like I am supposed to say how weird it is that they are all grown up, having secured real world jobs and getting ready to go on out on their own, but honestly, it doesn’t seem that weird.

My only fear with their “growing up” is the change that may come to our family holidays and vacations. I am excited for their change, and only afraid of the change it means for me.

Congratulations Eric and Mere!

Third, The Countdown is Officially On!

Four weeks from tomorrow, Eric and I will be jetting off to Peru and then immediately into the Amazon before heading to Machu Picchu and the Sacred Valley!

Gahhhh I am officially getting excited as opposed to simply overwhelmed. When I think what I am am the most excited for, it is to visit a place an a culture neither I nor anyone I am close with has visited before. This is probably the first time in my life I am truly outside of my comfort zone.  I am very independent and handle change well so studying abroad by myself, and moving to a new state be myself after college didn’t bother me. The difference this time is that I feel the burden of responsibility for all aspects of the trip, whether they go well or poorly.

Fourth, Links I loved

Next 6 Unexpected Ways to ​Make Your Grocery Work for You

How To Handle A Rainy Race Situation

Amateur Gourmet Shocks Fans with an Announcement

Finally, The Week In Fitness

Friday: 6 miles untimed, easy effort

Thursday: 7 miles untimed, medium effort

Wednesday: 3 miles, arms

I wanted to make up the miles my lazy booty couldn’t pull off Tuesday morning.

Tuesday: 5 miles 1 @ 8:19, 6 sets of 3 minutes @ 7:18, 2 minutes @ 8:19, total body strength

Monday: Off

Sunday: 7 miles @ 7:38 average pace, abs

Saturday: 5 miles @7:49 average pace – total body strength – 5 miles easy

Do you often find yourself outside of your comfort zone?

Do you have any ridiculously stylish friends?

Cheesy Cauliflower Bread

Please excuse the repurposed intro to this post, but when I originally shared it in Five Things Friday, well, I couldn’t have put it any better :)

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post a picture of my new obsession, Cauliflower Cheesy Bread. Before you roll your eyes saying, “Really, anther blogosphere cauliflower recipe…”   I beg you to allow me to make my case. I have seen recipes floating around for years now, but was never to tempted by them.  I tend to not be a big fan of “substitute” foods. Yes, I looooveeee my spiralizer, but when I make zucchini noodles, it’s because I love zucchini noodles, not because they take the place of pasta!

If there is one ingredient that has been maxed out on the food substitute scale, it’s cauliflower. That being said, when I saw it on sale at TJs for $2.29, I thought why not!Using this recipe as my starting base,  I got to work, creating my own version.

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Holy cow yall, I have made this recipe five times in the past 2 weeks. I am pretty sure that is a record for most recipe repeats in a two week span! I admit the word, “Bread” is not entirely accurate. I debated using the word, “loaf,” but that did not capture the spirit either. Do not anticipate the density of a true bread, the presence of the egg keeps the dish nicely light and airy.  I equate “Bread” in this dish to the term “noodle” in a spiralized veggie dish. The use of the veggie in lieu of wheat keeps it spright and fresh tasting, allowing the ingredients to shine (which when you are using cheese is a simply fabulous thing). The use of a veggie also keeps it simple. No kneading, no rising, no exact measurements, just grate, mix and bake!

What doesn’t change is the most important element…… it tastes simply fabulous, enjoy!

 

Cheesy Cauliflower Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 large head of cauliflower (400g when shredded)
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/2 c  shredded mozzarella, divided

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400. Using a cheese grater, grate the cauliflower.

Combine grated cauliflower, egg whites, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and 1/4 c of cheese. Mix well.

To form the loaf either:

  • A) Spread mixture onto a parchment paper lined baking sheet, flattening into a thin layer
  • B) For shape, spread mixture into two parchment paper lined loaf pans

Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and flip. If you chose option B, when you flip your loaf, you can now bake it on a baking sheet. It should have already formed it’s shape.  Bake an additional 10 minutes.

Remove from oven, and pre-heat broiler. Sprinkle loaf with remaining 1/4 c cheese.

Broil 30-45 seconds or until cheese is browned and bubbling. Cut and enjoy!

Do you often make cauliflower? What do you like to make?

Happy Marathon Monday!

Happy Marathon Monday! Raise your hand if you are going to be distracted at work/school this morning because you will be rooting so hard for Shalane to take to win? I have had a blast following the Boston excitement all weekend – thank you social media! Boston aside, how was your weekend? I hope you had fabulous weather!

The weekend turned out to be quite different than I anticipated, but it was absolutely wonderful all the same.

My planned girls trip never happened. Some friends and I had planned to attend make the drive to Charlotte after work on Friday to attend the JCrew warehouse sample sale that had rolled into town. Another friend clued me in on it. I have never attended one but was planned to wait in line for a few hours and throw some punches if need be (kidding… sort of :)) to get my hands on the crazy cheap goods.

But it wasn’t meant to be. Our plans changed last minute and instead, Saturday morning, I headed out for my first taste of Summer (boy was it  steamy for 7am!) and my first run since the Rock n Roll half last weekend. I wish I could say it felt amazing to be running again and those 5 miles were a breeze, but no. It. Was. Hard. I blame the weather and some of yall may hate me for this but….. bring back Winter at least for my runs please!

Later that morning I joined a friend of a therapy session for me, and –run for her over 5 miles. I love running with friends so much that I’ll even run at 11am when normally my reaction to running after 8 am in awwwww heck no!

By the end I was so sweaty I did the unthinkable an actually showered after my run before going on with the rest of my day! That’s a big deal in these parts!

After my shower, I headed to The Cuegrass Festival for Beer, Barbeque and Bluegrass to celebrate a friend’s birthday!

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Ok actually just beer and bluegrass. The festival was packed and an absolute blast! I can’t imagine a better way to spend the afternoon than with good friends listening to great music.  As soon as Town Mountain, the headlining band hit the stage, the sky’s opened and it poured rain. I took that as a sign it was time to call it a day and head home to nest for the night.

Sunday, after a shocking and absolutely fabulous 8 hours and 12 minutes of sleep (thank you Fitbit) I hit the greenway for a wonderful 7 miles at 7:39 average pace. I felt great and needed the confidence boost after the previous day’s struggle.

After normal Sunday churching, food prepping, and Say Yes to the Dress watching I finally got to relax an take a breather. Why……. my parents made it to town and I got to spend a glorious three hours plugging away on work!

Have a great week!

Do you like running with friends?

Are you following Boston today?

What time of day do you like to run?

Five Things Friday

Good morning friends! How has your week been? Mine has been good and busy. I have a new role at work I am getting ramped up on. I am nervous about what my new normal is going to look like in terms of business, but excited to make find out and to make it work!

Things were a bit different around here in terms of workout. As, you’ll see, I had my lowest mileage week, well, ever barring injury! Ok, Let’s jump into Five Things Friday!

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First Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner…

Or more likely, bringing me dinner…

Mom n Da Not Eric… we just nee to start taking more pictures in our family  apparently

My parents! Even though I saw them only a few weeks ago when I ran the Gate River Run, it feels like it has been ages since I have seen them and cannot wait! I might have to hold off on the anticipated reunion though because I have planes for a fun girls trip this weekend.

Second, This is Getting Real

Eric and I are almost one month away from leaving for Peru! Oh my  goodness gracious sakes alive!

Yes, I still feel like there at 5,403,908 things I need to do before we leave and so many unknown items, but I am finally at the point where I realize this is all part of the fun of travel. No I don’t know every contingency for every scenario that will occur but we have our tickets, the names of our hotels, phones, and currency – when it boils own to it, what else do we really need?!

I have been living an breathing Extra Pack of Peanuts podcast, getting my mind in travel mode as well as reading through the Peru archives of The Borderless Project, a great resource on what to expect.

This weekend, purchasing travel insurance is on my list. I think I am going with World Nomads. As is the theme with this trip, no one in my family has purchased travel insurance before, so I feel like I am in uncharted territory.

Third, An Unplanned Week of Rest

Or laziness.

Ok, definitely a week of laziness.  Monday was the first post-race day in my running history that I have not run an easy 5 mile shakeout run. That being said, Saturday was the first pre-race day that I had not run an easy 5 mile shake out run.

I have never taken almost an entire week off of running when fit and healthy. In theory I should have used my random week of no running to cross train and sleep but really I just spent some time each morning walking.  I could say that I finally took one of the two weeks each year I theoretically want to step away from running but honestly, I was just lazy.

Fourth, Links I loved

Lots of link love this week!

 Is It Time for Another Running Revolution- Ask ‘Born to Run’ Author Chris McDougall

Dallas CEO Cheryl Rios Says Female Shouldn’t Be President

The beauty of America is that everyone is entitled to their opinion. Even if it is bat shiz crazy ;)

6 Unique Rice Cake Toppings via the Lean Green Bean

At first, I rolled my eyes at this concept, but as I read and thought, I realized what a great vehicle for deliciousness the crunch base of a rice cake could be!

Do Men Cook More than Women-

Both of my parents are great cooks!

GIVE ME…

Exactly what I needed to read this week!

Gisele Bündchen Announces Last Runway Show

Most bloggers hate on models and the beauty/fashion industry. I however am shedding alligator tears over Gisele’s retirement. It’s the end of a very glamorous era.

Finally, The Week In Fitness

Friday: Off

Thursday: Off

Wednesday: Off

Tuesday: Off

Monday: Off

Sunday: Rock n Roll Raleigh half

Saturday: Off

What is the longest (non-injury induced) break from working out you have taken? How did it feel?

Have you ever purchased travel insurance?

What are your tips?????

 

Rock n Roll Raleigh Race Recap – A New PR!

That was not a title I thought I’d be writing today! Rock n Roll Raleigh, where to begin….

Don’t worry, I won’t drag this recap on and on ;)

I have not kept my feelings for the Rock n Roll series private on CCR, but in short, I wasnot a fan. When Rock n Roll launched a race in Raleigh last year, I chose not to run. The hype, the hoopla, the drastic overselling of VIP port o potties…. no.

Welp, this year I decided to race and ya’ll I could not be more glad that I did!

The race kicked off at 7, and runners were asked to be parked by 5:30am in order to avoid the chaos that occurred last year when the race had to be delayed because cars were far from being parked by the race start.

After polishing off my Cheerios, peanut butter, and banana in my car, I headed out to the course for all of the usual bag-dropping, non-VIP port o pottying, and national anthem singing.

I over(under?) estimated my finishing time at 1:37 – an effort I was not in the mood to run, and wound up in the first corral. I was a bit nervous about this an seriously considered dropping back to the second corral. I genuinely wanted to feel comfortable running, not the burn of racing and did not want to get in anyone’s way nor feel the pressure of being surrounded by people running faster than me. I am glad I did not because our corral was started a few minutes ahead of the second corral which was nice to avoid crowding.

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Miles 1-4 (7:35,7:14,7:02,7:25)

The start of the race was actually the slowest start I have ever experienced. Instead of swarms of people rushing out of the corrals as fast as they possibly can, everyone headed out of the gate at a controlled pace. It was nice.

Raleigh is a hilly city. Yes it is on the way to the beach, but this town is nothing but hills. Any race though Raleigh is inevitably hilly. This year, RnR re-worked the course to make it less hilly – I was interesting to see what that meant.

The first four miles, while containing hills, felt largely down hill. My times were far faster than I planned to run, but I not only felt strong, I felt comfortable, like I could maintain my current state for quite some time. It was nice to not feel any pressure to maintain it if I began to get tired.

Miles 5-6 (7:10,7:18)

The uphills began to pick up around mile 5. It was here that the girls, all  around my age, that had been oscillating in and out of my periphery formed a legitimate pack…. allowing my to break the wind :)

Is it weird that my only thought (besides, “Crap I can’t get rid of my snot now because everyone is so close!”) was to try and find them after the race to see if they were local and wanted to run together?

Miles 7-9 (7:20, 7:32, 7:09)

My chief memory of mile 7-8 was to take a mental note that it was ridiculously hard and hilly and to share that in my recap, so here it is.

Miles 10-13.1 (6:53,7:16,7:01)

It was at this point that I realized I had a good shot at a PR. Which was crazy because to this point, I ha achieve my goal of wanting to enjoy the race at a comfortable pace and not kill myself.  I ha no intention of changing that goal despite a shot at a PR.

Coincidentally, the race made that decision for me. Despite taking runners along gentle (relatively) hills for the first 2/3 of the race, the last few miles felt really – really – hilly. Since the course meant I was going to hurt no matter what. I tried to lighten the moo by grabbing 6 leis from the bystanders, but that wasn’t such a great idea and I ha to ditch them at mile 12.

As I approached the finish line, I saw the clock nearing 1:35. Even though at that point I was essentially guaranteed a PR, I thought how cool it would be to come in under 1:35, I also realized that likely would not happen. It all would depend on how close I was to the starting line when I first crossed the timing mat. It would be a matter of seconds!

When I saw my official time of 1:34:59 later that day, I was shocked! Never in a million years did I expect that finish!

Final Thoughts

All in, Rock n Roll Raleigh was a seamlessly run race. Parking was simple, the race started right on time, and there course was far less hilly than most Raleigh races. My only improvement…. bagels! What has happened to the running community that bagels are never served at finish lines any more – sheesh!

I can’t believe I PRd,  the best part is that I genuinely enjoyed the race! At 52 degrees and sunny with a light breeze, the weather was perfect. Rock n Roll, you have turned my cynicism around, I’ll be back!

I spent the remainder of the day doing the best post-race things, Whole Foods hot baring with a friend, and eating froyo while reading Buzzfeed on my floor.

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By the way – there is no difference in the caffeine levels of different roast coffees. And now you know. – Weirdly I was googling this Thursday.

Have you ever run a Rock n Roll race? How was it?

Do you drink coffee? What kind?

Five Things Friday – #fangirl of the Week Goes To…

Good morning! How was your week? What do you have planned for the weekend?

I plan to order all of the random tidbits (travel towels anyone?) I need for Peru and wake up at a stupid hour Sunday morning in order to “be parked no later than 5:30am” for the Rock n Roll Raleigh half. Talk about first world problems! Ok, let’s jump right in to Five Things Friday.

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First Oh. My. Yum.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen me post a picture of my new obsession, Cauliflower Cheesey Bread. I have seen recipes floating around for years now, but was never to tempted by them. I tend to not be a big fan of “substitute” foods. Yes, I looooveeee my spiralizer, but when I make zucchini noodles, it’s becuase I love zucchini noodles, not because they take the place of pasta!

If there is one ingredient that has been maxed out on the food substitute scale, it’s cauliflower. That being said, when I saw it on sale at TJs for $2.29, I thought why not! Holy cow yall, I CANNOT WAIT to A) make this recipe again for me B) share it with you, stay tuned!

Second, So I Guess I’m Running the Raleigh Rock n Roll Half This Weekend…

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I don’t know why I am doing this. Competitor, the company that runs the serie,s never ceases to amaze me, and not in the best way.  Last week I got an email from RnR trying to sell runners VIP port o pottys…..

Seriously?

If there is any group of people on the planet more likely to have found themselves turning their surroundings (bushes, trees, you get the idea) into “VIP port o pottys” than runners, please introduce me to them, I think we would be friends.

Ok, so yes, I do know why I am doing this race, it is because I love to run and don’t have another half on the calendar in the foreseeable future. I am healthy, the forecast only has a 20% chance of rain and I get to hang out with over 10,000 other runners. Those are crazy good reasons to run any race.  So take that Negative Nancy Anne. Truly, I am grateful to have what I need to run RnR Raleigh this coming Sunday – with or without VIP port o pottys.

Third, #Fangirl of the Week Goes to…

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My momma! Last week my #fangirl award went to The Clarity of Clothing, this week, it’s my very own mom.

Yall, yesterday marked my mom’s 20th running anniversary!!!!!!!!

Oh my word! I literally can only hope, prey, and foam roll the crud out of my legs hoping to be running after 20 years!

Can I brag on her for a moment? See the above picture, despite having run Gate River Run numerous times, 5 years ago, my mom had a terrible race, we all know what those feel like! Mom took a break from Gate after that only to come back 5 years later to finish in the top 10% (see the hat) of all 15,000 runners. And that top 10% is not broken out by age group. Thank you mom for being the reason Eric and I ever ran to begin with!

Fourth, Links I loved

 Pushing past the FEAR via The Lean Green Bean

Who wants to be CEO- Not millennial women

Interesting

20 Spring Recipes for Spring

Finally, The Week In Fitness

Friday: 6 miles easy, abs

Thursday: Off

Wenesay: Off

Tuesday: 6 miles, 1 @ 8:19, 6 .5 miles repeats @ 7:18 w/ 2.5 mile rest @ 8:19

Monday: 5 miles easy @ 8:19, arms, abs

Sunday: 10 miles easy @7:53 average pace

Saturday: 5 miles easy @ 8:11 pace

Have you ever run a race you weren’t excited for?

Who is your fitness inspiration?

What is one thing you are looking forward to this weekend?