Five Things Friday

Good Morning friends! It is rare that I say this, but hallelujah it’s Friday! Between settling in to a new job, getting to see family, and the usual conundrums life throws in our way from time to time, I for one am ready for the long weekend, how about you?

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First, Thanks Mom and Dad!

The final week of August turned out to be a doozy (what a great word) for me. Having my parents in town for the week was the ultimate blessing. It will never cease to amaze me how much more manageable the day, a situation, or a task can seem simply knowing your family is close.

Second, Speaking of Family, Williamsburg, Here We Come!

I come from a family of super cool history nerds. I guess that is what growing up in St. Augustine, Fl, the nation’s oldest city does to you.

One of my sister and I’s fondest memories is our trip to Williamsburg waaayyyy back in 2003! Despite all of our family living in North Carolina and Virginia, and the fact that we are also super cool roller-coaster buffs and Busch Gardens is located in Williamsburg, we have only made the trip once! The little brother and sister are too cool living it up in their senior year of college, sorry guys, stay out of trouble…

Williamsburg Williamsburg, 2003

Third, Chicken and Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry

Ya’ll if there is one thing I am all about these days it is meals I can make up once, and eat on throughout the week. Not only does this Chicken and Cauliflower Red Lentil Curry fit the bill, but it is gosh darn good, and incredibly comforting after a long day.

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Fourth, Links I loved

If I had a Million Dollars

I love this explicately for the fact that it talks about financial goals. I realized, that I truly do not have any. I already save for emergencies, vacations, and retirement, but I need a true goal!

The. Bible. The Ultimate Cookie Troubleshooting Guide

Not really, but seriously.

A Full House Revival Is reportedly In the Works

Don’t toy with my emotions, please say it’s true!

Finally, The Week In Fitness

Friday: 8 miles easy @ 8:45 average pace, 5 with friends, 3 on my own

Thursday: Off

Wednesday: Off

Tuesday: 7 miles, 4 @ 7:56 average pace

Monday: 6 miles easy @8:19, abs

Sunday: 7 hilly miles @ 8:13 average pace

Saturday: 6 miles untimed, BodyPump

What are your Labor Day plans?

How often do you get to see your family?

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Chicken and Cauliflower Red Coconut Curry

There are a few lessons you learn as you grow up, how to pay your bills responsibly, the importance of cleaning the shower, and that in addition to butter and eggs, and the glory of keeping a can of coconut milk and curry spices stocked in your kitchen.

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Those incredible individuals who regularly cook traditional Indian cuisine will scoff at this sentence, but throwing a protein, coconut milk, curry powder, and garlic into a pan, pot, oven, or crock pot, is almost, almost, a fail proof recipe for an easy delicious meal.

While we all love Indian food, when it comes to preparing Indian flavored dishes ourselves, it is easy to be intimidated by the sometimes daunting length of the ingredient list. Fear not friends with the purchase of a few ingredients, you are half way to a truly simple, meal more flavorful than almost any other.

ChickenCauliflowerCurry

Ingredients:

1 c lentils

8 oz chicken breast, cubed into 1 inch pieces

1/2 c chopped white onion

1 1/4 cup chopped tomatoes, juiced included

2 large cloves of garlic, minced

1/4 tsp curry powder

1/4 tsp garam masala

1/4 tsp corriander

1 1/2 tsp red curry paste

salt, pepper, cayenne pepper to taste

2 c cauliflower florets

1/2 c coconut milk

1/4 c tomato juice

2 handfuls spinach

Instructions:

Cover lentils with 1/2 inch of water. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a simmer 20 minutes or until tender. You may need to add water.

Heat a large, deep sautee pan over medium-medium high heat. Coat with cooking spray. Add chicken to pan, and brown on each side, cooking until cooked through, approximately 6 minutes.

Remove chicken from pan, and re-coat with cooking spray. Lower heat to medium-low-medium.

Add onions and cook until they begin to soften, approximately 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add mined garlic and cook 30 seconds until fragrant, stirring frequently to prevent burning.

Add tomato, spices, curry paste, salt, and pepper. cook for 30 seconds.

Add cauliflower, coconut milk, and tomato sauce. Simmer until cauliflower is tender, approximately 5 minutes sir in spinach.

Stir in chicken.

Divide between two shallow bowls and serve!

 

 

Friday: Off, Traveling

Thursday: 10 miles, @ 8:19, 45 minute Yoga class (That’s three weeks with one class a week ya’ll!)

Wednesday: 6 miles @ 8:19

Tuesday: 6 miles @ 8:19

Monday: 7 miles, 2 @ 8:19 6 sets of 3 minutes @ 7:30, 2 @ 8:19, finish @ 8:19, chest

Sunday: 5 miles easy, long walk

Saturday: 10 miles @ 8:09 average pace, abs

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Sushi, Sushi, Froyo Time

Happy Monday to you! How does your week ahead look? Mine is going to be a bit wonky to say the least. My goal is to come out of it on as normal of a schedule as possible. Let’s just say I am going to be more than ready for the long weekend to come! Now… who wants to buy me a plane ticket to Florida? ;)

I don’t know about you, but I’ll tell ya what, I am not sure I sat down for more than 30 minutes total this weekend. Saying that makes it seem like I certainly must have been doing fabulous things like attending music festivals and museum openings when in reality I was doing fabulous things like eating great meals with wonderful people, and seeing my parents…All served up with a healthy does of 90% humidity.

Bet you thought I left Florida, so did I. Ohhh North Carolina, gotta love ya!

To fuel my sweatfest, I spent Friday night with the lovliest of friends. Despite just having a baby (the cutest!) She insisted on cooking me dinner !

IMG_4664[1] Seafood, my one true love

Saturday Morning, after a sweaty, untimed 6 miles it was times for a Saturday morning favorite, runny eggs and Dogs 101! I mean really, what better way to start your weekend than  cute and cuddly dogs?

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The remainder of the day was spent lunching at a new to me sushi spot, Sushi-O, somehow, this restaurant directly across the street from one of my favorite sushi places, Sushi Blues (how I have overlooked it for so long is a mystery) and checking off the list on the typical weekend chores such as oh, finally buying a rug for your kitchen….. an entire year after you’ve moved in… whoops!

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The day capped off the best kind of way, Whole Foods, House Hunters, and Froyo…and yes, my friends and I are 20- somethings ;)

Sunday Morning was time for a confidence boost. Time for a confession ya’ll. Remember my last 10k, a PR race in June? well, aside from vacation out west, that was the last time I did any sort of hill work! How that happens in a city as hilly as Raleigh is a conundrum, but I knew it was time to get in some serious hills!

I can’t believe how wonderful this run felt! It sure was not fast, but I was more worried about completing it than anything. The ease of the run, was the exact confidence boost I needed!

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Eggs, and the Sunday paper to refuel.

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Lunch was more sushi at the always incredible Cowfish.

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Too top it all off… three nights in a row of froyo. So in other words… success!

Froyo Recycled

Have a wonderful week friends!

What do you have coming up this week? Any Labor Day plans?

Yes! Where I will go, and what I will do remains to be seen, but it’s time to get outta town!

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The Hardest Part of Running. Fear

Last week, I posted about loving to run, and the best part of running. That same day, the always awesome Janae, of Hungry Runner Girl asked what the hardest part of running for her readers was. Janae shared that, the first 1-2 miles of her runs are the hardest.

Physically, I largely agree, the first 2-3 miles are the hardest for me.

As I often share, I have always found that running is 70% mental, and 30% physical, and that the multitude of mental aspects that go into running are the hardest part.

Just because something is hard, that does not mean we are fearful of it. Waking up at 5am is hard but it certainly is not fear inducing.

Running and Fear

It does not matter if you are working through a Couch to 5K program, or a seasoned runner, running is hard. That is why we run.

I do not know if all runners struggle with running fear in addition to the sheer difficulty of running, but I do.

I do not fear not setting a PR at a race

I do not fear injury

I do not fear not being unable to complete a distance

I do not fear judgment from others runners

I fear loosing my consistent workout regime. With the exception of injury, years ago, I conquered what many find to be the most difficult aspect to any exercise regime, consistency. I picked up running as I was waning my 16 year dance career. Running became the consistent force in my life that dance had always filled.

Fear Source

I don’t know where this fear came from, it is relatively new, and something that 1-2-3 years ago NEVER struggled with. What I DO know, is that I am going to keep on fighting!

What is the hardest part of running to you?

DO you have any running fears?

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Now That’s How You Come Come Back From Vacation!

Baseball, Birthdays, Friends, and New Jobs, and promise from your momma that she is coming up to stay in one week! That is what life is all about people!

It has been quite a while since I have done a weekend recap, so I think it is about time!

After returning from vacation, Monday, I began a new role within my company that I am more than excited to take on! As thrilled as I was with my week, Friday night ended the exact way all Summer Friday nights should end, with giant diet cokes at a minor league baseball game!

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The moment I got home and my head hit the pillow, I was out like a light! Since returning from vacation Sunday night, no matter how many calls or messages I receive during the night, nothing has been able to break me out of this zombie slumber, I have to admit, I am kinda lovin it!

Saturday began with a humid, but otherwise enjoyable 10 mile run on Raleigh’s Greenway. It was one of those mornings where I had to force my booty out of the door. The only way I could get my legs moving was to make a compromise with myself to run with no plan, based on feeling. That was a wonderful idea! My mood turned, and now I cannot wait for the cooler Fall temperatures to arrive, making long runs possible!

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Much of the rest of the day was spent in the kitchen making this baby, Sally’s Baking Addiction’s Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake, for a dear friend’s birthday!

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As I type this, I have come to the realization that never in my life have I had the desire to bake a non-layered cake. I mean why would you choose a cake that does not provide a minimum of three opportunities for frosting?

Sunday morning, I woke up to a case of the lazys again (ok, when do I not, normally I just get over them;)) and traded in my planned 5 miler for a nice long walk before trying out yet another new church.

I don’t like to discuss many personal subject on CCR, and religion includes that, but today I am making a exception, though I have been in Raleigh for an entire year now (Oh my goodness, when did that happen!?!) I have yet to find a church I feel comfortable with. I struggle with the, “new-agey” churches many young people gravitate too, yet have been seeking a church with other young professionals. After Sunday morning, I just think I might have found the perfect compromise!

And for your daily does of random, ya’ll know I love, love, love my Costco, but this literally stopped me in my tracks on Saturday, making me exclaim out loud to myself, “You have to be friggin kidding me…”

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HALLOWEEN COSTUMES people! It not even late September! My goodness, this is just too much for me!

Have Halloween costumes popped up anywhere near you?

Cold weather or hot weather runner?

Cold, cold, cold baby! (Yes, I am from Florida)

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Back to Basics- I Love to Run

Let’s get back to the basics of Candy Crazed Run for a moment shall we? Let’s get back to talking running.

As I discussed previously, I have not discussed running much recently because, well, I haven’t wanted to. Yes, I had been running, but aside from going through the motions (literally ;)) there was not much else to it. I knew the “blah” spell would pass eventually. Key word being eventually.

The annual family vacation, this year to my beloved Colorado and Santa Fe, came at just the right moment.

I don’t think it is possible to spend 10 days outdoors, exploring the mountains, hills and deserts of the American West and not want to continue to spend every single moment of life (except for hot showers of course) outside!

SantaFerunmom Running with momma in Santa Fe

That makes returning to 5am treadmills runs a little…mehh. It feels as exciting as mehh sounds.

My solution? Stretch every.single. last. moment. of daylight out of Summer’s waning mornings.

While I am motivated to focus on speed for the next 4-5 weeks (bring on the 10ks ya’ll!) I am even more motivated to get my booty out the door and throw thoughts of pace to the wind.

Running Our Best

These conflicting motivations made this girl, who has never even looked at a training plan before think about when I run my best.

Every race I have won or placed in, ever PR I have set have a single common denominator, I was having a blast. Were there hard moments? sure, every time I have run and placed in the Race 13.1 Raleigh 10k, I have wanted to quite climbing the final hill to the finish, but I am still happy.

10k race After the Race 13.1 Raleigh 10k this June, 2nd Female (slow race, trust me!)

I realize that this is not the case for everyone, or even for most runners, and considering that I have never followed a training plan, I cannot say that I would not blow my current PRs out of the water if I did, but as cliché as it sounds, in my heart, I believe Brooks has it right…

Run Happy

At the end of the day, to me, loving to run, is running happy -even on bad runs. I needed my vacation outdoors to help prove to my brain that running is more than the treadmill, and more than the same ole same ole weekend routes around town. Running happy might not make me PR this Fall, but then again… it just might ;)

When do you run best?

Do you like to run outdoors? Do you consider yourself an “outdoorsy” person?

How do you like to spend your vacations?

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