Blog-cation

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Sorry friends, for what was a seemingly unplanned BLOG-CATION.¬† I hope none of you worried that I had drowned in a vat of dressing (as per my last post) ūüôā¬† hehe.¬† I didn’t.¬† BUT, what I HAVE been doing, is a little of this:

So, my friends…what have YOU been up to!??!

Drinking Dressing.

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Ew. ¬†I know. ¬†Gross title, right? ¬†But seriously, this post is about dressings (as in salad dressings) that literally make you want to DRINK them. ¬†OK, so something else you should know about me; I go on food kicks. ¬†So, likewise, I go on “dressing kicks.” ¬†So, here is the dressing I am most currently obsessed with, followed by the ones I’ve had recent “streaks” with :)…

Trader Joe’s Brand Light Champagne Vinaigrette. ¬†Um, to die for. ¬†Light, a tad creamy with a bit of a tart aftertaste, this dressing is going to be THE best spring/summer dressing. ¬†Delicious with salads containing fruit.

Light

Whole Food’s 365 Brand Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette¬†

I actually like this better than the “full fat” version. It is a bit sweet but not too sweet (I do NOT like sweet dressings like raspberry vinaigrette) and tangy as well. ¬†Also, it is…
Whole Foods Market Quality Standards

  • 365 Everyday Value
  • Organic
  • No Sugar Added
  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
365 Everyday Value Organic Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
OK, now don’t judge. ¬†This was when I went through a crazy phase of homemade buffalo chicken salads. ¬†For some reason with any salad containing chicken, I LOVE me some Ranch ūüėČ ¬†Specifically, Ken’s…yummmm
I think buttermilk is good too if I can remember…
But NOOOOOO peppercorn
I do not like that “Sam I am” ūüôā ¬†hehe. ¬†Seriously though, not a pepper fan. At all. ¬†OK next back was…
Uh, yea, I know that pic says “6 pack” but I would NOT reccommend a six pack of this dressing, because as delicious as I remember this being, its uses were limited, ya know?
OK, anyway, that’s enough for now. ¬†I am starting to sound psycho… ¬†8)
Tell me, what is your favorite salad dressing?!?!


Broad Street Run 2011 Recap…Training-1 Bronchitis-0

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At the finish line (courtesy of Islandphoto.com)

So, as you might have surmised through my somewhat cryptic title, I learned a VERY important lesson this race:  training matters, bronchitis (or any other thing that might sideline you towards the end of your training) does not (always).  Now understand, this is not a blanket statement, and sometimes injuries, illness or other that might sideline your training CAN certainly affect your race performance.  But what I learned was:

1. Don’t give up and throw away all of your training prior to the injury, illness, etc.

2.  TRUST YOUR TRAINING!

Anyway, I deem this race a great SUCCESS!¬† I was SOOOO nervous (as I had previously posted) due to being super sick the last month of training and thought my inital goal of a sub 1:30 was long gone.¬† I was even nervous at the expo…so nervous that I wasn’t able to shop as usual!¬† Oh the horrors!

But race day came, and¬†while I woke up still somewhat weary and fearful of my pending performance…

The adrenaline started pumping, I pushed, and I pushed, and LOOK!

Just by a hair...but I DID IT! Woot!

¬†Honestly, I am proud.¬† YAY!¬† So here are some race pics and lil’ anecdotes…

Approaching City Hall means 6 miles in! Over halfway done! I was feeling strong!Here I am around mile 7 I think, still going strong!

And then it happened.¬† I sorta started to slow down around mile 8.¬† I was chugging along and saw a man running next to me looking like he was charlie-horsing.¬† When I asked him if he was ok he said yes, but then he stumbled in front of me, and crossed over me, collapsing on the sidewalk.¬† He was NOT ok.¬† So I told him to hold on (and he told me to keep going- yea right! Of course I’m gonna help a fellow-runner or anyone else out, for that matter) and I raced ahead to find him a medic.¬† When the situation was under control I chugged forward towards the finish.¬† And then, it happened.¬† I DID IT!¬† I crossed the finish line PR’ing my race with the sweet victory of knowing I had gotten my sub 1:30 time.¬† What a great feeling!

At this time I was still awaiting my official time, but I didn't care. I tasted victory! Yay! I also learned that I really need ot curtail the weaving in and out of others, as I added an additional 0.08 miles to my 10. Oops!Self-portrait at the finish line

LOVED THIS RACE!¬† And after, I felt GREAT (another sign of proof that training matters)!!!!¬† I even decided to take the pups out to Husb’s baseball game.¬† And hey, what’s a blog post without my lil’ honeys!??!

OK, so if you ran Broad Street, do tell your story in the comments!  I know some of my readers rocked it so please BRAG in the comments!  Go YOU!  Ok, toodles for now!

My Love for Zensah

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So, if you’ve seen any running pictures of me (and if you’ve ever even glanced at this blog, I’m sure you have) you will quickly see that I wear shin compression sleeves. ¬†And not just any skin compressions sleeves, bu ZENSAH sleeves! ¬†In all honesty I’ve never really tried other pairs because I truly believe “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” ¬†Nice English. ¬†Anyway, you know what I mean. ¬†Let’s put this out there: ¬†I. <3. (LOVE). ZENSAH

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So, you get the point. ¬†Anyway, I wanted, therefore, to try Zensah’s Base Layer compression shorts.

I like wearing compression shorts under my running shirt, capris, tights, shorts, etc. for races only.  I feel like it gives me an advantage (maybe mental) especially in my groin area, which used to get sore.  Suzanne from Zensah sent me a pair to try. In all fairness, she did warn me that they were really more for training and would not be nearly as tight as the other ones I usually raced in, as they were for training purposes.


So, in a nutshell, Suzanne was correct.  I could not race in these compression shorts, but they are perfect for training.  I highly recommend these for training, as well as the calf compression sleeves.  I also really like their running shirt.  I do not have a picture right now, but trust me, it is cute.  Here is a google pic.

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I have black.
In all honesty, I have one Zensah product that I am not THRILLED with…their capri running tights.

¬†I don’t know if it is the way I am made or what, but the crotch hangs REALLY low and I have to constantly pull them up. ¬†Bummer. ¬†Anyway, overall I HIGHLY recommend Zensah products and thank Suzanne for allowing me to sample this awesome product. I am a willing and able tester ūüėČ

The Cake.

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I CANNOT believe I didn’t post about this yet…as the subject was a wonderful part of my birthday celebrations. ¬†The Cake. ¬†See for yourself.

Yea. ¬†Awesomesauce.¬†¬†Anyway, ’twas a great birthday cake to go with a great birthday! ¬†You can give¬†Carly’s Cakes some love by checkin’ her out now! (HERE) ¬†She is my sister’s bestie ūüėČ

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