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Medal Envy

August 20, 2012

I hope everyone had a great Sunday — mine wasn’t too shabby.

Like I mentioned yesterday, Joe and I volunteered at the Big Wild Life Runs here in Anchorage.  This race consisted of a marathon, a 1/2 marathon, a marathon relay, a 5k and a kids 2k.  Needless to say there were a lot of people out and about this morning.

Joe’s company volunteered at the finish line filling water cups and serving fruit.  I was more than happy to volunteer as I was not going to be running the race this year.  Like I mentioned yesterday I didn’t really get the urge to race until it was too late in the season for me to train smartly and safely.

Looking back at it now, I really wish I had not shut the door on it several months ago.  What I should have done was trained like I would be racing (it’s great exercise either way) and then decided later if I wanted to race.  Note to self.

I will be sure to remember that for next year.

Joe was busy manning the water station while I and some of his coworkers were busy cutting up fruit.  I tell you what, I have never cut up so many oranges and watermelons in my life!

The runners were so gracious to all the volunteers and it was great to see all these people that had worked so hard and for so many months to get across that finish line.

I’m not going to lie though….

I was a little jealous of their medals.

I was a little green with envy at the tokens of their triumph.

Partially because it is nice to have a visual representation of your accomplishment but also it is proof of all your hard work.

At least it is for me.

I plan on adding a few more of those tokens to my collection next year, that’s for sure.

The fire has definitely been re-lit for me.

Workout 8/19/2012

Due to the fact that Joe and I were at the race early this morning, we didn’t get our usual early workout in.  In fact, there was talk later in the day that a workout may not even happen.

That sent me into a minor state of panic.

After a few calming breaths I managed to talk Joe into going to the gym after all.  Phew!

Look at what was waiting for me when I got there:

Look at that smiley face — what a punk!

Before I tackled this circuit I spent 45 minutes on the cardio machines.  Here is what I did:

15 minutes stationary bike

15 minutes step mill

15 minutes treadmill (walking on incline)

I am planning on running 6 miles tomorrow so I didn’t want to do anything too crazy today.

After I was done with the cardio I did 4 dead hang pull ups ( I love being able to say that!) and then completed 4 rounds of the circuit above.

Boy am I glad we made it to the gym!


When Joe and I were at Great Harvest Bread Company yesterday we purchased a loaf of jalapeno cheddar corn bread and decided to make some chili tonight to go with it.

I was pretty lazy about it so I bought just about all the ingredients in a can.  It was still delicious — ain’t no shame in my game!

I used a chili kit for its seasonings but that’s about as far as I followed the recipe.  Its recipe called for 2 pounds of ground beef, 1 can of tomato sauce and some water — sounds rather boring if you ask me.

Instead I browned 2 pounds of ground beef with 1 onion and 1 bell pepper.  I made sure to season the meat with salt, pepper and onion flakes.

Once the meat was browned I added 1 can of tomato sauce, 1 can of diced tomatoes, 1 can of chili beans and 1 can of black beans (as well as the seasonings from the kit.)

I did not, however, use the packet of masa that came with the kit — my mom doesn’t use it so neither do I.  Not sure why we don’t use it but excluding it has worked so far!

The corn bread was very flavorful especially when dipped in the chili.

This meal was great because it was easy, fast and oh so filling.

Tomorrow is looking like a 6 mile run for me as well as a home workout — I will be sure to post about those tomorrow.



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