Two Lives, One Lifestyle


Monday Meals by Katie
March 29, 2010, 11:09 pm
Filed under: Breakfast, Burger, Dinner, Eggs, Katie, Lunch, Run

Monday morning started out with nausea and extra laying in bed trying to think happy (non-throw-up) thoughts.  Don’t worry, it’s definitely my gall bladder and not anything else that causes morning nausea. 😉

Much later than usual, I had a simple just egg + egg white omelet and toast with Heather’s jam.  Thankfully, it sat very well.

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For lunch I heated up leftover curry chicken and brown rice from the weekend.  I used to hate leftovers growing up but I’ve come to appreciate them so much cooking for one.

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About an hour before I wanted to run, I had an afternoon snack of toast and honey.  Great Harvest whole wheat is so soft and tasty.  Since I don’t usually get through an entire loaf very fast, I store it in the freezer.  Nonetheless, it toasts up like fresh, soft bread.

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I tried some new socks out for running.  The ones I usually wear are reinforced in the arches and causing major blisters. These Nike ones are super thin and low on the ankles- both pluses for me!  And no blisters formed! Right now on my arches there are blisters on top of blisters but no new ones today.

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My socks were great but my run was just so-so.  The first 2.5 miles felt great and then my stomach started to act up in addition to side pains.  Usually the old Gladys gall bladder doesn’t bother me unless I’m eating but maybe she was angry since the surgeon was poking and pressing her all morning in the consult.  I walked the last mile and it was a rather lovely, enjoyable almost 70* night.  The sun was setting over the mountains so really, who can complain about that??

Post-running and shower, I toasted up a head of kale rubbed with oil and vinegar, sprinkled with salt. Before:

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After- shrunken down and crunchy.  I looove them.  I shared with my roommate and Jorge and they seemed to like them too.

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For dinner, I tried a Dr. Praeger’s vegetable burger on a sandwich thin.  I liked it but didn’t love it… maybe they will grow on me?  The sweet potato fries were clearly delicious.

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So does anyone else think Dr. Praeger is kind of a creeper in this picture??

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I’m enjoying some pinot grigio with my roommate now and off to bed soon.  What’s your favorite veggie burger? I should probably just start working on my own recipe… though my mushroom cream cheese burger is pretty delish!

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Goodbye Gladys by Katie
March 29, 2010, 5:12 pm
Filed under: Beer, Breakfast, Dessert, Ice cream, Katie, Restaurant, Run

Saturday I woke up bright and early to tackle my longest run yet.  I fueled with 1/2 a banana and a granola bar (I just had one).  The old stomach was acting up a bit but thankfully it was feeling better before I left the house.

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I had great company and conversation during the run, which makes it SO much better.  The time goal was 2:30 and I ran a total of 15.6 miles.  The thought of running 10.6 more miles is a bit daunting, though we all agreed that stopping (for water or fuel) and starting is much harder than just going.  Instead of posting each split since that would be really long, the average pace was 9:36, including a few stops for traffic lights and water.

I’ve decided that gels aren’t the greatest fuel for me and that shot blocks are too big to chew while breathing, which is key for running.  Maybe sharkies? Or make my own concoction as Kath mentioned recently?

FYI- I didn’t take ANY food pictures for the rest of the day due to a Team in Training breakfast, running errands/ going out for lunch, and having dinner with my uncle :(.  Here’s my uncle’s cute dog, Violet, and a beer I had at his house instead.

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Delicious semi-sweet dark beer.

Sunday morning brought an amazing brunch with Dottie! I walked to Root Down since it was gorgeous outside. Getting in a nice stroll after a long-run day always feels nice too.

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Root Down was pretty busy but we were able to sit right away.  Neither of us had been before but the menu was mouth-watering.  We both ordered a benedict variation.  Here’s mine: a sliced croissant (it definitely wasn’t a full croissant but enough for the meal), thin Canadian bacon, poached eggs, and hollandaise. Everything was flavorful and rich.

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On the side, there was a light spinach salad and regular and sweet potato homefries. They were nice and crisp without being greasy.

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I would most definitely go back!  Dottie let me try the quinoa cake that came with her benedict and it was quite amazing. Someone with better culinary skills should try to recreate this ;).  The waitress was also helpful in explaining things and asking about allergies.  When they accidentally used tomato hollandaise on Dottie’s eggs (she is allergic to tomatoes), the waitress apologized and had it remade quickly.  Plus, she brought a complimentary yogurt and granola side dish.  Aside from the food, it was great to meet and chat with Dottie! We’ll be getting together again for sure.

Later in the day, John and I went for a long walk to enjoy the weather ending at Lola’s for salsa, chips, a drink, and live music.  Next door, there is a fun little ice cream shop so you know we stopped.  I finally remembered I had a blog.

Little Man Ice Cream.. It looks like a giant milk can!

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I love the retro feel.  They play old-fashioned music and have vintage touches all over.

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The little courtyard with picnic tables and strung lights is so cozy on a summer night.

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Another reason Little Man gains points in my book is their commitment to donate a scoop of rice to third world countries for every scoop of ice cream they sell.   Like I need another excuse to get ice cream.

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I had German the chocolate cake gelato.  This is the giant single scoop- creamy chocolate with some coconut flakes and chunks of cake.

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Do I need to say it? While delicious, this made me feel so sick. Worthless gall bladder (more on that later)!  I named her Gladys last week.

After laying in bed watching Law and Order until I didn’t feel sick, I eventually got hungry for dinner.  We kept it simple- pasta, jarred sauce, plus some added broccoli and artichokes for vegetables.  Classico Basil Sauce? Blech.  The taste of dried basil is not nearly as wonderful as fresh basil.

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More stomach aching ensued and I was so grateful that I had a surgeon consult scheduled for Monday!  That being said, I’m having Gladys the gall bladder removed on Thursday!  I debated when to do it but I think the sooner, the better so I can recovered in time for busy thesis finishing and the marathon.  The surgery is pretty fast and laparoscopic which means not too invasive and fast recovery.  I shouldn’t be out of work more than a few days and was actually encouraged to get up and walk in the days immediately after to prevent clotting.

Thank goodness for my supportive Team in Training coach who is going to make me a new schedule.  If I need to, I’ll walk half of it but I want to finish it!

I’ll be back in a few hours with another post tonight!