Stress & Exercise

22 Miles to Go!!!!!!

So with a new job comes the challenge of a new boss, who is also the owner of the company, and once was a lawyer…What Fun!  Hehe…I am used to demanding and being thrown to the wolves…I mean into a new position, but Damn.  I had one week of training, I am picking up the slack from the last person, and my boss is on the road for the next 6 weeks.  Can I say “AHHHHHHH”.

Speak to me again in 6 months and hopefully I got it under control 😀  haha…j/k…I hope it doesn’t take that long.  Okay enough said….I am going to work through this challenge, and everything will be fantastic soon enough.

Since I decided walking during the week and running on the weekend would be good for me, I went for a 3 mile, walk/run after work.  I wanted to clear my head, get the adrenaline pumping, and feel better.  I have to say for the most part it really helped.  Now I’m ready for dinner, dessert, t.v., and spending some time reading.  Meatloaf is for dinner…

Bring on the food!

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Saturday Pep Talk…Get up, Get dressed, and Get Out.

It’s almost 9am on Saturday, and I went for a nice 2 mile run already this morning.  I haven’t run for at least 2 weeks-probably more (but who’s counting?).  I did 2 miles in 17 mins & 29 seconds for a pace of 8’42” per mile.

I realized I needed to ease back into running.  The key to getting it done was putting on my workout clothes right when I got up, and then proceeding to get ready to get out there.  That’s my trick to routine:  get up, get dressed, & get out.  It works a lot better than talking yourself out of it.

My current goal is to run Saturday and Sunday mornings, and take a walk when I have time during the week after work.  That is if I don’t have any errands to run or important things to do.  I have an hour for lunch during the week, and I work near a lot of stores and the post office, so my lunch hour can be quite productive.  Leaving after work time for “me” is nice 🙂

I’ve been taking a break from my running routine lately to get used to my new work schedule, and to finish up getting our bedroom ready to live in.  I quickly adjusted to working 7-4pm, and the room is almost done.  We are now living in it, and I’m finishing up with the organizing and decorating.

I have this weekend and next, and then our 5K is the following week!  It’s coming very quickly, and I need to be up to speed, but mostly I care about stamina 🙂

Have a nice weekend, and maybe I’ll check in again tomorrow!


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New Post to come Soon…

I have a lot going on in my world and I have been slacking on the blog posting.  I’m still focusing on *500* Miles and the upcoming 5K.  I will be dressing up as a Glowing Red Sox Player for the run.  I have a jersey, baseball cap, red & white glowing necklaces and bracelets, and some glow-in-the-dark hair spray.  I will be giving Mike photo-taking duty, so I’ll post some pictures after the run (Oct 23rd).

After that, I am turning my blog into more of a food blog.  New recipes and cooking adventures to come.

Stay Tuned….


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Rocky’s Steps and so on…

Walk 500 Update:  Still 35 to GO!  Today’s a rest day!  Well sort of…I had a 2nd interview for a job, and I have to pack for my work trip to Philly.  I leave early tomorrow morning.  East Coast here I come!

Yesterday, I spent the afternoon painting our bedroom.  I wanted to share some photos so you can check out the color I used. The color is Ocean Ridge from Behr at Home Depot.  The color looks more blue in this photo than in person.

The color is more accurate in the photo below.  It is a warm blue with violet undertones.  It’s really nice on the wall.

Today, my aunt was asking me when I thought I would have *500* Miles completed.  So, I started adding up all of the miles I estimate I will run in the next five weeks before my 5K.  Based on (2) 3.1 mile runs, and another 4-6 mile run each week, I should be done with my New Year’s Resolution (Walking (now running) 500 Miles) before I run in the 5K (Oct 23rd).  I am running at a rate of 10+ miles per week, and that means I will have it complete in 4 weeks or less.

Tomorrow I am leaving for Philly, and sometimes changing up the old routine is good 🙂  This week I will attempt Rocky’s Stairs.  Haha when Claudine told me to bring my running shoes for these stairs, I was thinking the stairs were covered with rocks.  Silly me I didn’t realize they were the stairs from the Rocky movie!  Specifically Rocky’s Training Steps. According to this article there are 68 steps!  Well I’m ready for them.  Bring them on!!!

See ya in a week.  It’s time for me to get ready to go to work and relax of course! 🙂

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Run 1.3 & Exercising on an Empty Stomach??

Walk 500 Miles Update:  465/500 Complete.  Only 35 to GO!!

Today was training day 3 of week 1.  My plan was 3.1 miles, and I accomplished this goal.  See my Run 1.3 log.

I want to talk a little bit about not eating before exercising because that is what I did today and have done in the past.  Instead of eating, I had a cup of coffee, a swig of water, and I was out the door.  My run today started at around 10am when the sun was already high in the sky; so it was hot, hot, hot.

I didn’t pass out if that’s what you are thinking, but I did have a burst of energy at the beginning (probably due to the caffeine).  Then  I was feeling really exhausted a mile into my three mile run.  That is not good.  I couldn’t stop thinking how hungry and tired I was the whole time.  I’m sure everybody has different thoughts about this topic, but not eating is not for me.

I found this article and thought it was very interesting.  It talks about how running on an empty stomach burns more muscle fat.  I guess that’s good if you are trying really hard to lose weight, but what happens when you use up all of your energy running, and then want to eat a Thanksgiving dinner when you are done?  Overeating is definitely a draw back to this weight loss theory.  Not to mention exhaustion?  What if you pass out from hunger and dehydration?

There are so many reasons why this is not a good thing to do, and I am going to make sure to fuel up before the next time I decide to go for a run.  Some other things that help me are waiting an hour after eating to run and not drinking water while I am running; otherwise, if I choose to do either, then I start to get cramps.  So not fun.

When I came home from my run I showered, munched on some peanuts, and made some pancakes with strawberries:

Don’t these look yummy?

Then I was off to painting for a few hours.  Our room started out looking like powder blue with clouds:

and now it is Ocean Ridge.  It’s a shade of blue with violet undertones.  I will post a picture soon, but now I’m too tired.

I also took a picture of Pocket.  She is our roommates dog, and she is the cutest:

That’s all from me for today.  Time to relax.  No running tomorrow.  I’m tired and need some time off.

I’ll leave you with one question:  Do you run on an empty stomach and like to?

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Tiffany’s Turkey Burgers :)

I haven’t posted a recipe in a while, and I wanted to share Tiffany’s recipe for turkey burgers.  I don’t know if you remember or not but a while back I tried her Turkey Meatloaf recipe and it was awesome!  So how could I resist when I saw her recipe for Turkey Burgers?!? Check out My Recipe Collection page to find these recipes there as well.

Some Photos First:

Turkey Burgers

1 1/2 lb. Ground turkey (I used about 1 lb.)
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1/8 cup finely chopped onion (I used scallions)
1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs (parsley, basil, chives….) (I used dried parsley and basil, but no chives)
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 egg white
salt and pepper

I added:

A few squeezes of the Worcestershire sauce bottle

Some avocado slices after cooking

In a large bowl, mix ground turkey, seasoned bread crumbs, onion, egg whites, parsley, garlic, salt, and pepper. Form into 4 patties.

Next time:  I would use the 1 1/2 lbs of ground turkey called for by the recipe.   We were wondering if we needed a dinner backup plan because the burgers started out looking a little soggy but then they turned around and were delicious once the grill got a hold of them 🙂

We paired our Turkey Burgers with a baked potato that had scallions and butter.  It was really good.  I ate it all…lol 🙂

Great Dinner!

For today, it is my rest day. I’ll resume running again tomorrow, but today we are doing some stuff around the house and hanging out.  It feels nice to relax.

Until I run or cook again,


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Today’s Run ~ Run 1.2

Run 500 Miles Update:  462 down, 38 to GO!!

Today’s run was #2 for the week.  I decided for this to be my long run of the week, and this week it was 4 miles.  So my run on Sunday is going to be 3.1 miles again.  This way by race time, 3.1 miles is going to be a breeze, and I will be well into my 10K training 🙂

So I started my 4 mile run @ 11:13 a.m.  Since I started close to noon, the sun was already high in the sky, and that makes it really hot out.  I would rather run earlier when It’s cooler, but today I had a later breakfast, and I like to wait an hour after eating before I run.

I did another neighborhood run.  My entry into my log for the day looked a little like this. I ran for 33.28 minutes, and my pace was 8.22 minutes per mile.  Not bad at all.  I was getting really tired at the end and the additional uphill battle didn’t help, so I turned around and switched up my run a little bit.  It started like this and finished like that. Sometimes change is necessary, and it’s better than giving up!

All it all, it was a good run, and I am happy to be running a little further, and to have my longer run done for the week 🙂

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New to Running? Tracking & Training…

Get Moving!!!!

So I signed up for the 5K that I am running through  Once you create a login to the site, you can use the cool training tools through…ActiveTrainer.  If you are a runner like me, you can track your daily runs by entering your distance, time, and the program will then calculate pace.  You can also sign up for training programs to work towards goals like running a 5K, 10K, Marathon, etc.  They are all very inexpensive, and a great way to get off the couch.  Winters sneaking up on us…I should say Fall for San Diegans.

I entered my run from yesterday including the distance and time it took, and the program calculated the pace for me.  Check this out: ActiveTrainer Calendar Day.  So if you don’t have a Nike+ like I do, and you want to go running with a stop watch, you don’t have to think too much especially if your not a Math person.  You just plug in your numbers and let the program do it’s thing.  Just be sure to know the distance you are running…I’ve used my car to calculate distance before too.  It is another way to do it.

Are you looking to make Fall or Winter Exercise goals?  Let me help you get started:

1)  Stop making excuses.  Get over your mental block.  Put on your workout clothes and getting going.  Don’t stop to think, and don’t talk yourself out of it.  You’ll be happy that you didn’t 🙂

2)  Use that gym membership or exercise outside.  Creating some type of routine that works for you is very important, but remember Routine.

3)  Create a program that works for you.

4)  Don’t forget to keep it fun & interesting.  Need music/new moves/new scenery.  Change it up all of the time!

5)  Weight loss and toning come when you least expect it if you make exercise part of your routine.  Exercise shouldn’t be a chore.  It should be part of your lifestyle.

6)  I like to reward myself for long-term exercise goals, but this may not work for everyone.

I plan on running again today, taking tomorrow off, and then running again on Sunday to complete my first week of training.  I will be working in Philly this coming week, and I am going to do everything I can to continue my training while I’m on the road 🙂

What exercise means to me:

Exercise is a program with a fun & interesting mental & physical routine that becomes a lifestyle.

What does exercise mean to you?

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5 Weeks until my 5K

Run 500 Miles Update:  458/500 Done!  Only 42 Miles to go 🙂  Ran 3.1 miles this morning @ a time of 25’45”.

So I’ve been thinking…How will I train?  How will I continue to work towards my 500 mile goal in the next 5 weeks?

What I’ve come up with is that I want to run 3.1 miles 2xs a week and work my way up 1x a week to somewhere between 4-6.2 miles (10K).  The further I can run the easier the 5K will be.  So today I did 3.1 miles in 25’45″…This is my second best time ever and this is the second time I ran at this exact time.  Weird. Between now and Sunday, I want to run another 3.1 miles one day and then 4 miles another day.  My 500 mile weekly goal for the rest of the year is at least 5 miles.  That will put me over goal and it is not very much at all.

5K Training Progress Chart

Next week I am headed to Philly to work, and hopefully I can squeeze in some running time at the gym in my hotel.  Not sure how I feel about running on the treadmill, but, I really want to keep on schedule so that is my plan.

I’ve also been looking for a full-time job, so I have an interview this afternoon that I need to prepare for 🙂  Wish me Luck!!

Until I run again,


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Running the Trail?

Run 500 Miles:  Down to 45 miles left to go.  I know my blog is mainly focused on walking/running right now, and it has been for a while.  Bear with me because in due time (once I accomplish my goals for 2010), I will be shifting the focus back to food 🙂

Running the Trail?…I think not!  I was able to get a lot of beautiful pictures, but there is no way I am running this section of the Telecote Canyon Trail.  I have been told that parking and going in at another location is better since it is a lot more traveled and level.  So there is still a lot more exploration left to do, but the section of trail near our place is no good.

Here are some photos:

As you can see this area is great if you are looking to go hiking and don’t mind traveling through overgrown areas.  After walking about a half a mile, I didn’t really know which way to go because it was so overgrown.  I wasn’t about to be moving brush aside or walking through high grass.  Remember Rattlesnakes.  Ugh. When I was almost back to the street, I thought I heard rustling, so I booked it up the hill.  I also kept my ipod on really low the whole time.  I was a little spooked.

Not going to lie this area was a little sketch too.  I saw someone’s tent set up, and people are not supposed to camp on this land.  It was most likely a homeless person living there.  I passed two ladies while walking, a man with 2 dogs, and a man on his bike…not sure what the man on his bike was doing since the area wasn’t even good enough for running.

I think I will be keeping my distance from this side of the Canyon Trail.  It’s not a good area for a girl of my size to be walking through even during the day.  Safety is very important to me when I am running or walking.  I don’t do it at night, and I like well populated areas.  I also never run at the same time everyday.  I don’t want stalkers, and I try to do whatever I can to stay safe.

I am making one exception to the no running at night rule:  My First 5K!! My friend Edny and I will be running in the Crime Stoppers 24th Annual 5K in Balboa Park!!  I am very excited to be running in my first race and people will be dressed up for Halloween since the race starts at 7pm on Sat. October 23, 2010, and it is so close to the holiday 😉  I love dressing up for Halloween, but I need a costume that isn’t to annoying since I will be running.  What do you think?  I am looking for suggestions.  Maybe I could win a prize! 🙂

Yesterday, after my walk over the river and through the woods, I mapped out a 2 mile neighborhood run.  It had more incline than I expected, but flat is boring, so I’m happy with it.  The thing I want to do next is add some interval training.  More for a change up of the old routine and less for speed, but naturally speed with come too 😉

My plan for today is to map out another neighborhood run, and try it out 🙂

Until I write again,


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