River Edge Run 5k Recap!

Another PR in the books and with a bad ankle (bad Andrea, oops…)!

Let’s recap the whole thing, shall we?

I woke up of course around 6am because I wake up everyday at 5:15 so 6, is sleeping late in my life. The race didn’t start until 10am and since I couldn’t add miles to it due to my ankle I decided to blog, coffee, and eat a real breakfast. Normally before a race it’s a Quest Bar and an apple but being that I had many hours to digest, I decided to go for the good and nutritious stuff! Greek Yogurt with cinnamon and strawberries, apple slices, and toast with almond butter and jelly.

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After hanging out I showered (yes, I have to shower before a race, I’m weird) and got ready!

I did a ton of dynamic stretches and really warmed up my ankle.

The start line was about 3/4ths of a mile away from my parent’s house, so I decided to run there to warm up. Another different thing for me with this race, I usually don’t run as a warm up but maybe I should consider it again.

I took the warm up nice and slow and assessed my ankle. It felt more tight and like unused since it hadn’t been run on all week, so I decided that I would be okay to run the race (but not race the race- haha, yea Andrea, sureeee).

I got my bib and bright yellow race shirt. They even had a bag check which I thought was so awesome for my tiny little town’s race. :-)

I met up with my Mama who walked over to the start because she was doing the Health Walk! (Side note: my mom is doing SO amazing! She has begun working out over the past few months, she has a trainer, she lifts weights, does cardio all with a bad case of Rhuematoid Arthritis- I am so proud of her!!) We hung out for a bit, got her bib and then they called everyone to the start.

So I had every intention not to go all out. But who am I kidding, in a race, I race. I really need to work on that.

First mile, I saw my watch: 8:15, I was like ohhhhh boyyy. I backed off though because I knew there was no way I could maintain that pace. (also- my ankle did not hurt at all while running).

The next mile was HOT, I haven’t run in 80 degree weather since the summer! There was a long standing hill too, which I repeated my mantra, Hills Make Us Stronger.

The last mile I picked up the pace a little more and just went for it.

Official Time: 26:46:20!!

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After that I waited around for my mama, (who finished the Health Walk in 1 hour and 11 minutes)! Go mama!!! :-)

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When I checked my official posting I noticed that it had said that I was 3rd in my age group. I wasn’t really sure what that meant but we decided to wait around as they called out the winners.

I WON 3RD IN MY AGE GROUP! I was sooo excited to actually place!! I have come a long way!! :-)

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My medal:

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Afterwards my ankle was hurtingggggg. (It still is.) I should not have run that fast but it feels so cool to have placed and PR!

After that my my family and I grabbed some brunch/lunch to refuel:

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Veggie & Chicken Quesadilla and a Side Salad- yummy goodness, hit the spot! It was fun to celebrate me and my mama!! :-)

Doctor’s appointment is Tuesday, prayers that it is nothing serious, sigh, we will see…

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Weekly Workouts: Resting the ankle

Hello everyone! I am recapping my workouts a little early this week because I had a 5k today, which I will do a full recap on and Sunday I have breakfast plans with a friend so I think I’m gonna make it a full rest day!

As I mentioned last week I was having a flare-up of my compartment syndrome so I made this week a rest week of running. It was tough mentally, but I know my body needs it. My ankle was not feeling great until Thursday, so I am still pretty worried. I have a doctor’s appointment on Tuesday and hoping for good news.

Anyway, let’s recap this week!

Monday

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5 am workout club, Full Body Strength Training plus some HIIT on the elliptical.

Tuesday

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50 Minute Swim. This man told me that I was inspiring :) It made me realize how much endurance I have because of running.

Wednesday

Full Body Strength Training at the Gym

Thursday

We had a field trip where we went on a gorgeous half mile hike:

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After work I was soooo tired from the field trip but I sucked it up and went to the gym anyway. Since Thursday is normally a running day I decided to do cardio at the gym. I cannot stand being on an elliptical for more than 15-20 minutes, so I decided to do about 15 minutes on 4 different machines to get in an hour of cardio. I ended my last station on the spin bike and attempted the ladder drill that we did last week in spin class. I was soaked in sweat after my hour, so it was definitely a productive time!

Friday

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Body Pump + Spin for a fun Friday night of sweat to kick off my Spring Break!

Saturday

5k- Recap will be up soon!

Sunday

Gonna take it easy and make it a rest day!

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Jersey City Night Out: Razza Pizza Artigianale

Over the weekend my friend and I decided to grab dinner out in Jersey City. Jersey City is a new, up and coming foodie town. I really hope to explore some more places this summer!

We headed to Razza Pizza Artigianale right off the Grove Street Path stop!

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I got a little dressed up for the occasion, doesn’t happen too often ;-)

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We got there at 5:45, they open at 5:30 and they had just filled the entire restaurant so they said it would be an hour wait, however we could sit outside. So, we decided to brave the crisp spring evening and eat outside!

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Since we were sitting outside I decided to order some tea to stay warm:

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We split the Kale Cesar Salad which was SO good!

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Then we each ordered a pizza and split them:

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We got the Maple Bacon and I think the Santo? Both were SO good, my fav was the maple bacon!

Then for dessert we got one of the best desserts I’ve ever had in my life, Salted Caramel Panna Cotta. Oh. My. God. So. Amazing.

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I love trying new restaurants! This one did not disappoint!

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Let’s take a trip down memory lane shall we?

On Sunday my family and I went to visit my old college, Manhattan College in the Bronx! (See my WIAW post for all the great eats from that day!)

Here are a bunch of pics I took from Sunday!

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Good Ol’ Manhattan College

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One of my old dorms

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One of my old apartments

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Some old bars we used to go to

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And another one haha

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I miss college!

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And a pretty view on the way back to Jersey!

I do miss college a lot. What a fun time and little did I know, not as hard as the real world! It was fun to go back and reminisce the good ol’ days :-)

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WIAW: Spontaneous trip to NYC!

Happy WIAW everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying a week of tasty eats. I decided to photograph my rest day on Sunday which turned into an impromptu trip to my old college in the Bronx, Manhattan College, filled with delicious eats at a Jewish Deli that my family and I always loved to go to when I was in college. (More to that in a minute)

Whenever it is a rest day (or sometimes active rest day with yoga) I don’t eat less because I am not working out. Your body needs food to help with recovery, so restricting because you aren’t exercising is not the way to go. My rest days are often on Sundays so my day of food typically looks different than during the week because I am usually at my parent’s house (aka yummy Sunday dinner), but other than that, it’s just another great day filled with food!

So here goes my day of eats from Sunday!

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I actually slept in (around 8am) for once and then had my morning cup of coffee and blog reading!

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Followed by a Fig Smoothie made with Fage Greek Yogurt, Rolled Oats, TJs Frozen Figs, Milk, Chia Seeds and Almond Butter topped with some Kashi Go Lean Cereal for some crunch factor:

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After that I did some work and a few hours later had some lunch. I wanted to use up my TJs Greek Yogurt Guacamole so I decided to mix it with tuna:

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Tuna, Kale, Cauliflower & Broccoli w/ Parmesan Cheese, and half a Sweet Potato:

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Then I headed out to enjoy one of my students’ soccer games in Hoboken! It was such a beautiful day to watch the game!

After that I headed up to my parent’s house and enjoyed an apple for a snack:

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Since it was so beautiful out my parents and I decided to get out of the house and randomly decided to take a trip over to my old college Manhattan College! There was a Jewish Deli, Liebman’s Deli that we always enjoyed when I was at school in the Bronx, so we decided to go for an early dinner!

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To start they give you coleslaw and pickles:

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Then we had the Matzoh Ball Soup:

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We shared a Potato Knish and a Potato Pancake:

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My mom and I split the Pastrami on Rye:

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And then when we got back home we couldn’t resist a stop for ice cream on a gorgeous day:

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Holy Cannoli Ice Cream!

Boy was I full after all that! Like I said just because it is a rest day doesn’t mean you should eat less. I love spontaneous food adventures like this one! Such a fun afternoon with my family!

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Weekly Workouts: Dealing with Compartment Syndrome

Hello everyone! Here is a recap of my workouts this week!

Monday

After a full day of eating it felt great to get in the gym for the 5am workout club. I did Core work, Plyometrics, Speed/Agility/Quickness, and a Full Body workout alternating between strength and stability exercises, followed by 10 minutes of HIIT on the elliptical.

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Tuesday

It seems like it rains every Tuesday for our group run! I literally was falling asleep before our run (we meet at 7pm) so I decided to get in some miles before otherwise I wouldn’t make it.

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I ended up getting a total of 7.5 miles because I ran straight home after the group run because I was so soaked and didn’t want to walk in the rain. My ankle was bothering me a lot after this run. I have compartment syndrome and it flares up from time to time and it decided to do it after this run.

Wednesday

Another full body workout alternating between strength and stability exercises at the gym after work.

Thursday

My friend and I ran after work together and it is pretty hilly/trafficy by where we ran. We kept having to dodge cars and I think my form was just all off. After the soreness of Tuesday’s run, my ankle did not feel hot after this run either.

Friday

After a LONG week I was so excited to kick some booty at pump and spin. At spin the first half of the ride was an 18 minute seated climb with ladder drills, the longest being 2 and a half minutes then back down the ladder.The last 30 seconds we had to give it all we got (out of the saddle with heavy resistance) and I think I almost puked hahaha. What a ride!!! It was intense but I felt so freaking awesome for accomplishing it!

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Saturday

My ankle wasn’t feeling so hot, but it was gorgeous out and I couldn’t resist long run Saturday. I know, I know, I know, I should be listening to my body, but I didn’t. My run was OK, my legs felt just OK and the ankle felt OK, but after the ankle did not feel OK. :-(

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I have spring break coming up so I think a trip to the Sports Medicine Doctor will be happening. I am so worried because they say the only true cure for compartment syndrome is surgery and ain’t nobody got time for that! Especially with a fall marathon in the plans. My doctor had said it usually can be cured with altering your gait/shoes, etc. but when you google it, google says other things (why do I google things?). So now I am going to be smart and take the week off of running and see if that is what I need. I may need to get some new sneakers too. I have a 5k next weekend so I am hoping to be okay for that, but skipping two week day runs will not kill me at all. I am going to see if I can try some spin classes instead this week! Fingers crossed that all I need is a little rest and that’s it.

Sunday

I planned to go to yoga but decided that a full day of rest would be better for my ankle. Hoping the rest and rest from running this week is what I need!

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Meal Prep: Be kind to your hands when cooking

Happy Sunday everyone! I have been enjoying the Sunday Meal Prep Link-up thanks to Mommy Run Fast and Jill Conyers!

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Last week when I was looking in my pantry I realized that I had a Lemon Infused Olive Oil that I haven’t used. I decided that lemon and chicken go very nicely and voila, my meal this week was inspired! After I plan on my protein I think of a vegetable and carb that would pair nicely with it. I decided roasted potatoes and green beans would be a nice pairing!

For the potatoes:

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I diced up 3 Large Russet Potatoes- only $0.49 each at TJs! Be careful when dicing, I totally sliced my finger (not a big slice, but I needed a band-aid haha).

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Threw them in a bowl and mixed them up with some of this Garlic Infused Olive Oil and salt and pepper.

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Stuck them in the oven at 350 for probably an hour or so (I always do all the roasting in the beginning of meal prep and check on it periodically, so I’m never fully sure of the time).

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They came out SO delicious!

For the chicken I cut up the TJs chicken breast (such a great deal for all that chicken) and the other half of the onion that I didn’t use for my egg muffins:

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I cooked it up with the Lemon Olive Oil, Lemon Juice, Dill, Salt and Pepper.

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In another pan I cooked the Frozen Green Beans with the Lemon Oil, Lemon Juice, and a can of chopped up artichoke hearts.

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And dinner is served:

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While dishing this out I realized that I made way too much food and decided to make it into 6 meals instead of 5. I actually have to babysit next Saturday night, so I will just bring a meal with me. It’s so delicious that I don’t think I will be sick of it!

Some other prepped items:

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Spinach and onion egg muffins, roasted Brussel sprouts, roasted broccoli.

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2 lbs. of strawberries chopped up for snacks and desserts.

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Sweet Potatoes for lunch.

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Salads for Lunch: White Cannelini Beans, Cucumber, Tomatoes, Beets, TJs Veggie 8 Mix, TJs grilled chicken and slivered almonds because NONE of the avocados at TJs were ripe so I figured the crunch of the almonds would be yummy plus it’s a nice fat to have in the salad!

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After my meal prep I cleaned up the kitchen as usual and I grabbed one of the stove top grates to clean and didn’t realize it was still hot, and ouch, big burn across my right hand.

Hence my title, be kind to your hands when meal prepping. Sorry hands :-(

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Recent Eats and Pics from this past week!

Happy Friday everyone! I am here to share some recent eats and other random pics from this past week!

I bought a new to me flavor of Arctic Zero: Hint of Mint. It was SO good right out of the container! A yummy combo of mint and chocolate!

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Sometimes for breakfast and old fashioned PB&J is what you want:

 

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I am not a fan of any crunchy nut butter but my mom only had crunchy almond butter so I put it on my banana after my long run and I have to say, it was heavenly:

 

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Another Post Long Run Treat. My sister saved me her Cookie Butter jar. Overnight oats for the win! 1/2 Cup Rolled Oats, Milk, 1 Fage Greek Yogurt, Cinnamon, some frozen Cherries, and Chia Seeds all mixed up. SUCH a good combination!

 

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Found these new tea flavors at Shop Rite. So good! I drink tea twice a day at work, once in the morning and once in the afternoon because my room is always so cold and this helps. Plus it’s such a great way to stay hydrated!

 

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Greek Take Out Food before the Easter Vigil with my family on Saturday Night. A big Greek Salad with grilled chicken, we shared the pitas and hummus as well as a really yummy grilled octopus.

 

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Pretty Flowers that my mom bought:

 

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Pretty easter eggs:

 

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That is my randomness for this Friday! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Two Desserts: Hazelnut Biscotti and Lemon Bars

My sister gave me this amazing Betty Crocker cook book FILLED with a billion recipes. I am LOVING it!

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For Easter I wanted to bake some fun treats that I have never made before so I decided to make Hazelnut Biscotti and Lemon Bars.

For the Biscotti

First mix all the ingredients:

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Then form into a ball:

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Then form into two long pieces:

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Bake:

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Cut and lay them cut side down to bake again:

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Fresh out the oven:

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Serve and enjoy!

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For the Lemon Bars

First make the dough for the crust:

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Press it down:

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Bake:

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In the meantime make the Lemon filling:

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Pour it over the hot crust and then bake it:

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Then sprinkle powdered sugar and enjoy!

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Two super yummy and not too difficult desserts! They may have real butter and sugar but I know exactly what into them and to me, that is healthy! :-)

 

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WIAW: Easter Sunday

Happy WIAW everyone! I hope everyone enjoyed the holidays! My Easter weekend was filled with family time, baking, and eating!

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My Easter morning started with Coffee, Water, Homemade Easter Bread, two hard boiled Easter eggs, and a very ripe banana with crunchy almond butter.

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My mom is cute and still gets us Easter baskets. Some cute Flip Flops, Jelly Beans, Chocolate & Peanut Butter Bunnies and Peeps.

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For Lunch we had quite a delicious spread of appetizers. I always say I could live off of appetizers.

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Some Alouette and Crackers

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Caviar with Sour Cream and Melba Toast

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Leftover Hummus and Pita from the Greek Food we ordered the night before.

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My first plate along with some sauteed kale & spinach. We kinda munched on the cheese and crackers for the afternoon. :-)

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There was some chocolate and jelly bean consumption throughout the day as well.

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Part 1 of Dinner: a stuffed Artichoke.

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Part 2 of Dinner: Lamb with homemade gravy and mint jelly, Orzo, Asparagus with a lemon sauce, and carrots cooked with orange juice.

For Dessert:

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Fresh Fruit Salad and Homemade Lemon Squares and Hazelnut Biscotti.

Yum! What a FULL day of just lounging and eating. I love days like this just hanging out and eating and being with the fam. It is necessary for the soul. :-)

What was your favorite Easter or Passover Dish?

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