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Happy Father’s Day!

Happy Father’s Day to the best Dad in the whole world! It is actually because of my Dad that I got into running and racing. It is because of him that I enjoy running and eating healthy!

As you might have noticed I haven’t been around all that much, I blame school (which will be done very soon). Until school is over I will be posting when I can, I never realized that trying to cram four months of school into two months is rather intense and stressful.

I deal with this stress by running daily and walking a lot, I also have been doing a lot of core and weight workouts while watching Say Yes To The Dress while PB works in the hospital for his nursing clinical, hahaha! (What he doesn’t know won’t hurt him).

Until next time!

Happy Running!

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Flashback Friday: Paris In The Summer

Last week I shared some pictures of my trip with PB (my boyfriend) to London, check them out here. Now I want to share the second leg of our trip. PB said that if we were going to go to Europe we should go for longer than a week and we should go to Paris during that second week, who was I to say no?

Here are some of our pictures! There are a lot, and I must say that it is really hard deciding what pictures to share. I love them all but if I shared them all that would be one insane post.

We stayed no where near to what is considered the must see areas of Paris so we used the Metro to get to where we wanted. I thought it was so easy to navigate and get to where we needed at a reasonable price. On our first day we got off the Metro and got to street level and saw this…

Well hello Opera house! I tried to get pictures from the sidewalk and then decided that I had to get to the little island in the middle of the road to get the good picture.

We did a lot on our second day in Paris. (Our first day was spent figuring out where we were and where to get food and sleeping.) Here are some pictures I took of artwork from the Musee d’Orsay.

This was one of our favourite paintings, we couldn’t stop staring at it. PB is very much in to art and painting so he told me a lot about what we saw. It was great to have my own art history teacher with me to fill me in.

Next we walked over to the Rodin Museum to spend some time walking in the garden and to our delight The Thinker was actually there. We had heard that sometimes The Thinker wasn’t there so we weren’t sure what to expect.

Of course many pictures like this were taken.

We had a nice walk around the garden. Everything was so beautiful! This trip made me fall in love with taking pictures of flowers.

Of course when I saw The Gates of Hell I got so excited, Dante’s Inferno was one of my favourite reads during my time at university and to this day I revisit it about once a year. “Abandon hope all ye who enter here.”

Our travels took to Le Champs Elysees where we walked and walked and walked to get up to the Arc de Triomphe.

Once we got to our destination I am not going to lie and tell you that we found the underground tunnels quickly. They were all blocked by tourists like us and we had a hard time finding them. Our approach to traveling was we read a little but just decided to figure it all out on a whim so we were unaware of certain things.

Next up….The Eiffel Tower, and do I have a story for you.

Of course we waited in a line that was beyond huge and sadly we were not able to get up as high as we wanted because it was full after waiting for about 2 hours. We were more than fine with that because that little snag in our plan did not compare to the fact that I fainted under the Eiffel Tower. Yes you read that right, I fainted. I was not well hydrated and I probably hadn’t eaten enough, and it was SO hot out. Apparently I just went down and smacked into the guy who was in front of us. Here’s the great thing though, everyone in line who was near by was amazing. The guy I fell into helped PB relax and take care of me, and there was also a couple from Turkey who ran over with sweets to help me feel better. Everyone was amazing, and I felt so silly. From that moment on we always had fruit and crazy amounts of water with us (we always had water with us, I had run out and wasn’t about to spend almost $7 Canadian for water, now that I think about it spending that much wouldn’t have been a big deal).

Now the fact that I fainted under the Eiffel Tower is just something we laugh about, in addition to ensuring I have enough water. I might have been dehydrated, but I could still take pictures!

After all that adventure we hopped on the Metro and went out to Versailles to see the Palace.

This was a hot hot hot day and we came prepared with lots of water!

I could have spent all day walking around here, it was so beautiful and there were so many amazing sculptures and flowers. I bet I hardly saw everything, but what I did see was beautiful.

Our next full day adventure was at the Louvre. We spent all day there and I still left feeling like I hadn’t seen everything I really wanted to see. Here are some of the beauties we did see though.

The back of the Venus de Milo turned out to be one of my favourite shots that day. No one was really crowding the back so I got to spend a lot of time there without people trying to get in front of me.

We got into the room with the Mona Lisa but we couldn’t get more than half way into the room so I had to work my zoom and standing on my tip toes to get this shot.

Amor et Psyche by Canova was breathtaking! We kept coming back to get more pictures. I saw this sculpture and fell in love with it.

And so ends our trip back to Paris, I hope you enjoyed our pictures! I must say that this has to be one of my favourite trips ever and I cannot wait until PB and I save some more money and find another place to visit.

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In other news, PB and I went out for a run yesterday because it was so pretty and warm out. Of course this was his first run outside in quite awhile. I was all ready to run about 3-4 miles when he turns to me and says “I want to run 6 miles, that sound good?” I was ok with it, I was just hoping that any nagging injuries he had wouldn’t stop him from feeling good on the run. Turns out they didn’t really, we ran a lot and walked a little and stretched some. We ran strong and had an amazing time.

I love running by myself, but sometimes I love running with PB because he pushes me just that little bit more than I would if I were running alone. Of course what I love even more is that if I want to run slower than he is he doesn’t make me feel like I need to run at his speed and sometimes he tells me that he was happy I wanted to run slower because that was how he was feeling and he didn’t want to say it. How cute?!

I am currently enjoying my 4 days off before I go back for second semester (well day 1 is over, and we are right in the middle, well closer to the end, of day 2). Tomorrow I am going shopping for some professional clothes for my placement and for something else that might come my way (*knock on wood*). I’ll let you know as soon as I know!

Happy Traveling and Happy Running!

Pre-Running Fuel

I had a delicious breakfast this morning! Yummy Oats in a Jar! To be more precise it was in a Peanut Butter & Co. White Chocolate Wonderful jar, and it was delicious!

Yummy!

In The Jar:

1/4c Oats

1/4c Oat Bran

1/2c Water and 1/2c Skim Milk

1/2 of a Banana

Directions: Put it all together in a pot and put the pot on the stove and use a medium heat, stirring occasionally until the oats are to your liking.

I think it I am ready for a run now! The sun is shining and the sky is the brightest of blues. I have also updated my music to include the songs from The Power of Madonna Glee episode!

Happy Running!

Cookies Are Great!

I have been trying so hard to make the perfect chocolate chip cookies, luckily you have all been saved from previous attempts because I was too embarrassed to share the experiences. I mean how hard is it to make cookies? In reality it isn’t hard at all, but in my world where your stove is old and on its way out it makes for a challenge when making baked goods.

I always thought that since the oven ran not as hot as it should that I should just pump the temperature up a bit, at least that is what my Mum told me to do. That worked fine for muffins, I had figured that out years ago. Sadly, it wasn’t working when it came to making the perfect chocolate chip cookie. [photo credit]

(This comic is from a website called Garfield Minus Garfield, I was laughing so hard last night when I was reading them. If you want to brighten your day go check it out!)

So what did I do to fix this? Simple really, I used my brain (finally!) and put the oven to the temperature that it should be and then put the cookies in for the suggested amount of time and then added 4-8 minutes extra in the end, and I would check on the cookies often.

Finally I have chocolate chip cookies that taste delicious! Now I will share them with you! I found this Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from blog Two Peas and Their Pod.

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/2 cup Brown sugar
1/2 cup White sugar
1/2 cup Softened unsalted butter
1 Egg
1 tsp. Vanilla
1/4 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Baking soda
1 1/4 c. Flour (
I used Whole Wheat)
1 1/4 c. Oats (
I used Large Flake Oats)
1 cup Chocolate chips (
Whatever kind you want, Oh the possibilities!)

Directions:

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a bowl (later it says to add oats separately, oops I didn’t do that, I don’t know if made a difference though).

Combine sugars and butter until creamy (I use my little Kitchen Aid hand mixer, because I can). Add the egg and vanilla, mix until combined.

Add flour to wet ingredients. Mix until just combined. Stir in the oats and chocolate chips.

Drop cookies on baking sheet.  Bake at 375 for 10-12 minutes (Of course I have to give them about 14-18 minutes, but that is just my stove, please adhere to above instructed baking time)! Don’t let them get too done…they are better when they are soft!

Enjoy!

As my boyfriend says, “If you are going to make cookies, make cookies”. Every baked good I make is healthy in some way (which I love!), my brownies have kidney beans in them, I’ve made chocolate chip cookies with chickpeas before…and the list goes on. This time I wanted to bake cookies, I gave him 4 last night and he ate them all, I guess they are good. I definitely think so!

So there you have it, I finally made chocolate chip cookies with success and they don’t look like little balls that are hard, they aren’t burnt, and they are tasty and delicious!

Other than spending yesterday evening in the kitchen nervous that the cookies wouldn’t work I also have been out running, the weather is just beautiful here and I want to spend as much time outside as I can!

Speaking of running, did you see the Boston Marathon yesterday? I was cheering so loud at the end of the women’s race Tatyana Pushkareva (who came in second) was gaining on the leader Teyba Erkesso so quickly, I was surprised and excited. AND the men’s race with Robert Cheruiyot, who is 21, setting a new Boston record with a wining time of 2:05:52, WOW! What a great event! I have told the boyfriend that one day we are going to Boston for the marathon, whether we are running in it or there to be spectators I will be happy.

Happy Running!

One Sweet Love

This morning I was looking through all the recipes that I have saved and I came across the Oh Canada Sweet Potato Stack from Zesty Cook. Since I am a proud Canadian I thought I would have some sweet potato yumminess with my lunch today!

An Oh Canada Sweet Potato Stack – by Zesty Cook

– 2 large sweet potatoes (I could only find 1 so that was good enough for little ol’ me!)
– 1 Tbsp Olive Oil (I used 1.5 tsp because that is what I normally use for sweet potato fries)
– Salt and Pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and line a baking sweet with parchment paper
2. Toss sweet potatoes in olive oil
3. Add salt and pepper (how much is really up to you)
4. Bake for 20-30 minutes, then turn the potatoes over and cook for another 10 minutes.
5. Move the sweet potatoes to the top rack and turn down heat to 250 and let the sweet potatoes dry a little bit   and become even crispier.
6. Enjoy!

Yummy!!

Here is how my Sweet Potato Stack making experience went…


Here is the yummy sweet potato after I cut it up.


After I added the olive oil and salt and pepper.


Ready for baking now.


In the middle when I took them out to flip them.


Out of the oven and ready to eat! I was sooo excited to eat these that I couldn’t find the patience to stack them.Now I am enjoying a delicious lunch of the yummy sweet potato (un)stacks and butternut squash soup, yummy!!

I am getting so close to being done my first semester of this college program, and I am very excited. Of course I go right back to school for second semester on May 3. I must say I am enjoying this down time I have between having all my in class work done and doing the final tests. YAY! My writing teacher actually told us not to come to class anymore, SO that means I get to stay home Monday morning and watch the Boston Marathon!

Other than school I have been enjoying the weather this week and have started running outside more than running on the treadmill, of course those mornings when it is 5:30am and it is pitch black and raining I am thankful I do have the treadmill.

I am off to read and relax and do some Whittle My Middle II and push-ups. I hope you all have an amazing weekend and maybe you will have some yummy sweet potatoes!

Happy Running!

What Have I Been Reading?

Here are some links to blog posts and a video that I have been loving this week! From this I think you can figure out that I want to do some more core exercises and stretching after running.

– A different hamstring stretch from FitSugar, I know I need to do this more than I do often so I am not unintentionally shortening my stride due to tight hamstrings

Jill wrote a great post last week, Get Stronger Run Better, about the importance of strength training in addition to running, she uses body weight exercises: push-ups, squats, lunges, alternating Ts, and planks (repeat 2-3 times). I love push-ups and planks, but reading this post reminded me that I need to do a little more

Caitlin addressed the idea of how trying to be perfect is an addiction and the guilt we feel when we cannot achieve said perfection in this post. I know I took a lot away from this post, I think it really sank in when a teacher asked me if I am a perfectionist and I immediately answered “Yes!”…I think I need to re-read the post

Crunchless Ab Exercises count me in! I love the FitSugar and have been reading their stuff for many years now

– I love these post run stretches! Thanks Flexible Warrior!

Happy Running!

Greek Yogurt I Have Found You!

Let me tell you that Kingston is not a place where you can find Greek yogurt easily. I have found the Liberte brand that is decadent and wonderful for dessert. But I have been searching far and wide for one that was 0% or low in fat, I knew it existed.

Turns out it was at my local natural foods store the whole time. I present to you the yummiest yogurt ever! It is so creamy!

Before I went to Yogalates on Thursday night I used this yummy yogurt and some Kashi Toasted Berry Crisp to fuel my Thursday night adventure.

Throw some strawberries and blueberries on top and what do you have? The most delicious quick dinner/snack before a run and 90 minute Yogalates session!

Yummy!! I used 3/4c of yogurt, 3/4c Kashi Toasted Berry Crisp and a few strawberries and blueberries. After eating, doing some accounting homework and reading some blogs I decided that I wanted to run down to Lululemon, the weather has been so beautiful lately, even though it was after 6pm and the sun had gone down it was still wonderful out! It was a quick 2 mile run that took me about 17 minutes and 30 seconds, while running I listened to David Usher’s new CD Wake Up and Say Goodbye (by new I mean fall 2008).


So what did I think of Yogalates? I was so pumped for my run that I was ready for a stretch and core work, and that is exactly what I got. It was great, we did yoga and then some pilates and then some yoga mixed with planks. It was a wonderful 90 minutes! I think the last 20 minutes (at least) was all gentle stretching, and I was so happy to just stretch and get out all the tension.

So what’s on tap for this evening? I am actually singing in a choir concert. I was in this choir all through high school and then left it to go to university and finally joined again after being home for over two years after graduating from university. Of course now I am in the Women’s Choir, and it is a lot of fun! The week leading up to a concert is full of extra practices so I am really looking forward to yoga at Lululemon tomorrow morning!

Before I head off for a night of singing I want to let you know that I am eating something else that is so very yummy!

These Gardein “Chicken” Filets are so good. I just made two of them, they are a nice small size, and have put them in a whole wheat wrap and I am in fake chicken heaven! I found these at Loblaws, there wasn’t much looking involved so that was nice!

I am in food heaven right now! And I cannot wait to sing tonight, and run to and from yoga in the morning.

Happy Running!