I mentioned earlier that my little brother would be in town this weekend. He stayed with me Friday night with 3 of his friends from college. I made a nice big dinner then we went out! For dinner I did chicken breasts seasoned with a tuscany spice blend. I started the chicken out on the stove and cooked it over medium high heat for 4 minutes a side. I then put 3/4 of a jar of garden blend pasta sauce in the pan and sprinkled mozzarella cheese (2% milk) on top. I took the entire pan (uncovered) and placed it in the oven at 450 for 20 minutes. I served every family style with pasta plus and some extra sauce!
Dinner party!! NOM!
In addition to making this super quick dinner to feed the masses on Friday I decided to run in the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler on Sunday. I made this decision on oh beer #3? Attempting to not be totally shamed by my brother and his friends drinking I may have end up drinking a wee bit too much. Enough that I was not able to keep food down until about 1pm the day… Awesome? Well seeing as I didn’t drink for 2 weeks before the Reston 10 Miler I didn’t have big hopes for the race today. Armed with my new Garmin I did as follows:
Cherry Blossom 10 Miler 4.1.12
Finished: 2322 (of 9701 women)
Splits: 8:55, 8:55, 8:49, 8:50, 8:43, 8:56, 8:50, 8:43, 8:32, 8:24
Not too shabby! My Garmin logged the race in at 10.11 miles. This race was a monster improvement from the Reston race. I am so pumped I was able to keep it under 9 the entire time. My last mile for Reston was an 8:07 but I just did not have the energy to move any faster than I was already going today. Plus the run ended on an incline which is always a treat : ) I used Energy Gel for the first time in this race also. For Reston I hit a monster wall from miles 6-8 so I started with the gel at mile 5 and finished it off at about 6 1/2. I wanted to go slow for in case my stomach reacted do poorly, it didn’t turn out to be an issue though thankfully. So I am now a believer that you can indeed drink 48 hours prior to running a race and not die, you may even PR! I also got my first medal!
I bought a bib off someone on Friday which is why mine says Katy. I will sharpie in my own name because I plan on keeping all the bibs I collect and doing something with them! Just couldn’t before the race because swapping is frowned upon.
Multi purpose shot.
Having the watch was such a huge help. I tried to keep myself around 9 at the start of the race but found myself wanting to push harder still so after mile 7 I sped up for the remainder of the race. Still had some decent energy at the end so I’m feeling way better about the half marathon in June. I will definitely be able to to get through it with out dying, now the Tough Mudder in May… That’s a whole other beast. – On a last note about the race I would like to say that the award for the best station at the event goes to the nice gentlemen who set up on a picnic table around mile 6 with free beer and oreos – way to be awesome.
Finally as a last bit of good news – I have plateaued in my whole weight loss journey for a few months. I feel great and clothes are looser but it’s still fun to see the scale go down. I weighed myself today and I’ve lost 3 pounds! So I’m very happy about that. Not that I need to hit a number to be happy but I have in mind what I would like to get to and I’m only 8 pounds away. That brings my total weight loss in the last year to 15 pounds! I’m completely content with the slow weight loss though because I am not dieting, I actually never want to be on a diet again. I’m just making smarter choices and running all the time definitely helps also : )
Hope every one had an awesome weekend as well!