Sunday, March 21, 2010

Another Day Gone By

by Meghann on March 21, 2010

It’s close to 9:00 pm and another day has gotten away from me. I’m sad to say today wasn’t as ‘fun’ as yesterday, but at least I was able to get a lot accomplished. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I passed out almost immediately after walking in the door last night and slept like a rock. A good night of sleep was needed to power me through my 14 mile run this morning.

Before I headed out the door I had a bagel thin with almond butter and strawberry preserves.

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I was not looking forward to the 14 miles on the schedule for this morning. After training for so many races in a row, I am starting to feel a little burnt out on long runs. After my 50k in a couple of weeks I am ready to take a little break from long runs for a couple of months.

Mentally I may not have been ready for the 14 miles, but physically my body was on autopilot. I had almost talked myself into turning around at 6.5 instead of 7, but my legs never got the message and kept chugging along.

I felt strong and relieved when I made it back to my car. Nothing is ever more beautiful as the site of the trailhead parking lot at the end of a long run. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thoughts of waffles, pancakes, muffins, etc. filled my head throughout the duration of my run. My body was cravings Carbs, Carbs, Carbs!!

In the end I decided french toast was the way to go and this loaf of challah bread was calling my name in the bakery section of Publix.

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Mmmmmm… challah french toast. Now, that’s what I’m talking about!

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I dipped the slices of challah bread in a mix of egg, milk, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and agave nectar then pan fried in a skillet on the stove top.

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I topped my 2.5 slices of challah french toast with caramelized some pear slices, strawberries, plain yogurt, and some agave nectar.

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This was a perfect long run recovery breakfast. It filled me up and made my tastebuds very, very happy.

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The rest of my morning was spent cleaning, blogging and being lazy – the way all Sunday mornings should be spent. ๐Ÿ™‚ Sadly, the weather wasn’t as beautiful as yesterday, so I wasn’t tempted to got outside at all.

Eventually lunch time came around and I was ready to eat again.

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I took advantage of the growing amount of leftovers in my fridge and made a wonderful wrap using the bbq tofu and acorn squash from Thursday night.

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With a serving of cabbage and potato stew from Wednesday.

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An Adora Dark Chocolate Calcium Disc for dessert.

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I’m usually one of those people who files my taxes the day I get my W-2, but with all of the blog stuff this past year I have been a little scared to file them. Once upon a time my grandmother was an accountant and knows a thing or two about taxes. I finally found the time this afternoon to drive to my grandmother’s house to have her help me sort through the mess I had created for myself.

I was pretty much expecting to have to pay the government some serious $$ this year, but my grandmother worked her magic. Turns out the government actually owes me a little refund this year.

Thank you Grandma!

I showed up at my Grandma’s house this afternoon more than prepared for a long session of form filling and calculating with a snack bag of good eats.

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I made a yogurt mess with chobani, strawberries, and a piece of pumpkin chocolate chip bread.

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What kind of daughter would I be if I drove all the way to my parents’ neck of the woods and not invite myself over to dinner?

I love going home and cooking with my Dad! He was the one that taught me everything that I know and still continues to teach me today. When I was growing up I used to spend hours in the kitchen every week helping him prepare all of our meals. I believe he loves food as much as I do and has always been my inspiration behind trying new and interesting foods. ๐Ÿ™‚

He’s also the one that taught me to love Publix. Most of the people in the Publix back home know my Dad by name. I think he is there at least three to four times a week! We went there tonight looking for inspiration for tonight’s dinner and discovered Mahi Mahi fillets one sale.

After a quick google search I discovered a recipe Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Salsa that was worth trying.

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AS the top taste tester, I was hard at work making sure the pineapple was up to my high standards. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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My parents’ have been digging their new mandolin for potatoes.

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The final plate

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Mahi Mahi

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Roasted Asparagus & Green Beans

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Mandolin Potatoes with Ketchup

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For dessert my Daddy made a round os strawberry shortcakes before I hit the road.

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I am pooped.

What an exhausting weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

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A Day of Missions with Ben and Ashley

March 21, 2010

Yesterday was a LONG day. Trust me, it was a fun day, but definitely a long one. ๐Ÿ˜‰ My little brother and his girlfriend, Ashley, headed to Orlando for the day and joined Derek and I for some fun adventures in the Chevy Traverse. Aren’t they cute? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Our first adventure involved a trip to more ยป

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