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Fry Night

by Meghann on May 29, 2012

I needed a little “me” time this afternoon, so when the clock struck 5 o’clock I grabbed my latest issue of Runner’s World and headed straight to the gym.

Earlier I had tweeted about researching fast 5k or 10k plans (I figure if I want to keep my runs low mileage for a while, I might as well work at getting faster at that low mileage) and a few people had recommended looking at the “Run Your Fastest 5k Ever” section in the latest issue.

I spent 30 minutes walking on the treadmill with the issue, but the 5k section wasn’t as informative as I was hoping. Instead of offering an actual plan, it just shared a few workout options in the weeks leading up to the race with some sound advice attached to it. Eh. Not exactly what I needed. II’m going to check out Hal Higdon’s advanced 5k plan next.

By the way, I never realized how much of a faithful morning gym goer I was until I had three separate gym employees ask why I was in there this afternoon. Even better, two of them asked if I was just there that morning and why I had returned. First of all, I wasn’t there this morning! I was at a different pool! And is it really that weird if I’m there in the afternoon?

Of course, I was reminded why I’m not an afternoon gym person- crowds! The crazy, busy 5:30pm gym scene ain’t got nothin’ on the 6:30am gym scene – like night and day. I had saved the “Give a 10” Weights Workout on my phone (which I had originally pinned from Pinterest) and tried to do as much of it as I could, but gave up waiting on the rack barbell and there just wasn’t any room to do true walking lunges. Darn, crowds.

Before the gym, I had a couple of handfuls of trail mix.

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Somehow tonight’s dinner became a mishmosh of brown and yellow. Comfort food, really.

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Fried green tomatoes (I can’t tell you how excited Derek was when he saw me making these).

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Fried fish

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And fresh corn from the cob.

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I always receive requests for size comparisons of my plates, so i took a random photo of my food next to a can of vegetable broth for comparison (the vegetable broth is your standard can size).

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(to be fair, that’s two pieces of fried green tomato)

I have a post in the works with my various plate sizes and such, but I’m still in need of more photos for that. As you can tell my habit is to eat off of the smaller plate in the set. I noticed that Derek ate off the larger plate for his dinner tonight and his food was a little more spread out, but looked like more food than mine (even though it was pretty much the same, he had one more piece of fried green tomato than I had). Plates (and photos!) can be deceiving. That’s a whole ear of corn, a whole piece of halibut, and two giant slices of fried green tomatoes up there.

But, yeah, we can talk about that more later.

I pulled a Mango Cupcake out of the freezer for dessert.

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IIt had a slight tinge of freezer burn to it. I think the rest of the cupcakes in the freezer may be heading to the trash soon, we’ll see how much longer they last.

Man, I am wiped. It’s been a long day – time for bed so I can get up and do it all over again.

Good Night!

1 Sana May 29, 2012 at 10:59 pm

It really is hard to tell how much food a person is eating via pics. but i guess if you have a daily eats blog ppl care 🙂
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2 Lindsay May 29, 2012 at 11:03 pm

Google the 10-20-30 workout – or maybe it’s 30-20-10? I can’t remember. RW featured an article about improving race paces, etc. The article included a study that had some pretty stout findings. I bookmarked it but have yet to try it!
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3 Bethany @ Accidental Intentions May 29, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Blech, I don’t like working out in a crowded gym at all. I don’t necessarily mind the company, but I hate having to wait for equipment or feeling like I’m taking up too much space with my own workouts. Hooray for early morning workouts!
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4 J. Wardlow May 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Who would have thought????? Going to the gym at night and day is as different as night and day.

WOW!

5 JillyD May 29, 2012 at 11:33 pm

Did you see the article in RW about Alison Delgado? It’s an amazing story. She went to my high school (and is a fellow flying pig marathoner!!). If you didn’t see the article you’ll definitely want to Google her.

6 Meghann May 30, 2012 at 8:04 am

Yes! I heard about her before Flying Pig, but just read the article last night. Truly inspiring.

7 Ashley May 29, 2012 at 11:57 pm

Fried green tomato – yes please! I bet you have posted this recipe, but how does one make these?!?!

8 Meghann May 30, 2012 at 3:54 pm

I’ve posted a recipe before, but I’ll just let you know that they’re really simple to make! Just combine some whole wheat flour, cornmeal, and seasoning (I used TJ’s 21 seasoning mix) in one bowl and whisk together an egg and milk in another. Place the green tomato slices in the egg bath, then coat it with the flour mix, then place them in a hot oiled pan. They need about 3-4 minutes per side, or until the crust is nice and brown. I’ve also baked them in the past at 375 for 10-15 minutes. (flipping halfway through)

9 amy May 29, 2012 at 11:58 pm

Ha! I feel you on the gym situation, I probably go twice in a day a couple times a week (mainly Friday and Saturday) so I can walk on the tredmill and read blogs. Its nice “me” time because I cannot sit still and currently cannot run outside so the gym is my best friend and the staff at the gym ALWAYS make fun of me! It’s a running joke when I leave to ask if I will be back for round two when really all I do is walk slowly! Also, I ran XC in collage which is a 5k or 6k race so if you want some advice on a decent plan I would be glad to help!

10 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More May 30, 2012 at 1:32 am

I completely avoid the gym in the afternoons because I hate the crowds. HATE them! And I too am a faithful morning gym goer. So much so that the afternoon workers tend to think I’ve stopped going to the gym until I show up randomly in the afternoon and realize I’m still there.
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11 Kristen @ notsodomesticated May 30, 2012 at 6:37 am

Fried green tomatoes are sooo good! Yours look yummy. Do you dip them in any time of sauce, or just eat them as-is?
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12 Meghann May 30, 2012 at 3:50 pm

When I was a kid I used to dip them in ranch dressing, but I’ve sorta lost interest in ranch over the years. I tried them with blue cheese last night and didn’t really like it. Ketchup didn’t seem right either. Maybe thousand island would work?

13 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 30, 2012 at 6:38 am

I am definitely a morning gym person! I get up at 5am to hit the gym before work every day!
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14 Danielle @ Long May You Run May 30, 2012 at 7:52 am

You’ve probably heard of this book, but just in case- check out Run Less, Run Faster. Great training plans for the 5k all the way to marathon.
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15 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 30, 2012 at 8:02 am

I’ve never had fried green tomatoes before! I’ve always wanted to try it. It looks yummy 🙂
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16 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City May 30, 2012 at 9:17 am

I LOVE fried green tomatoes but I’ve never thought to make them at home. Did you use a specific recipe?

Also, my gym is always crazy in the afternoon. I tend to avoid going unless I’m attending a class. I belong to a fairly large gym and if I go after 4 p.m. I know that I’d have to wait for either a treadmill or a swim lane and I am just way too impatient for that 😛
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17 Carissa May 30, 2012 at 9:28 am

I tried to make “baked” fried green tomatoes and it was an epic fail. Next time.

I’d be interested in a faster 5k plan too. I often find that the magazines don’t give me as much specific info as I want.
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18 Cait's Plate May 30, 2012 at 10:00 am

I’m amazed that those cupcakes lasted this long in the freezer! That’s good to know!

And those fried green tomatoes really do look incredible! I would’ve been just as excited as Derek!
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19 Emily N May 30, 2012 at 3:46 pm

I think food like that is completely necessary sometimes. Besides, you made it all at home, so its better for you than a meal out for sure!
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