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We’re here!  We made it to Scottsdale around 9:30 last night and my brother Justin picked us up.  We had a connecting flight to Tennessee which made the flight to Arizona pretty long, but of course Jonny and I kept each other company by being goofy and taking pictures of ourselves on the plane.  (Ok fine, that part was my doing, not Jonny’s.)

jonny plane

We had to rush to the airport right when I got home from school yesterday, so we picked up a sandwich from the Great American Bagel.  (There aren’t many great food options in the St. Louis airport.)  Jonny and I split a breakfast burrito and a bagel sandwich with ham, cheese, and egg on a jalapeno bagel.  It sufficed.

bagel sandwich

I do love watching out the windows in airplanes and last night was no different.  There was quite the pretty view from 30,000 feet in the air.

plane

And of course the best part of it all is seeing my brother!  Love you, Boy!

justin

After being on the plane sitting for so many hours, I definitely felt the need to get moving.  I walked around a bit in the airport while waiting for our bags, but I still felt like all the blood was in my feet.  I told Jonny that I couldn’t wait to do a handstand when we got back to Justin’s place.  They both think I’m weird, I’m pretty sure, but let me tell you: doing inversions felt SO good!  (Perfect timing for Rachel’s Handstand Friday!)

handstand

Where was the last place you traveled?  Have you ever been to Arizona?  Any recommendations for Scottsdale?

Pre & Post Nike Race Eats

Now that you know I’ve PR-ed and you know how I PR-ed during the San Francisco Nike Women’s Half Marathon, let’s talk pre and post race eats for today’s party in the blogosphere.  We’ll start with the night before the race.  I met many other FitFluential Ambassadors at Ristorante Umbria.

Check out the awesomeness – clockwise starting on the left – : Alexandra at Fun and Fit, Tiffany at Running Hutch, Meg at Run. Fit. Kin., me (duh), Gia at Run Gia Run, Kristen at Stuft Mama, Brian at Pavement Runner, Kelly at Cupcake Kelly’s, Melissa at The Melissa Chronicals, Janene at One Run At A Time, and Rachel at Running Rachel.

Along with the other FitFluential Ambassadors, my real date for the evening was Caitlin.

She was a lovely date and host.  🙂  Since it was the night before the race, I opted for a pasta dish.  I went with the Fusilli con Pollo – the pasta was sautéed in extra virgin oil and white wine with diced chicken breast, sun-dried tomato and fresh arugula, topped with fresh parmesan. I had them make the dish with whole wheat penne noodles.

It was a fabulous choice and I ate every last bite.  Pre-race breakfast included what it always does before a race: oats with cacao powder, cinnamon, banana slices, and a glob of peanut butter. 

Terribly ugly picture and I forgot to add the banana until halfway through the bowl.  I guess I had other things on my mind?  During the race, I consumed Shot Blocks that they were passing out.  I had actually bought a couple packs at the expotique, but didn’t need them since they were being handed out.  I’ll save mine for the Runner’s World Half Marathon this weekend.  Post-race was a banana, coconut water, and chocolate milk.

Chocolate milk was the only thing I snapped a picture of, and did you know chocolate milk can help you recover faster after exercise?  Itz true.  I enjoyed the whole bottle and it satiated me until lunch time. Caitlin took me to Crave.  By the time I showered and we walked the several blocks to the restaurant, I was ravenous.  Like eat my arm off hungry. 

Caitlin ordered the Roast Chicken sandwich which included roasted organic chicken breast, sweet baguette, provolone, spinach, red pepper, onion, and tomato.  I ordered the Morroco Your World with Crave hummus, wheat pita, fresh spinach, carrot stix, roasted eggplant, sliced cucumber, and green olives.

We decided to go halfsies on our orders, so we could enjoy a little of both.  And halfies turned out to mean that I ate half of Caitlin’s sandwich and she had two bites of mine.  Told ya I was hungry!  Dinner ended up happening on the airplane.  I had a flight that stopped in Colorado, but I didn’t change planes so I picked up a sandwich from the SFO airport.

The sandwich was MASSIVE and I felt a bit awkward trying to shove it in my face on the airplane surrounded by strangers. #sorryimnotsorry It was a turkey sandwich on wheat bread with lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and a delicious cranberry mustard spread.

That pretty much sums up the major meals of the weekend!  Oh, and there were many REBOOTizer pouches consumed to help with recovery and travel.  Thanks so much to Jenn at Peas & Crayons for hosting What I Ate Wednesday.

What do your pre and post race eats usually include?

I PR-ed in San Francisco!

As you can tell by the title, my tweets, and my Instagram photos, I set a personal record (PR) yesterday during the Nike Women’s Half Marathon!  I crossed the finish line in 1 hour 56 minutes 16 seconds (1:56:16) and was greeted by a good looking SF firefighter dressed in a tuxedo who served me a little blue Tiffany’s box on a platter.

Not bad for a finisher’s medal, eh?  The event itself was awesome.  There were 25,000 runners which makes this the largest women’s race in the country.  The expotique was fun.  Luna Bar had a “bar” set up where you could try a sliver of various flavors.  Nuun was also there.  I’d never tried Nuun before, but learned it is a sports drink tab with electrolytes and no sugar for optimal hydration.

They had several flavors available to sample; my favorite was lemon + lime though I really liked them all.  Nuun was also being passed out throughout the race at some of the water stations.  It was very refreshing without being too sugary or sweet.

After a lovely dinner with my fellow FitFluential Ambassadors, I laid out my clothes and necessities before heading to bed at 9:30 p.m.  My gear included a Team Yurbuds Inspire shirt, my race number, my Brooks PureFlow shoes, and my Yurbuds.

I awoke at 5:00 a.m., ate breakfast, got dressed, and headed to my starting corral with Caitlin.  We arrived at 6:15 a.m., and since Caitlin wasn’t allowed in the corral, we said good-bye, she wished me luck, and snapped a picture before I walked in.

Following the race, there was a lot going on.  After posing with my new boyfriend the firefighter, I headed to the stretching area.  Nike had an entire tent set up and filled with yoga mats, foam rollers, and stretching bands.  It was pretty awesome.  A woman was in the middle on a platform demonstrating and calling out different yoga poses and stretches.  Naturally I asked the stranger next to me to snap a photo when I was doing downward dog.

After some stretching, I went to get a complimentary massage.  I was paired with a woman who was very kind, but I would have preferred someone a bit stronger to really massage my muscles.  It was relaxing though.

I hung out for a little over an hour before jumping on a shuttle to head back to Union Square.  At this point, I was freezing and couldn’t wait to take a hot shower!  It was an amazing event where I was inspired by others, as well as the atmosphere.  A big thank you goes to my sponsors Yurbuds and REBOOTizer!

For the next few days, I’m going to take it easy, stretch often, and go on a couple of short jogs to keep my legs loose.  After all, on Thursday I head to Pennsylvania for the Runner’s World Half Marathon!  For now and probably a long time after, I’ll be sporting my Tiffany’s necklaces.

The peace sign Tiffany’s necklace is from Jonny on our wedding day.  A girl can never have too many Tiffany’s necklaces – especially when one is from a PR half and the other is from the love of her life.

Pretty marvelous, right?

*Marvelous Monday with Diva Katie*

What’s the coolest medal you’ve ever received?  Do you own any jewelry from Tiffany’s?  My new necklace goes nicely with my current collection. 🙂

Itz Who? Duh! Itz Linz!

I made it!  I’m in San Francisco to run the Nike Women’s Half Marathon tomorrow morning!  I had a two hour layover in Phoenix, and I actually thought I’d see my little brother, Justin, there.  He recently moved to Arizona, and earlier this week I told him about my layover; he is traveling a lot, as well, and he told me it would work out to meet me at the airport.  Awesome! 

However, on Thursday evening he called me saying he thought I’d be landing in a couple hours.  Apparently, I had originally told me I’d be flying on Thursday instead of Friday.  Major #FAIL on my part.  When Justin thought he’d be meeting me at the airport, he made the best sign ever:

Isn’t this the best sign ever??  I LOVE the pictures Justin pulled, how he put FitFluential on there, and even included some of the Nike Women’s Half Marathon logos.  Then, to top it all off, he wrote me the cutest note wishing me luck and got me a gift card to eat in San Francisco!  Justin is seriously the most thoughtful person of all time and this is the cutest gesture on his part.  I know how much time it must have taken, and it really means a lot to me. Boy, I love you so much and am so sorry I screwed up my dates!! And now I don’t even get to see you or have the poster!! 🙁

At least I have a picture and will pretend he is there at the race cheering me on!  I am staying with one of my best friends here.  Caitlin lives in San Francisco and her apartment is just a few blocks from the starting line which will be so convenient early tomorrow morning.  We woke up early today and headed to the expo.

The expo was pretty awesome.  I picked up my race number and my INSPIRE shirt that I’ll be wearing to represent Team Yurbuds.  Outside of the Niketown store are windows filled with all of the race participants’ names.  It was fun finding mine!

Do you see me?  After the expo, Caitlin and I walked over to the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market along the Embarcadaro.  There was an amazing selection of organic fruits and vegetables, as well as fresh fish, a variety of cheeses, and many other tasty eats that all you foodie peeps would love!  Caitlin bought some multi-colored carrots.

We ended up grabbing breakfast in the farmer’s market.  It was delish.  We’re off to do some more exploring of this awesome city.  I know I should probably get off my feet since I’m running the half tomorrow, but there’s just too much to do and too much to see!

Tonight we’re headed to diner with some other FitFluential Ambassadors. Then, itz an early bed time, an early wake up time, and then RACE time!!!

Have you ever been to San Francisco?  Are you running any races this weekend?

REBOOT me, please!

Today after work I’m heading to San Francisco for the Nike Women’s Half Marathon!  I’ve never traveled a far distance to a race before, and I’m a bit nervous, to be honest.  Itz been a year since my last (seventh) half-marathon, and now I’ll be racing and traveling quite far in a short weekend.  Luckily, I’ve partnered up with REBOOTizer to help me get through and do my best this weekend!

What is REBOOTizer?  “REBOOTizer is a supplement developed to promote Oxidative Stress Relief by helping the body neutralize free radicals and toxins more effectively.”  I first learned of REBOOTizer when I was in Boston, and received a packet in my HLS12 Swag Bag.  I tried it out after traveling, and a long weekend of going out and indulging in food and drink.  I believe it helped me bounce back to my normal self again.

Recommended Use:

  • Before or after exercise and sports
  • After excess food or drink indulgence
  • When exposed to smoke
  • When traveling, especially by air
  • After exposure to the sun

The REBOOTizer multi-action helps by:

  • Neutralizing free radicals into inert molecules.
  • Boosting body’s antioxidant production.
  • Assisting liver function to detox.
  • Boosting performance and recovery.
  • Providing cell production.

All the aforementioned information can be found on the REBOOTizer website.  Itz really easy and fun to take, too.  You just squeeze, shake, and drink!

It has a tea flavored taste and is only about a half of a cup to drink.  I plan on drinking one today, one tomorrow, Sunday, and Monday since I will be traveling and exercising.  I’ll probably continue the regime throughout the week since I’m running the Runner’s World Half Marathon the following weekend.  I’ll need all the help I can get to REBOOT my body for these two half marathons a week apart!

Since itz Friday, let’s hand out some high-fives for High Five Friday with A Dash of Meg!

I’m going to give early high-fives to a few of my other FitFluential Ambassadors who will be representing Team Yurbuds with me this weekend in San Francisco.

  • Kelly at Cupcake Kelly’s who I met and loved in Boston at HLS!
  • Kristen at STUFT Mama – a rockstar mama who the cutest twin boys ever!
  • Brian at Pavement Runner who has been our go-to guy with all types of questions and has organized an FFA dinner for Saturday night!  He has also been posting sneak peaks of the upcoming weekend!

I can’t wait to meet you all [again] and many more tomorrow!  I’m also super pumped because my best friend lives in San Francisco who I’ll be staying with.  I haven’t seen her in forever, so this weekend is long overdue!

What are your plans for this weekend?  Any travel plans?  Any races?

Note: REBOOTizer compensated me for this compaign.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Itz Marvelous: Chi-Town Edition

The first part of my Chicago weekend started off marvelously, and now I’m here to tell you about the remainder since it was marvelous and today is Marvelous Monday with Diva Katie.  Friday night happened at Gibson’s Steakhouse.  It was crazy busy, and there were quite a few rambunctious Notre Dame and Miami fans which made the restaurant noisy.  However, the food and company (my parents and Jonny’s parents) were both excellent, and that’s what’s really important anyway.

I woke up on Saturday morning and went on a quick one-mile jog in the city.  It took longer than I expected since I had to stop every block to wait for the cross walk sign to tell me it was ok to go.  That’s one thing I don’t love about city life, but luckily it was just a mile, so it didn’t last too, too long.  After showering and getting my nails painted, I met Chelsey (Clean Eating Chelsey) and Tina (Best Body Fitness) for coffee.

Chelsey’s blog was one of the first blogs I began reading; plus, she is a fifth grade teacher, so we both have that elementary teacher thing going on.  Tina is the one who hosts Best Body Bootcamp (which I participated back in March), and always writes very informative and inspiring fitness posts.  Needless to say, I was completely and totally stoked to meet both of them, and we had a wonderful time chatting.  Tina is also one of the girls who I’ll be rooming with in Pennsylvania for the Runner’s World Half Marathon, so it was nice to meet her in advance.

The marvelous-ness continued throughout the day as my mom, mother-in-law, and I went shopping.  We walked and shopped all day long and found some cute items.  When we got back to the hotel, we had a quick pre-dinner drink before changing and heading out to make our reservations.

We dined at Tavern On Rush; we sat in the bar area which had an awesome ambiance.  Our food was very tasty, too!  The boys were at the Miami game, so we enjoyed our girl time together.

Something else marvelous?  The flat screen in our hotel room at the Talbott was hooked up as a computer.  Naturally, I had to pull the blog up and pretend like it was on tv. #nerd  Maybe someday?

You’ll also notice my marvelous “U” attire.  I was being a supportive wife and sporting Miami gear to cheer on Jonny and the Canes.  Unfortunately it was not enough, and the team suffered a loss to Notre Dame.  Boo.

While on vacation, coffee always tastes better.  Whenever I’m out-of-town, I always mention this.  I’m not sure the rhyme or reason, but it does.  I definitely got my coffee fix this weekend.  On Sunday, I had marvelous coffee dates.

My dad, Jonny, and I are always the early risers of the bunch, so we went to coffee before meeting the rest for breakfast.  Upon leaving Chicago, we had some airport troubles, but not enough to ruin the trip.  We made it home safely, and Jonny and I both are so grateful to have absolutely amazing parents whom we love spending time with.

Thanks to Katie for hosting MIMM.  Check out the other blogs to see what kind of marvelous is going on today.

One last quick marvelous thing – the winner of the Chicago Marathon finished in 2 hours 4 minutes 38 seconds.  That’s crazy fast!!!  26.2 miles in two hours?!  My PR for a half marathon is just under two hours.  And he ran double that!  Totally impressive and totally marvelous.  Congrats, Tsegaye Kebede.  You da man!

What was marvelous about your weekend?

Hello, Chicago!

As you can tell from the title of this post, I’m in Chicago!  No, no itz not to run the Chicago Marathon, but best of luck to everyone who is!  The reason for the trip is because the University of Miami played Notre Dame and that is a BIG DEAL to my hubby Jonny.  We made the trip up here yesterday with my parents and in-laws.  The boys went to the game tonight, and us girls occupied ourselves in this windy city.  Our trip began yesterday morning at the airport.  Naturally, I had to sip on some Dunkin’ Donuts coffee at the airport while we waited for our flight.

There aren’t any Dunkin’ Donuts close to where we live, so Jonny and I always think itz a treat when we find one.  I went with the Raspberry Latte Lite.  I loved flavored coffees and coffee always tastes better on vacation.  When we arrived in Chicago, my father-in-law had arranged transportation for us from the airport to the hotel.

That’s right, limo-style!  We’re big time, baby!  And as for the hand thing: my momma always throws up her hands in the pictures, so I was just following suit.  Like mother, like daughter!  We are staying at the Talbott Hotel, and I have only positive things to report about it.  They have the largest rooms in the Chicago area, and itz a cross between feeling very homey and very luxurious.

After checking in to the hotel and unpacking, we began wandering the streets of Chicago.  We walked awhile and decided to stop for lunch at Bandera.  It was a very good choice!  They had fancy napkins with a slit to attach on to your shirt button. 

Jonny demonstrated while drinking his beer. #classy  I ordered the Macho Salad which included roasted chicken, avocado, dates, almonds, cornbread croutons, tomatoes, goat cheese, and served with a champagne vinaigrette.

It was absolutely delicious and I ate every last bite!  As for the rest of the trip?  Well, itz been absolutely marvelous, which is why I’m making you wait until tomorrow’s Marvelous Monday post.  Stay tuned!

How is your weekend going?

Pseudo Tofu Recipe

Today is Thursday and I am SOOOOO HAPPY!  Do you know why?  Because directly from school, I am heading to the airport with Jonny to visit this little booger:

Ok, ok that is when he was like four years old, but how cute is he?  Now he is 24 (soon to be 25 on February 5th!) and lives in San Diego, California.  I am sad he lives so far away, but it does make for a fabulous destination to visit!  Actually, for Jonny and my one year wedding anniversary, I booked us a trip to sunny San Diego during the dead of winter in St. Louis.  We are really looking forward to this trip!  I miss my baby bro and the warm sunshine will feel nice.  Plus, I’ve never been to California!  Lots of firsts here!

LiveFit Update:

I love working out my legs because they are a strong part of my body.  I grew up playing soccer, and my legs are here to prove it!  My legs can endure a lot more than my upper body can.  Have you seen my 100’s workout?

Day 3: Legs & Calves

  • Leg Press: 3 sets of 15 reps (90 pounds)
  • Leg Extensions: 3 sets of 15 reps (45 pounds)
  • Sumo Barbell Squats: 3 sets of 20 reps (30 pounds)
  • Kneeling Leg Curls (alternating legs): 3 sets of 12 reps (15 pounds/leg)
  • Standing Calf Raises: 3 sets of 20 reps (40 pounds)
  • Seated Calf Raises: 3 sets of 20 reps (75 pounds)
  • Walking Alternate Lunges: 3 sets of 20 reps (10 pound dumbbells)

The original LiveFit workout can be found here, as well as a demonstration of any and all of the exercises listed above.  For the standing calf raises, I put a 40 pound barbell on my back and raised up to my tippy toes instead of using the machines.  And for the seated calf raises, I sat on the leg press and pushed out and then put just my toes on the machine and flexed for each rep.  (My old trainer taught me that.)  The lunges at the end were my own touch. 🙂

In the food world, I needed to use up some food in the house since we are leaving town for a few days.  I will share my cooking with you, but you’ll have to understand that I wouldn’t necessarily call this a “recipe” as I threw stuff in here and there and don’t have exact measurements.  Truth be told, I wasn’t quite sure how this would turn out, but I was actually quite impressed!

Pseudo Tofu Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 package extra-firm tofu
  • olive oil
  • broccoli
  • corn
  • 1 cup whole-wheat couscous
  • garlic
  • pineapple chunks or slices in 100% pineapple juice
  • soy sauce
  • sweet chili sauce
  • curry powder
  • chili flakes and powder

Directions:

  • 1.  Drain and press tofu using Mama Pea’s technique.
  • 2.  Cut tofu into small bite-size pieces, spray with olive oil, and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375 for 35 minutes.
  • 3.  Steam broccoli and corn and drain.
  • 4.  Cook couscous using 1/2 cup pineapple juice and 1/2 cup of water.
  • 5.  Add garlic, dash of olive oil, curry powder, chili flakes and powder, soy sauce, and sweet chili sauce to vegetables.
  • 6.  Give it a mish and a mash.
  • 7.  Add baked tofu.
  • 8.  Add couscous at the end.
  • 9.  Mish.  Mash.  Serve.  Eat.

Even Jonny said it was good!  I would have preferred to use brown rice or quinoa, but couscous was all we had in the pantry.  I also would have added more vegetables, but we didn’t have many of those either.  And this dish covered pretty much every food group no matter how you look at it: protein, carb, healthy fat, veggies, fruit.  Need I say more?

What’s the best recipe that you have thrown together?